Friday, February 17, 2017


"I'm not ranting and raving... you're just dishonest people."

There's a Russian intelligence ship 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut and the President's (fired) choice for Director of National Security lied to the FBI and nobody seems to be minding the store.

Peter Alexander wondered what to do when the President, after reviling the media for presenting Fake News, presents as fact that which is demonstrably untrue.  "The leaks are absolutely real.  The news is fake because so much of the news is fake," may make sense to the Commander In Chief (pause... catch your breath.... I know.... I know...) but it wasn't much help to anyone else.

Alexander Acosta, nominee for Labor Secretary, wasn't at the press conference ostensibly called to announce his selection.  MSNBC's Kasie Hunt couldn't get a Republican member of Congress to admit to having watched the press conference, let alone appear on camera.

For fifteen minutes, the news was all about the press conference, until another in the series of certainly-illegal-but-highly-entertaining leaks coming from the intelligence community or the White House or long-time civil servants or Obama staffers or aliens from one of the 60 new planets discovered by Kepler appeared.  At this point, the fact that Gen. Flynn lied to the FBI hardly seems to register on my bizzaro-meter.

I'm going to spend the next few hours mourning the loss of the Monopoly thimble.  It's only an existential loss; we've been playing with scavenged Parcheesi pieces for years and I see no reason to invest in a new version and this is exactly the antidote to the news that I need to get through the rest of the afternoon.

Remember how the judge on SNL wanted just one day without a terrifying news alert from Washington?  Right now, I'd give anything for a full hour without fear.


  1. I love the thimble, it is my favorite piece. Good thing I have an old monopoly game, I will not purchase a new one.
    I have another favorite thimble, given to me by my grandmother. It had been given to her, by her favorite aunt and my name sake and was the only thing my great-grandfather found after their house burned to the ground. I treasure that thimble that has my nickname engraved on it. Ellie

  2. I had to explain the thimble to Mr 11, who had never seen one. Sigh....

  3. @ellyn, what an awesome keepsake! I watched the entire "press conference" yesterday and I am now someone who frequently yells at my TV. *sigh* I don't think that will end anytime soon.

    1. I have been shouting at my dashboard as I listen to the radio..... sigh....


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