He did what?

It’s Monday, I want to watch a few stupid TV shows and not the fact the president… the president… the president of the United States revealed highly classified information to the motherfucking Russians.

Because he was bragging, evidently.

Those of you who follow my links know I don’t often post highly partisan sources, but today I saw an Alternet piece wit this totally not-alarming headline:

The video that suggests Trump is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and damn if I didn’t think he has a point.

I’d make a Doctor Strangelove joke, but it wouldn’t be funny.

Or maybe you’d prefer a smarter way to clean your house.

Posted at 8:49 pm in Current events |
 

62 responses to “He did what?”

  1. coozledad said on May 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I was just reading about the possible sources for reparations payments to the people who actually built this country. Got an idea. How bout we take everybody responsible for electing this shitferbrains, kick them out and take their stuff. Most of it will be home shopping network trash, but the stuff from the top 1 percent will help defray the cost of landfilling all that trash.

    They’re not Americans anyway. More like Confederates.

  2. Sherri said on May 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I think it’s highly likely that trump is suffering from some sort of dementia. James Fallows noted the big differences between the younger trump and the current one in interviews during the campaign. And then there were the meltdowns during the debates, as about 30 minutes in, he started losing it.

    But are the rest of them suffering from dementia, or are they just really that stupid?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/05/15/when-president-trumps-bodyguard-revealed-jim-mattiss-private-cellphone-number/

  3. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Walk the tunnels between the Rayburn, Longworth, and Cannon buildings, and striking intelligence is not what you’ll find. Clyburn is sharp, Hoyer is actually pretty intelligent but tries to pretend he’s a good ol’ boy; Ryan and McCarthy are smart guys who can carry on conversations about subjects other than legislation, even when they shouldn’t. Debbie Dingell is outright brilliant. I can’t say I’ve met even a significant percentage of the whole House, but a few dozen past and present have impressed me with their lack of obvious candlepower, rarely with their apparent wit or wits.

    Outside of a small clump of readers and writers and thoughtful women & men in Congress is a remarkably un-intelligent group of people. They’re often surrounded by a crew of sharp staffers, most of whom are highly skilled at hiding their lights under bushels, but know how to protect the principal.

    Having spent most of my professional career watching, often helplessly, as seniors descend into dementia, I don’t think it’s partisanship for folks to start asking some hard questions about the President’s state of mind and command of his own thought processes. TIAs, arteriosclerosis, most dementias like TBIs all have the tendency to bring out underlying issues. If you tend to be testy and angry, those with brain injury/insult issues get oddly hostile at times early on; if you’re sentimental, you’ll turn out to be often weepy; if you’re tedious on a good day, then Lord help us when you develop cognitive issues.

  4. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 16, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Ah, the White House has released tomorrow’s plan, including 9:30 am’s “THE PRESIDENT will speak with King Abdullah II of Jordan by telephone.” Because he does apologies so well . . .

  5. Mark P said on May 16, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I think it’s pretty clear that Trump is suffering from some kind of mental disorder, whether dementia or something else. And based on my observations, it’s not only dementia that gets worse with age. Unfortunately, the Republicans have an idiot that is too useful to them to do anything about it. The danger is that he will eventually do something seriously bad with seriously bad consequences for the rest of us before they do anything. I suppose we can hope for a Democratic majority after the midterm elections, but I’m afraid that’s a pretty forelorn hope.

  6. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Suzan DelBene is the only Congress member I’ve had the chance to have real conversation with, including before she was elected, and I think she’s pretty sharp.

  7. Kim said on May 16, 2017 at 5:12 am

    All you west coasters likely saw this late last night, but what a thing to wake up to today (especially after the latest he-did-what disclosures, the clever denials of stuff that didn’t happen and watching the Alzheimer’s video). Favorite comment – troll level: patriot.

  8. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Trump could well have any one of a number of mental disorders but the thing is that all this was painfully obvious to anybody with half a brain themselves durning the campaign and yet. AND YET! He was elected. Many people I know will still tell me that he was a better choice than Clinton. Still, to this day. Because she is corrupt.

    You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.

  9. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

    There isn’t a Republican who hasn’t already compromised themselves in regard to Russia. Ryan’s just another frat who believes that Ayn Rand shit because it’s the only thousand page book you can summarize on a single sheet of shit paper. He’d suck off the entire Russian navy if it meant he could fully implement his war against the poor. Pence is already criminally implicated along with Trump and Sessions. McConnell and his beard are criminals (drug smuggling, treason.)

