Today I want to share Stephen Colbert’s monologue from March 23rd, the day after the mass shooting in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store that killed 10 people. Please take the 10 minutes to watch this … he is spot on and echoes my own opinions. Oh, and there’s a bit of humour thrown in here and there!
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. I did not write a post on it, though another time I might have. No, I didn’t forget, but frankly it just didn’t feel right to celebrate a day that is about women’s rights, when in this country (and many others) our rights are being chipped away. And then, I came across this …
His name is Stewart-Allen Clark and he is was a pastor of the 1st General Baptist Church, in Malden, Missouri. Here are a few snippets from his February 28th sermon …
“Why is it so many times that women after they get married let themselves go? I’m not saying every woman can be the epic, the epic trophy wife of all time, like Melania Trump. I’m not saying that at all. Most women can’t be trophy wives, you know, like her. Maybe you’re a participation trophy. I don’t know, but all I can say is not everybody looks like that. Amen. Not everybody looks like that, but you don’t need to look like a butch either. Hey, here’s something you need to know. You need to know this. Men have a need for their women to look like women. And sweatpants don’t cut it all the time. Wearing flip-flops and pajamas to Walmart, that ain’t gonna work. Ain’t nothing attractive about that. Men want their wives to look good at home and in public. Can I get an ‘amen’?”
Here is a picture of Mr. Clark …
Wow … I can certainly see why he wants his women to look like supermodels, can’t you?
Mr. Clark has stepped down from his position and is allegedly “seeking professional counseling”. Sorry, but there is no amount of ‘counseling’ that will turn this person into a human being. Any person who considers former nude model and gold-digger Melania Trump to be the standard to which women should aspire needs a lobotomy. How many centuries have we fought against being judged for our looks, but rather asking to be judged for our character, our intellect? Funny, isn’t it, that Joe Biden was criticized for saying that “we don’t need that kind of neanderthal thinking”, and yet Mr. Clark is a dyed-in-the-wool, real-life neanderthal.
There are a number of newbies on the republican side of the aisle in Congress who, in my view, have no business being in Congress. Four that come immediately to mind are Josh Hawley, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Greene, and Madison Cawthorn. Are these four radically racist, gun-toting fools the face of the new GOP? If so, either the GOP or the nation are doomed!
The subject of my wrath today is Lauren Boebert and her gun fetish. You’ll remember that last month, she logged in to a virtual House committee hearing with a virtual arsenal as her backdrop. And she’s the fool who owns a restaurant that encourages servers to have a pistola strapped to their waist as they serve the chips ‘n salsa to their customers. Well, Boebert is under investigation for her possible role in the January 6th attacks on Congress, but the fact that she could be expelled from Congress and find herself wearing an orange jumpsuit doesn’t seem to have penetrated the fog that surrounds her brain. Take a look at her latest video demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “tear down” the fencing around the Capitol. Listen to the gunshot at the end.
This, my friends, is an example of what our country is becoming. Guns have replaced conversation, radicals are being elected to our lawmaking body, and nearly half the nation finds this ‘acceptable’. The fencing and razor wire are there to protect members of Congress in light of continued threats by right-wing white supremacy groups who have threatened another attack on the Capitol when President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, date not yet determined.
Boebert has no committee assignments, and neither does Ms. Greene, therefore they literally have no work to do, and yet they are drawing a salary of $174,000 per year, paid for by you and me. I hope … I sincerely hope that all four of the ones I mentioned are found to have had a role in the treasonous January 6th attacks, that they are expelled from Congress and escorted off the premises and to the nearest jail to await trial.
And on that note, I leave you with a bit of humour …
One of the most devastating things we lost under the previous administration was our standing in the global community. We lost much ground, lost the respect of the world, became first the laughingstock of the world, and later the least trusted nation among our allies. President Biden said he would make it one of his top priorities to rejoin agreements we had let lapse, and to work with our allies to become a team player once again, rather than a nation that isolates itself from the rest of the world. After 30 days in office, progress is already being made.
Coming back into the world …
Today is a red-letter day for the United States, hopefully only the first of many. The U.S. has officially re-joined the Paris Climate Accord! Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement saying …
“The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped design it and make it a reality. Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate change we already see.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. promised to reduce its carbon emissions by about 25% by 2025 compared with 2005 levels. But according to analysts, the country is only on track to achieve about a 17% reduction, largely due to the rollback of numerous environmental regulations that took place under the previous administration. Can we catch up? Well, the lives of future generations around the globe depend on it, so we damn well better.
No other country has emitted more cumulative carbon dioxide into the atmosphere since the industrial era began in the mid-1800s than the United States. And even though U.S. emissions are falling, the rate of the reduction is far too slow to avoid catastrophic warming, according to climate scientists.
President Biden has also assured world leaders, during a virtual address to the Munich Security Conference this morning, of the U.S. commitment to NATO.
“The United States is fully committed to our NATO alliance, and I welcome your growing investment in the military capabilities that enable our shared defenses. An attack on one is an attack on all. That is our unshakeable vow.”
