Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Attack on our Democracy

 The Attack on our Democracy 


A week has passed sine Trumptards decided that the only way to fight what they believed was an attack on democracy, fed with this notion that the elections were not fair.... even though 60 plus thrown out court cases and a long list of disputed claims of voter frauds have shown that it was not only a fair election, but it was the nation's most secure one ever. That's what happens when you live through a questionable Russian influenced election in 2016.

 What happened last week at our nation's capital was shameful. it was spitting in the face of being an American. When these people, who are the same one's who were appalled when a black football player took a knee to peacefully protest police brutality and was called a son of a bitch by the President, took to the Nation's Capital building, waving blue lives matter flags while disgustingly beating Capital Police officers it showed something perfectly well. It was never about backing the badge. It was always about being against black guy on the field for how dare he question anything in a manner that doesn't fit their way of protesting.

 Well, we discovered what their way of protesting was and it was sickening. Five people dead, a stain on our nation as traitors to the country acted out treasonous acts of breaking in and causing destruction to elected official's offices that they disliked. More than that, they demanded blood. To bad they were too stupid to know what to do when they got in. Much like a dog chasing a truck, the moment it caught it and not knowing a single thing on what to do with it was a perfect example. 

 But the fact that armed solider of fortune assholes broke into the capital and overtook it for several hours all at the command of the asshole president with limited time in office just goes to show you how fucked America is. We are deeply divided and the answer these men and women had was to go and attempt to subvert the will of free and fair elections by attempting to stop the democratic process of certifying the elections was just something else entirely. 

Even more, they have no concept on what damaged they did or even attempted to do. In their mind, they rationalized that they were doing it to give Trump another four years. Four years for what? Since November when he rightly lost, he has not wanted to do anything that a Presidential title entitles you to do. That it commands you to do. He has been fighting to keep a job he has no interest in doing. He likes the power, but has no desire to do anything for the will of the people. Not that it comes as a surprise as that has been his motivation for the last four years of this waste of an administration. The promise of America first has been a joke and I'm just wondering why these citizens feel like they can eat up all the bullshit that he is spouting off. 

 It's a fucking joke. 

 Just like giving the air force vet any sort of moment in the sun. She died trying to go into a broken window into another part of the capital and rightly got shot down. Look, I don't want to praise police violence. But this was not a protest. this was not a situation of action that our constitution gives its citizens the right to do peacefully. And having been in the BLM protest last summer, many of which felt like there was a heavy presence of police brutality just waiting to happen in the air, this situation just sickened me that white privilege was front and center. As if this was a situation where BLM were peacefully protesting, one step on the those stairs would have caught you a bullet.  That San Diego ex Airforce vet died a fucking traitor to the country she served and I don't give a shit about folks who carry out acts of treason. No pity from me on that.

What is also wild to me is that so many republican stooges who had planned to contest and object to the carrying out of the electoral college votes, an act that is by all accounts a ceremonial process at best, directly after Trump sent an angry mob their way to kill them, decided that one the lock down was over and the will of democracy was resumed, to continue attempting to object to the tally of the count.  Mother fucker, the asshole just tried to carry out a public lynching and hold hostages to affirm his place in power at the white house. The whole notion was to kill democrats, get rid of Nancy Pelosi, who would be next in line when you killed off Pence, which they actually were chanting outside as their intent to do, wouldn't mean that Trump gets to keep his power. This whole thing is sickening and I'm at the point that if someone tries to justify it or tries to defend it using the riots and looting of last year by fringe groups acting like blm protesters, I'm ready to just fucking punch them in the face. I have no patience for such stupid shit and straw man arguments. 

 THEY.ARE.NOT.THE.SAME. 

And if you think they are and proclaim "well what about when ....."  I will just tell you to shut up because that shit is not needed.  Own up to it. We're four years in, you should just own up to the fact that you back trump because you're a racist piece of shit who gobbles up all the bullshit he spouts out because you feel like you're not poor, but just temporarily displaced economically. If only it wasn't for others keeping you down by stealing your jobs - something, which, if your boss hires a cheaper immigrant to do you job, your problem is with them not wanting to pay a living wage and rather have cheap labor, take that shit up with the company.  But seriously, trump supporters typically fall in line to specific disenfranchised Americans and you need to not let assholes like trump manipulate you like that.  Because if it's not trump, it's another asshole who will use you like he did to carry out his dirty work. 

