Giving Cover…

Sometimes I feel sorry for the cons being duped by their corner of the one percent media and this is one of those moments. On some level, whether they’ll admit it or not (they won’t), they know COVID is real…and they’re concerned. They recognize the danger from the virus and want protection. You know how I know? Ivermectin. Hydroxychloroquine. Ingesting disinfectants. Black lights up their asses. They KEEP trying to find remedies but because conservative media sees conservative contrarianism as the truth, the light, and the way, cons are discouraged in said media from taking the one preventative that actually prevents the worst outcomes.

Sometimes, though, I don’t feel one bit sorry for them. Have you heard about the people being “fired” for their refusal to get vaccinated? Quick question, aren’t they quitting? They’re CHOOSING not to follow company policy. Isn’t that quitting?
“Hey,” the manager tells you, “shift starts at 8.”
“No way man, I’ll see you at 10.”
“Don’t bother…”
Did you get fired? I think you quit. I don’t think you should get any of those beautiful unemployment checks you think makes life so sweet, either.

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So, where the heck ARE all the workers? Yeah, I know. If you’re a con, they’re all at home living the good cushy life on that phat unemployment check. In the real world, though, people still have bills to pay and the unemployment augmentations have mostly ceased. I don’t think the old unemployment rates are enough to get the job done – the reason the augmentations were required in the first place. I hear economists saying people are quitting their jobs in droves. They even have a name for it, ‘The Great Resignation.’ Employees are moving on to greener pastures – but that requires better jobs to move to, right? Here’s one possible contributing factor.

When Covid-19 first reared it’s ugly head, the corrupt Dumbass applied his usual dumbass pseudo-skills to the problem. He tried to bad-mouth the virus into submission. When that didn’t work, he gave up and allowed Covid-19 to gain a solid foothold that started killing Americans at an alarming rate. So far, 700,000 Americans have died as a direct result of his failures. 700,000. I’d say THAT created some job openings. I mean, I know many of those people were no longer in the job market. They had aged out. But think about this. (I’m making numbers up, now. This is just an example of a possibility.) Let’s say mom died when Covid swept through her care facility. She was 85. Her kids are in their early to mid-60’s. There was a time in this once-great nation when the retirement age was somewhere between 62 and 65. Not anymore. Now people work into their 70’s (if they can make it) or right up until the day they die. Those of us who grew up in Better America know we’re getting burned but we have also mostly become resigned to our fate.

Then The Feckless Fuckup’s failures killed mom, who left the kids some money. Not a lot, maybe, but enough to supplement what the kids had already done for themselves. Suddenly, they get to retire now. If mom had four kids and they all retired because of the bump the inheritance provided, that’s four new job openings. If that happened with, say, half of CheetoJesus’s victims, 350,000 people, all with four kids (I know. They didn’t all have four kids.) that would be 1,400,000 jobs nobody is coming back to. Add back the other half of the Covid dead, you’re suddenly looking at nearly 2,000,000 jobs “vacated.” I say again, I made up the numbers to illustrate the idea that the older workers might well have left the work force en masse, leaving those jobs available for younger workers – who are snapping them up as quickly as they can. It’s just going to take time to re-staff and re-train workers to do those jobs.

As a real life example, before Covid, we were hearing reports that truckers were an aging group with jobs in the industry not being replaced fast enough. Maybe Covid just did the final trick for them – one way or another – and they’re done. NOW we’re hearing about supply-chain issues…

It’s frustrating right now, but long-term, I think it’s a good thing. Fewer workers, that is, a limited supply of workers, SHOULD bring wage increases all the way across the board. Joe Six-pack will benefit. Sure, Jeff Bezos might end up with a slightly smaller penis rocket but I have high confidence he’ll be all right…

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I wrote last week that Facebook had cleaned up it’s act, likely in response to the possibility they might get scrutinized for their poor civic attitude. Facebook seemed willing to forego profits in the short term to protect their empire long term. The only question was how long it would last. Not long, it appears. It wasn’t even a full week before I started seeing contrary political posts back on my page. I guess the Congressional bribes, er, campaign contributions were distributed quickly and efficiently and congress hasn’t thought about it since…

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Did you hear that Jon Gruden quit as head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders over racist, misogynistic, and homophobic emails he sent 10 years ago? I don’t care about Gruden. He’s always been an over-rated hack. His one big accomplishment was “achieved” with a team he didn’t build. He got credit for “winning” Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ironically over the Raiders. THAT team, though was mostly built and trained by Tony Dungy, who was unceremoniously released by Tampa Bay only to move to Indianapolis and repeat the feat with the Colts. Gruden never sniffed the Super Bowl again.

The emails were discovered during an investigation into charges of the Washington Football Team’s racist, misogynistic, and homophobic atmosphere since Dan Snyder bought the team. Gruden’s emails were released publically. The rest of the emails in question have been protected from public scrutiny by the NFL. So, who was Gruden sending the emails to? Who else may have been on the threads? Why are the Washington Football Team’s emails being protected when THEY were the focus of the investigation in the first place?

All In The Timing…

Okay, so…I don’t want to come off as a conspiracy theorist, here, but on the day whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to Congress about poor behavior of Facebook, Facebook’s entire network of social media sites went down for hours. Essentially, the charge against Facebook is that it promotes incivility in order to increase profits. Facebook knows this does damage everywhere, especially to young people and most especially to younger girls. They know it because they study these things and Ms. Haugen brought the internal documentation to prove it. They do it anyway because it increases profit.

