Filosofa Is Grumpy …

Apologies in advance … I am in rant mode today!

Of all the men (and a few women, but mostly all men) who occupy seats in Congress and call themselves “Republicans”, there is not one who possesses a conscience.  Not a single one.  Oh sure, a few actually stood up to the former guy last year, but even they have now reverted to form and are toeing the party line … whatever the party line is.  And so, I have this to say to every Republican who has an office in the Capitol …


Whew!  Sorry, folks, but I just had to get that one off my chest.  We the People were guaranteed the right to participate in our government, to have a voice about who represents us, centuries ago and now, all of a sudden, the entire Republican Party is working diligently to steal that right from us.  I, for one, will not sit quietly by watching the demolition of our rights in this nation without raising my voice and maybe a fist or two!

If you live in Orange County, Florida, be advised that your local health department wants you to die.  Yes, you heard me right.  The Orange County Health Department has placed its Director, Dr. Raul Pino, on administrative leave.  Why?  Because he is in favour of people being vaccinated in an effort to eventually end this horrible pandemic that has ruled our lives for the past two years!!!  After finding that out of the 568 active staff at the department, only 77 had received a COVID-19 booster, 219 had two doses of the vaccine and 34 had only one dose, Dr. Pino wrote in an email …

“I have a hard time understanding how we can be in public health and not practice it.  I am sorry but in the absence of reasonable and real reasons it is irresponsible not to be vaccinated. We have been at this for two years, we were the first to give vaccines to the masses, we have done more than 300,000 and we are not even at 50% pathetic.”

And for this, he was suspended from his position.  According to a statement issued by the Orange County Department of Health …

“As the decision to get vaccinated is a personal medical choice that should be made free from coercion and mandates from employers, the employee in question has been placed on administrative leave, and the Florida Department of Health is conducting an inquiry to determine if any laws were broken in this case.

The Department is committed to upholding all laws, including the ban on vaccine mandates for government employees and will take appropriate action once additional information is known.”

The ‘Department’ would better serve the people by demanding every one of their staff be fully vaccinated and encouraging the vaccine, rather than punishing people for promoting it!

And speaking of Florida …

According to the Associated Press

“A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past received its first approval Tuesday.”


Maybe, just maybe it’s about damn time that ‘white people’ start to feel a bit of discomfort for how Black people have been treated throughout the history of this nation and are still treated today!  Maybe if they feel a bit ‘uncomfortable’, they will take a stand and be a part of the movement to end racism in the U.S.  Any ‘white’ person who believes that they are somehow ‘superior’ to others based solely on skin colour deserves to be made to feel uncomfortable, deserves the feelings of guilt that they and their ancestors have earned.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …

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  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. those politicians in Congress, and elsewhere, will cater to the people that voted them into office, that is their priority and if it works for the rest of the country, so be it… if they do not cater to the voters, they will be out of a job quickly…. the problem lies with the voters themselves, who may have a closed minded ideology, especially in the world of religion and deny change that may pose a threat to their world, especially the older generation… with today’s technology and expansion in the population the closed minded ideologies are colliding and the people will need to work together and compromise, irregardless what the politicians do… 🙂

    The Republican politicians support Trump not because they are afraid of Trump, but because of the Trump supporters in their district and don’t wish to upset them… 🙂

    Hope you are feeling better and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • You’re so right … an article in my inbox tonight said the trouble with the ‘good’ Republicans is that they answer to the not-so-good voters. Very true. The question, then, becomes: how do we educate people??? How do we direct their attention away from venues like Fox, OANN, and others who spread lies and conspiracy theories, and teach them to do the research, to listen to scientists and medical experts? The close-minded are bringing us nearer and nearer to a brink that I fear may bring about the end of the U.S. as we’ve known it, and other nations will likely follow suit. As re Trump … I think it’s time for him to go … preferably to prison for the rest of his life.

      Yes, my friend, I’m feeling some better and able to do a bit more, though I tend to overdo and then I’m exhausted. But, as a good friend reminds me about the body … use it or lose it. So, I push myself. Thank you for the beautiful thoughts in the Irish Saying!


