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The circus is coming to town again

Although Caitlyn Jenner, pictured above, does somewhat resemble Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, I don’t see a path to California’s governorship for her…

For a long time I didn’t think that the proponents of the recall of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom likely would reach the number of valid signatures that they have needed (almost 1.5 million of them) to get their little do-over election that is doomed to fail to remove Newsom, who is popular enough in California to keep his job.

In February I did leave myself an out; I wrote: “Unless the recall proponents, for whatever reason(s), have been sitting on hundreds of thousands of signatures until their final March 17 deadline [to submit the signatures to the county elections offices], there is no fucking way that they haven’t been blatantly lying about their numbers for at least several weeks now.”

In an online article a little while ago (I can’t find it now, but probably will try again), I did read one of the recall proponents state that the proponents indeed sat on a shitload of signatures and turned them in late in the game; if memory serves, the proponent stated that the recall campaign, for whatever reason or reasons, thought that doing so would be politically advantageous.

The California Secretary of State’s office this past week reported that the state’s 58 county elections offices have declared valid 1,626,042 recall-petition signatures, which is more than 130,000 more signatures than the recall proponents need (they need 1,495,709 signatures).

Anyone who signed a Newsom recall petition and now regrets it has until June 8 to withdraw his or her signature by submitting a written request to his or her county elections office, but I don’t see more than 130,000 people doing that, so I expect a gubernatorial recall election — the circus-like one that we had back in 2003 wasn’t long ago enough — and the experts say it probably will be held this November.

It very much appears to be the case that the people of California are going to have to pay millions and millions of dollars for a statewide election that most likely won’t result in the governorship changing hands, but which will give the state another gubernatorial recall circus. (Yes, the Repugnicans are all about fiscal responsibility, you see, but they gladly will waste a huge amount of California taxpayers’ money on their little vanity project of a statewide election that will change nothing.)

And thus far the ringleader of the circus that we expect in November is Caitlyn Jenner, who is highly unlikely to be elected as California governor in a recall election. In fact, just the specter of a Gov. Jenner probably will induce millions of Californians who might otherwise have sat out the recall circus to vote no on the recall in order to save Newsom’s ass.

I don’t care that Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender woman. I do care that Jenner is running as a Repugnican, that Repugnican governors in California historically have been disastrous — they work only for the rich and powerful — and that Jenner has held zero elected office at all.

In fact, Jenner recently lambasted California district attorneys who had been selected by Newsom — when California’s governor doesn’t get to pick the state’s district attorneys; the voters do. Jenner might know makeup and nails — and B-list-at-best celebrity and “reality” television, just like her hero, the former “President” Pussygrabber — but (also like Pussygrabber) she knows jack shit about governance and is uniquely unqualified for the job of governor of the most populous state of the nation.

That aside, who the fuck, exactly, is going to vote for Jenner? Let’s see: The national Repugnican Party is quite anti-transgender — explicitly so in its 2016 and 2020 national platform. Not many die-hard Repugnicans would vote for Jenner, not even on a fucking lark. How much support are you going to get at the ballot box from a political party that opposes your very existence?

And the vast majority of California’s registered Democrats — who outnumber California’s registered Repugnicans by almost two to onearen’t going to vote for any Repugnican for governor. The trans angle won’t be nearly enough for even the “wokest” to cast a vote for Jenner for governor.

Jenner’s only target audience, that I can see, would be apolitical transgender people — people who are transgender and who are excited to vote for a transgender candidate (understandable), but who are wholly ignorant about politics, including what the Repugnican Party is all about (in a word, evil). How many of these very niche voters are there in California? Even 1,000 of them?

Don’t get me wrong; I’m no Democratic Party hack myself. I am registered as an independent because the Democratic Party isn’t nearly progressive enough for my tastes (and don’t even get me started on the toxic identity politics within the Democratic Party that have displaced socioeconomic justice, harming millions of people).

