Surfer Dude

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Apparently he is all over Ireland on the news. What sort of asshole goes out in a hurricane?

I was worried when he came home because I thought he might get cold in his wet suit. Little did I know that there were over a thousand comments berating him and his foolhardiness and the danger he posed to rescue crews.

I hate being a mother.

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Holy Shitballs

So, I’ve done something to my back and needed to book an appointment with the physio. Believe it or not, I got an appointment within an hour because everyone cancelled due to Ophelia.

What a crowd of wussies I thought.

I had my very first acupuncture. In the butt. It was a breeze.

It was nothing compared to the breeze that I encountered as I staggered out from the physios.

The damn storm just fecking came in.

The birds are not happy and Ali is wondering what the hell is going on. I’m going to bed with my hot water bottle.

And I forgot to buy gin.

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Hurricane Ophelia

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Courtesy of RTE:

The National Emergency Coordination Committee has met to make preparations for Hurricane Ophelia, with storm force winds and heavy rain expected from tomorrow morning.

Met Éireann has told the Committee that it expects the eye of the storm may hit the south coast and then track up along the west coast.

The coastal counties from Wexford and Waterford around as far as Galway and Mayo will experience the highest winds.

Heavy rain and storm surges may cause flooding in some areas.

While this is a dynamic storm system the track of the Hurricane has been very consistent over the last few days and it is not expected to change course over the next few days.

It is understood Ophelia will hit Kerry at around 6am on Monday and move up through the centre of the country. It is expected to leave through Antrim at around 9pm.

Met Éireann says it is monitoring the situation and will update its weather warnings if required.

Met Éireann has confirmed that Ophelia is the most powerful hurricane to have ever been this far east in the Atlantic on record.

Chair of the National Emergency Coordination Centre Sean Hogan has said everyone needs to take heed of what is coming.

He said public safety is of primary concern.

With regard to those counties who have a red weather warning, Mr Hogan advises that all schools and childcare facilities should not open.

In terms of those counties with an orange weather warning, he advises that people need to take great care.

I’m on the east coast so I should be fine. We’re expectig it to be windy and wet. I’ve taken precautions though and moved my terracotta pots off the patio and onto the grass and I’m going to lie them down soon so they can’t be blown over. I watched in horror one day as a gust of wind blew over a pot and smashed it.

We’ve also moved the garden table and chairs. Those chairs have a nasty habit of smashing into my pots too.

As we are a small island in the middle of the ocean, we’ll cope somehow. It is due to hit us in the morning.

Have I said recently how much I hate Donald Trump?

 

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Why I Like Ezra Klein

He makes sense, Courtesy of Vox:

Take Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. The slogan itself invokes a nostalgia for a bygone era that Trump voters believe was better than today and better than their imagined future. By speaking in this way, Snyder says, Trump is rejecting conventional politics in a subtle but significant way.

Why, after all, do we strive for better policies today? Presumably it’s so that our lives can be improved tomorrow. But Trump reverses this. He anchors his discourse to a mythological past, so that voters are thinking less about the future and more about what they think they lost.

“Trump isn’t after success — he’s after failure,” Snyder argued. By that, he means that Trump isn’t after what we’d typically consider success — passing good legislation that improves the lives of voters. Instead, Trump has defined the problems in such a way that they can’t be solved. We can’t be young again. We can’t go backward in time. We can’t relive some lost golden age. So these voters are condemned to perpetual disappointment.

The counterargument is that Trump’s idealization of the past is, in its own way, an expression of a desire for a better future. If you’re a Trump voter, restoring some lost version of America or revamping trade policies or rebuilding the military is a way to create a better tomorrow based on a model from the past.

For Snyder, though, that’s not really the point. The point is that Trump’s nostalgia is a tactic designed to distract voters from the absence of serious solutions. Trump may not be an authoritarian, Snyder warns, but this is something authoritarians typically do. They need the public to be angry, resentful, and focused on problems that can’t be remedied.

