Checking Mercy at the Front Door?

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Here, on the www, my a.k.a.s, past and present, have, more or less, relied on wordplay; e.g., Cussin’ Itt, Wholly Moses, TrueBlueBloggerTom and CommonSenseTom.

Back in the real world, matters have proven more utilitarian e.g., Tommy, Tomaso and Thomas; or if I somehow managed to PO somebody, Tom-Ass.

Yet, at no point during my stint on Earth has human biology ever required any of the generic monikers: dada, daddy, dad, pop, pa, papa and my old man.

Briefly stated, opting out of parenthood stems from my lifelong contention that, from an ideological, environmental and financial standpoint, our world has rarely, if ever, been family friendly. And current events have only served to intensify such sentiments.

Do stay with me, there really is a point to this post.

During today’s airing of the public radio discussion program, 1A, (an abbreviated nod to the First Amendment which, in part, grants us free speech and press rights) the first hour’s topic was titled:

What’s Happening To Migrant Children At The Southern Border

As host Jenn White and her guests Dulce Garcia, Leah Chavla and Caitlin Dickerson delved deeply into the major issues, an incidental point surfaced, namely, that the staffs of Border Protection Facilities are not sufficiently trained to deal with the influx of migrant children; i.e., meet their basic needs.

Whoa!

You mean to tell me that these government hired hands find it utterly impossible to draw on what one would expect to be DNA hardwired into us; namely, compassion, humaneness, kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance; leniency, mercy, pity, tenderness; benevolence, charity, goodness, magnanimity?

Or worse yet, these dudes and dudettes check such human / humane attributes upon front door ingress to the workplace? Or worse yet, once they “punch in”, these kids become their punching bags?

My God, even during my limited experiences with temporary fatherhood (e.g. once becoming the designated babysitteer during an impromptu family reunion and once yelling out, “WATCH OUT” to attract the attention of a distant, distracted mother, whose youngster was about to dart into traffic), I found parenting to be second nature.

What might that say about the Border Facility workers, who cannot tap into what is (or should be) instinctive behavior? All of this does beg the follow up question: How do they treat their own children?

Jenn White must explore this story much further (and likely will). Perhaps the working title should be:

Are Border Protection Facilities Still Checking Mercy at the Front Door?

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How Spring 2020 Could’ve Played Out

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I still cannot wrap my mind around whiny, crybaby Donald J. Trump’s shameful, nuh-uh-I-didn’t-do-it finger-pointing re the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

I mean, does he not brand himself a Republican? Do not Republicans brand themselves as the political party of personal responsibility?

Damn it, it really MATTERS NOT where Corona-V came from. Once it began its worldwide rampage, no ifs, ands and buts, this became Donny’s responsibility. Hell that became the responsibility of every leader who could still muster two brain cells to rub together.

Trump should’ve parked his golf cart, switched off his wide screen boob tube, pried his fat Fascist fanny off the couch, opted to take his junk food intravenously and, last but not least, made Pandemic Management his Job #1.

Oh, on second thought, factoring in how he was (still is) chronically thoughtless, he didn’t even need to make those above-mentioned “personal sacrifices”. Nope, not at all! Hell, all he had to do was prove his boastful claim that he’s a savvy businessman who knows how to find the perfect talent to get ‘er done.

Indeed, he could’ve delegated the entire Corona-V containment project to a real man such as Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Just imagine. Had the good doctor shut down America entirely, oh, say, eliminate everyone’s need to go shopping by having National Guard service (wo)men home delivering groceries, supplies and prescription meds; had Trump asked Congress to fund everyone’s rent / mortgage payments, well…

I honestly, earnestly believe that, within a couple of months, tops, even sans any Covid-19 vaccines, at all, Corona-V could’ve been stopped dead in its tracks.

At that juncture, just to be on the safe side, Fauci could’ve “sold” mask wearing to the emerging out of quarantine citizenry; deemed donning this essential medical equipment to be everyone’s moral and civic duty.

Even better, once the other world leaders deemed Fauci their roll model, they, too, could’ve put an early end to their own homelands’ human suffering and death.

Imagine how humanity, united, could’ve saved, perhaps, up to 98 percent of the nearly three million known souls lost, globally; how we could’ve reclaimed our world by early spring 2020.

Epilogue: While I still would’ve voted for Joe Biden, last November, had Trump gone strutting up and down the campaign trail crowing about being the Corona-V conquering hero, he’d have likely wound up conquering his political rival, too.

