The Bright Side

We all have little fantasies that get us through our days… I hope it’s not just me.

One of mine, not the one where I’m a pirate, is that I am French.

It’s not a goal, those are attainable, it’s a fantasy, like being a pirate. I mastered pirate, the language, decades ago. Avast ye, yo heave ho, give no quarter, no prey no pay, aarrr… thar’s no aye in team!

Almost 4 years ago I moved on, to learn French, mostly in my (Japanese) car, with audio books. I am not going to pretend I’m fluent in French, like I am in Pirate, but if we don’t have goals we don’t have a purpose to wake up in the morning, n’est-ce pas? (is it not?)

What else?

I drink out of a coffee mug that says Paris, while wearing a bedazzled “Paris” T-shirt.

I speak seulement (only) French to my dogs, they all understand my French. I know I need a French Bulldog, but one of my dogs is a Brussels Griffon, and oui all know French is a language spoken in Brussels, (home of the Brussels Sprout). My neighbors think I’m nuts. C’est lavé. (fuck them)

I have photoshopped one of my dogs into a picture of the Eiffel Tower.

Last week, on the vegan birthday cake my daughter baked me, were the words « Bon Anniversaire, Maman » and she played Happy Birthday in French, on her phone. We did not sing along, because we knew not how.

Speaking of my birthday, I’m old. I’ve been trying to read Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” in the original French. I pulled out my high school copy of the book in English to help me.

I got to the middle of the book and found a coupon, for mini-pads, THAT EXPIRED IN 1982.

So, I’ve painted a self portrait of a delusional middle aged (people can live to be over 100), woman who is emotionally detached from reality. That’s me, so what?

Today I’d like to discuss yesterday’s fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris).

I consider myself fortunate to have visited Notre-Dame. Over 4 million annually have walked through the doors. I imagine the despair I felt, was felt far worse by the people of France.

*Photo Credit: Francois Guillot

The picture of the spire falling, engulfed in yellow, orange, and red flames, the sky clouded with black smoke as ravens flew over head… it was watching the end of civilization.

The history, not the catholic faith, is what led me to visit Notre-Dame. The fear that the building, after surviving 850 years: the Nazis, the French Revolution, etc, would be destroyed, and no future generations could add “see Notre-Dame” to their bucket list, was heartbreaking.

The bright side came in the afternoon, surprising word that “all the artwork” was saved.

*Photo Credit: Georges Gobet

Then late last night it was reported, that enough of the structure survived the damage, that it may be rebuilt.

*Photo Credit: Christophe Morin, Bloomberg news

It is not a total loss. The intricately carved,walls, the flying buttresses, the Gargoyles, much of the artwork, and the towers were saved.

*Photo Credit: Marcel Kush, Zuma press

Maybe we can have nice things.

If the planet survives the renovation, this fire will be added to the long list of all she has survived, part of Notre-Dame’s history, and many generations to come will walk through those doors again.

Le bon côté. (The bright side.)

Notre-Dame Found Structurally Sound After Fire, as Investigation Begins

A Fly on the Wall of the Oval Office…

Scene—

[The Oval Office, March 26, 2019]

The room, where much American History has taken place, is filled with a group of men: mostly gray haired, physically interchangeable, soft, fleshy, one is orange, one young, with dimples, wearing a pencil suit, another man of an indeterminate age, with an endless forehead, (possibly a vampire), a fly unnoticed on the wall just above a portrait of Andrew Jackson…

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A guttural slurring Queens dialect: “PUTIN SAYS DO IT ALL TODAY, NOW! People will forget we buried the Mueller report… what else can you think of? Pence, stop staring at me.”

The voice of ancient turtle from Kentucky: “We’ll talk about the deficit, say we have to gut Medicare, Medicaid, slash Social Security, and tell Betsy to defund the Special Olympics… fuck it, the whole Affordable Care Act: pre-existing conditions and women’s preventative procedures, like mammograms and Pap smears… “

A southern dialect, an octave higher it would be Scarlet O’Hara: “I don’t have a cervix. Why should I have to pay for it?” (Giggles)

(The sound of men laughing hands slapping backs)

This voice, obviously prepubescent, nasal: “Say it’s unconstitutional.”