And earlier, during a virtual G7 meeting, Biden also sought to assure world leaders that he and his administration are committed to once again being an ally, rather than an enemy …
“I know the past few years have strained and tested our transatlantic relationship, but the United States is determined – determined – to re-engage with Europe, to consult with you, to earn back our position of trusted leadership.”
Now, I know that these words must be followed up with actions that prove the intent. I also know that the damage done over the past four years will not be undone overnight. There will long be a mistrust among our allies, and for a long time, they will wonder if the people of this nation will be so foolish as to bring back another administration such as the previous one. It may take decades before the trust is fully restored, but we are on the right path.
And just a bit of snark …
And lest you think that today I have only positive news without a bit of snark …
I strongly suspect that two new members of Congress will be single-term congresswomen, for they are more suited to a position in the circus than in Congress. The two, of course, are Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert. The latest?
During a virtual House committee hearing yesterday, Ms. Boebert logged in remotely with an arsenal as her backdrop.
The freshman lawmaker and gun-rights advocate, who owns a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, had two AR-15-style rifles arranged like an X on a shelf behind her head and another large firearm lying across books on the shelf below. There was also a handgun.
Representative Jared Huffman of California rightly took umbrage, saying …
“If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life, they can do that. But this is our hearing room, and at some point we will get past the covid epidemic and we’ll all start showing up in person. It’s necessary that we lay down these ground rules that whatever your fetishes or feelings are about guns, you’re not going to bring them into our committee room.”
Boebert whined that he was infringing on her ‘constitutional rights’.
There has been an ongoing debate recently about whether guns should be allowed into committee rooms. My question is: WHY??? Why should guns be brought into committee rooms or anywhere else in Congress? Don’t we have enough violence in this world? Ms. Boebert herself further proved my point when she said …
“Who says this is storage? These are ready for use.”
Has sanity left the room?
The United States today is barely recognizable. Anti-mask protests, conspiracy theories that even a 5-year-old child could debunk, and fully one-half of the government putting on a dog and pony show rather than concerning themselves with steering this de-railed train. Take a look at some of the madness in the eyes of our friend Jeff. We are surely the laughingstock of the world, and frankly I wish I could simply sail away to almost anyplace else on earth. Thanks, Jeff … excellent summation of the craziness!
Their dangerous embrace of conspiracy theories, crackpots, and anti-democracy are killing Americans
When you think they can’t get crazier, the radical right Republican Party manages to exceed our lowest of the low expectations. In recent years, especially during the last four of the Trump era, the party drifted further into la-la land; its embrace of Trumpism-laced conspiracy theories leading to the deadly insurrection of January 6, 2021.
In present-day America, we have a two-party system. While many of us would like to see a viable third-party emerge, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. So we’re stuck with what we have. But to have at least a semblance of good governance and sustainable institutions, both of our political parties must be, at the very least, grounded in the belief that government is a worthwhile entity. That it can and will work to make sure it serves all the people…
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I have a list as long as my arm of people in Congress who are unfit and unqualified for the offices they hold, but one in particular stands out as being the most heinous of the bunch. Lauren Boebert was elected by the people of Colorado’s 3rd congressional district last November and took her oath of office on January 3rd.
I first wrote about Boebert last July when she crossed my radar after winning the Republican primary in Colorado. Ms. Boebert has not a single qualification to represent her district in the United States Congress, not even a high school diploma, for she dropped out of high school when she became pregnant in her teens. I sincerely doubt that she has even read the U.S. Constitution – that document she took an oath to protect and defend. But that is not even the worst of it.
Boebert is a supporter of QAnon, the right-wing conspiracy theory group that believes a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles—mainly consisting of what they see as elitist Democrats, politicians, journalists, entertainment moguls and other institutional figures—have long controlled much of the so-called deep state government, which they say seeks to undermine Trump, mostly with aid of media and entertainment outlets. This, coupled with her lack of education, lack of knowledge of the law, should have been enough to disqualify her from even running for office. It really is past time this nation set higher requirements for holding public office, but that is a topic for another day.
Ms. Boebert is a gun lover who owns a bar called Shooters Grill in the town of Rifle, Colorado. She encourages her staff to openly carry guns while serving the public! True to form, Boebert started her tenure with a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking that members of Congress be allowed to carry guns into the Capitol. The letter was signed by some of the other congressional misfits such as Mo Brooks. On her 3rd day in office, she set off the metal detectors while entering the Capitol and refused to allow security officers to inspect her bag and the same happened the following day, January 6th, that fateful day of the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Congress. Why they even allowed her into the building is beyond my comprehension.
There is speculation, to say the least, that Boebert was involved in the terrorist attack, that at the very least, her rhetoric supporting Trump’s false claims of massive voter fraud had helped fuel the attack. On January 5th, Boebert said January 6th would be Republicans’ “1776 moment”. She was one of the republicans who objected to counting Arizona’s ballots, saying …
“The members who stand here today and accept the results of this concentrated, coordinated, partisan effort by Democrats—where every fraudulent vote canceled out the vote of an honest American—have sided with the extremist left.”
