Monday, October 16, 2017

Riches vs A Good Name

Proverbs 22King James Version (KJV)

22 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Steven Mnuchin
United States Secretary of the Treasury

Betsy DeVos
United States Secretary of Education

and of course, Trashmouth, should take a moment and consider the above Biblical verse.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

How many have been killed by guns since 1968?

Here’s a summary of deaths by major conflict:

War                                      Deaths
Revolutionary War                4,435
War of 1812                          2,260
Mexican War                         13,283
Civil War (Union and Confederate, estimate) 750,00

Spanish-American War           2,446

World War I                           116,516

World War II                           405,399

Korean War                            36,574

Vietnam War                          58,220
Persian Gulf War                     383

Afghanistan War                     2,363
Iraq War                                 4,492
Other wars (includes Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Haiti)                                     362

TOTAL    1,396,733

Americans killed by guns from 1968 - 2015       1,516,863

If not NOW, When?I

If not Now for talking about gun control, When?  When the next time hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured?

Rest in Peace, Sweet Princes and Princesses



Rest in Peace, Sweet Princes and Princesses.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A French Village, tv series

This French television series chronicles the events that occur during WWII in a small central French village - starting in 1940 with the German occupation, and how at the beginning the Germans and French collaborated together to try to make the village cooperate with the Nazis. When the Nazis begin their forced separations of the Jewish  population, the villagers begin to realize that things will never be the same in France, and are under Nazi rule for 5 years.

As the war is beginning to go against the Nazis, the Resistance group and the Communists basically join forces to defeat the Nazis.  

At the end of the war, France is beginning to come together as a united country, those who assisted and collaborated with the Nazis begin to suffer the consequences of their actions - some are merely scorned (women have their heads shaved and are shamed publicly) others are put on trial and face the death penalty.

Over the course of the series, once looks into the lives of the many villagers, it is easy to know who are the ones who are only out for themselves, the ones who are just trying to make sure that others don't suffer.

There were several villagers that I had begun to despise greatly so their executions were justice served in my eyes.  

Different look at WWII from what we Americans have generally been taught in school.

Excellent series, well worth watching.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Trashmouth needs a History Lesson

It is time for Trashmouth to take a history lesson.......which of course he won't, he doesn't read books!

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), is a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States holding that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protected students from being forced to salute the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance in school. The Court's 6–3 decision, delivered by Justice Robert H. Jackson, is remembered for its forceful defense of free speech and constitutional rights generally as being placed "beyond the reach of majorities and officials."


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Politico cartoon 9-13-17



They say a picture is worth 10,000 words - well this cartoon from Politico is worth about 2 million words, let alone $$$$$$$$!

Has any one seen Trashmouth giving the $1 million he promised to help out victims of hurricane Harvey?

Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President, although your words seem to get you deeper in the hole.  Check out your ratings on Real Clear Politics website!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

J J Watt, a REAL American hero



There are heroes and then there are heroes!

Both photos show what REAL American heroes look like! 

J J Watt, when I last heard, had gotten over $16 million in relief pledges from around the country.

The men pushing the truck in the flood waters are also REAL American heroes.

Then there is our President, who will never be an American hero!  


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quote of the Day--------Goodreads



The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.

V.S. Naipaul


Happy birthday, V.S. Naipaul! After the publication of his novella, The Suffrage of Elvira, the Trinidad-born British writer copied out many of the reviews by hand for his mother to read. 


The First Amendment




BREAKING:
"Trump Administration bans employees from using the term climate change."


Excuse me, Trashmouth, apparently you haven't taken the time to read the First Amendment to the Constitution!
Amendment I Essays » Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Hey, Trashmouth, you seem to be able to say anything you want!!!!!  Wake up and READ the Constitution, or have hire a tutor to understand what MY Forefathers lived and died for in this country since the 1630's - your family cannot say that, since you are only a first GENERATION American!!!!!!!!!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

What Does He Think?

