Making America Stupid again,and a probable farewell to Inverness

Oh fine, I wasnt going to post again tonight, but enough has happened today to make it worthwhile, so lets roll with it.

The day started with some amusement, and helped to convince me that Trump followers really are idiots, or some of them, anyway. It actually started positively (if you ignore the earlier sighting on news of Trump doing a fist pump at a 9/11 memorial service, for heavens sake. Is he, and his fans complete idiots? Oh fine, seemingly, but more on that shortly.

Some very efficient service from a nice man at Scotrail assistance, means Eric will not need to walk miles at Edinburgh Waverley on the return journey, assistance arranged! But then to today’s journey, and the moment of idiocy. There were at least 2 signs, that I noticed, advising customers that there were no seat reservations on the train we were catching to Aviemore, due to, as I found out later, a printer issue.

So fine, no great fuss, got in a pair of seats, ready for the journey, and then… This American elderly man, wearing, you’ve guessed it, one of the dreaded M.A.G.A hats came up to us, and told us we were in his reserved seats. I politely explained, just as the conductor was again confirming it over the speaker system, that there were no reserved seats. His only reply (and its fair to comment, there was little sign of intelligence in his eyes, was to repeat what he said, and glare at us again. After 3 rounds of this, I decided that beating my head against a Trump fan, with an IQ roughly around zero, was a pointless exercise, so we gave up, and moved.

He then started bemoaning us to his wife, who miraculously pointed out to him that we were right, there were no reserved seats on the train. Anyway, one of his other companions/family members gave a face that was clean out of Redneck territory at the whole event, best described as a gurn. No, I’m not sure his IQ was as high as zero! Thankfully, we were only going one stop, so soon left them behind, about 35 minutes later.

The steam train ride was nice. Cant remember the last time before this I rode a steam train, definitely cant remember the last time I had a meal on one! Anyway, back to Aviemore at 14.08, and… we proceeded, after about 30 minutes wait, to get the 12.23 to Inverness! No, I’m not kidding, there was an issue with a freight train further down the line, it was running about 2 and a quarter hours late! Now, in this country, when you have this much of a delay, you get a refund on your ticket. Thing is, we were actually booked on an anytime ticket, which even though that wasnt our planned train, we could have claimed for the delay. Thing is, we had reserved seats for the 14.40, so if anyone checked, we werent actually delayed, but a few minutes early.

I’ll be honest, if worthwhile money was involved (£9.75 each), and I wasnt a civil servant, I probably would have gone for it anyway. But yeah, I can just see the headlines, if anyone found out, so for that much money, no go. Honest, but stupid, probably!

Lastly, after we got back to the hotel, and Eric settled down for a nap, I took a stroll back up into Inverness, one last time, probably. I cant see me being back anytime soon, and in truth, a few years after that, I probably, quite literally wont be going anywhere, lol! Body might last a few more years, but I suspect not many, and the odds on being back up here, not good.

So, when I was a child (as I have mentioned before), I had some distant relative who lived in the Highlands, at Kinlochleven, of a very similar age to me. She, as I suspect young Scottish children do, was from time to time, dressed in her clan colors, Maclaine of Lochbuie. At one time, I had a tie, and a plaque in said colors, but both have long since passed from my ownership in time, and moves. Anyway, I thought it might be fun to look for a dress, or skirt in said clan colors, but unsurprisingly, I couldnt find any, its not one of the popular clans, shall we say? But those I did, well over £100, so definitely not going to happen, regardless! Oh fine, lets include the clan name as a category, I might get offered a skirt, or dress in clan colors, though I wont hold my breath on that!

And thats about it! Tomorrow we head back down south, end of the break. Lets just say I’m looking forward to some lay ins, in the morning, for the last 3 days of my break! Eric, please note, lol!

I dont know what to say about video suggestions, to be honest. Last Farewell, Roger Whitaker, maybe?

Edited to add the video at home

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Space farce, sorry, force?

