To tell the truth? Not happening

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The Cast of Characters: Who are you going to believe?

The attorney who  forgot his wife works in the White House? The then 30-year-old preying upon young teenage girls?

Sarah – Spinner of Lies -with in almost straight face?

A president in bed with the most evil Russian,  Putin?

 

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

Bertrand Russell

 

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Floods of lies fill the streets of DC

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Brett was never the sharpest knife in the drawer. Think butter knife.

While only 36, his memory seems to fail -about really important matters -like:

Are you married? To Whom? Where does your wife work? Do you have any affiliation with the White House?

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“Brett Talley,  massively unqualified and hugely Politically Extreme judicial nominee who the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans voted for unanimously last week?

The one who Has Never Ever Argued a case in a court of law and who Pledged his Loyalty to the NRA just weeks after the Sandy Hook Massacre?

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Mr. Talley was asked on his publicly released Senate questionnaire to identify family members and others who are “likely to present potential conflicts of interest.” He did not mention his wife. […]

Mr. Talley also did not mention his wife when he described his frequent contact with White House lawyers during the nomination process.”

 

Did you fall for the False Promises?

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Robert Reich

One year after the election. An update for Trump voters on his election promises:

1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and he didn’t replace. (Just as well: His plan would have knocked at least 23 million off health insurance, including many of you.)

2. He told you he’d cut your taxes. You bought it. But the tax “reform” bill he and House Republicans have produced won’t cut your taxes. Half of the middle class would see their taxes increase. The bill would cut corporate taxes and give millionaires a huge is tax break, and explode the national debt by at least $1.5 trillion.

3. He told you he’d invest $1 trillion in our nation’ crumbling infrastructure. You bought it. But after his giant tax cut for corporations and millionaires, there’s no money left for infrastructure.

4. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, and he’s filled departments and agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.

5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. But he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, and has already fired and replaced so many assistants (one of them hired and fired in a little more than a week) that no one knows who’s in charge of what.

6. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers.” You bought it. But he picked Wall Street financiers to head every economic policy job, and his tax bill still retains the “carried interest” loophole that benefits Wall Street private-equity and hedge fund partners.

7. He told you he’d “bring down drug prices” by making deals with drug companies. You bought it. But now the White House says that promise is “inoperative.”

8. He said that on Day One he’d label China a “currency manipulator.” You bought it. But then he met with China’s president Xi Jinping and declared “China is not a currency manipulator.” Ever since then, Trump has been cozying up to Xi.

9. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. But then he bombed Syria.

10. He said he’d build a “wall” across the southern border. You believed him. But there’s no money for that, either. Chief of staff John Kelly says it is “unlikely that we will build a wall, a physical barrier, from sea to shining sea.”

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11. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. But in his first 9 months he has spent nearly 25 percent of his days at one of his golf properties for some portion of the day, according to Golf News Network, at a cost to taxpayers of an estimated $77 million. That’s already more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama cost in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.

12. He said he’d keep Muslim immigrants out of America. But his executive orders to prevent citizens from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States have been stopped by the federal courts, on grounds they violate the Constitution.

13. He said he’d force companies to keep jobs in America, and that there would be “consequences” for companies that shipped jobs abroad. You believed him. But despite their promises, Carrier, Ford, GM, and the rest have continued to ship jobs to Mexico and China. Carrier (a division of United Technologies) moved ahead with plans to send 1,000 jobs at its Indiana plant to Mexico. Notwithstanding, the federal government has rewarded United Technologies with 15 new contracts since Trump’s inauguration. Last year, Microsoft opened a new factory in Wilsonville, Oregon, that was supposed to herald a new era in domestic tech manufacturing. But in July, the company announced it was closing the plant. More than 100 workers and contractors will lose their jobs when production shifts to China. GE is sending jobs to Canada. IBM is sending them to Costa Rica, Egypt, Argentina, and Brazil. There have been no “consequences” for sending all these jobs overseas.

14. He said he’d create coal jobs. You believed him. He hasn’t. But here’s what he has done: Since 1965 a federal program called the Appalachian Regional Commission has spent $23 billion helping communities in coal states fund job retraining, reclaim land, and provide desperately needed social services. A.R.C. helped cut poverty rates almost in half, double the percentage of high-school graduates, and reduce infant mortality by two-thirds. Trump’s proposed budget eliminated A.R.C.

15. He said he’d make America safer. You believed him. But according to Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been 377 mass shootings so far this year, including 58 people killed and hundreds injured at a concert in Las Vegas, and 26 churchgoers killed and 20 injured at a church in Texas. Trump refuses to consider any gun controls.