As a sidebar, now seems a good time to mention that ANY business does everything it can to increase profit. That’s why businesses exist. It remains the responsibility of the society in which the business operates to define acceptable behavior of the business through laws and regulations. Only a fool would trust the wolf to establish the rules of guarding the hen-house…

After hours of testimony on the east coast and “network management” on the west coast, the world was offered a “deep tech” explanation – the kind of thing most people don’t understand and so won’t/can’t ask relevant follow-up questions. An amazing coincidence, this network crash occurring just as Facebook’s secret, damaging algorithm is being exposed in Congress.

I mostly make political posts. Before the testimony, I had been noticing a string of conservative ads on my page. They were all disinformation in the typical conservative style. They all twisted truth just enough to become untrue. On the day of the testimony/crash, I was trying to log onto Facebook to respond to a conservative friend’s post that had shown up on my page. Sadly, for Facebook, I wasn’t going to fight with said friend. There was even agreement to be had in the post and I wanted to comment. I had just seen the post that morning before the testimony crash began. BUT…

When one COULD log back into Facebook, the post was nowhere to be found. All of the ads from conservative outlets were gone, replaced by fond memories of friends and memes with meaningful sayings and inspirational affirmations. It was full-on “Peaceful Valley.” Oh, and boring. Apparently, Facebook’s internal studies showing that their best profit model comes from keeping people fighting is accurate. Sure, it’s a sorry statement on the state of humanity but, hey…profits!

I saw a headline that said the testimony will prompt action in Congress. I’m sure that’s true. Sadly, the action it will prompt will be an unscheduled round of bribe payments to various Congress critters…

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On Friday, Bill Maher went off on the threat the Dumbass poses to America. He pointed out that Republicans, currently refusing reality, have decided to shape “reality” by dismantling American democracy. Can’t win on the strength of your positions? Then, “win” with carefully placed sycophants and gerrymandering. For Republicans, the point is the win, not the positions. I think Maher’s right. I think America is in FAR greater trouble than we’re letting on. Many cons refused to accept the outcome of the 2020 election simply because it didn’t come out the way they preferred. There was absolutely no evidence of electoral shenanigans on the Democrats part in 2020. The outcome in 2020 was just because a LOT more lefties than righties voted. Still, the cons are out shouting, “I don’t like it so I don’t believe it.”

Now they’re actively, systematically undermining the Republic by putting toady sycophants into influential positions. If a Republican “wins” and the left doesn’t accept the results because of the actual instances of actual vote fraud that will actually occur, the cons will just dismiss the left’s angst and anger as sour grapes, the same thing the cons did after 2020 – only the left won’t be pretending. Still, it will be portrayed as no big deal in the media.

The truth is, elections haven’t been coming out right since Bill Clinton handed control of the media over to the One Percent in the 1990’s. TWICE since then (43 and the dumbass) we’ve had situations where most people chose one person only to have the other person get the job. The disparities have been SO bad, the One Percent’s media decided to stop doing exit polls – the gold standard of polling. THEY said it was because exit polls are undependable. The truth is, the exit polls made it far more difficult to “explain” why the loser was really the winner. And, oh my god, have the “winners” been losers. Far and away the two stupidest presidents America has suffered (let’s call them ‘Dumber’ and ‘Dumbest’) have been the result of electoral b.s. from Republicans – and Dumbest appears to be coming back for more. America will TRY to hand him his ass again but THIS time, the corrupted American system may well prevent good people from stopping bad people.

The fact that there are more sane people than conservatives, more people who love America than conservatives, and more people who respect the Constitution than conservatives isn’t going to stop the conservatives. They’re just going to cheat. But where will that leave America? The cons aren’t even thinking about the damage they’re doing. They just want the win. Those of us who ARE thinking about the damage don’t see any way around it. It’s being slowly baked into the system and once in place, the system will fail. That’s not fear-mongering. It’s history.

Our only hope is to pressure Democrats in Congress to take action. That will take a LOT of us calling and writing and even then, I don’t know how many messages it takes to offset million-dollar “campaign contributions.” (Remember when they were just called ‘bribes?’ “Bribes” is so much easier to write than “campaign contributions.” I think we should stick to calling the bribes ‘bribes.’ You know…for clarity…) Our Congress, both parties, is in thrall to – and working for – the One Percent…against the best interests of the American people. Call them anyway. (202) 224-3121. That’s the switchboard. They’ll direct you to the member who pretends to represent you…

Exposition of Guilt…

CheetoJesus is actually suing to try to stop his base from finding out about his personal role in the January 6 insurrection. To be clear, he’s not saying he didn’t do anything wrong. He’s saying people shouldn’t be allowed to see what he did. It’s a little silly. Thinking Americans already know what he did and his base doesn’t care – they’d kill their own children for him. The smart money would have been to stay out of it. Of course, I have yet to see a single smart thing come from the dumbass. It’s not “proof,” of course, but from a purely logical point of view, it could easily be understood as a confession, of sorts. You see, if there was nothing to find out, there would be no reason to hide his activities. In fact, if he was innocent, one would think he would WANT to prove it. Instead, he demonstrates the opposite. Obviously, this will have to play out in court…

Trump is a traitor. If you support Trump, you’re a traitor, too. Ask the “patriots” who attacked the Capitol. They were waving the American flag as they assaulted our Republic and they can wrap themselves in the flag as they toddle off to prison – but they’re still traitors…

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Workers are starting to get fired for not getting vaccinated. Good. I’m tired of this virus and the contrarians just keep it coming, over and over. Besides, they’ve made it easy for employers to gauge those who may not be up to the mental challenges of a given job…

Think about it. If you have an employee so selfish they don’t care about the damage they do to those around them and too stupid to understand that they are, in fact, doing damage to those around them, do you want them representing your company?

