Must See TYT’s Ana and Cenk


Mere days ago, within gun sick America (insert my long, anguished, exasperated sigh), yet, another mass murderer reared his ugly head. That firearm toting freak ran amok in Uvalde, Texas; set his site on Robb Elementary School and went on a maiming and murdering rampage.

The (yet to be finalized) grim, Death Toll: 21 children and 2 adults

Yet to be reported is the number of wounded. However, what could count even more, is how humane humans, spanning that entire community / battlefield, have now wound up with lifelong, PTSD magnitude, psychological wounds.

While, instinctively, my compassion strongly motivates me to offer up thoughts and prayers to the survivors, intellectually, I know better.

What good would this really do? For starters, an obscure blogger’s words have little to no chance of ever being read by the grieving heartbroken; and, more to the point, I, alone, cannot expect to ever put an end to all of the inevitable, impending attacks; let alone, single-handedly, usher in an enduring civil society.

For America to evolve in that manner, would require courageous, conscientious leaders and legislators, who prioritize the protection of human life over the preservation of their rank, coveted. A+ NRA (National Rifle Association) ranking.

Alas, the long absent, much needed, courageous, conscientious politicians, if not already extinct, certainly do top off the endangered species list.

Regrettably, what we’ve got, instead, are the monstrosities, who value an imbued with excessive power life, over life, itself; who, down to the very core of their rotting souls, adamantly believe political immortality and immorality walk hand-in-hand.

Fortunately, still in existence are the courageous, conscientious political commentators, such as The Young Turks(TYT), Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur. On nearly a daily basis, this dynamic duo posts YouTube content; presides over no BS discourse, which, far more dramatically, can flesh out my above talking points.

HOWEVER, still in play is the matter of maintaining my YouTube boycott (backdating to January 1, 2021. This means that I won’t be WP showcasing this clip.

Yet, seeing how Americans, indeed, freedom lovers, worldwide, could benefit from tapping into that vid’s passion (in particular Cenk’s), in this rare instance, I find it necessary to grant special dispensation.

Hence, we’re hereby linked to that very vid, OFFSITE.

Now, in the event that anyone may be interested, my beef with YouTube centers upon the slew of moneygrubber, muckety-mucks who, think nothing over routinely, platforming fascistic, sociopathic, lying, armed to the teeth, insurrectionist Trumper Republicans; the YouTube powers-that-be claiming they do so for the sake of preserving freedom of speech.

The glaring conundrum: by mainstreaming / normalizing such hardcore righties, they wind up grooming each and every gullible consumer-viewer of Trumper garbage; i.e., end up lulling these severely misled misfits into blind acceptance of fascists, sociopaths, liars, shooters and insurrectionists.

And IF/WHEN that sorta fit-hits-the-shan, folks, that’ll be the downfall of America and our Constitution; ironically, inclusive of that document’s 1st Amendment, Free Speech Rights / Guarantees.




Be people vaxxed or unvaxxed, we
can still shed ‘n’ spread the batcrap
crazy contagious Corona-V; which,
in turn, generates new variants ‘n’
needlessly prolongs the pandemic!

Hence, this easy as pie, cover your
nose ‘n’ pie-hole / shelter advisory:

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An Airborne Insurrection Averted?


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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Semantics, Anybody?


John Iadarola brilliantly presides over the progressive news / talk program known as The Damage Report. While there rarely, if ever, has been anything objectionable to his content / perspective, in this extremely rare instance, I find myself feeling a bit of discontent re his semantics.

Check out his commentary re Walmart shoppers’ spontaneous rendition of America’s National Anthem over this past Independence Day weekend.

“There are people, who are in that crowd, who have LEGITIMATELY been left behind by, you know, the abuses of corporate America and all of that. Many of them have been brainwashed into believing that that’s good, or whatever, but they have actually been victimized by America. So, if there’s a thing that brings them joy, even if it’s singing in a store, or whatever, then that’s fine. I’m not going to take that away from them. I will say, tho… an informed love seems more worthwhile than just an unthinking love that was trained into you as a kid.”

John Iadarola • The Damage Report • 07/06/2021

Now, let’s crack open our dictionaries.

legitimately |ləˈjidəmətlē|
1 in a way that conforms to the law or to rules: they can prove that the funds were acquired legitimately | a legitimately elected government.
2 in a way that can be defended with logic or justification; fairly: nobody can legitimately argue that he didn’t pay his dues | consumers could legitimately claim to have been misled.

All of which begs this key question:

Since when can victimization (e.g., being brainwashed by abusive corporate America ever be deemed LEGITIMATE? Would it not have been better for Mr. Iadarola to have said:

There are people, who are in that crowd, who have ADMITTEDLY been left behind by, you know, the abuses of corporate America and all of that. Many of them have been brainwashed into believing that that’s good or whatever, but they have actually been victimized by America.

admittedly |ədˈmididlē|
adverb [sentence adverb]
used to introduce a concession or recognition that something is true or is the case: admittedly, the salary was not wonderful, but the duties were light | this is admittedly an extreme case.

