Category Archives: politics

the latest from Cindy Hyde-Smith

Mississippi senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith remains in the news, since she made the public hangings comment at a campaign rally on November 2nd.

On November 11th, she put out this statement:

“I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement,” Hyde-Smith said in a statement Sunday. “In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.”

Then, on November 12th, she was at a press conference, and questions were asked about her public hanging comment.  Starting at about the 1 minute mark on this video, is her response to REPEATED questions:

She just repeatedly refused to answer any questions, only repeatedly said “I put out a statement and we stand by it.”  Over and over and over again.

The next day, November 13th, Google donated to her campaign.  (see page 3 of the attached government FEC donation filing doc):

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/824/201811139133677824/201811139133677824.pdf

Then, yesterday, it was brought forth that on November 3rd, at another campaign rally, Ms. Hyde-Smith stated this:  ” “And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”

As the video indicates, when questioned about THIS video’d comment, she stated it was obviously a joke and taken out of context.

Not sure WHEN suppressing votes is ever considered a joke, but then, I don’t hang with the GOP people.

Anyhow, just an update.

And in other news, a Trump-appointed judge ruled that the White House must return the media pass to CNN’s Jim Acosta.  And stated that Acosta’s ‘laying hands’ on the WH intern was ‘likely untrue.’  Wonder how Trump will react to one of his own appointed judges calling him a liar…?

 

just getting crazier and crazier by the minute

The world just seems to be going to hell in a hand basket.  Not sure how much worse it will get.

A senatorial candidate for the GOP in Alabama has been accused by a handful of women, with credible, researched stories…of sexually inappropriate behavior with them when they were between the ages of 14-16, and he was in his early 30’s.  He denies it, and GOP ranges from ‘crazy bitches’ to likening him to Joseph and Mary (erroneously, since Mary’s was an IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, but we digress…)…and talk about consensual sex.  In other words, if it allows the GOP to gain a seat or retain a seat, it doesn’t matter how sleazy or immoral their candidate is.

Then someone handed the cell phone back to Trump, and the crazy tweets started again today.  Here’s a sampling:

When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!
Does the Fake News Media remember when Crooked Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, was begging Russia to be our friend with the misspelled reset button? Obama tried also, but he had zero chemistry with Putin.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

I’m sorry…the man is simply insane. And traitorous; straight up, in the public.  He doesn’t even try to hide it.

Jiminy Cricket; we are in insane times.  It feels like a completely upside down world, doesn’t it?

As someone else posted today:

Mueller: lying Comey: lying Obama: lying Clinton: lying Federal judges: lying His sex assault accusers: lying Scientist about climate change: lying Doctors about Affordable Care Act: lying Mother of slain U.S. soldier: lying Putin: He means it.

I was happy to hear that Caroline Kennedy is thinking of running for office.  She’s stated this:

Kindness and decency is a dying art…certainly in the GOP.  It’s up to the rest of us to continue to fight/resist, and do our best to get the kind and decent people to every single voting opportunity afforded them.  That’s the only way we can turn this thing around!

The past year, in review

The first three months, I was despondent.

The second three months, I was angry.

The third three months, I tried to hide.

Now in the fourth three months, I’m FIGHTING.

I firmly believe that part of the reason I developed ulcerative colitis at the ripe old age of 65, is because of the entire GOP.  It’s been a process of diagnosis, and then learning about the disease, and my particular triggers, and adjustments.

But through it all, the same can be said about my political activism.  I’ve been going through phases since the election nearly exactly a year ago….emotionally and physically.  Most importantly, learning how to reconcile the two together without risking my health.  I’m still not fully there.  But I have learned things.

I’ve learned I might have to compartmentalize my political beliefs and passions.  For my health, foremost.  For my relationships, secondarily.  Although I won’t suck wind entirely with loved ones that are on the other end of the political spectrum.  It’s a learning process.  But I believe the days of ‘don’t talk politics’ are dead.  Trump won’t allow it.  “It”, being silence.  Silence is complicity.

But I have to weigh that with my health concerns.  So I hit periods of ‘I just can’t’…and I retreat and rejuvenate and heal.  Then I feel stronger again, and I forge back in.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  It’s a learning process for all of us, I suspect.

I know I can’t shut up about how evil this regime is…entirely.  It would be like asking me to give up chocolate forever.

not.going.to.happen.

So I pace myself.  I pick and choose my battles.  I compartmentalize where I bring up politics, and where I don’t.

I choose to do most of my politics on Twitter.  It might not be achieving much, but it feels right for me.  I will try to minimize it here, because it can be divisive, and I’m tired of blogging divisiveness.  That won’t mean there won’t be posts here and there on the subject, but this blog won’t revolve around politics.

So that’s where I stand today.  I wonder where the fifth 3 months will take me…

dropped another h.s. chum as a Facebook friend

my God, haven’t we learned Facebook really isn’t the place for political crap?  Especially since we are careening to another freaking civil war?

I ‘had’ to drop another old h.s. chum as a Facebook friend.  In fact, I got so ticked off that I didn’t just drop her as a friend, I flat out blocked her.  I can only consume so much stupidity around me.  Because honestly, I am well aware that there is a very strong likelihood that I got this ulcerative colitis, at a VERY unusually old age for first diagnosis, because of 45.  So I’m just not taking crap from anyone on the subject anymore.  Certainly not from a non-relative that I haven’t seen face to face in over 40 years.  LOL  (ok, I DID have to laugh at the absurdity of that.) 

Here’s the crap she posted.  I’m keeping it small because it’s so ridiculous.

I mean, SERIOUSLY.  How can people be this stupid and still figure out how to breathe, dress, and type?

:: shakes head ::

Okay, onward and upward.

I’m really worried for all the people in the path of Irma.  This hurricane is beyond a Category 5.  WAY beyond.  I remember my lovely trans-Atlantic cruise with my mom a few years back, that started off with a flight to Miami, and then boarding the cruise ship with first stops in Bermuda and the Bahamas.  I shudder to think of all those lovely places …and what they will face within the week.  I wish I could just scoop them up all into safety.  (same for those still suffering in Houston.)  My prayer list gets longer and longer every week, it seems…

:: sigh ::

All that said, I’m keeping a stiff upper lip.  We had a really nice smoked pork last night, and will have leftovers at least tonight and tomorrow night, too.  I have a good job and an amazing husband and a good family and fun pets, live in a place many can only dream of vacationing at, and overall, for an old, feisty broad who will turn 66 in less than 2 weeks…have decent enough health, too.  I’m DAMNED LUCKY and EXTREMELY blessed…and I’m well aware of it.   So there is that.  🙂