All posts by James DeVol

Health update…

Well…just got back from the doctors appointment where they were going to try to fix the snafu that got my initial Medicare appointment payment rejected…and there was some good news that I am going to celebrate today…in the month since the last appointment, I’ve lost 5 pounds and the EKG they took today was completely normal, so at least no heart problems are evident right now…and I passed all of the tests they use to look for dementia…along with the cursory vision tests they did…so, I feel pretty good about that…I am still trying to figure out my blood pressure not dropping to where it should be with me being good and cutting out all of the salt in my diet…but, I’m not going to worry about that right now, I DO get to celebrate a little or what the hell is life for?

Do they all have to lie all the time?

Well…we all knows that the idiot trump lies all the time, but, do they all have to lie all the time? The latest in the liar contest is the SoS Mike Pompeo who grinnind and laughed his way through a meeting with the rulers of Saudi Arabia that was supposed to be about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a reporter for the Washington Post, but from the behavior of Pompeo and his assistants, you would think they were on vacation…given the photos of them mugging for the camera. But, the worst thing was the lies that Pompeo told after the meeting where he stated that he knew that Khashoggi had “disappeared” but he didn’t know if he was alive or not…now, this is the biggest lie of them all when it was reported this morning that Pompeo heard the tape of the murder while he was in Saudi Arabia and before he lied to the world…and with yesterday’s revelation that trump and his minions knew about the planning for the abduction and murder, they are accomplices in that murder since they did and said nothing to stop it. Is this what the US has come to now? Letting a thug regime murder journalists just to protect trump’s financial involvement in the country? As every revelation of the moral rot inside this administration comes, I find myself more and more disgusted at both trump and the repubs that enable this behavior…they are all culpable in murder….impeach…

October 19th

Well….slept in a little today with not getting up until 6:16 but I don’t feel any different for it…or better for that matter so I’m not sure of the value of additional sleep…had an okay day yesterday and got a few things done so that was a bonus…got the car cleaned but I think I may have to re-do the windows since there is still some fog on  them and that annoys the hell out of me…didn’t get a lot else done but the bike ride and groceries and really didn’t have too much energy with trying to get my weight down and skipping everything that has even a hint of salt in it…my BP has not been good and I’m having trouble getting it below 120 so no salt or anything that tastes good…and that means I may need to cut coffee out, too, but just don’t want to give up everything that I enjoy….I do have another doctors appointment this morning at 10 and I think it’s just for an ekg to get Medicare to pay for my check up….what a pain in the butt…not sure when I’m going to get the bike ride in today…I may do it as soon as it gets light but if I wait, I may be able to go out in shorts again….more later…

Now the murderers start to die…

Well…just a shorty on something that just came across the news…as expected, the first of the murderers who was identified as one of the Saudis that tortured and murdered Jamal Khashoggi has died in  a “car accident” back in Saudi Arabia….let’s make sure that we understand the connection to the leadership of Saudi Arabia that Mashal al-Bostani had…he was a member of the Saudi Royal Air Force and was one of the 15 suspects that Turkey identified who landed in Istanbul the day that Khashoggi disappeared…and the Saudi, Istanbul consul was recorded telling the 15 men “do it somewhere else or I will be in trouble”…and one of the men replied “shut up if you want to live when you are back in Saudi Arabia”….if you understand the structure of the Saudi government, you will clearly see that nothing happens on this scale without the blessing of the very top of the government…and that is Mohammed bin Salman…the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the “reformer” who Kushner gave classified intelligence to so he could arrest and kill his enemies….trump has made this country  complicit in murder just to protect his personal financial interests and keep the flow of Saudi money coming in….impeach…

Is THIS high crimes and misdemeanors?

Well…how much damn evidence does this congress need that the idiot trump should be impeached and removed from office? Is helping Saudi Arabia cover up a murder of a journalist enough? That is exactly what has happened over the past week with the Saudis torturing and murdering Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey while the Saudi ambassador looked on…and then we had trump spouting the Saudi line that “rogue elements” were responsible for the murder when he knew ahead of time that the Saudis were going to kill him and probably even cheered them on since he has pronounced his hatred for reporters and the media in general. Now, is this frickin enough for you, repubs? We know from all of the evidence that trump is a criminal and runs criminal enterprises that the repubs are ignoring daily….but, to condone him covering up murder? With everything else the repubs have done to destroy our democracy, this is just the damn worst…the “law and order” party is now the party of murder when it fits their goals….and their base will just shrug and say there is nothing that can be done about it…there will come a time of reckoning…and it’s only three weeks away…impeach….

