Trump Will Take White Evangelicals Down With Him

It would seem, based on the evidence, that evangelical Christianity produces some of the world’s most gullible fools. Sigh. Our friend Jerry takes a look at some of the lunacy and hypocrisy.  Good post, Jerry … thanks!

On The Fence Voters

Ralph Reed, president of the conservative evangelical Faith and Freedom Coalition,recently stated, “I think the 81 percent of the evangelical vote that Trump received four years ago is the floor. I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that he could end up in the mid-80s.”

No Moving the Truly Faithful

While polls have found every other demographic class leaping from the disaster-bound Trump train—and that includes white menin general—most white evangelicals are determined to hang on for the wild ride to the last stop—Obliteration Station.

While polls have found every other demographic class leaping from the disaster-bound Trump train—and that includes white menin general—most white evangelicals are determined to hang on for the wild ride to the last stop—Obliteration Station.

Yes, even many of Trump’s basest Congressional grovelers have finally deciphered the writing on the doomed king’s wall and havebegun to…

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Tell me why I ask some more?

Our friend Keith asks a lot of questions … questions we should ALL be asking … and more. Thank you, Keith, for homing in on some of the most relevant questions we must all be asking in the course of the next two weeks.

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I am puzzled with inconsistencies. Using The Beatles’ song “Tell me why?” once again, allow me to ask a few more questions.

Why should we believe someone who said two months ago he did not know who QAnon is, tweeted more QAnon based inane conspiracies. applauded a Georgia Republican Congressional candidate who touts such inanity and then repeats on national TV he still did not know who QAnon is?

Why should we believe the same person whose modus operandi is to create fear, say he did not want to tell Americans the truth about the coronavirus as he did not want to create a panic? Panic is his currency. It seemed OK for him to relay the inane QAnon tweet about Osama Bin Laden.

Why should we believe someone who repeatedly says and does racist things and endorses groups that want to diminish the rights of non-whites, then claims he…

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Crazy Uncle vs Intelligent Hombre …

Due to circumstances beyond my control (stubborn headphones), I missed the first 20 minutes or so of Joe Biden’s town hall last night, and due to other circumstances beyond my control (family obligations), I was only able to watch about 20 minutes before having to stop.  I never had any intention of watching Trump’s town hall and wouldn’t have even if he hadn’t scheduled his to compete with Biden’s, but I had hoped to watch all of Biden’s.  I have, however, read most of the transcript of Joe’s town hall, and some key takeaways from Trump’s.

I must say that it was great, the few minutes I was able to watch Biden’s event, to be able to hear Biden answer the questions asked of him without interruption.  It was great not to have to look away from Trump’s freakish facial contortions while he muttered and blathered.  We actually got to hear what Joe thought, what he plans to do once he is in the Oval Office.  Much more informative and less stressful than the debate a few weeks ago.

Most of Biden’s responses to questions were what we’ve come to expect from Biden:  calm, thoughtful responses, intelligence, no raised voice, and even speaking in complete sentences.  He covered what he would do differently regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and spoke about a vaccine, saying …

“If the body of scientists say that this is what is ready to be done and it’s been tested, they’ve gone through the three phases, yes, I would take it, and I’d encourage people to take it.”

He mentioned that while he would like to be able to make the vaccine mandatory, he realizes this cannot be done …

“You couldn’t, that’s the problem.  You can’t say, ‘Everyone has to do this.’”

Perhaps one of the most glaring differences between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is the ability to admit to a mistake.  Last night, when Joe Biden was questioned about the 1994 crime bill that he sponsored while in the senate, he defended and explained parts of the bill, but was also able to admit that in hindsight, some parts were a mistake.  Trump, on the other hand, has never admitted to a mistake and still gives himself kudos for his horrible handling of the pandemic that has now cost the U.S. 223,000 human lives.

From what I’ve read, the two town hall events were as different as night and day.  Joe’s could be said to be almost boring in contrast, but that’s fine with me!  I’ll take boring over bombastic any day of the week!  I agreed with most of what Biden said, the only thing I would argue is that I think fracking should be banned, Biden doesn’t.  But hell … if that’s the only thing we disagree on, that’s nearly a miracle in itself!

