Disaffected and it Feels So Good
It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman's memory of war from the comfort of mom's basement.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Chicago Blackhawks Pride Night and the Coming Night of the Long Guns
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
The Revenge of the Thin Blue Line 35: Dirty John Catanzara threatens "blood in the streets".
“I know for a fact that there are hundreds of officers who will return if there's new leadership,” Vallas said during a WGN-TV debate last week. “The bottom line is, fill the vacancies, and invite those who have retired and those who have transferred to return and, under new leadership, they will.
Shall Not Be Infringed 6: Equality at last! Gunman who blew away 6 humans in a Christian school in Tennessee was a Woman!
This is so Absurd.
America is so broken that mass shootings need to have a dramatic twist or turn in order to receive any kind of extended coverage. In this latest mass shooting, three 9 year olds, as well a substitute teacher, a long term custodian, and the head of the school were shot to pieces at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee.
But, in the shocking twist the shooter is Transgender! Dun-dun-duuuuuun! So this will be an easy dismissal by the rightwing gun pyschos who continue to hold America hostage to an idea that More Guns is the Answer. It isn't. More Guns leads to More Gun Violence. Period. It's the Guns.
But, in a darkly humorous turn on the Transgender issue. Audrey Hale was born female and was transitioning to male before deciding to become a murderer. Rightwingers anti-Trans effort doesn't focus on female-to-male transition but, the more frightening man pretending to be a women to sneak into girls bathrooms lie. Hale apparently left a manifesto. And Hale called a friend right before their damage. Audrey Hale went to that School. Were they molested? Were they subjected to gay conversion therapy? Was this their revenge?
Oh no it's not guns! It's mental health! Oh and anyway Gun Control doesn't work! We need armed Veterans roaming the halls! Children need bulletproof backpacks. We need a single entry/exit point to keep
gunmen gunpersons out of the school.
But, so many others have pointed out the absolute absurdity of the American Gun Epidemic. This isn't freedom, the idea that in order to be free, schools need to have one hardened entry point, have roaming guards armed with rifles wandering the halls, that every parent needs a sidearm in their Moron Labe gigantic SUVs to pick up little Connor or Madison.
Like all things conservatives propound, 'Liberty & Freedom' when spoken of by a right-winger is the antithesis of the concepts. But, gun nuts and Republicans don't give a shit. "We're not going to fix it," - Tennessee Republican Tim Burchett.
The reflexive defense of guns and rampant gun proliferation gives power and money to the NRA and the Republican Party. No matter what they will not go against the spread of guns and ever increasing gun deaths and injuries every year. 9 year olds just need to be sacrificed, from time to time, on the Holey Altar of the 2nd Amendment.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Let's Go Brandon (Johnson) for Chicago Mayor
|Chicago's Next Mayor?|
“Sometimes you have Caesar Augustus, sometimes you have Tiberius or Caligula,” During a March 18th Mayoral debate, Paul Vallas compared former Chicago Mayors to Roman Emperors. I know Rahm was bad but I don't believe Emmanuel every made his horse into a City Alderman.
The February 28th Chicago Mayor election ended with Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson as the top two voters getters setting up the run-off on April 4th.
So, the Lori Lightfoot era is over. One of the key benchmarks for equality in the United States was not when President Barack Obama, an generational talent and highly qualified candidate, was elected President, it's when the black or female equivalent of George W. Bush (a career fuckup and incompetent) was elected. Thus, Lori's 2018 election showed how far we've come...
But, Lori Lightfoot was a political neophyte or more correctly Lori showed a complete lack of political skills and instincts. Upon becoming Mayor, Lightfoot immediately picked a fight with the Chicago Teacher's Union and alienated the only force in Chicago which was predisposed to side with her.
Lori then tried to sidle up to the Chicago Police, an effort doomed to fail from the start, since they hated her and nothing she could do could change that initiation opinion. Police Officers throughout Chicago and the Cook collar counties called her "Beetlejuice", and since Police are still overwhelmingly white, male, and Reactionary it was a category error for Mayor Lightfoot to believe she could make inroads with the Police.
But, Lori's lackluster 3rd place finish leads to a run-off between Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson. To Lori's discredit and further highlighting her lack political skills, she's pouting and not yet endorsed Brandon Johnson. So as the April 4th draws near Vallas appears to be favored.
Vallas is from the South Side and is the type of white boomer Chicago "liberal" favored by the populace, but Vallas has also already secured the endorsement of long-time Secretary of State Jesse White, a not inconsequential endorsement as Jesse White is still a revered elderly black Illinois statesman. Vallas is also running ads with President Bill Clinton praising his work in the 1990's Chicago school, so his strategy seems to be to target the elderly black voter. However, Vallas is an infamous Charter School proponent having foisted those monstrosities upon Philadelphia and New Orleans. But, more concerning was the "Pension holiday" when Vallas stopped contributions to Chicago teachers pensions and under the auspices of Mayor Richard M. Daley, and then the "defending your life" style attack on teachers and administrators from so-called underperforming schools were fired and had to reinterview to get their jobs back.
Now, back in the 1990's one could possibly forgive those who believed in Charter Schools promise just like you could forgive/understand those who believed 401k's were a viable alternative to Pensions and defined benefits. But, Vallas systematic attacks on Public Education was a forerunner of the current Vulture Capitalist and rapacious Republican attacks. Vallas tenure as a school system Administrator has
However, for the April 4th election Vallas' strategy is simple: Paint Brandon Johnson as a High Taxes, Defund the Police Radical and rely on the support of rich Chicago white people, and the older black community to whom he trots out the aforementioned Jesse White and connection to Bill Clinton.
Meanwhile, Brandon Johnson has Toni Preckwinkle in his corner but, he's going to need to gather up all the votes which went to Lori, as well as Chuy Garcia, who has endorsed B. Johnson, and the venerable gas station attendant Willie Wilson.
Johnson has proposed a pretty audacious plan for increasing taxes on the sale of multi-million dollar real estate sales to help fund shelters for the unhoused as well as a raft of police reforms; canceling the city’s contract with the dysfunctional and problematic ShotSpotter gunshot detection company; ending no-knock warrants; and reopening public mental health clinics.
Brandon Johnson would seem to be a real progressive and Paul Vallas would seem to be a Eric Adams clone. We'll see which way Chicago goes on April 4th...
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Wisconsin may have Spotted Cow but Illinois has the Weed
|Not made with Cannabis|
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Major Traitor Greene declares War on Mexico
"Chief Ortiz are you aware that there was an explosive device found by border patrol agents on January 17th in an area called No Man's Land..." Major Traitor Greene breathlessly claims an IED was found by Border Patrol Agents, however, like her brain, it was nothing more than a baseball sized ball of sand...
When informed the information at this point was "confidential" Greene continued on with her lies, "I understand Chief Ortiz but I'm not going to be confidential... And as a matter fact, I've cosponsored legislation to declare war on the cartels because they are definitely declaring war on us."
Watch out world, American Republicans are at it again. Telling lies to start a war. Besides blaming President Biden for everyone of their failures and Traitor Trump's deregulation fails with Train derailments and Silicon Valley Bank collapse, Republicans in the US House have decided its time for a new war. Target: MexicoTrump and his administration used the plot line of prayer rugs found by Border Patrol in their arguments to BULID THE WALL.
It's possible Greene also remembers the US declaring the Drug Cartels "A Clear and Present Danger" in the Jack Ryan Tom Clancy universe.
Of course, there is no chance Major Traitor Greene knows anything about Black Jack Pershing or Pancho Villa.
So... what's next? Clearly, we are in the Era of Unleashed Republican Agitprop. Republicans everywhere all at once have decided to propagate lies, falsehoods, and all manner of rumors because as Steve Bannon observed you flood the zone with shit until the American people can no longer tell right from wrong, truth from lies, or fascism from freedom. Republicans can then swoop in with their Campaign of Vileness to remake America into a NeoConfederate Nation built on bigotry, bondage, and perpetual wage slavery
|"I will never leave that woman. |
I will always take care of her."
