Bits ‘n Pieces of This ‘n That

mind-bounce.jpgMind bounce, as I call it, Grasshopper mind as our friend David calls it … whatever you call it, it is sometimes annoying, other times a good thing.  It is when your mind refuses to settle on any one topic for very long, bouncing from hither to yon, seeking to know something about everything.  I believe it is more prevalent in this, the era of Trump, for there are so many different things happening all at once that one cannot pick just one topic.  So, today I gave in to the mind bounce and instead of one single topic, I am doing a bit of this and a bit of that …


Donnie Junior …

Those who donate to the Trump campaign (yes, they are still soliciting donations, for I occasionally get an email asking for a contribution) will no doubt be happy to know where their contributions are going.  Mostly, it seems, they are being used to pay Donnie Trump Junior’s massive legal fees.  The Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports that the Trump campaign spent $267,924 on Junior’s legal fees from July through September.  The figure includes $237,924 for Junior’s personal attorney, Alan Futerfas. Another $30,000 went to Williams and Jensen, which helped Junior prepare for Congressional testimony.

And if you donated to the Republican National Committee (RNC), hoping that your contributions would help with various republican candidates’ campaigns, you have also helped Junior, for the RNC spent more than $200,000 on his legal fees, with most going to Alan Futerfas.

In total, more than a half million dollars have been spent on Junior’s legal fees for his utter ignorance when he attempted to collud with the Russians to bring Hillary Clinton down last year.  Two observations:  1) Junior isn’t too bright, but that seems to run in the family, 2) Alan Futerfas is racking up some big money from the Trumps.


More of the Harvey Weinstein show …

Once the sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein became public, it was like an avalanche, with one, then another finally feeling free to speak up.  Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie were among the two most well-known.  Last week, it was announced that Weinstein had been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Some actors, such as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are scrambling to distance themselves from Weinstein and claiming to have had no prior knowledge of his exploits.

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Woody Allen & Harvey Weinstein

On the other side, however, there is Woody Allen, the comedian who was accused, but never convicted of sexually abusing his step daughter. Allen referred to the Weinstein case as a ‘witch hunt’.  (Hmmmm … where have I heard that term before?)  Allen called “the whole Harvey Weinstein thing” a situation that is “very sad for everybody involved. Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up.”

I initially said that I did not believe Weinstein would ever see the inside of a jail cell, but now I’m not so sure.  He just might, and personally I hope he does.


Up … Down … Either way, Trump wants credit

up-downWhen the stock market soared earlier this year, Trump claimed sole credit. The reasons for the surge, of course, are more complex and largely have less to do with Trump than he would have us believe.  But last week, Trump announced a new health care policy in which the federal government will halt its practice of paying insurance companies for subsidizing health care for low-income people, effectively shafting some 20 million people. Insurance stocks plummeted, and Trump claims proudly that this, too, signals his success.

“Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!”

Does this ‘man’ not understand anything? Does he think that only democrats own stock in insurance companies?  Or does he think that all the lower income people who were beneficiaries of the insurance subsidies are democrats?  And, given that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that his stroke of the pen will increase the federal deficit by $21 billion by 2020, does he not realize … oh, never mind … of course he does not …


A lack of respect …

In the 10 days since four Green Berets were ambushed and killed in Niger, President Donald Trump has used his Twitter account to attack a sports commentator, call for a curtailing of the free press, denigrate his political enemies, sell a book, draw attention to Vice President Mike Pence’s public protest at taxpayers’ expense, and congratulate himself for a job well done.

green beret.jpgYet he’s failed to say anything about the four U.S. service members killed in Western Africa: Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, and Sgt. La David Johnson. About a dozen troops were ambushed on Oct. 4 while on a joint patrol with Nigerien troops; five Nigerien soldiers were also killed. This marks the deadliest-yet engagement for U.S. troops since Trump took office, and yet Trump himself has issued no tweets or personal statements about the matter, 10 days after the fact.


And yet another climate-change denier enters the White House …

Last Thursday, Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Ms. White not only denies that man’s contribution to a changing climate is destroying our environment, but she actually claims to believe that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for humanity!!!