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No joy. No…no DeJoy. One of the dumbass’s greatest “strengths” was in finding the very worst person to do a job and then put them into that job. It likely explains his long string of business failures. He has, after all, never started a successful company – which makes sense. HE certainly doesn’t know what he’s doing and putting in people who know even less is an excellent way to destroy a company. He did it across the board during his maladministration and one of his worst appointments came in the form of Louis DeJoy.

DeJoy’s job is to destroy the USPS to the extent possible. No, that’s not the official job description. It’s just the understood job description as presented by America-hating Republicans. DeJoy is a saboteur. He owns a shipping company called ‘New Breed Logistics’ and he’s one of those guys who understood that the Post Office did a better job at a lower cost than ANY of the competing shipping companies. Private companies simply cannot compete with government operations on any level. Private companies are less efficient, more expensive, and provide worse service – every time. The lean, mean business machine model is just a lie. They CAN’T get better at what they do so the private companies and their enablers do everything they can to sabotage the government, instead.

In DeJoy’s case, he has done excellent work undermining the USPS. Starting October 1 of this year, we all got treated to the information that – due to his never-ending, keep your eye on the prize determination – first class mail across the country would now be moving slower. He has done nothing to improve the mail service and everything he can to harm it but there he sits. I, for one, will not be surprised when he announces he’s eliminating trucks and planes and returning to the Pony Express slowing the mail even further.

It’s weird. Biden can’t do anything about it. Apparently, this is because Postmaster General used to be a political plum Presidents could use to reward supporters and Congress thought that was a bad thing so they wrote a law changing the way things work. NOW, the President can only appoint members to a Board of Governors and hope they do the right thing for the country. Sadly, the current board consists of Dumbass appointees so we KNOW they won’t do the right thing for the country. They HATE this country.

There ARE currently, three vacancies. Filling those vacancies would give Democrats a technical 5-4 majority but at least one of those is a DINO appointed by the dumbass. So, we appear to be stuck with DeJoy for the foreseeable future. The damage inflicted on the US by the Republicans is ongoing.

It really sucks, watching this once-great nation being brought to it’s knees by choice and by moneyed interests. Greed kills…

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So…Rudy Giuliani has now acknowledged that he got some of the “evidence” he used in court to disrupt American democracy from social media pages like Facebook. According to ‘Business Insider,’ he admitted it under oath during a deposition being taken for a lawsuit from one of the victims of his baseless allegations. He thinks only a “terrible lawyer” would try to find out if the stories he was repeating were actually true. How do I know? He said, “I would have to have been a terrible lawyer… gee, let’s go find out it’s untrue.” I have never attended law school but I think he’s wrong. Lawyers aren’t supposed to present frivolous information in court, which obliges them to find out if things are true if being presented as evidence. I may be wrong about that, but Giuliani is now suspended from the bar in New York because he kept marching into court with frivolous information he couldn’t verify.

Will this revelation have ANY effect on the true believers? No. They’ll never even know it happened. It often surprises me when I’m talking with cons, the things they don’t know. Corrupting the independent media in America was a masterstroke by the one percent…

On Taxing the Rich…


I saw this meme today. Now, I’ve got to say, I’ve never been impressed by Ayn Rand. I think she was a selfish, self-serving idiot. She wrote what is, basically, a kid’s book called ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ It’s an over-simplified story of the glories of the so-called “free market” that works out well for the protagonist because SHE wrote the story and got to choose the outcome. The conservatives of this once-great nation have glommed onto it like the new and improved Bible. She means to be railing at government but when I read this all I can think about is Jeff Bezos and his ilk. It’s like so many other things conservatives cling to. It’s technically true but aimed at the wrong target.

Specifically because so many cons are in thrall to the one percent, her final line is likely true, as well. They honestly believe that government is the problem and that, given the chance, the one percent will, eventually, do the right thing. Of course, they also believe they can defeat a virus by shoving a black-light up their asses so…they may not be a dependable source. The one percent isn’t going to do anything for anyone but themselves any time soon. They’ve had 40 years to do something. Still waiting. It’s well past time to tax the rich their fair share. Let them pay taxes at a rate commensurate with the rate they extract from society. (You keep all the money? YOU pay all the taxes!)

I’ve written before about my idea I call ‘Backs or Bucks.’ The concept is simple. People – and I mean everybody – should contribute to society, either with their backs or their bucks. For most of us, it’s some combination of the two. But, according to my view, the more one contributes to society with their backs, the LESS they should be asked to contribute with their bucks and vice-versa. The one percent, generally, don’t do any work. They just take the spoils of the work others do. I know many don’t believe me. Here’s one way a person can tell if someone is working or not.

The IRS recognizes two types of income based on the source derived. Not to put too fine a point on it, they call the two types either ‘Earned Income’ or ‘Unearned Income.’ See that keyword there, ‘Unearned’? Basically, it’s money that came your way even though you did nothing to earn it. There’s another name for that you’re more likely to have heard, Capital Gains. American homeowners tend to see Capital Gains in the increased value of their houses. The one percent see Capital Gains in pretty much everything they do and they don’t pay taxes at the same rate as working people, either. They pay far less. The top book rate for Capital Gains is currently 20%. The top book rate for earned income is 37%.

