The Charlie Manson wing of the Trumplican Party

The ghost of Charlie Manson, “Helter Skelter,” has come to haunt Minnesota courtesy of Donald Trump. These are some of the “good people” from Charlotsburg who chanted that they would not be replaced by Jews and who ran over a woman protesting their Storm Trooper like tiki torch bearing. They have a close affinity with Dylann Roof who massacred 9 members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

Helter Skelter, the wild Beatles’ song was the name Charlie Manson called his project to start a race war in America by slaughtering an actress and her unborn child. Manson’s torch is carried by the Trump sanctioned provocateurs who are torching Minneapolis and St. Paul to cast blame on the furious innocents who have been protesting the murder of George Floyd. I heard the press conference with Minnesota Governor Walz and here’s a pretty reputable news source to tell about it.

Every Person Arrested In Saint Paul Last Night Was From Out Of State, Mayor Says – Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sergeiklebnikov/2020/05/30/every-person-arrested-in-saint-paul-last-night-was-from-out-of-state-mayor-says/

149 words and a decision

I have just decided to smell the roses. I’ll file for the Congress next week but I found what I’ve been looking for. I’ve told Claudia for twenty years that I want to be a writer. Perhaps getting elected to Congress would be like the proverbial car a dog tries to catch but has no clue what to do with it should he succeed. I know just what I’d do but I waited too long to finish a book that would help me get elected. However, my eagerness over the past to weeks to get started writing a book that’s been inside me for several decades has been very rewarding. I’ve decided that writing a book I’ll be proud to have authored is more important to me than cobbling together a protest campaign for Congress.

This month I’ve been slowly picking up speed like an old Atlas rocket. They seemed to hover over the launch pad forever as they inched above the Earth. Two weeks ago everything I’d been doing came together. I’ve already got 65 sales to honor and my buyers have been patient with me. I’m going to send them something I wouldn’t mind putting on a book shelf.

The journal above is what tipped me over to this decision. I’d found so much to work with that haste put a good book out of reach. A proper edit can’t be done in two weeks or even a month. But everyday for the past couple weeks even with a couple hick ups I’ve been pleased with what I have.

This morning I had to rummage through an old box of my mementos to answer a nagging question. It led me to my entire journal from my two week 1962 vacation and my first sight of the Ocean. That’s it up above. Its 149 words counting numbers as well as words.

I’m going to elaborate on that first day because I enjoyed seeing how much I’ve improved as a writer over my 11 year old self sixty-eight years ago. Today I’ve pounded out ten or twenty million words on my keyboard.

The vacation must have been my Dad’s brainchild. He wanted to take his Mother and my Mother’s father along with us for a trip to the East Coast. Dad was a public servant so he only had two weeks vacation time. We would take our car and one of my Grandparent’s cars. I don’t remember whose but my parents would do the lion’s share of the driving.

To make it to the East coast we would have to put a lot of mileage on the cars the first and last days. As we were about to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis at about noon my Mom and Dad lost track of each other. I think my Mother was behind following Dad and he thought she missed a turn. He doubled back to find her in a seedy part of downtown St. Louis. When she didn’t turn up he had to conclude she had figured out how to continue on. We had no cell phones so we cooled our heels for maybe twenty minutes before Dad had no choice but get back in the car and proceed to the planned lunch stop. That was Vincennes, Indiana. Before we left I think he might have put a call in the police Department to ask if anyone reported getting lost on the freeways. Now we would have to keep our eyes pealed for the other car hoping to catch sight of it in a parking lot by some cafe. We saw it. And that suggests to me that it was our grandfather’s car. Grandfather was riding in the car Mom was driving and I don’t think she would have started the trip out driving her mother-in-laws car. If so, it was his Studebaker a car I would use ten years later for my stint as a Republican campaign operative.

My “journal” says only ….why there it is…”grampas car” It also blames my Mom for getting lost but she is the driver who first proceeded to Indiana and our late lunch.

