Premonition? Reality?

Just prior to high noon, come January 20, 2021, we eyewitness the desperately clinging to power, Donald J. Trump, in the midst of, yet, another of his ferocious, rampaging, psychotic episodes. He’s pumped up on both Rx’d and ill-gotten, industrial strength narcotics, too. That harmful drug interaction’s side effects include split personality, superhuman strength and anal leakage.

In that incapacity, international terrorist Donald bin Laden, has crapped his pants while repurposing the resolute desk, furniture, assorted statuary, bric-a-brac, etc. to barricade all ingress to the Oval Office. He’s now taken to Twitter to Tweet out his odious terms and threat:

“If Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts does not administer the Oath of Office to ME, instead of Joe Biden; if the hugest Inauguration Day audience, ever, is not raucously chanting ‘Twenty-Four More Years’ and Sieg Heil’, I’ll launch the nukes and mushroom cloud the entire freakin’ world.”

At that horrific juncture, the Secret Service tacticians will be convening an emergency staff meeting to weigh their options. Little doubt, at the very least, there’ll be two game plans on the table.

PLAN A: Sever all of Donny’s links to the outside world, break out the battering ram, storm into the Oval Office and bark out the ultimatum:

“Listen up scum wad! EITHER we’ll drag you out kicking and screaming OR you can salvage what little is left of your self-respect and permit us to promptly frogmarch you off the premises and into the dumpster of history.”

PLAN B (Phase 1): Have Donny’s best buddy, TV’s propaganda minister Sean Hannity, talk him down. With bullhorn in hand, he’ll cajole the fake prez into granting entry to a Judge Roberts doppelgänger, who’ll inform him that a chauffeur driven, armor-plated stretch limo (well-stocked with his all-time, fave fast food), is parked out front to whisk them both off to the National Mall. En route, the fake prez will pig out on Egg McMuffins, Big Macs, Filet-O-Fish sandwiches and wash it all down with a supersized, Diet Coke (spiked with a powerful animal tranquilizer).

PLAN B (Phase 2): Once groggy Donny comes to, he’ll be locked up within a maximum security, mental institution; a perfect White House replica. It’ll then be incumbent on faux Roberts to duly warn Trump that a sudden, climate change fueled tempest has rendered the windswept, rain-soaked Inaugural site an inundated disaster area. VainMan Trump, facing down the prospect of a bad hair day, little doubt, will become amenable to taking his Oath of Office right within the Oval Office; especially when reassured that the television camera will be beaming and streaming the proceedings, worldwide, to an audience numbered in the billions.

PLAN B (Phase 3): From that day onward, Trump will be fed a steady diet of fake news, e.g., [1] all the world leaders have relinquished their power to him; have pledged their undying, unconditional subservience, [2] all 7.8 billion souls, worldwide have also pledged their everlasting devotion [3] the U.S. Constitution has been stuffed into the shredder, [4] Pope Francis has declared him God and [5] owing to a gaggle of moonlighting, Operation Warp Speed, white lab coated medicos, he has attained immortality.

ALL PLANS NIXED: In reality, Donald J. Trump will establish a new platform / network from which to launch his shadow presidency; for the express purpose of exacting revenge via his sabotage of Joe Biden’s best efforts to end the pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, misogyny, homophobia, inequality, poverty, etc.

The End

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Sobering Stats and Somber Settings

This past Friday, U.S. cases of COVID-19 surpassed 11 million and, the following day, the fatalities skyrocketed to and beyond 1 quarter million. On this rainswept Sunday, of the 54.3 million sickened souls, worldwide, 1.3 million wound up sickened to death.

These sobering stats are likely understated, too; i.e., once we factor in the lack of readily available, reliable testing procedures and “our” cold, calculating, greed driven, less than forthcoming national “leaders”.

Alas, this catastrophe needn’t have happened at all.

Had these headstrong heads of state respected our world’s finest scientific minds and proactively, promptly and persistently enlightened everyone, accordingly, we could’ve all been working together to slow the spread of this ferociously communicable, predominantly airborne disease; to halt Corona-V dead in its tracks.

At present, our best defenses remain what they have been all along; shelter at home as much as possible and, when in public, mask-up and socially distance at least two meters / two yards apart.

Being in compliance with these best practices is our moral and civic duty to humanity.

Beyond that, let’s never lose sight of the human side to the above-mentioned stats; namely, how these numbers fail to take into account the oceans of tears shed by [1] the patients who’ve taken their last gasp of oxygen while isolated from their loved ones, [2] the survivors who’ve wound up disabled long haulers, [3] the dedicated medical professionals who, in spite of doing their very best, could not work the life saving miracles and, last but not least, [4] the surviving family members and friends who’ll mourn, forevermore, those who did not make it back home… well… at least not back to their homes found on earth.

