Fortune Cookie Blog: Too Much To Ask?

Pandemic 101 Wisdom cannot be stated enough! Hence, this common sense recap…

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Be people vaxxed or unvaxxed, we can still shed ‘n’ spread the
batcrap crazy contagious Corona-V; which, in turn, proliferates
variants, which, in turn, could lessen the efficacy of the current
vaccines, which, in turn, will needlessly prolong this pandemic!
PLEASE prove you really care about humankind by heeding this
easy as pie, cover your nostrils/piehole; plus shelter ADVISORY:
Stay publicly/properly masked! Stay safe at home! Stay healthy!

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Folks’ F’d Fate (Poetic Acrostic)

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Fragile Earth moldering diurnally; environmentally
Untold (f)lawmakers legislating; unconstitutionally
Coronavirus variants sickening slaying; microbially
Killer sociopath Putin dying to blow up; atomically
Expletive laced acrostic spelling our fate; vertically
Downward fallen curtains; End of Earth; eventually

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Fallen Curtains

Total Eclipse’s Total Eclipse

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It was within this past Sunday evening’s waning hours when our Universal Overseer aligned, to perfection, our inner solar system’s essential spheres; namely, the Sun, Earth and Moon; thereby (at least in theory) presenting astronomers (accomplished and amateur, alike), one of the few, awe inspiring delights still remaining in modern life.

Alas (as usual), all did not go well for all of us Michiganders. At the most inopportune moment, storm clouds rolled in, start to finish, to totally eclipse this total lunar eclipse.

In other words… the literal clouds; the metaphorical “fallen curtains” had overruled; ruined all our fun.

While most dedicated sky watchers are left little choice but to take, in stride, such dismal celestial washouts, it’s my contention that Great Lakes Staters, such as moi, have been forced to weather far more than our share of the absolutely, disproportionate levels of disappointment.

Such is our sorry “lot” in life (both in the cartographical / geographical and metaphorical sense).

The grand scheme’s far less stellar elements can and do come into play, too; e.g., lifelong occupational and financial disadvantages that still continue to bog down my homeland’s and home state’s citizenry; this all piling on additional disproportionate levels of our shared disappointment. Once again, fallen curtains syndrome.

Yet another relevant to this discourse aspect revolves around one’s relative position on life’s road; in my own case, the nearly seventy Earth orbits behind me along with the expectant, tagging along, alarmingly fewer “laps” before me. Yep, once we reach the onset of “aging out” within society, an entirely unique, awareness heightening perspective kicks in; summed up best as yet, another example of our bearing witness to the fallen curtains.

Consider, too, the looming, far deeper levels of disproportionate disappointment, which our dystopian “leaders” are ignorantly and/or intentionally leaving unchallenged and unchecked.

As I type and you read these very words, these autocrats are allowing humankind’s Final Act to practically author itself. It’s tough NOT to view our collective presence upon the world stage as all but over; such an ill-fate seemingly, already hammered and chiseled into our communal tombstone; all but awaiting those final fallen curtains.

The detailed rundown to The End…

Fragile Earth moldering diurnally; environmentally
Untold (f)lawmakers legislating; unconstitutionally
Coronavirus variants sickening slaying; microbially
Killer sociopath Putin dying to blow up; atomically
Expletive laced acrostic spelling our fate; vertically
Downward fallen curtains; End of Earth; eventually

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Get Well Stephen Colbert (et al)

This IS Final(?) Jeopardy!

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Today’s Category: Late Night TV

Today’s Clue…

In ADDITION to Stephen Colbert, James Corden,
Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers & Jimmy Fallon all
hosting talk shows, they have THIS in common.

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Players, you have 30 seconds to express
your response in the form of a Question…

(Anyone opting to actually “compete”, should
think up that Question prior to scrolling down.)

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What is being fully vaxxed
YET, contracting Covid-19?

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TRUE Jeopardy Notation insists we punctuate our responses with a “?”, HOWEVER, there can be no question re the medical ramifications; i.e., while the vaccines are successfully preventing serious and deadly consequences, humans can STILL become coronavirus infected; STILL easily infect others.