    The Republicans wouldn’t lift a finger to stop Trump if he’d been filmed giving a double blumpkin to Kislyak and Lavrov, because at this point, they’re all in.

    It wouldn’t have gotten close to this point without mass complicity and the snare of mutual Republican/Russian interests; the desire to hobble this country, to lay it bare to Putin’s brand of ethno- nationalism, and to loot it. Fuck the line of succession, everything with an R in front of its name ought to be hounded to the gas chamber with rocks and bottles.

  10. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Hahaha. Fuck you Russonazi bastards.
    https://twitter.com/voterdye/status/864294316373618688

  11. alex said on May 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Kellyanne said she needed a shower after talking to Trump. Probably because she had his DNA all over her.

    Two-faced bitch.

  12. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 16, 2017 at 7:33 am

    West of the Missouri I can’t think of more than a couple House members I’ve ever met, so it’s clearly a gap in my knowledge. Senators, though; outside of John Glenn, the first dozen or so in conversation have shocked me at how . . . less than ordinary they came off. By which I mean just their overall smarts. Maybe it’s the effect of years of political circumspection and general interpersonal caution, but it wasn’t until Glenn and Jay Rockefeller I could walk away and think “whew, okay now, there’s one who seems to have coherent thoughts and substantive reflections going on beneath the official surface.” Dick Lugar I didn’t meet until after his time in office, but he’s clearly a thoughtful man; I’ve not met but have been told by people I trust that Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar (you go, Minnesota!) and Kirsten Gillibrand are all pretty sharp cookies in conversation, Angus King as well.

  13. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Trump is now admitting he handed over classified information, after he forced McMaster to go out and lie for him. Everyone in his orbit is forced to immolate their fake reputations. It’s like a game: What’s my price?
    https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/864440036825214976

  14. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I have not met many politicians. From what I can gather from his tweets and news stories, the Representative for this area, Jim Banks, has his tea party talking points memorized but that’s about it. But he replaced Marlin “Entitlements should be taken away but not my farm subsidies” Stutzman who didn’t strike me as the sharpest tool in the shed either.

  15. basset said on May 16, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I am tired of Trump and politics and so will offer something completely different. Was looking at a 1965 Beatles performance contract on Smoking Gun this morning, their guarantee at the Portland Coliseum was $50,000 for two shows on the same day. Allowing for inflation, that’s $386,905.06 today. No idea how that compares with bands currently touring.

  16. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Criming Republican Jeebus whore gonna go to jail. All of them, top to bottom, is crooks. And this one gonna bottom!

    http://www.greensboro.com/news/crime/person-caswell-da-wallace-bradsher-resigns-as-sbi-probe-nears/article_9498162b-8e74-594e-86d7-d9d358896db9.html

    County is filthy with this bloated fundie trash.

  17. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Being around my husband’s uncle who has Alzheimer’s has been informative. One thing for sure is the signs and symptoms are evident a lot sooner than people start really noticing. Especially if it’s a close loved one, there is considerable denial which doesn’t help the person suffering from it. My husband’s uncle’s wife would not admit her husband had Alzheimer’s for years and then when she had to she still spent a lot of time screaming at him because he couldn’t do things he used to be able to do. It bordered on abuse and they had to be separated for his own good. He is so much more stable when she isn’t around.

    As for speculating that Trump might be in the early stages just based on his deteriorating speech seems quite plausible.

  18. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

    The projections on the Trump hotel are brilliant. I love stuff like that. Now I’m hoping someone does something like that on the Trump tower here in Chicago. His buildings are a perfect target for nondestructive mayhem. More, please.

    As I linked here a few weeks ago a design group in town is fabricating some helium inflated golden pigs to obscure the Trump name on the building.

  19. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    As for all that housecleaning stuff. Yeah. I know that stuff. I just lack the motivation to do it. I hate cleaning about as much as I hate working out.

    My cleaning routine goes like this:
    a)I am going to clean this kitchen from top to bottom
    b)I am going to start by cleaning the pile of mail, etc. off the counter
    c)Oh, look! Here is a magazine with some great recipes in it! And that other magazine with some great articles in it!
    d)I need a cup of tea to sip while I look through the magazines referenced above ^^
    e)Oh, well. Maybe I’ll clean tomorrow…

  20. susan said on May 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Suzanne, I learned the same cleaning methods you use! Ha ha ha ha! Works great. I’m building up anti-bodies by living in filth.

