We May Not Prevail Tomorrow

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So far, 738 un-Americans have been arrested re the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Correction, make that 749, seeing how Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes and ten other bastards joined their rank ranks mere hours ago.

The accused have been, or soon will be, on trial to establish (or not?) their culpability in subverting Democracy; i.e., interfering with the Congressional certification of (then President Elect) Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory; and more to the point, their attempting to, instead, unconstitutionally install their narcissistic, fascistic, sore loser “hero”, one Donald J. Trump, for another four years; more likely, till death do us part (America’s death not his).

Needless to say, the accused have lawyered up, and while I do believe that everyone suspected of criminal activity should be provided due process, these shameful individuals now enjoying such protection is the epitome of shameless hypocrisy.

  • On one hand… they could not wait to (figuratively speaking) brazenly set ablaze the U.S. Constitution’s parchment.
  • On the other… they have now (again figuratively speaking) conveniently hauled out the fire extinguisher to save that hallowed document just to “save their own bacon.”

One would think that these insurrectionists would, at the very least, demand punishment; if for no other reason, to prove they’re the hate America badasses, who they claim to be.

I’d like to believe that nobody could ever, seriously, want to lay waste to America; that they’re capable of feeling remorse; might even be clumsily saying “I’m sorry”.

However, let’s keep it all real.

Such sorrow is more about their having been arrested; and more to the point, being abandoned by Trump, who talked the talk, yet didn’t join them (as he had promised), to walk the walk to the U.S. Capitol; who, during the subsequent final two weeks of his term, further screwed them over by not pardoning even one of them.

Not that I, or any other true American, would’ve ever wanted him to do so… just sayin’…

For the record, EVERYONE found guilty of that attempted January 6th coup d’état must be punished to the full extent of the law, and that EVERYONE must be inclusive of Donald J. Trump.

Show any of them mere slap-on-the-wrist leniency, today, and that will not only embolden them but also rabble rouse insurrectionist wannabes out there to try to take out America, again; maybe as early as tomorrow.

Needless to say…

We the People May Not Prevail Tomorrow

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ADDENDUM: My futile attempt to post daily / beat the arrival of 01/14/2022, has resulted in numerous post publishing revisions, corrections of typos etc. My apologies for this unprofessionalism.

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As far as food product marketing scams go, this one may sound innocuous, yet…

The practice of supersizing portions (“just” to speed up repeat business / fatten the corporate bottom line) can also (literally) fatten the consumer’s bottom line.

In addition to bigger servings leading to bigger butts (depending on the product), the accompanying, alarmingly unhealthy tonnage of sodium, sugars and saturated fats can lead to hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, etc.

Let’s flesh this issue out… oh… say… by talking peanut butter (preferably the healthier variety that requires our stirring the separated peanut oil back in).

CAUTION: No discussion would be complete sans a warning of potentially debilitating and deadly Peanut Allergies. Best advice to first time, potential, goober eaters is to always exercise caution; i.e., seek advice from your primary care physician!

So, here’s where we’re at. We’ll start by factoring in the peanut butter industry-wide suggested excessive, serving size; as well as crunch the other sandwich ingredients’ numbers…

  • 190 calories [2 tbsp (32g) peanut butter]
  • 160 calories [2 slices of bread]
  • +50 calories [1 tbsp (20g) jelly or jam]
  • 400 calories [Grand Total]

400 calories for JUST 1 sandwich? Geesh, that’s 20% of the typical adult’s daily, 2,000 calorie intake; which can easily stymie our best intentions (New Year’s Resolutions?) to stick to a nutritionally well-balanced diet.

Additional Stats: Each jar of my favorite peanut butter brand promises 23 sandwiches, total, however, by my spreading it just a tad more sparingly, I’ve been able to net 8 additional sandwiches (31 total). This also drops the calorie count from 190 down to 141. Doing the math:

190 calories X 23 sandwiches = 4370 calories
4370 calories ÷ 31 sandwiches = 141 calories

  • 141 [PB]
  • 160 [Bread]
  • +50 [Jelly / Jam]
  • 351 [New Total]

This sandwich total can be further reduced by
buying lower calorie breads and fruit spreads;
or, even better yet, slicing up some fresh fruit.