Friday, March 17, 2023
Step Inside Walk this Way You and Me Babe Hey Hey! Def Leppard's Drummer attacked in Florida but not by Florida Man
"And over here... the guy who plays the sloppy drums?" Thomas Smothers asks Keith Moon about his drumming technique in 1967, during the infamous exploding drum kit My Generation spot.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
I Wanna Know what Woke is!
I want you to show me!
I wanna feel what woke is
I know you can show me - Woke Foreigner
"Everything now has become politicized, every single thing, and it sucks,” Bethany S. Mandel renowned Grandma Killer once said in 2020. Like all rightwingers, Bethany Mandel pretends to be oppressed so she can engage in oppression.
|Pics or it Didn't Happen Should have a caveat |
Pics from a rightwinger can be considered fake
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
The Revenge of the Thin Blue Line 34: Suicide by Cop
Do you know who understands Guns are metaphysical danger and a unique contributor to suicide in this Nation? Police Unions.
|Guns Save Lives?|
MAP (Metropolitan Alliance of Police) Rap Sheet magazine 2023 Volume 1 has an article Protective Factors Against Suicide. Here's a picture of the final step it recommends for its members (i.e. Cops), "firearm safe storage is critical to reducing officer suicide rates. Studies have demonstrated that in the general population the mere presence of a firearm in the home significantly increases the risk of completed suicide."
Understand the NRA and gun nuts have successfully divorced rational thinking about guns with the actual real world impact. Suicide using a firearm kills 25,000 Americans a year and almost every time someone uses a gun to kill themselves they succeed.
But, gun nuts, Republicans, and Firearms Manufacturing shills like to ignore this as not "real" gun deaths because they are "suicides". Pliant Corporate Media have gone along with this disingenuous framing separating suicides by firearms from the yearly gun violence death and mayhem and grouping it in with suicide in general as opposed to properly counting this as part of the gun culture of America.
"Gun violence,” Mark Bryant founder of Gun Violence Archive correctly notes, is still accurate when describing the damage bullets do to bodies — and families, and communities. “If you don’t think shooting yourself is gun violence, you need to take a strong hard look at the results of it,” he said. “And I’m not just talking about the splatter on the walls. I’m talking about the wives and the mothers and the children that experience the aftereffects of it. And there’s nothing not violent about that.”
But, suicide is lumped or dumped into the National Mental Health crisis which Republicans mention at every mass shooting and then studiously avoid doing anything about when the news cycle moves onto the latest Elon Musk Twitter Files dump.
GO WOKE GO BROKE Silicon Valley Bank demonstrates Republicans love lies and hate America
James Comer on SVB Bank, I am surprised Comer did not blame Silicon Valley Bank's collapse on Hunter Biden's Cock and Laptop.
One of the persistent myths surrounding the Republican Party is they are the party of Law & Order. Nothing is more ridiculous. Republicans work tirelessly to undo laws and sow disorder into every system possible. Republicans believe their lies about the Constitution only existing to restrain government and do everything they can to unshackle Business to engage in criminality and gross negligence. Back the Blue and Thin Blue Line regalia are just rhetorical cudgels the right spouts to bash the left. Just as they did with railroad safety, the Trump Maladministration specifically rolled back bank regulation and rules to constrain risky bank behavior.After the W(orst POTUS Ever) Administration exploded the US Economy with the 2007 Republican Great Recession, conservatives took every opportunity to blame President Carter and fair housing laws enacted in the 1970's. Republicans and Rightwing strategists know in this era of Rightwing drones being spoon-feed non-stop propaganda, it is easy for the Daily Caller, Breitbart, Faux News and Republicans to push the clever soundbite headline "GO WOKE, GO BROKE" and then rely on the relentless repetition and the ever churning news cycle to derail any detailed reporting of the true causes of collapse.
Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund withdrew millions from Silicon Valley Bankas of Thursday morning as the bank descended into chaos, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Looks like TN Governor Bill Lee and Michael Knowles need to be "eradicated" (Pedophiles get the Rope)
hung this banner up in
Nashville to thank Lee
|It's different for Republican|
boys who dress as girls
|Dear Michael Knowles, Please Self-Eradicate|
Always remember though, that what Republicans say and what Republicans do are never the same thing. You can never trust their declarations and must always understand Republicans learned through years of badgering the Corporate Media that what they say will be taken as what they are doing. And the goal is to a recreation of Jim Crow/Confederate Style Nation with clearly bifurcated class and racial segregation and Republicans and Rightwingers will cheerfully eradicate thousands of Trans persons to accomplish this.
“What a ridiculous question that is. Conflating something like that to sexualized entertainment in front of children, which is a very serious question.”
Thursday, March 9, 2023
When was Baseball's Golden Age?
It's almost Baseball season (no preseason doesn't count) and don't give me that nostalgia of Pitchers & Catchers reporting as being the start of the season, that's just a throwback to the earlier times when ball players had jobs and didn't work out in the off-season.
In the Star Trek: DS9 universe Capitan Benjamin Sisko loves baseball and his favorite player is a Japanese born shortstop "Buck Bokai", who breaks Joe DiMaggio's immortal 57 game hitting streak, in 2026, but by the 2040's baseball's steep decline in popularity leads to the sports demise.
Nowadays with the massive amounts of money floating around Baseball and the valuation of the Yankees $6 Billion and the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cubs at $4 Billion it seems far-fetched to imagine baseball disappearing in 20 years. But, back when DS9 was on the air, baseball still hadn't recovered from the destructive 1994 strike and the 1998 Home Run chase by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire was still a few years off, it seemed possible baseball might end.
So, in the DS9 universe the baseball of the 21st century was the Golden Era as it encompassed the actual Earth with the Planetary League replacing the Major Leagues but, when was Baseball Golden Age here in the semi-real world?
Tangentially, one of the ideas that baseball trainers and managers believed back in the day was for ballplayers not to lift weights because it will make them "muscle-bound". Well, despite the now universal belief that weight-lifting is the best thing you can do for your body I sincerely hope teams and players are re-evaluating the idea that getting jacked is an unqualified benefit for ball players.
Last season, White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito decided to become the latest Chicago player to bulk up and he pitched terribly, now new Cubs player from Japan Seiya Suzuki decided he needed more muscle to make it through the grueling MLB season, but his added muscle mass appears to have led to an oblique strain which is apparently serious enough to keep him out of the World Baseball Classic and the foreseeable future for the 2023 Season.
After some consideration I decided a 25 year era bracketed by the bench mark years of 1947 (Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier) to 1972 (Roberto Clemente's untimely death) as a good representation of the best of baseball.
Anything prior to World War 1 can almost be considered a different game and even all the way up to the 1927 Yankees with Murderer's Row can be considered the Stone Age. The interwar years showcase the greatness of Baseball as a game heard on Radio but, can't really be called a Golden Age due to segregation, training, and equipment.
So, in considering 1947-1972, we get a lot of all-time greats; Stan Musial, Sandy Koufax, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Carl Yastrzemski to name just the greatest. You also have the great westward expansion as the Giants and Dodgers move to California, plus Kansas City gets the A's then the Royals, and the Senators keep getting eliminated first as the Minnesota Twins, then as the Rangers asTexas gets a couple teams. So, Baseball had become a nationwide sport.
It's also before the horrible round multi-use stadiums of the 1970's, or the home run happy Steroid Era, and the Moneyball stupidity of maximizing every at-bat leading to the bore-a-thon 3 True Outcome Era and 3-4 hour games.
And no a strikeout is not the same as any other out, and no the shift isn't bad for baseball, and no walks are not just as good as hits, and no home runs are not the most exciting thing in sports.
Baseball has finally recognized this and adopted a raft of changes for the 2023 season but, is it too late to arrest the current perception of baseball being a boring game?
