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Everything old…

…is new again. In the 1950’s it was frontal lobotomy done with a knitting needle up your nose. In the 2000’s we discovered we could electrically stimulate areas of the brain and get rid of depression. It was strictly regulated by psychiatrists. Few operations are done with this technique. And now, we are back to the age old question: “Who’s crazy? And, who’s to say?” It has always been far easier to answer whether you have a brain tumor or not since CT scan was invented in the mid 1970’s. Ah! Life was a lot more simple back then.


Happy Thanksgiving

The news of the moment is not happy. More shootings. More dead. I read the articles for the body count, Nothing comes of it. The majority is ignored so that laws for gun control are a distant dream. How many? Died.

I have much to be thankful for and I feel guilty as though I am in a small bubble. Nonetheless, there are millions who celebrate and many who cannot. Colleen is always mindful and keeps me grounded. To all: best wishes for this day.

As I am writing, about 24 hrs hence we will have a turkey in the oven and await family who will arrive for dinner. The celebrations are more rare and precious with the passing years.

In closing and with hope: Go with the promise of a new day and all of its possibilities.


Page 26?!

Gee! Don’t hold back! The orange guy with the fake hair announced again. Ho hum. No need to listen. Lies and ego. We seen this story before. The New York Times has a strong opinion. I do not think there will be an endorsement forthcoming. Gee!

Derision? Deja vu all over again?

And, he got cropped in his prime time coverage. Newsworthy? “Florida man” got page 26 in his favorite megaphone…


Internet

When you consider the Internet…. Twitter has had so much trouble since musk took over.

The NY Post a staunch supporter of trump, has turned upon him. He’s a loser whose time has passed.

Surprisingly, it was not so straightforward to look up this picture on the ‘net. They talk about it. But the articles tease you out. It took a few clicks to find it. Delicious. You would expect NYT and MSNBC would have had a field day…. Who would have guessed the beginning of the end would come with a whisper.


Fog of War

There was no outright Republican victory. No sweep. No decisive win. Nada! None!

Up yours, Trump! (Ahem, your ass is grass – and I’m gonna mow it.)

I would like to say I told you so.

All politics is local. – Tip O’Neill

The nightmare Colleen envisioned did not materialize. Since more than half of us did not vote for asshole (trump) in 2020… it stands to reason 2022 elections would not be so different despite the dirty tricks and cheating by the republicans.

It was a gathering of cousins at the poll. And no, they would not stand in front of the trump flag, even as a joke! We all voted. That’s what counts at the end of the day.

Yes, there were assholes present, too. You just can’t teach stupid. It seems a natural talent.


Pardon me?

Would it be ok to think that the group that is left at Twitter is the dumber one half? Therefore it might make sense to take the one half (the smarter half) that was discarded to seed the new company that would be Twitter Light. You don’t have to look far for experts especially since they are all on the job hunt. Who thought of this? Finally we could have some sense of belonging and improvement. Oh, of course this would be too delicious! You made your own competition.


Americana

A·mer·i·ca·na

noun

plural noun: Americana

  1. things associated with the culture and history of America

Today is Americana. Flags, concerts, roadside signs, and kitsch. I certainly don’t know whether the American flag is a symbol of patriotism or of conservative Republican politics anymore. Rebel flags symbolize the Civil War never ended. White supremacy? Political signs assiduously avoid party affiliation in an attempt to build name recognition. When did that happen? And then there is just plain kitsch. The chicken at Royal Farms symbolizes its roots as a chicken farm and restaurant.

Blue tint, out my car window; I could correct it. But, nah! “See the USA in your Chevrolet… la da da, da da, da da, da da da….”


I am hopeful

“The heavily redacted affidavit provides new details of the government’s efforts to retrieve and secure the material in Mr. Trump’s possession, highlighting how prosecutors may be pursuing a theory that the former president, his aides or both might have illegally obstructed an effort of well over a year to recover sensitive documents that do not belong to him.

To convict someone of obstruction, prosecutors need to prove two things: that a defendant knowingly concealed or destroyed documents, and that he did so to impede the official work of any federal agency or department. Section 1519’s maximum penalty is 20 years in prison, which is twice as long as the penalty under the Espionage Act.”

The article finally provides information that even my simple brain understands. All you Fox news Republican defenders can understand the principle too.

Question: What’s obstruction? Answer: Standing in the way.

Lock him up!


Al Capone

Al Capone convicted of –

income tax evasion

Capone was convicted on five counts of income tax evasion on October 17, 1931, and was sentenced a week later to 11 years in federal prison, fined $50,000 plus $7,692 for court costs, and was held liable for $215,000 plus interest due on his back taxes.

A pittance against his crimes….

