♫ You’ll Think Of Me ♫

For some reason, this song flew onto my radar last night and I was surprised to find that I had never played it here on Filosofa’s Word before.  I’m not a fan of country music, with a few exceptions, but this song is what they call a ‘crossover’ song, having charted in three catagories:  #1 Country, #2 Adult Contemporary, and #6 Adult Top 40.

Written by Darrell Brown, Dennis Matkosky and Ty Lacy, the song grew out of Lacy’s emotions surrounding a recent breakup.  According to SongFacts …

Matkosky said the original demo (sung by Ty Lacy) sounded almost like a Peter Gabriel song. When Darrell Brown brought the song to Urban, he didn’t actually play him the demo but showed him the chords and the feel, which ultimately helped the singer make it his own. “That was an anomaly of usually how it happens,” Matkosky told Songcraft. “I mean, of course, it was the same structure and the same chords and it had the same pads, it had the same drums. But the way it was approached from the acoustic guitar part was different. The track was actually very similar but when Keith put his vocal on it, it just changed everything.”
.
One line in particular has been the subject of much debate … and I’ve been wrong all these years, but then since I’m 90% deaf, what’s new, right?  The line … “And take your cat and leave my sweater, ’cause we have nothing left to weather” … is often heard (and not just by me!) as “take your cap and leave my sweater”.
.
Urban won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2006 for this tune. It was his first Grammy win.  Although the song reached #2 in Canada, its popularity seems to have been otherwise confined to the U.S.
.
You’ll Think of Me
Keith Urban
I woke up this morning around 4am
With the moon shining bright as headlights on the interstate
I pulled the covers over my head and tried to catch some sleep
But thoughts of us kept keeping me awake
ever since you found yourself in someone else’s arms
I’ve been trying my best to get along
but that’s okay there’s nothing left to say but

[Chorus]
Take your records, take you freedom
Take your memories, I don’t need ’em
Take your space and take your reasons
But you’ll think of me
And take your cat and leave my sweater
‘Cause we have nothing left to weather
In fact I’ll feel a whole lot better
But you’ll think of me, you’ll think of me

I went out driving trying to clear my head
I tried to sweep out all the ruins that my emotions left
I guess I’m feeling just a little tired of this
And all the baggage that seems to still exist
It seems the only blessing I have left to my name
Is not knowing what we could have been
What we should have been
So

[Chorus]

Someday I’m gonna run across your mind
Don’t worry, I’ll be fine
I’m gonna be alright
While you’re sleeping with your pride
Wishing I could hold you tight
I’ll be over you
And on with my life

[Chorus x2]

And you’re gonna think of me
Oh someday baby, someday

Writer/s: Darrell R. Brown, Dennis Joseph Matkosky, Ty Kelly Lacy
Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Exploration Group LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Ukraine

So wrapped up are we here in the U.S. with our internal crises that we have forgotten to pay as much attention to what is happening in Ukraine. It isn’t that we’ve forgotten, or that we don’t care, but simply a product of the fact that the human mind can only process so much at one time. Our friend David in Wales has been paying attention, however, and he is here to remind us that Putin’s aggression has predictably increased, that more and more lives are being lost every day. While we in the U.S. bemoan the loss of our rights, our democratic foundations, the people in Ukraine are fleeing Russian bombs, watching their homes and their lives destroyed in front of their eyes. Thank you, David, for the timely reminder.

The BUTHIDARS

Todaay we enter a new darker period in the war in Ukraine.Prior to the G7 and Nato meeting on the conflict there was a rocket attack on a suburb of Kyiv which left at least one dead and more civilians mourning. Since then there has been a rocket attack on Kremenchuk in Central Ukraine, an area well away from the front line. The attack in full daylight hit a busy shopping arcade/ This cannot have been a mistake so showing that Uncle Vlad is now condoning attacks on civilians in Crowded areas.

