Making Me Growl … Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

A number of things in yesterday’s news set my teeth on edge, so let’s talk about some of them.  The first two are ugly, but the third one is the stuff that invokes @$%& words and deep-throated growls, maybe even the launching of a projectile at a wall!


Send Republicans to live in Russia!

In 2016, the former guy met with Russia’s authoritarian leader, Vladimir Putin, at the Helsinki summit, whereby Mr. Trump claimed that Putin denied interfering with our 2016 presidential election in order to assist Trump’s ascendence into the Oval Office (note that Trump actually lost the election by nearly 3 million votes, but due to the quirks of the electoral college system, was able to occupy the White House for 4 ugly years).  Trump praised Putin and denigrated our own intelligence community who had indisputable evidence of Russia’s attempts to sway the election.

More than a few times, Trump praised Putin just as he did other autocratic leaders such as Kim Jong-un of the DPRK and Victor Orbán of Hungary.  In light of that, consider the following statement by one of many brainwashed Republicans: “I’m convinced that Putin would be a lot, LOT more hesitant to invade if Trump was President. Biden simply does not evoke any sense of strength or danger to our enemies.”

Say WHAT???  Trump himself claimed Putin’s aggressive moves toward Ukraine to be “wonderful”, “savvy”, and said Putin is a “genius”.  And the majority of people in the Republican Party think this ‘man’ should be president again???  Rather than an Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, I believe the U.S. is the victim of an invasion of the brain-snatchers!!!  The question becomes, how do we educate those who have been lied to so convincingly that they are now truly incapable of sorting fact from fantasy, good from evil?


Women have more rights WHERE???

For those who continue to believe that the U.S. is more advanced than Latin American nations, consider this … at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction, on Monday, Colombia’s highest court decriminalized abortion.  Not only that, but Mexico’s Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in a similar decision last September, and Argentina’s Congress legalized the procedure in late 2020. Now three of the four most populous Latin American countries have opened the door to more widespread access to abortion.

At a time when women’s rights are on the chopping block, thanks largely to ultra-conservative evangelicals, more and more countries are finally recognizing women as people with rights.  If the Court does overturn Roe v Wade it will set women back a hundred years or more in this country, and we will no doubt see a return to back alley abortionists and an increase in the sale of wire coat hangers.  Funny, nobody questions a man’s right to a vasectomy … think about it.


Rick Scott’s “11 Points”

Since the Republican Party has been unable to come up with any sort of a platform, U.S. Senator Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, has released what he calls his “11-Point Plan to Rescue America” and frankly I’ve never seen so much bigoted crap in one document in my life!  Here are his ‘points’ …

  1. Education — Our kids will say the pledge of allegiance, salute the Flag, learn that America is a great country, and choose the school that best fits them.
  2. Colour Blind Equality — Government will never again ask American citizens to disclose their race, ethnicity, or skin color on any government form.
  3. Safety and Crime — The soft-on-crime days of coddling criminal behavior will end. We will re-fund and respect the police because, they, not the criminals, are the good guys.
  4. Immigration — We will secure our border, finish building the wall, and name it after President Donald Trump.
  5. Growth/Economy — We will grow America’s economy, starve Washington’s economy, and stop Socialism.
  6. Government Reform and Debt — We will eliminate all federal programs that can be done locally, and enact term limits for federal bureaucrats and Congress.
  7. Fair, Fraud-Free Elections — We will protect the integrity of American Democracy and stop left-wing efforts to rig elections.
  8. Family — We will protect, defend, and promote the American Family at all costs.
  9. Gender, Life, Science — Men are men, women are women, and unborn babies are babies. We believe in science.
  10. Religious Liberty and Big Tech — Americans will be free to welcome God into all aspects of our lives.
  11. America First — We are Americans, not globalists.

Check out the details of his plan for each item has a number of growl-inducing statements, but the one that got the attention of the public was under #5, Growth/Economy …

“All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount. Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.”

The uproar was so intense that he had to walk it back within 24 hours of releasing his “points”.  First, roughly 50% of Americans on the bottom half of the income distribution do not pay federal income taxes because they do not earn enough to have income tax liability and because many receive tax credits.  Second, most people 65 or older and receiving Social Security do not have income tax liability unless they also earn more than a certain amount outside their Social Security checks.

