War on WaPo?

Donald Trump, Republican Party nominee for President of the United States, threatened the owner of the Washington Post newspaper with retaliation for the paper’s publication of articles critical of Trump.

Aside from the obvious First Amendment protections the press is guaranteed which Mr. Trump seems to know nothing about, there’s also the minor problem that most of the things he accused the paper’s owner of doing while wearing his other hat as chairman of Amazon.com he’s gotten entirely wrong. No one should be surprised that Trump is mistaken about anything; he’s gotten away with being incorrect his entire campaign.

I don’t want to excerpt from the Vox article because I’d have to quote so much I’d violate Fair Use doctrine. Go over there and read for yourself. Suffice to say Trump is talking through his hairpiece. Again.

Beyond poor taste

Trayvon Martin’s murderer has put up the gun that was used to kill him up for auction.

We’ve known this guy (George Zimmerman, in case you’ve forgotten) was a sleazebag and a killer set free by a Florida jury because of the victim’s race, so it should come as no surprise that he’s a grifter too. He claims he’ll use the proceeds as follows:

“The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin,” writes Zimmerman. “I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM [presumably Black Lives Matter, not the Bureau of Land Management] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s [sic] persecution [possibly prosecution; she was the state Special Prosecutor in the Martin case] career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.”

Any bets on the veracity of that statement?

You know one of the band’s songs

But you probably haven’t heard them cover this. We Five was a pretty short-lived band out of San Francisco whose biggest hit was unquestionably “You Were On My Mind,” a remake of a song composed and sung by Ian and Sylvia on their 1964 album “Northern Journey.”

We Five released two wonderful albums and then lost their lead singer, the wondrous Beverly Bivens. They tried to carry on and they did release two or three more records, but none were even close to these.

This might even make you forget Bobby Darin’s version.

I knew it was coming, but…

We all had to know that the moment Hillary announced her candidacy the sexist remarks wouldn’t be far behind, but I don’t think anyone expected them to be as nasty and sneering as the ones the proud Republican party’s nominee is throwing at her.

“Hillary was an enabler and she treated these women horribly. Just remember this,” Trump said during a campaign event on Saturday. “And some of those women were destroyed, not by (Bill Clinton), but by the way Hillary Clinton treated them after it went down.”


It’s important to remember the context of this, as well, namely that Trump himself is a famous adulterer. He almost certainly has ulterior motives for his apparent belief that a woman who is being cheated on should suffer in silence.

Since women are some 53% of the population, it seems like a damn fool way to try to win votes and influence people.

Golf bloopers

What do you do if you’ve landed your approach shot on the second floor of a hospitality tent above and to the right of the green?

Why, play it as it lies, of course.

Seriously, this is the funkiest golf shot I’ve ever seen. Jason Kokrak is the pro golfer. Unfortunately, he missed the putt, shot 76-72 on Thursday and Friday and missed the cut.

This bigot again?

Judge Roy Moore of Alabama’s Supreme Court has been suspended from his job. Again. The first time was way back in 2003 for building a humongous monument with the Ten Commandments inscribed on it and placing it on the state’s judicial building, in clear contravention of the Constitution’s edict separating church and state.

MONUMENT--The Ten Commandments monument installed by Roy Moore and then removed from the ALabama Supreme Court building was installed today at Crosspoint Community Church in Gadsden Ala. Monument movers from Clark Monuments of Birmingham placed the monument in place in front of 150 Coosa Christian school students around 9:45 a.m. Friday. A prayer led by Pastor Phillip Ellen followed the installation with the school students...Roy Moore holds official installation ceremony at Crosspoint Community Church..... Staff Photo/Joe Songer.

