Preface: From a very, very, very happy dinner party to a claim of “almost treason” — as you might guess, this blog covers a few different subjects. I did try to blend them together — hope you readers understand and enjoy!! (If not, comment and tell me!) My mind, sometimes, has so many thoughts racin’ through it — that I cannot type fast enough — I stop and scribble on a tablet nearby (and, later, cannot decipher the hieroglyphics) in the hope that I can pick up the thought in a later paragraph!! Sure glad that daughter of mine got me started. Can’t thank her enough — but you came to read this blog; so ……….
Saturday evenin’ was very special in our family!! But I want to mention what happened previously!! A couple of weeks before, my son Gary had flown to Scotland — along with our grandson Jacob (a recent grad from Harvard U)! Gary had departed Los Angeles and was joined by his son at the New York airport for the final leg to Glasgow. It was quite a long trip for Gary; but good father (and a bit tired) that he is — after they rented a car and drove north (for awhile) to their hotel, they immediately headed for their first round of golf in Scotland. The two of them had a spectacular father/son week-long golf vacation — and graduation present for Jacob — even playin’ a round or so — at Trump’s International Golf Links on Scotland’s west shore. Gary managed to find a way to have his son play a round at the most famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. It normally has about a 6-month wait list, and it’s where they play the British Open (now every 5 years)!! That’s what I call a real good dad — and he’s our son!!
The point I wanted to make was that we celebrated Father’s Day last evenin’ (Saturday night) — since Gary was in Scotland on June 18th and only returned to Los Angeles last Tuesday evenin’!! I get to pick where we go on both Father’s Day and my birthday — and it’s always Le Petit Bistro — a relatively small café with mirrored walls, oozin’ with the charm of a “rive-gauche-eatery” and a fair-priced, full-bodied French menu. Gary came with his current lady friend along with daughter Susan and hubby Corey!! I indulged myself with a crispy-duck main course while the wife had their fantastic entrecote (red/rare) with frites. She had her fav crepe suzette dessert while I punished myself with crème brulee!! While we gorged on our desserts — the “kids” were discussin’ the U.S. Senate’s (Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s) newly released pitiful effort for a replacement to the Affordable Care Act!! And with son-in-law Corey, havin’ read the entire future (?) law, generated by a “men’s club” in the US Senate, it was an honest-to-God intelligent discussion. Yes, I think the net result was that it was “not only a ‘mean’ bill — it was the “meanest” ever!! They were not havin’ dessert — they chose to have starters which were declined by Harriette and me. [aside: There’s no rhyme nor reason that you can’t have both a starter and a dessert — it just never happens in our family.]
And speakin’ of the U.S. Senate and what they are up to — when we got back to our place at 947 Tiverton Ave — a strange thought suddenly struck me about the Trumpster!! Out of the clear blue, I recalled that day in early May — just after he had fired the head of the FBI — James Comey! Trump had hosted some Russians in the White House. I also reminded myself of a New Yorker magazine article — it was all about Connecticut Senator Blumenfeld, the former state Attorney General for many years. (I had read that he’s a part of the “Nerd Caucus” in the senate along with two Republican senators — Lee (Utah) and Cruz (Texas) — they each had clerked with a SCOTUS judge or “soon-to-be” judge on the Court — in other words, Blumenfeld is very knowledgeable re: constitutional law. But, he had never heard of the “emolument clause”, re: anti-bribery for political office-holders. In part it reads: they cannot “accept, without the consent of congress, any present, Emolument, office or title or any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Since Trump declined to cut his business ties in the U.S. and foreign countries — of which there are many — Blumenfeld has sued the president re: the Emolument clause!! And there are 30 Senators and over 100 Representatives, all Democrats, who are co-plaintiffs. In doin’ this, they expect to see those tax returns that Trump has refused to make public — and there lies the ‘core issue’ — everyone suspects that he has been funded by foreign entities (some folks not so nice) for many years; and those returns will tell the story!!
Even with all the hullabaloo about “Russia and members of Trump’s presidential campaign” — our President invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, along with the Russian Ambassador — Sergey Kislyak — to the White House. No U.S. news-folks were permitted in; yet, there were films released followin’ the meeting!! These photo-ops had been released by the Russian State News Agency — TASS [aside: I had not heard that name — the official Russian press — since the days of Stalin and Krushchev!! Even as I hear it today, it sends chills up my spine — thinkin’ about those two tyrants and the Cold War!] But, the ‘visuals’ of those two Russians in our White House — in the Oval Office — bein’ treated like royalty — created a horrible image in my mind. Actually, the thought had hit me — as I had readied for bed — it had reminded me of a homeless person in his new quarters, showin’ his benefactors around. Remember the expression on Trump’s face — as if he was thankin’ them for all the goodies that they had bestowed on him. I beseech you “blog-readers” to google and re-evaluate the entire happenin’ — his manner, his words, his posture — like a former indigent, thankin’ the nice people that had made everything possible. [aside: Yes, this thought had suddenly struck me as I recalled that day in the oval office — durin’ which, Trump had even said that he had gotten rid of that “nut case” (meanin’ Comey) — I feel it — he was bowin’ to his masters!!] And when the normal press were permitted in — the Ruskies were gone — the President was chattin’ with our former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger!! Now, please tell me if I’m “whistlin’ Dixie” — or it’s a fact that “Trump invited, “schmoozed”, kissed *ss, etc., etc., etc., with his Russian benefactors in the “people’s house”!!” That’s how I saw it. And, honestly, I had drunk only two glasses of wine at our Father’s Day gatherin’!! It’s odd how and when some strange thoughts come to mind — and when they do I cannot wait to start bloggin’!! ‘nuf ……