I’m a so-called “Bernie bro,” even though as a gay man I don’t feel like a “bro” at all (and I resent the misandry and the false claims of “sexism” and “misogyny” that are rampant among the “woke” “left” [as I said, don’t even get me started on toxic identity politics…]).

President Biden, whom I did not vote for (I knew that he would win all of California’s electoral votes, which is all that counts in a presidential election, so shut the fuck up), is doing better than I’d thought he would — he apparently at least tentatively has the balls, or at least one ball, anyway, that former President Barack Obama sorely lacked — but there still is plenty of time for him to fuck it all up.

And while I’m lukewarm for Newsom — I did vote for him in November 2018, because after Repugnican Gov. Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger, it’s quite important to me that we never have another Repugnican governor — I believe that Newsom is doing far better in leading the state (which many have deemed, probably correctly, as essentially ungovernable) than would any Repugnican.

And there is no good reason to remove Newsom before he has to run for re-election again in November of next year anyway.

The gubernatorial recall circus that very most likely will take place this fall is not just the temper tantrum, but is the death throes, of the out-of-touch, out-of-power, Pussygrabberian Repugnican Party in California.

We, the people of California, need to drive a stake through that vampire’s cold fucking heart once and for all.

If you wish, you can donate to the anti-recall effort here. I have.

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George Floyd did not die for our sins (but he did die because of them)

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin surrealistically cavalierly and slowly murders George Floyd in cold blood in late May 2020 (above). Below, Chauvin is handcuffed and taken into custody in the Minneapolis courtroom yesterday immediately after having been found by a jury to be guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd.

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I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to hear that former cop Derek Chauvin most likely will spend many years behind bars after he egregiously murdered George Floyd last year; it’s quite rare that murderous cops ever actually are convicted of murder.

Not to pick on Nancy Pelosi too much — although I think that she should have hung it up years ago — but George Floyd was murdered. Murder is, by definition, involuntary on the part of the victim.

Pelosi, in a speech yesterday, said, “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice.”

Yikes. Dictionary.com says that “to sacrifice,” as Pelosi used the verb, means to “to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something else.”

As many have pointed out, George Floyd obviously did not willingly hand over his life for “justice” — or for a little speech by an overprivileged politico who should have exited the public stage years ago. He was murdered by a white cop whose police department, according to The New York Times, “[uses] force against black people at seven times the rate of whites.”

Pelosi also said in her speech (still addressing Floyd), “because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.”

I hope that the murder of George Floyd ultimately will result in a more just United States of America, but George Floyd did not exist for the rest of us to be able to use his life in any way, probably especially for our own smug self-comfort.

Until and unless we of white America get that — and put to work in the real world that understanding of how too many of us have regarded the lives of black men (and others) — there will be more murders of black men (and others) who did not have to die at the hands of our police.

It’s too late for George Floyd, but it’s not too late for us to do our best to ensure that our cops stop killing unnecessarily.

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We already have an Anglo-Saxon caucus: the Repugnican Party

Marjorie Taylor Greene

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This single image alone lays waste to the entire idea of white “supremacy.”

Sadly, it’s not shocking to me that at least two U.S. “representatives,” far-right-wing nut jobs Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia (pictured above) and Paul Gosar of Arizona, reportedly are trying to start an “America First Caucus” in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This proposed new caucus widely is being called the “Anglo-Saxon caucus,” since “America First” means white first, of course — even though the first Americans were not white, but were Native American and later, Mexican (indeed, Mexicans don’t cross the southern border; the southern border crossed them).

For the record, I am Anglo-Saxon. I even did DNA testing some years ago that showed my DNA most closely matching the DNA of the predominant populations of Britain and of Germany (not shocking, since more white Americans are of German descent than of any other, closely followed by those of Irish descent and then those of British descent, although the latter are considered to be under-counted).

I am not “proud” to be white any more than I am “proud” to be gay. I am what I am and others are what they are, and that’s all that it is. (To me you can be proud of an accomplishment or an achievement, perhaps, but of your DNA? I don’t fucking think so.)

