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Florida Man’s anti-freedom mind-control agenda must be quashed

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“Freedom from indoctrination”? No, it’s that we’re to practice the Repugnican-fascists’ blatant indoctrination. Their backasswards, far-right-wing indoctrination is so good and true that it’s not indoctrination, you see, and every other viewpoint is “indoctrination.” (Repugnican-fascist Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a serious threat to our freedom despite claiming to be all about freedom, is pictured with his human props pushing his anti-freedom agenda in April 2022.)

Growing up in the Arizona public school system in the 1970s and 1980s, I was, indeed, indoctrinated.

Among much other bullshit, I was taught, at least indirectly if not also directly, that homosexuality is bad — sick, criminal, sinful, etc. (Mostly, it just wasn’t brought up at all — the erasure of an entire group of people is fun!)

Today, of course, we have same-sex marriage as the law of the land — and he-man Nick Offerman just very effectively played a gay man in a long-term same-sex relationship (with Murray Bartlett of the first season of “The White Lotus”) in the zombie-apocalypse TV series “The Last of Us,” a turn that no television show ever would have taken when I was growing up* — and in many if not most parts of the United States, many if not most of the homophobes who remain keep their ignorant, hateful, bigoted, homophobic thoughts to themselves in polite company.

I was taught in the public school system that capitalism is perfect — Godly, even (in high school I had to take a pro-capitalist course propagandistically titled “free enterprise”) — and essentially I was taught that there is no viable alternative socioeconomic model, and that you’re crazy and/or evil for even suggesting (or even thinking) that there could be or should be (Love it or leave it, Commie!).

Seriously, though — how nice it is for the sociopathic profiteers among us to ensure that our public schools teach that our socioeconomic exploitation, in which millions of us are just wage slaves who in a nation whose beyond-ludicrous degree of income inequality grows larger and larger with each passing year are barely surviving, is the only option available to us.

This degree of mass mind control is nothing if not fucking Orwellian.

American history was taught to me in public school as an ever-progressive** march forward by overwhelmingly white people with a few minor oopsies and boo-boos along the way, but overall, God bless (white [that part always was understood if not always spoken aloud]) America, land of the free!

Conservatism, being all about keeping the stupid white man firmly entrenched in power and dominating the rest of us in perpetuity, still believes that today’s public school students should have the same experience that I did in the 1970s and 1980s. (Well, actually, I’m sure that even the public education that I received in the backasswards state of Arizona in the 1970s and 1980s is too “liberal” for them.)

It’s funny, because despite the right-wing attempt to indoctrinate me with the “right” sexual orientation, I’m nonetheless an out gay man in a long-term same-sex relationship. The years-long attempts to indoctrinate me didn’t succeed; apparently I am immune to such toxic indoctrination. (I’m an atheist, too, so “Christo”fascism, of which homophobia is part and parcel, didn’t get to me either; “God” and “Jesus” to me are on par with other mythical figures, such as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny…)

And for decades I have had deep issues with capitalism — which for the most part is just systemic, legalized thievery that so often results in injury, destruction and even death — and I would much prefer to see a hybrid socioeconomic model in which the essentials of life are not for-profit and in which OK, sure, the non-essentials, including the luxury items, can be capitalized. (And I’m a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, of course.)

And yes, American history, as it is taught in our public school system, is, of course, whitewashed, to say the least; I seem to remember one U.S. history textbook with the maudlin title of The Pageant of American History or the like. I’m sure that Nazi Germany taught the history of Germany something like this: The nation was forged by strong, manly, God-supported white men! Get in line behind God’s soldiers or die, unGodly bitches!

So of course I oppose Repugnican-fascist Ron DeSantis’ fascist attempts to control what is and what is not taught in the public schools of Florida — in the name of “freedom from indoctrination.” (Indeed, you’re free to believe and to teach whatever you want as long as stupid, evil white man Ron DeSantis agrees with it. Freedom! Yay!)

If our public schools don’t give our students the tools they need to be well-adjusted and successful in modern life, then our schools are failing them (which, of course, they are, but that’s another blog piece…).

And teaching like it’s still the fucking 1950s is not setting up our students for success. It’s setting them up for failure as future wage slaves to our corporate overlords, believing that the socioeconomic exploitation of them is what God wants and is the only kind of life that they ever can have.

On a related note, Advanced Placement courses are high school courses for the college-bound and are voluntary, and so their curricula should be hands fucking off to opportunistic political swine like the First Amendment-hating and freedom-hating Ron DeFuckingSantis, whose attack on the Advanced Placement black American studies course induced the College Board, which created the course, to water it down.

Of course, what DeSantis would prefer is that black Americans (as well as other non-white and LGBT Americans) just be erased entirely, so I doubt that the AP’s watering down of its black American studies course will please Gov. Florida Man.

As the AP cave-in demonstrates, DeSantis already is winning his war to control all American minds.

Obviously I agree with age-appropriate teaching; of course your average kindergartener won’t understand the nuances of human sexuality, socioeconomic systems, the good and the ugly of U.S. history (including, of course, racism and the struggle for women’s rights and for LGBT rights all well as for non-whites’ rights), debates around religion, etc.

But an Advanced Placement student should be mature enough to handle the more adult topics, and further, DeSantis is trying to limit not just what Florida’s public elementary and high schools may teach, but what Florida’s colleges and universities — which are supposed to be bastions of independent thought and free speech — may or may not teach.

Former “President” Pussygrabber, at least, is so juvenile and self-absorbed (he’s the fucking poster child for the baby boomers) that he doesn’t bother to attack our public schools and universities; he’s too busy pettily attacking his legions of enemies (and as it is with every dictator and would-be dictator, it’s very easy to get on his shit list: just refuse to ardently lick his ass) like a petulant, perpetually miffed teenaged girl, apparently unaware that the majority of the nation is way, way beyond his endless grievance bullshit and knows fully well that he lost the 2020 presidential election.

That Ron DeSantis wants to institute mind control not only in the nation’s third-most-populous state, but in the entire nation as president, makes him much more dangerous than is Pussygrabber, in my book.

DeSantis’ goal is to indoctrinate all Americans into believing that any kind of life outside of the fascist hellscape that he has in mind for all of us — with him as our Dear Leader, of course — is our only fucking option.

Thankfully, barring one of the many criminal probes into his many crimes actually taking mob boss Pussygrabber down within the next two years or so (I’m not holding my breath), I expect Pussygrabber to win the 2024 Repugnican presidential nomination.

Why?

Because too many other deluded narcissists within the Repugnican Party apparently also are going to run for the Repugnican presidential nomination for 2024 — including people who have a snowball’s chance in hell, such as Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence — and, because the Repugnicans anti-democratically award all of a state’s delegates to the Repugnican National Convention to whichever Repugnican presidential candidate garners the most votes in that state, in 2024 Pussygrabber would benefit from a crowded Repugnican presidential field, just as he did in 2016.