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Handing Out H2O is a Misdemeanor

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It’s bad enough to become an eyewitness to the despotic tactics of one Donald J. Trump; that fascistic, narcissistic, moronic, lunatic psychotic who, in a pathetic attempt to save face, tweeted and bleated flat out lies; i.e., made lame excuses to downplay his undeniable ballot box loss to Joe Biden.

Nope, there was no way in hell that he’d ever admit the truth, namely, that We the People, the voters of sound mind and body, absolutely would NEVER reward him for his monumental incompetence. To literally flesh out just one aspect of his ineptitude, it had been his do nothing approach to pandemic mitigation, which has, to date, resulted in nearly 539,000 needless stateside deaths; and still counting.

Even worse, post 2020 Election Day, just to further his lies, both he and his revolving door, gaggle of goons (alleged attorneys, all) had become guilty of perpetrating the very fraud they were attempting to prove; could never prove, simply because it had always been non-existent.

Indeed, no matter how hard they had attempted to turn the (figurative?) thumbscrews, no state level Secretaries of State / election officials; not even Trump’s very own, supposedly owned and operated crony adjudicators (all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court) would ever stoop so low as to collude with that absolute loser.

Worst of all, that tyrant still flat out refused to concede; going so far as to foment insurrection; deploy his private army of domestic terrorists to the U.S. Capitol; bark out his orders to go on a deadly and destructive rampage.

And so, here we find ourselves a mere four months later, post war zone Washington DC now a gated community; being routinely patrolled and protected by the National Guard. Present and now ex elected officials, inclusive of Trump’s own Vice President Mike Pence, all living in fear of further violence; perhaps facing down their own vigilante meted out death sentences?

As to be expected, none of this has actually, fully, blown over yet.

In order to respond… no strike that… in order to overreact to non-existent voter fraud, we now eyewitness rabid conservative, state level legislators, nationwide, authoring draconian voter suppression strategies for the express purpose of making it totally impossible for liberal and progressive candidates to ever, again, win an election.

Hell, they might as well just cut to the chase; ram thru one party rule; namely, declare it absolutely illegal to be anything other than a fascistic, narcissistic, moronic, lunatic, psychotic Republican.

Am I overreacting? I think not. Not when down in the state of Georgia, we become eyewitness to how voting is destined to become even more difficult, if not totally out of the question; particularly within communities of color.

The devil is in the details.

“Georgia House Bill 531, which passed in the Georgia General Assembly on Monday, would add a voter ID requirement for absentee ballots, limit the number and locations of early voting drop-off boxes, and reduce early voting days during the weekends prior to an election — including allowing just one Sunday to vote early. If passed into law, individuals could be charged with misdemeanor crime if they hand out food or drinks to voters standing in line on election days.” [read more here]

Truthout Journalist Chris Walker • March 4, 2021

I’ll now end with my own commentary, just as I did several blogs ago.

“Upon factoring in all the above societal and political concerns, I’m not sure I even want to slog thru any of this shit anymore.”

Long sigh. Methinks my blogging days will soon be over. Hence, I’ll simply cut to the chase. If any of my readers now wish to un-follow / visitors opt to vamoose, I’ll understand. I, too, feel like running and never looking back; as fast and as far away as is humanly possible; were there any actual haven to run to. Hmm, might heaven await?

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Nearly as Loose as Mother Goose?

Preface: Based on a popular English language Nursery Rhyme, my following revision is rooted in Donald J. Trump’s, latest “perfect phone call” where that little fusspot despot attempted and (fortunately) failed to strong arm Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger; i.e., persuade that state level official, a fellow Repubilcan, no less, to illegally muck up the vote tally to wrongfully deny President-Elect Joe Biden the Oval Office. While, most assuredly, there’s absolutely nothing pretty and principled re the (T)rump’s eye view of raw power, nonetheless, in a nutshell, the following rhyme sums up the Trumpster’s ‘tude this past weekend.

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Little Trump, flaccid,
Sat in panic room, placid
Feasting on his Fascist pie
He reached up his poop chute
Pulled out a coup d’état “cute”
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

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New Year’s Day “Vacay”

Those of us who blog about… correction… obsess over the state and fate of our homeland and world, in a sense, are akin to caregivers who foster the well-being of an ailing and/or aged family member.

Re either job description, I’m speaking from firsthand experience.

Re either occupation, an occasional respite is advisable. And that’s how I spent my New Year’s Day and the better part of the 2nd.

