Laypersons’ Interventions

Preface: Anecdotal accounts claim Donald J. Trump’s family is going the intervention route to get him to admit that he lost; convince him to vamoose when Joe Biden’s moving vans start rolling up at the White House, come January. While those who’ve earned PhD’s in psychiatry could certainly get ‘er done, I do believe even laypersons, drawing on common sense, could reap the same results. My faith in non-professional interventions stems from the following account.

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Eons ago, during my retail clerking days, a shopper stopped in one early afternoon (let’s refer to her as “Jane”). Seeing how the young woman’s anxiety was just as noticeable as her unusual attire (unbelted, slightly open trench coat, flannel pajamas and fuzzy bedroom slippers) to say the least, I was not waiting on the average, everyday customer.

Trying my best to remain non-judgmental, nonetheless, my mind hunted for plausible explanations. Perhaps Jane had just narrowly escaped an apartment fire with only the clothes on her back?

Well, one thing was certain, she was ISO clothing that’d make her less conspicuous. While our product line could not offer her any footwear, I did walk her thru our women’s department and encouraged her to feel free to browse at her leisure.

As she shopped, I’d occasionally return to carry her selections off to a fitting room. During her hour long try on session, I kept on relaying her keepers up to the cash wrap. All the while, I was sensing a growing rapport; i.e., in my treating Jane normally she began acting more normally.

However, towards the end of her shopping experience, her worried expression suddenly returned. She asked, “Would you take an I.O.U.?”

I nonchalantly replied that this was not an available payment option, but quickly added that I’d be happy to put her selections on a three day hold; no deposit required. She then responded, “Hold my stuff till closing time, If I don’t return by then, I won’t be coming back.” The finality of her words were now filling me with anxiety.

I wondered if I could’ve done something more to help Jane? Or, would my good intentioned meddling have only made matters worse?

To ensure Jane’s return would also go smoothly, I recounted all the above to my superior (let’s refer to her as “Ruth”). After all, the worst thing that could’ve happened was for my boss and/or co-workers to upset her.

Well, it was about five minutes prior to closing time when the itching to get home Ruth ordered me to return Jane’s held selections to the selling floor.

As you may have already guessed, four minutes later, Jane returned.

Ruthless Ruth officiously, tactlessly and needlessly reminded her that it was a minute before closing time. That’s when I rushed up to welcome Jane and reassure her that, while her clothes were no longer on hold, I could quickly relocate all the items. And while my words calmed Jane a bit, they also pissed off Ruth a lot.

A moment later, while I was ringing up Jane’s purchase, Ruth kept glowering at Jane and breathing down my neck; whined on and on and on about it now being past closing time. I felt like turning around to blurt out “Ruth, will you please shut the F up?”; but bit my tongue.

Jane paid in cash and, other than being upset by Ruth, I do believe my empathy, professionalism and intervention skills had calmed and served Jane well.

We can only hope there’ll be a similar outcome to that White House intervention.

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Hint of Heaven on Eleven/Seven

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The American electorate has now spoken, we have been heard and, as of 11/07/2020, Joe Biden has become our President-Elect. I first heard this heartening news just prior to high noon; so did millions of my liberal / moderate compatriots, who instantly took to the streets to celebrate in fine style.

Don’t miss the “Fuck Donald Trump” clip ending chants, below.

I would’ve posted my own similar reactions sooner, but…

Let’s just say that I won’t rest easy until Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (at high noon) when Joe Biden utters these magic words…

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

U.S. Constitution • Article II • Section One • Clause 8

I won’t really believe America’s four… correction… four zillion… year long nightmare will be truly over until We the People witness Donald J. Trump board Marine One, for the very last time; watch him fly off into much deserved obscurity; hopefully, to never be heard from again.

Alas, the astounding damage, which his mucked up words and deeds did to FUBAR our nation / world could easily outlive him for countless generations.

Of course, based upon Donny’s current state of mind… correction… mindlessness… there IS the all too real possibility that he’ll flat out refuse to vacate 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Were that eventuality to play out?

Let’s check out how two folks frown upon that.

“As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

Unnamed Biden Camp spokesperson

“The successor [Biden] could direct federal agents to forcibly remove Trump from the White House. Now a private citizen, Trump would no longer be immune from criminal prosecution, and could be arrested and charged with trespassing in the White House.”

