From Inside The Bouncing Mind …

I find myself with an excess of angst these days … more than at any other time in my 70 years on this planet.  Yes, much of it is centered around the infamy of Republicans in Congress, but I’m also finding that a relatively large portion of the average Joes in the nation are also angst-inducing.  Some 65 million people are still unvaccinated!  WHO gave them permission to endanger the lives of the rest of us???  I still think we should ship them all off to some island similar to a leper colony until they either die out or decide to do the right thing!  Anyway, here are a few of the issues that are making my poor wee brain bounce around inside my head …


Winner take all … including the bigotry

I haven’t watched Jeopardy in years because I simply don’t watch television … at all.  I do watch one show … Coronation Street, a British soap opera that my daughter got me hooked on a few years ago, but beyond that, I don’t watch television.  Back in the day, however, I was a fan of Jeopardy, though I only came up with the right answers about 50% of the time, not nearly enough to make me think I had what it takes to become a contestant on the show.

Amy Schneider, however, obviously DOES have what it takes, for she recently became the first woman in the history of Jeopardy to win the most consecutive regular season episodes!  Hats off to Ms. Schneider!  Oh, but wait … the bigots of the nation had to speak out against Ms. Schneider because … she is two of the three things they hate the most … a woman and a transgender woman at that.  Imagine if she were Black on top of all else!  On Twitter, transphobic users claimed that transgender women are naturally better at trivia games than cisgender women, so Schneider’s wins aren’t meaningful.  BULLSHIT!  Frankly, I know some straight men who couldn’t compete successfully on any quiz show where education and intelligence are required.

This is just one case of the bigotry that defines an unfortunately large portion of the population in this nation.  What a sad … nay, tragic … state we are in when some people consider themselves more valuable than others because of their skin colour, gender, religion, gender identity, or other so-called criteria.  Wouldn’t you think humans would have learned to be more … human … after centuries of living in communities, living and working side-by-side with people of every race and gender?  Apparently, some people never learn to be human.


Voting Rights???  Did somebody say voting rights?

Two landmark bills have been stalled in the Senate for months: The Freedom to Vote Act would standardize voter ID laws and permanently allow voting by mail, ban partisan gerrymandering, and set national standards for elections. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act would reestablish the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by two Supreme Court decisions in the past decade, by specifically reinstating antidiscrimination protections for voters.  A no-brainer, right?  Well … yeah, unless you’re a Republican.  Not a single Republican senator is willing to vote to pass these two much-needed laws … not a single one!  I’m sick and damn tired of paying taxes to support these assholes who are trying to take away our right to have a voice in our government!!!

What does this say about the Republicans in Congress?  It says they are a bunch of incompetent cowards, that’s what!  They are scared to death that if every eligible person can actually vote, they won’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the next election.  And why, you might ask, can they only win if people of colour, young people, poor people cannot vote?  Because those of us who have a brain and remember how to use it understand that they have NOT been doing their job, that they are no more qualified for a seat in our legislative body than my cat is!

Surely there are at least some Republicans in Congress who know that the right to vote is not to be taken lightly, is guaranteed to each and every one of us.  Surely there are at least a few who understand that their refusal to pass these two very important bills is WRONG!  But, it seems their loyalty to the Republican Party ranks higher in their mind than the oath of office they took. In my book, it is tantamount to treason against We the People!


Guilty!!!

Y’know, folks, if I were to be issued a summons or a subpoena to appear in court, to testify under oath, and if I were to ignore that summons or subpoena, or worse yet openly defy it, it would be only a matter of hours before I would be sitting in a jail cell.  The same can be said for all of you … it is against the law to ignore or defy a subpoena.  Full stop.  So … can somebody please ‘splain to me why people like Jim Jordan, Kevin McCarthy, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and others are still walking around free, not wearing orange jumpsuits and not looking out from behind a set of iron bars?  I thought that in this nation, the laws applied to everyone, even those elected officials whose salaries we work our patooties off to pay?  I thought that there was … what’s that called … “Equal justice for all”?

