Second Verse, Same As The First …

It may be a new year, but frankly it feels the same as the old one did, with threats of violence planned by fools and idiots who call themselves the “Proud Boys”, a Republican-run Senate voting against helping the people who need it most, and a few jerks in Congress attempting to declare the United States to be a dictatorship by cancelling the votes of 81 million people to keep a mentally deranged madman in the Oval Office.  Yep, folks … it’s true what they say … the more things change, the more they stay the same.


Moscow Mitch strikes again …

The House of Representatives approved raising the individual stimulus amount from $600 to $2,000.  There are people in this country who cannot pay their bills, cannot afford to buy food for their family, or to see a doctor when needed, and Congress has already wasted months playing games, so it’s time to move on this.  So, the House passes the addendum, sends it to the Senate, and what happens?  It shouldn’t surprise anybody that Mitch McConnell is holding it up, likely to burn it or rip it to shreds today or tomorrow.  Why?

Mitch McConnell claims that $2,000 checks are “socialism for the rich.”  Tell that to the mother of three who lost her job due to the pandemic and is struggling every day to keep her children fed!  I have had just about enough of Mitch McConnell and I must question the intelligence of those who elected him yet again two months ago.  Damn you, Mitch McConnell … you’ve never known a day when you had to choose between paying the electric bill or buying food … you’ve always been an overweight priviledged white male of means.  Don’t you dare call a lousy $2,000 stimulus check ‘socialism’.  You apparently lack any understanding whatsoever of what ‘Socialism’ even is!

Now, if we really want to talk about ‘socialism for the rich’, let’s look for a minute at some of the tax rebate checks that were issued under Trump’s tax plan:

Amazon: $129 million

Delta: $187 million

Chevron: $181 million

GM: $104 million

IBM: $342 million

That’s socialism for the rich!  Oh, and one other example:  Mitch McConnell with an estimated net worth of $22.8 million, takes taxpayer money in the form of a base salary of $193,400, not including perks such as travel and meals.  Talk about socialism for the rich!!!  This nation does not need people like Mitch McConnell making decisions that rule our lives, and in many cases may cost us our lives.


Retaliation or fabrication?

Sunday, January 3rd is the one-year anniversary of the murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani by a U.S. drone strike.  Logic tells us that if Iran intended to seek revenge beyond what they did last year, they would have already done it.  But those of us who are able to see the logic here are not sitting in the Oval Office.  The person who does sit in that office claims he expects Iran to seek revenge on that one-year anniversary of the murder.  Certainly, they would be well within their rights to do so, but the Iranian leadership is not quite as stupid as our own, and almost certainly have no such plan.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday accused Donald Trump of attempting to fabricate a pretext to attack Iran, and said Tehran would defend itself forcefully.

“Instead of fighting Covid in US, @realDonaldTrump & cohorts waste billions to fly B52s & send armadas to OUR region. Intelligence from Iraq indicate plot to FABRICATE pretext for war. Iran doesn’t seek war but will OPENLY & DIRECTLY defend its people, security & vital interests.”

Under ordinary circumstances, I would accept the word of the president that there was some plot afoot, but … people, we haven’t had ordinary circumstances in nearly four years now, and we all know that Trump is not above lying through his teeth for the sake of his own self-interest.  And what, you ask, could he possibly gain from taking the nation to the brink of war with Iran?  Nothing, but he is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to remain in office.  If he were to declare a state of emergency and implement martial law …

Think about that one.


And speaking of which …

I was pleased yesterday to read that Mike Pence asked a judge to reject the lawsuit filed earlier this week by Louie Gohmert and others that aims to expand Pence’s power to use a congressional ceremony to overturn the presidential election, arguing that he is not the right person to sue over the issue.  I would have preferred hearing him say that it was not the right thing to do, period, that President-elect Joe Biden is the next president of the United States, but hey … I’ll take what I can get, which is little enough these days.

More than a few times in recent days, I have seen Republicans say “74 million American votes matter”.  Sure, every vote matters, but the bottom line is that while 74 million people, and I use the term loosely, voted for Trump, 81 million voted for Biden.  Biden won, Trump lost … what the Sam Hell is so difficult about that concept?

So, on Wednesday, January 6th, Congress convenes to certify the Electoral College votes, 306 of which are for Joe Biden as compared to the 232 for Donald Trump.  At least one Senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, and several Representatives (again, I use the term loosely, for they sure as hell don’t represent We the People) plan to contest the results, ensuring that there will be further delays and more of the ulcer-inducing chaos we have been subjected to for months now.  Joe Biden will be certified by Congress, of that I am 99.8% certain.  However …

Also, on Wednesday, January 6th, at least four large rallies have been planned by those who would see the election overturned in one way or another.  The events will be headlined by Trump’s most ardent supporters, including recently pardoned George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its Russia investigation, and longtime ally Roger Stone, whose sentence for seeking to impede a congressional probe into Russian election interference was commuted by Trump in July before being upgraded to a full pardon.