Queens: “Barr! Get to work on the pardons! Pence, I feel your eyes on me!”

Vampire: “We’ll need more babies from the border.”

Fred Flintstone: “Force a vote on the green new deal today! Climate change… “

Queens: “I won’t be around to see the damage. What did Melanie say— I really don’t care. Do you?”

(More laughter)

Flintstone: “We’ll throw it all up in the air at the same time like confetti. Keep em running in circles trying to save what they can.

Ancient Turtle: Worried about their basic needs. Mueller and his report are already forgotten.”

Scarlet: “But they’ll never vote GOP again… red states have the highest welfare rates. The blue states are full of workers whose tax dollars maintain the rest of the US.”

Prepubescent: “Ivanka planned for that, don’t worry. No more student loans will be issued… “

Queens: “I love the uneducated. PENCE, LOOK AT SOMEONE ELSE!”

Turtle: “These people vote against their own interests every time.

Prepubescent: “It doesn’t matter how they vote. What was it Stalin said?”

Together they all chant:

“It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.”

Queens: “Let’s golf… PENCE, some personal space!”

(Laughing and back slapping ensues as the gray haired men filter out of the Oval Office.)

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A FLY on the wall, just above the painting of Andrew Jackson, speaks in the emptied room:

“The possibility that there will not be a free and fair election in 2020 is real.

The damage we see unfolding will continue. This is a turning point in history. We must fight this obstruction now, it will only get worse. There is still hope if we don’t give up.”

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BREAKING: Deutsche Bank has agreed to turn over Trump’s financial records to Congress

BREAKING: Deutsche Bank has agreed to turn over Trump’s financial records to Congress – Democratic Underground

Trump Campaign Chief Outlines $1 Billion Strategy For 2020 On Trip To Romania

Barr Is Going To Allow Trump To Edit The Mueller Report

Watergate Figure John Dean Suspects Barr May Be Hiding Something ‘Fairly Ugly’

The Trump administration wants all of Obamacare overturned by the courts

Justice Department sides with court ruling ObamaCare invalid

Reality Winner is Still in Prison

Reality Winner, whistle blower, is still a political prisoner. Her attempts to warn the United States of election interference resulted in a firm 5.3 year prison sentence. History will remember her as a hero for attempting to sound an alarm, warning the country of Russian hacking. Right now, she’s doing time while traitors walk free.

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/23/reality-winner-trump-russia/

Reality Winner, Former N.S.A. Translator, Gets More Than 5 Years in Leak of Russian Hacking Report

Many Thanks Donald, for the Women

“No-one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women who filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year.…” ~Donald J Trump, during his last State of the Union Address

In response, the group of newly appointed women of congress in the audience stood applauding and cheering each other chanting: “USA! USA!”

“…And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.” ~Donald J Trump, during his last State of the Union Address

Our narcissist in chief thought the women in the crowd were applauding him, of course, and said “thank you.”

You’ve got to give Donald Trump a pat on the back for taking credit for the record number of women and minorities elected in 2018.

I’d say he’s got some big balls, but Speaker Pelosi was wearing them, fashioned as a necklace, and they’re just orange and shriveled. I personally would have made earrings, but I like the necklace.

I’d like to thank Donald too. Thank’s for being the zenith of misogyny, a superlative racist among racists, a catalyst for women of all nationalities, religions and colors, impelling them to take control away from the lying old white men who are in politics for personal gain. Thank you for motivating enough women to see to the end of the GOP.

Later, one of Trump’s employees tweeted the following, comparing these women to the KKK:

A lesson in history might help her understand the message behind the new representatives decision to wear white to the State of the Union Address.

The Woman Suffrage Movement

I have to admit I did not watch Trump as he lied about: the border, immigration, crime, jobs, wages, the economy, unemployment, estate tax, energy, tariffs, NAFTA, etc. I won’t apologize, I can not watch him, or listen to his voice without wrenching. I’ve read transcripts.

“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — & the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace & legislation, there cannot be war & investigation.” ~Same Asshole

The above quote was one his first statements. A not so subtle threat that unless the Russia investigation ends, he will not sign any legislation. One can imagine he means another government shutdown.

