RIP Elijah Cummings

Terrible news:

Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 68, robbing Capitol Hill of a passionate lawmaker respected from both sides of the political aisle – and throwing an element of confusion into the Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry in which he was a leading figure.

Cummings died in the early hours due to complications from longstanding health problems, his congressional office said on Thursday.

A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of the House of Representatives oversight committee, one of the three committees leading the investigation into Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Cummings was a formidable orator who fervently advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore, as well as richer suburbs.

The President is Nuts

Well, our government is broken. Even the Republicans, if things were working correctly, would be carting this lunatic off and putting Pence in. And I don’t think Pence is anything worse than awful, but how can anybody defend the insanity that is Trump right now?

Divers Help Octopus in a Plastic Cup

We spent a whole dive and most of our air saving this octopus from what was bound to be a cruel fate.

The coconut octopus, also known as veined octopus, is born with the instinct to protect itself by creating a mobile home out of coconut or clam shells.

This particular individual however has been trapped by their instincts and have made a home out of a plastic cup they found underwater.

While a shell is a sturdy protection, a passing eel or flounder would probably swallow the cup with the octopus in it, most likely also killing the predator or weakening it to a point where it will be soon eaten by an even bigger fish.

We found this particular octopus at about 20 meters under the water, we tried for a long time to give it shells hoping that it would trade the shell. Coconut octopus are famous for being very picky about which shells they keep so we had to try with many different shells before it found one to be acceptable.

Monday Morning News Catch Up

What a year we had this weekend:

Trump calls for impeaching Mitt Romney, because Mitt said something a little mean about him.

And Trump wants Nancy Pelosi impeached also. I wonder why….

Oh, and another whistleblower.

Trump has sold out our Kurdish allies to the Turks (and Putin)

The GOP members who have supported the Kurds are a bit confused as to why a raging, lying, lunatic who has turned against every friend and all allies that he has would do this:

And a judge just dismissed Trump’s attempt to block the release of his tax returns.

And I’m fairly certain I missed at least half a dozen other big stories. Happy Monday!