 I can't count how many duck fucks tried to blame it on Antifa.  Stop it. OWN IT.  You may not have been at the capital wrecking shit up, but you buying into trump's hate speech has gotten us here and it's all on you to stop listening to this fucking bullshit and own up to the bad image. Own up to the hate that you have believed and that you have given out in the time during trump and most of all, before. Stop this. Realize that he lost the election. Not even by a little. But by a lot. He lost with the same numbers that he won four years ago and you all decided that was a landslide victory. And believing in this steal the vote bullshit is getting you nowhere because again, there is no proof of it. You believe the lies that Biden will be some asshole  to you and bad for america and he'd bring some communist state. What the fuck are you even talking about with all that?  Again, stop eating up the bullshit that this administration and everyone who gave it a moment to put it on a platform has tried to instill the fear into you about. 

The whole notion that this election was rigged, again... if the left was going to rig it, why the fuck did we have all the down ballot close races go the way for republicans that they did? Know why? Because republicans couldn't stand trump, but still wanted to the representation in bout the house and senate. We have a situation where it's a tied senate. it came down to a very close call for democrats in that, don't think that if this was a rigged election that they would have made it that close of a fucking race. 

Ugh, I just had to vent that. because again, the scenes that were on the screen one week ago were just too much.  I mean, I haven't even touched on consequences. Because let's face it, this asshole needs some consequences to be hashed out. We have morons who basically outed themselves via social media post who are going to do a lot of pound you in the ass prison sentences for dumb shit. It's high time that the President who couldn't be told NO, Don't do that, to finally face some ramifications of his own actions.  


The check comes due, asshole.


Sunday, December 20, 2020

I DON'T GIVE A FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

 I DON'T GIVE A FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF


Honestly, I don't.  and it's not because I don't have any compassion in me to care. It's that my laptop keyboard lost the F key and now I have to mush into the gaping, but glowing area where the F used to be in order for it to register and man, I wonder how much longer I'll keep mashing into that weird little spot and it works happens.  I mean, it's not your typical whatever words per minute sort of speed to get in there and have it register. 

 So yes. I literally can't give an F if I really wanted to try. But then again, here we are in an era where autocorrect probably ucks up your sentences anyway. And that's another thing. How or why are we still into everything being spelled out neatly and having grammar matter anymore.We live in an era where technology can mess up your intent on the daily.  Or how often do you actually intend to use the word Duck instead of cursing out something?  

Yeah... didn't think so. 

We all need to chill on being grammar Nazi's and just learn to adapt to whatever is happening in the moment and if you can't understand a sentence, then perhaps as for clarity on the matter. Because sometimes you lose an F key on your lap top and you just have no clue how to replace it. I mean, I should know.  But I can't actually be sure that what I'm ordering for spare keyboard parts is going to work for my laptop. 

Which just has me going in circles and slowing down to type as I hit that F stroke.  Sometimes we just need to embrace imperfection. Some times that ineptitude is a result that something out of our control is handling it. Like, you know, when your keyboard is faulty.  I guess we just all have to realize that these things happen and maybe one day that f key will be fixed. 

 

Maybe.  

Monday, November 16, 2020

HOW I FELL OUT OF LOVE WITH BATMAN

HOW I FELL OUT OF LOVE WITH BATMAN


As a kid I had superman underwear, superman cape, superman pants and felt like the sky was the limit. I then changed my stance and realized I was only a man and thought Batman was the coolest. Why wouldn't he be? He's a detective at his core. And depending on the writer, they would have him with a "made" family with Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, etc. For being a loner and isolationist, he sure was on a lot of teams like the Outsiders as well as Justice League of America and Justice League international.  The dude had a lot of friends for the trauma he had endured and the whole death of his family.

Then writers started giving him a lot of toys. I mean, a lot of them. A bat-everything for the occasion. The 60's gave him even Bat-shark-repelent in his tool kit. In the event that he ran into sharks fighting crime in the city.  I didn't balk at that. In fact, it was starting to feel like it was just all too perfect. He's not superman, or the flash. or even aquaman, who if we're being honest would have handled that shark situation a whole lot better. At the very least not have to resort to repellent of some kind to pollute the ocean with.

The reality is I can never be Batman. In fact, he's as unattainable as trying to be like Superman.  Batman depends entirely on the super power of being super rich. And yeah, it's not even really self made. He got it when Mom and Dad were iced on the street.  The writing of the story wants to make you feel like he went away and turned down all the luxuries of being rich to become the fighter he is, but without that money, he would have never been afforded the chance to learn or travel. He's not built up on his own. He's entirely owned by special interest. His super power and origin isn't his parent's death, it's the side of his inheritance. Otherwise he'd be some poor orphan who just gets lost in the broken system.  They even tried to answer this by bringing in Dick Grayson. Who was an oprhan because his traveling circus performing parents weren't super rich.  But even that falls short because Batman, with the power of money, just saves him. One kid out of the whole lot is nice, but it's also just one kid.

