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Delta is for ‘D,’ which is for Darwin

The science always wins. Might the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus help clean up the polluted American gene pool, Darwin-style?

The stories are ubiquitous on the Internet right now: A person who had eschewed getting vaccinated against COVID-19 then ended up in the hospital — or in the morgue (with the Delta variant doing most of the killing these days).

Google “anti-vaxxer dies of COVID-19” and you’ll see a shitload of these cases.

While I don’t actually wish even the anti-vax/Q-Anon/Pussygrabberian nut jobs (redundant) pain and suffering, at the same time I can’t say that I feel sorry for any of these idiots. (Or, as I’ve seen written, “covidiots.”)

I do feel sorry for their minor children (or hapless adult dependents) whom they won’t allow to be vaccinated, however; no one should have to die needlessly and pointlessly because of his or her parent’s or guardian’s abject fucktardation.

In full disclosure, would I have been the first one in line to get one of the three COVID-19 vaccines that have been in use in the United States for some months now?

No, I wasn’t chomping at the bit to be a guinea pig myself, but by the time that I got vaccinated (with the Moderna vaccine), we already had had millions of guinea pigs: the precious baby boomers, who, because they always have gotten the lion’s share of everything, were the first to get vaccinated. (In fairness, at the beginning of the pandemic in the United States they were in the highest risk group, but I still surmise that they’d have been first in line even otherwise.)

I was A-OK with the baby boomers being vaccinated before the vaccine was made available to me, a Gen X’er (we’ve always been expendable anyway), and by the time that I got vaccinated (my first dose was in March and my second dose was in April), it was clear that the corpses of those killed by the vaccines weren’t filling our streets. It was clear that the vaccines are safe.*

At this point, with more than 162 million Americans having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, again, it’s pretty clear that the vaccines are safe (relative to the risk of dying from COVID-19, anyway).

The CDC reports that just more than 6,200 deaths have been reported in individuals who recently had received a COVID-19 vaccination, but the CDC notes that “Reports of adverse events … following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.” The proximity in time of two events of course doesn’t always mean causation.

Indeed, with about 340 million vaccine doses thus far delivered in the United States (per the CDC), statistically speaking, it’s not shocking that a bit more than 6,200 deaths would have been reported shortly after the decedent having received a vaccination. A shitload of those who got a dose of one of the three vaccines were going to die anyway, just given the rates of the various causes of death in the United States, especially for those who have certain pre-existing chronic medical conditions (which is why many have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first place).

You don’t want to be among the just more than 6,200 who died shortly after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you say. OK, fine, understandable, but thus far almost 608,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 (per the CDC). Which do you think is your greater risk of death: the disease (more than 600,000 deaths so far) or the cure (no more than around 6,200 deaths so far, even though not all of those deaths actually were because of a vaccine)? That’s just simple math.

Of course, the anti-vaxxers (most of whom also are Pussygrabberians) can’t be appealed to with reason, logic and science (including math). They don’t come to their conclusions about anything via reason, logic and science, and therefore reason, logic and science can’t be used to talk them out of their cray-cray.

It’s ironic, though, that so many of the anti-vaxxers are also Pussygrabberians. Their incredibly stupid decision to make the COVID-19 vaccine political and tribal — with those supporting the fascistic former “President” Pussygrabber refusing to be vaccinated (even though Der Fuhrer Pussygrabber himself got quite ill with COVID-19) — just might harm their “cause” as they die from COVID-19 at a greater rate than the rest of us.

I mean, the presidential elections are fairly tight these days, and the Pussygrabberians have a fucking death wish. If they keep dying of COVID-19, the Democrats more easily could keep the White House in 2024 (perhaps even if the vapid, wholly uninspiring Kamala Harris is the party’s presidential nominee…).

Of course, as compassionate as I might want to be, Charles Darwin’s/Herbert Spencer’s concept of the survival of the fittest still rules, regardless of what your or I or any Pussygrabberian/anti-vaxxer/Q-Anon idiot might think.

Ignorant, stupid people often die because of their ignorance and stupidity, such as by doing things that are inherently risky or dangerous, ignoring the science of healthy lifestyle practices, and claiming, without any sound evidence whatsoever, that the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe or even dangerous or are some scam or conspiracy or are ineffective and/or unnecessary.