Could Pussygrabber win in November 2024, though?

Um, he lost the national popular vote by millions of votes not only 2020, but in 2016 as well. History, methinks, is a guide on whether or not Pussygrabber could win back the White House in 2024.

Further, Pussygrabber eked out a “win” in 2016 only because of the anti-democratic Electoral College — and he did even that well only because at that time he was largely unknown, as least as a U.S. president.

Two impeachments, the deadly January 6, 2021, insurrection that he treasonously led, and innumerable investigations into his criminal activity later, the kind of “president” that Pussygrabber was and would be again no longer is an unknown; we know the treasonous asshole abundantly well.

Therefore, no, I can’t see Pussygrabber winning the presidency in 2024. (Well, maybe he could if he were running against Kamala Harris, who we’re still waiting upon to finally find her political legs, but that’s another blog piece…)

Pussygrabber and 2024 aside, Ron DeSantis must never be president of the United States of America — and so I hope that Pussygrabber beats DeSantis for the Repugnican presidential nomination, because I can’t see Pussygrabber winning (well, “winning”) the White House ever again.

I can, however, see a demagogue like DeSantis, who offers cut-and-dry “solutions” to our problems and who freely and giddily scapegoats others, winning the presidency, especially when as a president he is unknown, as Pussygrabber was in 2016.

Our freedom of thought, on which all of our other freedoms depend, depends on those of us who truly value freedom (including, ironically, freedom from fascist indoctrination) stopping the fascist, anti-democratic, freedom-hating DeSantis in his fucking tracks.

DeSantis is a cancer that must not be allowed to spread outside of the backasswards state of Florida. He must be contained within that fucking swamp.

*Seriously, though, the only reason I started to watch HBO’s “The Last of Us” is that it received good reviews, and I find the angle of zombification via fungal infection to be an interesting twist on a worn-out genre. (I tried to get into “The Walking Dead” several years ago but just couldn’t; I found the zombie genre to be tiresome already.)

So after two episodes of the establishment of the fungus zombies in “The Last of Us” (an aside: Can you kill them by spraying them with an anti-fungal, such as for athlete’s foot or jock itch?), I was surprised to see this “Brokeback Mountain”-like storyline plopped into the middle of the zombie action, and it actually works.

And while I had known that Nick Offerman would be in the third episode, I’d had no idea of the direction in which they took his character.

I mean, I imagine that plenty of homophobes have stopped watching the show after that third episode replete with man-on-man action, but to me, if you can drop in a gay love story in the middle of a zombie-apocalypse story and do it in a way that’s not too cheesy and actually works, then you’ve reached peak TV, in my book…

**”Progress,” you see, was white people taking over more and more of the nation under “manifest destiny.” The land’s natives had to be dispensed with and their territory taken from them, slaves from Africa had to be instrumental to profiteering, environmental destruction for the purpose of profiteering had to be done in the name of “progress,” etc., etc.

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Put down that ‘woke’ hammer; blaming whitey for everything isn’t the solution

If all that you have is a “woke” hammer, then everything looks like a fucking nail. And if you hate whitey enough, you can blame whitey for everything — even five black cops murdering a young black man in a city run largely by black people.

As I indicated in my last post, a central problem that I have with “woke”-ism is that not only does it reduce all of our sociological problems to race and racism, but it also simply reverses the racism of the past; in the past, it was white people good and black people bad, and in today’s topsy-turvy, “woke” sociopolitical environment, it’s black people good and white people bad.

We’re not going by character or conduct — but only by race. Which is — I can’t say it enough — racist.

Even though Tyre Nichols was murdered by five black cops, the “woke” media are falling over each other and twisting themselves into fucking pretzels to find a way to blame Nichols’ murder on anti-black white racism nonethefuckingless.

To be clear, anti-black white racism is indeed the background in which the United States of America was founded, and of course it remains as part of the American backdrop. (Also, of course, there is an ugly history of white racism against Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, et. al. Historically in the United States, whites even have hated other whites, such as how the Irish were discriminated against by other, non-Irish whites.)

However, try using this background racism as your criminal “defense” in a court of law. (Seriously, good luck with that.)

No, in a court of law, you are responsible for your own fucking conduct. The law does not even attempt to sort out how much of your criminal behavior is or is not because of systemic racism.*

An example of the “woke” media that I mentioned above is The Washington Post piece titled “Black Memphis Police Spark Dialogue on Systemic Racism in the U.S.”

If you click on the links naming the three authors of the piece, you’ll see from their photos that all of them look like they just crawled out from their collegiate “safe space” yesterday.

Not to side too much with the Repugnican-fascists, but methinks that today’s young “reporters” indeed have been indoctrinated with “woke”-ism.

To be clear, we need to talk about systemic racism. It’s a thing. It’s been with us Americans for a very long time and it will remain with us for some time to come.

But it’s intellectually lazy, if not also intentionally intellectually dishonest, to think that we can ascribe everything to systemic racism. Again, when all that you have is a “woke” hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Not to pick on The Washington Post; for the most part I think that their reporting and analysis are fairly solid, but can we please please please have some older people — you know, people with some actual life experience — doing more of the reporting than newly minted college grads? (I get it that younger people will work for a lot less money than older people who know when they’re not being paid what they’re worth, but Jesus fuck.)

The aforementioned Post article does contain some useful information — information that contradicts its own headline, actually.

It quotes an Ayanna Robinson saying that “one of the major reasons she thought many people seemed more subdued in response to the Nichols death was that the five officers charged in beating him are Black. If the officers had been White, [she said,] ‘All hell would have broken loose. The city would have been in war.'”

Yup. That’s pretty much what I said yesterday.

The aforementioned Post article also notes:

The Memphis Police Department, which has nearly 2,000 officers, is 58 percent Black, the result of a decades-long effort to field a police force that resembles the city’s 64 percent Black population. Unlike in several recent high-profile police brutality cases, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, who is Black, and other officials acted swiftly in firing, arresting and charging the Memphis officers in advance of the release of video footage.

So the Memphis Police Department is led by a black woman and 58 percent of its officers are black. It sounds to me like blacks pretty much run the Memphis Police Department.

And that’s fine by me, since the city is 64 percent black; a police department should resemble the city in which it operates.

But how in the fucking fuck can we contort ourselves enough to assert, with straight faces, that even though five black cops in a majority-black police department in a majority-black city led by a black police chief brutally murdered a young black man, it nonetheless was because of whitey?

How about addressing toxic masculinity? How about addressing authoritarianism? How about addressing police brutality?

