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The smoke wasn't even dissipated from the protests in Washington yet when the official White House website had taken down content on issues of civil rights, health care, and LGBTQ rights, but found space to shill Melania Trump's jewelry collection and mentioned it was available on QVC. It's now been edited to delete the QVC reference.

Will Trump and his inevitable ethics violations get him impeached? Unlikely. The Repubs are like the NFL: any violation committed by a team not named the New England Patriots will be ignored or given a light slap on the wrist. The Billionaire Boys Clubs, whether in politics or sports, takes care of their own. Soon Washington will be crawling with billionaires, no working folks allowed unless they serve the ruling class.

Shill, baby, shill!

How do you like the new term for lies: 'alternative facts'. These people are BRAZEN!!!

Trump is fond of saying legit news organizations are 'fake news': well, how about a fake Prez?

P.S. How do you like my Trump icon? Wild orange hair, big orange nose, talks gibberish when he opens his mouth!
AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots 36, PIttsburgh Steelers 17 (2-0) (16-2) (Sunday, January 22, 2017)

*dances* *twirls* *dips* *sashays*

The Pats are on to the Super Bowl!!! :)

It's the 9th time in franchise history and the 7th under Brady/Belichick. It was a GREAT game!

The first half was a bit tight, but the Steelers couldn't punch the ball into the endzone. The Pats weren't flawless but they had a comfortable lead by halftime and never looked back. Chris Hogan was incredible and so was Julian Edelman in the receiving corps. The O-line did its job. Dion Lewis scampered around and LeGarrette Blount bulled his way forward, carrying half the Steelers' DBs with him! Kicker Gostkowski did miss an extra point (after a steady second half of the season) so that's a tad worrisome, but hopefully he won't do so again in the Super Bowl. Otherwise he was right on the money.

Tom was fantastic. He was sharp and shining, though he will hear about his fumble on a quarterback sneak. Luckily he retained possession of the ball! Tsk, tsk, Tommy!

It became blow-out territory by the second half and was a game in which Pats fans didn't have to hold their breath 'til the last second! :)

We're on to Atlanta (in Houston)! The Falcons crushed the Packers in their Championship Game, and it's gonna be tough. Atlanta has a stout defense and great offense, but bring it on! Tom and the Patriots are going for Ring No. 5!

Oh, Marty Bennett! Dancing with the cheerleaders after the game. Sign this guy up! :)

Gillette Stadium rang with cheers of "Brady, Brady, Brady!" and "Where's Roger?" as the Commish once again showed his cowardice by not showing up.

We are enjoying this run for we shall not see its like again.

January 20, 2017

'Tis done.

God help us all.

Happy Birthday!!!









Happy Birthday,

Khylara!

Hope your day was

FABULOUS!!!

:)







Title: Clexmas Stocking Stuffer #3: Even Aliens Eat Breakfast, Don’t They? (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Clark/Lex
Continuity: Smallville
Genres: Fluff, Humor
Rating: R
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Clark tells Lex his Secret.
Date Of Completion: January 4, 2017
Dates Of Posting: January 5, 2017/January 19, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 168
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Written for the clexmas 2016 Winter Holiday Gift Exchange. Prompts: Winter: Warm, Ahem, Foods, And Eating. New Beginnings: Changes. If you would like to read the comments on my entry on the comm, you can find it here.

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Inauguration Stuff

Hi, all! As we approach the Inauguration (*shudders*), I thought I'd post these YouTube videos for comparison purposes. If JFK isn't your guy, I'm sure you can find plenty of Inaugural speeches and pageantry for other Presidents, but if you stick with me, here are some random thoughts:



This shows JFK's speech of thanks to Frank Sinatra for putting together this Inaugural Gala, and it was mentioned that some Broadway shows had to shut down temporarily as the plays' stars were all in Washington! I'm just guessing that there won't be the same amount of A-listers at Trump's Gala.



This speech is Cold War-heavy, but JFK came to office a committed Cold Warrior. He began to move away from that position, however, especially after staring down into the abyss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After that he pushed hard for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (signed by him in 1963), better communications between him and Khrushchev (the infamous Hot Line), and efforts to lay the foundation for detente between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. His speech in June of 1963 at American University emphasized that peace should not be a Pax Americana, but a global peace. He also had quietly committed to pulling the American advisors out of Vietnam, keeping it on the downlow because he had to get re-elected in 1964, but he thought it was crazy talk to commit U.S. ground troops there. He publicly called it Vietnam's war to win.

Anyway, the Inaugural Speech itself is delivered forcefully and with eloquence. Think of that as you listen to Trump hem and haw and probably attack his critics in his speech. I don't know how this guy is going to last in office. Presidents are criticized for what they eat for breakfast. Thin skins don't last long in the Oval Office.



Finally, a short piece by Movietone News (still going strong in 1961!), that gives an overview of the day. It was a brilliant day, cold and clear, and as anyone in snow country knows, the sky is incredibly blue and the air sharp and clean on a day after a major snowstorm. So began the American Camelot, glittering like diamonds. :)
Divisional Round: New England Patriots 34, Houston Texans 16 (1-0) (15-2) (Saturday, January 14, 2017)

What a crazy football game! The Pats beat the spread (18 over 17-point spread) but as Belichick and Brady emphasized, they have to do better. Tom threw 2 INTs, matching his record for the entire season! The offense simply could not get in rhythm. Dion Lewis was a perfect example: he was trick-or-treat all night: he fumbled twice (lost one, a teammate recovered the other), but he set a playoff record of running for a TD, caught a pass for one, and ran a kick-off return for a third. He dazzled as he made playoff history, and also made franchise history with the 98-yard return. Of course, the coaches will focus on the fumbles on Monday. :)

Special teams featured steady reliability by the kicker and an above-average performance by punter Ryan Allen, the spectacular kick-off return by Lewis, but also Lewis' fumble that gave the Texans points. Trick-or-treat!

The defense saved the O's bacon by grabbing 3 INTs in the second half. Whew! They came through.

DB Eric Rowe committed a stupid penalty that allowed points scored by Houston. Boy, did Belichick lace into him! Patriots aren't supposed to do stupid.

Julian Edelman surpassed Wes Welker for the most playoff receptions (76 over 69) in Patriots history.

Brady and Belichick were grumpy because they knew if they had played a better team, they'd have been bounced. Hopefully they can come out stronger next week. Ha, if you didn't know who won the game, listening to their pressers, you would have thought they lost! :)

Expectations are high. Most teams would be giddy with an 18-point win after coughing up the ball 3 times. but our team knows better. I was nervous about this game with all the pundits predicting a walkover by the Pats, but I knew the Texans could win if the Pats beat themselves, and it looked as if they were doing just that in the first half. Fortunately the second half was much better!

Next week, either Pittsburgh or Kansas City come to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game. It's the Patriots' 6th straight AFCGG, an NFL record, and Tom's 32nd playoff game, also a record. Guess the scurrilous plot against Tom didn't work after all.

EDIT: Pittsburgh comes to Gillette next week!
Title: Watchtower Guardians II: Meatballs With Dill And A Touch Of Garlic (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Elsa Haratunian, Clark/Bruce, Hal Jordan, Ollie/Dinah, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Gina Moretti, Keesha Johnson, Jan O’Reilly, J’onn J’onzz, Steve/Diana, Donna Troy
Genres: Fluff, Holiday, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: It’s time for the annual JLA Christmas party on the Watchtower.
Date Of Completion: January 1, 2017
Date Of Posting: January 13, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1455
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The entire series can be found here.

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