“Going to the White House is considered a great honor…”
Depending on Who Lives There
You know what they say, ”Just cuz you was born in Kansas, don’t mean you know beans about Agriculture.’
However, Clovis was national co-chair of the Trump-Pence campaign in the 2016 presidential election.
Clovis served in the Air Force for 25 years; and was a campaign manager. Thousands are scratching their heads: Sam Who for USDA?
He may know food – Sam is a large man – he doesn’t know Ag.
USDA Many of the programs concerned with the distribution of food and nutrition to people of America and providing nourishment as well as nutrition education to those in need. Activities in this program include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,
In addition to his lack of experience in food and ag policy — Clovis has also been a consistent climate change denier and has ties to the Russia scandal plaguing the Trump administration.
Get this: Clovis has been serving as a USDA adviser for #45, in January signing off on a memo ‘ordering researchers to stop issuing press releases’ about their work in a possible effort to censor information about it. Really, Sam?
Farmers across America and scores of government officials say they are scratching their heads, their skin is prickling, they are disgusted by the old boys network and blatant nepotism of Trump choosing an inept, ill prepared radio host to head up an integral arm of the government.
Lori was an avid bicyclist. She belonged to two long-distance clubs and they travelled. There were five other single women in the group. Yes, they were competitive and a bit aggressive – however the women had a bond. They were all – nonchalantly- on the look out for: Rodney Right- Mr Big – The One.
Most of the men in the group were married, engaged or rabid riders who only kept track of their time.
One Saturday, the group pulled over in a huge park and stopped to have a bite to eat (Quest Bars and Water.) Lori noticed a friend from work across the park and peddled over.
Her pal, Suzanne was with a large group of men and Lori was intrigued. She spent 30 minutes chatting with Suzanne and rapidly meeting a passel of people. Then, her group was off and she caught up with them.
Janelle, the loud girl in the group yelled back to Lori that they guys looked pretty “Gray” code for: old and not available. Lori kept quiet. There were a two men who were very friendly and handsome.
The next day, Lori called her new-best-friend Suzanne, to chat and really to ask about the very cute, older, guy in he turquoise blue riding ensemble. Mr Salt and Pepper Hair had been very attentive to Lori. Suzanne was out riding her bike when she answered Lori’s call.
Above a cacophony of street noises they chatted. Before Suzanne hung up – Lori asked about the cute older guy. And she heard he was “Gray.” Click.
No problema. She liked older men.
It took several phone calls, a little Google research, and time before our friend Lori realized Mr McDreamy was Gay not Gray.
Last week, President Trump’s sketch of a budget underscored how little interest he has in the nation’s social insurance programs —
from the civilian discretionary budget that funds many of the government’s social efforts.
Millions more near-poor people in their 50s and early 60s will likewise be left without a policy they can afford.
• Among those who survive, more are likely to report themselves in poorer health.
• Their rates of depression are likely to rise.
• Critically, their finances will certainly suffer.
• This provides a direct glimpse into how cutting off health insurance won’t just reduce access to health care among the poor.
• It will ricochet across society.
No Doubt about it…When you live alone – Saturday nights, you can put on a green mud mask, take a leisurely bubble bath, condition your hair with that super-stinky-phenomenal-very expensive-pink lotion, hop in bed with a dinner of popcorn and wine– and watch The Crown, Big Little Lies or Billions.
You can read all the glossy magazines, talk on the phone and plan the following day’s calendar, complete your Gratitude list, touch up your nails, do 20 minutes of yoga…and binge on Netflix. And, make the Triple Chocolate Brownies for Book Club the next night…In your nightgown.
You get the last glass of that fabulous Kapriva Chardonnay; the last Piece of my heart Pizza, or the slice of triple chocolate cake from Le Grande Cake Maker…and you can watch Free Premimum Channels on On Demand…every night.
Most Guys – don’t get “All of the above.”
Men are creatures of habit, and in need of real meals- on a daily basis.
(Note to self: Popcorn with protein packing Parmesan Cheese does not a meal make…)
Living together requires compromise, meal planning, give and take, negotiations, agreements, and a treat treaty now and then…
It was truth, not legend, that your shoes would stick to the dirty, sticky, old never-been-cleaned carpet at the bar.
Guys wearing running shoes or tie-up dress shoes didn’t notice. If your wore flip-flops to the bar – you only made that mistake once. Girls in ballet flats complained loudly that they couldn’t lift there shoes off the floor.
Sticky floors was the least of the problems. New Bartenders were hired – seemed like every other month. Arollo was the bartender who lasted the longest. He was as slow as molasses, we thought he had zero personality, and had no filter. Until he barked out something that caught attention and caused pause.
He would say anything that came to mind. If the patrons all looked too serious, he would blurt out an attention getting quip.
Here are the “Top Five Arollos” we loved:
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would ya know?
Dude! Gotta be nice to your children. After all, they are going to choose your nursing home.
Hey! All those who believe in psychokinesis – raise my hand.
If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
Psst! What’s another word for Thesaurus?
Arollo came and went – and we never forgot his droll, off the wall wit.
When the Dive Bar bit the dust, we had “Remember The Arollo Day”
Most said, Half Witticisms were flying.
“Women are marching because our children deserve a Secretary of Education who cares and knows about education.”
“Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare”.
Did you know that before the Affordable Care Act, newborns in the NICU would hit their “lifetime caps” on health insurance coverage. That’s right, Babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.
”Women are marching because Domestic Violence Crisis Centers and After School Programs deserve funding”.
”Women are marching because we all deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.”
”Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.
And most of all, Women are Marching because we have the right to. The right to protest and speak out against our government is the First Amendment. That’s right,The VERY First Amendment. (see below)
It is one of our most fundamental American rights.
Dismissive remarks– Saying that we’re “whining, immature, man-haters, throwing little temper tantrums” will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.
And, no! We’re sure not marching because Trump won…
”We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.
“And we’re not giving up easily.
The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.