If the building is on fire and you choose to stay inside the building while most others are fleeing from it, you just might burn to death.

That’s your choice.

But you won’t have died a martyr; you’ll have died a fucking idiot.

P.S. I just saw these:

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Yup.

Maybe this year’s hottest Halloween costume will be that of an anti-vaxxer who was killed by COVID-19…

*I’m not saying that they’re perfect — no vaccine is 100 percent perfect — but the science shows that statistically, you’re more likely to die from COVID-19 at some point if you are unvaccinated than you are likely to die from any complication related to the COVID-19 vaccines in use if you receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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DINOs Manchin and Sinema have to go

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Democrat in name only U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says that not only does he oppose eliminating the anti-democratic filibuster, which ludicrously requires a super-majority vote of 60 for anything to pass the U.S. Senate, but that he also opposes the For the People Act, which would combat voter suppression, because it is too “partisan” and we musn’t piss off the Repugnicans (such as by actually allowing people to vote).

Yes, the Repugnican Party wants only Repugnicans to vote; the Repugnican Party targets its voter suppression tactics (mostly in the form of anti-Democratic-voter state laws) to help itself and to harm the Democratic Party. That’s pretty fucking partisan.

The Democratic Party wants to make voting as accessible as possible for those who are eligible to vote. (There is no such fucking thing as widespread “voter fraud.” This is not a matter of opinion; it is a well-established, case-closed matter of fucking fact. There is widespread “voter fraud” just like treasonous, felonious former “President” Pussygrabber actually won the 2020 presidential election — bigly.)

The difference between the two parties’ approaches to voting rights is that the Repugnican Party clearly intends to feather its own political nest by doing its best to determine who can and who cannot cast a ballot, whereas under the Democratic Party plan to tackle voter suppression and facilitate voting, every voter of every partisan affiliation may cast a ballot without unconstitutional, anti-democratic (and anti-Democratic) — and mean-spirited — hurdles. That is true bipartisanship.

Joe Manchin is against this, however, and feels the need to make the “case” for the Repugnican Party that the Democratic Party’s vision of voting rights is too “partisan” — and thus “divisive.” (Because the Repugnican Party isn’t at all divisive!)

Democrat in name only U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a real fucking over-privileged princess whose adolescent antics make me want to vomit, couldn’t be bothered to vote on the creation of a commission to study the treasonous January 6 attack upon the U.S. Capitol. (She claims some conveniently unspecified personal emergency, but probably the princess — who curtsied like a punk-ass teenager, replete with schoolgirl uniform and backpack, while she literally voted thumbs-down against a federal $15 minimum wagewanted to go shopping instead.)

Of course Sinema, like her fellow fucktard Manchin, loves the filibuster, and, with Manchin, is determined to see to it that the Repugnican Party, at least via the filibuster, blocks every significant advancement that the Democrats could make while they still control both houses of Congress.

Sinema and Manchin need to leave the Democratic Party and become the Repugnicans that they are.

But no, I don’t expect either Manchin or Sinema to change their ways (including officially becoming the Repugnicans that they already are), or to voluntarily stop inflicting us, the majority of the American people who voted for Joe Biden for president and who voted in a Democratic-majority Congress, with their love for the Repugnican Party. Their lack of character, morality and intelligence appears to be deeply entrenched, as is their anti-democratic — and anti-Democratic — sentiment.

We need to primary the holy living fuck out of both Sinema and Manchin. My guess is that it would be significantly easier to topple Sinema than Manchin in a primary* (both DINOs are up for re-election in 2024), but we won’t know until we try.

But trying to rid ourselves of the traitors Sinema and Manchin in their next primary election isn’t enough — and might be too little too late; in November 2022 we need to expand the number of Democratic seats in the U.S. Senate so that a progressive, pro-democratic agenda can pass with or without their sorry treasonous, self-serving, obstructionist asses.

I, for one, will continue to donate to progressive candidates who have a good shot at winning U.S. Senate primary elections next year, such as John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, to whom I’ve already given several small donations.

It’s rare that the Democratic Party has the trifecta of controlling the White House and both houses of Congress. The stars don’t align like this often, and they don’t stay aligned like this for a long time.

