Fortune Cookie Blog: UnClean Coal

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Ironic how the climate change deniers can get all hot and bothered
about saving the never endangered Christmas, YET, fail to work up
a sweat re saving our endangered, overheated, burning down world.
Santa Claus should stuff lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings.
Nope, bad idea. Such firebrands would burn them in their fireplaces.

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Dear Joe

Dear Joe,

Excuse my exasperation and skepticism, but, just what the hell is left for real Americans to hope for when the other side of the pandemic involves:

  • a looming, climate changed, unfit for humankind, scorched Earth
  • mass murderer targeted school houses, houses of worship, etc.
  • police departments seething with bigotry, brutality and militancy
  • the ever-deepening Have-It-Alls and Have Nothings chasm
  • our Supreme/Federal benches overloaded with hardliner rightie judges
  • workers forced to endure non-living wages and union busting
  • free, fair elections mucked up by anti-American state legislators
  • a U.S. Senate hamstrung by DINO’s, the filibuster and parliamentarian
  • the too lenient punishment of the January 6th terrorists / their leader DJT
  • an electorate comprised of up to 75 million who plot to re-empower DJT

Let’s not mince words. The apparently getting off scot-free (AGAIN) Donald J. Trump has a massive ego, which won’t permit him to pass up another bid for reelection and, come 2024, win or lose, he will wield the power to paint the town; paint America blood red.

In Victory: DJT, obviously, will regain command of the military and will wind up seated atop a nuclear arsenal as considerable as his ass, itself; such deadly power proving more than adequate to enforce his “official” overthrow of Democracy; thereby denying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness / the entire American Dream to all (save for himself and perhaps his immediate family).

In Defeat: DJT will, once again, dredge up the trope that non-existent, widespread voter fraud had denied him victory and then, promptly rally / deploy his vast private army of domestic terrorists STAT; send these insurrectionists on a bat-crap crazy rampage / assault that’ll likely dwarf what real America witnessed (and barely survived) back on January 6th.

Mr. President, far be it for this man, who voted for you, to tell you how best to live up to your Oath of Office, but, in my (History) book, this is not a Kumbaya Moment; one where your affable, camp counselor / Mister Rogers personae and gentlemanly demeanor will suffice.

That’s about all the strength this true blue, peaceable, private citizen can muster, today.

I sure as hell hope and pray that, when needed, you can summon whatever it takes to keep the peace; to preserve, protect and defend our beloved America.

Wishing you / your loved ones all the best life has to offer,

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P.S. ~ Since early 2020, this is how I’ve been ending all my posts…

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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend?

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Of late, my homeland’s propaganda ministers, in their never ending quest for untold wealth and interminable power, have been hammering away; “rationalizing” their subversive, self-serving, burn down democracy agenda; contorting it to conform to this simplistic ideological one-liner…

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Gabriel Manigault • 1884

Once we plug their peculiar particulars into that above ideological equation, the following, most problematic state of affairs surfaces.

The Real America and (by extension) President Joe Biden become their “enemy”. As for that “friend”, that, regrettably, involves, none other than the ruthless, inhumane top dogs who make up Afghanistan’s newly reinstalled oppressive regime.

My gawd, these un-American pundits have actually been assaulting the airwaves and polluting the streams to (verbally) ejaculate their undying praise and admiration for the Taliban, and in the same breath, trash talk Biden.

Indeed, we discover propaganda ministers reviling liberty, justice, racial harmony, feminism, gender parity, the LGBTQ community, the aged and infirm, environmentalism, etc., as much as (if not more than) the Taliban does. Whether or not they’d acknowledge each other, these ♥newlyweds♥ / ♥honeymooners♥ have entered into an ideological marriage made in Hell. What a shame America’s traitors don’t emigrate to Afghanistan to (politically speaking) ♥consummate♥ their marriage / set up permanent housekeeping.

After all, be it ideological or physiological, doth not ♥screwing♥, at some point, come into play?

Now, let’s contrast all that drama to what the Real America and Real Americans actually stand for. Deep within our collective consciousness resides an eternal passion to preserve, protect and defend our Founding Fathers best intentions; to nurture and proliferate their vision of America; until ol’ Sol dies; to then, “set sail” across the vast heavens ISO a new home world to start anew.

Alas, at this pivotal moment in American History, the propagandists’ victims appear to be too far gone to ever experience what the Real America is all about. Instead, they’ll think whatever the propaganda minister monsters tell them to think.

