Things That Make Me Scratch My Head 🤷

The U.S. has a LOT of problems right now:  our democratic principles were very nearly shredded on January 6th 2021;  racism and homophobia are on the rise as is violent behaviour; the gun culture is out of control with more than 2 million guns being sold in a single month; there is zero cooperation between the two sides of the congressional aisle, thus NOTHING is being accomplished for We the People; hatred is on the rise in our society with people attacking store clerks, airline personnel and each other for no good reason; a pandemic is killing around 2,000 people in this country per day; Putin is threatening to start a new World War with his troop buildup on Russia’s border with Ukraine; and the list goes on.  But guess what the hot topic today is among some?  Cartoon character Minnie Mouse’s new attire.  Yep, you heard me right …

Welcome to the 21st Century, Minnie!!!  In honor of its 30-year anniversary, Disneyland Paris announced that Minnie would be getting a new fit for the occasion. Stella McCartney has designed an ink blue patterned pantsuit to be worn by the individual playing the character at the park during the festivities, and Candace Owen’s right-wing heart is terribly bent out of shape because of it, saying from her stand on Fox …

“This is why people don’t take these people seriously. They’re trying to destroy fabrics of our society pretending that there’s issues.”

Um … excuse me, but I really don’t understand what the problem is.  A cartoon character changes clothes and that is destroying the “fabrics of our society”???  Perhaps I’m a bit slow, but … what does it matter and how the Sam Hell does it affect the “fabrics of our society”?  What is destroying our society is people who have zero tolerance for those who don’t look, act, or think in precisely the same way they do!

Along similar lines, Fox host Tucker Carlson stated on air last week that the famed M&Ms characters were being made less sexy to the point that “you wouldn’t want to have a drink with any one of them.”  So what, Tuck?  I wouldn’t have a drink with you if I were dying of thirst!


And in other news …

For those who may not have noticed, we have a pandemic going on … been going on for two years now.  Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, may not have gotten that memo, however.  A couple of weeks ago, the Pope made the following comments when speaking to an audience …

“We see that people do not want to have children, or just one and no more. And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one — but they have two dogs, two cats … Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children. Yes, it’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity. And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood. And our homeland suffers, as it does not have children.”

Now, although I am not religious and have no affiliation with any religious organization, I once respected Pope Francis, felt he was on the path to make positive changes within the Catholic church.  But his statement is quite simply one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard, especially given the timing!  We are not only in the midst of a deadly pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly six million people worldwide, but we are experiencing the devastation of the environment that is causing shortages of food and potable water, not to mention breathable air.  If people are choosing to adopt a puppy, kitten or even an aardvark rather than contribute to the overpopulation of the planet, then give them a thumb-up instead of shaming them!  We do NOT need more people on Planet Earth, but there are thousands, maybe millions of pets in shelters who DO need a good home!

86 thoughts on “Things That Make Me Scratch My Head 🤷

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  2. From the Catholic inside lookin’ out, the consensus is kind of ‘Yeah, yeah, Holy Father. You should restrict your comments to matters theological and environmental, and anyway saying things like emotional relationships with pets was easier than the “complex” relationship between parents and children is only going to get you laughed at by cat owners’…. Annddd Life Goes.
    Meanwhile the salient point that everyone is missing, is the reason why the Republican Right are so steamed up over Minnie’s new outfit, is that it is essentially ‘blue’. Blue, y’ see….that’s the colour of The Democrats. In their fevered little minds it is obviously a plot to sublimate young people into being Democrats (and worship satan).

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    • Ahhhhh … and here I thought the reason they were so up in arms over Minnie’s new outfit was because they so loved her red polka-dot dress and yellow shoes of yore! But yeah, it all makes sense now … had it been red and had she been wearing a ‘maga’ hat, all would have been well!

      As for the Pope … yeah, he should stick to things he actually knows something about, and it seems he could stand to study a bit about the earth’s declining resources before he opens his mouth again!

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      • Getting steamed over Minnie Mouse. I can recall a few eternally adolescent males having the same reaction when Wonder Woman was wearing trousers.

        It an’t just Pope Francis Jill, there’s a whole wing of Catholicism still adhering here. The now notorious (in our house) Catholic Herald had an entire column snarkily attacking the character of Martin Sheen’s President Bartlett because of that administration’s characters general support for birth control…… like 10 years after the show had finished !!!
        Geez Louise!!
        (Not that the Catholic Herbal is too keen of Pope Francis either….too liberal. Go figure)

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        • Heh heh … ain’t that just like adolescent males? 🤭

          I guess when people get a good grievance going, they don’t want to let it go lest they cannot find another to draw attention to themselves, eh? I second that “Geez Louise!!” People 🙄

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  3. I could never stand Mickey or MInnie Mouse or any of the Disney cartoon characters but that new outfit she’s wearing is TERRIBLE. It has nothing to do with the fact that she’s wearing pants, it’s just an ugly outfit.

