Saturday, August 19, 2017

In My Garden

I've been spending time many mornings (while Josie is sleeping) editing or deleting the thousands of pictures I've taken over the past eight years. Since digital entered my life, I take LOTS of pictures, hoping that a few will be what I want. But I haven't been good about deleting duplicates and near misses.

So that's what I'm doing. It's a trip down memory lane and a reminder of how very seasonally ordered my life is. Christmas decorating and popcorn stringing, snow, orchids,  birds, food, spring bulbs and blossoms, Easter Party, garden beginning, irises,garden growing, daylilies, garden harvest, autumn leaves, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, family, and here we are at Christmas again. 

The garden pictures -- all that corn and beans and tomatoes especially -- make me a bit wistful as this year's garden has been much curtailed -- a lot of rain has caused the tomatoes to blight earlier than usual and made spraying the cole crops difficult. 

Also, despite John's best efforts with electric netting and other netting, the critters pictured here have enjoyed much of what did make.  And the wild turkeys pecked at the tomatoes.

These guys are so bold that they don't even budge when I drive up the road.

Also, I think the yearling in the first picture is laughing at me.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In Memoriam Heather Heyer

... and with profound admiration for all those who, like Heather, showed up to stand against hate.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"The Lowest White Man . . ."

Boston Globe phote

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

Or vote for you -- which probably explains DT's reluctance to call out the White Supremacists. (I thought it was sweet that many of them adopted Trump's Casual Friday look of khakis and a white polo shirt.)

A look at their faces and a look at some of their comments and actions -- especially the vile spewings of The Daily Stormer, a website devoted to White Supremacy and run by a wormy-looking little pissant named Andrew Anglin -- confirms LBJ's words -- these guys are the lowest, losers every one with nothing to be proud of but their skin color. 

This website was taken down by its host, after Anglin attacked the victim in the Charlottesville attack -- calling her fat, useless, as she wasn't married and had no children, adding that she was probably a slut who'd had multiple abortions.

I have a real feeling this guy has trouble getting dates.

And bravo to GoDaddy and Google for refusing to host his repugnant vitriol any longer.

Now, about the Tweeter-in-Chief. After being shamed into finally expanding his condemnation of the Charlottesville violence, he at last called out the KKK and the White Supremacists, reading a carefully crafted statement that included condolences to the family of the young woman mowed down by a car driven by one of his supporters.

But evidently he had his tiny fingers crossed.

His Orangeness took to Twitter to retweet an image of the Trump Train smashing into a CNN reporter.

Really classy. Was this a subtle nod to his base base? As in, 'Way to go, fellas.'? Or was it just his chronic pathological insensitivity?

Oh, if only Twitter would suspend his account. Or if some adult would pry his phone from his tiny fingers and dispose of it in a fitting manner.

And then, then, to make it absolutely clear where his sympathies really lie, the Orange One gave a press conference, doubling down on his first assertion that both sides in Charlottesville were to blame.

Quoting The New York Times: "President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations -- equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va,. over the weekend."

Davis Duke, former KKK head, and Richard Spencer, white nationalist who has threatened to 'flood' Charlottesville with more protests, were quick to praise their Dear Leader's words.

The POTUS is out of control. He is demeaning his office and bringing shame to our country. He is empowering evil and it's time and past time for the Republican Party -- the one that calls itself the party of Lincoln -- to stop pretending anything else.

Kevin Siers/ Charlotte Observer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Making America Great Again?

This is where we are now. This is what the Trump regime has empowered.

Armed idiots, waving Confederate flags, wearing KKK robes and hoods, and sporting White Supremacist gear gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee (who was an avowed enemy of the United States and the American flag which these folks also waved, oblivious to the irony.)

Quoting from an article in The Washington Post:

Michael Von Kotch, a Pennsylvania resident who called himself a Nazi, said the rally made him “proud to be white.”
He said that he’s long held white supremacist views and that Trump’s election has “emboldened” him and the members of his own Nazi group.

“We are assembled to defend our history, our heritage and to protect our race to the last man,” Von Kotch said, wearing a protective helmet and sporting a wooden shield and a broken pool cue. “We came here to stand up for the white race.”

It should come as no surprise that this sort of deplorable person feels empowered by Trump. Trump seems unable to bring himself to speak out against the White Supremacists and Klansmen -- they're among his strongest supporters, as David Duke reminded him yesterday.

And it should come as no surprise that many good and decent people should have assembled in counter-protest. When evil like this, evil that threatens the basic decency of our country, is on the march, thank heavens for those who stand against it.

There were over a thousand people gathered to say that White Supremacy has no place in Charlottesville, no place in the USA.

Among those who showed up to protest the hate rally was my sister-in-law Fay -- a  resident of Charlottesville and a gray-haired grandmother like me. She was there, bearing witness, when a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring many others. (Fay got home safely, thank goodness.)

 Desmond Tutu said: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

Fay, thank you for choosing to stand up against hate.

You're my hero.