We’ve all had it better | Tom Camfield

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Posted 9/16/20

This all may have been reflected in the mistake I made, perhaps subliminally, in the heading of last week’s blog when I referred to “CORVID-19” rather than COVID-19. My …

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We’ve all had it better | Tom Camfield

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This all may have been reflected in the mistake I made, perhaps subliminally, in the heading of last week’s blog when I referred to “CORVID-19” rather than COVID-19. My “Corvid” T-shirt from Michigan, covered with crows, is in a drawer someplace right now, and I actually was writing about the coronavirus — soon to be denied the vestiges of outdoor freedom by smoke.

The memory of Charlie and the others still means a lot to me, in any case — most recently the older couple who spent so much of their lives perched on the peak of the tall old house across the street. They dropped over regularly to eat at our back door.

Charlie was sort of a hobo, liked to travel and was fond of cars. He came home with me atop my car — and eventually left the same way when the urge struck him. Fosdick was a part-time gardener with a fondness for worms. He also flew by and batted my head with a wing when I came out of the house. The many others all had their individual idiosyncrasies.

Complete species have become lost to me in inner Port Townsend over the years — Chinese pheasant, quail, western meadowlark, red-wing blackbird, barn swallow, stellar jay, hawks. I imagine many of those have been driven to the remaining pockets of wildernesses as deer have been driven inward by the same human sprawl.

HAVING SAVED SOME SPACE FOR DONALD, who has always nursed a hatred for California, Oregon and Washington: The other day, he was (as usual) trying to explain what he meant by something he said. He said he lied to citizens of the U.S. so that they would remain calm and unworried about the severity of the coronavirus — apparently out of ignorance. “That’s what I did when Hitler was bombing London” (remained calm), Donald said, comparing himself erroneously to Churchill.

That would be World War II, which began with Hitler’s invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 and ended officially in 1945. Donald was born in 1946 and should have read up a bit on Churchill, who before a near-lifetime in politics was a war correspondent and prisoner of war as such.

WW2 also inspired Churchill to truthfully alert the British people to “blood, sweat and tears” they were about to face.

On Nov. 17, 2018, Trump visited the remains of a California retirement community that was devastated by a wildfire that had destroyed more than 9,000 homes and driven some 52,000 from their homes. He said the state would “get this cleaned up”and “take care of the floors of the forest.” He explained to reporters, about the fire that killed at least 76 people, that wildfires weren't a problem in Finland because crews "spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things" to clear forest floors. Finland's president wasn't sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country's routine for managing its substantial forests.
Forests cover over 70 percent of Finland's 210,000 square miles. The Nordic country with a population of 5.5 million is home to some of the world's biggest paper and pulp companies.

I gave up about Saturday trying to keep up with daily fire news via the brevity of a weekly blog when the area burned passed 4,000,000 acres in nearly 100 wildfires involving 30,000 fire fighters — and I envisioned a single city block of inaccessible local forest or pine and manzanita in Northern California, where I also once lived.

Just getting to parts of it with a rake would be the first problem.

Donald has a wide variety of topics to juggle before the public to disguise the reality of his feverish quest for re-election and recognition. Not the least of these were the many thousands of individuals fleeing flames and millions hiding from smoke behind closed doors throughout the west over the weekend and beyond.

The coronavirus pandemic (swiftly approaching some 200,000 official U.S. dead) continues, he still claiming to be heroic while leading the world in dead and dying.

His regular reference to U.S. military dead and others as “losers” and “suckers,” moving of 12,000 troops out of Germany, backing of a gold mine in the prime salmon habitat of Bristol Bay, oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, banning of similar drilling off the Gulf Coast (key election state) only, $13.3 billion more for nuclear missiles, Hurricane Sally, Woodward’s book, Cohen’s book, the Bolton book, niece Mary’s book . . . the Department of Justice, and more . . . much more.

And people still vote for him!

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Justin Hale

Tom, you say that the President has referred to the U.S. military dead and other military as “losers” and “suckers,”. Show us where he actually said that. You can't, because he didn't, it is just some hit piece from the Atlantic magazine, no matter, it suits your purpose so toss it out there, right? And you wonder why some of us will vote for him. Maybe it's because some of U.S. see through the lies and half-truths that the Trump haters toss out there. Maybe some of U.S. see the hypocrisy of calling for the impeachment of the POTUS for supposedly doing exactly what their candidate actually did. Maybe some of U.S. realize that it's not Biden that will be in charge, but a candidate, Harris, who had to drop out of the primaries due to lack of support.

C'Mon Man!

