Just Some Notes I Jotted Down …

The news media, social media and blogs have been filled with nothing but the decision of the Supreme Court to invalidate women’s rights, so I needed to step back from that topic for just a little bit.  In addition, the Republicans in the state I currently reside in decided to nominate a nasty fool to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Rob Portman and I am so incensed I cannot write about this just yet, though you know I will before long.  So … I have a number of notes I’ve jotted down recently about topics that came to my mind at one point or another, and I thought to address a few of those today, since my page is getting full of scribbled notes & thoughts (so THIS is what my brain looks like, eh?)


“Republicans are so much better at politics. Democrats stick to the moral high ground while Republicans focus on winning by any means necessary.” 

In this case, politics is defined as the ability to lie, cheat, and steal, to do whatever it takes to win votes.  Now, before anybody jumps up and yells, “Objection!!!”, let me clarify that there are exceptions on both sides.  There are some Republicans in government who do have values, who do take their oaths of office seriously, and who are well-qualified for the positions they hold, and conversely there are certainly some Democratic governors and members of Congress who have failed to act in the best interest of We the People.  Unfortunately, ‘governance’ and ‘politics’ are not synonymous, though both are irrevocably linked in any form of government where people have a vote.  To my way of thinking, if a person will lie in order to get elected, then he or she does NOT have the integrity needed to serve in a public office, for they will be no more honest once in office than they were on their way there.  And anyone … ANYONE who votes for a liar and a cheat, deserves what they get, but unfortunately they condemn the rest of us as well.


“If a legislator breaks their oath of office, then they no longer have the right to occupy that office.  Then again, if we tossed all those who have broken their oaths, who would be left in Congress???”

I think there are many things that are important for our elected officials:  qualifications, experience, integrity and honesty being the top four.  If they fail in those areas, doesn’t it stand to reason that they should not be re-elected?  If you’re a department manager in a company and one of your employees is not only under-performing, but also stealing from the company, what are you going to do?  Right – you’re going to fire that employee.  Our representatives, senators, president, governor, etc., are our employees!  They sometimes seem to forget that they serve at our pleasure!  Frankly, I take no pleasure from a lying, cheating employee.  These people are paid by us, with our hard-earned tax dollars, to act in our best interest!  We are being cheated and robbed blind by many of them.  I would opt for expelling them from Congress, but election day is only another six months, so let’s vote them the hell out.  PLEASE!!!!  🥺


“Stupidity abounds:  Examples, Ron Johnson saying COVID vaccine causes AIDS and the theory that Democrats support “post-birth abortion” by Cassie Smedile, executive director of America Rising pro-Trump PAC.  WTF is “post-birth abortion”???  It defies definition!”

Yes, you read that right.  Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin claimed in an interview recently that the COVID vaccine ‘may’ give people AIDS!  Say WHAT???  AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease that cannot possibly be a side effect of the COVID vaccine!  But even worse was Ms. Smedile’s claim that Democrats support ‘post birth abortion’.  WHAT THE HELL even is that???  Abortion is the extraction of a fetus from a woman’s womb.  Once birth has taken place, there is no longer anything or anyone to extract, thus there can be no abortion!  What planet does this ‘woman’ even live on?  The point being that people like Johnson and Smedile are either very ignorant (I try to avoid the word ‘stupid’, for I was called that enough times in my childhood that I developed an aversion to it) or seek the spotlight.  In Johnson’s case, perhaps he hopes to scare his constituents enough to garner some votes, and Smedile is likely hoping for donations for her PAC.  Either way, though, this pushes the boundaries of my patience, it shows an ignorance that, unfortunately, is prevailing in the United States today.  How many people will believe what these two say?  And worse yet, these are just two examples that popped onto my radar yesterday … there are many, many, many more.


What say we end with a few cartoons?  This first one, I think, speaks volumes …

79 thoughts on “Just Some Notes I Jotted Down …

  1. Over-heated hysteria as they scrabble in an endeavour to have White Supremacy remaining, howled on by an audience of the like-minded
    Meanwhile I am very glad to read that your Monday Appointment went positively Jill. It is uplifting to read good news.