The journal was my Grandmother Ruth Welty’s idea. I guess she knew that world travelers kept such journals and the teacher in her thought this would be a wonderful thing for me to do. As little as I wrote I would take this to heart and write similar but ever so slightly more expansive ones through high school as my Father took ever more expansive trips to get us to all 49 US states on the North American continent.

I remember far more than I ever recorded. I remember seeing the memorial to George Roger’s Clark as we looked for my Grandfather’s car. I had played him in a PTA play in fifth grade. That’s probably why I remember it.

Well I just had my computer count the words in paragraphs 5,6,7,8,9 and 10. I just took 598 words to describe one anecdote from the first day. That’s better than three times the words I expended on two full weeks of travel. And I didn’t even mention the lunch we had. So here goes:

Both my grandparents were Republicans but having been a teacher and having been thrust into unexpected poverty when her husband Henry Franklin Welty died in 1947 my Grandmother had a very different point of view. When we had finished having lunch my Grandfather, the recently retired Kansas State Auditor, left about 15 or 25 cents for a tip. My Grandmother was distressed by this and when he was almost out of the diner I watcher her as she put more on the table to sooth her conscience. I’m not sure how my Grandfather found about this addition but he told my Mother that her mother-in-law was improvident and that such generosity would lead to her ruin.

Donald Trump the triple threat……just today

The White House is going dark on the economy.

The White House reportedly will not release updated economic projections this summer, an unprecedented move that comes amid a crippling downturn caused by the coronavirus and the measures enacted to … View the article. https://flip.it/09tMP-

But:

The President uses $29 million tax payer bucks to advertise his campaign for reelection.

A postcard mailer that went out to nearly all adult American citizens simply to highlight impeached President Donald Trump’s role in the stimulus check program cost the government $28 million. Trump’s … View the article. https://flip.it/4kf6v7

Meanwhile to prevent mail in ballots and a lower risk of corona virus infection Trump is strangling the postal service that his senior voters depend upon. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/us/politics/postal-service-trump-coronavirus.html

I vent for my French penpal over today’s headlines and Donald Trump

This morning as I woke to headlines coming from Minneapolis. My innocent French penpal asked how my book writing was going and then asked about about Donald Trump. This is the question/litany S. sent me:

S writes:

So I read in the French news what is written about the Scarborough affair. Yes Trump accused him not directly to be at the origin of his secretary death.

And I read also:
“This is not the first time that the billionaire has engaged in such outrage: in 2016, during the Republican primaries, he accused the father of his opponent Ted Cruz of being involved in … the death of Kennedy in 1963. He also accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of having played a role in the death of Vince Foster, a White House adviser who committed suicide in 1993. He also expressed doubts about Barack Obama after the death in an accident plane crash of a Hawaii state official in 2013, or the Orlando shooting claimed by ISIS in 2016.

My reply:

About Trump’s mendacity.

I began paying attention to Trump when he used his father’s wealth to carve out more property in New York. He violated open housing laws to keep black residents out of his apartments. He used his wealth to fight the Government in court till he got his hands slapped ( meaning he was barely punished)

Not long after this he began suggesting that our presidents were so stupid that he ought to be President. No one took him seriously back then.

When in the 1990’s a white woman runner (jogger) was attacked and raped in New York’s Central Park it was thought she might have been attacked by a bunch of young black men who had been acting up in the park.

Always eager to be in the news Trump spent $100,000 dollars on ads in NY Papers saying that the 5 young black me arrested afterwards should be hung even though capital punishment had been outlawed in the state. His pressure helped convict them all and they spent a decade behind bars until the real culprit was found. Like every other bit of mischief he’s been behind he never apologized.

He spent months saying that Obama was born in Africa. No apologies for that. He’s spent months making patriotic white America furious over black athletes who took a prayerful pose kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during football games instead of standing up hand over their hearts.

