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Escape from cruelty and mob rule

The new Trump budget is heartless, an audacious theft from the 99% of taxpayers to the 1%. It suffers from a math error that will pile debt on the country in addition to causing misery for poorer families with children. If I had voted for him, I don’t know how I could sleep at night without nightmares and guilt. It shows a remarkable lack of empathy.

On top of that, Liberal seems to have taken on the title of the country’s dirtiest word.

Call me obscene then.

BiFF and I went hiking in Black Monshannon State Park in Pennsylvania on Beltane this year. I picked flowers for my hair and took a lot of pictures with my iPhone. Now I realize that what I really want to do is take a photography class and get a better camera.

That last item is on hold due to a recent setback. Some of us will never recover from the financial crash of 2008, especially those of us whose industry has largely disappeared. It’s about to get worse for R&D if the proposed cuts to the NIH budget go through. This is a very hard time to be a scientist in America.

But the weather was mild and spring was just emerging. So, we took it in with wonder and delight. Take a break from all of the pointless cruelty and enjoy the walk. Here’s my slideshow. The music is Chanterai por mon Corage or Singing for my courage from the album Estampie:


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  1. It sometimes seems that the election of Trump has resulted in the boundaries between acceptable behavior and unacceptable behavior have been crossed.

    Today (5/26/17) comes the news that the Repugnant candidate for Montana’s sole congressional seat was elected, the day after assaulting a reporter.

    The right wing noise machine has succeeded in tarring the word “liberal” and equating it with dumb, stupid, and retarded.

    There has been no comparable effort on the left to have a news station or radio station with liberal voices. I stopped listening to Air America in 2008 when I heard the bromance for Barack.

    Living in the Chicago area, our local WGN radio and television station were sold to Sinclair broadcasting. The radio is a clear channel station that can reach quite far. Where were the liberal money people to buy these stations to have a liberal voice and I wonder what will happen to these stations if the sale is approved.

    You may enjoy Paul Krugman’s column today.

  2. The following link is in the “be careful what you wish for” category.

    The best hope may be for a Democratic majority in the House and Senate in 2018 and run down the clock until 2020. It may be hard to turn the Senate in 2018 depending on the number of seats up for re-election.

    Pence will be a disaster as well.


    • Take NOTHING for granted. Some people will never vote for a Democrat no matter how bad Republicans are.

      I’d concentrate on getting Americans who don’t normally vote to go vote.

      • I agree. It was turnout that made the difference in 1992 when it exceeded expectations and people spent hours waiting in line to vote.

        The horrors of the Trump presidency may be ending the complacency of the past. It may have ended the perception of “What’s the difference anyway: they’re both the same.”

        It does make a huge difference especially concerning the economic issues and the environment.

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