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    • Yes, White Supremacy seems to be at the core of the troubles, as is Male Domination. But somewhere deep down there, I think money is playing a bigger role than we realize. I’ve got some digging to do … now where did I leave my darn shovel?

      Thanks, Roger … I’m hoping that if I keep pushing myself, keep repeating my mantra “mind over matter”, then pretty soon I won’t need to see docs anymore! Now, if only I felt better … 😉

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      • ‘Money’ will make the same mistake as ‘Money’ did in Nazi Germany; it thought it could control ‘these crazies’ and tone them down to its tune.
        It don’t work like that.
        Meanwhile in the USA other ‘Money’ decides this Republican Party is a bad investment.

        Don’t push too hard Jill. Mind and Matter have to work in conjunction.
        And watch cartoons. Warner Brothers being the cartoons of choice..🙂
        Cartoons are always good for the system.

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        • ‘Money’ owns far too many of our elected representatives … it’s a lethal situation. However, if people can be awakened to the fact that they are being taken to the cleaners, if they can be made to see how dishonest their candidates are, then maybe there’s hope in November. Maybe.

          My mind and my body fight constantly these days, but the mind is winning, albeit by a small margin. 😉 Ah yes … cartoons! That’s the ticket! Instead, I’ve been watching things that stir the angst, films about racist killings in Mississippi in the 60s, about WWII, and I just finished a Denzel Washington movie, “Deja Vu” that David recommended that was excellent, but disturbing. I shall try some Bugs Bunny!!!

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  2. “social media and blogs have been filled with nothing but the decision of the Supreme Court”

    Some YouTubers even say this was a deliberate decison, made in order to deflect the public’s attention away from Ukraine where Biden and Nuland are losing their proxy war. And now even Psaki retired since she can’t see any reasonable way to spin this story.

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    • Psaki had planned to leave when she first took the position, long before Russia invaded Ukraine. Most of us in this nation, Jen Psaki and President Biden included, stand by Ukraine and detest Putin’s war crimes and murderous war. Sorry, my friend, but we just aren’t buying your theory that Putin is some sort of avenging angel, that he is within his rights to be killing and destroying an independent nation.

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  4. i Particularly like the first two cartoons.That is to say I recognise the truth behind them. Looks like the Repubs are fielding more idiots than usual, theycan scaremonger with whatever they like as long as it garners votes.
    Cwtch.

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    • Yes, that first one grabbed me and I thought, “this is EXACTLY how it is!” I’m amazed at the level of ignorance in this country. The people elected some really ignorant people, like Greene, Boebert, Gaetz, Cawthorn, etc., showing that either they (the voters) are seriously sans brains, or else just really tired of democracy and want to live under a Putin-esque regime. So many lies have been told … and believed. So much corruption exists in the Republican Party, and the voters know it but don’t seem to care. I’m so sick of it all … where are the intelligent people — hiding in caves???
      Cwtch

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  5. Recall must be installed at all levels if we want Democracy to survive.
    One can fire a cheating lying employee, can’t one?
    Today is Thursday. How did your Monday appointment go?

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    • OH!!! I’m so sorry, Brian! I meant to let you know Monday evening, but the news this week has left me depressed and I didn’t even write my blog posts for a couple of days. The doc said I’m stable, for now. I told him that unless he felt it was essential at this time, I did not feel inclined to have the cardioversion procedure. He said he recommends it soon, for the irregular heartbeat is still concerning and is causing more damage to the heart, but he agreed to wait for a bit. Overall, he was pleased that I walked into his office, not having to use a wheelchair as I did last time, and he seemed quite pleased when I told him I can now stand long enough to fold a load of laundry, wash a sinkful of dishes, or cook supper. My daughter, who was with me, of course, told him I was a stubborn ol’ woman and that my sheer will had brought me this far. He agreed. He also said I could stop taking the potassium, for now my potassium levels are too high. Go figure! He did not mention exercise, and I was flustered and forgot to ask, but I’ve started out slowly … yesterday I walked to the end of the street and back home, and did it twice today. Next week, I’m going to try doing a lap at the track/park behind our house, or maybe just a half lap, but something! I’m depressed by the political situation here, but healthwise, I think I’m improving, just not quite as fast as I’d like. Again … I’m so sorry I’m late in letting you know! Thank you for caring.