Even tho the time off did me a world of good, IT had to happen; that IT being the return to reality, namely:

  • Donald J. Trump STILL remains utterly clueless re the myriad of reasons for 81 Million voters opting to say, “You’re FIRED!”; to e.g. just one, his willfully mucking up containment of the deadly coronavirus. I mean, did he really, Really, REALLY expect us to reward him for the (so far) 358,000 people who have needlessly died on HIS watch? My God, this has been averaging 3,000 souls per diem; the equivalent of one 9/11 attack every 24 hours!
  • Trump’s delusional allegation of widespread voter fraud STILL remains unsubstantiated because such corruption only exists within his bloated with corruption head. Even his three Supreme Court Justice appointees (Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett), who he thought he owned, have repeatedly refused to aid and abet HIS repeated attempts to disenfranchise 81 Million voters; HIS subversion of Democracy; HIS treason!
  • Disheartening, too, is how the 74 million voters who failed to re-empower Trump, are STILL in ferocious denial; so much so that these oft armed to the teeth anarchists / would-be terrorists, actually buy into HIS plot to overstay his January 20, 2021 eviction notice; HIS intent to torch our Constitution; HIS goal to burn America down to the ground.
  • As if this weren’t all bad enough already, there’s THAT foul attitude where an inordinate number of my compatriots STILL cannot even begin to fathom ever doing anything for the greater good of humankind; not even simply masking up to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They actually believe everything can remain in that bygone “business as usual” mode; even during a freakin’ deadly pandemic, no less.

Seeing how it’d be ill-timed and ill-advised to let down one’s guard under dire circumstances, such as these, I won’t be scheduling any additional respites anytime soon.

Not knowing, precisely, how all of the above-mentioned, interacting current events will be ending, I’ll now be abruptly ending this post thusly:

The End (!) (?)

As for which of those two punctuation marks will be applicable?

Alas, that’s still TBA.

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Not worth a plug nickel?

Right from the pandemic get-go, anyone whose mind is rooted in science / logic, could, in a heartbeat, sense the worst was yet to come. After all, the very novelty of Corona-V had sent our epidemiologists into OJT mode; the ideologues / Führers into a CYA furor; the propagandists into (what else?) their bury the truth spin.

And being eyewitness to THAT had rendered me doubtful that humanity could even survive the year.

Such a sense of doom doth walk hand in (small) hand with the likes of my totally unlikable homeland’s IN TITLE ONLY, leader, one Donald J. Trump. At least publicly, that has-been has been the inveterate science denier, while, in private, he can easily morph into the not so nutty professor.

My gawd, we actually got to earwitness astounding, taped phone confabs where the lucid(?) Trump was actually “schooling” the already schooled journalist and author Bob Woodward. The very fact that Oval Office occupant has known, all along, how ferociously contagious and deadly Corona-V is, only makes his conduct all the more incomprehensible and reprehensible.

One certainty, here, when one’s leader doesn’t give a shit about the people he swore (on the Holy Bible) he’d protect and defend, I began to reevaluate my life / chances; distill that down to these five words:

Not worth a plug nickel.

Another certainty, I owe my very survival / making it to this New Year’s Eve to my own pandemic take charge ‘tude; my common sense, insightful conclusion that nearly everything that Trump utters, mutters, bleats and Tweets (or has yet to do so) can be regarded as absolute BULLSHIT!

Yet, in spite of all that, we mustn’t overlook the ever-increasing rays of hope; namely the vaccines and the likes of the likeable, rooted in science / logic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, his learned colleagues and the soon to be sworn in, intellectually curious, responsible, honorable American President, one Joe Biden.

Oh, there’s one more ray of hope, too.

My being a numistmatist, for nearly sixty years, my eyes widened, instinctively, two scant days ago, when the supermarket cashier handed over my change. You see, the Thomas Jefferson nickel had a very special struck date on its obverse side.

Right next to the word “Liberty” was / is the year of my birth.

My newfound, treasured keepsake has managed to liberate me; has served to cancel out my early-on, erroneous, premature, “not worth a plug nickel”, not so brilliant deduction.

While this far from mint condition 5¢ coin, which has been in circulation for as long as I have, would not fetch me more than 10¢ from a coin dealer (who’d have little, if any, interest in buying it), nonetheless, in my mind, it IS priceless and not, repeat, NOT for sale!

I view receiving it to be a good omen and, for the rest of humanity, a harbinger of 2021’s better days to come.

