Thursday, December 20, 2018

My Daily Quarrel with Life: Thursday, December 20, 2018: 25 Gifts

There's a pair of sneakers for only $135 Women's Chuck Taylor 1970s Low-Top Sneakers


I don't know how I started getting email messages from these people, but I found this one in my inbox this morning:

25 gifts you can still still get in time. Here are some of them, in case you don't want to follow that link:

Ruffled-Hem Down-Quilted VestThis ruffled-Hem Quilted Down Vest costs only $595.

And there's a Coach bag for "only" $695, and a Givenchy mini duffel bag, leather, for only $1,790.

The cheapest item on the list is some kind of lipstick for $24.00.

Well, I've got to say I love this website, and I'm glad I got this email message.

Because it's nice to see how the 0.2% live. I guess.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

My Daily Quarrel with Life: Wednesday, December 19, 2018: Intelligencer

Intelligencer: A great site for news updates. Check it out.

Just one great example: Trump's 7 Mutually Exclusive Arguments For His Own Innocence.

He didn't even know about the payments to Stormy Daniels, but he directed those payments believing they were perfectly legal, and Michael Cohen was just a low-level PR guy that Trump never interacted with, even though there's a tape showing Trump was in the room with Cohen and the yellow-rag magazine arranging those payments to Stormy Daniels.

And so on. Read the article.

Or don't read it, if you're sick of all these lies and all this posturing.

I myself, I keep reading these things, and I keep watching MSNBC (even Rachel Maddow, at times, and for a maximum of five minutes at a time, even though she continues to act like she thinks her viewers are morons who need to hear each of her points a minimum of three times), because I think it's important to know what's going on. Because when the apocalyptic fall of the American presidency comes, sometime next year, I want to be ready for it.

Another interesting thing you can learn from checking the Intelligencer blog every once in awhile: what time the so-called president shows up for work each day, which they figure out by noting what time a U.S. Marine is stationed outside the West Wing doors.

(On Friday, the 14th, when I wrote this, the so-called president showed up for work just before noon. Because, you know, presidential time, i.e., watching Fox News, is more important than pretending to be an actual president. Oh, wait, maybe the less time he spends in the West Wing, the better? Maybe so? Maybe it's like when Congress is on recess? Less damage?)

Monday, December 17, 2018

My Daily Quarrel with Life: Monday, December 17: Leo McGarry

Who? That's what I thought, as I read more stories about the so-called president's so-called search for a new chief of staff, after he has cycled through and ruined the careers of his previous chiefs of staff (not "chief of staffs," you oval office tweeter).

One article mentioned the name Leo McGarry as a model chief of staff. Hmmm, that sounded familiar, although I didn't remember an actual chief of staff by that name, so I Googled "Leo McGarry":

This is a FICTITIOUS CHARACTER on a TV SERIES. So that's why the name sounded so familiar. But this FICTITIOUS CHARACTER has his own Wikipedia page! Check it out.

I feel like I'm living in some Twilight Zone, where a FICTITIOUS CHARACTER has a whole biography and info about his career, with comments from real-life chiefs of staff, such as this, from Leon Panetta: "Any administration that would have Leo McGarry as chief of staff would be very, very fortunate." I totally agree. Because, Hello, Leon Panetta and Wikipedia, he is a FICTITIOUS CHARACTER.

Here is the character, played by John Spencer, in "The West Wing."

Leo McGarry.jpg

Sunday, December 16, 2018

"New Religions" Essay Is "Twaddle"

I just loved reading this article, and I hope you will, too. 

As I read the article "America's New Religions" when it first appeared online, I kept thinking, What is wrong with this guy? Does he even know what the word "religion" means? Does he know anything about religion or philosophy? Did he just have a bad dream? Something he ate the night before? What? 

I didn't think more about it, though, partly b/c I'm not a philosopher and I'm intimidated by people who write stuff like that. 

But someone else has done it, and they have thoroughly roasted the author. And so elegantly! "Twaddle," indeed!

Just one quote from the piece by Mike Pesca: "The essay combines sophistry with circular reading to achieve as pure an expression of pseudo-intellectualism as you will ever read."

Go ahead, read the whole thing, and enjoy! You're welcome!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Chief of Staff

Made my day---I laughed out loud---because of all the amazed and appalled reactions to the idea that Jared Kushner wants to be his father-in-law's (the non-elected president) chief of staff, this is the best:

Jared blew into a paper bag, his skin was slick with sweat, his eyes rolled back into his head.
Robert Mueller put an arm around his neck.
"You can do this, son. You've been wearing a wire for 6 months, its just a few months more."
"But chief of staff? Chief of staff?"

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Eye Surgery Was a Huge Success

I wrote Tuesday night about the eye surgery---a vitrectomy---Jason was to have on Wednesday morning. Good news: The surgery was completely successful, with an amazingly fast recovery, and Jason has even posted on Facebook a photo of his eye. So check that out if you want to; I won't be posting anything like that here!