Let's talk about his rogue's gallery. They're made up of a bunch of mentally unstable people. For a while it seemed like Arkham Asylum is a place that would tackle their illness. But it seems like it's run like any other government institution and rampant escapes and even making the criminals far worse is a common practice. Hell, Joker was able to create more super villain in there by creating Harley.  So it's really not doing its job as an Asylum for rehabilitation.  And having a masked Bat run around the streets under the concept of justice just brings out more of the insane to come out and meet him toe to toe.

Really makes you think how effective or even productive Batman is. But hey, he can show off some really neat and crazy concept toys that he, much like Iron Man, have the situation where they are selling the new inventions to government contracts  - which just creates more villains due to government overreach.  In all, this whole crime fighter thing really doesn't sound like it's helpful to anyone other than the hero complex that Batman is addicted to.

I'm pretty sure that if Batman, as Bruce Wayne, just paid a higher tax rate and still remain filthy fucking rich, would do far more for the city than any of his night time antics. At the very least he wouldn't have to deal with getting so many scars and he'd not cause so much damage to the city.  

Oh well.   Fuck batman


Friday, November 13, 2020

 THE GRIFT KEEPS GOING


Listen, now that the electoral college and the popular vote has gone to President Elect Joe Biden, I feel like I can easily talk shit on Donald Drumpf. Especially because he continues to refuse to concede. Arizona was just officially called for Biden, so really, the fat lady has sung. There is no viable pathway for Drumpf to get to the required 270 to get anything. 

He Lost, Good day!   I say good day!

At least the reality of that should be sinking in. Just recently the law firm representing Donnie's fraud case in Philly has pulled out of representing him once the judge reminded them that filing baseless claims like this come with the backlash that they can and will be held accountable and fined without any proof, which, ultimately is the biggest issue with this whole case. There isn't any proof.  But is there?  Lt. Governor from Texas wants to believe so. So much that they currently have a 1 million dollar reward for any proof of voter fraud.  Which kind of tells you everything you need to know about the situation of not having any proof. 

The reality is that Donald is holding off on conceding because once you concede, you can't be shaking that tin cup for donations for a fund that claims it goes towards your legal defense fund. But in true Trump fashion, the devil is in the detail. And the detail in the fine print pretty much tell you everything you need to know. Specifically that 60% of any given contribution, up to $5,000, will go to Save America, a Trump PAC that will be used towards paying down his campaign debt or whatever the hell he wants. Then 40% will go towards the RNC. Which kind of tells you exactly why there's a list of republican law makers who will go along with this silly issue and allow Trump the ability to voice the biggest sore loser acts this nation has seen.  But unless you donate $8k, then the money is just going into the grifter's pocket.

The bigger implication in all this is that Trump is collecting money so he can still have a major hand in ruling that funding over Republican's success in the 2022 elections. Which, let's be honest, it may seem that trump's rule over the party is far from over despite clearly losing this election.

A side note.  If trump touts that his project Warp Speed helped Pfizer get to the 90% effective vaccine, Pfizer has stated it did not take money for the development of the vaccine. They didn't want to be beholden to the U.S.  Again, Trump is just his typical grifter style.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

 IT'S OVER! IT'S FUCKING FINALLY OVER

 

Look, I know a lot of you are wondering why I, a comedic current affairs "writer" would have not been on here for a long time. I mean, hey, Trump must have provided a lot of material to make fun of, right?! The truth of the matter is he didn't. He was such an over the top ass fuck of a piece of shit administration that I didn't want to do any writing here.  Mainly because there was no way to top the batshit stuff that was somehow turned in to the daily reality. 

Look, how the fuck could I even come close to dreaming up the absurdity that the last four years was. Sure, every few months I would try to start this up and I got a few months in before just becoming crushingly depressed of trying to think of something far different than what the daily normal news feed was, that it just wasn't fun. 

For example, I wrote the most during the Obama years because, well, I'll be blunt, I actually voted for Hillary during that election because I'm a feminist at heart and wanted a woman to be President so badly to fucking finally break that stupid glass that has been there for so long, and when Obama's hope and change angle really felt like something I could write about, as it was a lot of lip service, as drone strikes were still happening.  Looking back at it now after four years of this cluster fuck of a piece of shit situation, I really should have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.  But hey, I did do a lot of accountability to the whole Obama administration. 

