Saturday, August 19, 2023

Sleepless in Zephyrhills

I was up until 2:30 AM, not able to sleep. I tried to go lay down but just stared at the clock for a couple hours. Screw that. So if this is even more incoherent than usual, now you know why.

The situation in Maui is going from bad to worse. It's been, what? Over 10 days since the fire burned down Lahaina? Where is FEMA? People are sleeping on sidewalks. No one seems to be looking for the dead anymore. Now the Mayor's office is issuing eviction notices to people whose houses didn't burn down. What in the ever-loving fuck? Meanwhile, Biden can't be bothered. He's on vacation ya see. Holy shit, man! Grow up! You're the fucking President! Lose the board shorts and wife beater, put on a suit and tie, get your ass into the Oval Office and address the nation! God damn, dude!

Trump continues to kill it out on the campaign trail. Everywhere he goes, crowds of thousands come from hundreds of miles to cheer and support him, even when he's heading into court for more bullshit lawfare. Talk about election interference. I love that Trump is skipping the debates to do an interview with Tucker Carlson. Wanna bet which one has more viewers? Understand that I'm saying this as someone who is... well... less than impressed with Trump. But you look at him at an event, or just walking down the street shaking hands and talking to people. Then look at Biden. No wonder the DNC is doing everything it can to keep Trump off the ballot.

Of course that assumes Biden is going to be on the ballot. It looks like CNN got ahead of the story the other day, referring to Biden as Former President Joe Biden. I'm sure they corrected it immediately, but not before a bunch of people did screen grabs and plastered them all over Twitter. My question is, what do they know that we don't? Is Kamela Harris our president? (God help us all!)

Speaking of Tucker, the guy is on fire! Hour-plus interviews with Bobby Kennedy, Vivek Ramaswamy, and (soon) Donald Trump. All he needs to fill out his dance card is to get Cornel West to come on his show. Not sure that will happen what with Tucker being "far-right" and all, but I think it would be one damn interesting conversation if he did!

On the home front, I had to stop taking my RA meds because I was put on antibiotics for my screwed up ear. Of course withing a few days I started having joint pain (mostly my jaw), swelling of one side of my face, pain in my temple, etc. At first, I was blaming it on whatever infection had attacked my ear, but then I did some thinkin'. I started taking the steroids I use as a back-up to my normal RA, and within 48 hours, everything is fine. Even the pain in my ear stopped. I still can't hear much with that ear, but even that seems to be very gradually getting better. Not sure what all that means, but I guess I'll just dump it all on my doc and see what he says.

Now if the steroids would just stop kicking my ass and let me get some sleep, I'll be doing fine.

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