Warning…

Remember that person from your youth?  (High school, college youth…)  The one you wanted to be with but, for whatever reason, never were?  Life went on, moved forward but that person – the fantasy of that person, anyway – stayed with you through the years fueling more than one…um…personal experience.

Life being what it is, currents somehow managed to bring the two of you back together.  You hit it off in ways you hadn’t before.  The conversation was great, the interaction easy and natural.  One thing leads to another and before too long, you find yourself on an unfamiliar sofa pursuing in real life that which had been relegated to fantasy years before.  As things heat up, you begin moving your head, lower and lower down their body, the promise of pleasure beckoning…and then you see it.  There!  And another one, there.  And there.  Warts…

I don’t know what you’ll do in that moment and this piece isn’t about your choice.  That would be a personal decision.  But whatever you choose, there’s one undeniable reality: you’ve been warned.  You KNOW there’s a risk to moving forward that will very likely affect you adversely for the rest of your existence.  You know it because you’ve seen the evidence…

Most of American history is made up of lip service about who we are, as a nation.  Most of it was and is pure bunk but I always believed it was aspirational bunk.  We weren’t describing who we actually were but who we wanted to be.  Maybe, we told ourselves, if we keep repeating that we’re good and honest and true, we might actually become good and honest and true.  Oh, well.  Nice try, I guess.

I have this basic, guiding rule: anything begun dishonorably is destined to fail.  At it’s founding, the United States of America institutionalized slavery.  If the rule is correct (it is) failure was inevitable despite our chanted group-mantra about “truth, justice, and the American way.”  (Even that line has become more of a threat: “Truth and justice?  Or the American way?”)

For much of the world, the United States of America seems very much like that object of your affections from your youth –  a place where dreams come true.  But if it ever WAS such a place, it surely is not any more.  When I look at the nation today, I don’t see us even pretending to be good anymore.  For clarity, I’m not talking about individuals, I’m talking about the nation as a whole – who and how we are as a group.  Our once-great nation has been taught to revel in the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

So, what if some country gets involved with us and doesn’t realize we’ve dropped the pretense?  What if, because of our old reputation and their outdated fantasies, they find themselves on an unfamiliar sofa, thinking they’re pursuing a dream come true?  Those countries need a warning.  Of course, they get to make whatever choice they deem appropriate but they should KNOW, up front, that getting involved with the US  involves a risk moving forward that will very likely affect them adversely for the rest of their existence…

For that reason, I’ve come to the conclusion that we should just do away with these dog-and-pony show “election” cycles.  Let’s just leave things alone.  We’ve managed, accidentally, to find the perfect warning to the world.  Why would we mess that up?  Houston, the Eagle has expired.  We have a NEW symbol to represent us.  It’s fat.  It’s orange.  It’s stupid.  It’s racist.  It’s lazy.  It’s arrogant and egotistical.  It’s downright narcissistic.  And it is us.

Donald J. Trump is the very personification of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride – the perfect reflection of who we the people truly are, the perfect symbol of the New United States.  Forget the past.  Forget the stories.  Forget the fantasies.  Disregard the sanitized history.  All that matters is the situation as it actually is today.  Donald J. Trump IS the genital warts of the United States…and you have been warned…

Misinformation…

We’ve recently seen yet another spate of mass shootings.  No, don’t bother checking the date.  It seems this statement will remain true no matter the date.  The mass shootings in question were perpetrated by nut ball white guys.  They were shooting into unsuspecting, unarmed crowds.  In response, the protect-the-white-guy advocates posted this photo:mass shooters 2019 as of august

The photo shows everyone involved in a “mass shooting” in 2019 (so far).  The idea is to “prove” that most mass shootings are committed by people of color.  For the record, according to Snopes, the depiction is fairly accurate, depending upon how one defines a mass shooting.

MOST of these guys were involved in some kind of gang war or other crime.  Those types of “mass shootings” are specifically excluded from the FBI’s list of mass shooters because the shootings usually have some specific driving force other than domestic terrorism.