WHY are these jerks getting by with willfully interfering with a committee that is investigating an event that caused death and damn near caused the downfall of this nation’s foundation?  Obviously, each one who has defied or ignored a subpoena from the committee is guilty of having a distinct role in the attempted coup, for if they had nothing to hide, they would be more than willing to tell what they know … under oath.  In my book, refusal to even testify is an admission of guilt.  They walk among us … and they shouldn’t … they have no right to.

59 thoughts on “From Inside The Bouncing Mind …

  1. I will also apoligise to you Jill. I am so very much OVER transphobes spreading lies and misinformation about the trans community. Too me they are no different to people who spread lies and misinformation about COVID, there is no difference to me between the two. I’m sorry if you’re friends with that “woman”. But I would say the same things to any of my friends and I have, lol. She should know as well though, there was a time when women weren’t mainstream either.

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    • I share your angst about bigots of any sort, including transphobes. However, I do have a policy of not allowing readers to insult other readers, and in that light, I did remove a few of your comments. You don’t need to apologize, and no, I’m not friends with SilverAppleQueen, but she is a reader and as such, I defend her right to her opinion without having to be called names and insulted. No worries, but I do insist on respectful comments … just a pet peeve of mine 😉

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        • She did not directly disrespect my readers or myself, but stated her views. While I agree that her views are bigoted, I do encourage civil discussion. I try to keep this a place where people can air their views without fear of being called names and disrespected by others. I’m truly sorry if you disagree with me, but … no two people will ever agree about everything.

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  2. What people ignore about Amy Schneider, is that the previous woman Jeopardy champion actually supports Amy Schneider. She doesn’t get the big deal either, so of course the transphobes are attacking her too, but you know “they support women”. Bigots are just gross. I refuse to call them human beings.

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    • Thanks for that article, Mary! It was enlightening, but I still don’t understand the mentality of anyone who admires Trump. It is a caveman mentality … given the chance, these male nutcases would be dragging us around by the hair of our head! Sigh. I used to think most people were kind and relatively intelligent, but Trump’s supporters have taken away those rose-coloured glasses!

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  3. “Some 65 million people are still unvaccinated! WHO gave them permission to endanger the lives of the rest of us???” To answer ur question:
    US Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Virus Mandate for Large Employers, but the justices allowed a vaccination requirement for health care workers at facilities that receive federal money.
    In a 6-3 vote, justices decide Biden’s mandate is unconstitutional, cannot ignore body autonomy or individual sovereignty. “My body, my choice” apply to vaccines as well as abortion, at least for now.

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    • “My body, my choice” is NOT in the Constitution. And, it doesn’t cover the current situation. The anti-vaxxers are basically claiming that it is THEIR choice what happens to MY body. Bullshit! People in this nation are simply cruel and uncaring, at least those who refuse to wear a mask and refuse to be vaccinated are. Do you realize that if every person had gotten the vaccine when they were first available, we would have NO COVID in this nation today? Instead, we are as isolated today as we were a year ago, with more variants likely waiting in the wings. Do the 1,000 plus deaths per day mean NOTHING to these buffoons? Selfish idiots!

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      • “My body, my choice” is analogous to body autonomy. Body autonomy is a critical component of the right to privacy protected by the Constitution, as decided in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), McFall v. Shimp (1978), and of course Roe v. Wade (1973).
        Body Autonomy Is Protected By The Constitution, the government cannot force you to save someone else’s life against your will, not even the life of a baby, precedents:
        View at Medium.com

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      • Sadly, vaccines aren’t 100% perfect. They work brilliantly for seniors 65 and over, safe and effective, have saves countless lives. However for the younger population under 40, the vaccines are “leaky”. Due to variants and mutations, Covid evades the vaccinated and many breakthrough cases occur. The CDC and Dr Fauci also stated the same: Covid vaccines do NOT stop infection or transmission, only lessens the severity and prevents death. There are countries with 90%+ fully vaccinated like Seychelles, or Israel and their hospitals are still overwhelmed with breakthrough Covid cases from the fully vaccinated. Death rates are lower than 2020 height of the pandemic, thank god.
        Covid has transmuted to the point that it has become endemic, there’s really no way to stop it, admits the CDC, even if 100% of the whole world gets vaccinated. Here’s a great article from CNBC:
        https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/15/what-living-with-endemic-covid-will-look-like-in-2022-and-future.html

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        • When the world was vaccinated against smallpox, we did not argue about bodily autonomy. We got on with it, and saved countless lives. Vaccination is proven to work, and it has worked against covid – you said it yourself, it lessens the severity. I currently have covid, and I dread to imagine how much worse it would be for me if I hadn’t been vaccinated. Combined with other measures, vaccination is crucial in controlling covid.