Former US attorney Barbara McQuade

Above two quotes appeared in Washingtonian Journalist Rosa Cartagena’s November 6, 2020 article [Read More]

Needless to say, the next 74 days could afford Donny too damned many opportunities to unleash Twitterstorms; throw Trumper Tantrums; go ballistic; maybe even go nuclear ballistic.

Of course, I’m only speculating. Only Donald J. Trump knows for sure. ‘

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Hey DT! Now this song IS about U!

The following blurb sets up a most timely video:

“For the first time ever, Carly Simon is allowing the use of her song ‘You’re So Vain‘ for political purposes. And it comes at the expense of Donald Trump.”

CNN Business YouTube Channel

Ms. Simon, although it’s a virtual certainty that you hadn’t had that freak in mind, specifically, one can envision him hearing your song shortly after you released it on November 8, 1972.

And, sure as the word “narcissist” starts with an “n”, as sure as he always has “one eye in the mirror”, Donald J. Trump, to this very day, still bets that your bygone hit song is all about him; namely, that he’s the “man” who inspired, You’re So Vain.

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“Barron’s Fine.”

“President Trump spoke on his son Barron’s positive COVID-19 test before departing the White House en route to Des Moines, IA. First Lady Melania Trump revealed Wednesday that her only son with President Trump, Barron Trump, tested positive for the novel coronavirus after the first couple was diagnosed but said he experienced no symptoms and has since tested negative.”

Clip and set-up courtesy of The Hill’s YouTube Channel • Oct 14, 2020 • 156,920 views

And that duly noted, it’s now my turn to weigh in.

Fortunately, “all’s well that ends well”, doth sum up the first family’s encounter with the sickening, oft deadly Corona-V.

Even so, we need to further consider our video vignette. The Hill’s wordless, visual op-ed doth speak volumes. Indeed, candidate Trump’s silence drowns out both the madding crowd’s mindless, “U – S – A” chants and Marine One’s / Air Force One’s idling engines.

If nothing else, the clip’s creator has showcased daddy Donny’s dispassionate demeanor. Throughout the entire two minute run time, I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat, fully expecting the president (in title only) to flesh out his “Barron’s Fine” cursory remark.

Perhaps after the cutaway from the White House to the tarmac scene? Yes? No?

Regrettably, but not unexpectedly, No was the outcome.

My God, for a politician (in every negative sense of that word) who’s never at a loss for words, to not offer up a bit more parental concern? Maybe toss in a few of his trade mark superlatives? Perhaps brag about the Trump Klan’s genetic superiority?

This comment left on the YouTube site could very well sum it up best:

“Poor Baron [sic]. All the money in the world can’t make up for what he has to endure.”

YouTuber Briarrose29

In closing, Barron is not only fortunate enough to be afforded the best medical care anywhere on the planet, but is also damned lucky to, at least, have a mother who cares about his well-being.

Stay well wishes to mother and son.

Get well wishes, too, to the inattentive (in title only) father.

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Out of Bounds? Out on a Limb?

Is it out of bounds to post unflattering content re narcissist Donald J. Trump; especially in the wake of his brief, COVID-19 scrape with death?

Is it going out on a limb to assume that nearly everyone, who’s caught a fleeting glimpse of the Grim Reaper, would view their survival a humbling, oh wow moment; so much so, that they’d do their damnedest to avoid similar encounters in the future? Would even attempt to spare others such a harrowing experience?

Let’s compare and contrast.

Following my November 9, 1973 spin-out on an icy freeway overpass, where I narrowly averted smashing head-on into an eighteen-wheeler tractor-trailer, I became a changed man. My surviving what could’ve easily been a fatal traffic accident, in my book, had been miraculous.

How else could you and I assess an outcome where ALL the motorists left that wintry scene with nary a scratch to our bodies and vehicles’ bodies?

During subsequent winter storms, I did not feel an instantaneous, overwhelming compulsion to turn the key in the ignition, rev up the ol’ engine, kick ‘er into high gear and speed off at 145 k.p.h. ISO of the most dangerous “skating rink” highways, imaginable.

Neither did I become an on-the-spot advocate for foolhardy behavior; e.g., by attempting to convince family and friends that reckless winter driving is the “only way to go”; by going out of my freakin’ way to instruct everyone on the “proper techniques” for precipitating carnage / perpetrating vehicular manslaughter.

