Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FULL: White House Press Briefing on President Trump Health Exam by Dr. R...

The White House media characters are unintentionally hilarious.

For almost one solid hour, they posed one repetitive, boring, tasteless question after another to the president's physician, the gist of each one being "Is he going to die soon?" The White House press corps is obviously unable and totally unwilling to accept the doctor's repeated pronouncement that President Donald Trump is "in excellent health." This unwelcome conclusion is the very essence of "bad news" for the left wing media. They seemed to really come unglued at the doctor's suggestion that the president is healthy enough to serve two terms.

Dr. Jackson was instructed by the president to answer any and all inquiries regarding his health. There were constant questions on whether or not President Trump suffers health issues from dementia, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, mental problems, and/or (my personal favorite) drug addiction. There was one particularly ridiculous question about his life expectancy (back to "is he going to die soon?"). I don't know how Dr. Jackson had the patience and good nature to entertain so many continuously stupid questions, but he did so very competently and with good grace. The press just wouldn't take "YES" for an answer to the question of President Trump's excellent health.

I watched all of the tedious, inadvertently funny press conference. It could have been ten minutes in length if all the repetition had been removed. It is highly amusing in a pathetic way that the reporters were desperate to find a "health loophole" that could take Trump out of the presidency. The press just wouldn't take "YES" for an answer to the question of President Trump's excellent health.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ten Random New Year Observations

1.  Influenza:
It's a very bad bug this year. Hospital beds and emergency rooms are overflowing, Tamiflu is scarce, and this year's highly promoted flu shot is about ten percent effective. Evidently we don't have everything figured out quite yet.

2.  Weather:
The "bomb cyclone" seems to have replaced the "polar vortex" as the meteorological catastrophe of the millennium. When I was a kid, we called it "a blizzard."

3.  Sports:
Now that no one in San Diego cares about the Chargers anymore, they are having a decent season. Unfortunately, no one in Los Angeles seems to care, either.

4.  Movies:
For the first time since I was thirteen years old, I'm going to skip the Academy Awards telecast. At the moment, I just can't take these people seriously.

5.  Television:
I'm hooked on Netflix's "The Crown;" "The Walking Dead" is getting far too silly; and after all this time I still love "Blue Bloods" and "NCIS."

6.  Books:
I"m reading about half a dozen of them right now. That's what happens when you own a Kindle, receive Book Bub email notices, and still long to hold hard copy books.

7.  Stock Market:
It's way up. That fact makes me happy and nervous simultaneously.

8.  Travel:
I remember when flying was considered a glamorous, enviable activity, a leisurely stretch of time to be pampered and waited upon. Today flying feels as special as being loaded into a standing cattle box car and feels about as comfortable.

9.  Politics:
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I don't know when about half of America stopped understanding that fact of life, but the past year has established that the losers don't get it.

10.  Life:
In the words of the great poet Robert Frost, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Thought for Christmas

~ Merry Christmas to All ~

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Politically Weary

I think it's safe to surmise that most average Americans are tired of our ceaseless national political drama. I, for one, am weary unto death of it.

Has routine, day-to-day American life changed all that drastically since Election Day 2016? No, of course not. But according to innumerable commentators, broadcasters, journalists, and media figures, we as a nation are teetering on the brink of Armageddon. And it's all because of President Trump, who is alternately unfit for office, mentally unstable, or evil incarnate.

Good grief. I'm no huge fan of the man, but let's not get crazy. He hasn't killed anyone. If one views his record objectively, it's obvious that President Trump has achieved some real progress against our many problems, as noted in this Deroy Murdock article outlining the president's numerous accomplishments to date. Among them are the fact that the stock market is up and unemployment is down--but you'll never hear that from the evening newscasters.

The president is unconventional, unmanageable, blunt, sometimes childish and petty, often offensive and abrasive, and occasionally quite amusing. It's not business as usual in the White House this term, and it won't be for quite some time. "You may say I'm a dreamer," but I wish more people could see the glass half full. Since they can't--or, more accurately, they absolutely refuse to--I'll continue to skip the political drama romping across our flat screens in a continuous do-loop. The Trump naysayers have got me worn down to the marrow.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

2017 Christmas Decorations at the White House

                        Of course she's being criticized, but I think Melania Trump did a beautiful job. It appears that the Trump haters can't even hit pause long enough to take a short Christmas break.

I can't imagine what it must be like to be so miserable and mean-spirited. Fortunately, I don't feel similarly affected and can thoroughly enjoy the festive beauty the First Lady has brought to the White House at Christmas time.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Forgotten Season

Cornucopia - Steve Mordue
Fifty or sixty years ago--not even a lifetime--there was an additional holiday season during the fall. After Halloween, there would be a full month before Christmas carols trilled on the airwaves, stores decorated evergreen trees--and gift advertisements began to run incessantly. During those autumns of yesteryear, the entire month of November was devoted to the celebration of that truly American holiday, Thanksgiving.

Indian Corn Door Hanging
In art class, I remember drawing turkeys on construction paper and fashioning pilgrim hats to bring home. Department store counter-tops were decorated with autumn leaves in their glorious riot of color. Around the neighborhood, cornucopias spilled their bounty from the center of dining room table tops, and the earth tones of Indian corn wreaths graced front doorways. When I was in elementary school, we had foil window decorations--autumn leaves, a big tom turkey, a pilgrim's hat--that my mother unpacked from the closet each year on November 1. We would tape them up in our living room window, where they stayed all month. The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day used to be a season of anticipation, looking forward to delicious food and warm fellowship. Once upon a time, Christmas could wait until the week after the big fall feast.

Somewhere along the decades, Thanksgiving got shoved aside by the over-commercialization of Christmas. I associate the decline of Thanksgiving with the growing secularism of our culture. There is no longer any sense of the rightness of pausing to offer gratitude to God, as the pilgrims once did and as generations of Americans following them did until recent decades. As for the meaning of waiting for Christmas as the celebration of the Lord's birth, again there is no reason to wait. As ironic as it may be, in our modern society God's connection to Christmas hangs on by the barest of threads. Especially in this century, you can listen to Christmas music streaming all day long and you'll never hear a traditional carol or a single whisper of "the reason for the season."

So we plunge from witches, ghosts, and carved pumpkins directly into trimming Christmas trees and shopping the sales without stopping to savor the beauty and grace of the Thanksgiving season. It is our loss that we have largely forgotten this special holiday that acknowledges the bounty of our land and the beauty of our families and friends. We still eat our turkey and stuffing, but rather than being its own meaningful event, Thanksgiving dinner now seems to be a pit-stop on the way to the mall.

Today I'd give a lot to see a few autumn leaves taped onto a living room window somewhere in my neighborhood.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Day of Honor

Veterans Day ~ 2017