Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Potpourri XV

Quote of the day by Morning Joe: "If I want alternative facts I will consult a ouija board!"

Contrasts! At the recent Davos gathering the President of China was espousing globalization while our new populous leader was pulling in the sidewalks.

Seventy plus years ago we and our British allies crossed the English channel with an armada of ships of all kinds for the D-Day invasion. Now we read that the Brits are sending five military tanks across via the thirty mile "chunnel" in a feasibility study if ever the need arises to support NATO in an emergency. To paraphrase Paul Revere "One if by chunnel - two if by sea.........."

Monday, January 23, 2017

Primarily Political XXV

The Inaugural Balls: I think there were four - the Military Ball, the Liberty Ball, the Freedom Ball and the Deplora-ball.

The first dance: He chose Sinatra's "I did it my way!" The lyric begins "And now the end is near..." Is he trying to tell us something?

The speech: I will leave the disecting to the experts but suffice the historians were not pleased. But the use of the phrase "America First" has ominous overtones of 1940 and predates when he was born. He seems to have no sense of history. My lasting impressions are the words "carnage" and "Tombstones" and his clenched fist at closing.
I expect Obama is on the golf course today and we are stuck with this mean-spirited man for four years. Please God, not eight!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Worth Words

In the discussion of Donald Trump's non-attempts to divest of his holdings, Mark Shields remarked "It's not a blind trust, it's a seeing eye trust."

Lesson learned: Never keep John McCain waiting in the cold Washington air. MSNBC did eliciting this remark from the Senator "I'm freezing my ass off"!
President Obama held his 39th and final press conference yesterday after which he will become an interested citizen - we surely will miss this decent man.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waxing Presidential

We have heard politicians say they cannot be bought, but if you hustle down to Gettysburg, Pa.
you can buy the wax likeness of a past president at an auction being held at the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies. It is expected that Lincoln will draw the highest price with such as Millard Fillmore somewhat down the scale. William Howard Taft was known for his girth and his descendant, Bob Taft, doubts he has space for a large wax figure and has settled for a bobblehead likeness instead.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Big-lig Top

When the elephants were put out to pasture several months ago it was inevitable that the days of the circus of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey would be numbered. We now read where the last performance will be held in May. Ringling partnered with P.T. Barnum, a showman and carnival barker who is associated with the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute!" And as one carnival barker leaves the scene another enters from stage right on January 20, 2017 and we shall soon learn if we are all suckers.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Prinarily Political XXIV

The NY Times interviewed a cross section of women who voted for Trump and herewith a few clips of why:
-Trump's not a perfect man, by any means. He kind of reminds me of my ex-husband.
-I believe he knows how to build things.
-I made up my mind for Trump at the last minute.
-I don't think Donald Trump is really Republican but he's not in a box.
-If he would only have kept his mouth shut during the primary........
-I felt he was the lesser of two evils.
-I laughed Trump off like everyone else did.......

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Public Nap

In Japan, napping in the office is common and culturally accepted - a subtle sign of diligence i.e. you must be working yourself to exhaustion. Sleeping in public is especially prevalent on commuter trains but if you took up several spaces on the train you would draw reproach. In other words, no manspreading, please!