What Really Matters

PREFACE: For reasons unknown, my original blog, as posted earlier this day, appeared minus the YouTube companion clip. When the WordPress gremlins would not allow me to correct the problem, I opted to trash my post and have another go at it. This time, Gremlins permitting, we’ll have 2 options; either viewing this Must See Vid, above(?), or over at YouTube.

Wherever you wind up watching it, check out Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube Channel commentary, which sets up the content, thusly…

“We are now less than two weeks away from the election and it’s time to focus on something we cannot afford to forget, healthcare. The vast majority of this country agrees that health insurance should cover Americans with pre-existing conditions. But the Republican party, and that includes the President and Congress, only has a plan to do away with protections for pre-existing conditions. If they are allowed to do that, millions of people are going to suffer. This is not a partisan issue. Four out of five Americans want this. Democrats and Republicans. Two-thirds of Republicans want this, but the majority of Republicans in office don’t. They say they do but their actions say the opposite. So Jimmy’s wife Molly made a video that details their experience with their 3-year-old son Billy, who was born with a pre-existing condition, to help everyone remember what this election is really about.”

Jimmy Kimmel • Oct 22, 2020

Beyond my added “Amen” and kudos to the Kimmels for telling it like it really is, I now offer up my impassioned plea.

Dear American Registered Voters,

As the Kimmel family’s vlog amply illustrates, there are certain issues, inclusive of healthcare, which must always transcend partisan politics. Regrettably, Donald J. Trump either DOES NOT or CHOOSES NOT to acknowledge the fact that our elected leaders are supposed to preside over a society that’s conducive to meeting the basic needs of humanity.

It appears to be way above his pay grade to ever buy into anything that’d ever help anyone, other than himself. That leaves those of us of sound mind, good conscience and compassionate heart but one remaining option.

We the People must oust Donald J. Trump via the Ballot Box! Within our two-party system, the one and only way to assure that, is to elect the Joe Biden / Kamala Harris team.

EITHER vote early by absentee ballot (and hand deliver it on or before Election Day) OR mask-up to vote at the polls on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Stay aware my compatriots,

Tom

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Colbert’s Unvarnished Truth

“After discussing the supremely unsettling footage of Rudy Giuliani in the new “Borat” movie, Stephen Colbert takes a moment to encourage Americans who might be considering keeping Donald Trump in office for four more years to remember the awful cruelties his administration has inflicted on families at the Southern border.”

Clip and Set-Up courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube Channel • Oct 21, 2020 • 687,771 views

If you’re ISO the embodiment of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, CBS Late Show’s Stephen Colbert is your man.

Assuming I’ve encoded our featured video vignette correctly, it’ll start up at 7:47. Time permitting, rewind to check out the entire presentation, too. Yep, it’s that good!

Colbert’s commentary calls out Donald J. Trump’s bigoted, barbarous family separation policy along the U.S. / Mexican Border, which had been enforced, as early as 2017, by his merciless, overbearing Border Patrol agents. Their typical M.O. had been (likely still is) to [1] wrest crying babies and children from their asylum seeking parents’ cradling / clutching arms and [2] imprison these young innocents in cages.

As if such traumatization and dehumanization weren’t bad enough already, we now learn there still are 545 children, who’ve yet to be reunited with their families. And that, indeed, is in flat out defiance of a federal court judge’s order. Putting that into perspective, Colbert points out that 545 kids could fill 8 school buses. Echoing my righteous indignation, said he:

“Trump says and does a lot of dumb things, but we should never let his stupidity, overshadow the fact that he’s also a heartless monster, who must be driven from office and eventually dragged, in manacles, before The Hague.”

Stephen Colbert • October 21, 2020 Late Show Monologue

Most assuredly we must make an example of deplorable Donald and his wretched henchmen; hold them all fully accountable for their crimes against humanity.

Only then can we enjoy a renaissance; recommit to our core principles, re-shine our homeland’s tarnished image; relight America’s beacon.

How, ironic, indeed, that Donald J. Trump, et al, once behind bars, would experience far more humane treatment than the children they had caged.

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The Trumpeting Wizard of Odd

Most assuredly, I’m not the only one who has ever noticed the striking resemblance between the orange hued, booming voiced, menacing machinations of the portly Wizard of Oz and the orange hued, booming voiced, menacing machinations of the portly Wizard of Odd; a.k.a. the Lizard of Don; a.k.a. D.J.T.

