Paradise Can Turn on You

Big Sur is a beautiful part of California, but as the The Guardian article, Big Sur ravaged by floods, mudslides and storms: ‘Paradise can turn on you’, points out, nature isn’t always kind to humans. California was having its worse drought in a century, but now it has too much rain and has to contend with mudslides and flooding. The Big Sur area is no exception.

As the old saying goes,

Be careful what you wish for.


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Not So Romantic
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It’s easier to romanticize nature when we’re safe from the worst of it.


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She’s more lovable because she doesn’t do it perfectly. 🙂


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Good Dog!

Kaitlin and Torben have GPS trackers on both Sammy and Tempi, just in case they ever get lost.

But they can be wet blankets at times when Tempi is just having fun. She has no desire to be like Wally.

Surely they can’t expect an adventurous, healthy — well, except when she’s temporarily indisposed after eating parts of her stuffed animals and/or socks — pup to just sit and do nothing.

Lots of luck! Tempi knows better than that.


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And You Thought the Campaign Was Over

Donald Trump and his aides have made no secret of the fact they are already looking toward a re-election bid in 2020.

Apparently, they even have a new slogan.

The New York businessman who won the presidency by campaigning on the mantra “Make America Great Again” says he plans to update that motto three years from now: “Keep America Great.”

Trump trademarked his campaign slogan for 2016, and he indicated to The Washington Post he plans to do so again.
USA Today

Trump already has collected over $7 million for the campaign, and his first rally is today.

His supporters like his style, so I’m guessing he will get a large crowd.


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You Know You’re Getting Old ….

You know you’re getting old when your husband notices the new expiration date of your credit cards and says,

2022! We could be dead by then!

Yes, we no longer make long-range plans. What about you?


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Not Everyone Likes Dogs
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What a Mess!

MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—Russian President Vladimir Putin is “starting to get concerned” that the puppets he installed in the executive branch of the U.S. government “might not be up to the task at hand,” sources confirmed on Tuesday.


“President Putin knew that this bunch didn’t have a lot of experience in government and that there were bound to be some growing pains,” the source said. “But geez.”
Satire from the Borowitz Report

Yes it is a mess:

The chaos and competing factions that were a Trump trademark in business and campaigning now are starting to define his presidency, according to interviews with a dozen White House officials as well as other Republicans. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss internal White House dynamics and deliberations.
The Washington Post, Upheaval is now is now standard operating procedure inside the White House

The article also says,

Upset about damaging leaks of his calls with world leaders and other national security information, Trump has ordered an internal investigation to find the leakers. Staffers, meanwhile, are so fearful of being accused of talking to the media that some have resorted to a secret chat app — Confide — that erases messages as soon as they’re read.

Fortunately, staffers haven’t stopped leaking even though they are being more careful.


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Good Dinner Theater?

There’s no excuse for letting an international crisis play out in front of a bunch of country club members like dinner theater. #FireFlynn
—Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), the leader of House Democrats

But Richard DeAgazio, one of the members dining at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, thought it was great. Someone texted him at dinner asking if he had heard of the North Korean missile test, and he looked over to the table where Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were having dinner and took pictures of the activity.

He posted the pictures on Facebook (now deleted, I’ve read) and wrote,

“HOLY MOLY!!! It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan. The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington DC. The two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow. . . the center of the action!!!”

The New York Times shows some of the pictures DeAgazio posted on his Facebook page.

The White House claims no classified information was discussed in the unsecured dining room.

Never a dull moment. It sounds like great publicity for the Mar-a-Lago Club, don’t you think?


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One Big Question

Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.

In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing, from congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives to staff in-fighting and leaks.
Politico, Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government

It’s an interesting article about Trump’s challenges in adjusting.

It also says,

Christopher Ruddy, a Trump friend and the chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, said “Running the federal government is something new for him, for sure.” But, Ruddy added, “I think if he’s demonstrated anything in his life, he is a very fast learner and adapts very quickly. The man is not to be underestimated.”

That, of course, is one big question. How will he adapt to his new environment?


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