People who don’t fully understand exactly HOW they’re getting screwed in this deal will tell you what the one percent WANT them to tell you: the one percent deserve to take more because they started the company. I actually agree with that sentiment – to a point. See, Bezos DID start Amazon and, I think we can agree, it’s been wildly successful. But Bezos only filed some paperwork to start a company. The wild success of Amazon is NOT because the company was started. It’s because of the workers doing the work that produces value. There’s a rule about that: Capital is always dependent upon – and secondary to – labor.

So, sure, Bezos started the company and “deserves” more – but how much more? To me, the answer to THAT question is the answer to another question. How much money could Bezos make if he didn’t have any employees? THAT’S how much more he “deserves.” But he keeps FAR more than that. From my point of view, it’s wage theft. The one percent like to say that if we just give them all the money, it will encourage them to, maybe, someday, do something good for those around them. I say that high taxes on the one percent will cause them to actually do what they always promise low taxes might someday encourage them to do. The cons have had their “free market” run and, like always, have been proven wrong. It’s time to return to a regulated, taxed market – call it the “fair market.”

President Biden is proposing a new tax rate that would take the capital gains tax as high as 49%. It’s not enough, but it’s a start. I vote yes. Honestly, I don’t believe the new rates will ever be enacted. The one percent have too much American money and they’re using it against Americans. But just the idea that someone proposed doing the right thing, out loud and in public, shows promise.

Hope springs eternal, I guess…

Time Wasters…

So…the recall is over. Gavin will stay governor until the regularly scheduled election – next year. What a stupid waste of money. I know, taking advantage of California’s stupid recall rules is pretty much the only way a modern conservative could ever hope to win a statewide office in California. That’s because most conservative politics these days are just bat-shit crazy. I saw many of the ads being run by the cons. The ads consisted of lists of issues. I didn’t hear any solutions. I DID hear some threats. Larry Elder said he would drop all mask mandates, killing Californians like we’re Floridians or Texicans. One guy ran around campaigning with a bear – and then got all butt-hurt when people paid more attention to the bear than to him. Take the hint, sir. The bear seemed more rational.

My guess is that Gavin will stay governor after the next election, too. I’m not sure I felt that way before. Gavin has made some stupid mistakes (French Laundry, anyone?) and I think he was on the ropes a little bit, there. The Republican Recall did more to rehabilitate Newsom’s career than anything Gavin might have done himself. So, the next time you meet a conservative, shake their hand and thank them for their service – to progressives…

Not surprisingly, the cons tried to trot out the Republican lie about rigged elections. Elder said he was concerned about “shenanigans.” To his credit, I haven’t heard him pushing the line since he conceded. I, for one, am tired of listening to cons talking about election fraud. Let’s be clear. No one in America cheats at elections like the Republicans. No one. Between gerrymandering and restrictive voting laws, they work tirelessly to deny voters the opportunity to vote – so long as they’re likely progressive voters.

California suffered many years under the weight of conservative gerrymandering. We passed a law that did away with the practice in the state. I’ll believe conservatives are interested in battling voter fraud when they pass similar laws in their states. They won’t, though. They’ll just keep pointing their fingers at progressives and screaming “voter fraud!” Nothing like a little conservative projection to get the day started. The con leaders KNOW they have nothing of value to offer average Americans so they have no choice. If they’re going to destroy America, they’ve GOT to cheat to do it. And, sadly, they’re bound and determined to destroy America…

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Speaking of threatening America, the cons tried to hold a rally in support of the traitors who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. They called it the “Justice for J6” rally. Apparently, it was a flop, much as the original assault they’re not celebrating. Cons are trying to re-write the details of what happened. It’s one thing to encourage and/or take part in a direct assault on America, it’s another thing to take responsibility for it. So far, there are something like 650 cons “taking responsibility for their actions” (read: facing criminal charges) whether they want to or not. Saturday’s J6 rally brought out about half that number. The “bravest?” The “most dedicated?” No. Just the dumbest of the dumb…

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I write these awesome essays on my blog page, http://www.mybaconpress.com, then post a copy to Facebook. I mention it because I’m a little curious to see how Facebook will respond to my highlighting their current kerfuffle. (Most likely? They won’t even notice…) Have you heard the charges being leveled at Facebook now? According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has understood the damage they do to our society for a long time. (Duh…) The Journal is using internal documents to support their charges. Facebook denies the charges and claims the Wall Street Journal is cherry picking internal information. After everything I’ve seen from Facebook, I’ll believe the Wall Street Journal on this one…

On the upside, we can look forward to an upcoming visit of Zuckerberg to Congress so he can offer the standard Facebook mea culpa. “Our bad.” “We’ll do better.” “We should have known.” Always remember, they did know…

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I think it’s time to re-introduce regulations on, well, on just about everything. This country fell into a hell-hole of pretending regulations were bad and kept business from profiting. As always when it comes from cons, half-true. The regulations were good, in part because they kept businesses from profiting, or, rather, profiteering.

I don’t think business is inherently evil. Nor do I think they’re inherently good. Business exists for one reason: profit. They should, by rights, do every legal thing they can do to produce profit. That’s their job. So it’s up to the societies in which they operate to define what is legal and what is not through laws and regulations. As a society, we’ve abrogated our responsibility to set limits on business and, as a society, we’re now suffering the consequences. We need to take back control. WE need to provide the limits and the ethical guidance business lacks. Just a thought…

Corrupt the Media, Destroy the Nation…

I was listening to the Pat Thurston show on KGO radio. As part of the annual 9/11 fluff job, she was talking to someone about the various and sundry lies the US government told the American people to get us into George’s illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place. The question came up, did the people spreading the falsehoods knew they were falsehoods or did they really believe the stories they were telling? Every time I hear this line, people seem to settle on, “Well, we just don’t know. They SEEM to have really believed…”

They didn’t. They knew better. They just stuck to their story. 43’s administration made a concerted effort to exaggerate (or just make up) threats and to significantly downplay (or just make up) mitigating information. We were told, for example,that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction (he didn’t). The international weapons inspectors on the ground in-country kept trying to push back, insisting no such WMD’s existed in Iraq. American media gave the naysayers short shrift. We were told that George’s misadventure in Iraq would pay for itself with Iraqi oil (it didn’t). None of them ever talked about how oil was going to compensate a family over a lost loved one – a soldier who answered their country’s call.

