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News from the February 22nd Newsletter

    The Rant
    Carol Wyatt

    Are finding it hard to keep up with all the absolute horror coming out of the White house?   It’s really
    like drinking from a fire hose, isn’t it?  Gosh, who knew that Trump’s behavior as president would be no
    better than his behavior as a candidate?  Well, OK.  EVERYONE who wasn’t drinking his Kool-Aid knew
    this, but it really is just amazing how utterly awful he is as President, isn’t it.

So how is this going to play out?  The Republicans don’t want to go against him because a)  they don’t want to do
anything to jeopardize their tax cuts for the rich, b) they are afraid he will destroy their careers with one mean tweet and c)
they are soulless, immoral hacks who long ago decided party was way more important than country.  But they may have to
take a stand sooner or later because this Russian thing is NOT going away.  The intelligence community has had it with
this clown and his assaults on their integrity, and I believe that they will expose so much evidence against him that the
Republicans will HAVE to take action.

Here is what will finally get him booted, and perhaps thrown in jail:  Donald Trump is being blackmailed by Putin. Trump is
owned lock, stock and barrel by Putin and the Russians, and every action he has taken regarding Russian has been with
their direction and blessing.  He simply cannot afford to defy him because if he does, they will expose the massiveness of
his debt to them and/or call in his loans, which he cannot afford to repay.   Too harsh, you say?  Well, here’s what we
know:

  • US banks no longer lend money to Trump because he has defaulted so many times
  • In 2008, Donald Jr told a real estate conference “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia”, meaning money
    that was/is being invested in Trump ventures
  • Russian banks and investors are heavily tied into Putin and Russian politics
  • Trump has never said one word of criticism about Russia or Putin.  Indeed, he bends over backwards to take
    positions contrary to traditional US policy:
  • The ONLY thing Trump objected to in the Republican party platform had to do with Crimea.  The Republicans
    had an anti-Russian position and the Trump organization insisted that it be changed.  The ONLY THING he
    cared about in that whole document!!
  • Trump is trying to undermine NATO, which has been a pet project of Putin’s for quite a while.
  • Trump is hinting that he will open up a $500 BILLION drilling opportunity for Russia, and Trump’s Secretary of
    State, formerly CEO of Exxon, is certainly interested in seeing that happen
  • Trump’s since-fired national security advisor was caught having multiple conversations with Russians prior to the
    election.  The timing suggests that he was promising them that Trump would lift the sanctions Obama had imposed
    as punishment for meddling in the US election
  • Now word is coming out that multiple Trump campaign people had been in contact with Russian agents throughout
    the campaign.  Gosh, wonder what they could have been talking about?  My money is on high-jacking the election.
  • We know for a fact that the Russians hacked the Democratic Party, and leaked the information with the express
    intent of helping Trump win

The US Constitution defines treason as levying war against the US, or adhering to our enemies, giving them aid or
comfort. This offence is punished with death.  The Russians are blackmailing Trump to support the positions that are in
Russian interests.  If that isn’t giving aid and comfort to an enemy, I don’t know what is.

Stay tuned, my friends, because this is what will take him down.



    SoSuanne
    Suanne Brady


    Hi, I’m Suanne. I moved to Houston with my pink-haired daughter in December; While, I’m a bit of an
    introvert, I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can over the coming months. I wanted to
    share, this first time out, something inspirational, that would give you a sense of who I am and why I’ve
    come on board to help Carol with this amazing resource.

The months leading up to our Presidential election last year were really stressful - I removed my share of friends and
family from Facebook because of the daily conversations about how the results of the election could directly impact my
immediate family, not to mention friends and other humans. Slowly the main focus of my life shifted from being a creative
woman, mom, blogger, who thought about burlesque costumes, rhinestones, coding web pages, planning workshops, and
learning how to be a good dog mom into someone whose time was nearly consumed by the focus on the election and
fear. Election day began with so much hope, and as the night dragged on our living room was filled with stunned silence,
and then it ended as I cried myself to sleep.  

I prepared for the move from Virginia to Texas in a fog, and somewhere in that time plans for the future were blunted, my
blogging slowed to a trickle, and my plans to develop workshops for our community here stopped - how can I empower
others when I feel so tense and afraid? It took a little time but fog lifted and I knew it was time to take care of my Self;  How
can I fight the good fight if I’ve got nothing left to fight with?

First, I needed to recognize where I was; Tense, depressed, afraid, wrapped up in the news (fake and real) so tightly that I
hadn’t caught a Pokemon in weeks. I consciously stepped back just a little, no more reposting every single article on
Facebook...heck, I stopped reading every single article. I made a choice to narrow my news sources to just a few trusted
outlets and have made a habit of only checking them a couple times a day - usually first thing in the morning and then
again mid-afternoon. I know I can rely on my Facebook blowing up if something really big happens.

I found turning to Twitter is a constructive way to deal with some of my angst, on Twitter, I know that I can directly respond
to things I find particularly upsetting, or dumb - because there’s a lot of dumb. A quick short message directed at the (ir)
responsible party and I can move on. And while I don’t want to totally check out or ignore what’s happening, I do need to
move on because life is happening all around me and I’ve missed out on enough in my lifetime - I not prepared to give up
more (certainly not 4 more years) we have to find ways to thrive not just survive.

I’m ramping up on little acts of self-care - there’ve been a lot of bubble baths, with Corona’s, wine, port, whiskey -
WHATEVER! It’s bubbles, booze, and a great Spotify playlist, or a cheesy movie on my iPad, I’ve always loved a good
soak, is there something you’ve always loved to indulge in? Swings at the park, blowing bubbles in the backyard, playing
with a kitten, coloring in a coloring book, going out for an ice cream cone, seeing a $1 movie, there are a lot of ways to
unplug and let go...like catching Pokemon.

I'd gotten really down on myself for gaining some stress related weight, but let’s face it I’m fat, these 16 or 20 pounds did
not make me wake up suddenly fat, I was fat before (except when I was a tiny figure skater but that was 30 years ago) and
I’ll likely continue to fat with or without a fight over basic civil rights. I bought a couple new pairs of jeans (Macy’s store
closing sale thank you) and I’m calling it a day - no more negative self talk because my favorite pair of jeans don’t fit. I don’
t need another excuse to feel bad, or something so negative to focus on when I’m trying to avoid thinking about the state
of our States. Is there something you can “let go of” that will lighten your mental burdens? None of us need to look very
far for negatives right now.

Doing good for others always makes me feel good, and volunteering gets me out of the house with a sense of purpose,
so Social Notes is a way to meet new people and focus on things closer to home here in Houston. There are so many
places to volunteer, it doesn’t have to be consuming, you don’t have to take a seat on a board or spend time at committee
meetings, you can simply be a worker bee who show’s up, talks to people, and gets things done. Having a sense of
accomplishment and control always makes me feel better.

I know I’m not alone with this, but I feel so alone… so, I’ve promised myself that I’ll set aside time to attend as many
functions and groups as I can to see what type of flavor I can add to the group and event descriptions on Social Notes. My
last bit of Self care is that I’m going to focus on relationship building which is, ultimately, what Social Notes is all about, and
if I can do that I know I won’t feel so alone during whatever happens in the next four years.


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