Was Charlie a Raven or a Crow?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Tom Camfield

Hmmm. Try this for starters. The headline is “Fox News confirms Trump mocked US troops as ‘suckers’; Biden calls him a disgrace.” Somewhat long, but a pretty good read.

https://www.syracuse.com/us-news/2020/09/fox-news-confirms-trump-mocked-us-troops-as-suckers-biden-calls-him-a-disgrace.html

Charlie was just a plain old crow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Justin Hale

Once again we have a "he said, she said" situation as related by an unnamed former official, probably selling a "tell-all" book. That is not evidence that Trump actually uttered the words. C'Mon Man, even Biden qualified his remarks about it by saying "if true". This is another example of a fake story eagerly accepted as reality by the Trump-Haters. Just like he never said the CV was a hoax, never said the white supremacists were good people, never said that all Mexicans were criminals. All of those are examples of the biased agenda-driven MSM parsing Trump's words to fit their agenda to bring down this President.

As an aside I believe that anyone who got sucked into the Viet-Nam war was a sucker, it was a total waste of lives on both sides. I had many friends who dodged the draft and many friends who went to Viet-Nam. The friends who avoided the war never regretted their choice, not so for those who had to go fight a worthless war, and came home with scars.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tom Camfield

Hmmm. I think most critics are like I, and just let his actual words speak for themselves. I’d be surprised to be shown anywhere that I accused Donald of calling the coronavirus an out-and-out “hoax.” Although he does seem to be trying to give that impression by suggesting he knows more about its actual seriousness than scientists who have spent their lives studying infectious diseases.

He’s managed to kill 200,000 Americans with the damned stuff in about 8 months—but with an election coming up, he just keeps telling us it’s going to just go away, don’t bother with masks, etc. However, I don’t accuse him of calling it a hoax (his favorite catch-all when he has no answer), as he obviously has ulterior motives.

When the Korean War broke out, I didn’t look for bone spurs to keep me out of uniform—and was kept away from my fiancé for most of a year. I could have died quickly like Bill Humphrey or Fran Baker over 70 years ago. But I never felt like a “sucker” and volunteered a lot.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Justin Hale

"let his actual words speak for themselves." That's right Tom, and as I said, Trump never said the words that the MSM have been claiming he said. Doesn't matter, the MSM knows that a large portion of their audience want's to believe it's the truth, as your man Biden said "we choose truth over facts"(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15RjcRJ3Z70&feature=youtu.be), and a large portion of the audience will not bother to check to see if the story is true or not.

You and I agree that Trump says a lot of stupid siht, sometimes I cringe when he opines on subjects he is not qualified to comment on. Where you and I part company is when you make hyperbolic unfounded comments like "He’s managed to kill 200,000 Americans " you know there's not one fact to back that up, but with an election coming up you will keep feeding the haters that line, anything to get Trump out of office seems to be the marching orders, facts be damned.

I served during the Viet-Nam war, but my ship went east not west.

The Korean war was probably the last "just war" the U.S. has been in.

Friday, September 18, 2020
The Horrible day

America lost Ruth Bader Ginsberg today. She tried so hard to stay alive. A truly amazing woman. I don't even like to think of what is to come.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Justin Hale

RIP RBG.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Justin Hale

RIP RBG.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Justin Hale

RIP RBG.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Justin Hale

RIP RBG.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Gary Novak

You can say that again.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Tpm Camfield

She gave it her best shot, but an inattentive public leaves it at the mercy of a pair of self-serving hoodlums: Donald Trunp and Mitch McConnell.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Justin Hale

That's the system Tom, the POTUS nominates and the Senate appoints or rejects, don't like it? tough! You know damn well if the Democrats were in office they would do the same thing. President Trump made a promise to place conservative judges in the courts when he was running for POTUS, he's keeping his promise to the millions who voted for him. Trump said he will nominate a woman, it's going to be interesting seeing the Democrats argue against a woman joining the SCOTUS.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
That's bull

2016 Neal Gorsuch, "Wait until the election is over" Republicans Lindsey Graham, you need to wait until the election is over, Mitch McConnell, wait until the election is over . . .

Conservative woman, just give me Phyllis Shafley, do a little research on his choices, none give a crap about women's rights because they are Republicans and hubby will look after them.

Trump is such a liar. He should have been removed from office a long time ago, along with the rest of the sycophants who surround him.

Some people will do anything to get what they want, even dump Trump on America.

VOTE THEM ALL OUT, President, vice president, Senate, governors and on and on. Lets try something new, dignity, truth, empathy.

You recall what those are Justine?

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Justin Hale

"VOTE THEM ALL OUT, President, vice president, Senate, governors and on and on. Lets try something new, dignity, truth, empathy."..... If we vote out ALL the politicians who will run the government? If you meant vote out all the Republicans just because they are Republicans and you think that's dignified, truthful, and empathetic that's bull.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Really?

what part of the comment on "vote them all out" led you to believe it was anyone but the Republicans? What a dull boy you are.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Justin Hale

I thought I would give you a way out of exposing yourself as a bigot.

Friday, September 25, 2020