petesouza The Obamas at the Flight 93 Memorial in 2011. On 9/11, 40 brave Americans lost their life as they forced Flight 93 to crash in an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane’s intended target was the U.S. Capitol. The passengers and crew gave up their life to save other Americans, and likely spared the Capitol from being destroyed. Every U.S. Senator swears an oath to preserve and protect our country. We now have more than 40 of them–all Republicans–who seemingly do not give a shit that a President of the United States incited an insurrection against our democracy on 1/6. His mob was directed there by him with the sole purpose of keeping him in power despite his landslide loss in a free and fair election. The former President’s mob intended to harm, and possibly kill, the Speaker of the House, the Vice President and other democratically elected members of Congress. As we have seen this week, his mob came closer to doing this than we knew at the time. It is a tragedy that five people lost their lives, but it could have been so much worse if not for the heroics of the out-manned Capitol Police and other law enforcement. To the Senate Republicans who are turning a blind eye to this insurrection of our democracy, I say to each of you: It was not a group of foreign terrorists that breached the Capitol with the intention of overthrowing an election and killing members of Congress. It was a mob of home-grown terrorists egged on by the former President himself. Many of you aided and abetted him with your words and actions, and some of you even aided and abetted the mob. You have not upheld your oath to the Constitution. You are a coward. You are a disgraced American citizen. Your place in history is now secure.
I just received confirmation from the County of Santa Barbara that my ballot has been received and will be counted. Been waiting for you in the tall grass for years now, Donald Demento. You’re going down. If America still has the capacity to pursue inscrutable Justice, may you rot in prison. … And since I am a poet and revere the power and beauty of language and its potential to influence the collective consciousness, there’s this:
I’m tired of countries, flags, armies, and borders. I’m done with US and Them. The first tactic of all despots is to perpetuate the myth of malevolent outsiders.If a global pandemic doesn’t even raise the reality that dividing one humanity into nations is an obsolete and unsustainable concept, then I hope it doesn’t take a global thermonuclear war. But if God doesn’t relieve us of the malignant presence of He Who Must Be Saved, it’s looking more threatening by the day.
I haven’t written for my social/political blog for a long time. It’s just been impossible. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, but there comes a point where the only way to confront a disordered mind is to risk having a disordered mind. Maybe I can crawl from the wreckage and find a way to speak.
Donald Trump, Hair Furor, Impeachy the Screacher, Covfefe the Clown, Prince Cheesypoofs, etc., is batshit fucking insane.
Today he threatened to shoot looters – to order troops to open fire on Americans in an American city. And in the midst of plague, he severed ties with the World Health Organization.
Things have gotten so bad that Twitter has blocked one of his barf-ups.
As the death toll of the plague mounts and the executive branch implodes, where are my congressman and senators? Don’t know, haven’t heard from them lately. The judicial branch is having tea and cookies or something. Which creates the delusion for me that this shit is my problem, which it’s not.
I am a sinner who does not expect forgiveness but I am not a government official.
Trump needs to be removed from office under Amendment 25, Article IV of the constitution, based on his clear and manifest mental illness. He is unfit to serve.
“Hannah Arendt, in her book The Origin of Totalitarianism, provides a helpful guide for interpreting the language of fascists. She noted how decent liberals of 1930s Germany would “fact check” the Nazis’ bizarre claims about Jews like they were meant to be factual. What they failed to understand, Arendt suggests, is that the Nazi Jew hating was not a statement of fact but a declaration of intent. So when someone would blame the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I, naive people would counter by saying there’s no evidence of that. What the Nazis were doing was not describing what was true, but what would have to be true to justify what they planned to do next.
Did 3 million “illegals” cast votes in this election (as Trump tweeted)? Clearly not. But fact checking is just a way of playing along with their game. What Trump is saying is not that 3 million illegals voted. What he’s saying is: I’m going to steal the voting rights of millions of Americans. Fascism is the opposite of conservatism because it refuses to acknowledge reality as a limitation on the scope of human will.”
There shouldn’t be an argument about whether we should help them. There is no us and them. They are us and we are them. All humanity is one; to believe otherwise is the grand delusion. If you believe that there is a gap, a difference between your humanity and the humanity of others, you have fallen for the first fallacy of morals and the first lie of all dictators.
I hate Hair Furor. I hate him more than I can imagine hating anyone; I mean, my hatred of him surprises even me. I hate him as much as cancer. His pernicious and malignant stupidity and uselessness are spreading like a dread disease. It’s one thing to be stupid, cowardly, and hateful, it’s another to be proud of it, to make it your life’s work and the best you can give to the world around you. It’s not what you don’t know that causes suffering and damage, it’s what you know for sure that’s just not true.
I would say that 45 needs a swift kick in the ass but we’re not using my shoes. Once you get trump on your shoes, it won’t come off.
I really don’t like feeling this way. Hate is not in my nature, as far as I know. It’s a terrible paradox. I’ve always managed to find some redeeming qualities in everyone, even W and Dick and their cabal of war. But it’s just impossible to find anything about Cheesy that doesn’t compel me to vomit. Still every day I try hard to put this long national nightmare out of my mind and live my life, do my work, feel gratitude, and be creative. It’s incredibly difficult. I’m too connected! So I’m filled with disgust at the way people are being treated and reality twisted to a wasteland of lies, obsession, and paranoia.
And in case you’re wondering, yeah, all that counts for everyone who still supports this lumbering monster of racist, misogynistic shit. If you voted for The Clown Price, you’ve had two years to figure out what he really is and what you did, and repent. Now you sit down and shut up. The grown-ups have a mess to deal with.
Up with life. Stamp out all small and large indignities. Leave everyone alone to make it without pressure. Down with hurting. Lower the standard of living. Do without plastics. Smash the servo-mechanisms. Stop grabbing. Snuff the breeze and hug the kids. Love all love. Hate all hate.
– Jon D. McDonald
In a statement today, Senator John McCain suggested some cause for hope for improvement of Trump’s presidency. I’ve quoted the statement below.
Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.
Of course we would be waiting in vain for the traitor president to act in any way in accord with the duties of his office. Are we idiots? His mental afflictions may elude precise diagnosis, but his condition is obviously progressive and untreatable. All that remains is to learn for how many people, institutions, and principles it will prove to be fatal.
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.
“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.
“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.
“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”
— Senator John McCain
I have a ponderable: IT signed an executive order to end its policy of snatching children to hold as political hostages. IT claimed it wasn’t its policy first, then claimed it had to sign an order. IT claimed a lot of shit.
Where’s the order IT signed to start the policy? Hint: there isn’t one. IT just told its minions to do this evil thing and they did it. The official order was just a stunt.
To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone -- to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink -- greetings!