I was also impressed with Biden’s response to the final question by moderator George Stephanopoulos, “Mr. Vice President, if you lose, what will that say to you about where America is today?”

“Well, it could say that I’m a lousy candidate, and I didn’t do a good job. But I think — I hope … that it doesn’t say that we are as racially, ethnically, and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the President wants us to be. Usually, you know, the President, in my view, with all due respect, it’s been divide and conquer, the way he does better if he splits us and where there’s division.

And I think people need hope. I think — look, George, I’ve never been more optimistic of the prospects for this country than I am today. And I really mean that. I think the people are ready. They understand what’s at stake. And it’s not about Democrat or Republican.

If I get elected, you know, I’m going to be — I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’m going to be an American president. I’m going to take care of those that voted against me as well as those who voted for me, for real. That’s what presidents do. We’ve got to heal this nation, because we have the greatest opportunity of any country in the world to own the 21st century. And we can’t do it divided.”

And that in and of itself, my friends, makes me want Joe Biden as my president more than ever before.

Now Trump, on the other hand …

… was apparently his usual obnoxious self, perhaps even more so, but he met his match with moderator Savannah Guthrie!  Given that I do not watch television, I had never seen Ms. Guthrie in her spot as co-anchor of the NBC News morning show, but … this lady is gooooood!  She held Trump’s feet to the fire, and apparently, he squirmed!

From The Washington Post’s article, “5 takeaways from the dueling Trump and Biden town halls”

When Trump claimed that a study showed 85 percent of people who wear masks still get the coronavirus, Guthrie noted he falsely characterized the study.

When Trump defended his pandemic response by citing another study that showed 2 million people could have died of the coronavirus, Guthrie rightly noted that model predicted that only if the government did precisely zero mitigation.

When Trump declined to denounce QAnon because he said he didn’t know what it was about, Guthrie provided details about what it was about and invited him to do it, noting Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has flatly denounced it as a baseless conspiracy theory. Trump instead offered that he liked that QAnon was against pedophilia.

When Guthrie pressed Trump on his retweets this week of a bizarre conspiracy theory about Osama bin Laden’s death, Trump explained by saying he was just passing along information. (“That was a retweet, I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves.”) Guthrie then provided the retort those tweets have long demanded: that he’s the president, not someone’s “crazy uncle” spouting off on Twitter, and that the information he promotes matters.

I particularly love that last part … “he is the president, not someone’s ‘crazy uncle’ spouting off …”  LOVE IT!!!  Part of me almost wants to watch the clip, just to see the look on his face when she said that!  Maybe I will.  Crazy Uncle Donnie!  Has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?

I have a policy that I do not donate money to political candidates, even ones I support.  Why?  Because there are people going without food, homeless people living on the streets, sick people who cannot afford medical treatment … when you compare the pleas of a politician who has never gone hungry a single day in his/her life against those needs … well, if I have an extra $25 or $100, I donate it to the local food bank or homeless shelter.  Tonight, I broke that policy … so impressed with Joe Biden was I, that I donated $25 to his campaign.  Not much, but given that 75% of my monthly income goes to pay for my insulin and other medications, it was the best I could do.  It was my way of saying, “I believe in Joe Biden.”

We’re in the final days, my friends.  Some 15 million votes have already been cast by mail-in ballots and early in-person voting.  There is a new enthusiasm that we didn’t see even in 2016 … and it isn’t enthusiasm for another four years of the hell we’ve lived through for the last four!  It is hope … the hope for a president who represents ALL of the people, not only the wealthy, not only those who support him, but each and every one of us.  Hope for a brighter future, hope that we can re-establish our relationship with our allies, hope that we can begin to address the racial issues that are tearing this country apart.  Hope … it’s a beautiful word, and tonight, Joe Biden showered me with hope.