Worse yet, the way they’ve been told to think has also radicalized and weaponized too damned many of these patsies; so much so, that, if ever given the opportunity to fly under the TSA agents’ “radar” (at the drop of a red MAGA hat) they’d even pull off a bin Laden to hijack and kamikaze commercial aircraft into iconic architecture.

Seeing how rampaging throngs had almost made Donald J. Trump’s January 6th insurrection / fascist overthrow of democracy a “done deal”, they’ve amply demonstrated the contemptible, treasonous acts they’re capable of.

Statistically speaking, the 2020 census reports that 331,449,281 people now reside within America. Factoring in the 2020 election results, which indicate 74,222,958 voters had sucked up to Donny, that means approximately 22 percent (or 1 out of 5) of all who mosey ’round America are his strange… very strange… bedfellows.

With the propagandists’ “toolbox” fully stocked with Stockholm Syndrome, too, it’d appear that the honeymoon is far from over for a hefty chunk of those brainwashed, enamored, politically horny toadies; not to mention the scads of the non-voter zombies, who also pledge allegiance to him; plant metaphorical anti-American ♥kisses♥ on his fascist fanny.

That makes the enemy of each enemy (propagandist) anyone who, generally, can identify effects’ root causes, specifically, think independently in pro-democracy terms, and, promptly tell disinformation’s spewers to F off.

And seeing how propagandists are ubiquitous, most any reader who dwells outside the U.S., should find much or all of this sad story relatable.

Naturally, if your own homeland’s leaders / lawmakers have been behaving in an evolved, consistent manner, consider yourself damned fortunate. You do have my kudos and congrats for a job well done.

There’s much America could learn from you.

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Fortune Cookie Blog (Freedom)

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Both Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press
must be sacrosanct, yet, not without constraint.
Be words roared from the rooftops with resolve
OR words penned into parchment with purpose,
as Hippocrates’ Oath alludes, First Do No Harm!

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Now that we’ve consumed today’s tasty Fortune Cookie, let’s turn our attention to the crumbs; i.e., the crummy entities who inspired its baking; the crummy bums who ARE doing harm.

We’re talking about the ideologically ORANGE shifted, streamers, broadcasters and bloggers, worldwide, who get off on sticking their collective nose into America’s business. As if their own homelands are WHAT?

  • So problem-free they’re yawning thru slow news days?
  • ONLY they possess the expertise to set America right?

My gawd, that’s both disingenuousness and hubris at its butt-ugliest.

Beyond that, their delusion-fueled notions of what constitutes “right” is nothing short of encouraging the Orange Menace to take another stab at the Oval Office, come 2024; an election where, win or lose, the vengeance seeking OrangeMan’s top priorities will zero in on burning down Democracy / America and the entire planet.

Both now, and for the foreseeable future, these meddlers, abroad, will continue to conspire with Stateside, ideologically ORANGE shifted, streamers, broadcasters and bloggers; the whole kit and caboodle determined to undermine what little progress President Joe Biden has made; to utterly roadblock what he has yet to accomplish.

And while, via re their surge in TV / Radio ratings and website hits, these pundits stand to flourish, the real America, which they’re hellbent on tearing asunder stands to flounder and fall.

See what I mean about crumbs?

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The Put Up or Shut Up Act of ’21

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Listen up you arrogant, saber rattling, chicken hawk, chickenshit, hyper-partisan, hot air breathing firebrands, (f)lawmakers and broadcasting blow holes!

IF your perfect 20/20 hindsight has been triggering your opposition to wheeler / dealer Donald J. Trump’s Afghanistan Exit Strategy (seen to fruition by President Joe Biden); IF you flat-out insist that American troops get redeployed, STAT; i.e., to restage that till the end of time, no-win, godforsaken war, THEN YOU go fight it!

Working towards that end…

Just to indulge you cannibals; to sate your ravenous hunger for human entrails; quench your insatiable thirst for human blood, I propose the following legislation, which I’m certain you pseudo-patriot, flag humpers will support TWO TRILLION PERCENT. It is with you in mind that we name this law, too. Check this out!

The Put Up or Shut Up Act of ’21

And, I’m reasonably confident, too, that Biden would promptly sign on the dotted line to make it the law of the land!

This law, stated unambiguously…

America will hereby draft and deploy, wherever needed, all able-bodied, age 18+, warmongering pundits and politicians; as well as each and every able-bodied, age 18+ warmongering member of their families.

