Posted by: Helen Philpot | April 28, 2017

If only jokes about assaulting women were reason enough to lose elections…


Margaret, I am sorry I haven’t written more, but honestly, honey, I am just too tired.  Sadly, it has nothing to do with my age and everything to do with my home.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my home.  Unfortunately, my home is located in Texas, and in this state, we liberals are all tired.

The rest of the country woke up last November and said, “Oh Shit.  What just happened to this country?”.   But all of us in Texas woke up and said, “Oh Shit.  The rest of the country just became Texas.”

We’ve been dealing with race baiting, misogynistic, religious nut-jobs for decades.   For us, the craziness started when George W. Bush became Governor in 1995.  Now just imagine how tired you would be if the government had been trying to grab your pussy for 22 years.  Even my husband gave up sooner than that, God rest his soul.

Yes, Texas has a long history of electing morons and, somehow, we’ve survived.  But I warn the rest of you, if you think Texas is the benchmark you might want to consider these recent headlines:

Texas Industrial Plants Spewing Pollutants Illegally

Abandoned Texas oil wells seen as “ticking time bombs” of contamination

Environmentalists Ask EPA to Strip Texas’ Regulatory Authority

In Washington, Texans Continue to Question Ozone Science

Texas Governor Abbott Signs Bill to Limit Pollution Lawsuits

Abstinence-Only Texas High School Hit By Chlamydia Outbreak

Texas School District Sex Education Compares Non-Virgins To Chewed Gum

Texas Governor Rick Perry Struggles To Answer Question About Sex Ed: ‘Abstinence Works’

Texas Governor Tweets Marriage Was Defined by God

Texas places 43rd among states in national education ranking

Texas has the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy in the nation

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds

Now any of those are reason enough for most Texans to not want to get out of bed, but that last one is particularly alarming.   When Texas moved to defund Planned Parenthood our maternal mortality rate doubled.  Doubled. Texas politicians are literally killing women.   And you might not have heard this expression before, but it is becoming agonizingly clear – As Texas goes, so goes the nation.

Our President admitted on camera to molesting and assaulting women.  That alone should have disqualified him to be anything in politics.   But what I fear now is that his politics won’t just assault women, it will kill women.  And for those of you hanging on to the hope that Ivanka is going make it all better, I offer you this headline:

President Trump signed legislation Thursday allowing states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood

The election of Donald Trump was alarming to the majority of voters because the majority of voters did not vote for him.  And those that did, usually defended their vote by saying, “I like him because he speaks his mind.”   Well I say, if your mind is full of shit, speaking your mind is akin to passing gas. And if you think I am wrong, then smell these quotes from The Donald himself:

  • Donald Trump at the third presidential debate: “Nobody respects women more than me.” Three minutes later: “Such a nasty woman.” (October 19, 2016)
  • “I sorta get away with things like that.” —Donald Trump, on bursting into Miss Universe pageant dressing rooms
  • “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.” –Donald Trump, mocking the women who alleged he sexually assaulted them, suggesting his accusers weren’t attractive enough to earn his attention. (October 14, 2016)
  • “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” –Donald Trump in a 2005 interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush

There was a time when Texas got it right.   We ushered in the great Ann Richards as Governor when her Republican opponent, Clayton Williams, joked, “Rape is kinda like the weather. If it’s inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

If only jokes about assaulting women were still reason enough to lose an election…

I watch the news everyday waiting for a reporter to ask Sean Spicer if being President means  Trump has been able to grab even more pussy.  It hasn’t happened, but an old gal can dream.

Both Texas and the U.S. used to be great.  In a few years, maybe we can elect someone who can make them great again.  I mean it.  Really.


Cheer up, dear.  Our favorite new movie Silver Skies is out.   And knowing that you live there, I have no doubt Texas will be great again.  You are not too much older than The Donald.  Run for office.  I’d vote for you.



  1. 9 I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns.


  2. My husband and I will vote for you too Helen!


  3. Thanks for indirtucong a little rationality into this debate.


  4. Elle est effectivement très belle ta galette et même après en avoir mangé plein de sortes l’autre soir avec Chef Damien, j’y goûterais bien… j’aime la pâte feuilletée classique mais j’adore aussi la pâte in..rséee.vBisous à toi, la reine!


  5. Dear Vix,I am reader of your blog, I am Italian from Rome, I was reading this entry on the Biba pants..well you know what? last week I found a Biba top in blue and gold that I think was manufactured at the beginning of the seventies (on the label a arising sun in gold and black) was laying on a heap of clothes in a stall run by a Pakistani seller for 0,50 €, although it was not my size I bought it because I am a huge fan of Barbara Hu.k.icail.nI would have never imagined to find a Biba garment in Italy on a forlorn clothes stall on a awful day in Rome….too bad I cannot wear it!


