New And Fresh Restart

Welcome to the Coffeehouse, where I hope this is a hub of energetic and intelligent discussion. I have 3 blogs for more diverse discussion, but if all you are interested is how I’m doing and general info, stop here before going to the rest. God only knows why I have 3 blogs, but I do, and hopefully I will have enough material for all four of these doorstops of blogs. I can say that, since I’m happy when I get even one visitor at all. (You mean you actually know where this is?) (I haven’t moved up to caring whether you like them yet.)

Also, I hope I don’t have to move anymore for hosting. This place has worked like a smoothly running Rolex, no hiccups, plenty of space and good support. (his.com). The old place-and I’m grateful for all the help-was basically a legacy of a legacy, and probably had issues due to that. When I had difficulty loading my blogs when I barely had traffic, I had to move.) Here is like moving to a server farm with enormous space.

Unlike previous iterations, I finally have the time and energy to actually devote to this thing. Retirement is great, isn’t it? Sure, there’s the money issue-hit the donation button if you want to help. But at least now the money is consistent and isn’t reliant on whether or not I’m willing to get out of bed, stand at a cold bus stop in 12 inch snow and hope that the bus(es) I need to take isn’t stuck in a snowdrift, broken down, or just having to make a long detour. When I was in the process of retiring last year, this was one of the things I was looking forward to, January mornings indoors drinking coffee, watching tv, and watching the snow fall. Unfortunately last year was sinus infection where I spent a week practically in bed. But I could actually spend that week without worrying about my job.

Back From the Holiday

This is one Christmas that wasn’t really a Christmas for thousands of Federal Employees, and pretty much everyone else. Not having a job to go to does that to people who rely on them.

Remember when the Holiday was a much needed break from politics? Nothing happened especially on the Presidential level. Only emergencies that were large enough for Presidential intervention broke through the news on a national level. We mostly heard about local tragedies such as fires, floods, and such that could be easily ignored if you didn’t live there.

Congress was also out for the holidays, both winners and losers alike, winners celebrating, losers consoling themselves with Christmas brandy. So there was little Congressional news or actions after December 7th or so. And if there were differences between the House and the Senate, or between the parties about items in the Federal Budget, so that it ran out of money and time, Congress would pass a routine CR (Continuing Resolution) early in December so that everybody could go home .As soon as that vote was taken, (and passage was never in doubt), everyone wished each other “Happy Holidays”, drank the spiked egg-nog and cookies passed around the hall, and promptly adjourned for about 3 weeks until New Years passed and it was time to go back to work on January 3rd.

The losers were left free to quietly slink out of town, clearing their office and packing (and swiping) extra office supplies. Soon to be unemployed staff munching leftover turkey, updating resumes and slipping away afterward home for the holidays as soon as possible. No reason to stay in town. Winners quietly moved in their offices, while munching over leftover turkey, emptying boxes of new office supplies that replaced the previous swiped ones, putting name plates on doors, and getting new business cards.

Presidents left town to relax-usually somewhere warm and expensive. Country estates, beachfront properties, back to the old homestead to golf, ski, and swim. With recent Presidents: Obama went to Hawaii, Shrub to his ranch, Clinton to wherever he went to (I wasn’t following up that much with Big Bill in those days). Generally speaking, the Presidents left town regardless of issues otherwise. Since there was really rarely a need for Congress to be in session, Presidents mostly felt that being in Washington for the holidays was the Presidential equivalent of twiddling one’s thumbs.

Next time you saw them, they were in tropical shirts, ski wear, or sitting around the old family fireplace.

Another tradition spoiled. Narcissists must narcissist, and Trump was no exception, whining about being alone at the Whitehouse, his enemies, and everything else. That nobody wanted to spend the holiday with his whining ass, not even Melania who probably spent her holiday in another Wing, eating Christmas cookies, drinking Everclear eggnog and wondering if inheriting billions was worth all of this. Hoping for a Jackie Kennedy ending to this, where she has another life with perhaps another billionaire with more manners and heart.

So there was no downtime to relax for the nation. Christmas was another occasion where the attention was taken off him and his neediness. So all must suffer in revenge.

Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving-this is no big Thanksgiving dinner in my family this year. My older sister has stopped cooking, my niece stopped cooking because it reminds her of my late mother (she passed away 2 years ago). But I’m thankful anyway. I won’t have to make plans for Costa Rica for at least 2 years, don’t have to worry about Social Security or even my Medicaid expansion either. And I have a picture that expresses what I feel about America:

Post Midterms

Am I the only person who actually feels more rested now that the Midterms are over, and the Blue Wave has washed over the land? Yes, Cheeto is still President. And there’s at least another 2 years of that, but at least his antics will have a check and balance on them through investigations and funding. Here’s hoping the “power of the purse” means no money for anything crazy he comes up with and a deep dig into what he has been funding already.

But this coming January, I know that my Social Security and Medicaid will be safe for at least 2 years. Not only that, but there won’t be any crazy laws passed either.

At this point, a lot of people are saying, “nothing will get passed”. I know. That’s the reason why I voted Democratic in the first place. There are times when a traffic jam is the best solution, and I voted for a 5pm, going out of town before the holiday gridlock. Nothing will get done besides a Federal budget, and nothing is what I want.

What about the lame duck? Well, that ends 12/17, and I doubt that the lame duck wants anything too ambitious. Obama was able to get a lot done during his lame duck, but people actually wanted to work with him.  This crowd is probably secretly glad they lost if only because they get the Christmas gift of never having to see Trump or work with him again.

Songs of Triumph and Struggle On A Hard Day

This is My Country (Curtis Mayfield)






Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around



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This is My Country (Curtis Mayfield)



Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

 

My Two Forums

If opening up my site to comments wasn’t enough, I actually decided to have a couple of forums. One is Hillary Haven, a safe place to talk about Hillary free from trolls and Bernie Bros: hopefully it will be the Hillary Version of the Obama Diary. The other is Between Elections: Civics and Organizing and Voter Registrtion and the like. Both forums are going to be members only and topic based. Why did I do this????

Mad about Kavanaugh? Information You Can Use.

Lifehacker link for voter information

lifehacker.com/all-the-information-you-need-to-vote-in-the-2018-midter-1829328834

Rides to the Polls:

www.voteriders.org/news_item/how-to-get-a-free-ride-to-the-polls/

mashable.com/article/lyft-discout-rides-polls-voting/

carpoolvote.com/

A bit of information I did not know: You don’t need postage to send off your absentee ballot. The US Postal Service will deliver ballots even without postage.

www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/11/04/ymca_will_offer_free_childcare_services_on_election_day.html

Call first For YMCA and check and see if available for 2018.

Time off to Vote-Paid or Unpaid:

www.cedrsolutions.com/time-off-to-vote/

Voter ID information:

www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx

Hillary’s Popcorn

“Lock Her Up”? While she is no doubt diusappointed in not being President, she probably is loving the fact that all the Trump Officials who chanted that phrase are in legal trouble. Projection, anyone?