Had I conducted myself in such an incomprehensible, reprehensible, irresponsible manner, that would’ve branded me any permutation / combination of inane, insane and amoral.

Such characterizations now afford us the perfect segue into a discussion re Donny.

In one breath, we witness Trump cockily shuffling away from his own COVID-19 survival miracle and in the very next (still labored) breath, becoming the advocate of reckless behavior; GOING OUT OF HIS FREAKIN’ WAY to tell everyone all across America / all over the globe:

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

October 5, 2020 Tweet @realDonaldTrump

To conduct himself in such an incomprehensible, reprehensible, irresponsible manner, brands him any permutation / combination of inane, insane and amoral.

Were he a private citizen, the legal authorities would have already charged him, at the very least, with public endangerment.

Trump’s narcissism, literally pumped up on doctor prescribed steroids, is now raging out of control. Could he actually be getting off on the, so far, 219,000 (known) deaths, which his DIY pandemic has caused? Were matters to become any worse, would mortuaries’ hidden surveillance cameras catch that ghoul “grabbing” / taking indecent liberties with the corpses, too?

Look, I don’t know what netherworld Trump has been holed up in, these past 9 months, but he’s obviously oblivious to the fact that the rest of us are engaged in a fight for humanity’s very survival.

If he cannot do anything helpful, at the very least, can he not simply shut the F up? You know, park his Fascist fanny and veg out in front of his TV; scarf down junk food and pig out on his propaganda ministers’ served up, undeserved accolades; all designed to stoke and stroke his ferocious ego.

Most assuredly, Corona-V does not need an ally. Yet, it has found one. That being the one and (thank God) only Donald J. Trump!

When pitted against a global pandemic’s glaring, glum backdrop, it’s never, ever out of bounds and going out on a limb to call him out / tell it like it is!

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A Not So Perfect Phone Call

My phone rang yesterday. Who was calling? A Man. As in THE MAN!

By the by, he had asked for me, by name. Uh-oh! His mission? Fundraising, on behalf of some police association, which I had never even heard of.

As part of his spiel, he made a point of emphasizing cops’ mounting concerns; specifically, how they oppose all legislation, which de-funds and demilitarizes their police departments. In the short time it took to ask if he could count on my donation, I felt it necessary to ask…

“Would you mind if we take a few moments for a philosophical discussion?”

My totally unanticipated question had EITHER unnerved him (upset his indoctrinated fund raising routine) OR struck a raw nerve within him. So much so that he asked me to re-ask my Q.

“Would you mind if we take a few moments for a philosophical discussion?”

Upon his warily allowing that, I offered up this follow up…

“Would it not be better for the police to devote their time to the policing, while relying on the social workers…”

He immediately, and rather curtly, cut me off and then opted to cut and run.

The very fact that Mr. Fundraiser was expecting everyone to support cops, unconditionally, to say the least, was (still is) excessively presumptuous; especially against today’s backdrop of worldwide racial / social unrest.

Had he allowed me to continue, I’d have mentioned how society needs police department social workers / psychologists, who gingerly “open” troubled minds, not cops who crack open skulls with clubs.

Alas, Mr. Show-Me-Da-Money’s mind was not open to my brand of business. And that certainly struck a raw nerve within me.

Look, don’t get me wrong. Some good cops, who favor brains over brawn, still do exist. Some may even harbor natural instincts, which make them fairly decent shrinks.

But, what of the bad cops; the bigots, who deem it their duty to go ape-shit crazy, each and every opportunity they get to tackle their work assignments; i.e., when they literally tackle suspects.

And God help said suspects when they’re not Christian Caucasians.

Typically, for a person of color, a phrase such as “they all lived happily ever after” is not how their story ends. Tragically, the suspect is running away only out of his justifiable fear that the racist cop, in hot pursuit, fully intends to gun him down; all the way down; as in six feet down. More often than not, he’ll realize his fears had been well founded; as he gasps his final breath.

Society must fully accept and implement the changes Black Lives Matter adherents are demanding; i.e., the end of police brutality and profiling. Doing so would concurrently halt the trampling of 1st Amendment protections (e.g. freedom of speech / freedom to protest).

And looking further down the road, America does not need and must never respect storm trooper cops who’d [1] snappily salute and bleat out “Yes Sir” to Fascist Donald J. Trump and [2] mindlessly follow his marching orders to complete his overthrow of America.

