Monday, February 27, 2023

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Crusade To Eradicate American Democracy


Even her Republican peers have said she is crazy and they are concerned that Marjorie Taylor Greene could help take the party down in 2024. One can only hope. Stephen Colbert demolished her secessionist lunacies on his show; called Greene the "chief spokesperson for civil war." Additionally, the berserk buffoon wants to ban Democrat voting for at least five years if they move to red states. Here's the way the New Republic describes Marjorie Taylor Greene...

"Marjorie Taylor Greene’s idea for America to “separate by red states and blue states” isn’t just dumb and harmless. It’s also a window into a dangerous vision that’s ascendent in the Republican Party."

Here's her scenario...

“We need a national divorce,” she wrote on Twitter on February 20. “We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government. Everyone I talk to says this. From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the [Democrats’] traitorous America Last policies, we are done.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene advocates for 'national divorce'...

We are definitely "done" if the U.S. Congress allows lunatics like Greene and her cronies in the House continue to serve. TNR says her vision "is an authoritarian
rejection of democratic government itself." Isn't that what Republican ideology is all about? Power at any cost and the welfare of the American public be damned. Secession has been tried before and failed, but it becomes newly appropriate, many think purely for attention.

But this action is at least also due to the fact that the GOP still has no real agenda for the country so Speaker Kevin McCarthy allows his deranged bunch of dimwits to blunder on just so he can enjoy his speakership. The inference that red states should secede from the Union is likened to the old saying, 'if you don't let me win, I'll take my ball and go home.' What this gang of crackpot legislators doesn't understand is the fact that we don't need separation, we desperately need unity.

But Greene says the left and the right have "reached the point of 'irreconcilable differences' on a variety of topics." Here's her take from TNR...

“I’ll speak for the right and say, we are absolutely disgusted and fed up with the left cramming and forcing their ways on us and our children with no respect for our religion/faith, traditional values, and economic & government policy beliefs,” Greene explained.

What we need is members of Congress who can negotiate their difference and come together with a solution that fits both sides. Lyndon Johnson could do this. So could Everett Dirksen. But the fact is that Republicans don't want to negotiate; their main goal is to thwart whatever the Democrats bring to the table. My guess is this has become something the American public is fed up with and voters will show their concern in 2024.

I urge you to read the New Republic article.


Tuesday, February 21, 2023

People Have More Humanity Toward Animals Today


That's why they call it a "humane shelter," because animals deserve considerate and merciful treatment just like us humans. I cannot understand why someone would abandon their family pet, much less abuse them. It is unconscionable and there should be more laws affecting their well-being. They are innocent, loyal, and all they really want is to live. That's right, something we take for granted but in the case of most animals, something they have absolutely no control over.

But there seems to be hope, if the amount of space on the Internet devoted to animals is any indication of the public's awakening to the fact that they do have rights. The enactment of animal protection laws has been slow but it is showing promise in several states across the country. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has ranked U.S. states in their order of protection based on 20 different categories of protection.

It seems that a lot of southern states, which also have low ratings in the care of their human populations, also neglect their animals. These, along with other states like Alaska, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho make up what is called the "Bottom Tier" of protection. The "Top Tier" includes states like California, Washington, Illinois, Colorado and eleven more. The in-between "Middle Tier" has Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii plus others.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund: All Our Clients Are Innocent...

The number one state for animal protection is Maine; number fifty is New Mexico. Here's the scenario...
"The disparity in various jurisdictions’ animal protection laws demonstrates the unfortunate reality that, in many places, the law significantly underrepresents animals’ interests. However, the Rankings Report also presents an opportunity to improve laws everywhere. New animal protection laws continue to be implemented around the country by motivated lawmakers and their constituents — just like you."

Some notations from ALDF...

Maine maintains its top rank

New Mexico ranked last for third year in a row

     Most improved: Maryland

    Major trends: Animals included in protection orders and laws prohibiting sexual assault of animals

    But, yes, I feel, at least from Internet activity, that the public is becoming more conscious of the rights of animals. And they are finding out just how much love and affection pets can contribute to your household. They become family and hope they have found their forever home. We cannot let them down! 


    Monday, February 20, 2023

    Are We Approaching Armageddon?


    Armageddon is where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil. There have just been two earthquakes in Turkey/Syria of a magnitude 7.8 on February 6, and now a 6.4. Today's count is 47,000 lives lost. And just today in Sao Paulo, Brazil, heavy rain caused flooding and landslides on the northern coast of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state. 2022 was full of natural disasters...