Seeing how I’ve actually, recently, heard this very misuse (involving another progressive commentator), that’s all the more reason for straightening out the semantics.

By the by (If anyone may be interested) check out my 10/24/2016 commentary re patriotism.



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Prai$e the Lord & Pa$$ the Collection Plate$?

In our above clip, The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian expose greed driven holy rollers, who care more about their bank savings accounts than saving souls / saving humanity, itself. Yes indeed, the survival of our entire global community has been imperiled by the Coronavirus Pandemic. And THAT doth make church attendance dicey… a crapshoot.

And on this Palm Sunday, I, too, would like to weigh in, thusly…

Every ethical, enlightened religious leader, worldwide (purely in the interest of public health), has opted to cancel all church services until it’ll be safe, once more, to go outside (in this case inside). To do otherwise would be tantamount to clergymen meting out death sentences… not only to their parishioners, themselves, but, potentially, to everyone they’d come into contact with subsequently.

Under such dire circumstance, the spreading of this contagion might go unchecked until the very last human being has dropped dead.

If that grim scenario doesn’t scare the bejesus out of the devout… what, pray tell, will?’

OK, perhaps giving it another try might be helpful?

If even a handful of worshipers insist on public masses, then… to quote songwriter P. F. Sloan… “there’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave.”

Or, how about making this bumper sticker length wisdom the phrase that pays?

Freedom of Religion “issues” no one a License to Kill!

If your pastor is flat-out defying the federal, state and local authorities’ recommendations to avoid congregating in large groups, your one and only recourse is to DEFY HIM!

Need anyone even remind that God is omnipresent?

To stay safe, healthy and alive, the advice to follow… uh… religiously… is [1] stay at home, [2] serve up some bread and wine, [3] “park it” in a comfy chair and [4] crack open / curl up with a good book… uh… The Good Book?



My best wishes that you stay well! If you are ailing, you have my hopes and prayers for a full, speedy recovery. Wherever / whenever we discover a leadership vacuum, it’ll be incumbent on us to do everything we can to save humanity. Please stay safe by continuing to heed the following common sense, disease fighting advice…

[1] Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds), [2] Cover coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] avoid large crowds or (ideally) just stay at home and [6] if ill, self-quarantine.






Biden vs. Bernie ~ Vid of the Day [03/06/2020]

While, most of you, who visit this site, dwell outside the U.S., I’m sure we can concur.

In ways wise or otherwise, the Oval Office Occupant makes an impact on all of our lives.

That’s what Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian have in mind when they present their above political analysis re Joe Biden.

They echo, enhance and expand upon my own commentary titled: Bide-n His Time? [Posted prior to my viewing this vid.]







A Lighthearted Teaching Moment (Vid of the Day)

ASIDE: Our Vid of the Day features an historic scene from yesterday’s Impeachment proceedings. That said, let’s bang this blog’s opening gavel…

Indeed, it is both dismaying and disconcerting to witness any apparent grown up, who is either unwilling or unable to grasp something so elementary as the relationship between Cause and Effect.

Alas, such is the case with the puerile, 55 year-old, U.S. House Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who earned a master’s degree in education from Ohio State University, no less, YET still fails to recognize that the Cause of Donald Trump’s impeachment predicament is none other than Donald Trump, himself.

Instead, Jordan actually believes the Cause to be the very whistle-blower who justifiably and patriotically reported Trump’s quid pro quo, perfectly wrong, “perfect phone conversation” with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

While yesterday’s impeachment proceedings showcased hours upon hours of staggering, rightwing group-ignorance, it took less than one minute for the genuinely grownup (72 year-old) U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D- Vermont) to provide Jordan some MUCH NEEDED and LONG OVERDUE tutelage.

One can only hope Welch’s lighthearted, one-liner lecture can serve as enlightenment for Jordan… as well as for any other intellectually challenged, rightwing congressperson… be (s)he a Representative or Senator.






School District Tries To Tear Families Asunder

If you haven’t the time to watch the video, check out the Fast Facts:

• Cash strapped Pennsylvanian parents can’t afford to pay for the lunches served to their children attending classes within the Wyoming Valley West School District.

• Cash strapped school system officials… inclusive of Federal Programs Director Joseph Muth… all alarmed about the resultant, growing $22,000 deficit… mail out threatening letters… issue an ultimatum to parents (my characterization):

Either pay up or we’ll haul your asses into Dependency Court where [1] you could easily be found guilty of child neglect and [2] have your children seized and relegated to foster care.

• A rushing to the rescue philanthropist… La Colombe Coffee CEO Todd Carmichael… offers to foot the entire $22,000 bill.

• School muckety-mucks flat-out refuse to accept his largesse.


