Coffee Log, Year 2, Day 261


Coffee:  Maxwell House Master Blend, Office Coffee

It’s been so bleak lately. I was reading an article about impeachment, it was going over the codification and standards laid out by the founding fathers, and there was this ink-print picture at the top of four men, Jefferson, Adams, sitting by a table. And I thought about what it must have been like to be fat and sweating in the 1700’s, head slipping around in a powdered wig. When it took two weeks to get a letter to where it was going, there was nothing to distract you from big, unreachable ideas.

I got gas the other day. There was a lady in a camo shirt across the pump. She looked cold, but not enough to put a coat on, and busy, but not enough to deter her from five minutes getting gas. She had a big truck, a full tank, a look like ‘I don’t need this.’ I wonder where she was going? I’ll meet her online, of course, by chance, anonymously, but never with the threat of having to get along.

Coffee thoughts. 2am string-outs, mid-morning breaks in the employee lounge. Still trying to find the best in us.

Currently Reading: Another Country, James Baldwin

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New day yawning
Another day of solitaire
House is honest
Clearly more than I can bear
Drag me off

Audioslave, Gasoline

Coffee Log, Year 2, Day 212


Coffee:  Maxwell House Master Blend, Office Coffee

I’ve been hearing this is just like Nixon. One big scandal to make the ball drop on a popular president. For those that don’t know, Trump pulled military aid from Ukraine then had a call with their president asking for favors. I don’t know that it matters what the favors were, just that he asked for them. If your boss holds back your bonus then asks you for overtime the next day, it’s hard to see how the money hasn’t become conditional.

But anyway, back to the first point: people are screaming ‘Nixon.’ When impeachment proceedings started against Dick he was still widely popular with his political party, just like Trump. When the Watergate tapes came out and there was suddenly a smoking gun, that support dried up almost overnight. Is that what we’re walking into now? Will the Senate flip on their party head now that we have public memos of corruption?

I remember watching this video from a Trump rally around the time of the 2016 election. It was from a late show and the reporter was asking absurd questions of some of the Trump supporters. He’d say things like “Trump wants to ban all dogs from Mexico, do you support that?” Unanimously, they said yes. And when he asked one guy why he’d support something so ridiculous, and how Trump hadn’t actually said it after all, the guy just said “I don’t care what his positions are, I support him anyway.”

Push a generation deep enough into the dirt, ignore their burnt necks and cracked skin, and desperation will let anyone with a promise seem like an answer. Try to take that answer, or expose it, and they’ll hold on – they’ve got nothing else.

Currently Reading: Queen, Suzanne Crain Miller

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President Zelenskyy: We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps. Specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.

President Trump: I would like you to do us a favor though…

Memorandum of July Conversation between President Trump and President Zelenskyy