Mary Beth Writes

Len and I watched a lot of the impeachment hearings this week. George Kent, William Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch showed us the worthy, smart, and patriotic Americans still serving our nation. Or at least trying to do so behind the chaos and greed, the ineptitude and apparent bribery of the people in this administration. 

 I’m sure other governments departments are staffed by many who are equally experienced, educated, professional and unflappable as Kent, Taylor, and the incredible Madam Ambassador. We don’t get to see them often enough to know what’s going on, so this is a strange opportunity to observe our tax dollars at work. I am grateful.  

 I was also so, so angry at Devin Nunes and some of the others.  In case you don’t know it, Nunes is a representative from California’s San Joaquin’s Valley. He says he is a dairy farmer, but an investigative report discovered the amazing truth that the dairy farm owned by his family for three generations is actually in Sibley, Iowa and is mostly staffed by undocumented workers. Read more about Nunes. 

 The hypocrisy is flamboyant and ugly.

 This is what Len wrote to friends:

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 “I think that there are a lot of people who are used to enjoying the advantages of being white males in America, and they are at a loss to explain why it isn't working any longer. They followed the rules, such as they were. They played the game, and now the factories have gone to China, or robots, and they are not on top of the world.

 It's easy to see them blame imports, immigrants, welfare mothers and the Deep State.

 I think that they are also blaming the smart kids, and the anger they show at education is just as strong as it is toward the other groups.  And, it's sort of justified.  When they were in school, society said being tough, playing sports and going after the quick buck was going to be rewarded in a better way than learning stochastic processes.  (I don't exactly know what stochastic processes are, but my daughter does, and that's cool).  

 So now they think Trump gave them a tax break (spoiler alert: he didn't), and that the budget would be balanced if only we would stop giving money to the poor.  And the government doesn't make it any better by making tax returns weird, along with health insurance and college tuition. I just heard that the FAFSA is easier to fill out now; I'm skeptical.   

 The US still leads the world in technology and the arts, and I think that will continue to be the case.  But even though American is changing along with the world, many Americans are not, and they are really, really mad about it.”

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We have a long way to go in this saga.

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Thank you. I am so angry at the hypocrisy..

I too, listened to some of the hearings. Had to turn it off when my blood pressure started to rise at the hypocrisy. I mean, I was a bit confused. Aren't the republican representatives Americans? How much integrity and character are we willing to give up to him? Patricia/Fl
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Right?! I wonder if the Republican losses in Kentucky last week and Louisiana last night will urge some Repubs to rethink their blind loyalty.

I hope! Please! Patricia

Thanks for sharing your and Len's insights and comments. The link to the Esquire article is incredible. How do these hypocrites sleep at night?
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And these are the men, this is the party that say they are about Family Values. The duplicity is beyond my pay grade. Judith Viorst "No matter how cynical I get, I can't keep up."

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Kids & Books & Boxes & Paper Towels Tubes

Two things today – both related to schools.

1. I’ve volunteered for three years at Whittier Elementary School in Waukesha.  Once a week I walk out of my world into 3rd grade world and while I am there, my world simply disappears!

If you are the kind of person who is fond of kids who have ordinary and extraordinary challenges with reading and learning and doing kid-math – please consider being a volunteer, too.  You can call up schools near you. 

Location, location, location...

Here is another short MB take on the impeachment hearings.

Why Ukraine?  

Location, location, location.

Trump wanted the Ukrainians to turn the Biden name into a scandal. Trump is obviously in the thrall of Putin; whether this is criminal or simply his dangerous fascination with strongmen is the questions du jour. In any case, it seems likely that Trump Whisperer Putin suggested, “All you need to do is connect Biden to graft and you can win this election. Worked the last time, didn’t it…”?

Because Putin wants to run Ukraine.  

Why?

Follow the money.

When they tell you who they are...

I have a very big cold.  Not all that relevant to you but aggravating to me. Anyway, last night I coughed and woke myself up a lot; I had time in which to to think about the impeachment hearing drama in Washington.  I don’t have that much to say all at once. But I am noting particular things as this goes along and I am going to say them

On Friday Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee harangued about the “the unfairness” of impeachment hearing’s rules.

Some Sore Paw Thoughts

 Last night I read on the sofa for a couple hours. Then I came upstairs, brushed my teeth, and went to bed to read some more. Honest, that’s it. That’s mostly what I did yesterday. A few chores and errands. A lot of reading.

Then while turning one more page - my foot started to hurt! One moment nothing; next moment a big twitchy thing flared along the side of one foot. I rubbed it and tried to stretch the muscles but that made it worse, so I took ibuprofen and went to sleep. I woke this morning and although it hurts less, it still hurts.

Genius & Why you Shouldn't Judge a Fish by What it Can't Do

Someone asked me what I thought might be the definition of genius. (If you send me an open-ended question I might try to answer you, too.)

Here are some of my thoughts.  Because on Halloween, plus the day the House of Reps votes on how to proceed with the impeachment proceedings, plus California is on fire, plus there is a half of foot of snow out my window – why wouldn’t we talk about shades of genius?

Sometimes it's calming to talk about a situation that doesn't exactly affect many of us. 

Why I'm Lukewarm on Heroes

I was emailing with my very smart cousin about heroes. He wrote (in a longer email): Are there heroes left? It seems like some of us have been pretty busy debunking our heroes, and if taking the varnish off is the objective, they’ve been very effective, IMHO. And the follow up question, what are the consequences of a hero-less world? 

 I’ve been thinking about this for weeks. So instead of posting the 17 pages I have written, let me say SEVEN things about heroes.

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