It is unconscionable that the likes of Manchin and Sinema believe that they can sabotage their own party — and their own nation — without paying a serious price.

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*Former “President” Pussygrabber lost Sinema’s state of Arizona in November 2020 (but by only 0.3 percent, admittedly), while he overwhelmingly won Manchin’s even more backasswards state of West Virginia (by about 39 percentage points). It seems to me that someone to the left of Sinema (and it wouldn’t be hard to be to the left of her) could have a decent shot in Arizona in 2024, whereas West Virginia appears to be a lost cause, but it still might be worth a try.

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To mask or not to mask?

It seems to me that the use — or non-use — of face masks doesn’t have to create as much hand-wringing — and fighting — as it does.

First and foremost, follow the fucking rules. If a face mask is mandatory, say, on a bus or an airplane or in any other fairly crowded place with ventilation that isn’t optimal, wear a fucking face mask.* This isn’t hard.

Obviously you can’t eat and drink at a restaurant if you’re wearing a mask, so there is that, but if you are following the establishment’s rules, you’re all good. (If you are unvaccinated for whatever reason or reasons and don’t feel safe in a restaurant, where others aren’t wearing masks because they’re eating and drinking, then avoid restaurants…)

I avoided crowds even pre-COVID-19 — not for disease prevention but because people are assholes enough individually, but even more so when they’re a part of a fucking mob — so that’s not an issue for me. But if you must find yourself in a crowd (where you could be subjected to the mob mentality at any time…), you should wear a mask, in my book, even if you’ve been vaccinated.

Why? Because no one else has any way of knowing whether you have been vaccinated or not. Unfortunately, we probably never will have a way of knowing others’ COVID-19 vaccination status, such as like this:

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Yes, I’d love to be like the asshole on the left, holding out my COVID-19 vaccination card and declaring to the unvaccinated, “Moderna, bitch!”

But I recognize that that wouldn’t fly.

So, because I have been fully vaccinated (Moderna, bitch!), I am not worried about getting ill with COVID-19. I recently ate at a particular restaurant for the first time in a year, and I felt perfectly safe eating there, even though there were plenty of strangers around me, close enough to give me a communicable disease if they had one.

But, in public, except at a restaurant while eating and drinking, I still wear a mask, even outdoors, even though the CDC now says that I don’t have to do so because I’ve been fully vaccinated.

My own personal rule, for more than year now, has been that if I’m out and about in public and I could end up finding myself within a few feet of anyone else, I wear a face mask — not so much for my own protection (especially now that I’ve been vaccinated [Moderna, bitch!]), but also for others’ comfort. (And at this point, probably more for others’ comfort than for my own protection.) Absent a gubmint-issued green star on my belly, others have no way of knowing my vaccination status. (Also, of course, I really don’t need some ignoramus yelling at me that I need to be wearing a face mask, even though the CDC says that no, I don’t…)

I know that I’m supposed to be like the typically incredibly selfish American, caring only about my own comfort and my own desires, and ignoring everyone else’s comfort and well-being in the name of a blue-and-white-face-painted Mel Gibson screaming, “Freeedom!” Call me a Commie

All along, the face masks have been meant to be a public-health measure to stem the spread of a communicable disease (duh). (They also, in my book, have been pretty effective IQ tests…) Face masks never should have become (via their use or non-use) political insignia, for fuck’s sake, although it’s entirely appropriate that the Repugnicans, being fucking traitors, should eschew face masks; even though they call themselves “Christians,” they don’t fucking care if they carelessly, selfishly cause others’ illness or even death (again: traitors!).

The novel coronavirus pandemic has, graphically, shown us Americans an awful lot about ourselves, but, being Americans, the lesson is going to escape at least the one-third or so of us who still align themselves with Pussygrabberism.

The lesson of COVID-19 has been that we Americans are woefully unprepared to act collectively, cooperatively and effectively against a common serious threat to all of us. Instead of mounting an effective defense and counteroffensive, working together, we quickly turn to attacking each other (along political lines, in the case of COVID-19).

When/if the next pandemic — only a more lethal one** — comes along, we’re probably toast. We were given the warning, but we’ll ignore it; we are, after all, Amuricans

In the meantime — until the next, perhaps more lethal, pandemic comes along — at some point the CDC will announce that we don’t have to wear face masks anywhere, except in certain rare situations (such as, say, at a medical facility where there are immunocompromised individuals).

Until that time comes — and it probably will come sooner rather than later — I suggest that even if you are vaccinated, consider those who haven’t been, or even who have been but still are concerned (probably irrationally, according to the actual science) about contracting COVID-19 — or even who are just concerned that you might be infecting others, since they can’t know your vaccination status just by looking at you.

Until all of us get the all-clear, would it kill you to wear a face mask when you are in public (including at work) out of some consideration for others? (Pussygrabberians: Would Jesus wear a face mask out of some consideration for others?)

P.S. Don’t get me wrong. If you are fully vaccinated and there is a situation (a small backyard barbecue, a small house gathering or the like) in which you know that everyone who is participating has been fully vaccinated, then go ahead and go without a face mask.

Not only does the CDC say that it’s perfectly safe to do this, but fuck, being fully vaccinated should get you something. I fully intend to see my brother and sister-in-law, whom I haven’t seen in person for more than a year now, again in person soon, because by that time all of us will have been fully vaccinated***. (Moderna, bitch!)

*Probably absolutely no one else in the venue where you are making a total fucking ass out of yourself by “taking a stand” against a face-mask requirement gives a flying fuck what you believe about face masks and “freedom!” They care only that you now are fucking with their day with your incredibly selfish cray-cray.

**Thus far, per the CDC, the number of COVID-19-related deaths in the United States is approaching 600,000. The 2020 census put the U.S. population at about 331,500,000, so about one in every 550 Americans, I calculate, thus far has died of COVID-19 (331,500,000 divided by 600,000 is 552.5).

As lethal pandemics go, killing one in about 550 people isn’t super-lethal. Past worldwide pandemics have killed a much higher percentage of the population.

If you are someone who has died of COVID-19 or are a loved one of someone who has died of COVID-19, that’s not of much comfort to you, of course; but it’s also the reason, I think, that so many have eschewed face masks and other public-health measures: the body count from COVID-19 just hasn’t been high enough, in their estimation, for them to undergo any inconvenience of any kind. They never intended to wear face masks — maybe — until there were COVID-19 corpses filling the streets…

***By “fully vaccinated” I mean that it has been at least two weeks since your final vaccination, whether you received a two-dose or a one-dose vaccination.

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Repugnican Party goes full-on fascist

Liz Cheney ousted after calling out Donald Trump's election fraud  falsehoods | CTV News

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Liz Cheney to Pussygrabber: “You’re sitting in my chair.”

Think about this: Wyoming Repugnican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, whose father was — still is — a fucking war criminal, and who never has disavowed her father’s war crimes, is not Repugnican enough for today’s Repugnican Party.

Don’t get me wrong; I have zero love for Liz Cheney, or for George W. Bush, both of whom come from evil families of war criminals. (And George W. himself is a war criminal, of course; I like to think of him as a reverse Adolf Hitler, as Hitler was a shitty artist before he became a war criminal and mass murderer, and George W. became a shitty artist after he was a war criminal and mass murderer.)

And let’s be crystal clear on Liz Cheney: it’s not that she truly gives a flying fuck about what happened on January 6, or that the majority of today’s Repugnicans — despite having labeled Al Gore and each of his supporters as a “sore loserman” even though Gore won the popular vote in 2000, which former “President” Pussygrabber failed to do in 2016 and again in 2020 — are uber-sore losers, still beyond-ludicrously claiming that Pussygrabber actually won the 2020 presidential election when clearly he lost both the popular vote and the Electoral College by decisive margins.

No, it’s that Liz Cheney, spawn of a war criminal vice president (who came to power only because of a blatantly stolen presidential election), has had high political aspirations of her own, and the only political obstacle standing in her way has been the entire Pussygrabber phenomenon.

Liz Cheney has opposed Pussygrabberism (dumbfuck fascism) not because of the clear and present danger that it poses to the nation, but because she wants to run the show, yet Pussygrabber still is taking up all of the oxygen in her party.

But you have to give it to Pussygrabber.

Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election. Only because his brother was governor of Florida; because Florida’s secretary of state (and chief elections official) was co-chair of his presidential campaign in the state; and because the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court was more than happy to pick the president, the voters’ votes be damned, did George W. Bush become president.

Yet Gore, even though he was the rightful president, went away; he never ran for president again, even though he’d already won a presidential election (a pretty good qualification for running for president again, methinks).

Yet here is Pussygrabber, who lost the popular vote twice, and who lost the Electoral College soundly in 2020, not going away, but still lying that he won the 2020 election.

And the pussies of the Repugnican Party are going along with Pussygrabber’s bullshit. Their fear of Pussygrabber, who is a vindictive, whiny little bitch perpetually on her period, is much greater than is their love for him, I’m confident.

This sick and fucking twisted game, it seems to me, really can end in one of two main ways:

Pussygrabber is able to get the full-on fascist regime that he long has dreamed of because too many pussies cave in to his fascist bullshit. (That said, Pussygrabber is fat and old, and so I don’t think that he could be dictator for all that long…)

or

The Repugnican Party fairly implodes into a party of dumbfuck fascism (Pussygrabberism) because it is comprised of way too many pussies who refused to stand up to Pussygrabber (indeed, Pussygrabber successfully grabbed all of them by the pussy) — but enough of us actually patriotic, anti-fascist Americans finally put an end to the Repugnican Party as it is now.

Again, though, you have to hand it to Pussygrabber. In my lifetime, anyone who has lost a presidential election — and in my lifetime that has been: Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, Al Gore, John Kerry, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton — has not dared to run for president again.

It always has been understood that once you lose a presidential election — or, in Al Gore’s and Hillary Clinton’s cases, even when you really win the presidential election because you win the popular vote* you don’t run for president again. It’s just not done. To do so would be unseemly, in poor form.

But Pussygrabber is the uber-baby boomer. Tradition? Fuck tradition (or at least grab it by the pussy…). It’s all about what the orange man-baby wants.

Therefore, fully expect Pussygrabber, who only wins bigly at losing, to run for president again in 2024.

This lunacy of the Repugnican Party submissively putting its balls in the hands of the “man” who has proclaimed that he wants to be “president” for life should end in the final destruction of the Repugnican Party.

It’s up to us to make it so.

If we don’t, it could end in the final destruction of our nation.

P.S. Ted Rall’s take:

P.P.S. These too:

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*If you truly believe that the candidate who wins the most votes shouldn’t be the one to actually take office, then you do not support democracy (except when it goes your way, of course) and you should go fuck yourself, you fucking fascist swine and traitor.

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Like I said: A fucking circus

The Repugnican Party of California is trying so hard to look so serious.

Don’t you dare call the impending gubernatorial recall election a circus!

But hey, here is Repugnican gubernatorial recall candidate John Cox with a trained bear!:

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Like Caitlyn Jenner, Cox never has held elected office, yet he wants to lead the nation’s most populous state.

But hey, Cox did run for governor of California in November 2018 — losing to Gavin Newsom by 24 percentage points, which Wikipedia notes was “the state’s biggest gubernatorial landslide since 1950.”

Cox wins bigly at losing!

At any rate, that’s all in the past now! Now, John Cox has a bear! And this is going to change everything!

P.S. If Recall Circus Campaign Bear should, oh, I don’t know, lose it and maul John Cox — that would be a real tragedy…

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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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Pussygrabber kills again

Officials with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office remove a body from the Gold Spa massage parlor after a shooting on Piedmont Road in Atlanta [Erik S. Lesser/EPA]
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Officials with a county medical examiner’s office remove a body from one of three Atlanta-area massage parlors where a young white man shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, on Tuesday. Former “President” Pussygrabber, seeking to scapegoat Asians for his own stunning failure to effectively deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic, contributed heavily to the anti-Asian sentiment that is taking lives.

Admittedly, when word first started coming out that Asian Americans and others of Asian descent were being victimized in racist attacks within the U.S., I was a bit dubious. In my everyday life I don’t hear anti-Asian sentiment expressed — per the U.S. Census Bureau, 19 percent of those who live in the California city where I live are of Asian descent, compared to only 6 percent of all people nationwide — and the anecdotal stories just didn’t jibe with my own observations.

Of course, I wouldn’t associate with someone who expressed anti-Asian sentiment. We do, over time, cultivate our own personal social environments; it’s kind of like the idiots who claim that of course former “President” Pussygrabber actually won “re”-election in 2020 — because they don’t know anyone who voted for Joe Biden!

Attacks on Asian Americans and others of Asian descent on U.S. soil are quite undeniable now, however. We have video. (In the case of the video that I just linked to, in San Francisco recently, an elderly woman of Asian descent fought back against her 39-year-old white-male accused attacker, who apparently quite karmically actually was taken away in a stretcher.)

And the “woke” war on whitey is ongoing, I know fully well, but know that not all of the attacks on Asian Americans are committed by stupid white men; a 28-year-old black man has been charged with attacking elderly Asian Americans in Oakland’s Chinatown. And also in Oakland, a 26-year-old black man has been charged with the murder of an elderly man of Asian descent; police say that the murder defendant “has a history of victimizing elderly Asian people.”

To my knowledge it hasn’t been determined whether the black men’s immediate motive was race-based hatred or robbery (perhaps seeing elderly Asian individuals as easy pickings).

But racism has to play a role in many if not most (if not almost all) assaults on those of Asian descent; it’s in the background if it’s not also in the foreground.

Robert Aaron Long, 21 years old and white, will live in infamy for having gunned down eight people in three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. Six of his eight gun-murder victims were women of Asian descent.

Long has claimed that he perpetrated his massacre not out of race-based hatred, but out of the pain and suffering stemming from his “sexual addiction.” (Women always are to blame for heterosexual men’s horniness, aren’t they?)

Clearly, to Long, the lives of women of Asian descent were disposable (or he wouldn’t have disposed of them), and that’s because in the conservative white-male culture, women aren’t full human beings, and Asian women are even less so. Asian women — many of whom are demure and submissive (or who at least are perceived as such) — are here for our use, after all!

In the background of all of this is the fact that former “President” Pussygrabber frequently spouted off racist, xenophobic words that of course his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging followers (and even just some dull-minded people listening to him) were going to take as carte blanche to attack those of Asian descent.

As I noted on December 31, I tried to watch then-“President” Pussygrabber’s New Year’s address, but I could not, as I immediately was turned off by his sickening use of the phrase “the China virus.” I wrote:

I came across a YouTube video of Pussygrabber’s New Year message. I wanted to know how much of it I could stomach. I mustered up my courage and started to watch the video.

The results of my experiment? I literally couldn’t stomach even a full 15 seconds of it.

By 15 seconds in, Pussygrabber uses the phrase “the China virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19.

Seriously, after I heard “the China virus,” I’d had more than enough already; I was done, sick to my stomach already, and I clicked out of the video and I don’t intend to ever watch any more of it.

So much is propagandistically packed into those three “little” words: “the China virus.” …

So [the ignorant mangling of the English language to use the noun “China” as an adjective] hits me immediately with “the China virus,” but then, secondly, there is the xenophobia and the racism that “the China virus” is supposed to evoke. That’s some sick fucking shit. Adolf Hitler had his Jews. Coming into the White House, “President” Pussygrabber had Mexican immigrants as his own personal Jews; leaving the White House, Pussygrabber has Asians as his own personal Jews.

Scapegoating is a hallmark of fascism. This is why Pussygrabber makes me sick to my stomach: because fucking fascists make me sick to my stomach.

And, I noted then, “it’s far from definitively scientifically concluded that the novel coronavirus actually originated in China. Maybe it did; maybe it did not.”

Even if it did, however, of course there is no link between the original nation of the novel coronavirus and the people of Asian descent whom you see on the street.

But, of course, those who are going to verbally and physically attack innocent others aren’t known for their intellect.

Still, it’s up to all of us to change the environment in which some people believe it’s OK to attack a person of Asian descent — just for being a person of Asian descent.

I should have registered my December 31 objection to Pussygrabber’s use of “the China virus” (and “the kung flu”) more forcefully, and as a nation, we collectively should have called Pussygrabber out, loudly, back then. Instead, we fairly allowed ourselves to become inured to his casual fascism and racism.*

Shame on Pussygrabber, shame on his fascist, fucktarded followers (redundant), and shame on all of us for not doing more to protect every individual from being attacked because of his or her or their very being.

We’re not a free nation until all of us are free.

*Well, in fairness to all of us, in November we did vote the piece of shit out of office by more than 7 million votes…

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