All posts by James DeVol

Impeachment articles are coming today…

Well….House dems have announced that the articles of impeachment against the criminal trump are going to be released today and I’m not sure how I feel about that…I know he has earned them many, many times over but if they are only going to have three articles as the reporting says, I don’t think that describes the depth of the criminality of this asshole and the damage he and his cronies have done to our country. And, what’s the hurry? I know that the dems want to play this straight and work the process as transparently as possible but there is more and more information coming out every day that should be added to these articles and to have them only include three counts gives the repubs a talking point that he only did three things wrong and everyone makes mistakes….so it’s not such a big deal…shredding the constitution is a big frickin deal but I don’t see the pushback that should be happening with something this serious…like hauling everyone who is stonewalling the investigation into the house and compelling them to tesify…so what if it will take into next year for the cases to get through the courts? Time is on our side and we should be playing hardball with every damn one of these criminals…and now we see that not forcing testimony has become a repub talking point over the past couple of days….with them saying if trump’s criminality is so serious, why haven’t the dems forced people to testify? Feeding into the false narrative that the impeachment is all political and trump is a misunderstood angel….so, I guess we’ll see later this morning how the dems are going to roll all the criminality into the articles…and I hope they do their jobs to expose and explain why this can’t stand…or this country is gone….

December 10th

Well…I was a little disappointed this morning when I rolled over in bed and looked at my phone without my glasses and thought it said 6:44…but after I put my glasses on it was only 5:44 and I had already decided to get up…but 5:44 is okay with sleeping okay with just the normal tossing and turning…and that was day two of the no cocktail experiment and I don’t feel too bad this morning so I think I’ll continue it all week…I think I miss the process of making cocktails more than the cocktails themselves and that is a little weird….I did get the sanding done in the kitchen yesterday and it didn’t take that long…the clean up of all the dust took about twice as long as the actual work and I am still fining dust everywhere so that cleanup will go on for a while…I probably should have worn a mask when I was sanding since my head was plugged up the rest of the day but I’m not too bad right now so maybe there is no permanent damage….I did get a bike ride in yesterday but It looks like I’ll have the next two days off with the highs being about 20 and that is just too cold for me…and with all of the water on the trail, there is going to be too much ice to deal with so I’ll wait til it thaws Thursday or Friday….only have about 65 miles to do to get to 4500 for the year so I can still try to get that done outside and will probably wait til January to put the bike on the trainer….not much to do today….I’ll probably wait til Wed to start painting the kitchen since I need a drop cloth to cover everything and don’t feel like going out just for that….will take care of that during the grocery run tomorrow…so, I’ll get started on the spare bedroom and taking apart the huge headboard/bookcase that was left behind….more later….

Amazon’s scam…

Well…not sure if you saw this in the news over the weekend, but I think it’s a story that needs a little more attention so I thought I’d give it a little here. Earlier this year, there was a huge pushback against Amazon and it’s efforts to extort the people of New York for billions of dollars to locate one of it’s headquarters there…it was was reported that the cost would be over 3 billion dollars in bribe money to get them to come…but, AOC and many people in NY said no…they were not going to buy jobs on the back of the people and they rebelled at the disclocation of thousands of people and businesses that the project would hurt. There was a huge outcry by the usual suspects that AOC didn’t care about the people and that now Amazon’s 25K projected jobs would be lost…where they got that figure is still a mystery since Amazon only projected 700 jobs in the first year of the project and that maybe over 20 or 30 years it “might” mean that there MAY be more jobs coming…just as in every damn project like this…nothing but promises. So, the city rejected the project and the corporate welfare that came with it, but guess what? Yep, Amazon just announced that they are bringing 1500 jobs to NYC anyway…without the people having to buy those jobs and they are leasing in an area that won’t displace the low income people that their original plan would have….gee…I wonder who was right here? The repub hand wringers who were championing¬† the giveaway to their rich buddies or a rep who was thinking about the people she represents? I hope this is not the only successful rejection of corporate welfare and maybe it will be a trend? These subsidies or extortions have been going on too long and left a trail of broken promises and theft that shows that if everyone rejects these projects, maybe corporations will start paying their fair share and we can get back to sanity where the rich don’t get to continue to steal from the rest of us….we can hope…

December 9th

Well…damn, just noticed that it has been two days without doing a second one of these and I do need to do better about that…so maybe 3 today? I did sleep okay last night and I decided to take better care of myself by not having cocktails for a while and I do feel better so far today so I’m interested how that is going to feel after a couple of weeks off…might be part of a series that I could do…we’ll see…didn’t get a lot done yesterday but work downstairs for a while but I do need to get the sanding done in the dining area today so I can get started painting it…I have decided to keep some of the pink in there for an accent and some continuity to how the house used to look…while I like the all white, I am now starting to lean to having some color in various places…just starting to percolate that in my head but don’t really have any plans yet….I did get a nice long ride in yesterday but it looks like rain all day today so I I’ll just work in here and get some cleaning done….it looks like I’ll be off the bike until Friday but that’s okay…was going to set the trainer up but don’t want to do that yet if there are any days left that I can ride outdoors…more later…