2020’s upcoming holiday season is going to be particularly disappointing and, in countless instances, downright heartbreaking.

Social isolating will preclude our gathering around the dinner table, in large numbers, to consume the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. But, lest anyone even begin to consider grousing about that, we must never forget the mourners who’ll be seated within their own dining rooms, tearfully staring across the table at the chairs rendered forever empty by that godforsaken, pitiless virus.

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If YouTube won’t let you PB the Enya clip, above, try viewing it offsite.

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A Thin the Liberal Herd Mentality?

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Over at YouTube, I just spotted a bizarre Republican ad. Little doubt, they’re hoping to resuscitate their their cash strapped, (not so) Grand, (predominately) Old , (totally dreadful) Party by huckstering the following product:

“Trump 2020 Hunting Camo Hats
Show where you stand wearing this symbol of America”

Copy and Paste from GOP advertisement • 10/29/2020
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Here’s where my head is at:

• On one hand, I’m OK with hunters, who shoot their non-human critter(s) of choice to put food on their tables.

• On the other hand, this never armed, usually vegetarian confines his non-violent hunting and gathering to the supermarket.

Obviously, I’m no expert woodsman. Even so, I do have a few questions:

• Why would any hunter ever choose to wear a camo hat (or any other camouflage clothing)?

• Would it not be better to wear bright colored duds in the woods, you know, to give a heads up to other hunters; just to insure you don’t wind up getting shot / shot to death?

Hmm, seems to me that about the only thing dumber than going on safari decked out in camo hunting attire would be to don a fur coat and start grumbling in a gruff unintelligible manner.

Of course, considering how this ad is targeting Farron Cousin’s Ring of Fire audience, perhaps the GOP’s diabolical marketing strategy is to thin the liberal herd prior to Election Day?

Even tho my last remark, is j/k, it’s still possible that the righties are dead serious; I mean, let’s keep in mind the 233,000 COVID-19 deaths that have occurred on their watch.

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Fortune Cookie Blog (Cheekiness?)

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To win the debate vs. COVID-19 spreaders, who defy public health rules,
it’d neither be cheeky nor tongue-in-cheek to state, “Resolved: The time
is ripe to reclassify both the nose and mouth as private parts. Were this
to occur, we could “pinch” (arrest) anti-maskers for Indecent Exposure!”

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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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Due Process Is Overdue!

PREFACE: Re this post’s content, I likely won’t have a legal leg to stand on. At best, I’ll be limited to venting my outrage. But, vent I must! So here goes…

As we’re oft reminded, Freedom of Speech is not inclusive of yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theatre where no such fire exists. Obviously, the consequences are injuries and deaths.

Conversely, not yelling “FIRE!” when the fire really does exist (even intentionally downplaying the seriousness of the fire), also results in injuries and deaths.

In either scenario, the offender is / offenders are guilty of public endangerment and depending upon the severity of the harm they’ve done, the perpetrator(s) must face down misdemeanor and/or felony charges.

In a sense, Donald J. Trump’s willful downplaying of his DIY pandemic has allowed the COVID-19 conflagration to burn down humanity.

Yes, we are talking about public endangerment. Correction. Such a charge would not even begin to cover his heinous offense. Let’s call it what it truly is.

A Crime Against Humanity!

And that demands prompt, appropriate attention!

We’d be remiss to not similarly charge Trump’s accomplices; namely his owned and operated Representatives, Senators, Cabinet Secretaries, aides, underlings, spinners and Propaganda Ministers. Before his pandemic is over, we may even need to make an example of a few more thugs; namely his owned and operated Supreme / Circuit Court Judges.

The arrest warrants for all the above mentioned entities are long overdue. The main difference between them and us is that we’ll grant them their day in court. And, if justice prevails, they’ll wind up lodged within a gated community; i.e., accommodations with a concrete cinder block and steel bar motif. And, there they should remain for the rest of their natural lives.

To anyone who’d say, “That all sounds too extreme”, I’d counter…

Should not the punishment fit the extreme crime? Never forget that the above mentioned, from Trump on down, have the blood of the 220,000 pandemic fatalities (and still counting) on their hands.

Even were Trump, et al, to plead insanity, they’d still pose a threat to society. But that’d pose no problem; adding rubber padding to their cells’ walls would be easy.

Let’s keep it real. We must never mollycoddle mass murderers. In their mucked up minds, they’ll always view leniency as our tacit approval. Allowed to roam free today, they will return tomorrow; and with a vengeance.

In other words…

If we don’t punish them, minus the due process, they WILL be back to punish us!

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Out of Bounds? Out on a Limb?

Is it out of bounds to post unflattering content re narcissist Donald J. Trump; especially in the wake of his brief, COVID-19 scrape with death?