      • The best way is communication, talk to each other, hopefully in a civil, peaceful manner and with a open mind… let your fingers do the walking and your heart do the talking… use technology to do away with fear, ridicule, prejudice, etc so people will accept one another and compromise… “When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” (Mother Angelica)… 🙂

        A tongue can accuse and carry bad news
        The seeds of distrust, it can sow,
        So unless you know the truth and only the truth
        Be careful of stones that you throw.
        (Larry “Dutch” Woller )

        Glad you are on the mend even though there may be some challenges… “Victory is not always winning the battle, but rising every time you fall” (Napoleon Bonaparte).. 🙂

        Until we meet again..
        May the love that you give
        Always return to you,
        That family and friends are many
        And always remain true,
        May your mind only know peace
        No suffering or strife,
        May your heart only know love and happiness
        On your journey through life.
        (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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        • You are so right about communication, but these days it seems to be a lost art. We don’t talk to each other, we scream and yell and threaten. How can we ever resolve our differences if we won’t even listen to one another? And frankly, it seems that in one sense, technology has only exacerbated the problem with the platform such venues as Twitter and Facebook give to those who prefer falsehoods to facts, screaming to civil discourse. I love your poem, Larry! It speaks volumes.

          Thank you for caring, my friend, and thank you for the beautiful poem!


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  3. For Dweezer19 (Cheryl) and Jill above/below. 🙂

    Jill, I think your recent or latest post “Fools Rush In” and your comparison of these anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, anti-social-distancing, and anti-mandators anti-quarantiners to Typhoid Mary, aka Mary Mallon, who infected 53 people with her typhoid fever are EXCELLENT counters to the asinine logic these protestors exhibit and their blatant defiance of kindness, thoughtfulness inherent in Public Health & Safety. Cheryl, you and Jill’s analogies are absolutely spot on! Your various examples/analogies demonstrate that these protestors—spreading false medical information as well as the virus—are in my mind, essentially performing Voluntary Criminal Negligence & Manslaughter. Period! 😡

    Not only does their grossly flawed logic and decisions put hundreds of lives at risk, several at high-risk if they’re unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated—que my Dec. 29th blog-post Oncoming High-Beams—because there is no way they can know exactly how the deadly virus will effect strangers around you, let alone how it might effect (or kill?) themselves or their loved ones!

    This level of logic and cognitive pathology utterly BAFFLES ME!!! It is so purely and simply the highest form and demonstration of egocentric, self-absorbed, uncouth individuals! Me, me, ME!!! It is all about ME, not you. How can it be interpreted any other way? This level of egomaniacal behavior literally borders on clinical psychopathy! It damn sure has their toes on it if not their entire foot crossing the line, so to speak! Here in Texas as of Jan. 20th only about 57.6%, are fully vaccinated. In my current County, Kerr, a rural county, only 47% are fully vaccinated. Education levels obtained in rural Texas counties versus urban counties are obviously at extreme ends of the intelligence spectrum. Though I could rattle off tons of census and social data facts about this, I’ll spare you both and your readers Jill, but let me just say that for decades now Texas has ranked in the bottom-half of Educational Levels Obtained, i.e. the majority of our residents only have high school diplomas and fewer with Associate degrees. Less than 35% have Bachelor degrees. 🤦‍♂️ Enough said there.

    Perhaps this moronic behavior is the quintessential definition of Mob- or Herd-mentality—Dodo birds all following each other over the cliff or into the hot-lava pit to their deaths, ala Ice Age, because of their precious 3 melons and “planning ahead!” Yeah, right. 🙄

    Jill, Cheryl… I sure wish Natural Selection worked a lot faster in more “select” ways, don’t you? 😆

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    • Thanks, partner! Yep, it would seem to be the case that being a person of no conscience is requisite for joining the Republican Party. Speaking of … did you hear about McConnell’s latest faux pas? He said … “African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.” My jaw dropped!

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    • I’m not sure how to respond to your comment. I thought everyone who had a stake in the outcome of what is happening in our country would be ‘pissed off’, but apparently not. Sorry, my friend, but I cannot sit silently by and see the injustices we are seeing without speaking my mind. These are the things that keep me awake at night … do they not bother you at all?


