Irresponsible — and contagious. It’s all about the fear, Baby

The irresponsible pronouncements just keep coming. Do they all get their marching orders from the same place? Fear Fear Fear — I guess that’s the Republican platform this year.

“In a revealing interview, Trump predicts a ‘massive recession’ but intends to eliminate the national debt in 8 years”

Donald Trump said in an interview that economic conditions are so perilous that the country is headed for a “very massive recession” and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, embracing a distinctly gloomy view of the economy that counters mainstream economic forecasts.

The New York billionaire dismissed concern that his comments — which are exceedingly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a major party front-runner — could potentially affect financial markets.

“I know the Wall Street people probably better than anybody knows them,” said Trump, who has misfired on such predictions in the past. “I don’t need them.”

LePage Warns of 900 Layoffs, But Where They’ll Come From is Anyone’s Guess

“There’s a big company – it hasn’t come out yet,” he said. “I happen to know about it and I’m sworn to secrecy until they make a public announcement. But we’re talking 900 jobs. Nine-hundred jobs in the most prosperous part of our state. Down south, in northern Massachusetts.”

But LePage adds in his own special brand of nastiness too, as you can see with the disparaging label of “northern Massachusetts” applied to what he just referred to as the most prosperous part of our state. I wonder how folks in York and South Portland feel about being ejected out the state of Maine by the sneering governor? Do you think there’s anyone that Governor Giant Baby actually likes? We already know he hates poor people, black people, Democrats, women. I thought he liked wealthy people, but apparently only if they live closer to Augusta.


Un Un-Qualified

Could we all step back a little from the “You’re unqualified!” “No, you’re unqualified!” accusations? No candidate up for nomination in any party is 100% qualified for the presidency by everyone’s standard. Look at the dipshit George W. who led this country for 8 years despite his lousy qualifications.

In contrast to the Republican candidates this year, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are among the best qualified candidates around. Neither one of them should be attacking one another’s qualifications to be president and I’d like to call on their supporters to quit it too. There are plenty of issues and policy positions to talk about. Attacking one another just isn’t productive for anyone except the ultimate opponent in the general election. If you get enough Democrats to say they will never vote for Clinton, I’m sure the Republican nominee will send you a cookie. And if you insult enough Clinton supporters, I’m sure they will stay home or even jump ship if Sanders ends up on the ticket.

The real issue in this election, in my opinion, is not which Democrat is most qualified to be President — there is no lack of information on what each stands for, and each of us can decide for ourselves. The real issue is that the only possible 2 frontrunners for the Republican nomination are two sides of the same nightmare. Trump is obviously unqualified for office by his record (NONE), and he is unfit to speak in front of children, let alone to represent the U.S.A. in front of the world. His “policy positions” are based on what causes the most incendiary reaction from poorly educated and unsophisticated crowds. On the other hand, Cruz has run-of-the-mill traditional qualifications for office, but his opinions on social issues are so off in the fringes that most people actually cringe when confronted with the possibly of a Cruz presidency. He is grossly unqualified to lead a big diverse country primarily due to his lunatic religious views. Anyone who values religious tolerance, diversity, intellectual curiosity and freedom cannot support him.

Rob Portman Announcement That He Met a Gay Person…

Honestly, it’s all so predictable. Even the staunchest, most reactionary conservative is forced to admit he or she is wrong when personally faced with reality. If you get to know, or discover that a loved one is, a homosexual, your attitudes of intolerance crumble.

This is why, in fact, I have no respect for conservative social issues. They are all completely and utterly wrong, based on prejudice, intolerance and ignorance. Conservative stances on economic and governing issues? Those have enough merit to deserve discussion and consideration. Their positions on social issues do not.

Anyone, even Dick Cheney for heaven’s sake, who gets to know someone personally who is “different” discovers that they are actual human beings. How amazing. Makes me feel like a genius for knowing that all along.

Being closed minded is the only way to hold onto conservative views. Sucks for Republicans, doesn’t it?

Nana’s Poem About My Brother


Just remembering putting to bed a little boy with big blue eyes

Mrs. Louis E. Wesselmann, Boston, New York


A grandson – 3 – was left for me

To put to bed – “O.K. I said

“No need to tell me what to do

Why tisn’t long since I had you”

“So run along and have some fun

I’ll take good care of your small son”


So up the stairs to bed we go

But – what is this? “No, Nana, no

I always run and jump in bed”

So 3 times he did just as he said

“Now from the crib I dive and you

Just catch me – mom & daddy do”


This done twas “time for prayers” he said

As angel-like he knelt in bed

First “Now I Lay Me” then “Lords Prayer”

(Coming up just once for air)

“God blesses” were the next in line

And this went on for quite some time

Till sternly I rebuked him, when

I heard him say “Bless daddy’s pen”


I transcribed this from my grandmother’s handwritten copy, which dates from the 1970s. I don’t know whether she wrote it then or perhaps wrote it closer to the time when it happened, in the mid-1950s.