No. 262 Ex – Rob Porter….

 

If we vet the immigrants

and they don’t pass…

there’s no entrance…

Through our pearly gates….

If we vet politicians

and they don’t pass…..

We give them jobs…

They become white house aides…

John Kelly’s right hand man…

They have  full access to the President.

Rob Porter is name …and don’t forget it.

Red flagged by the FBI …

An evasive …slippery slope…to a

Permanent security clearance…

While standing attention near the president’s side.

He controlled the information to Trump’s ears…

Gave him kleenex to wipe away his tears…

Took charge of the weekly trade policy meetings…

Brought him his Cheeseburgers and fries…

Can we question our President’s

bad judgement?

John Kelly knew of his predicament..

Flew into an unflinching defense…

Smear tactics…

Reminisced about…  ” true integrity…”

Honor…Being a trusted friend…

Proud to serve …alongside him…

Fake news..False claims…

Wanted him to fight…

These false allegations…

While declaring his innocence.

Two wives from his past…

talked of verbal, physical and psychological abuse.

With picture in hand..

Showed an eye  black and blue..yellow and red…

Punching…Choking…Elbowing…

Even a Police Protective Order…

A man with anger management issues?

Rumors generated …Rumors remained.

Kelly Anne Conway…forgot to mention it.

Rob Porter was his name…

Vetted but  ignored…

Of the right skin color..

Raised in Boston…

Harvard to be sure….Still…

Feet held to the fire…

Then kicked out the door…

Unceremoniously…

Kelly Anne Conway

spoke of budget caps

and Superbowl wins and loses…

Of Eagles that never kneel

and religions unpolluted…

While Sarah Huckabee Sanders..was silent…

Speechless for once…clueless?

How do we explain  this fiasco?

If we stay silent …

Aren’t we a part of the problem?

As well?

 

It’s picture day…spell your name carefully….Sarah Huckabee Sanders… Good Job!

Oh look Kelly Anne wrote a book with lots of help….Check it out…The title is really long.

I like this book better…What does Obfuscation mean?

Trump coffee anyone …anyone?

 

 

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No. 261 Above Suspicion….

The exact quote is: ” Can you get Amanda’s I pad and a cup of coffee…please.” This quote was found in the movie “Above Suspicion.”  Set. 3. This series would be described as a Police Drama.

This T.V. series – Above Suspicion ran for four years and I’m not sure I would have watched it. Not because I don’t have a T.V. (which is true) but because of the male and female stereotypes that permeate these stories. The man in the sketch is James Langton, DI Anna Travis’s boss. He’s very much a part of the “male dominated police department. ”  Clearly he has different behaviors of putting her in her place even when her ideas were clearly a part of the investigation. Her boss would verbally lament her  about her nose for smelling out  a rat and persistence  to seek out more information on her own in a derisive manner in  front of the whole team while quietly administering advice to his male counterparts one to one, in the  hallway. He also clearly doesn’t know how to get his own coffee or sandwiches and everyone else of the female persuasion’s importance is constantly belittled by being ordered to get him food whenever he seeks nourishment... This story line reeks of  male chauvinism. You can see it irritates the women. They went to a police academy like everyone else on the team but are deemed as secretaries seeking out the facts. Which is important…but I believe in the long run, James Langton, would say it’s the persons who physically seek out the answers really  are the ones who solve the murders. Also only the men get to  go out to investigate with DI Anna Travis “tagging along.” While her female police officers are  more normally dressed with muted hair….are left to dredge through mountains of paperwork . It mystified me that  DI Anna Travis  counter part in Lynda La Plante’s novels is Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect series.  Ms. Tennison is the complete opposite of DI Travis.  Jane Tennison is persuasive, verbally  abrasive, no-nonsense, female who is constantly bucking the system . In her career she seems to always bed the wrong man while drinking too much…and these decisions always seem to undermine her accent into the top levels of the police force. When men do this it’s treated with different words and actions and sometimes it can actually rocket them into Presidential positions..It’s amazing when you think about it. In the end Jane Tennison retires with an alcohol addiction. Not the most stellar decent into public awareness…don’t you think? Where as with  DI Travis, she  is known for high heels, pencil thin skirts and cleavage with a tenuous streak in her to find the answers that seems to deliriously float above the males heads. She seems to have  fallen in love with her boss who carries around a picture of his dead wife in his wallet. I wish Lynda La Plante would seek out much healthier female roles for her characters. Also portray them in a more humane story-line where their  gender has nothing to do with the story. I just finished Above Suspicion set 2 where James Langton’s character is belittling DI Travis’s  words in a male group with her witnessing  it in a hearing distance. Not even a strong ending worth watching…it only left me with a bad case of indigestion… 

 

One of Lynda La Plante’s books from her Prime Suspect series.