  4. The thing about corruption, it’s that it’s, a top-down, crooked stick crooked shadow kind of deal, because, even if the members of the political party know that the leader they are following is immoral, they don’t stand up and speak out, because, then, they would be, going against their, own, party affiliations, this is, everywhere in the world today, not just in the U.S., or, other developed, countries in the eorld right now.

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    • I agree with what you say, but a politician’s loyalty belongs to the people of the nation, NOT to a political party! You’re right … I’m reading much the same is happening in the UK right now over Boris Johnson and his parties while the rest of the nation was locked down. Some want him to resign and others are calling them out for it. Sigh. Why can’t we all just learn to live together, to share our resources, and not to judge others by such superficial things as religion, gender, skin colour, etc? A question that has been asked for centuries, I’m sure.


  5. Ron De Santis should stand trial for manslaughter once he’s out of office as should the Director of Public Health of Orange County and anywhere else who adopt the same rule . For those of the Government who won’t pull together to help end this virus or wh go out of their way like Trump to infect those around them, that should be declared Pariahs and locked away in one of those town they created to test the results of atom bombs with one or more of them infected by the virus and no medical help available. Then, forgotten about.Was it Plague Mary in somewhere like Chicago that caused a massive outbrteak of cholera before the authorities were able to find her? With people like her you could depopulate the country and this virus has many people like her. Rant on Sweetie until the deaf hear you.

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    • I agree … not only DeSantis, but Trump and a hundred others who have made decisions that caused some of the nearly 1 million deaths in this country from Covid. There should be a price to pay, but I’m sure none of them will suffer any consequences for their actions.

      At first I knew who you were talking about but couldn’t think of the name … it was Typhoid Mary, aka Mary Mallon, who infected 53 people with typhoid fever.

      Thanks … and likely I will rant on, because I seem to have a bad case of the grumpies these days … gee, I wonder why?


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  6. I was raised not to use the word ‘hate’ among other words that are worthy of banishment. But. As many years as I adored, lived in and worked my butt for medical practices in Florida, I can say without guilt that I now hate Florida. I was forced to give up my career before I was really ready to retire when the pandemic hit due to very poor practice mandates. Oh, they were in place by the practice manager, but the physician was a 41 year old millennial wanna be whose hero was the former guy. I had to sit and stomach countless patients-mostly snowbirds- argue about masks, challenge us at every turn and finally I was laid off when medical offices were forced to close during the worst of the first wave. Because of former governor Rick Scott and his dismantling of the public assistance program and Ron DeSantis’ unending grandstanding and sucking up to orange head, I was out of work for six weeks without ever receiving one cent of unemployment. I don’t care one bit about ever returning there. I suffered being pointed at for wearing a mask by six year children in New Smyrna Beach, watching protests daily by people who have no real investment in Florida other using it as a playground. I don’t even recognize my country anymore. 😔💔

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    • Awwww Cheryl … that brings tears to my eyes. I knew you had a hard time, but wasn’t aware of the details. I have a number of friends and readers in Florida and not a single one of them have any respect for DeSantis, but apparently there are some of the willfully ignorant who do. You’re better off where you are, and I hope you never have to return to Florida! Like you, I no longer recognize this country and I ask myself every day if I was just wearing rose-coloured glasses and didn’t see what was right in front of my face, or if people have really changed so much. Sigh. Hugs, my friend.

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      • Thanks Jill. What I didn’t say is that in the throes of that period my 84 year old father was overcome by his dementia and a never completely diagnosed illness. My stepmother had become so ambivalent towards him that she tried to let him die. I tried to intervene from long distance due to Covid and needing to keep a job, but once I got to him, quickly realized thatI had no control nor would I get it without extensive legal help. He ended up in nursing care, we couldn’t go inside at all and he didn’t understand Covid at all. I had a grand total of three video chats with him in the three months he was there. He passed away on election day. At that time travel was hazardous, we sanitized hotel rooms, taking our own bedding and and having to fight anti maskers all the way across the South. I’m trying so hard to remember what I was happy about before but honestly it has always been my family, and wherever they are is home. Right now my life is about sharing the time my husband has and focusing on keeping him well. Thanks, honey, for all you do in the name of freedom and fairness to the all. We cannot stop trying..

