Too Damned Much Too Damned Soon

On this day, I’ll be featuring an excerpt from my very first WordPress blog [6:56 am on March 3, 2016]; an account of a violent, deadly attack against Democracy; its severity matched only by al-Qaeda’s Tuesday, September 11, 2001 attacks in NYC, PA and DC and insurrectionists’ Wednesday, January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Indeed, you and I will be reliving vivid recollections, as seen thru a 9-year-young boy’s eyes (my own); reportage of a national tragedy which had forced me to face down too damned much age inappropriate content; to grow up too damned soon…

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I voted for John F. Kennedy when I was ONLY six-years-old!

Well… uh… sorta. Here’s what had actually happened…

After Mom had closed the voting booth curtains, hoisted me up to adult eye level and demonstrated how everything worked, she actually let me shift JFK’s lever down! My having done something so grown-up on Election Day 1960 had been a feel good, defining moment in my young life.

As I grew physically, so did my understanding of (and respect for) the immense leverage, which each of those tiny levers can exert in shaping our nation and world. Tragically, not everyone opts in to such a civilized, orderly process. Such was the case on…

November 22, 1963 ~ It had been a gray, overcast, rainy Friday. There had been no school for Sis and me (due to parent / teacher conferences). I was just finishing lunch when my sibling came rushing into the dining room. Still clutching her pocket-sized transistor radio, she blurted out…

“Somebody Shot President Kennedy!”

Mom, Sis and I quickly adjourned to the living room. Even before our Zenith TV’s B&W picture tube had fully warmed up, we could already hear one of CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite’s earliest bulletins.

As time came grinding down to a dead halt, we felt ourselves rapidly descending into the depths of our nation’s communal shock. There was little else we could do… save for waiting and hoping that our worst fears would not be confirmed. But…

The bad news just kept on spilling forth from our nation’s TV screens while Kennedy’s dream for the betterment of our national / global society, was hemorrhaging forth from his head wounds… dying along with this great man. Eventually, Cronkite had to choke back his own overwhelming sorrow as he reported…

“From Dallas, Texas… the flash apparently official… President Kennedy died at 1 p.m., Central Standard Time… 2 o’clock Eastern Standard Time… some thirty-eight minutes ago.”

And that’s the way it was… the feel rotten, defining moment in my young life. The President I had “voted” for three short Novembers earlier had been blown away.

Bullets… not ballots… had removed John Fitzgerald Kennedy from office and shot to hell my childhood innocence.

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Must See MeTV Tonight!

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This being Veterans Day in America, I’d like to express my undying gratitude to the selfless, courageous and heroic men and women, who we rely on to preserve, protect and defend our cherished freedoms.

As long as we’re speaking of heroes… in a similar, somewhat less serious vein…

Let’s cross-fade to a discussion re the classic sitcom, Hogan’s Heroes, which originally aired over the CBS TV network from September 17, 1965 until April 4, 1971.

“The show is set during World War II, and concerns a group of Allied prisoners of war who use a German POW camp as a base of operations for sabotage and espionage purposes directed against Nazi Germany”

Wikipedia [read more here]

However, it’s the storyline of Season 2 Episode 01, in particular, which I consider to be the most imaginative of this series’ entire, 6 season 168 episode run. And best of all, it’s all slated to playback in prime time, this very night over the MeTV network.

BTW, the reason for my recently heightened affinity for this program is quite understandable. These characters consistently make life hell for every Nazi who’d even dare to cross their path.

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

Beyond that…

Had the characters Colonel Robert E. Hogan, Corporal Louis LeBeau, Corporal Peter Newkirk , Staff Sergeant James Kinchloe, Sergeant Richard Baker and Technical Sergeant Andrew Carter been stationed in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, not one of Donald J. Trump’s seditious bastards would’ve gotten within one kilometer / mile of the U.S. Capitol. Hell, Nazi Trump’s Anti-American, “Stop the Steal” rally would’ve never gone down at all.

Typically, showtime for Hogan’s Heroes is 10 p.m., but due to time zone issues, the exact times will vary; so do consult your local listings.

This is Must See MeTV; soooooo… Tune In, Watch It and ENJOY!!

