Jussie Smollett

I’ve been sitting in front of my TV and watching CNN’s coverage of Roger Stone’s and Jussie Smollett‘s court hearings today.

A listing of the chronology of the Jussie Smollett “incident?” has just been read out by a representative of the prosecutor’s office. In a word it is DAMNING.

I wonder what is currently going on in Robin Givens’ brain (and in the brains of her co-workers and producers at ABC).

Perhaps, just perhaps, we should take this as a cautionary tale regarding: jumping to conclusions?

As a side note: I’ve never watched the show Empire, nor, prior to the “incident” had I ever heard of Jussie Smollett. All I know of him is what I’ve seen on the boob tube or read in the newspapers over the last several days.


Mist and Smoke beside me on the back of the sofa.
Mist and Smoke beside me on the back of the sofa.

Does God believe in Trump?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president . . .”

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Steve Bannon the former chief strategist to President Trump:

“But I was doing the Lord’s work.”

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Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey on Steve Bannon:

“I don’t think Steve Bannon would know the Lord’s work if it hit him across the forehead.”

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David Lewicki

I was @realDonaldTrump’s pastor for 5 years @MarbleChurch. I assure you, he had the “option” to come to Bible study. He never “opted” in. Nor did he ever actually enter the church doors. Not one time.

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Does God believe in Trump?

Does Trump actually believe in God?

Personally, if the God many of us believe in actually does exist, I think He washed his hands of the whole human race many generations ago and is enjoying a sunny beach on some lovely planet on the other side of the universe — someplace so far away its light will never reach Earth.

The Next Presidential Candidate

We now have several announced candidates running to replace Mr. Trump as President.
I don’t personally care whether he is replaced by a man or a woman, a young person or an old one of whatever race, religion, political party or sexual orientation. What I want is someone who puts our country and its people first, above ego, personal loyalty and the amassing of more personal wealth. I want a professional and experienced (gawds, how this hurts to say) politician who knows the legislative process and can deal in compromise without personal recriminations.
We need to get things working again.
This is not the time for a starry-eyed idealist, celebrity, reality TV personality or ideologue who sets off the ire of a third of our citizens simply by existing.
It is not the time for a reactionary trying to return us to the twentieth (or nineteenth or eighteenth) century.
Let us remember that we are all in this together; that our problems are solvable and that our generation can fix them.
History is not dead. It has shown us that there are other ways of solving our problems. If we work together, we can solve them without people resorting to the methods employed by colonials of the 1770s, the French of the 1780s and 1790s or by the Romans of the first and second centuries before Christ.

America — Government Shutdown

This government shutdown is showing me a side of life that I don’t understand.
Since moving out on my own nearly fifty years ago, I have never lived paycheck to paycheck. I always had enough savings to tide me over for at least a month or two or more.
I can understand people with minimum wage jobs, large families, expensive tastes, self-employed, etc., being in the position of living from paycheck to paycheck, but . . . people with steady jobs working for the Federal government (sometimes couples) not being able to pay monthly bills, including rent after missing only one or two paychecks? . . . and yet, people like Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, who could lose 99% of their wealth and still be worth 4 or 5 hundred times what I will earn in my lifetime, blithely going on as though nothing is wrong; THIS IS NOT RIGHT!
People who work should earn enough to provide for themselves and their families!
We are a wealthy nation; we may not be wealthy enough to have everyone live like a millionaire or billionaire, but we are certainly wealthy enough to have wage rates sufficient that working people can live without fear of missing meals, losing their homes or going without medical care — aren’t we?
And, are we not, wealthy enough to provide for those who are physically unable to work? for those who are too old, frail or ill?
My vision of America is more closely aligned with the America of “I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door!” than with that of “I’ve got mine; F— you!”

How to Bathe a Cat by: The Dog

  1. Put both lids of the toilet up.
  2. Add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
  3. Pick up and soothe the cat while you carry him (or her) to the bathroom.
  4. In one smooth motion put the cat in the toilet and close the lids. Note: You may need to stand on the lid.
  5. At this point the cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Note: Ignore the noises coming from the toilet as the cat is actually enjoying the bath.
  6. Flush the toilet several times. (This will increase the effectiveness of the process and completely rinse the cat.)
  7. Have another member of the household open the front door to your house. Note: Ensure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.
  8. Stand away from the toilet and quickly lift the lid. Note: You may wish to stand in the tub or shower and use a stick or broom handle to lift the lid.
  9. The cat will quickly exit the toilet and bathroom, sort of like 3:00 am behavior, and be out the front door before you can blink.
  10. The cat will dry off and groom outside. Note: You may safely ignore the cat’s dirty looks as these will disappear the next time you use the can opener. Note 2: Both the cat and the toilet will be sparkling clean.https://i0.wp.com/www.wpclipart.com/animals/dogs/cartoon_dogs/.cache/crazy_mean_dog.png?w=980&ssl=1