  6. The events in Washington have reached a point where it is hard for one to absorb and comprehend the stupidity and crassness of our politicians. Trump’s conduct is so egregious that it seems impossible that this man is really POTUS. And if we remove him we would have to endure a Pence presidency. Sigh….


  7. Can we refuse to allow trump to land when returning from his trip abroad?


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  8. gato and mageen – thank you – your opinion is very similar to others i have asked. I am somewhat concerned he might just be vindictive enough to blow up something before he leaves.

    Yes, gato I believe the republicans have their golden goose in the white house. They will not kill it until it has laid all their golden eggs.

    Let us not forget them in the upcoming elections.

    Where is a sudden heart attack when you need one? pence and ryan too



  9. Good morning, Mageen, and all –

    May I suggest that the reason Little Lord Cheese Puff is still there is because a number of people are benefitting enormously from his continued presence, in terms of both power and money. As long as he’s outrageous enough, and distracting enough, to remain the focus of the majority of our attention, that’s where he will stay – and his capacity and intent to continue to do both those things seem bottomless…

    HOWEVER, I am reminded of that old chestnut, “Be careful of what you ask for.” The magnitude of his grandiosity and “unpredictability” seem to be expanding at an exponential rate beyond even what at least some of his “handlers” might have anticipated. (Putin offering transcripts of a closed White House meeting to the US Congress, “if the White House approves”…??!! Really? And apparently not even worrying about doing so…?? REALLY??)

    Let’s all remember, even as we’re reeling from one ludicrous absurdity after another, that members of Congress are working diligently and ceaselessly to nail down gerrymandering, open up National Parks for potential “use,” gutting health care, roll back financial regulations, consumer protection, workers’ rights, and all their other little fun projects.

    When the “Possible Impeachable Offense” show is over, however and whenever it ends, the dust will settle… We’ll look around, see what happened while we weren’t paying attention, and wonder whatever happened to our principles, our beliefs, our traditions, and our very souls.


  10. Cynthia, Trump would do both simultaneously which will be the signal for someone to step up with the sleeveless sweater and take him away. Frankly, I can’t understand how he has evaded installation in a mental asylum long ago.


  11. Hi, Cynthia – In my personal experience, anything that knocks my ego down a peg or two I consider a blessing… However, I am not Little Lord Cheese Puff, and I have learned that “I” am not solely my ego. (It’s taken me quite a lot to get the hang of that, and I’m certainly not perfect at it, by any means! But at least, after decades and plenty of wise guidance, I have an idea of the concept…)

    I have no idea what LLCP would do should he be removed from office, but, based on the behavior he’s so consistently displays in public, so far, it’s hard to imagine that he would ever consider ANYTHING to be his fault. I’m guessing we’d likely hear the usual litany of how “unfairly” he was treated, how he had every “right” to do whatever he did, and probably how it had always been his intention to do it, anyway… You know – all the same stuff we hear from him, about everything, day after day.

    Let’s keep in mind that this is the guy who bragged, during his campaign, that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and he still wouldn’t lose a vote. As Maya Angelou so wisely asked, “When someone tells you who they are, why don’t you believe them?”

    I sincerely hope that, should that removal look inevitable, someone will have the good sense to keep him away from the nuclear codes… I wish I were joking about that; I’m not. (Sadly, I’m not counting on any current GOP “leaders” to step up to that plate,..)

    BTW, “inevitable” is looking more and more unlikely, every hour that we accept the idea that this behavior is just “unique,” “different,” or a matter of “personal style.” I’m not willing to accept rampant narcissism as any of the previous.

    I hope you don’t mind my indulging in the Amateur Shrink Hour; I don’t even play a psychiatrist on TV, but evidently I’m okay with doing it here!

    And Peace to you, as well.


  12. If trump were removed from office before 2020, how do you think he would handle it emotionally? Would it destroy his ego or would he justify leaving?



  13. Gato – went to the site and had my say. I must comment on the fact that all of the executive department web sites seem different. Ditto for the White House website. Different but not inviting. Whole different culture seems to have infected them.


  14. Jeez, Kate, come on! “Hens” and “roosters”? It’s 2017, try to keep up. And would the “best president” really try to take healthcare away from 24 million people in order to give a huge tax break to the top 1%? And are you comfortable with all his lying? We have already established you’re okay with his misogyny, but how about his dishonesty? Are you feeling good about him and his family (can you say nepotism?) enriching themselves at your expense? Did you enjoy him hosting the Russians in the Oval Office while keeping the American press out? Are you okay with a man who has five children with three different wives being an example for our young people? Or are you just ignoring all this because you’re just happy a old white man is finally back in charge? I think I know the answer.

