CRAZY … They Are CRAZY!!!

About how grownups in politics behave and those who act like schoolyard bullies.

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Just a minute … {deep breath} {another deep breath} {a series of deep breaths} … okay, I think I’m fine now. Sorry ‘bout that, folks … I was so mad that I think I forgot to breathe for a few minutes! Okay, let me back up. I have concluded that there is something fundamentally wrong with the brains, such as they are, of most republicans. Yes, nearly half of them were so blind that they voted for Trump last week, but even that pales in comparison to what certain congressional republicans are up to.

First, they are pouring gasoline on Trump’s baseless claims about “massive voter fraud”. Mitch McConnell is encouraging Trump, saying that he has every right to demand recounts and pursue litigation. Well, he certainly has the right to ASK for recounts … I’m not crazy about that word “demand”, but in every state but one, I…

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By Sue Vincent in commemoration of the British unknown soldier.

The Silent Eye

King George attends the burial of the Unknown Warrior, in Westminster Abbey, 1920. Artist Frank O. Salisbury

For some reason, the image moved me to tears. The ninety-four year old monarch standing, black-clad, alone and in silent respect, beside the tomb of a man buried six years before her birth on the centenary of his committal to this final resting place. One woman, alone. The grave, outlined in the red of remembrance poppies, is lit by a cascade of white orchids and myrtle… a replica of her wedding bouquet, first placed there over seventy years before, and following a tradition begun by her own mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in 1923, on her marriage to the man who would become King George VI.

Lady Elizabeth’s elder brother, Fergus, had been killed during the Battle of Loos in 1915, his body had been buried in the nearby quarry and the details of…

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What’s Next?

We need to remember Donald Trump is not America.

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Okay folks … we’ve danced in the streets, popped the champagne corks and celebrated Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election.

Now it’s time to get serious, for what lies ahead is a 73-day transition period that presents a number of pitfalls & perils, given the contentious nature of the incumbent and his loyal lapdogs.  We need to prepare ourselves to survive these next two-and-a-half months with our country and our sanity relatively intact.

In his column today, Robert Reich tells us what we can likely expect over the coming weeks leading up to inauguration day.  I have no doubt that despite all of Trump’s machinations, temper tantrums and legal challenges, Joe Biden will take office on January 20th, but what happens between now and then, and even beyond?  Let’s hear what Reich has to say …

How can Biden heal America when Trump doesn’t want it healed?

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Hope, Unity, and Patience

We need hope, unity, and patience.with the new administration.

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I was impressed with Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’ speeches tonight.  Here is a link to both video and text of the speech.  For me, one of the most welcome things to hear was …

“All those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance.  It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress.”

These are words that we have not heard since President Obama left office on January 20th, 2017.  This is the polar opposite of what we have become used to hearing and it was a breath of fresh air, a welcome relief after all the hate and divisive language we’ve become used to.

Now, a few people have let me…

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Some beautiful older pictures of Chilean Flamingos Cindy Knoke is sending as she is keeping safe at her home in California.

If the headlines are stressing you out,

why not fly with me to visit some flamingos.

These lucky flamingos in Argentina, take off, at the slightest hint of trouble,

and flaming go!

Greater Flamingos,

and Lesser Flamingos, are just as adept at flaming going!

Wish we all could do the same.

Cheers to you from The Holler~

Note: I am currently hunkering down at The Holler and am posting some older photos you may not have seen.

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Out of control..? #cancer

Sue is feeling out of control at times in fighting cancer.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)

“’Roid rage?” my son had asked. I had not been in the best of moods, and the steroids did have something to do with the general edginess that morning… although I am inclined, myself, to just lay the blame squarely at the feet of vanity. We were going out.

With another round of chemo and immunotherapy looming, no idea how well I will make it through this next three day course of treatment and lockdown happening once again, we were determined, weather permitting, to get out somewhere… anywhere… if only for a couple of hours. So, when a patch of blue sky showed on Sunday, we set off for Oxford.

This year has been difficult for everyone as far as getting out and about is concerned, but the last few weeks have been even dodgier on a personal level. There…

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The United States of Idiocracy

Are we presently living in the United States of Idiocracy?

On The Fence Voters

Idiocracy – Disparaging term for a society run by or made up of idiots (or perceived as such).

In just the last few days, some news put an exclamation point on why this election is the most important in modern history. The radicalization of a particular segment of our population — the sheer idiocy of their movement — must be soundly defeated and put away forever.

*On a Texas highway, a caravan of the Trump cult appears to try and run off the road a Biden/Harris campaign bus. The current president praised the ‘people of Texas’ for how much they love him. No condemnation of the incident as of this writing.

*Another caravan of wild and radicalized Trumpers attempted to block traffic on the Garden State Parkway Sunday afternoon near Lakewood, NJ. Their Vehicles were decorated with American flags, Trump campaign flags, and many supporters with MAGA hats. Another caravan…

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Pictures of Australian Magpies by Cindy Knoke.

Wild Australian magpies are inquisitive, wise, friendly, and fun to interact with. Like most creatures, they are usually respectful to you, if you are respectful of them.

But, they do swoop!

Swooping means they attack humans, other animals, cars, etc., causing thousands of human injuries in Australia each spring. See:

They swoop if they perceive their nestlings are in danger….

or maybe, if they are having an irritating day.

Like all corvids, they have excellent memories and hold grudges, so if you bothered a corvid in the past, you better steer clear during swooping season, or else be ready to duck down really fast!

Cheers to you from Australia’s marvelous-memoried, moody-magpies~

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Good People Doing Good Things — Woody & Luna

More good people doing good things.

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Just over a year ago, August 14, 2019, I wrote a ‘good people’ post that included a story about Woody Faircloth who, along with his then-7-year-old daughter, Luna, started a non-profit,  RV4CampfireFamily, to purchase RVs for people whose homes had been destroyed by the devastating Camp Fire that killed 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes, leaving over 50,000 people homeless.  At the time I wrote that post, Mr. Faircloth and his organization had provided RVs for temporary housing to 65 families, and ultimately provided RVs for 80 families.woody-luna-fairclothAs we all know, this year has brought in a new batch of devastating wildfires on the West Coast, and Woody Faircloth is back on the job.

As a wildfire tore through Berry Creek, California, last month, it destroyed the homes of six of the community’s seven volunteer firefighters along with the department’s fire station.  Nonetheless, the firefighters kept on…

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Food For Thought …

Food for thought.

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Today it is likely that Amy Barrett will be confirmed by a majority in the U.S. Senate.  Unconscionable?  Yes, for many reasons, but nonetheless inevitable.  In yesterday’s edition of The Guardian, Robert Reich wrote about what needs to happen next, assuming that Joe Biden is the next president and that the democrats can keep a majority in the House and gain a majority in the Senate – once considered unlikely, but far more realistic today.

Trump assaulted American democracy – here’s how Democrats can save it

Amy Coney Barrett is heading for confirmation but supreme court and Senate reform is possible if Biden wins and acts fast

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Barring a miracle, Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed on Monday as the ninth justice on the US supreme court.

This is a travesty of democracy.

The vote on Barrett’s confirmation will occur just eight days before election day. By…

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