In The Words Of Forrest Gump …

“Stupid is as stupid does”

(My apologies to Keith in advance, but sometimes you just gotta get it out of your system)

Now, I know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so before I start criticizing others, I’ll tell you about my latest moment of dumb.  Our electricity went out yesterday afternoon.  I was sitting here writing when the lamp beside me went out, and I thought the bulb had just blown, but at the same time, my granddaughter screeched that her computer had shut down.  Then the neighbor came over to ask if our electricity was out, as was his.  So, I grabbed my laptop to send Duke Energy a text, but … duh … the internet was out!  So, I managed to send them a text via my phone, and they immediately responded, saying that they were aware of the outage, crews were on their way, and they estimated that service would be restored by 6:00 p.m., although they reserved the right to alter their estimate.  Since it was only 2:00 at that time, and since the temperature outside was in the 90s, I told Miss Goose that we better go get the fans out of the storage shed.  Oops … my second ‘duh’ moment, for the fans are powered by … electricity!  Fortunately, the power was back on within about a half-hour, so all was well.

So, now that I’ve fessed up to my own idiocy, I won’t feel so bad about critiquing others’ lack of brain power.  Let’s start with …


Stupid is as stupid does #1 – Ken Paxton

Let me start by saying that I have never known of an Attorney General who was as much a bastard as Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton.  Paxton was the one who sued the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin over the 2020 election results because he claimed they “flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.”  Mind you, Paxton is the TEXAS AG and thus has no skin in the game in those other states, as was made clear to him by the United States Supreme Court.  Paxton, in fact, was then slapped with a misconduct lawsuit by his own state!

But do you think ol’ Kenny learned his lesson?  No, sadly he is just as obnoxious and nauseating as ever.  What’s the latest, you ask?  Well, he has commandeered the attorneys general of some 20 other states and they are collectively filing a lawsuit against … the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)!  Why, you ask?  The simple answer is because they are all idiots, but the more exhaustive explanation is that they are suing because the USDA does not discriminate against LGBTQ people!  Yes, you heard right!

It all started when Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a press release in May stating that …

“USDA is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity. A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form — including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

So, I suppose that AG Paxton and his cronies would like to see LGBTQ people starve to death if they find themselves unable to afford food for whatever reason?  Perhaps his philosophy is akin to …

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  This, my friends, is the direction the new GOP is heading … you must be white, straight, Christian, and preferably male in order that the likes of Paxton will consider you human.  Now, I’m not worried that they’ll win their lawsuit, even with the lopsided Supreme Court of the day, but the fact that someone in such a position of trust and power … make that 20+ someones in positions of trust … can be so blatantly and unapologetically bigoted is … mind-blowing!


Stupid is as stupid does #2 – Charlotte Bergmann

Charlotte Bergman is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee’s 9th district.  Either she is related to Alex Jones or took lessons from him somewhere along the line, for she claims that nearly all mass shootings, including the one where 19 children were shot and killed in Uvalde, Texas, in May, are “false flag” operations, are ‘planned events’ designed to ‘take away people’s guns’.

On the day after the July 4th mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, in which seven people were killed, Bergmann said …

“You cannot tell me that this was not planned. The shooting is not just random. There is an agenda behind the shooting. There is an agenda. And that agenda is to make sure that our guns are taken away.”

It must be tough living in the Twilight Zone!  Ms. Bergmann, just for a bit of background, has run five times before — in every election since 2010, with the exception of 2016 — and has not yet won an election.  She is a documented QAnon supporter and even claimed that the 2018 mail pipe bomb attempts were false flags.  And yet, she is still running for the U.S. House of Representatives … THIS, my friends, is the face of the new GOP, which, by the way, no longer stands for “Grand Old Party”, for there is nothing ‘grand’ about them anymore.


Stupid is as stupid does #3 – Donald Trump

Trump put out a statement through his “Save America” PAC saying he’s “notified CNN” of his “intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me.” He also said he does, in fact, plan to go after other media outlets …

“I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”

And all I can do is laugh!  🤣  First, he would have to prove that whatever “defamatory statements” the outlet made were false!  It isn’t illegal to call a spade a spade … unless it’s a diamond, and Donald Trump sure as hell ain’t no diamond!

In a 282-page letter that Trump’s lawyers sent to CNN executives on July 21st, they claim that Trump’s …

“… comments are not lies because he subjectively believes that the results of the 2020 presidential election turned on fraudulent voting activity in several key states.”

Bullshit.