Nancy just laughed… she’ll be a great POTUS 46.

“Let’s be clear: voter suppression is real. From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.” ~Stacy Abrams

The Democratic response to Trump’s speech, was a breath of fresh air. Stacy Edwards acts as a reminder that change is coming, and the blind greed among the GOP and Trump’s White House will be their demise.


http://youtu.be/racD2txwwVE

Donald Trump’s Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

Donald Trump’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr consisted of a surprise visit to the memorial service. The duration of Trump’s visit did not exceed 90 seconds.

His speech:

“Good morning, everybody. It’s a great day. It’s a beautiful day. And thank you for being here. Appreciate it.” ~ Donald Trump

Trump left, most likely in order to resume tweeting about his wall, Nancy Pelosi, etc.
The day before:
Kentucky’s Covington Catholic Boys High School had a field trip. Their destination was the Washington DC “Pro life rally.” Note the boy, third from the right’s hand gesture, half hidden by his scarf.
(There is some irony in these pubescent boys, not of voting age, telling women what they can and can not do with their bodies, but that’s another post.)

The “Pro Life” rally coincided with the Indigenous Peoples march in Washington DC at the Lincoln memorial.

An altercation went viral.

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/01/19/native-american-community-demands-apology-kentucky-high-school-after-disrepectful-incident-indigenous-peoples-march/

Dubbed “Smirkboy” for obvious reasons, Nicolas Sandman, is seen in a short video, displaying his disrespect for a Native American war veteran, Nathan Phillips, who was drumming and chanting, while surrounded by a large group of teenaged boys who were jeering and jumping and shouting. It was difficult to watch.

Witnesses said the boys were shouting “build that wall, build that wall!” Clearly Covington HIgh School doesn’t teach American History.

The visibly upset war veteran spoke on camera later of his attempt to diffuse an escalating situation, between the boys and another group of protesters, and the fear he felt when the mob of boys, who had him surrounded, would not let him pass to leave.

The school apologized as public outrage made it impossible to ignore the situation.

Smirking boy, subject of the viral video, finally released a statement. It is not typical of a statement a Kentucky teenager might make… for good reason. The statement Nicholas Sandmann purportedly wrote was in fact written and released by a PR firm RunSwitch, which is directly linked to their Kentucky GOP Senator Mitch McConnell.

https://amp.courier-journal.com/amp/2638400002?__twitter_impression=true

Back to the night of Martin Luther King Holiday: Trump chimed in on behalf of the Covington Catholic High School boy whose smirking (not to be confused with smocking) face staring down a Native American war veteran at the Washington monument went viral.

Jake Tapper of CNN was among the first reporters who went forward with the PR spin on the story, shaming those who believed what their eyes saw in the short video. It turns out a friend and colleague of Jake Tapper runs RunSwitch PR firm. What’s a little fake news among friends. And we all fell for it…

“Watch the 2 hour video, you’ll see a different scenario than the short edited version suggests.”

“We asked our teacher for permission to sing our school song, and we were praying.” ~Covington Mob Spin

“They surrounded Nathan Phillips chanting their school song.”

(Is their school song “build that wall, build that wall?”)

Who has 2 hours to watch something that in the grand scheme of things: treason, lifted sanctions, government shut down with the goal being to bust the FBI, doesn’t really matter? It’s easier to say, oh, I guess I didn’t see what I saw.

Gaslighting:

“Truth isn’t truth.” ~ Rudi Giuliani

“What you’re seeing in the news is not what’s happening.” ~ Donald Trump

“I have a memo.”~ Devin Nunes

“In my world everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.” Katie, “Horton Hears a Who” Dr Seuss

Back to the PR spin—

It is an extensive campaign. These “innocent boys” were not bullying. They have been victimized. Their lives have been forever changed by liberals who made assumptions about them because they wore MAGA attire.

(Men make assumptions about women based on their attire everyday, use it as an excuse to harm them, but that’s another post.)

But, I’m glad they brought up MAGA attire. Wearing political attire to the rally when they were there representing their Catholic school, a tax exempt religious organization, is against IRS law.

Audit them.

