Wednesday, September 28, 2022

AN END TO THE CRISIS ON THE MANTEL

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

When last we visited the action figures on the mantel, they were involved in quite the kerfuffle.


Joe Biden grabbed Barack Obama's hand and held on with a death grip, leading Barack to turn his back on Joe. 

The crisis was resolved when two friends arrived. 


Look! It's Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders! As President Biden reaches a hand out to Elizabeth (watch out, Elizabeth, he might not let go), Bernie has the look of a man who might be saying, What am I? Chopped liver?

Sometimes a distraction solves a problem, although Ruth continues to delight in holding her gavel over Barack's head.

Summer has flown by. A relative died, and my employer sent me flowers so beautiful that Sweet Cheeks thought they weren't real.


Yesterday was beautiful––sunny and cool for September, the calm before the storm. Today brought gray skies. About 11 a.m. Franklin the weather watch dog reported the rain had started when he went outside and came in with wet fur.  Later he relayed by hiding in my bedroom closet that the wind had picked up.

I'm happy I can work from home during the hurricane. Tomorrow will not be a good day to be out driving. I also work better with the assistance of Franklin and Penelope. 


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug




Sunday, July 31, 2022

THE LONG, HOT SUMMER

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

July has flown by. Today is my daughter's birthday. Tears came to my eyes Saturday afternoon when Sweet Cheeks and I discussed our supper plans because he seemed kind of grumpy, but what really bothered me is how much I miss her. I cried over my baby girl this afternoon. 

When we decided we really did want to go out for barbecue, I wore my earrings that feature a quotation from Sylvia Plath:

I want to be important by being different. These girls are all the same. 

My daughter is important by being different. I am not, but I did my best to give her the gift of support, love, and opportunities.

I saw the following Far Side today and shared it on Facebook:


I laughed over it because it made me think of Sweet Cheeks, who does not care to socialize and would probably be happy to hide underground when people come around.

Sweet Cheeks walks through my door almost every Saturday afternoon (sometimes he's on call and needs to be closer to his employer than my house allows) and stays until mid-morning or mid-afternoon Sunday. When he arrives, the dogs are the first to greet him, with tails wagging. He gives each of them some love. Then I get a greeting and a hug. 

We used to spend a large part of our time together dissecting the big stories in the news. Now we speak of the world less. The news is filled with pain. The House passed a bill to ban certain semi-automatic weapons. We know the Senate will cast it aside. As Sweet Cheeks said, Young men have to be able to buy their guns so they can go to schools to shoot children.

It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun? 

In Uvalde,  good guys with guns stood around, waiting. Waiting for what? 

Yes, a man with a gun stopped a shooter at a mall in Indiana. He's lucky he wasn't mistaken for the murderer and killed by the police. 

It's hot. So hot. July ends; August begins. The heat will remain oppressive until October. Then the nights will be a little cooler. The days will be 80 degrees instead of 90 something, and we'll breathe a sigh of relief.

For now, the sheets on my bed are a pale shade of rose and made of Egyptian cotton. They are cool and soft when my lover and I lie upon them to grant each other succor. Instead of talking about the news, we hold one another close.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Monday, July 25, 2022

CRISIS ON THE MANTEL

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Perhaps you recall that when we last visited the superheroes on my mantel, Barack and Joe were holding hands. I thought it was because they're still happy in their bromance.

It took  Kay G (Georgia Girl With An English Heart) to make me realize that not everyone was pleased. She wrote in her comment: Obama doesn't look happy to hold hands with Biden!

I took a closer look and saw it was Joe who had grabbed Barack's hand


He was pleased and continued to smile that big-Joe-grin of his.


Now observe the shock of Barack:


Barack Obama was not a happy camper. What did he do?
 

Yes, it's true. Barack Obama turned his back on Joe Biden. Kamala said, Joe, I'll hug you, while Justice Ginsburg threatened Barack: Former President Obama, turn around right now and offer your hand to Current President Biden. His approval ratings are in the shitter and he needs you. If you don't comfort and support him, I shall knock you on the noggin with my big, heavy gavel!

At the moment she was needed the most, someone new showed up to offer her expert negotiation skills.


Yes! It's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who entered the fray without hesitation.

Hillary said,  I'm sure we can reach an agreement that will please everyone. President Obama, if President Biden promises not to grab your hand again, then will you turn around and stand by his side? President Biden, please accept Vice President Harris' offer of a hug. She can comfort you in your time of need. Just don't smell her hair. 

And that's where the superheroes stand (they don't bend at the waist so they can't sit down). Will Joe and Kamala hug? Will Barack turn around? Will Ruth put down her gavel? Will Hillary get the respect she deserves?

Will the crisis on the mantel be resolved? 

I sure hope so. It's late and I need to get to bed.

I dissent, says Justice Ginsburg. I don't have to go to work in the morning and I want to stay up late to watch a movie. I haven't seen Dirty Dancing in years. Nobody puts Ruthie in a corner!


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Sunday, July 24, 2022

THE BEST PART OF THURSDAY NIGHT
















JOSH HAWLEY HAS NEW BOOK COMING OUT NEXT YEAR:

MANHOOD: THE MASCULINE VIRTUES AMERICA NEEDS

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

MAGGA

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

 


This gang of geese crossed the road to bully my duck friends, poop all over the place, and eat everything in sight. They bragged, We are not socialist Canada geese. We are members of Make American Geese Great Again and we will drive out the damn Democrat ducks. 

They even put up this sign:

No one ever had cause to praise the spelling of a goose.

I hissed at them and stomped my feet. They acted tough, but the next day they were gone



If only hissing and foot stomping could rid of us maga.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Monday, July 4, 2022

THESE ARE MY DOGGIES

 


These are my doggies on drugs.



