Kicking Back in the Dog Days of Summer

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We are in the Dog Days of Summer.

The sultry summer heat has descended upon North America.

Depending on where you live, it’s probably pretty hot, perhaps humid, and in general uncomfortable outside right now.

For some, August heralds the end of summer vacation and a new school year ahead.

Here in America, it’s became proverbial among farmers that a dry growing season through the dog days was preferable to the trouble of a wet one:

Dog days bright and clear
Indicate a good year;
But when accompanied by rain,
We hope for better times in vain.

Why the dog days of summer, you ask?

Simply put, the Romans decided the sultry part of the summer was supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun.

From July 3 to August 11, is traditionally reckoned to be a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.

I’ve got all three covered.

It’s hotter than hell in Medford, Oregon right now. We’re looking at temperatures in the 100’s this week. For me, that means staying inside and not even trying to brave the scorching heat outside.

I sincerely pity those who have to work outside.

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I think that the Dog Days of Summer should be a time when everyone takes off work.

I realize that could get messy, but maybe this country needs to kick back for awhile and just relax.

With all the fiery rhetoric coming out of Washington we could use a good cooling off period.

Molly, my pug, thinks it’s a good time to go surfing (see photo on top of page of pug surfing). Cowabunga dude!

As It Stands, wherever you choose to take your dog just remember, don’t leave them in the car!

 

Naked Ambition in America

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The other day a friend asked my why so many billionaires are in Trump’s administration? It didn’t seem to make sense to him.

“It’s not the money” I explained. It’s naked ambition.

I gave him a recent example:

Citing “multiple sources,” The New York Post’s Page Six reported that Anthony Scaramucci’s (Trump’s new Communication director) wife, Deidre Ball, filed for divorce after three years of marriage because of Scaramucci’s efforts to get close to President Donald Trump.

Ball reportedly “despises” Trump, according to the Page Six report.

One source saidShe is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end.” 

All one has to do is look at Trump’s billionaire boys club masquerading as a presidential cabinet to see what’s going on. Naked ambition. They have the money. Now they get to satisfy their lust for power.

What better example of naked ambition than Trump?

All I know is that naked ambition usually ends up badly for someone. In this case Trump and the American people. There are exceptions.

Speaking of Naked Ambition, you should read Lisa Martinovic’s account about streaking in 1974, during her second quarter at UC Berkeley. Quick and fun read.

There’s a new thriller out called “Naked Ambition,” by Rick Pullen. Quick intro:

“When newspaper reporter Beck Rikki receives an unsolicited call from a high-ranking government official sending him off to investigate a candidate for President of the United States, he doesn’t realize he’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime.”

Still one more book worth reading for a good laugh is “Naked Ambition: Corporate Animals Stripped Bare” by Lawrence Basapa. Quick intro:

“A tongue-in-cheek look at different personalities in the corporate world, Naked Ambition will keep you wondering what games are afoot where you work, and who’s doing you in, even as you read.”

Hmmmmm…almost sounds kinda familiar. Like what’s happening today.

As It Stands, Cris Jami said it best, “Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.”

 

WWWF White House Action Reports

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Now that Washington DC is the new home for World Wide Wrestling Federation, politics has never been so entertaining.

Gorgeous Donny Trump, resplendent in gold tights, has been wrestling with Jumping Jiminy Cricket Jeff Sessions in a royal smack-down that started days ago, and has no end in sight.

Alt-right fans have loved the action thus far. This is what they paid for when they voted for Trump.

The rest of the country is looking on with fear and loathing.

Trumpanzees love the colorful cast of characters. The new punk on the block;  Mooch the Mauler taking on Paranoid Reince Priebus, and pinning him with vulgar insults, lies, and the backing of Gorgeous Donny. It was a winner-take-all match and Paranoid Priebus was blindsided.

Just days before, in an unscheduled event, Gorgeous Donny tag-teamed with the Mooch the Mauler and body slammed Mean Sean Spicer through the ropes.

He was last seen staggering down the White House driveway with a bloody nose and a torn-up contract.

And who can forget Gorgeous Donny’s death match against Too Tall James Comey? It was billed as Russia vs the USA. Their first match was declared a tie. Check with HBO to see who is broadcasting any further matches between the two wrestlers.

Rumors have it that Women’s Wrestling in the White House is just around the corner. First match; Killer Kellyanne Conway vs Sarah “The Beast” Huckabee Sanders. Stay tuned.

As It Stands, who knew that Trump’s early days with the WWWF would qualify him to be the next president of the United States?

 

Life In TrumpLand: Government By Absurdity

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“Off with their heads!” the Queen of Hearts shouted.

“Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..” Trump tweeted.

Shades of Alice in Wonderland reflected in current Life in TrumpLand . 

Nothing is too absurd.

