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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.


News of the day

My urban landscape now is traffic lights. I never realized that they can be confusing – especially when the lights outnumber the cars. My drive by? I drive by forsythia. I can even stop – on the road – to shoot them. it is sharp contrast to NYC where you are never alone. And, Ukraine remains on everyone’s mind. We were in the newspaper – local. There goes my WPP status. Yes, I’m a spin doctor now. BTW – the news journalist took our pic with my real camera. So, I posted a real shot back on April 10.


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.”


Bad idea

I want to short the stock on this drug. Pilocarpine, it’s been around forever. Drops: charge me $80 a month? Really?! The drops constrict your pupil. It has been used for glaucoma forever. Closing down your pupil improves the depth of field therefore you perceive better focus. It’s akin to a camera focal f-stop opening. The downside? When you close down the pupil, you have difficulty seeing in the dark. The immediate danger – driving at night! And, therein, lies the source of untold law suits. People are dumb. And, they drive at night. Dumb drivers at night, how smart is that? So, the price on this stock is going straight down. No good deed goes unpunished.


I wuz wondering

Umm, I don’t have Mark Meadows on speed dial on my phone. Do you? So, I’m wondering how cozy Fox news is to 45 (he, who shall not be named) to have Fox news anchors with direct access to the Chief of Staff. A direct line! And then, to advise? Does this cross the line between reporting the news and …? Oh! I see. It means nothing. Fox is the public relations arm for 45’s presidency. They immediately reported lies and continued to lie about the results of the 2020 presidential election results. Aha! Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party. … cuz, no one seems to pick up on Meadows being advised by news anchors.?!#$@$#!!! Three! Count ’em! Three anchors!! Ingraham, Hannity, and Kilmeade!! News organizations report the new unless, they make the news. I guess it’s good to be king! I can say emphatically, that I did not sign up to have a king of the United States.


Confusion reigns

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Starting now: you may not post a pic or video to Twitter without permission of person or persons depicted. It’s a joke? Street photography? Public tourist sites? A public demonstration? How do you go about getting 100k signatures of permission at a rally? This one failed before the good intention hit the pavement. I get it. Enforcement is easy: no pictures or video. I don’t Twitter. Should you?


Do you believe this shit?

TRUTH Social claims it will be a place that “encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.” And yet, its terms of service forbids users from using the platform to “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.” NPR

“In a press release, Trump explained the need for his new social network: ‘We live in a world where the Taliban has a presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced.’ I don’t think Trump’s making the point that he thinks he is in that. All he’s telling us is that he’s more offensive than the Taliban.” — JAMES CORDEN

“The site was briefly accessible to the public last night, and was immediately overrun by trolls, including one who started a fake account under the former president’s name that posted a photo of a pig defecating on its own scrotum. Are they sure that was a fake account? Because it feels on brand.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“Yo, this man is a legend. He creates a free speech website, and immediately was like, ‘OK, here’s what you can’t say.’ It’s like if the first rule of Fight Club was, ‘Hey, hey, hey, no fighting! No fighting! No fighting! We work [expletive] out here.” — TREVOR NOAH

“How is Trump of all people going to make a rule about disparaging comments? I mean, this man roasts people so much, he has to do it at auctioneer speed.” — TREVOR NOAH

“The man who told over 30,000 lies in office has started something called Truth. He’s also launched a new makeup line called Human Skin.” — STEPHEN COLBERT


Screech

Colleen screeched. She has suffered a cold and cough the past few days. Today she feels better. … better enough to read the label of the cough suppressant I got her. DM, dextromethorphan. Look at all the other chemicals that are in the bottle! Nuts! None of them are needed. None necessary. And probably seriously toxic in larger quantity. Huh!? Really!? My bad. I read the label on Nyquil and Dayquil and decided the other ingredients were not for cough. But, the chemicals? Unnecessary chemicals? Well, I have managed to do bad today. For the average consumer, reading the label is not too educational. But, geez, I shoulda known better. Seriously.


I’d rather not…

… pay taxes. I never did care much for the bite taxes took out of my earnings. Can you read a map? See! SEE, the colors? The USA is prominent among nations with Covid cases. We don’t have many rivals in cases and death. Great!?

“The new mandates drew praise from doctors, caution from experts and outrage from Republicans.”

Why are Republicans outraged? Outraged?! Really?! Really stupid. We have a way to mitigate Covid. It is vaccination. It’s not horse de-wormer. You won’t do it? … not even for your kids? Former “liar in chief” trump had Covid, got monoclonal antibodies, and was among the first to get the vaccine. trump didn’t need the vaccine; having Covid gave him antibodies. Follow fearless leader… down the rabbit hole. Don’t do what he did? Do what he says? Take horse de-worm pills, or, bleach, or, malaria medicine? The science is pretty clear. Oh?! You don’t believe in science. Climate change? Ya! Those hurricanes rearranged a lot of houses last week. And the wildfires, they ain’t happening either.