Whatever we may choose to call the latter, that firebrand is in hiding and cloaking his Anti-American agenda. He doth really mean it when he bellows and trumpets:

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

Words first uttered, c. 1939, by actor Frank Morgan; a.k.a. Francis Phillip Wuppermann; a.k.a. The Wizard of Oz
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Special reminder to American registered voters: We the People must oust Donald J. Trump via the Ballot Box! EITHER vote early by mail OR mask-up to vote at the polls come Election Day Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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6 of 9 Ain’t Divine

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PREFACE: Donald J. Trump contends that his opponent, if elected, intends to “stack” the Supreme Court bench with liberals (via an expansion of the current nine judge “limit”). As for Joe Biden’s actual intent, he has yet to respond with a thumbs up or thumbs down. Of course, thumbing his nose at Donny would be far more apropos, considering the fake prez’s shameless hypocrisy in this very matter. All gestures aside, Joe could easily build a formidable case in defense of “stacking”, thusly…

The evidence is irrefutable. Trump, himself, has been stacking the Supreme Court bench with hardcore conservatives; namely, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and the soon to be installed Amy Coney Barrett.

Once this rookie trio colludes with the inveterate veterans (rightwingers John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas), Donny will own and operate 6 out of 9 SCOTUS judges (67%).

One has to seriously call into question the flagrant unfairness of 67% of SCOTUS judges kowtowing to the interests of the 35% of Americans who identify as conservatives; while simultaneously screwing over 65% of Americans who identify as liberals / moderates.

The math, alone, calls for a 67% liberal / moderate Supreme Court bench. Of course, to achieve such a feat would require EITHER firing Trump’s three appointees and replacing them with lefties / centrists OR hiring additional judges who think along these lines. Let’s explore these options further.

Seeing how the Founding Fathers had stipulated that SCOTUS judges are supposed to serve until they either retire or die, that firing action would be actionable. However, since they had never stipulated any specific, set number of judges, that hiring action could easily pass any constitutional scholar’s sniff test.

So, let’s take a whiff of what Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court stacking has established; how it utterly fails to represent the vast majority of Americans. In essence, he’s forcing liberals and moderates to suffer; i.e., due to his sadistic judges’ saturated with ignorance and discrimination decisions.

More specifically, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and the up and coming Amy Coney Barrett will soon be striking down Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security and Labor Unions; gutting the Bill of Rights, Civil Rights, the Rights of Women, Minorities, the LGBTQIA Community, the Aged and Infirm.

This sextet fully intends to muck up fair, free elections, arm homicidal gun nuts, embolden Nazis, Klansmen and other domestic terrorists; prop up corporate personhood and unleash irreversible, catastrophic environmental ruin.

And lest we forget, in unison they’ll also shout out to Dictator Donny, “MORE POWER TO YOU!” and then stand, patiently in line, to each plant a big wet, lingering smooch on his Fascist fanny.

So, here’s were we now stand… correction… where America is about to fall. 6 out of 9 Supreme Court Trump suck-ups and their horrific rulings will continue screwing over 2 out of 3 Americans for up to 3 to 4 more decades.

And to keep it all real, in the long run, they’ll actually be mucking up the lives of 3 out of 3 Americans; eventually negatively impacting all 7.8 Billion souls, worldwide.

And so, I now ask:

WTF would be the harm of the (hopefully) victorious Joe Biden “stacking” the U.S. Supreme Court with lefties and centrists? If that’s what it’ll take to save humanity, would that not be well worth it?

What rational person would ever find fault with that?

Of course, the key word, in play, here, is RATIONAL!

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Soon 2B Gravely Ill? Graveyard Bound?

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As a sexagenarian male with lifelong breathing issues, to say the least, I now have good reason to be worried. Here’s why.

I went grocery shopping this past week. At the check out, just as I was paying the cashier, the man in line behind me began coughing. Since the onset of Donald J. Trump’s DIY pandemic, this was the very first time I’d ever been in close proximity to someone exhibiting symptoms consistent to COVID-19 infection.

The factors that may have prevented my becoming gravely ill and graveyard bound:

• Store patrons and employees had been 100% mask compliant.

• The coughing customer had been utilizing one of the store’s motorized shopping carts, which suggests a preexisting, non-pandemic related pulmonary issue.

