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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The fishing shed that washed across an East Coast border and touched off an international firestorm

Monday, January 15, 2018

Trump And Stalin

(CNN)Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is expected to deliver a floor speech on Wednesday in which he will compare President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media to the rhetoric of late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

According to an excerpt of the speech, Flake will criticize the President for calling the news media the "enemy of the people," calling it "an assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted."

"Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own President uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies," reads the excerpt. "It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people,' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader."

Flake's prepared speech goes on to say the President's actions should be "a great source of shame" for the Senate and the members of the Republican Party.

"The free press is the despot's enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy," Flake's remarks say. "When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him 'fake news,' it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press."

Flake, who announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2018, has said he will use his remaining time in the Senate to speak out against the President when he believes it is warranted.

A frequent critic of Trump, Flake announced his decision to retire in a Senate speech in October that bemoaned the "coarsening" tenor of politics in the United States and criticized his own party's "complicity" with Trump's behavior.

The Arizona Republican has said he doesn't have any formal plans to run for President after his time on Capitol Hill.

"I don't rule anything out, but it's not in my plans," Flake told ABC's "This Week" last month.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Live Writer Problems

Tonight, Open Live Writer is throwing problems with publishing again.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

From Cold To Warm And Back To Cold

As usual, our days are flying by like a jet plane. And I have to hurry saying that nothing pleases me more than winter days flying by.  After an arctic blast from Christmas and all the way until January 10, we got enveloped by mild moist air from the south.
What seemed like frozen to the depth of the center of the earth thawed within 2 days and turned into a quagmire-style squeachy ground, punishing any attempt of walking in regular shoes with wet feet.
At least the snow disappeared completely. But mother nature doesn’t leave us any hopes towards an early spring. We woke to 50F this morning reaching almost 60F at noon, just to start a fast race to way below freezing in a couple of afternoon hours. By now, we are back to 19F and a windchill way below that.
1-DSC_0811A sudden snow shower creating near white-out conditions, lasting only 10 minutes, below the same scene only minutes after.
Since the mild spell was accompanied by tons of rain we basically had to remain inside the house. Dixie went for her little excursions while the rain took a break from pouring down on us.
Speaking of rain, we also discovered we had a creek and a lake in our basement today. The water ran down along the concrete foundation gurgling through little cracks accumulating to about 4” of water. Ever since it had been arctic cold we had a space heater in the basement to protect our waterlines from freezing. Today, it was time to go rescue that heater from getting submerged by the flood. Good thing it had not been plugged in otherwise we would have had a short, since the extension cord plug-in was actually under water.
Once we have summer and dry weather, I am facing a major digging into the depth of the ground along the foundation to create a drain for the surface water and to cover the outside with plastic against further water intrusion. Something to look forward to. NOT.

Dixie is still putting on pound after pound and she has now reached the size of Molly, even though she is still not that heavy. She is eating almost 3 times as much as Molly did!
Much to Bea’s aversion, I have allowed Dixie to be on my couch (and only mine) where she either curls up or stretches out for delightful napping, while I read a book.