What does the President think would happen, if these Neo-Nazis and other hate groups, would do to his daughter and son-in-law, if they were to gain power?
Does the fact that Jared is of the Jewish heritage, escape the President's thought processes, and that Jared would have been targeted by the Nazis in Germany? 
The President's own grandchildren would also have been targeted by the Nazis.  
These groups don't just hate African Americans, they HATE everyone!

HATE is NOT an option!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

We ALL NEED to take a stand against these groups.

And the President needs to take a serious history lesson about the Nazi philosophy.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Eve of Destruction ---- North Korea vs Trump!

Just listened, again, to Eve of Destruction! 

What is happening between Trashmouth and the man-baby of North Korea is the most scary thing I have ever witnessed in 68 years!

If those who voted, and still support, Trashmouth, aren't afraid, then they are truly FOOLS!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

"When in the Course of Human Events" political cartoon

I saw this one, it is scary to think that our current President has no grasp of exactly what the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence truly stand for.......

He doesn't seem to understand that the Founders of this country separated the three branches of government with EQUAL powers! He isn't the supreme being of our government - He has to answer to Congress and the Justice Department.

His behavior brings to mind exactly WHY we separated from Great Britain or the monarch who was in power at the time ---- Mad King George the Third!!!!!! ------- the President's behavior seems to be following in those footsteps.

HEAVEN HELP US ALL!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thank you Senator John McCain





Thank you Senator John McCain, for standing up to the incredible pressure put on you and all Americans by this current administration!

You are courageous and a TRUE American HERO!!!!!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quote of the Day ------- Goodreads




Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.


Cassandra Clare



Before Cassandra Clare (born July 27, 1973) wrote the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, she gained popularity for her fan fiction: The Draco Trilogy, based on Harry Potter, and The Very Secret Diaries, based on The Lord of the Rings

Our President should consider this one!

Make America Great Again?????????????????



Trump's Products aren't Made in America

Products aren't Made in America In July, the president traveled around the country for Made in America week. He rode firetrucks, waved flags, and most of all heralded the importance of buying and manufacturing in America. But soon it became clear that he doesn’t practice what he preaches—his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line is not made in America, and his restaurants and hotels are actively hiring more foreign workers. Similar hypocrisies came to light when, during the election, Trump placed emphasis on buying American while it was revealed that dozens of other goods he produced were manufactured overseas. In her defense, Ivanka’s brand president, Abigail Klem, told the Washington Post that manufacturing goods in the U.S. “at a large scale is currently not possible”; and in 2015, Trump defended his China-manufactured ties by arguing that “[the Chinese] have manipulated their currency to such a point that it’s impossible for our companies to compete.”

This is taken from

13 Trump Scandals You Forgot About
POLITICO Magazine · July 26, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paul Ryan Leader or Wimp?

Is this man the Speaker of the House, and a Leader in our country?  Or is this man just a wimp and a "Yes man" for Trashmouth?

He certainly does not appear to have any backbone, in the current mess that is occurring regarding AG Jeff Sessions - he can't even tell the President that it would be a disaster to fire the AG!

How can he look himself in the mirror in the morning, let alone sleep at night!!!!!????????


Thursday, July 20, 2017

What did he expect?



I am not a particular fan of Jeff Sessions however.....

"Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president," the president said in the 50-minute interview. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair -- and that's a mild word -- to the president."

Sessions went on to say that he's "totally confident" that he, along with the rest of the agency can continue to run the department in an effective way. 

The President doesn't seem to understand anything (!) about our government and how it works, at least, the Attorney General has government experience and understands "The LAW"!

Every morning I wake up, I wonder when Trashmouth will declare himself  the "Great Dictator" and our country will be overrun by his minions!  SCARY, SCARY, SCARY!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Something we can CHEER about!

Something that we can cheer about!

Roger won his 8th Wimbledon title!

GREAT work Roger.

Thanks for putting a smile on this person's face!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cyberbullying

Do you think she gets it?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Melania Trump's platform

Hey, Melania, isn't it time for you to get your husband to stop his cyber-bullying?
After all isn't that what your platform is supposed to be about??????????????