Read: Investigations. Four, five ongoing. It doesn’t amount to much. So far 45 has wiggled out of high crimes and misdemeanors – impeachment – twice. So, we see his crimes – from a certain perspective, utter disbelief – lies, boldfaced and tossed back seem to fall as accolades upon his (millions of) believers who have yet to abandon reality. Fox enables him. Follow the money; Fox makes millions pandering to his followers. So, it was for Hitler. It did not end well for Hitler.


Learned

Lesson learned. It’s a roundabout story today. Years ago I was gifted an opportunity to shoot at the US Open by a Sports Illustrated photographer who took me along. I had full-fledged press credentials to wander and shoot all over the stadium. Imagine that!

Celebrities were in abundance as well as the tennis stars of the day. It’s not hard to see who won the men’s final by the look of triumph in his face. The key to shooting: get the ball coming into or off the racket in the same frame. Spectacular!

Lesson: This came a bit later. I was posting photos to a shared website. The site also let you rate other photographer’s photos with stars 1 to 5. I went thru and rated a bunch of photos. They were mostly 3’s – average. No big deal, not great, not poor. Afterward I was inundated with vituperative comments and 1 star ratings and comments on my own uploaded (tennis) photos. “How dare I rate their photos so poorly!!!”

It was a lesson well learned. To this day, I stay off the internet in any capacity that might make me a target again. There is so much said about social media and influencers now. There is good and bad. Most of the billions of people are unaffected and socialize in peace, while a few ….

And, on a similar note: Lopsided? Her left breast is clearly disproportionately larger relative to its mate in that dress. Huh? Nice trick. How’d that happen? Or why? Am I just being picky?

Oh! Oops! Trick photography? Or stupid mistake? It is a fundamental lesson learned very early on. A wide angle lens distorts facial features. In this case … it was an unintentional error. Well, then, you simply delete the image from your memory card … instead of taking credit below the photo. Argh!!! Dumb!! Poor Jimmy!?

Like Pandora’s box, I fear the Internet is larger than any of us despite Elon Musk’s pending purchase of Twitter. Or, as singers and poets tell us – “you can’t go back.” Oh! Ooops! He’s backing out… does that make him the asshole he seems to be?


Oy!

Is oy vey a Yiddish?

Oy vey comes from the Yiddish oy vey, which is translated and related to the English oh woe. It’s often uttered as a defeated-sounding sigh. Evidence for the phrase as borrowed into English dates back to the early

He lied to her? Stupid. Her. Geez! Wouldn’t you do anything to get the job if you were a lying sack of shit? “No backs!” as we used to say on the playground. I am impressed at Collin’s naivety! Stupid?! The colossal mistake of the century. Would you like to buy a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge, Susan? It’s very hard to say, “I didn’t see this coming.” Maybe the title of this post should be, “Stupid.”

In truth, I’m sure Susan will say this was the very first time she was naive and that someone lied to her.

Oy! … be very afraid…


The Emperor’s New Clothes

I don’t get it. Nope! Not at all. Biden is President. It’s fact. Millions deny it? The world keeps spinning, the sun rises. Maybe the earth is flat! And, the moon is made of cheese! What is fact? What is truth?

God? That’s gonna drive you crazy. Do you believe?

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.


Bullshit

Barr said, “Bullshit.” The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Nope, I never liked him…. But truth is truth. Biden is president. The world keeps spinning. And, Trump and co. were dead-assed wrong! Trump had four years. We won’t do that again, either.

What is the famous line from Network?

Mad As Beale. There’s a lot of rage in this country at a lot of things, so much so that newscaster Howard Beale’s cry in the 1976 film Network, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!,” has become a kind of national mantra.


Quinn

It’s an interesting juxtaposition, the headlines and the news in our house.

Quinn – name meaning and origin.

Quinn is a gender neutral name with Irish roods that means “wise,” “sense,” or “reason.” It comes from the old Irish word Ceann or Conn, meaning “head” or “chief.”

So there you have it. A new granddaughter. We were in the dark about the name up until birth. My daughter also named her after my mother (middle name). Her sister got the other grandma’s name. There is a lot of emotion tied up in all of this. Obviously, there was a lot of thought and consideration. We were kept in the dark right up to the birth. Since my posts are scheduled ahead, the birthday was some time ago. I am still processing the early morning news. Why are “babies” always born in the middle of the night?

Equally, birth and abortion are not simple either. I do not wish to open more controversy. But, life begins at fertilization. There are exceptions to the considerations – rape, incest, and birth defect. I, heretofore, considered a viable fetus the nexus. Colleen rightfully points out that it is not so simple. I am forced to reconsider and not at all sure where the nexus should be. I, intentionally, remain vague as I ponder anew. Meanwhile, Quinn has come in this backdrop of philosophical discussion. Her name is not common but has become more popular of recent times. I believe her parents have made a brilliant choice and I wish the best for them all. Now, onward, to the store, girl clothes!