Whereas I’m not allowed by my job to comment on the 2 B’s (Boris, Brexit) at this time, due to a need for UK political neutrality, I dont have quite the same limitations when it comes to US politics, thankfully. Even more so if I only describe someone as a bewigged, orange, Russian narcissist, I’m sure you know who I mean, lol!

Anyway, no, I’m going to generally pass on his Immigration policies, though its amazing how when it suits him, the whole chain migration rule conveniently gets ignored, as per an event this week.

But no, his latest crazy idea takes the honor tonight, a space force. Personally I’d like to see him, and a few friends go up in an open top spacecraft, without helmet, and space suit, and solve a few problems for the rest of us. But sadly…

The immediate snag I see with this idea, is where do this force live, when not on missions? If its on Earth, then every time they need to take off, to achieve space orbit is going to take a lot more force, and fuel, than a jet plane taking off. There is also the snag of the heat involved in atmospheric re-entry, those craft are either going to need heat protection cladding replaced every few flights, or something of the kind. Equally, even the ‘UFO’s’ dont have much window space on their craft, simply because of the heat protection issue. So, either these craft have very limited visibility, or they have to find some kind of visible panel that can cope with the heat of re-entry!

Alternatively, a non Earth base, yes, what? After all, the International Space Station is a multi nation base, so are hardly likely to welcome US Military there, at a base where Russians, and other nations are on board, supposedly the enemies! Other than that, not much available at present, lol! Also then, long term, there are always the space radiation issues, so…

Next question I dont know, would weapons work in space? As far as I know, phaser weapons only exist on TV, and the movies! To be fair to said bewigged idiot, I’m sure that some distance into the future, these issues will be sorted out, and assuming the threat isnt just from other countries on this planet (which is what he’s talking up), but from heaven forbid, aliens from another world, then I suppose the much talked about Moon Base could work for this. But yes, thats not going to happen in the time span he’s talking about, lets face it!

So…

OK, one last slightly related thing. I gather one of the new planes being designed will be vertical take off, just like a rocket, though seemingly only for a short time, before flying in a more standard style. I’ve seen video of it, and no thanks, unless I’m provided with full pressurized space suit, lol! Even then…?

OK, the video. I decided not to inflict Star Trekkin’ on you, be grateful for that! I have used this song before, but not this performance. So, like the Space Force at present, he doesnt exist! 😛

 

Stand by your man?

I do wonder if Trump realized on Friday when he made the speech about the NFL, and the players, and the National Anthem, that it was always going to end badly, right? I mean, telling people that if they dont stand for the National Anthem, that they should be sacked on the spot, was always going to end well, not!

I suppose the only thing you could say he has succeeded in doing, is to some degree uniting the players, their bosses, and the NFL head people by his statement. Yes, its been fair to say today, judging by the reports I’ve read, its backfired on him, big time! No, I’m not surprised, but anyway…

Funny thing is, it seems some NFL fans wont be watching any more games (yes, I’ll stop laughing soon) because of it, and others will watch games because of the players doing it, priceless stuff.

The biggest irony, the people that seem to be defending the players the most over their choice are the military, and they are the people most of the ‘Trump-ettes’ say would be the most offended by it. Yes, I know…

But fine, I know he’s not the brightest star in the sky, but did he seriously think this would work out well? Ah well…

The video? No, not Tammy Wynette, the setting here seems more apt for the NFL fans somehow lol

When all is said and done

Right wingers, look away now!

So fine, its happened, Trump is now President. The world hasnt ended yet, though I have little faith that given 4 years minimum in charge, he might try for that yet. Yes, I deliberately set out to avoid all coverage of the Inauguration, though with a combination of being at work when it happened, and avoiding the news channels since then, its not one of the harder challenges I’ve faced. Irony is, I remember a time when there were 2 channels on the TV over here (the 3rd began in 1967), and it would have been on the news on both here, if not a live broadcast!