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          • Exactly, Ben! Smallpox, measles, polio … even today, parents don’t throw a hissy fit when they are told that their children must be vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. Those who refuse the Covid vaccine are creating an environment where we will have one variant or another taking thousands of lives each month for the foreseeable future. I didn’t realize you had Covid, Ben, and I hope you will be fine and feel much better very soon! Thinking of you, my friend!

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          • Hello Ben, i’m very sorry to hear that u contracted Covid even tho u got the “vaccine”. To be accurate, this current generation of mRNA treatment is not like a traditional smallpox or MMR vaccine where scientist actually use attenuated WHOLE virus sequencing to induce an immune response that conveyed lasting immunity. mRNA technology is actually gene therapy that force your cells to produce a spike protein which induce an immune response that DOES NOT CONVEY IMMUNITY!
            It’s really a temporary treatment against sever illness, since it does not even stop infection or transmission, so it can’t be considered a real vaccine.
            That’s not to say it does work, it worked great against the original Covid strain with 95% effectiveness. But with every variant mutation the protection goes way down, hence the boosters.
            From my own research, I’ll report that this Covid treatment works great for the elderly, mainly b/c it was originally designed to protect the elderly first and foremost, the most vulnerable among us. And i thank god every day that so many lives are saved b/c of this! Both my grandparents and every elderly person i know are still here since they are protected by the shot. ❤
            However, the downside is many younger ppl experience side effects with their heart, blood clots etc, this has been acknowledged by the CDC and Dr Fauci. Because of this FACT, many doctors and nurses decide to speak out for more transparency regarding vaccination.
            This came across my feed this morning:

            God Bless, stay safe, and best wishes ❤

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              • I fully agree, Ben … it has been over-stated and over-played. One person even claimed that the vaccine had killed more people than the virus itself, which we both know is B.S. If I had a young child, I would have ensured that he/she be vaccinated at the earliest possible date. We are now closing in on 1 million deaths here in the U.S., and still there are those who claim they know better than the medical experts.

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      • Ppl who live in free society should always have choices, selfish or not. Vaccination is only part of the issue, the main problem is citizens should not hand over their power of individual sovereignty/ body autonomy to any government. That is very dangerous and will lead to tyranny, no matter how well intentioned.
        Without body autonomy, the gov’t can unilaterally decide whether women can have abortions or not. Or lock up the unvaccinated, restrict movement, ban gatherings.
        Another example: in Austria, gov’t health officials are contemplating whether to temporarily ban smoking, junk food, meat, sugar so the health of their citizens improve in order to reduce the risk of catching Covid, preventing hospitalization and death. Sounds reasonable, but…….
        Personally I think that is a wonderful idea, b/c i’m a vegan health nut who loves to exercise and stay healthy. But that doesn’t make it right!
        We have to consider the rights of others even if we disagree with them. Jill is a smoker, and it’s her right to smoke during a pandemic even if it means she may be more vulnerable to Covid. I have no right, and the gov’t should not have the power to take that choice away from her.
        Yes, with freedom comes responsibilities, and we should all do our level best. But when basic freedoms are restricted or eliminated, we all lose.

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    • When I read of their decision this afternoon, I know my blood pressure shot through the ceiling and there was a growling sound coming from somewhere deep within. You’re so right … staying positive when the odds are stacked against common sense is getting very difficult. I’ve vowed to stay here and fight, but more and more a move to another country is appealing.