Conspiracy Theories Abound … From The Oval Office

Conspiracy theories abound, more than any other time I can remember, except perhaps in the aftermath of 9/11 when the theories ran rampant for a brief time.  WHY??? There is no simple answer, but in part it is because this nation is so divided right now.  In part, we can blame the pandemic that has kept people from many of their everyday activities and given them too much spare time to sit around making up stupid shit.  And in part, we can blame the ‘man’ who sits in the Oval Office and his minions who lick his boots clean on a daily basis.

conspiracy-2Take, for example, his statement on August 31st during an interview with the nefarious Laura Ingraham of Fox ‘News’:

“We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that.  It’s under investigation right now. But they came from a certain city. And this person was coming to the Republican National Convention. And there were like seven people on the plane like this person, and then a lot of people on the plane, to do big damage.”

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Perhaps Trump has missed his true calling … perhaps he should be a writer of Science Fiction, for that story is as far from reality as I am from the planet Jupiter!  There was no such plane, no such ‘thugs’, and no such plot.

Remember the conspiracy theory he is most famous for, the ‘birther’ theory that President Obama was not, in fact, born in the U.S.?  Obama was born in Hawaii, but apparently Trump failed history/geography in school and did not realize that Hawaii actually became the 50th state in 1959, two years before President Obama was born?

Or a month ago, when he said …

“And you have people coming over with bags of soup — big bags of soup. And they lay it on the ground, and the anarchists take it and they start throwing it at our cops, at our police. And if it hits you, that’s worse than a brick because that’s got force. It’s the perfect size. It’s, like, made perfect.

And when they get caught, they say, ‘No, this is just soup for my family.’ And then the media says, ‘This is just soup. These people are very, very innocent. They’re innocent people. These are just protesters. Isn’t it wonderful to allow protesting?’”

Bags of soup? Seriously???  How can anybody not question his sanity?

And he has engaged in some of the QAnon conspiracy theories, such as the ridiculous notion that the world is run by a group of Satan-worshiping pedophiles that is plotting against him while operating a global child sex-trafficking ring.

Lately, a few republican members of Congress have begun parroting Trump’s unsubstantiated lies to their own constituents.  (See Keith’s post from yesterday) There is a very real danger in all of this, my friends.  Yes, it’s laughable when he spews some of this, such as bags of soup being used as a tool of the anarchists, but the danger is in the people who listen to him.

Don’t believe me?  Step back, if you will, to October 2018.  It began on October 22nd, when a package containing an improvised explosive device (bomb) was found in the mailbox at the home of Democratic donor George Soros in Katonah, New York.  Over the course of the following week, similar packages were mailed to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, John Brennan, Joe Biden, Robert DeNiro, Cory Booker, James Clapper, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, and the CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

The FBI, with assistance from other federal agencies and law enforcement organizations, arrested Cesar Sayoc in Southern Florida.  Sayoc had a history of mental illness and criminal activity, but what prompted him to target the above-named individuals was that after watching Fox ‘News’ and viewing social media platforms, he concluded that Trump’s critics were dangerous, unpatriotic, and evil.  At his sentencing, Sayoc said his idea was “first was how to tone down the liberal left violence platform.” He wrote that he believed prominent Democrats were encouraging violence.  Again, yes Mr. Sayoc has a history of mental illness and violent episodes, but where did he get the idea to send mail bombs to prominent Democrats?  From hearing conspiracy theories and inflammatory rhetoric.

Most of the targets were people who Trump had targeted in his campaign of hate, such as Hillary Clinton, whom he has not shut up about even now, nearly four years after the election in which she beat him, but he walked away with the electoral vote.  John Brennan pointed directly to Trump’s rhetoric, saying that Trump …

 “… fuels these feelings and sentiments that now are bleeding over into potential acts of violence … Unfortunately, I think Donald Trump, too often, has helped to incite some of these feelings of anger, if not violence, when he points to acts of violence or also talks about, you know, swinging at somebody from the press or the media.”

Or, consider Kyle Rittenhouse about whom I wrote a few days ago, the 17-year-old punk who took an assault rifle into an area where violent agitators were mingling in with peaceful protestors, and killed two people.  What was his inspiration?  Well, he was a Trump supporter and was in the front row of a Trump rally in January in Des Moines, Iowa.  Just speculation on my part, but I think he absorbed every word Trump said and thought he was carrying out Trump’s wishes.