Still, I should have enjoyed all that good ol' days time. But what I'm trying to say here is that if you simply look back at the era of blog post I wrote of that time, I may have been a bit harder on Obama than I really should have. But then again, it wasn't a bad time, it was just a matter of me feeling like the "hope and change" aspect of his time wasn't as hopeful or much of a change from the previous Bush era. 

Anyhow, here we are. I mean, I don't even know what to say. I'm just so thrilled. I was literally dancing in the street on Saturday. Honking like crazy, just virtually COVID high fiving strangers because holy shit, FUCK YEAH! After four years of breathing deeply every morning, wondering what sort of cluster fuck damage report we have to look forward to due to an unstable moronic President. We can finally sleep well, knowing full well that an adult is in the room and will be taking control of the situation. Thank fucking whatever higher power you believe in.  What a goddamn relief. 

 I was so tired of worrying about the hate speech that he was spouting, the basic human rights that the people I care about will be at risk of losing next, the amount of money laundering into the private accounts of these fucking thieves.  Most of all, I am just so thrilled that I can brief with some hope for tomorrow. Sure, it showed that despite the past four years, 70 million people still decided to vote for that pile of shit. But just a few more were willing to finally get an adult in the white house and that, in itself, helps me breath a little bit more at ease. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

NOT GREAT

NOT GREAT

I think that's about how to sum me up right now. I don't know why I have been feeling off. Like, all week so far and even last week it has been me completely out of sync with anything going on. Like when you go to catch something and you know you are in place for whatever it is that is falling. And then it falls past you slightly to the left a few inches.

Yeah, that has been me for about a week and a half now and I couldn't really tell why.  Like, for example, over the weekend I started hearing a noise in my car's front left tire. Like a small metal grinding. And I was worried. What now. Like the week couldn't get worse. In any event, I went to my very conspiracy theory mechanic to get it checked out on Monday and it wasn't a big deal. The metal plate that covers the brakes from rain got loose and was slightly grinding. He cut it out and that fixed that. I felt like I dodged a bullet...... Annnnnnd then the next morning I go to my car to see that very same side front tire completely flat.

FUCK!

But hey, small struggles. I put the donut on and proceeded to go get it replaced with a used tire. At the tire place a goddamn police chase literally was 4 feet in front of me. Like, what the fuck, life. I don't know what you're trying to tell me.  The next day when I was suppose to take my mom to the doctors to do a run down on her medication, the morning I woke up far earlier than I have for the last month, I get a call that it's just going to happen over the phone. That's cool, but they can't reach my mom so now I need to go and give her my phone, which is a solid 30 minute drive from me. I mean, I was suppose to go there anyway.  Turns out that doctor is moving to a different hospital and that's that for her medical professional. I'm now stressed about that, on top of being stressed that my sister, who lives in the same household as my mother but does nothing productive there for her is not taking corona virus lock down seriously.

Look, the point is my days have been filled with stress and I don't know when this bullshit is going to get any easier. Then worse, a lot of self doubt has really been coming up and biting me in the ass. Like, seriously in the worse way. June has always been a major hit to me. Last year around this time I had a mass amount of strays and indoor sanctuary cats get sick with who knows what and start dying off in a wave of shit. Then there's always the death of Anthony Bourdain that hits me hard and with Father's day this weekend... yeah, that one hits hard even though I have worked on my issues with my father for more than half a decade now.

To say I'm exhausted is an understatement. Last year I was able to go and do something to escape it all and took a road trip, that had its own levels of drama to it. But at least it felt good and it allowed me to touch on a lot of those Bourdain S.F. connections that I haven't touched on in a long time.

And touching back to the low self worth striking in my head. I don't know, it's just a really strange feeling. I know I'm an awesome guy, but fuck if my self worth right now in my mind is just super low. Like, I don't even see the value in hanging out with me right now because I just see myself as not an A-list headliner. Which really sucks and I don't have a clue how to deal with it. Other than to just tell myself shit like;

You can say all the right things and not get through to someone.  you can make all the right moves and not save a relationship. You can hit all the right spots and nobody gets off. Because life isn't about being right; life is about being real. And, rel might feel fucking wrong.

And that's what is life right now. feeling really fucking wrong. Really off. Like, there's very little to be excited about and we're half way through this year and I don't know what there is to look forward to. I try to plan things but they're just brushed off or even just put to the side. I get it, times are hard, but I'm just at a loss of what I can do to motive both others as well as myself.

I mean, this post isn't getting some great sum up. It is what it is and in the moment is just how I'm feeling. Sometimes you have to be comfortable to sit in that discomfort.