Republicans love Workers, especially when Republicans can work you to death
"You're a nice guy and I'm sure that you are a salt of the earth guy but since you asked, What I am supposed to do, go back to work at 67? No, you're not supposed to retire when you're 55. You sound to me like you are totally capable of still working. You got no business retiring at 55 IF you can't afford to retire. The American Dream is retire at 65. People are retiring now at 50 and 55 and so forth when they are still capable of working. According to the tables at 55, you've got 22 years left..." Back in 2008, as Republicans were building up their racist tirades against President Obama, Racist Limbaugh laid out the pure hatred Republicans have for the American Dream and people retiring instead of working until they die.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
January 6th will be America's Second Independence Day
"We mustn't judge too harshly Will... It was his first time." - Hannibal LecterMany things required cleaning up after the January 6th Insurrection; from the broken glass in the Rotunda, to the shit-smeared walls throughout the hallways and offices, to the shattered trust in the peaceful transition of power in the World's foremost Democracy.
But, nothing required more work than for Republicans & Rightwingers to white-wash the video footage and images the American people saw that day with their own eyes.
January 6th was an Inflection Point. The Republican Party had been steadily descending towards Authoritarianism and the denial of democracy and the repudiation of the Democratic Republic for decades with accelerating features from 2001-2021, but after the initial shock of that day wore off, Republicans fully embraced full-blown Fascism.
|A Kill/Capture team of rightwing domestic|
terrorists uses the confusion to enter the Capitol
in order to execute Democratic Congress members
To that end; Squeaker Kevin McCarthy gave video surveillance footage to Chief Propagandist Tucker Carlson to do what he does; craft a web of lies and convince conservatives the true villains of January 6th were not that raucous mob of criminals who, it should never be forgotten, did successfully delay the certification of the 2020 election but, those who investigated the crimes and underlying motivations of the Trump White House and Republicans and Rightwing provocateurs who set the events in motion.
Remember except for a few strokes of luck and some individually brave actions, there would have been numerous dead Democratic Congressmen and Senators in the Capitol on that day. And make no mistake that was the plan by the Trump White House.
But, while several Republican Senators have tepidly pushed back against Carlson's Revisionist History right now, the arc of history is set. Arch Traitors in the GOP will never stop pushing lies around the attempted TrumPutsch and Auto-Golpe De'Estado planned and executed by the Trump White House and multiple members of the Republican Party inside and out the Federal Government. Thus, Republicans & Rightwingers must and will completely support the Spirit of January 6th and the Lies of a Rigged and Stolen 2020 Election while castigating a few individuals as bad apples.
By the end of the decade Republicans will have convinced themselves and their mob of domestic terrorists that Jan6th stands with July 4th as the Days of Independence.
Sunday, March 5, 2023
The Last of Us sports record book changes
Watching The Last of Us, it struck me that 20 years of sports records never occurred in the TV Universe. Here is what came to mind;
Since the start date is September 2003, first and foremost the Curse of the Bambino is never broken and the Boston Red Sox never again win a World Series. Of course, The Black Sox and Billy Goat curses for the Chicago White Sox and Cubs are also never broken.
Barry Bonds never eclipses Hank Aaron's home run record.
Tom Brady never becomes the Quarterback GOAT as his only Super Bowl victory is in 2001.
|Don't kick it to Hester...|
Don't kick it to Hester...
Don't kick it to Hester...
Kicks it to Hester
And there he goes!
Lebron James never plays a single NBA game. (His NBA debut was a month after the outbreak).
Serena and Venus Williams never become to of the greatest Women's Tennis Players of all time.
No one ever knows the names of Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps in Olympic history.
The 2004-05 NHL lockout never happens. Alex Ovechkin drafted #1 overall in 2004, never plays in the NHL, nor complies 814 goals and counting as he looks to surpass Wayne Gretzky.
The Rock never makes a transition from WWE to billion dollar Movie stardom.
Tiger Woods never rebounds from his 2003 slump and we never learn about his self-destructive philandering.
Of course, thousands of other compelling matches and illustrious careers never occur and no one ever knows about them.