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She has described efforts to combat climate change as primarily an attack on the fossil fuel industry. Christy Goldfuss, who served as managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Barack Obama, said …

“Her views are so out of the mainstream, it’s almost as if she falls in kind of a flat earth category. Her number one task is to rip and throw out the environmental laws that this whole country has come to accept as standards and norms.”

Let us hope that the Senate will have enough sense not to confirm this nominee!

I envision the job ad for any position in the Trump administration as including a line that reads: “only liars and people with an IQ of less than 50 will be considered.”


Thus concludes the detritus from the bouncing mind of Filosofa for today!  Now, perhaps since I got all that out of my head, I can focus?  Have a great day, folks!spider

33 thoughts on “Bits ‘n Pieces of This ‘n That

  1. Oooh more carbon dioxide is good for us?…NO dear lady, it’s vegetables that breath in carbon dioxide….?….Oh yes, now I see why she reached that conclusion.
    Y’know…I never did care much for Woody Allen’s output…….funny that.
    Oh my! Persimony and gadflys! Wotta a shock the Trumps are misusing money….well I never. What next ?Steve Bannon….no never mind
    Keep up the good work Jill.

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  2. Dear Jill,
    Let all those legal bills keep adding up so that donations are used to defer these expenses versus using them towards helping republicans who will be running for re-election in 2018.

    This has been the year for bringing down powerful sex predators like Harvey Weinstein, Roy Price, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly. and I almost forgot Uber founder Travis Kalanick who has been forced out as CEO for reportedly tolerating a company culture of sexual harassment..
    Why couldn’t President Trump have been treated likewise?
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I don’t know, but it almost seems as if he has some shield of invincibility, doesn’t it? There is, however, a subpoena for documents related to his treatment of women, but I am unclear exactly what documents and have no idea where that will lead … likely nowhere. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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  3. Yesterday I thought the end of the world might be nigh – red sun, dark orange sky, geese flying inland away from the approaching storm. The sinister shades were the result of sand and smoke blowing up from Portugal and Spain where forest fires are burning and people dying. You have your own infernos in California. Hurricanes have been battering your country. Polar ice is melting. The world is warming. What does it take for some people to see what is plain as the nose on their faces?
    With Colette I have high hopes that the Weinstein affair will at long last start to turn tables in the world of serious sexual harassment of women by powerful men the world over.
    But other than that, I have got to the stage of resigned sighing now, Jill. I can only hope that the more this bizarre behaviour and reign of the man-child continues, the more those who did vote for him will realise, uncomfortably, in their hearts, that they were misguided and misled. Roll on the next round of elections and fingers crossed all round. (Well, not those on my right hand as I tripped and landed on it on Sunday and my fingers are now the size of sausages ha ha!)

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    • Hope, the sausages slim down again pretty quickly.

      I hope the Weinstein affair spills over into other arenas where men (supposedly intelligent) in power actually have to be of a certain educational level. To me, it seems, that an awful lot of ‘stupid’ men reign at the top of business and politics… (Buying their way to power perhaps?).
      I’m fed up with it. Women have to do twice as much and go twice as far just to be in any sort of running and that is just plain wrong.

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    • Awww Mary … I’m sorry my post made you sad. 😥 And I don’t know what it takes for people to awaken. There are still far too many, some in positions to help or hinder, who would deny that these disasters are a result of climate change, though I think they know the difference, but greed trumps conscience, apparently.

      Your descriptive bit about the storm moving in made it sound fascinating, if a bit frightening … I don’t suppose you snapped any pictures?

      And … my dear friend … are you certain those fingers are not broken? Again, I’m sorry that most of my posts are of this nature … yes, my work tends to be depressing, and I wish it weren’t so, but I just feel that I have to keep pounding my points home in hopes that somebody is listening, that somebody starts to think, to see what an abomination Trump is and how he is endangering our entire planet. Sigh.

      Many hugs, dear friend. ❤

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      • Ah, Jill, the world makes me sad – but also happy – like your posts! And I am glad you are doing them – if worried that hey will grind you down somewhat. I wish I could take you walking… I did take a little video of the fleeing geese and the weather but it’s way too big to email so perhaps I’ll put it online or on Twitter. Will let you know.

