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Dear Brad...

An email to whoever has to read my emails to my rep, Bradley Byrne (R) Dist 1, AL

Dear whoever has to read my annoying emails to Bradley:

I hope I’ve entertained you, even if just a little bit.
I wonder who you are.
I wonder if deep down where no one else will EVER see, you even agree with me just a tiny bit?

But NOW...
Now we have president junior coming out and saying “well hell yes we met with a representative of/with/for the Russian government but we all forgot about it until the New York Times was about to blow the whistle and then at least I remembered EVERYTHING.”
Dear Sweet Jesus.

Don’t you have to draw the line SOMEWHERE, and isn’t this, just maybe, the place.
At some point don’t you have to look in the mirror and admit that this time you backed the wrong horse?
It is woefully obvious to a large majority of citizens that this failed casino operator (how can you LOSE money running a casino?) is in WAY over his head.

I know that you’re reluctant to take advice from a liberal like me, but I’m trying to help.
For good or ill, Bradley represents all of us in the 1st District.
It’s time (past time, really) to cut your losses and bail.


PS: Dear WRT (Whoever Reads These)
Drop me a line?
Tell me something about yourself.
I’m a 76 year old veteran (Alabama Air National Guard) who flew RF-84/Fs for about 7 years in the 60s and early 70s out of Birmingham. Went on to a 30+ year career as a pilot with Trans World Airlines.
Married for 48 years with one daughter and two grandchildren.

Another "Dear Brad" email to my congressman

Got an email from Bradley Byrne (R) AL dist 1.
Asked for my opinion and had a survey.
I took the survey and added the following:

"Well, OK, since you asked.

It’s my opinion that our CinC just spent 2 1/2 hours with the head of state of one of our primary adversaries who had hacked into our last election and the said CinC allowed as how it COULD have been Russia that did it, or maybe one or more unnamed entities that he can’t identify but we don’t know when ALL of his country’s security organizations (17?) have told him IT WAS THE RUSSIANS ON PUTIN’S ORDERS.

But Putin said “Nope, wasn’t us, honest.” and our Dear Leader said “OK, that’s good enough for me, let’s move on.”

And then there’s Ivanka ‘sitting in’ for the president at the G-20. Seriously? The daughter of the president, unelected to any office, unappointed to any cabinet position, just listed as “an advisor to the president”? How crazy would the repubs have gone if Malia had done the same? Can you say “Double Standard”?

“The number of Ivanka Trump items sold through [the fashion website] Lyst was 46 percent higher the month her father was elected president than in November 2015. Sales spiked 771 percent in February over the same month last year. In March sales on Lyst were up 262 percent over the same period last year.” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/18/ivankas-business-booming-chinese-govt-approves-three-trademarks-for-first-daughters-company/

Brad, you have to realize that you and the repubs have hitched your wagons to a family of grifters and conmen. Sooner or later the chickens are gonna come home to roost.
Repent, man.


We just made some ghee. Love it. Recipe:

16 ounces (1 pound) of butter- preferably unsalted, organic and grassfed
(We used plain old Land o' Lakes salted. It was fine.)
Equipment: A medium size saucepan, a fine wire mesh strainer, cheesecloth, a spoon, a 16-ounce or larger measuring cup, a clean jar for storage

Cut the butter into cubes and place in the saucepan.
Heat the butter over medium heat until completely melted. Reduce to a simmer.
Cook for about 10-15 minutes (this will vary based on how hot your stove is). During this time, the butter will go through several stages.

It will foam, then bubble, then seem to almost stop bubbling and then foam again. When the second foam occurs, the ghee is done. At this point, the melted butter should be bright gold in color and there should be reddish brown pieces of milk solids at the bottom of the pan.

Let cool slightly for 2-3 minutes and then slowly pour through the wire mesh strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth. The small bits of milk protein are usually discarded, though a friend told me that her grandmother used to mix those with flour (or almond flour) and a small amount of honey to make a flavorful fudge-like treat.

Ghee will last up to a month at room temperature or even longer in the fridge. I typically store mine in the fridge, just to me safe.
Use as a cooking oil for stir frys, to top sweet potatoes, or melted on steamed/roasted vegetables. Ghee is much more flavorful than butter, so use sparingly!

Flash: Air travel sux. I was an airline pilot for 30+ years.

I started in 1968 after 7 years in the USAF.

TWA (Trans World Airlines) was owned by Howard Hughes for a time and was a major U.S. international carrier until their final bankruptcy in 2000.

Airline deregulation did them (and many other airlines) in.
American Airline picked up the remains.

Back in the day coach travel was pretty close to what we accept for so-called first class now. Everyone got fed a pretty decent meal, for free. I think alcoholic drinks were half a buck.

If there was any kind of delay or other inconvenience to my passengers I'd declare free drinks.

Today I will not fly.
I'm 6'3", 250, and I don't fit coach seats any more.
Or they don't fit me.

We travel from Alabama to New England twice a year to be with our daughter and family.
We drive.
1500 miles.
Each way.
That's how bad it's gotten.

We enjoy our road trip.
Listen to audio books.
See the sights at ground level.

The next thing I want is an AUTOmobile.
Just get in, kick back, and leave the driving to the computer.
Oh yeah.

Russia doesn't have to launch the missiles to bring us to our knees.

All they have to do is hack into the controls for our electrical power grid.
And it appears that they could do that.

Electricity runs our lives.
Forget your coffee maker and microwave.
It runs your waterworks and sewage system.
No drinkee, no flushee.

No TV, no phone (landline or cell).
No computer.

And the yam-in-charge is clueless.

The "Cuban Missile Crisis" question was just asked on MSNBC's MTP.

What if we reach a 'Cuban Missile Crisis' situation on the Korean peninsula?
What they didn't ask was "Without a John Kennedy in the White House".
That was also before twitter.

Could the yam-in-chief set off Jung-un with a tweet?
We. Don't. Know.

And that is just chilling.

God is making all the animals on the earth.

The angel Gabriel is helping.
God: How many more animals to go?
Gabe: 2
God: How many legs we got left?
Gabe: 100
Centipede: DIBS!
Snake: Asshole.

Chris Matthews: "For just 5 minutes tommorrow I hope he's our president".

Chris is STILL hoping that SOMEHOW our Yam-in-Chief will be able to magically turn that corner, realize the position he is in, give a damn that he is IN that position, and all-of-a-sudden become..."presidential".

Give. It. Up.

Thomas Jefferson's 1826 letter to Roger Weightman.

Jefferson had been invited to Washington D.C. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of July 4, 1776.
He is saying his ill health precludes that.
But there's a lot more in this letter.
I've read this over several times, trying to understand what Jefferson was saying.
What's your take?

Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman

Monticello June 24. 26
Respected Sir
The kind invitation I receive from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the 50th. anniversary of American independance; as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. it adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. but acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to controul.

I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made.

May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self-government. that form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. all eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view. the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god. these are grounds of hope for others. for ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

I will ask permission here to express the pleasure with which I should have met my ancient neighbors of the City of Washington and of it's vicinities, with whom I passed so many years of a pleasing social intercourse; an intercourse which so much relieved the anxieties of the public cares, and left impressions so deeply engraved in my affections, as never to be forgotten. with my regret that ill health forbids me the gratification of an acceptance, be pleased to receive for yourself, and those for whom you write, the assurance of my highest respect and friendly attachments.
Th. Jefferson

Will there be enough of a mid-term backlash?

Enough to at least give us back one house?
Or will there even be a backlash?
Or are we just gerrymandered out of it for now?
I have no idea.
Like to see your thoughts...whys and wherefores.
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