Complete collection of Above Suspicion…

Complete collection of Prime Suspect…

 

No. 260 Ten Days till Valentines Day…

 

Ten days to stop the fights…

To buff out the scratches…

Nine days to release the setbacks…

Acknowledge the heartbreaks…

Eight days to believe sorrows co-exist…

To know that “two”can divide & conqueror.

Seven days to know it’s a part of our existence…

To believe in believing your other…

Six days to break the rules…

Learn to bend and exhale…

Five days to reverse and reestablish Happiness…

Four days to cut things loose…

Three days to be in the “here & now.”

Two days to hang on tight…

One day to fourteen…. flies so fast…

A smidgen of time..

Which can last beyond my years…

if coddled and protected…

Celebrated daily…

instead of once a year.

 

No matter what it’s still good to buy Godiva Chocolates to celebrate…

Stand out in a crowd of red roses with purple roses for Victory….

Sing her a melody …sing her a song…of your love….outside her balcony….

No. 259 Double the caffeine…

The exact quote is : ” Double the shift…Double the caffeine.” This quote was found in the police drama called 19-2.

 

Double the girls…

Double the gum…

Double and triple

the police protection

 & military presence…

Put up wire fences…

concrete posts…

Don’t forget…don’t take offense …but…it’s my city too..

Double their hours…

Make them tired & worn…

Add a half a million

partyiers…one by one…

Add some whiskey &  some rum…

Add a full moon…

Stir in some local crazies…

homeless and wired…

Add some military …

Tanks and Guns…

Double their ranks…

Triple their pay…

Don’t forget…A large dose of caffeine  should come their way…

The temps are sinking…

Trigger fingers are cold.

The idea of shooting first

before asking….

makes everyone bold…

and stupid & sad…

To the ones picking up the pieces

and cleaning up the messes.

Big businesses are sweating it out…

for ten days… I’m told….

Warnings and fear mongering…

Demonstrators think twice…

Our newspapers daily shout…

Do not enter our Pearly Gates…

We don’t want to see your angry faces…

Leave your signs on the trains…

Sign your name on your own warrant…

And if you so choose…

Pick your own court date…

Take us seriously …

YOU…have been warned.

Hey! You ! Listen to me…it’s my city too !

 

I thought this police drama was an excellent portrayal of how it can really be..in 19-2 Season 1

Double strength…Crank High Voltage coffee….order some…

 

No. 258 The Lunar Blue Moon…

The exact quote is:  ” That full moon makes me feel ill…I can’t decide if I need a needle, smoke or a coffee…”  This quote is half real and half fake. The latter part of the quote is real.

A long time ago, my dad said he didn’t believe in full moons. He was a psychiatrist who relied on what he read. Anything other than love …was to be questioned with a medicinal twist. One day, that all changed. That weekend was a full moon but like most humans what is in the sky unless it ‘s a tornado is usually tuned out.  A normal day, a cup of coffee…an early morning read …then off to the office. Talked to his secretary, saw his patients at their prescribed hours. After 5:00pm like clock work the ride home to suburban Cleveland for dinner with his wife. In that one weekend three moons collided with such ferocity that even my complacent dad woke up to the possibility that full moons do affect people. His secretary, after a life full of verbal and physical abuse killed  her husband. Somewhere in the early hours one of his patients, got a hold of a machine gun, barricaded himself in his neighborhood’s  cul-de-sac and held the police captive for almost two days. He also had another patient commit  suicide. This happened all in one weekend . Monday morning while reading the morning paper he was jarred out his little world to acknowledge some things went beyond his world. He told me afterwards, there were many things that were unexplainable. He thought he was helping these people cope with all their challenges but he later realized it was not true. I think this was very hard for him to accept. Full moons are around us…above us…We sing to them…we watch movies like Moonstruck…We have poets that entwine words about the moons… Once in Venice, Italy I too was treated to a slice of Moon pie. We had planned to sleep on the island outside of Venice. The only way to get there was by boat. I had been told I had to pay before the night to reserve my spot…so we dutifully paid our dues to the nuns that took in the weary travelers. I thought that morning Who knows it might me a good story for when I’m older …to tell..At 9:00 pm we started back after dinner but we couldn’t get there, with the full moon above us it affected not only the people around us but  the waters, so the boats couldn’t get under the bridges …leaving us penniless and stranded. I kept trying to explain this to an irate nun on the phone but kept running into walls of silence. So we slept in the Venice Train station. Sleep is a funny word when you describe your resting place as a hard plastic chair. At 2:00 am three men came in an started to rob people. About an hour later the police filed in …caught them and took them out…An hour or so later the police returned and took everyone else that didn’t have tickets out of the station. Sleep…Sleep…I do not know the meaning of this word. After that experience I never questioned the idea of how the full moon affected people. Right now in Minneapolis we have a different kind of moon hanging over the city …It’s called a Lunar Blue Moon. I looked it up and it looks like the one in the sketch . I thought it would be blue…. We’ve already had one man who had thirty-eight hour standoff with the police breaking windows in a hotel. He even hung out the sixth floor windows  shouting to the world ..he wanted his exotic cat back he thought  someone had stolen it. I know I’m simplifying his life and problems but I’m sure the full moon affected  his situation. The moon – body – brain – connection exists, one author thought that the lunar pull became gravitational and affected our body fluids almost like my Venice experience. Another author stated that symptoms like hyperactivity, depression, violent behaviors, road rage, even migraines and asthma were seen in higher numbers during the full moon periods. Oh and during this week is the Superbowl activities leading up to the grande finale …the football game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. I’ve told my students don’t even think of going downtown this week, with all the military and police presence.  Good weekend to go to the Mall of America!  I can only hope no one does anything stupid that puts their own life as well as others into jeopardy, then has the audacity to blame it on the full moon.

I probably watched “Moonstruck” a gazzilion times . There’s a song…That’s Amore….Perfect.

A beautiful full moon wall scene for any room ….

No. 257 The Grocery List ….

The exact quote is :” No coffee?”  This quote was found in the movie series Dexter. Season 1. Episode 1. 

Oh where have I been…? I feel like I’ve been asleep for hours. Did you go to the grocery store? Are we out of coffee? Are you saying there is “no coffee? in the kitchen? How will I stay up to work on my thesis?  My goal of three pages a day…Boy Oh Boy did the snow storm of the century… 12.8 inches throw me out of whack. All that shoveling …It ruined my evening …I dragged myself inside exhausted. The next morning was a haze…I don’t remember anything that happened . All the streets were closed…and a Snow Emergency was in full force. All the radios and phone apps said to stay home.. We used up all the eggs…then rice…pasta…I thought we had an extra bag of coffee beans in the freezer…” No coffee? ” Let’s brave the cold temps and go to Kowalski’s . Thank goodness it’s only a two block walk.  Will you go with me Bri? You will? Let’s get a list going …Garlic, capers, lentils, green peppers, onions, Olive oil… I need some more Amy’s lentil soup…umm.. are we getting low on toilet paper? Oh don’t forget the kitty litter…anything else? Oh let’s get some more Avocado ice cream… We keep forgetting to buy dishwashing liquid…I’m not looking forward to walking through the sludge. Let’s get it done before The View comes on…O.K. ? It feels like we’re missing something on the list…I wonder what it is …do have any suggestions…Bri? What ever it is … we’ll remember to buy it  at the grocery store…Right?

 

Coffee…coffee…coffee! Deathwish…strongest coffee in the world….coffee…

Amy’s Lentil Soup 12 cans…what a bargain.

Seventh Generation Clementine and lemongrass….dishwashing liquid.

Enough toilet paper for a year-36 rolls ….

Flash News …Another snowstorm looming over Minneapolis…stay in and watch the whole series of Dexter!

 

No.256 A Super Bowl in Minneapolis….

Today’s quote is a hyperbole.” The people of Minnesota are looking forward to all the hoopla associated with the Superbowl weekend coming up. We hope all the volunteers will warm the frigid fingers of all the weary travelers with warm cups of coffee and happy smiles….” This quote was overheard by a zealous reporter while eavesdropping on a meeting of the executives of the Super bowl committee.

I keep hearing stories on what is really going to happen next weekend on Sunday, at 5:30  on  February 4th, 2018 .The Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. This morning on MPR they were talking on how a lot of people are loosing their contract parking, especially if it’s closer in to the “new”  stadium. For those lucky enough to have to work this coming  week and weekend downtown many businesses are planning to furlough them at home instead of in the workplaces. At the airport I heard that Runway 4 which is usually reserved for private jets is almost filled to full capacity at 176….That ‘s something I didn’t even know it existed until now . They’ve built a Zip line from one area into downtown. It’s going to go the scenic route across the Mississippi River..which is a cute way to deal with the overflow of cars…except Mother Nature is getting the last laugh..already I’m hearing the temperatures are supposed to dip dramatically down …down..into the minus degrees…So I hope all the adventurous zip line participants are wearing the winter paraphernalia or they will deal with  “Frigid Fingers” a very bad case can actually send you in to a the emergency room for amputations but I bet the reporters probably wouldn’t mention that, in their articles. I know someone who’s wife asked him to get some tickets months ago. At that time they were $195 a piece for the tickets… Which is kind of expensive. Usually at normal games when the ticket holders don’t show up it’s an imaginary rule that the nose bleeds can camp out in them …but I heard there would be volunteers patrolling the aisles seeking and kicking out “upstarts.” What’s weird is that some people never show up to watch the games… (it must be an ego thing) and still the upstarts can’t sit in their seats…Go Figure. Little things I’ve noticed …it seems like we have less homeless people standing on the corners asking for money…the rumors I’ve heard is they were being shipped into St. Paul. Which is pretty stupid, all you have to do is cross the river and you’re back into the revered city of Minneapolis.  There are also a lot of new road signs going up..fast lastly the part I didn’t like to hear was that there are armored trucks and tanks at stategic points in Minneapolis. Supposedly, 150,000 to  a million visitors are descending on Minneapolis to partake in this  football fun. It’s funny, none of my friends are going …I must be running in the wrong crowd. Some guy just said on the news channel that  “We will thank our lucky stars that our 3 years of  planning panned out and we will look back with sighs of relief that everything ran smoothly.  Last night I viewed the almost  Full Moon in our evening sky …so really Mother Nature will be the one who will have the last word about this Super bowl. Go Vikings!