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  15. Alrighty, Porch Sitters – Here’s a suggestion from a friend on Facebook:

    Go to the US Department of Justice website at Click on “Contact” at the right end of the header bar. A page saying “Contact US Form” will appear. Fill in your name & email address where requested. Scroll down the “Topics” drop-down to “Message to the Assistant Attorney General.” (Don’t bother with the actual AG for any number of reasons, the most courteous being that he has “recused” himself from anything to do with the Russia investigations.)

    And then, as politely as you can manage, urge the DOJ to appoint an independent special investigator to pursue any “possible” ties between the current Executive and Legislative branches of the US government and any foreign government. The DOJ needs to hear a LOT of public outrage about this – we cannot let them brush this aside as “not important,” “fake news,” and whatever other BS they will continue to put out.

    We can also brace ourselves for all kinds of badmouthing about “not supporting the president” while Little Lord Cheese Puff is wandering around the globe, having his picture taken with as many “famous people” as possible.

    Tell all your friends, too, and get all over social media. PERSIST! Massive public outrage is the only thing that has a chance of getting through to these people…

    Thank you!


  16. Kate, really? You certainly do have a helluva low bar! Now my dad was a terrific judge of character in men. He had to be. He was his local area’s best athlete in decades. He did everything from individual to team sports. And he spent some of the best years of his life in a locker room. His behavior in and out of the locker room had to be the best or all is hard work as an athletic champion should amount to zip. He came from a long line of people of stalwart character. Even know what that means, Kate? He ended up “smelling” an untrustworthy sort coming up the front walk even before there was a knock on the door. And he knew how to handle them. What insults woman also insults men, especially the one male mouth doing all the talking. This is what a lot of people don’t get, including the big mouth. There is a lot about Trump that deeply, deeply concerns people even in his own party and none of the characteristics he displays are not new. He has already shown his historical illiteracy. Even his Biblical illiteracy. Remember “Two Collasions”? And in front of a Biblical crowd. I could certainly go on with an even longer list but if those two items don’t make the point, then forget it. For someone from U/Penn’s business school, Tump has the IQ of bean dip. And he really, really, really proved that he will lick a steak knife with his dismissal and prior and current treatment of Comey. The smoke around that dismissal is so thick and unrelenting that there has to be a helluva fire feeding it. And, Kate, you of all people should know the definition of unforgivable.

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  17. Hi, “Kate” – Just want to bring you up to speed here… There’s so much more to complain about these days! Every day brings an exciting new opportunity: Everything that’s wrong with “digital catapults” on aircraft carriers; explaining to economists what “prime the pump” means (a phrase that he claims to have “come up with” just a few days ago); threatening witnesses at a Congressional hearing; contradicting his own spokespeople; going to war with the head of the FBI (almost never a smart idea, far as I understand, but I could be wrong)… And that’s just this week! Wow. In the light of all this, bragging about mauling women seems like Amateur Hour, doesn’t it? Gotta agree with you on that one. It all adds up to a whole new definition of what makes a country “great”…

    And you’re certainly right that this guy will “go down in history”… Hopefully, the “going down” will happen sooner, rather than later. No one deserves it more.

    Have a nice day.

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  18. Wow, women are really nasty here and complaining that our president at one time in his life was talking to men about women,and one of the men decided to let the whole world know what he said(who knows what the other men were saying)and some women got their panties in a wad over it. Ever been in a locker room of men? Heck, ever been in a locker room with women?
    Women can be nastier than any men, but somehow President Trump’s remark is the only one that liberal women are zeroing in on and obsessing about You all sound like a bunch of clucking hens angry that the rooster came into the roost and started changing things. President Trump will go down as the best president this country has ever had. If you women could get what you want, our country would not be recognizable in a few years under another president like Obama. But keep telling yourselves you are morally superior to those of us who voted for President Trump. Maybe you will learn, but it’s highly unlikely.


  19. Hi, Mageen, and all – Apparently, Little Lord Cheese Puff was under the impression that he could summarily “fire” the 6’8″ head of the FBI – on the flimsiest of “excuses” – and nobody would mind… SURPRISE!! And Sessions and Rosenstein, who encouraged him to do so, knew that LLCP would take most of the heat. Trump rarely seems to have any idea what he’s doing, but I’ll bet they did. All anyone has to do is to tell LLCP that someone doesn’t like him, and they’re toast. “SAD!”


  20. Trump apparently cannot shake off The Apprentice thing. He keeps firing people such as prosecutors and thinks nothing of it. Hey, prosecutors are lawyers and they are a dime a dozen in D.C. And then he fired the head of the FBI who was investigating the collusion/collision of the Trump campaign with the Russians. Plug pulled. Comey gone. Second in command now temporarily in command. Trump’s skin is still not saved. Comey is a free agent! He can say what he likes, where and when he likes. He can write a book, sell it to Hollywood for a movie. He can even hire himself out to another country.
    No worries, though. Trump always has his bags packed.


