Bits Of This ‘N That …

I don’t feel too snarky tonight, for some odd reason.  That said, I’m sure I can work up to it, but let me start with something positive (for a change).


A rare breed:  A republican of conscience

On Facebook yesterday, I happened upon this post by Nebraska State Senator John McCollister.  McCollister is a republican who I began following a year or so ago for he is also a moderate, a man of values and good conscience, one of the few republican legislators who don’t bow to the GOP/Trump/evangelical party line, but stand for what he believes in, has the courage of his convictions.

Senator John S. McCollister

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is mccollister.jpgThis week, a bill to ban abortion passed in the Nebraska Legislature. I voted AGAINST this bill. It was patently unconstitutional and inserts the state between a woman and her doctor.

We’ve grown accustomed to “Republicans” being loudly anti-choice, but this WASN’T always the case. 

Just 3 years after Roe v. Wade, public opinion polls showed Republicans SUPPORTED abortion rights even MORE than Democrats!

Republican First Lady Betty Ford called Roe v. Wade a “great, great decision,” and Republican Vice President Nelson Rockefeller CAMPAIGNED for abortion rights in NY.

But in the mid-70s a realignment started to occur. Republican strategists realized they could peel off Dem. voting Catholics and evangelical protestants so they leaned HARD into this issue. Groups like the Moral Majority formed and abortion became an easy way to motivate the base.
No thanks. This is not the Republican Party that I belong to. I am under NO obligation to conform to your revisionist version of the party (who by the way, continually skirts science, the rule of law, and the constitution).

You can have Trump. I’ll take Lincoln.

We need to fund women’s health. Let’s work to make abortion rare, legal, and safe.

If only all republicans were like Senator McCollister!


Sleeping through the press briefing …

Trump gave another press briefing yesterday.  Fortunately, I did not see it, was not even aware of it until after the fact, but a comment in The Guardian is telling …

“It’s not exactly clear what the point of this briefing is, apart from for Trump to tell America how great a job he thinks he is doing, while he trails Joe Biden in the polls.”

From what I’ve read, most of his briefing was blah-blah-blah … same ol’ same ol’ … lies, lies, and more lies.  Patting himself on the back for his lies.  Patting himself on the back for killing the people he swore an oath to protect … blah blah blah.  But a couple of things stand out. 

  • Trump says “we’ve done it right” when it comes to the pandemic. He says the US, which has the most deaths in the world from the coronavirus, is doing “very well” on the pandemic. He’s killed nearly a quarter of a million people and he’s “done it right”???  I. Think. Not.
  • Trump says DeJoy is “trying to streamline the postal service and make it great again”. Again, Trump admitted last week that he opposed aid for the USPS because he believed extra money would help the delivery of mail-in ballots. We don’t need “great”, Donnie … we need efficient.  Just that.
  • He says there has been a “steep decline” in coronavirus cases across the US over the last week. But there has also been a steep decline in the number of tests performed … he failed to mention this.  Remember when he said if we tested less, we’d have fewer cases?  Apparently, that’s his solution … stop testing, then pretty soon we’ll have zero cases! 

On that last one.  Let’s be real clear … the reported number of cases has declined from 70,000+ per day to 50,000+ per day, but … in no way, shape or form has the number of new cases declined!  Only the number of tests, thereby making the reported numbers … garbage.  Assume, my friends, that we are seeing upward of 70,000 new cases each day, for that is the reality!  You can slow down testing, and ‘reported’ cases will drop, but just because it isn’t reported, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!  A spade is a spade is a spade, no matter how much pretty paper, bows and ribbons you wrap it in!  The United States leads the world in cases and deaths.  Period.  Thanks, Donnie.


Lies???  What lies???

And finally, a reporter had the nerve to actually ask Donnie a question, to hold his feet to the fire.  A simple, point-blank question: 

“Mr President, after three and a half years, do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?”

Of course, Trump couldn’t answer the question, but it damn sure made him squirm!  Take a look …

The reporter was SV Dáte, the Huffington Post’s White House correspondent.  As of July 9th, the Washington Post’s fact checker had called out some 20,055 lies Trump had told from the day of his inauguration to present, so the question was certainly valid.  Most people don’t tell that many lies in an entire lifetime! 


New WordPress Block Editor  👿

They’ve been warning us, and it finally happened.  A few days ago, WordPress in all its mighty wisdom, forced its new ‘editor’ upon us.  Let me go on record here and now as saying the I abhor it. It has cost me sleep, for it now takes me an extra 45 minutes or so to get my posts to come out the way I want them to. 

