Lest We Forget

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In view of recent events in Washington, DC, it is necessary to remember, once again, politicians posture and wrap themselves in the flag, but there are real men and women defending this country, dying for this country so those jokers can dishonor the exalted positions they have in government.

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A letter to my Congressman

Dear Congressman* Smith;

Though I rarely agree with you, I appreciate you voting for the startup of the Federal Government last night. In view of the heavy cost in human suffering, trust and prestige abroad, the S&P estimate of $24,000,000,000 loss to 4th quarter GDP with its impact on revenues and solvency of businesses across the land, the ongoing possibility of a down-rating of US credit rating (with the attendant increase in the cost of borrowing and paying off debt), the apparent ignorance or disinterest in the harm done by Cruz and his minions in your caucus, I can’t say I’m happy with your party or sympathetic to your party’s claim to be interested in controlling the budget, and more, I note you have a big job of restoring trust. Frankly, if there were any way to punish the people behind this joke, I’d ask you to follow through on it!

In the meantime, how does the Republican Party propose to deal with the financial losses their irrational component brought across all strata of American life, private and government? Will there be apologies for using veterans as props in cynical photo ops at the WWII memorial? Or by Congressmen who brought about the shutdown for berating government employees doing their jobs without pay when it made good propaganda for the ignorant masses who think government is the enemy?

You still did the thing that needed to be done. I gave a small $25 a week to the DCCC (I’m no Koch brother…), and planned to continue this as long as the shutdown lasted, I was so disgusted with your party’s pig-headed resolve to destroy the USA if they had to get a dam for McConnell and ZERO, ZIP, NOTHING, NADA for putting the United States of America in peril for some screwed up notion that they could defund the ACA by this reckless tactic. I’d call them traitors, but I’m just a disgusted voting citizen.

For Dummies books 10-18-2013

I know the way to change law at my end is to vote people in who work for the country’s best interests first, constituents second, but NEVER to promote an extremist ideology and personal ambition. Apparently a certain component of your caucus needs remedial classes in how American government works. There are “Dummies for”** books on Constitutional law and how Congress functions, passes bills, and I recommend they buy them, study them, then start acting like respectable Congressmen and Senators. (I have these books because citizens need to understand this business, too.) I realize that’s pretty idealistic, but this country was based on idealism and a desire to create a better life and world.

Sincerely,

* [sic -One speaks of them as Congressmen or Congresswomen, but address them in letters as “Representative or Rep.” So-and-so: I know that, but hastily posted this with the incorrect term before I went to the military museum this noon for my weekly babysit.]

**[sic – I meant “For Dummies” books, of course, though “Dummies For Congress”,one of the books to which I refer, works instead of the actual title of “Congress for Dummies”. No doubt that was a Freudian slip.]

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Here is my Congressman’s reply. Frankly, I was surprised to get this, but he did reply:

Representative Smith replies...

Representative Smith replies…

optical illusion

Who doesn’t like a “brain game”? The eye can be tricked with simple tricks, such as the one that follows.

WHICH OF THESE TWO IS LARGER THAN THE OTHER?

Wow! I would have guessed the  bottom left hand picture showed the bigger *!

Wow! I would have guessed the bottom left hand picture showed the bigger *!


Believe it or not, they are identical in size. Woo hoo!

recycle day

I’m in a foul mood today, so I’m recycling something I posted on Facebook yesterday:

I have no shame: I recycled this image I earlier characterized as a "FAIL"....

I have no shame: I recycled this image I earlier characterized as a “FAIL”….

Andy’s “mood” in the photo has everything to do with a camera flashing in his kitty face.

Mine is related to the jokers in Washington. As William Gibbs McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury under Woodrow Wilson, said, “It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.” You may think I’m ignorant; I may think you are. It’s too late to talk about it.

History can settle which parties are responsible. When Congress flushes the toilet by their irresponsible handling of this manufactured crisis, the country goes down the drain. That’s what matters. No one wins: Small gains, major consequences, a Pyrrhic victory.

That’s why I’m in a foul mood today.

to motivate Congress’ mind wonderfully…

There hasn’t been any significant progress in resolving the Congressional impasse on the manufactured shutdown crisis. Not good. Not good at all.

Today is the 13th day of this crisis, and the 14th day is just hours away. The implications for America brings up dark thoughts, especially when I recall this famous Samuel Johnson quote:

~ from Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

~ from Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson

I suggest that is just one of many wonderful possibilities, but I offer the following to help you help Congress focus their minds wonderfully.

Mark your choice with a Nr. 2 pencil, and send it to your representatives in Congress. They seem hell-bent to destroy this country and the world for some obscure “principle”, i.e. saving their butts, though that is very unlikely to happen after this ordeal!