26 thoughts on “In The Words Of Forrest Gump …

  1. Jill, thanks for the shout out. A candidate emulating Alex Jones’ false flag tactics may want to know he has been found guilty of defamation of the Sandy Hook parents and has another court case where the damages sought against him are $150 million.

    As for Mr. Paxton, suing states for stuff where you have nothing to do with is poor form. Maybe Texans should sue him for wasting their tax dollars with his less than good use of his time.

    Finally, the former president should be careful who calls out for lying. He is not arguing from a position of strength; in fact, he is shouting up from a deep hole he has dug for himself. His Big Lie continues, but whether he believes it or not has little relationship to its lack of veracity. There is an old truism about people who act like him – he lies so much he does not know where the truth ends and the lies start.

    The tally of lies are many, but a few favorites before the horrible Big Lie are:

    – saying he missed a meeting to meet separately with two leaders who were in the meeting he missed
    – saying repeatedly China pays for the tariffs, when economists routinely pointed his error saying consumers pay for the tariffs in passed along cost
    – saying he signed a piece of legislation on numerous occasions, until a reporter finally pointed that legislation was passed before he became president
    – saying in front of the Pakistan prime minister that the India PM asked Trump to broker a peace deal between the two countries over Kashmir. India announced within the hour that no request was made of Trump

    Taken Trump at his word is a fool’s errand. As for these other folks, I guess they are Trump wannabes.

    Keith

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    • Our ex-Premier, Jason Kenney, who resigned in May but refuses to leave his office, is once again wasting taxpayer money to sue the federal government for trying to cut carbon emissions to meet Paris accord standards. I lost track of all the lawsuits he has started against the federal g9vernment because he is a Conservative, and our Liberal government is passing laws designed by Liberal legislators. He somehow thinks he can make them pass laws designed by Conservatives. Talk about STOOPID! Not to mention a public funds spendthrift.
      Meanwhile he says he has no money to fund public healthcare or public education, both of which are bastions of Canadian society.

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    • Yeah, I figured I should warn you … you’re usually the voice in my head that says, “No, no … no need for name-calling”, but last night I just needed to vent.

      Yes, she ought to consider the consequences Jones has faced and will continue to face for his perfidy, but … seems to be a bit of arrogance there.

      Ken Paxton … how he’s kept his job this long is beyond me, but to sue the USDA because the DON’T discriminate is just the most ludicrous thing I’ve heard!

      Yep, Trump has told some real doozies in his time, hasn’t he? I think the law will be looking more at what a reasonable person would think or believe, rather than what a fool like Trump believes, or claims to believe, for I do not think for one minute that he actually believes he won in 2020 … I think he believed that he could bully his way into another term, which would have ended with this nation under an authoritarian thumb. We dodged the bullet … for now … but what happens in 2024? Sigh.

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      • Jill, I have encountered no other president who makes me want to curse more than Donald J. Trump does. It is an easy trap to fall into. I fail, but still try my best to define his actions rather than his being. His deceitful actions and words define a behavior, even though the shorter label would save space. You might be interested in the subject of my post today picking up on the known coverup activities of a Trump appointed Inspector General regarding the Secret Service missing messages. The “T” word is now being used toward the former president. As for the IG in hot water, when you fly to close to the sun, you tend to get burned. Keith

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        • You are so very right, my friend. I just wish he would fade off into the sunset, into oblivioun, for every time I hear something about him, the low growl begins in my throat. Any other former president would have stepped out of the limelight by now, but not this one. Yes, I found your post very interesting! The IG deserves the hot water bath he’s getting … he should have done the right thing and come forward at the very beginning. I’m getting more and more suspicious about the Secret Service in connection with the January 6th insurrection … I wonder if we’ll ever know the whole truth?

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    • No, I don’t think it’s safe to come out just yet, my friend! I’m hiding behind my chair … think I could bring a pot of coffee and join you behind your sofa? We could certainly have some good chats! I’ve been looking at your two candidates for PM and … frankly, I’m not that impressed with either, but I don’t think I could stand Liz Truss, so that leaves the lesser of two evils?

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  2. Idiocy just keeps climbing higher in the goverment unfortunately! We need to change that!!

    On a bettter note glad your power wasn’t out too long, my in-laws power was out for 31 hours last week!
    Oh and grabbing fans would be something I would do! LOL!

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    • Yes, we need to change it … but HOW??? Sigh.

      Yes, I was glad, too, for it would have gotten miserable in here very quickly, I think. Oh my … 31 hours!!! I remember in September 2008, ours was out for 5 days! But, at least the temps were very moderate that month and we weren’t uncomfortable. It’s amazing, though, how much of our lives rely on electricity! Ha ha … yes, you and I are of like minds in many ways!

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