I heard back from Bob this morning. He remains hospitalized, and frankly, things are not good.
From the Man, himself:
I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. (Apparently the leg amputation was simply a warm-up.) I will begin three months of radiation and chemotherapy, soon to be followed by surgery to remove the lower third of my esophagus and upper portion of Mr. Stomach.
Prognosis is guarded.
I am attempting to remain positive and as upbeat as possible.
Can you believe this guy?! Positive and upbeat? I’d be a puddle on the floor… 😦
Please keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers. He is a voracious reader (and likes paper media, eschewing the electronic), so I’m bringing him copies of Brigid’s two fine books, when he allows me to visit.
(No, not the pulp magazine Robert D******* purloined from the convenience store when we had a sleep-over in my Dad’s camper, when we were in junior high! :-P)
We just finished watching Season Two of True Detective on HBO. Each season had it’s own story, characters, actors and themes. Season One was in Louisiana. This one was central and northern California. Both were in part produced by the lead actors from season one – Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Rest assured, this is no longer the Woody from the TV comedy Cheers. They are both consummate actors.
The theme carried over to Season Two is there is something larger, deeper, more sinister going on than first appears to the on scene investigators. It takes the season to unravel the mysteries. Both seasons consist of eight episodes each.
Season One took place over a number of years, following the rise and fall of career detectives in pursuit of a serial killer. Season Two was revealed in a much shorter time frame, involving murder, political power and blackmail. Both seasons were populated with extremely flawed, alcoholic, addicted and trapped detectives and career criminals, in extreme emotional pain.
Not exactly an evening of light television.
For the record, I liked both presentations. The critics were especially hard on Season Two, as over-complicated and not living up to Season One’s standards. It is still undecided if there will be a Season Three developed.
I’m certain both seasons are available on You Tube, Netflix, and the like.
The opening to Season Two, below…
Fox News just published an exclusive confirming that Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani just visited Moscow even though he’s under a travel ban and prohibited from leaving Iran by United Nations Security Council sanctions. The article is at the bottom of this email and has details down to the Air Iran flight numbers and times of his arrival and departure.
Evidence of sanctions-busting by Soleimani has the potentially to be politically disastrous for the Obama administration. The Iranian general was originally sanctioned for a wide range of terror activities, including against Americans: U.S. military officials estimate that he has the blood of roughly 500 American soldiers on his hands and that the majority of American causalities during the final two years of Iraq were because of his surrogates [a][b]. The JCPOA lifted many sanctions against Soleimani were lifted under the final JCPOA, generating a flood of criticism and forcing the administration to go into damage control mode.
At first the State Department denied the concession even existed, with Kerry claiming that it was a different Qassem Soleimani who was being delisted [c]. That was false and so the White House quickly had to concede that the general was indeed getting sanctions relief [d]. (Lying POS, as usual.)
IRAN (aka the North Korea of the Middle East) is following their same tactics. Promise anything, give up little or nothing, and lie if caught!
Of course, nothing will be done about this…
Come to think of it, sounds like most AMERICAN politicians!
h/t Brock Townsend
I’m sitting here this morning (actually, a couple of days ago), doing my morning routine: shower, dress, morning rituals, medications, the all-important diet soda, the GiA blog, reading other blogs, news and emails…
Waiting for the stopping point. When my muscle pain and diabetic neuropathy kick in! Sometimes in an hour, sometimes more.
Pain in my extremities, feet, legs and even hindquarters. From SITTING for chrissake!
AND, I already took medications!
And I remember being young. Well, younger…
Lifting weights, walking long distances, jogging, karate – even with a fused hip! And the hot shower accompanied by perhaps a couple aspirin did the trick.
Well it did in my 30’s.
But alas, no more.
And I remember older people from my youth, whining and complaining about this pain or that ailment, and me having no understanding.
And even thinking it was funny.
Karma IS a heartless bitch!
And then I think of Bob, a recent 1/2 leg amputee currently braving throat cancer, and my attitude improves…
Gratitude, my friends, is the key!
It’s been a few days since the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (followed 3 days later by a similar bombing of Nagasaki). The Japanese surrendered 24 days later.
And much of the media is playing the apologist’s trumpet: Oh, the poor Japanese! We could have won the war without using such a horrible weapon! It was actually a ploy to demonstrate to the Soviets we mean business! The U.S. is the only nation to have actually used THE BOMB! The United States should have been tried for war crimes!
Neglecting to mention (of course) that it was the Japanese who started the whole bloody thing. They were trying to capture the whole Far East to obtain raw materials and slave labor to further enrich their Empire.
And to divide the World into their half and the German Nazi half.
Why don’t those who decry American actions remember the Bataan Death March, or the Rape of Nanking? The Philippines? Or even Pearl Harbor? Or consider how many hundreds of thousands on both sides would have perished if we had been forced to invade Japan?
We, as a nation, are allowed, no OBLIGATED, to defend ourselves and our allies! (see what treaties get us into, moral obligations aside?)
The trumpeter is (in my view) the same as the appeaser.
Certainly, it’s easy to Monday-morning-quarterback our actions after the fact. And now that we took Japan and converted her into an industrial superpower (as we did with war-torn Germany), and made them allies, we are told this is not enough.
Because the people who wanted to appease the Japanese Empire and The German National Socialist State are the same people who want us to pay some kind of reparations in perpetuity.
