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I saw the clip of Donald slurring his words during his speech about his short sighted and possible dangerous decision to recognize Jerusalem officially as the capital of Israel.

I’d like to think it’s dementia so that we could invoke the 25th amendment but then Pence has been chomping at the bit since the beginning to displace Donald in a coup and usher in a theocracy.

But what it actually looks like is someone who is old, overweight, unattractive and stupid who simply hasn’t had enough rest. He looks like he lacks stamina. He’s weak and pudgy and soft. He’s slurring his words because his mouth is dry and his tongue has lost muscle tone (sooo, Melania is safe). He’s looking and sounding his age, which is no small feat for a guy who has money to burn, could afford a personal trainer and definitely needs a better esthetician to deal with the tanning bed raccoon eyes. So, there’s my personal assessment.

He probably thinks he’s still hot. Or anyway, his money is hot for women who have incredibly low standards. In his mind, he’s like Austin Powers. “Do I make you horny baby? Do I make you randy?”



Preet Barhara interviewed chess champion and Russian dissident Gary Kasparov this week. Kasparov’s take on the Flynn involvement doesn’t have anything to do with money laundering or the Magnitsky Act. Kasparov says to understand how Flynn is involved you have to look at how Putin stayed his hand when he could have dismissed American diplomats from Russia in retaliation for what Obama did to punish Russians for their interference in the election. That’s where Flynn passed the message to the Russian ambassador to Putin that Trump was going to fix things. Kasparov says he is 100% sure that the assurance came from Trump to Flynn. I don’t know how he knows this. Maybe he has special knowledge, maybe he just gamed it out.

Anyway, good interview, worth a listen.


If Franken goes out today, I hope he takes a slew of Republicans with him. What he’s accused of doesn’t sound like harrassment to ME. (I tweeted a #metoo on one thing but I could have tweeted about another). Ok, maybe the last one does but I’d have to understand the context. In any case, doesn’t pass the Roy Moore test by any stretch. And where there are Democrats culling their own, I’m betting there are a HUGE number of Republicans who are worse.


I had a good run last night and burned off the petit fours. Felt so good I ran up the stairs to the fourth floor this morning and skipped the elevator. And I haven’t slurred a single word yet.

Every morning when I wake, a feeling soon begins to overtake me.

Ringing in my ears resounds through my brain; it finally surrounds me.

There is fire, there is life, there is passion, fever and fury.

There is love and there is hate, there is longing, anger and worry.

Oh, I have a flame; feel it touch my heart.

And down at my core is the hottest part.

I can burn without fuel.