Stuff From A Bouncing Mind …

Today I have a bouncy mind … too much inundation of both news and holidays, I think.  Have to bake birthday cookies, do birthday cards, get a package ready to mail overseas, Trump did a convoluted interview yesterday that I’m struggling to get through without throwing something, and a new federal judge is about to be confirmed who supports extreme voter suppression.  No wonder my mind is bouncing!  So, I share with you a few of the thoughts that have crept out from the crevices during the bounce …

FacebookYesterday morning when I logged onto Facebook for the first time of the day, planning to check messages and post my latest blog post, I was immediately assailed by a large message from Facebook itself, asking me to donate money to one of several charitable causes, and promising to match my donation.  HAH!!!  Mind you, though I haven’t much to give, I do give … I give to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Humane Society, the local foodbank.  I give to a variety of local homeless shelters.  So, it isn’t that I’m not willing to help out … it is, simply put, that I do not have any reason to trust Facebook!

Entrust my bank account number to Facebook after their recent data breach that exposed the personal data of millions of users???  And … trust them to actually match my donation?  I think not.  This is a case of “Let the buyer beware”.  I will continue to carefully choose my own causes, thank you very much anyway, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg!

packagingAnd speaking of letting the buyer beware, I am once again grumbling loudly over one of my old pet peeves.  Note to all readers:  If the package says “Easy open – pull here” … get your scissors and sharpest knives out, be prepared to spend a minimum of ten minutes fighting to get to the product inside the package, and while you’re at it … be sure your first-aid kit is handy!  I’ve been putting it down to my being old, my hands and fingers not being as agile or strong as they once were, but even the youngster in this house has trouble opening things these days.  I still get her to do it, though, for she has far more patience than I, and is therefore less likely to throw and break things.  Besides, she doesn’t swear, so it is less traumatic for the kitties!

But seriously, is there any reason that opening a new bottle of ibuprofen requires a degree in rocket science?  Or a bag of chicken tenders … “pull tab” it says … “tear along perforation” – what perforation???  There is no tab, there is no perforation … there is a dotted line, but it is not perforated!  Get the scissors … snip, clip … okay and … nothing!  I cut along the dotted line, but it is too far above that part where you can pull it open.  Finally, a butcher knife right to the heart of the package does the trick.  How much time was just wasted?  Luckily this time only a small bandage was required … last time it was a roll of gauze and adhesive tape!  And to think … people get paid big bucks to come up with these packaging designs.  Sigh.

MSNBC is not one of my ‘go-to’ sources.  First, they are owned by Comcast.  Second, they are left-biased.  Now, granted, my own leanings are toward the left of center, but when I want news, I want news … facts, reported accurately and without significant bias toward either side.  As Joe Friday used to say in the old Dragnet show, “just the facts, ma’am”.  That said, today I give MSNBC a thumbs-up for refusing, for the second time this month, to carry a White House press event.

The first time was on November 1st when the network refused to transmit live a fearmongering presidential address about immigration and the caravan in Mexico.  The second time was yesterday afternoon when, for the first time in about a month, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deigned to hold a ‘daily’ press briefing.  The briefing was a joke, naught but propaganda such as Larry Kudlow, Trump’s Director of the National Economic Council, saying, “We’ll see what happens. … Our economy’s in very good shape right now”.  Sounds rather like a replay of something Trump has said many times, doesn’t it?  Toe the party line.  The entire briefing, from what I can gather, was more of the same.  National Security Advisor John Bolton saying that he hasn’t listened to the audio recording of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and sees no reason to do so. sanders-msnbcSanders herself rang in with, “I don’t think the president has any concerns about the [Mueller] report because he knows that there was no wrongdoing by him and that there was no collusion.”  It was a waste of the press’ time and a waste of anybody’s time who bothered to watch it.  Press briefings have become repetitious and uninformative.  You may disagree, but I think MSNBC made the right decision in this case, and I’d like to see more of the media outlets be a bit more discriminating about just what they choose to waste our time with.

And so, you now know how a bouncy mind works, and I shall return you to your regularly scheduled life!  Thanks for bouncing along with me today!bounce

16 thoughts on “Stuff From A Bouncing Mind …

  1. Dear Jill,

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the one who’s reputation will not be compromised for having been the mouthpiece for President Trump as she never would have been given a similar type job anywhere else. She does the best she can which is nothing to brag about but I do wonder how much she gets paid?

    MSNBC has done right in this case as she delivers little value beyond dittoing her bosses thinking.