No doubt I will be writing more about his “11 Points”, but for today this seems to be the one that is most on people’s minds.  Many of his other points would take away women’s rights, Black people’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and would erase factual history from our schools … do take a look at it and delve into some of the ‘finer’ points!

The funny thing is, though, that nowhere in his statements on the economy did Mr. Scott plan to ensure that the wealthy finally pay their fair share of taxes!  Oh, but wait … it makes sense when you realize that with a net worth of $259.7 million, Rick Scott is the wealthiest member of Congress!  Why would he want to raise his own taxes?  No, much better for him to raise taxes on the poor, the homeless, and the elderly!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  In my book, Mr. Scott is a filthy piece of human flesh, a waste of space on planet Earth!

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  2. Just. Look.. at his maniacal face. I lived in Florida and suffered the effects of his ‘governorship.’ As far as Russia and Ukraine, Trump and Jun and all the other chest beating, thieving control freak male archetypes out there, this is a primordial problem. It has been around since humans began colonizing and expressing ownership over everything they saw. Laying claim, defending, ejecting, war, peace, victory and loss-all illusions in this dream turned nightmare of life. I’m just trying to live as many peaceful moments as I can before cancer takes my husband, Covid takes someone I love and World War 3 wipes humankind from the face of the Earth. 💔

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    • I thought he had a very creepy look in his eyes, but then these days I seem to think that of most politicians! Still, Scott takes the grand prize for bigotry with his 11 point plan. What an A$$!!! I’m happy you can find peaceful moments, my friend, but so sad about your hubby … I had hoped he was getting better. 😢 Sending hugs for you and for him. 🤗🤗

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  4. Jill, a few thoughts in general and one specific to Scott. A key business axiom is you are what you measure. If we never measure different demographic groups, we won’t know who is being disenfranchised. And, that is strategy. White wash everything, then the details can be hidden. The other thought is not being a globalist fails to understand how interwoven the global economy is with ours. This Scott statement is akin to putting blinders on horses and is simply naive.

    As for Scott, why this person was elected governor and senator is beyond me, especially after his malfeasance with his health care company and his active attempts to expunge climate change references from all speeches and papers made by Florida officials under his watch. We should note that Florida is surrounded by sea water on three sides and Miami is the most at risk large city in the world to rising sea levels and Miami Beach is already having an increase in sunny day flooding.

    Just a few thoughts to ponder

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    • Yes, that is indeed Scott’s strategy … he goes further to say there will be no affirmative action programs and that protections against discrimination in housing and employment will be removed. And I fully agree with you about globalization … it is the world we live in and much as some might wish to turn back the clock 100 years, it ain’t gonna happen! There are pluses and minuses, but globalization is here to stay. No longer can any nation afford an isolationist ideology!

      As for Rick Scott … I have no idea how he was elected first as governor and then as senator, but … it’s Florida. How was DeSantis ever elected? I hope that maybe his 11 points will be publicized truthfully enough that he’ll lose support, but he doesn’t come up for re-election again until 2024.

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      • Jill, DeSantis is very undeserving of any praise given his efforts to put kids in danger. Politicizing COVID like he did has harmed the people in his state. Getting back to Scott, he can say he does not want globalization, but it will happen with or without what he deigns to think. A country cannot shrink to greatness, so restricting access to global markets and restricting access of foreign companies who employ a lot of people here (Toyota, Michelin, BMW, Volvo, Husqvarna, etc.) is narrow-minded and inane thinking. Keith

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        • I fully agree with you on DeSantis, as do most of my Floridian friends! Yes, we are now a global world, isolationism is a myth and while I hear Republicans cry that they don’t want to be a part of a global world, try taking their electronic toys, their avocados, and the other things we regularly import away and see how loudly they scream! Oh yes, and as you mention, their cars! It is narrow-minded, but it seems there are a lot of them around lately. Sigh.

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          • Jill, to further the point, US BMWs are made in Spartanburg, SC. Toyotas are made in Kentucky. Mercedes are made in Alabama, Nissans (and I think Volkswagens) are made in Tennessee. Michelin and Mitsubishi have North American HQs in South Carolina. And, so on. These “global companies” hire Americans. Saying we are not global and can turn a switch is beyond inane. Keith

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            • Interesting to note those are all in the south, where for the most part the minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, or barely raised. But you do make a good point — they provide jobs that would be greatly missed if they pulled up stakes. I don’t think those who cry for isolation for the U.S. have any idea just how entwined we are with other countries. I don’t know about you, my friend, but I’m getting so burned out by the uneducated statements and ideas that are floating everywhere you look these days.