I think most here know I’m not a Trump fan already, but equally, not a Clinton one either. I suspect if Sanders, or Biden had been the Democratic candidate, we may not be in the position we are now, but we will never know? As is the way with so many fake news websites nowadays, I have no idea how many people attended the Inauguration. I’ve seen tiny crowds in pictures, but I’m told there were more than that, though not as many as either of Obama’s, but anyway…

Today, what was initially planned as one protest about Trump, and his sexist, racist ways was meant to happen in Washington. Indeed, probably has already happened, but I’m still on news avoidance at present lol! But there hasnt been just one protest, there have been hundreds, if not thousands, all around the world. Probably not in Moscow, mind, but fine, thats getting sarcastic, so…

I’d love to think these protests will make a difference, but in truth, Trump is such an egotist, and his friends on the ‘religious right’ are so oppressive towards women, and other minorities, I doubt it will. Great shame, but being realistic… Still, for now at least, I can hope! To counter that, some people have over reacted to matters, and lets see what actually comes about before screaming louder.

To which: Yesterday evening (my time), and today, there have been numerous people complaining about the pages taken down from the White House website. Yes, the ones concerning, LGBT, Climate Change and Disabled being the main ones noted. Thing is, they dont remember, or dont want to remember that the same thing happened 8 years ago, when Obama came to power, they archive off the previous presidents work. And expecting Trump to have people in place to put them back up, with his opinions, oh please. Fine, the fact that he hasnt even started on replacing all the Ambassadors is beside the point, and probably of as much concern. In truth, he wants the power, without the hard work involved, and everyone else (but his wealthy friends) will suffer accordingly.

So no, I’m not saying those things will go back on the website, but he needs to be given time to do so. Hopefully not 3 years, 364 days, though with him, that wouldnt surprise me! But when all is said and done, USA, he’s your President (unless impeached, or resigns) for at least 4 years, we just have to survive that time as best we can.

The video, one of those last Abba songs, from 1981, very poignant, very sad, but possibly very apt at the moment.

 

Peace on Earth?

So fine, I dont try to do politics too often on here, because I acknowledge that not everyone has the same ‘fairly liberal’ views as me, though its fair to say my views are pretty much in line with Jean Harlow, as much as I can tell, which is fine by me! So yes, this might be the point that rabid Trump fans should push that little red x in the top right corner, and go find something else to read!

Just to say, if needed, that all unpleasant political comments will be deleted, or not approved, depending on status, so no point insulting me as a socialist, or the type, and expecting it to show on the blog! Equally, I’d like to keep other comments tempered, so no actual insults for the other party either.

The last couple of days have seen an escalation of the nuclear arms race, on Twitter at least! Yes, we are talking about that idiot with a surname of Trump, if you had any doubt? Apart from the minor technical point that (thankfully) he isnt yet President, and in no position to make such decisions, its the announcement of it on Twitter, of all places that worries me the most! Yes, Putin is stirring things up, probably because he knew Trump would bite, and put his foot in it again, and it worked! The scary thing is all the innocent people in danger of suffering because of this, but lets face it, Trump would never let that get in the way of his ego.

Now before some jump on me as a Hilary lover, I’m not! Cant stand the woman, dont trust the woman, but at least she doesnt have the patience levels of a 5 year old before doing something. She waits, well, slightly longer than that! Equally, I can see why she lost the election, people dont trust her, and in truth, who can blame them?

But yes, at Christmas, supposedly a time of peace, and goodwill on Earth, we get this! Ah well…The only irony for me, Pence is even more scary for folk like me, given his views on LGBT folk, and Gay Conversion Therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy all that electro therapy treatment, but not for the reason he believes in it!

So yes, the what I assume is not too serious talk, of independence for California would suit me fine, they might even approve working status for me then, lol! I know, I know, but I can hope! Lets just hope America can survive all this, in all honesty.

OK, video time. The song is apt, and also, given that Bowie died this year, it seems suitable. There are so many tales about the story of the recording of this, that which one is strictly true, who knows? Some of it is covered here at least

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_on_Earth/Little_Drummer_Boy

Yes, thats right, pretty much Bing Crosby’s last performance before his death! Still had it though. I’ve just taken the actual song clip, if you want to see the pre song stuff, its not hard to find.

God Bless America?