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      • And that, my friend, is why we have a plan that starts with infrastructure: transport, health clinics, legal finance/debt clinics, and libraries. These are things that most people, even them, cannot really argue with. That’s why we start with that caring and knowledge infrastructure for 15 years and then move into a phase of working even further on cultural change, while still working on building empathy. That’s why Project Do Better needs artists, policy wonks, psychology types, and brick-layers to discuss empathy, first, as the value that binds us all together. Even those people cannot gainsay that. So, that is where we start, and we work, for the next 70 years, Phase by Phase.

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        • And I applaud all those efforts … my only concern is that we likely don’t have 70 years to wait for the results. If we cannot wake people up to the dangers their ignorance poses, primarily climate change, the entire human race may well be extinct before 70 years have passed. You’re not wrong, and you’re on the right path, but meanwhile, we must find a faster way to overcome the hatred and divisiveness that have taken over much of the world.

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          • I share that fear, but I don’t see it as 70 years to sustainability. Rather, I see it as starting to wake folks up now, and begin building empathy, this year. From there, we are moving toward both sustainability, and kindness, and universal humanity, on a 70 year plan. Starting now. Each phase has a different set of policy objectives.

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  5. Well, I hate to get you more pissed off about anything but Amy Schneider is NOT a woman nor is she the FIRST woman to win over a million dollars on Jeopardy … I was informed by rawgod that a Canadian woman did that several years ago, but since she was Canadian, she was DISQUALIFIED for that honor. (I bet Alex Trebek loved that!)

    But beyond that, Amy Schneider is a TRANSWOMAN, which means she is a MAN … not a woman. If they want to properly honor her, say that she’s the first TRANSWOMAN to win over a million dollars, but not the first WOMAN … let that honor go to the first person with two XX chromosomes … personally, I’m insulted that they would say that “she” is the first woman to win this honor when she is NOT a F*NG WOMAN!!!!!!!!

    I am not transphobic, I have nothing against transpeople whatsoever, I have friends who are trans. Luckily, they don’t believe in this idiotic trans-ideology or the politics that are pushing this ideology into the mainstream. Making women bunk with men in prisons … because men are now “identifying” as women. Making girls compete against boys in sports … because boys are “identifying” as girls … gee, what a way to win! Fucking cheaters!

    Let the trans people have their own F*ng category! Stop colonizing women! Stop erasing lesbians! Stop abusing children! Trans-ideology is the new gay conversion therapy!

    Educate yourself! This is not progressive politics! This is BULLSHIT!

    You think you’re angry! This issue burns me up! YOU CANNOT IDENTIFY YOURSELF INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX! YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR SEX! WOMEN IS NOT A FEELING!

    I was a tomboy my entire life! Honestly, I feel as much a boy as a girl. I am bisexual. BUT I AM ALL WOMAN & I KNOW THAT I CANNOT CHANGE MY SEX & I DO NOT WANT TO. I cry for these young girls who are being coerced into getting mastectomies & pretending they are men!

    This whole ideology SUCKS!

    AMY SCHNEIDER IS A TRANSWOMAN WHICH MEANS SHE IS A MAN.

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    • Just to correct, saq, sorry. BARBARA EDDY did not win million dollar prizes. She won 5 straight championships before she was barred from playing. She may have won a million dollars over that 5 year stretch, but there was no actual prize as such. What you had at the end of the show was what you got. But thanks for the shout out. I was trying to remember who I had told that story to…
      As for transgendered issues, no, you cannot take the man out of the woman just by changing his genitalia. I like your idea of giving transgendered people their own categories when it comes to competition, but I doubt there are many who make that change to compete. They are one gender locked in the body of an opposite gender. If their change does not have to be publicized, why do it? Live and let live.
      As for this Jeopardy champion, intellect is not a function of gender. It should never have been brought up, and I cannot understand why it was.
      And take care of your heart health, please. That was one helluva blast, lol.

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    • It is my understanding that intelligence and knowledge is not gender specific, therefore ur argument against trans-ppl is irrelevant when applying the same standards equally to everyone. You are correct when sports are involved, clearly biological males (XY) have an unfair advantage and should not compete with biological females (YY). Altho if trans want to compete in their own category, that would be fine.
      “Trans-ideology is the new gay conversion therapy”…. I’m not sure if ur analogy is applicable. Trans ppl are who they are, same as homosexuals. Society is not trying to “convert” them straight, just the opposite, progressive liberals are pushing for more inclusion for everyone which is positive overall….. within a reasonable framework of course.
      Very intersting points u’v brought up, thx for the intellectual discourse.