Most people know, now, that the American War in Afghanistan and Iraq was based almost entirely on lies. Even the New York Times got in on the act. There was plenty of evidence the administration AND the media knew lies were being hyped even then but the overall message we were being lied to was buried under an onslaught of pseudo-patriotism. The warmongers got away with it because they had effective control over the media.

It started with Ronald Reagan eliminating the Fairness Doctrine. Bill Clinton put the final nail in the coffin of independent journalism by eliminating the rules of ownership, allowing now five companies to have so much control over the media they effectively control the message from sea to oily sea. It’s why we rarely heard anything about Afghanistan while the profits were rolling in and, now that those profits have been interrupted, we’re hearing almost daily about Taliban atrocities. Media Manipulation.

I’ve always kind of privately enjoyed the reality that the one percent tested their market control over the media by impeaching Clinton. Poll after poll showed that people – sometimes as high as 85% of respondents – did NOT think his personal peccadillo with Monica rose to the level of impeachment. But pushing for impeachment in the media went forward. Over time, enough people were convinced by media misinformation. Clinton was actually brought to trial. Pure media manipulation – and a complete success. The media did the same for 43 when he was trying to sell his wars for profit – because, well, profit.

In a kind of ‘War is Peace’ moment, I noticed that every time a big company bought a smaller company – reducing competition – the merger was approved under the idea that increased competition is good. Well, yeah, it is. We should have some. But we don’t. Instead, we have a conglomeration of rich people delivering an ongoing message: what’s best for rich people is best for every body. (It isn’t.) But they didn’t leave it at that. They began to use their outsized voice to sow division. They know that Lincoln (citing the Bible) was right, a house divided cannot stand – against them. Cleverly, one segment of our society was co-opted and conditioned to always take a contrarian viewpoint – ALWAYS. Nothing mattered except the contrarian message.

I used to say that under the right conditions, conservatives would kill their own grandmothers. I thought I was being facetious. Then COVID hit. By then, I was quite comfortable with my observation about the conditioned conservatives. It holds up over and over and over again. It can even be fun, playing the ‘How Are Cons Going to Contradict’ game. One can ALWAYS predict how cons will obstruct by figuring out the contrarian message. So I understood the one percent’s quandary. I thought they were trapped. COVID-19 would kill their audience (and loyal foot-soldiers). How, I wondered, would they take a contrarian position? At first, THEY wondered, too. There was a brief moment – maybe three days – when even conservatives knew to protect themselves and others from the virus. Anecdotally, even Tucker Carlson was said to have told higher-ups at FOX “News” the message HAD to be to work against the virus.

But that would have meant unity. It would have meant listening to experts and taking science seriously. In short, it would have undermined everything they had been creating in the conservative bubble for 40 years and, they seem to have understood, even a moment of unity could be dangerous – to them. So? Bye bye, grandma. (And uncles and aunts and sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, and now children.) No masks. The virus is a hoax. They’re coming for your freedumb.

Most people delivering that message got the jab. Some had to. FOX has a policy, they followed the policy. Most (likely all) of the politicians in thrall to the one percent got the jab but pretended otherwise in order to keep the acolytes stirred up. Hell, Donald Trump got the jab while it was still in experimental stage. It hadn’t even been approved for emergency purposes, yet. But he took the shot and then called the virus a hoax.

You can talk about any issue, the cons will take a contrarian viewpoint, no matter what. It’s the message they receive. It’s the message they believe. But it’s a message that deceives. So, what do we do? There IS an answer and it’s pretty straightforward. We need to return to the rules of media ownership Bill Clinton destroyed and return the Fairness Doctrine Ronald Reagan destroyed. But in order to do that, we’d need politicians, now owned and operated by the one percent, to do the right thing. We’ve seen – in abundance – that isn’t going to happen.

So, COVID will keep killing. Climate change will keep killing. The American War will find a new country to profit in and keep killing. The American Experiment continues it’s decline. But, hey, the DOW is at record highs, right?

Stupid, Writ Large…

Let us not talk falsely now, shall we? We’ve known that the cons packed the Sour Cream Court in order to start harming Americans in a wide variety of ways in the first place. Can anybody really be surprised they’ve attacked poor women…again? As you certainly know by now, Texass has passed an anti-abortion law that makes it nearly impossible to access one in that state. Now, obviously, this will have NO effect on any woman with resources. If she needs an abortion, she can travel out of state, get it done, come home.

Of course, there are groups of men in several other stupid states that are rushing to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies based on the Texican standard. They must be so excited they get to tell women what to do again. “Hey, you get your bitch-ass back in the kitchen – and make me some pie!” That’s the professed attitude of fourth-grader Eric Cartman on ‘South Park.’ Sadly, it continues to be the attitude of fourth-grade level thinking in Texass.

