Meatloaf

By Persephone

Take 2-3 pounds of ground beef (or turkey) in a bowl.  Add two raw eggs, 1 box of stove-top stuffing, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, 3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce, 1/2 tablespoons of onion salt, and pepper to taste.  Mix it all together very thoroughly (this part’s the booger).  Place the meat mixture in two loaf plans.  You can use special meatloaf pans that drain the grease, but the stove-top stuffing absorbs the grease pretty well so that drainage is pretty much useless.  I suggest using ground meat with a low fat content instead.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Serves 6-8 people.

You Know What I Miss Most From the Pre-Trump Era? Slow News Days.

By Persephone

It’s not even noon yet today, and news has already been having a field day with what’s occurring on a national scale.  I’m just so tired of all the crazy reports swarming the news media.  Here’s just what’s been reported in the last thirty hours:

  1. The Washington Post printed the full transcripts of Donald Trump’s initial calls to both Mexican President Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.  Those leaks sure haven’t been plugged much, have they?  I read both transcripts, and the biggest thing to take away is that Australia and Mexico have some very reasonable, intelligent leaders who won’t make promises that are not in the best interest of their countries.  And that our leader is a raving moron who can’t negotiate for shit.
  2. The most recent Presidential approval ratings just came out.  They weren’t pretty…depending on who you are.  I’m pretty ecstatic, myself.  It turns out only 28% of potential voters are proud that Trump is our president.  Only 33% approve of the job he’s doing.
  3. Things have gotten so bad with the lease and the cost of stationing in Trump Tower that the Secret Service is now stationed in a street-level trailer This one actually happened back in July, but journalists are just now getting around to reporting it.  This has been an ongoing issue, as the Trumps keep charging the secret service to station in their buildings, in order to protect them.  Their prices were so inflated that the secret service finally decided to stay in a building at the street, which still costs a lot, but the Trump family does not personally profit from it.  As they never should have in the first place.
  4. Four White House staffers were charged with leaking information this morning.  Jeff Sessions was practically making handstands to show to his loyalty to President Cheeto’s priorities.  While I’ll admit that there is a fine line between leaking and whistleblowing, this action does concern me on behalf of the freedom of the press.
  5. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has organized a Grand Jury in Washington, D.C.  This one’s the biggie.  Clearly.  Indictments might finally be in the air, in regards to the Russian hacking of the 2016 election.

This is just the news from the last day.  It doesn’t include the recent staff changes in the White House for key positions, the tweets claiming that the transgendered community would no longer be allowed to serve in the armed forces (to the consternation of the military, with whom he did not consult), Scaramucci’s presence at all (seriously, how did that loose cannon ever think he could make it in politics?), the revelation that Trump told his son to lie when the Russian scandal started going down, how the GOP’s latest health care bill was killed by the Senate Democrats and three Republicans, and Jeff Sessions’ attack of affirmative action on behalf of white people.  And this is just the news from the last week!

Do you remember the days when one scandal was enough to kill a career?  Can we go back to those days?  Every time I turn around, either President Cheeto, a member of his staff, or a member of his family is involved in yet another controversy (often illegal).  Yet, we’re still stuck with this clusterfuck of an administration.

Let’s hope things quiet down while Trump golfs in New Jersey for 17 days.  I doubt his vacation will even slow down the weird, random revelations flooding the news media, but we can hope.  We can always hope.

Why Does This Presidential Administration Have a Revolving Door?

 

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By Persephone

So, let’s see if I can get this timeline right.  Sean Spicer officially resigned on July 21st, right?  Am I right?  Was it really less than 2 weeks ago?  After six months of mockery, intimidation, lies, and SNL sketches, Sean Spicer finally resigned.  He actually lasted quite a long time, considering how much speculation of his upcoming unemployment circulated since his first briefing as White House Press Secretary when he lied about the size of President Cheeto’s inauguration crowd size.

But the President was bringing on a grade-A asshole named Anthony Scaramucci to the White House, to take over as Communications Director.  It turns out that even Sean Spicer had limits.

Scaramucci was an awesome White House character, wasn’t he?  Outright offensive to everyone he spoke to or talked about, his only enduring quality was his love of the president.  Hey, it’s a love that sprung up from seemingly nowhere (**cough cough payoff **cough cough maybe blackmail), but Trump don’t care.  Loyal is loyal, and Scaramucci was fresh and exciting.

It turns out he was a little too exciting.  He made outrageous comments on the air and even blew a kiss when he left the stage.  Comedians had a field day with this guy–he was pretty much the living embodiment the unholy love child of Michael Corleone and Joe Pesci in any role he’s ever been in.  His stereotypical Italian schmuck persona provided seemingly limitless parody potential.