  21. I can’t stand to look or listen, either… I’m even starting to have a hard time with the late-night parodies – and I do love me some Colbert and John Oliver, for sure! We need ’em, and I’m glad those who are doing them, are doing them. But just the constant exposure to lies, “fake news,” and “alternate facts” gives them a validity they don’t deserve. We get numb…

    HOWEVER… We must work tirelessly to make every effort to insure that our three-branch government remains intact, and is able to exercise its powers, despite all efforts to disembowel and twist it to better serve the particular ends of the plutocrats. It is “cumbersome” for a damned good reason.


    And that, dammit, is why running a democracy is nothing like running a business. (I can hardly enumerate the number of times I’ve had this discussion with my beloved husband…) Trump doesn’t get that, and so far has shown no inclination to “get it.”

    I am truly alarmed to learn that ten states are working on, or have enacted, legislation to limit “protests,” for all kinds of reasons – from “defacing critical infrastructure” (no more taping up those signs on the oil tanks, kids) to impeding traffic flow. And these apply not only to the protestors themselves, but to any “conspiring organization” who supports or organizes them. Not sure if these penalties apply to all supporters of such organizations, or just the organization itself. So… If you give money to Moveon, Swing Left, or OFA, you could possibly be arrested, levied an enormous fine, and spend a few years in the slammer… This is what’s in the works. In Oklahoma, such legislation was apparently just been put immediately into effect by Governor Fallin, due to what she, and her legislature, consider an “emergency.” In every manifestation, the goal is to intimidate people, cost protesting organizations a hell of a lot of money, and tie everybody up in court for an indeterminate amount of time.

    Sounding more and more like what we imagine life to be like in North Korea, doesn’t it?

    This is not how I imagined I’d have to be spending my “golden years”… Maybe I won’t have to spend ALL of them on this crap…!


  22. Hi Gato, Again you’re right on point. Trump is their “useful idiot” but he also brings his own brand of narcissism and impulsiveness which makes him very dangerous and unpredictable. Add his almost total ignorance of the basic principles of governance and foreign policy and it seems like a recipe for disaster. I truly cannot even stand to look at or listen to the man.


  23. Hi, Terri –

    Nice to hear from you, too. What’s becoming more and more clear to me is that IT IS A MISTAKE TO FOCUS SO INTENTLY ON “THE PRESIDENT.” (I hope all will forgive me for what is likely to be an excessive use of all caps here…) Yes, he’s a source of constant embarrassment and revulsion (“I’m the President! Can you believe it?”), but HE’S JUST THE FRONT MAN HERE.
    He has given no evidence whatsoever of any core principles, any sound reasoning, or any concern for the nation outside of T-Towers and Mal-A-Dapted. He seems willing to say anything, do anything, and sign anything, as long as he gets his picture taken sitting at the Big Boy Desk surrounded by Adoring Famous People. (Even Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent are apparently “famous” enough…)

    And this, IMO, is precisely because he is so currently “useful” to those currently running the zombie version of the Party Formerly Known as Republicans. HE’S THE IRON PYRATE-PLATED SHINY OBJECT THAT NONE OF US CAN RESIST – he’s the multi-vehicle accident by the side of the road that makes us ashamed of ourselves that we want to slow down to count the bodies, and we do anyway…

    The press, ALL of it, reacts to his mindless tweets with the enthusiasm of a toddler who can’t stop playing peek-a-boo, over and over and over again… I’m so sick of reading that so-and-so “slams” somebody over something, or “rips,” or “blasts,” or even “throws shade” about something, when ninety percent of it is more accurately “whining,” or “complaining” or something equally without power or meaning.

    It doesn’t mean that any of these things should be ignored, but they certainly aren’t “news” in any way, shape, or form. What’s NEWS, again IMHO, is that the Keystone Pipeline is still being protested, everything that’s been said recently about the ridiculous “wall” is absolutely untrue, that the agency in charge of dealing with the opioid pandemic is being almost completely gutted, that the status of National Parks is going to be “reviewed,,” and that non-citizens with no criminal record whatsoever are being deported for driving with a malfunctioning tail light…

    We MUST keep focused on local races for the House and Senate, tedious and boring as those can be. This is grunt work, no doubt about it, but it’s the only thing that has a chance of working.

    It’s hard for me to believe that this “head of state” has not been removed from office for any number of things he’s already done, allowed to be done, or is trying to do – but he hasn’t. What I would like to believe doesn’t matter; the truth is what matters. And the truth is that it’s just as he said: He could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and none of his supporters would care.

