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.


$51,000 coat for Mrs. Trump



This is possibly the worst looking piece of Fashion that Mrs. Trump has worn to date - and to think it cost $51,000!  I know they are rolling in "dough", but this is just shameful!  Have they no sense of decency? 

Texas governor



Texas governor jokes about shooting reporters




Two days after a GOP House candidate from Montana was charged with assaulting a journalist, Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, joked about shooting reporters, according to the Texas Tribune.
The comment followed Abbott's Friday signing of a bill that reduces the licensing fee to carry a handgun in the state of Texas from $70 to $40.

The governor then made his way upstairs to the shooting range for some target practice, and once he was finished, he held up his target sheet to show off his marksmanship, joking to the reporters and photographers present that, "I'm gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters."

His remark comes mere days after Greg Gianforte, who is now the Congressional representative for Montana's at-large district, allegedly slammed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, to the ground.

Though he initially contradicted the reporter's version of the altercation -- backed up by an audio recording and a Fox News producer who witnessed the altercation -- Gianforte later admitted to his "mistake" in an apology delivered after securing Montana's only congressional seat. 
Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault, and is scheduled to appear in court between now and June 7th
.
Jokes about threatening the press have become more common recently. At the United States Coast Guard commencement ceremony on May 17th, 2017, DHS Secretary John Kelly joked with President Trump after he'd been presented with a ceremonial sword, saying, "Use that on the press, sir."
President Trump chuckled, responding, "Yeah, that's right."

This is most disturbing to read about - joking or not!  This is the type of speech (I know the First Amendment!) that invites violence against anyone who speaks their opinion!  Shame on this man

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day 2017




Remember those who gave their lives so that we might be free.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads




The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even—if you will—eccentricity.



Joseph Brodsky



Former U.S. Poet Laureate Joseph Brodsky (born May 24, 1940), was persecuted in his native Russia and was forcibly exiled in 1972. With the support of poet W.H. Auden he eventually settled in the U.S. and later won a Nobel Prize. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WOW or "Word of the Week" at the library

Several years ago, our library started WOW, "Word of the Week", which is posted on the front counter, it is very popular with the library patrons.

Recently, I suggested this word:

"Snollygoster:  snoll-ee-gos-ter, a noun.
   Somebody especially a politician , whose actions are motivated by self-interest rather than by high principles."  

Not only does this apply to the person residing in the White House, it also applies to several members of Congress, two in particular, the House Majority leader, and the Senate Majority leader.  How they can look themselves in the mirror in the morning is beyond belief - and how they can continue to parrot what Trashmouth says and not realize how untruthful they have become.
SHAME on them!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Garrison Keillor editorial 5-14-17



Keillor: Can we go one day without Trump on the front page?



By Garrison Keillor

For all the fireworks of the French election, please note that Marine Le Pen gave a simple elegant concession speech, congratulating the winner and thanking her supporters and campaign workers. She did not claim voter fraud or a media conspiracy or accuse the government of tapping her phone. She is, after all, French. Liberty, equality, dignity.

And so our country, the land of the pilgrims’ pride where our fathers died, remains No. 1 in blithering tastelessness, naked self-promotion and delusional hypocrisy, thanks to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and James Comey. North Korea is a close No. 2, followed by Sudan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, the Ku Klux Klan, the Fall of Man and the Republican health care plan.

That was a remarkable photo, Republicans on the White House lawn celebrating the House passage of a bucket of horsefeathers. It looked like the Kappa Delts gathered at the country club for the Eight-Ball Roll-‘Em and Martini Scramble. Actually it was the D-minus students collecting a pile of partial term papers regurgitated by dogs and sending them to the Senate to be made into something coherent and perhaps defensible. As the man said, nobody knew health care could be so complicated. Good luck, Sen. McConnell! Take your time! Read the whole thing!

Senate approval is an archaic legal requirement — so much easier to simply write an executive order stating that everyone gets the care they need, pre-existing conditions or not, a beautiful deal for less money, and let’s move on to something else. Sign another order that cancer has been cured — that would pay for everything.
This guy is in love with the executive order. It’s his idea of a selfie. He sits at his bare desk, grinning, holding up the two-page large-print document with his big bold signature, in a nice leather binding like an Award for Meritorious Achievement from the Federation of Organizations, his smiley vice-president looking over his shoulder, a select group of happy citizens clapping. Last week, he signed one assuring ministers of freedom of speech in the pulpit. Next week maybe he’ll order ladybugs to fly away home, their house is on fire, their children are gone.

What is so remarkable this spring, as we all wait for the next shoe to drop, is how completely the Republican virtues we grew up admiring — caution, respect for history, attention to the fine print — have been thrown to the winds and the party has united behind an aging New York playboy with no fixed principles except an insatiable urge to be on the front page every single day including weekends and holidays. It would be like the Democratic Party electing Big Bird and applauding whatever comes out of his big beak.

Big Bird is a costume. There is a person inside it. He says what is in the script. But if he says whatever is going through his mind and starts ranting about conspiracies and TV ratings and the Civil War (how come?), you have a Big Turkey for a leader. Some people might think it edgy and cool to have an eight-foot president covered with yellow feathers, but I believe that most Democrats would not go along with this, even those who feel the party has gone elitist and needs to regain the common touch.

The American people do not wish their president to be on the front page every single day, especially not for saying stupid stuff. They would prefer government to be effective, functional, honest, rational — in other words, boring. Think of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. You want it to operate quietly without drawing attention to itself. You don’t want to read in the paper that when you hold a $20 bill up to ultraviolet light now, it says “Invest Kushner” with a blinking 800 number.

Same with the National Park Service. We don’t need to sell ad space on the foreheads at Mount Rushmore. The U.S. Coast Guard is a fine operation, if you ask me. Ditto the FAA, and so is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — imagine the complexity of it, administering the oceans and the atmosphere — and yet it goes about its mission without fuss. The White House could write up an executive order — “Let the waves be still, let the tides not encroach upon Mar-a-Lago” — but NOAA would simply build an ark for the president and life would go on as before. And that is the whole point.

Garrison Keillor is an author and radio performer.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

ACLU post



Here's 's full statement on the arrest of a reporter for asking HHS Secretary Price about the health care bill.


Quinnipiac poll



Quinnipiac asked respondents, what is the first word that comes to mind regarding the President

Answers 

  • "Idiot"  39 times
  • "Incompetent" 31 times
  • "Liar" 30 times
  • "Unqualified" / "Leader" 25 times each
  • "President" 22 times
  • "Strong" 21 times
  • "Businessman" 18 times
  • "Ignorant" 16 times
  • "Egotistical"  15 times

Interesting 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Statue of Liberty and American Flags at Half Staff




Since January 20th, many American Service Men and Women have lost their lives in service to their country.

Our "illustrious" President, who claims to "love" the military, has YET to have the American Flag flown at Half Staff in honor of their service and their deaths.

How do I know this?  I work at a library that in the past received Presidential (from President Obama) notifications that the Flag was to be lowered in honor of (Name provided) of the fallen.

To date (May 9th 2017) NOT once have we received notification to that effect from this President! 
In April 4 service men/woman lost their lives for our country.
SHAME ON HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To all those who have lost family members in service related deaths, please accept my sympathy for your loses. 

Arrival, a movie




We watched this film the other evening.

Interesting concept, and the time sequences worked well.

Amy Adams gave a very "quiet" powerful performance filled with much angst.

The question asked "Why are the here?"  well, the answer is probably something different to each viewer.

Worth watching.