How To Define “Rotten Year”? Just Say 2018

I’ve now been hangin’ around on this planet for going on 76 yrs, and over that span I’ve witnessed some good years, some bad years, some great years, plus a handful of what could reasonably be called crappy years. Then came 2018.

Yes, I know. April 30 is only 120 days in, a scant 1/3 of the year, but when one considers all the nasty crap that’s happened so far, one big question emerges from the muck: what more  Bad could possibly happen? Scary scary!

2018, a Backward Glance at the first 120 days:

1. Donald Trump is still our “President” aka POTUS (acronym for Piece Of Totally Useless Shit), and in result the country’s slide into the pit beneath the downhill slippery slope has picked up speed. Bigly. No need to go into great detail, since most everyone is already aware of the travesty. Suffice to say, though, that Trump’s craziness — his deeply embedded egomaniacal narcissism, his intense hatred (and obvious FEAR) of ALL non-lily white races and ethnicities — when combined with the FACT that he LIES every time he opens his yap (if he ever speaks a word of truth, rest assured it was completely accidental) along with the FACT that he’ll do whatever it takes to screw up every positive aspect (all three? of them) of global human culture and will happily work to destroy the biosphere and everything in it in the process … etc. I could go on and on and on, but what’s the use? The conclusion has been obvious since day 1: if we don’t get rid of him, and SOON, we’re ALL doomed to what … to be an intimate part of an emergent “shithole country”?

2. Onward. Late last year, I was diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer, after which I spent all weekdays in January plus the first week of February “enjoying” 28 episodes of chemo/radiation therapy. Then there was a six week stay-home-and-get-over-the-side-effects sojourn, followed by visits to, in order, an oncologist, a surgeon, and the radiologist. The recommendation of the oncologist and the radiologist was surgery. Remove the entire of the tissue where the tumor was, plus surrounding tissues and lymph nodes, etc. That would be a cure. Problem is, because of the tumor’s location I would be wearing a shite-bag for the rest of my life. I didn’t like that option, so on my second visit to the surgeon I said no. In return, he came up with an alternative plan that involves mostly monitoring via blood tests and regular (3 month) endoscopies. That’s where we stand as of this day. I’ll learn more in late July, my next scheduled visit.

3. The worst event of all occurred on Friday, March 9, 2018. Our dear little cat friend, Shadow (age 9-10) had been, for a couple of days, getting more and more lethargic. She’d sleep most of the day, getting up only to have a long drink and/or to use her litter box, then back to her sleeping corner. On day 1 we thought it was probably a fur ball. She’d eaten breakfast, then an hour later threw it up, then retired for a long nap. On day 2, she ate no food at all, just continued the lethargy noted above. On the morning of day 3, we decided it couldn’t be a fur ball, must be, instead, something that warranted a trip to the Vet. At the Vet’s office, we had to wait for the better part of an hour while he finished with his current patient. Shadow spent the entire time on Deb’s lap; she was awake, but lethargic. No movement, not even when the previous ‘patient’ — a German Shepherd — walked past within a foot or two of her.

So then we went in. First the Vet weighed her (she was down several pounds from her last visit some 18 months prior). Next he examined her, asked us what we’d noticed; then he drew some blood and, with a second syringe, he drew some urine from her bladder. After fifteen or twenty minutes in the lab, he came back with the terrible news: she was severely diabetic, her blood sugar was about as high as it could get. He explained our options. We could send her off to a 24 hour treatment center where they would use injected insulin in an attempt to get her blood sugar down; might take up to a week, but if successful the injections would have to be done daily for the rest of her life. The second option was the bitter one; put her to sleep. Now.

Tearfully, we chose the second option. For Shadow’s sake. She would have hated the other one. The Vet gave her that final injection, and two minutes later she was gone. With my right hand, I gently closed her eyes for the last time.

Later that afternoon, the following materialized:

Shadow-Dickinson Scan

Those words are by Emily Dickinson, from the third stanza of her poem (J-255):

To die — takes just a little while —
They say it doesn’t hurt —
It’s only fainter — by degrees —
And then — it’s out of sight —

A darker Ribbon — for a Day —
A Crape upon the Hat —
And then the pretty sunshine comes —
And helps us to forget —

The absent — mystic — creature —
That but for love of us —
Had gone to sleep — that soundest time —
Without the weariness —

A most able tribute, I thought. Spoken from the heart.

******

So that’s it, my personal summary of the first 120 days of what appears to be, at least imho, a historically crappy year. Whereto from here? What’s next? Wish I knew! Maybe A Summation?

Dead v stupid

Yeah, that works.

******

 

Daily Gnuz

It’s FRIGGIN FRIDAY! April 27thish
Here’s what gnuz is happening!

