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Posts tagged “Politics

What if Biden loses?

Posted on November 13, 2020

Well, it is official, Joe Biden is the President-elect, so says the Media. It is also a reality that President Trump has a really steep hill to climb in order to overturn the projections. Anything can happen, and to say that Trump is completely out? That would be a little premature. But if you watch the mainstream news, Trump has lost, Biden is President-elect and will be anointed savior of the Nation, probably the World. The idea that this election might even be slightly contested? Laughable. That maybe recounts might change the outcome? Oh come on! And if you raise the specter that the tabulator machines might be compromised? You are just dreaming! THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG HERE…move along, nothing to see here. Honestly?…

Mr. President, I have a couple of questions…

Posted on May 12, 2020

  The best entertainment these days are White House briefings. Especially when the President is involved, and since he likes the spotlight, that has been often lately. Yet what should be a time when important questions, ones that we all have should be asked, the press corps usually asks questions of the Gotcha nature. It makes for great drama, intrigue, and even comedy sometimes. If the majority of the press corps can’t walk away from the briefings without making the President look bad? Well they’ve had a bad day. Usually the President wittingly or unwittingly plays along with them. This really isn’t new, the press corps have always gone after Presidents with gotcha questions, or ask absurd questions to spark an angry response. The…

Which Curve is being Flattened?

Posted on March 29, 2020

Today marks one week the State of Illinois has been Sheltering-in-place. Basically, a quarantine order. People are not allowed to gather in groups of  more than 10, businesses designated non-essential are shuttered, people told to stay home unless they need to run out for essentials. Social distancing is the new norm . We have another week to go, and as of today, the curve is still growing in Illinois,and doesn’t seem to be letting up. Yet another curve has flattened, and even has turned downward. That is the economic sector in Illinois. With businesses shut down, from small mom and pop shops to corporations, millions are furloughed and patiently wait for all this to pass over and they can get back to work. As…

What the Coronavirus has taught me about the Zombie Apocalypse.

Posted on March 16, 2020

We’re basically screwed folks. I don’t think the Coronavirus will end humanity. Most likely it won’t even put a dent in humanity overall. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take it seriously, we should. But with 7 billion and counting, the End of the World is not nigh. Yet if you are worried about a virus taking out humanity, might want to look a little closer to home, a mirror would do fine. You have to wonder what is it about this virus that is causing the run on toilet paper. Theories abound, articles have been written, politicians have opined, comedians are having fun, but it’s more telling than they know. Yesterday I needed to run to the store. During this pandemic, we have been…

Dear Twitterverse, that isn’t socialism.

Posted on February 12, 2020

    I’ve noticed something about the new socialist on Twitter. They don’t know what socialism is. They think they do. But sadly, they don’t. Socialism to them is this hip new idea that magically makes everyone equal. Don’t ask them what ‘Equal’ means because they don’t know what that means either. But in the Socialist Utopia that is to come. The Wealthy 1% will pay for everyone’s dreams. Corporations will cease to exist in favor government run co-ops and Healthcare will fix everything from the Coronavirus to Shingles. You will have a house, you will have a starter job paying you $22 an hour. And oh, anything you want to learn? College for Free. Honestly, it’s not a bad world. Sounds great. And…

I have a serious problem with the Ukrainian President.

Posted on September 26, 2019

  Ben Shapiro said it best in a Tweet yesterday. It really depends on your political point of view that determines how you see the transcript of the phone conversation between President Trump, and President Zelensky of the Ukraine. (Why yes, yes I did paraphrase Ben.) Well, that is if you see the transcript as what was actually said. Because, it wasn’t Verbatim.   Verbatim: in exactly the same words as were used originally.   See, everyone jumped all over that. It was in a tagline that was put on the copy of the transcript released. If you read the tagline in context, you would know it was an ‘out’ for the memo takers. Those four eyed pencil pushing translators that jot down every…

Empathy for Greta Thunberg.

Posted on September 24, 2019

    I actually can have empathy for the Climate Strike, and its unlikely heroine. Unlike many of my generation who scoff at a “lowly” 16 year old girl who is crying out to her elders, to pay attention, to a pressing crisis. I am not scoffing. I know exactly how she feels. Like Greta, I read all the articles, heard the news reports, saw the science. If things didn’t change soon, the world would end. Burnt to a cinder. Nothing would ever be the same, and life as we know it? Gone forever. I read that whole ecosystems would collapse, even the sea would die. Mass extinctions would follow, humanity wouldn’t stand a chance. And in the end? The world would be one…

That Pesky 2nd Amendment.

Posted on August 15, 2019

Have you noticed that much of the talk on gun violence in America centers around the 2nd Amendment? That if we just tweak it a bit, or maybe scrap it altogether the violence would just go away? I mean, for Pete’s Sake we already have the means of a well regulated Militia. We call them the National Guard. Having 25 assault rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammo in your basement isn’t necessary, is it?  Zombies are not real folks, you don’t need all those guns.   What exactly were the Founders thinking when they proposed such an Amendment?    Exactly the question that needs to be answered.   Historical context is the one thing Americans really suck at. Rarely do we look back at…

Tips for being a Modern Day Racist.

Posted on July 14, 2019

    1.) Everyone is a racist. They just haven’t accepted it yet. 2.) When you find you are losing the argument, call them a racists, they will settle down and leave the argument. You can claim victory over the racist jerk. 3.) All people that fall on the Right Hand of the above scale are inherently racists. They really can’t help it you know. It’s a genetic disorder that will most likely never be fixed. 4.) All people that fall on the Left Hand of the above scale can not be racist. They have the opposite genetic disorder. And yeah, it will most likely never be fixed. 5.) Political viewpoint is a determining factor in racism. 6.) When in doubt, call the other…

The Democrats Dilemma.

Posted on May 31, 2019

  All is not well in the House of Representatives. Stirrings, murmurs, whispers are circulating the halls, the bathrooms, dare say I? The Gymnasium. The talk is whether to go ahead and Impeach the 45th President, Donald J. Trump for obstructing of justice. To do what is right for the American people, and ultimately, as their civic duty as Representatives. Unfortunately, that is not how it is going, instead? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every Cable, Newspaper and News Media outlet is working overtime to shove the impeachment narrative down our throats. Either for or against. And the outcome of this? Well as Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke said in his speech last night…wait? Did he give a speech last night? You know, I’m not…