Try to have a safe & sane Fourth of July.

Franklin, Penelope, and I would appreciate it if you'd cease and desist with the fireworks.  We'd all be much happier, and none of us would need sedatives.












Sunday, June 26, 2022

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY PARTY?

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I've been enough of a pessimist since 2016 to feel certain the trump court would overturn Roe v. Wade, yet when I saw the news after work on Friday, it was a punch in the gut. Couldn't eat. Felt sick. Yesterday was my Saturday to work; I slumped at my desk.

It's not about loving children. It's about hating and controlling women, especially women who dare to be without sufficient funds to deal with a crisis pregnancy. 

But why has this event even occurred? Democrats, what is wrong with us? 

It's well known that the majority of people in the United States support abortion rights. More people voted for Hillary Clinton than for trump. Because of dirty politics, especially in Florida, George W. Bush became president instead of Al Gore. We watched the GOP, led by Mitch McConnell, block Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee yet allow trump to place three liars on the court. We managed to get Joe Biden elected, but The Big Lie hasn't gone away. 

Somehow, the Republicans who are evildoers manage to triumph repeatedly. Are we Democrats too kind and compassionate? Do we need to engage in more tricks and lies to make our points? Why isn't the truth enough? 

The turmoil in the United States is the worst I have seen, and I grew up with Watergate and the protests against the war in Viet Nam.

I asked Sweet Cheeks last night, What are we going to do if trump is elected again in 2024? We both feel we won't be able to bear it. Nevertheless, we don't know what to do about it other than voting for candidates who share our values and our belief in freedom, donating to candidates we want to see in office, and continuing to speak out against injustice. 

In spite of the evidence presented by the Jan. 6th committee, I do not think anything will be done to trump or about trump. We are stuck with him till the day he dies. We are also stuck with justices who said in their confirmation hearings that Roe v. Wade was settled law.


Infinities of love and despair,

Janie Junebug











Thursday, June 16, 2022

DOCUMENTARY WEEKEND: KEEP SWEET

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Last weekend I watched an excellent four-part documentary series streaming on Netflix. Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey delves into the lives of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints––the polygamy-loving Mormons who force women into marriages in which they might be the second wife, the third, or the twentieth.


Their president from 1986 until his death in 2002 was Rulon Jeffs (left above), known as the prophet, who ended up with 60 - 65 wives and as many children. Many of his wives were underage. It was not their idea to marry Uncle Rulon, as he was known. Some of the wives describe their experiences in the series. They were shockingly ignorant of what would be expected of them in marriage, with no comprehension of sex.

Rulon often told young people to Keep sweet, which meant they should control their emotions. Protesting their lot in life, which could include domestic abuse and rape, would do them no good.

Before Rulon died, he singled out his son Warren as his replacement. Life for FLDS women became worse. All of the women had to dress the same and have the same hairdo. He moved his band of fools to the Utah-Arizona border, where the "church" owned all the property and a man who might be a threat in some way lost his home, wives, and children. Those wives were then married to other men, and their children became the children of the new husband.


 Dozens of young boys, who would one day want to marry, were cast out to live on the streets of Salt Lake City and other communities.

Warren, not satisfied with simply marrying most of his late father's wives, took on his own circle of young girls to "marry" and rape, including at least one 12 year old. When he moved the group to a new location in Texas, it proved to be his undoing. 

The series made my heart break for those girls, but after reading Under The Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer and watching the series of the same name on Hulu, I was relieved to know that some of the women have escaped from polygamy and now have the opportunity to provide a face and a voice to the stories of their suffering.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Sunday, June 12, 2022

SUPERHEROES LIVE WITH ME

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Who's that on the mantel? 


Let's take a closer look.

I took my action figure out of their boxes so they can roam free, ready to protect us. 

RBG has her gavel. Joe and Barack are holding hands. They haven't lost that lovin' feeling. I wish Kamala had her chucks on. 

I'd like to have Hillary, too, but she's sold out not available at the moment.

How I'd love to have Justice Ginsburg on the court again.

Did you watch the beginning of the Jan 6 hearings? Liz Cheney impressed me. Maybe she'll be worthy of becoming an action figure. 

https://shop.fctry.com/collections/action-figures  Stacy Abrams is available for preorder.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug





Thursday, June 9, 2022

THE SHOOTING OF THE DAY

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Today's shooting occurred in tiny Smithsburg, Maryland. 



 A man killed three people at a manufacturing plant, and another person was critically injured, according to news reports. The gunman fled. State trooper(s?) found him. He shot a trooper. The trooper shot him. The shooter was taken into custody.

I suspect he didn't have an assault weapon that would have allowed him to mow down dozens, but a gun is a gun. 

For 12 years we lived near Smithsburg. My kids went to middle school there and one attended Smithsburg High School. The schools are near the plant.

Do I know the people who were murdered? Will I see the names of the victims and gasp in shock as I recall them? 

Where will the next shooting take place?


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

SUMMERTIME

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

We celebrate the lush growth of summer




But the heat arrived early this year

too hot to move
Franklin and Penelope wear their new PRIDE bandanas



Summer is a rough season with its heat and storms. Sweet Cheeks and I spend much of our Saturday evenings talking about Ukraine and the horrible shootings in the U.S.

Who was that guy who said "an AK-47 is not a sporting weapon nor needed for defense of a home"?

Oh, yeah. It was Ronald Reagan.

The Lake Junebug Resort & Rumpus Room is not open yet for the summer. Perhaps it won't open at all this year.

I remain your Junebug On The Job, with black scribbly marks to keep work-related info from showing.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug