Here we go again. Another issue of The Geshrey and another (this word intentionally left out) to your intelligence, so sit back and read it guilt free and quietly so no one can see ye lest ye be shamed. If someone does see you reading and says, “you’re gonna regret that in the morning,” just sleep until noon the next day. Problem solved.

Didja know that 300,000 previously unknown galaxies have been found by the use of a low frequency radio telescope? This will give people in the year 1,000,000 A.D. more  vacation destination choices! You will be teleported billions of miles in seconds to the planet of your choice but you will still have to arrive at the teleport three hours early.

Today I am going to keep my promise to Margaret M. that I would give her my thoughts on whether T-rump’s appointment of William Barr as the Attorney General to head of the Department of Justice has destroyed the independence of the three branches of government. In the interest of brevity and my short attention span I am giving her the short answer.

The appointment of William Barr as AG did nothing to destroy the independence of the three branches of government. They can do this without his help. (It did destroy my faith in the Senate since the Senate confirmed his appointment.)

The independence of Congress has been compromised because of its Republican members’ unbridled loyalty to the Republican Party, politics and their apparent unswerving support of T-rump all of which they place ahead of their duty to put our country first over every other consideration. We can’t blame this on Barr’s appointment.

With respect to the Supreme Court, each Justice acts independently and his or her actions are not dependent on the identity of the person who is the A.G., even if the DOJ is involved in the case. However, their decisions often seem to mirror the political and social identity (and even desires) of the President who appointed them, so much so that we can in many cases predict what their decision will be.

The executive branch is also compromised. By stupidity. This occurred on the day T-rump took office and continues to this day. The appointment of Barr as AG is just evidence of that stupidity and his appointment did not destroy T-rump’s right to be independently stupid.

And there you have it. My thoughts on whether the appointment of Barr as AG has affected the independence of the three branches of government.

In the future, if I have the energy, I will discuss how T-rump and Barr in concert are threats to our democracy.

Didja know that the Impressionist style of painting was named after a single painting called Impression: Sunrise painted by Claude Monet in 1872? (Now I have exhausted every single thing I know about art. And I learned this by accident!)

True story. Isabelle and Eric rode for miles in silence after an argument in which neither of them would budge in their position. After a long time, Eric pointed to a mule in a nearby pasture. “A relative of yours?” he asked his wife. “Yes,” she said, “by marriage.”—Thanks to RVTravel

The results of a poll taken after the February 25th Democratic debate revealed that viewers felt the candidates spent more time berating each other than talking about their policies. I remember watching the Kennedy-Nixon debate that ended with one of them, I think Nixon, saying, “if you agree with my policies, vote for me. If you agree with his policies, vote for him.” How times (and debates) have changed. And not for the better.

Didja know that new technologies are revitalizing the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)? My thoughts are that we should devise a technology to find signs of intelligent life in the White House. This is of more immediate import than finding a microbe on a planet billions of miles away and is certainly a greater challenge.To quote President Kennedy, “we do this [look for intelligence in the White House] not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”

Didja know that in Arkansas it is illegal to pronounce “Arkansas” incorrectly. Per the state Code, the state name must be pronounced with three (3) syllables, and the last “s” must be silent. The “a” in each syllable is an Italian “a” (Really? Find anyone in Arkansas who knows what an Italian “a” is.) You must also emphasize the first and last syllables.

On a more serious note. Please tell a friend if you are enjoying The Geshrey. If you do not like it, keep that to yourself; I have an easily bruised ego. If you would like to be removed from my reader list, please tell me.

If you are a new reader, note that there are 11 prior issues you can read.

We have reached the end of this issue except to say T-rump is still President so sleep with one eye open and hope that in January we will have a new President and you will be able to close both eyes and sleep better.