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        • I remember you telling me about your father’s illness, but I wasn’t aware that he had been in a nursing home, nor that he had died. I am so very sorry, Cheryl. Indeed, it is hard these days to remember what once made us happy. When I am trying to go to sleep at night, I tell myself to think about something happy or fun, but more often than not, I end up thinking about some recent abomination in the nation and … well, this could be why I’m not sleeping much at all these days! I read and play Sudoku on my phone, often until daylight when finally my brain shuts down. I do hope, though, that you and hubby are able to carve out some special moments of happiness. Thank YOU, my friend, for your encouraging words … it means so much to know that my efforts aren’t in vain. Love ‘n hugs!

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          • Of course they aren’t. We are definitely living life as fully as we can in spite of the grappling masses and world madness. Thanks Jill. My Daddy wouldn’t have been able to stomach the goings on around him for much longer.

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  7. “As the decision to get vaccinated is a personal medical choice that should be made free from coercion and mandates from employers…”
    Orange County Department of Health

    This is where Orange County—and anyone else defending this horribly flawed logic—utterly GETS IT ALL COMPLETELY WRONG!!! This illogical argument not only doesn’t work sensibly, it also doesn’t work legally in terms of Public Health & Safety. Period!

    Jill, you might remember me writing a recent blog-post (Dec. 29,2021) about this very form of asinine, erroneous thinking that crosses-over into the domain of Voluntary Criminal Negligence and/or Manslaughter when a person—unvaxxed, unmasked, and not social-distancing—is out on public property, roads, and highways. This moronic behavior CERTAINLY applies to large gatherings indoor! That post:

    Basically, when a COVID-19 infected person KNOWS they are exposed (or indeed infected) and still defiantly refuses to stay quarantined alone at home (for 5-14 days straight), and/or mask-up, and AT LEAST social-distance 6-8 feet from all uninfected(?) persons/strangers because you can’t possibly know how severely the COVID virus will effect others, including your own family, young children or even geriatric persons! They could very well DIE—in our already overtaxed, overworked, overrun hospitals & staff for 2+ years straight now!—from YOUR Voluntary Criminal Negligence/Manslaughter… just as if you were driving DRUNK, the wrong way on a street or highway, and going 30-miles over the legal speed limit there!!! What’s the effin difference between the two!? So…

    Short-sighted people and clueless politicians… pull your thick heads out of your asses and THINK outside of your Prima-donna Selves!!! THERE ARE PERFECTLY JUSTIFIABLE, LEGAL REASONS WHY WE HAVE LAWS and SAFETY MEASURES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY… for EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, NOT JUST YOU!!! DUH! 😡🤬

    And then we have way too many of these idiots who simply DON’T CARE whether they contract the virus OR who they spread it into! Again, in my mind that’s blatantly practicing Voluntary Criminal Negligence or Manslaughter! Period!

    In complete and total agreement with Dr. Raul Pino (doing his job/duty!) and you Jill!

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    • I fully agree, and I considered making that point but didn’t. Nobody has the right to point a gun in a crowded grocery store, and in the same vein, nobody has a right to carry a deadly disease, knowingly without precautions, into any public venue. There is such a thing as “responsibility” that accompanies every right we have, and the anti-vaxxers are shirking their responsibilities and intentionally, willfully, putting the lives of us all in danger.

      Yes, I do remember your December post, the one where Mr. Sutter reared his ugly head. My friend, David, made a comparison to Typhoid Mary that, now that I think about it, is quite apt!

      I wonder … sometimes I think that if this pandemic had occurred 10-15 years ago, the public would have responded differently. Even the most selfish among us would likely have seen the need for masks, vaccines, social distancing, etc. and little opposition would have been encountered. But, as a pushback against the first Black president, the Republican Party went into overdrive to show and spread disdain for anything that made sense for We the People and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since. ‘Willful ignorance’ can be just as deadly as a gun. Sigh. We have become a very selfish, unthinking nation, haven’t we, Prof?