    Is a higher power trying to tell us something? Or has the world population so screwed up the environment that payback time has finally come. It is a tragedy what we are leaving for our children and grandchildren; basically a climactic mess. And in this country at least, there is a fight between liberals and conservative as to whether there is really a problem. The liberals are losing the fight to preserve our environment to conservatives who only consider the profit angle.

    There is no way to know where this is all going when politics are constantly inserted into the equation. I won't be around to see the outcome, and I wouldn't want to be if it continues in the current direction, but I wonder when it all comes to an end, will the culprits own up and say they are sorry. Probably not.

                            THE LATEST...

    Fox News A "Dishonest Organization"


    CNN continues from the above headline in its analysis to determine Fox is "terrified of its own audience." And rightfully they should be since it is a congregation of morons who let dimwits like Tucker Carlson poison their minds. And urge them to vote for maniacs like Donald Trump, continuing to support his 2020 election into 2022. There's a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion against Fox and as I said earlier on Twitter and Facebook...
    'Maybe it will put them (Fox) out of business and eliminate a gargantuan source of misinformation..

    Here's the scenario from CNN...

    "A trove of newly-released text messages and emails have laid bare how the right-wing media giant operated with little regard for fact in the weeks and months following the 2020 presidential election. The correspondence reveals that the network’s senior-most executives and highest-profile hosts chose not to disclose what they believed to be the truth of the election out of fear that that the facts would alienate Fox News’ audience and throw the highly profitable business into ruin."

    This video exposes what we thought we knew: Expert on Dominion v. Fox $1.6 billion defamation suit...

    Here is confirmation of that from a piece in a RawStory headline: "Fox News got election fraud info from woman who claims she got it through 'time travel."' It's in the Dominion lawsuit against Fox in a segment,,,

    "highlighted between pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, who was communicating with her and amplifying her message on her program."

    The Daily Beast says...

    An unsealed brief as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation suit showed Fox News bigwigs criticizing Donald Trump’s Big Lie, all while advancing his B.S. “stolen election” conspiracy theory on air (and simultaneously trying to punish a Fox News fact checker for reporting the truth).

    RawStory reports...

    "a former high-ranking Department of Justice official claimed the conservative network can expect to lose big in the lawsuit filed against it by Dominion Voting Systems."

    What is worse, a legal analyst for MSNBC says, "the network won't have a leg to stand on as they attempt to fend off the billion-dollar lawsuit." With all the problems Fox News has caused in the Covid pandemic and their gross misinformation in the 2020 election denial, their downfall can't come soon enough.

    Read more: "‘BS,’ ‘Insane,’ ‘Crazy,’ ‘Nuts,’ ‘Reckless,’: Fox News legal bomb goes off"

    "Fox News Knew Trump’s Big Lie Was BS the Whole Time"

    Sunday, February 19, 2023

    Florida's Book Banning Is Frightening


    I've played the 1984 hand re. Florida's fascist Gov. Ron DeSantis so many times now, I wonder if George Orwell would agree that DeSantis as Big Brother is in the same realm as the one in his novel? All that's missing in Florida are Orwell's characters like Winston Smith, O'Brien and Julia, to mention a few. If you've read 1984, you know the secrecy that Winston and Julia had to maintain just to survive. DeSantis' constituents are also under the gun of a tyrant determined to devastate their state.

    Florida librarian Keri Clark loves working with children and books, but that changed last month...

    "The library is now closed off, the shelves are empty, and her job now mostly consists of “vetting” piles of books to comply with new censorship laws implemented by the state of Florida.
    “The books are sitting out on tables, they’re being boxed up and discarded,” Ms Clark tells The Independent. “It’s just it’s a really sad sight. A lot of the kids keep looking through the window and it’s just it’s awful that I can’t let them come in and get books.”

    Here are just some of the titles that have been banned by DeSantis and his minions...

    Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye,’ ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus, ‘Revolting Rhymes’ by Roald Dahl, and a skateboarding magazine called ‘Thrasher’.

    My opinion is that, not only would George Orwell agree that Ron DeSantis is at least as egregious a Big Brother as the one in 1984, the author would admit he could take some lessons from DeSantis. 


    Florida GOP Passes Legislation To Intimidate Voters


    You know what voters; liberal and Black. About 10 days ago "the Republican-led Florida Legislature [passed] another voter suppression bill that far-right Gov. Ron DeSantis, a likely GOP presidential candidate for 2024, is expected to sign into law." Here's the scenario...
    "The legislation seeks to expand the authority of the Office of Statewide Prosecution (OSP) to pursue charges for alleged election-related crimes. The OSP reports to Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody, a close ally of DeSantis."
    A coalition of voting rights groups, including NAACP Florida, ACLU of Florida, Common Cause Florida, and the Brennan Center for Justice, is fighting the law, which is clearly the product of a Ron DeSantis dictatorial government. But the coalition says...
    "This proposal is a solution in search of a problem," the coalition said. "There is no legitimate need to waste taxpayer dollars and state resources by expanding the Office of Statewide Prosecution for these purposes. This bill is being heard and swiftly passed only because the governor desires to expand his prosecutorial authority over Floridians who are lawfully trying to exercise their right to vote."