I have to believe that The G7 meeting may have pissed Putin off, since he is no longer invited and this is his way of showing he’s not worried by their deliberations. A bit of a short sighted view since the accusations of War Crimes won’t be easy to shake off and if he is ever turfed out…

View original post 162 more words

@grondamorin’s Twitter’s “Permanent Suspension” Woes

Hey friends! Our dear friend Gronda has been issued a lifetime ban by Twitter! For being honest. Just like the rest of us. Think we can get something going to remind Twitter that WE are the customers? Heck, if they can let some of the politicians like McCarthy on Twitter, surely a 72-year-old grandmother should have a voice!

Gronda Morin

See the source image

On June 22, 2022, I as @grondamorin was responding to a tweet, when I was surprised by the following Twitter notice:

Your account is permanently suspended

After careful review, we determined your account broke the Twitter Rules. Your account is permanently in read-only mode, which means you can’t Tweet, Retweet, or Like content. You won’t be able to create new accounts. If you think we got this wrong, you can submit an appeal.

On June 22, 2022, I did file an appeal with Twitter. Here’s some of what I wrote:

I’m a 72-year-old news junky who enjoys using my Twitter account. I have less than 2,000 followers and I follow less than 1000 folks, but my tweet impressions have ranged anywhere from 300,000 to 1M. As an ex-Republican Party member until 2016, I’m pretty moderate in my views.

Based on my memory, I was responding to a @DrAmyCarson…

View original post 699 more words

♫ In The Year 2525 ♫

This one came to me yesterday … out of the clear blue … well, actually out of my foggy, befuddled mind, but you know how that goes.  I did not recall playing it here already back in 2020, but turns out I did, so my work for tonight has already been done!  I think the reason this song came into my head today was thinking about the state of affairs … not only here in the U.S., but ’round the globe.  I have predicted that at the current rate of devastation, the human species, at least as we know it, cannot survive past the end of the current century.  The year 2525???  HAH!  Well, none of us would be around to see it anyway.  Okay, enough of my babbling … moving on …


The year was 1968, the musicians were Denny Zager and Rick Evans, and this was their one and only hit.  This song hit #1 in both the U.S. and UK, as well as Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

This bleak futuristic tale is a very unusual song, but 1969 was a very unusual year, with hippie anthems like Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In going to #1 along with bubblegum songs like Sugar, Sugar. The Beatles, Elvis Presley and The Temptations all had classic #1s, but In the Year 2525 stayed at #1 for six weeks, which was longer than any other song that year and earned it the distinction of #1 record of the year 1969. The song reflected the apprehension of the times and also the wonder of technology: it started its run at the top of the US chart the week before the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The overriding theme, of a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and over-dependence on its own overdone technologies, struck a resonant chord in millions of people around the world in the late 1960s.

In the Year 2525
Zager and Evans

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
Ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your legs got nothing to do
Some machine is doing that for you

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube, whoa

In the year 7510
If God’s a-comin’ he ought to make it by then
Maybe he’ll look around himself and say
Guess it’s time for the Judgement day

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake his mighty head then
He’ll either say I’m pleased where man has been
Or tear it down and start again, woah woah

In the year 9595
I’m kinda wondering if man is gonna be alive
He’s taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain’t put back nothing, woah woah

Now it’s been 10,000 years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what he never knew
Now man’s reign is through

But through eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it’s only yesterday

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may thrive

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies

♫ California Dreamin’ ♫

I did play this one about a year and a half ago, but you guys liked it then, so I’m hoping you can like you some Mamas and Papas again this morning!


What you may not know (I didn’t) is that while this song was written by John & Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, it was first recorded by none other than Barry McGuire of “Eve of Destruction” fame!  Another thing I didn’t know … else had long since forgotten … is that The Mamas and the Papas were only together from 1965 thru 1968 when they agreed to dissolve the group.  I thought surely they were around longer than that!  They were, after all, an icon of the 1960s!

Says John Phillips about the origins of the song …

“It’s my recollection that we were at the [Hotel] Earle in New York and Michelle was asleep. I was playing the guitar. We’d been out for a walk that day and she’d just come from California and all she had was California clothing. And it snowed overnight and in the morning she didn’t know what the white stuff coming out of the sky was, because it never snowed in Southern [California]. So, we went for a walk and the song is mostly a narrative of what happened that day, stopped into a church to get her warm, and so on and so on.”