Beyond That: These 8 extra sandwiches mean that, for every 3 jars of peanut butter (8 X 3 = 24), I’m netting 1 more sandwich than each jar’s peddled 23. Yep, that’s like getting 1 FREE PB JAR for every 3 purchased. Even better, I’m easily maintaining my old college day’s “fighting weight”; and, all the while not sacrificing one iota of PB&J sandwich flavor.

Beyond Beyond That: By not using up the PB so rapidly, this helps compensate for supply chain woes, which, way too frequently, render our supermarkets’ PB and J aisles barren.

Beyond Beyond Beyond That: Staying fit and trim just might, someday, save my life in yet another way. You see, this liberty loving, liberal can envision literally fleeing for my freedom; namely, outrunning fascistic freak Trump’s Inauguration Day 2025 “parade”; one overrun by his marauding QAnon zombies; menacing, MAGA maniacs; psycho Proud Boys; deployed goosestepping goons and rolled out tank commandos.

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Sighs: Not a Good Sign

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It’s rarely a good sign when any new day begins with a long sigh; nonetheless…

Long sigh…

What other reaction can there be, when this involves this multiple choice question:

“Where were you on __________?”

  • a. 11/22/1963
  • b. 04/04/1968
  • c. 12/08/1980
  • d. 09/11/2001
  • e. 01/06/2021

All five of those torn off calendar pages represent my own and untold others’ profound, undying sorrow. These points in time distill down to…

  • Assassins’ premature burials of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
  • Anarchists’ (fortunately thwarted) attempts to bury liberty & democracy.
  • An Asshat “offing” John Lennon (how could anyone blow away a Beatle?)

The deep-sixing of Kennedy’s New Frontier and King’s Dream, in part, wound up establishing a societal upheaval and a spiritual void that, to this very day, make al-Qaeda and Proud Boys terrorist recruiters’ jobs much easier.

As for the resultant societal chaos, it’s safe to say that were Lennon here today, he’d be reacting in his own inimitable way, in real time; on both social media and (especially) in the recording studio. One can only imagine all the music world lost due to his tragic untimely death.

Yet another long sigh…

It was with heavy heart that mere hours ago, at daybreak, I threw the curtains open and took a seat at my piano; wound up playing a musical tribute to John (both his compositions and collaborations with McCartney); namely, Imagine, Penny Lane, Love and In My Life.

Throughout that brief musical interlude, I could not help but entertain the notion that cult leaders (such as Osama bin Laden and Donald J. Trump) would’ve been laughed / booed off the world stage had King, Kennedy and Lennon lived out their natural lifespans; been on hand to lead the raucous chorus of chortles, guffaws, catcalls and jeers.

My far from final, long sigh…

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A Sorta Retraction

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Preface: I post the following content voluntarily; under no pressure other than that exerted by my own good conscience / desire to maintain a fair-minded blogger image. However, I’m in no way legitimizing the conduct of anyone deemed to be of bad conscience; and there will be a slew of them present, below. That duly noted, let’s get ‘er done…

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Contained within one of my recent posts, I made the following blanket statement…

“Nazis just like Donald J. Trump and the 74,223,369 Nazis who voted for him last November.”

CommonSenseTom • Blog Title: Must See MeTV Tonight! • 11/11/2021

While it’s true that those 74 million voters backed Trump at the ballot box, not all of them are swastika arm-banded, goosestepping, concentration camp commandants itching to preside over a latter-day Holocaust.

But, lest anyone even begin to breathe a sigh of relief; ever be foolhardy enough to grant them blanket amnesty…

We must keep in mind the other ideologies Trumpers harbor; how any particular one of these mindsets (or permutation thereof) could mutate America into a whole different animal; perhaps, even relegate the United States of America to just four words scrawled across a dusty, midldewed, wrinkled, tattered, bullet-riddled, bloodstained map.

Now, generally speaking the Trump camp is in no way monolithic.