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        • I appreciate your concern, and it is not misplaced, for it is grinding me down … some days more than others, but it is definitely taking a toll. And thanks for your kind words … you always bring a smile to my face! I wish we could go walking together … a day in the woods or the fields, time to just talk and laugh. Someday, my friend, someday.

          Yes, please do let me know, for I would love to see it! And now, I am heading to bed, as it is just shy of 5:00 a.m., my usual bedtime these days. Sigh.

          Hugs, my friend!

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            • Thanks! I saw it a while ago … definitely strange, and the sky almost looked like some of the pics of a hazy, smoke-filled sky that a friend sent me from California. Things are definitely changing … those who refuse to see are wearing blinders. Last winter we only had measurable snow one time, and that was only, maybe 2 or 3 inches. I can’t help wondering what this winter will bring. Might be out in a t-shirt in January? Thanks for posting the video!

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    • Of course, it is a mind bounce and perhaps a ‘free mind’ is wishful thinking sometimes. But sometimes the ‘collective mind’ can make a difference. Such is the case with Harvey Weinstein who has unwittingly become the start of an unravelling ball of misogyny that has been so tightly wound for years. Weinstein’s company (who kicked him off the board of directors) is now up for a quick sale…the rats are leaving this sinking ship in their thousands. Similar stories of sexual harassment in high places are unfurling here in Britain as more and more women voice their opinions in this arena. And it is welcome and not before time. I am no prude, but this genre of male testosterone laced control has run out of time. And not a moment too soon!😡

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    • Thank you, JB!!! I was wondering about you and hoping you were okay. Funny … you get used to seeing somebody on here every day, and then when you don’t see them for a few days, you worry. Good to see you, at any rate … hope all is well. And thank you for the re-blog!

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  4. Jill, what aninteresting potpourri of folks who are doing their best to detract from the value of our country. We have Junior whose legal fees will mount further. We have Senior who thinks he discovered the cure for all illnesses. We have one more non-scientist who may join the others in the White House who do not know how far along we are on renewable energy development. And, Senior noted today he just knows he reaches out more to the families of killed soldiers than his predecessors – after it was pointed he had not in this case. It came out later that Bush and Obama would even visit with the families whenever possible.

    Just today, Senior said he felt similarly to Bannon in the morning and supported McConnell in the afternoon. As one reporter noted, if you have to have a press conference to say you are unified, then you are not unified. You should look at McConnell’s face as Trump three his Drug Czar under the bus. Keith

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    • Yes, sigh, and I actually had a few more to add to this post, but I deferred them until later in the interest of not being too wordy. My a.m. post today, however, is a bit wordy and covers the press conference with McConnell that you refer to. I had to stop on that one two or three times, get up and stretch, because I was ready to implode, I was so angry. This nightmare … it needs to end. Sigh. And yes, I found myself actually feeling sorry for McConnell for once. It’s all relative, and relative to Trump, McConnell is not such a bad guy 😉

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      • Jill, if you want a pick me up, read San Antonio Spurs’ Coach Greg Popivich’ comments in The Guardian. Based on his unfounded comments denigrating about Obama and Bush for not reaching out to the families of killed soldiers, Popovich, a former Air Force vet, called Trump a “soul-less coward.” Trump’s automatic defense is to blame others. In this case, he had not called the families of four soldiers. Keith

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        • Thanks Keith! I will check that article out, for I could definitely use a pick-me-up. I hope somebody read it to Trump, but I doubt it … I hear that John Kelly keeps a pretty tight rein on what Trump is allowed to see or not see. Rather like a parent monitoring a child’s television watching. Sigh.

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  5. Considering you say more than half a million dollars of campaign contributions has been used to swell the Futerfas wallet for Donny Jnr’s legal costs I’d say he’s doing rather better out of the people than out of the Trump’s themselves. And they’ll be sending out more letters to recoup contributions.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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  6. Did you just use the words Senate and Sense in the same sentence? Me thinks you need a nap… With regards to what else Drumpf is not tweeting about, how about those California fires? Has there been a twit about them?

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    • OY VEY … whatever was I thinking??? Yes … I think I DO need a nap, or a brain re-set!

      And you are right … very good point. I don’t believe I have heard him or anyone from the White house mention the fires. But then … he’s been busy destroying things, and then playing golf. 😉

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