Today in My History
Bev's 65 x 365
Cast (updated 7/16)
15 February 2021
In 2015, when he was running for office, Trump said "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters" and we all laughed.
This week he proved he was right.
With a vote of 67-53, seven republicans voting "guilty" with the democrats, the former president did not get enough "guilty" votes to be convicted and he is walking free from all responsibility for January 6.
The democratic managers put on a brilliant case. Each one of the people who talked was wonderful and they covered pretty much every minute of the day on January 6, as well as the months leading up to the date, when tweets over and over again let supporters know there would be action in DC on January 6 and to save the day, and then to come to DC. We have been seeing bits and pieces of the action for weeks now, but the managers took it, minute by minute, day by day and pulled it all together. Perry Mason could not have done a better job.
I couldn't believe that they would not get at least the 17 votes they needed to convict him, but they did not. They only got 7.
As bad as that was, McConnell gave a speech after the voting was over.
But he said that the reason he voted "not guilty" was because Trump was no longer IN office and the impeachment was to remove him from office. Though he was the one who delayed the trial until after Trump left office.
Anyway the trial is over and while #45 seems to be gloating about his win and talking about the 2022 elections, we have not seen him live on TV in a long time.
I realized the other night that I have become a news junkie in the last four years, getting up at 3 a.m. to see Morning Joe and, after everyone has gone to bed, watching recordings of Anderson Cooper and Brian Williams. During the day I watch Katie Tur and Nicole Wallace and then Joy Reid, whom I came to like after disliking her for so long, and of course Rachel Maddow.
The reason I became a news junkie was to find out what terrible thing(s) #45 was doing or saying today, because there was at least one thing every day (and often more than one), and each news program had different guests talking about it.
But he's gone now and we have a president who is doing presidential things that make sense, and accomplishing things that haven't been accomplished in ... ever (new Covid cases are down from 300,000/day 2 months ago to 100,000/day this week, vaccinations are way up, though still not enough and Biden has ordered more vaccine to be made, etc. In other words, he's not really making headlines...he's just running the country.
So the news is just kind of boring now. Nothing horrible to
report and not a sign of #45, which is best of all. I might have to find
something else to watch on TV.
Our TVs went out yesterday morning. We got a message on the screen of what to do to fix the problem and if it couldn't be fixed, to call DISH. Now when Ned and Marta left for Tahoe for a week, Ned was so amazing at setting things up for us so we hardly had to do anything. He got salad fixings, cut up cantaloupe, chopped mushrooms, took meat off of a roast chicken, bought stuff he knows we like, etc. He did everything he could in the house so we wouldn't have to worry, and he let his friend Jessica know he would be gone so we could call her if we needed help; for anything. But the one thing he didn't do -- because who would have known he should have -- was let us know what our DISH account number was, since the account is in his and Marta's name. So we could not call DISH until we talked with Ned.
In the meantime, we have five TVs in the house, one in the master bedroom, in Ned & Marta's bedroom and their "living room," one in my office, and the main one in the family room Four of the TVs were out and I don't know why the main one was not, but it was just fine. So at least we had TV. We were finally able to talk with Ned and Marta sent us the information on our account so we could call DISH, and Ned also told Walt that last time something like this happened, he did a reset on the DISH box, but Walt was uncomfortable doing that for fear that if would lose the main TV and he wasn't sure about getting help from DISH on a 3-day holiday weekend.
So we just decided to keep the main TV on until we could contact DISH (which was fine because there was an Outlander marathon anyway!) and not turn it off in case it would send the TV into whatever state the other TVs were in.
I forgot that DISH updates and resets itself once a day, usually in the middle of the night. When I woke up around 1 a.m., I came into the family room and the message that it was about to reboot and did I want to continue watching was on. I raced for the remote and hit "yes" but it was too late and the TV rebooted.
I held my breath while it went through all of the screens it goes through in rebooting, but after 5 or so minutes the TV came back on again. And so did the TV on my office and, later, Walt said his TV was on too. So I guess if we had rebooted it earlier we would have fixed the problem.
But at least now we know how to fix it and, if we can't, how to contact DISH.
These are the problems you don't get in a 3rd world country!
I GOT CHOCOLATE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!
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