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      • No prob my friend. Sounds like good news. He probably is right about the irregular heartbeat. do you have a way to monitor your heartbeat? Like when you do a little exercise? They have electronic watches that do that.
        One is understandably flustered at the Doc under the circumstances. can you contact him/her by mail/text?
        I would suspect you take it slowly. Like one week of walking to end of the street. No more. And only if you feel good. Then make it two blocks. Ideally if you can contact your doc by mail/text to confirm that would be great. The main thing is to increase your activity slowly. And stop if you don’t feel good.
        Good news. I’m happy. have a great week-end.

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        • Daughter Chris is going to email him this weekend and ask about exercise recommendations, and also something mild to help with my sleepless nights. I think you’re right, that building back up slowly is key, and that’s what I plan to do!

          No, I didn’t know they made electronic watches that could monitor your heartbeat! I’ll have to look into that! It was 94 at the docs office, but I’m sure that sometimes it’s much higher than that. Some nights it makes the bed shake. You have a great weekend too, Brian!

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              • Obviously one cannot become obsessed with one’s heartbeat. But as a tool it is useful. I borrowed my wife’s for a couple of weeks, because according to my cardiologist I was having high pressure issues. So he lowered my BP too much and my heart was racing to compensate. Hence the watch. I stopped taking the meds for a few days, checking my heartbeat regularly and my BP 3 times a day (with another more complicated apparatus). Know what? I’m off the BP meds for more than a month, my BP and heartbeat are fine. 😉
                So if you can get a reasonably priced watch/Hb thing, I’m sure it can help you monitor and adjust your activities accordingly. 👍🏻

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                • I checked out a few of the watches and found a couple that aren’t too pricey, so I’m considering ordering one. I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks, for a $2,000+ vet bill last week set us back a bit 😺. Luckily, though, Pandi is recovering nicely and back to trying to maul me when she doesn’t like the colour of my shirt or some such thing.

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                  • 2,000 bucks vet bill?!!! What? (Not a Vet Act, right, a Vet-erinarian?) Jesus.
                    Glad pandi is recovering, but I would take time to recover from the bill.
                    There are some band/watches that are not too expensive. The trick is to measure your heartbeat when you feel like it. Is all…
                    👏🏻

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                    • Yep … actually, $2,048 to the veterinarian. She had four tumours removed. But … it’s family, y’know? It will take us a couple of months to recover from the bill, but meanwhile Pandi is back to her ornery self, although much skinnier! Yes, I found a couple of the watches in my price range … just have to tighten the belt a bit for the next couple of weeks. I’m also considering changing my mind and asking the cardiologist to schedule the Cardioversion procedure … weather is getting warmer, and I want to get out, to walk, to be active again!

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                    • My understanding is that IF the procedure works, it’s a bit like re-booting your computer and resets the heart’s rhythm. But, it doesn’t always work, and in a small percentage of cases, the heart doesn’t re-start properly. It’s a bit overwhelming, but … if it works, maybe worth it. But if it doesn’t work, do I end up in worse condition than I am now? No guarantees either way. Cheers Brian!!!

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  6. In the past few days, I have invented two new words:
    1) DEMONOCRACY– Ruling, as opposed to governing. Political “demons” who want to force We the People to live according to their standards, not by ours.
    2) MEFIA–combining “media” and “mafia” to describe news outlets, print and broadcast, who give more space and time to minority opinions than to majority opinions, making it sould like it is better to be on the minority side!
    The wealth-backed Mefia are working to make the Republican Demoncrats seem like they are in the majority when they are not. Poll numbers just released show pro-abortionists well ahead of anti-abortionists, so why are anti-abortionists getting 75% of the mefia’s attention?

