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January 31st, 2019

Catching up

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Late last night, I wrote to an old
friend on LJ, updating things after Joanne's and my frenetic travels by both sea and road since mid-December. I just re-read it, and think some of those words may be of slightly broader interest. Here goes --

It's been a painfully fraught time for me, both on-line and IRL. My lengthy playtime over on Tumblr was abruptly ended on 12/17/18 (a date-certain which will "live in infamy," as FDR said in a whole different context).

On that date, Tumblr's management perversely abandoned the happy little community's one wide-open sexual freedom -- abjectly surrenderig to outright censorship and uptight goodygoody-ness. It was brutal. Many of us once-were "terminated" as the "authorities" found we would not obey the new rules.

My OTHER psyho-sexual angst resulted from six weeks travel with my long-time partner Joanne (who adores travel), with us finally returning to our Florida place on Monday. Whew!

As you perhaps recall, dear readers, she and I had been in a wonderful relationship for almost two decades. She had been a fabulous domme -- until three or four years ago, when she quite suddenly gave up sex completely. I think I've bored one and all with the sad tale...anyway, with her grudging tolerance I now get what sex I can on-line. She remains as ibsessively dominant in our lives as ever, but we somehow iove and accomodate each other most of the time. Just NOT when shoved together in travel situations!

[More to come -- that is what I'd shared wih my lobg-lost friend...]

January 23rd, 2019

I'm delighted that so many old friends read my piece three weeks ago, AND commented so kindly on it.

We're just finishing our AZ travels: went from Mesa (OMG is that a huge city -- but it's now got major freeways of its OWN, doing a good job of handling the intense traffic!) to Tucson (where we stayed with THREE sets of friends/relatives -- one way not to overstay our welcome).

Then we returned to Mesa (via the Florence-Oracle highway through spectacular high-desert scenery) and, after a few days with relatives, on north via a lovely new highway to Payson (the route even more gorgeous than the Oracle one, and completely new to me, a longtime AZ visitor).

The area along the "Mogollon Rim" (high mountains, complete with quite a bit of snow) is amazing.

Then on from Payson to Sedona, where an old pal of Joanne's offered sumptuous lodging with views of the stunning red-rock buttes and other sights. The two girls are out exploring right now -- and I got to sleep late, and catch up on my bloggery. (Which is overdue...)

More soon!

(BTW all these tags are are a SMALL part if a collection I created 5-6 years ago. [I stopped collecting when LJ proposed charging for them, and promptly forgot about them. LJ somehow preserved that ancient history.] They refer to old LJ entries of mine, and occasionally I look up a few, and -- even less often -- I go through the list and tag all that seem marginally relevant to whatever I was blogging about. Which I just did this morning! Enjoy! Click on a few, please! Keep me "honest," as it were.)

January 5th, 2019

Sorry to be out of touch!

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Egads! I didn't post here at ALL in December! (And it's not like Trumpsky hasn't ceased to annoy me -- not by a long shot! The asshole goes from fiasco to fuck-up daily!)

I've been on a cruise through the Caribbean, Panama Canal and up the west coast of Central America, getting to San Diego two days ago. My partner Joanne loves travel by cruise ship, so I indulge her occasionally.

Well, we had a pleasant trip, great weather, and some cool people as companions. Alas, I caught a really wretched cold aboard -- one of TWO bad things about a cruuse ship is that comnunicable diseases seem to proliferate in that pool of "cool people," (The other is that shipboard wi-fi is both lousy and expensive -- so I've been "incommunicado" for three freaking weeks!!)

Cheers! Justine

November 30th, 2018

Alas, I'm not keeping you gentle readers updated on our disastrous president and his misbegotten deals with Russia. (That is, the Mueller investigation that's now back on Washington's "front burner.")

But tonight's news analysis, about ex-Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen pleading guilty to perjury this morning, tells me that a showdown on the matter is coming soon. It's a high-risk effort.

A lot of local observers (yes, including me) were discouraged by Trumpsky's firing of Attorney General Sessions right after the Nov. 6 mid-term elections. Trying tor impose a hatchet man not confirmed by the US Senate, Matthew Whitman, in his place. It was evidently aimed at damaging Mueller's effectiveness, BUT the reactions tonight to Cohen's new cooperation with Mueller focus on Whitman NOT being asked to approve the Cohen indictment.

MSNBC commentators late this evening say that Whitman -- for unknown reasons -- is not yet in control of the investigation. Indeed, it appears that Deputy AG Rosenstein (whom Trumpsky pre-empted from becoming Acting AG two weeks ago) remains in charge of the Mueller investigation -- which the media had not known until now.