What they were protesting was centuries of black abuse at the hands of police forces that took special care to keep black slaves, later to be citizens, in line.

Today in my state of Minnesota dozens of blocks of our biggest city Minneapolis lie burning after the fifth unarmed black suspect died at the hands of police in the two years. Three policemen stood by while a fourth strangled a black man by putting his knee in his neck to handcuff and arrest him for being uncooperative.

This was watched by dozens of neighbors who begged the police not to continue. The man’s offense. He was suspected of passing a counterfeit 20 dollar bill in a store. Today there have been tens of millions of dollars in property damage because our police all too often act like the mafia when one of them acts viciously. But in the era of cell phones the whole nation can see the excesses on the nightly news so that it’s no longer possible for the police to cover up for each other.

Trump’s reaction is to claim that in addition to his presidential immunity from prosecution from criminal offenses he has a right to lie on Twitter. He is astonished that social media now tells people when he lies. They have no right to do that! It violates his 1st amendment rights which as President are godlike. He is, of course, investigating Twitter to stop them from letting people know when he prevaricates.

All this is true and factual and just the smallest sample of Donald Trump’s mendacity.

Not all Americans agree with me that he is vile. Many have adopted the opinion that while he is an SOB at least he is their SOB. That makes it OK. (SOB= son of a bitch)

PS.
I started writing in my book early today. I don’t know how long it will take but it’s time I put it all down on paper…..or in the internet.

Questions for Pete Stauber #1

Do you support a President who repeatedly tells his forty million followers on Twitter that Talk Show host Joe Scarborough is a murderer?

Follow up:

Does the Presidency give President Trump more 1st Amendment rights to lie than the rest of the people in America?

Next person who gets a robo call inviting you to one of Pete’s ubiquitous town hall forum phone calls feel free to pose either question to Congressman Stauber. Push the button right away to ask a question because it takes a while for you to pose them to Pete. I waited over an hour and I couldn’t ask my question.

If the past is prologue…..and it surely will be

From Facebook from my nurse anesthisist Sister-in-law which at the bottom has a Snopes truth rating of “mostly true.”

The 1918-1920 flu pandemic came in three major waves. After the first wave in the US, the virus subsided, and Americans were restless to have businesses reopened and for social life to resume. There was a growing movement to stop wearing masks, which had become ubiquitous – so much so that The Anti-Mask League of 1919 was formed. These were protests from those who thought the public health ordinance violated their liberty.

The virus came back with a vengeance in the fall and was much deadlier than the first wave, eventually killing more than 675,000 Americans and killing around 100 million of the 500 million it infected worldwide before it was over. This was before mass vaccination, before the electron microscope; this is the tragedy of herd immunity and stubborn ignorance.

Viruses aren’t political; they don’t care about your theories or speculations or projections. They’re unthinking parasites only wanting to replicate and use your body as a host. Wear a mask.

Here’s more on the Spanish flu pandemic from the History Channel.

Good works today

Claudia and I made 20 sandwiches and I took them over to our church where on Wednesday’s many of us take our food over to the CHUM Drop in center for homeless folks. Before the lock down we would go over and make them breakfast in their tiny kitchen.

Patience helps conversation

The fellow I thanked for identifying him or herself sent me an extended reply instead of short circuiting it with a throwaway line about “creepiness.” I appreciated that. What prompted his/her reply was my thoughtful reaction to personal concerns. It would have been easy for me to dismiss the first couple emails but I know true conversation takes give and take. ***’s last email is below the response it got from me here directly below:

My reply to ***

***, I have a little better take on your thoughts now. Thanks. You referenced education and 9/11 and truth. Too much for me to address. I know everyone makes their own truth and they all differ. Still, I like the New Testament’s advice. The truth will set you free. However, It just may not be your truth…..or mine.
Glad you drive by my sculptures.
Harry