He is the Number 1 cyber-bully in the entire world!

Wake up!

Quote of the Day------Goodreads





And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



In the beloved French novella The Little Prince, a pilot who has crashed in the desert encounters a young prince visiting Earth from his home asteroid. The premise was inspired by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's (born June 29, 1900) own desert crash. After three days without water, he was saved by a passing Bedouin. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Who Pays for YOUR Health Care?



Hey Mitch, Sit Down, Shut UP and LISTEN to the Majority of Americans!

Who PAYS for your Health Insurance?  Are you covered by the U.S. Government health plan?  IF so, then I think I and millions of Americans are funding YOUR health coverage!  Maybe WE should take YOUR coverage away!!!!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What else is "New"?

Well, Ryan said it!

Back at the beginning of May, I noted that a number of American Military men and women had lost their lives serving their country, and the President had not once had the American Flag lowered in their honor.  Since that time several more American Military men and women have lost their lives serving their country, and STILL the President has not seen fit to honor their dedication, nor their memories, by lowering the American Flag!  WHAT A DISGRACE HE IS!

And Paul Ryan you are a disgrace to, to give him such a stupid excuse to ignore our Military men and women, and their families.

You both need to fixate on the REAL things that are important NOT YOUR inflated EGOS!!!!!!!!!

GROW UP and be a concerned HUMAN BEING!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Finally some "good" news we can all SMILE about



Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Simon Helberg star in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Stephen Hawking is clearly a fan of “Big Bang Theory.”
The famed physicist tapped the long-running CBS sitcom as a recipient of this year’s Stephen Hawking Science Medal for science communication

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Greatest "What"?

Does he really think he is the Greatest, doing the Greatest, making the country the Greatest?

What about compassion, understanding, kindness, wisdom consideration of others, being sympathetic to those less fortunate?

Proverbs 4: 5-7  King James Version
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.

Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.


Well, I can only hope and pray that someone will give him some direction, that he will actually listen to, because from this writer's point of view, he is doing nothing except creating a greater divide in our country. Which he doesn't seem to understand, nor does he listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans telling him just that. 

Quit TWEETING, and listen for a change!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Piano in a Factory ---- Chinese movie

The Piano in a Factory - a Chinese movie.

We watched this film over 2 evenings.
Very interesting. 
Premise - couple in the beginnings of a divorce with a young daughter (who plays piano) caught in the middle.
Father believes if he can obtain a piano his daughter will choose to stay with him - mother is only marginally in the film, she has a "wealthy" boy-friend.
Father is a member of a musical troupe that performs at various events (funerals, weddings, etc.) he enlists his fellow musicians and friends to assist him in obtaining a piano - when that "fails", he devises a plan to build a piano.
There were many scenes that reminded us of a Charlie Chaplin film, the music is always interesting and the ending will have you applauding.
Hope you will try it - yes, it does have subtitles, but many scenes don't really require conversation to convey what's occurring.
The main male actor won Best Actor award at the Tokyo Int'l Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Quote of the Day ------ Goodreads




Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.


W.B. Yeats


William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet and dramatist who became one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, was born on this day in 1865. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Quote of the Day----Goodreads





We're all in this game together.


William Styron



Novelist William Styron (born June 11, 1925) was both admired and controversial. Black activists called for boycotts of The Confessions of Nat Turner, written from the POV of the leader of a slave revolt. The sexually explicit Sophie's Choice, which won the National Book Award, was often banned in schools. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Eugene Robinson's editorial 6-6-17



Robinson: Trump’s tweets a gift to lawyers fighting travel ban

By Eugene Robinson

The statements President Trump issued on Twitter in recent days lead to a chilling conclusion: The man is out of control.

I know that is a radical thing to say about the elected leader of the United States, the most powerful individual in the world. And I know his unorthodox use of social media is thought by some, including the president himself, to be brilliant. But I don’t see political genius in the invective coming from Trump these days. I see an angry man lashing out at enemies real and imagined — a man dangerously overwhelmed.