Yeah.  It was that surreal.  Comedians absolutely loved him, and that was before the interview from The New Yorker. Completely unprovoked, Anthony Scaramucci called up the journalist Ryan Lizzie to extract the name of White House leakers.  Instead of getting what he wanted, Scaramucci went on a tirade bitching in very graphic language about all the people he was going to have to work with in the White House.  Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus were at the top of the list.  If you haven’t read the article, I urge you to do so.  It was delicious.  And disturbing, because this is supposed to be a person of authority spouting all this shit, and he didn’t even have the presence of mind to state that this was all off the record first.  Clearly, a smart move on his part.

Speaking of Reince Priebus….guess who got fired, probably due to this Scaramucci’s insistence?  On July 28th, President Trump announced his replacement General John F. Kelly via twitter (because why not) without having informed Priebus of his getting laid off.  Talk about fucked up.  Priebus heard about it in a limousine surrounded by colleagues in a rainstorm.  His colleagues quickly skedaddled out of the limo.  You gotta’ admit–that must have been an awkward car ride.

Then, after all that, Scaramucci was fired on July 31st–before he’d even started the damn job!  I can’t keep up!

I’d like to point out one thing, though.  Before all this change-up of White House staff, what were we talking about?  Oh, yeah, the failed health care plan.  Before that?  The proposed (but unsubstantiated) ban on transgendered soldiers from the United States military.  Before that?  Oh, that’s right.  Donald Trump, Jr.’s and Jared Kushner’s ties to Russia.  We sure have been getting distracted from that piece of news lately.

Maybe President Trump isn’t as dumb as he appears.

Picture from the Washington Post

That was Seriously Close

By Persephone

In the wee hours this morning, the U.S. Senate voted on the health care bill they referred to as the “Skinny” repeal.  It was a rushed effort, and that’s an understatement at best.  After multiple health care bills that hadn’t gotten enough votes to enter into open debate, this week McConnell and President Cheeto were determined to get something passed.

I’ll admit: it terrified me when the Republicans voted to debate the newest travesty of a bill earlier this week.  I mean, they only got this far with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the 50-50 tie, but this is still a big deal.  Repealing the Affordable Care Act would threaten the health care, and therefore lives, of millions of American voters.  Even replacing the act with one of the proposed Republican health care bills wasn’t going to change that.  Things looked dire.

I really don’t understand why Republicans have been so opposed to ObamaCare in the first place.  It’s a bill that wouldn’t have been introduced had the public not needed it.  I’m a prime example.  Without my health insurance through the ACA, I’d be left without while I attend graduate school.  It gives me security while I get my life in order and become a professional educator.

But whatever.  To make a point that the ACA is failing despite all the evidence to the contrary, the Republicans have claimed for seven fucking years that it needs to go away.  They’ve thrown together legislation that’s scary in the details, as they give insurance companies leave to refuse care for those with preexisting conditions and defund Planned Parenthood.  It’s a hissy fit that could cost thousands if not millions of lives in the coming years.

So, this morning, thanks to John McCain and two other Republican Senators, the “Skinny” Repeal didn’t go through.  The bill lost, 49 to 51.

That.  Was.  Really.  Close.  I can’t emphasize this enough.  This was a bill that was thrown together with even greater speed and half-assedness than previous ones, yet it came the closest to getting passed.  Had not three Republicans grown a spine, we’d all be freaking out this morning.

Well, I think we need to freak out anyway.  That was close.  That was really close.  We just dodged a serious bullet.  But there will be others, and the next one could easily hit its intended target.

So, in the meantime, call your congressmen.  They need to know that their constituents care about what is going on, and that we are watching their every move.

Why is Loyalty Such a Thing?

By Persephone

Why do we crave loyalty from the people around us?  It seems to me that when we attach ourselves to others, we expect certain things back.  With family, we want acceptance.  With romantic partners, we demand affection.  In friends, we require all of the above.  More than anything else, we want loyalty from those we’re loyal to.

Yet, what is loyalty?  I love my family, but I wouldn’t stand by if I found out one was a serial killer.  I might hire them an awesome lawyer even as I reported that family member to the police, but that’s as far as it goes.  My love probably wouldn’t just disappear, depending on the circumstances.  Loyalty means you protect others’ secrets, defend them when they need defending, and let them know that you’ve got their back.  It doesn’t mean sitting idly aside while they treat you like shit.  It doesn’t mean keeping quiet while they commit treason.

President Cheeto demands loyalty from everyone he encounters.  In his version of this emotional phenomenon, loyalty isn’t just having someone’s back.  It’s pretending that other loyalties–such as those belonging to ethics, reason, other people, or the rule of law simply do not exist.  It’s not a fair standard.  In fact, it’s a dangerous one.