One part of the lyrics that is often mistaken is “I pretend to pray”, which is often mistaken for “I began to pray”.  And now … the song:

California Dreamin’
The Mamas & the Papas

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)

California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold)
He knows I’m gonna stay (knows I’m gonna stay)

California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
If I didn’t tell her (if I didn’t tell her)
I could leave today (I could leave today)

California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Edmund Andrew Phillips / Michelle Gilliam Phillips
California Dreamin’ lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Texas GOP Follies

We’ve all heard bits ‘n pieces about the Texas GOP’s new ‘platform’, a disgusting piece of racist, homophobic, fantasy … and yet it shows us the dangers of the current GOP mindset. Our friend Larry lives in Texas and I thought his views would be even more relevant than the views of the rest of us. Here’s what Larry has to say …

just drive, will you?

donald trump lost the 2020 presidential election.

Period. Exclamation point. Double underline.

Despite atempt after attempt after attempt to challenge it, trump’s repeated denial of it, and the insurrection on January 6th, 2021 to try and overturn it, it remains a solid, incontrovertible fact.

Most of the United States has accepted that, though a certain segment has done so begrudgingly. A lot of folks don’t like it, but at least have the good sense to admit it.

Which brings us to last weekend’s convention of the Texas GOP, the living embodiment of what Forrest Gump’s mother told him:

Stupid is as stupid does.

These guys adopted a party platform at their convention in Houston that, upon reading, left me in shock, disbelief, horror, disgust, and just outright anger.

You’ve heard of the Five Stages of Grief? I think I went through the Five Stages of Pissed Off.

Not to…

View original post 397 more words

Today Is A Dark Day

So, there were no surprises in the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health, but nonetheless it was a gut punch for at least half the people in this nation.  We knew this was to be the outcome, for we read Justice Alito’s leaked opinion on May 2nd and our jaws dropped then, just as they did this morning.

What hypocrisy that yesterday the Court ruled it illegal for states to do ANYTHING to restrict the rights of gun owners, and today the same Court ruled that it is perfectly legal to do EVERYTHING possible to restrict the rights of women.  It should be noted that the majority of gun owners are, in fact, males.  Well, my friends, we women know where we stand.

But it isn’t going to stop here, and Justice Clarence Thomas, husband of insurrectionist Virginia Thomas, has already made that perfectly clear …

“We should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. We have a duty to correct the error established in those precedents. After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated.”

The cases he refers directly to are:

  • Griswold v Connecticut – a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects the liberty of married couples to buy and use contraceptives without government restriction.
  • Lawrence v. Texas – a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that sanctions of criminal punishment for those who commit sodomy are unconstitutional.
  • Obergefell v Hodges – a landmark civil rights case in which the Supreme ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

I have lost all respect for the United States Supreme Court, for they have taken this nation into darkness, have shirked their duty to the U.S. Constitution, to the nation, and to We the People.  Today, the Court is but another arm of the right-wing of the Republican Party, doing not what is in the best interest of the people, but what is demanded by the religious fanatics who would control every aspect of our lives.

The majority of people in this country want gun laws that will protect us and our families from such incidents as Uvalde and Buffalo.  The majority of people in this nation believe women should have the right to make their own health decisions.  But the will of the majority matters not on this dark day, for the spate of recent decisions have all gone against what the majority of people in this nation want.  This can only lead me to believe that in some sense, we are already living under an autocratic government if the will of the majority can be completely disregarded while the will of the few wins the day.  Today, it was women’s rights, but tomorrow …

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Poem by Martin Niemöller

A several hours worth of cartoon roundup. An interesting mix. Hugs

I’m still growling over this morning’s news, so I thought rather than writing an angst-filled post for this afternoon, we could all use a bit of humour, thanks to our friend Scottie! Thank you, Scottie!!!