MONUMENT–The Ten Commandments monument installed by Roy Moore and then removed from the ALabama Supreme Court building was installed today at Crosspoint Community Church in Gadsden Ala. Monument movers from Clark Monuments of Birmingham placed the monument in place in front of 150 Coosa Christian school students around 9:45 a.m. Friday. A prayer led by Pastor Phillip Ellen followed the installation with the school students…Roy Moore holds official installation ceremony at Crosspoint Community Church….. Staff Photo/Joe Songer. reporter : FAULK

Now he

faces six charges of violating judicial ethics, all stemming from a Jan. 6 order in which he told state probate judges that they have a “ministerial duty” to abide by state law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. That order defies not only the high court’s ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, but also two other court decisions, the commission found.

That would be the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. It isn’t immediately clear whether that’s a permanent body or one that’s convened only when serious questions of judicial ethics and behavior are raised.

He’s only 69. He can surely find work other than sticking his bigoted beak into the laws of this nation and interpreting them in a way more suited for 1816 than 2016.

Too tired to blog

Yep, I am. I had my semi-annual trip to the periodontist today where I had another Sodium Fluoride treatment. The hygienist cleans your teeth (not as thoroughly as my regular dentist’s hygienist does, but still pretty well), dries them off, and starts painting this stuff on. It dries quickly, and when it does it looks a little like your teeth are made of baklava.


If it were any party but the GOP I’d feel sorry for what’s happened to it this primary season. The party started out with a really deep bench, they said. Why, they had 16 good candidates and that didn’t count the non-professional! One by one the guys and gal came off the bench and failed to even hit a single. Meanwhile this billion-dollar nitwit with the funky hair decided he’d run (I am still not sure whether he started out on this campaign as a lark or whether he was serious from the git-go) and he kept hitting doubles, winning by 8-10 percentage points in caucuses or primaries.

As he kept racking up wins and delegates, the party began whistling in the dark, saying he’d fade Real Soon Now. Well, now has arrived, and he’s the last one standing.

Now the Republican party is looking at a man who has gone out of his way throughout the primary season to offend Hispanics, African-Americans, women, disabled people, the press (although it seems to have borne up under the insults, giving him more free media than any candidate I can remember in 40 years of watching elections in this country), Muslims, vets, and finally his competitors. Jeb! fans are probably not too enthusiastic about Mr. Trump. Neither are Cruz and Kasich supporters.

The only thing the party can hope is that the Democrats are poised to nominate Hillary Clinton to run against Trump, and they know very well how to run against her. They’ve hated her since 1991. We’ll probably see all the old charges brought up again: Whitewater, cattle futures, the Rose law firm billing records, Vince Foster’s suicide, TravelGate, and Monica. That’s why I’ve had reservations about her candidacy; not because I think she’s guilty of anything, but because the country will have to hear it all over again, and voters may conclude her entire Presidential term(s) would be more of the same.

In a sense, she’s lucky too. If the GOP ran a credible candidate all that mud would be harder to wash off, but when the opponent is a narcissistic clown like Trump the voters may accept the mud.

Oy vey, routers and comms

After my purchase of the Belkin router I’ve had nothing but trouble. I never could get it to talk to the printer, so I decided to buy a USB cable that would stretch between the printer and the router or, if that didn’t work, the printer and the computer. I don’t do a whole lot of printing anyway, and wireless printing is something I can do without.

Then I thought it was time to download the Brother printer drivers for Windows 10, and that threw more spanners into the works. To top that off, the router dropped connections frequently, and when trying to establish a connection I’d get a “Network protocols missing from this computer” alarm. I got ticked off and turned the whole thing off overnight.

This morning I tried again and it was still unable to establish a network connection. I remembered that the router has a reset button, so I tried pushing that. Lo and behold, connection established. On to the printer again.

After about three hours of futzing around, the router failed again, and this time the reset button didn’t fix it. I gave up. I decided the damned router might or might not be the principal problem, but it wasn’t for me. So I disconnected all the cables, packaged it all back up, found the receipt and went back to Best Buy. Fortunately they gave me no argument; I’d have been willing to pay a reshelving fee if I had to, but I didn’t.

I tried plugging the old Netgear router back in and, for a wonder, it connected. The printer still doesn’t work properly, but I’ve got time to figure that out.

Man. I’m too old for this to be fun anymore.