Acting Senator CommonSenseTom • August 23, 2021

I can already sense your exhilaration; so much so, that you’ve already started packing your bags, updating your wills and pre-planning your own funerals! As they say in show biz, “Break a leg!”

Listen up re my pre-battle pep talk, too. The time is ripe for you guys to put up or shut up! IF your battlefield bite equals your bluster’s bark, the Taliban won’t stand a chance. Of course, that IS a BIG IF!

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Alternate Reality’s Rose Hath a Thorn

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Just to score brownie points with the orange DJT, history revisionists / propagandists, have been conveniently, completely forgetting how President Joe Biden inherited “President” George W. Bush’s boots on the ground, groundless, no-win Afghanistan War. And it is crucial that we do make that distinction ‘tween George and Joe.

There’s also need to honestly assess the primary cause and effect that led up to W’s war. To do so, will make it abundantly clear why that so-called prez had made Afghans his political pawns. To flesh that out, succinctly, W had to cover his sorry ass after the 9/11 attacks had caught him with his Commander-In-Chief pants down.

Here’s the skinny. Had W not ignored, his 08/06/2001 Presidential Daily Briefing; ominously titled: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US”; had, instead, heeded this report’s dire warning of hijackings, he’d have had five weeks to, bare minimum, implement more rigorous airport / airline security. Had W done so…

A much rosier alternate reality would’ve materialized; one where Osama bin Laden’s hijacking plot, quite literally, had never gotten off the ground; and consequently, there would’ve been no need for the Afghanistan War, where 241K people perished (71K of them civilians).

Alas (long sigh), no rose is thornless…

While the Afghans would’ve avoided sociopath Bush’s inflicted death and suffering, they would’ve still suffered an abysmal quality of life under Taliban domination.

The tragic, heartbreaking reality is how, mere days ago, due to W’s abject failure to truly liberate them, the Afghans, once again, got stuck with the horrifying, inhumane Taliban’s oppression, anyway.

There are (at least) two certainties:

  • War Criminal George W Bush’s “invitation” to visit The Hague is nearly 20 years overdue.
  • Those who commit torturous and genocidal acts cannot claim any statutes of limitations.

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Best Non-Supporting Bad Actor

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Were there such a thing as an illustrated, idiomatic thesaurus and… oh… say… some inquisitive, newbie human required synonyms for “psychological projection” and “sore loser”, once that youngster flipped the pages to the appropriate alphabetized sections, in both instances, (s)he would discover an 8 x 10 glossy photograph of Donald J. Trump (Hey, what can I say? That empty headed dude with the big head doth require such inordinately huge dimensions.)

And, let’s say that newbie also needed an in text form, prime example of “psychological projection”. In that case, the search results would turn up this Tweet:

“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,”

Donald J. Trump

So long as I’m on the subject, the Trumpster’s above words just might be Academy Award worthy. Of course, Donny being the perfect example of the oddball manchild, too, they’d need to come up with an applicable new category, oh, say…

Best Non-Supporting Bad Actor in a Disaster Documentary

Now, seeing how Fake Ex-President Trump’s obvious intent was to childishly provoke a Twitter War and how it’s a certainty that President Joe Biden deems it way beneath his dignity (as well as a monumental waste of precious time) for him to ever get into a fight with a ne’er-do-well playground bully, let’s run by the perfect comeback that Biden could’ve Tweeted:

Well Donny, YOU, the self-proclaimed stable genious, had four long years in the White House. If YOU are, indeed, the perfect president, do tell us. How come YOU failed to establish an Afghanistan that’d be impenetrable by the Taliban? How could YOU have ever politicized mask wearing to the point where YOU caused over ONE HALF MILLION Americans to NEEDLESSLY die of Covid-19? How doth YOUR abject child abuse along the Mexican border not quailfy as an epic catastrophe and how come YOUR freakin Wall project never got off the drawing board? How could America’s addiction to fossil fuels ever qualify as energy independence when, in reality, it’ll lead to Earth becoming uninhablitable. And how did YOUR flunking out in Pandemic Management 101 ever do anything other than muck up the American / global economy?

YOU expect ME to resign in disgrace? Oh well, YOU, who can be counted on to behave disgracefully, should know all about resignations. All the above mentioned miserable failures that went down on YOUR watch amply demonstrate how YOU had turned in YOUR resignation at the very moment YOU took your dainty hand off the Bible on YOUR Inauguration Day.

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A Friday the 13th “Reinstatement”?