White “supremacy” always has eluded me, in no small part because those who espouse it, such as Taylor Greene and Gosar, hardly are exemplars of their race. Being “supreme” would necessitate that you’re also not an abject fucktard with apparent mental illness.

And to assert that whites deserve even more representation in Congress is beyond ludicrous, of course.

Per the U.S. Census Bureau, non-Latino whites make up 60 percent of the U.S. population — yet per the Pew Research Center, only 23 percent of those in Congress are not white, meaning that whites, at 77 percent of those in Congress, are significantly over-represented in Congress according to their makeup of the U.S. population. Today’s Congress is the most diverse Congress ever, and Congress keeps getting more diverse, per Pew, but whites still are over-represented in it.

Of course, Taylor Greene, Gosar & Co. haven’t broken with their party as much as they are just breaking the Repugnican Party’s long-standing unspoken rule: be racist, of course, but don’t ever openly, publicly admit it.

Indeed, per Pew, “Among today’s [U.S.] senators and representatives, the overwhelming majority of racial and ethnic minority members are Democrats (83%), while 17% are Republicans.”

That statistic alone speaks volumes about how serious the Repugnican Party is about representing non-whites in the halls of power.

An “America First Caucus” or “Anglo-Saxon Caucus” in the House would be pretty fucking redundant. We already have one: they’re called the Repugnicans.

But I wholeheartedly encourage the Repugnicans to continue along these sick and twisted lines; anything to speed up the approaching extinction of the backasswards Repugnican Party is a wonderful fucking thing.

In the meantime, the rest of us need to continue the ongoing work of making the United States of America a more perfect union — which would mean, among many other things, that “America” or “American” doesn’t mean white, but means only the geographic area of the United States or a person residing in or having come from the United States of America.*

E pluribus unum, bitches.

*I’m not big on dividing ourselves by nationality, and/or by citizenship status either, but, you know, baby steps

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Pussygrabber was NOT your savior

MOBILE, AL- AUGUST 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after his rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. The Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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In an iconic news photo from early in his “presidency,” stupid white people thank “Lord Jesus” for “President” Pussygrabber. And if you believe that the comparison (or at least the nexus) between Pussygrabber and Jesus Christ is apt, you have your choice of many products that you can buy online, such as this lovely, totally-not-sacrilegious T-shirt:

It’s Easter Sunday, and while it’s said that Jesus has arisen, “President” Pussygrabber has not. He is still, as far as I know, holed up in his ginormous stucco tomb in Palm Beach, Florida.

These days, thank Goddess, Pussygrabber is in the news pretty much only because we’ll be dealing with his many crimes for the next several years.

Perhaps my favorite crime of Pussygrabber, however, is that on his way out he seriously fleeced his own fucking flock.

This is from The New York Times:

Stacy Blatt was in hospice care last September listening to Rush Limbaugh’s dire warnings about how badly Donald J. Trump’s campaign needed money when he went online and chipped in everything he could: $500.

It was a big sum for a 63-year-old battling cancer and living in Kansas City on less than $1,000 per month. But that single contribution — federal records show it was his first ever — quickly multiplied. Another $500 was withdrawn the next day, then $500 the next week and every week through mid-October, without his knowledge — until Mr. Blatt’s bank account had been depleted and frozen. When his utility and rent payments bounced, he called his brother, Russell, for help.

What the Blatts soon discovered was $3,000 in withdrawals by the Trump campaign in less than 30 days. They called their bank and said they thought they were victims of fraud.

“It felt,” Russell said, “like it was a scam.”

But what the Blatts believed was duplicity was actually an intentional scheme to boost revenues by the Trump campaign and the for-profit company that processed its online donations, WinRed. Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election.

Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.

As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a “money bomb,” that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.