Is it going out on a limb to assume that nearly everyone, who’s caught a fleeting glimpse of the Grim Reaper, would view their survival a humbling, oh wow moment; so much so, that they’d do their damnedest to avoid similar encounters in the future? Would even attempt to spare others such a harrowing experience?

Let’s compare and contrast.

Following my November 9, 1973 spin-out on an icy freeway overpass, where I narrowly averted smashing head-on into an eighteen-wheeler tractor-trailer, I became a changed man. My surviving what could’ve easily been a fatal traffic accident, in my book, had been miraculous.

How else could you and I assess an outcome where ALL the motorists left that wintry scene with nary a scratch to our bodies and vehicles’ bodies?

During subsequent winter storms, I did not feel an instantaneous, overwhelming compulsion to turn the key in the ignition, rev up the ol’ engine, kick ‘er into high gear and speed off at 145 k.p.h. ISO of the most dangerous “skating rink” highways, imaginable.

Neither did I become an on-the-spot advocate for foolhardy behavior; e.g., by attempting to convince family and friends that reckless winter driving is the “only way to go”; by going out of my freakin’ way to instruct everyone on the “proper techniques” for precipitating carnage / perpetrating vehicular manslaughter.

Had I conducted myself in such an incomprehensible, reprehensible, irresponsible manner, that would’ve branded me any permutation / combination of inane, insane and amoral.

Such characterizations now afford us the perfect segue into a discussion re Donny.

In one breath, we witness Trump cockily shuffling away from his own COVID-19 survival miracle and in the very next (still labored) breath, becoming the advocate of reckless behavior; GOING OUT OF HIS FREAKIN’ WAY to tell everyone all across America / all over the globe:

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

October 5, 2020 Tweet @realDonaldTrump

To conduct himself in such an incomprehensible, reprehensible, irresponsible manner, brands him any permutation / combination of inane, insane and amoral.

Were he a private citizen, the legal authorities would have already charged him, at the very least, with public endangerment.

Trump’s narcissism, literally pumped up on doctor prescribed steroids, is now raging out of control. Could he actually be getting off on the, so far, 219,000 (known) deaths, which his DIY pandemic has caused? Were matters to become any worse, would mortuaries’ hidden surveillance cameras catch that ghoul “grabbing” / taking indecent liberties with the corpses, too?

Look, I don’t know what netherworld Trump has been holed up in, these past 9 months, but he’s obviously oblivious to the fact that the rest of us are engaged in a fight for humanity’s very survival.

If he cannot do anything helpful, at the very least, can he not simply shut the F up? You know, park his Fascist fanny and veg out in front of his TV; scarf down junk food and pig out on his propaganda ministers’ served up, undeserved accolades; all designed to stoke and stroke his ferocious ego.

Most assuredly, Corona-V does not need an ally. Yet, it has found one. That being the one and (thank God) only Donald J. Trump!

When pitted against a global pandemic’s glaring, glum backdrop, it’s never, ever out of bounds and going out on a limb to call him out / tell it like it is!

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“Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke to the media after federal and state law enforcement officials announced the arrest of 13 people who allegedly plotted to kidnap her and try her for “treason” over the state’s coronavirus restrictions. Watch her remarks.” Quote and clip courtesy of the CBS News YouTube Channel • Oct 8, 2020 • 51,693 views

My commentary follows…

Back on Election Day 2018, we the savvy voters of Michigan had opted to empower, as our governor, the progressive Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.

Ever since the earliest days of Donald J. Trump’s DIY pandemic, she has steadfastly remained in defiance of that notorious science denier and his incomprehensible and reprehensible disregard for human life; so much so that via her orders to shelter at home / mask up in public, she has mitigated COVID-19’s spread; minimized human suffering and death.

Indeed, her prompt and proactive approach to pandemic management may’ve even saved my very life. So far.

That qualifying “so far” is owing to the fact that Trumpian Republicans, (who dominate our State House, Senate and Judiciary), have all been doing their damnedest to undermine Whitmer’s authority. You see, Donny’s devotees believe their investment portfolios take precedence over public health / public safety concerns.

To say the least, Trump loathes all Democrats (especially when they’re female).

It has been Trumpian Tantrums and TweetStorms, which have been targeting Whitmer. His very words have not only enraged and emboldened the above-mentioned Republican sycophants, but also have infuriated and weaponized his psychotic, boneheaded, militant, always itching for violence supporters / domestic terrorists.

So much so that the FBI had to intervene, yesterday, to thwart the Wolverine Watchmen’s wretched plot to overthrow Michigan government; thwart their plans to kidnap and kill our heroic Governor.

We can judge the seriousness of Trump’s Terrorists and their threat to America by the following warped rantings of one of his goons:

“God bless our president! I would die for him! I will die for that man, happily! I will die for him! Anybody wanna mess with him, you mess with me first! He is a hero, that man!”