On Monday, he started at 6:25 a.m. to comprehensively undermine his own legal team in its quest to win Supreme Court approval for a travel ban targeting Muslims. I can call it that, without legalistic hemming and hawing, because the president did so. Emphatically.
“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN,” Trump wrote.

Maybe he thinks that tweets, somehow, don’t count. But of course they do. These are written statements typed by the president himself, and as such should carry more weight than a processed release from the White House press office, not less. Trump’s lawyers — arguing in support of the blocked measure, which would bar visitors from six majority-Muslim countries — contend it is not a “travel ban” as such. Attorneys on the other side will surely use Trump’s own words against him.

And he had plenty more to say:
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C. [Supreme Court]”
“The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court — & seek much tougher version!”
“In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”

Let that last one settle in for a moment. Has a president ever publicly dismissed the entire judicial branch of our government as “slow and political,” even in a moment of pique? Does Trump grasp the concept of separation of powers? Has he even read the Constitution he swore to preserve, protect and defend?

Whether Trump’s statements during the campaign — calling for a surely unconstitutional blanket ban on Muslim visitors from anywhere — should be taken into account by courts considering the current “watered down” version is debatable. His written statements as president, however, are clearly germane. Opponents of the ban might want to send him flowers.

Trump first let the cat out of the bag Saturday night, following the terrorist attack in London, when he wrote, “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”

He went on to express compassion and support for “London and the U.K.” But by Sunday he was off the rails: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”

What rational head of state attacks the mayor of a city that has just been hit by terrorists? Why would Trump do such a thing, in the process taking Mayor Sadiq Khan’s words out of context in a way that totally changed their meaning? Because last year Khan, perhaps the highest-profile Muslim public official in a non-Muslim country, criticized then-candidate Trump, saying that his “ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe.”

What Khan actually said Sunday was that the public had “no reason to be alarmed” about an increased police presence on the streets — not, as Trump suggests, that they should be nonchalant about terrorism. Khan’s stoic and defiant response is in the tradition of Churchill’s during the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, or Thatcher’s during the Irish Republican Army’s terror campaign. Londoners have rallied around him. Trump, by contrast, sounds like a ridiculous Chicken Little squawking about the coop.

Words have consequences. Trump’s may hurt British Prime Minister Theresa May in Thursday’s election. Assuming she survives, she will have learned a lesson about getting too close to a volcanic president who might at any minute erupt.

We already knew that Trump had a narrow mind and a small heart. Now we must wonder about his emotional stability, his grasp of reality, or both.

Eugene Robinson’s email address is eugenerobinson@washpost.com. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

This Ain't No Mouse Music - a documentary




Chris Strachwitz has been "detecting" American music since the 1960's. He has been recording music for 50 years - plus he has his own "indy" record label Arhoolie Records. He loves ethnic music of the American south, Cajun from Louisiana, Tex-Mex of Texas.
Blues, jazz, country - you name it he loves it.
Some of his "finds" or those who have been put to the forefront of our musical heritage are the following  











Ry Cooder






Michael Doucet


Garrison Keillor's editorial 6-4-17



Last paragraph of Garrison's editorial from 6-4-17


Other countries have lived with leaders who are ignorant, poorly tutored, self-obsessed and corrupt, and why can't we? Let Congress hash things out, with the courts as safeguard, and Him of the Golden Hair and Mighty Eyebrows, go bear his Torch of Greatness to Benighted Peoples in Distant Lands and don't hurry back.




Thank you Garrison!!!!!!




Saturday, May 27, 2017

Allied, a movie


Allied, a WWII film, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

Max and Marianne meet in French Morocco during WWII - their mission is to assassinate the German "ambassador" to Morocco.  Things get "steamy" really quickly and the two take things farther then expected.

Jump into a short future, and they marry in England after their assignment is complete.

Further along, Max is summoned to the ultra-high security office, where he is informed that Marianne is a German spy------ or is she?

Sort of light and fluffy, and sort of not.  If you have nothing better to do, and nothing worth watching on a rainy evening, it is an ok film.