Our Country is Upside-Down

Here’s Trump smiling like a prick next to his “right hand man” from Russia.

The Impeachment circus continues today with the Democrats being sensible and factual and the Republicans throwing tantrums and flat-out lying about everything.

It hurts to watch it.

The GOP honest-to-God is trying to include Hunter Biden’s name in the impeachment documentation.

Those fuckers are dead-on crooks and apparently nobody in the United States can stop them.

God help us.

The Cons are Winning

I didn’t make this. This is a real graphic from a real website run by anti-communist Trump supporters.

If the mafia ever wanted to start a political party, it would look exactly like the modern-day GOP.

While a majority of Trump supporters are clearly not mafioso, they are every bit as committed to the cause as any member of La Cosa Nostra would be to his “family.” To convince a working-class Trump supporter that his leader does not have his best interests at heart is a fruitless endeavor.

It’s like fist-fighting a case of the flu. It can’t be done.

We’re dealing with a phenomenon that I don’t think the world has ever seen before, not that I know of, and certainly not on this scale. It’s a monstrous case of mass-delusion or a very subdued mass-hysteria.

Trump supporters love and support Donald Trump. They believe that he is an upstanding, God-fearing man and nothing that anyone says or does, and no amount of condemnatory proof, will convince them otherwise.

If Donald Trump said that Nancy Pelosi worshiped Satan, a full 40% of the United States—Trump supporters all—would believe him and repeat his accusation stridently. Gleefully. And if they didn’t believe him, they wouldn’t care. They’d laugh and repeat the claim anyway because there is nothing that they love more than “triggering the libs.”

But it gets worse: a small fraction of those idiots would take his words literally—seriously—and they’d conclude that it was their Christian duty to save America from Nancy Pelosi by any means necessary, and it’s not hard to figure out their method of choice.

Every day I strive to think of a way to get to Trump supporters. I know that they won’t listen to reason, so I’m trying to think of a baser mode of communication, but I’m always at a loss.

One has to appeal to their bigotry and ignorance to convince a Trump supporter of anything. If you don’t take that first step, they’ll ignore you outright.

And that’s why the cons are winning, because they have no trouble pandering to bigotry and exploiting ignorance.

The progressives can’t do it because that would violate the first rule of being a progressive.

Unfortunately, if we’re ever going to wake up the Trump supporters, we’ll have to learn how to manipulate them better, and about the only way of doing that is to somehow affirm their bigotry and validate their ignorance.

And I swear to God, that’s a magic trick I try to decipher every day.

Defiant Dishonesty & the GOP

There is no low too low for the GOP and the dirty, greedy bastards that they represent. Let the record show that the entities most insistent on using the phrase “fake news” are themselves the most guilty of generating it.

Case one: two FBI agents tasked with an investigation are considered traitors because they shared opinions regarding Donald Trump.

Case two: Devin Nunes, who sits on the committee investigating Donald Trump’s involvement with obstructing arms to Ukraine, was himself literally a party to that subversion.

All over the internet now, as I write this, there is page after page of right-wing opinion writers defaming the FBI agents, but there is not one fucking word about Nunes from those same sources.

I don’t know when it will happen, but eventually the right-wing and the GOP will hit rock bottom. They will strike granite, and they will have no more lies to pull out of their asses, and no place left to hide in order to defend the indefensible.

And I hope to God they are eaten alive.

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Below is a snapshot of Google headlines on the afternoon of December 2nd, 2019. Note that four of the five articles shown in the headlines are from decidedly “Pro-Trump” media outlets.

A Shred of Hope

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving. Appreciate all things, big and small. True, it could always be better, but never forget that it could be worse. Much, much worse.

You sitting in an abode with heat, power, and running water? Life is good. You got a little food somewhere in the house, enough to fill your belly? Your family and friends alive and well? Does your health still allow you to get out of bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other? Then it’s a good day. Consider it such.

Trump and the Trumpanzees….

I don’t know if they’ll win the day, but I know they’ll lose the war, eventually. Nothing built on that stack of dishonesty and ineptitude can last for long. It’s doomed to implode at some point. The only problem is, it can’t come soon enough, although a lot of innocent people will probably get hurt in the process.

Anyway…the Trump phenomenon, his cult of personality, seems to have taken on a life of its own and about all we can do is wait for the storm to pass. At this point in time, there is absolutely nothing that anyone can say or do to convince a Trump supporter that their leader is a dangerous, dishonest, and incompetent dictator wannabe.

