NRA’s H₂S Plume or My Brain Fart?

 

I blogged, yesterday, about a politically turbocharged ad, which NRA gun nuts have shamelessly crafted for the express purpose of kissing Donald J. Trump’s ass… i.e., to help get said ass re-parked in the Oval Office for 4 more years. Or will that actually wind up being for an UnConstitutional 25 more years? I suppose only time will tell, huh?

Anyway, my having seen the ad only a couple of times, I was discussing it only from memory and, as such, I wound up incorrectly recalling the off camera announcer’s condescending voice as being male… wound up calling “him” out for mansplaining to the NRA’s main targeted audience… i.e. the women they intend to fear monger and demean.

Soon afterwards, I discovered that the gender of that ad’s announcer, in actuality, is female.

A sure sign my memory is falling me?

Or perhaps not.

I cannot help but believe that that ad’s overall, overpowering, odious vibe… i.e., the female announcer’s tone of voice, itself, had… at least to me… sounded too much like a mansplaining man.

Then again, why would it not? Consider the misogyny of those who breathed the hydrogen sulfide* into this ad.

I do deem it possible for women, employed by sexist men, to mansplain to women.

But, let’s momentarily set aside what I think…

How would you diagnose my blogging boo-boo? The NRA’s H₂S plume or my brain fart?

 

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

*“Hydrogen sulfide is the chemical compound with the formula H₂S. It is a colorless chalcogen hydride gas with the characteristic foul odor of rotten eggs. It is poisonous, corrosive, and flammable.” – – – Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

Mansplaining Manipulative Ad

 

If you’ve yet to see the National Rifle Association’s latest, delusional, dystopian ad… one that’s shamelessly tailor-made to help reelect the absolutely non-electable Donald J. Trump… well… you won’t see it here, either.

Instead, let’s project and dissect this piece of… uh… work… upon our devices’ clinical, pure white screens. Do keep your airsick bags within reach… here we go…

The off camera, drama queen announcer smugly speaks in his menacing, mansplaining, manipulative tone of voice… words to the effect… she has two children, two jobs and because lefties took away her gun, tonight, she might not make it home, alive. Meanwhile…

The accompanying visual vignette showcases the nocturnal workplace parking lot, where we find a panicking, out of breath, young woman attempting to flee assailants. She’s barely able to unlock, enter and slam her car door shut, when, suddenly the driver’s side safety glass gets smashed to smithereens. Next, the tight camera shot refocuses, rightward, upon the gear shift console, where…. POOF… the conspicuously placed handgun, conveniently vanishes into thin air! In the end, the camera angle sort of suggests that her now lifeless body lays sprawled upon the asphalt.

YIKES… there’s so much to unpack here, I’m bound to miss a few points. Anyway, here goes…

• The fact that this ad’s victim would even need to work two (or more) jobs, serves not as a testimonial to womankinds’ work ethic. What this actually points out is how misogynist Donny, and his corrupt big biz cronies, not only insist on shit pay for the masses but even shittier pay for women.

• Were all of the vital-to-a-viable-society jobs paying living wages, would there even be a need for anyone to be working the graveyard shift and walking thru perilous, after hours parking lots?

• Need anyone remind that, against the backdrop of America’s gun sick society, no politician of any ideological stripe (inclusive of Trump’s rival Joe Biden), would ever piss off gun nuts by passing even the weakest of weak gun control laws.

• Let’s, once and for all, figuratively shoot the shit out of the NRA’s temporal anomaly! Although their intent is to distort what life would be like were Biden to become President, the bitter truth is that they are emphasizing what life already… repeat… ALREADY… is like on FLaw and DisOrder Trump’s watch!

Owing to the self-important, fake prez choosing not to promptly, proactively and persistently follow the advice of the pandemic averting experts, his resultant, DIY COVID-19 crisis has furloughed millions of hard working people and, for a substantial portion of them, their workplaces will wind up permanently shuttered.

Because Donald J. Trump failed to preserve and protect our lives and livelihoods it’s only a matter of time before the jobless, homeless and hopeless people, unable to earn an honest dollar, will resort to dishonest means to pay their bills! At that juncture, the resultant ugly scenes won’t be playing out on make-believe Hollywood’s stages and won’t involve NRA / Trump hired actors who can return… safe and sound… to their homes once the director declares, “That’s a Wrap!”

