Sunday, August 29, 2021


Trump is a resounding failure at every government related thing he has touched. He is after all clueless on the working and challenges of governance. He campaigned as an outsider who had all the answers. He hnew everything,  no one knew more, or had the skills. It was transparently wrong then and has been proven wrong over and over since. His negligence is killing Americans by the tens of thousands, and yet, Trump is not the main problem.

Republicans have abandoned their country and their people in an egregious way.  It is, and should be, unforgivable. There is no coercion that is an excuse for standing by while thousands in your charge are left to die and millions are sickened. So where do we look to find the source of the GOP cowardice?

Now we are getting information that the Senate panel "investigating" the run up to the Russian interference investigation and the Bidens is laundering Russian disinformation provided DIRECTLY from a Russian operative. This is rapidly becoming group treason.



It's often difficult to watch or even grasp how people, many who we know and love can be seeing things so differently than we are. It is equally troubling to see them ignore reality in favor of obviously, provably false information. For some of these people, we have to face reality as well. They are gone. They do not live on the same planet we do, but do still occupy space here. How is it possible?

How do you turn your back on your world view when you have committed to it so deeply? For some the have committed to their very soul. Were they always this angry, always bigoted to some degree, always craving to play the role of victim? Did the rise of propaganda and Trump give them licenses to be themselves, or were they simply conned? Fed a line that they liked and felt comfortable with? What ever their introduction, many are too far in to turn back. Our task is to face reality ourselves and accept they are effectively gone.

The biggest challenge faced by those of us remaining here on world one is making the changes we need to in the face of the our friends and loved ones who seek to stand in the way. It is tempting to want to sidestep them and move on with the task at hand, but we cannot. Despite living in a different reality they maintain a physical presence in this one, all too often with power. We must find a way though.  The issues drew far too many and are far too important. Survival level important. 

Climate change 
Human rights
Food security 
Democracy and freedom 

Humans stand to be the only species to face extinction where the primary causes are going to be ignorance and apathy. 

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 CNN'S Smerconish breaks down an exchange between a Fox reporter and Biden as Biden trying to have it both ways. Biden saying he is responsible but then casting blame on Trump. Smerconish later speaks of his own both sides view as nuance.

What is missing in his view of the exchange is nuance. It is everything the Republicans can hope for to have Biden accept full responsibility for managing  the catastrophe they let Trump heap on the nation without implicating them and Trump for it. It's like expecting the cleaning staff to take responsibility for the dump on the floor, just because they are in the room when it stinks.

The media is in too much of a rush to prove they were not against Trump and to show they are just as hard on Biden. The problem is the two are not equivalent. Biden is doing the best he can for America and Americans and TPG was not. The media has been riding the Trump ratings train for so long they have forgotten that he was never worthy of anything except his ability to hype. The atmosphere remains so polarized they have lost the skill of "reporting". No one ever just says, "A happened today". There is always a spin and always winner and loser.

America has to get back to reporting facts and occurrences and not always being entitled to have an opinion on it. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021


 It started off being annoying and to some degree amusing. People with no scientific background listening to people with limited scientific background deciding they know better than medical experts, wanting to opt out of vaccination programs that have been running safely for decades, saving millions of lives and preventing immense human suffering. Then came COVID-19.

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The debate over the safety of the vaccine would have to wait for a vaccine to be developed. The speed with which the vaccine was developed made for easy targets for those intent on spreading suspicion about it, but even that had to wait for the misinformation and fraud about the virus. Even questioning the actual existence of the virus as it sickened and killed millions of people world wide. One of the biggest questions about the anti vaccine movement is the motivation of its proponents. Those who began it early on may have had positive intentions. It's difficult to see positive intentions among the Republicans pushing people into dangerous,  even desperate situations.

It still begs the question, what is the motivation behind Ron Desantis and his dumbfounding handling of COVID-19? Is it an honest belief that people are falling ill and dying for no reason? Does he fear that if he changes his view that he will be seen as weak? Is he trying to cull the working class and will change when his demographic is more directly affected? The questions are many, but what ever the answer the current situation in Florida is as dire as it is avoidable.

Non of this is to imply that Florida is the only place where there is COVID-19 hardship. What is in common about the most affected places though, is Conservative based governments. 


 It doesn't take a genius to see through the lousy, bad faith moves being made by Republicans around the hearings into their attempted overthrow of the American government. What's sad is the number of people who are willing to suspend reality and live in a world where the siege of the US Capitol building was not wrong, and that it would have some how benefited them.

The object of their undying devotion does not work that way though. He doesn't care about any person outside of himself. It has yet to be seen how he will deal with a choice between his own legal interests and those of his children. I wouldn't be getting too comfortable with my position if I was one of his kids. Others, well they are only as valuable as what they are doing at any moment. He only cared about the rioters, insurrectionist mob when they were committing violence against America for him. 

It is tiresome continuing to expect or hope that his followers will come to their senses. They won't. They are either too invested in false claims or are unable to deal with the shame of admitting they have been conned.