Brennan’s words are no less true today than they were two years ago.  There are people in this nation who are not deep thinkers, who have little or no moral compass, and who will believe anything they hear from Donald Trump, and some will act on their beliefs.  It makes no difference how many times his conspiracy theories and hate speech are debunked, for they hear only what they choose to hear.  For the ‘man’ who holds the highest office in the nation to engage in such dangerous rhetoric is unthinkable … and yet, that is where we are today.  And sadly, with the easy availability of all sorts of firearms in this country … it is a recipe for major disaster.  Take a look at some statistics regarding people who buy into conspiracy theories.  Note, especially, the 2nd one …conspiracy-theoriesI believe that Trump will dial up his hate speech, conspiracy theories and ridiculous rhetoric even more over the next nine weeks.  We are already seeing enough violence in this nation today … if Trump has his way, what we see today will seem like a day in a kiddie zoo compared to what we will see in October.  We cannot control what people think, but we should have some control over what the ‘president’ says in a public forum.  Never before has it seemed necessary, but it sure as hell does today.  A roll of duct tape for his mouth?

If people like conspiracy theories, why not look at real ones

Conspiracy theories abound and most do not bear repeating, for to do so is to give the one spewing the lies just what he sought: attention. However, there are some actual conspiracies, both past and present, as our friend Keith notes in his very excellent post this evening!

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There has been a lot of press about Marjorie Taylor Greene, an advocate of the conspiracy theory website QAnon winning a GOP primary in Georgia. Unless the GOP finds its conscience, she will become a member of Congress. Getting less press is Madison Cawthorn who is the GOP candidate running for now Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ old seat. Cawthorn has some social media references to white nationalists and has bragged on visiting the Hitler bunker in Germany. In this case, the GOP leadership supported his opponent in the primary.

Some folks are unfamiliar with QAnon, but the president is not one of them. He often parrots conspiracy theories and it is nirvana for a conspiracy author to hear their words come out of his mouth. My favorite QAnon story is Hillary Clinton was running a Satanic child pornography ring out of a pizza parlor in Washington DC to raise…

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Bouncing Snark

Today, I have a bouncing mind that is filled with snarky thoughts – never a good combination!


The right choice …

Of course, the big news yesterday was Joe Biden’s announcement that he had chosen Senator Kamala Harris for his running mate.  No surprise, for all along I’ve thought she would be the one, and in truth, she makes the most sense for him.  A) she’s a woman; B) she’s a black woman; C) she is highly qualified; D) she is young enough to be a perfectly viable option in the quite possible event that something would happen to Biden, who will be 78 years of age by the time he takes office next January.  While I loved the idea of a Biden/Warren ticket, I realized that Elizabeth Warren was too white, too socialist, and too old to be a viable option in a year when overthrowing the current regime has to be the #1 goal.

Let’s be clear on one thing:  Trump & Co would have denigrated and slung mud no matter who Biden chose.  They will find Kamala’s Achilles heel (and yes, she has a few) and they will play that record ad nauseam.  But they would have done the same with Stacey Abrams, Tammy Duckworth, Val Demings or Elizabeth Warren.  They already had their little black books filled with whatever they could dig up on any and all of the candidates Biden was considering.  Bottom line, though, is it doesn’t matter.  Yes, you heard me right.  It does not matter.  All it does is it speaks to Trump’s own failings and shortcomings.  If the only way you can look good is to make others look bad, then you’re in trouble before you even get to the starting gate.

In 2016, Trump’s only selling points were “Build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”, and “Lock her up”.  This year, he doesn’t even have those … he quite literally has no selling point other than the economy, which is currently in the tank. So, he will use mud-slinging, lies, and a loud, obnoxious voice with lots of facial contortions and wild hand movements to make his points, whatever those points are.

