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    It does look like the ‘with fire & fury like the world has never seen’ whiner-in-chief will actually try to escalate us right into a nuclear incident with Guam sitting smack dab in the middle, in order to draw attention away from the election/Russian/sellingoutAmerica investigation. Man, whoever thought a whinny bully with a daddy complex/fixation would work out? As my own Dad used to say, (modified) Trump is 2000 lbs brag and horse shit stuffed into a 280 lb poor-fitting suit.

    In other news, Glen Campbell died. ‘True Grit’ movie sound track is one of the few I owned in 3 of it’s evolutions…vinyl, 8 track tape, and cassette. Humm, maybe it was the era, what can I say.

    Been tough around here. SIL got bit by his cat. 3 times in the hospital, first time 4 days. Today was his 4th (yes, forth!) surgery. May be another if necessary. PICC line since July 17th & for at least another 3 weeks. Holy crap!

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    “I don’t care for your paranoid
    Us against them walls
    I don’t care for your careless
    Me first gimme gimme appetite at all”

    Humm… interesting lyrics on the new Jack Johnson song ‘My Mind is For Sale’

    Lovin it

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    Another day, another reality show episode!

    Salacious Scaramucci is out.

    Another record set by this incompetent revolving door administration.

    Holy crappoli, all this ‘winning’ is feeling pathetic, embarrassing, and sad to say, somewhat entertaining.

    Who’d ever thought of war as a distraction could be a United States reality??? But then this is the barely passable reality actor running the reality show, so Trump will probably lead us to a war crisis with No Korea just so he can milk it that much more on how Obama is such a bad guy.


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    While I’m not sure I’m a 100% part of the ‘we’ listed in the points below, I certainly do endorse all of these salient points, in their whole or for the most part.

    Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles
    Drafted by Paul Kurtz

    • We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems.

    • We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.

    • We believe that scientific discovery and technology can contribute to the betterment of human life.

    • We believe in an open and pluralistic society and that democracy is the best guarantee of protecting human rights from authoritarian elites and repressive majorities.

    • We are committed to the principle of the separation of church and state.

    • We cultivate the arts of negotiation and compromise as a means of resolving differences and achieving mutual understanding.

    • We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.

    • We believe in supporting the disadvantaged and the handicapped so that they will be able to help themselves.

    • We attempt to transcend divisive parochial loyalties based on race, religion, gender, nationality, creed, class, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, and strive to work together for the common good of humanity.

    • We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.

    • We believe in enjoying life here and now and in developing our creative talents to their fullest.

    • We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence.

    • We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be allowed to fulfill their aspirations, to express their sexual preferences, to exercise reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed health-care, and to die with dignity.

    • We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences.

    • We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion.

    • We are engaged by the arts no less than by the sciences.

    • We are citizens of the universe and are excited by discoveries still to be made in the cosmos.

    • We are skeptical of untested claims to knowledge, and we are open to novel ideas and seek new departures in our thinking.

    • We affirm humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others.

    • We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.

    • We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings.

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    Speak of the devil… just checked the mail. Yep, voter’s pamphlet. Not thick at all. Rather thin, actually. So, who’s littering every nook and cranny with all these political signs? I mean, it’s all local stuff, right? At least it will be fairly easy, that is once I spend hours trying to figure who these people are and where they come from. Many of their websites are just a little lean on experience in the public sector, tho having kids and volunteering seems to be touted as such. The guy COX, running for mayor, is popping up on with all that’s wrong with the city and the city council. Nextdoor has guidelines about politicking. Obviously, he is above following rules he does not like. I’ve copied his posts just incase he does a public debate with the other candidates. Or maybe I’ll pass them along to anyone who cares to hold him accountable for what he says publically.

    Or not. This Banana Republican Administration has me fairly sick of politics and politicians about now. I’m voting Anne for mayor. She’s been at every event and meeting I’ve been to, seems like, and that’s saying something, as I’m going back years, not just since she ran for office. From Office of the Neighborhood meetings to park cleanups to cancer fundraisers, she was always there and always smiling. It’s amazing how it’s usually the same faces at some of these things. Maybe churches are doing other sorts of community that does not involve church members or proselytization and conversion. I don’t know. But, don’t hear much about churches cleaning parks, tho do think some may do that sponsored highway cleanup. HP does Firstenberg Community Center, I know, and Evergreen School district does loads of main roads here on the east side. Who would even know without those little signs?

    Ok, hands are a wreck from holding a paint brush. Thought typing might loosen a few joints, but going to give it a rest.

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    Hey LQQKie dare, lookie dare… it L I V E S!

    Nodding at you, Nail. I can hear you…

    Hubby tore a ligament in his shoulder, and ripped cartilage. This almost immediately after starting to paint the exterior of the house. Shanghaied for the duration, looks like. We’re not real speed demons an this house crap anyway, but it’s going real S L O W now. Cooler today, so that helps. So yeah, still around, listening to music and pretending house painting is as good as fine art. So tempted to do one little zen doodle just to change it up a bit.

    Boy howdy, the Swamp Administration is sure something, huh? What the hell????

    Looking forward to the voters pamphlet. Should be book thick and here real soon. Who the heck are all these people, anyway? Don’t we vote like Aug. 2nd? Can’t remember.

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    Hope it lasts, and not a repeat of the last two Summers, which barely fit the criteria for being labeled as such.

    Speaking of summers, you guys remember when summer vacation was 3 months long? From the end of the first week of June to the day after Labor Day? The kids here in Evergreen District gets 8 weeks. And, if you’re on dance, gymnastic, football, band, etc… you start going to practice 1st of August. Oh well, can’t see it harming, and many come away with a more solid sense of self, of accomplishment, and of direction, seems to me. Wish it were universal, but alas, just like with my generation, it’s not.