Formal rallies are planned most of the day and will draw pro-Trump demonstrators to the Washington Monument, Freedom Plaza and the Capitol. But online forums and encrypted chat messages among far-right groups indicate a number of demonstrators might be planning more than chanting and waving signs.

Threats of violence, ploys to smuggle guns into the District and calls to set up an “armed encampment” on the Mall have proliferated in online chats about the January 6 day of protest. The Proud Boys, members of armed right-wing groups, conspiracy theorists and white supremacists have pledged to attend.

Trump, meanwhile, has continued to issue calls to supporters to converge on D.C. “JANUARY SIXTH, SEE YOU IN DC!” he tweeted Wednesday.  My friends … this is not how this nation behaves.  This is the most juvenile, abominable behaviour and surely even his supporters cannot support this madness.  WHY do we have to put up with this?  First, he drags this nation down in the eyes of the world, then he bungles the response to a pandemic so badly that we have the world’s highest death rate … nearly a half-million people in this nation have died from the coronavirus.  And now this.  It’s time for it to end.  January 20th cannot come soon enough, and frankly I think he needs to be removed from office immediately in order to ensure the safety of this nation.


Welcome to 2021, the continuation of 2020.

61 thoughts on “Second Verse, Same As The First …

  1. Come on, Jill, the McConnells of the world deserve every penny they are paid, and all the perqs they give themselves. After all, they give their blood and sweat every day to the public whom they tell us they serve. I’m surprised his salary is less than 1/5th of a million dollars–or is that his monthly salary. People like him have no honour, or concept of suffering economically. (Oh, did I just hear those words somewhere? Not from me!)

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    • Oh silly me … how could I be so cruel as to try to take a few pence from the ignoble McConnell et al? How could I have forgotten how hard they work in our best interests, to see that every person in this country, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity or religion be treated equally in the eyes of the law? Sigh. You’re right … he has no honour, nor do most of the republicans in Congress, and more than half of them are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry and the NRA. Sigh.

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  2. Jill, when I read the editorial from Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post condemning the fraudulent efforts of the outgoing president and his toadies, the use of the term “undemocratic coup” caught my eye. But, this quote yesterday from Republican Senator Ben Sasse speaks volumes:

    “Let’s be clear what is happening here: We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage,” Sasse wrote. “But they’re wrong – and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government.”

    Sasse also referred to folks like Gohmert, Brooks, Hawley, Goetz, etc. as “arsonists.” This term echoes that of the outgoing president’s niece Mary, who said her uncle “will burn it all down to avoid losing the election.”

    Trump supporters keep piling on these few, but growing Republican voices, name calling them, but I want to hear these toadies answer why they believe a person who is well known for being untruthful? Senator John McCain pegged him correctly after Helsinki when Trump sided with Putin over his intelligence people. McCain wrote Trump’s actions are “traitorous.” And, Senator McCain, I wish you were around to repeat that claim. Keith

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    • PS – Hawley is getting appropriatr blowback more than a few GOP Senators. The OP is calling these Sensators RINOs. Senator Lisa Murkowski said her loyalty test is the oath to the consitution. With that in mind, let me officially call Messers. Trump, Brooks, Gohmert, Graham, Hawley et al USCINOs (US Citizens in Name Only). Keith

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    • I got a chill reading your comment, when I was reminded of Mary Trump’s words that he “will burn it all down to avoid losing …” I remember reading that when her book first came out, but at the time, I didn’t realize just what all he could burn down. Now I know. I have a new respect for Ben Sasse for what he said. I was pleased this afternoon to get word that the judge had tossed Gohmert’s ludicrous case out, so that’s at least one less worry. Like you, I do so wish John McCain were alive today … he was a wise man, a kind man, and a man with a conscience and a desire to do right for the people of this nation.

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  3. Moscow Mitch not only takes taxpayer money in the form of a base salary of $193,400, not including perks such as travel and meals but he (and all the others) pocket beaucoup $$$$$ from lobbyists!

    The fact that the Trump supporters are so oblivious to this just blows my mind. They continue to support Republican “values” while their kids are crying because they’re hungry.

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  4. using the term “people loosely’ just confirms that you have nothing for contempt for anyone in this country who has political differences from you. You are the angriest person on twitter, thanks for marginalizing more than 70 million individuals and telling them that they are reprehensible because they think differently from you. You are such a tollerent model citizen, the bidens and harrisses should have you as part of their administration which is sure to be one of intolerance to people different from them.