Scottie's Playtime

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 20, 2022

Jen Sorensen Comic Strip for June 14, 2022

Political cartoon.Political cartoonStuart Carlson Comic Strip for May 06, 2022

M2Bulls Comic Strip for May 12, 2022

Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for May 04, 2022

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for May 05, 2022

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for May 04, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 13, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 09, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 05, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 04, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for May 05, 2022

Steve Kelley Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

fox lifeguardaford to drink gassM2Bulls Comic Strip for June 09, 2022

Are you a good shotBurn the witchFamly picturelook under the rugMember of congresshttps://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/81/d81b63b2-dc49-11ec-9b63-ebc746eb1bbd/628e5cf5e1daa.image.jpg?resize=750%2C519Drew Sheneman Comic Strip for May 26, 2022

Drew Sheneman Comic Strip for May 25, 2022

Drew Sheneman Comic Strip for May 24, 2022

Drew Sheneman Comic Strip for May 20, 2022

new gun lawsDrew Sheneman Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for June 07, 2022

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for May 31, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for June 01, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 26, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 25, 2022

Political cartoonPolitical cartoonTim Campbell Comic Strip for May 31, 2022

Tim Campbell Comic Strip for May 27, 2022

Jen Sorensen Comic Strip for May 31, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for June 14, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for June 03, 2022

Political cartoon.Tim Campbell Comic Strip for June 08, 2022

Marshall Ramsey Comic Strip for May 28, 2022

Nick Anderson Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for June 01, 2022

Tim Campbell Comic Strip for June 06, 2022

Marshall Ramsey Comic Strip for May 26, 2022

Marshall Ramsey Comic Strip for May 25, 2022

Reacurring heatthe rest of ustrump defense fundtwo facedPolitical cartoonSteve Breen Comic Strip for June 18, 2022

Political cartoonPolitical cartoonPolitical cartoon.Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for April 29, 2022

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Jen Sorensen Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for June 16, 2022

Clay Jones Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Clay Jones Comic Strip for June 20, 2022

Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for April 25, 2022

Political cartoonNick Anderson Comic Strip for June 22, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for May 22, 2022

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for June 20, 2022

Drew Sheneman Comic Strip for June 22, 2022

Jack Ohman Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Steve Breen Comic Strip for June 17, 2022

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for June 18, 2022

Steve Benson Comic Strip for June 18, 2022

Clay Jones Comic Strip for June 22, 2022

Nick Anderson Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Nick Anderson Comic Strip for June 10, 2022

Nick Anderson Comic Strip for June 01, 2022

Nick Anderson Comic Strip for May 31, 2022

M2Bulls Comic Strip for May 19, 2022

M2Bulls Comic Strip for April 28, 2022

Political cartoonPolitical cartoonLalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 19, 2022

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 17, 2022

M2Bulls Comic Strip for May 26, 2022

Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for May 18, 2022

Phil Hands Comic Strip for May 20, 2022

Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for May 16, 2022

Clay Jones Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Joe Heller Comic Strip for June 17, 2022

Political cartoonStuart Carlson Comic Strip for May 09, 2022

Matt Wuerker Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

And now some for fun.

Zits comic strip for Thursday, June 23, 2022 by Jerry Scott & Jim BorgmanAndy Capp Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Andy Capp Comic Strip for June 22, 2022

Andy Capp Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Andy Capp Comic Strip for June 20, 2022

Andy Capp Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Speed Bump Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Speed Bump Comic Strip for June 20, 2022

Speed Bump Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Off the Mark Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Off the Mark Comic Strip for June 20, 2022

Off the Mark Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Off the Mark Comic Strip for June 17, 2022

Free Range Comic Strip for June 18, 2022

Eek! Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Eek! Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Reality Check Comic Strip for June 18, 2022

Reality Check Comic Strip for June 17, 2022

Farcus Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Herman Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

The Flying McCoys Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

The Flying McCoys Comic Strip for June 22, 2022

The Flying McCoys Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 17, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 16, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 15, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 14, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 10, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 07, 2022

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for June 06, 2022

Baldo Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Baldo Comic Strip for June 16, 2022

Baldo Comic Strip for June 13, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 23, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 22, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 21, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 19, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 17, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 13, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 11, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 10, 2022

Aunty Acid Comic Strip for June 07, 2022

View original post

U.S. Supreme Court v Common Sense

Ever since the former guy got the chance to nominate a second (Brett Kavanaugh) and then a third (Amy Barrett) Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, I have been skeptical that the Court could manage to remain fair and non-partisan.  When the preliminary decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization that could overturn the 1973 ruling on Roe v Wade was leaked back in May, my worst fears were confirmed, and this week they have been confirmed yet again – twice.