I hear finger-pointing on the television...! Hope this ends your blanking about, Congressman! Whine, whine, whine!

I hear finger-pointing on the television…! Hope this ends your blanking about, Congressman! Whine, whine, whine!

If they blow it and the country defaults on its debts, my choice for them is Seppuku. How about you?!

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oatmeal weather

One thing I like about the cooler weather is oatmeal not only sounds good, it is a great way to take off the chill.

Yesterday, I made a big helping of oatmeal with these ingredients: peach chunks, peach juice for part of the liquid, brown sugar, candied ginger root cut in thin slivers, cardamom, fresh-grated nutmeg, and oatmeal, of course! It was delicious, but as soon as I started eating it, I realized I left out the walnuts and vanilla! Today, an even colder morning than yesterday, I shall make it the way I intended.

Nom! Nom! I love my oatmeal!

Nom! Nom! I love my oatmeal!

I usually use dried fruit in my oatmeal. Cinnamon, allspice, mace, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger (ground or slivered candied ginger root), pecans, walnuts, peanut butter (mixed in after oatmeal is cooked), honey, and anything I have on hand that just sounds like it might make a good bowl of oatmeal are likely to end up in it in some combination of these ingredients. Yum! Dry cereal is OK, but oatmeal is versatile AND hot. I never use milk on it. Don’t need it.

Samuel Johnson with his acerbic wit probably just needed some  fiber in his diet to mellow him out, if you know what I mean. If only he had eaten his oats...!

Samuel Johnson with his acerbic wit probably just needed some fiber in his diet to mellow him out, if you know what I mean. If only he had eaten his oats…!

Fortunately for me, I come from a long line of Scots, so I know the benefits of this wonderful food! Oh, and I should mention it tastes good, too, if you gussy it up with selected spices, fruits, brown sugar, and nuts! Plain oatmeal, um, barely fit for horses….

a bedtime story…

CANDY

Senator Fischer tells of shutdown impact on Nebraskans

Just when I prepared to say to hell with it, the junior Senator from Nebraska, Deb Fischer made this speech on the Senate floor:

I didn’t vote for her because I thought she was too conservative, but I just sent her a “thank you” for being a sensible voice in a mad world. I still don’t agree with the “how” part of strengthening the economy, creation of jobs. That’s something they’ll have to work on in Congress.

She made me feel hopeful something can end this nonsense before the worst possible moment: A conservative member of Congress actually understands the impact of the shutdown on ordinary citizens..

I’m kind of proud of her, actually, and, though I don’t agree with her on much, I appreciate the fact she understands how teamwork benefits us all. I especially appreciate the fact she paid attention to constituent e-mails telling of the difficulties caused by this outrageous shutdown.

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The two comments so far suggest I was a bit over the top about this speech. Don’t worry. I slept well last night, for a change. If that’s all I get out of the speech, good enough. She’s just one of 100 in the Democratic Party-controlled Senate.

It’s Adrian Smith, the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska I am more concerned about since he is in the Republican Party-controlled House of Representatives, is ultra-conservative, and isn’t someone I particularly trust on any level. He’s in a more prime position to cause mischief than Fischer.

One needs to hear all sides of an argument, not just the one that matches one's closely held prejudices....

One needs to hear all sides of an argument, not just the one that matches one’s closely-held prejudices….

“Trust but verify,” as Ronald Reagan said. He was only talking about reduction of atomic weaponry in the hands of the Soviet Union, not spoiled brats playing Congressmen and Senators bent on destroying America from within.

Andy had a long night…

Andy had his 8:00 treat at 5:10 this morning. (Well, he asked for it!) That left only one thing left to do: sleep. Here he is, on top of my computer, a favorite place to sleep or just watch out for his brother Dougy.

Dreaming of little mousies dancing on their toes....

Dreaming of little mousies dancing on their toes….

I love Andy when he’s sleepy. He’s so sweet looking. When he wakes up, his disposition is angelic, not at all like his fully alert, cynical little cat self. Ha!

Joe, you sanctimonious lala…!

Grrrr! I’m at it again.

Some days, I want to take Joe Scarborough aside and...!

Some days, I want to take Joe Scarborough aside and…!

Earlier this week, I sent my Congressman a message, which is the subject of the last post, “Dear Adrian”. No, I haven’t had any response from my Congressman. Unlike Joe, I realize and accept the possibility his staff is buried in messages from constituents, and, though his response record stinks and I might not get one under any circumstance, it is greatly possible (if he responds), it will be late. You know, like the people trying to deal with the huge response to the Affordable Care Act inquiries.

Joe, well, I best better shut my trap. I’m really upset with you just now.