I urge you, folks, to keep your eye on the ball, to remember that “actions speak louder than words”, and to look back at what he has actually done in his first term … nothing positive, lots of destruction, hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.  Whatever he and his little loyal lapdogs say about Biden or Harris … it’s laughable.  It’s grasping at straws.  It’s desperation.  Ignore it.  The republicans, or at least Trump’s base, will lap it up like a cat does cream, but they have proven their ignorance, have proven they will not listen to facts or reason, so … don’t waste your time on them.  Concentrate, instead, on convincing everyone to get out and VOTE!!!  Concentrate instead on talking to the people who aren’t wearing rose-coloured glasses and drinking Kool-Aid.  Don’t allow yourself to be dragged into a mudfest by those too ignorant to understand the true significance of this year’s election, to see the parallels between another 4 years of Trump and 1933 Germany.


What are they thinking???

Just yesterday morning, I wrote about a number of QAnon members running for congressional seats, and as I recall (it was, after all, a full day ago!) I predicted that none was likely to win their primary.  Well guess what?  Yep, my predictive skills have once again failed to hit their mark, for the one I highlighted yesterday, Marjorie Taylor Greene, won the Georgia primary runoff!  What the Sam Hell is wrong with people in Georgia???  First, they elect a gun-toting ding-dong, Brian Kemp, for governor, and now a conspiracy theorist, gun-toting member of QAnon to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives!

Greene has spouted numerous conspiracy theories, is a racist, an Islamophobe and anti-Semitic … just what we need in a lawmaking capacity, eh? Even Republican lawmakers Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy have publicly condemned her candidacy!  In November, she will face Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal.  To date, Ausdal trails Greene by a margin of 38% to Greene’s 62%.  Let us hope that the good people of Georgia wake up and realize that Ms. Greene is not … I repeat NOT … congressional material!!!

Trump, naturally, congratulated Ms. Greene profusely …

“Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!”

More like a real NUTCASE, but then, he likes conspiracy theories and theorists, remember?


And speaking of Georgia …

Cherokee County School District re-opened their schools on August 3rd, against the advice of experts, and by the end of the week, ten of the schools in the district had sent letters home to parents warning that children had tested positive for the coronavirus and that their own children had been exposed.  As of today, some 925 students in that district are under quarantine, and this is only the beginning.

I predict a wave of lawsuits when children start dying, when parents and grandparents contract the disease via their children and start dying.  This rush to open the schools, to play Russian roulette with the lives of children, was ill-advised … in fact was downright stupid … and there will be a price to be paid: human lives.  But I’m sure Trump will shrug his shoulders and say, “It is what it is”.

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More Pandemic Of Stupidity

Pandemic of Stupidity rages on …

When I wrote the post Pandemic of Stupidity on July 30th, I had no intention of turning it into a series, or even a two-part post.  But for Pete’s sake … stupidity just seems to be surrounding me … everywhere I look, there are blatant examples of it and I am truly beginning to despair that far too many people in this country have partaken of some strange substance that turns the brain to mush in just a very short time!

Of course, there was never any doubt that Trump is a victim of the pandemic of stupidity, but the latest example even had my trump-weary jaw dropping with this utterance from yesterday …

“The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War. All the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation.”

Through gritted teeth I tell you that World War II ended in 1945, some 26 years after the Spanish Flu came to an end in 1919.  If an average Joe made this statement, it would be bad enough, but for the person who is entrusted with the lives of 330 million people, the person who is entrusted with the nuclear codes, to be this effing stupid is just beyond reason!


And from the annals of stupidity …

“I’m sorry, Jill, but I’m unfriending you.  I really like you, you’ve been a good friend, but your blogs are just too serious all the time!”

This person, once a valued friend and co-worker, informed me that since I’ve become ‘obsessed’ with politics, social justice, and global affairs … since I ‘insist’ on carrying on about the pandemic, about Trump, and about racists … she can no longer be my friend because my writings “make it hard for me to stay happy.”

Okay, then.  There was a time I would have mourned the loss of a good friend, but … no longer.  You see, it’s people like this who would bury their heads in the sand, who would put their own ‘happiness’ ahead of human lives, ahead of the environmental crisis that threatens to bring about the extinction of numerous species including the human species … it is the people with this mentality who threaten our very existence.  So, sayonara, so long, see ya, hasta la vista.  Enjoy your blissful ignorance.