Full moon art for the mood….5 panels.

New England framed Super bowl champion tickets…collectors item

Super Bowl program for the Feb.4th game…

Long sleeved Patriots Vs. Eagles Super bowl t-shirt …

Super Bowl Bobble Heads….don’t miss out ….

No. 255 Red Hot Cinnamon Coffee

The exact quote is: ” Would you like something in you coffee Sargent? ” This quote was found in the English movie series called “Pie in the Sky” Series 2 Volume 3. 

Watch and enjoy this series…Pie in the Sky.

Pie in the Sky  isn’t your everyday police drama. I can’t remember if I ever saw anyone get shot though someone did die in the upstairs bathroom in the restaurant. Some of the wait staff were worried that someone might think it was the food..but luckily before the police could come to view the body it disappeared. I don’t think I ever heard  a bad word eject from Henry Crabbe’s mouth either ( the man in the above sketch.) One time he got pretty irritated when he found his laying hens were being serenaded with rock music instead of symphonic tunes…but like all  good chefs  he just rolled with the punches and .switched radio channels and that was the end of that problem.  His dilemma is that he has one foot still lodged unhappily in the police force as a Detective and as a chef in his wife’s restaurant . The title of the series is perfect in that Pie in the Sky  means something that one can day-dream about but real life keeps stepping into his kitchen with muddy feet. As we all know crime can’t wait for a souffle to rise…so he keeps being pulled away from his dream, leaving his small staff of dedicated people to pick up the pieces and feed the awaiting clientele in the restaurant . I’m not sure who is asking him if there is something they can put in his coffee to make it taste better…I have a feeling he might say- Cinnamon Imperial Candies. Which he knows will utterly shock everyone at the table …for they probably thought he was going to say brandy or whiskey because it had been a busy night.  At this very moment they are all seated around a table relaxing… Henry, what about the caloric intake ? questioned his agitated wife. His shoulder shrug and half smile reminded her that all good chefs have a DNA gene for being able to taste the melding flavors before even making it..Henry explained quickly that one night, in an experimental mood he contemplated how the tastes of  the red hots would fuse with coffee…Luckily his wife had just filled the huge jar in the front of the restaurant with them so there was an ample supply of red hots to experiment with. Usually in the kitchen, they sprinkled them over homemade apple sauce or cakes to add an unexpected zip in flavor. This was a new plateaux of unexpected tastes. Henry said with a smile add a half a cup of red hots to my coffee please…top it off with a large dollop of whip cream. O.K.? When it came to the table everyone said with a smile… Buon Appetito! His wife, Margaret,  softly grabbed his hand saying quietly… Mi amore…te amo…

A sure way to make your coffee delicious … 5 pounds of Cinnamon Imperial Candies

If 5 lbs scares you …order 2 lbs…instead…It’ll turn you into a red hot lover…

Learn about DNA genes…This book will explain it all.

No. 254 The Echo….

The exact quote is: : ” After we finish this 58 can we go to Starbucks and try out the new Blonde Espresso? I want to see if it’s true that only blonde people can order it? I’m afraid I might be turned away….Will you still love me for my deep brown locks?”  This quote was found in the deep recesses of the author’s brain….This print was also purloined, from there as well.

 

We went to the shop…shop…

to sniff out all the air…air…. 

The coffee aroma…aroma

sent shivers …shivers…

Everywhere…..

Up and down our spines…spines….

A Clandestine  mission….mission…

We noticed all the hats…hats…

We tried not to stare …stare…

He held my hand …hand…

in keen

anticipation…

I ordered …a blonde..blonde

under furtive glares…glares…

We claimed a table …table…

It was … cloak and dagger…

We slid into chairs …chairs…

Slipped behind the news…news…

Hush…hush…

We secretly exited …

Out the back stairs…stairs….

Suspense complete….

Under cover….

Sated with blonde

conspiratorial…

espresso …

pleasures…

 

Starbucks 2-pack …Mocha and Vanilla

Starbucks Veranda Blend…”Light Blonde”

 

 

 

 

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