Oh, we can (and probably will) continue to ignore those problems and still find interesting ways to make everything all about and only about race and racism (which, usually under “woke”-ism, can be perpetrated only by white people, of course — by definition).

But if we do that — if we don’t put down our hammer that’s only in search of “racist” nails and pick up some other tools for fucking once — it’s clear that only more black people are going to die at the hands of cops (cops of all races).

What does it say about us that rather than seek real solutions, we’d rather just knee-jerkingly, “woke”-ly label everything “white racism” — and just be done with it already?

P.S. Also, of course, the “woke” “argument” that the five black cops who killed Tyre Nichols all were just more or less hypnotized by systemic anti-black white racism strips them of their agency. Do we think so lowly of black men that we believe that they have no agency, no free will, but that they are mere puppets of their societal background?

Is that really our “argument”? Because that sounds not only incredibly condescending, but also ironically racist, to me.

*I know this firsthand; I was an alternate juror on a murder trial in which the defense attorney, who was incredibly lame, tried to claim that his black defendant, on trial for the murder of another black man, was there in the courtroom, being tried for murder, because of racism.

The tactic failed spectacularly. (The defendant was found guilty and is now in prison, by the way; as an alternate juror I didn’t get to weigh in on the verdict, as no regular juror had to drop out, but had I participated in the verdict, I’d have deemed him guilty, as the state’s case against him was strong.)

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Why Memphis REALLY is different

Street surveillance video captured the savage beating death of a young black man, Tyre Nichols, by five black cops earlier this month in Memphis, Tennessee. The young black man had tried to flee from the police after they had stopped him for alleged reckless driving, but the information that we have thus far indicates that he posed no serious physical threat to them.

The Atlantic recently ran a commentary by Juliette Kayyem, who worked in the Barack Obama administration, titled “Why Memphis Is Different.”

And while I don’t disagree with most of her arguments — she correctly cites some of the smaller factors as to “why Memphis is different” — there is a glaring omission in her piece.

Kayyem writes:

… But as Friday night [the night of the day that the police videos of the killing of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols were released] unfolded, the protests remained peaceful; news reports showed Americans in various cities righteously and nonviolently demanding justice. We have witnessed many peaceful protests in response to police violence before, but there was one noticeable difference this time around: Rollout of the video footage seemed highly choreographed.

By the time protesters were chanting in the streets, the five officers who had beaten Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, had already been charged with second-degree murder. By the time the video footage of the attack was released, the anger and dismay had already been predicted; law-enforcement and political leaders had issued statements preparing the public for some of the worst police violence this nation has seen. The Memphis police chief likened Nichols’s beating to that of Rodney King in 1991. These officials were right: The footage was brutal, at times unbearable, with Nichols appearing not to resist the officers as they repeatedly struck him. All of this reveals the sad fact that, because of the sheer number of times Americans have now confronted videos of police officers killing Black citizens, public officials have gotten better at managing the shock. …

Again, I agree with most of this, and I agree with Kayyem’s assertion that “the quick firing of the five police officers involved, even before criminal charges were filed, and before the videos were made public … rarely happens, but it is the correct response when the facts are impossible to defend.”

But what Kayyem and others who are “woke” don’t want to talk about is that in today’s “woke” sociopolitical environment, the race of the cop or cops is what matters most when a black person is killed by a cop or cops.

Indeed, take the seminal case of Michael Brown.

The blatant lie quickly spread that in August 2014, young black man Michael Brown had just been walking in his neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri, minding his own business, when a white cop accosted Brown only because of Brown’s race.

The big lie was that Brown put his hands up in surrender, and the white cop just shot him anyway — because Brown was black.*

The Eric Holder U.S. Department of Justice report on the Michael Brown case, which was released in March 2015, tells a whole different story: “Gentle giant” Michael Brown, in actuality, had stolen cigarillos from a storekeeper and also had physically roughed up the storekeeper (this was caught on the store’s surveillance camera).

It was these criminal actions of Brown that drew the police presence to him in the first place.

When the cop — who was (and probably still is…) white — responded to the report of a black male who had stolen cigarillos and saw Brown walking with cigarillos in his hand, he then of course confronted Brown.

Brown responded not by cooperating with the cop — but by trying to take the cop’s gun from him. (Because that always ends well…) And that is why Brown was shot to death by the white cop.

These actual events are quite a different story from the “Hands up — don’t shoot!” myth and meme that immediately came out of the Brown episode. (Repeat a lie early and often, and it easily can become “history.”)

Why do I rehash the myth of Michael Brown?

To prove a point: It was so fucking important to the black community of Ferguson and elsewhere within the United States to turn the Brown case into yet another “example” of white-on-black persecution that the fucking facts of what actually had happened on that fateful day that Michael Brown, who was 18 years old, made a series of poor decisions that ultimately led to his own death, were wholly dispensable.

Making Michael Brown a proxy-martyr in the war between whites and blacks trumped all else.

Tyre Nichols’ death is much more horrific than Brown’s. Why? Because while Nichols had the shit beaten out of him by five cops, there is no report or evidence that Nichols did anything like Brown did, such as to try to relieve a police officer of his gun. If I tried to relieve a cop of his or her gun, I wouldn’t expect it to end well. I wouldn’t expect, however, to be beaten to death by five cops when I posed no actual serious harm to them.

So why no rioting, looting, vandalism, etc. in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death?

Easy answer: Because the five cops who participated in his death are all black. (And also, of course, because the police chief of Memphis is a black woman.)

Nichols’ death by cop doesn’t have the crucial element in it for “woke”sters to be able to exploit it: white cop(s) kill(s) black man.

If just one of the five cops who participated in Nichols’ slow murder had been white, I’m pretty sure that the outcome would have been different.

And that’s because of racism.

Yup — when it’s not what one does, but when it’s what one’s race is, that matters, there is a word for that: racism.

A white cop shoots a black man to death right as the black man is trying to take the cop’s gun away from him: We must act out on that!

Five black cops slowly kill a black man by beating him savagely. Well, the cops were black… We’re not going to act out on that…

Not just to pick on black Americans: Two older Asian men (not the usual suspects) recently committed two separate mass shootings of mostly Asian individuals in California. Eighteen people were killed in the two mass shootings, some of them Latino, but most of them Asian.

Has the Asian American community expressed outrage over these mass killings? Nobecause they were committed by members of their own racial group.

Hey, don’t fucking attack me for stating what is obvious but unpleasant; instead, ask why all that we really care about in these killings is the race of the perpetrators.

Ask why we turn interracial killings into proxy battles in our ongoing “woke” race wars — and why we so easily shrug off intraracial killings. Ask why we think that it’s A-OK to be killed by a member of our own race, but that it’s an unfathomable injustice to be killed by a member of another race.