And that STILL fully validates this layperson’s contention, from the very onset of this godforsaken plague:

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Only a WORLDWIDE MASK MANDATE can help ensure
we expeditiously snuff out & bury the coronavirus; i.e.,
avoid an apocalyptic scenario where one, maybe more
of its variants void the vaccines; to snuff out & bury us!

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There can be no question that sicko / psycho Donald J. Trump’s politicization of the pandemic has infected and spread throughout the vast body of his MAGA Maniacs / Morons / Malcontents (and beyond); thereby resulting in their all too damned common, cavalier attitude…

…their absolutely indefensible, “offhand, indifferent, casual, dismissive, insouciant, unconcerned; supercilious, patronizing, condescending, disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, couldn’t-care-less, devil-may-care” state of chronic insanity!

Quoted synonyms courtesy of the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus

Upon closer scrutiny of this entire mess, matters pan out as the following, grave, glaringly obvious, public health threat…

  • Bad enough… within the entertainment industry, ALL five of those mentioned TV personalities enjoy a vast circle of friends/contacts; far more so than average folks such as you and I do.
  • Even worse… those friends/contacts also enjoy a vast circle of friends/contacts.
  • Worst of all… it’s a near certainty that at some point, some of these infected people will come into contact with immunocompromised and unvaxxed individuals.

It’s at that juncture where the potential for needless suffering / dying enters the big picture.

Returning to the earliest of our pandemic days… we witnessed Colbert, Corden, Kimmel, Meyers and Fallon responsibly sheltering/isolating (e.g., doing their talk show shtick sans LIVE audiences; Zoom interviewing their guests.

More to the point… these hosts and guests, alike, had been just as witty, personable and entertaining as ever. Sure, I do get it, it’s no fun for comedians / entertainers to not cop that buzz; all courtesy of their applauding, cheering, hooting, whooping it up, LIVE audiences; HOWEVER

In the end… the operative word becomes LIVE; as in keeping humanity ALIVE.

The time has come for these five entertainers to cease needlessly Jeopardizing humanity (case in point, Colbert’s covid has even spread to his house band’s impresario, Jon Batiste. Need I say more?) YES, I do need to say more. They must lead by example; demonstrate to the rest of humanity how to behave in a responsible, respectable manner.

In other words… Guys, PLEASE, set aside your egos; resume performing from your covid bunkers with only the bare minimum, production crew contingent. If this is any help, try harboring in your heads, hearts and souls the sentitments popularized by singer Vera Lynn; the lyrics which solemnly vow…

“We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day”

Song Composers Ross Parker and Hughie Charles • Complete Lyrics [HERE]
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Granted, my authoring a 700 word count blog, devoted to TV talk show hosts, may, superficially, seem silly. However, one cannot understate the beneficial impact this quintet (in particular Colbert, Meyers and Kimmel) has been making upon the national political discourse; how their speaking truth to power via “jokes”, serves a far more significant purpose.

Such courageous comedians are heightening the awareness / enlightenment of their Stateside audiences; the very people who, don’t normally pay close attention to the ever-present dangers; the grave threats to liberty and democracy; such as those posed by the STILL unpunished, insurrectionist and fascist X-Prez Trump and his entire freak show entourage.

Long pensive sigh… I now conclude this post, just as I’ve done for the past two+ years…

Now More Than Ever… PLEASEEVERYBODY

Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
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Five Points of No Return?

PREFACE: It’s not just mindless flag waving when my words stress the significance of America’s role on the world stage. I merely mention it because the collapse of any Democracy can only destabilize, perhaps even destroy, said world.

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The commonly held belief is that we humans tend to obsess over worst case scenarios that rarely, if ever, actually reach the absolute point of no return. Let’s keep a good thought that such wisdom is fully applicable to the following (worst of the worst) situations. In a sense, these could all, someday soon, easily, wind up as news headlines…

  • Failure to promptly curb climate change to hasten humanity’s extinction
  • Russia’s backfired Ukraine occupation triggers nuclear WW-III escalation
  • Coronavirus whack-a-mole variants flat-out defy containment/eradication
  • Americans’ incivility/hyperpartisanship spurs Civil War-II factionalization
  • Fascism/Theocracy trumps Democracy/Liberty; spawns U.S.A. obliteration

Regarding that last on the list item… I’d like to point out that, in the weeks prior to Donald J. Trump’s January 6th, barked out, storm the U.S. Capitol command to his MAGA maniacs, it’d been the most unlikely person within Trump’s entire retrograde / renegade régime, one Vice President Mike Pence, who, for a fleeting moment, had managed to un-sell his soul. Indeed, when push had come to shove, for perhaps the very first time in that Republican miscreant’s entire deplorable political career, he had opted to do the honorable thing; i.e., certify then President-Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory; i.e., gallantly come to Lady Liberty’s rescue.