 

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For What It’s Worth (Vid of the Day)

Our Vid of the Day features the remake / reinvention of the Buffalo Springfield folk/rock classic, For What It’s Worth. The song starter verse…

There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware (read full lyrics here)

Seeing how the ideological landscape worsens globally as I type / as you read this… has been deteriorating at varying rates since time immemorial, now, more than ever, singer / songwriter Stephen Stills’ lyrical admonition still applies. And Oui 3’s acid jazz, hip hop, trip hop cover amply updates / translates his sentiments into the Nineties. Little doubt, as I type / as you read this, someone may already be building upon / updating / ushering all of these above sentiments into the Twenty-Teens… into the rapidly approaching, roaring Twenty-Twenties.

 

 

 

 

A Past / Present Match-Up ~ Vid of the Day

Long ago… there was Match Game 1973, 74, 75, etc., where show host Gene Rayburn’s staff writers / comedians introduced us to the mythical / fake, generic Dumb Donald.

In the here and now… well… as it turns out, they almost seem to have been a bit prescient. With regards to our Vid of the Day’s specific question, sans nary an inkling of the actual Trumpster, they did manage to capture his flaws… namely his impulsive nature, low ethics IQ and insanely staunch stance re the NRA / 2nd Amendment… as well as address these current events…

[1] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.
[2] Trump’s 10/04/2019 phone chat with House Republicans where he
whined about impeachment being a “bad thing to have on your resume.”
[3] How Donny just might wind up pounding the pavement ISO a new job.

 

 

 

 

Psst… got a minute?

On Tuesday, a reporter implied that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is blameworthy for life saving gun control legislation failing to arrive on the Oval Office desk… uh…not that the NRA beholden Trumpster would ever approve it… but… let’s save that discussion for another day… another blog.

Suffice to say, I’ve rarely been more proud of an elected official’s totally appropriate indignation. In our representative form of government, most assuredly, she represents my identical sentiments.

I now yield my blogging platform to Ms. Pelosi to tell it like it is…

 

 

 

 

 

A Physical and Fiscal Hematological Study?

 

The Trumpian plan / plot to Make America Great / Grate Again likely entails arming (to the teeth), virtually anyone who can fog up a dentist’s mirror shoved beneath their nostrils. No brain establishing med-tech’s CT scan and no rationality establishing headshrinker’s evaluation required. Indeed, about the only restriction would be passing Donny’s nationality / WASP test.

OMG… were he to ever see such a reckless scheme to fruition, consider the costly impact upon the estimated 330 million souls presently dwelling within the U.S. borders!

Think of all the spilt red blood!

Hmm… to figure out where the alleged prez’s alleged mind might meander off to next, the following “enhancement” of Sir Isaac Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion could come in handy…

For every absurd action there is an equal and opposite absurd reaction.

To elaborate, WHAT IF the Trumpian counter-terrorism plan involved providing suits of armor and round-the-clock Secret Service protection to all law abiding WASPs dwelling within the United States?

OMG… were he to actually trot out such a boondoggle, consider the costly impact upon the estimated 330 million souls presently dwelling within the U.S. borders!

Think of all the spilt red ink!

While my above commentary is totally fake news… when we factor in the Trumpian proclivity for mindlessly pissing away multiple billions of tax dollars on hair-brained schemes…

Today’s absurd WP post could easily become tomorrow’s absurd DC policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Political Expediency & NRA A+ Grades Trump Public Safety

 

Considering how 2019 has been averaging more than one incident of domestic terrorism per day… most recently in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH… it defies belief that the powers-that-be are doing nothing… absolutely nothing to rein in these reigns of terror. To date, their tough talk of restoring and keeping the peace has gone flaccid. Indeed, their promises made / promises broken record remains unbroken… and society remains broken.

Just how can that Oval Office Occupant and U.S. Senate Majority “Leader” Mitch McConnell even claim to represent the will of the people, when they whip their middle digits at…

• 60 percent of Americans, who favor stricter gun laws
• 97 percent of gun owners… gun owners mind you… who support universal background checks

• How is it that the National Rifle Association (NRA) always gets to call all the shots (oft literally)?
• What ever happened to representative government and majority rules?
• How the hell did we ever wind up with such a dysfunctional government?

Such present-day woes can be traced, in part, to two recent betrayals…

• The Electoral College dropouts failed to do their patriotic and Constitutional duty to prevent an amoral, autocratic, corrupt tycoon from getting sworn in on Inauguration Day 2017.