I think women across Texass (and those other states) should cross their legs and KEEP them crossed. If they can, I mean. Victims of incest can’t. Rape victims (redundant, I know) can’t. Leave it to Texass to victimize the victims. Hopefully, some clever sod will start a black market in Texass and the other moron states in RU-486, the so-called ‘morning after’ pill. One doesn’t have to wait to find out with RU-486. Of course, it’s expensive so STILL no help to poor people.

Quick question, though. Have they or have they not also made clear that the phrase ‘my body, my choice’ is false? Clearly, the standard is ‘your body, our choice.’ Now, there are many out there celebrating this decision. Does it not also mean that society can, in fact, force you to wear a mask? I wonder how the American Taliban are going to work that one out? They will – double standards are their thing – but it will be interesting to see them twisting logic and making exceptions that work best for them.

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Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the Taliban has claimed they’re going to be the new and improved religious zealot morons who won’t be as bad as they were before. Sure. They’ve broken up a women’s rights march in Kabul by firing live rounds near the crowd. I guess that IS an improvement. At least they didn’t shoot the women – yet…

I see it as a kind of playoff. Who is going to be the most vicious, the most cruel to people in the name of their – apparently – vicious and cruel god, the religious idiots in Afghanistan or the religious idiots in Texas? Stay tuned…

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Hey, speaking of stupid, the gubernatorial recall bought by the cons is moving forward, wasting time, and costing huge amount of money but doesn’t seem to be recalling the governor at this point. Good. I realized, FAR too late, that I should have begun a write-in campaign to replace Newsom should the recall succeed. I’ll just have to live with the fact that I missed this round but I have high confidence that the cons will be out again, working on yet another recall, just as soon as the next Democrat gets elected governor – which I believe will be in 2022. That’s when you’ll be hearing from me, asking for your support.

The cons tried four times to get Newsom recalled before they bought this one. There’s no reason to believe they won’t try again just as soon as they can. I think the state legislature needs to change the rules to make a recall a bit more difficult – because these guys are relentless. I started off – I think I wrote this last week – saying I thought the Lieutenant Governor should just move up. After all, that person is elected as well. Then I realized, because that person is elected, the cons might try to get a con elected Lt Gov and then start the recall process even sooner. It might be even easier for them to corrupt the system.

The political ads are boring though, aren’t they? The cons trying the coup are listing problems California has. No, there’s not much substance when it comes to solutions. They just list the problems and promise to do “everything they can” to fix them. Well, I’ll make the same promise. I’ll do everything I can to fix California’s problems. Hell, I’ve already done “everything I can” to fix California’s problems. Call it a “proven record…”

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A friend of mine went to an emergency room the other day and was dismayed by the number of people there waiting for treatment for non-emergency issues. Emergency rooms MUST, by law, treat all comers. He thinks there should be some system that allows people to gain access to medical help without gumming up emergency rooms. I agree.

I see the occasional letter to the editor declaring we ought to teach children in school things they might need on a daily basis instead of focusing on college-bound tracks only. You know, like we used to.

Driving on the roads these days has become something of a challenge and a moment by moment risk of one’s life. FAR too many people are out there driving who have never been taught to drive and it shows.

You know what ALL of these observations have in common? Tax cuts for the rich. We should have national health care but we can’t because it would involve taxing the rich. We SHOULD teach children real-life, day-to-day skills but schools had to make choices – because of tax cuts for the rich. There are no more traffic control cops working on a regular basis because of – wait for it – tax cuts for the rich.

When you hear the euphemism “tax cuts” what you’re REALLY hearing is “service cuts.” The evidence is overwhelming…

What A Mess…

Boy, the withdrawal from Afghanistan is sure messy. I wonder who planned it? Actually, I wonder if ANYONE “planned” it. It doesn’t seem to have been all that well thought out. I’m all for getting out of a war we should never have been in to begin with but one would think it would have been done better. The cons, of course, are blaming Biden, personally. I know, ‘the buck stops here’ and all that. Technically, true BUT…I’d bet a dollar that Joe Biden didn’t personally plan nor oversee the operation. CheetoJesus (ALSO not personally overseeing any of it) made his deal with the Taliban to leave Afghanistan over a year ago. The Pentagon has had ALL that time to make plans and arrangements. I wonder what they were doing instead?

War, of course, is a for-profit operation in the United States. If one does not know or accept that fact, then leaving behind materials and weapons looks like a vast failure. On the other hand, the equipment left behind will have to be replaced now and someone is going to get paid to replace it. The abandonment of supplies could easily be understood as squeezing a few more dollars out of this war before starting the next one. After all, there’s not much risk that a stone-age people are going to be able to fly and/or maintain a Black Hawk helicopter for any length of time…

Oh, lives lost? They’re simply not important to the people who profit from the wars. After all, none of their people are ever in harm’s way. “Collateral Damage,” they’re called…

I noticed most of the media reported that the G7 nations got together and bandied about the notion of extending the exit deadline beyond August 31 but decided, you know…among themselves, not to. There was very little mention of the reality that a request for just such an extension was made to the Taliban – who said, “no.” What does it mean when one side in a war gets to dictate terms to the other side at the end of that war?

No matter, profits were steady for the few, the shameful, the profiteers. Their only problem now will be to find the next third-world rock pile to waste (and replace) bombs in. Stay tuned. I’m sure it won’t be long…

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Have you seen the cons wearing the Nazi-era ‘Juden’ stars in protest of mask-wearing mandates? These are the folks who were talking during History class. The truth is, I know how easy it is for people to just string words together to make sentences. I know how easy it is to simply adopt and stand firm on some contrarian position. I know how easy it is to make some BIG, hyperbolic comments for dramatic effect.

