Though obviously not with the presence of The Terminator! There are, of course, a lot of other cool examples of the use of this phrase in popular culture, but Arnie’s my favourite. This post, mostly comprising of tweets, is to ease me gradually into the habit of writing and posting again. It’s been several months, and my first post needs to be one I can start and finish in one day. Having said that, I’ve already had four interruptions – two by the cat.
So, greetings! It’s been a while, but hopefully the hiatus is finally over. I simply haven’t been up to posting. I won’t bore you with the details, but things are back on an even keel now. I’ve currently got three posts in preparation, and I’m hoping at least two of them will make it on to the website. One I’ve made mention of before in the comments: my reasons for opposing the death penalty. The other is about Trump’s cult.
The third, which I’m struggling with but is a really important topic, is the huge number of judges Trump’s appointing. In the US these are lifetime appointments, so the conservative Christians are set to influence culture there for a long time to come, and not just in red states. They’ve already made a lot of “progress” when it comes to controlling women’s decisions in relation to their own bodies, and more are in their pipeline.
In the meantime, here’s a little entertainment.
One of the things that got me going when it came to posting was the latest offering from New Zealand’s Martin Heck. His time lapse films are wonderful, in the true sense of the word. Regular readers will remember I’ve put up several of his short films in the past. (Here’s a post that includes a film of how he makes them.) As always, remember to put the video on full screen to completely appreciate the beauty:
The cartoon below is the likely result if Trump decides to testify at his impeachment hearing.
(Via Ann German.)
Oh yes I am sure he will, riiiight. This would be the MOST coherent he would be. pic.twitter.com/Jc49xOZVAa
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) December 5, 2019
Today, Trump let us know he thinks he’s the greatest president ever.
“Not only have the Democrats not advanced key pieces of legislation that would help the economy, but the polls, especially in early states, are showing that voters are tuning out.” @PeteHegseth They don’t want our greatest of all presidents impeached!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2019
I’m sure you’ve all heard about Trump’s rant a couple of days ago. Someone designed a new hat for his followers:
— Matt "Barron not Baron" Wilkinson (@justcallmatt) December 7, 2019
The GOP don’t seem to be able to help themselves. Lying is par for the course these days.
Warning issued after RNC sends 'imitation census' mailers to boost Trump re-election in Montana – ABC News – via @ABC https://t.co/hrk9l8Pv3S
— Colleen Bartlett (@CBartlett1963) December 7, 2019
This is obviously a slip of the tongue, and Trump is being widely mocked for it. (I assume he’s actually referring to abortion in the ninth month.) The complete lack of understanding of the medical reasons why ninth-month terminations need to stay legal is one of the more frustrating parts of the anti-choice campaign. They always make it sound like Democratic women and their doctor are frequently deciding to have healthy nine-month foetuses killed. That lie makes me really, really angry.
Statement from The President: "Right now in a number of states the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother's womb in the 9th month. It is wrong. It has to change." Watch. pic.twitter.com/v5dx94Httn
— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) December 7, 2019
7 December 1941. The day the US finally came to the help of its allies. This first draft of the president’s speech is very interesting.
(Via Ann German.)
Draft 1: pic.twitter.com/swvn6st4oX
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 7, 2019
How many times have I said it now? I love otters!
(Via Ann German.)
Aren’t these gorgeous?!
I FINALLY GOT MY HARLEQUINS TODAY! A lifer for me!!! Sorry for the camera shake on this clip, it’s a combination of the strong wind on the jetty at Jones Beach and my excitement! pic.twitter.com/sVbmIqlZdK
— Heidi (@heidicleven) December 8, 2019
It’s confusing for a kitteh!
I’ve always wanted to try this. I guess I’m not the only one!
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Always enjoy your posts Heather.
Hi Heather, welcome back.:)
Heaher, great that you’re back online but your health is of primry importance so don’t overdo it just because you’ve been silent for so long and so much of critical concern is going on in the world; but your readers will welcome your insights and information. All these judges that are being appointed is so scary that I can’t yet bear to think about it but somebody needs to say something and when you do, I’ll learn a lot. right now, I’am still gasping with laughter after watching that video of Trump declaring 9-month births wrong and that something must be done to stop it. His doozy quotient is accelerating rapidly.
Hi Heather, great to have you back 🙂 Barbara and I were worried for you, but your comments on WEIT reassured us. Take it easy, and we’ll see you in a couple of months – can’t wait to visit NZ again.
I’m glad to see you back! I was just thinking about you the other day and hoping you were okay.
Be well! You have lots of people thinking about you.
Thank goodness you are back. Missed your posts tremendously. May you only have the best in the coming year.
Looking forward to your future posts Heather! I knew you were around as I’d see your comments and tweets on WEIT here and there. But thanks for the update, and can’t wait to read what you have to say regarding the sad state of American (GOP) politics and other topics you fancy.
Thanks so much for your kind words everybody. I’m feeling a bit guilty today because having said, “I’m back,” I haven’t done any writing today, and I won’t be tomorrow either.
Tomorrow in particular is a bit annoying because it’s both International Human Rights Day and my birthday. I get quite a kick out of them being the same day, so I like to post something appropriate.
However, this atheist is going Christmas shopping with her mother (who has also become an atheist thanks to long car rides on previous Christmas shopping trips!). We’ll even be buying for the Shinto/Buddhist family members. The kids aren’t worried about all the religious stuff, as long as Santa, Grandma, and Aunty Heather come through!
Happy Birthday, Heather!
Thanks “Jenny”. I guess I’m younger in the US and UK, where most of you are, because it’s still the 10th there!
It’s great to see you back!
Thank D*g you’re back, I nearly gave up on your site (shame on me!)
Mr Trump’s slip of the tongue is priceless.
It doesn’t bear thinking what he’s producing if he has to flush 15 times!
Hi Heather, welcome back. We all missed you. As a Canadian one thing I do not understand why a politicized judiciary in the US. Someone please explain why to me.
I’ve always wondered the same. We have no idea who any of our SC judges vote for. It just doesn’t come up because it doesn’t appear to affect their rulings.