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      • Scott is not suffering economically, he won’t get the relief package, whatever it turns out to be… If it ever comes!
        He is an angry man, taking Jill’s generic words personally to heart. To me it seems he has lost all concept of other, no matter what his words say. Jill I can understand, she wants to protect the country she loves. Scott I do not understand, he seems to want to protect those who want to destroy the land he loves. In other words, he is afraid he will lose his Scrooge McDuck counting vault. If only he could open his mind, again.

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        • Thank you, rg, for understanding my intent. Scott wasn’t always like this … I don’t know what has happened to turn him into a bitter, hyper-critical man, but something surely has. Thanks again, rg.

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          • And in Canada, and probably everywhere else. We have to think globally these days, our lifestyles affect each other, no matter where we live. To worry only about one nation at a time is being parochial, ignoring the big picture. When I talk on the internet to women in mid-East countries, they ask about what it is like for women in the west to make their own choices, including fashion choices. I just say everyone, male and female, are free to live and dress as they please, or at least that is how people want to live. The more choices you have, the more free you are to be the person you want to be. They seem to understand, at least the ones who are feeling trapped in their own societies.
            But that is the thing, isn’t it, no matter where we live, we are all trapped within the society we live in.
            I have not heard lately what happened to the social experiment in Toronto a number of years back, where it was legislated that women could go topless in public if they wanted to. I know some did. But do they still? Are they still able to?
            For me that was one of the greatest social experiments of our time, but it just fizzled out mediawise. Hopefully it still is law, and women can walk safely in public with no top on. But what does society say about that? Is it socially acceptable? I would love to know.

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              • Why wouldn’t they? Men go topless all the time. Women should have the same right! Do I detect a bit of prurience creeping out from your upbringing, Jill. Just because a woman’s breasts are usually more prominent than a man’s does not change the fact they are just breasts. We all got them. If one half the human race has to hide theirs, everyone should have to hide theirs. But we don’t stop men from showing off their chests, so why should we stop women? I’m sure on hot afternoons, women would be just as comfortable going topless as men are. There does not have to be anything sexual about it. In fact, society would be much better off taking the prurientce out of hiding the human body. When all is said and done, a body is a body is a body, and nothing more.

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                • When it comes to dress, yes, I am conservative. Men may go topless, but they don’t have boobs. I bet you wouldn’t want to go ‘bottomless’, exposing your man-parts to the world, would you? I think there is such a thing as dignity, and if that makes me a prude, then so be it.

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                  • If everyone was doing it, I would have no problem. But men are very secretive about their nether parts, especially those of small size. Trump has a very small penis, or he would not be so openly power-hungry. McConnell is a terrible lover, he wants to stop things from happening. If he cheats on his wife, it is only with prostitutes who probably prefer men who finish in seconds. To expose his problem to a normal woman would embarrass the hell out of him. I’m not a great lover, and the size of my penis ia adequate, but it is what I was born with, I am not protective of my natural processes. I am who I am.
                    Most men, though, are scared to death their sexual shortcomings will be discovered. It is a product of our Puritan history, or whatever passed for Puritan in other cultures. Sex is secretive, once of the biggest problems in this world.
                    You can delete this comment if you like, I won’t be surprised. But yes, men have boobs too, they just aren’t as useful as women’s boobs.

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    • That one works, too! You’re right … never before, I think, have we pinned so many hopes on the nation’s leader doing a 180° turnaround. Never before has the very foundation of our nation shown so many cracks. Can we repair the cracks? I’m not sure. Sigh.

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        • I hope so too, my friend, but as you say, we are more divided than ever before, and I don’t know how we even begin to mend those fences. I think some of those fences will have to be torn down rather than mended, I think … much as it pains me to say it … that ultimately this nation will not remain a single nation, but will divide completely. Not, likely, in my lifetime, but eventually, I see no other recourse. The ideological differences are too divisive. Sigh.

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          • I hope you’re wrong over that – I’ve always thought that the US had much to offer to the world and it would be such a shame if the past four years destroyed that for ever. The same might happen here too: Scotland and Northern Ireland both voted against Brexit, and the Scots are very vocal in their opposition. They have elections for their devolved government this year, and I expect those will strengthen the Scottish Nationalist Party’s control of their government. Watch this space…

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            • One problem is just that … the U.S. did, maybe still does, have much to offer the world, but it went to our head. The U.S. started to believe itself to be superior, to be indispensable, to be the “leader of the free world”, and as such, able to dictate to other nations. We became arrogant, and then along came Trump, the most arrogant of all. He tried to dictate terms of NATO, to give orders to other world leaders, he failed to honour our commitments, and expected other world leaders to bow to his whims. Thus, our relationships with our allies are at an all-time low and Biden will need to re-build the trust that has been lost. You’re right … from what I’ve read, it wouldn’t surprise me if Scotland pulled out of the UK, though admittedly I don’t understand enough to know whether they could actually do that or not. Both of our countries need a reset, need to step back a bit, I think. And here I had thought that we might have World Peace someday. Hah! I’ve given up on that one!