QAnon is coming to Congress?

It is reported that there are as many as a dozen members of the conspiracy theory group known as QAnon running for seats in the United States Congress this year.  Some are low-key, only espousing one or two of the conspiracy theories and not publicly proclaiming their membership in the group, while others are more … shall we say, outspoken. marjory-taylor-greeneTake, for example, Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican who is perhaps the most unabashedly pro-QAnon candidate for Congress and has drawn a positive tweet from President Trump. She recently declared that QAnon was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.”

In April, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a high-profile lawmaker and a favorite of Trump, donated $2,000 to Ms. Greene’s campaign. A political action committee with which Mr. Jordan is associated, the House Freedom Fund, gave her thousands of dollars more.angela-stanton-kingOr Angela Stanton-King, a House candidate in Georgia who has repeatedly posted QAnon content and obscure hashtags, such as “#trusttheplan.” The Republican National Committee gave $2,200 to her campaign, and the Georgia Republican Party gave an additional $2,800 to Ms. Stanton-King, who, by the way, was pardoned this year by Trump for her role in a car-theft ring!

In many instances, these candidates sought to spread a core tenet of the QAnon conspiracy: that Trump, backed by the military, ran for office to save Americans from a so-called deep state filled with child-abusing, devil-worshiping bureaucrats. Backing the president’s enemies are prominent Democrats who, in some telling, extract hormones from children’s blood.  Oh for PETE’S SAKE!  What in the Sam Hell have these people been smoking/drinking???

None of these candidates are likely to actually take a seat in Congress next year, but the fact that they are in the race, the fact that they are spewing and spreading such garbage, such nonsense, and that people … some people … will believe their every word and even vote for them, causes me to wonder if the human species even deserve to be on this otherwise beautiful planet.

She Does NOT Belong In Congress!!!

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-tiptonScott 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?Lauren-BoebertLast 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.

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Diane Mitsch Bush

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?

The Twilight Zone Presidency

A day late to the party, I was reading Jeff’s post over at On the Fence Voters, and he was doing a wrap-up of yesterday’s news … you know, Trump referring to himself as the “chosen one”, picking a fight with Denmark, gloating over conspiracy-theorist Wayne Allen Root’s nauseating praise of Trump … and suddenly my jaw dropped. I try to stay on top of the news, but I had missed this one. There’s a new media outlet in town, folks, and this, as Jeff says, will leave you feeling like we truly are living in the Twilight Zone. Take a look at what he has found out about Epoch Times … but first, take a few aspirins and perhaps have an antacid handy, for you may feel ill by the time you get to the end. Thank you, Jeff, for this enlightenment …

On The Fence Voters

I was too young to remember the original television series The Twilight Zone, which ran on CBS from 1959-1964. But I do remember watching those same shows, which ran in syndication for several years in the late 60s and 70s. Yes, I’m dating myself here. So for those who have no recollection of the series, the host, Rod Serling, would appear at the beginning and introduce each show with a short monologue explaining what we were about to see.

The show was unique for its time and entered into strange and often highly imaginative themes that bordered on the bizarre and extreme. After the last few days of President Trump’s continued hijacking of all available oxygen in the media world, I found myself remembering the legendary series and thinking that we have indeed entered The Twilight Zone. Even a guy with the innovative imagination of Rod Serling would have had…

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Snarky Snippets or Mini Rants?

I warn you, I am in a very foul mood tonight, and these snarky snippets are likely more like mini-rants.


Those Trumpians are real winners, eh?

We have heard of Trump’s … er, shall we say dislike … for Representative Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, and those of us with any sense see his tirades for what they are … the juvenile, racist rantings of an ignorant fool.  But here’s something to give you a chuckle.

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Danielle Stella

The pro-Trump person who was hoping to vie for Representative Omar’s congressional seat in 2020 is named Danielle Stella, a 31-year-old special education teacher.  Ms. Stella is a supporter of QAnon, the conspiracy theory group, if that tells you anything.  Well … turns out that twice this year, she has been arrested for shoplifting!