• There had been two meters between us.

• My potential exposure time had been less than three minutes, tops.

• I wore my own mask (and vinyl gloves) until I got home, at which time I scrubbed my hands and face STAT!

I’ll try not to freak out as I wait for the 14 day incubation countdown clock to do its thing. Either I’ll witness it zero out, unscathed, or COVID-19 will zero me out.

Normally, I’m not so me oriented and obsessed about death.

Let’s chalk that up to the side effects of existing in a nation being misled by the “it’s all about me”, Grim Reaper Trump; a.k.a. the insufferable, inhumane, malignant narcissist, who gets off on inflicting human suffering and death.

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Nonnegotioables

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All humans are born equal and must be treated as such.
The only honest way to judge people is by their character.

Relationships are built upon the cornerstone of love; mutual respect.
Crash the wrecking ball into that foundation and society will collapse.

Accountability for one’s actions is the pinnacle of maturity.
When we come of age, we must abandon our whiny, crybaby stage.

The pursuit of prosperity is fine, but that’s no excuse for gluttony.
Accrual of obscene wealth is oft at the expense of the impoverished.

When it’s Science vs. Ignorance, Science will always triumph.
Supidity can only usher in the death of humanity; our home world.

Selfless soldiers fight and die to secure our peace and liberty.
To devalue their hard fought and won battles spits in their faces.

Freedom of expression and assembly to air grievances are inalienable.
Anyone who’d dare to turn a deaf ear to such human rights is a tyrant.

To idolize ideologues is akin to making heroes out of zeros
When lionized, these ferocious, ravenous lions will devour us.

Our leaders are supposed to serve us; never vice versa.
Fragrant Freedom must always trump Flagrant Fascism.

Machinating autocrats must never be allowed to overstay their welcome.
When citizens cannot remove them peaceably, expect them to revolt.

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“Barron’s Fine.”

“President Trump spoke on his son Barron’s positive COVID-19 test before departing the White House en route to Des Moines, IA. First Lady Melania Trump revealed Wednesday that her only son with President Trump, Barron Trump, tested positive for the novel coronavirus after the first couple was diagnosed but said he experienced no symptoms and has since tested negative.”

Clip and set-up courtesy of The Hill’s YouTube Channel • Oct 14, 2020 • 156,920 views

And that duly noted, it’s now my turn to weigh in.

Fortunately, “all’s well that ends well”, doth sum up the first family’s encounter with the sickening, oft deadly Corona-V.

Even so, we need to further consider our video vignette. The Hill’s wordless, visual op-ed doth speak volumes. Indeed, candidate Trump’s silence drowns out both the madding crowd’s mindless, “U – S – A” chants and Marine One’s / Air Force One’s idling engines.

If nothing else, the clip’s creator has showcased daddy Donny’s dispassionate demeanor. Throughout the entire two minute run time, I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat, fully expecting the president (in title only) to flesh out his “Barron’s Fine” cursory remark.

Perhaps after the cutaway from the White House to the tarmac scene? Yes? No?

Regrettably, but not unexpectedly, No was the outcome.

My God, for a politician (in every negative sense of that word) who’s never at a loss for words, to not offer up a bit more parental concern? Maybe toss in a few of his trade mark superlatives? Perhaps brag about the Trump Klan’s genetic superiority?

This comment left on the YouTube site could very well sum it up best:

“Poor Baron [sic]. All the money in the world can’t make up for what he has to endure.”

YouTuber Briarrose29

In closing, Barron is not only fortunate enough to be afforded the best medical care anywhere on the planet, but is also damned lucky to, at least, have a mother who cares about his well-being.

Stay well wishes to mother and son.

Get well wishes, too, to the inattentive (in title only) father.

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Check Out this Fly’s Eye View

This Fly’s Eye View of Donald J. Trump’s political dung heap / swamp, is all courtesy of the amazing / amusing musical ensemble, Founder’s Sing. Their YouTube channel blurb sets up their presentation, thusly:

“In a remarkable show of talent, the fly on Pence’s head broke out in song and told it like it is! This fly can smell bullshit from a mile away! Afterwards he composed this Founders Sing original song about his experience.”

Founders Sing YouTube Channel • Oct 8, 2020 • 257,549 views • 12K thumbs up! • 275 thumbs down

My Op-Ed: How can those 275 thumbs downers not love this on the fly, Spot-On commentary?