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              • True. These companies are in areas that benefit greatly by their presence. As for those who offers statements along the lines of being anti-global, the facts are an easy push back as you lay out all of these plants. I just mentioned only a handful, but many companies have US plants for their North American commerce – the reason is it is cheaper to not ship the cars, lawnmowers, motorcycles, refrigerators, et al and make them here. And, they are all over the country, but a great number are in the south and midwest. What is not ironic, is the former president did not even have a good understanding of all of the jobs in the US created by foreign companies and his comments had to be tempered when he bashed global companies.

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                • Yes, and the converse is also true … many U.S. companies take advantage of cheap overseas labour to build their products. If the time came that they could no longer do that, the price of clothing and other goods would rise as U.S. manufacturers were forced to make their product here and pay a higher wage. And stepping away from the economic side, globalization is protective … we know we have allies who would come to our aid, as we would go to theirs, if necessary. And, all nations working together to combat such things as climate change … no one nation could do that by itself. Technology has shrunk the world and we are now all neighbors. It’s time for people to put aside their greed and their prejudices and work for the common good, else humans will ultimately be destroyed from within.

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                  • Jill, good point. With companies chasing cheap labor and a better cost delivery model, the one thing that we must deal with better in a global economy is called the “Elephant Curve.” If you look at the profile of an elephant with her trunk raised, the body represent the growth in wages for the lower wage areas, while the tip of the trunk represents the 1% of business owners who are seeing growth in profits. The trough with the rest of the trunk represents stagnant wages of those in already developed countries.

                    We need to make sure fair wages are paid across the globe, which is important. But, the other key driver is technology is cutting into jobs and allow cheaper (and more educated) labor to do customer service jobs, advice jobs, etc. These are the underlying issues, not a global economy which cannot be stopped even if a president wanted to try. So, job retraining, better wages for more folks, are critical. These are not bumper sticker problems, nor are the solutions bumper sticker fixes. Keith

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                    • I looked up the ‘Elephant Curve’ after reading your comment, for I hadn’t heard that one before. Sad but true, and I see nothing that makes me think it will change much in the near future. I fully agree with you … there is no reason today that business owners cannot pay a living wage to their employees AND spend a bit of money to ensure people have a safe workplace. But, it seems that unless they are forced to do so, most will not simply do it out of the goodness of their hearts. That old saying is true … the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. If a president could and would stop the U.S. from being a part of the wider global world, then he would not be a president, but a dictator, and I firmly believe that is what Trump had in mind. We may have narrowly dodged a bullet.

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  5. I agree with you on everything, Jill! But are you sure that Trump really wanted to praise Putin here? He would certainly have prevented what was happening now by preventing that unspeakable Nord Stream Pipeline #2. In Germany we want to have a basic energy supply of only sun and wind??? At the same time, we are making ourselves dependent on Russia and accusing the US of being bad losers, in this competition? Sorry, here in Germany we are also having some crazy politicans. xx Michael

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    • Oh yes, Trump has long praised Putin as well as other dictators — Kim Jong-un, Viktor Orbán, etc. I applaud the idea of 100% renewable energy and think all fossil fuels should end within the next decade. It would be good for the environment AND our economies! But the big money has too much investment in fossil fuels to let that happen. Sigh. xx