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The Charter Cherry Picker

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Just how mucked up is Donald J. Trump’s head? One needn’t look any further than his love / hate relationship with Democracy; how he loathes the U.S. Constitution’s guidelines, which unequivocally establish and maintain our fair, free elections (inclusive of the certification of each Electoral College victor), YET, he can barely muster provisional love (at first sight) for the passages which unequivocally establish and maintain free speech and due process.

And even then, such love will be highly contingent upon whether or not HIS vast legions of unscrupulous litigators can somehow, some way, manage to subvert and fabricate such verbiage into a technicality; which will then metastasize into some sorta defense of HIS utterly indefensible, treasonous acts.

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Lest anyone ever forget, Trump had amassed HIS psychotic and sycophantic troops; ordered HIS private army of insurrectionists to attack the U.S. Capitol this past January 6th; to in one afternoon cancel out America’s nearly two and one half century existence.

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Wonder what the always obsessing over “cancel culture” hardcore righties would have to say about that, huh?

Returning to Trump;’s big-mouthed mouthpieces, should they fall, their client’s love affair will be akin to a one night stand; this all reminiscent of that twice divorced, thrice married cad’s riddled with infidelity, diseased, in the flesh “love life”.

The ever-present danger: Even one slap on the wrist reprimand of Donald J. Trump will not bode well. With nary a whispered commend, HIS troops will go on another rampage and, in all likelihood, their next battlefield won’t be limited, exclusively, to DC.

Nope, no one can expect such anti-Americans to comply with HIS “stand back and stand by” orders forever.

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A Mid-Termers’ Night* Nightmare

*2022 Election Night

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It’s said, “No fury Hell hath,
than cast off voters’ wrath!”
Pissed off go off the poll’s path
Beget ballot box bloodbath
Can’t Nan and Chuck do the math?

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While it’s highly unlikely that justifiably pissed off Democratic voters will ever vote for Republicans, they won’t be voting for Democrats either when they sit out the 2022 and 2024 elections.

Lackadaisical House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have foolishly underestimated their constituents’ indignation.

They’ve also squandered the golden opportunities to not only bring to justice, punish and imprison the anti-American, insurrectionist, Fascist Donald J. Trump but have also permitted his sycophantic, enabling propagandists / history revisionists to successfully morph HIS deadly and destructive January 6th Capitol rioters and riots into harmless tourists on a sightseeing tour.

Nan’s and Chuck’s ongoing, unfathomable lethargy and unforgivable cowardice have already set the stage for Fascist Trumper Republicans to take back… strike that… take out the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives (come 2022) and White House (come 2024).

At present, the in critical condition United States of America is writhing in agony on its deathbed.

Our po’ed Founding Fathers have gotta be spinning in their graves.

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Postcard To Posterity

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Dear Citizens,

In Theory: a civilized enlightened society’s charter
grants and guarantees Freedom of Speech Rights to
All; blind-eyes demographics; even political stripe.
In Practice, The authors of such sublime covenants
will presciently, sagaciously, vigilantly and valiantly
smooth out their words’ wrinkles; lest the citizenry
foolishly misconstrue or malevolently misuse them;
lest anyone’s speech ever incite imminent, lawless
action(s) that’d overthrow said enlightened society.

Sincerely,
The Founders

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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,

Tom

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

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The “n” and “nn” Homophones

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Be the homophones spelled with an “n” or “nn”, American society appears to be stuck with a most ungainly, uncompromising, temporal predicament.

Re that “n”, we find Einsteinian Canon precluding time travel to past eras; the type of good old days we’d find far more comforting; i.e, when compared to our present-day news cycles dominated by reportage of the Covid-19 pandemic, environmental ruin, no-win wars, threats to women’s rights / civil rights / human rights, police brutality, looming fascism, insurrection conspiracies, hyper-partisan politics and anti-vaxxers / anti-maskers / Karens (of all genders) gone wild.

In other words, be the historical accounts printed out between the covers of our official, honestly authored textbooks or handed down from generation to generation, via familial folklore (in the most myth-free sense of that word), we can only yearn for days of yore; not actually return to them.

