Extremely Interesting Times

Just fine the way it is? Then you know who to vote for.


“May you live in interesting times” might not be an old Chinese curse, but at least it’s a modern global one.

China declaring that it owns the South China Sea right up to the high tide line on the surrounding nations.

Turkish President Erdoğan continuing to move the country toward a dictatorship.

Islamic terrorism.



Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Yemen, Sudan, Israel, Libya, and poor Venezuela, which doesn’t deserve all that.

And here in the United States, where we are faced with a choice between four more years of the same under our Wall Street war hawk Clinton or a standing broad jump into ruin and greater totalitarianism under Trump with his honorary Vice President Vladimir Putin.

Could very well be the latter.  There must be people who have recordings of at least some of Hillary’s Wall Street speeches, and when they are released about a month or three weeks before the election, they’ll tip the scale.  Start practicing in front of a mirror:  “I love President Trump”.

Well, unless somebody gets into the NSA’s files and does another Wikileaks exposure, this one detailing Trump’s indebtedness to Russian oligarchs and tipping the election the other way.

Oh, it’s gonna be such a rollercoaster.

And that’s before the election.

Meanwhile, since my friend David has recently got me interested in fences by posting some of his fine shots, here’s a scene off the Petaluma-Marshall Road on the western outskirts of Petaluma.

off the Petaluma-Marshall Road

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  1. Rick C.
    Posted 1 August 2016 at 08:07 | Permalink

    I know, right? Two exasperating choices. Perhaps in this regard, edge to Clinton: she’s somewhat politically experienced–or at least, her gaffes haven’t been as easy to hide or deny as Trump’s–and along with her spouse (who had a go at the office a few years back) together they probably best represent “the devil you know.”

    That said, here’s an interesting article about how what makes Ms. Clinton a dull public speaker also makes her a good choice as a President, given what powers the President actually has (less than you think) and what a President actually has to do, on a day-to-day basis: http://www.vox.com/2016/7/28/12308198/hillary-clinton-speech-dnc.

    Good line about Trump and Putin!

    Yeah, the world’s kinda teetering, isn’t it? Easy to be cynical, hard to be positive. But we need the good energy. I continue to believe that we’ll find a way through all the negatives… Two months to go. Should be an interesting ride.

    • Posted 1 August 2016 at 09:42 | Permalink

      What an excellent link there. Many thanks. And yes, as turned off as i am over Clinton’s hawkishness and ties to Wall Street, i have to admit that nobody in his right mind would choose Trump over her. The idea of his thumb twitching impulsively over a red button gives me the creeps.

      • Rick C.
        Posted 2 August 2016 at 13:34 | Permalink

        There are too many of us not in our right minds… hopefully not enough to form a majority or a plurality.

        Couldn’t agree more with you “red button” observation.

        • Posted 2 August 2016 at 14:38 | Permalink

          Had to laugh over “too many of us not in our right minds”. Oh yes, just open the news.

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