But if any of those people really think – and I mean actually believe – that being asked – or even told – to wear a mask in an effort to protect themselves or the people with whom they come into contact is anything – ANYTHING – like being kidnapped from your home, abused, robbed, stripped naked, marched into gas chambers, and brutally murdered well, I’d say their grip on reality is…tenuous, at best.

Fortunately (for them), I’m willing to do them the favor of NOT believing that they might actually believe it. Let’s test the theory. Ask any one of them which they’d prefer, wearing a mask as they enter a store or not wearing a mask as they enter a gas chamber to die. Ten times out of ten, they’ll choose the mask because no matter what they say, they know it’s not the same. (Yes, I’m quite clear that because they’re NOT actually facing such a choice, many might pretend to choose the gas chambers anyway. They’re lying.)

It’s supposed to be dramatic but it’s SO over the top, it just comes off as deranged…

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SO far, the recall seems to be going Newsom’s way. (Don’t get lazy. Vote ‘no’ and return your ballot!) It’s early, yet, but so far Dems have returned about two-and-a-half times as many ballots as Repubs. That’s a good sign. Of course, the cons might be just waiting to go to the actual polls on election day.

The ads I’ve seen from the cons spend a lot of time describing various problems California has but I haven’t seen anything even approaching solutions. One guy DID promise to do “everything he could” to end homelessness. Those are weasel words. Hell, I’M doing “everything I can do” to end homelessness. It’s just that the occasional few dollars to a homeless person here and there isn’t having much of an impact.

I understand why the cons make such a great effort to win these bullshit little recall elections in California. It’s the only chance they’ll ever have to hold statewide office so long as they’re preaching insanity. After this mess, I hope the state legislature will take up the problem and fix the recall rules. The truth is, I’m okay with the relatively low bar required to get the question to a ballot but if a recall is successful, why not just move up the Lt. Governor? The Lt is a separate, independently elected representative NOT beholden to the sitting Governor. That person is THERE in case the Governor can’t govern for some reason. Getting removed from office is, clearly, a reason. So why not just promote the Lt?

If we don’t fix this mess, we’re going to be facing recall elections every time some rich rightie manages to buy enough signatures to start the process over again…

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Poor Choices…

The United States military industrial complex learned a lesson from Vietnam. Sadly, the lesson they learned was that including information on the progress of their wars in the evening news worked badly for them. The solution? Suppress as much information as possible for as long as possible. Simple, see? Don’t TELL the American people what’s happening and mostly, they won’t know (or, sadly, care). Keeping the wars out of the corporate news allowed the war mongers to profit in Afghanistan for 20 years. Then Joe Biden decided to honor CheetoJesus’ deal to leave and started pulling troops out. NOW we hear about Afghanistan all day, every day.

The corporate media blitz seems intended to gin up resentment at Biden for leaving and raise concern that maybe, just maybe, the US should stay in Afghanistan for, well, forever, I guess. (It has been, after all, a major gravy train for “defense” contractors.) To me, all of this focus just highlights the reality that after sacrificing countless human lives and 2+ TRILLION dollars in Afghanistan…nothing changed. It took the Taliban 11 days to retake the entire country.

Oh well. I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief that soon the US will be involved in some ongoing conflict again somewhere in the world for some “reason.” The US is only rarely NOT in armed conflict with someone. Apparently, it’s important to keep the military ordinance manufacturers well fed. The American people? Not so much…

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I think California has the dumbest recall law in all the states. We “elect” the Lt Governor. If the Governor gets recalled, why not just promote the Lt, like they plan to do in New York? Why do we, instead, use the lowest possible bar to replace the outgoing Governor? Now we once again run the risk of ‘electing’ some idiot who couldn’t get elected under normal circumstances. This is the second time the cons have used California’s recall system against California. I blame the Dems. Not for the Gray Davis recall, of course, but very definitely for this one. They should have seen the obvious vulnerability and corrected it. Does anyone have any confidence they’ll do so after this recall? I don’t.

In a recall update, I have been pushing for retired porn star Mary Carey as the replacement. It’s not that I’m a fan. I’ve never even seen her professional work. I’m pretty sure she’s no more qualified to be Governor than any of the conservative fools trying to sneak into the Governor’s office through the back door. Honestly, my attitude has been that if Republicans aren’t going to take politics seriously, neither am I. Ms. Carey ran in the Gray Davis recall and I had understood that she was running again in THIS recall. Sadly, when I received my sample ballot, her name was not to be found. Just vote ‘no’ on the recall and it won’t matter anyway…

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I think I’ve mentioned my complete lack of sympathy for those who are reaping the whirlwind after failing the vaccine IQ test. I’ll probably have some karmic debt to pay but I’m really enjoying every story about some asshat who refuses the vaccine with no medical reason and then gets Covid. Frankly, as much as I hate insurance companies, I think at this point, THEY have become victims. Not alone, of course, People who need medical treatments NOT related to Covid are being turned away from hospitals because the facilities are too full from the moron cons. Two recommendations, here. One, insurance companies should be relieved of the burden of covering the costs of unvaccinated-by-choice Covid patients and two, when hospitals run out of beds, the unvaccinated-by-choice Covid patients should be FIRST out – regardless of their health status. Pull out their breathing tubes and send ’em home.

