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Why Melania hasn't left yet

There was a piece in the CNN web site about infidelity in the WH, which led to another one on why Melania hasn't left yet. So here's a little story from back in 1999.

Back then, I spent five weeks in Dubai managing an architectural project. Long story short, we quickly discovered that the best, most comfortable and efficient way to get around was in government cabs. That's when I also discovered that the vast majority of the drivers were from India, Pakistan, and other countries in that general area. They not only spoke English very well, but were (to my American insular perception) amazingly up-to-date on what was going on in the world.

And I kid you not: this same conversation happened several times out of the blue. I'd get in a cab and start chatting with the driver. Then he would bring up the Monica Lewinski affair, which was front-page news at the time. Every single time, the driver would say how he didn't understand Americans: we were so appalled by the President having an affair (which was fairly common in other parts of the world), and yet so enamored with guns (which were illegal in other parts of the world).

I still think about that.

BTW, my architectural project was NOT, repeat, NOT, for the Trump Organization.

Jack Kingston's interview on CNN

Did anyone else watch this? What a piece of shit this guy is.

Point one: "sorrow hijacked by liberal interests, i.e. George Soros." I noticed he forgot (neglected?) to mention the NRA hijacking everything they can get their hands on, to the tune of millions and millions of dollars.

Point two: how can 17-year-olds, on their own, organize a nationwide protest? This guy must be living in the Dark Ages. I guess he hasn't heard of social media.

Point three: his fucking smug attitude. Made me want to punch out my computer screen.

Does anybody else DETEST those "captcha" online security thingies?

I see it more and more... just now I wanted to buy a movie ticket online. After everything else, I had to click "I'm not a robot" and then click on all these images that have cars or storefronts or some other BS. And then another screen of the same BS showed up.

I can accept online security and all, but sometimes I think the people who come up with this are kids just sitting there laughing at us... or even using the time to mine our computers for data. It took me longer to go through this BS that to stand in line at the theater and just buy the ticket.

Okay, rant over. Back to work.

Do those mattresses on sale for President's Day come with yellow showers?

I don't know about the rest of the country, but out here in CA there are all kinds of ads for mattress sales for President's Day.

[drum roll... rim shot]

I wonder if they come with a yellow shower...

For our politicians: a Valentine's day thought

Here you go:



Please copy, tweet, print out, whatever.

And thank you for my heart!

"Law and Order" party attack on law enforcement

Wonderful. Another distraction.

I thought this might make a good bumper sticker:

Fidelity. Bravery. Integrity.
Exactly what the Republicans don't have.

To Congressional Dems: don't boycott SOTU!

There's been a movement among Dems to boycott SOTU, but here's an argument for why you should not:

Given the lack of professionalism, care, and integrity shown by some Congressional Repubs over the past year, what this nation needs right now is a show of that professionalism, care, and integrity by the opposing party. "Two wrongs don't make a right" (and other cliches) notwithstanding, Dems at this time need to show some class and need to show us that they're doing the jobs they were elected to do.

Fine, take some anti-nausea meds before you go, or take airsickness bags, and gag, retch, and hold it in during the speech, and run like hell to the nearest bathroom afterwards, but attend the speech and show us that you're doing your job. Show us that you're not lowering yourselves to the level of repugnant kids who are willing to hold their breath until they turn blue if they don't get what they want. Show us that sticking to your oath of office isn't an option but a solemn trust.

Then -- then, because you're politicians -- grab the opportunity to get interviewed afterwards and express your opinion. Because you were there and heard it first hand. Because you stuck up for your nation and your voters. Because you're doing your job regardless of the nausea. Because you care about this nation.

For those of you who write or call your members of Congress

What kind of response do you typically get?

I can't expect these people to personally read or respond to thousands (?) of letters, emails, and so forth, but I would think they have staffs who go through the stuff and at least tally it up somehow. All I've ever received back were form letters or emails "thanking" me for expressing my views -- and sometimes asking for a donation.

What's your experience with this? I'm thinking about a letter or email campaign to a couple of Congresspeople, but want to get a handle on the best way to get their attention.

Okay, so Ryan and McConnell

are sucking up to Trump, being assholes, and all that. I totally agree. But, after hanging out here in DU for a few weeks, I just can't buy the usual explanation that they're just assholes or traitors or whatever. It's not enough for me.

They have to WANT something. There has to be a REASON for doing what they're doing. So...

Are they being blackmailed by [insert your favorite villain]?

Are they being paid gobs of money by [insert your favorite villain]?

Are they tired of government service and just don't give a shit anymore?

Are they protecting Trump because they feel they can do whatever they want with him in office?

I don't have a clue, and I'm sure there are lots of opinions. So please jump in with yours. What do they want?

Looking for a good Democratic association to join

I've been wanting to get involved in something and looking for Dem associations online, but most of them just seem to want to talk at you and ask for donations. I even looked at local Dem Party units.

Are any of you involved in a group that actually does something besides social activities and talk? Any suggestions?
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