Interacting with everyday people here in Chicago, during which politics comes up as a topic often, has taught me a few lessons.
Not everyone who voted for Trump is an idiot.
Some of those people had what they thought were very good non-racist reasons for doing so.
The people you often expect to be Clinton, Trump or Sanders supporters from just looking at them will often surprise you.
Many people took Trump at his word because he has been so masterful at painting himself as a guy who does what he says and they thought his bad traits were just for show.
That last one is most important, IMHO.
If you voted for Trump because of #4, then honestly ask yourself: How many promises has he broken? At what point do you have to admit (if you are being honest with yourself) that he is just not the person he said he is, and that he conned you just as he has conned so many other people?
When do you just get mad at what he did to you and so many of his non-rich followers? Or do you just keep up the charade because admitting you were fooled is just too painful?
This is the Speaker of the House who still follows this woman. Of course he want poor children to go back to working as chimney sweeps and the elderly to starve. This is part of the essence of Ayn Rand.
(Part of an ongoing series of posts about my life as the new daddy of Otto, the rescue pitbull mix.)
What it is about bringing new toys home to your dog that is so enjoyable?
I suppose just the happiness it brings you to see them enjoying themselves.
With Otto it has also been waiting to see whether he would sniff it, taste it and then walk away bored no matter how much you tried to get him to become interested in most toys.
Otto is a bit of toy snob. He just can’t be bothered with balls (boring!) and the kinds of toys for which many dogs go nuts. He won’t chase anything on its own. Throw a ball and he looks the other way.
He likes stuffed toys with squeakers, but has the stuffing and squeaker removed so quickly that I stopped getting them for him.
It is said by many who love them that it is an almost universal trait that pibbles love to play tug-of-war and this is definitely Otto’s favorite game. Whether it’s with a rope or strip of canvas (or his leash when I am trying to walk him) he never tires of any kind of tug of war.
So I keep my eye out for different kinds of rope toys which look solid enough and have some sort of rubber ball or similar object attached with which he can occupy himself.
I ran across this one today which is almost all rope. He loves it.
Chewing is one of the major reasons why dogs are given up for adoption or abandoned, so if you can learn to constructively deal with the problem you’ve won a major battle.
I knew this about dogs, but did not realize how central giving them things to chew on (some breeds more than others) is to their well-being and happiness.
This toy bills itself as virtually indestructible. We’ll see. I’ll give it less than an hour before Otto has it at least partially destroyed. The only thing he never eventually destroys is his rubber Kong.
Such is life with a beloved pibble!
$12.99 at Target! Don’t spend too much on most toys unless they have stellar reviews on, say, Amazon where many people say they last a long time.
The Congressional Budget Office may release numbers on the GOP’s ACA replacement as early as 4 PM EDT today. Just remember who appoints the CBO’s leader as the Republicans try to backpedal and say the numbers are biased when the CBO estimates just how many poor and middle class people are going to lose health care coverage under Trump and the GOP.
With snow predictions wildly varying from less than a foot to more than two feet, the Northeast plays a waiting game as panicked food shopping yields the photo below.
Really, is there anything more New England prior to a snowstorm than a packed Market Basket in Chelsea (MA). And then there’s this one guy who really knows his storm shit with an armful of Hostess snack cakes.
If I had to choose one person with whom I’d like to ride out a civilization-ending snow event, I’m pretty sure it would be Little Debbie.