Friday, February 17, 2017

Animals and Politics (sorry)

Here are some nice animal pictures from yesterday's ride.  The road runner was interesting, he sat on the post and made a sort of cooing noise.  We've never heard a road runner make any sound before.

The round tailed ground squirrels are now out and about.  They are one of the cutest animals on earth.

Ok that's it for the nice things that we've seen.

On the news tonight, a couple of Trump supporters were talking about how impressed they were by all that the president has accomplished during his short tenure.  Other than repealing the section of Dodd-Frank that required reporting of bribes paid by oil companies to despots, or allowing the coal mining companies in West Virginia to dump mining debris into the streams and rivers; I can't really think of much that he has accomplished.  Oh, and there is that whole tarnishing the image of this country. This allegiance to the administration is just baffling to me.  I look around at people going about their day, and I wonder why isn't their hair on fire?

I can't even discuss the press conference yesterday.  Have you ever seen such a tragic performance?

CBS is reporting the following:
“Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy. … Two sources also told CBS News that Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the State Department and one of the last remaining senior officials, was informed that she will be let go. She is a career foreign service officer who had served as an ambassador under Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton.”
Not a single State Department official was included in the White House meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week.
“Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — who has no regional expertise or diplomatic experience — had a greater role in the meeting than the Senate-confirmed secretary of State. Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon was on the official schedule to take [Tillerson’s] place but was then shut out of the White House meeting.”
Because of the absolute plethora of other things to say about politics in this country, this did not get a lot of coverage, and it should.  Foreign policy is going to be run by a 30 something with no political experience, an ex oil executive, and that man.  If this doesn't scare you to death, I don't know what it will take.  Additional words on this subject can be found here.

At Boeing in South Carolina the president orated about keeping the jobs home - we're keeping the jobs here.  Check out this diagram. This is how manufacturing works.  Nothing he says is going to undo this.


  1. Oh, wow. That Boeing diagram just about says it all, doesn't it? What are we going to do with all those tailfins? Maybe we can stack them together to build a wall...a really great wall. And if that's not bad enough, now you tell me it's "cooing" instead of "Meep! Meep!" I think I'll go down to Hussong's Cantina and drown my sorrows in a few rounds of $2 margaritas.

    1. I know! And MEXICAN thrust reversers! Reversers! I would like to see a wall of tail fins.

  2. I can only read the news (real news of course, from credible sources) in a couple of brief sessions each day...that alone is enough to have me screaming and tearing out my hair. Serenity Now!

  3. I read an article online that stated that about 40% of Americans will pretty much support "that man" no matter what. If asked why, I'm guessing they'll say "at least he's not Obama". But as for specifics, they've got nothing, except maybe the fact that "that man" is not guilty of "presidenting while black", an excellent phrase I read recently. This seems to explain what most of them have against the previous two-term President. Sigh...