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As of my posting time, it’s now Friday the 13th all across America. Not being one who’s particularly superstitious, I’d normally be feeling blasé re this numerology. However, owing to very little qualifying as normal, these days, I’m feeling unnerved, instead. And with good reason, too.

It all boils down to the MAGA maniacs, who’ve been perpetrating and perpetuating The Big Lie; namely, that Donald J. Trump (not Joe Biden) won the 2020 election (yadda yadda yadda, YAWN). Little doubt, they’ve taken out their orange crayons to circle August 13th on their calendars; designated this very Friday as “The Day” where they expect all nine of the United States Supreme Court Justices (even the three liberals; YIKES!) to be ruling in favor of illegally disenfranchising legitimate, qualified voters; unlawfully overturning said election for the express purpose of “reinstating” Trump. And, once that crap goes down, what’s supposed to happen next?

Well, the X-prez’s hardcore supporters also expect President Biden, VP Kamala Harris, the whole kit and kaboodle of Biden Administration cabinet members and other staffers to do what?

Shrug? En masse, wave good-bye? Obediently march, single file, out of the White House, off the grounds and out onto Pennsylvania Avenue? And after that?

Well, to hazard a guess, that’s when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would supposedly head for the U.S. Capitol steps to meet up with his boy Trump; to swear him into office a second time? Uh, on second thought, why would Roberts even bother? I mean, the Trumpster never has / never will take such an oath, seriously.

Of course, it’s utterly absurd to even discuss any of this; seeing how there’s absolutely no Constitutional stipulation or legal precedent to reinstate a former, one termer president; well, other than for him to run again and emerge the victor.

And, therein is the hidden danger. Donny’s delusional supporters actually believe that precise scenario will be playing out, today; just as strongly as they believe The Big Lie, itself. So, how will they react when reality comes crashing down around them? When absolutely none of that above scenario comes true?

Trump’s January 6th attempt to overthrow Democracy did provide us a valuable clue. That very seditious act amply demonstrates how his subversive supporters can and will march in lockstep with him. Indeed, at the mere drop of a red MAGA hat, they can and will re-attack America. And just knowing that such on-cue malevolence is brewing… alas… long sigh… it is possible that this Friday the 13th could prove to be bad luck for America.

And, while I hadn’t been planning on venturing forth into our Covid / Delta Variant diseased world, anyway, that Trumpers might be plotting, yet, another destructive, deadly coup d’état (in protest of Biden remaining our President)? Well, that’ll certainly keep me hunkered down at home; not only today but far beyond this entire weekend, too.

We can only hope that we, the genuine Americans, who still wholeheartedly believe in honest even-handed, liberty-based governance and voter rights / the sanctity of the ballot, will outclass and outnumber traitorous, tyrant Trump and his treacherous, MAGA minions.

The very survival of my / our homeland depends on the former political species prevailing.

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An Airborne Insurrection Averted?

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On 08/07/2021, The Young Turks’ commentators Cenk Uygur, Jayar Jackson and Adrienne Lawrence took a closer look at the incident where a Southwest Airlines agent promptly informed passenger, Jenny Grondahl, “Many customers are offended by your sign.”

Ms. Grondahl had intended to board with that sign, which, to her, is a treasured memento; i.e., considering how she had campaigned diligently on behalf of the Democratic Party. But none of that mattered to the airline big shot who, next, recommended that she EITHER fold the sign in two and stow it under her seat OR tape white sheets of paper to cover up its message.

So, what had this Southwest rep deemed so offensive?

The sign’s words, “Arizonenses Con Biden” and the image of a cute cactus. (REALLY???)

Ms. Grondahl’s reaction:

“I’m looking around at the gate, and I’m thinking, how many of you was it; 20 out of 110 people? And how offended were you? What did you say? How could people have such a visceral reaction to seeing the name of our president on a sign? It’s in Spanish. I just looked around, and I thought about humanity in general. How devastatingly horrible that someone saw a name, or a different language, on a sign that I’m carrying, and stood in line to complain to the airline staff to the point that they then had to come complain to me, and asked me not to bring this on board?” [Read Article / View Sign Here]

My reaction:

That this totally innocuous Joe Biden sign could even become an issue, initially, got me to wondering, “How could that airline agent’s effort to mollycoddle sore losers (likely the Trumpers) possibly fly?” And while I can still see this from Grondahl’s perspective, might overriding factors been in play, too? To e.g. that…

What If the agent had been viewing this purely as a public / flight safety issue?