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  6. “Russia’s authoritarian leader, Vladimir Putin”
    He’s not. Fact!
    “Trump himself claimed Putin’s aggressive moves toward Ukraine”
    … which didn’t and won’t happen.
    “to be “wonderful”, “savvy”, and said Putin is a “genius”.”
    Do you have a problem with detecting sarcasm or reading comments in full? The article was like “The former UnS commander-in-chief said such a turn of events never would have happened if he were still in office”. So it wasn’t about Putin but more about Biden’s incompetence. Election battle, inconsequent shit, only interesting for Americans.
    https://orcaflotta.blog/2022/02/23/so-many-wrongs/
    Just a few things to clear up some of the many American misconceptions in general:
    – You guys are not the good ones. It’s a hard pill to swallow, I know. But actually is the US the greatest hurdle on the path to world peace.
    – Nobody likes you! Not even the Ukrainians. And they are almost as hated as the Americans.
    – There is no Russian military personnel on Ukrainian territory. Never was, and isn’t now. They just announced their presence and readyness to help the breakaway republics. If needs be. Against fascist genocide!
    – The only offensive action in Donbass republics, the shelling is done by Ukrainian military units.
    – Putin is just one man, he can’t decide shit without parliamentary backing, and his time in office will end soon and you don’t wanna deal with the next guy or girl in the Kremlin. After all the shit the West has pulled in the last 30 years most Russians are pretty angry at EU and US. We are disappointments for them. And they know they don’t need us anymore. In the eyes of most Russians Putin is too soft and too chickenshit!

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    • “Putin denied interfering with our 2016 presidential election”
      Again! America isn’t on our minds 24/7, and even when it is it’s more like “WTF they done now?” So mostly we think about America as a negative disturbance. Nobody has time to get involved in internal American politics. You guys only have 2 – and nearly indentical as that – parties to choose from. So whoever presides over the white house, dem or rep, doesn’t matter! NOT AT ALL! Everybody knows that, and Putin knows it, too.

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    • – I feel I owe you an apology.

      – We have a rule. We never free a mind once it’s reached a certain age. It’s dangerous. The mind has trouble letting go.

      – I’ve seen it before, and I’m sorry.

      – I did what I did because, I had to.

      – When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted to remake the Matrix as he saw fit.

      – It was he who freed the first of us… taught us the truth.

      – As long as the Matrix exists the human race will never be free.

      Putin is Neo, Primakov, now Larov is Morpheus – battling the collective (A.I. machine) West’s hegemonic control over the matrix. Agent Smiths’ hive mind keep the sleepy-headed copper tops blind, deaf and dumb, yet sadly not mute.
      Humanity awakening, overcoming mind with no-mind. The game of Maya has always been this way, and plays out the way it should…. in perpetuity.

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    • Try telling the Russian people that Putin is not an autocrat! Yes, ma’am, he is indeed a power-hungry authoritarian. I don’t know how you can say his moves against Ukraine are not aggressive … one must look at actions to see that the words he utters do not match his actions. Trump wasn’t being sarcastic … that is his true opinion and he has voiced it in no uncertain terms many times before. As re the rest of your comment, you are certainly entitled to your opinion and that’s all I will say about that.

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      • “Try telling the Russian people that Putin is not an autocrat! ”

        I don’t have to, they know. Else he wouldn’t get so many votes. Communists are stalling at around 20%, western puppet Navalny’s best result was 3%. I don’t have the latest numbers handy but Putin gets the most votes, period!

        And his Ukraine move will obviously please the Russian population to no end and keep the radical forces at bay.

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        • Then why are there massive protests against his invasion of Ukraine? I, too, have friends in Russia and for the past several years they have been increasingly against Putin and his policies. Oh, and those protestors? At least 700+ have been arrested, just for making their opinion known. Sorry, Orca, but I believe you are the one living in some fantasy world.

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      • “Trump wasn’t being sarcastic … ”

        That’s why he stated that with him in power this wouldn’t have happened? Come on, American underling, wake up!
        Trump is full of sarcasm and bitterness and he’s a lying sack of shite. You can’t take anything he says as true facts.

        You’re black I understand? When Trump holds a speech for your community he will no doubt state that he always was a yuge supporter of BLM and stuff … but at the next day speech in front of a KKK crowd he will damn you to hell. 😮

        Anyway, back to Ukraine: It was never about Ukraine and Russia, it was about Germany/France and to stop Nordstream2. Seems the USA has won in that regard. Dirty play but successful. 😐
        And the best about it is that Europe will get the same Russian gas anyway. Just bought by American businesses, liquefied, shipped to Europe, turned into gas again … and being super duper expensive. Cunning plan. Europeans are gonna freeze, planet will suffer, American capitalism will prosper.

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  7. “They” only took him to task for one of his 11 points? Are they trying to hide the other ten, trying to say “Nothing here go see!” It just keeps getting more and more stupid.

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