Here is what I was replying to from ***:

not a bot, drive by your snow sculptures often (in the right season). also not that tempermental- just very weary of where i let my opinions be known in the age of technology- its all archived somewhere.

your writings lend themselves to your seeming like an educated individual, and it pains me to see educated people being dragged along into this charade. educated people are the last line to hold in a free societies’ downfall into chaos— but the more i see, the less hope i feel for any sort of outcome for average people- educated or not. not without some serious problems before, during, and after whatever comes next.

the truth is worth a lot on some plane- not worth much on ours here in this time / place. simply stated, more people need to share in truth- and whats so great about it- and i did not pick up that vibe from your article.

as i told a co worker a few weeks ago- i appreciate an open mind in a time when most seem to have their minds made up.

but if you dont have your head around 9/11 by now then this conversation won’t go very far.

be well and enjoy the blooms around ya

–***

Grant stayed calm and improvised through the battle. Me too.

Last night we watched the first of the three part History Channel series on Ulysses S. Grant. Its good because Historian Ron Chernow was a principal advisor. I was given his fat book on Grant but I read another very favorable reassessment of Grant a few years back. Chernow is adding his considerable voice to the reappraisal. Tonight I watched the second half. Hearing and or reading a story from different vantage points helps fix facts in one’s mind.

This morning we had visitors inside our house for the first time in two months. My brother and sister in law and their daughter stopped by fully masked and we talked though masks for almost two hours. It was much fun. My sister in law is a nurse anesthetist and she doesn’t mess around with stupidity. Of course I had to give them grief about happy heedless Show me staters more crowded in a pool than I would put up with even without corno virus stalking the elderly family members of these Trump cheerleaders. Lake of the Ozarks will speed Missouri to the next big thing…..hospitals turning away the dying.

In the news this Politico story gave me shivers. An economist who predicts a quick semi economic rebound after the next surge says Democrats could get the shock of their life. Even now more voters say they think Trump’s pixie dust makes him a much better person to handle the economy than Joe Biden. Yeah just like Trump’s pixie dust did for his Taj Mahal casino.

Confession time. Late Friday night I accidentally erased a significant chapter from my book and that put me in a tailspin over the weekend. It came at a time when I realized I needed to alter the books organization. I put in three days sorting materials and tomorrow I anticipate I’ll be back to knocking out 5000 or more words a day. Its a short term set back but a long term boon.

and finally, the fellow who told me my family should go let Joe Biden put his hands all over them to find out how creepy the Vice President was wrote me back to say what I sent him was creepy. What did I write to him? This: “I thank you for not being anonymous.”

He Wrote:

“what a creepy reply.. are you collecting data or something?”

I replied: Continue reading

Critic addendum

Re: the previous post to a critic:

My critic includes a link to a technical article about possible benefits of using hydroxychloroquine as President Trump has apparently begun doing.

I have heard abbreviated reports on NPR indicating that this drug may very well have some salutory effects on some people in some circumstances. I have not ignored reporting on the drug and as I indicated I once to a guest from our house and discovered he needed the drug for his chronic Malaria. But I also linked to a NYTimes story about the French pharmaceutical scientist who may have been the source for the bug in Trump’s ear about the drug. He is described as brilliant. I suspect he is. So have a lot of other scientists who were wrong. In fact, he himself describes other scientists who disagree with him as suffering from hubris as though unaware the same accusation of egotism could be leveled at him.

Here is another less clinical story sharing some of the worisome information about Trump’s Wonder drug.

President Donald Trump’s alleged hydroxychloroquine regimen isn’t as safe as he might have some people believing. A new study published Friday in The Lancet medical journal reports that COVID-19 patients who received the antimalarial drug as part of their treatment plan were at a higher risk of d… View the article. https://flip.it/9HP0-G

“Thank you for not being anonymous.”

