Tuesday, March 13, 2018


  I had no intention of posting today, but two happenings of note has caused me to reconsider
The first is that Trump has fired Secretary of State Tillerson and tweeted this 8:44 am: “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
  Trump specifically cited differences over the Iran deal Tuesday. "I thought it was terrible. I guess he feels it was OK.". That would seem to indicate that he intends to negate the Iran Nuclear agreement. That will create further disagreement with our European allies.
  The other was the news about the Council meeting where an ordinance is being proposed to again ask the State to reconsider the 2014 Charter Commission’s recommendations for Plainfield’s Charter reform.
  I had attended all the Commission’s meetings and thought he had done one of the best jobs of any Plainfield Commission. I will have to reread the recommendations.

Monday, March 12, 2018


No blogs before the end of the week. Prime focus on visiting family and the 3rd storm in 2 weeks.
A few cartoons today:

Thursday, March 8, 2018


  I was going to write a blog but no papers today; spent too much time on reading internet news items and of course it is March Madness with the ACC tournament in full swing-Go Hoos.
  Aftermath of storm; lots of tree branches down around house including a monster about 2 car lengths long which landed along driveway in space where my ladies usual park for the night. Fortunately the car was next to the garage and branch missed it.
   Some cartoons as a sop:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


  I suspect that just as the rest of Plainfielders I am straining at the bit not being able to run errands because of the state of emergency despite non-threatening weather this am.

  It did give me the opportunity to update myself on the latest DC news reported on the internet by the Washington Post, NBC, USA Today as well as The Times and Wall Street Journal newspapers.

   Turmoil in the Trump Administration continues. Kellyanne Conway has been cited for a violation of the Hatch Act, using a government position to get involved in a political campaign; Alabama’s special senate primary... Although censorship by Trump was advised; his White House has denied that ever occurred.

  Against the advice of party leaders and most of economic advisers, Trump has not backed down from his plan to place high tariffs on steel and aluminum. History has shown that this action too often may backfire. Indeed many feel that the tariffs of the 20s contributed to the great depression.

  His attitude expressed by a tweet “that a trade war would be welcomed and would  be won” led to the resignation of Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, as well as the Speaker of the House opposing such action.

  Adding to personal woes, stripper Stormy Daniels is instituting a suit against Trump claiming that she is not bound by the silence clause in the payoff received from Trump’s lawyer since Trump himself never signed the agreement.

  North Korea’s dictator claims he is willing to forgo nuclear testing during talks with the USA. Big deal, they will not stop producing nuclear material. Bombs, and advancement in rockets and systems. They not only don’t need further testing at this time but have broken every previous promises. Yet dialog night be helpful in averting a conflict that Russia has threatened to give military aid to the North Koreans if America attacks.
  China's President has had its congress amend their Constitution that limited him to 2 Five Year terms and now can join Putin and Turkey's President as dictators for life.
   This may be a danger with Trump but we may be secure knowing he has no smarts is politics.  It is not

as Groucho Marx said: “[He] may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot. But don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
   He is business smart and astute; perhaps crookedly so but he is no idiot as some claim. He has made millions avoiding taxes-an assumption on which we must make since he never released any tax data.  

  Unnoticed is a new Senate bill undoing most of the restrictions against the Banks which prevent them from the practices that led to the 2008 recession.

  Also conspicuous is the absence of any congressional action on weapon controls.