    But the real demons are all those “supporters” IN GOVERNMENT, and especially IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, who SAY they’re “outraged,” who say “this president has a unique style,” or even – curse them – that we should “give him a chance” to “grow into the job.” THAT’S THE LAST THING THEY WANT; THEY LIKE HIM JUST THE WAY HE IS – AND THAT’S THE ONLY REASON HE IS STILL IN OFFICE. (Sounding like a broken record here, but does anyone really think he’d still be tweeting if it was a problem for Ryan, McTurtle, and the rest…? Do we? Really…? i DON’T.)

    This is going to be a long and tedious struggle. I’m all for ranting (obviously!), but we’ve got to be absolutely relentless with showing up, making those calls, and voicing our objections, especially to our local representatives.

    As the old saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant…? One bite at a time.” This is one hell of a big ol’ elephant – but we can all chew, can’t we?


  24. Hi Gato,
    Always good to get your point of view (and I completely agree). This is a very disheartening time for our country. Facts don’t matter, truth doesn’t matter, lying doesn’t matter. It’s impossible to deal with people who won’t even acknowledge the reality of what they are doing. Trump told the Prime Minister of Australia that they have better health care than us! They have government sponsored single payer healthcare. Trump doesn’t even know what he’s saying. I hope the midterm elections will change things, but they seem such a long way off. Meanwhile, we have to sit and watch the Trump family enrich themselves while we are forced to endure the shame of having him as president.




  26. Don’t said it out loud Gato! Now you have a pre-existing condition, the irritable bowel syndrome that is. Hope your insurance is safe. Our country is a mess. It is all about winning and nothing else. Your healthcare or mine be damned. The Tman has done his darndest to do away with Obama’s signature legislation. That trumps everything else, no pun intended. I know President Obama tried to bring the healthcare issue on the forefront out of compassion for his fellow man. For those of us believers, he will get his cudos from the most high, for caring. It is a shame, really, that the conservatives are so heartless and it is all about winning, at any cost and by all means necessary. Some of the legislators did not even read the legislation they voted for. Go figure that out.


  27. Hi, Terri – And, as a part of the festivities, this buffoon smirked and said, “I’m the president! I’m the president! Can you believe it?”

    Of course more than half the country can’t believe it, and the very thought MAKES us sick… This will doubtless be included in the list of “pre-existing conditions,” along with being born, having a vagina, being poor, brown, black, transgender, getting pregnant, having a hangnail, or foolishly getting black lung disease from working in a coal mine.

    God, but these people are disgusting… (OOPS! I feel “irritable bowel syndrome” coming on!)


  28. I did not write this, I thought it was worth sharing it.

    “Let me see if I can clear something up here. To all the #45 fundamentalists, apologists, worshippers, and staunch supporters. Those of us who loath, detest, and otherwise don’t trust #45, it isn’t because we are sore losers, as you tend to like to label us as, nor are we snowflakes, or any of a thousand other juvenile names you call us. Our opposition to #45 is because he isn’t an honorable human being, he isn’t qualified to hold the office that he was able to conn you into voting him into, and he’s a serial liar, and he is a constant embarrassment to our nation.

    I know, I know, but president Obama, but crooked Hillary and her emails, and Benghazi! yeah yeah, we get it! You hated both of them. But, let’s just be real here for a moment, as much as you may deny it, as much as you try to hang some legitimacy on your hatred of president Obama, we know the real reason you hated him, and so do you, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with his policies! He was an honorable man, who loved this country, and governed with a steady hand, and compassion. There wasn’t a major 9/11 attack during his watch, and he gave the order to send to Hell the mastermind of the 9/11 attack!

    You’ve been taught to hate Hillary Clinton over the last 25 years, by the republicans, because they knew that they were going to eventually have to face her, so they fed you all sorts of reasons to hate her, as a matter of fact, the republicans can always tap into your hate to get their way, they know that your hatred is always accessible, and easy to provoke, just tell you “the democrats want to take your guns away”, and they gotcha! You’ve been groomed to hate Hillary, it’s been a 25 year plan by the republicans, because they have no new ideas, so they go with the old favorites, feed you hate and fear, and it still works like a charm, after all these years.

    In less than 100 days #45 has insulted our allies, gotten a navy seal killed after ordering a military operation from his dinner table, sent the nation into chaos, after signing a convoluted Muslim ban. He’s insulted the media, insulted our intelligence agencies, insulted the judicial system, called the media the enemy of the people because they fact check him. He hasn’t kept any of his lofty promises, and he still tweets like some prepubescent 11 year old, with a vocabulary about the same.

    So, please get this through your heads, we are not sore losers, we just don’t want to lose the country simply because you hate so much that you’ve given power to a geriatric senile sexual predator and Russian puppet!”


    PS – we need to hold the signers of the AHCA accountable in 2018 or ASAP. And don’t stop RESISTING or America as we know/love it will be gone for our descendants…well, if we don’t destroy this planet first.