16. In referring to his opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, he said he’d “lock her up.” But he has not locked her up. In the United States, unlike dictatorships, presidents do not prosecute and punish their political opponents. Trump has expressed frustration that he cannot order the FBI and Justice Department to do whatever he wants them to do.

 
 Did you fall for it? There it is in Black“>Black and White….

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Beginners Luck: Dating your age?

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Freud once made an obervation about certain men and an “over-compensation complex” and carrying guns.

When Roy was a boy – he was awkward, gawky and an Alambama country boy. Girls laughed at him and boys teased him.

Flash forward:

Royal had enjoyed some successexcept for the ladies. In the beginning, he had been rejected so many times he lowered his expectations and AGE Group. He found that teenagers liked him. Yes, he was over 30 and dating very, very, young girls. Think: Jail Bait.

 His pals scoffed him and walked the other way.

Shades Of Color

See:

The gun-totin’ crackpot bigot and alleged sexual predator Roy Moore,

 

People in Alabama.   29% of Alabama voters say allegations of child molestation make them MORE likely to vote for Roy Moore.

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Lola of Los Gatos needs help

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Lola was tired of housework.  She hated walking the dogs and doing laundry. There had to be a magic wand, a panacea, for her doldrums. One day, she decided she wanted a Personal Assistant. Her husband reminded her that she was was home all day. No matter. Many of her friends had Personal Assistants.

She studiedt Craigslist. She learned, if you said “Junior Personal Assistant” – you could pay less. She knew $15.00 an hour would be tempting – but insulting.

Sh sat down at he computer and listed all the things she needed. If the person was there  just 2-4 hours a day – her husband wouldn’t even know.

She posted an add on Craigslist

This is Lola’s Craigs Ad

Pay: $22.00 an hour- Maid, Dog Walker, Personal Secretary, Accountant, Personal Assistant

Daily Tasks:
Light Household Cleaning for approximately one hour. 
-Empty the dishwasher – fill
-light laundry, folding clothes, put them away
-wipe down all counters, use swifter/floors
-walk the Dogs
-Make beds – pick up clothing, clean bathroom

Household coordination, Run Errands, Manage of Personal Affairs as needed/directed.

Weekly Chores – as needed:
Arrange and be present for household appointments (i.e. plumber, etc.),
Execute Miscellaneous errands such as dry cleaning, market, post office, Target, Costco
General Household Management:Clean out/organize drawers, closets, shelves organization.
Weekly Dog washing, Nail clipping, Clean up, too.

-Office Management
Assistance with business travel planning, packing / unpacking for trips.
Assist with appointment scheduling.
-Organize home office. Create a system for all files.
Help Coordinate Schedule
Light bookkeeping, travel expense reports.
Bill pay, oversee mail coordination
-We are a fun and friendly household to work with. 

Pay $22.00 an hour

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Lola waited for her email box to fill be applicants. She waited. On the third day,  a man named, Charlie wrote to say he was a good dog walker and knew how to bathe dogs. He could learn all the other stuff on the fly.

Lola was shocked. Why werent there dozens of people clammering to work with her and “her friendly household?”Panacea

He was my dad’s age?

I stated I was interested in men around my age…

Tom, Dick and Harry sent me dead-end winks and notes…Harold sent me the most amusing, clever, smart communique I’d ever received.

The photos he posted were of his car, his dog, his pool and his wine cellar.

Red flags were flappin’ Anytime a person fails to post their actual photo on a Dating Site – they are hiding something. Big time.

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Rule #1.   Do not exchange more than five emails before speaking on the phone. Imaginations fly sky high when a volley of emails and flirty text messages fill a week.

Rule #2.   Never engage with a person who doesn’t post a photo. No Photo/No Communication.

Rule #3. Google the Internet Date. Check Linkedin. Read their Yelp reviews. Are they a Pinterest person or a Trip Advisor? 

clock-2756127__340   Flash Forward three months – We were both very busy – I was in London for two weeks and he was in Seattle for a month. Life happened. 

I had been ‘seeing’ a couple of guys … both turned out to be “friend material.” 

Out of the blue – Harold reached out- included his last name- no current photos.

Like anyone else, I immediatley Googled the Guy and found out he was close to my dad’s age! He was famous, accomplished, divorced – no kids, a couple of homes. And old.

He sent me a photo.

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I wished him well and said we were not a match. Next!

Has this happened to you?

Tell me   laurel.grove.sj@gmail.com

Coming to a boil?

So much is so very wrong.

“When you boil down the real facts and statistics

of what carbon dioxide is doing to this planet…

to not feel like you have to do something…

I don’t think you’re human.”

A. J. Buckley

 

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If we falter and lose our freedoms,

it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln

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