That was all I said in reply to the following email this morning. I appreciated the feedback as dismissive as it was in large part because the writer included an email and his/her name. And apparently as violently as he/she disagreed with me they had taken the trouble to read some of my writing. I returned the compliment although there were several links which would not work. America needs some pretty big sutures to repair this rift:

maybe your grandkids can go have a visit with joe biden and you can watch him put his hands all over them and your wife.  seriously, what a joke.  its all just trump hysteria- without having any good answers if you were to unseat the guy..

On 5/25/20, [I have omitted the name to cut my corespondent some slack].umn.edu> wrote:
> your articles are so preposterous and uninformed. you generically refer to guys with firearms

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The War over telling History

Amazon Customers loved this book on George Washington but not all the book’s reviewers agreed with the general consensus. Thus:

This is what happens when a generation of “historians” are indoctrinated by their teachers and professors to frauds like Howard Zinn. Sadly people like this author are the ones teaching the next generation.”

I have paid close attention to the reviews of books in Amazon from my first few Online purchases. In some cases those reviews have helped me choose between half a dozen books on the same subject. I look for thoughtful, accurate, readable and short books to fill up the holes in my history. I was well over halfway through reading Alexis Coe’s book on Washington before I checked the Amazon review. I had Claudia order a kindle version after I heard author Coe interviewed on National Public Radio.

So what explains the Two sentence put down being elevated to the top of the reviews in Amazon? It got the second most “up” votes on the site, that’s how. And yet, if you look at the ratings chart as of this morning you will see that the vast majority of the book’s readers gave it five stars. That meant the relatively few one and two star reviews got a lot more attention from people disenchanted with the book.

I didn’t rate it but then I’m writing my own review of the book here.

As I am writing a book myself that I hope to be modestly breezy, I have thoroughly enjoyed the book as has Claudia. I have only read one other biography on Washington. That was forty years ago when I read the one volume treatment The Indispenseble Man from the Washington guru Thomas Flexner an author from the seventies. (For even more serious historians he had a three or four volume history of our foremost founder) I’ve read a couple other histories in which Washington loomed large but they were not full fledged bios just treatmwnts of narrower parts of his life like 1776 by David McCullough. Coe’s is the first bio I’ve read since Flexner’s book.

I was looking for both a Cliffs note version of the book and one with fresh insights. I found both in Coe. Here’s my case for Coe.

Americans don’t know their history. Americans who don’t know their history are often the first people to say this and in some cases when people say this they are implying that they do know the history and people they disagree with don’t. I was so taken with a story on the Pulitzer winning All American Life that I high lighted it on my blog a while back. Its the story of a black woman who was hired at Mt. Vernon National Park to play a black slave for tourists. She recalls the sweet elderly white woman who walked into the slave quarters where she was doing menial tasks who asked her about what she was demonstrating. When she explained to the elderly tourist she was a slave the woman stopped her cold and told her George Washington didn’t have slaves. The tourist who had lived through six or seven decades of American History and cared enough about it to visit Mt. Vernon didn’t know a damned thing. That’s why Alexesi Coe’s Washington history is so necessary. Who the hell but a history snob is going to read dozens of 800 page histories of our famous historical characters?

I have several such books on my shelves awaiting the week I devote to them, Chernow’s Hamilton and Grant among them. But if you look at my Reading list which includes only those books I have actually read cover to cover you will see I nibble at a great many historical topics.

George Washington was not only an interesting man he was a man worthy of Coe’s history. No one should be expected to live up the standards that can’t possibly prevail for another two hundred years. Its how he lived his life in the 18th century that counts and by that measure Coe gives him, if not the century, ample praise.

I celebrate a book that modern Americans will flock to and thus begin to understand the influence of this brave and decent man who as Coe holds out to her readers none more credible than his great opponent King George himself who said of Washington when he took no action to become the American Emperor after defeating Britain said (allegedly) of him: “If [Washington] does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” And the comment of another man of equal historical prominence Napoleon Bonaparte who did crown him self emperor, “They wanted me to be another Washington.” As Coe adds, “But he couldn’t be. No one could.” That’s high praise even from an author who enjoys poking holes in our myths.