Middle name?: Deanna. It was my mom’s name. It is a personal (to me) and touching choice.


I ferget

Bad data follows bad money… or is it the other way ’round? Oh! Oh boy! Bad science is always a bad thing. Cheating on taxpayers money… priceless! Maybe we won’t remember? Oh! Ha ha! The joke’s on us? By the time you finish reading this, you won’t remember. You’ll forget where your $$ went. Right??? It ain’t experimental no mo’; the treatment is beaucoup $$$$!


Ha haw

That’s desantis in the pic. his name has letters in common with insanity. 666


Reality check

Right Now!! I got bright blue sky. Cloudless. It’s snowing nearby. How near? Reality. I am looking at blue sky. Really! FREAKIN” BLUE SKY! No snow!!

See trump. He’s down in the middle of the pic, sort of sinking, SINKING!! still tryin’. still trying to win the election?! LOSER! Reality says it is not trump; he’s yesterday’s news. And, MTG, more reality show stuff. She’s running for her life. You don’t get to do insurrection and be a part of legitimate government.

Meanwhile, my sky is still bright blue and sunny today. Just look out your window. Bye, don.


Was it the push or the curb?

When I was a younger neurosurgeon, a patient came to the ER with a hemorrhage in the head. He’d been struck by a bouncer outside a club and fell to the curb. The patient subsequently died from his bleed and the grand jury was convened to decide on murder charges for the bouncer. My senior partner at the time said to me that they would ask whether it was the curb or the push that caused the bleeding. Ummm, wasn’t it the push that resulted in the fall to the curb and that it was the bouncer who did the push. The curb? The curb did it?? The curb??? Yup, that is exactly what the grand jury determined. The bouncer was not charged! No harm? No foul? Nonsense! Justice! Oh well, it is sometimes bewildering. The good guys do not always prevail??


See something, say something

This is the catch phrase of terrorism in our country. Well, I am looking at and reading about atrocity, killing of innocents, and destruction of property. They are bombing civilian areas. Even if you spin it around as a Republican might, death and destruction of cities and innocents is hard to explain except as a war crime. Enough! It is like a classic “Bully” movie. The cowed population cowers until the hero saves the day. We are the ones who need to step up. Please. Please! “Thoughts and prayers” inadequately stand up to rockets, shells, and bombs. A man who can say, “I don’t need a ride. I need ammunition.” deserves to be saved.


Black plate

In the Walmart parking lot: The black Delaware license plate is an old one reserved for the early settlers of Delaware. You can get one at auction or by inheriting one. Yup, Delaware, Sussex county, Republican, asshole. Really!? And, you left your window open. I’d have liked to have poured a bottle of root beer into the front seat. Some people walk around as though there are no vindictive Democrats left in the world. But, without too much trouble, we know who you are and how to find you! Yeah, you should be looking out your rear view mirror.


Need to know

We live in a conservative neighborhood. Let’s go Brandon is a curse against Biden. Another pick-up truck was traveling down the road with curses like, “F adam schiff.”

I daresay you drive with this on your car and your ID. That license plate is not too hard to trace. We know who you are. Should you worry? At least, I would think twice about it. If you are an asshole, you should be circumspect at how much you told people what you are. But then again – idiots.


Eh?

If you don’t get it? You must be dumb, or, a Republican. ‘Nuff said. Someone is finally speaking up for the “rest” of us.


Tone Deaf

Idiot. Is there any other word? Worse? Agreed. Flaming stupid idiot? Tweet, tweet! You cannot tweet anymore. He – 45 – was persuaded that January 6 was not a good day to hold a news conference. Hmmmm, does he have a brain? Ah! You guessed! I’m not a fan nor supporter. The distaste is palpable a year later. Lock him up!!


Ah! You…

…bastards! You tiptoe around. You do dirty tricks and hope they won’t be found out. You truly are evil bastards! In the miserable pouring rain as we passed on a cold dark night through Maryland on the way home… Colleen was struck by revelation! She has been casually watching gas prices as we traveled this holiday season – NY NJ MD WV OH. Democratic friendly states – about $3.29 and up for gas. West Virginia, $2.75. Ohio, $2.83. Umm… who #$#@#% represents those states in Congress? manchin and jordan. I read how joe is in the pocket of fossil fuel… oh! This is how they pay/BRIBE! joe back for his efforts to stall the democratic agenda. This is pretty blatant “pork.” Payback’s a bitch. Me? It never occurred to me how low ‘special interests’ would go. Price gouge your neighbor especially if they are Democrats. Colleen is simply brilliant. Or you are dumb to think, we would not notice your “stink.”