    Now that I read so many news sources, I’m with you. I like the coverage from from overseas as there is more to chew on and decipher. I even like Al Jazeera and Haaretz for Middle East News.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway are each paid $179,700 per year. Her net worth is an estimated $10 million. If she made only $25,000 per year, I would say she’s overpaid. I have zero respect for somebody who makes their living by lying and hurting people. She is one such.

      Yes, I like both of those for news of the Middle East, though I haven’t written much about those topics of late. Trump seems to take all my time and energy!

      Are you feeling better? Have they managed to find something to relieve your pain yet? I think of you often.

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  2. I like MSNBC, especially Rachael Maddow. I know they lean left, but she in particular seems to do extensive research in her shows. But for the main 630 evening News, I watch ABC because I like David Muir. He seems so decent and I feel they just report the news in a factual manner. I think watching BBC might give a nice foreign view to our issues.
    I saw a report and graph somewhere that put ABC, NBC, CBS smack in the middle of simply factual news reporting. MSNBC was left leaning with reporting and opinion. Fox was far right mostly opinion that was misleading. No surprise there.

    I think left leaning news reporting is left leaning because left leaning is the most factually correct. If this makes sense. Being in the middle can almost mean not voicing any opinion piece. I guess it’s a matter of taste. For one, I like opinions as it makes you think.

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    • I DO like Rachael Maddow … she does her homework and is an astute analyst. I shun the networks, too, and while I often use CNN, I usually seek a second source to verify their facts. I find, and a recent study confirms, that the European media outlets actually do a better job of covering the U.S. news than the domestic ones do. I believe The Economist ranks #1, although I don’t use them often. BBC, Reuters and The Guardian are among the most reliable. MSNBC is alright, but on the occasions I use them as a source, I do some double-checking elsewhere too.

      On a side note … The post based on your comments has come along nicely but will have to be a 2-3 part series! There was just too much to cover in one post! The first one will be out at 3:00 p.m. today.

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  3. You need a pair of RiverView Enterprises very sharp multi-purpose scissors…lightweight, sharp and unlimited uses. I received the first one as a gift in 2017, soon found myself needing them everywhere and purchased another online. I imagine they could cut a lying tongue out of one’s head, but it would be quite messy and the consequences would be considerable. Did someone mention Sarah Huckabee Sanders? I wonder if as a child she said, I want to be a liar when I grow up? The only surprising thing about Ms. Sanders is that her pants are not in flames! Thank-you!

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    • Thanks for the tip! I found them on Amazon and have ordered a pair for $15! Hopefully, I don’t cut my entire hand off with them! That’s a good one … ol’ Sarah dreaming of growing up to be a liar! I often wonder how she even sleeps at night, or how she gives her kids advice on things like, “Honesty is the best policy” of “Always be truthful”.


    • The new ‘safety’ lids they have put on Tide Pods is the worst! I have to use a pair of pliers to pry the lid off and then just throw it away! There is an end somewhere, but it surely isn’t in sight yet. Sigh.


  4. Bounce: Hyde-Smith said she will represent every Mississippian. I guess that means if you are white she will defend you to the ends of the earth, no matter what you did. And if you are not white, she will prosecute you just for being alive.
    And she is going to “give god glory” every day for giving her this victory. Funny, I never saw god on the voters’ list. Who was really counting those ballots???

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    • She is a piece of work alright. It would be bad enough if she were going to be governor of Mississippi, where at least she would only inflict her lack of values on Mississippians, but no … she’s going to be in the U.S. Senate, where her votes will affect us all! And thus far, she has been 100% with the idiot in the oval office. What were the people of Mississippi thinking!??? And no, I didn’t see god’s name on the ballot either, and furthermore we DO have this little thing in the Constitution called “separation of church and state”, although Trump forgets it, too. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  5. “Bouncing mind” I like that. Mine has also been like those jumping beans from old cartoons. I don’t imagine things settling down any time soon. Thanks for sharing. It’s nice knowing I’m in good company. 😉

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  6. I agree with you, just the facts and dragnet is one of my very favorite radio shows, oh and the movie with Tom Hanks isn’t bad either, though a bit spoofy but I believe that was the point anyway.

    What is your analysis of what is going on between Russia and the Ukraine?

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    • I had no idea they had made a movie of Dragnet! As re the Russian-Ukranian current conflict, I’m not 100% sure what I think just yet. I strongly believed that Russia had no right to annex the Crimea in 2014, but I haven’t kept up much with it since then. As usual, it appears that Russia is being the bully, but again, I need to look into it more. Your thoughts?


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