Our view of the canal is gone. As is true in every desirable place to live in the Northwest, more and more building is going on. Of course we are part of the problem, so this is not really a complaint. We would never use our place as an Air B&B, but friends and relatives use it a lot. We come here every other month or so, and it really feels like our second home.
It's warm and muggy this a.m. Last night we ate steaks and salad at a fine but not overpriced Italian restaurant. It was pleasant on their outdoor terrace. Ballard is known for its many good restaurants, and they are always full of happy diners. All around us people were discussing the Republican Convention and mostly laughing at the stupidity of it all.
It seems to me that, gradually but inexorably, people are losing their fear of the all-American nutjobs in Gooberville.
I'm pretty well done with trying to see things from the point of view of Republicans who still support Trump. What excuses can they come up with for Trump saying he won't defend NATO partners who don't pay their bills?
Jeff Sharlett, the foremost expert on the American goober, says that the fundamentalist excuse for Trump is that he is the modern King David: once a sinner but eventually the leader of his people and the instrument of god's will. Well, Cruz refuses to endorse him, and Cruz is a Christian Dominionist.
While Donald Trump’s theological underpinnings are as madcap and unstable as the man himself, Ted Cruz believes that not only is America God’s chosen country, but that he has been chosen to guide the country back to its Christian moorings. Ted Cruz is a seven-mountain guy and those mountains have nothing to do with Everest, Kilimanjaro, Whitney or any of the world’s renowned peaks. Cruz’s seven mountains have to do with reclaiming, rebuilding, and reestablishing America as a Christian country, which means Christians taking dominion over seven aspects of culture: family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business and government.
The movement is called Seven Mountains Dominionism and its origin comes from Isaiah 2:2: “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains.”
Doesn't that sound like fun!
So it's not just that Trump insulted his wife but that he, Cruz, believes that he is the one to lead us out of the wilderness of sin and degradation that is America today.