Considering today’s sickening political climate, whether or not there can be a favorable resolution to all that ails us / the U.S. will depend on who will be seated behind the Oval Office desk at high noon on Inauguration Day 2021.

In the meantime, the people who did cough up their money to Mr. Fundraiser, today, could even wind up buying the tear gas, which protestors will wind up coughing up from their lungs, tomorrow.

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Donny’s Donnybrook: The Day After

 

I’ve heard that Donald J. Trump didn’t prepare much for his first debate with Joe Biden.

Then again, why would he even need to?

Not when he’s got a lifetime of bullying experience to draw on. Hell, bullying is likely a dominant gene that gets backdated to the toxic Trump family’s earliest knuckle-dragging caveman epoch. You know, when his militant, mutant ancestors were swimming in the gene pool’s shallow end; sloshing around in the spoiled, stale, leftover primordial soup. But let’s not digress excessively.

Since the know-nothing / do nothing worthwhile / good-for-nothing Trump has been running roughshod over America, right from the onset of his odious admin, why would anyone expect him to treat Biden any differently?

Seeing how Donny could not even begin to wrap his warped mind around the relevant to voters issues; could not tackle such problems, instead, he opted to tackle Joe.

Consider Biden’s Catch-22 options last night…

• If Joe allowed his opponent to monopolize the debate, Trump campaign ads would portray Biden as beta male or worse; e.g., feebleminded, timid and unable / unprepared to lead.

• If Joe walked off the stage, early on, opportunistic, deceitful Donny would’ve spent the remaining time mutating his abysmal job performance and lack of leadership into an asset; a free of charge, campaign ad. And the Trump campaign ads to follow would portray Biden as cowardly; (once again) unable and unprepared to lead.

• And seeing how Joe DID fight back; even told Donny to “shut up”, Trump campaign ads WILL portray him, at the very least, as argumentative and disrespectful.

Looking back, my being a “survivor” of grade school bullying, I do know, from first hand experience, what I’m talking about.

Looking ahead, I don’t believe there’s much to be gained from Joe debating Donny a second and third time.

Even so, Biden must show up anyway. Must never give Trump, the bastard bully, the satisfaction of bogusly and smugly declaring himself the debate stage “conquering hero”!

In spite of the fact that all wise, rational critical thinkers already know otherwise.

 

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Is the Trumpster in the Dumpster?

 

Recent revelations re Donald J. Trump’s mucked up, income tax situation now beg a few questions…

• What if the fake prez is not only morally bankrupt but also financially bankrupt?

• What if he’s seeking reelection to continue mooching off American taxpayers; to stay holed up in the White House another four years?

• What if he’s trying to avoid a city dump forwarding address, living in a cardboard box, cooking rats over a campfire, experiencing rainy bad hair days AND shitting into a bucket?

• How far would he go to avoid that?

• Would he start placing “perfect” phone calls, worldwide, to his despotic heroes; for the express purpose of selling them stolen military property / armaments / nukes and even revealing sensitive government intellectual property / secrets?

• At that point, he’d be sacrificing U.S. security / endangering us. But seeing how he intentionally allowed Corona-V to go on a rampage; seeing how he is fully responsible for the (so far) 210,000 COVID-19 fatalities, would it even faze him if he buried all 328 million of us?

 

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Fly on the Wall Fake News?

 

Were we able to hot mic a manure eating housefly and release it within the Oval Office, what might we learn?

Two things are certain to make such an endeavor successful. With all the shit going on in that pigpen, there’d be little chance of our “bug” ever going hungry or even wanting to leave!

The benefits?

We could, in real time, finally eavesdrop on all the evil crap that’s actually being discussed, perhaps, even inclusive of this “perfect” phone call to the Food and Drug Administration?

DJT: Listen up you white lab coated losers! Science is shit! There’s nothing, REPEAT, NOTHING more important than ME getting reelected. To make ME look good, you WILL ramrod whatever Chinavirus vaccine looks the best thru the approval process, skip every last damned testing phase and start shooting that shit directly into the arms and asses of Americans on MY TIMETABLE. That means your DO or DIE deadline for making ME The Savior, is two weeks before Election Day, November 3rd! The only reassurances I want from you are that the voters don’t start dropping dead until November 4th. GOT IT?

FDA: Yesssir!

The End

 

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