Happy Thoughts


Trump loves the hate and violence because it is both in his nature and he knows he benefits from it for several horrifying reasons:

– It fires up his racist base.

– A fired-up racist base increases the chance for more hate crimes and violent protests in response.

– If the hate crimes (which more than likely are/will be strategic in nature) and violent protests as a response continue, this, along with the stronger reemergence of Covid-19 in the fall, will allow him cover for declaring martial law.

– Once martial law is declared, even though the constitutionality of it is thin, he will postpone the election.


“Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow — come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said, according to a pool report from CBS’ Bo Erickson.

No, Trump can’t cancel or postpone the November general election over coronavirus, Business Insider, April 24, 2020

#GEORGEFLOYD
#BLACKLIVESMATTER
#25THAMENDMENT
#RESIST

If You Believe It, You’ll See It

I really, really wish I could believe all the bizarre hocus pocus things like astrology and palm readings and other pseudo-sciencey, pseudo-religiousy things so I could lay all my blame for all the unpleasantries going on all over this pretty yet petulant planet of ours (those dang locusts in Africa are biblically unrelenting) on a misaligned moon or star…

That said, this is a rather interesting read whether you want to believe it or not.


“Astrology’s skeptics and detractors like to make a fuss about how foolish it is to imagine that, simply by looking to the stars, we can know what the future will bring. But to argue this is to completely misunderstand one of modern astrology’s central purposes — not to find our destinies, but to find our actually existing, living human selves.”

Who Cares If Astrology Isn’t ‘Real’?, The Cut, May 14, 2020

#alonetogetherwiththeskeptics

Empty Words of the Privileged


This has become cliche and empty to say, especially from those of us speaking from our privilege, but since there are so many pockets of wretched poverty all around the country like that described in this article, it’s hard not to say…

It’s hard to believe so many people have to live so miserably in the richest, most powerful country in the world.


“Hundreds of miles of roads are unpaved, so it can take up to three hours to get a sick person to help. It’s difficult to self-isolate because families live in one-room homes called hogans. Up to 40 percent of Navajo households don’t have running water, making it hard to wash hands. Cellphone service and Wi-Fi are limited, so it’s difficult to keep in touch and to get information about the epidemic.”

A Life on and Off the Navajo Nation, New York Times, May 13, 2020

Image courtesy Family-To-Family

#alonetogetherwithourprivilege

Resistance Persistence

Courtesy Wikipedia

I often get discouraged about how far and how fast my country has fallen since cult daddy trump, with the assistance of his authoritarian idol Putin, stole the election just a short few years ago, especially knowing that almost half of my country supports him so fervently and blindly in his relentless drive toward our seemingly inevitable destruction.

Just writing that depresses me because I know that no matter how much I rant and rave in my futile resistance here and elsewhere I will have absolutely no effect on altering the course of this national train wreck we’re on.

So then, why persist to resist in futility?

Because I’ve taken to heart the words of A. J. Muste in response to a reporter who asked him, “Do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here [protesting the Vietnam War] alone at night in front of the White House with a candle?”

To which Muste replied:

Oh I don’t do this to change the country. I do this so the country won’t change me.

#alonetogetherinresistance

Say what you will…

Be it be an exploration of loneliness or light or whatever, but ”Nighthawks,” to me, is the most colorful expression of the beautiful bleakness of noir that I know…


From Those who say Edward Hopper is the artist of social distancing may be wrong:

But while some Hopper experts appreciate the wave of [social media] interest in the American painter, who died in 1967, they say it’s a mistake to brand him as a patron saint of loneliness and social isolation.”

Washington Post April 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT
Courtesy Wikipedia

#alonetogetherwithhopper

We are what we… read?

At least according to the Big Think article The Books You Read Really Make You Who You Are:

“The takeaway from all [the studies] is that no matter the culture, humans are intimately attached to stories. They’re part of our makeup as a species. Stories can literally transport us into the mind and body of a character. They can move us toward empathy or action. Nothing has the power to inform, change our minds, unlock our potential, or transform us and our society in the most powerful and profound ways. Now, we’re starting to unlock the neuroscience behind this and learn exactly how they impact us.”

Courtesy of The New Republic

If this is true, that what we read deeply shapes who we are, and my common sense detector, aka my gut, tells me it is, then in a nation where reading for personal interest has been in steady decline since 1978, we’re in big trouble.

But it certainly goes a long way in explaining our national empathy deficit…

#readon

Just Imagine

Imagine what the response would have been if these heavily armed “protesters“ were of any other race than white…

– A lot of dead and incarcerated non-white “protesters,” that’s what the response would have been for those of you with failed imaginations.

Now, try to imagine that none of these “protesters” are trump cultists emboldened by their dear leader’s violence-inspiring rhetoric…

– Unimaginable, isn’t it.

Courtesy of the Washington Post

#americaisoccupiedterritory

An Emergency Public Service Announcement


To all the trump cultists still following me:

I know you’ve allowed yourself to be brainwashed into believing that everything your cult daddy spews out of his mentally imbalanced mouth is gospel, but please, I beg you, despite what he said, do not attempt a disinfectant cleansing in an effort to rid yourself of the coronavirus if contracted.

If you do you will die.

#25thamendmentnow

Regarding That Which Despicable Beings Create

Always a conundrum — what to do with something good created by someone bad.

I mean, take HP Lovecraft for instance. Are horrors authors and readers still praising him so for his early contributions to the genre? Fortunately for me, having read his work long before learning he was such a virulent racist, I find his writing flat and uninteresting and way, way overrated so shunning him to the dustbin of the disgraced is no problemo.

But there are a lot of other types of situations and scenarios out there that can put one in such an unpleasant conundrum…

Continue reading “Regarding That Which Despicable Beings Create”

A Message of Thanks

TO: TRUMP SUPPORTERS
FROM: YOURS TRULY

As we near Thanksgiving, I just want to say to the very few remaining trump supporting website followers I have — thank you for hanging in there and not unfollowing me like so many other trump supporters have whose feelings I had obviously hurt at some point or another in the past with my critical commentary regarding trump and, you, his supporters.

I believe you would regard such a tender and sensitive person unable to stand such criticism as a “snowflake.”

Anyway, it is because of your following me here — and your steadfast and cultish support for Trump — that I have someone to whom I can direct my steadily growing outrage over the demise of our democracy that trump, and your steadfast and cultish support for him, is leading us to.

So, again, thank you.

Without you I would be just howling my steadily growing outrage into the whistling of a harmonized and approving wind and be left bereft of such a necessary outlet critical to the endurance of my sanity.

#americafirst
#trumpsupportingwebsitefollowerssomewherewelldownthelist