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  7. Good points Jill. I’m of the opinion that what it means to fight by Dems is not to lie, but to beat them over the head with their ridiculous extremism, lies, disinformation, and corruption. There is a better alternative and damn it, they just do not know how to communicate it with the people who need to hear it. Dems do not have the media infrastructure that the right-wing has and I think it’s a tremendous disadvantage. We do have some Dems who know how to fight properly..Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff, and Brian Schatz in the Senate to name a few. But boy, R’s know how to soundbite stuff better, and utilize their media echo system to their advantage. If we let R’s back in charge, I shudder to think what might happen Jill. I’m afraid

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    • Thanks, Jeff!!! Yes, it makes more sense to turn their own lies back on them, use them to prove what fools they are and how out of tune with the majority of U.S. voters they are. Funny, isn’t it, how the polls will say that 70% of Americans support something … more restrictive gun laws, for example. And still, the Republican right-wing candidates ride a wave of ‘gun rights’ right into Congress. Why? Because they lie … they tell the voters that if they have their way, the Democrats will take all their guns, leaving them defenseless, then come kill them in their sleep. And then even the people who support a ban on assault weapons or enhanced background checks will vote Republican for they were lied to and don’t understand what we are really asking. So … yeah … let’s fight fire with fire, but without stooping to their level.

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      • They just don’t give a damn Jill. That’s the thing. They will ignore polls and push their outlandish agenda no matter what. And Dems? Even with the populace on their side for many important issues, they do not go the extra mile. For e.g, what about expansion of the Supreme Court or a set of ethics they must adhere to? Both have support in America. But Dems will not get these things passed. Why? The filibuster of course. And they won’t do what they need to do to get rid of it for anything. In a closely divided Senate I realize it’s hard to do it. But even with more Senators I do not believe they would do it. R’s will, though. You can count on it if they get power back. That’s one of the main differences Jill. Damn, just fight for something for God’s sake! I’m so frustrated.

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        • That first cartoon, I think, speaks volumes … they’re tired of democracy and have decided it’s “not for them”. PLUS … far too many of them are in the pockets of the wealthy corporations who would dearly love to turn this nation from a Democratic Republic to an Oligarchic Plutocracy. And they have just the puppet to do so … the former guy, who comes complete with a full set of buyable minions who will do their bidding. This may well be the last chance for Democrats to turn the Republican ‘plan’ on its head … 2022 & 2024, and if we lose both of those, I think all bets are off. The Democrats are still playing by the rules, but where the Republicans are concerned, there are NO rules. And the media, even the supposedly unbiased media, is showing a great degree of right-leaning bias. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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          • It’s a conundrum Jill. There is so much riding on the midterms. It seems that every election cycle now is the most important one in our lives.

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            • I’m seriously hoping that the Republicans finally cross some line in the sand with their voters and lose BIG TIME in November. Yeah, I know the odds are against it, but we’ve got to keep trying to wake people up to the lies and greed that are the foundation of today’s GOP, for if we lost big in the midterms, then 2024 will be ugly … very ugly, I fear.

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              • There are definitely some good Senate candidates running this year. Val Demmings and Tim Ryan come to mind. What is your take on Ryan possibly winning? I think he would make an excellent Senator for Ohio, and with Sherod Brown as his fellow Senator, that would be quite the statement for a state that’s trending in the wrong direction politically.

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                • Oh heck yes … Val Demings and Tim Ryan, plus Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia and Beto O’Rourke for Governor of Texas! Were I wealthy, I would donate to each of them!

                  I think that Tim Ryan is great and would be perfect to replace Rob Portman, but I doubt he stands a snowball’s chance in hell. Why, you ask? The numbers, Jeff. Vance won the Republican primary by only 32%, while Ryan won the Democratic primary by 79%. BUT … when you add up the numbers, 510,000 Democrats voted in the primary as compared to 1,059,111 who voted in the Republican primary. If even only half of those go for Vance, he’ll still beat Ryan. I was ornery tonight … Vance posted on Twitter wishing his mum a Happy Mother’s Day, and I replied that it was only too bad she didn’t exercise her rights under Roe v Wade. Sigh. This is making me a not-very-nice person, isn’t it?