So fine, much though a left-centrist lady like me might prefer to ignore what happened on Tuesday night, it happened, and we have to live with it, for better, or for worse. You could say its more entertaining than it might have been, given Trump won the electoral college, but Clinton got more votes, but hey, its the system, we have to live with it!

Strange thing, Trump this year has done a couple of things supporting the LGBT community, whereas Pence is in the ‘crazy’ community when it comes to gay conversion therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy that electro shock stuff, but hey, I suspect thats limited to me, and me only! By the way, do Bi’s get the full dose, or only half dose, just curious lol? No, not really, but anyway…

Fine, lets end the politics there, please!

Wednesday morning, when I went to the Twitter web page, I found this posting

Hey! #England ! I am interested in moving there. I’m a hardworking female with a drive to appease and entertain people. #actress #model

No, its not an actress name I recognize, but thats not saying much with me, and modern actors lol! So anyway, being the wicked minx that I am, I came up with this reply,

Hey America, I’m brave enough to work as a model, or actress over there in the next 4 years, just need the opportunity! Hardworking,you bet!

No, so far at least, I’ve had no offers, though if you know anyone who might? 😉 But before you ask, yes, absolutely, I would! So, if Mr Trump wants to offer a Brit the papers to act, and model over there, I wouldnt say no. Funny, I remember some European model who went over there to do some work, without papers, I wonder what happened to her? Sorry, Mrs Trump, just teasing! Oh fine, she’s young, pretty, and well, I’m 58, and not a stunner lol! 😛

The other offer I’ve had this week, was in a lighthearted manner, offering to do a property swap with someone I know in Alabama for 4 years. Yes, I’d love that, and I’m sure I could get some work (acting/model/writer) done while there, with luck, but seriously… No, I’m sure he didnt mean it, mainly because he has a very nice house, and I have a very nice, err, studio flat, to describe it best! So yes, it would be win/win for me, but anyway… Would I go if he had meant it? Not sure, Alabama isnt my dream state to live in, but I suppose it could grow on me?

Anyway, lovely guy, but I’m not expecting to move there anytime soon!

OK, video time. If anyone is expecting that anthem, sung during many baseball games, sorry, no! But its a line from this OMD song. Rare sight, first time in about 30 years they’d done it live, so…

We want to be elected!

Yes, after what has felt like 18 months of campaigning, which makes the UK’s look brief, it has finally happened, Election day in the US. Actually, it probably is about 18 months, as I remember when in New England, 14 months ago, the Republican debates going on. Or was it when I was in Hollywood last October? Regardless, its all been going on for over a year, but its nearly over, thank goodness!

As to my comments about the candidates, I’m not going to say too much, as I’m not really a fan of either. But fine, its not hard to work out who is the more LGBT friendly candidate, so yes, they might get my backing, if I could vote! All I will say, to all my US readers is that whoever you want to vote for, go out and vote, please! I might, or might not agree with your choice, but go do it, all the same!

I must admit, my friends list varies in taste from those who are so dedicated to Bernie Sanders, that they cant face voting for Hillary, right through to those who think Trump is wonderful, and all stages in between. And yes, I’m still friends with them all…just!

Oh fine, for those who must know, I’d hold my breath (as I dont admire her greatly), and vote for Hillary as the lesser of 2 evils, but I wish there was a better candidate for my tastes! Now you know, but please dont let that influence you. Probably Jill Stein would be the logical candidate for me, but seriously, she’s not going to win, so…

The most interesting difference, the fact that the people (of sorts at least) get to choose the candidates, whereas over here, we have to take our chance with whoever the political parties decide should be their leader, regardless of what we think. Doesnt mean either system is better than the other, but I suspect their might be a few (especially in the Republican party) who wish someone else was their candidate!

But anyway, at some point tomorrow (UK time, at least), we will know who will be President of the US, in all likelihood, for the next 4 years. At least then, it might be over, though knowing politics, not for very long!

Alright, the video song is the obvious one for today. The beauty for me, its live, its recent, and its filmed in Los Angeles. Warning, those of a politically sensitive nature, you might want to stop it before the end!