Irma, Russia probe, DACA

Irma came roaring into Florida. We watched its progression into our state until we lost our electricity. Horrifying scenes of whole cities blown away. Caribbean islands obliterated. The keys destroyed. When the storm veered left we breathed a sigh of relief. Ponte Vedra is on the northeast corner near Jacksonville. We thought we dodged a bullet. And we did…to some degree. But the strange synchronicity of this storm hitting during a high tide and a full moon meant flooding. I prepared my home for flooding by putting photo albums, framed photos, jewelry, and some clothing into our storm closet. We brought all our lanai furniture into our living room. We put hurricane shutters on our windows and sat in our cave of fear listening for the roar of a tornado. Our kitties were stressed. We were stressed. Then we lost power hoping it would pop back on. It didn’t. We drove around the next day in our air conditioned car to our lake house to assess the damage. No damage to our main home. No roof flying off no flooding. No damage to our lake house. On the way, we saw roads and farms turned into lakes. We heard about the flooding in downtown Jacksonville on the radio but hadn’t seen it. We imagined the devastation as we saw the havoc as we drove around. Still no power on our return. Sleeping without air conditioning is a challenge we didn’t welcome. We found a closeby hotel that luckily just got power so there were rooms. By the time we checked in it was full. Sometime Tuesday, we got our power back. We emptied the refrigerator and freezer and decided to keep the hotel room. It was freezing in there. It was wonderful.
Thoughts: Nature can have an impact as if hit by a nuclear weapon. Life as we know it stops. We are grateful to have a roof.  To have no loss of property. We have become so accustomed to the luxuries of cool homes, easy water, and food. The apocalypse is a world few of us can navigate. And we don’t want to. Irma made paradises into hells. We felt blessed we lost no property, we felt even more blessed when we got our power back. But the lingering fear is Is this new normal? What will next summer bring?

After Irma, the news media came back with a vengeance on the Russia probe. During Irma more info on our dirty, con man president. So much connection to Russia and Russian agents. Flynn doing dirty business deals while national security advisor. Trump’s cabinet full of thugs and dirty dealers just like him. Trump conniving a Moscow Trump tower when he said he had no dealings with Russia. LIAR!!!! This investigation must lead to impeachment. Hey, GOP wake up you have a Manchurian candidate as your president. The election was manipulated by Putin. There was collusion. Everyone belongs in jail.  Mueller get on with it already!!!!!

DACA. Only evil disgusting people are against DACA. Deplorables who are the horse manure of our electorate and Trump supporters. White supremacists, the KKK, and hate groups all follow Trump. This makes Putin very happy because his vision of destroying our democracy is working very well.

Save our democracy. #resist #fakepresident #Putinpuppet #ifonlybernie

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Summer, the eclipse, and wag the dog

Last night I drove my eldest son and granddaughter to the airport. Fertig, done. The last guests gone. Back to normal. I love when my kids visit, but I’m used to a lifestyle now of doing my own thing. It happens when you get old. A perfect situation would be that they all live close and can visit often and then go home. Alas, that is not the case. So visits are are a big megillah. A change of from the normal to the special with lots to do and lots of meals to plan–in my case we ate out a lot, luckily. Now its just the hubs and me. Quiet, boring, lovely. I can get back to my project of making an audible book, preparing my latest work to self-publish, and writing my next book. In-between, I shop online, watch streaming video, and follow the cray, cray news on this cray, cray government. And of course, cherish my FaceTime calls. Because after all is said and done, I miss those kids!

The eclipse yesterday was a natural phenomenon with supernatural implications. I watched in wonder as day turned to night when totality struck the cities in its path. The sky got darker here but we never went to totality, so watching it on tv was the only experience available, but still amazing. This universe and its mysteries was encapsulated in the eclipse phenomenon. Our sun, the fiery ball that gives us life was made real when totality occurred and darkness descended, the temperature also dropped, an eery vibe of death. And then it passed and the sun gave light and warmth, once again. We have no idea how lucky we are to experience life. To know love, the beauty around us, a good meal, the camaraderie of friends. All because of the sun and the moon. Just in the right spot for life. The moon is as important as the sun. It brings us the tides that swept life to the land. And so the givers of our life and our world danced in unison yesterday and showed us just how important they are for everything we know.

