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April 22nd, 2017

Ryan Lizza, on the New Yorker's Website, today quotes an unnamed White House personage to the effect that Trumpsky is "excited" about threats to shut down the USG a week from today! Holy shit! What insane assholes!

Recalling the Obama experience with right-wing loonies in 2013, he writes, "...the government closed for two weeks before Republicans came back to the table. At the time, many predicted that the tactic would have dire political consequences for the G.O.P., but the following year the Party expanded its majority in the House and took over the Senate. Republican leaders have prevented their right wing from forcing shutdowns in the years since, but one lesson from 2013 is that the threat of a government shutdown is a powerful way to press for concessions without paying too high a political price."

You read that correctly...we are fucking doomed!

April 21st, 2017

Trumpsky and Congress

Just read in the Post that The Donald finds himself refusing to take"no" for an answer. Seems he thinks that Congress will all of a sudden vote to repeal Obamacare, replacing it with some bullshit antipopular system that rewards the rich snd ignores the poor. This despite --only weeks ago --Congress AND the White House getting bloodied by the factional fight over the Repubs' proposed legislation.

Worse (for the Repubs), a new fight over Trumpcare right now will hamstring the more reasonable Congresspersons --who had expected to pass the 2017 Federal budget by the April 28 (sic!) deadline. Losing the week in which to act before that fatal date, the GOP will AGAIN shut down the fucking government.

And getting any emergency legislation passed in such wretched circumstances is gonna be impossible!!!

Fuck 'em all!

April 20th, 2017

Laughing our "Ossoff"

The Post had a bunch of reporting on the near-win in Georgia by Democrat Jon Ossoff. Trumpsky crowed about the National GOP's throwing millions of dollars at the race, in order to deny him what turned out to be a paltry one and a half percentage points for an outright win. Now Ossoff should handily win the June runoff, and there'll be even MORE attention at that time. Especially among Republican office-holders, already fearful about the 2018 Congress elections.

The Post carried an on-line vignette about one losing Repub:

"At Gray’s election night event at an Italian family restaurant in Roswell, he implored his supporters to rally behind Handel [the Repub with only 20% of the vote]. 'No one cheered; there was no applause for party unity," Jonathan Lee Krohn reports.

“And why should there be? For at least some of Gray’s most hardcore supporters, they had supported him specifically because of his love for Trump..." Meanwhile Handel had conspicuously avoided The Donald's almost literal "kiss of death." That's going to be LOTS harder in June.

April 13th, 2017

Bannon in deep shit

Steve Bannon, Trumpsky's "Nefariousness Advisor" (my name for his wretched station), seems to have been pretty much demolished by his ingrate of a boss. Couldn't happen to a more deserving jerk!

According to the TV networks and this morning's Post, he's barely hanging on. Even his friends have nothing kind to say for him:
"'Bannon is a brilliant pirate who has had a huge impact,' said former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter. 'But White Houses, in the end, are like the U.S. Navy -- [both are] corporate structures and very hard on pirates.'

"For now, at least, Bannon may survive the turmoil... according to [no fewer than twenty-one -- sic!] aides and allies, many of whom requested anonymity -- because they were not authorized to talk about internal dynamics."

No surprise, "Bannon declined to be interviewed."

April 7th, 2017

I was appalled yesterday by Trumpsky's blithe abandoning* of his YEARS opposed to intervening in the Syrian civil war. This morning's NYTimes called it "a dramatic turnabout" for someone "who until this week had displayed virtually no interest in a deeper role for the United States" there.

Trumpsky was duly matched by his erstwhile Secretary of State proclaiming he saw "...no role for him [Bashar al-Assad] to govern the Syrian people." Just last week he had consigned Assad's future to the Syrians alone to decide. Senator John McCain immediately blamed him and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for such remarks leading Assad "to calculate there'd be no serious international repercussions" from resuming the use of poison gas against his own people.

How's fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles fired last night at the offending Syrian airbase? Not subtle...

*That old quote by 19th century stalwart Ralph Waldo Emerson came to mind, seemingly in Trumpsky's defense: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Mind you, I still loathe Trumpsky.
As you lovely readers know, I spend a bit of time these days on Tumblr -- which usually lives up to its name. Meaning that one wanders from site to site quite charmed by the sexual connections -- from pure porn to quite innocuous* -- and finds her prurient thirst appealed to and slaked.

So tumbling, the other day I saw a promising blog-name, "lesbianbeachbunny" -- and checked it out. It's done by a 20-something Brit who doesn't seem the "beach bunny" type. (We all aspire to unlikely self-images, though, and a London girl may dream herself a California surfer chick if she likes.)