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  4. Jill, apparently The Tucker seems to be rubbing elected Republican officials the wrong way for his Putinesque worship. Several prominent Republican senators have said things like Tucker Carlson does not set the agenda for the Republican party, we do. This goes part and parcel to the theme of when you ignore the fire building created by folks named Trump, Carlson, Hannity, DeSantis, Abbott et al, do not be surprised when it burns you as it gets larger. The Republican leadership has done precisely what was done with another populist back in the 1950s named Senator Joe McCarthy. They tolerated his shenanigans and lying during the Communist witch hunts because of his widespread, MAGA like appeal. Even President Eisenhower (per John Meacham’s “Soul of America”) would not condemn McCarthy even though he knew McCarthy was dangerous (sound familiar?). McCarthy, like Trump and his sycophants like The Tucker, destroyed people’s lives with his lies. Our elected officials must act like leaders and take their heads out of the sand. Keith

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    • Well said Keith. In the UK the Conservative party has a factor referred to as ‘The Men in Grey Suits’, these are not actually the same individuals as such, but a consensus of ‘old guard’ which comes into play when the current leader is deemed to be ruining ‘The Product’

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      • “The Men in Grey Suits” must be super busy right now, with Boris and the revelation of his partying while the rest of you were on lockdown! Seriously, though … do you think he’ll get a vote of no confidence?

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        • Hi Jill.
          It’s going to be a long game this one. There are so many factors involved. Firstly it has to be an internal vote by Conservative Party MPs and no less than 54 have to write to the Chief Whip requesting it. Then there will be the dividing of the vote along the lines of the Boris fanatics; those who never liked the fellow and want him out and those who will be calculating whether this is the time to ditch a Prime Minister and will it play well with the electorate.
          Even if there is a vote of no confidence, the next stage will be Who, if Anyone will stand against him?
          Someone who has integrity and honour would of course go…..Johnson has neither of those traits. Thus it is possible he could ride it out.
          And then the next challenge he will have to face is how The Conservative Party fares in the May local council elections; these do not affect the running of the nation but take on the weight of a massive opinion poll. If those good badly, he could well be out then.
          I’m reckoning on a long game….still there could always be a ‘Sudden Death’ twist in the play.

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          • I figured as much, given what I’ve read. It’s not much different than Donnie slithering out of the two impeachment trials over here. I’ve long said Donnie and Boris aren’t much different under the surface but I did think Boris was the better of the two. I guess I still think so, but I’m a bit less certain.

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            • Oh Johnson is nowhere near Trump.
              Johnson is a classic example of the privileged British White Male who went to all the ‘good’ schools, but never matured into an adult, why the some expect him to behave decently is a bit of a mystery to him. That said he would do anything to stay in a well-paying job, so if he lost the PM’s job he would promptly sign up for a lucrative book deal, go on a lecture circuit , clean up on the proceeds and never look back.
              Ranting and raving like Trump would simply be far too much effort and simply not profitable enough….. and ‘rather common, don’t you know,’

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              • Ahhhhh … spoiled rich brat, eh? Still, he and Trump did seem to get along quite well, all things considered. And … they seem to share a sense of ‘fashion’ 🤮

                Serious question, though … if not Johnson, then who? Who would be most likely to succeed him?

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                • I always imagine they grin and josh with each other in public then behind closed doors insult the other to their own staffs.

                  It’s hard to say. There are very few folk of stature that’s fer certain.
                  My own guesses (I mean guesses) would be either:
                  Rishi Sunak: Chancellor of the Exchequer who has displayed the ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ personae to perfection throughout. He’s something of a Technocrat which would probably play well after the past few years. Don’t expect compassion though.
                  Then there is Priti Patel- Currently Home Secretary; ill-tempered, scathing, tough on immigrants and might eat babies for breakfast….Ideal qualifications for a Conservative Home Secretary (Law & Order). Ironically although a woman and not of ‘fair complexion’ is a favourite with the grass roots Conservatives…for getting the job done.
                  There will be odious folk like Gove who slither about with knives but would only move if there was a fully wide enough crack in the door.

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                    • It is as aspect of Democracy Jill that sometimes you get to pick The Least Worst Alternative and hope something good comes out of it.
                      (Mind you Johnson or Corbyn?….. Yeeeeesh, that was one which tested the principal to breaking point)

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                    • Yeah Trump should get the fate he deserves and get buried under a pile of dismissal as the first Jerk to be elected President.
                      Meanwhile….from the UK. Johnson is so bad that even those of us who suffered under and survived Thatcher are grudgingly giving her kudos for at least having an acceptable domestic life.