Congress Shall Make No Law …

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”  This is the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and is known as the Establishment Clause under which the federal government and all governments under it, cities, states, territories, etc., are prohibited from establishing or sponsoring religion.  In the words of Justice Stephen Breyer …

“The very point of the Establishment Clause is to prevent the government from sponsoring religious activity itself, thereby favoring one religion over another or favoring religion over nonreligion.”

In layman’s terms, since freedom of religion is important … freedom to observe any chosen religion or no religion at all … it is unfair for government funds that come from We the People in the form of taxes be used to support any one religion.  That is the basis for the 16th Amendment.  But on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the case of Carson v Makin involving a Maine law that forbade public money to go to religious schools.  Under that law, if a town does not have a secondary school aka high school, parents may get vouchers from the state to pay for their children to attend a private school, but not a religious school.  Certain parents took umbrage, for the school that was available to them allowed LGBTQ students and these parents did not wish their children to attend school with LGBTQ kids and thus they petitioned the state for vouchers to send their children to a religious school whose entrance requirements largely eliminated the possibility of an LGBTQ child enrolling.

On Tuesday, the Court ruled in favour of the parents and in so doing, the Court in essence demolished the 16th Amendment and said that there is no longer a separation between government and religion.  This will no doubt be seen as a red-letter day for the bigots and no doubt many more will follow suit in the near future.  I wonder, though, how loud the furor will be when some parent chooses to obtain the vouchers and use them to send their kids to a Muslim or Hindu school?  Wait for it, for I’m betting money that those religious bigots will have their knickers in a knot when that happens.


That 2nd Amendment … yet again

And then yesterday, the Court made what I consider to be yet another grievous error in judgment in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen.  Quite simply, since the United States Congress has steadfastly been unable or unwilling to pass any meaningful gun legislation, the State of New York passed its own law that prohibited most people, unless they could show need, from carrying a gun in public.  Makes sense, right?  If you claim you need a gun to protect yourself and your family from a home invasion, as most gun nuts claim, then you don’t need to take it to the library, grocery store, or a restaurant.  But, the gun nuts said it violated their 2nd Amendment ‘rights’.  For the record, the Amendment in question here reads …

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Period.  There is no more.  Nothing that says all people have the right to own killing machines that are capable of killing 20-30 people within a minute or two.  Nothing says the average Joe even has a right to own a gun, let alone carry one in public. I guess that Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Thomas, Barrett, and Chief Justice John Roberts care more about pandering to the gun nuts than protecting our children.


So, to recap the results of these two Supreme Court decisions, we will now be forced to financially support religious education, even those of us who do not believe in or follow any religion, and … we and our families will continue to be in danger any time we leave our home, for we can’t be sure that dude sitting next to us in a restaurant or on the bus isn’t ‘packing heat’.  Way to go, SCOTUS.  Within the next week or so, given that the Court will be in summer recess around the first week in July, there are two more contentious cases that will be ruled on:

  • The aforementioned Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization whereby unless the Court has done a 180° reversal from May’s leaked ruling, women’s rights will be placed in the meat grinder and shredded forevermore (or until 100 years from now when the current Justices have left and some with a conscience have replaced them.)
  • West Virginia v Environmental Protection Agency where the State of West Virginia is claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should not be allowed to set rules and regulations around greenhouse gas emissions. Given their recent rulings, I look for them to rule in favour of West Virginia, and if they do, you will hear me ranting some more, for this is our lives and the lives of future generations that’s at stake here!

Is “Infamy” To Become The New Normal?

Throughout history there are certain dates that stand alone, that in the retelling need no year for clarity.  December 7th, September 11th, and now January 6th … when we hear those dates, we automatically remember who, what, why, when, and where.  These three stand-alone dates all represent days when the United States was brutally attacked:  Pearl Harbour, World Trade Center/Pentagon, and the Capitol/Congress.  The first two differ from the third only in that Pearl Harbour and the World Trade Center were attacked by other nations or groups outside the U.S., while the attack on January 6th came from within, rather like having your son or daughter viciously burn your own house down with you in it.  In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7th to be “a day that will live in infamy.”  The same can and must be said about January 6th 2021.