A Trumpanzee will never change his mind about Trump until, at some point, they are personally impacted by Trump’s duplicity and avarice. A lot of dumb-ass farmers and small business folks–former staunch conservative Republicans–are suddenly realizing how dangerous Trump is now that they’re being subjected to the president’s tariff policies. There was a time in my life when I might have felt sorry for them, but now I have to laugh. Some of them might expect people like me to welcome them back into the fold of sanity with open arms. Think again, shithead.

If left unchecked, every American who isn’t a rich man will eventually be negatively impacted by Trump’s dystopian rule. It’s only a matter of time.

But I am seeing indications that the tide is turning, however slowly.

In an unprecedented move, CNN recently had an hour-long television special that listed Trump’s lies and tried to analyze his motivation for doing so. It was a good step in the right direction. That the president lies constantly is not even up for debate: it’s a given. It’s documented. Trump is known to lie about things even when there is no apparent reason to do so.

What’s needed next is a real-time debunking of the man’s lies every single time his fat orange face is speaking to a television camera. Whether or not CNN, or MSNBC does it…or even better if one of the mainstream networks like ABC or CBS does it…remains to be seen. But they should, and they should start right now.

I think that those news networks have come to realize that if they don’t do it now, the time may come when they are forbidden from doing it at all, by edict.

Don’t laugh. Anybody who knows anything about dictatorial power–which is exactly what Trump is striving to create–knows that subjugation of the “free press” is probably among the top ten items on every despots to-do list.

So sit back, stay out of the way, and enjoy the show, because this is history in the making. Don’t expose yourself to harm just yet, unless you know you can make a difference. For now, the leviathans are fighting it out.

As the Koreans said long ago, when their country was the ad hoc battle ground for wars between China and Japan: “When whales fight, only the shrimp get hurt.”

With Friends Like These….

“The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.” – former president Obama

Yeah, well President Obama, I guess that whole “Hope & Change” thing doesn’t fly so much now that you’re a very rich man.

“The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug,” Biden said. “It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it.” – former vice president Biden

Mr. Biden – stupid is as stupid does. There have been more than enough studies to show that marijuana in and of itself is not a gateway drug. It could be considered a gateway drug only because of its illegal status, because when they were out of pot, dealers were known to offer other alternatives. That won’t happen in a legalized pot shop.

American Liberals have not moved “too far to the left” as these two entrenched members of the establishment want us to think.

The Democratic Party has moved too far to the right.

Legalized Weed May Save Us

Laugh if you want. But I think about the 1960’s, which was the decade of change, and I remember that among the most significant features regarding that turbulent era was how college kids started smoking more marijuana.

Opponents of marijuana like to imply that pot smokers are dumb, but my experience has proven the exact opposite to be true. Pot smokers are more aware and “awake” than non-pot smokers. Pot smokers better understand the value of honesty and karmic retribution. They can literally see things that the non-pot smokers can’t—things that are essentially invisible, but real, like systems of politics, economics, finance, and war.

It didn’t take long for the pot smokers to realize that the Vietnam War was a bunch of bullshit. The non-pot smokers, however, thought it was a war worth fighting, and many believe so to this very day. Can you imagine how stupid, blind, or deluded a person has to be in order to believe that now?

Cops are usually among the most hostile critics of legalized weed, which unfortunately gives us another reason to lose respect for cops. And among the most paranoid of the critics of legalized weed, I sometimes hear “You know what? They can lace that weed with funny stuff.”

To which I say, “Oh really? Like they did with beer and booze and cigarettes and prescription drugs?” The “they” that we have to worry about is not so much the government as the unregulated industries who treat humans like cattle. Sugars, salts, and fats are hands-down the worst forms of “funny stuff” that are being injected into our diets, and done so on a daily basis.

I’m not saying that I’m 100% sure that some kind of “mind control” thing can’t happen. I mean who can? Isn’t that what television was for?

But I do know that weed has a signature taste and a unique quality all its own, and any deviation from that would probably be found out rather quickly. Just as there are professionals who can tell you a hundred things about a glass of wine, there are similar professionals in the pot world who can tell you all about a given sample of weed after one toke. And those people will know if it has been adulterated.

Add to the fact that, if so inclined, you could grow a plant of your own and smoke both the leaves and buds of that plant exclusively, then you would know with 100% certainty that it was not contaminated by any outside agents.

Legalized weed might be the lifesaving force our world needs so desperately now. Look how crazy things have become! Trump has almost single-handedly turned the world upside down. This can not be emphasized enough.

We have people like Nikki Haley telling us that she thinks Trump is an honest man after he has been documented with over thirteen thousand lies since his election. We see a White House constantly obstructing justice and withholding witnesses without consequence. We have 600 billionaires bellyaching about a two-cent tax on every dollar they get over $50 million. We’ve got Fox News and dozens of right-wing “news” outlets telling lies and conspiracy theories to millions of people every stinking day of the week. We’ve got a Republican party that has more in common with a bunch of mobsters than it does with duly elected representatives.

The GOP is literally arguing that it is their Constitutional right to spread lies on Facebook!

We’re standing at a tipping point in history, and the odds are 50-50 we’ll get out of this for the better. Again, I couldn’t be more serious. It’s out of my hands, so I’ve shifted into the detached perspective of survival mode, because the shit’s going to go down one way or the other and there ain’t nothing I can do to stop it.

No amount of money in the world is going to change that for now. No amount of education or disinformation will sway one side to the other.

About the only thing we can hope for is that some diehard Trump supporters start smoking marijuana. They’ll start smoking out of curiosity, since it’s legal, and maybe one night they’ll be sitting in front of their television sets, naturally watching Fox News, having a smoke, and with a Zen-like flash of insight, they’ll finally wake up and realize “Wow! That’s bullshit!”

Take It Like a Man

Nationalist troops escorting a group of captured Republican troops on the Samosierra front during the Spanish Civil War. Most of those men were tortured & murdered.

Been having a rough time of it lately, for about three weeks now. This goes wrong, that goes wrong. A $200 bill pops up, followed by a $95 bill, followed by $271.

I can live with that, mostly, when I see the bills coming. When they pop up out of nowhere, and you have to fight like a dog to either fix them or at least figure out what’s going on, that takes a toll on me.

Pretty much all of America is like that, pretty much all the time.

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Under the guidance of conman Donald Trump and his greedy, sycophantic echo chamber otherwise known as the GOP, the United States has devolved in what can truly be described as a state of proto-fascism.

All of the hallmarks are there, and I am seriously worried, as every run of the mill working class man and woman should be.

If the GOP gets voted out in 2020, simple votes alone may not be enough to remove them from office.

If by some miracle, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election, I think there is a serious possibility that the GOP and all of the extremists therein will launch a coup in order to “save the country.”

Once they reach that point, there’s no turning back. The GOP will start arresting people, torturing opponents, and killing opposition leaders. And the average Trump supporter won’t lose a minute of sleep over it.

We’ve seen it happen too many times, in just this century alone. Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Pinochet…and at least a dozen times by lesser despots from smaller countries all over Africa and Central & South America.

I wish I could do something to fix it, but the dumbass Trump supporters—the 40% of our country who are perfect idiots—don’t foresee it as a problem.

Hell…they may even want it to happen.

The Freedom to Lie

Funny people, those Republicans. All this talk about possibly censoring political ads on Facebook has them crying foul and comparing liberals to communist China.

“China censors, too!” they bellow.

Well, that’s obviously true, but here is thee salient difference.

China censors those who print unflattering truths about China.

But the Republicans are claiming that their First Amendment rights have guaranteed them the freedom to lie, because they are knowingly spreading verifiable lies in their political ads on Facebook, and they don’t want Facebook to do anything about it.

How about we try this?

The GOP is free to pay for and post as many lies on Facebook as they can afford, provided the opposition is allowed to refute those lies on the same Facebook page free of charge.

Or does that sound like Communism?

I’m so disgusted by this false equivalence that I’ve lost my sense of humor.

Where Lies are Lore

“China’s Fascist Govt.”

The lies just never stop at old “fair & balanced” Fox News.

I couldn’t find the graphic, but I do recall seeing this segment of Tucker’s show where the little banner at the bottom of the screen said something like “Liberal NBA Caves to Fascist China.” I’m almost certain it said something to that effect, but the image above will suffice for now.

It is dangerous to live in a country where a major, mainstream cable news channel can lie so egregiously—on a daily basis—and suffer no consequences whatsoever.

Tucker is twisting reality to imply that it is the liberal mindset that caused this cave-in to China, and not the conservative corporate thirst for China’s gargantuan, untapped market.

This is why we have Trump. Thanks to the daily manipulation of reality on the part of Fox and other right-wing media, millions of Americans honestly believe that Trump is more honest than Obama.

It goes without saying that China is not “fascist.” China’s economy is hopefully communist while its government is hopelessly authoritarian. The Chinese government is so pathetically thin-skinned that it cannot bear even the slightest, most harmless of criticisms from anyone, ever, about anything.

Secondly, the NBA is far from “liberal” as are almost all major league sports franchises. It is corporate to the core of its being and lives for only one thing: profits.

But behold how quickly Fox News will shuffle the deck of reality to suit its corporate narrative. Something’s wrong, so blame the libs.

Somewhere along the line, truth has lost its value in America. Now, truth is just considered an alternative opinion. How did we get here? Did the predominance of the advertising mentality play a role? I tend to think yes, but there must be other reasons, too.

Like the concentration of wealth and the consolidation of power, and how the opinion of one billionaire has become more important than that of a billion people combined.

I don’t know what can be done about it, but something needs to change before long or we’re in trouble. But here I am being hopeful again, because it’s probably too late.

The Market Mentality

Gotta hand it to the South Park guys. Two shows in to their wildly unpredictable 23rd season, and they’re making a stand. I’m behind them all the way.

The first show—Mexican Joker—touched on the “marketing” strategies of crony capitalism in regards to legalized marijuana. Unlike wine or beer, cannabis is ridiculously easy to grow, and the Wall Street pigs, out for every greedy cent of profit, will do everything they can to prohibit people from cultivating their own herb.

The tragedy is that in light of how our our system works, there’s a good chance big biz will get away with it. By way of government regulations (which they claim to wholeheartedly despise), big biz will “support” (read “pay off”) key politicians to pass needless laws and require onerous licensing fees, safety rules, and other bullshit hurdles to the point where it will just be easier to buy their product off the shelf rather than grow your own.

And it won’t end there. Not only will they make it ridiculously expensive to grow your own, but they’ll make damn sure you can’t distribute any of it without a friendly visit from your local DEA and the threat of an onerous jail sentence.

In all likelihood, it’s gonna happen.

The last thing most marijuana users want to see is the big corporate takeover of the industry, as we’ve seen with beer producers. We do not want to see a Budweiser or Coors of the cannabis world…but Wall Street sure as hell does.

Most marijuana smokers would rather see 900 millionaires, all competing and adding to the experimental diversity of the newborn, legalized cannabis world. Instead, as legalized marijuana grows more mainstream, what we’re likely to see is one or two families, each worth $900 million dollars, who control 80% of the weed market.

Mexican Joker also had a scene where Kyle converted a group of kids in a detention camp to Judaism, which was spot on but probably made a lot of people scratch their heads…and that fully deserves a critique all its own, but maybe not here and now.

I don’t want to minimize the importance of this issue: detaining children in prisoncamp conditions, away from their parents. I feel bad for focusing more on the weed story than the obviously more serious problem of separating children from their parents and locking them up (which I’m dead set against).

It’s just that…it’s so obviously wrong…that it’s kind of sad that anyone in our country thinks it’s a good idea. Kind of sad? God damned tragic.

In the second episode, Band in China—and this was disturbing—Trey and Matt revealed the leverage that China now has on our American markets, in particular our entertainment sector.

Only days after that episode, a gaming company fired an employee for supporting the Hong Kong protests, and a basketball mogul bent over backwards to appease the thin-skinned Communist kelptocrats — proving that Trey and Matt were dead right.

It’s funny how the mostly conservative “free market” Wall Street types are all for government deregulation until that market happens to be China. Suddenly, everything changes where there’s profit to be had. Suddenly it’s all “rules are rules” and “Hey, what are you gonna do?”

Wall Street is effectively carrying out Communist China’s dictates for the sake of market access. Go figure.

I don’t know how many seasons South Park has left. They can probably go for another ten seasons, or until they just finally burn out. The show has been everything from a kiddie cavalcade of fart, vomit, and poop jokes, to a serialized melodrama regarding everything from militant PC culture to the many pros and cons of the internet.

But however long Matt and Trey last, I hope they keep throwing punches till the end.

And I’ll be standing in their corner all the way.