Trump signed a trade agreement on the day he was Impeached. I thought of Rena Easton and our five year culture warfare. Once again, I own signs Trump is going to destroy the world. I am not alone. The book ‘A Stable Genius’ had him raging at the military brass. We may lose our Democracy on Tuesday when the Republicans rally around their Grand Liar and Mad Man!
Rena is the last of the Cowgirls! I never wanted her to be – WRONG! Her husband, and other ranchers and farmers, have been rendered “dopes and crybabies”. Trump made them utterly helpless, as if this was a sport. Only the “left-leaning” Free Press is left standing. We will go down with the ship!
“For nearly two centuries, the Rieckmann family has raised cows for milk in this muddy patch of land in the middle of Wisconsin. Mary and John Rieckmann, who now run the farm and its 45 cows, have seen all manners of ups and downs — droughts, floods, oversupplies of milk that sent prices tumbling. But they’ve never seen a crisis quite like this one.
The Rieckmanns are about $300,000 in debt, and bill collectors are hounding them about the feed bill and a repayment for a used tractor they bought to keep the farm going. But it’s harder than ever to make any money, much less pay the debt, Mary Rieckmann says, in the yellow-wallpapered kitchen of the sagging farmhouse where she lives with her husband, John, and two of their seven children. The Rieckmanns receive about $16 for every 100 pounds of milk they sell, a 40 percent decrease from six years back. There are weeks where the entire milk check goes towards the $2,100 monthly mortgage payment. Two bill collectors have taken out liens against the farm. “What do you do when you you’re up against the wall and you just don’t know which way to turn?” Rieckmann says, as her ancient fridge begins to hum. Mary, 79, and John, 80, had hoped to leave the farm to their two sons, age 55 and 50, who still live with them and run the farm. Now they’re less focused on their legacy than about making it through the week.
What exactly went down during a July 2017 meeting at the Pentagon between President Donald Trump and his military leaders has long been the subject of speculation. One of the tantalizing details that’s been previously reported is that, whatever took place, it provoked then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call his commander in chief “a fucking moron.”
Now an excerpt of a new book published in The Washington Post demonstrates exactly what tipped Tillerson over the edge. An account of the meeting in the upcoming book A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America depicts Trump becoming increasingly angry as his generals tried to teach him the fundamental basics of American post-war history.
The book states that the meeting took place six months into Trump’s presidency after his generals became concerned about “gaping holes” in Trump’s knowledge of America’s key alliances. The idea was to bring Trump to the Pentagon’s Situation Room, where military leaders, so the plan went, would give him a crash course on who America’s allies were, why they were worth keeping on side, and where on earth they were located.
However, the meeting seems to have descended into chaos almost immediately. Tillerson, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn reportedly took turns trying to explain their points to Trump. But Trump is said to have first appeared bored out of his mind before he got increasingly angry.
The account states Trump repeatedly interrupted the lesson after apparently being triggered by a word or phrase uttered by the military leaders. One example given is that he heard the word “base” during the lesson, which sparked him into launching a tirade about how “crazy” and “stupid” it was that the U.S. paid to build and maintain bases overseas.
His first grievance was reportedly against South Korea, when he suggested charging rent for a $10 billion missile-defense system the U.S. built there to protect South Korea and American troops. He then complained about NATO, saying it was in “arrears” to the U.S. for not spending enough money on defense—a complaint he’s repeatedly raised during his presidency.
“These are the people the president cares about. And he wants them to enjoy the American Dream just like all the people in the cities.”
I suspected this is what Rena was trying to tell me in her letter, that she and her rancher husband was deprived of “enjoying the American Dream”. Somehow, this is partially my fault, and, I got to pay. Did my muse think I was mocking her and her husband in my letter, and thus she tore it to shreds? It is not clear she is still married to Bruce, or, this is wishful thinking. Did he read my letter and fly into a rage, because, he is not a city-dweller, a eloquent man of words? Indeed, he is boring as all hell, as is most life outside the cities, out there on the vast plains. As to ownership, the white men killed all the buffalo and stole the land of ancient hunters who carved into hunks of meat twenty-thousand years ago. Being bored goes with the choices we make.
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.”
I don’t think I heard Rena laugh. Nor did I see her smile that much. I think she thought these things ruined her good looks. She took herself very seriously. After reading about these Political Range Wars, I now understand that taking yourself seriously may be the only recreation and entertainment – for miles around! Then comes getting mean with outsiders who don’t take you seriously………and your American Dream.
Here is the ranch Rena lived on with her third husband. I think they may be divorced. They lived in a three bedroom trailer that has just over a thousand square feet that overlooks a cattle ranch that is owned by Bruce, and possibly his father or brother. This dream is up for sale.
“My second husband was an alcoholic and the marriage ended after two painful years.”
