McConnell shows us who he/his GOP is

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When a reporter held Senator Mitch McConnell / his Trumper-Republican Party (GOP) accountable for lynching the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act; asked him what he had to say to the people of color who he/they had just screwed over (AGAIN), get a load of what that sagging, swaggering with white privilege, Klansman Kentuckian had to say…

“Well the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell • January 19, 2022 [View Twitter Clip]

Well, Mister Mitch, what’s actually misplaced, here, is your brain. Hmm, on second thought, seeing how “misplaced” implies that you just might be able to find your mind, someday, let’s amend that to read:

What’s actually LOST, here, is your mind.

Additionally, in response to Mitch’s bogus claims of it being easy to cast ballots, at least for now, that may be true for WHITE voters. However, IF… correction… WHEN his fascist peers eventually get their way (and when do fascists not get their way, huh?) even Caucasians will wind up screwed over!

And, that all duly noted, let’s move on to the multitude of responses to accurately assess that ass, Mister Mitch, for, in essence, having said that African American voters are not Americans.

Let’s have Ol’ McConnell try these three on for size…

The Good Fit:

Mitch’s Freudian Slip Is Showing

The Better Fit:

Tired, has been, Mitch, digging in on his white supremacyst (<–not a typo) roots, riding atop his high white horse, donning his spooky, white robe and white hood costume, has trotted out / Trump-eted / spoken his “mind”.

The Very Best Fit:

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Maya Angelou • 12:01 PM · Jun 12, 2015 Tweet [View Twitter Post]

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No Bull Tish! All the Way Real!

8 Second Wonder Gap Refilled

Yesterday, I posted a CNN video of Motown music legend, Stevie Wonder, presenting his NO Bull Tish, wake-up call TO / calling out OF Washington’s wishy-washy, washed out, washed up Senators, who’ve been debating / dickering over whether or not to protect Voter Rights.

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Whether or not to protect Voter Rights…
WHETHER OR NOT TO PROTECT VOTER RIGHTS?

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As most critical thinking champions of sweet liberty would remind…

“WE are all entitled to Fundamental Human Rights; regardless of our race, hue, creed, national origin, gender identity, age, infirmity, station, résumé, zip code and credit score. WE are speaking of birthrights that… dammit… are Inalienable and, as such, are ABSOLUTELY Nonnegotiable; NEVER open to Debate!”

CommonSenseTom • January 18, 2022 | 8:20 am | Post Title: “They Dare to Haggle o’er Human Rights”

And, YES, the Right to Vote is just one of those Inalienable, Nonnegotiable, Never Debatable, Human Rights!

As bad as it ALREADY is that moronic Senators have the audacity to question, whether or not, we should secure our elections; i.e., to prevent partisan, fascistic Trumpian hacks from gutting Election Days of all freeness and fairness, this gets even worse.

You see, for reasons only CNN and various other news airers / streamers know (and we can only suspect), they had opted to expurgate 8 seconds worth of Stevie Wonder’s worthwhile message.

First, let’s review what they did allow him to say…

“Any Senator, who cannot support the protection of voting rights, in the United States of America, cannot say that they support the Constitution. Stop the Hypocrisy. Cut the Bull Tish! If you care and support our rights, do the hard work. You can’t please everybody but you can protect all of us.”

Now, let’s check out the video footage that wound up on somebody’s editing bay floor…

“And to keep it all the way real, the Filibuster is not working for Democracy. Why won’t you?”

See how the omission of that key segment drastically debilitates Wonder’s vital to Democracy’s survival message?

So, let’s…

  • now head back to the editing bay to retrieve and e-splice these two segments
  • experience the full impact of Wonder’s wondrous words as originally intended

“Any Senator, who cannot support the protection of voting rights, in the United States of America, cannot say that they support the Constitution. Stop the Hypocrisy. Cut the Bull Tish! If you care and support our rights, do the hard work. You can’t please everybody but you can protect all of us. And to keep it all the way real, the Filibuster is not working for Democracy. Why won’t you?”

Stevland Hardaway Morris (Stevie Wonder)

Hey Trump Sucker Republicans, WHY WON”T YOU?
Hey DINOs Joe Manchin & Kyrsten Sinema WHY WON”T YOU?

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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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When a Badass is a Bad Ass

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Witnessing human nature at its very worst, is one of the disheartening, disconcerting side effects of the pandemic. To flesh that out, within my homeland, infighting ceaselessly trumps our feeble attempts at unifying against our common enemy, the coronavirus.