What If this mildly political sign had triggered some hyper-partisan passengers… oh… say… MAGA maniacs; sent these Trumper troglodytes (insurrectionist traitors to America, all) on some sort of cockpit storming, hijacking rampage that could’ve even downed the plane.

It is possible that Southwest Airlines’ stance had kept something akin to the horrors of Donald J. Trump’s January 6th, U.S. Capitol riot from going down at 36,000 feet / 11 kilometers.

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My Petition to the Petitioners

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Of late, Interwebs surfing Americans have been inundated with impassioned pleas to sign the petitions being circulated by prominent, Democratic Party representatives; e.g., the dedicated Voting Rights Activist Stacey Abrams and the barely noticeable Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Granted, such documents can prove useful in taking the ideological pulse / reading the moral compasses of Americans. However, I do remind these good-intentioned folks that they ALREADY know how we truly feel. Such petitioners need look no further than the resounding results of the legitimate, indisputable 2020 elections. Have they not taken a gander at which national / state level candidates won / lost, what ballot proposals succeeded / failed, etc; of how, most notably, Georgia got flipped from MAGA Red to TRUE Blue?

I mean WTF further validation do Democrats need, anyway?

To virtually pass around petitions serves no purpose other than to hide the fact that, SO FAR, obstructed Democrats have not been making good on their promises to [1] thwart the Republican’s nationwide voter suppression tactics (Jim Crowism / Gerrymandering), [2] raise minimum wage to $15 per hour (which actually needs to be at least $24), [3] roll out bold infrastructure improvements (inclusive of human infrastructure) and [4] unshackle the robust climate change mitigating / reversing science (before it’s too effing late).

It’s high time Democrats grow a set; refocus priorities to get their political house in order; i.e., the White House, U.S. House of Representatives and, especially, Schumer’s U.S. Senate, where the recalcitrant, power-tripping little “d” democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have been gleefully, further weakening President Joe Biden’s ALREADY weak agenda.

Both Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi need to also promptly serve notice to the always avaricious for power and obscene wealth, obstructionist, Trumper Republicans; remind these alleged legislators that their whiny, cacophonous, cantankerous, cancerous, sore loser… the narcissistic and fascistic Donald J. Trump… did lose to Joe Biden; remind them that, here in America, Majority Rules and the vast majority of voters did empower a Democratic Majority to speak on their behalf. I mean, since Trumper (f)law-men / (f)law-women cannot be supportive, at the very least, they need to get the F outta our way!

More to the point, Democrats must bust up the Senate Filibuster rule which, in theory, is supposed to promote bipartisanship, BUT, in actual practice, is nothing but a road block to all progress. Dems must also perform some sort of political exorcism to rid both Sinema and Manchin of their soul sucking, Trumper demons.

Granted, very little of that will prove easy; in fact it could be downright risky business; i.e, could cause Democrats to lose their (theoretical) control of the legislative branch (come 2022), and the executive branch (come 2024). However, if Dems do nothing now? Well, let’s just say that many of the voters, who they’ll alienate, will sit out one or both Election Days. In essence, Dems, who appear spineless, will own such a dismal, political downfall, anyway.

Indeed, it’d be far riskier for Democrats to piss off critical thinking voters who want… strike that… who DEMAND bold legislation designed to promote human dignity and equality, honest even handed, liberty-based governance and solid environmental stewardship. Furthermore, we DEMAND laws that’ll bury effing Fascism, too!

And speaking of totalitarianism, a heady reminder to all empowered Democrats. Should you ever fail to rigorously investigate Donald J. Trump and his co-conspirator insurrectionists / traitors (some of whom, in all likelihood, are still masquerading as U.S. legislators); fail to purge all guilty parties from our legislative bodies and forever bar such anti-American wannabes from seeking elective office, we will live to regret that; perhaps even die as a nation. We can expect Trump’s cult to rear its ugly head, anew, to once again reprise their January 6, 2021 attempt to overthrow / burn down America.

We, who really know what America is supposed to be all about, actually want our all-encompassing, national policy to reflect who We are; live up to these mighty sounding ideals:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Our Founding Fathers’ Preamble • Constitution Ratified on June 21, 1788

On Election Day 2020, We the Majority, sent Democrats to Washington to breathe life into an agenda that will not only benefit all Americans, but also our entire, planetwide human family.

Empowered Democrats Listen Up! The time for talk / distracting petitions is LONG OVER! The time for take charge, comprehensive, remedial legislative action is NOW!

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