  21. Jolene said on May 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    My husband’s uncle’s wife would not admit her husband had Alzheimer’s for years and then when she had to she still spent a lot of time screaming at him because he couldn’t do things he used to be able to do.

    We had a version of this in my family. My mother found it very difficult to accept that my father was no longer the strong, stable, trustworthy figure he had always been. She expected him to remember things that she had told him when it was simply impossible for him to do so, and she failed to learn gentle ways of guiding/responding to him. In the last couple of years, they, too, were living in separate parts of a care facility, and, if we would bring them together, he would seem to take pleasure and comfort in being with her, but she couldn’t stop picking at him for one thing or another. Brings tears to my eyes to remember how things fell apart for them at the end of their lives.

  22. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Jolene, we are dealing with that as well in my family. A man with dementia and his wife who can’t seem to grasp that he’s not being obtuse but truly cannot remember what he was told 10 minutes ago. So she yells at him.
    It’s very troubling.

  23. Icarus said on May 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

    We outsource our cleaning to a cleaning lady. Over the years we have had different ones with varying degrees of excellence. Admittedly we have a large house and the cost to have it cleaned from top to bottom at a high level would be very expensive so we deal with whatever 4 hours can get us over doing it ourselves.

  24. alex said on May 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Cooz, I was gonna mention that the Bradsher whistleblowing case was featured in a recent continuing legal ed ethics session that I attended.

    Of the pols I’ve met, the one that stands out most is Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who was very friendly and struck me as the rare public servant who’s both highly intelligent and altruistic.

    I also met Congressman Mark Souder before his epic fall from grace, busted having car sex with a woman who must have been either blind or so strung out on psych meds she didn’t know what she was doing. He was very provincial and simple-minded, just like his successors Stutzman and Banks.

  25. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

    alex: He’s a piece of work. He offered reduced sentencing for promised church attendance, helped get a drunkass Republican county commissioner out of a DWI charge, hired prostitutes at the Washington Duke Inn* And wrote an editorial to the local newspaper saying he was the only thing that stood between Person county and ISIS.

    *Unless the Washington Duke Inn has rooms equipped with chain hoists, I think this is somewhat unlikely, unless there are hookers who specialize in servicing feeders. But rule 34.

  26. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Ah, yes. Mr Souder, who, after the boat ramp sex incident, was quoted in the local paper saying something to the effect that his being caught in a delicate situation led more people visit YouTube to watch the abstinence videos that he had made with the woman he was caught in the delicate situation with, so really, see, it all led to good things.
    Isn’t it great to see the silver lining in the cloud?

  27. basset said on May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Psycho kitty has been again rehomed, his former owner says:

    “He’s doing well. He’s in a new home and adjusting good. Apparently he’s not happy being an only child.”

    Good to hear that he’s finally happy… and Jr’s scratches are just about healed up.

  28. nancy said on May 16, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Debbie Dingell is indeed very smart, and I interviewed her a few weeks ago. I asked her if her husband does his own Twitter, or delegates it to the proverbial staff wag. She said his tweets are 100 percent his, but she insists he run them past her or a staffer before he hits the button.

    I heartily recommend following him. His wit is my favorite kind — dry and mordant. Yesterday, when the intel story was breaking, he tweeted Oh hell what now. Amid all the hysteria, it seemed the perfect thing to say.

  29. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 10:54 am

    What is rule 34? Wait, maybe I don’t want to know.

    What complicates the situation with my husband’s uncle is that his current wife (the third) is something of a gold digger. His second wife, the love of his life died quite a few years ago, and number 3 moved in on him when he was lonely and vulnerable. He was a very successful business man who started his own company which did quite well. He sold the company recently since he became unable to run it anymore. As I’ve mentioned here before wife #3 has adult children who expected to live a life of luxury with the uncle’s money. The uncle however wants to do some legacy projects with his money, still leaving plenty for them but they won’t be wallowing in it like they’d hoped to. It’s really disgusting to watch. The good news is that the uncle is delighted to be apart from his shrew of a wife, he’s not one bit sad. It’s just taken some effort to get him squared away in a living situation that will work for him now and in the future. He will have care in his home for the rest of his life, he has plenty of resources to allow for that.