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A Screw-Up’s Nuts & Bolts M.O.

This a.m., I gave a listen to the live coverage of Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing.

From the right side of the aisle, many of her Republican Senator cohorts took to shamelessly, inordinately heaping on their praise; some even going so far as to answer the very questions, which they had prepared for her. It’s as if they had deemed her so incompetent that, sans their help, she’d be at a loss for words? I kept on yelling at my radio,

“Damn it, Mr. Republican, you’re not the one applying for the freakin’ job! She is! Why don’t you just let this book-smart woman speak for herself? America and the rest of the world would rather hear her out!”

Re the left side of the aisle, I can only hope that the Democratic Senators’ oft insightful, people oriented guidance will, someday, help correct her lifeless, blah, corporate myopia; help her more clearly see our Founding Fathers’ vision for America.

To cite one example, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), had expressed his concerns re Barrett’s talks with Donald J. Trump. He then asked, pointedly, if her nomination had been contingent upon her taking orders from the Oval Office.

In other words / my own words…

If confirmed, would Barrett help Dictator Donny subvert the highest court of the land? Flagrantly aid and abet his, reprehensible voter suppression plot? Allow him to stay in power until he’s 100+ years old? Willfully collude to help him burn up the U.S. Constitution and burn down America?

While Barrett did insist that there had been no such discussion, what if Trump had asked her a more… wink – wink… general question; oh, say, “Will you ALWAYS rule in my favor, NO MATTER WHAT?” After all, that would be the ONE and ONLY qualification that’d ever be of interest to him.

Obviously, such a Q would only require her “Yes!”; and with nary a mention of voter suppression, to boot! Furthermore, would that 3-letter, monosyllabic, 1-word reply even qualify as a discussion?

Let’s discuss this more abstractly, too. What about Barrett’s outside the courtroom conduct?

My thoughts now flashback to Barrett’s 09/26/2020 public White House appearance; known to our pandemic experts as a COVID-19 superspreader event; known to off-the-record White House staffers as The Rose Garden Massacre; a.k.a. the suspected ground zero site, where Trump, himself, had gotten infected.

Think of it! Against the backdrop of the worst global pandemic to plague humankind since 1918, Barrett showed up at her White House coming out party sans mask. Granted, she had already been infected with and recovered from COVID-19. Even so, one would think that this debutante would’ve walked away from her sickbed with a newfound concern / respect for the rest of humanity?

Even if grand scale thinking is above her pay grade, could she not localize it? What of her husband and kids? Their extended family? Circle of friends? Coworker networks?

And, to put another legal spin on this, how could a law and order judge, no less, ever be a party to reckless / public endangerment? Depending on the harm done, that crime is either a misdemeanor or felony.

Barrett’s Rose Garden appearance, in itself, attests to her disregard for time-honored science; which, regardless of which courtroom she’ll call “home”, it’ll not bode well re her rulings related to Obamacare, women’s rights, climate change and the pandemic, etc. BTW, when Senator Leahy had asked her how many people, stateside, have tested COVID positive, she couldn’t even ballpark it.

From what I’ve witnessed, so far, I’m deeply concerned about this SCOTUS judge wannabe’s cavalier attitude. But why would that even be surprising to any of us? Just take a gander at who nominated her!

While there’s little doubt that Amy Coney Barrett knows the nuts and bolts of the law, it’ll be her interpretations that’ll screw everything up.

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Amy’s Anagrams

PREFACE: As we know, all too well, the ethics barren, Donald J. Trump has nominated U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court. In a sense, her nomination is akin to the fake prez giving her his (hopefully figurative) hug. As is true with virtually all of Trump’s tyrannical cronies / hacks, she has the preexisting cloud of corruption / conflict of interest billowing above her noggin; the dark storm cloud, which color coordinates with her black judicial robe.

QUESTION: Via the anagram, might Amy Coney Barrett’s very name lend itself to further analysis of this partisan, impetuous, on steroids, politically turbocharged nominating process?

DISCLAIMER: It was necessary to add one, lower case “d”, to facilitate the sentence’s flow.

RESULT:

OY, TYRANT EMBRACE(d)
BY A MERCENARY TOT!

Yep, with the exception of that (d), that sentence twice spells out AMY CONEY BARRETT!

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