“I walked with you tonight, my dear Rena, in the field of your forever fears, you fearing the wolves rather then the rapists. Is this you preparing me for the truth you are not that stunning beautiful for of perfection, anymore, and just a redneck meal on the way t the outhouse?
I heard you debate for the last six months, you wondering whether I would judge you because the man you love is a cowboy, and you his cowgirl. I heard you arguments, and you read mine? Have you been peeking at my Rosemond blog. Do you recall my plan to move to Lincoln and rent an old barn that would be my studio. I mean, I was willing to come on over, and buy me a chicken or two?
“You won’t like it here.” You said. “There’s nothing here!”
“You’re here!” Was my reply. And you could hear the sound of the tumbling tumble weeds way off in the distance.
“Here I am!” You could not have began you letter a better way. I guess you changed your mind? LOL!
I come from real Redneck stock, and of late I have admitted I always wanted to be a cowboy. And you were my land-loven archetype who feared the sea. That you lived on the Isle of Wight with a Sailor man – blows my mind. Did Ian get you in his boat – and out to sea!
For you, my dear, I will kiss the first redneck I see. For you, I will overcome my fear of them. If he don’t break my neck, I’ll let you know how it go.
In an e-mail to Radiant Engineering, Rena Easton, and Bruce Vesser, thanks the folks that fixed a heater in West Yellowstone where Rena used to live. Does she live there now? Who owns the house? Bruce lives on Vesser Road. He works a ranch/farm that got subsidized by Big Government. So much for his Redneck ways.
“Farmers are the president’s people,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in an interview with Morning Edition on Monday. “These are the people that elected the president. The president knows that. These are the people the president cares about. And he wants them to enjoy the American Dream just like all the people in the cities.”
“Beef is a big deal in China and I’m convinced that when the Chinese people get a taste of U.S. beef, they’re going to want more of it. These products coming into China are safe, wholesome, and very delicious. This is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed. We hope there are other things we can cooperate on and we’re going to use U.S. beef as the forerunner.”
Some Democratic House members are planning to invite victims of sexual assault to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address later this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide to a lawmaker who has been a prominent voice on sexual misconduct.
“Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests,” the aide to Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., a leader of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in the House, told NBC News.
Party leaders generally don’t dictate who rank-and-file members can invite with the one guest ticket each lawmaker is given. And there’s still some uncertainty within Democratic ranks over where to draw the line between addressing sexual misconduct and turning the topic into a partisan political war.
Though I still love Muse Belle and Muse Lara, I will use Muse Rena as my guide to the End of the World, and, the end of my life. She is so utterly provincial. She is The Female Spirit of America. She told Sherriff Dan that she did not want to interfere with my newspaper. She stood by her Cowboy Man who is going to be crushed by the Trump Tariffs. I believe she is sane enough, good enough, and smart enough to realize she made a huge mistake – and I am right!
In her letter she tells me how afraid she has been most of her life. It is she who comes through the ruined portal at the fountain in Algiers. Gone again, is her beautiful face, that lauched a thousand ships. There is no story to tell, but her’s. There will be no creative writing on my part. Just pure reporting. The Death of Beauty, is on hand. My belved muse looks over my shoulder, and says;
“You better get it right, or I will leave you! Don’t let King Bobo destroy the Great American Icon. Save the Cattleman, John!”
John ‘The Futurian’
“Businessmen abhor uncertainty,” said Max Baucus, who served more than 35 years as U.S. Senator for Montana and nearly three years as U.S. Ambassador to China. “They want to know what the rules are; and when the rules keep changing, it just causes that much more uncertainty for them. It makes it hard for them to make a decision.”
“I came out pretty strongly against the broad-based tariffs that were threatened initially by (President) Trump,” observed Greg Gianforte, founder of RightNow Technologies and Montana’s Republican Congressional Representative. “Although I tend to be a big supporter of Donald Trump I don’t think broad-based tariffs work.”
One of Donald Trump’s top economic advisers has acknowledged the president was wrong to suggest that China would pay tariffs on its exports to the US.
Larry Kudlow, who heads the National Economic Council, accepted it was US businesses that paid the import tax.
He told Fox News that he believed “both sides will suffer” from the escalating trade dispute.
On Friday Mr Trump tweeted that tariffs on $250bn of goods coming into the US were being paid “by China”.
The president argued there was “no need to rush” into a trade agreement with China, as the US Treasury was benefiting from these “massive payments”.
On this, our weddin’ day
Do not forsake me, oh, my darlin’
Wait, wait along
I only know I must be brave
And I must face a man who hates me
Or lie a coward, a craven coward
Or lie a coward in my grave
Supposin’ I lose my fair-haired beauty
Look at that big hand move along
Nearin’ high noon
Vowed it would be my life or his, and
I’m not afraid of death, but, oh
What shall I do if you leave me?