So often we hear, “Well, whaddabout _____________?”, or “But both sides do it!”  And sometimes, to some extent depending on circumstances, that is true.  It’s call ‘moral equivalence’.  But there is not and cannot be any moral equivalency for what was done before, during, and after January 6th in an attempt to overthrow an election, overthrow a duly elected government, and destroy people’s lives.  This one, my friends, falls entirely on the shoulders of the Republican Party and their unofficial leader, one Donald Trump.  Kevin McCarthy said just this month …

“I think everybody in the country bears responsibility [for the January 6th attempted coup].

No, Mr. McCarthy … YOU, and Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and most every other Republican in and out of Congress bear the full weight of this one.

Not only did Donald Trump, as we now know, incite the riot at the Capitol on January 6th, but was also plotting numerous other illegal and unconstitutional tactics to overturn the election and overthrow our voices, our justly elected president Joe Biden.  Democrats did NOT do this, Independents did NOT do this – it was done by and at the behest of Republicans.

But as if that weren’t bad enough … the average John Doe Republican voter caught the spirit of the moment and set out to destroy … property, the nation, innocent lives, and more.  If you watched the four people who testified in yesterday’s televised hearing, you had to be moved.  All four told heartbreaking stories about receiving threats of violence, not only against themselves but their families as well.  You will have seen Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying that until very recently Trump supporters would drive around his neighborhood and falsely announce that he was a “pedophile” and a corrupt politician. He recounted an argument between a neighbor and a man with a pistol, and also talked about the reactions of his family …

“At the same time, on some of these, we had a daughter who was gravely ill who was upset by what was happening outside and my wife, that is a valiant person, very strong, quiet, very strong woman. So, it was disturbing.”

He fought the tears that we could see in his eyes.  What he didn’t mention was that his daughter died of her illness shortly thereafter.  My own eyes were suddenly in need of a tissue, as well.

The last testimony of the day was from Shaye Moss, a young woman who had been an election worker for some ten years prior to the 2020 election.  Ms. Moss was falsely accused, along with her mother, of carrying out a fake ballot scheme and Rudy Giuliani started the ball rolling when he called them professional vote scammers, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and forced them into hiding for a period of several weeks.  Both Ms. Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, spoke at the hearing yesterday and told of the ways in which they have been tormented and threatened.

“This turned my life upside down. I no longer give out my business card. I don’t transfer calls. I — I don’t want anyone knowing my name. I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the grocery store at all. I haven’t been anywhere at all. I gained about 60 pounds, I don’t do nothing anymore, I second-guess everything I do.  It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way. All because of lies for me doing my job, same thing I’ve been doing forever.”

And her mother, Ruby, said …

“There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere. Do you know how it feels to have the President of the United States to target you? The President of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not to target one. But he targeted me, Lady Rudy, a small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen who stand up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic.”

This, folks, is what everyday Republicans are doing – to their own!!!  The first three to testify, Rusty Bowers, Brad Raffensperger, and Gabe Sterling were all Republicans!  The elected officials on the Republican side of the aisle keep the populace riled with hate-spewing rhetoric, but it is the average everyday white Republican who is allowing themselves to be manipulated into this horrific behaviour aimed at the very heart and spirit of the nation.  And in the past 24 hours, since yesterday’s televised hearing, there has been an increase in threats of violence against the members of the committee, leading to a security detail being assigned to each member.

For the record, in case any Republicans, or any others who still believe the Big Lie and are enamoured of Donald Trump:

DONALD TRUMP LOST THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!

Get over it and try to make something of your lives instead of living your life vicariously through your wishful dreams.

I hurt … I literally hurt for what this nation has become.  It’s like when Smokey the Bear used to say, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires” … only WE THE PEOPLE can turn this around.  And if we don’t, if we fail, then our children and grandchildren will pay the hefty price.  I leave it to your imagination to figure out what that price will be.