Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Getting away with it...

As we didn't do a weekend post, we are forgoing Wordless Wednesday this week and replacing it with what would have been our weekend post...





They created a whole TV show on the premise that he was this great business man and how rich he was.

So what happens when the whole thing is based on a lie?

Nothing.

He took that lie and ran on it and now he sits in the White House ( with the help of Russia, Wiki leaks, gerrymandering and restricted voting rights...)

He proved that if you bull s*it enough, you can beat the system.

And unfortunately the system wasn't ready for the likes of someone like that.

No one put rules in place in case we were ever that gullible, that stupid.

Our lines of defence where ineffectual.

But the biggest problem was that congress didn't do it's job.

The one guardrail that could have been a check and balance for all of this, became part of it instead.

So, the Republicans love him as he is signing all sorts of deregulation stuff that will just be the impetuous for more and deadlier storms and hotter and hotter weather and higher and higher ocean rises.

His fans base doesn't care.

As a matter of fact they LOVE that he has scammed everybody and that he's gotten away with it.

They love that he is crude and raciest and lies over and over again and gets away with it.

The key words here are he gets away with it.

There is a culture among a portion of the population who see themselves as victims and they are angry.
They are angry because they think everyone else has gotten away with stuff.

Immigrants (unless you are one of Donald Trumps wives) and low income people. The disabled and the elderly and the homeless.
The government, affirmative action, any person of color...they have all gotten away with... well they can't exactly say what but they know it's something and by god if they got away with it, well then they stole what ever it was from them.

Donald trump came along and told them exactly who to be angry at and they love him for that.

He gave them permission to be hateful and bullying.

He gave them permission to say whatever they want, about whom ever they want and the heck with the consequences because well... there just won't be any.

It's up to the people now.

It's up to the people to act.

It's time to actually get off our butts and demand decency and respect be put back into the presidency.

It's time to VOTE!

I know, the system is so wonky with big money and gerrymandering and foreign players that it feels like nothing can fix it.

But if we do nothing then we have participated in the deterioration of our democracy.

And there will be more and more incidents like the brutal murder of journalists and more and more detention centers filled with more and more children.

There will be less and less aide for the poor, the elderly, for children and the disabled.

And where will it all end?

And who will be next?


Let's do more than shake our heads in the aftermath and say, "he got away with it".

Lets all get out and VOTE!




Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew











Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Here comes the judge...






Brave women told their stories.

Brave women confronted their Senators

Now we are watching as they confirm their Supreme Court nominee in record time without full disclosure of his voting record FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY!

With allegations of sexual assault hanging over him.

With his stunning display of anger and political bias.

Privilege prevails as this man moves onto the highest court in the land.

What did I learn from the last few weeks?

That money can buy anything.

That good does not triumph over evil.

That justice is blind.

That Congress is no longer a body that is interested in what the people want.

The large majority of voters DID NOT vote for Donald Trump.

But he is in the White House.

The majority of voters DO NOT want Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court yet he has been confirmed.

It's a sad day when thirty percent of the country now has a larger voice than the other seventy percent...



I will leave you with the one good thing to come out of all of this.





Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew










Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wordless Wednesday...

                                         (baby Noodle archives)





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Noodle and crew








Friday, September 28, 2018

Asterisk...


*

There was raw emotion and courage and screaming and calm and ranting.

We could write a very long post about yesterday's "hearing".

But we will just say this...

We felt one of the most significant moments occurred right at the end.

Senator Kamala Harris asked a last question and Mr. Kavanaugh's answer spoke volumes.

Today the Republicans will move forward and confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

There will always be an asterisk by his name and a thicker cloud over his head than already exists .

Just like the asterisk next to Donald Trumps name after being elected NOT by the people but by the electoral college after interference by a hostile adversary assisted by the Trump campaign.

Hillary Clinton lost with over 2 . 8 million more votes, that's a 2 .1% margin!

And she was NOT a popular candidate.

The system cracked and Donald Trump slipped through and we are left to deal with the consequences .

But hey, they'll have another justice on the court to advance their agenda, so  there's that..