That may be good news -- perhaps showing that the controversial Whitman is recusing himself under Justice Dept. rules. Such a repeat of the Sessions history would surely infuriate Trumpsky. But key top-level career people at the Justice Dept. may be trying to finesse Whitman's much-criticized role -- quietly delaying the decision on his recusal.

The Mueller team astutely pushed the Cohen court case today -- a surprise to observers. This afternoon (before flying off to the Buenos Aires G-20 meeting), Trumpsky merely groused about his former attorney Cohen being a "weak" and inadequate lawyer -- NOT deigning to defend him. Does the nincompoop even KNOW that Whitman seems, in fact, to have been outmaneuvered on Cohen?

November 13th, 2018

Some Repubs give a damn!

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Today's Post has a terriflc op-ed by a senior Repub former oficial, Mitch Daniels. He is now President of Purdue University. Obviously he wrote in the wake of last week's midterm elections. And he deliberately attacks the Trumpies -- without calling them by name. (In short he still wants to be in politics -- who knows? Run for President?)

He takes as his leitmotiv Cormac McCarthy's decade-old novel, "No Country for Old Men" (which was made into an excellent movie a few years ago -- and which I saw).

Daniels writes: "the protagonist is a longtime county sheriff in south Texas who watches what has always been a rough-and-tumble environment descend rather suddenly into levels of violence and brutality that even that weathered veteran cannot cope with, or even comprehend.

"Even though bein’ sheriff was one of the best jobs you could have and bein’ a ex-sheriff was one of the worst,' by the book’s end, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell is ready to quit...

"Just a decade ago, but in what now seems a parallel universe, one could run for public office without vilifying one’s adversary. In fact, you could even make a virtue of it."

Read the whole damned thing -- and despair at how we are failing as a nation (and, sadly, I'm not exaggerating):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/as-a-politician-i-vowed-not-to-attack-my-opponents-wheres-that-ethos-now/2018/11/09/fde28168-e399-11e8-8f5f-a55347f48762_story.html

November 8th, 2018

https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2018/11/07/george-f-will-political/

Funny today to find the connection to conservative columnist George Will flows through the Salt Lake "Tribune" (rather than the local WashPost). But "no harm no foul"-- I use it however I can!

Will notably left the Repub Party when the Trumpies took over, and his column has become a bastion for reasonable resistance to the Crook/Crank-in-Chief.

Today, the column concerns the Mid-term results, and is peculiarly titled "A shot of amiability in our politicsl system?" Not unsurprisingly, Will upbraided the Dems for their ego-trip against Trump, arguing that "despising this president [neither Will nor I concede the crazy bastard a capital-"p"], though understandable, is insufficient."

He ironically concedes Trump has "unified" the Repubs, the HARD way -- his bizarro csmpaign on Tuesday eliminating from the game many Repub moderates.

"Hitherto, [the historical GOP] having been divided between Theodore Roosevelt progressives and William Howard Taft conservatives, between Robert Taft conservatives and Thomas Dewey moderates, [and] between Rockefeller liberals and Goldwater libertarians. In today's monochrome GOP -- color it orange for the coiffeur of its Dear Leader -- postures range all the way from sycophancy to adoration" [sic -- not a long distance!].

Finally, he seems to think there will be less rancor between Repubs and Dems. He notes that our first Chief Justice John Marshall was involved in ratifying the then brand-new Constitution. According to Will, Marshall later wrote: "the county in which I resided decidedly [opposed ratification]. but I was then popular and parties had not yet become so bitter as to extinguish private affections." Will believes that "amicability could be infectious in a nation weary of politics..."

He concludes, "Someday, someone in the upper reaches of politics is going to resort to amicability, as a novelty, and his or her party will prosper."
My apologies to one and all for not posting in the last three weeks. The Mid-term elections yesterday kind of overwhelmed me, and -- suddenly -- they were past!

I focussed during last evening's coverage of the poll returns on the several key Florida races, being a resident there -- and an enthusiastic supporter of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, Alas, he lost. I truly hate Scott, the incumbent, who had challenged Nelson for his US Senate seat -- and, alas, seems to have won. I was also disappointed in another Senate race, that of Ted Cruz in Texas -- who beat the highly touted Beto O'Rourk.

I was happy to see Dems take control of the US House of Representatives -- but I awoke this morning feeling a bit like I did two years ago, after Trump's outrageous win in the Electoral College (BTW a stupid anachronism that we should get rid of). Losing the popular total by no less than three million votes, but we're stuck with him...for now.