  29. Okay, count me as one of the people who is sickened by the sight of Trump and the GOP laughing and patting each other on the back for voting to take healthcare away from 24 million people (and give a huge tax break to the super rich). This is not the country I grew up in. It is immoral, plain and simple. I am convinced that their Moby Dick-like obsession about repealing Obamacare has more to do with wanting to erase Barack Obama and his accomplishments than wanting to help people. Everyone who voted for that bill,including my own congresswoman, is a callous, selfish, miserable human being and I have no idea how they sleep at night. End of rant.


  30. HI, Mageen, and all – I’d say “Good morning,” but goodness is probably on the endless list of “pre-existing conditions” that the “healthcare” package just passed by the House would allow States to declare uninsurable.

    What a travesty. First of all, it is unthinkable that, in 2017, this country is even debating whether or not sick people should be able to get medical treatment. WTF is the POINT of all our wonderful research and innovation if great numbers of the people who need these miracles can’t afford them?

    I live in CT, where our Senators, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, have long been two of the most vigorous and outspoken opponents of this obscenity. So not much persuasion required around here. So… I will contact every friend, relative, and acquaintance I can think of, who lives in any State whose Senators might be leaning toward confirming this abomination, and BEG them to object, if they are so inclined – and to urge all of THEIR friends to do the same. Every dam voice matters here.

    I love your confidence, and pray it is well-founded. But, while I’m hanging on to that, I’m also going to be on the phone, and on the internet… The nutcases, starting with the Nutcase-In-Chief, know that if you say something loud enough, enough times, people will believe it.

    It works for them; let’s do everything we can to make it work for us.

    And I mean it. REALLY!


  31. Porchites! The Trumpcare package from the House has just been sent to the Senate who are waiting for it with bared fangs. As it stands now, that package hasn’t a ghost of a chance of approval by the Senate. With only a difference of two votes between the D’s and the R’s in the Senate, McTurtle absolutely cannot let anyone touch this proposed legislature without giving it a thorough whack job inasmuch as there a R’s in his caucus who just don’t like it. They are up for re-election next time around. The House jive of giving the states full control over whether or not to offer coverage for pre-existing conditions is a bullet where it really hurts! I am going to watch and see how close the final package comes out to being Obamacare redux, and by a Republican controlled Senate! Or lightening may even strike in the oddest places at the darnedest times and we get single payer!


  32. Hey, Jono – If you’re a man, you have nothing to worry about – the “shitgibbon” certainly isn’t one by any reasonable standard. (“FAKE MAN. SAD!”)


  33. An Arizona legislative representative just suggested school no longer be mandatory. You think Texas is bad?


  34. Porch dwellers, here is something that just might make you roll on the floor laughing. Do whatever you can to get hold of today’s Washington Post. They have published an entire extra session, multi-page, of Trump’s tweets over the first 100 days! You know that his head is exploding over this. I do think that Karma has done a really unexpected laugh out loud job here.


  35. I always enjoy your hearing your thoughts because they are so similar to my own. When Ann Richards was around, so was the great Molly Ivins who warned us all about ‘Shrub” Bush and what was in store for us. If Molly were still writing, she’d be all over what’s happening. As Ann would have said about the Donald, “He was born with a silver foot in his mouth” or to one of his lies, “that dog don’t hunt”. RIP

    Jane H in Chicago


  36. I am embarrassed to be the same gender as the shitgibbon in the White House.


  37. […] and Counting,” are finally back. Helen sees the election of our President as a signal that Oh Shit. The rest of the country just became Texas. She ponders a nation in which joking about assaulting women is no longer disqualifying. […]


  38. hey, glad you all are still kicking, was beginning to worry about ya. Great article, as always, keep swinging at them girlfriend, we love you in Atlanta.

    (Hey, I’m a Texas transplant, I totally get it)

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  39. I read everything you write, and I absolutely love you. Thank you for your wonderful humor to help us deal with this awful truth. You remind me of that other wonderful Texan, Molly Ivins. Keep on writing!

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  40. I love you two. You give me hope for the future. THANKS

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  41. Hi Helen and Margaret! Thanks for posting! I feel your pain Helen. I feel like Texas is such a missed opportunity. I lived in Texas once upon a time, my husband and I made lasting friendships there. Texas is a story in contrasts. The state seems to have some kind of split personality. The ignorance in some areas is so great, you wonder how they got to that point. But then you have Austin, it feels there like you are in a different state when you are in Austin. What can I say, Texas’ mess is now our country’s mess. I agree.

    What concerns me more than anything is the EPA and what is being done to it. I am going to be missing clean air especially. I remember the days of thick smog, with the haze being so visible and the air so thick ,you could cut it with a knife. Those days may be back soon with the new EPA, which should be renamed Environment Destroying Agency (EDA) for short. Our new government is rolling back or is intent on rolling back all the gains of clean air and clean water regulations of the past few decades. I cannot believe people could be so dumb. What kind of legacy are we going to leave our children?

