When people don’t mind being lied to

“They May Have Been Phony in the Past But They Are Very Real Now” Sean Spicer on employment numbers released on March 10, 2017 “I’m not in the job of having evidence” Kellyanne Conway on CNN, March 13, 2017  Sean Spicer said Trump used air quotes when accusing President Obama of “wire tapping” (sic, Trump’s … Continue reading "When people don’t mind being lied to"

When the data scare folks

Earlier this week I found this nifty tool for comparing the healthcare plan proposed by the Republicans (Trumpcare) to the current plan in place (Obamacare). Let’s call the plans what they are, since the Republicans considered attaching the former President’s name to the health care plan he championed, which provided affordable insurance to over 20Million … Continue reading "When the data scare folks"

One way the Republican health plan will impact my rural county

Last night I used this nifty tool released by the Kaiser Family Foundation to calculate how the proposed health care bill released by the Republicans Tuesday night will impact Washington County. In Washington County, if you are 60 years old and making $40,000 a year (per capita income is under $38,000 in my county), the … Continue reading "One way the Republican health plan will impact my rural county"

Enslaved people are not immigrants

Dr. Ben Carson, recognized as a brilliant surgeon, used some “alternative facts” in comments to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staff today, as he begins his work there as the Secretary of the agency. Carson chose to describe enslaved people forced onto boats and brought to the United States, as immigrants. I looked up … Continue reading "Enslaved people are not immigrants"

What I’m reading about last night

What I’m reading about last night (link to the address is below from the New York Times): WAPo: “In describing his bleak vision of a ruined United States exploited by foreigners, Mr. Trump wrote a series of checks he almost certainly cannot cash.” The ugliest moment in the 60-minute address came when Mr. Trump announced … Continue reading "What I’m reading about last night"

Who isn’t in the room now?

The duties that the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence include participating in discussions and decision-making in the National Security Council.  Trump has decided that they don’t need to attend unless specifically asked. Their job every day, all day, is to protect our country. They’ve been told to wait … Continue reading "Who isn’t in the room now?"

Breaking bread in a mosque

The Friday Photo January 27, 2016 Heeding the observation a wise friend shared with me the day after last year’s election, I am making a concerted effort to desegregate what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the most segregated hour” in our country. In November I visited the church just a block down the street from … Continue reading "Breaking bread in a mosque"

Calling his bluff

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto refused to fall victim to Trump’s childish demand that Mexico pay for a wall that Trump insists on building on the Mexico-United States border. Instead of tolerating the behavior of a spoiled child, Neito said he’d just stay at home. Every business threatened by Trump’s insistence that he would impose … Continue reading "Calling his bluff"

“The little voice in your heart must guide you”- my daughter’s letter to her children

The Friday Photo January 20, 2017 reposted with permission from my daughter McKinsey Cummings An Open Letter  to My Children on MLK Day 4 days prior to the inauguration of He Who Must Not Be Named: I’m sorry. Sorry that the world you were born into is about to change. Sorry that the value I … Continue reading "“The little voice in your heart must guide you”- my daughter’s letter to her children"

If your plane has been hijacked….

This saying has been circulating since the election, and I understand the thinking behind it. It also reminds me of the passenger-heroes of Flight 93, who overtook hijackers on their September 11, 2001 flight, forcing the plane to crash in a Pennsylvania field instead of its intended metropolitan target. If your plane has been hijacked, … Continue reading "If your plane has been hijacked…."

Check the dictionary

The Friday Photo January 13, 2017 I did some checking on definitions last night. Carl Bernstein, who, with fellow reporter Bob Woodward, earned a Pulitzer Prize for the Washington Post after uncovering and reporting the Watergate break-in and resulting coverup, tagged Donald Trump’s campaign manager and staffer Kellyanne Conway, as the incoming administration’s Propaganda Minister. Bernstein … Continue reading "Check the dictionary"

Nine points on Trump’s “press” conference

There were LOTS of things said during Trump’s “press conference” today that either conflict or contradict what he has said or Tweeted in the past, or were simply outrageous. A few of the highlights: 1. Trump made all kinds of claims about removing himself from any business conflicts, or rather his attorney did in an … Continue reading "Nine points on Trump’s “press” conference"

Judge by actions, not words

Kellyanne Conway, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, told CNN that people should stop judging the President-elect by his words, and instead judge him by his heart. OK. Let’s use his actions as a measure of his heart. Trump mocked a reporter who is physically disabled. Beauty pageant contestants said he would walk into dressing … Continue reading "Judge by actions, not words"

Required reading

The public intelligence report on Russian interference in our Presidential election last year was released from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday. It is less than 25 pages long in content. Reading this is where the work of being an engaged citizen begins. Showing up at the voting booth isn’t enough.

Odds and ends

Trumps cuts the diplomatic corps loose Last night a report from the The New York Times was making the rounds about an edict from the incoming Trump administration that all politically appointed ambassadors are to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day. This directive runs counter to previous administrations of both parties. Trump didn’t understand until … Continue reading "Odds and ends"

Finding grace in the second verse

The weekend’s news was filled with the glitter and fluff of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world. According to several reports, the criticism of Mariah Carey’s appearance Saturday night on national TV quickly dissolved into trashing Carey, her plea to the audience to sing, and barbs between Carey and the show’s producer over sound … Continue reading "Finding grace in the second verse"

Being Present Redux

I thought the hardest day of 2016 was going to be the morning of November 9th. My eight year old grandson, who said a woman ought to have a chance at being president, called to ask me who won the election. I couldn’t choke back my tears. I guessed the worst thing I would do … Continue reading "Being Present Redux"

Certificate of Impact

The Friday Photo December 2, 2016 Wear, wash, repeat.    

Sitting Shiva, Jehovah’s Witnesses wearing safety pins

Sitting Shiva Since the wee hours of last Wednesday morning I have wondered how long I would leave the Clinton/Kaine sign up in my yard. Over the weekend, my cousin in California, parked in their driveway within sight of their Clinton/Kaine sign, had a car window smashed. Someone with a Trump/Pence sticker on their car … Continue reading "Sitting Shiva, Jehovah’s Witnesses wearing safety pins"

Van Jones put his finger on it last night

Last Thursday I drove to Hendersonville, North Carolina for an annual event called Life Is A Verb Camp. On the way home Sunday afternoon I opted for less interstate and more two lane roads. In addition to the fall-colored leaves I saw lots of Trump/Pence signs, which really didn’t surprise me as a fellow Southern … Continue reading "Van Jones put his finger on it last night"