    Apparently, didn’t get my fill of Disney characters in the last two weeks, so heading in to watch Emma Watson in Beauty & the Beast. (Ok, so I promised the granddaughter. She’s 24 btw, not a princess bone in her body, but insists this is good.) I’ll report back, if interested. If you don’t hear back from me, I may have gotten raptured to some Kingdom far, far away where everyone friggin sings. Send help, or at least a couple bottles of good Grenache.

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    Well, got the grandson all married, and all the trips to the airport got there on time. Must say, there’s always something new under the sun, just as Solomon or someone said. I’ve never attended a Disney Character wedding before, and I must say, it was a trip and a delight. Loved it.

    Interesting about the wedding planner now in charge of NY NJ federal housing. WTH? Is talent that slim on the ground in the GOP for those revolving door Trump appointments? Oh duh, never mind. Be honest, did any of you, or anyone anywhere, think this would be the dystopian disaster it’s turning out to be *this* fast?

    Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads! Hope your day is filled with favorite IPA’s, horseshoes, motorcycles, fishing tackle, or whatever else makes you feel special and allows for some serious downtime.

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    Holy crap! Check out the news (and video) coming out of Russia! Precursor of our own future, or another Russian revolution? Now that we all know there are those of us who LOVE the Police State, our future sure is an iffy business.

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    Who knows. Maybe the next republican witch hunt will be that Clinton colluded with the Russians to hack herself in order to elect Trump. It’s getting just that strange these days. What else can a twitter nation expect?

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    Did I hit a RAW nerve, vanwa? My my, sensitive aren’t we?

    And, you call others ‘snowflakes’? You may want to watch out for snowstorms, blizzards, avalanches, and glaciers…snowflakes all. And, while it’s obvious warnings won’t work with some, it’s still coming, and pretending or hoping, or rescripting national and global events won’t change it one tiny wit. Not without shutting down the internet & independent media that the fascist, autocratic, corporatist, kakistocracy hates so very much. Please say you’re not one of them.

    Read em and weep for your country. Go ahead. Or at least scroll thru the last decade or so.

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    So, Trumpet-mouth, emperor of zilchland, uses the still warm bodies in London to lecture the UK on owning guns and elimination of their gun control. Stupid guy didn’t bother to notice the made-dead he’s using a political hay were killed with a truck and with knives. Now, it’s a given he can’t think beyond his next breath or pu**y-grab, but really, does he not even know HOW to read??? Or listen to anything besides his own shrill voice?




    UK police response time to take out the slimey bad guys…7 minutes, with 15 more arrested in mere hours. If only we could do so well.

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    Hawk, yeah we ate breakfast at the Crate & Barrel or something like that – two words w/ an ampersand between. Beautiful dishes, silver service, and presentation, but overbaked pastries, tho the eggs & sausage in little puffy things were good. It’s what we ordered. and disappointing. But did see other plates going to other patrons and most looked really good. Must state however, I’m a coffee MUG person, no dinky cups for me. What we did like is two outer walls were plastic. Super thick, but super clear, and weighted down across the bottom. Not cold tho. Never saw that before.

    We ate dinner at the M. Jordon place, but only because we’re buying a gift card for grandson. He’s getting married this month and thought it’d be fun side gift. He’ll love it. Liked Jordon since he was in diapers.

    And yes, we pay $27 for burgers almost every time we go out. Tapped Brew or even Main Event always high but GOOD. Worth it even.

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    Opps dangit. Kitty leaped on keyboard right as I hit Submit.

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    Hey Hawk! Sorry to hear you were sick. Crappy way to travel, but then not so great anywhere. Nice to see your comment here in the Echo Chamber. Been to the new casino yet? I gave my look-see report a page or two ago. Short version – I liked it.

    Well, that ole fat guy keeps influencing people and making friends wherever he goes, huh? What a guy. Down the river with paddles everywhere, but only dinosaur arms to deal with the deluge of swamp water. Looking to be a really l o n g four years, or until he falls over with the massive weight of his own self-importance. Like I mentioned, the similarities between Humpty Dumpty in his conversation with Alice and this guy are startling.

    Drift, sorry about your club friends. Damn, too much gray cloud and not enough silver lining, but when it comes to arbitrary and random, then that universal question… why? I seem to turn to alcoholic tributes in such instances of wanton gaps in the karmas and a multitudes of gods who do nothing.

    luvithere, Have you left on your trip yet? How nice for you to be heading to Europe where some semblance of sanity still has an influence…and a voice. Hope you’re going for Fun and not for work. Yeah, you probably will take some heat for being the ‘ugly American’, but shake it off, you voted for the correct guy, and that’d be anybody other than what we got. Plus you’ll be someplace where museums, walking, street cafes, public transit, and being friendly are still part of the community fabric. Lucky you! And yes, I do paint with a broad brush, but sticking to it for now.

    Speaking of Trump, heard Ivanka is having the makers of her shoe line look for even cheaper labor than what she’s getting inside China. WAPOW! Always, the voters are responsible, not the fat guy. Everyone this side of Pluto knew what he was before they voted.

    Enjoying the outside. Too many weddings, doctor’s appointments, and other time delineated obligations. Plus, company coming… lots of it. Wonder if Famous Dave’s delivers to Vancouver. Oh well, thank the light for a carnivore that likes to grillaZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I’ll just serve salads, cheese plates, and lots of fruit parfaits.

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