Marches and rallies are now being planned for April 15 to get Trump to release his taxes. First President since Nixon not to do so. [if he changes his mind before April 15th, disregard this blog]
I didn’t take this photo, but thought it so cute, I wanted to show it to everyone. Believe it was from the Washington DC march
“If you use “alternative facts” on your IRS filings it’s called tax evasion, and you go to prison for fraud. Just saying”…George Takei
After reading on the Internet about the bullet journal, I decided to start keeping one. The bullets are supposedly to help the writer to focus. It worked for me. This is my bullet journal entry for yesterday.
October 24, 2015
• 6:00 a.m. Fed the stray cats outside and the birds (saw only 2 cats this morning.)
• 9:00 a.m. #53 bus to YMCA on Broadway in Staten Island, to workout. (3 years ago, when I turned 70, I decided to always go to the gym and workout on my birthday).
• Brought canned goods to YMCA for their October food drive.
• 10:00 a.m. From YMCA took #53 bus going south on Broadway to Hylan Blvd and Clove Road. Transferred to Express #1 bus going into Manhattan, after buying and eating apple turnover at deli. Exercising makes me hungry.
• After sitting though a massive traffic jam on 6th Avenue in the West Village, taking up 1/2 hour of my day, I disembarked bus on 14th Street, along with most of the other passengers, who had had just about enough. (Weather cool and cloudy. Not pleasant).
• Walked up to Bed Bath & Beyond on 6th and 18th Street to use their restroom.
• Woman stopped to ask me why the traffic had stopped and so many policemen. I said I didn’t know for sure, but I thought it was either a demonstration that they were policing, or they were filming a movie. Someone on the bus said they saw a movie truck, but I didn’t know for sure. “If it was a movie,” the woman said, “then were all those policemen (maybe 100) real or just actors?” Who knew?
• I had seen a large group of what looked like demonstrators holding up signs, but the group (at least 100) seemed too-well organized. Everyone was holding their sign up about the same height and not moving. A real demonstration would be more chaotic. But, what do I know? (see below: it really was a demonstration)
• Ended up spending $15 at Bed Bath & Beyond: Celestial Seasons Chai pumpkin spice tea, a belt rack, and a yogurt that I then stood outside Bed Bath & Beyond on 6th Ave. and devoured. (If you’re out and about in NYC, Bed Bath & Beyond has great restrooms–no purchase required).
• Visited a couple of other stores that I frequent in that area: Blicks art supply (spent $16), Michaels (got out without spending any more money. Don’t know how that happened.)
• After getting a little more spending money from a Bank of America Kiosk, I walked to Union Square on 14th Street from 6th Avenue and 23rd St. (about 15 minutes or maybe a mile).
• Bought a mini tuna salad sandwich, a small bag of store-made tortilla chips and 2 vitamin-enhanced drinks at the Whole Foods Market on 14th. ($8). Ate sandwich and 1 drink in Whole Foods dining area. Saved the tortilla chips and 1 drink. Over heard people talking on their cell phones about trying to find jobs, etc. Just like on the bus. I find this annoying. Upon leaving Whole Foods, found discarded paper-back book on Roman Mythology.
• 4.00 p.m. approximately–walked to another Blick’s Art Supply, this one on 13th Street–just around the corner from Whole Foods, and spent $10 more for 3 double-pointed brush markers (black, dark yellow & brown). Really like them. I buy art supplies, i.e., markers, and then a month later I find a product I like better than what I had been using, so my art supply collection just keeps growing and taking up more room.
• Sat down on bench at bus stop on Broadway, between 14th & 15th) to wait for #10 express bus home to Port Richmond, Staten Island. Starting to feel really tired. Remember, I had already spent 45 minutes working out before ever coming into the city. Usually after I work out, I go home, eat, and fall asleep for about a 2-hour nap. I hate doing that, but I do it anyway. Hoped bus would come fast so I could relax for the 1 to 2 hour trip home, depending on traffic.
• Sitting and waiting at bus stop, read in Mythology book about Zeus and Hera, his primary wife (he really screwed around a lot). All those Roman names of Gods, I can’t ever remember.
• Also sitting on the bench was a very pretty young girl–model type. She was posing for a woman taking photos of her. I figured the woman was trying to build a portfolio for her so that maybe she could get modelling work. When they spoke, it wasn’t English. Maybe Russian. Lots of pretty Russian women in NYC.