Too bad that President Cheeto doesn’t extend these same standards to himself.  He’s proven time and time again that he will dump anyone in his administration that he considers a liability.  Hell, they don’t even have to be a member of his administration.  Just look to how he’s treated Chris Christie, and that guy’s crazy-loyal.

Then, of course, we got to read that long, incoherent interview with the New York Times this last weekend.  Can I point out, just for a moment, that Trump sure likes to take interviews with those organizations he continually refers to as “fake news”?  He must have realized that they have higher ratings than his favorite: Fox News.

In the interview, President Cheeto got mad at Jeff Sessions for recusing himself over this investigation into Russian interference of our last election.  He now believes that Sessions, one of his most prominent supporters from the very beginning, should have never taken the job.  Because of one investigation.  Because, apparently, Trump just now realized that Sessions recused himself from an investigation that has yet to be swept under the rug.  Seriously, where has he been?

Sessions isn’t the only person Trump has turned his back on.  Look at how he’s handled KellyAnne Conway or Sean Spicer.  They haven’t exactly survived with their careers intact here.  He only cares about the people around them so much as they are useful to him.  Then, he discards them.

If only this revelation would make those who voted for him think a little.  Take a look at his proposed tax plan and failed health care bill.  Those supporters are going to be the first ones he screws over.

 

Tuna Noodle Casserole

By Persephone

It’s a  simple casserole, but I like it.

In a large pot on the stove, cook 24 ounces of wide noodles.  After the noodles get soft, drain out the water.  In a large skillet, make a white sauce of four tablespoons of melted butter, 1/2 cup of flour, and three cups of milk.  I’m not actually this precise when I make a white sauce.  Just use a whisk to break up the flour properly and eyeball it.  Stir until smooth.

Then, add 3 five ounce cans of light tuna in water (no need to drain) to the white sauce.  You can also add 1 eight ounce can of drained mushrooms along with 12 ounces of grated medium cheddar cheese (again, you can eyeball the amount needed).  Stir occasionally.  When the cheese has melted, you can stir the white sauce into the cooked noodles.  Place the casserole in a glass dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  This casserole serves 8 people.

Cheeto Cheated, Actively Working with a Foreign Government to Win the Presidency. Yet, He was So Unprepared When He Got It!

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By Persephone

As the latest scandal involving Donald Trump, Jr. continues, we’ve learned that there were upwards of eight people at that infamous meeting back in June of 2016.  It’s like when one secret get unraveled, a few dozen more spill straight out.  Journalists are having way too much fun on this one, as the incompetence on the part of the Trump campaign is far too easy to follow.

Only the morons on Fox News are in denial of what all this means.  Donald Trump made deals with the Russian government in order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.  He worked with Putin to undermine our election, and he has personally profited off that win since becoming president.  It’s an ugly situation.

However, I’d just like to ask President Trump what he was thinking.  I’m not interested in the whys or the hows of colluding with a foreign government.  We all know why he did it.  He wanted to win, and Hillary was getting more votes.

No, I just want to know why, if he put so much work into winning and risked his own freedom by committing treason, President Trump was so unprepared for becoming president.

Just look at all that he’s accomplished.  He presented numerous, ill-conceived executive orders.  The most infamous of these orders, the Islamic travel ban, is still stuck in the court systems even after Trump wrote a do-over.  He throws hissy fits whenever a journalist says something against him, which means he’s thrown a lot of hissy fits over the last several months.  He still hasn’t filled most of the remaining jobs in the executive branch, and he fires anyone he thinks hurts his image.  He hasn’t repealed and replaced ObamaCare, and it doesn’t look he’ll be able to.  He spends huge amounts of time on vacation, including a multitude of weekends at his resort in Florida.  Most of his staff, including the ones related to him, seem broiled in one obvious scandal after another.  When he speaks in public, he seems lost when trying to explain simple concepts like economics or health care.  The rest of the world’s leaders find him a disturbing joke.  Other than getting someone on U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump hasn’t actually accomplished anything positive for the Republican party.

So, President Cheeto, is there a reason you’re dropping the ball on this one?  You broke so many laws and pissed off so many people to get a job you don’t even want?

Seriously, you’re like the ex-boyfriend who spends the better part of a year convincing a woman to allay her doubts and leave the kind, dependable fiance for you.  Then, when you get the girl, you constantly ditch her even as you promise that things are going to be different this time.

Well, let me tell you, dumbass.  Our country is not going to stand for this.  One of these days, our country will remember common sense and dump Trump once and for all.

Picture from gawker.com