Were we to flesh / flush ‘em out we’d discover this “Top” 10 List:

  • Low Info Voters who get programmed by his propagandists
  • Sycophants who fantasize / feel arousal for their icky “hero”
  • Rabid Capitalists who lust after / worship the almighty buck
  • Evangelical Christians who blindeye his hedonism/misogyny
  • Social Conservatives who incorrectly assess him like-minded
  • Q-Anon Conspiracists who are bat-crap crazy; chronically so
  • Proud Boys/Domestic Terrorists, who live to see freedom die
  • Militant Bigoted Cops who, in error, think he has their backs
  • Gun Nut Dudes who cannot otherwise… ahem… measure up
  • Chickenhawks who get off on seeing spilt red blood / red ink

Beyond that, I’ve lived out my entire (over three score) lifetime under the influence of this sagacious advisory…

“People will judge you by the company you keep!”

My Mother and Father • c1958 and onward

Doubtlessly such sentiments (coupled with my anger re Trump’s January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol) both played significant roles in my issuing my 11/11/2021 blanket statement.

What a shame the individuals who conform to one (or more of) those 10 classifications cannot conform to my lessons in life; courtesy of my learned folks.

For if they could take such a message to heart, they’d immediately disassociate themselves from Donald J. Trump and, in turn, gradually start shedding their ugly, Nazi sympathizer image.

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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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What’ll Happen Tonight @ 23:59:59?

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How apropos that, Stateside, our Halloween and Election Day are mere days apart.

What could be scarier than our electorate’s spooky entities, who don’t know what the real America stands for; namely, equality, liberty and justice for all. In their state of abject ignorance these hobgoblins and hooligans are sure to vote accordingly; so much so, that they’re hell-bent on re-empowering one Donald J. Trump, their, in title only, president; their zero hero from Hell.

These cultists cannot even begin to see him as the existential threat to Democracy that he is.

Truth is, science denier Trump has, SO FAR, willfully permitted Corona-V to go on a nine month (too) long, nationwide rampage. SO FAR, that psychopath has sickened 9.6 million Americans. SO FAR, that ghoul has the blood of the 237,000 COVID-19 dead on his hands. As for any of us who may, somehow, manage to survive the needless pandemic (of his own making), we will, eventually, face down a climate changed, uninhabitable world.

On Trump’s watch, he has flat-out refused to accept and articulate the three words, “Black Lives Matter”; has emboldened militant, racist cops, who gleefully crack open the heads of BLM protestors and BLM sympathizers; has ordered the teargassing and pepper spraying of these peaceable protestors, in flagrant violation of their 1st Amendment Rights; has figuratively danced in his blood splattered streets; has sadistically reveled in all the pain and suffering he’s wrought, up and down Main Street U.S.A.

Trump has done his damnedest to provoke Civil War-II, by winding up his toy soldiers; namely, his seething with preexisting hatred, domestic terrorists, a.k.a. Nazis, Klansmen, Proud Boys, Wolverine Watchmen, etc.; that last on the list faction recently FBI busted for plotting to abduct, torture and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; i.e., to punish her for her righteous, courageous, slow the spread of COVID-19, life saving, statewide lock-down and mask-up decrees.

Pre-pandemic Trump has kidnapped, traumatized, abused and caged asylum seekers’ infants and children; has flipped off a court order to reunite these families; has declared enemies of the people, the genuine article journalists, who’ve been justifiably critical of his deplorable words and deeds; has called for the devoid of due process, imprisonment of his (guilty of no crimes) political opponents. WTF will be next, coliseums where his bloodthirsty, mask-less, packed in, shoulder-to-shoulder devotees will gather to cheer on public stonings and executions?

Trump, Commander-In-Chief, no less, has badmouthed his own troops; called these selfless soldiers “losers” and “suckers”; has undermined their valiant efforts to rid the world of oppression; allowed autocrat Vladimir Putin to place bounties on their heads.

For his own political gain, Trump has accepted dictatorial régimes’ meddling and mucking up of what used to be our fair, free elections; he has sabotaged the United States Postal Service to slow down the processing of sent and returned absentee ballots; has refused to accept any voting outcome other than the one that will re-install him; has flat out refused to accept a potential Biden / Harris victory; has not committed to honor an American tradition that, up to 2016, has always resulted in the peaceful, orderly transition of power.

Seeing how all the above is far scarier than Halloween, America might as well move up Election Day to October 31st. However, factoring in how there will never, again, be another Election Day if Trump screws over the voters; if long before all the legitimate ballots have all been counted, opts to prematurely / wrongfully declare his victory at 23:59:59 tonight, WTF would be the point? Right?

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