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                  • I love your Twitter response to that idiot! Hell Jill, it’s making us all not so nice. If Ohio elects that dude, I guess they get what they deserve. I do not recognize the state where I spent the first 42 years of my life. It’s mostly full blown MAGA crazies now, with one liberal Democratic Senator. I’m thinking Sherod Brown is probably in trouble for his next election. It’s why it would be so awesome if Ryan were to pull it off. I’m not optimistic, though. The former guy gave them all a reason to come out of their holes-menacing the rest of us. If Ryan wins, I’ll be the first to say Ohio is still a reasonable purple swing state. If not, I fear it may never come back to those days.

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                    • Heh heh … I enjoyed typing it! And then I said the same to a few others. I’m disturbed, for Ohio was once mostly a blue state, but now they seem to have lost their bloody marbles! You may be right about Sherrod Brown, but fortunately he doesn’t come back up for re-election until 2026, so we can defer that worry until later. I think that if Ryan beats Vance in November, I will be in a dead faint on the floor! But, when I wake and say, “Wh-wha-what happened?”, then I’ll get up and do a happy dance!

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                    • So it seems! One day at the grocery, as I was loading the back of my van (pre-pandemic and pre-death of van) a lady pulled up near me and shouted something out her window. Fully expecting some hateful remark, I casually walked over to her car, pointed to my ears to show that I did not hear her, and she actually praised the bumper sticker, said she sure did miss him!!! I nearly fell over in shock!

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      • You’re welcome, my friend! I always enjoy the toons 🙂 So far so good on this week, and I am still binge watching Seal Team. I got a few posts done though 🙂 Big Hugs!

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        • Awesome! My friend, Roger, has been encouraging me to join Blog Battle, saying I will enjoy writing a post using their monthly prompts. So, today I checked out the May word and was amazed to see your picture on the right as one of the blog ‘battlers’! I’ll check out your posts innabit! Hugs ‘n love, dear friend!

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          • I love the prompts for my E.M. blog 🙂 It opens my mind and gives me a chance to be creative. I think I have done one of the blog battle prompts. I think it was “gloom” lol. I checked the other day and hadn’t seen May posted yet. I am on my way over there to see the May theme now 🙂 Thanks for reminding me 😀 Hugs and loves to the moon and back dear friend!

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            • I’ll have to read some of yours! I’ve tried my hand at writing fiction before, but it always falls flat. I do far better writing political diatribes 😉 Roger tells me they post the word on the first Friday of each month, so that’s probably why you didn’t see it when you checked. Now what the heck am I supposed to do with ‘pastoral’??? The only thing it brings to mind is Beethoven’s “Pastorale”! Big hugs ‘n love back, dear friend!!! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

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              • Ah yes! That’s why I hadn’t seen it. My E.M. site has gotten better at being less dark 🙂 I have been trying to figure out pastoral too. I think it will turn out being a poem for that one with me. I hope you had a great weekend too, my dear friend!

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                  • I need one of those quiet weekends lol. I think things will slow down once I am not tied to my computer all day doing job training and applications. I am glad you had a nice and quiet weekend 🙂

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                    • Ha ha … now you know you love what you do! If you didn’t, you wouldn’t do it. Still, once in a while having some “me-time” is a good idea, time to curl up with a good book, listen to fun music, go for a nice walk … I hope you get all that soon!!! Big hugs!!!

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                    • *giggles* I think I will die with my fist high in the air lol. Even on me-time…I am thinking about all of the people who need me to not have me-time 😀 I love my job. Big hugs to you my friend ❤

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                    • Indeed, you are an activist at heart, it is embedded in the very core of your spirit, but let me just caution you that if you don’t step back every now and then, you will burn out. I know you love your job, but make time for Amy at least a few hours each week, okay? Hugs ‘n love!!!

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                    • I reach that burn out every now and then. It usually comes at times of high stress on my mental health since I am Bipolar. I am so glad to have a friend like you to make me see myself through your eyes. 🙂 Hugs and love, dear friend.

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