Not the least of her charms is her self-profile as a person surrounded by friendly lezzie temptations. Girls DO find her bed quite readily, and she finds "newbies" her preferred sub-species. I liked her phrase that someone she'd begun dating had "... become naughtily close."

It is fun to see "naughty" go adverbial.


* I was going to say "innocent" -- but that lost realm of so-called "purity" is hard for a thoughtful adult to conjure. "You can't go home again," per Thomas Wolfe. (Wiki says it's "... a novel by Thomas Wolfe published posthumously in 1940, extracted by his editor, Edward Aswell, from the contents of his vast unpublished manuscript "The October Fair"...

April 2nd, 2017

Blues at the Winery

It has been a busy 24 hours, including a wonderful local blues concert all yesterday afternoon. I hope you sweet friends enjoy "Delta Blues" as I do? B B King is probably the best known exemplar...

Oh, gotta mention that, yesterday, TWO groups did tributes to the late Chuck Berry -- including Joey Gilmore doing the absolutely best "Livin' in the USA" I've ever heard. (I confess I didn't know Berry authored it; both the Stones and the Beatles covered it.)

After that rouser, Joey made a pitch-perfect comment about having travelled abroad, "but getting back home is the BEST part." He didn't even MENTION Trump; the audience understood perfectly!

Event was at the "Summer Crush" winery just south of Vero Beach -- a terrific venue. (I think it's the southernmost winery in the US, for good reason: all our sunshine yields wine that is a bit sweet, though their whites are perfect for a spring day in the countryside.) They've just build a great concert venue out amidst the vines, seating some 800. My only complaint is that there were only about 500 fans there, BUT we were a devoted audience. (And isn't it great to have close-by parking and no lines at the wine-bar at a concert!!)

March 31st, 2017

"Here I am back and still smouldering with passion, like wine smoking. Not a passion any longer for flesh, but a complete hunger for you, a devouring hunger."

Henry Miller, A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin & Henry Miller, 1932-1953. From Tumblr, "chipped-red-nail-polish" Source: introspectivepoet

I first got into the Miller-Nin scene in the 80s: a girlfriend, Xenia, adored them, and we devoured their frank and more-or-less erotic stuff. Some of Nin's poetry stands up well enough today, but the prose -- I just re-read some of "Henry and June" -- can be dreadful. They thought themselves free spirits, seizing whatever emotional succor they felt like from whomever they attracted.

And some of it seems so damned selfish. They conned others into paying the bills for their free-floating lifestyles. Sure, they "created" interesting literature for their times -- but they were well paid to create schlocky private porn. (It never quite got going the way Henry wanted.)

Hey, by the way (they wouldn't know from BTW), wine doesn't "smoke"...

Now, a consideration as I vent so egregiously: I have a lovely friend here with the evocative name "Anais" -- and I do know how wedded we get to our nommes-de-guerre.* So please comment, dear Alan and Anais, and I'll do my best to smooth the aggro. Omelets and eggs, you know...

* Mine, Justine, comes from a 40s-70s writer named Lawrence Durrell (who knew and worshipped Henry, BTW). He did a magnum opus (based on his WWII service in Egypt) called the Alexandria Quartet -- one novel of which was called "Justine." She is one of the most compelling heroines in all contemporary literature. (I'd be remiss if I didn't note the Marquis de Sade's heroine likewise named Justine -- especially since I just bumped into a French-language Tumblr called "justinesoumise" ["soumise" is submissive, as de Sade's heroine was, I AM, and so many friends also are] Anyway, "vive la guerre.")

March 30th, 2017

I love Lena Dunham. actress and TV producer (her show "Girls" on HBO is brilliant). She also publushes* one of the best feminist documents EVER -- a free weekly newsletter called "Lenny". (Go sign up right now!!)

This issue focusses on birth control.

"...To show that we stand with Planned Parenthood today and every day, we asked some of our favorite contributors what birth-control methods they use and why.

"Lena Dunham: I’ve been on the birth-control pill on and off for almost fifteen years. It’s the only thing that can control my endometriosis pain, and it’s made my skin clearer, my moods more even, and my life altogether finer. In college, before I had a diagnosis of endo, I’d go off it whenever I broke up with someone..."

Me, Justine? I'm your friendly lifelong lesbian, so I don't need it. Goddess help me, if I were to be raped** I'd use the "morning after" pill. 'Nuf said!

* That's my Autocorrect's Malapropism. It's so damned cute, I'm leaving it up!

** As most longtime readers know, I was raped when I was 18. I was so distraught over it that I never told anyone at the time. I then repressed the shit out of it -- then. two decades later, under a shrink's treatment for depression, reconstructed much if it. I was a total lesbian before it, and it sure didn't recruit me to heterosexuality!
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