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      • We have become a very selfish, unthinking nation, haven’t we, Prof?

        Regrettably we have indeed, Jill. This societal flaw in America, or its drawback, within a Republic Democracy has always been a well-known by scholars as an adverse effect when contrasting foreign governments to our hyper-capitalism coupled with singular, hyper-individualism that is too often disguised or maligned as patriotic liberties and freedoms.

        But Jill, as many of us know that is NOT the full embodiment or definition of equality for all, a level fair playing field and opportunities for all, freedom and liberty for all, etc, drawn up by our six (6) Core Founding Fathers. As you correctly pointed out, those civic virtues/obligations cannot survive without accountability and responsibility for the reasonable well-being of your fellow citizens! We are ALL, every single American, like it or not, are interconnected. “E Pluribus Unum,” right?

        Hence, the dire need for an equitable justice system based solely on the Laws of the Land, the federal, state, and county laws, NOT special individuals or (wealthy?) Prima-donnas, as I refer to them. And those Laws are rightly sub-divided into Criminal and Civil Laws and then rightly expected societal virtues, duties, and obligations by all, by the Whole, by the Greater Good & Numbers upon the few or individual and to reasonably abide in the aforementioned responsibilities of all parts/components. Therefore, singular, egotistical, individual rights should never outweigh or transcend the Whole, the Greater Good, or its Laws… top to bottom. Nor should individuals be given Cart Blanche to harm or put at (high?) risk of harm/death the Greater Numbers and Good.

        This leads me to another decayed part of American Civic Virtues & Obligations: Civic Education. This area or domain of our social and public education has been horrendously lacking in school curriculums for at least the last 4-5 decades. Far, far too many Americans have a less-than subpar understanding of our FULL Civic infrastructures, purpose, preservation, and implementation from top to bottom, Federal to state, to county to municipal. And boy does it show!!! Showed in its most despicable, shameful form on Jan. 6th, 2021. 😢

        Yet, four to five deaths from Jan. 6th doesn’t compare to 880,976+ Americans (and still counting) prematurely killed, dead from COVID-19 and a severe lack of “E Pluribus Unum” in this country and an apparent miniscule amount of simple kindness, thoughtfulness, and care for fellow Americans and our frontline health workers.

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        • You are spot-on in all that you say. Few would question the need for laws such as speed limits, requirements to obtain a driving license, drunk-driving laws, etc., as they are established for the greater good, the safety of us all. So … what is the difference between those laws and a vaccine or mask mandate?

          OH YES!!! The demise of Civic Education in our schools has long been a pet peeve of mine. We no longer teach our children how our government works and why, just as we no longer teach them to think for themselves, even at the college level! I have a theory that I thought of when Trump first nominated Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, that the wealthy are in cahoots to ensure that the average person, upon completing their education, is never qualified for high-level government jobs that would be reserved for the children of the wealthy. Schools encourage young people to excel in computer technology or other areas, but no longer are those young people taught the foundations of government and such things as philosophy, social sciences, etc. We are turning out automatons, not deep thinkers.

          No, the 5 deaths as a result of the attempted coup on January 6th don’t compare to the nearly 1 million that we will see by late summer from Covid, BUT … they signify something even more evil … the death of a democracy. I strongly suspect, after reading about some of the plotting by the Oath Keepers in the two months prior to January 6th, that a repeat performance is already being planned. And, the planners/plotters no doubt learned from their mistakes in 2021 and will be far better prepared in 2025. But what bothers me the most is the number of people who would applaud such a nightmare. Have people in this country become bored with relative peace and seek some form of excitement, even if it means the death of a nation? Sigh.

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    • Don’t get me started. Why now give everyone the right to choose how they want to protect themselves AND others? Okay so we no longer have to vaccinate our children if we don’t ‘believe in it’? What about health standards in food service? If a restaurant owner doesn’t see anything wrong with a few rats and cockroaches, it’s their right to keep them around? What about telling people their kids aren’t allowed inside the business? What if I don’t want to wear a shirt and shoes? The same people pulling this nonsense out of their as#es are the ones that scream if a restaurant doesn’t allow their dogs inside or that there is a multi gender bathroom they have to use. It is just complete imbalance and hypocrisy. BTW. Ron DeSantis is a certifiable nut job.