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  42. Hi, Dear Lady Jo M… Well, you just keep getting yourself up every single day, because we’re all counting on you – and ourselves – to do that very thing!

    I’m not that far behind you, years-wise, and I NEVER thought I’d have to spend one second of my “golden years” worrying about the actions of some blowhard asshat who thinks that “golden” means just covering his toilet seat (and every other danged thing he can find) with some shiny yellow stuff.

    But this is what we’ve been handed and, goddammit, we’re going to deal with it. You just keep posting here, and doing whatever else you do… You’ll get your “good news” one way or another. Promise!!

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  43. Beautiful sentiments. I’m from Texas and love it, been here since ’74. But I am so sad for my state and my country at this time.


  44. This is how you got Trump, bitches.


  45. I guess it’s official. We now live in a country where nepotism is tolerated, enriching oneself while working for the government is not challenged, and being a gross, self-aggrandizing racist dimwit can be overlooked. As long as he has an “R” after his name, patriotism and principles mean nothing. Shame on the GOP and all of President Pussy Grabber’s enablers. Sigh…

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  46. Unfortunately, to a lot of Texans (and others) the issues listed in the links shown in the email are exactly what the majority are worried about. It is their mission to save the world from the ungodly—whether they want to be saved or not. They see so much sin around, and they think people like Trump will help them get what they want. The [lack of] reasoning boggles my mind, but there you are.

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  47. Molly Ivins said about Clayton Williams in that race: “A politician can trip over his dick a few times, but he shouldn’t just stand there and stomp on it over and over.”

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  48. I’d vote for Helen, too! And Margaret as VP!

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    Can you please add a TWITTER ICON so I can tweet your columns to my followers?  You know, just to poke Trump in the eye 🙂  Thanks, 

    Kat  Franck

    From: Margaret and Helen To: Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 8:40 AM Subject: [New post] If only jokes about assaulting women were reason enough to lose elections… #yiv1938510836 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1938510836 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1938510836 a.yiv1938510836primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1938510836 a.yiv1938510836primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1938510836 a.yiv1938510836primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1938510836 a.yiv1938510836primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1938510836 | Helen Philpot posted: ”  FROM HELEN:Margaret, I am sorry I haven’t written more, but honestly, honey, I am just too tired.  Sadly, it has nothing to do with my age and everything to do with my home.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my home.  Unfortunately, my h” | |


  50. From your lips to god’s ears…


  51. Hi, Gini – Me, too, except for Winter. HOWEVER, there’s enough nationwide crap going on that we ALL ought to be on alert. Gerrymandering is rampant everywhere; healthcare, women’s rights, equal pay, invasions of privacy, taxes, and an endless list of other things hit us all – to say “nothing” of continuing to poke North Korea in the eye with a sharp stick… (HTG, I think this idiot would literally start a nuclear war to keep anyone from seeing his bloody tax returns…)

    All that said, we have some very “blue” friends who moved from CT to Austin a couple of years ago (lured by grandkids), and they love it. Don’t know how they manage it, frankly – although Austin seems to be an island of “liberals” in a sea of regression.

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  52. So glad I live in New England.

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  53. Well, it’s all fun and games until someone ends up with a tumor on their kidney the size of a baby’s head


  54. Well, yeehaw! Trump has finally admitted that the Presidency requires hard work and he does not like it! He really misses his old life of non-work, bankruptcies, and grabbing you know what! One of these days he is going to realize that the only thing holding him to where he is is himself and he will walk! The oncoming impeachment might even have something to do with it!

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  55. If Helen ran for office, I’d seriously consider moving to Texas just to vote for her.

    You’re in good company, ladies. Even out here in big blue California, we’re tired.

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  56. Hi, Tilphousia, and all…

    Well, we don’t “KNOW’ yet exactly how close the ties are between the Tweeter of the Free World and his Russian buddies, but we don’t really “know” either that the stench of dog poop is coming from the pile that was just deposited on our front porch by the Great Dane, do we…? In both cases, however, we can take a pretty good guess.

    Of the endless onslaught of things about this particular family that are annoying, possibly criminal, arrogant, thoughtless, tasteless, ill-considered, sloppily-done, and hugely embarrassing, I think what may irritate me the most is their obvious unwillingness to alter ONE SINGLE THING about their “lifestyle” in light of the monumental privilege and power their “patriarch” has so foolishly been given. (I know I’ve whined about this before.)

    Of course, their doing so, as you’ve stated, now costs all of us a ridiculous amount of money – but I doubt they’ve ever paid their own tabs, anywhere, ever, so nothing new there. What IS new is that this country is now being sold, literally, to the highest bidders, and every principle which so many of us believe makes us “Americans” is being tossed into the stinking “Drumpster.”