In January, she stole 279 items valued at $2,327.97 from a Target store in Edina, Minnesota, and in April she was accused of stealing “tick spray and other items” from a Cub Foods grocery store.  What a fine, upstanding citizen, eh?  She may be a thief, but … it won’t matter to republicans who will prefer her over Ms. Omar because why?  Because her skin is white, because her parents are of European ancestry, and that is all that matters to the vast majority of republicans today.

Oh yeah, and while Stella is busy referring to Ms. Omar as a “witch” and a “criminal”, she herself had a DUI in 2009, along with a charge of fleeing from the police!  A fine lot they are.  Their “leader” has been a criminal since he was old enough to walk, and the followers figure it’s okay for them to steal from a Target store because they are privileged and … white.

And on a related note, some jerk named Chris McDonald is calling for Representative Omar to have her citizenship revoked and be charged with treason.  My response to him is that he should have his license to be a part of the human race revoked.  (I warned you I was in a bad mood)


Another winner, friend of da trumpeter …

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Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein … you all remember him, right?  The abhorrent sex trafficker who seems to somehow believe himself to be above the law?  Oh, that’s right … that’s a given among those in Trump’s “circle of wealth”.  Anyway, the first news I saw yesterday morning was that he was found unconscious in his jail cell with marks on his neck that seemed to indicate a failed suicide attempt.

Funny, though … it wasn’t big news, was more or less swept under the carpet.  Wonder why?  Oh yeah, that “wealthy privilege” thing again, the same thing that enabled him back in 2008 to serve his 13-month sentence in an unlocked cell, to which he only returned at night, spending his days “working” at his own company, hobnobbing with rich associates, etc.

Later in the day yesterday, it was finally reported that Epstein claims to have been beaten up, although he apparently had no cuts or bruises on his face.  And, he has been placed on suicide watch.  Given the number of young lives he has ruined, I think they should give him a good sharp knife with his supper and let him have at it.  Assuming that he did attempt to strangle himself, wouldn’t that indicate that he likely figures he’s going down for a long time this time, most likely without that VIP treatment he received last time?


Hey!  Where’s ours?

Human-rights-wealthy.JPGOn Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levied a $5 billion fine on social media giant Facebook for taking liberties with our privacy – our personal information, including our phone numbers.  Okay, fine, but it seems not to have really fazed the company, for there was barely a blip in the value of their stock, and by Wednesday it was at an all-time high.  Now, why do you think investors didn’t lose confidence when informed of the fine?  Largely because this is the 21st century, the age of electronic spying, and it barely raises an eyebrow anymore.  This is the age of a wealthy madman in the White House and crimes among the wealthy are given mostly a wink-wink and not much more.  After all, those big corporations that pay no taxes are “trickling down” all that money to we the little folk, right?  WRONG!!!

But the thing that galls me the most about this is that the FTC is fining Facebook, Facebook will presumably pay the FTC, an agency of our federal government, but … where is ours?  WE were the ones whose information was misused, sold to advertisers who now bombard our phones with robocalls day and night.  WE are the ones who suffered … where is our share of that $5 billion?  Instead, it will go into the federal coffers so that Donald can play a few extra rounds of golf, eat another steak or two on our dime, and Junior or Ivanka can travel halfway around the globe when I can barely afford a trip to the grocery store!end-of-worldFor the record, Facebook’s revenue last year was $56 billion.  That’s $56,000,000,000.  And do you know what they paid in taxes?  Put it this way … thanks to Trump’s donor tax cut in 2017, Facebook’s effective tax rate dropped from 43% in 2017 to 16% in 2018.  There is doubt whether they actually paid any, and I don’t have time to research it, but I do know that in 2013, they actually received a refund!

I want a slice of that $5 billion they are paying to the FTC!


Okay, enough of my ranting for tonight.  Go find something pleasant to read.  I recommend my friend Anne Lawson’s Art blog to bring you a bit of peace to counteract my snark.