McConnell announced if the voting rights bill comes up in the Senate next week for a procedural vote, all 50 Republicans will vote against it.

Hear that Joe Manchin? You’ve been had.

The Republican side of the Senate has not been trustworthy for 10 years. No longer are true Republicans. What they are, I am not sure. But statesmen and legislative leaders they are not.

They possibly are barbarians. Seeking to destroy. Waiting to destroy. Doing everything to assure the gate falls.

The Republicans danced Manchin. I thought I read a few days ago he was sitting with 10 Republicans working on the voting bill compromise. Things looked good for a bi-partisanship result. The news was out.

Instead, they made Manchin look like an ass.

He has to learn he is being used. Why is he so blind? Does not make sense.

I hope Manchin wakes up and does the right things. Like kill the filibuster first and foremost. Permit him to retake some of the respect people had before he went on this bi-partisanship kick.

If he fails to so do, history will view him as an egomaniac who could not see beyond the tip of his nose.

New York Times columnist David Brooks in this morning’s Times wrote about trust.

He wrote, “Distrust is a cancer eating away at our society. It magnifies enmity, stifles cooperation and fuels conspiracy thinking. So the question is how do you build trust?”

So how can trust be rebuilt in today’s society? One conclusion is recognizing the answer is not easy to reach.

The more Matt Gaetz talks, the deeper the hole he digs for himself.

He asked yesterday if the FBI was instrumental with bringing on January 6. He appeared convinced the FBI might have had a role in “organizing and participating in the January 6 Capitol revolt.”

Gaetz said, He fears “a political weaponizing of the FBI and the Justice Department… agency that has a whole lot of swamp left in it and needs to be drained.”

In reality, Trump brought a swamp the size never conceived before into the Oval Office. A room where Gaetz sat many times conversing and planing diabolical schemes with his leader. Actually, his lord and master.

An interesting article on the internet this morning re coronavirus. Claimed the word is out that those vaccinated against COVID-19 are now “magnetic.” All one who has been vaccinated has to do is stick a key to his forehead and it will stick. Or, a spoon or fork on the chin with a similar result.

I tried it. Nothing would stick anywhere. The representation as good as Trump’s that an inoculation of bleach would cure a person’s body almost immediately of the virus.

This is the day! January 18. The U.S. Bishop’s Conference meets today. One of the items on the agenda is a preliminary vote to draft a divisive document on “Eucharistic worthiness.” Short for prohibiting any political leader who supports a woman’s freedom of choice to be denied Communion.

The Bishops’ effort is actually to embarrass President Biden. A man who appears to be an excellent Catholic. To demean him.

Note the U.S. Bishop’s Conference is a far right organization. It walks hand in hand with the Republican far right. The group also seeks the overthrow of Pope Francis I.

They’re nuts.

The Pope has advised against the action and told them to cease and desist. No one is sure what they will do.

To make the Bishop’s position more understandable, recognize that 2 persons exerting much influence over them are Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich.

Need I say more?

Things are getting worse rather than better as far as California weather is concerned. The drought continues. More than normal hydroelectric power being used.

The strain on electric supplies has required California to warn blackouts may occur.

This is U.S. Open weekend. The tournament is being played at Torrey Pines in the San Diego area.

I have been fortunate to play Torrey Pines a couple of times. Natural beauty abounds. Cliffs. Roaring sea below. Heavy surf. Sea lions and seals.

The course is also next to La Jolla. One of the finest small communities in the world. Night time wondrous. Restaurants and bars top shelf. People dressing as we do in Key West, except their attire more classic. Everyone is dressed in sports clothes that appear to have been purchased that day.

I enjoyed the evenings as much as the days.

Did a double header last night. Dinner at Two Friends. A first for dinner. Dined with Sloan. All the yeas she has assisted me, I never took her out to dinner. We had a wonderful time!

Blog late today. I overslept by 2 1/2 hours. Something I never do. Then ran into some computer problems.

Better late than never.

Enjoy your day!


  1. The ONLY way Manchin can be reelected (as a Democrat or as a Republican) is by doing what he is doing. This is a win/win for HIM.

    Do it differently, and he’s toast. Lou, he knows that, you don’t.

    This has NOTHING to do with doing the right thing, apart from doing what is right for himself!

    • You are absolutely right! The good people of West Virginia want to stick it to the rest of the country for their problems and could give two sh*ts about doing the right thing.

  2. Separation of Church and state is no longer a problem with Republicans. At least as long as it benefits them. It will become a problem for them again when and if it benefits Democrats, They’ll cry like babies again when that happens,

  3. The Church’s war on abortion has about as much a chance of succeeding as the Government’s war on drugs which is zero.

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