Snyder calls this approach “the politics of eternity,” and he believes it’s a common sign of democratic backsliding because it tends to work only after society has fallen into disorder.

Basically, we’re fucked.

Trump is not going to help the average American. He is just going to stoke their anger and make things worse And by god he will. He already is wreaking havoc around the world.

I cannot put into words how much I despise this orange turd.

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What The Republicans Really Think Of Trump

Take a look at this. This will scare you to death. Courtesy of Robert Reich.

This morning I phoned my old friend, a Republican former member of Congress.

Me: So what’s up? Is Corker alone, or are others also ready to call it quits with Trump?

He: All I know is they’re simmering over there.

Me: Flake and McCain have come pretty close.

He: Yeah. Others are thinking about doing what Bob did. Sounding the alarm. They think Trump’s nuts. Unfit. Dangerous.

Me: Well, they already knew that, didn’t they?

He: But now it’s personal. It started with the Sessions stuff. Jeff was as loyal as they come. Trump’s crapping on him was like kicking your puppy. And then, you know, him beating up on Mitch for the Obamacare fiasco. And going after Flake and the others.

Me: So they’re pissed off?

He: Not just that. I mean, they have thick hides. The personal stuff got them to notice all the other things. The wild stuff, like those threats to North Korea. Tillerson would leave tomorrow if he wasn’t so worried Trump would go nuclear, literally.

Me: You think Trump is really thinking nuclear war?

He: Who knows what’s in his head? But I can tell you this. He’s not listening to anyone. Not a soul. He’s got the nuclear codes and, well, it scares the hell out of me. It’s starting to scare all of them. That’s really why Bob spoke up.

Me: So what could they do? I mean, even if the whole Republican leadership was willing to say publicly he’s unfit to serve, what then?

He: Bingo! The emperor has no clothes. It’s a signal to everyone they can bail. Have to bail to save their skins. I mean, Trump could be the end of the whole goddam Republican party.

Me: If he starts a nuclear war, that could be the end of everything.

He: Yeah, right. So when they start bailing on him, the stage is set.

Me: For what?

He: Impeachment. 25th amendment.

Me: You think Republicans would go that far?

He: Not yet. Here’s the thing. They really want to get this tax bill through. That’s all they have going for them. They don’t want to face voters in ’18 or ’20 without something to show for it. They’re just praying Trump doesn’t do something really, really stupid before the tax bill.

Me: Like a nuclear war?

He: Look, all I can tell you is many of the people I talk with are getting freaked out. It’s not as if there’s any careful strategizing going on. Not like, well, do we balance the tax bill against nuclear war? No, no. They’re worried as hell. They’re also worried about Trump crazies, all the ignoramuses he’s stirred up. I mean, Roy Moore? How many more of them do you need to destroy the party?

Me: So what’s gonna happen?

He: You got me. I’m just glad I’m not there anymore. Trump’s not just a moron. He’s a despicable human being. And he’s getting crazier. Paranoid. Unhinged. Everyone knows it. I mean, we’re in shit up to our eyeballs with this guy.

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Yeah!

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I’m On A Binge

I am currently watching The Handmaid’s Tale and reading the book at the same time.

To be perfectly frank, it scares me to death because I can see how this could happen in the US. And it is.

When I was eighteen, I remember thinking, I’ll probably die young. I was pissed off at the thought because I wanted to experience childbirth.

I didn’t die young and went on to give birth to three children.

I have never had an abortion and at this stage of my life, it is unlikely that I will need one…but you can be damn sure if I wanted one, I could have had one. Well, I would have had to travel to England because we are stuck in the dark ages here in Ireland. A referendum is coming up and that should be interesting.

There is a point to my message.

HOW DARE MEN TRY AND CONTROL THIS.

As Offred said, they stick their cock up your ass (and then you’re fecked!)

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