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  57. This may be the most concise, articulate statement that I’ve read of how many people in this country feel about women. But, of course, they’d all deny that that’s what it’s about!

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  58. “Well I say, if your mind is full of shit, speaking your mind is akin to farting in public.” SO TRUE!!

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  59. Texas was one of the first states to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Just need 3 more. It hasn’t always been this screwed up. The liberals and progressives gave up with Tom Delay’s gerrymandered districts.

    The Austin Lounge Lizards tell us “We’ve Been Through Some Crappy Times Before”

    I pledge to take 3 voters who did not vote last time to vote next time.

    It is way easier to be a liberal in NYC the Harris county Texas

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  60. We lived in Texas from 1965 to 1974 and loved it; it wasn’t perfect but it was impressive and the friendships savored remain even if they are gone or no longer close. I would be horrified to live there now . under just the conditions you describe and I don’t suppose I can hang on ’til it rights itself again. But we have friends in Tx. that believe as you do in terms of the governor, the laws and some of these morons who voted for the Moron in Chief…so hang in there, we will survive. (Sounds like the name of a good song, doesn’t it?)

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  61. Trump is worse than the average woman abuser. He is a traitor to the United States of America. He and his campaign willingly colaborated with a hostile power, Russia, to cheat, lie and steal to win the election. Traitor trump is cheating the US taxpayer every day. His vacations alone cost us millions of dollars that should be spent on hungry children, schools, crumbling infrastructure, the list is all too long. He and his corrupt administration, the most corrupt in modern time, must be replaced. Immediately! Traitor trump is more than corrupt. He is insane.

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  62. I always feel such joy when I see your names in my email! Please write more…your wisdom and humor is desperately needed. We have many things to worry about today, not the least being that two maniacs have access to the nuclear button!

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  63. I get up every morning looking for ONE good piece of news grasping for a reason to live another day (I am 83) or one small joke to get me to spew coffee on myself. A yankee who has lived in Texas for decades, these days you are my one bright hope and delight. There is never enough of your wit! Thank You Dear Lady for being my voice We suffer together! 🙂

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  64. So good to hear from you Helen, I missed you. I can’t believe ‘he who shall not be named” is president and I can’t believe his supporters think he’s doing a good job. Most days I feel like I’m in an episode of Twilight Zone. I keep saying to myself “he’ll be impeached”. It’s the only way to maintain my sanity!

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  65. After 19 years my wife and I sold our house on Texas and bought an RV. We got the hell out of Texas and are now residence of Oregon!!! I love Oregon! To see a Semator from my new state filibuster the new Supreme Court Justice… was AWESOME!!!

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  66. me too!!

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  67. Davlyn,

    A word for both sexes is: HUMAN

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  68. So heartening to hear that there arestill some rational people in Texas. So disheartening to hear that the rest of the country is sliding down the irrational slope.


  69. As another elder woman like yourselves, I am aware that the basic problem with our nation is the pure sexism that exists since our nation was founded. Definitely a carry0ver from Europe.

    Yes, there are some men who are not sexist. Yes, there are some women who are not sexist. But as exceptions, they only prove the rule. Sexism Rules.

    Based on the Trump presidential election results the majority Trump voters are sexist and truly believe women are dumb, not to be trusted, cannot make a real decision intelligently, and are merely on this earth to procreate, do as they are told, and serve men, or Man as in Mankind. Women have never been considered as part of ManKind. Is there a word that means both sexes? Puzzle for the day.

    Davlyn Jones


  70. Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.


  71. Margaret wrote: “Run for office. I’d vote for you.”

    So will I!

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  72. Not one 45 voter can explain to me why his boasts of sexually assaulting women did not deter the from voting for him. Not. One. They mutter something about “locker room talk,” which is baloney. The fact is, everyone who voted for that man gave their tacit approval to his behavior … and you’re right. It’s only going to get worse.

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  73. Please try to write more frequently! We need your insight and humor to get through these dark times!!! I’m also a Texan and don’t know how we keep electing the asshats.

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  74. “I watch the news everyday waiting for a reporter to ask Sean Spicer if being President means Trump has been able to grab even more pussy.”

    Oh, if only…

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  75. This is perhaps your best letter yet–you made me feel joy that I live in California where all I need to worry about is maniacs driving 80 mph while texting and The Donald getting us into a nuclear war….you made my day and it’s only 6 AM!

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  76. Glad to have you back!!! Maybe we can remind Texas about seceding…


  77. This is depressingly true. What is the ratio now? Is it one in ten Americans is born in Texas? That one in ten is receiving a substandard education and is living in a toxic environmental stew. That’s America and to quote Cheetoh in Chief — Sad!

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  78. Oh Jean, This is disheartening in so many ways– Because it’s All True!

    Sent from my iPad



  79. Word.


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