December 8th

Well….running late this morning and am having another of those mornings where I just can’t get started and they are getting more and more common…and I’m sure I don’t like it….I did sleep okay last night and didn’t get out of bed until almost 7…but I was up since 5 and that is about normal and I wish that, just for once, I would sleep until it’s time to get up…oh, well….I did get a bike ride in yesterday and it looks like I’ll be able to get out today, too since it is going to be in the low 40′s before the extreme cold comes in Tuesday and lasts forever…the ponds on the trail are almost frozen over so all of the swans have disappeared and that is a little disappointing…but I still get the phrase “swan lake” in my head every time I ride past them…they look strange sleeping and floating and one time there were over 10 of them in a group and I’m not sure if I’ve seen that many in one place before…didn’t get anything else done yesterday but I will have work to do today with getting the sanding done in the kitchen so I can paint early in the week….but I don’t feel like doing anything right now but having more coffee and reading the news…so that’s what I’ll do….more later…

December 7th

Well…running a little late today since I just can’t get moving and wanted to ease into getting started…but that was going to turn into not starting at all if I waited any longer…so, here we go….slept okay last night and even had some dreams that I don’t remember….hmmmm…I wonder how I know I had dreams if I don’t remember any? I do know that I feel pretty worn out today…oh, I remember the dreams….there were all about being sick and not being able to go to work…or going to work and being told to go home so everyone else doesn’t get sick…yeah, I know…pretty damn weird since I don’t work anymore…didn’t get a lot done yesterday but run out to get the venison…even skipped riding the bike since I got so damn cold standing around out there and just couldn’t take being cold again…I am going to try to get out today but it will have to wait til later with it being in the 20′s until this afternoon…I was out last week when it was 33 and that is inching toward my low limit for being able to ride and not freeze my butt off…not much to do today…I do need to get the sanding done in the kitchen and clean up after that…and Man U plays City this aft and want to see part of that until they go behind but that will be about it for my day…more later…

Got some venison…

Well….I did get out to the south end today to pick up some venison that B hunted in November…he gave me almost 10 pounds of steak and burger and that will start being used in tacos tomorrow…stood round at the old complex shooting the shit in the cold so long that I didn’t warm up at all until I got under a blanket here for an hour or so and that is going to keep me off the bike today…just can’t get cold again and I am sore anyway so taking a day off will be okay…I need to wash the bike and get ready for bringing it indoors and setting up the trainer for next week…almost made it to 4500 miles outside this year but with highs in the 20′s next week, that just too damn cold to ride outside. I did get a little surprise today with one of my credit card bills that came in the mail….over 400 bucks for that one so I really do need to not spend another dime until February….yow….

Rudy’s up to it again….

Well…you would think that will all of the shit that is ready to hit the fan with Rudy Giuliani and his part in the extortion of Ukraine for his boss the idiot boy, that he would be laying low and not doing even more crimes…..if you think that, you are wrong, wrong, wrong. Ole Rudy is back at it, crisscrossing Europe meeting with every damn disgraced “prosecutor” and Putin toady trying to make what’s false true and support the right wing conspiracy theories that the Bidens were guilty of everything bad that has happened in the past 50 years including killing Jimmy Hoffa. I have a word for the SDNY and it’s investigators…get those damn charges that you are going to charge Rudy with on the fast track and lock his ass up so he can’t do any more damage to the country by his international crime spree. It’s just so damn ridiculous that all of us are going to pay the price for this un-elected asshole’s meddling in the world that could just lead to Russia increasing their attacks on Ukraine since Rudy is telegraphing that the only thing the US cares about is political bullshit that helps trump….I have just had enough of this crap…we are not the US of trump….geez…

December 6th

Well…running a little late today and couldn’t even get motivated to get out of bed after waking up at 5….so, it’s 7 and I’m just getting started on the first cup of coffee that I hope works pretty quickly…slept crappy again last night so were back at square on with that and it’s a little frustrating…but, I am so used to not sleeping well that it is no big deal…I don’t feel to bad this morning even with the crappy sleep but I feel like I’m in low gear that I hope the coffee will shift…I did get some work done on the dining room yesterday and need to sand the re-plaster today so I can get at painting it next week and today I need to clean out the spare room to get started working on the prep in there…but, this morning I need to run back out to the south end and pick up some venison from B so I can make tacos over the weekend…and he’s giving me some steaks that I’ll saute in garlic and butter and that will be yummy….my new soundbar for the tv is supposed to be here today and I can’t wait to hear how it sounds…if it works with my tv…my audio out is only optical and some tv’s don’t work with the modern equipment so we’ll see….have been saving some movies to watch with it so it could be movie night tonight if it works….I do need to get on the bike here as soon as it gets light so I can get that done before I head out to the south end around 10 and it is already warm enough to go…but it looks like next week is going to get ugly with highs wed of only 15…looks like a good day to hibernate….more later…

Barr has got to go…

Well…cripes, is everyone in trump’s orbit a damn racist asshole? It sure looks like it with the screed that William Barr delivered the other day in a speech…saying that there are some “communities” that need to cooperate and support the police more or they may just not have any police at all. Yeah, my jaw dropped too with the not even thinly veiled threat against communities of color who have been abused by police since the Jim Crow era and whose abuse continues to this day…and now ole Barr wants them to be appreciative for being abused? Coming from any political party but the completely corrupt repubs, this would have resulted in huge calls for Barr to resign immediately…but not the modern repubs…nope…Barr’s screed was met with nothing but silence by repubs and the media who reported this incident on the back pages…what the hell is it going to take to get rid of Barr? Lying to congress didn’t do it, running all over the world trying to get someone to support stupid conspiracy theories didn’t do it…and now being overtly racist isn’t doing it…I just can’t anymore….