UPDATE;

This is what turned it all around!




Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew









Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Never mind the outcome...



Unless you live under a rock, you've heard about the whole kerfuffle about Brett Kavanaugh and an accusation of sexual assault.

Eerily similar to Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, it's been all over the news.

hearing is being hammered out as I write this.

And I do mean hammered.

Republicans have thrown down the gauntlet.

They are getting their judge no matter how badly he's viewed by the public.

No matter what Kavanaugh has or hasn't done.

The United States has lost all respect, dignity and credibility under this president.

We are about to lose what little morality we still have, in a public display of blame the victim all over again.

While there is a debate raging about honoring the Pledge Of Allegiance    and The National Anthem  I can't help but wonder just what it is we are pledging allegiance to anymore.



Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew
















Sunday, September 16, 2018

self image...





Donald Trump wishes he were the richest man in the world, ( we couldn't possibly know because he won't show anyone his tax returns, but hey...)

Then there is all that debt.

He tries in vain to convince anyone who will listen that he is indeed the richest, the smartest and the very best business man that ever lived.

But then there are all those pesky little bankruptcy's and failed and repossessed businesses and real estate.

He wants us to believe that he has the best people, (who are all under indictment and have plead guilty.)

Never have we had someone in the White House who disrespect's and embarrasses the office of the presidency as this man does.

Not just for now but for future generation's.

Never have we had a president who has embraced political censorship to the extent and lengths as Mr. Trump.

With his war on the media and anything or anyone else who disagrees with him.

This November it's not just democracy that's on the ballet, it's also freedom.

Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice...

I know it's less than 10 weeks away. But It's not to early to start sounding the alarm.

GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!!!


Then we can move to this...

Article 2

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.
This conduct has included one or more of the following:
  1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
  2. He misused the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other executive personnel, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, by directing or authorizing such agencies or personnel to conduct or continue electronic surveillance or other investigations for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office; he did direct, authorize, or permit the use of information obtained thereby for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office; and he did direct the concealment of certain records made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of electronic surveillance.
  3. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, authorized and permitted to be maintained a secret investigative unit within the office of the President, financed in part with money derived from campaign contributions, which unlawfully utilized the resources of the Central Intelligence Agency, engaged in covert and unlawful activities, and attempted to prejudice the constitutional right of an accused to a fair trial.
  4. He has failed to take care that the laws were faithfully executed by failing to act when he knew or had reason to know that his close subordinates endeavoured to impede and frustrate lawful inquiries by duly constituted executive, judicial and legislative entities concerning the unlawful entry into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, and the cover-up thereof, and concerning other unlawful activities including those relating to the confirmation of Richard Kleindienst as Attorney General of the United States, the electronic surveillance of private citizens, the break-in into the offices of Dr. Lewis Fielding, and the campaign financing practices of the Committee to Re-elect the President.
  5. In disregard of the rule of law, he knowingly misused the executive power by interfering with agencies of the executive branch, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Criminal Division, and the Office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, of the Department of Justice, and the Central Intelligence Agency, in violation of his duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
In all of this, Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
Wherefore Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.
Adopted 28-10 by the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Noodle and crew















Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Did you know?




Did you know that in October of 2016, someone sent a bomb to then President Obama and one to Texas Governor Greg Abbott?

Neither device detonated and the package intended for Obama was intercepted by the Secret Service.

But guess how they finally caught the culprit...


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wordless Wednesday...


              Can't a cat take a nap without someone getting the clicky box?



Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew







Sunday, September 2, 2018

Defining the deep state...



You may have heard some people talk about the deep state.

They rail against it and fear monger about it's reach and scope.

You may be wondering, exactly what it is.

 For as many people who are so upset about it's existence, they don't seem to really be able to define it.

Well, we're going to try to help..

So, here is our example of the deep state;

You write a letter.
You put it in an envelope.
You address the envelope.
You put a stamp on it.
You deposit the envelope into a mail box.
The Post office picks up the mail from said mail box.
It is sorted at the Post Office.
The letter is put in a truck.
After which the letter is delivered to the address written upon it.
Ta Da!