  30. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    John Dingell is a great Twitter follow!

    Cooz, please tell me you tweet, and what your twitter handle is!

    Take Suzanne’s cleaning method, add a little depression, and I hire someone to clean my house. The clutter still piles up, unfortunately. Right now I feel like I need to take everything out of my house, throw away at least half of it, and rearrange the other half. I’m slowly working on the kitchen, because we need to re-do the kitchen, and I’m trying to figure out what that means. At a minimum, it means replacing the cabinet doors and a couple of appliances; at a maximum, we start moving things around. So I’m cleaning out stuff, trying out ways to better use the arrangement we have so I can understand what I want to do.

    As I watch the oh so pious conservatives accept and enable trump’s outrages, I keep thinking of the Anne Lamont quote:

    You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.

  31. Jeff Borden said on May 16, 2017 at 11:15 am

    There’s a very dark story in the Plum Line blog of the Washington Post today about how bleak the future looks for voting rights in America. You have an overt racist as attorney general, who already is redirecting the mighty forces of the Justice Department toward keeping those for-profit prisons filled with druggies of color, rather than focusing on keeping state elections on the straight and narrow. And this voter fraud commission the Orange King has cooked up is led by the absolutely poisonous Kris Kobach, who lacks only the starched white sheets. And just in time for the 2018 midterms. The GOP can’t win on its ideas or policies, but by dog, they can keep others from voting, so it’s all good.

    Big news in Chicago is the plan for the parent company of the Chicago Tribune –you know, tronc– to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times within the next month. (tronc is what was left over when Tribune split its broadcast division from its publishing arm.) We’re hearing the usual assurances that there will be editorial independence, but who knows? And with Sinclair Broadcast Group taking over WGN TV and radio here and presumably tweaking them to its rightwing format, we need a center-left paper like the S-T even more.

  32. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Sherri: I sort of wish I was on twitter, and I’m sort of glad I’m not. I need more than 140 characters for my brand of horseshit. I lose plenty of sleep over just posting comments. There’s a nice quiet southern boy in there somewhere, and I haven’t managed to rip his brain stem out yet. Not entirely.

    Gary Legum’s opinions are similar enough to mine, and he has a subscription to most of the major news outlets.
    https://twitter.com/GaryLegum

  33. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I know what you mean, Cooz.

  34. Julie Robinson said on May 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Let’s run a best case scenario here: it’s proven that Trump has dementia and he either is persuaded to resign or is impeached, which leaves us with…President Pence. Crap, that’s not best case. Not worst case either. More like lose-lose.

    Boy my kids could use that housecleaning advice; this house is both messy and dirty. Last time I came I spent two days cleaning, feeling furious the whole time. This time I haven’t done a thing but it bugs.

    Thr Trib is already a shell of its former self and surely there wil be more cutbacks for both papers. What a crying shame.

  35. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Mitch McConnell is a fucking piece of shit.

    The Senate Dems need to wake up and obstruct every single thing he tries to do. Object every time he opens his mouth. Refuse unanimous consent to anything.

  36. Bitter Scribe said on May 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    My mother had Alzheimer’s, to the point where she once introduced me to someone as her nephew. It happened so gradually and/or (this is much more likely) I was in such denial that looking back, I can’t even pinpoint when I fully accepted it.

    It was obvious to others, including the police officer who stopped her for a traffic violation. He was so disturbed that he called up my brother, with whom she lived. Only my brother, dead now himself, was autistic and pretty much unable to function as an adult. It’s a miracle that the public guardian’s office didn’t take both of them away. Luckily, my sister was able to move in and take care of them both until their deaths.

    Regarding politicians, it’s my experience that yes, there are plenty of dumb ones, but even the smart ones come across as less intelligent than they really are. This is because a professional politician can rarely if ever speak honestly to anyone except staffers and other insiders who can be trusted not to blab.

    That NYT article had plenty of common sense, but really, it boils down to “if you want a clean house, make the effort.”

  37. Scout said on May 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    What Sherri said. ^^^^^ McConnell deserves no less than his own brand of political poison.