Alas (Part 1): Seeing how the still seething with fury, vengeance seeking, big lie promoter, little snowflake Trump has yet to get his 14th Amendment stipulated comeuppance, and in all likelihood NEVER will, it’s still totally legal for him to seek reelection as early as 2024.

And, win or lose, that insurrectionist bastard could still do his damnedest to suffocate American freedom / burn down Democracy. He still has his entire entourage of low friends in high places (U.S. “legislators” / SCOTUS “justices”) and low friends in low places (his sycophantic Klansmen / Nazis / Proud Boys / media propagandists et al), who ALL have his six.

SIDEBAR: To flesh out the 14th Amendment, in essence, any elected official found guilty of fomenting insurrection against the United States of America shall forever be banned from ever, again, seeking high elective office.

Alas (Part 2): Seeing how Trump has already totally nixed the notion of Pence ever, again, being his running mate, his next VP choice will, little doubt, be someone certifiable / bat crap crazy; the sort of creature who’d slither out from under his/her rock and, no questions asked, hiss out “YESSIR!” and or rattle out, “ON IT!” to whatever that orange, fascistic freak commanded.

Let’s keep a good thought… that there’s still a goodly amount of good people, who can be counted on to know when they must say NO to malefactors (especially of the Trumpian variety).

Before it’s too late… humankind must conquer all five of those above bullet pointed issues; before such woes conquer us all.

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Fortune Cookie Blog: Going Commando?

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Just as it’d be balmy for meteorologists to simultaneously report freezing
temps & advise we strip down to our skivvies [while in outdoor environs],
it’s just as crazy for virologists to simultaneously report Covid-19 variants’
feverish temps & advise we shuck our pandemic masks [in indoor venues].
When they command, “go commando” [uh, facially], it’s time to MASK UP!
Whether we’re vaxxed or unvaxxed, we can still shed / spread coronavirus.

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Hence…

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The Dirty Joke is on US?

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Several of Stephen Colbert’s cracked jokes, on last night’s Late Show, found him, justifiably so, excoriating one of moronic Donald J. Trump’s appointed moronic judges AND calling out her idiotic “rationale” for ruling “that the CDC can’t mandate mask usage on public transportation.”

Quipped the comedian…

“The judge clarified her ruling; explaining, ‘Wearing a mask cleans nothing. At most, it traps virus droplets.’”

The increasingly incensed Colbert’s punchline…

“That’s the mask’s job, you dummy! So my droplets don’t get on you! That’s like saying, ‘This diaper is useless. Every time I put one on my baby it fills up with poop!’”

Stephen next outed (by name) and fleshed out the judge’s cruddy creds…

“The genius jurist behind the ruling is Judge Kathryn Mizelle, a 35-year-old appointed by the former president AFTER he lost the 2020 election. At the time Mizelle received a ‘not qualified rating’ from the American Bar Association and had never tried a criminal or civil case.’ … Immediately after the ruling, ‘all major air carriers, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines. United Airlines relaxed their masking restrictions; effective immediately.’”

In other words… as usual, fiscal fitness overrules physical fitness / good health. Looks like President Joe Biden’s campaign promise re allowing science, NOT politics, to set proper Covid-19 protocols, is getting Trumped AGAIN, eh?

All jokes aside, let’s get dead serious… from what I’ve been hearing, in the interim, ONLY if the CDC deems Mizelle’s ruling ill-advised will Biden go the litigation / appeal route; seek a smarter judge to obtain a much needed, court reversal / injunction.