Obviously, this is NOT all about the money. So what might be afoot?

Might Wyoming Valley West’s officious officials not want anyone denying them their Trump-Given-Right to sadistically tear impoverished families asunder? Haunting images of Trumpian detention center caged, crying immigrant children do come to mind.



The Constitution of Our Constitution

So far… the U.S Constitution still stipulates…

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

So far… we Americans are relatively secure in maintaining these above stated rights.

Still… it is possible that, in our not too distant future, voters could elect a power-tripping president… someone who believes, “It’s my way or the highway”… someone who would put an end to dissenting opinions by squelching free speech and suppressing the press.

After all… sans the dissemination of freely spoken and published ideas, there’d be no easy way to for us to alert others that the time to assemble and petition had arrived.

Such a “leader” would then proceed to muzzle authors, journalists, editors, publishers, poets, songwriters, recording artists, screenplay writers, film directors and producers.

In days of yore, that would’ve required the deployment of goon squads to first round up and detain these creative individuals. Then the raids would follow. This thought police force would kick down doors ISO banned books, periodicals, newspapers and audio/video recordings… then seize and incinerate these items.

And as long as they were in the neighborhood, anyway, this “army” would likely also have their marching orders to shut down cinematic and theatrical productions as well as silence musical performances.

Some of you may’ve noticed how I neglected to mention the censorship of TV and radio broadcasts? Well, that’s because FOX and the other rightwing biased MSM networks are already doing their damnedest to lay the groundwork to establish an oppressed, ill-informed, sheeple type society.

A futuristic, autocratic president would consider the MSM his propaganda ministers. They’d be akin to ventriloquist’s dummies who he’d always be able to speak through.

Of course, to maintain a societal / media chokehold could be one daunting task… could be a corrupt leader’s worst nightmare… but…

Here’s where, We the People, inadvertently, are already the unwitting accomplices playing right into the hands of some presidential wannabe, who at this very moment, could be plotting to wage an Oval Office originated overthrow of America.

With most of us currently reading, viewing and listening to nearly everything online, all that “prez” would need to do is merely “pull the plug” on the Internet.

You say, “No way! It’ll never happen”?

Have we forgotten Murphy’s Law?

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

Still say, “It’ll never happen”? While I was over @ YouTube auditioning the video clips to accompany this blog, that website totally froze up and I had to do a force quit to regain control. True… in all likelihood this was due to my lousy ISP… but someday… well… who knows?

Now, far be it from me to tell anyone how to live their lives… but… as for the way I’m living mine? Well… I’ll never give up my real world possessions… the hardcopy books and periodicals I enjoy reading… the DVDs and CDs I love to playback.

That way, if there’s ever a president who tramples the U.S. Constitution… his goons will have to pay me a visit… have to pry these items from my cold dead hands.


When you gotta go…

However you may feel about gender issues, our public restrooms, which only acknowledge the unforgiving, narrow parameters of female and male, are just not cutting it. However, there can be a resolution to this problem.

But prior to getting down to details…

For the benefit of those who may harbor any anti-transgender issues, I have a few questions. Are you left handed or right? Brown eyed or blue? Brunette or blonde? Short or tall? Small framed or large?

Considering the complexity of the process, where a single cell blossoms into a human being… the randomness of the process, which determines our genetic traits… would you not agree that there are going to be times when people wind up with sexually ambiguous anatomy?

So what is a transgender person to do when, for far too long, our public restrooms have been set up to perpetuate the flat-out lie that humanity rigidly falls under the category of either XX or XY?

It is the height of arrogance and insensitivity to try to force people to lead lives, which are not compatible with their bodies and true sense of self.

States, such as California, have begun to implement some changes for the better. This video excerpt from The Young Turks cohosted by Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss what’s been going on, on the Left Coast.

This clip lasts 6:30 and, if you’re upset by icky issues and/or profanity, I highly recommend that you stop this video at 2:02.

My proposed solution expands on what California has started…

Our public restrooms (involving more than single occupant usage) need to be reconfigured nationwide. Each stall should be enclosed by floor to ceiling walls and lockable, full-length doors.

That way the gender of these new restrooms would be determined by whoever the occupant of the moment happened to be.

The sink area (and ONLY the sink area) would be unisex and (best of all) would be where Mom and/or Dad could wait / be on the look out for their youngsters’ safety.

These communal areas could also be monitored by security cams and/or guards… we could call this security force the Pee-Pee Police. Hey… a little lavatory levity is needed to cut through what has become a nationwide hysteria (well… at least, here, in America).

This extensive reconstruction project would also be a boon to the economy. It’d be tantamount to dealing a “royal flush” to the plumbers and carpenters. Of course a renovation project of that magnitude could take years / decades. But… the sooner we begin, the better it will be for everyone.

Someday, hopefully soon, “when you gotta go” where you will go will not be so problematic.