    On Twitter, you never know who people actually are, and whether they know what they’re talking about or if they’re just attention whores, but some stuff just seems to ring true, even taking into account one’s own biases. Like this: https://twitter.com/Broadsword_Six/status/863978692275388417

    I don’t do much original content posting on Twitter, but I find it the fastest way to get info when something new is going down.

  38. Jakash said on May 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Neil Steinberg has bashed the Trib plenty over the years, as one would expect him to do, given that it’s his paper’s competition and long the Republican/suburban counterpart to the Sun-Times’ Democratic/city-focused view. But even he sees that, given some of the alternatives, especially just folding altogether, freaking tronc (“which also sounds like the place in his little automobile where Inspector Clouseau stashes his luggage”), might be the best unhappy option. Noted: “The first obligation of a newspaper, the trick question in J-school went, is to stay in business.”

    He seems to be a tad more optimistic about Michael Ferro than he used to be, or than I can see any real justification for, but those of us in Chicago can only hope for the best. Hey, can’t anybody ring up Jeff Bezos and see if he might like a nice, midwestern paper to go with the WaPo? He’s probably left more money in pockets of suits taken to the dry cleaners than it would take to buy any of them. ; )

    A swell photo accompanies the piece. I think it’s of the bulldog edition…

    http://www.everygoddamnday.com/2017/05/on-block.html

  39. Scout said on May 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    And cooz, if you ever do get a Twitter account, be sure to follow Maxine Waters first. (And me 2nd: https://twitter.com/imaginista111)

    https://twitter.com/MaxineWaters/status/864527611946512384

  40. Julie Robinson said on May 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Reuters is reporting McConnell touting Merrick Garland as new FBI chief. Whut???? Garland has already said he has no interest.

    Maybe my kids are just paying us back for making them clean every.damn.weekend when they were still at home.

  41. Jakash said on May 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Hear, hear! to Sherri and Scout. It seems to me that, while there’s some awful tough competition, the fricking, mopey Turtle of Tendentiousness might be the most evil of them all, when it comes right down to both his intent and his impact.

  42. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Merrick Garland to get him away from his judicial bench, replace him with a conservative, put him in the FBI, and then fire him, too, at some point.
    Really, it’s a brilliant plan.
    All the while making the GOP appear somewhat bipartisan.

  43. Bitter Scribe said on May 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Trump’s bodyguard was photographed holding a stack of papers, on top of which was a Post-It note bearing the number of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s cellphone, clearly visible. Just in case the Russians or anyone else were wondering which number to tap.

    Hillary Clinton lost the election in part because people made a huge honking deal over her having a private e-mail server. She lost the election to a clown who employs “the best people.” Like this guy.

  44. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    My approach to cleaning is that you’ve got to stay on top of it. Don’t put off what you can do immediately, because it adds up fast and then it’s daunting. I’m always tiding up around me. My husband is a neat-nik but he’s not great on deep cleaning. One of my favorite things to do is sweep. Weird I know, it’s just one of the things you can do and see progress while doing it. It’s sort of zen for me. Little Bird and I don’t see eye to eye but I’m always after her to keep up with it because she has planning and organizing issues. Before you know it, it’s out of hand and overwhelming for her.

  45. john (not mccain) said on May 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    “All the while making the GOP appear somewhat bipartisan.”

    Garland is a Republican. How have we gotten to the point that some Republicans supporting another Republican for an office is seen as bipartisan?

  46. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    John, I’d say yes.

  47. Jolene said on May 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Dana Milbank wrote this piece about McConnell a couple weeks ago. I couldn’t agree more.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitch-mcconnell-the-man-who-broke-america/2017/04/07/8e12f1d8-1bbd-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?utm_term=.d17c822761e5

  48. Charlotte said on May 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I hear the Merrick Garland noise is in part to get him off the Federal bench where he’s perfectly placed to shoot down Trump’s EOs.

    As far as politicians — MT is a low-population state so you meet all of them: Max Baucus is one of the strangest, emptiest people I’ve ever met. Tester is a real person — I like him enormously both when I’ve been at social events with him, and when I’ve seen him in action at work. Smart, empathetic, straightforward — great guy. Same with Steve Bullock, our Governor — funny and smart and a real person. Daines is embarrassing he’s such an empty-headed douche — and I don’t say that just because he’s a Republican. Came to a meeting last summer about the fish kill situation that closed the Yellowstone down and opened with how disappointed he was not to “fish the ‘Stone …” for his birthday. NO ONE CALLS IT THAT. Ugh. The whole room cringed. Zinke’s an asshole, but doesn’t seem as dumb as Daines, which is probably worse. Rob Quist, only met him once, seems utterly sincere — he’s done a lot of work with the MT GOP — especially on the Arts Council, so he might be good in DC, and he’s not taking PAC $$. Fingers crossed we can get him over the line …

  49. brian stouder said on May 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Jolene – the article you linked (on McConnell) was enlightening, and crisply, superbly written.

