I knew the date without having to check..for once.
Time to express my gratitude to the anonymous composer of the days of the month mnemonic, which I still literally have to sing in my head several times a year.
The earliest English version of the verse has been traced to approximately 1425. It seems that the initial rhyme began with “Thirty days hath November,” not September, but by the time the little verse was first published in English, in 1562, September had taken over the top spot, and there it has remained. Wikipedia’s entry notes that “it is probably the only sixteenth-century poem most ordinary citizens know by heart.”
1. But by all means, it’s irresponsible to have Rudy Giuliani as a guest on a news program…CNN’s fake media ethics watchdog thought it was appropriate to have Robert De Niro as a guest on his CNN show over the weekend. Why is an uneducated, loud mouth, vulgar actor an appropriate guest? It is because he is guaranteed to delight the Trump Deranged with sophisticated commentary like he treated America with when he appeared at the 2018 Tony Awards, shouting, “I’m just going to say one thing. Fuck Trump! It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump.’ It’s ‘fuck Trump!’”
De Niro never graduated from high school, and has fewer credentials to expound on public policy matters than the average American you could identify by throwing a rock into a crowd blindfolded,. He has repeatedly shattered basic standards of public decorum by going into angry, vulgar, non-substantive rants against the President when invited to stand behind a podium or in front of a microphone. So, naturally, he was a perfect guest for Stelter’s show, and, also naturally, he said, in the course of opining that the President and his supporters were “gangsters” and “crazy” and that “This guy should not be president, period, ““Fuck ‘em. Fuck ‘em!”
A voice from off-set could be heard yelling “Woahhhh!”After all, who could have possibly predicted that the actor would behave on CNN when discussing the President exactly as he has been behaving for years? “This is cable, so it’s not an FCC violation, but it still is a Sunday morning,” Stelter commented, weasel-like as usual.
Yes, it’s Sunday morning, and you invited a guest who habitually shouts versions of “Fuck Trump!’ in public places while being televised, because you know your audience wants to hear someone say “Fuck Trump.”
2. About those “democratic norms”...(See Big Lie #6). Nancy Pelosi declared an impeachment inquiry on without seeking a vote of the entire House. This has never happened before. A full vote has always been required and routine, for obvious reasons, like transparency, accountability, due process and fairness. As with much of the rigged and contrived impeachment push by Democrats, the GOP has a challenge and an obligation to make it clear to the public exactly what is going on. This will require making their own demands, presenting their own witnesses and evidence, and forcing the Democrats to clearly show how little they care about the facts, process or the damage they are deliberately inflicting on the nation.
I’m beginning to suspect–if anyone else has suggested this, let me know—that Pelosi is trying top goad the eminently goadable Mitch McConnell on the Senate side into refusing to take up the House’s impeachment in a Senate trial as tit-for-tat for Pelosi’s breach of impeachment process and protocol. Mitch could probably do that, just as he refused to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination. Then the Democrats would have a campaign issue, which seems like what their wild gamble on impeachment is all about.
McConnell, however, preemptively announced that if the President is impeached—remember, the analogy is a grand jury indictment, but with openly biased members—he’ll follow the “norms,” unlike Pelosi.
3. GOP Rep. Chris Collins, who shouldn’t have been re-elected by his New York district last year anyway since he is, you know (and they knew) a crook, resigned his seat yesterday, before he enters a guilty plea to federal insider trading charges today.
Every news story on Collins, who was indicted last August, makes a point of stating that he was “one of the first GOP lawmakers to back President Donald Trump before the 2016 election.” This is more back-door smearing of the President by association. I wrote about this in a larger post on Collins when he was indicted:
“Virtually every headline about the Collins indictment included Donald Trump’s name in the first sentence. “Rep. Chris Collins, one of President Trump’s most vocal supporters in the House…” To MSNBC it was as if the President had been indicted too. These are more news media cheap-shot games and cognitive dissonance manipulation in pursuit of undermining the President. Collins’ insider trading has nothing to do with Trump or his support of Trump. In contrast, when Harvey Weinstein was exposed a sexual predator in a New York Times piece, Hillary Clinton’s name was not included in the story until the 14th paragraph, though Weinstein was a close associate of the Clintons and a key figure in her campaign fundraising.”
4. Cats are more ethical than people think. In the category of “anyone who knows what they are talking about knew this already” is a new study that indicates that contrary to their reputation, cats do care about their owners, do form social bonds with humans, and are not the Machiavellian feline sociopaths they are often made out to be.
Some cats are less grateful and caring than others, but that’s true of humans as well. I’ll always take a dog as a companion over a cat, but I knew cats differentiated between humans and that being fed and sheltered wasn’t the only way into their hearts.
We once had to leave our old Siamese cat alone in the house over a holiday. He was given food, water and had his box cleaned daily by a friend, whom the cat knew and was comfortable with. When we got home, the cat ran to us crying with every step, rolled at our feet, and cried and purred simultaneously when we picked him up. If we tried to put him down, he wimpered pitifully.
He was like that all night and half the next day; you would have thought that our friend had been starving him and beating him.
That cat also greeted me every day when I came home for work by charging down the stairs, lying on his back at my feet, and waiting to be picked up and flipped onto my shoulder, where he closed his eyes, kneaded my back with his paws, and purred so loudly it sounded like a motor boat. This routine was only for me, and I would walk around the house with him perched there, while I read mail and puttered.