Lights out

Sigh.  I can’t add to this sentiment.

What on earth are we headed in to?

Thanks to the Obamas for their service to their country.  Thanks for bringing the country back from the brink of financial disaster.  Thanks for 8 years of dignity and a scandal free administration.  Thanks for the humor.  Thanks for setting a good example.

Maddow calls Trump out as a liar

Rachel tells us that our new soon -to-be president will flat out lie to us and will put it in writing even when we can check the information for ourselves.

Does this frighten anyone else but me?  For years I have heard people condemn various Democrats for lying.  Clinton about Lewinsky springs to mind…

This lie deals with our national security.  Does he think we are just stupid?

I have a shiver down my spine also.

What the bleep? Trump national security pick Monica Crowley– plagiarist!

 

CNNmoney.com:

Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley, whom Donald Trump has tapped for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found.

The review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The New York Times bestseller, published by the HarperCollins imprint Broadside Books, contains no notes or bibliography.

Crowley did not return a request for comment. Multiple requests for comment by phone and email over the past two days to HarperCollins went unreturned.

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Megyn Kelly lured away from Faux News by NBC

New York Times:

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed amount, people briefed on the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.

The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms.

Ms. Kelly’s departure would upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.

Good for Megyn Kelly.  She has a brain and was wasting it on the T & A show over at Fox News.   I hope she sends Donald Trump a fruit basket thanking him for her liberation.  She did an excellent job during that first debate where Donald Trump showed his true misogynistic colors by attacking Megyn.  She acquired a great deal of support from that incident.

Open Thread…………………………January, 2017

Winter is a good time to be outside.  If you are in the woods, you can really see woods!  If you are at the Battlefield, you can really see some gorgeous sunsets.  Some are great, some not so much but it gets me out of the house and moving about.

I am hanging out in a different place now, at least every other day.  I am hanging out at the Vint Hill Dog Park.

What a great place it is.  It is privately owned and supported for the public.  It beats PWC’s dog parks all to hell.  There aren’t any public ones on this end of the county.  I like it better than Fairfax County dog parks also.  It is a huge park and there are always lots of dogs there.  They provide water, bowls, toys, blast horns (in the event of dog fights), pet waste bags, and of course, the big and the little pen.

I have truly gone to the dogs, at least a couple days a week.   If you want to give your dog a little exercise and socialization, try a dog park!

Meanwhile, let’s hear it for sunsets!

 

 

The Solstice: Winter is officially here

Not only is winter here but it is here with a vengeance.  The good news is, the days will now be getting longer.   Yes, the Oak King overpowers the Holly King and the days grow longer and the nights grow shorter.

For those of us who enjoy the sunsets, this is good news.

I still sit in wonder at the various places around the world like NewGrange and Stonehenge that line up so perfectly with the various heavenly bodies at the solstices.  How on earth did the ancients know that much astronomy and how did they build these precise edifices?

 

The power of fear and incompetence

This video speaks for itself. Even though it was first published November 18, 2016, nothing has changed. If anything, there has been lots of crowing over a misidentified mandate (there is NO mandate), some right wing fear mongers are beginning to ratchet up playing on people’s fears.

Is some of the most recent ratcheting an attempt to scare the left into submission? Control the right and scare the left seems to be the not-so hidden agenda.

Ben Carson to head up HUD? He has never held a government post. Of course, neither has the president. While we are at it, let’s destabilize our relationship with China. I sure hope we don’t need their help with North Korea any time soon.

Throw in Retired US Army Lieutenant-General Mike Flynn as National Security advisor. Has he denounced his radical son yet?  What other leaders have surrounded themselves with generals?

What Trump is doing is disgraceful, irresponsible, and unacceptable.  His behavior brings a whole new meaning to bully pulpit.   I can’t wait for the impeachment hearings to begin.

No one is surprised.  Trump is filling our dreaded expectations, even before taking office.

What happens when lies and fake news get spread….

Washingtonpost.com:

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a false election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m.

Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant; they believe all other occupants had fled when Welch began shooting.

Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Police said there were no reported injuries.

We should not be surprised when more and more people start taking the law into their own hands.   I expect by now there is a conspiracy theory about what happened today.

This situation is another reason why the president- elect needs to put down his twitter account and stop  tweeting.

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Open Thread……………………December 2016

wintersolsticeWhose woods are these?  I do not know.  Certainly none around these parts.  The Japanese maple outside my front door still has all its beautiful leaves.  Winter doesn’t seem to be right around the corner.

So what kind of winter will we have?  I have heard all sorts of predictions.  Cold, no snow.  Very snowy.  Warmer than usual.

What do the woolly caterpillars tell us?  I don’t know.  I never saw a one of them this year.  Nor were the fruit trees laden with fruit.  My holly tree doesn’t have a single berry.  Last year it was full.

 

It’s all a mystery to me.

Governed by the fabulously wealthy

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Washingtonpost.com:

Trump is putting together what will be the wealthiest administration in modern American history. His announced nominees for top positions include several multimillionaires, an heir to a family mega-fortune and two Forbes-certified billionaires, one of whose family is worth as much as industrial tycoon Andrew Mellon was when he served as treasury secretary nearly a century ago. Rumored candidates for other positions suggest Trump could add more ultra-rich appointees soon.

Many of the Trump appointees were born wealthy, attended elite schools and went on to amass even larger fortunes as adults. As a group, they have much more experience funding political candidates than they do running government agencies.

Their collective wealth in many ways defies Trump’s populist campaign promises. Their business ties, particularly to Wall Street, have drawn rebukes from Democrats. But the group also amplifies Trump’s own campaign pitch: that Washington outsiders who know how to navigate and exploit a “rigged” system are best able to fix that system for the working class.

“It fits into Trump’s message that he’s trying to do business in an unusual way, by bringing in these outsiders,” said Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. But Trump and his team, she added, won’t be able to draw on the same sort of life struggles that President Obama did, in crafting policy to lift poor and middle-class Americans.

“They’re just not going to have any access to that” life experience, she said. “I guess it will be a test — does empathy actually matter? If you’re able to echo back what people are telling you, is that enough?”

Does this situation not scare the rest of us earthlings?  There is something sinister about the 1% having power over us all.   Some Orwellian sc-fi plan that I just can’t put my finger on is lingering in the back of my mind.

What were the American people thinking?  [shaking head!!]