    If anything, it ended too soon!

  50. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    It’s 87 in Chicago. Ugh.

  51. Jakash said on May 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Yeah, good one, Jolene. “The Man Who Broke America” sounds about right. He blatantly stole a Supreme Court seat from a popular, twice-elected incumbent in order to “let the American people decide.” Then gleefully approved the nomination from Dolt 45, who received 46% of the vote. Calls it “one of my proudest moments.” I’d call it treason, but I hate to exaggerate. ToMAYto, ToMAHto, I suppose.

  52. Scout said on May 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    What the actual fuck, Mitch?

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/mitch-mcconnell-merrick-garland/index.html?sr=fbpol051617mitch-mcconnell-merrick-garland0403PMVODtopLink&linkId=37639535

  53. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Dow Constantine, the King County Executive, held his annual filing week luncheon today, and boy was I glad I went! Dow gave a pretty good speech (he’s running for re-election this year), Manka, my candidate for state senate introduced him, and Tom Perez gave a rousing speech and also promised support for Manka (her winning would flip the legislature).

    But there was a special surprise speaker. Near the end of Dow’s speech, I noticed some Secret Service,walk by my table, and Jimmy Carter was with them! He was in town visiting the Gates Foundation and dropped by. He called Manka out from the podium, and said he wanted to get a picture with her. I can’t wait to talk to her later!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/SherriMNichols/status/864595662272249856

  54. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    So I’ve got the Twitter accounts (is that what they’re called?) for Scout and Sherri bookmarked, is there anyone else here who has an account that I can bookmark? I’d “follow” but to do that I have to sign up for Twitter myself which I don’t want to do. I just like reading various accounts from time to time.

  55. Scout said on May 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    He did WHAT? Indeed. What a day. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/james-comey-trump-flynn-russia-investigation.html

  56. Icarus said on May 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    @Deborah (and anyone else) if you want mine, here it is. I generally re-tweet (share other people’s content) and my FB Writer page is configured to also tweet out my shares.

    https://twitter.com/MysteriesOLife

  57. Dorothy said on May 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    One can have a Twitter account and not tweet. Ever. So it costs nothing and you can follow anyone public, and request to follow others who are private.

    I have an account. I’m not very profound, but I’m always myself. DMichalski143 is me. My daughter tweets a LOT because of working in the news business. One of my favorite people to follow is my son’s friend Corey. As with most things on the internet, I feel there are not enough hours in the day to read everything I want to read.

  58. Colleen said on May 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    We had a cleaning person before we moved. She kept the place from being overrun with cat hair tumbleweeds, but we were still very cluttered. We had two dumpsters of crap hauled away, and could have probably filled one more. I am going to lobby for a cleaning person once we get settled here. By the way, how long can I use the “we just moved” excuse for the messy house?

  59. Kaye said on May 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Appreciate you guys upgrading my Twitter feed.

    Sherri, how wonderful to see Jimmy Carter! I admire him greatly.

  60. Dorothy said on May 16, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Colleen – I call animal hair tumbleweeds ‘fur-nados’ cuz really, that’s what they are!

  61. Rana said on May 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Deborah, shoot me an email and I’ll send you my twitter link.

  62. beb said on May 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Colleen asks “By the way, how long can I use the “we just moved” excuse for the messy house? “

    A: For at least a decade.

    Instead of Alzheimer, I wonder if Trump is autistic. That would account for the “emptiness” Nancy mentions seeing in him. Also his lack of humor, impulse control, raging when he doesn’t get his way,etc. Or maybe its a bit of both. He really is not a normal person.

    I think McConnel is hyping Merrick Garland as a sop to Democrats. As in “sure we screwed him out of the Supreme Court but Director of the F.B.I. is a pretty big thing, ammarite?” Of course it isn’t but McConnell thinks he can buy off some Dems.

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