McConnell announced if the voting rights bill comes up in the Senate next week for a procedural vote, all 50 Republicans will vote against it.

Hear that Joe Manchin? You’ve been had.

The Republican side of the Senate has not been trustworthy for 10 years. No longer are true Republicans. What they are, I am not sure. But statesmen and legislative leaders they are not.

They possibly are barbarians. Seeking to destroy. Waiting to destroy. Doing everything to assure the gate falls.

The Republicans danced Manchin. I thought I read a few days ago he was sitting with 10 Republicans working on the voting bill compromise. Things looked good for a bi-partisanship result. The news was out.

Instead, they made Manchin look like an ass.

He has to learn he is being used. Why is he so blind? Does not make sense.

I hope Manchin wakes up and does the right things. Like kill the filibuster first and foremost. Permit him to retake some of the respect people had before he went on this bi-partisanship kick.

If he fails to so do, history will view him as an egomaniac who could not see beyond the tip of his nose.

New York Times columnist David Brooks in this morning’s Times wrote about trust.

He wrote, “Distrust is a cancer eating away at our society. It magnifies enmity, stifles cooperation and fuels conspiracy thinking. So the question is how do you build trust?”

So how can trust be rebuilt in today’s society? One conclusion is recognizing the answer is not easy to reach.

The more Matt Gaetz talks, the deeper the hole he digs for himself.

He asked yesterday if the FBI was instrumental with bringing on January 6. He appeared convinced the FBI might have had a role in “organizing and participating in the January 6 Capitol revolt.”

Gaetz said, He fears “a political weaponizing of the FBI and the Justice Department… agency that has a whole lot of swamp left in it and needs to be drained.”

In reality, Trump brought a swamp the size never conceived before into the Oval Office. A room where Gaetz sat many times conversing and planing diabolical schemes with his leader. Actually, his lord and master.

An interesting article on the internet this morning re coronavirus. Claimed the word is out that those vaccinated against COVID-19 are now “magnetic.” All one who has been vaccinated has to do is stick a key to his forehead and it will stick. Or, a spoon or fork on the chin with a similar result.

I tried it. Nothing would stick anywhere. The representation as good as Trump’s that an inoculation of bleach would cure a person’s body almost immediately of the virus.

This is the day! January 18. The U.S. Bishop’s Conference meets today. One of the items on the agenda is a preliminary vote to draft a divisive document on “Eucharistic worthiness.” Short for prohibiting any political leader who supports a woman’s freedom of choice to be denied Communion.

The Bishops’ effort is actually to embarrass President Biden. A man who appears to be an excellent Catholic. To demean him.

Note the U.S. Bishop’s Conference is a far right organization. It walks hand in hand with the Republican far right. The group also seeks the overthrow of Pope Francis I.

They’re nuts.

The Pope has advised against the action and told them to cease and desist. No one is sure what they will do.

To make the Bishop’s position more understandable, recognize that 2 persons exerting much influence over them are Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich.

Need I say more?

Things are getting worse rather than better as far as California weather is concerned. The drought continues. More than normal hydroelectric power being used.

The strain on electric supplies has required California to warn blackouts may occur.

This is U.S. Open weekend. The tournament is being played at Torrey Pines in the San Diego area.

I have been fortunate to play Torrey Pines a couple of times. Natural beauty abounds. Cliffs. Roaring sea below. Heavy surf. Sea lions and seals.

The course is also next to La Jolla. One of the finest small communities in the world. Night time wondrous. Restaurants and bars top shelf. People dressing as we do in Key West, except their attire more classic. Everyone is dressed in sports clothes that appear to have been purchased that day.

I enjoyed the evenings as much as the days.

Did a double header last night. Dinner at Two Friends. A first for dinner. Dined with Sloan. All the yeas she has assisted me, I never took her out to dinner. We had a wonderful time!

Blog late today. I overslept by 2 1/2 hours. Something I never do. Then ran into some computer problems.

Better late than never.

Enjoy your day!


Posted: 17 Jun 2021 08:21 AM PDT

Oh, what a night it was!

I had not been in the Chart Room for roughly 14 months. Because of the Pandemic, the Chart Room was closed and I self-quarantined the entire time.

It was great seeing John the bartender again. Whereas I self-quarantined, John spent the time traveling though Mexico and Central America. Did not work at all. Nor did he get sick.

Jean and Joe came in. Love that woman! We chatted and drank.

Seated next to me were John and Carol. They have a Key West home.

John is a retired labor lawyer from Michigan. Carol a former health care administrator for 17 Michigan prisons.

I look forward to meeting them again.

The Chart Room was otherwise busy. Many tourists.

It was good to be back!

The U.S. Open begins today. Great golf ahead for the next 4 days.

I watched much of the Biden/Putin summit coverage yesterday. Putin left me with an odd feeling.

He looked like a man out of place. Different from former appearance.

Did anyone else notice? Am I wrong?

Malia Obama has grown up. She is a senior at Harvard. Graduates in June.

She has trained to be a writer. A TV writer.

She already has a multi-year Netflix deal with a Hollywood production company.

Texas Governor Abbott continues to be an ass. A Trump person in every respect.

I suspect Abbott wants to be the Vice-Presidential candidate in 2024.

He already has been on the attack against Biden. The wall! Claims immigrants coming in big time. Purportedly doing all of nasty things to Texans. Biden not caring and permitting the bad things to occur.

Abbott announced last week he was going to repair and finish the Texas portion of the wall. A few days later, he announced Trump was visiting on June 30. The wall the attraction.

Yesterday, Abbott announced he was going to have Texas throw in $250 million to start a fund to finish the wall. The money would come from public funds he would raise. First Texas money. Later turned into donated public funds.

One of the biggest mausoleums in the world is the Taj Mahal.

Many, many years ago, Mughal emperor Shah Johan I ordered the Taj Mahal built. His wife Mumatz Kahal had died during child birth.

He spent 20 yeas building the Taj Mahal. One of the world’s most beautiful buildings.

I wrote yesterday re North Korea being on the brink of a drastic food shortage. More news available today.

Farmers in part of North Korea are required to donate 2 liters of urine a day to be used as a raw material to produce fertilizer.

An early dinner tonight at 5 at Two Friends with Sloan. The purpose to chat about some development ideas I have for the blog.

Enjoy your day!