Because they view The United States as just as bad, or worse.
And these same folks want us to bend over backwards to appease the Islamic Fundamentalists.
Because they hate war so much they’d rather live (or die) under an oppressive regime then fight for liberty.
“Better Red Than Dead” – remember that?
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” – Winston S. Churchill
Other than with firearms…!
And I know folks who have worn flip-flops while shooting and hiking!!
This makes BOOTS seem like a minimum!
The lesson here is wear proper protection in the desert (or wherever there are snakes), and (of course) carry an appropriate firearm!
Once bitten twice shy? HELL, once bitten always broke! (assuming one survives)
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.”
Tigerhawk has a few choice words about the leading (Rand villain) couple of America’s “aristocracy of pull.”
The news today had its uplifting moments. Vox choked out a spectacular story about the arresting wealth gathered in by Bill and Hillary Clinton since 2007, and graced it with a headline so snarky that Donald Trump might have written it: “Hillary Clinton has paid more in taxes than Jeb Bush has ever earned.” The short version is that the Clintons have “earned” — more about the use of that word in a moment — $141 million since 2007. I don’t care who you are, that’s some decent coin.
The second best part about the Vox story is the searchable list of all the organizations, mostly large business corporations, that have paid the Clintons enormous sums to hear their talking points in person. Scroll down and make your list of boycott targets (I was sad to see my old law firm Latham & Watkins in that corrupt crowd, by the way). …
Is there a single person alive who believes that corporations, trade associations, NGOs, unions, and the like pay the Clintons enormous sums for speeches because they believe their members actually want to hear the Clintons say the same tedious talking points they have been spewing for years? If that were the only value received no profit-minded enterprise would pay the Clintons these vast fees because they would earn, well, a shitty rate of return.
No, the Clintons are not paid to speak. Businesses and other interest groups pay them for the favor of access at a crucial moment or a thumb on the scale in the future, perhaps when it is time to renew the Ex-Im Bank or at a thousand other occasions when a nod might divert millions of dollars from average people in to the pockets of the crony capitalists. The speaking is just a ragged fig leaf, mostly to allow their allies in the media to say they “earned” the money for “speaking,” which is, after all, hard work.
We have such people as the Clintons (and the tens of thousands of smaller bore looters who have turned the counties around Washington, D.C. in to the richest in the country) because they and their ilk in both parties have transformed the federal government of the United States in to a vast favors factory, an invidious place that not only picks winners and losers and decides the economic fates of millions of people, but which has persuaded itself that this is all quite noble. Instead, the opposite is true: This entire class of people, of which the Clintons are a most ugly apotheosis, are destroying the country while claiming it is all in the “public service.” It is disgusting. We need to say that, at least, out loud.
Of course, all of this was prefigured years ago in a novel some of you will know.
2 FEEDBACKS ON “CLINTONS “EARNED” $141 MILLION SINCE 2007”
No one ever paid Bill or Hillary because of their wisdom on inciteful presentation. 100% of these speaking engagements have been payola, graft, buying political power, etc. At least in the 3rd world they do it more openly and honestly and simply ask for money if you want something. Here we make believe that their half our speech is worth $300K.
Channel surfing on the radio this weekend I heard a reporter on a NPR station gleefully reporting that these records indicate that the Clintons donated slightly over 10% of their income.
Then later in the weekend I read that approx 99% of their donations went to their own foundation….Can one actually write off what one donates to oneself?
(from Never Yet Melted)
I really don’t need to add anything here. I suspect many other politicians, of both parties, have played the same shell games with their funding. And lied to cover it up.
Nothing new to see here – pay no attention to the folks behind the curtain!
Bob (my former PI boss and favorite gun shop manager), recovering handsomely from having part of his leg amputated, is facing another challenge.
He has been having difficulty eating and drinking. So much so he has lost a lot of weight. Today, he is being scoped (a camera down the throat, as was done to me a while back) to determine if the problem is related to acid-reflux. He does have an apparent esophageal stricture.
Or perhaps CANCER!
He is a good man, is a father of two fine daughters, and has a terrific wife. He is 61(?)
Please keep him in your thoughts, and if you pray, please do so.
This Just In – Bob informs me he does have some variety of throat cancer! No other information at this time.
I’m quietly resting on my laurels, thinking the ‘chores’ (a word from childhood I loathe!) are completed, when the lady of the house says to me,
“We have more plants to move in the back yard so the painters can access the walls.”
But, it must be done. After all, if we don’t move the stuff, the walls won’t get properly painted. And, I’m certain, the HOA would try to fine us for noncompliance with the bylaws. (Being a townhouse H.O.A. and all!)
So, it’s back out into the yard for us! Sigh.
Fortunately, we didn’t have THAT much to do. Mostly pry a large, overgrown yucca from it’s perch and move it about six feet away from the wall.
Using a shovel, hand truck and brute force.
(Note to self – Yucca are SHARP!)
BUT, we accomplished the task. Here is a picture of the side of the yard, showing about half the plants, tools, cacti and succulents we moved:
The offending yucca plant is left-of-center.
And, of course, once the painting, exterior maintenance and noise are completed, we will get to move everything BACK!
As my Dad used to say, no rest for the wicked!
It’s been quite a while since I posted something FUNNY.
With that in mind, please enjoy the following…