Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It's Only Going To Get Worse...

I sometimes get backaches or sciatica that can last for days and I pop ibuprofen or naproxen and sometimes that takes the edge off. As I am pushing 70 (cannot believe I just said that) I expect a few aches and pains here and there.

It seems especially prevalent when I am sitting for long periods. For example on a long drive of more than a couple of hours I can get very uncomfortable...and I blame it on horrid car seats. 

So when I saw this ad in a Costco catalog I thought wow that car seat looks like the most comfortable car seat one could possibly find. 

But it looked so gigantic in the photograph that I thought if we got two of them they would never fit in the Volkswagen Tiguan. Besides Leon wouldn't want to switch out the VW seats. 

Even though I decided it would be totally impractical to replace the seats in the Volkswagen, I set aside the Costco catalog with the page open to the advertisement so that I could show Leon just for kicks, what I thought we could get to make riding and driving more comfortable. 

So the other evening we're sitting in the living room watching the evening news. I was thoroughly bored with the White House idiot staring at the eclipse and I was thinking how stupid of him to disregard the warnings about wearing protective eyewear. He probably considered it to be fake news... 

I noticed the Costco catalog on the end table and picked it up. 

I was about to hand the catalog to Leon and he immediately said "Oh, so you were looking at Murphy beds?" 

I said, "No, as a matter fact I was looking at the car seat."

"Why were you looking at that? That's a child's car seat."

"You're kidding right?" I asked incredulously. "I thought it was a replacement seat for the car."

"No, honey, it's a child's car seat."

"But it looks so huge in the photo. I was wondering how two of them were going to ever fit in the car."

The absurdity hit me. And then I started to laugh. 

"No wonder."

"What?" he asked.

"I was really puzzled by the description. It says installs within 60 seconds. And I'm thinking there's no way you're going to install a replacement car seat in 60 seconds." 

The absurdity hit me again and by now I was laughing uncontrollably.

"I don't believe you didn't know that was a child car seat," Leon says again. "What were you thinking?"

"Well I thought it was like a massage chair, with adjustments and stereo speakers and all, to relieve the pain of sitting on long rides." I could hardly get the words out, I was laughing so hard and feeling so stupid at the same time.

Leon had a good laugh as well, and his only remark after that was, "It's only gonna get worse isn't it?"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

In Memoriam and an Edited Re-Post of On 45's Refusal To Call Domestic Terrorism What It Is

I've only now (August 14, at 5:15 pm), had a chance to update this post since learning the name of the young woman killed in the Charlottesville terrorist attack.

The nation mourns the loss of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who on Saturday was murdered by a person who was obsessed with a hateful ideology. Our thoughts also go out to the 19 others injured in the attack. 

Let us not forget the two state troopers who were killed when their helicopter, which had been assisting with the police response to the rally, crashed outside the city later in the day. 

All for an event that, but for hatred and bigotry, might never have happened.

45's prepared remarks are always written by staff members (who try to make him sound human and sincere) and he reads them as if he never saw the words. Written statements from him are always insincere (or should I say lies).  Even then, he didn't denounce the hate groups, the white supremacists and Nazis responsible for reprehensible violence in Charlottesville on Saturday and name them as he insisted other terrorists be named.


It is the off-the-cuff, thoughts-out-loud, spontaneous remarks (e.g. referring to the bigotry and hatred and violence "on many sides" - a phrase that was clearly not in the prepared statement - that always reveal his truly despicable nature. 

With those few words he negates the entire speech he had just made and simultaneously throws meat to his ravenous white supremacist and Nazi supporters without whom he would not be where he is - and he knows it. 

He has no values, ethics or ideology beyond power and money and is willing to use any group or ideology, no matter how evil, to his advantage to get and keep both.

I also can not help but to wonder what #45 would have said, what his outrage would have looked like, had the terrorist been a Muslim/Islamist.He is so far beyond anything words can describe, and we know how often words have been used to try...nothing comes close. 

I am sickened.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

On 45's Refusal To Call Domestic Terrorism What It Is

45's prepared remarks are always written by staff member (who try to make him sound human and sincere) and he reads them as if he never saw the words. Written statements from him are always insincere (or should I say lies).  Even then, he didn't denounce the hate groups, the white supremacists and Nazis responsible for reprehensible violence in Charlottesville on Saturday and name them as he insisted other terrorists be named.

It is the off-the-cuff, thoughts-out-loud, spontaneous remarks (e.g. referring to the bigotry and hatred and violence "on many sides" - a phrase that was clearly not in the prepared statement - that always reveal his truly despicable nature.

With those few words he negates the entire speech he had just made and simultaneously throws meat to his ravenous white supremacist and Nazi supporters without whom he would not be where he is - and he knows it.

He has no values, ethics or ideology beyond power and money and is willing to use any group or ideology, no matter how evil, to his advantage to get and keep both.

He is so far beyond anything words can describe, and we know how often words have been used to try...nothing comes close.

I am sickened.

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