Till then…

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What’ll it be? Mar-a-Lago or Gitmo?

The coronavirus pandemic’s unbridled, stateside death toll, so far, stands at 311,000. Our condolences to their surviving, grieving families and friends.

Such human suffering and death did help determine which presidential candidate Americans voted for on November 3, 2020 and, by extension, did affect the December 14, 2020 Electoral College outcome; namely, Donald J. Trump “dropping out” and Joe Biden “graduating”.

Had Trump acted more promptly and proactively this past January, he could’ve plagiarized President Barack Obama’s pandemic playbook; would’ve delegated the implementation of those recommended, life saving, best practices to a trustworthy, learned leader; oh, say, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Seeing how the good doctor and his team would not have even needed the fake prez’s presence at all, Donny could’ve simply kept on playing golf and scarfing down megatonnage of fat saturated, fast food while binge watching his owned and operated, TV propaganda ministers; could’ve continued to get off on their freely dispensed, wildly inaccurate, undue accolades.

Shortly thereafter, all of Fauci’s diligence could’ve crowned Donny The Corona-V Conquering Superhero! Yep, the awash with unearned glory Donny could’ve then donned his Superman onesie / leotard and cape to swoop down upon the 2020 campaign trail; flown, swoosh, all across the nation (with an Air Force One assist?).

However, since he mucked up everything, instead, he promptly failed to earn Americans’ trust and, by extension, our votes. Ergo, he now attempts to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters; to illegally cast out legally cast ballots, And my being a lifelong Michigander, his ballot purge would be inclusive of burning up mine.

The mere notion that he’d ever have the gall to even try THAT pisses me off!

Well, we can be grateful that tyrant Trump’s attempted, post Election Day ballot box coup has also been pissing off the judges he’s been strong-arming; inclusive of his own appointees; most notably, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

Oh, the sweet taste of Poetic Justice!

The very Justices, who Donny assumed he owned outright, have, twice, flat-out refused to become his co-conspirators; have all practically roared out “NYET!” to the impotent potentate’s all too real, seditious plot to dick up Democracy and take out the United States of America.

While these judges haven’t left Trump a legal leg to stand on, that does not, necessarily, mean that he’s fresh out of foul, illegal options. To flesh that out…

At some point, between now and Inauguration Day, via a mere Tweet, Trump could easily awaken his rightwing terrorist sleeper cells; e.g., order his radical Proud Boys, Wolverine Watchmen to go on a rampage. Once these asshole insurrectionists start to literally burn America down to the ground, he’d then have the (im)perfect excuse to declare Martial Law; to postpone Inauguration Day, indefinitely; to permanently install his shitty regime; to, in essence, flip off and say, “fuck off” to his self-proclaimed foe, the duly elected Joe Biden.

America’s fate would then depend upon how America’s generals would react to the stench of Donny’s Diarrhea; the obscene scene of Trump shitting all over America. Fortunately, the chances are fairly good that the top brass would instantly order legitimate American troops to engage and conquer Donny’s wind-up toy soldiers. In essence, as easy as all of us wipe our butts, they’d wipe these shitheads off the U.S. map. In the end, traitor Donald J. Trump would wind up trading off retirement at Mar-a-Lago for imprisonment at Gitmo!

We can only keep good thoughts that this Civil War battlefield never materializes; that such a scenario only gets projected within the theatre of the overly active imagination.

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Who’s Calling the (Vaccine) Shots?

Clip courtesy of the NowThisNews YouTube Channel • uploaded Nov 16, 2020 • 307,430 views

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To discover just how pathetic and petulant fuss-pot Donald J. Trump truly is, let’s all take a gander at this post’s companion video, either above or offsite.

Suffice to say, the fake prez is dead serious about denying New Yorkers access to the COVID-19 vaccine(s). Why?

Short answer, because they’ve wounded his fragile ego.

Somewhat longer answer, because [1] 60. 2% of them voted for Joe Biden, [2] their Governor, Andrew Cuomo, flat-out refuses to smooch Trump’s rump and [3] the good Guv also has the good sense to order his medical experts to peer review the entire COVID-19 Vaccine R ’n’ D process; i.e., just to ensure scientists, NOT politicians have been calling all the shots.

One would not need a PhD in psychiatry to conclude that, now that the nationwide, certified vote tallies, indisputably indicate Biden is America’s next President, the royally pissed off, ugly cuss Trump will exact his vengeance because 100% of us did not handsomely reward him with the very 2nd term he doth not deserve.

