It’s Just Tuesday

Election Day in Alabama! It’s a special day…or is it?

Alabama is selecting their next Senator, and let’s be honest, we are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst. Because evidently an (alleged) sexual predator isn’t disqualifying for the office.

That being said, it’s always little exciting on election day. I swell with the pride of EVERYONE being able to vote (even if I don’t agree with their candidate). Check out this story about people cherishing the right to vote in Alabama from Think Progress. Excuse me, is that dust in my eyes?

And then we have a salacious tweet from Trump. I’m not linking to it. It’ gross. Despicable. Beneath the office. But how is that different than other things he’s done.

Now MOST of my faith in this democracy goes crashing down. But only most, not all of it. Because I refuse to give up. I persist.

And so, it’s not a special day. Because this type of emotional rollercoaster happens damn near everyday. It’s just Tuesday.

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Brace for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Maybe it’s being defeatist, maybe it’s being realistic.  But is everyone else expecting the worst tomorrow night from Alabama?

I don’t mean that as a commentary on the state, but rather an observation on the country as a whole.

Our lack, as a citizenry, to be able to discern policy and actions from the tribal dynamics of a political party.  Our lack, as a citizenry, to recognize manipulation by those more powerful.  Our lack, as a citizenry, to simply believe women.

Did you see the Vice News focus group with Roy Moore voters over the weekend?  It’s worth a look, and
Vice provides a 7 minute excerpt which provides insight in to their thinking.

C’mon, Alabama, do better. Or more so like – c’mon America, do better.

Sorry to be a downer, but I’ve found “brace for the worst, hope for the best” to be an effective coping mechanism for the past year, so why stop now?

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Suvey Saturday

Everyone ready to give their opinion??  It’s that day of the week, and our question today is about “that time of year” – the holidays!

Did you see Melania unveil the White House decorations in the past few weeks?  Here are two pictures which took the internet by storm:

And these pictures got us wondering:

What was up with the White House Christmas decorations?

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY

It’s another “Feel Good Friday”! Whew..we made it through another week.

What has you smiling today?

1. Conference calls scheduled for an hour which last only 25 minutes;
2. Holiday lights twinkling at night;
3. Egg McMuffins which taste like heaven in your mouth;
4. Patti LaBelle’s voice no matter the lyrics she’s singing (see earlier post);
5. The movie Coco — enjoyed by three generations with bottomless popcorn; and as the grand finale…
6. This video:

It’s OK to take a moment, breathe, and smile.  Even when things seem dark, there is light.  Look for it.

Make it a great Friday!

Email us at focusedfeed@gmail.com and let us know what is making you smile.  We may just post your info (anonymously and with your permission obviously).

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It’s Not Spy vs. Spy

We are one step away from having an email saying:  “Hi, Don Jr. this is Vladimir.  I have some emails, and Wikileaks can give them to you. In exchange for this I only want all Russian sanctions dropped and to be able to put nuclear power plants in the Middle East. Nothing big. Then we’ll be even.  What do you think?  Reply back with one answer:  YES or NO”

And then, thinking there is no repercussions or danger in working with a hostile country, circles YES as a wry smile washes across his face.  He thinks he’s outsmarted Putin because he read Spy vs. Spy cartoons in Mad Magazine.

Except any signal of potential agreement with Russia’s offer of assistance constitutes something to be leveraged as blackmail in the future.  And just maybe the Trumps didn’t figure that out.

CNN is reporting emails which shows an offer of Wikileaks encryption keys for hacked emails to the Trump campaign.  This seems important.

Wow! And three weeks later, Don Jr begins having private messages with Wikileaks! What a coincidence.

Please note Don Jr. denied remembering any of these emails and said there was no follow-up. Let’s see if that turns out to be true.

Buckle up. This story continues to be a bumpy ride with no signs of slowing down.

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Singing Us Into a FEEL GOOD FRIDAY

You know what being a pro is?  It’s Patti damn LaBelle rocking out even when the cue cards are wrong and the background singers are missing!

Enjoy Ms. LaBelle and her vocal talents from the 1996 Christmas Tree lighting ceremony:

Now THAT puts us in the mood for a FEEL GOOD FRIDAY.

Make it a great one.

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Out in the Open

You know what is really weird about this Trump Russia scandal? The way some parts of the scandal are right out in the open. I’m not sure if that is due to being shameless or clueless or diabolically brilliant. But things which appear truly damning are sometimes announced right in the open.

1st Example: “Russia, if you’re listening…” (Trump directs Russia to hack Hillary’s emails)

2nd Example: when Don Jr. produced the entire email chain about the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 (where they allegedly discussed adoptions) but really the email showed it was pitched as a meeting to see/hear “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Don Jr. replied “if it’s what you say it is I love it!”

So consider how even the Russians are surprised by the openness.

From the CNN story today (from Goldstone’s emails):

Yes, that is a good question – why was he admitting “collusion”?   Perhaps the genius is those scandals which are out in the open (and not discovered by furtive reporting) are less glamorous and we’ve becoming desensitized.

And another question – when will this national nightmare be over?

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DRIP DRIP – “Eerily Weird”

New today:  Remember Rob Goldstone?  The music producer who set up the now-famous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting where they discussed “adoptions”?

CNN is reporting today that days after the Trump Tower meeting — and upon news of the DNC hacked emails — Goldstone emailed his Russian buddies saying it was “eerily weird” hearing of the DNC hacked emails given what they had just discussed at the Trump Tower meeting

You know what I find eerily weird? How all these Russian coincidences keep popping up.

I’m guessing Mr. Goldstone will soon have an appointment with Special Counsel Mueller (if he hasn’t already made his acquaintance), to go with his Congressional testimony which is scheduled next week.

Frankly this entire saga is “eerily weird”. It would be immensely entertaining if it didn’t involve interference in our democratic government.

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History in Pictures

December 7, 1941 – “a date which will live in infamy”

On days such as today, a great Twitter follow is presidential historian Michael Beschloss.

He often posts pictures from significant days in history with few words, leaving you to reflect on the power of the image and the news of the time.

You’ll also see #NARA – whcih stands for National Archives and Records Administration.

His posts cause me to speak less and reflect more – on history and on current events. #NARA reminds me of the important yet often unseen functions of our government.

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

I humbly suggest this is worthy of your reflection and thoughts today.

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The Devil is in the Details

Again I am placed in the unfortunate position of being the grammar (and spelling and overall accuracy) hammer.

1) If you post a famous quote, get said quote correctly:

It’s “a date WHICH will live in infamy”.

 

2) If you are posting about a “date which will live in infamy”, get said date correct:


Now fixed, but thanks to screenshots this date typo will live in cyberspace forever.

3) Homophones are tricky, but proofreading is important:

It’s PEEK-a-boo as opposed to PEAK-a-boo (meaning the absolutely upper limit of a-boos).

Cute photo, though.

 

Is it too much to ask that our country’s leaders utilize basic proofreading skills before posting on social media?

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