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution addresses the separation of church and state:

“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

The school must forfeit their tax exempt status. In fact, no religious organizations should be tax exempt. Tax exemption is indirect funding and blurs the line of separation between church and state.

Back to the poor innocent Catholic school boys victimized by a 65 year old Native American war veteran:

A few of the boys took off their shirts as they were ranting.

IS THAT SQUEE?

Prior to the viral incident, a smaller group of the same Covington High School group was taped harassing girls who walked past.

WATCH: Woman Claims Covington Catholic MAGA Students Harassed Her at D.C. March

More stories and photos surfaced, clouding to Smirkboy’s narative. The behavior cultivated at Covington Catholic High School has not been very Christ like.

White power signs flashed at a basketball game.

https://www.redstate.com/sarahquinlan/2019/01/19/shameful-high-school-boys-attended-march-life-taunt-native-american-vietnam-veteran/

Taunting of a black player from the opposing team. Note the black paint covered student on the lower right.

How were these boys allowed in the gym in blackface? Why did no adult come forward to stop it?

A related question: Which of those boys will be our next black out drunk frat boy rapist on the Supreme Court?

What’s this!?👇🏼?!

The most recent video of the Covington kids DC field trip, one of them shouts to a group of girls “IT’S NOT RAPE IF YOU ENJOY IT!”

twitter.com/amoneyresists/status/1087786934624272384

And this!?👇🏼?!

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Former-Kentucky-high-school-basketball-star-denied-bond-reduction-following-rape-charge-502932561.html

I have seen the videos. Smirkboy smirks throughout the 2 hour video while the mob of hormonal ly challenged boys shout and jeer and make tomahawk gestures.

It’s all fun and games until a video goes viral.

Donald Trump’s divided America is out of control. Racist taunts, white supremacy, sexual harassent, have become acceptable. He now plans to meet with the Covington High School group whose values are in line with his.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/eve-mlk-day-pence-says-trump-like-martin-luther-king-jr-inspiring-us-border-wall/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

The night before Martin Luther King Jr day, VP Pence said Trump is much like Martin Luther King Junior, reading part of his “I have a dream” speech, linking it somehow to Trump’s wall.

I’m trying.

Trump’s 3 Hour Tour of Duty… a poem

The first time in history

Say several sources

A president hadn’t

Visited armed forces

~

A millionaire and his wife,

Shamed mercilessly

Did what they should have done,

Disproportionately

The Donalds visited troops

On deployed stay

The timing was obvious,

Late Christmas Day

An extra push came

With news of a doctor who

Played a part in a story

We already knew

~

Trump dodged the Vietnam draft

Claimed nonexistent…

Bone spurs, the doctor lied

For favors requisite

Bone Spur Doc’s Daughter: Dad Wrote Trump Diagnosis as a Favor

On a whim Trump flew

To Germany and Iraq

Ending troop avoidance

Came with some aftershock

~

Iraq’s Prime Minister was angered,

Most of all

Donald Trump’s visit

Violated protocol

~

Iraq demands Trump withdraw troops,

All 5000

Three hours spent in Iraq—

Politically spouting

Lies:

“You have not had a pay raise in 10 years. I got you that raise. Some people wanted it to be less, some said 2% some said 3%. I said NO, I WANT 10%.”

In Fact, troops have received

Annual pay raises

For over 30 years

Trump lied to their faces

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This year’s increase

Was the same as rates in the past

2.6%, not 10%

Trump’s bad math

Trump treated the trip

Like a rally, critically

Ranting, signing hats

Wasn’t this a holiday?

~

One officer photographed

With a flag in hand

American? No.

Political banners are banned

Her reaction implies

She knows of the decree

Politics are banned

On bases military

“Active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities.” ~ DoD Directive 1344.10

The visit, propaganda

Opportunistic

A stunt, photo op,

Politically fascistic

twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1078026520021544960

Troops donned gear:

Chest rigs, helmets, night vision goggles,

To pose in a cafeteria

It boggles

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“Camp Cupcake” Photo-op

https://taskandpurpose.com/troops-kit-iraq-trump/

There is one last item

I thought I would mention

Trump outed Seal team 5

Without comprehension

He tweeted their names,

Photos, and their location

Alarmingly stupid

By all estimation