My gawd, did he really, Really, REALLY not anticipate a political spanking? Hell, from what Stormy D tells us, one would think he’d really, Really, REALLY get off on that sort of comeuppance. But… to get back on topic…

Were / are we supposed to be just as happy as he is, re the very COVID-19 carnage, which his abject neglect has needlessly allowed? For his being directly responsible for the needless deaths of 280,000 of our compatriots (and still counting)? Did he actually expect us to exclaim, “Thank-you Sir! Job well done!”?

Let’s all take a gander at that lame duck, who cannot stop licking his 2020 political wounds while babbling, incoherently, re non-existent, widespread voter fraud. Politically speaking, his mental illness has rendered him so impotent that he cannot (better late than never) even lift one pinky finger; utilize his dainty hands to grab the pandemic management reins.

Of course, seeing how he never was, is not now, nor shall ever be up to such a task, at the very least, he should already be handing off the pandemic management duties to President Elect Biden’s team of medical experts.

Regrettably, he’s not even capable of that bare minimum response.

Alas, the soon to be, X-prez, per usual, is befuddled by mucked up in the head, unbridled vengeance and narcissistic rage; so much so, that he fully intends to do his damnedest to let his DIY pandemic run amok; right up to and well BEYOND Inauguration Day.

Indeed, he now lives to see us all DROP DEAD!

Suffice to say, the price We the People are now paying for punishing Donald J. Trump, at the ballot box, is Donald J. Trump punishing us!

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Goodbye! GET LOST!

Donald J. Trump has been experiencing hallucinations; the strange voices, within his noggin, which delude him into the belief that he’s been denied a second term due to “widespread voter fraud”.

Nope, not even for a nanosecond, would he ever consider that his loss, in part, is due to his own monumental incompetence and contemptible conduct. To flesh that out, his abject negligence, re COVID-19 containment, has, SO FAR, caused over 263,000 people to die on his watch.

Indeed, just about all that’s rattling around within his mucked up head is his stop, at nothing, compulsion to reinstall his Fascist régime EITHER for four more years OR for forever (likely the latter). He’s even been making highly irrational and illegal demands that Michigan trash multiple millions of legally cast ballots; inclusive of mine.

However, our bipartisan State Board of Canvassers had a far better idea. Just yesterday, in a move that was tantamount to swatting his grubby, power grabbing paws and admonishing not so fast you effing Fascist, they voted to certify our 2020 election results:

  • Joe Biden / Kamala Harris = 2,804,040 • 50.6%
  • Donald Trump/Mike Pence = 2,649,852 • 47.8%

And that simultaneously secures our state’s 16 electoral votes for Biden / Harris and submerges subversive Trump.

As a lifelong Michigan resident and nearly half century long registered voter, I take pride in how my cast ballot, along with the 2,804,039 others, have helped empower the Biden / Harris team. And that could not have proved a more timely, more powerful statement, too!

It also pleases me, no end, that Michigan has played such a pivotal role in shutting down despotic Donald’s (attempted) nationwide ballot box coup d’état!

In the larger sense, We the People, who know what the Real America is all about, at least for the time being, have managed to stare down and halt Fascism; dead in its tracks!

Albeit 3 weeks late, let the transition from depravity to decency rock ‘n’ roll!

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The Obama Book Reading Sketch

Ciip courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube Channel
November 20, 2020 • 515,165 views

President Barack Obama, at present, is promoting his new book, A Promised Land. His interview, last night, with late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmell serves as a refreshing reminder of what it’s like to actually have a well-informed, open-minded, good-intentioned, law-abiding, self-effacing, down-to-Earth human being residing within and governing from the White House.

My above portrayal pretty much sums up why, to this very day, I’ve preserved Mr. Obama’s personally delivered, 2008 get-out-the-vote message on my landline’s answering machine; why I did my part to elect and re-elect him; why the election of his VP, Joe Biden, shows much promise. After eight years of working as a team, President-Elect Biden will have a wealth of experience to draw on. And, should additional advice ever be needed, he / we can rest assured that Mr. Obama will always be but a phone call away.

To set up our above clip, cued up to start at 21:49 (if all goes well), we’ll be viewing what I’ve titled “The Obama Book Reading Sketch”. Mr. Kimmel will further explain his novel idea to set the fun in motion.

Obviously, for any of you who’d like to view this positively enlightening and enjoyable interview, in its entirety, its but a rewind away.

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