Trump appointed a guy to be in charge of the Department of U.S. Energy who wasn’t even aware that there was such a department. Rick Perry, past Texas Gov., and Dancing With The Stars partner, is our Secretary of Energy. His past experience – None. Absurd enough?

The height of absurdity is trusting Trump. No matter how much undying loyalty he demands from anyone near him, it’s a mean one-way street. Trump is only loyal to Trump. Period.

Ask Jeff Sessions.

LBGT folk who believed Trump’s campaign claims of equality for all people are probably feeling absurd if they voted for him. Here’s why

Perhaps one of the most absurd statements Trump has repeatedly made is the claim that Mexico is going to build his “yuge” wall on the border to keep it’s citizens from illegally coming into the USA.

The Mexicans laughed at that joke, and now Trump has become a favorite pinata to wack during parties.

Not so long ago; Trump’s Response to Comey is Frivolous and Absurd

On foreign relations:  Why Trump’s Attempt to pit Pittsburgh Against Paris is Absurd

New America Slogan: “Absurdity, Uncertainty, and Disharmony – Divided We Fall”

As It Stands, there’s nothing absurd in looking forward to the weekend!

 

Another Day: I Don’t Know If I should Be Laughing or Crying!

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TGIF.

At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s a crazy world with norms and traditions collapsing into the chaos of the new Trump era.

After seven years of chanting “Get rid of Obamacare” the Republican party has imploded after six months. All repeals attempts have failed. So, where does that leave us, the American people?

In limbo apparently. Was that a win or a loss? Should we laugh or cry?

In his usual churlish manner Trump tweeted that he hoped Obamacare would fail now – and damn the consequences. The good news is the chance for a bi-partisan agreement on health care looks possible.

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Yo! It’s the Mooch!

How about Trump’s new Communications director, Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci?

It’s like watching a cartoon as Spicy is fired by Trump and we’re introduced to the Mooch doing his best Fonzi from the Happy Days sitcom.

But Fonzi didn’t swear like a sailor, and he had a conscience. The Mooch is free of any conscience, and almost lies as much as Trump. Bringing the Mooch aboard was akin to throwing a hand grenade into the West Wing.

Just the way Trump likes it.

I got a good laugh watching a little girl scold her Dad for leaving the toilet seat up! Gotta love some of the things kids say.

Speaking of laughing, did you hear about that guy who killed his wife aboard a cruise ship because she was laughing at him? That’s a twist on the old adage “Laughter is the best medicine!”

As It Stands, may you have a grand weekend!

Shock and Awe: Trump Dumps Transgenders that Cost Too Much in Military

Once more, Trump tweets a major change in government/military without consulting the department heads affected by his tweet.

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Calling someone up and informing him of change an hour before tweeting the new policy just doesn’t cut it. Trump said he consulted with his generals and military experts on getting rid of transgenders. If that’s a fact why so much chaos today?

Perhaps because there’s no plan to implement firing thousands of transgenders currently serving their country. In Trump’s tiny brain the money saved from this move could go towards building his stupid wall.

 “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.

Really?

The Pentagon appeared to be caught off guard by Trump’s announcement, and deferred to the White House when reached for comment.

James Mattis was on vacation at the time of Trump’s announcement, signaling a lack of coordination between the White House and the relevant agencies.

BREAKING NEWS:

  Top US General Says No Changes Yet To Transgender Policy

Odd optics:

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have restricted funding for trans members of the military. The amendment would have prevented the defense department from providing medical treatment “related to gender transition” to service members, with an exception for mental health treatment.

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Yet, here we are. Once again, our Liar-in-Chief has created chaos with a tweet. Why he decided to act so suddenly will probably always be a mystery because Trump doesn’t even know himself.

As It Stands, I stand in awe at the crap Trump pulls and manages to get away with.

 

Drip, Drip, Drip…

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Leaks from the White House. Leaks from other government agencies. A sea of confusion in Washington, as Trump threatens anyone who opposes his will. Information slowly dripping out about the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia.

America drowning in a sea of lies.

After his first closed-door meeting with senators, Jared Kushner confirmed that Trump was the subject of at least one extortion attempt during the 2016 election campaign.

It’s history repeating itself, as Kushner continues to reluctantly release information…drip, drip, drip, he should have given six months ago before assuming the position as Trump’s number one boy.

The second meeting started out with that revelation. Can’t help wondering what else he forgot to mention. Time will tell.

Last night Trump spoke before an adoring campaign style crowd and gleefully threatened senators to the delight of his audience who were looking for blood. Chants of “Lock her up!” and “build that wall” kept breaking out.

The Boy Scouts of America are under siege today. Here’s why  This is the first time in 80 years that the Boy Scout Jamboree (held every four years) was riddled with controversy. Thank Trump for that.

As It Stands, it’s not easy watching America writhe in fear and loathing as Trump assaults all civilized conventions.