we are approaching a crisis point


Who is going to do Sarah Huck-a-Sander’s job? … the nation is in ‘deep doo-doo!! … ‘We haven’t a Secretary of Homeland Security since April, which means we have an amateur in charge of caging children. We haven’t had a Secretary of Defense since Christmas, which means we’ve got us a rookie handling the rumors that Iran is blowing up oil tanker in the Gulf of Someplace. And we don’t have a Secretary of the Interior, which means…well, nobody really knows what that means on account of does anybody have a clue what the Secretary of the Interior actually does? (Spoiler: nope.)’

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You guys, I don’t want to alarm anybody, but I’m starting to get a little worried about the Comrade Trump administration. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving her job as…as whatever it is she does for the Trump administration. I mean, yeah, okay, she’s officially the ‘Press Secretary’ or something, but c’mon, her job clearly doesn’t have anything to do with the news media (except FoxNews, of course). Her real actual title is probably something like ‘Iron Sneer Maiden’ or ‘Destroyer of Souls’, but at heart Sarah is a lying asshole.

Here’s the thing: she’s leaving and who is qualified to take her place? Who among Comrade Trump’s coterie of collaborators can do what Sarah Sanders has done with the same level of mendacity and disdain? (Spoiler: nobody.)

This is becoming a problem, you guys. We haven’t a Secretary of Homeland Security since April, which means we have an amateur in…

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1898: Imag(in)ing the Caribbean in the Age of the Spanish-American War


The Spanish-American war … ‘The U.S. military seized four colonies from Spain (Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Philippines, and Guam), signaling the end of the vast Spanish Empire and the beginning of American imperial ambition in what would come to be called “The American Century.” (Even during the conflict, the U.S. military, at the urging of President William McKinley, had annexed the independent republic of Hawaii.)’

Repeating Islands

damnThis year’s Terra Foundation Conference—centering on “1898: Imag(in)ing the Caribbean in the Age of the Spanish-American War”—will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Room 340), Freie Universität, Lansstrasse 7-9, Berlin, Germany.

Description: This interdisciplinary conference will address visual representations produced in the wake of the Spanish-American War—an understudied yet pivotal conflict in the history of the United States and its relation to the world. While the war only lasted four months, the consequences were profound. The U.S. military seized four colonies from Spain (Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Philippines, and Guam), signaling the end of the vast Spanish Empire and the beginning of American imperial ambition in what would come to be called “The American Century.” (Even during the conflict, the U.S. military, at the urging of President William McKinley, had annexed the independent republic of…

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#Stonewall50: The Heart of the Question


‘Son of a Preacher Man’ … a ‘must watch!!

Art by Rob Goldstein

“We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1963 from quora.com

 

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Happy Caturday …. “🐱 Had a Mishap with ‘The Fosters’ and Kitty 🐱 …. “!!


~~June 15, 2019~~ 

UPDATE ON THE FOSTERS

We’ve had FatCat and SkinnyCat with us for almost four weeks. We were apprehensive initially to put these two together with our two cats. It was uneventful initially with only the occasional growl and hissing. 

Since then, we’ve had two instances (the second one being the worst) were Kitty (our black cat) went haywire and pursued ‘The Fosters’ in a very aggressive manner. 

After the second incident, we had no choice but to separate them .

Since last Sunday, ‘The Fosters’ are in the back room with their litter box, their toys, their teepees and their food and water. 

At this point, we don’t know when and if we will be able to reunite all four!

Here’s hoping!

HortyRex©

Kitty is in the garage, Frida is in the porch and we let ‘The Fosters’ out for a while. 

SkinnyCat and FatCat are simply adorable and quite lovable. 

How could anyone not simply love them?

#HappyCaturday #TodayIsCaturday #TheFosters #FatCat #SkinnyCat #Kitty #Frida #Misshap #Separated #BackRoom #Lovable #Adorable

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

’VICE News‘ travels to Puerto Rico …. “🇵🇷 Crucial Aid after Hurricane María is still in Limbo 🇵🇷 …. “!!

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~~June 15, 2019~~

PUERTO RICO AND HURRICANE MARIA AID

I wasn’t in Puerto Rico for this catastrophic event. I was aware of what could happen because I’ve been through hurricanes while I lived there. None, however were as monstrous as Hurricane María.

I sat at home and waited for news and communication from my friends and family.

Then … the response of the ‘master‘ of Puerto Rico, the mighty, imperialistic U.S. of A. flabbergasted me!

But, what can anyone expect from the ‘Squatter in the Oval‘?

… and the Puerto Ricans are still waiting!

This video speaks for itself.

HortyRex©

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Hurricane María was a deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in September 20, 2017.

It is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to affect those islands and is also the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Jeanne in 2004.

Maria then directly hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 with 155-mph winds, making it the third-strongest storm to make landfall in the U.S. It was even stronger than Hurricane Irma when it roared into the Florida Keys Sept. 10.

~Wikipedia~

After months of negotiations, Congress finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill on Monday. The bill, which Drumpf has said he will sign, will provide billions in aid to flood-ravaged Texas, wildfire areas in California, and hard-hit Puerto Rico. But the $1.5 billion that the bill allots to the island’s recovery is just a fraction of the money the government has already promised – but failed to deliver.

“I think that the fact that we are not a state has essentially given the platform for the Administration to give a different and unfair treatment to Puerto Rico,” Omar Marrero, the head of recovery in Puerto Rico, told VICE News.

Without proper funds, Puerto Rico has been slapping Band-aids on things, building only temporary infrastructure – and leaving tens of thousands living in shaky, damaged homes.