But it became apparent today that the margin of 30-odd seats in Congress was no small victory. Especially as we heard details of individual races, including many DOZENS of women gaining seats -- there will be about a hundred Dem Congresswomen.

But, this afternoon, that bastard Trumpsky tried to "steal the Dems' thunder" by firing Attorney General Sessions -- a long-expected move to thwart Mueller's ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in 2016's elections. The Asshole-in-Chief hatched a pathetic maneuver to replace Sessions with an "errand boy" temporarily in charge -- to curb Mueller or shut down the nearly complete inquiry.

The first protest marches are announced for 5:00 pm on Thursday, including in front of the White House. We will not let the nefarious scheme be implemented. Joanne and I plan to be there -- it will be historic! Trumpsky will become the 21st century's Nixon...

October 13th, 2018

We love one particular national institution here in Washington, the Kennedy Center, and last evening we had a unique experience there. It was a genuinely odd production of "Measure for Measure" -- considered to be Shakespeare's only "other" play about justice and mercy ("Merchant of Venice" being the first).

"Odd" because it was in Russian, with opera-like subtitles of the English text projected on a screen above the stage.

It was a co-production by the Pushkin Theater of Moscow and London's unique "Cheek by Jowl" company -- dedicated to such joint productionns. (Do Google it for the convoluted plot, which has more sex -- even nudity -- in it than one might imagine in WS's works.)

It sounds a bit cumbersome, but it worked extremely well, including some period music and dance -- quite elegantly added by the British adapters.

Both of us overheard many local Russian-speakers in the audience: impressive since there will be four other performances here, including a Saturday matinee -- many hundreds of Washington's Russian community evidently are turning out for the event.

AND, given the bad state of US-Russian relations currently, one wonders just how Putin would react if he were aware of the great success of this venture.

Also, it was the first time we've seen "Measure," which is among the least performed of the Bard's works. Back home, I just looked it up in Asimov's classic Shakespeare compendium, learning a lot about the only one of his plays set in Vienna, and in the 16th century--historically correct, as I learned.

October 12th, 2018

Dear friends: life in the political universe is getting messier and more threatening. Bad as Trump is here in the US, there are similar forces at work in the rest of the world. Last week's election in Brazil was a notably awful "good example": Jair Bolsonaro, ex-Army colonel and 30-year member of the Chamber of Deputies, got a near-majority and is the favorite in a run-off.

To share with you a good article (in Spanish, from "Politica Exterior"-- meaning Foreign Policy) on the Brazil debacle, I need to presume a bit of rough appreciation of Latinate languages.

For instance: Bolsonaro's crude program slips all too lightly over "problemas complejos [complex] como la corrupción o la inseguridad ciudadana [lack of citizen security], patriotismo excluyente [exclusionary] y odio a [hate for] mujeres, negros, indígenas y LGTB’s [women, blacks, indians and gays] son los ingredientes principales de su programa político."

That wasn't so hard, was it? It's The Donald in the tropics.

His run has been "...una intensa campaña de desinformación e intoxicación como el candidato en contra de las élites y el poder establecido," It's so fucking easy to go against supposed elites and a country's "establishment" anywere...

Distinct from Trump's recipe, domestic crime is the key to Bolsonaro's rise: "las autoridades se muestren incapaces [government has shown itself incapable] de detener el avance del crimen organizado, con el resultado de que en el último año se registraron más de 60.000 asesinatos [in 2017 more than 60,000 murders] en el país."
Dear friends: life in the political universe is getting messier and more threatening. Bad as Trump is here in the US, there are similar forces at work in the rest of the world. Last week's election in Brazil was a notably awful "good example": Jair Bolsonaro, ex-Army colonel and 30-year member of the Chamber of Deputies, got a near-majority and is the favorite in a run-off.

To share with you a good article (in Spanish, from "Politica Exterior"-- meaning Foreign Policy) on the Brazil debacle, I need to presume a bit of rough appreciation of Latinate languages.

For instance: Bolsonaro's crude program slips all too lightly over "problemas complejos [complex] como la corrupción o la inseguridad ciudadana [citizenry], patriotismo excluyente [exclusionary] y odio a [hate for] mujeres, negros, indígenas y LGTB’s [women, blacks, indians and gays] son los ingredientes principales de su programa político."

That wasn't so hard, was it? It's The Donald in the tropics.

His run has been "...una intensa campaña de desinformación e intoxicación como el candidato en contra de las élites y el poder establecido," It's so fucking easy to go against supposed elites and a country's "establishment" anywere...
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