October 18th

Well…back to running at the normal time for a Thursday but I guess I could have come here earlier with getting up at 5:45….but, I didn’t feel like it so normal will have to do….slept a little better last night and feel okay this morning but I had to warm the car up to get the frost off of the windows for the first time since March and that is a little depressing…but, I know that the seasons change here in Michigan and that is part of why I still live here when I could move anywhere I want….I did get a bike ride in yesterday and finally was smart enough to use the heavy gloves and that made all the difference….not cold at all….but, I think I’ll wait to go out until later today and maybe be able to go out int shorts for the last time…and I need to wash the car today to get it ready for winter with a full cleaning and doing the interior and windows….need to get them treated with rain x…for some reason, I got motivated to clean the bathroom yesterday when I had it planned for today but I’ll take it…that means I can clean the kitchen today after the car…have been freaking out about salt lately since I can’t get my BP down far enough and thought I was doing okay with my intake but I was really, really wrong….I mean, 686 milligrams for 50 calories of sliced ham? That is almost 1/2 of what is allowed if you want to not affect your BP…and I thought I was doing so good with processed foods…just another thing that I can’t eat anymore…more later…

First problem with Medicare…

Well…I probably should have anticipated that there would be problems with Medicare but I didn’t think they would start so soon….just today, I got a notice from Medicare that they were not going to cover my “welcome to Medicare” appointment with my new doctor and that I was on the hook for 318 dollars…then the fun started…called Medicare and they said that it was just a coding error and to talk to the billing department of Spectrum to get it fixed…but, they were less than no help saying that because my doctor took my blood pressure and then talked to me about it, the appointment was not covered…well…that put me off on a rant that I am not proud of…I mean, why don’t they tell you that one sentence from your doctor is going to cost you 318 bucks? If you’ve been here before, you know me and that just wasn’t going to stand without me doing something about it…so, of course I couldn’t get through to the doctor’s office on the phone, and the only course of action was to get in the car and drive the 2 miles to the office and talk to them in person…well…I just happened to get a woman at the desk that knows what is going on and she thinks she can fix it…at least she is going to try and get the bill re-submitted and paid…and that was a pretty big surprise…but a good one and now I’m just going to wait and see…

October 17th

Well…damn…up at 5:09 this morning and had another really bad night of sleep so I’m here pretty early, too…not sure what’s going on but I know I am going to have a nap later and the prospect of that is not a bad thing…the ibuprofen worked for the bike ride yesterday and it was a good day out…but, today looks like it may be a day off with the rain showers coming in later and the temp supposed to be dropping all day down to around 40 for a high…but, tomorrow looks better so it will be a clean the car day to get it ready for the winter with waxing it and treating the windows with rain x….I do have some errands to run this morning and that will make it easier to wait to try to get on the bike….I need batteries and a bunch of other stuff from HF and then have to get some chicken from Aldi’s…need to freeze the second pack of ham I bought from my cheap store to get my salt level down…way too much in it even though I like it…not much to do today…going to clean some more after I get back here since I feel good about the progress from yesterday…it looks like I’m going to have to warm the car up tomorrow for the grocery run…will be frost on the car and I refuse to get the scraper out this early…more later….

It’s been a day…

Well… Had to sign a new lease today and I’m not sure how I feel about that…it means I’ve failed at finding a house on my timetable but it has also reduced the stress I was feeling of not getting that done…and, I could do it online so it was quite easy….at least I still have a place to live for now…oh, and I found out that this place is now reporting rent payments to credit reporting companies so I’ll finally get credit for paying my rent on time for a change…and that should raise my credit score and lower my interest rate when I find a house….I did get some other stuff done today and that made me feel a little better….mostly just some cleaning but that is something…and I found a catalog from Harbor Freight that had some coupons in it for stuff I need so I’m going there tomorrow and just look around…that’s always a trip….okay, it’s time to wind it down for the day and watch a little tv….oh, and it appears that I have fixed the top on the car…no leaks after the rain yesterday so I guess that’s another something….

The Saudis are now murdering for trump?

Well…I just can’t fathom how breathtakingly stupid and naive the idiot trump is…and he showed how far out of his depth he is over the weekend as the Saudis tortured and murdered the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their consulate in Turkey…the idiot boy made the whole thing possible while Khashoggi was still alive but being held by saying that the most important thing to him were the “jobs” at defense contractors that would go away if the US were to impose sanctions for the kidnapping…essentially giving the Saudis the green light to do what they wanted to Khashoggi since there would be no penalty for it….and, since Khashoggi was anti trump and trump has, over and over, said that journalists who oppose him should be “weeded out”…the Saudis took it as doing trump a favor by killing Khashoggi…now, idiot boy has sent SoS Mike Pompeo to talk to the Saudis about the killing and the photo ops are just as bad as you can imagine…Pompeo sitting next to the Saudi king laughing and grinning like and idiot while a resident of America was murdered…can you imagine if Hillary had done that? Impeachment for both Hillary and Obama would have happened before they got back to the US…and yet, the repubs in congress keep going along with this farce…and they all have Khasoggi’s blood on their hands, too…impeach…