North Korea’s leader steps across border for a historic summit
A handshake between North and South Korea’s leaders is just the start: They are expected to discuss a formal peace agreement.
H/T Vox
Now that the North has Nukes, you’ll see them seeing themselves as an equal player on the world stage.
They now feel immune to regime change such as we saw in Iraq in 2003.

And,
At the Fed, the Scene Is Being Set for Financial Disaster
H/T The Nation
An interesting read on how Trump is packing the Fed with the usual business too-friendly toadies. The sub-headline reads:
A crash could prove to be Donald Trump’s worst legacy.

Finally,
The cost of Donald Trump’s deserted government
H/T Politico
Sparse leadership across federal agencies leaves Americans in limbo.
These departments provide services for the most part.
Without staffing, no services. The swamp they’re draining is America.

Open Thread, Have at it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

For Thurzday, Aprily 26th

Cohen Says He’ll Plead Fifth In Stormy Daniels Suit Due To Criminal Probe
H/T TPM
Ok, lessee…He’s pleading the 5th in the civil case, because,….of the criminal probe. So he might say something in the civil trial that provides Meuller with the goods.
OK, got it. Maybe.

And,
Emmanuel Macron rebuked Trump before Congress. Democrats loved it.
On Tuesday, Macron was schmoozing with Trump. On Wednesday, he was getting a standing ovation from Democrats.
H/T Vox
How sweet it is…

Finally,
Carson wants poor to pay more rent, work for assistance
H/T Politico
Damned Poor folk anyhoo. Raise their rent, garnish their social security! How dare they be impoverished in the land of the free and the home of the grave?

Open Thread, pick a topic and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

For Tuesday, April 24thish

Trump’s false claims to Comey about Moscow stay could aid Mueller
James Comey says the president told him that he never spent the night in Moscow in 2013, but flight records, social media and his bodyguard’s testimony show otherwise.

H/T Politico
Looks like it’s time to haul the RUC-LyingBastardometer out of storage and crank it up again!!

And,
Police throw black woman to floor, say they will “break” her arm during arrest at Waffle House
H/T Vox
Not so sweeet home Alabama, where the ugly taint of overt racism is alive and well.

Finally,
Trump’s doctor accused of drinking on the job and ‘improperly’ prescribing medication
H/T Raw Story
What an amazing pack of miscreants and failed humans!
Howling Monkey Poo!

Open Thread, pick it up with Hazmat gloves and dispose of it according to Federal Regulations!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz!!

Read all about it! Whatever IT is, today, Friday April 20th 2018

Giuliani Joins Trump Legal Team
H/T TPM
It’s been 30 years since Giuliani has been a prosecutor. Trump just needed another has-been recognizable name to fill the empty seats in the Oval Orifice.

And,
US school shootings rise rapidly in two decades: study
H/T Raw Story
“In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century,” said lead author Antonis Katsiyannis of Clemson University.
And guns are more available than ever…

Finally,
LGBT rights group takes aim at Pence as Trump woes deepen
Pence could increasingly find himself the target of liberal attacks in a midterm election year.

H/T Politico
Pence will be the harbinger of “The HandMaiden’s Tale” if he winds up in charge of this mess.

Open Thread, for FSM’s sake, do something with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Tuesday edition, here’s the GNUZ

‘Someone should say a prayer’ for Trump’s aides
H/T Politico
The president has decamped to Mar-a-Lago, where he’ll have plenty of time to dwell on a barrage of negative headlines.
We’ve reached a point where ‘governing’ has ceased. We have a spoiled brat in charge of the Executive Branch, who can’t focus on policy because his ego is too fragile.
Sad.

And,
Retired Admiral Says Trump Is Causing ‘Extreme Discomfort’ for Miltary Leaders and Harming Republic
The president is destabilizing the nation. Just like a Manchurian candidate.
H/T Alternet

Finally,
Trump just blocked his own administration’s Russia sanctions
Once again the president is taking steps to make sure he doesn’t anger Putin.

H/T Vox
Anyone else see a pattern here?

Open Thread, slam it and dunk it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Weekend Rap Pup

It’s Sunday evening, and here’s a tired old re-hash of next weeks Gnuz.

Why the question of whether Michael Cohen visited Prague is massively important for Donald Trump
H/T Vox
The Steele dossier claimed Cohen went to Prague to meet Russians. He’s said for more than a year that he didn’t.
Getting closer and closer to the Clinch, the Uppercut, the Right Cross and the Countdown and Out.

And,
Trump Demands Chance To Review His Files Seized In Raids On Michael Cohen
H/T TPM
Sure, sure. You and your attorney’s will get the chance to review them.
It’s called discovery, after you’ve been hauled in front of a Grand Jury.

Finally,
Trump’s reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year
H/T WaPo
Now THAT’s Hilarious!
The law firm of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe is getting rich of these suckers!

Open Thread, enjoy it, then use it to wrap up your fish bones!

RUCerious @TPZoo