And there is one more thing I might end to the myth worshipers. Coe does have some simple charts and one is of his six contempories most of the Presidents themselves. It listed their own reviews of Washington before he became President. This was then compared to their accounts of Washington after he had been President. The former were all glowing the later all lamentable. If George Washington’s contemporaries could treat him as human I only see profit in having contemporary historians doing the same. And yes. Washington had a hell of a lot of slaves. He even had their teeth knocked out when he needed one to replace one in his own mouth.

Can anyone seriously image Donald Trump being bothered at the thought of buying an executed Chinese prisoner’s kidneys for an ailing family member if not getting it would mean their death?

NEWS I’M READING 5/23/2020

A lot of interesting things as usual but I’m only going to post one item I made sure to read. Its a NYTimes story about how fast Tyrannosaurs ran. Remember the scene in Jurassic Park when the driver of a jeep was racing to escape a Tyrannosaurus and looked in his side view Mirror?

NYTimes: Long limbs helped propel T Rex up the Dinosaur food Chain https://nyti.ms/2A2CNJn

This isn’t a very impressive story. Its just one more deduction from millions that paleontologists have made to give us a clearer picture of an apex predator that died out 65 million years ago. However one of the delights of the NYT is that its online stories are followed by a string of other related stories. If you like dinosaurs or the other subjects covered its fun to leaf through them.

I have been a science buff since we were agonizing over THE “missing link” when I was a kid in the fifties. Since then dozens of links have been found not that the willfully blind have noticed. Today half of America believes a snake oil salesman for the sake of politics than the millions of scientists who have drawn conclusions based on research. Which reminded me of a post I wrote. I just popped the search terms dinosaurs, Limbaugh, locksmith, moon into my blog’s search engine and found it. I’ll remove the very tedious middle and cut-to-the-chase.

STUFF HAPPENS AND THEN YOU DIE AND MOON DUST
AUGUST 16, 2013 HARRYWELTY

Other than substituting a saltier four letter word with the soft gauzy nothing “Stuff” there is truth to this unexceptional saying. (Moon dust will show up later in this post)

I lead today’s posts with this saying because I have half a dozen things – “stuff” – to do today, most of no great consequence. I know that sounds fatalistic but I am hardly a fatalist. Had I been I would not have run for political office 15 times. Neither would I have helped lead the charge against a dim witted school building boondoggle. I know that in four billion or so years our sun will wink out and I know that that leaves Earth 16 future stretches of a quarter billion years (about the length of time that dinosaurs “ruled” the planet) …

If you presume that extinction is immediate, as Christian fundamentalists do, then the Earth still has roughly 400 times five-million-year stretches left (5 million being the length of time modernish humans have existed) before our planet’s demise – Praise the Lord!

So here is a short list of the “stuff” I hope to accomplish today:Boring Boring Boring stuff now removed

I began by writing about the future of the Earth and that reminds me of a conversation I had with a Christian fundamentalist twenty years ago.

I had sculpted three huge dinosaurs in my yard out of snow the year before I called a locksmith to replace the locks on my home’s doors. The dinosaurs were on his mind. As I recall he was of the opinion that humans had walked on Earth with them owing to his notions about the Bible’s timeline. I said something about science and he gave me his take on the folly of scientists.

Apparently before the moon launches of the 1960’s he had taken to heart the wild speculations of some scientists about what we would find on the moon. Some had theorized that the moon would be covered by hundreds and thousands of feet of dust that had accumulated there over millions of years in the absence of an atmosphere. He told me that when Neil Armstrong and company landed on the hard surface of the Moon he realized how fallible scientists were and no longer paid them much attention.

Sounds like today’s Republican Party. I’ve visited his shop many times through the years and he always has Rush Limbaugh on the Radio.