The tactic ensnared scores of unsuspecting Trump loyalists — retirees, military veterans, nurses and even experienced political operatives. Soon, banks and credit card companies were inundated with fraud complaints from the president’s own supporters about donations they had not intended to make, sometimes for thousands of dollars. …

This news story speaks volumes.

That Pussygrabber is a soulless flim-flam man always was as clear and as bright as the sun to me, but, by God, did he entrap untold millions in his greatest scam: becoming “president” (despite having lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes in 2016; even his having become “president” was just another in an endless series of his scams).

That Pussygrabber not only doesn’t give a flying fuck about the fucktards who ardently support him is one thing, but it’s Pussygrabber that we’re talking about here, so not only does he not give a shit about them, but he steals from thembigly.

Think of the incredible amount of sheer contempt that you’d have to have for your own followers to create a scam in which you lead them to think that giving you money somehow is going to Save The Republic and/or get them into white-people heaven or the like, yet all along your only intent has been to take much more money from them than they’d realized you were going to take, doing so by hiding behind small print and sneaky check-boxes.

Thing is, does information like this change the average Pussygrabberian’s mind about Pussygrabber? I doubt it. Probably only those who were scammed themselves (read the full New York Times article to learn about more of Pussygrabber’s victims) have a different opinion of El Anaranjado now.

I do and I don’t blame Pussygrabber’s victims for his victimization of them.

Again, to me it’s always been clear that Pussygrabber is a con man on crack (maybe literally). I wouldn’t trust Pussygrabber to tell me what color the sky is. Yet millions of people still believe in him and believe him, despite the mountain ranges of evidence to the contrary.

I’m thinking that a great many of Pussygrabber’s True Believers have deep and persistent issues, such as mental health issues (including personality disorders and the big one, schizophrenia), substance abuse issues and cognitive development issues (that is, they’re fucktards).

And it must be the law, law enforcement and the criminal justice system (such as it is, especially concerning whitecollar crime) that protects the idiots among us (and they are legion) from the likes of Pussygrabber.

In everyone’s defense, I don’t think that the nation had seen a “president” quite like Pussygrabber ever before. Sure, we’d had plenty of shitty presidents, but Pussygrabber took it to a whole new level.

Indeed, over the past few years we’ve been sickened with two (at least relatively) new viruses, Pussygrabber and the novel coronavirus.

You get a mulligan when you don’t handle a brand-new crisis very well — because you’ve never seen that type of animal before — but once you’ve seen and have had to deal with the problem, you have zero excuse if it comes around again and it harms you again.

Such as with the novel coronavirus; we’re heading into the fourth spike of the COVID-19 pandemic — because three spikes in the past year just weren’t enough to teach us a damned fucking thing.

(This fourth spike comes as no surprise to me; the images of the incredibly careless crowds coming out of the area of Florida near Pussygrabber’s tomb aside, even here in California, where it’s said that all of us socialist robots dutifully wear our Democrat-mandated anti-freedom face masks, for a while now I have seen so many people in public, and coming within just a few feet of others, wearing no mask at all or having their nose fully exposed, which is just like cutting off the tip of a condom. It’s been said, and I agree, that it’s not a face mask, but it’s an IQ test, but then again, the dumb herd probably has needed some culling for some time now…)

Then we naturally come back around to the virus that is Pussygrabber.

If we Americans can have a fourth spike of COVID-19 in only a year’s time, what’s to prevent the next fascist, psychopathic virus from becoming “president” and injecting his or her deadly genetic material into the body politic, sickening the entire nation?

Is the national body politic now immune to a variant of the Pussygrabber-like virus because we’ve learned our lesson from the first infection with the Pussgyrabber virus?

History suggests that our immunity, if any, will be remarkably short-lived.

Happy Easter. Pussygrabber remains in his tomb — for now. Let’s hope that he never rises again.

Of course, we can and we should do a lot more than just hope; we can and we should do our best to prevent that from ever happening, whether it’s the same old Pussygrabber virus trying to make a comeback or one of its variants trying mostly the same playbook.

It’s in our hands.

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