• The U.S. Senate remains loaded with right-wing extremists who shamelessly prioritize partisanship, political expediency and their NRA “A+” report cards over public safety. Compromised and co-opted, they, too, flat out refuse do their patriotic and Constitutional duty to remove the fake prez.

Ergo, here we stand by, helplessly, as we watch the unchecked, brown-shirted, white robed and white hooded ersatz prez galloping off on his high horse… going off an his rampaging racist crusade… sowing the seeds that can only sprout into a crop of unfit for human consumption hatred… i.e., the KKK and Nazi magnitude hatred that can only breed domestic terrorism.

So there he stoops… the soft on domestic terrorism “prez” who muddies the collective American conscience… who rips the heart and soul out of a once-upon-a-time great nation.

Election Day 2020 does seem to be America’s last chance to restore respectability and accountability to the Oval Office and U.S. Senate… but… seeing how an unregistered, un-American, “voter”… one Vladimir Putin… remains unchecked, too…

OH GAWD… CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE WAKE ME UP FROM THIS RECURRING NIGHTMARE?

 

 

 

 

Eight Reasons Why I Cannot Support Your Boy Trump

 

I. Donald J. Trump mollycoddles the elite with obscenely generous tax breaks, reckless deregulation and an undeserved, too-big-to-fail status. For starters, why do folks, who’ve amassed more money than they could possibly spend in 10 lifetimes, need more? Why are they so vehemently opposed to paying even one penny of income taxes? Where’s their gratitude for the “system” that favors / pampers them? Additionally, is it not economic suicide to embolden their business undertakings that are already quasi-legal, wildly speculative, astoundingly risky, guaranteed to fail and destined to lay waste to the American / Global economies? Lastly, why are the too-poor-to-survive taxpayers always expected to bail out the too-big-to-fail tax scofflaws?

II. Any male, young or old, living in America or anywhere else in our world, would be ill-advised to make a role model of Trump, a small man who wallows in muddy misogyny and perpetrates the crass objectification of womankind. Grabbing the attention of feminists (of all genders) was… still is… his Access Hollywood video “tutorial” which focuses in on his crude “grabbing” “techniques” (which he inflicts upon his conquests). Yet, in spite of that video’s self-incriminating aspect, he’ll still hotly deny the nearly two dozen #MeToo accounts re his (alleged) unwanted sexual advances / attacks. Even his “defense” reeks of offensiveness… namely his claim that his accusers are “not my type”… which can only make us wonder about his MO when a potential female victim IS his type?

III. The Trumpster hates Mother Nature, too… i.e., he summarily flips off climatologists’ dire warnings that Earth is rapidly approaching the beyond repair stage. He actually believes that all he need do to combat climate change / global warming is open wide and whoosh forth his hot air denial… best summed up as his unscientific, mindless Nuh-Uh! His frequently uttered, oxymoronic phrase “clean coal” amply proves that when it comes down to climatology, Donny stands on thin ice.

IV. When Trump isn’t off subjugating playmates and porn stars, he’ll be giddily schoolgirl crushing on his scum of the earth “superheroes”… tyrants all. His #1 bestie / beastie is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Most worrisome are their frequent, hush-hush, one-on-one meetings. At that point he’ll oft dismiss his American entourage… inclusive of his American translator! In other words, Donny implicitly trusts untrustworthy Vlad’s untrustworthy translators. And that could easily translate out as trouble with a capital T. What impact will these clandestine confabs between two tyrants have upon our world? Only Big Bad Vlad knows for sure.

V. Narcissist Trump conflates love of country with love of him. He bristles with hatred and intolerance regarding all citizen critics. His speaking so contemptuously of them has even incited deadly violence against journalists. Were it left solely up to him, he’d likely issue arrest warrants and… sans due process… order everyone’s imprisonment. So much for 1st Amendment rights, huh? You know… those “silly” “pesky” “little” guarantees regarding freedom of speech / press and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

VI. Trump’s obsession with the 2nd Amendment and his convenient redaction of its “well regulated Militia” qualifier language make him the perfect NRA patsy. He obediently buys into their armed to the teeth America stance… inclusive of their weaponizing the mentally unhinged. Hand in hand they euphorically prance about the 21st century Wild Wild West of their own making. Busting such a “dance move” has rendered no venue immune from attack… be that our elementary schools, cineplexes and even our houses of worship. War zones pop up when least expected. Innocent bystanders get maimed and murdered by rampaging, seething with rage, hungry for the headlines sociopaths… gun nuts all… who, typically, possess firepower that might even turn the olive drab U.S. military a shade of envious green.