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                    • He wasn’t the first jerk to be elected president, but definitely the most unqualified, evil, and narcissistic.

                      WHOA!!! I never thought I’d hear you say something so positive about Thatcher! BJ must really be in trouble!

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                    • We have to differ there Jill, I reckon Filmore thought he meant well; Harding was just corrupt and fooled around but played by the rules; Buchanan was another ‘thought he meant well’; Grant should have stayed out of politics but went when told to; Zac Taylor tried and might have been poisoned by ‘his own kind of people’.
                      Thing is they all went when they had to, they didn’t scream, bawl and get a mob of Nazis behind them.
                      Nope Trump is a whole different sort…Jerk is the only word that covers it.

                      Oh yeah Thatcher was bad, she allowed a lot of brats to get richer than their wealthy parents. She would not have tolerated Johnson though. Have to give her that.

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                    • I must admit that I see your point … you’re right … he was the first real grade-A jerk to be elected president, although if you get right down to it, We the People did NOT elect him, since he lost the vote by nearly 3 million!

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                    • No you did not. People who did not vote out of Apathy or because they thought it was good gesture have to carry their share of the blame for the resulting turmoil.
                      It is a sad facet of political life in the USA opting out is not a choice anymore. If the MAGA get back in, they will come looking for the neutrals as well.

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                    • I have two friends … people who are special to me … who either did not vote or voted for a third-party candidate which is throwing away your vote. One of them learned the hard way after 4 years of Trump, but the other still threw away the vote in 2020. If the maga get back in, I’m leaving … taking my girls to Canada, the UK, Mexico … whoever will have us.

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                    • Ottawa…Brexit….Cartels.
                      I could list on….. But it gets End of the World? depressing.
                      Sometimes we have to dig in and fight our ground.
                      Quote from ‘Despatches’ by Michael Herr….
                      ‘Boy, you sure get offered some shitty choices,’

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    • I hadn’t made that connection before about Trump-McCarthy but on reflection, you are RIGHT … there are many similarities there! I’m not holding my breath on the elected officials acting like true leaders, though! Their base has already bought into their lies, as Trump’s campaign had amassed some $122 million as of the end of last year! “A fool and his money …”

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  5. This about the new wardrobe of Minnie Mouse shows for me, we should be turned back to a childish area. So funny these characters are, they are only comic characters, and cannot harm anyone. No living people, in difference to some evil living politicans shown in political comics. xx Michael

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  6. You didn’t know, Jill, that the Catholics are at war with the Muslims? If it hasn’t happened yet, it will soon–Muslims will outnumber the Catholics! And it’s all because Catholics are having less babies than Muslims are, so one side gains more adherents every day, so the other is losing it’s top rung on the ladder. This worries the Pope for many reasons, including the one mentioned above. Meanwhile, what he reuses to look at is that non-believers and slowly but steadily gaining ground on the believers. We may have a long way to go, but our numbers are not rising because of births, but because religions of all kinds are losing their holds over the minds of common folk. Religion has stopped making sense to more and more, and therefore they are lising dollars all around the world. Even if Catholics start having more kids it still won’t help stop the march of non-believers.

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  7. “Putin is threatening to start a new World War with his troop buildup on Russia’s border with Ukraine”

    You serious? Not even your puppet regime in Kiev believes that lie anymore. Yes, that regime you brought into power with the fake Maidan colour revolution. And their boss – a 100% nazi – is busy trying to calm Biden down about the Russian Invasion fantasy. The trick with a fake attack to start a war may have worked in Vietnam. But it won’t work today. Not anymore.

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  8. It would be batter if the Pope wanted children in more families if he changed the adoption policies of Catholic adoption societies so that gay couples were more able to adopt since they can form jusr at stable family lives as staright couples.

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    • What an excellent point! Children in this country are basically adopted by the wealthy who can afford to go through the entire process, and LGBTQ couples rarely stand a chance, yet they are among the gentlest, most compassionate people.
      Cwtch

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  10. To quote the song–from 40 years ago–“Nobody’s right. if everybody’s wrong.” I just hope we can resurrect some ‘right’ before the ‘wrong’ takes away our Democracy.

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  11. We need less procreation, and more adoption. I saw a t-shirt related to that theme non so long ago… shame about the typo on it, though. Must have been quality-checked by someone who had ‘daily sex’‡, I guess. I won’t link to it, because it’s on <spit> amazon. (It said, paraphrasing: “Abdorption”, whereas it should have said “Abdorption”.)

    ‡ spot the anagram

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  12. The Pope and his ilk discount pets because they prefer a home to have CHILDEN so they can manipulate and bend them to their outdated and creepy ideas of a “higher power.”