What this photo DOES make abundantly clear is that gun violence is FAR worse in the United States than most people realize – and most people already think it’s far too bad.  I don’t know if it’s a good idea to highlight just how out of control this country is with guns just to try to prove it’s not only white people…

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Many of my conservative brethren are really funny people.  I was reminded of this recently when that scumbag Epstein killed himself in prison.  My conservative friends started marking themselves “safe from being suicided by the Clintons.”  To me, that’s just funny.  You have to take into account that particular conspiracy theory – the one in which the Clintons kill anyone and everyone who crosses their path – a theory that clearly explains the unexpected passing of both Kenneth Starr and Monica Lewinsky.  Wait, what?  Still alive, eh?  Hmm, kind of a crap theory, then, eh?

Anyway, if you DO believe the drivel, that’s funny.  But it reminds me that the conservatives in this country don’t deal in facts or reality.  True, there are records of Bill Clinton traveling on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” airplane.  But there are videos of Donnie Dumbass actually partying with Epstein and a gaggle of young (perhaps, legally, too young) women AND Donnie on record acknowledging Epstein’s penchant for younger women.  It wouldn’t surprise me for a minute to find Epstein has – well, had – incriminating evidence against either of those “fine” gentlemen.

It was widely reported that Epstein had DVDs labeled [this person] + [this girl].  We were NOT treated to the identities of those names but Epstein had no visible means of support and had millions of dollars.  Blackmail seems a plausible explanation.  I expect the age of the girls in question will serve as the excuse to not release the details of the DVDs but I think someone with a lot of power and money is using it to make an “unpleasant episode” go away.  It should be noted at this point that, technically, it’s Donnie Dumbass who has ultimate responsibility for the safety of Epstein while in a Federal jail.

I’ll tell you this: I, for one, will be interested to see if Epstein’s untimely demise ALSO manages to keep the details of those DVDs out of the public eye…

Dots Connected…

I’ve got two bits of possibly unrelated information I’m going to put side-by-side, here.  They may or may not belong together but if I didn’t think they belonged together I wouldn’t spend all this time writing about it.  So, one: I noticed a little while ago that many of my conservative friends had disappeared from my social media.  There was some talk about looking for conservative sites that wouldn’t filter the bullshit they prefer to consume.  They found some that worked for them, apparently, and off they toddled.

The…um…quiet that resulted on Facebook was notable.  Turns out, it was dangerous, too.  As they congregated in their little conservative enclaves, the sites turned into feedback loops that reinforced their false and faulty narrative of victimization…

Two: as we know, Donnie Dumbass regularly says things – out loud and on camera – that are blatantly false and have no basis in reality.  Thinking people are often heard asking, “Doesn’t he know there are cameras and recording devices?  Doesn’t he KNOW those things he’s saying are provably false?”  He knows.  Those little fraudulent tidbits are for his “base.”  They get edited and delivered into the conservative bubble.  The self-isolated, trapped-in-the-bubble conservatives think they’re getting news.  Then, they think they need to act on that “news.”

As a campaign tactic – and, obviously, because he’s a bigoted shit-stain – Trump has been hitting the race card heavily, recently.  He’s telling the “low information voters” that the reason their efforts continually result in less and less return is NOT because of the very rich, very white corporations that exploit every breath they take in the name of profit.  Instead the “problem” is people of color, specifically, immigrants living in the lap of luxury at the expense of the hard-working and oppressed white man.

This false message is fed into and amplified by the lying, conservative, self-reinforcing feedback loop generally referred to as the conservative bubble.  The result?
–  July 28, 2019: Conservative white supremacist shoots at people of color at the Gilroy garlic festival, killing 3.
–  August 3, 2019: Conservative white supremacist shoots at people of color in an El Paso, Texas Wal-Mart, killing 20.
–  August 4, 2019 (Less than 24 hrs after the El Paso shooting): Conservative white supremacist shoots at people of color in Dayton, Ohio, killing at least 9.

Gun rights advocates will defend the shooter’s right to own the guns used in their private little race wars.  Bigots will pretend the shooter’s motives are unknowable – could have been anything.  Tea-bagging conservatives will pretend the shooters were probably not even tea-bagging conservatives.  Trump will distance himself from the shooters and offer “thoughts and prayers BUT…”

There’s a book out there called ‘The Turner Diaries.’  It has been called “The Bible of the Racist Right” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  It’s a novel.  The story is about the glorious cleansing of the world – “freeing” the planet of all people who are NOT white – along with any whites who “betrayed” the white race by NOT being bigots.

