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I made the Duluth News Trib a couple days ago much to my amusement. Reporter Brady Slater, who has been covering the Congressional campaign in Minnesota’s Eighth District, emailed me some questions wondering what I made of Pete Stauber’s silence on his email snafu. I was quoted correctly saying that he wanted to keep it from getting too much oxygen. I wasn’t quoted having said that I thought it wasn’t that big a deal. On the other hand, I do think St. Louis County’s protecting Pete is a big deal. He broke the law and they are covering his butt.

The real scandal is that Pete, a man of the law, has sworn to kiss the shoes of the man who urinated all over the Party of Lincoln and like all the other piss soaked Republicans he is too timid to admit he is in an embarrassing league with the devil.

But as I told Brady Slater, who shamed me for not reading the Duluth paper, I am happily removed from Donald Trump’s havoc and Pete Stauber’s painful shoe licking.

AND HERE IS WHAT I WAS UP TO ON DAY TEN (“DIX” pronounced deese IN FRENCH) FROM MY fACEBOOK PAGE:

The Loire Valley divides France into north and south. Hitler’s armies swept down to the river and stayed. South of the river was Vichy France subservient to Germany. We left our chateau, Arpentis, at noon and drove to the fabled Chenonceax fifteen minutes away.

Straddling the Border its owner helped fleeing Jews escape in to uncertain Vichy. During the First World War he turned the chateau into a hospital for over 2000 wounded soldiers.

Chenonceau built on one riverbank for a courtesan of the French king was extended accross the river.
Many of its subsequent owners were equally famous women.

Claudia and I toured the heck out of the chateau and its grounds for four hours. We returned very satisfied to Arpentis for cheese, wine and lively conversation with fellow travelers Australian and American. Two of them, a mother and daughter, were visiting from Wilmington, North Carolina, and biting their nails over the approach of Hurricane Florence.

Some pics of the two chateaux. See if you can tell the difference between them.