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  13. oh for crap sake! Do any of the above MORONS really believe this stuff or are they simply talking to be talking? WHO in Hell CARES about cartoons, or candy? We have REAL problems, and need people to work on real solutions. And the Pope can kiss my rosy-red…..okay, sorry. BUT when he suddenly decides to become a REAL father instead of a simply religious one, then he too shall have a say in parenting. Until then, he needs to get a life.

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    • As I asked Jeff in my reply to him … do these people honestly have nothing else to worry about, or are they so close-minded and shallow that they are incapable of thinking about important situations? I’m with you … I don’t give a royal hoot about what Minnie Mouse is wearing or what the dancing M&Ms look like! I don’t even give a royal hoot that the football team from this city is going to the SuperBowl … so what??? There are far more complex and serious issues to spend my time researching and thinking about! And as for the Pope … turns out he’s just another of those peddlers of a false religion that convinces his followers to go on living as they have lived, leading a cushy life, and all will be well. I guess his god will just blow away all the carbon from the atmosphere! I had 3 children, one now dead, and frankly if I were just starting out, I would not have ANY children. I love my kids, but this is not a world I’d bring any more into.

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      • my son and his SO have decided not to bring any children into the world. If I had to do it over beginning now, I wouldn’t either. what kind of world are we leaving behind for them?

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        • I’m with you on that one, Suze. I sometimes think that I’m glad I’m old and won’t be around to see the looming disaster we are creating, but then I remember my children and grandchildren will and they will have to pay the price for our negligence, our greed. If I were just starting out, no way would I have children … I would rescue cats like I do now!

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  14. I have to say that I agree with you about the m&m’s and mini mouse. who really cares. Now, what I do take issue with you on is the whole notion that we don’t need more people on the planet. My question is, what if it became personal and someone decided that you should no longer exist on the planet? Now, I do not say that to be disrespectful or, god forbid, with such a vile thing to happen but question becomes, what happens when it becomes personal? I’m just curious if you’ve given that a thought because all of these ideas like the rich shouldn’t have so much money, there are too many people on the planet, etc., are pretty abstract notions until it becomes personal.
    What if you were a billionaire and someone wanted to come along and take most of your money and give it to governments who have the most horrible track record for being fiscally responsible with those earnings you’ve worked hard for?
    think about it.

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    • Thing is, Scott, that the planet, at the current rate of environmental death, will very soon be unable to support the human, plant and animal life that exists today. Sure, we haven’t felt it too much here in the U.S., but study the numbers .. a significant decline in arable land on which to grow food and potable water necessary to life of any form is real, it is not, contrary to what some claim, a hoax. We really, really do NOT need more humans on this planet … many of them will soon die from lack of food and water … why should we bring more children into a world that is dying? As for your final thought … I would never be a billionaire because I don’t cherish money in the way that the wealthy do. I already give away as much as I can to causes like food pantries and homeless shelters and if by some chance I inherited a million dollars, I would trade my car in and give the rest away. So, therein lies the difference between me and the millionaire/billionaires … to me the only purpose for money is survival, not luxuries … survival of ALL.

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  15. Ain’t that the truth? My head is basically raw from all the scratching. By the way Jill, it’s me, Jeff. I don’t know if my icon will show up. I have a new computer and it’s giving me a lot of headaches!

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    • I knew it was you … it said ‘Brookingslib’ and your icon showed perfectly! Join David, for he got a new computer for Christmas and it is giving him massive headaches!!! Been there, done that. As re the post … is it that people don’t have anything else to worry about, or are they too shallow to think about the more important things??? Sigh.

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      • It’s a question for the ages Jill. It just seems that when a party has no ideas or platform to run on, they dial up socially divisive subjects in order to get their ‘constituents’ riled up. And, as in the Virginia Governor’s race, it worked. Fox is the engine for this. To me, it’s nothing but a contributor to more dumbing down of this country. I’m sick of it.

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        • Far too often these days that ‘strategy’, if it can be called one, works. I agree with you about the ‘dumbing down’ of the country … seems to be far more ignorance these days, and can you imagine what the next generation will be like, since we are banning the books from which they might actually learn something? Sigh.

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          • The Republican Party wants to keep people as stupid as possible. I’ve always felt that. Keep them stupid, suppress the vote, and take power. That, Jill, is the ‘platform’ of GOP

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            • Stupid people, uneducated or ignorant people are far easier to manipulate, to convince of whatever you want to convince them of. That is the key to Republican’s success these days, for they have no platform, no ideology, no … nothing! Sigh.

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    • Good point! Another is when the Pope studies climate change and the predictions for the next two decades, he might actually change his tune! At the rate we’re going, the planet will not be able to sustain even the levels of population we have now, let alone an increase!

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