It’s just my opinion, of course, but I suspect someone read ‘The Turner Diaries’ to Donnie Dumbass and he, likely, thought it was a good read.  I suspect that ALL of these race-based, conservative acts of domestic terrorism can be traced back to that one, stupid book, with further inspiration provided by Trump’s rhetoric.  Oh, the glorious white dream, devoutly to be wished.

I’ll tell you this: these are the dumbest people on the planet.  The idea that they could ever take over the world and eliminate all people of color is ludicrous – but it seems they’re intent on trying, anyway…

Links…

I haven’t seen too many links, yet, between trump’s nasty, racist mouth when talking about people of color and the 19-year-old racist shooter in Gilroy.  (The shooter was white so the media doesn’t want to “rush to judgement.”)

But the link is undeniable…

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Speaking of links, here’s some good news for America: Boris Johnson!  No, really.  Look, Boris is…well, not to put too fine a point on it but Boris seems to be as big an idiot as Donnie Dumbass.  When he says he’s going to go forward with a no-deal Brexit, he means it – and he’s just dumb enough to actually do it, too.

People outside the conservative bubble know that a no-deal Brexit will cause serious damage to the economy of the UK, no matter HOW many time Boris says otherwise.  The economic effects rippling out of the UK will do economic damage to Britain’s trading partners.

Donnie Dumbass has already started slowing the America economy with his taxes on the middle class he calls tariffs.  Once Boris’s damage is done and added to the mix, there’s a very strong possibility that the economic downturn will become so severe even the Trumpsters notice.  Granted, they’ll just blame Hillary but the one factor that seems to effect “elections” in America more than any other is an economic downturn on one’s watch.

I’ll tell you this: I’m sorry about the implications of what the no-deal Brexit means to England but if Boris’s rise is linked directly to Donnie’s fall, I’ll call it a silver lining…

Misdirection…

politics SilouetteI recently got into an…unexpected debate with one of my Facebook friends.  I had thought he was a progressive.  Then he starts advocating for communism – publicly!  I want to be clear, he’s advocating for full-on Marxist/Leninist Communism.  He even posts quotes from Eugene Debs and the Communist Manifesto.

I asked him for an example of a successful model of communism.  Of course, he can’t provide such a thing.  No such example exists because communism doesn’t work as an economic system.  (He dismisses this reality by declaring that I’m judging communism by a “western standard.”  He does NOT specify what, exactly, a “western standard” IS nor does he point to any other standard which might, more properly, be used.)

It irritated me more than my conservative brethren arguing in favor of the anti-American “free market” capitalism.  After all, the conservative rank-and-file have been knowingly and intentionally deceived by a few self-important blowhards who hate America and have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to destroy her.  It’s hardly a surprise they succeeded in deceiving so many.  But this guy presents as a progressive.

I admit, I was flummoxed for awhile.  Why would a progressive advocate for the very thing the conservatives always charge whenever someone mentions Democratic Socialism? Then I realized, they wouldn’t.  Progressives are smarter than that and I haven’t noticed any massive disinformation campaigns coming from the left in support of Communism so we can safely say they’re not nearly as deceived (MSNBC notwithstanding.)

But a conservative might do exactly that.  Promoting communism bolsters the conservative position.  It’s a clever ploy, advocating for communism in an effort to undermine progressive positions and return Trump to the Oval Office…

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Speak of the Devil, Donnie Dumbass seems to want everyone to look somewhere – anywhere else.  Now he’s blaming Obama for the White House air conditioning.  How’s THAT for a distraction?

To me, Trump’s shtick is wearing thin.  Even his shocks aren’t shocking anymore.  Frankly, I expect Trump to do the stupidest thing possible – loudly and proudly!  I expect him to try to deflect blame and duck personal responsibility.  I expect him to lie.  I expect dishonesty and dissembling.  In short, at ALL times, I expect the very worst from Trump.  He has yet to let me down.  Still, there is one disappointment: frankly, I expected…more…from the Anti-Christ.