In the wake of these sieges, comes the secondary attack…namely… Trump’s on cue, target the survivors, “phoned in”, “thoughts and prayers” speech. Yet, nowhere to be found amidst his insincere rhetoric is his vow to convince his Republican congressional cronies to stand down… to stand up to the NRA… to get off their fat bureaucratic asses in order to make common sense gun control measures the law of the land.

VII. Trump’s insane nuclear ambitions have destabilized an already mentally unbalanced world. He fancies a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Another foolhardy, international arms race is sure to follow. He saber rattles via his dangerous utterances / Tweets such as “If we have nuclear weapons why can’t we use them?” AND “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.” He has scrapped the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which, no yuge [sic] surprise, has resurrected Iran’s deadly nuclear ambitions. While it could be reasonably argued that Iran’s Hassan Rouhani is not mentally stable enough to have access to nuclear WMD, could not the same be said of Donald J. Trump?

VIII. Trump gleefully consorts with Klansmen and Nazis… deeming them in his own words, “very fine people”. And that is a slap on the collective face of the multiple hundreds of thousands of American troops who had so selflessly fought and died fighting against White Supremacysts [sic] during the Civil War and Nazis during WW-II. Donny unconditionally and willfully sticks up for and sucks up to his racist base. In turn, they are enraptured by his coldblooded, zero tolerance immigration policy… i.e., one which [1] barbarically targets asylum seeking Hispanic families along the U.S. / Mexico border, [2] traumatizes their youngsters by wresting them from their parents’ embracing arms and [3] warehouses them all in squalid detention centers. While that uncompromising, heartless, soulless Oval Office denizen remains impervious to the sound of the immigrant children’s anguished appeals for reunification with their mommies and daddies, we, the world’s humanitarians will forever be haunted by their anguished, heartbroken, never answered pleas for help.

To quickly review… here are my eight reasons why I cannot support your boy Trump.

Donald J. Trump is the architect of class war and nuclear war… the idolizer of Klansmen, Nazis, Putin and other tyrants… the suppressor of free speech / press / protest rights… the perpetrator of environmental ruin, heightened gun violence, misogyny and child abuse. For these reasons… and more… it is the duty of all true blue Americans to liberate the immense power of our 2020 ballots. We must usher in a restoration of decency and democracy to the Oval Office… and hope that these values will spread outward, all across America and throughout our world.

 

 

 

Gun Sick America’s Nearly 200-Year-Old Unsolved Problem

On this 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, my thoughts go back two decades further… to that January 29, 1979 Monday when a not-so-sweet, sixteen-year-old girl [1] wielded the Christmas gift she had received from dear ol’ dad (a semi-automatic .22-caliber rifle), [2] trained its cross-hairs on San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School (located right across the street from her family’s home) and [3] fired off 30 rounds of ammunition.

By siege’s end, amongst the dead were Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Schar… amongst the wounded were eight children and a policeman.

During this stand-off… no less… a San Diego Tribune reporter interviewed the shooter over the phone…  asked her why she was doing it?

Her flippant response…

“I just did it for the fun of it. I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day. I have to go now. I shot a pig, I think, and I want to shoot more. I’m having too much fun.”

Oh, btw… this shooter… sentenced 25 years to life… is up for parole this year.

Stunningly, even I can cite a gun incident… one that, c1971, went down within my own small, rural hometown High School. While our principal never made the details public, according to the student grapevine, one of our classmates had brandished a shotgun to hold nearly 30 students hostage for an entire afternoon. Fortunately, no shots were fired.

My web-search results report the deadly incidents go back… WAY. WAY BACK! Indeed, America’s gun-sick society has been the breeding ground for school shooters ever since the first known incident on November 12, 1840!

And be advised… Wikipedia freely acknowledges their lengthy list is far from complete!

That this carnage has been going down for nearly TWO FREAKIN’ CENTURIES… with no end in sight… makes American legislators’ negligence all the more egregious, shocking, appalling, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous; monstrous, unspeakable, unforgivable and shameful.

Forgive me for dumping practically the entire Thesaurus entry into this blog, but choosing only one of these words would not even begin to cover my sentiments when it comes down to a nearly 200 year long maiming and killing spree. Come to think about it… the 13 words I did use do not adequately do the job, either.

My God… nearly 200 years!