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      • You make some excellent comparisons there, my friend! Health standards in food service, dress codes, speed limit laws, and more! Are they, then, proposing anarchy where there are no rules and everyone just does as they please? What chaos that would bring!!! And yes, I believe DeSantis and several others, such as Gaetz, Greene, Gosar and Boebert are certifiable nut jobs!

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        • I’ll go another step further. I worked for surgeons who prescribed preop and post op meds for surgery. What if patients cried ‘no meds’ and sued them to perform surgery anyway? Look what these same idiots did to HIV and AIDS patients for years, treating them like a scourge, thinking that breathing the same air or kissing them would pass the disease. They wanted them all sent to some distant island to ‘stay safe.’ They have no true agenda. They are like rabid dogs in a wild pack, following the dog with the loudest bark. They would eat one another if the right fool gave the command. I said it before and I’ll say it till I have no voice.
          “This mass thoughtless hysteria IS our Zombie Apocalypse.’
          Thrill seekers, wait no more. Get out your big guns and your really, really BIG guns and sit on your porches waiting to shoot at anything you think is a threat to you and yours. Wait. Except maybe the transgender, mask wearing vaccinated son or daughter who dissed you on social media. I guess the Zombies can have them.

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          • I keep waiting, thinking surely sooner or later common sense will kick in, but it seems I’m waiting in vain, waiting for something that seems less and less likely every day. Sigh.


        • Jill and Dweezer,

          I think since I use the WordPress Reader to manage comment-threads, I will simply make my reply to both of you down below(?), above(?) because the WP Reader chronology is often different than what is presented on your actual blog-page. Don’t mean to be awkward or difficult, just my feeble 😉 attempt at “flow and clarity” I guess. As I am advanced in my years, call my shift here a sort of Metamucil-Dulcolax move for “flow and mindful clarity”! 🤭😉

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  9. I find that in the hallowed halls of Congress there are very few Republicans…there are far more Republican’t and Republiwon’t. Some are a can’t due to fear of retribution for appearing as a supportive bipartisan member and many more are a won’t because they will not allow this administration to succeed no matter the costs to We the People. Then there are those who can’t and won’t because it affects their bank accounts! WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • You, my friend, have hit the nail on the head! Republican’ts and Republiwon’ts are precisely what they all are! If they fear retribution, then they are cowards and don’t deserve a seat in Congress to begin with. And if their only goal is to block whatever the Biden administration tries to do, then they are criminally corrupt and don’t deserve a seat in Congress. Meanwhile, we keep working, paying taxes to pay not only their salaries, but their travel and fringe benefits, and what do we get for our efforts??? Not one damn thing … not even the right to vote!!! WHAK!!!


  10. Excellent rant collection, although nan’s point about Liz is fair. Your title, though, made me wonder how many of the seven dwarves reside inside me. And is Pissed-off, Angry, Disgusted, and Grumpy all the same dwarf? Or are they four different ones? Hugs and cheers

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    • Thanks, Michael!!! As I said to Nan, I do respect Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for taking a stand in one area and for working as a part of the January 6th committee. However, when the House voted for the two voting rights bills, neither of them voted for them, so …

      Yeah, all the dwarves except Happy and Bashful seem to live inside me, too! Yes, I think that Pissed-off, Angry, and Disgusted are a few of Grumpy’s nicknames! Hugs ‘n cheers to you, my friend!

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  11. Republicans believe they have the power to legislate racism out of existence by denying it even exists. It only such “Ostrichism” (my apologies to ostriches evetywhere) could actually work it would be a miracle. Of course, for it to work, white people would have to vanish from the face of the Earth, and take their Republicanism with them.
    Better the Republicans should make it illegal for white people to have white children. Mixed parentages only. Black and white racism solved in 3 generations. (That leaves only a few thousand other types of racism to go!)