Re that “nn”, we find the Trumpian Cannons. Oh, to be sure, we speaketh not of the literal cannons and cannonballs, but none of us should be whewing, “That’s a relief”, either.

  • We must NEVER forget how anti-American Donald J. Trump’s anti-American insurrectionists had violated and attacked the U.S. Capitol; had been armed with loaded handguns, shotguns and rifles; not to mention large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, stun guns, machetes, crossbows, Molotov cocktails, bats, flagpoles (with Old Glory still attached), crutches, skateboards, camouflage smoke devices, chemical sprays, fire extinguishers; not to mention zip-tie handcuffs and a hangman’s gallows; not to mention their weaponizing human excrement.
  • We must NEVER forget the resultant death and destruction, which Trump and his terrorists are totally responsible for.

And seeing how that rioting mob, in all likelihood, will be facing down little, if any, punishment; how no one (as of my posting time) has had the spine to haul Trump’s considerable Fascist fanny before even one honest to God judge, once again, as usual, we find that traitor to America giddily and WRONGFULLY claiming exoneration.

While none of these domestic terrorists have, in actuality, halted the hands of time, the net temporal effect is identical. It all distills down to how Donald J. Trump’s backwardness halts, dead in its tracks, nearly all advancement of American society.

So, let’s check out the damned Catch-22 in a nutshell…

  • Einsteinian Canon won’t allow us time travel to relive better days of yore.
  • Trumpian Cannons won’t permit us to travel normally ISO a brighter future.
  • Be it the “n” or “nn” homophone, our society stagnates in the here and now.

Factoring in how too damned many insufferable, alleged world leaders have been parroting DJT’s bleated, moronic, CYA catch phrases (e.g., “fake news” and “witch hunt”) AND have been aping his deplorable, despotic deeds, would the following be a foregone conclusion…

As goes America so goes the world?

Wherever we dwell, let’s do the utmost to prevent such a dreary, dreadful destiny.

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The Pattern Should Be Self-Evident

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Nearly everyone who has ever suffered thru public school bullying is amply qualified to weigh in whenever they become eyewitness to the onset and metastasization of similar sickening scenarios.

In my own case, from fourth thru eighth grade (inclusive), my public school system’s principals and teachers unwittingly(?) indulged my tormentors; hell, even laughed off my reports of their verbal and physical assaults; pooh-poohed all of this antisocial behavior as what? A mere extracurricular activity? An acceptable rite of passage?

My gawd, one teacher, Mrs. L., in lieu of sternly lecturing and punishing my tormentors, even had the freakin’ gall to suggest that I was, somehow, at fault; hence her dismissive, unsympathetic admonishment, “It takes two to make a fight.”

The one and only thing that these “educators” had taught me was how incredibly simple it had been for nearly an entire, overly impressionable, sycophantic student body to mutate into a bully idolizing, private army that was ready, willing and able to always do their ringleaders’ bidding; i.e., attack me.

By the by, that I have been able to make it nearly two hundred words into this post without typing the worst obscenity known to humankind, namely, Donald J. Trump, does not diminish, in the least, the existential threat that effing bully is to my homeland and our entire world.

The pattern, here, should be self-evident, namely, how incredibly simple it has been for nearly one half of an overly impressionable, sycophantic voter base to mutate into a bully idolizing, private army that is ready, willing and able to always do ringleader Trump’s bidding; i.e., attack America.

While the following conclusion doth qualify as a “well duh” moment, it is still worthy of mention.

Every time an insufferable bully goes unpunished, he becomes further emboldened.

In Trump’s case, his base simply laughs off his indecorous, barbarous, felonious and treasonous conduct; e.g., his 01/06/21 deadly, destructive and disloyal act of fomenting insurrection. His ongoing stranglehold on nearly 1 out of 2 members of the American electorate, is all too real and that doth not bode well. The resultant, perhaps irreparable, psychological damage he inflicts could easily batter society into submission.

Unless / until citizens wise up, rise up PEACEABLY to flat out defy Donald J. Trump, and I mean damned soon, I can only question whether or not my blogging here, at WordPress, is even sustainable any longer.

Why bother when such pleas for help go unheeded, or worse yet, get laughed off?

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