As I said I’m not a fatalist. Life is sweet, or can be. Finding a purpose in life, or making one, makes life just that much sweeter. I’ll die long before humankind winks out and my fate is not much more important in the long run than the red ants I ran over backing out of the garage yesterday as they came scurrying back to their nest with smaller captured black ants in their mandibles which they were going to enslave.

For myself I’ve determined that to make my life sweeter I must do my best to make a sweet life possible for my children and grandchildren and what I hope will be a long succession of my descendants who are quite likely to evolve way past today’s version of humanity as they travel on to every corner of our galaxy.

But, before that happens I have many days ahead of me to make up lists of stuff for me to do. If I’m lucky and live to be one hundred that will give me another 14,400 days. Getting the Duluth School district out of debt is on that list. Only the voters can spare me messing around with that task by handing the chore to some other candidate. Its their choice and as long as they can exercise their right to cast that vote I won’t need to riot in the streets.

Crowdsourced proof reading?

As I prepare to lock horns with Pete Stauber and the Evil Empire of President Trump, I could use some help with this:

I have ten days of writing and preparation ahead of me to get the text written and organized for this book. Eleven days from now, June 2nd. (or before), I must travel to the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State in St. Paul and file for Congress.

The last five days I have been doing the work of months roughing out two chapters a day. I have another ten days to rough out another six or seven chapters. I’ve been putting the book together like a jigsaw puzzle telling voters what I think they need to know about me and scraping off at least some of what is distracting. I want to publish a book which is at least a little more finely tuned than a Presidential tweet.

So, I hope to crowd-source my proof reading. Anyone interested in either a sneak preview or helping me mount my steed for my Quixote-like charge to topple giants will have their name pushed to the front of a very special line – the people I interview for my Congressional Office staff.

As I write this my inclination is to give no more than two chapters to any individual proof reader. Once they’ve gotten their two chapters I want my proofers to get them back to me in two days. I hope enough volunteers step forward so that each chapter has at least a couple more eyes to pass over other than mine.

I still have plenty of other book publishing related tasks ahead of me. I have to format the book, insert graphics, find a printer, get an ISBN number so that the book can be ordered from Amazon and other outlets and figure out how to set it up for Kindle and Nook downloads.

If you would like to distract yourself from corona virus isolation with this flight of fancy send me an email at: harrywelty@charter.net

“Who would like to help me bake the bread?” Asked the the Little Red Hen.

NEWS I’M READING 5/22/2020

My Opinion: Perhaps the most consequential result of Trump’s presidency has been to put the stark differences between America and China under a microscope. China is a remarkable and admirable country in countless respects but it is ruled by a mafia of Mao’s making. It’s making totalitarianism and modern High tech work and using it to turn Hong Kongers, Tibetans and Uighurs in in the Silk Highway’s western Xinjiang Province all into Han Chinese. Rather like the way America took Indian children away from their families to turn them into Americans. So, we may a little internal reflecting to do ourselves but Trump’s double-edged sword of competition between our nations has ignited and jump started a contest that was probably inevitable. Its legacy will long outlast the corona virus.
NYTimes: Hong Kong Protesters Surprised by China’s Security Law https://nyti.ms/3cPu23L

NYTimes: As Tara Reade’s Expert Witness Credentials Are Questioned, So Are Verdicts https://nyti.ms/2A3wXXS

Think of this the next time you hear Trump’s poem about a snake. It explains a lot about his success.
NYTimes: Eat Rat, Make New Body: Easy Stuff for Pythons https://nyti.ms/3bo8hq8

Trump Administration To Planned Parenthood: Return Coronavirus Relief Funds : NPR https://www.npr.org/2020/05/21/860410536/trump-administration-to-planned-parenthood-return-coronavirus-relief-funds

Betsy DeVos Reroutes Coronavirus Money To Private School Students : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/21/860352150/devos-faces-pushback-over-plan-to-reroute-aid-to-private-school-students