It’s a very hot, dry summer this year. The cats don’t like it. They lie around all day & then they keep me up all night when it’s cooler. Honestly, that makes more sense … to sleep during the heat of the day & to be active during the cooler hours of the night, not that it’s all that cool at night.
This is Radar & Bobby during the afternoon. They try to find a cool spot in the study.
BTW, that floor fan that Radar is lying next to was my grandparents, it’s older than I am by about fifteen-twenty years & it still works great. They made things to last back in the day.
I was supposed to go to a farmer’s market this morning with a girlfriend of mine & then to the Italian Festival but she blew me off so I stayed home & sat at my desk, doing what I always do. I was kept company by Radar, sleeping soundly & snoring his sweet little hissing snore.
Mafia Don Trump’s Big Lie, that the 2020 election was “stolen” through voter fraud, is still an infant. It won’t become a toddler until this Fall. Many people are addressing Trump’s Big Lie as if it were unprecedented in U.S. history. It is not. In fact, Big Lies are woven into the tapestry of this country.
By definition, a big lie has to be large in scope as well as being patently untrue, just repeated over and over until it can masquerade as a truth.
In my life I have seen quite a few. Remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident? It led the U.S. to fully engage in the War in Viet Nam. Of course, we found out later it was a lie. Remember Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction? These imaginary weapons were used as a justification to wage yet another war.
You hear all the time about the failure of our mainstream media & how so many people have stopped watching the news or reading newspapers or how they simply don’t believe anything they hear at all; or conversely, they believe everything they hear. This conversation shows how bothsiderism & not calling out the lies of politicians & not doing anything that would “get a lot of complaints” failed our democracy.
This article was originally published on Press Think. I found it on Mike the Mad Biologist’s daily links.
BTW, I was acquainted with Jay Rosen many years ago, when we both went to the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was the editor-in-chief of The Spectrum & I was going out with the music editor. Jay used to tease me, asking me why was I seeing the music editor when I could have the editor-in-chief? He used to throw the best parties. 🙂
The big news today is that I bought a new poop scoop for the cat box! I know this is somewhat of a non-story but the old scoop had to be at least fifteen years old & the way it was coming apart, it made sifting the turds & the piss pods out of the box difficult. I had been looking for a new scoop for a while. Most of the ones I saw were made of a soft plastic & I wanted a hard plastic scoop like the one I had. Today I found one!
I know that the old scoop doesn’t look that different from the new scoop but that worn-out area on the upper left of the old scoop really made it difficult for my twice-daily cleaning of the cat box. & my cats are very fastidious! They want a clean box, the cleanest box known to man! If I’m sleeping & one of them uses the box & it’s a particularly bad session, the other one will wake me up to clean it up!
I also make sure that there’s plenty of litter in the box. I can’t tell you how many times I have been to other people’s houses & I see their cat box & there’s barely enough litter in the box for the cat to dig a decent hole for their “business” (as my Gramma Mac used to say), let alone bury it properly. Cats want a lot of litter!
I took the picture of the two scoops outside on my driveway & this little face was looking out the kitchen window, watching me:
“Democratic Strategies That Don’t Court Disaster” by David Daley & David Faris, from the ezine The Forum, which I found on Mike the Mad Biologist’s daily links 7/5/22.
THIS IS A MUST-READ.
I have to say that I think that the ideas in this article are ALL GOOD, but even if they are implemented, the chances of anyone in my generation (I am currently sixty-two years old) seeing the positive outcome of any of these are slim to none.
BUT … if we care about creating a truly great nation for our children, grandchildren & every child beyond that, it is imperative that we start working today for this outcome.
America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humourist Kin Hubbard, ‘It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.’ It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: ‘if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?’ There will also be an American flag no larger than a…