• After an hour, the bus had never showed up. Darkness creeping in. Really tired now, more from just waiting than anything else. Pretty girl and woman had left a long time before.
• Finally, took #1 Express Bus as an alternative. On trip home, the night overtook the City.
• Transferred on Hylan Blvd. in Staten Island to the #53 which brought me home faster than I ever expected. I discovered an alternative route for getting home from the City, which is faster than my usual #10 route. Made it in an hour once I got on the bus. It seems that buses play a big part in my life.
• 7:10 p.m. Arrived home at last: fell asleep after quick dinner. I had literally shopped until I dropped.
Anyway, if you are still reading this stuff, you get the idea of the bullet journal. Even though, I had my camera with me yesterday, I didn’t manage to take any photos, but I did do a little doodling on the bus. Since it’s hard to draw on a moving bus, it’s better for me to keep those doodles private.You will be happy to hear, I’m not going to keep my journal on the internet.
UPDATE: 10/25 — I just heard on the news that there really was a demonstration yesterday in Manhattan–against police brutality. Many people participated, but the news is mostly about Quentin Tarantino demonstrating, which only shows how much attention a celebrity can bring to an event. See photos–header and below.
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) October 25, 2015
The following expresses my opinion on this matter:
Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.
They do not know, nor do they understand. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.
(this doesn’t mean only if they are United States citizens, as the Republicans seems to think.)
Let brotherly love continue. Do not be negligent in showing hospitality, for in doing so some entertained angels without knowing it. Keep in mind those who are in prison as if you are in prison with them, and the ill-treated as though you are suffering physically yourselves.
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Despite Federal Employees not being paid, the Congressmen will still get paid.
Citizens United Rejected By Voters In Montana, Colorado
In America One Can’t Buy a Presidential Election
I thought the worse thing about this election was the Citizens United law which allowed big investors to give unlimited funds to the candidates without even having to reveal themselves. The election also proved one thing–the best thing–you can’t buy an election. At least not a Presidential election. This shows that democracy is still alive in the United States. I find that very reassuring. I feel no sympathy whatsoever for all those billionaires and millionaires who lost a ton of money. Even though their wasted money won’t make a dent in their bank accounts, I’m sure they hate losing even a dollar.
Carl Rove raised 100+ million dollars from himself and his friends to support Romney and many Republican candidates. None of the people he supported won (reference: Rachel Maddow Show of 11/7). I think this flagrant attempt to buy an election, causes a backlash. It does with me.
Personally, I’m very disappointed that the Democrats didn’t win the House of Representatives. That would have made a big difference and stopped the gridlock, but it didn’t happen.
I think this election shows how much more liberal this country has moved since the last election. The Republican Party is regressive while the majority of the population is progressing. People are always moving forward. Conservatives are usually scared of change, but now they seem to want to go backwards. I think that change is one thing that the conservatives can’t control which makes them feel insecure.
Another good thing about the election is that a few right-wing nuts got thrown out (i.e., Allen West and Todd Aiken). Although, I wouldn’t classify Scott Brown as a right-wing nut, I’m glad he’s out of the picture.
[Update (11/9/12) You may have heard the latest Allen West news. He is refusing to concede his loss to Patrick Murphy. West has over $2 million in the bank, has hired a massive legal team and has already filed two lawsuits. Allen West has told his supporters there is “no rush” and that means he plans to tie Patrick Murphy up with lengthy and expensive legal battles. (taken from email received from Lois Frankel, just elected to the House from Florida and friend of Patrick Murphy)]
I hope we can get more liberal Democratic women into the Senate and the House like Ashley Judd whom hopefully will run in 2014.
Going from helping the poor to President of the United States, before he was 50, seems far more successful, to me, than anything that Romney has done.
I think it is Obama who has done everything on his own, which is the definition of the self-made man. Pres. Obama got student loans to get through college, which he paid back, because he is responsible and not a government freeloader as Romney seems to think of all people who get government help. I think this only shows how important student loans and Pell Grants are to the future of the country. They can help a potentially great man to realize his greatness. Romney wants to assuage Pell grants and student loans. Since he never had to receive a student loan, he doesn’t understand how important they are to some people. It’s doubtful that he even cares.