MEANWHILE… there’s no harm in our always “erring” on the side of caution; i.e., by flat-out defying each and every Trump appointed, politicizing the pandemic, alleged jurist and certifiable ghoul. We all know the type don’t we; i.e. those whose main mission in life is to see us all die!

Would it shock any of us were we to discover further evidence that such sicko / psycho, courtroom robed bastards are heavily invested in funeral homes AND have been mixing business with pleasure; i.e., by getting off while compulsively fantasizing over the 2+ year long influx of Covid-19 cadavers?

MEANWHILE… for the latest serious, science based updates, do stay tuned to Stephen Colbert, as well as all other trustworthy comedians; they could, likely will, save thousands, possibly millions of lives.

MEANWHILE… do…

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Contrarianism: Fortune Cookie Blog

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Seeing how, against the backdrop of an ongoing global pandemic,
Uncompromising Contrarianism has now become the latest rage,
one would expect the infuriated riffraff to flat-out defy all rulers’
ill-advised doff mask decrees; instead, decide to wisely don them.

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Corona V & the Variants’ World Tour

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Recall Corona V & the Variants
The combo still storming the world stage
Damn! What a “killer” moniker!
For this is not a to sneeze at phenom / rage

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The novel super group
With bat-crap crazy, super-spreading fame
Going viral via word(s) of mouth
Be unmasked fan or foe unvaxxed or vaxxed

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The rampaging, to die for group
Presenting infectious new material
Preferably at SRO enclosed venues
“Playing” for keeps till death do goers part

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Recall this combo’s brain fogged following, too
Cultists heavily under the in-FLU-ence
Of hackneyed media hype ’n’ tripe
Routinely hacked up by publicist mercenaries

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Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
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Mere Stickers / Masks Trigger Right

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Hey everybody, let’s all set a spell to spell out the prob; i.e., call out a particular, peculiar, persnickety, pissed off x-prez’s pernicious plot to promote propaganda that’ll prop up the programming of his patsies.

Wow, there’s so much “P” in that lead paragraph, perhaps, we should go the urinalysis route?

Anyway, we are speaking of that palavering putz who’s prone to preen before his boudoir vanity’s luridly illuminated looking glass; i.e., the distorting carnival mirror situated dead-center within his very own, self-made, mucked up multiverse.

Yep, ever since Election Day / Night 2020, that has-been has been fabricating fake news, which (as I type and you read these words) is still persuading his pawns, puppets and pigeons to go-off-the-deep end; to giddily take the plunge into his disgusting, dystopian cesspool.

Q: So, what’s the more sensible bystander to do?

A: Well, for starters, we must better understand how our persevering (albeit precariously) hinges upon presenting / prolonging our own low profiles.

Q: How low must we go?

A: In actuality, we’ll be going the high road route. Unless we’re “reading” the duped as hardcore, powder kegs, simply humoring simpletons can work wonders.

Q: How so?

A: Be aware of the visuals which, typically, trigger their rage.

Q: Such as?

A: Stunningly, it’s oft the teensy tiniest of issues; the type that require only easy-peasy remedial actions; to flesh all that out…

PROBLEM #1: This encompasses Donny’s ongoing Big Lie; i.e., his barren of all evidence, sorry-ass allegations that absentee ballots led to widespread voter fraud; thereby denying him reelection. His not being (unconstitutionally) reinstated as prez can only further upset them.

SOLUTION #1: We must never revel in American Democracy; i.e., don our “I Voted” and “I Voted Absentee Ballot” lapel stickers to remind Donny’s dense devotees that Democrat Joe Biden, fair and square, won the presidency.

PROBLEM #2: Those of us who are still wearing our pandemic masks to help save the lives of our world’s billions of still unvaxxed souls (btw, be we vaxxed or unvaxxed, we can still shed and spread the coronavirus and its variants).

SOLUTION #2: It’d behoove us all to to brush up on our self-depricating humor. Let’s say that a forever Trumper goes ballistic. We should trot out our own Big Lie such as this one-liner:

  • Hey, I’m simply beautifying America by not exposing my ugly mug.

If that one falls flat on its face, try uttering this utter nonsense.

  • Hey, you gotta agree that masks make it tougher for dem damn Dems to identify us.

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