So, is she saying that I’m not an ‘honest American’ or that my vote was fraudulent? She fully intended to vote to illegally cancel the votes of every single voter in Arizona because she didn’t like the results. And it is said that she revealed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location to rioters during the siege on the 6th by tweeting: “The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.” Now, a group of 68 elected officials in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District have sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi asking for an investigation into Boebert’s actions. The letter condemned the lawmaker, saying …
“There is deep concern about her actions leading up to and during the protests that turned into a violent and deadly mob.”
On Friday, Boebert’s communications director, Ben Goldey, resigned his position, citing his discomfort with the way Boebert reacted to the insurrection and its aftermath.
The United States Constitution (Article I, Section 5, Clause 2) provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”
As I said at the start of this post, there are a number of members of the current Congress who are undeserving of their seats, including Louie Gohmert, Mo Brooks, Ted Cruz, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Tommy Tuberville, and others who either directly or indirectly played a role in the events of January 6th and who must be held accountable for their seditious behaviour. We the People deserve better than what we are getting from this group of elected officials whose salary we pay. I most certainly hope that Lauren Boebert is removed from Congress, for this woman does not belong there, does not represent the majority of people in this nation, and is highly unqualified to be a lawmaker at any level.
Has the GOP completely lost its bloomin’ mind??? I am typically happy to see a long-time incumbent of either party replaced by new blood. Mitch McConnell, for example, age 78, is the current best poster boy for why we need term limits. Before him, there was Democrat Harry Reid who spent thirty years in the Senate, retiring only in 2017 at the age of 77. So, typically I think it’s a good thing when a long-term member of Congress steps down or is replaced by the voters. There are, however, exceptions.
Scott Randall Tipton has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district since 2011, nearly a decade. Long enough, in my book. He has opposed LGBT rights, opposes abortion, opposes immigration, and in short has been outspokenly opposed to anything with President Obama’s name tied to it. Other than that, I know little about Mr. Tipton, but ten years in Congress is long enough. So, at first glance I was pleased when a younger woman won the Colorado Republican primary on Tuesday night. Until I learned a few things about that woman, that is.
Tipton lost to Lauren Boebert, a 33-year-old mother of four boys. Boebert is a Trumpian up one side and down the other.
“Colorado deserves a fighter who will stand up for freedom, who believes in America and who is willing to take on all the left-wing lunatics who are trying so hard to ruin our country. We are in a battle for the heart and soul of our country. I’m going to win this November because freedom is a great motivator.”
‘Left-wing lunatics’??? So that’s what I am, eh? Perhaps I can get a t-shirt made. But, bad as that little speech sounds, Boebert is even worse. She not only supports the 2nd Amendment, but is a staunch, outspoken gun-rights activist. She is also a businesswoman, owner of a restaurant called ‘Shooters Grill’ in Rifle, Colorado, where she encourages servers to openly carry firearms … while serving the public. What do you expect in a town called “Rifle”, eh? And in March, when Colorado’s governor ordered bars and restaurants to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Boebert apparently thought he didn’t mean her or her restaurant, and she refused to close. Even after receiving a ‘cease and desist’ order from the Garfield County Sheriff, she still refused to close her restaurant!
But wait … I still haven’t gotten to quite the worst of it. Boebert is a supporter of QAnon, the far right wing conspiracy theory group that has made up so many fantasies about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros that I’ve lost count. They claim that there is some great “deep state” conspiracy to topple Donald Trump and all of his supporters.
Ideologically, Ms. Boebert is to the right of far right. She claims that she would not have voted for the relief package that helped both individuals and small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic shutdown, and she has said that if she wins in November, she will align herself with the House Freedom Caucus, made up of conservative and Libertarian politicians in the House. Oh, and she plans to attend a ‘Bikers for Trump’ event near Mount Rushmore over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, where she will ride her motorcycle wearing her maga hat. Need I say more?Last year, when Beto O’Rourke was considering a run for the Democratic nomination for 2020, he once claimed that he would seize all the assault rifles in the nation. Personally, I think it’s a great idea, for nobody but fools and idiots have them, and they have proven themselves unfit to own any sort of gun, much less one that can mow down a crowd in under a minute. However, Ms. Boebert took umbrage, saying …
“I am here to say: Hell, no, you’re not!”
Although Trump had previously endorsed Scott Tipton, he got fairly excited over Boebert’s primary win on Tuesday night, and tweeted his congratulations “on a really great win!” Oh, my aching head.
If, after all this, you’ve got the stomach for it, watch a bit of this interview with Ms. Boebert, especially the part where she speaks about Trump, which starts at about the 2:40 minute point.
The Democratic candidate, also a woman, is one Diane E. Mitsch Bush, and currently she holds about a 5.5% lead over Boebert. Come on, Coloradoans … pull your heads out of your asses and vote for Ms. Bush! I am going on record as saying that Lauren Boebert is a grade-A selfish, pistol-packing bitch who we absolutely do NOT need sitting on Capitol Hill making the decisions that affect our lives and the futures of our children and grandchildren. More than 58,000 people voted for this abomination of a person! Is there something toxic in the water in Colorado that has killed off people’s brain cells??? Are guns really so important that they are willing to send this sorry specimen of the human race to Washington, to give her the power of … life and death?