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              • A very good analysis of what has been happening to reduce the US’ standing in the eyes of the world. I hope Biden can rebuild it, perhaps beginning with a series of apologies to all those countries Trump has offended!

                Scotland has already had one referendum about leaving the UK, which was 55-45 for staying. I think it would be closer now, but if they did vote to leave, and to rejoin the EU, the interdependencies are such that it would make the Brexit negotiations look easy!

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                • Perhaps more even than the damage he has done domestically, I rue what Trump has done to jeopardize our alliances. I think Biden can mend most of those fences … at least I hope so. Sadly, he has convinced nearly half the population that the U.S. would be better off isolated from the rest of the world, and that half the population are just stupid enough to believe him.

                  I hope … I really hope, that it doesn’t come to that with Scotland, but another UK friend told me he thinks it is inevitable. Sigh. The whole damn world has lost its collective marbles!

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                  • I hope Biden can. It will depend on other countries’ willingness to get over the insults that have been hurled at them over the past four years, but fortunately most countries aren’t governed by toddlers.

                    I don’t think Scottish independence is inevitable, but the longer things carry on the way they are, with the Scots’ deep distrust of Johnson, the more possible it becomes.

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                    • From what I see, I think most of the European nations, as well as the UK, will welcome some sanity from this side of the pond. If Biden holds to his promise to rejoin the Paris Accords and work toward rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, I think it will go a long way toward showing his good intentions. He will also need to mend some fences where NATO and the UN are concerned. Sigh. So much to do, and so much is riding on today’s runoff elections in Georgia.

                      I will keep my fingers crossed that Scotland stays within the UK … it seems to me a mutually beneficial relationship.

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                    • We will, and hope to see it soon. His big advantage is that most countries regard Trump as a dangerous lunatic and any efforts Biden makes to rectify things will be very welcome.

                      The SNP is very strong in Scotland at present, and it will be interesting to see if they become even stronger in the May elections. If they do, pressure for independence and their rejoining the EU will grow, but they will have to accept that the EU will put them a long way down the pecking order, and that they will lose the best per capita funding that they currently have as one of the four countries in the U.K. Unpicking it all would be a nightmare!

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                    • One of the worst things Trump has done, and there have been a LOT, has been his treatment of our allies. I feel certain that Biden will work hard toward mending those fences and once again the U.S. can become a trusted ally, though for how long, I cannot say, for I won’t be surprised if another fool takes over in four years. Sigh.

                      I can only imagine that unpicking it all would be a nightmare … one that I hope does NOT come to pass! I’ve watched from afar the ‘unpicking’ of Brexit and it made my head spin.

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                    • It’s all part of his total lack of understanding of how things work, and evidence that he was never suited to a role he seemingly doesn’t want but won’t give up. Madness!

                      At least Scottish independence would be a good job creation scheme for lawyers and civil servants…

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                    • You’re so right about that. When he first took office, his aides tried to teach him, like help him to read the Constitution, which he had never read. They found he had little patience for it and a very short attention span. During daily briefings, he would start playing on his phone, tweeting and such. The aides pretty much gave up before long.

                      Oh, no doubt the lawyers will benefit! Don’t they always!

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  5. A slightly delayed start to your New Year while the loonies get their idiocy out of their system and the Fat Man off his throne.Normal Service will resume as soon as possible but not later than January 18th Oops I mean the 20th.
    Cwtch

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  6. “Ohhhh 20 more days to go
    20 more days go
    Of listening to crap
    Then that’ll be that
    20 more days to go”
    And repeat every day with the necessary reduction in the number.
    (feel free to discuss on the constitutional circumstance as to whether the 20th January actually counts on the 1st January)

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          • Well hurry on sundown
            See what tomorrow brings
            Hurry on sundown
            See what tomorrow brings
            Well it may bring war
            Any old thing
            Look into your mind’s eye
            See what you can see
            Look into your mind’s eye
            See what you can see
            There’s hundreds of people
            Like you and me
            Oh, hurry on sundown
            Hurry on sundown
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            Hurry on sundown
            Well hurry on sundown
            See what tomorrow brings
            Hurry on sundown
            See what tomorrow brings
            Well it may bring war
            Any old thing
            Look into your mind’s eye
            See what you can see
            Look into your mind’s eye
            See what you can see
            There’s hundreds of people
            Like you and me
            Oh, hurry on sundown
            Hurry on sundown
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            Hurry on sundown

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