Signs of the Times

It’s as true now as it was in May of 2016 in Hatfield, Massachusetts. One house. Two signs. Same message.

Socioeconomic stratification. It’s still the driving force in current geopolitical nationalistic leanings. Not silos of identities. Race. Gender. Ethnicity. Religion. Even political party affiliation. Middle classes continue to yearn for recognition, respect and relevance. Whether in Hillbilly Elegy country, America’s heartland and rust-belt. Or. In Italy. The U.K. France. Steve Bannon &  now  Barack Obama understand this. Who will embrace it and run in the next generation?

Just Sail Away

Please. Take a cruise. Around the world. Stop at every port. Buy bangles and spangles. Hillary. Nancy. Chuck. Lizzie. Bernie. Leahy. Durbin. Even Dianne. Old Dem leadership needs to take the gangplank up to the poop deck on an outgoing ocean liner. Bridge lessons. Lounge acts. Poolside leisure chairs. DNC should fund it. All aboard!

Wave goodbye to the throngs of new blood below waiting to commandeer a new day.

Stormy Spring

Trump vortex forming over the White House. Cannot keep up. Tweet tornadoes. Mueller. McCabe. Comey. Needed to get away from it all. Admired half-marathoners finishing a block away. Cleaned closets. Watched Bay Hill. Go Rory! No stats book obsession. He just steps up to the ball and takes the shot. Refreshing. With a leaderboard like that, golf could be back. Will Tiger peak at the Masters? Dream on. And. March zaniness. Gonzaga and Purdue left.

Stormy weather ahead. Vernal equinox notwithstanding. Happy St. Joseph’s Day.

Tweet for the Tillerman

Rex Tillerson’s ouster was communicated by a tweet. Bad blood was evident in the Secretary’s awkward breathless speech. An ungracious President’s latest to leave the White House’s inner circle. Trump better watch his step and hire a food taster quick. He’s piling up enemies by the minute. If he crosses Vlad next, who knows what’ll happen. It’ll get even Stormy-er in the Oval Office. Pompeo & Bolton? Whoa. That’ll be a hawk show. Duck and cover.

Apologies to the former Cat Stevens.

Changing Screens

Ubiquitous host on multiple television screens, Ryan Seacrest is teetering on the brink. American Idol, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Red Carpet, Live With Kelly! employees must be shaking in their boots. Lots of paychecks at stake if he gets yanked.

Screening gun sales. A hot topic at today’s meeting with Trump and lawmakers. Support for a bill that expands background checks to include gun shows aiming to help thwart the wrong hands on firearms. Unfortunately. They also seem to believe that the answer to Americans having too many guns is more guns! Wild Wild West mentality perseverates.

Look for Hope Hicks as the newest Fox Bot on your cable news screens.

Memo to Congress

As bridges crumble and roads crack, Congress is obsessed with a war of memos. Dueling over editing, redacting. Trading accusations and barbs while whining and complaining. A trumped up excuse for each side to feed its base. The end game obstruction of justice or derailing the whole Russia thing. As bridges crumble and roads crack. And generals are hatching plans to bomb Syria or mount a North Korea attack. Memo to Congress. Get real and govern.

I know. That’s fantasy political football. Go Eagles!

Sober Reflections

Thankfully didn’t sip each time Trump uttered the litany of targeted SOTU words. Would have been ugly. Melania wore white. As a nod to suffragettes? Serious stretch. Dems responses too disparate to follow. Bernie’s online feed failed. Joe Kennedy’s spittle a distraction. Maxine Waters on BET? Did anybody see that? Cohesive messaging please.

Finished a relevant novel. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. Man Booker longlisted story which reflects past observations about the Lost Boys who join gangs to feel valued and find direction. From Northampton, Massachusetts to Raqqa. An important read.