Friday, May 8, 2020

THE PLANTATION IS OVER

THE PLANTATION IS OVER 

Time to say your farewell to that ever controversial plantation. I'm talking about the Souplantation.  How in the ever living fuck they were allowed to have that name after the history that we have in our country, I don't know. Well, at least not in the south. Because no fucking company would be dumb as bricks to call themselves that in any place that is remotely in the south. No, they were called  Sweet Tomatoes outside of southern California, and the chain of all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurants roamed the vast fields.  The first Souplantation opened in 1978 in San Diego, California, where the company was headquartered. 

But guess what, they're done. How the fuck do you think a buffet style place can survive in a post-covid19 world.  They really can't. In fact, say goodbye to any sort of buffet style place. Hometown Buffet. All the Vegas buffets. They're dead in the water. No one is going to trust them, nor is the company going to run that risk of liability on that shit. I mean, would you?  On top of that, the FDA was all not having that shiiiiiii.

The FDA had previously put out recommendations that included discontinuing self-serve stations, like self-serve beverages in fast food, but they specifically talked about salad bars and buffets,” said John Haywood, CEO of Garden Fresh. “The regulations are understandable, but unfortunately, it makes it very difficult to reopen. And I’m not sure the health departments are ever going to allow it.
“We could’ve overcome any other obstacle, and we’ve worked for eight weeks to overcome these intermittent financial challenges but it doesn’t work if we are not allowed to continue our model.”

So basically, the time of the self serve buffet are over. I mean, there's ways to get around it. Make it actual stations where you hand your plate over and someone at the place responsibly puts food on it, but that seems like it defeats the whole purpose of a buffet. A place were irresponsibility is key! How else am I going to drench my three leaves of a salad with ranch and blue cheese dressing?  These things are a must.  Or how else will I put a ton of one item on my plate far more than I'm even able to reasonably tackle. These things are what defeat you at your core. That attempt to make some sort of huge food record, only to face the grim reality that you aren't hardcore enough to eat this food.

YOU FAIL.

But there's other aspects. Apparently Souplantation was the home for a lot of the youth to go, who didn't have much income, but could survive with so many soup options while hanging out with friends. Where will those LatinX folks go? And yes, I used that sarcastically, because while I respect all sorts of gender nonbinary pronouns, I can't fucking get behind Latinx. That is a dumb fucking title and it's made worse because it's not like you even say the X as exis, you say it in stupid American. It's like the most fucked up "woke" word possible and let's just stop using it.

Back to the youth who grew up going there as their version of Denny's. Only, I have to say, it's better because at least with that it's a buffet and you aren't wasting some waitstaff's time by not ordering anything but coffee. You already paid for your flat fee of lukewarm corn chowder. No one gives a fuck if you're just wasting space at a table.

Souplantation didn't try to go for the PPP loans because, well, they're a chain of 97 locations. An on top of that, it would just be putting a bandaid on a gashing wound.  I kind of admire that about them. They didn't fuck around and grasp at straws. They saw the future and the writing on the wall. That buffet style service is pretty much an after thought. And even though five months ago these owners didn't know that the en was going to come so soon, they faced it with bravery and without fear enough to the point that they faced that execution saying nothing more than "bring it on".

I mean, when you think about it, you going to a buffet style salad and soup place was also staring the firing squad straight in the eyes and risking stomach issues and a long visit to the bathroom later that evening like a fucking man. Seriously, who ate at these places and didn't have a stomach that was made out of fucking iron and steel. Because luke warm soup that who knows how long has been sitting there or who knows what little kid before you put their hands straight into that pitri dish of potential contamination.  I mean, for reals, that's some nerves and fortitidue when you factor everything.

I wonder what Sizzler is going to do now? I mean, without that salad bar, you're just paying for a really crappy made plastic bag cooked steak. The all you can eat salad bar was what made that place. And when I think about it, it's really sad that a whole generation will grow up without the pleasure of putting way too many options on your plate and then immediately regretting all the life choices you just made. I'm serious, this was a lesson in life that needs to happen. Sure, all the items look so tempting on their own, but if you pile them up on a single plate you'll get some dessert options covered with salad dressing and your side salad is going to just be a complete mess..  Look, this is like taking an accounting class in highschool. The life lesson that even though you want everything, you often have to make a solid choice between what you really want and what you just sort of want. And if you don't make that choice and stick to it, then you're going to make a bloody mess of your plate and feel the pain in your stomach later.

It's the hard lessons and one more teacher of said knocks will no longer be around to give your stomach the cold shit talking it needs to see if it's man enough to handle this shit. Sometimes literally.

Anyhow, goodbye Souplantation, fucking seriously, how did you get away with that name for so goddamn long? That just doesn't seem right.