And on this day our cray, cray president gave a cray, cray speech about killing and death in vague terms. After a week when he gave credibility to hate groups and was soundly denounced by corporations, world leaders, his own party, and the victims of the hate groups rhetoric.  So he changes the conversation, now we are talking about war. How he’s going to make our country safe from terrorists. But there are terrorists right here at home  that we are not safe from, and he’s one of them. A president that is not president of all of us. The worst president, I’ve seen in my lifetime.

The mysteries of the sun, moon, and the universe help to give me perspective. Time will pass and this president will be a paragraph in the history books, not remembered well, but nevertheless, gone from politics. Amen to that.

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Traveling opens your mind

I just returned from an amazing vacay with the hubs and my two daughters. A Baltic cruise. I visited countries that frankly I didn’t really ever think about, Latvia and Estonia. Just names to me. Sweden I had been to before and Finland had more name recognition for me and of course Russia. What I discovered on this trip is that in countries with universal healthcare the populace is happier and healthier. People can live on less income without the worry of medical expenses. A simple concept lost on the GOP.

Also and eyeopener were the hordes of tourists. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg was so crowded that any experience one might associate with it was lost in the pushing and shoving crowds in the non-aircondtioned museum. Avoid at all costs, I’ve seen Rembrandt paintings under much better conditions. The same crowds followed us to St. Catherine’s Palace where we had to skip the famous amber room so we could get back to the ship on time. The grounds of the Pushkin palaces and Peterhof were amazing even in the rain, our only rainy day. One got a little insight as to how the Russian people accept their hardscrabble lives while Putin and his cronies live like the Czars. Centuries of accepting being downtrodden while nobility flourished and satisfied all their whims. Even the revolutions made no difference. The people still accept substandard housing, deteriorated facades of buildings while the palaces are pristine. It gave some perspective why there are some American people who still support a con man like Trump because he was a celebrity. People who would forfeit their own best interests to have universal healthcare, believe a pathological liar who pushes Made in America while he and his daughter blatantly produce their products in India and China. People can be sheep and just follow blindly the evil governments they create.

We deserve Trump. Those of us that have abandoned democracy deserve Trump, while the rest of us mourn the loss. Just like the Russians who support Putin raping their country for his own benefit. Made of the same cloth–Putin and Trump. Using their positions for personal benefit and being allowed to do that by the proletariat, by us. Sad! As Trump would incessantly tweet. Sad that he’s trying to dismantle the free press. Putin had journalists poisoned. Sad that this man is already destroying the environment, our schools, our esteem among global leaders. We are traveling soon to Mexico and are informed that the US Dollar is not welcome but all other currencies are.

Will some future group of tourists come to Washington DC to visit the ruins of our government buildings after Trump Tower becomes our dictator’s home?

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It seems so simple

Medicare for all. No economic requirements, so no need for Medicaid. We all have insurance coverage…period. With Medicare Part B it costs about $100 per month per person–an easy amount to subsidize. Under the Advantage Plan there are annual caps and dental and eye care are covered. That’s all you need. For those that want more coverage in hospitals you can buy supplemental insurance that can be pricey. But it’s an option. With all these plans you can choose your doctor. If everyone is on this single payor plan the medical profession will have to accept all patients. So to me it’s a no brainer. Simple. WE THE PEOPLE need to push for this. Elected officials who want to coddle their rich donors to get reelected should get out of public service. They should resign or be voted out. Conservatism  should not be a synonym for heartlessness. The GOP needs to change and become a voice of reason not a voice of anti everything. Why does our military need to be beefed up? It’s a cyber warfare world. Just ask Putin. It’s a drone world. Just ask Obama. Spending outrageous sums on missiles and bombs that we, heaven forbid, would use is not what will save this planet but move it toward extinction. Diplomacy is a much better way. Have we learned nothing from history?

Let’s get all Americans healthy. Let’s stop preparing for war. Let’s get some real humans in government.

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