I’m really just tired of responsible people suffering because of irresponsible people. Responsible people have done everything they could to get irresponsible people to do the responsible thing. We’ve tried everything from educating, to cajoling, to outright bribery. Nothing worked. Their “choice.” I HAVE noticed that they become BIG fans of science and medical expertise when THEY come down with Covid. Some of them are SO stubborn, they continue to insist they’re not dying from Covid even as they die from Covid. It’s almost as if the virus doesn’t give a fig about what anyone says. It’s just going to do what it does. But this is one area I’ve come to agree with the cons. They made their choice and now they should be allowed to live – and die – with it…

Fictions…

Yowza! If you’re a fan of the “Profits Over People” model, you’re bound to be happy that PG&E seems headed for yet another rate increase! First, PG&E blew up a section of San Bruno. They were granted a rate increase to do the work they had previously been granted a rate increase to have done – but didn’t. Then, they burned most of the town of Paradise. They were granted a rate increase to do the work they previously should have done – but didn’t. On Wednesday evening of this week, they burned down all of Greenville, California, a town that traces it’s roots to the gold rush. Sure, there will be bad press and public discontent but that’s only from commoners and the outcry will pass. The rate increase will be forever. PG&E burning down California is quite profitable for them…

Someone tell me again about the virtues of private industry versus the government…

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Still Florida. Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, is doing everything in his power to kill as many Floridians as possible. Yeah, I think that’s a weird role for a governor as well, but that’s his stance. He’s threatening to cut off funding for schools that require masks because “masks are for smart people and nobody in Florida wants to be mistaken for a smart person!” No, he didn’t say that but he might as well have. In fact, many people who live in Florida are very upset their oh-so-stupid governor is “fighting back” against science and logic. One guy said, “It seems to me that our governor is content to send our kids into a slaughterhouse to score political points with his base. There is no excuse for not following the science.” (See? There ARE smart people in Florida…) Kids need to get back into schools. Wearing masks adds to their safety and to the safety of the people around them.

Think about this; the people fighting against mask-wearing are largely the SAME group who say kids SHOULD wear armored backpacks in case someone starts spraying bullets but won’t ask their precious little shits to wear a mask in case someone starts spraying Covid-19. This IS natural selection in action but it’s sad when the children bear the burdens imposed upon them by their gullible conservative parents…or their own governor…

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Okay, speaking of obnoxious governors, Andrew Cuomo is surely at the top of that list. There is an ever-increasing chorus of women claiming Cuomo sexually harassed them. Civil lawsuits have been filed and an investigation by New York’s Attorney General has found the charges credible. Now there’s a criminal charge facing Cuomo on the same subject. He’s facing impeachment and criminal charges. But…he said he didn’t do it so, there you go. After all, who has EVER heard of a criminal insisting he didn’t do it if he was guilty?

After the AG report came out supporting the accusers, Cuomo’s lawyers insisted that all the women in question are telling the stories wrong. Apparently, if they’d just (and only) listen to the way Cuomo tells the stories, they’d understand he’s just a stud on the make and there can be no harm in that, right? Offering those women the opportunity to experience him isn’t sexual harassment. It’s more of a…compliment. After all, those women were hot enough to catch the eye of a guy like Cuomo and no one needs to tell a Cuomo how awesome it would be to be with a Cuomo. Every time I hear him talk on the subject it sounds a little like he’s saying, “Look, all I did was offer some bitch a chance to see my magnificent unit. What’s the problem?” (For the record, I believe that he doesn’t get it. It’s called arrogance…)

So far, Cuomo seems to be trying the trump tactic of ignoring reality and tossing out accusations, all while insisting on his own innocence – but that only works for trump because Satan, himself, watches over trump. Cuomo doesn’t have the same support. He should step down and deal with his legal hassles…

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Right now, if you look at the polls, Gavin Newsom is winning/losing/in a tight race about the fraudulent recall effort against him. Conservatives, of course, hate him and want him out. They’re blaming him for, well, for everything, really. I think the biggest thing he has working against him is Covid-19. At this point, ALL of the problems America is facing with Covid-19 can be traced directly to conservative obstruction. Gavin can only do so much but because so many cons refused the vaccine, Covid just won’t go away. We’re heading back into a masked reality and possibly another lock-down, none of which is Newsom’s fault but you just KNOW the cons will blame him anyway.

Working in Newsom’s favor? The state is mailing ballots to every registered voter. That means they don’t have to “get out the vote” in the traditional sense. All people have to do is fill out and return their ballot. People are notorious for not coming out for mid-term elections and it’s even worse for special elections. That problem won’t exist this time around. No one can say, for sure, how many of the ballots will be returned but we saw in 2020 making it easier to vote means more people vote. That will work to Gavin’s advantage.

I’m voting ‘no’ on the recall but then I STILL have to choose someone to take over should the recall succeed. The person with the most votes wins. They don’t need widespread approval. Just more than anyone else. I’m still on the Mary Carey bandwagon and I encourage you to do the same. Oh, sure, you might be hesitant once you find out she’s an actual, dyed in the wool porn star but your alternative is a Republican or worse, a Libertarian. Mary ran in the Gray Davis recall as well. If you go to her campaign website (don’t do it at work!) it appears she hasn’t updated anything. She still plans to make gay marriage legal in California, for example. That’s because her campaign is a bit tongue-in-cheek. The FIRST thing she asks is that you vote ‘no’ on the recall.

Whoever wins won’t have any time to actually DO anything, good or bad. The normal gubernatorial race is next year. The ‘pack’ is chock-full of unqualified people. If we’re going to get stuck with someone just because cons want to be jerks, let’s go with Mary. No, I don’t think she’ll be a better governor than many of the cons on the ballot – but she won’t be any worse, either. And, look, if we’re going to get screwed, at least let’s get screwed by someone who knows what they’re doing!