My Panties Are In A Twist

I was reading that The Crown is re-casting the leads to different actors.  Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby were perfectly cast as the Queen, Prince Phillip and Princes Margaret so why in heaven would anyone mess with that?

Aging the characters isn’t a good enough excuse.  Have the producers ever heard of makeup?  I’m really having a snit over all of this and I know it’s stupid but seriously why mess with what works?  Not sure I will continue watching this Netflix original.  I feel as though this will mess with continuity and really…not interested in that!

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America’s Children Have Had Enough!

I think it is about time that adults be shamed for allowing the slaughters of our children to continue.   Whether it is a mass slaughter or one child at a time killed by random crime the slaughter needs to end!

I’ve had multiple debates with men recently who freak out about the perceived threat to the Second Amendment.  This isn’t about that at all.  It’s about common sense gun ownership.  It’s about average citizens who can own and use military grade weapons.  Common sense, as my mother would say, isn’t so common!

The NRA has decided the best way to espouse their cause is to malign the Students who have just grown weary of the killings.  Weary of the Politicians who have taken millions for the NRA to promote their agenda that American’s must have their guns.  All guns are okay.  They aren’t.  AR-15, M-14, AK-47 rifles are military equipment.  But the NRA is yelling about 2nd Amendment rights.  It’s not about owning guns, it’s about comprehensive common sense ownership.  Longer hold periods, special licenses that take time to process, No military grade weapons and eliminating Gun Shows where you can buy a weapon in minutes.  These suggestions do not hinder gun ownership they make for safe gun ownership.

November is coming and some of these children will vote.  Beware politicians who defend the NRA…they are coming for you.

One last comment was as Americans should call these men/boys who have slaughtered our children, our families, our loved ones what they are…TERRORISTS!!!  Home grown and yet still they are TERRORISTS!!!

Toby…Ya Got Me!

Yesterday a nor’easter named Toby hit our little burg.  He wasn’t too bad.  Enough for a snow day at home but not so evil as to be extremely heavy wet snow.

I was giving my dramatic reaction to Hurricane Schwartz’s SNOMAGEDDON!!

We shoveled out last night about 9 pm.  It was still snowing but we wanted a fighting chance for the morning commute.  The car wasn’t too covered this morning.  It was about another 3/4″ to clear off.

Puppy was wondering where is this elusive Spring she kept hearing about.  She is not much of a lover of precipitation in general, lol.

We have some really neat homes near us.  This is one of my favorite to take pictures of in the seasons.  It is like a Thomas Kincaid painting when it snows.  We survived our 4th nor’easter this winter/spring.  Yay us!

The Children Take Charge

When the adults in charge in America would rather take money from Lobby Groups (after chanting Drain the Swamp) instead of saving American Lives the children called them on their BS.  Today in Washington, DC and around the country the Children had a non-violent protest.  NO MORE MURDERS from Gun Violence.  The Sandy Hook slaughter showed that the mostly WHITE males in America have absolutely no apathy for the lose children’s lives but great regard for their right to own military grade weapons.  The slaughter at Pulse Nightclub in Florida showed that males in America had no apathy for mass murdered victims because it was a LGBT club.  In Las Vegas the slaughter of people enjoying music lead to even less apathy.  The bodies are piling up Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Ryan.  You are whores for Wayne LaPierre (President of NRA).

Mr. Trump’s grand plan while listening to his inner idiocy and being manipulated by Wayne LaPeirre and his band of psychopaths decided that “well-trained gun carrying teachers” is the answer.  Until yesterday,  A Teacher in California who is a reserve police officer was showing gun safety to his class.  He discharged his weapon into the ceiling of the classroom injuring 3 students (from ceiling debris and 1 Student had bullet fragments in his neck).  So there goes that theory Mr. President.  We are led by a moron!

To mark a month of do-nothingness by our Congress and President the children orchestrated a nationwide protest.  They gave a 17 minute quiet tribute/protest for the Parkland Florida victims.  Across the country school leadership issued threats against the students who participated.  Sanctions, and suspensions will stop these children.  NO, it didn’t.  It brought the silence to the White House.  In some cases congress persons from gun-loving state bullied, made rude and malicious comments about the students who survived the Parkland Shooting.  They were belittled for being “children”.  “Children should be seen and not heard” was a remark I saw many times in many interviews with the out of touch adults.  How stupid these are these people?  When you survive a man slaughtering your friends and teachers with a Military Grade Weapon then you can speak on this issue.  Until then…SHUT UP!!!!  The “children” are almost or able to vote in the next election.  Remember that 18 is the voting age.  I hope they overwhelm the ignorance and vote all of those bullies out!

People are not listening to the lies, the fascism, the white supremacy, the anti-LGBT agenda or the anti-Woman agenda.  Making America Great Again has been in full gear for over a year.  I don’t see America as great.  It’s become ugly and violent.  The Children have had it with the Liar-In-Chief.  They will take back decency through protests and action.  The Politicians of Hate will not be able to hide from the Children.  Telling them they don’t matter only invigorates their courage to the cause!

The slaughter of our children needs to end.  I hope we see more young people and women running for office in 2018.  It’s time the rich old white fools be sent out to pasture.  It’s time for America to save itself from hate and violence!

Goodbye Polly…Hello Quinn

On Friday Winter Storm Polly hit our area.  The weather folks like to pretend they knew this was going to happen.  I’m one of those people who check my weather app several times a day.  I will check it more when a storm is coming so that I may Prepare for it.  When I went to bed Thursday night they were still calling for heavy RAINS and hurricane force winds.  Thursday night did give us all of that but in the mid morning it changed to snow.  It quickly got out of control.  It began with Horizontal sleet that quickly turned to horizontal snow.  By 2 pm the visibility was awful.  The power began to dim on and off.  We were sent home from work as were many, many others.  I took a work mate home and it took me 30 minutes to go 1.5 miles.  The coating to 2″ of snow predicted had turned into 3″ by the time I left and 5″ by the time I got home.  The heavy snow and wind caused massive power outages and dangerous driving conditions.  Trees were uprooted and blocked roads,  crushed cars and buses and shut down the I95 Corridor for trains.

Early in the day.  First came the sleet, high winds and flooding.

The picture above picture of the plow/salt truck was just as the rain had turned to snow.

Ten minutes later the trees and grass was covering with snow.

My twenty-minute commute took an hour and five minutes.  But I made it home.  It was dangerously slippery on the commute home.  Saturday afternoon almost all of the snow was gone and it was warmer and sunny.

The weather folks are calling for Winter Storm Quinn to drop anywhere from 5″-16″.  I feel bad for the folks who still do not have power and are dealing with the reality of facing another big storm.  Be safe out there friends!

Happy President’s Day – A Diatribe

UPDATED:  How a day changes things.

Yesterday this happened:

“James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation’s worst president by our current president, Trump.” I guess I was wrong.

I remember when Trump was running for President.  Mostly I remember saying if he got elected he would have to really do a lot to be a worse President than James Buchanan.  Well, he’s been President for over a year and well James Buchanan is looking pretty dang good.

Under Mr. Trump and his band of misfit toys (cabinet members/staff/Lacking of Proper Security Clearances) he’s taken America back to the 1940/50’s when Racism was outwardly tolerated.  A time when women had few rights when married (especially in the south).  When people were murdered (lynched) and it was deemed socially okay.  Churches/Synagogues burning (African-American/Jewish) were sanctioned and white men in power thought themselves untouchable.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence would have us all believe those were the good old’ days.  This is how I see America right now.  Our President reaps personal financial windfalls from his position.  Trump harped on his predecessor playing Golf and he would have not time as President to do the same.  Yet, he’s played more golf than any previous President in the same time period or over a tenure in office.  Not only that, he plays golf at his own establishments that cost the American Tax Payers approximately $100 million for 1 year of golf.

Mr. Pence wraps himself in his form of Christianity.  Evangelicals have given Mr. Trump a sanctioned pass.  Even though he is a known philanderer, liar, cheat and scoundrel he invokes Jesus and God with his “God Bless America” and they give him a pass.  I’m fairly certain no matter what form of Christianity you follow…that’s not a real thing.  Mr. Pence hates women in power.  He has told everyone how he can’t be in the presence of women when his wife isn’t around.  He’s afraid of being tempted I guess.  This is revealing in his lack of faith in Jesus that he will make the right choices.  It also shows his lack of self-control in all other matters in his life.  Is this really a person who should be Vice-President or even President?

The Republican Party is ridiculous any more.  The days of the calls for fiscal responsibility are gone.  They have been replaced with the days of Class Warfare.  The age where poor people are poor because they want to be and not because the deck is stacked against them.  The days where the wealthy are rewarded for their lack of paying any tax let alone their fair share.  We are back to the days of medical bankruptcy because Trump’s grand plan of destroying anything Obamaish is all that matters to him.  Instead of fixing and improving Obamacare we now live in the world of Trumpcare where only the wealthy can afford medical treatment.  Where pharmaceutical companies hold our health hostage because we can’t afford the medicines we need to be healthy.  Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would rather all of the poor folks just die off so it makes America Greater for people like them.

The Republican Party of today would also have you believe that all of the millions and millions of dollars taken from Gun Lobbies like the NRA isn’t blood money.  Thoughts and Prayers for all of the people killed by AR-15 Assault Rifles and other various guns.  It’s not the guns…it’s the people.  No…it’s the people who should never have military grade assault weapons.  That’s not even a Second Amendment issue.  It’s a common sense issue.  Ordinary citizens will never need an AR-15.  It’s a death weapon and nothing more.

Our Country is in the throes of being not relevant on the world’s stage.  Our President watches more TV than I do and tweets as though he is a Junior High Schooler.  He tries to bully everyone who disagrees with him.  He has no respect for anyone about anything that does not mirror his own opinion.  That opinion tends to be how great he is and if you don’t say he’s great then you suck.

Will Trump go down as the worst President in the history of the United States of America?  That is still to be determined.  It still would take a lot to be worse than James Buchanan who seemed to be okay with Civil War.  There are so many variables and so much time left in Trump’s first (or only) term as President.  Until then we deal with the fact that Trump plays a lot of golf, doesn’t start his work day until 11 am and works only until about 4 PM.  He watches endless Fox News which he deems as the only not “fake news” affiliate.  The world is a scarier place under Mr. Trump and his Republican band of misfits.

Happy President’s Day…I guess.

2018 Winter Olympics

I do not know why but this year I’m not as excited about the Winter Olympics.  Don’t get me wrong I’ve watched the Curling Matches but other than that I’m just not feeling it!

This saddens me because I usually love them.  I wish I knew what was different this year?

I watched some of Shaun White’s competition last night but found myself switching the channel to TBS and Big Bang Re-Runs 😦   Shaun White won the gold and I went to bed.  Maybe tonight will be better?