Monday, February 26, 2024

Here is a picture of my new ongoing project. I just layered and basted it and have done a very small amount of quilting--on the feathered heart. It definitely isn't as elaborate as true illuminated texts but most of the appliqued elements are from those ancient manuscripts.

"Illegitimi non carborundum" is an old dog Latin phrase that colloquially means, "Don't let the bastards grind you down."  

Saturday, February 17, 2024

 While many might suppose that I am chortling over the verdict and judgment in Trump's civil fraud trial, my overwhelming emotion is sorrow. Now the real falsehoods will begin multiplying with dizzying rapidity like a virus in a petri dish. Unless and until better people stand up to run for office we will continue to have Trump, DeSantos, Menendez and their ilk not only in charge of the grand idea that is the United States but the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of its citizens. It is unfortunate that Pinocchio is just a fairy tale. At least if noses grew at the utterance of a lie, we would be forewarned, not that we weren't aware of the issues surrounding and encompassing at least two of the three on my list. 

I have finished the main applique of my new project, but there are embroidered elements and some very small "dots" to add before the next phase which is going to be lettering.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

 Unknown (in this case it is Anne Kirby) is using the same logic as Trump. 2% is the target number not the required number and all contribute, a fact that even Anne recognizes in her comment: "Non-US allies will AIM to meet the goal." There are no warning letters from creditors and NATO does not kick countries out for non-payment as landlords do. That would defeat the entire purpose of NATO. 

The primary point of my post was to point out that keeping the peace is a better way to prosperity, something that was blindingly obvious after WWI let alone WWII. That, after all, was the thrust of Eisenhower's warning about the military industrial complex (1961). Trump went further than that in his condemnation of those countries he considers deadbeats (a concept with which he is familiar). He clearly said he would invite invasion and destruction, outcomes that are hardly admirable. Trump fails. 

This is directly from the NATO site and describes the indirect and direct funding. I include this as there seems to be some confusion about who is responsible for what:

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

 If you have memories of particularly bad flights, you might not be able to claim , "Worst flight ever," unless this happened as well:

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

 Peter Bergen, "In fact, all the countries in NATO pay into a common fund supporting the alliance’s day-to-day workings, and no country is in arrears on those payments. "

It is not surprising that Trump does not know how NATO works in either function or funding, but at his age (77) he should know what impact NATO had on the fortunes of the US. Trump is ignorant for thinking that other countries are cheating us when the facts are that the creaky and unwieldy nature of post WWII institutions has allowed the United States to prosper economically. Of course we don't need a belligerent country to declare war to destroy the tenuous nature of cooperation, but even a belligerent candidate for office can cause market fluctuations.

One of the bigger drivers of the current inflation hurting nearly everyone is invasion and war. Ukraine and the Middle East with the upheavals that inevitably follow confrontation have caused untold horrors but visible problems as well. Unless and until markets are satisfied that goods and services can be produced and delivered and sold, capitalism will have trouble. Trump points fingers at Biden but the groundwork for the current debacle in economic markets was done by Trump and his minions between 2016 and 2020. Those same markets are already reeling at the notion that Trump might be in charge again in 12 months. If that happens, hell will truly break through and heaven help us all then. 

"Mick Mulroy, a former top Pentagon official in the Trump administration, and a retired Marine and CIA officer, said Trump’s rhetoric could “essentially encourage the start of WWIII.”

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

 Can feuding US citizens agree that at the very least we need some sort of functional governance? The various voting debacles that happened yesterday demonstrate fully that the Republican House cannot even follow through on their own plans and schemes let alone meet in comity with each other, and forget about any other political persuasion. Senator Lankford (R) of Oklahoma is reliably conservative. He worked diligently to produce legislation that, if followed, would certainly slow the flood of desperation at the southern border to provide stability and predictability. A reasonable person would have supposed that the House would have been eager to support this effort after so many years of complaints, but no--that simple step was beyond them.

Surveys typically show that Americans like their own representatives even when they hate yours. How do they feel now? My guess is the MAGA crowd thinks the situation is just swell as they always claim that DC is dysfunctional.  It sure is now with the chief MAGgot holding them with his tiny brain and smaller hands. If they do not do anything we the people should be able to withhold their paychecks.

The best way to fire them is to vote them out.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

 Another frabjous day with loads of schadenfreude. Trump found not immune from criminal prosecution.