Inserting a picture used to be so simple … position the cursor where you wanted the picture, hit the “Add” button, and voila!  Now, there is no “Add” button, so you have to select an “Image” block which then puts the picture at the bottom of your post.  You then have to copy and paste it where you wanted it in the first place, then delete the one from the bottom of the post.  And where the hell did my “word count” go???  Now I have to put the whole thing back into Word to get an accurate word count!

Unless you choose a “classic” block for your entire post, there is no way to indent a paragraph!  Is this not the most ridiculous thing???  I’m sure there are some positives to the new ‘editor’, but I haven’t found them yet, and am unlikely to because I am wasting much of my time trying to fix what is broken!  Bah HUMBUG WordPress!!!  

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    • I was told by customer support that the Classic Editor is gone … forever. Sigh. But then, I find that I can have it back … for a trade-off … if I’m willing to sacrifice my “Follow” button. I’m not. Sigh. Happy week ahead to you, dear Emily!!!

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  1. Damn Jill, I’ve been meaning to ask you about block editor in an email. I tried it out several months ago just to practice and see what it’s all about. I had no clue then, and I still don’t have one. When these companies tell us how great something will be when they change, that’s when I brace myself for trouble. Luckily I can still use the classic editor until 2022, right? That’s how I understand it. Except now, of course, block is the default option. I have to go into admin and switch to classic. Is this how you understand it?

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    • I’m still looking into it, Jeff … I’ll get back to you. I’ve found a sort-of workaround for now, but to go back to the Classic Editor, I am told, I must give up my “Follow” button! Sigh. WP is not playing nice. I’ll do some research and let you know!

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      • Thanks Jill. More than likely I’ll just have to suck it up and start doing it with block. I published Jerry’s post today and for the first time it showed up in block for me. It was fairly easy to do, with a few minor annoyances. I’ll see what happens when I do one of my own. I’m sure I’ll have to hit the fridge for a beer right afterword!! LOL

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        • The plug-in that allows you to use the Classic editor makes you give up your “follow” button, which I refuse to do, however I’ve discovered that choosing the “Classic” block each time works almost like it did before. And, I found an icon in the tools to use for inserting a picture where I want it, and finally figured out how to add the categories & tags in the classic block, so it’s much better now. Try that and I think you’ll be pleased. Have the beer afterward anyway, though, just to dull the pain of this election season and all the hate being spewed from the White House. Sigh.

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  2. Jill, McCollister is a rare breed. We need him to be less rare. The position on abortion history is interesting. It reminds me of immigration, with both parties supporting humane and thoughtful immigration reform. After the Gang of Eight (including Marco Rubio) helped the Senate pass a good bill on immigration, Speaker John Boehner refused to have a vote even though some Republicans would have passed it with the Democrats. Party leadership felt it could be a winning divisive issue. What amazed me is when Rubio, two years later in his campaign for president disowned his greatest legislative achievement.

    This Boehner move led to DACA two years later, an executive order by Obama. Scroll forward to the “sh**hole country” comment day, Trump agreed to a deal with Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin of $25 billion for his wall in trade for DACA being made law. After the agreement was achieved, Senator Tom Cotton and others got in Trump’s ear and said immigration was still a divisive issue to help the election. So, by the afternoon, Trump backed away from his deal and uttered the quote above.

    This is about winning elections not governance. Keith

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    • Agreed — we need a LOT more like McCollister! I think that the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader wield entirely too much power. No way should they be able to stop a bill from coming to a vote if the rest of the House/Senate would vote on it. McConnell has abused his power so many times that I find it hard to believe any in the Senate still have any respect for him. Perhaps they don’t … perhaps it is fear of him that drives them to pander to his every dictum. Boehner was much the same, although on occasion he would show a bit of integrity — something I haven’t seen out of Mitch ever.

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  3. It seems I’ve been working around small WordPress problems for months. The last post I did on my page in WordPress I did in Classic Block. The newer methods confuse me. It’s like they’re daring you to be brave and step out of your comfort zone. Why? O_o — Suzanne

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  4. Time to see, or discover, if my lullabye for Gail will work for you, Jill. I knowvit works for her, because she doesn’t know the second verse. She seldom gets to hear it…

    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Put your little cares away,
    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Tomorrow is another day,
    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Close your pretty eyes of blue.
    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Pretty dreams will come to you.

    When I was just a boy,
    My mother sang the sweetest song to me…

    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Put your little cares away,
    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Tomorrow is another day,
    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Close your pretty eyes of blue.
    Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh,
    Pretty dreams will come to you.

    Shhh, folks, I think I hear her, no, not snorting, snoring. “Sleep-purring,” since talking about a woman or girl.

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