This is the central problem that I have with “woke”-ism: It used to be that, in Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the ideal sociopolitical situation is that we’re all judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character. (And I’d include our conduct as a part of our character, as our character — or lack thereof — dictates our conduct.)

Under “woke”-ism, the snake is devouring its own tail; under “woke”-ism, things have gone so ridiculously far that things have returned to what we were trying to avoid in the first place: in today’s “woke” sociopolitical environment, it’s not character or conduct that matters — it’s only race that matters.

This was something that we’d more or less collectively decided decades ago is wrong — yet incredibly dystopianly, it’s A-OK today.

P.S. No, I haven’t forgotten George Floyd. As I wrote at the time of his murder, he was murdered by a cop — a white cop (to the extent that that matters, and in this case it more likely than not matters to some degree) — and I supported the protestors, even when some of their tactics would be deemed by “polite” society to be “extreme.” (This is not to say that I agree with everything that every protestor or “protestor” did anywhere in the nation using George Floyd’s murder as the pretext.)

I long have believed that you have to take every killing of a civilian by a police officer on a case-by-case basis, based upon the facts (as best as we can ascertain them; video surveillance certainly helps when it exists).

It’s mentally easier, I suppose, to just look at the race of those involved in each police incident, and make a snap judgment based primarily or even solely on the race(s) of the individuals involved. Which is, of course, racist.

*I don’t capitalize “black” or “white”; that’s another smug, “woke” contrivance, like “Latinx,” that I’m not on board with. Words aren’t actually magic, and we don’t actually help anyone merely by using magic words; we only feel more smug and sanctimonious when we use magic, “woke” words. (Virtue signaling is fun! Actually doing anything for anyone else is not!)

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Will the ‘docu-drama’ harm Biden?

One of these two things is different from the other…

It is politically unfortunate for President Joe Biden that he has had classified documents all the way from his vice presidency in his possession, especially when Biden, according to The Washington Post, “voiced disbelief during an interview with CBS News’ ’60 Minutes’ about how something like that [former “President” Pussygrabber’s unlawful possession of classified documents] could happen — how anyone, in [Biden’s] words, ‘could be that irresponsible.'”

The special counsels who have been appointed to separately investigate former “President” Pussygrabber’s refusal to return classified documents (and his lying about no longer possessing classified documents) — which resulted in the wholly appropriate little FBI visit to his gaudy stucco fortress in Florida in August — and President Biden’s stupid possession of classified documents, which he ‘fessed up to, need to do their work.

In the meantime, will this “docu-drama,” as I saw one website put it, hurt Biden politically?

I don’t think so.

Of course the mouth-breathing knuckle draggers were going to falsely equate Pussygrabber’s criminal refusal to return classified documents and his criminal lying (perjury) about no longer possessing classified documents to Biden’s apparent negligence in returning classified documents.

There is no evidence thus far that Biden committed anything other than negligence, which still is punishable under the law where it comes to the possession and safekeeping of classified documents — but there is, as the editorial cartoonist suggests above, a mountain of evidence that Pussygrabber criminally possessed classified documents that he not only knew he had, but that he staunchly refused to return and lied to the federal government that he no longer possessed. (We know that he was lying, of course, because the FBI found the classified documents that he had claimed that he didn’t still have in his tacky little castle.)

Thing is, those making a mountain out of Biden’s classified-documents brouhaha never were going to vote for Biden or for any other Democrat for president anyway.

Those of us who are sane know that while of course Biden never should have possessed any classified documents — and that he should face any legal consequences for that apparent negligence — what Pussygrabber did concerning the possession of classified documents was, as his usual acts always have been, criminal. (Indeed, it’s quite unusual for the FBI to come a-callin’ if you truly have done nothing illegal.)

The House Repugnicans of course are going to add this latest docu-drama to their pile-on of Joe Biden, but, again, none of the Repugnicans’ supporters ever were going to vote for Biden should he run again in 2024 anyway (or for any other Democrat for president), and I think that the truly independent voters (voters who aren’t actually Repugnican at heart but who call themselves “independent”), come time to vote for president in November 2024, are going to be thinking about their personal socioeconomic situations, and not about the fact that Biden once had classified documents in his possession and voluntarily returned them.

And actually, the House Repugnicans’ fervent “work” in “investigating” (that is, relentlessly attacking and smearing) the Biden administration for the next two years — instead of lifting a fucking finger to substantively help the average American — should ensure that they lose the House come January 2025.

Indeed, the Repugnican-fascists attacked President Bill Clinton relentlessly in 1998, trying to destroy his presidency (this was over a blowjob that he had lied about, a “crime” that pales by comparison to the multiple crimes of Pussygrabber, who as “president” was a fucking mob boss).

The House Repugnicans impeached Clinton, but the U.S. Senate acquitted him, and because the American voters were so put off by the Repugnicans’ wholly political, bullshit, self-serving attack on Clinton, the House Repugnicans lost five seats in the November 1998 election.

I fully expect that for the next two years, the House Repugnicans will have those coke-filled orgies that former Repugnican U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn spoke about — only those orgies will happen right out in the open, right on the House floor, and they’ll be fueled by ignorance and hatred and spite and rank political opportunism rather than by coke (although maybe by actual coke as well…).

And, again, I fully expect that as a result of this, the Repugnicans will lose control of the House come January 2025. I mean, the American voters just fucking told the Repugnicans in November that they — we — are beyond sick and tired of the cray-cray, the self-serving politicking and the mean-spiritedness; as a result of their toxic politics, in the November elections the Repugnicans got only a bare majority in the House — nothing like a “red wave” — and the Democrats got one more senator in the U.S. Senate.

As for President Biden, if you loathe Pussygrabber, as I do, as I loathe all fascists, people think that you must adore Biden.

Anyone who has read me for the past several years knows that I’ve never been big on Biden. I accept him as the duly elected president, unlike Pussygrabber, who not only lost the popular vote in 2020, but who had lost it also in 2016, and who thus never was a legitimate president to me, since a majority of the American voters never fucking voted for him.

But Biden wouldn’t have become president had his DINO establishment buddies, including Pete Buttiboy and Amy “Voice Like Fingernails Across a Chalkboard” Klobuchar and fossil Jim “Kingmaker” Clyburn, not helped him to torpedo Bernie Sanders’ 2020 run for the Democratic presidential nomination, so do I much care whether the House Repugnicans now successfully torpedo Biden?

No; it would feel an awful lot like Biden’s karmic return.

And I’d be fine with another viable Democrat running for president in 2024 instead of Biden; if Biden doesn’t run and Bernie Sanders runs again (Bernie has said that he wouldn’t rule out running again in 2024 if Biden doesn’t run), I’d support Bernie again (the third time might be the charm!)

So no, were the Biden docu-drama actually to induce Biden not to seek re-election, that wouldn’t necessarily be a win for the Repugnicans; in the end, that might actually ultimately be a good thing for the Democrats and for the nation.

But the House Repugnicans are too fucktarded, I think, to be able to bring down Biden over the next two years.

Oh, of course they’ll try — and they’ll fail spectacularly, only further harming their own “party” in the process, because, being fucktards, they never fucking learn from their own mistakes.

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This is the Repugnicans’ problem

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of California has the right idea: Kick back and enjoy this shit show.

It’s hard to keep up, but thus far it’s been three days of voting and 11 votes in which Repugnican U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has not been selected as the new House speaker.

Again, I’d known that there were five Repugnican holdouts, but in the 11th vote today, 20 House Repugnicans voted for someone other than McCarthy and one House Repugnican voted “present,” essentially voting against McCarthy for a total of 21 anti-McCarthy votes.

Even if McCarthy manages to temporarily satisfy these savages with some deal to ultimately become speaker, the next two years in the House are going to be nothing but chaos and gridlock — as was entirely predictable even before the circus of the last few days.

In a nutshell: The Repugnicans cannot govern. Or won’t. Can’t and/or won’t, though, the result is the same.

I expect the Repugnicans to continue to implode over the next two years, and although I’ve never been excited over Joe Biden — I’m still a Berniecrat — if Biden runs for a second term, it’s all his, and the Democrats will take back the House come January 2025, too.

In the meantime, the Repugnicans’ meltdown, if it is protracted, as it easily could be, might spill over into other elements and functions of our nation’s governance, but first and foremost, this is a Repugnican Party problem. This is not our problem. The extinction of the Repugnican Party would be best for the nation anyway, so there is no good reason to try to prevent it.

The Repugnicans invited in the cray-cray, and now they have to deal with the cray-cray. The crazy chickens have come home to roost, and they only want to burn the henhouse down.

In a word, this is karma.

P.S. Even former “President” Pussygrabber has lost control of his zombies; he has asked them to vote for McCarthy, but they’re not listening to him, yet another sign that Pussygrabber has lost his power — which you tend to do when you lost your last election.

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The circus in the House begins

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If Repugnican U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy looks like he’s lost among his fellow stupid white men, it probably is because he is. Today was the first time in 100 years that the new House speaker was not chosen on the first vote, and the House cannot conduct any business until after a speaker is chosen.

It widely had been reported that five Repugnican U.S. representatives were dead-set against voting for Kevin McCarthy as the new House speaker, yet thus far today, McCarthy lost the first two votes for speaker — with 19 House Repugnicans defecting both times.

McCarthy always has struck me as a big-enough asshole to “lead” the Repugnicans, but apparently, many Repugnicans want someone even dumber, even crazier and even more mean-spirited than McCarthy.

What we are seeing among the House Repugnicans right now I think is representative of the larger schism within the party: the more establishmentarian, Repugnican Classic wing (the wing that still cares about actually winning elections and rejects the “plan” to lose elections but just claim that you actually won them) — and the bat-shit cray-cray wing that doesn’t mind losing winnable general elections by fronting bat-shit cray-cray candidates (and just claiming “fraud” after these candidates lose to the saner judgment of the American electorate).

The bat-shit Repugnicans are fantastically aspirational — that is, they’re quite willing to turn off the average American voter if their hellscape of a vision for the United States of America has even the tiniest chance of ever coming to fruition. After all, better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven, no?

Today was the first time since 1923 that the House failed to elect a speaker on the first vote.

If the clowns that comprise the House Repugnican caucus manage to hold on to power for a full two years, I don’t see them holding on to the House come January 2025.

What happened to the Repugnicans?

The “leaders” of the Repugnican Party, having realized some time ago that there aren’t enough rich people to keep their party afloat, decided to appeal to the worst elements in the nation to bolster their party at the ballot box.

It started, methinks, no later than with Sarah Palin in 2008, and then became the “tea party” (which started, out of opposition to the nation’s first black president, in 2009), and then became the Pussygrabberian, a.k.a. the MAGA, (bowel) “movement.”

The chickens have come home to roost; make a deal with the devil — and some day, the devil will demand his due.

P.S. While the Repugnicans deal with the satanic chickens that have come home to roost, the House Democrats unanimously voted for Hakeem Jeffries as their new leader.

Jeffries is the first black leader of either party in the House or the Senate, and at 52 years old, he gives my generation some long-past-due representation in a Congress long dominated by baby boomers and other old fucks.

Clearly, one party is forward-looking and seeks to be more representative of all of the people — and the other party seeks to keep stupid white men in power in perpetuity, just as in “the good ol’ days.”

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The House Repugnicans are fucked even before they’re out of the fucking gate

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This is the new face of the Repugnican Party. There will be nothing to fear for the next two years, because these people are way too fucktarded not only to govern adequately, but even to play politics effectively.

News stories like these abound lately:

Repugnican U.S. Rep.-elect George Santos, among his many, many other lies, apparently claimed that his mother, who died in 2016, was a victim of 9/11. (She died of cancer, apparently, so if his “argument” is that 9/11 somehow caused the cancer, even though she wasn’t there when it happened, he has acknowledged, then he needs some proof of that; otherwise, it’s just yet another of his endless biographical lies, many of which are just fucking pointless.)

And, delightfully, the White House has refused to respond to demands for information from Repugnican U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer because, the White House correctly points out, while these two traitors plan to head certain House committees next year, it’s not next year yet, and so they’re not the heads of those committees yet.

Therefore, their demands for information from the White House were premature, which is not shocking, as we could expect Repugnican-fascists to be premature ejaculators, shooting their loads in a frantic frenzy way before it’s time.

Anyway, Politico reports today:

The Biden White House launched its first major broadside in response to incoming House Republicans likely to spearhead aggressive oversight of the administration.

A top lawyer for the president pledged in letters to those members that the administration would operate in good faith with them. But he also said that oversight demands made by congressional Republicans during the last Congress would have to be started over.

In respective letters to Reps. James Comer (R-Ky) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber said that the Biden administration had no immediate plans to respond to a slew of records requests that both men made the past several weeks.

In those letters, obtained exclusively by POLITICO, Sauber described such requests as constitutionally illegitimate because both Jordan, who is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee, and Comer, who is expected to head the Oversight Committee, made them before they had any authority to do so.

“Congress has not delegated such [oversight] authority to individual members of Congress who are not committee chairmen, and the House has not done so under its current Rules,” wrote Sauber, one of the White House’s top oversight lawyers. …

This response from the White House is entirely fair and entirely logical.

It’s cute to see what eager beavers the Repugnican-fascists are in trying to take down Joe Biden in advance of the November 2024 presidential election, but they need to put it back into their big-boy pants until it’s an appropriate time — that is, when they actually have the constitutional and legal authority to issue such demands of the White House.

And of course Gym Jordan and James Premature Comer admitted their mistake and backtracked, right?

No, of course fucking not.

Premature Comer issued this Orwellian/fascist statement:

President Biden promised to have the most transparent administration in history but at every turn the Biden White House seeks to obstruct congressional oversight and hide information from the American people. Just before dawn at 4:33 a.m., the White House informed us they will not provide the answers we have been seeking for the American people on important issues such as the border and fentanyl crises, the energy crisis, botched Afghanistan withdrawal, COVID origins, and the Biden family’s influence peddling. Why is the Biden Administration hiding this information? Republicans are undeterred by the Biden Administration’s obstruction and will continue pressing for the answers, transparency, and accountability that the American people deserve.

No mention, conveniently, of the White House’s clearly stated reason for its refusal to comply with these two jackasses’ premature demands for information: The jackasses don’t have the authority on behalf of the House committees to make such demands — because they’re not yet in charge of those committees.

But rather than admit a major political and constitutional mistake, let’s just lie that the case is that the Biden administration just will not cooperate with any investigations, period.

This is how the Repugnicans roll: They. Lie. Even to — probably especially to — their own mouth-breathing supporters.

Speaking of liars, yes, George Santos’ pants aren’t just on fire; they are in nuclear meltdown. (Speaking of Santos, yet another fun fact about him, and a knee-slapper, too: He called Joe Biden “a pathological liar.”)

And, of course, Repugnican House “leadership” is being awfully quiet about Santos, since they need every body on their side of the aisle that they can keep. The Hill reports:

Rep.-elect George Santos (R-N.Y.) has put Republicans in a pickle: How do party leaders deal with his fabrications and misrepresentations without jeopardizing their slim majority or setting a precedent? 

The answer so far, for the most part, is to say nothing and let Santos speak for himself — and perhaps to let voters decide Santos’ fate in 2024.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Emmer (Minn.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) have not commented on the revelations surrounding Santos’s background and falsehoods. 

The reality is that a slim incoming majority of 222 GOP seats to 212 Democratic seats and one vacancy leaves Republicans little political incentive to come down hard on Santos, as they might need his vote to pass their priorities.

And McCarthy, who is facing opposition from a handful of hard-line House Republicans threatening to sink his Speaker bid, may need Santos’ vote to secure the Speakership on Jan. 3. Santos expressed support for McCarthy for Speaker in a tweet last week that has since been deleted. 

McCarthy did not answer questions about Santos in the Capitol last week, and House GOP leaders did not respond to or comment on Santos on Wednesday. …

So there you have it: The House Repugnicans are imploding even before they’ve officially taken over the chamber.

And to the extent that George Santos is a fucking pathological liar on crack — Hey, he was just following former “President” Pussygrabber’s perfidious example, was he not? — the Repugnicans are incredibly fucking tone deaf: The American voters just last month soundly rejected the Repugnicans’ agenda of cray-cray, lies, meanness and chaos, yet already the Repugs have teed up two more years of exactly the same old shit that we, the voters, just fucking told them that we fucking hate.

If the Repugnicans actually manage to keep the House in their control for the next two full years, they’ll definitely lose it come January 2025.

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Good riddance to Princess Kyrsten; she never was a Democrat anyway

Princess Kyrsten Sinema, clad in a schoolgirl’s uniform on the U.S. Senate floor, literally gave a thumbs down to raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour in March 2021. To add insult to injury to the poor and the working class, she also fucking curtsied like a fucking schoolgirl. (The current federal minimum wage, by the way, is a whopping $7.25 an hour, which is just one notch above slavery.) The Democrat in name only finally has made it official and now is calling herself an “independent,” but we still can — and must — get rid of her sorry ass when she is up for re-election in November 2024.

Back in January, I wrote:

… [U.S. Sen. Kyrsten] Sinema is causing grave damage to the well-being of the United States of America, and so far more important than psychoanalyzing her is removing her, as soon as is possible, from the position of power that she has done nothing but abuse.

So it is gratifying to see that yesterday, the Democratic Party of Arizona finally censured the bitch for refusing to support her own fucking party.

The censure has no immediate practical effect, many news stories have noted.

That’s true in that of course no state’s party organization can remove a sitting elected official, but if your own state party has censured you, be you Repugnican or Democrat, you might have a problem with your next re-election effort.

On that note, what the fuck is Sinema’s long game?

She’s up for re-election in just two years, and only 8 percent of Arizona Democrats approve of the job she’s doing. I don’t see the Arizona Democratic Party supporting Sinema’s re-election, and no, if Sinema went ahead already and officially became the Repugnican that she already is, the Repugnican voters of Arizona won’t vote for former “Democrat” who says she’s bisexual (she’s so cutting edge!) and who, inexplicably, was affiliated with Arizona’s Green Party before she “became” a “Democrat” in 2004.

I don’t see Sinema getting a second term, and you can help make sure that she is relegated to the dustbin of U.S. history, where she belongs. …

Sinema, a self-serving swine, has announced that she’s no longer a Democrat, but now is an “independent.”

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following her “career” in the Senate. As I wrote back in January, she’d lost the support of the Arizona Democratic Party, yet the Repugnicans of Arizona never would accept her as one of their own.

Seeing this political reality — she knew that she wouldn’t make it out of the 2024 Democratic primary alive — but still wanting to hold on to power, Sinema decided to become an “independent.”

We still can get rid of Sinema in 2024, however. The Arizona Democrats hate her, and so in 2024 they’ll vote for whomever the Democratic candidate for her Senate seat is — thus far I’m supporting Democratic Arizona U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego to replace her, as I have for some time.

Now that Sinema is calling herself an “independent,” my guess is that Gallego’s path to the 2024 Democratic nomination for the Senate seat that she now occupies only for our corporate overlords is fairly clear.

The latest voter registration statistics for Arizona that I can find on the state’s secretary of state’s website are 34.7 percent Repugnican, 30.7 percent Democrat, 33.9 percent “other” (which I assume includes independents), and 0.8 percent Libertarian.

Yes, in Arizona the registered Repugnicans outnumber the registered Democrats by about 4 percentage points, but a Democrat who can win over the independent voters — as U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs (and Arizona Secretary of State-elect Adrian Fontes) just did in last month’s midterm elections — can overcome the Repugnicans’ relatively small voter registration advantage in the state.

Especially if the Repugnicans keep voting for far-right kooks like Blake Masters and Scary Lake (and Mark Finchem) in their primaries — and I doubt that these troglodytic fucktards will change their game, only other than to double down on it they’re going to continue to lose statewide elections in Arizona (such as how former “President” Pussygrabber lost Arizona to Joe Biden in November 2020).

In Arizona, an influx of new residents from kinder, saner states is diluting the mean-spirited and cray-cray native Repugnican vote in the historically backasswards state, especially in the most populous county, Maricopa County, and in the next-most-populous county, Pima County. This demographic shift probably is the No. 1 reason that Katie Hobbs beat she-Nazi Scary Lake for the governorship last month.

Again, the Democrats in Arizona are through with Sinema, and the Repugnicans there won’t accept her because for so many years she called herself a “Democrat.” And the chances that the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging Arizona Repugnicans will front yet another awful candidate to oppose “independent” Sinema and her Democratic opponent for the U.S. Senate seat in 2024 are high.

This is the new political reality in Arizona — and come January 2025, we probably will be able to say “Senator Gallego.”

In the meantime, had Sinema switched to the Repugnican Party — which, again, she wouldn’t have done because the Arizona Repugnicans don’t support her, and there’s no way that she could have won another term in 2024 running as a Repugnican (she wouldn’t even have survived the Repugnican primary) — that would have changed the calculus in the Senate for the next two years to 50 Democratic seats and 50 Repugnican seats, still leaving the Democrats in control.

From what I can tell, the newly “independent” Sinema plans to more or less caucus with the Democrats, which will keep the Senate at 51-49, but we’ll see. She’s unstable (bipolar?) and apparently frequently switches teams, politically and sexually, as it suits her mood and her power-grubbing of the moment.

That said, she’s never been a real Democrat anyway, so it doesn’t much matter what the fuck she does in the next two years.

While Princess Sinema is doing whatever she’s going to do in 2023 and 2024, our job is to replace her with an actual Democrat in November 2024.

P.S. I’ve seen expressed the opinion that if Princess Sinema runs as an “independent,” she’ll siphon more votes from the Democratic candidate than from the Repugnican candidate in November 2024.

I disagree.

Sinema has few friends or fans in Arizona, and since she’s basically a Repugnican anyway, I see her drawing more votes from the Repugnican candidate than from the Democratic candidate. This would, I surmise, mean that the Democrat would win the plurality if not the majority of the vote (it very most likely would be a plurality).

Some have opined about the Democrats caving in to Sinema and not running a candidate at all, but supporting her bid as an “independent,” fearful that if they don’t support Sinema, then the Repugnican might win.

I disagree with this cowardly take vehemently.

The most likely scenario, I believe, is that the Democrat wins a plurality of the vote, and then we’re done with Sinema and her juvenile, narcissistic and corrupt bullshit.

She can get a gig — and probably will get a gig — with one of her corporate sugar daddies, whom she’s always loved far more than the people she is supposed to represent.

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South Carolina shouldn’t go first — and who should get the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination

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U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, even though actually elected by only one congressional district in a deep-red, backasswards state, pretty much runs the whole fucking show — because Joe Biden is his little bitch.

The members of the Democratic National Committee hadn’t at all planned to have South Carolina hold its presidential primary election first in 2024, but after President Joe Biden corruptly chimed in that he wanted South Carolina to go first — because South Carolina was the first state that he managed to actually win in 2020 after he’d miserably lost the first three states — the members of the DNC promptly folded and gave him what he wanted. (Because if you might have a stake in the game, you should make the rules! That’s not corrupt at all!)

The last time that a Democratic candidate for president won South Carolina was Jimmy Fucking Carter in 1976; both of the state’s U.S. senators are Repugnicans; and six of its seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives are Repugnicans, the only Democrat being the 82-year-old fossil Jim Clyburn, the asshole who has his hand up Biden’s ass like a meat puppet and who refuses to step the fuck aside (and why should he? He essentially is the president of the United State of America, via Biden).

South Carolina is a backasswards state whose heart still is with the fucking Confederacy, but let’s elevate it to No. 1! The Democrats making South Carolina first is like the Repugnicans making California first.

This is yet another reason why I’m progressive — I’m a die-hard Berniecrat — but have serious issues with the Democratic Party, which remains in the grip of the corporate-friendly centrist assholes who have no problem gaming the system for themselves — democracy, fairness and decency be damned.

(Yes, Bernie Sanders was fucked over for the Democratic presidential nomination not once, but twice. Its speaks volumes about the Democratic establishment [corporate whores all] that the people’s choice for president must be stopped at all costs.)

Of course, if Biden runs for re-election, very most likely no viable Democrat would dare to run against him, even though his approval rating remains mired in the low 40s.

That Biden self-servingly and corruptly inserted himself into the creation of the 2024 primary-contest calendar to put South Carolina — the backasswards state that loves him (well, the minority of the state, that is) — first on the calendar makes me suspect that he plans to run for re-election, or at least wants to feather his nest in case he does decide to run for re-election and a viable Democrat actually dares to run against him. Of course, it’s also possible that he was just trying to give his puppet master Jim Clyburn yet another gift on his way out, but I think that he’ll most likely run again.

If Biden runs again, it’s going to be an incredibly boring primary-contest season; it’s going to be dispiriting, to say the least, to see this corrupt, old-school codger running again, most likely with no viable candidate having the gonads to run against him.

If Biden doesn’t run again, it will be messy, but it won’t be boring.

Here are the top-10 Democrats who The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake posits are the most likely to win the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination, in this order, from one to 10: Joe Biden; Pete Buttigieg; Kamala Harris; Jared Polis; Amy Klobuchar; Gavin Newsom; Bernie Sanders; Gretchen Whitmer; Josh Shapiro; J.B. Pritzker.

I think that Blake largely has his head up his ass.

I don’t see Buttigieg, a slippery weasel, getting the Democratic presidential nomination any year soon. As a gay white man I am not going to engage in identity politics and blindly support the candidate who shares some of my demographics. Buttigieg is a centrist corporate whore who’s only out for his own ambitions.

Thankfully, I think that most American voters don’t like the boy wonder, and his resume is thin: a former small-town mayor whom Biden gave a Cabinet post only because Buttigieg helped to torpedo Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and to resurrect the moribund Biden campaign from the dead in 2020. (I still think that Biden and Buttigieg made a deal that if Buttigieg dropped out of the 2020 presidential race and endorsed him, Biden would give him a Cabinet post or other high post. Again, not that that’s corrupt or anything…)

Kamala Harris’ approval rating is even worse than Biden’s. Perhaps especially if former “President” Pussygrabber is the 2024 Repugnican presidential candidate, making the politically inept and utterly uncharismatic Harris his opponent would be a huge, huge mistake.