Depictions of the Anti-Christ usually portray this competent, smart, totally in control being.  Instead, we got this petty, undeveloped caricature of a human being; nowhere near “competent,” not even in the same state as “smart.”  A weaselly little no-nothing, privileged elite whose only interest is himself.

What, you think “Anti-Christ” is too strong?  Look at the seven deadly sins: Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.  Which of those does NOT apply to Trump?  Add in that he’s doing what he can to destroy our civilization and our species.  Add to THAT the fact that the right-wing Christian community just fucking LOVES him.

Sounds like an Antichrist to me…

Greatness Interruptus…

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon.  There were countless repetitions of the landing and descriptions of the risks and rewards.  It should have been inspiring.  Instead,  I found that the thing I was mostly feeling was sad.  I realized as the story of the great accomplishment was told and repeated on the television that it also marks the LAST great accomplishment of the United States of America.  50 years, nothing since.

What, the internet?  Sure, it COULD have been great.  Instead it has been co-opted by moneyed interests and is currently being used to disseminate propaganda in an intentional effort to destroy western civilization so…I think the jury is still out on that one.  I could be wrong but as it stands right now, the “contributions” of the internet are debatable, at best.  What else?  Nothing, right?

Land on the moon, devolve into mediocrity…then worse.

I was alive when the landing happened.  Young but alive.  I suspect mine is the last generation that was able to know the United States as a truly great nation – a nation that walked on the moon.  Today, Americans have to hitch rides from the Russians to get to the International Space Station and we’re not sure vaccinations are a good idea.

I happened to catch a segment on Armstrong and Aldrin walking on the moon.  A commercial break cut to Donald Trump, our brainless “leader,” defending his written comment telling American Congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, to “go back” to their own countries.  (I know he didn’t mean to but he DID describe his maladministration as a “total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world” – so at least he got THAT right.)  The cut from the Moon to the moron man-baby was startling but it seemed the perfect metaphor.

The America I knew as a child was Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.  America today is the narcissist Donald Trump at one of his “Little Nuremberg” rallies, pumping his lickspittle base into a frenzy of hatred with mendacity and racism.  50 years.  The vision of JFK’s Camelot to…Trumpery…

There’s conventional wisdom that suggests I should try to hold on to what remains today and not mourn that which has been lost.  It was just so hard watching Armstrong and Aldrin and knowing what could have – SHOULD have been…

Clumsy and Inept…

Oh. My. GOD!  During Trump’s July fourth speech, he praised the colonial army for taking the British airports.  People began rightly pointing out that the British hadn’t yet built any airports in the colonies as air travel was still over 100 years into the future.  So, Trump, oblivious as always, blamed his ‘airport’ gaffe on the teleprompter.  Set aside, for a moment, the fact that his acolytes used to condemn the use of teleprompters – at least when the black guy used them.  But now Trump claims three things about it.  One, it was hard to read because of the rain.  Two, it “went down” because of the rain.  And, three, he insists he “knew the speech very well” so he was able to do it without the teleprompter anyway.

But if he “knew the speech very well”, the speechwriter must have intentionally put the line about the airports into the speech.  Even his lies are clumsy and inept…

I’ll tell you this: the thing I might consider newsworthy would be if he ever says anything that isn’t stupid…

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“…and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory.”  Donald J. Trump, July 4, 2019, describing the Colonial Army’s successes.

Oops, wrong war.  The Battle of Baltimore took place in 1814 during the War of 1812.  The Revolutionary War had been over by more than a week by then!

The man is an embarrassment to humanity…

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I’m not the only person who thinks so.  The British ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch created an assessment for the Brits about Trump.  He described Trump as “radiating insecurity” and his administration as “clumsy and inept.”  This was a formal assessment for the benefit of British Ministers.  It was meant to be secret but it was meant to be honest, too.

Frankly, I think the assessment was all wrong.  The clowns in the Trump maladministration would have to improve by orders of magnitude in order to achieve “clumsy and inept…”

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Some on the left have suggested that Trump might be a Russian agent working with Putin.  I’m sure that’s not true.  There’s NO WAY Putin would allow Trump to know he’s an asset for the Russians.  Trump is just too stupid to be able to keep such a confidence.

But the fact that he doesn’t know he’s a Russian asset doesn’t mean he’s not giving up state secrets…

Clumsy and inept, indeed…