Unidentified Male among a throng of Trump supporters • Bethesda MD • 10/04/2020

News, such as this, has literally hit me where I live. And, from an emotional standpoint, I’ve been hit hard.

The fact that the FBI can still function properly is only slightly reassuring. I cannot help but wonder if their limited staffing would ever be able to keep up with subversive Trump’s resurrection and resumption of “our” 19th century Civil War and his concurrent overthrow of America.

Under such dire circumstances, what We, the true Americans, will wind up facing down will be stripped down to stark, fight or flight options. And what do you suppose will become of this pacifist with nowhere to go?

And how odd, indeed, it is to be typing these words in the chilly, October predawn hours; within what, once upon a time, used to be America; the finest, most stable, unconquerable nation our world has ever known; and may never know again.

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What Takes Precedence

Ever since the raging pandemic tanked out our lives, livelihoods and tomorrows, very few of us have been in a spend like there’s no tomorrow mood. Consequently, our belt tightening efforts must prioritize securing adequate sustenance and livable accommodations.

Yet, all too often, YouTube’s advertising content fails to conform to our pandemic altered, stripped down to the bare essentials, state of consumerism.

I mean, we, the sensible people, are not about to buy into that platform’s vast array of products which, by and large, involve [1] unregulated, unsafe potions / shoddy wares that no one would dare sell at the retail level and [2] quasi-legal, get rich quick schemes. Neither would we want to deal with service providers who, were they to set up shop in the real world, would be rapidly run out of town.

And, so long as I’m already airing my grievances, why are such snake oil salesmen so effing long-winded? I mean, if it takes a guy an hour to dupe the gullible, maybe he isn’t even good at being a crook? Of course, such shortcomings would be a good thing.

Let’s look at this, conversely, too. YouTubers, who post content that’s vital to surviving the pandemic, should not have their messages preceded / interrupted / followed by advertising at all. Ditto that for content addressing discrimination and loss of liberty issues.

I must also pause to make my gripes more America-specific.

If I see even one more godforsaken campaign ad dripping with White House B.S. to whitewash that so-called leader’s grotesque white supremacism and/or promote his concerted efforts to incite urban wars and/or to downplay his DIY pandemic, I do believe my head will explode.

Returning to the basic fiscal matters:

While it’s vital to salvage what little may be left of each and every nation’s economy, what takes precedence is rescuing what’s left of humanity. Once that becomes a done deal, everything else should fall back into place.

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Sneaky Li’l Sh-ts

Back in 1980, during the Iran hostage crisis, on behalf of POTUS wannabe AND sneaky li’l shit Ronald Reagan, the private citizen and sneaky li’l shit William Casey, in flagrant violation of the 1799 Logan Act, undermined sitting President Jimmy Carter’s authority, by cutting a secret, quid pro quo deal with Iran. The Terms: Iran agreed to hold their American hostages until after the elections; thereby causing the voters to punish Democrat Carter and reward Republican Reagan. Soon after Inauguration Day, fraudulent president Reagan presided over the big payoff; namely, arranged for Israel to ship badass weaponry to Iran. The End!

Back in 2000, a corrupt, conservative bloc of U.S. Supreme Court judicial hacks blatantly denied Democrat POTUS wannabe Al Gore his legally requested recount of contested Florida ballots. Yep, the net effect was sneaky li’l shit judges had illegally elected sneaky li’l shit Republican George W. Bush. Scant months later, W, who was far more interested in the POTUS title, itself, than in actually doing that job’s heavy lifting, promptly flipped off his 08/06/2001 Presidential Daily Briefing, which had ominously forewarned of Osama bin Laden’s intent to nine-eleven America. Post attack, it was left up to W’s eager beaver handlers / image consultants to, somehow, rebrand / mutate that stick-figure, figurehead loser into some sort of caped, leotarded Super Hero (complete with codpiece). As such, little Georgie had risen from the Ground Zero ashes / rubble by 2004; at which time the voters had actually forgotten how W had let America down. Consequently, they rewarded that muck-up with a second term. The End!

Fast forwarding to 2020, bear witness to the sneaky li’l shit Republican and Fascist wannabe Donald J. Trump. Courtesy of journalist / author Bob Woodward’s phone interviews with Donny, we now know that the fake prez clearly understood, as early as January 2020, that the coronavirus pandemic would lay wholesale waste to American lives and livelihoods! YET, he repeatedly downplayed this deadly threat to humanity; didn’t even do the easy lifting to protect any of us (e.g., issuing a nationwide mask-up decree). His willful neglect allowed COVID-19 to go on a rampage; to the point where now, even HE has become infected by this scourge. So, will he hoodwink the voters into accepting the 215,000 Americans (and still counting), who’ve died on his watch? Will America’s electorate actually reward sneaky li’l shit Donald J. Trump another four or more years? Will this be The End?

History suggests such an outcome is more likely than not.

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