That said, the Democratic Party is still “woke,” and I expect any opposition to Harris, should she seek to succeed Biden, to immediately be branded as “racist” and “sexist,” which, of course, is just a form of “woke” thuggery.

Jared Polis, the governor of Colorado, I don’t know enough about to make a judgment. I don’t know that he’d want to leave the governorship for which he just won a second term, but should Biden not run — and Bernie Sanders not run — and Polis should run, I’d give him consideration. It would be fine to have our first gay president, but he has to check the main box for me: being progressive (that is, being an actual Democrat).

Amy Klobuchar: Just: No. We’re long overdue for our first woman president, but it won’t be the annoying, cloying, accomplishment-free Klobuchar.

Gavin Newsom for me is a maybe if both Biden and Bernie don’t run in 2024. (Newsom already has said that he won’t run in 2024 if Biden runs again.)

I lived in California from 1998 to just earlier this year, and I think that Gov. Newsom probably would make a decent president. I’m not sure that he could overcome the mostly bullshit stigma of being from California, but as more Americans choose to live in California than in any other state (it’s no contest), I think that it’s appropriate that the U.S. president should hail from the state with the most Americans. (That’s called democracy…)

That said, Newsom is used to California politics, which are quite different from national politics, and I don’t know how well he’d make the transition from the Golden-State stage to the national stage. Nonetheless, I see him probably running for president in the future, if it’s not in 2024.

Of course I’d support Bernie Sanders should he run again (he has said that he wouldn’t oppose Biden if Biden runs again) — he’d be my No. 1 choice, hands down — as long as he still has his wits about him, and today he still does, much more so than does the frequently addled Biden.

Maybe the third time running for president would be the charm for Bernie, but of course I’d fully expect the craven Democratic establishment to, for a third time, do its best to destroy Bernie’s campaign, regardless of his popular following. That’s just how the anti-democratic “Democratic” assholes roll.

I’d consider Gretchen Whitmer should Biden and Bernie not run. She always has struck me as a good person governing in a state with a lot of mouth-breathers (including those who plotted to kidnap her), and I’d much rather have her as our first female president than any of the other women whom Blake put in his little top-10 list.

Josh Shapiro was just elected as governor of Pennsylvania, and I don’t see him leaving his new gig so soon to run for the presidency. I like him, though, and could see myself voting for him for president in the future.

J.B. Pritzker I know little to nothing about, and that’s true for the vast majority of Americans, I think, and if you want to be U.S. president, people need to know who the fuck you are, so I’m baffled as to why Pritzker comes in at even No. 10.

If I were to order the 10 people whom Blake put on his top-10 list — again, this is the top-10 list of those most likely to be the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee — I would do it like this:

  1. Joe Biden (because I think he mostly likely will run for re-election; breaking with long previous American tradition, most of those of his age selfishly refuse to step aside and let a younger generation come into power)
  2. Gavin Newsom (his relative youth and his willingness to actually fight, rare for most Democrats, would appeal to the Democratic voters, I think)
  3. Bernie Sanders (I think that his age would be seen as a liability, but he still has a strong following; I’d prefer a younger candidate, but a candidate’s level of progressivism is much more important to me than is his or her age)
  4. Gretchen Whitmer (she’s likable, she’s effective, and she would bring new blood to D.C.)
  5. Pete Buttigieg (only because he’s a ladder-climbing, back-stabbing schemer who might do better this time than he did last time)
  6. Kamala Harris (only on the strength of having been vice president, and “wokeness” could propel her to the nomination, even though she’d be disastrous)
  7. Amy Klobuchar (again, like Harris, she has zero charisma and no notable achievements, but she does have name recognition)
  8. Jared Polis (the voters don’t know him well enough, I don’t think)
  9. Josh Shapiro (again, I don’t see him running for president so soon, though, and I don’t think the voters know him well enough yet)
  10. J.B. “Who?” Pritzker (again: Who?)

Again, though, it would be incredibly dispiriting and depressing if the 2024 presidential nominees were Biden and Pussygrabber again.

I would fucking hope that the United States of America can/could do much better than that.

P.S. As much as I think that it’s utter bullshit that a former Confederate and a dark-red state should be the first state to vote in the Democratic Party presidential-primary contest season, I am quite happy to see Iowa taken out of the early-voting states, as Iowa thoroughly botched both of their 2016 and 2020 caucuses, and even if Iowa hadn’t fucked up majorly twice in a row, caucuses — which are obsolete, exclusive and ripe for corruption — need to be scrapped everywhere and replaced with straightforward primary elections.

I am happy to live in a state that will vote early in 2024 — Nevada — and I’m happy that Nevada scrapped its caucuses for a presidential primary election; the 2024 presidential primary election will be the first presidential primary election in Nevada.

Nevada is slated to vote three days after South Carolina in 2024, with South Carolina voting on February 3 (a Saturday) and Nevada on Tuesday, February 6, along with New Hampshire, which has vowed to hold its primary earlier, even if it is stripped of delegates to the 2024 Democratic National Convention because it violated the DNC’s approved calendar. Iowa also has threatened to violate the DNC-sanctioned calendar and to hold its bullshit caucuses earlier anyway.

Fuck Iowa and fuck New Hampshire. They’ve had their day and they’ve had their say.

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Pussygrabber makes history, indeed

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Make America Great Again Again Again: The orange menace announced at his gaudy stucco castle in Florida today that he’s running for the U.S. presidency for a third time. Approximately no one was surprised that the attention whore on crack decided to make a third presidential run.

Former “President” Pussygrabber had told us that he was going to make history today, and he did: He became the first former “president” in U.S. history who lost the popular vote twice and who was impeached twice — and who orchestrated a treasonous attack on the U.S. Capitol in a lame attempt to keep himself in power after he had been voted out of office — who decided to run for president again primarily because he thought that it would shield him from his myriad legal threats.

And that’s all that his running for president for a third time means.

It’s comforting to know that of the four presidents who lost re-election yet ran again later, only one of them (Grover Cleveland) succeeded in winning a second, non-consecutive term.

No, of course, in fairness, it’s not only because he’s trying to avoid prison that mob boss Pussygrabber is running yet again: It’s also because he’s the fucking poster child for the baby boomers. It’s crystal fucking clear that we, the people, don’t want him around anymore — last week’s elections around the nation demonstrated that amply (as did his losing the popular vote in 2016 and then again in 2020) — but nonetheless, he absolutely won’t get off of the fucking stage. He feels the need to inflict himself on the masses like he feels the need to breathe.

However, I’m happy that Pussygrabber, in his refusal to go the fuck away like every former president (or “president,” such as the unelected George W. Bush) in my lifetime of more than five decades has done until he came along, will continue to destroy the Repugnican Party, losing it election after election after election.

In that sense, he has done an awful lot for his country. Historically so, indeed.

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