Even the bulk of “our” elected fools (especially the swaggering Trumper Republicans) are of no Earthly use to us. In lieu of combating that merciless microbe, they do little more than project a badass facade. As if what? An ornery ‘tude, alone, can, somehow, make it all go away?

Truth be told, for Badass to ever appropriately describe these sickos, we’d first need to bisect that B-Word.

And there’s no better example of a Bad Ass than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (a.k.a. Corona-V’s staunch ally).

It’s utterly astounding how he’s vowing / threatening to cut off ALL state funding to any K-12 school system, where the school board members have enacted Covid-19 mitigating, mask mandates; all at the precise moment where [1] his conspiracy theorist cohorts have been spreading their metaphorical and literal disease, [2] the spreading exponentially, rampaging delta variant has morphed Florida into the Covid Capital of America and [3] the vaccination of school kids, under the age of 12, has yet to be FDA approved.

One can virtually hear “the almighty” guv’s voice thundering down from the heavens and hitting the echo chamber; words to the effect…

Thou shalt not defy my absolute power! Not even to prevent human suffering and save lives. Only I have the power of life and death! And I command thee to all die! So suck it up and deal with it!

All the above considered, several questions come to mind:

  • What motivates DeSantis to sabotage one of our best disease mitigation methods?
  • Is he getting kick-backs from the funeral homes and coffin / urn manufacturers?
  • Is he pocketing a few extra bucks, courtesy of the sympathy card industry, too?
  • Or, is that Bad to the bone Ass striking down humankind just for the hell of it?

And one unifying conclusion doth come to mind, too.

Wherever we hang our hats at night (be that in Florida or anywhere else in our world), it’d be a great idea to flat out defy demented, despot DeSantis. When confronted by such an odious leadership vacuum, be we vaxxed or unvaxxed, it’s incumbent upon us all to protect ourselves; to save humankind; to…

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America’s Return To Normal

Of late, my homeland’s head of state has been scratching his head; wondering: Why do so many (too many) Americans continue to flip off the proven SAFE and EFFECTIVE, absolutely FREE OF COST, Covid-19 vaccines? Why do they so easily rebuff the aired and streamed, slickly crafted / choreographed, smiley faced, Public Service Announcements, which are supposed to sell the BIG PROMISE; namely,… cue the drum roll / rim shot…

AMERICA’S RETURN TO NORMAL

Admittedly, there’s been insufficient time, wherewithal and staffing to comprehensively psychoanalyze the crap out of vaxxing’s paradoxical, flummoxed state of affairs. Ergo, at best, any attempts to do so will be limited to our gut trusting abilities. With all that in mind, let’s try running the following theory up the flagpole to see if it’ll fly…

• Could vaccine hesitancy, in part, be contact traced to the BIG PROMISE, itself?

These days, just WTF does “normal America” stand for? Alas… long exasperated sigh… in part…

• The (so far) too little / too late attempts to rein in climate change; the consequent destructive, deadly, frequently freakish weather patterns. Left unchecked, as early as 2050, such forces could render our world uninhabitable.

• The autocratic, avaricious Trumper Republicans; who only rise and stay in power due to their validating their base’s bigotry and enacting / enforcing illegal voter suppression laws (Jim Crowism, Gerrymandering, etc.)

• A gilded government of, by and for the obscenely wealthy; all at the expense of the middle class which has been rapidly plunging into poverty; the already impoverished class which has been getting their virtual atoms ground into the asphalt.

• An armed to the teeth, gun sick society; inclusive of seething with racism, swaggering with power, judge, jury and executioner cops slaughtering anyone with a melanin content exceeding lily white AND psycho snipers hellbent on shooting up houses of worship, school houses, workplaces, etc.

• The freak show cult, which still believes snowflake / flaccid Donald J. Trump’s flat-out, unsubstantiated lies about widespread voter fraud; namely, his domestic terrorists, who, back on January 6, 2021, on his behalf, had attempted to overturn free, fair elections and, in the process, overthrow the United States of America and forever install DJT’s fascistic régime. Left unchecked, at the mere drop of a red MAGA hat, these traitors will attack again.

Well, folks, a return to normal, SUCH AS THAT, will never serve as the impetus for folks to vaxx up. The need to do so will have to come from within each of us. Granted, long sigh, my parting pep talk will come across as simplistic, even a bit corny, but, the oft paraphrased maxim, “Where there’s life there’s hope” can become decent folks’ rallying anthem.

And speaking of decent folks, even the late Stephen Hawking incorporated that wisdom, thusly…

“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

Hey, even unspoken, such a sentiment did serve as the January 6th phrase that pays.

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