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      • The thing is with sports, a lot of trans people are on medications that lower their testosterone and other things, that can change their biology. Trans women, as an example, can actually breastfeed now. Which is why a lot of top sports foundations accept trans women AND men in their gender.

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        • Yes, i’m aware that trans ppl have to meet the same regulatory standards as their competition. But that doesn’t negate the fact that prior to their sex conversion, they had the advantages of being male. i.e bigger denser bone structure, stronger muscle memory, etc. Features that don’t change even after conversion therapy, those are just biological facts.
          That’s the primary issue female athletes have with trans men, the unfair advantage cannot be overcome by hormones alone.
          That being said, i’m totally fine with trans men competing with females if female athletes don’t object. There are many examples in MMA (mixed martial arts) where the skill level of females far exceed the raw power of trans men. That’s totally cool by me.
          As long as everyone agrees to play by the rules, then game on!

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  6. Jill, we do watch Jeopardy. One thing about this show is it is based on merit. She could be polka dot, but the fact is she is winning and is very good. She rivals the best on the show and may equal their records. I love that Ken Jennings is the host as he obviously admires her.

    And, people who will not cooperate with the January 6 commission do not want to for two key reasons. They have something to hide and they do not want to risk the wrath of the mercurial one and his base. When I see the headlines of these articles (which I do not read) that say “Trump is fuming about (fill in the blank,” the response is so what. Trump is so thin-skinned, he is always mad about something. That is why his staff walks around on egg shells. Our friend Scottie knows someone who has been fired by Trump six times, but Trump keeps forgetting he fired him, so he returned to work.

    Keith

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    • Jeopardy was the only quiz-type show that I ever watched, for it was based on merit, on knowledge, unlike some that were just silly ‘luck-of-the-draw’. I do remember seeing Ken Jennings on it many times and he was sharp! I have to think that jealousy is at the core of some of the complaints about Ms. Schneider … jealousy and bigotry. Sigh.

      Oh yes, they have something to hide for sure! Otherwise, why not just come right out and tell whatever they know. Their obstruction and refusal to cooperate are as good as admissions of guilt. I’d like to see each of them in a jail cell until they decide whether it’s more important to be free or to continue lying to protect others and themselves. Like you, I don’t even read articles about Trump any more, for what he says or does is of no interest to me. Now, if he does run again in 2024, I may have to become interested, but I hope by then he’s in prison and not eligible to run. I’ll have to ask Scottie about that one! I know his partner was once employed by Trump, but I cannot remember the details. My mind is getting old and holey!

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  7. Simple questions Jill but they deserve a formal answer from those who intend to Govern you.. As far as the Jan 6th Committee goes, since we know the law has to be applied with full force, I want to know why those who refused the subpoenas are immune from it’s effects and when justice will be seen to prevail.
    cwtch

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    • I fully agree … we are OWED an explanation. Frankly, I would like to see every last one of them rounded up and put in a public forum, forced to answer questions both from the committee investigating the attempted coup and from We the People. I want to know just why in hell they thought it was okay to override my vote!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
      Cwtch

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  8. I’m so glad you listed a few highlights of the voting rights legislation that need to be passed ASAP in Congress. My only wish is that Dems would repeat, over and over, what’s actually in the bills they want to pass. Too often Dems are so bad at communicating what the hell it is they’re trying to do. But the even bigger question is, why are Republicans against it? Shouldn’t our media be asking this question over and over? Great post Jill.

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    • Indeed, Democrats have proven themselves to be terrible communicators and marketers. They take the quiet approach, which is sometimes fine, but in today’s environment, it isn’t working and it’s time for them to get much more vocal and much tougher. As to your question about why Republicans are against our right to vote … it’s simple. They have screwed up so much in the past 10-15 years that if everyone could vote and there were no gerrymandering, it’s doubtful more than a small handful of Republicans could win their elections. Yes, the media should be doing much that it isn’t … they are a big part of the problem! Thank you!

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