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    • While I respect Liz Cheney’s and Adam Kinzinger’s willingness to stand up to Trump and to call a spade a spade with regards to the attempted coup on January 6th, neither of them voted for the voting rights bills. The bills ultimately passed in the House, but not with any Republican support. So, yes, they were courageous in one instance, but cowards in another.


  12. Jill, with the battling boys DeSantis and Trump, they made the pandemic political from the outset. I am reading Michael Lewis’ excellent book on pandemic planning called “The Premonition” and it paints a picture in essence where the few folks who study data in a nimble fashion and know what they are talking about cannot get through the to the people who need to hear them as the watchdogs don’t want to upset the political position the administration has taken.

    To offer a glimpse, one of the best things George Bush did as president, few know about – he read a piece on pandemics and it frightened him and he set up a pandemic planning team to assess how the US could respond. These actually were some pretty smart folks, but none of them were around when we needed them during the Trump presidency. And, they had ideas to help with COVID, but no one would listen to them, as Trump valued loyalty over competence.

    DeSantis does the same thing in Florida. He does not want to hear dissenting thought. So, he fires people just like his former mentor Trump. More people have died than should have because of their incompetent political reaction to the pandemic. These experts cited in Lewis’ book noted you have to move quickly in a pandemic as the data is lagging and underreported. This is key as pandemics move exponentially. They note by the time we closed down travel from China to the US, it was too late, akin to locking the front door as the thieves walked out the back with the stolen goods.

    The other key lesson from fighting pandemics that is in the data if people would study it, is closing schools is critical. The kids average less than three feet apart in schools. Cities that did this saw pronounced reductions in spread during the Spanish Flu epidemic (note they went back and studied the data correcting several misconceptions based on one city’s experience). Keith

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    • First off … thank you for making me aware of Michael Lewis’ book … I hadn’t heard of it, but have checked it out and just ordered it for my Kindle … thanks!!!

      I well remember the former guy dismantling the pandemic planning team that Bush established and later, when the pandemic hit in early 2020, thinking what an ignorant fool Trump had been for doing that. Of the nearly 1 million lives lost so far in this nation, I think Trump’s lack of humanity, lack of honesty, is responsible for at least half, maybe more.

      Indeed, DeSantis is a Trump wanna-be and has the same lack of conscience. Funny, though, that of all my Florida friends and readers, not a single one like DeSantis at all. For those who do support him, the term ‘willful ignorance’ comes to mind. It seems that for some, it is easier to believe what they are told than to do a bit of fact-checking.

      I read an article today that said the same … closing schools is critical. And yet, even Biden says we will not close the schools again. I’d rather have my child be a year or so behind than have him/her dead! Even after two years, it seems that far too many people are failing to take this pandemic seriously.


      • Jill, the book is well-worth as all of his books. You recall the premise of Lewis’ “The Fifth Risk,” which is the US is so ill-prepared in the Trump White House, when we are exposed to a major catastrophe, we will not handle it very well. This was written before COVID, but after Lewis’ read all of the transitional briefing materials prepared for the Trump team that went unread. The people who prepared knew of risks the administration never bothered to learn, well of course, because Donald Trump knew everything. Keith

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        • Yes, his “The Fifth Risk” was an excellent read as I’m sure this one will be! I haven’t started it yet but plan to this weekend. I have often wondered how differently the pandemic would have been handled under, say, President Obama or even Bush — anyone other than the megalomaniac who was so sure he knew more than all the scientists. The scary thing is that a large number of people in this country are STILL claiming that Covid is a hoax and are calling the vaccines “evil”. I read an article tonight about Joe Rogan and how he is using his very loud voice to convince people to shun the vaccine. Sigh.


    • What you said about poor initial response is exactly what exacerbated this pandemic’s rapid spread. Remember around 2015 when Ebola was spreading across Africa and one of our US citizens was brought home for treatment with much fanfare on the news regarding Sterile transport and importance of PPE? I was in medical practice work at the time and it prompted re training by OSHA and OCCA on our practices in clinic. I recall being dumbfounded at Te Rump’s lack of any attention to safety or prevention. Why? Because he is a selfish, moronic businessman who should never have been put into office.

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