whether POTUS45* lasts six months or more, there remain ‘alternative facts’

By ann summers

One betting shop lost five million dollars on HRC winning the White House in 2016, so unpredictability rules still about the construction of facts. And then there’s probabilty and the machinery of government, perhaps compelling POTUS45* to resign to “get back to his business” as if he ever left it in 2016. impeach_1_.jpg

In the case of POTUS45*s White House, however “after the fact” ex ante or ex post, have now become proven emphasizers of truth. OTOH objective reality is fast becoming Schrödinger’s pussy cat.

“Alternative fact” as a meme is in itself a contestable “fact” so that “alt-fact” could become a neologism, but like alt-right, no about of white-washing can make its meaningfulness come epistemologically clean.


Fact (“a piece of information presented as having objective reality”) spiked dramatically on January 22nd, following an exchange between Chuck Todd and Kellyanne Conway on NBC’s Meet the Press that was fraught with epistemological tension.

You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and Sean Spicer, our press secretary is giving alternative facts to that,” Conway shot back.

“Wait a minute, alternative facts? Alternative facts — four of the five facts he uttered, the one that he got right was Zeke Miller, four of the five facts he uttered are not true. Alternative facts are not facts — they’re falsehoods,” Todd replied. —Maxwell Tani, businessinsider.com, 22 Jan. 2017

📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c

There are three obsolete senses of fact in English. Two of these senses are no longer used:

  • a wrong or unlawful deed
  • a meritorious or valorous deed
  • an action in general

Fact meaning “a wrong or unlawful deed” is rare, but is still used in the phrase “after the fact.”

In contemporary use, fact is generally understood to refer to something with actual existence, or presented as having objective reality.

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ON THIS DAY: January 22, 2017

January 22nd is


Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Blonde Brownie Day

National Hot Sauce Day *

Southern Food Day

Roe v Wade Day *

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POTUS45* an inaugural speech forgettable

By ann summers


Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/821772494864580614

They gaslit CNN with the “Fake News” lede that POTUS45* wrote his own speech. Maybe he or the Mar-a-lago concierge really did it in the lobby.

There were mostly tweetable moments cribbed from campaign moments in an otherwise lackluster text delivered with slurred speech.

But you can’t fabricate such a dismal message… perhaps Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller thought they were being sly or even literary, but really … it only makes Morgan Freeman even more like PBO or vice-versa, the speech foretells some immanent crises.

And then there’s the RNC Rick-Roll line that Melania used.

And like Melania’s speech, it’s not really plagiarism but a rhetorical homage, much like our upcoming military action will not be a war but a pageant.

Compare Trump’s declaration that,

“Today’s ceremony, however has very special meaning. Because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another.

But we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you… the people. For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost.

Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.”

Sound familiar? Declareth the cartoon Batman villain:

We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people.

Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city… it will endure. Gotham will survive!”


President Trump’s inauguration speech was written by two of the president’s closest aides and not Trump himself, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/821772494864580614

A White House official told the Journal that Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior advisor Stephen Miller penned the address.

Aides claimed before the speech that Trump was writing it on his own, and Trump even posted a photo to social media of himself with a pen and a pad that he claimed showed him writing the speech

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ON THIS DAY: January 21, 2017

January 21st is


Granola Bar Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day *


Hugging Day *
hearts-entwined                                                       New England Clam Chowder Day

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ON THIS DAY: January 20, 2017

January 20th is


Buttercrunch Day

Cheese Lover’s Day

Day of Acceptance *

Disc Jockey Day

Inauguration Day

Penguin Awareness Day *



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Word Cloud: ODYSSEY

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Jane Kenyon (1947-1995)  made a long journey in a short life, before she died from leukemia a month and a day before her 48th birthday.

In the years prior to her death, she published four volumes of poetry, and a volume of translations of the poems of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. She still was editing Otherwise: New and Selected Poems until just before her final days. The editing was finished later by her husband, poet Donald Hall, and Otherwise was published posthumously.


Part of her journey can be seen in these first two poems. The Argument is a childhood memory of an encounter with death, while Let Evening Come is written from her changed perspective as an adult. The mood of Let Evening Come eerily foreshadows her struggle for acceptance of the illness that would take her life.

The Argument

On the way to the village store
I drive through a down-draft
from the neighbor’s chimney.
Woodsmoke tumbles from the eaves
backlit by sun, reminding me
of the fire and sulfur of Grandmother’s
vengeful God, the one who disapproves
of jeans and shorts for girls,
dancing, strong waters, and adultery.

A moment later the smoke enters
the car, although the windows are tight,
insinuating that I might, like Judas,
and the foolish virgins, and the rich
young man, have been made for unquenchable
fire. God will need something to burn
if the fire is to be unquenchable.

“All things work together for the good
for those who love God,” she saidgladiolus-funeral-flowers
to comfort me at Uncle Hazen’s funeral,
where Father held me up to see
the maroon gladiolus that trembled
as we approached the bier, the elaborate
shirred satin, brass fittings, anything,

oh, anything but Uncle’s squelched
and made-up face.
“No! NO! How is it good to be dead?”
I cried afterward, wild-eyed and flushed.
“God’s ways are not our ways,”
she said then out of pity
and the wish to forestall the argument.

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POTUS45* – Creative Destruction & Heritage Foundation will finally kill National Endowments for Arts & Humanities


By ann summers

A spoils system also accommodates those GOP shibboleths that represent LBJ’s Great Society beyond their usual attack on civil rights, so anything else remotely undermining the US ruling class becomes fair game. Maybe this time around the fiscal hawks get to catch the car they’ve been chasing and eliminate the NEA and NEH. Because obscenity is best left to the White House (MakeAmericaGropeAgain).

“Grandiose oil portraits of former government agency heads continue to cost taxpayers roughly $20,000 for each new painting.” (Heritage Foundation)

Here’s the giant portrait Donald Trump commissioned of himself with charity money (only $10,000) … but not Grandiose! SAD!

Yet there will be no “budget balancing”, probably another MIC war or something resembling it, and expecting arts investment from POTUS45* will be much like the financing of auction art. And more will still be spent on military bands.

But wait, how is it that the Heritage foundation gets to write government policy… see ALEC, as if overwhelming force was the same as choosing easy targets. Like cutting .009% of the Federal Budget does … what?


The Heritage blueprint used as a basis for Trump’s proposed cuts calls for eliminating several programs that conservatives label corporate welfare programs: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The total savings from cutting these four programs would amount to nearly $900 million in 2017.

At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Conservatives allied with fiscal hawks such as Pence, Paul and the Heritage Foundation say the time is long past due to get serious about cutting the federal deficit.Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.


The National Endowment for the Humanities provided $47,000 for undergraduate classes that teach students about laughing and the nature of humor. The classes will focus on how humor differs between cultures and how it can be used to deal with tragedies. (Heritage Foundation)

“The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget,” said Brian Darling, a former aide to Paul and a former staffer at the Heritage Foundation.

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