That's the deep state.

The deep state is also your public school system, your neighborhood library, your roads and bridges, your fire departments, it's also Medicare and Social Security...

So, basically, the deep state is your government working for you!

Scary right?

Hope we helped.




💓We would also like to send our condolences to the McCain Family.

Although we didn't agree much about politics, he was a true hero and a man who could admit when he was wrong, a rarity these days..



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew










Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wordless Wednesday...

                                    (baby Noodle archives)



We apologize for not coming by and leaving comments lately but we've all been under the weather.
We hope to be by soon.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew








Saturday, August 25, 2018

R-E-S-P-E-C-T...




We'd like to dedicate this weekends post to the legendary queen of soul Aretha Franklin.

This astounding woman was an inspiration and lent her voice to life's sound track for millions of young women growing up in the 60's and 70's.

With songs like Respect which was originally written for a male singer, but Miss Aretha took it and made it her own and  made it a battle cry for all women.

She sang for kings and queens and presidents.

She sang at Martin Luther King's funeral and Barrack Obama's, Jimmy Carter's and Bill Clinton's inaugurations.

George H.W. Bush gave her the highest award available to citizen's of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 


Her music and her life will be remembered forever...





Have a wonderful and musical weekend!

Noodle and crew











Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ouch!



Due to an automobile accident, we are licking our wounds and tending to our bumps and bruises both literal and figurative.

Please forgive us for skipping this weekends post.



Noodle and crew


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

One year after Charlottesville....






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In memory of Heather Heyer

On the anniversary of Charlottesville....

we were stunned by the comments uttered by Fox News, Laura Ingram.

They were despicable  and deplorable statements.

What are people so afraid of?

I sorry, I just don't understand.

When you would forfeit your own best interests because that's how badly you want the country to be "white again".

Because you are under the mistaken notion that if you can only contain and control those other people  somehow everything will magically be like it was in the 1950's.

Everyone will shop at mom and pop stores owned by folks you know by name and go to church with.

Kids can play outside until after dark without you worrying someone will snatch them or shoot them.

Manufacturing plants will spring up in decimated neighborhood's bringing them back to life.

You won't have to work after retirement because your Social Security that you paid into faithfully for decades will be enough to live on.

Health care and prescription costs will go down...

and we will all live happily ever after.

That's never going to happen!

And blaming some none existent bogyman for all of it, is what is know as DENIAL.

My advice?

Get over it.

Things change.

Quit acting like a victim.

I'm sure that the guy who used to make buggy whips wasn't happy either.

Or the book binders or the guy who spent his life repairing clocks only to be out of business when digital clocks were invented.

None of these things have anything to do with the border or immigrants or people of color.

If you're looking for a villain...maybe you should take a look in the mirror



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew











Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lost in space...



So, the Pentagon is taking its first steps to creating Space Force, which would be the 6th branch of the military.

This is a project that will cost billions of dollars.

You know, on top of the billions of dollars already that went for tax cuts and models of The Wall and parades and all the other nonsensical things this president has wasted money and resources on.

But Mr. Trump seems to view the presidency not as an office where he is there to protect and serve the people.

But more like his own personal piggy bank that he can draw from whenever something strikes his fancy.

Certainly NOT to help citizens after a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.

Certainly not to help rejoin families his own whims have torn apart


So I guess it makes sense in a perverse way...you screw up the entire world so bad that of course you have to have somewhere else to go so....lets start exploring all the aspects of space again.

And lets have a military specifically designed to defend the next planet we conquer and lets do it under the pretext of it being an expansion of a military that is already more powerful than all others.

And lets do it while we are still fighting 2 wars that have been going on for over 15 years.

Does this all sound like a fictional conspiracy theory ?

Welcome to the world we live in now.



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew






Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Words on Wednesday...


        (We know we've used this picture before but here it is in color)




For a while now we've been wondering what's up with Mr.Trump and the word reciprocal.

He says it A LOT!

It's like he heard the word one day and really liked it so began using it all the time.

We've come to know his favorite and most often used phrases.

We have gotten too used to his way of speaking

But really that shouldn't surprise us because as we all know that Donald Trump "has the best words".




Have a wonderful Wednesday...
we hope it's reciprocal!


Noodle and crew










Saturday, July 28, 2018

Reality check on aisle 3...





After a bruising couple of weeks and no relief on the horizon we were amazed to read this.

Forget Russia.

Forget all the lurid scandals.

Even putting aside collusion and obstruction of justice

Tariffs are ripping apart the heartland and farmers are having to take bailouts!

Other businesses are just being left to their own devices to sink or swim.

There is no wall.

Prices are rising.

This is everything Trump voters were against.

This is everything they were angry about.

So where is this coming from?????

Will someone please explain this to me?



And back then we all thought this was just hyperbole.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew





Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Woofing Wednesday...





We attended the very first PAWrade in our community on Saturday.
So we thought we'd do a salute to people and their pups...













Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew








Friday, July 20, 2018

Where are we again?



                                         
                                        (baby Noodle archives)

I've often heard people say that they voted for Donald Trump because they wanted to shake things up.

Well, congratulations you've succeeded.

But could you please get him to stop shaking things up now!

Because no matter what started out as shaking things up, has now lead to just plain broken.

And now, I do not recognize this place where I live anymore.

Our president just spent over two hours ALONE with Vladimir Putin.

We may never know what was said.

Now we learn that Putin has been invited to the White House in a few months.

Every morning I wake and wonder what's next....

I used to be sure we were the country that said, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

I was sure we were a country of the first amendment  and that, that included everyone.

I was sure we were a country that believed in separation of church and state.

I was sure we were a country who professed "all men are created equal".

I was sure we were a country who believed in freedom of the press. Where journalists were not targeted, bullied and threatened
.
A country where we had the right to peaceful protest.

A country where we had freedom of religion, ANY RELIGION.

Mostly I was sure we were a country where no one was above the law, NO ONE.

A country who's commander in chief would never disregard and slander our most staunch allies.

And most importantly, I was sure we were a country who would elect a president that would defend our own country over adversarial countries like Russia!

And under NO circumstances hand over American citizen's to a hostile adversary!

No, I do not recognize this place where I live anymore.

Do you?



Have a peaceful weekend...

Noodle and crew



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Who?



*from Wikipedia

Single-party dictatorships[edit]


Single-party dictatorships are regimes in which one party dominates politics. In single-party dictatorships, a single party has access to political posts and control over policy. Other parties may legally exist, compete in elections, and even hold legislative seats, yet true political power lies with the dominant party. In single-party dictatorships, party elites are typically members of the ruling body of the party, sometimes called the central committee, or politburo. This group of individuals controls the selection of party officials and “organizes the distribution of benefits to supporters and mobilizes citizens to vote and show support for party leaders".[10]

Dictators;


Spending millions of dollars of tax payer money on personal travel, military parades and personal pleasures.

Discrediting the media as "fake news"

Singling out individuals and businesses that disagree with them.

Enslaving and detaining certain groups of people.

Eliminating rights and freedoms for certain groups.

Misleading and lying to the public.

Invoking censorship

Profiting monetarily and otherwise from their position in office.

Belittling and chastising branches of the government that don't agree with them or do what they would like.

To further understand the characteristic's of a dictator read the article from Psychology Today

And no....

actually I was referring to these 49 dictators, but I see why you might have thought I was talking about someone else.



Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew



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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Betting the farm...






What do lobsters, nails, apples, motorcycle's, and milk have in common?

Tariffs that's what.

I get it, if you look at the job numbers right now and the economy, well, it all looks rosy.

But, and this is a big but, we are standing on the precipice.

All the Jenga blocks have been removed that could hold us up and here comes that big but all that needs to happen is for someone to remove that one little block and... hold on honey it's going to get mighty dicey out there.

Those who believe in this president think he's a great business man and that the tariffs may hurt them momentarily but in the end they'll come out better.

I wish I knew what they were basing their assumptions on other than Trumps rhetoric.

Statistically, looking at his business record you couldn't pick a worse example.

I heard an interview with a farmer who is losing buckets of money as well as contracts he negotiated with other companies that took three years to put in place, ( 3 years!) and he still believes Trump knows what he's doing and will follow him to the end.

Even though I think the people who think this way are bringing forth their own doom, I can't help but feel sorry for them.

People all over the country are making horrific decisions against their own best interests whether it be health care or Social Security or tariffs and holding on to a misguided faith in someone who really doesn't care about them at all.

All he needs is for them to show up at his rallies and chant "USA, USA, USA" and "build the wall"
which by the way although Trump assures his followers is being built IT IS NOT!

The sad thing is that once he doesn't need them anymore because he's not running or he's ousted from his presidency, what will happen then?

When they have literally bet the farm and lost it...


Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's all in the messaging...


(baby Noodle archives)





The Big Blue Wave is coming in 2018!

You hear it all the time now.

The democrats are unstoppable. 

They're going to take the house back and heck, maybe even the senate.

Don't hold your breath!

Unfortunately most democrats haven't gotten their act together.

And you can't win if you're not in the race.

I know what Donald Trumps message is, so does everyone else on the planet.

I don't agree with it but it's been driven like a stake into my brain for the last two years.

It doesn't matter if the message makes sense or is even possible all it takes to convince those who will listen is;

REPETITION! REPETITION!, REPETITION! 

Now tell me the democrats message...

go ahead, I dare you.

Don't worry, it's not your fault that you don't know what it is because no one has told you.

Yes, the democrats have won some amazing victories.

Look at Virginia and Alabama.

And today, at  one of the rallies for keeping children together with their parents who are detained at the border, Senator Kamala Harris gave a speech that should be embraced by the party as their mantra.

But there is still a major difference between the democrats and the republicans that is one of the democrats biggest problems right now.

They continue to be realistic and try to play by the rules  in this ridiculous new political environment.

Listen up dems! At some point you just have to stop banging your head against the wall.

I remember how much I respected Michelle Obama when she said "when they go low, we go high".

Here's the problem…

republicans have gone SO low for so long that no one even recognizes the moral high ground anymore.

And people don't buy what they don't recognize.

They hear the loudest voice in the room and follow that message because they have heard it over and over and over until it sounds familiar.

Look, I know that reasonable people want to believe that being honest and ethical and moral is what you should do.

It's what we all should do.

It's what we would all like to believe is who we still are, to quote Kamala Harris; "we are better than this"!

But the fact remains that we live in a different world now and a lot of the old rules just don't apply any longer.

And that big blue wave may end up being just a tiny ripple if we are not careful because right now most democrats are not talking to the people, they're talking politics, and that just doesn't work anymore.

So, come on democrats! Get in there and mix it up, because...

"we are better that this".



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew




*Excerpt from the  movie The American President;

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ‘cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. 

You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free.”





Saturday, June 23, 2018

Faux pas or stratagy...







First let me say that I really could care less what Melania Trump wears.

I never cared what Michelle Obama wore either.

That's up to them.

Everyone has the right to express who they are through the clothes they wear.

But...


Andrew Harnik  AP                                                 Zara


There are like a bazillion jackets out there and this is the one you pick to go "visit" little children who have been separated from their mothers and fathers because of your husband?

Really?

If you are the first lady of the United States, and you are representing this country you would think that you yourself or someone else would have had enough sense to see that jacket and realize it was totally inappropriate.

I mean you knew there were going to be news crews and photographers there right?

But you know what?

I can't think of one single thing this entire administration has done that's not totally inappropriate.

So, I guess when you put it up there with separating little children from their parents, putting them in concentration camps and then losing track of who they belong to, maybe the jacket incident isn't that horrible.

And maybe that's the point.

If you do enough insensitive, inhumane and disruptive things over and over and over again, everything just mushes into one big blob of outrage.

" Don't worry, they'll forget the jacket when we privatize Social Security". "And if not then, well we'll start up the Muslim Ban again, or imprison a couple reporters from the fake news".

We all thought it was crazy, once upon a time.

But you know what?

The jokes on us cause it's working!



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew



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