“Across all Puerto Rico, the only fixes, the only work that is being done, is emergency work,” said Marrero.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/43j79q/whats-happening-to-puerto-rico-without-the-delayed-disaster-aid

~~Published on Jun 6, 2019~~

María Cruz-Vega can sometimes hear the foundation creaking when she’s in bed at night. There are holes in her floor – and her walls – and she prays the blue-tarp roof that covers her home won’t collapse on her and her family.

Nearly 30,000 households in Puerto Rico are still living like this, literally without a real roof over their heads, almost two years after Hurricane María pummeled the island.

So far, Cruz-Vega has only received about $3,000 from FEMA. She may be able to get more aid soon.

VICE News traveled to Puerto Rico to see what recovery looks like almost two years after Hurricane María, just as a new hurricane season is getting started.

#VICENews #TravelsToPuertoRico #HurricaneMaria #FederalResponse #CrucialFederalAid #StillInLimbo #Drumpf #PuertoRicoRecovery #HumanitarianCrisis #HurricanSeasonStarted #Incomptence #CallousDisregard #PuertoRicans #AmericanCitizens #MightyImperialistic #USOfA

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

“I CHERISH WOMEN” …. “🎼 The Drumpf Musical Exposé 🎼 …. “!!!


~~June 15, 2-19~~

I CHERISH WOMEN

I just found this accurate presentation this morning as I scrolled through my social media.

Words have incredible power. So does music. Put them together and ‘poof’ a magical creation appears.

Women with dignity, self-worth and true value must NEVER forget these words!

The correct title is ‘The Trump Musical Exposé‘. However, I have never used his current name. Drumpf is the name his family had before.

‘ The name is on record in Kallstadt from the 17th century.

Gwenda Blair suggests the family may be descended from an itinerant lawyer, Hanns Drumpf, who settled in Kallstadt in 1608 and whose descendants changed their name from Drumpf to Trump during the Thirty Years’ War of the 1600’s.

~Wikipedia~

I will leave this here for your review.

I think this makes quite a strong statement.

HortyRex©

RI Artist Creates Trump Musical Exposé, “I Cherish Women”

(Friday, July 07, 2017)

Award-winning composer and Rhode Island College artist-in-residence Judith Lynn Stillman released on Thursday “I Cherish Women,” which she describes as a musical exposé of the quotes that ‘President Donald Drumpf’ has said about women. 

I CHERISH WOMEN” puts the words of Drumpf into the voices of women, surrounded by a chorus of Trump’s statement “I cherish women.” A moving and powerful, pro-human rig

~I Cherish Women Facebook Page~

https://www.facebook.com/I-Cherish-Women-1375280845871335/

“It was a very emotional experience for our participants and we are interested in the reactions of the viewers,” said Stillman.

“The performers cycle through stages of grief, denial, anger, depression – but we never allow ourselves to reach the final stage of acceptance.”

https://www.golocalprov.com/live/ri-artist-creates-trump-musical-expose-i-cherish-women

~~Published on Jul 3, 2017~~

The Trump musical exposé, “I CHERISH WOMEN”, film and music by Judith Lynn Stillman, puts the words of Drumpf into the voices of women, surrounded by a chorus of the President’s statement “I cherish women.” The powerful and disturbing music video reminds us all, regardless of political divides, that words can have an enduring emotional impact.

I CHERISH WOMEN” includes men and women from Metropolitan Opera singers to grassroots activists, who have volunteered their talent and their passion for women’s rights and human rights.

The work juxtaposes Trump’s claim that he “cherishes” women with his denigrating comments that reverberate around us. Poignant harmonies underscore the beauty of women and humanity. Stillman aims to “help audiences feel viscerally what we encounter intellectually. It was a very emotional experience for our participants and we are interested in the reactions of the viewers.

The performers cycle through stages of grief – denial, anger, depression – but we never allow ourselves to reach the final stage of acceptance.”

“I CHERISH WOMEN” is a global call to “defend human rights and right human wrongs.”

Artists and activists led by filmmaker & composer Judith Lynn Stillman, from Metropolitan Opera singers to grassroots organizers, unite to speak truth to power. We are all volunteers on a mission to underscore Drumpf’s traumatic impact upon our society.

#ICherishWomen #TrumpMusicalExpose #WordsHavePower #MusicHasPower #StarkExposure #JudithLynnStillman #MetropolitanOperaSingers #GrassrootsOrganizers #Activists #VOlunteers #UnderscoreImpact #OnSociety #PoignantHarmonies #Undersocre #BeautyOfWomen #BeautyOfHumanity #FeelViscerallly

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

Walking Cross Town. Solvitur ambulando, as they say


WALKING and more … ‘ Walking, paradoxically, allows for the possibility of stillness…Sometimes I walk because I have things on my mind, and walking helps me sort them out. Solvitur ambulando, as they say. ~ Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London. ‘

Live & Learn

Thursday. Metro North train pulls into Grand Central. The morning calendar is light. I’m in no rush to get across town to the office.

I sit on the train reading Ocean Vuong’s new book: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Justin Torres’ book review: “the book is brilliant in the way it pays attention not to what our thoughts make us feel, but to what our feelings make us think.” And he’s got it exactly right.

I sip it page by page.

The train clears, and I sit alone. Train engines shut down. Air conditioning rests. I sit in silence.

I finish the chapter, with eyes skimming Vuong: “We sidestep ourselves in order to move forward.” 

I tuck the iPad into my bag. I pause for another moment to enjoy the quiet.

Our feelings make us think…” and I feel just below the…

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