    The question is how long will this fascist get away with this subjugation? 


    Election Deniers Taking Heat From States Nationwide


    Two states with past problems with rebellious election deniers, Arizona and North Carolina, are moving to stop those who seek to defy democracy. The action is progressing nationwide...
    And later this [past] week, a group of secretaries of state [showcased] a “Democracy Playbook” that includes stronger protections for election workers and penalties for those who spread misinformation.
    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), said, “We want to protect the people who protect democracy.” She added, “Clearly the laws on the books are not serving as a sufficient deterrent.” Clearly, Benson, and other secretaries of state throughout the country will have to put the brakes on Republican deniers to insure future elections are not interrupted.


    Saturday, February 18, 2023

    Animals Abandoned Becoming A Crisis


    How could anyone just abandon their pet on a street curb, even if they left food? Close to a car wash that had been feeding her and even after sleeping almost non-stop for two days, she was still so tired from waiting when a rescue came to help. This is not only spreading nationwide, but is also becoming more prevalent in the media, publicity which animal lovers are thankful for. It's beyond shaming those who give up their animals; we need a national fix.

    Some time ago I posted on Twitter and Facebook that it would be great if some millionaires/billionaires would step up and fund a huge animal sanctuary centrally located where these deserted animals could go. They could coordinate with Pilots N Paws, an organization that flies pets to locations where they are wanted. This would be a great move by those with means and help a lot of animals that have lost their forever homes.     THINK ABOUT IT!       READ MORE...

    Kari Lake Turns On DeSantis


    Most Arizona voters have gotten over Kari Lake and just want her to go away. I am one of those, but, and this is a huge BUT. Daily Beast says she...
    "once fawned over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for having the “BDE [Big Dick Energy] that we want all of our leaders to have,” is now spreading conspiracy theories about the Republican darling."

    We need a good liberal strategist, like James Carville, to put together a blueprint to wreck DeSantis' drive to the White House in 2024 and send him back to Florida where he can continue to ravage that state.  

    Friday, February 17, 2023

    Mississippi Turns Its Back On Healthcare


    The Biden administration gave Mississippi $18.4 million in mid-2021 to hire public health workers after the state legslature had made huge cuts to healthcare. 18 months later, Mississippi had spent just $3.6 million of its grant. READ MORE...

    "The number of babies born with congenital syphilis rose 900% over the course of five years in Mississippi, the state that already had the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S. in 2020." READ MORE...

    DeSantis Wants To Amend The U.S. Constitution


    There's Kevin McCarthy, carefully regulated by Marjorie Taylor Greene, mixed with other undeniably incompetent Republicans trying to change things like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But none is as scary as Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has devastated his state, and now wants to amend the U.S. Constitution.


    Want To Keep Your Social Security And Medicare? Dump Republicans In 2024


    For those of us on Social Security and Medicare, we just got a significant raise due to an increase in the cost of living. Being one of the recipients, I believe this is more than justified based on contributions over the years. As the saying goes, these are entitlements which Republicans are regularly trying to take away from us. The new GOP House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, said both were off the table. McCarthy is just sneaky enough, however, to take them off the table but sneak them in the drawer underneath.

    In the SOTU speech, "President Joe Biden slammed Republicans for their efforts to "sunset" Social Security and Medicare." You cannot trust in point Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida)...

    "who has called for dramatic changes to the way in which those programs are funded. Instead of perpetual funding, Scott has called for Social Security and Medicare to 'sunset' in five years."

    WATCH BIDEN: ‘We all apparently agree’ on saving Medicare and Social Security, Biden teases at SOTU...

    You have to wonder what kind of an individual would even consider taking away the lifeblood of seniors in programs like Social Security and Medicare when the current system of retirement is based in part on these entitlements. Here's what Vox says...

    "Sen. Rick Scott wants every government program — even entitlements — to expire after 5 years unless Congress approves them again."

    There must be something in the water in Florida to spawn two ignoramuses like the Gov. Ron (the despot) DeSantis and Scott. You know it must be pretty bad when Joe Biden feels the need to target a specific Senator and taut the idiocy of what he wants to do. Here's the scenario...

    "Scott’s proposal would radically overhaul how the federal government 
    operates, forcing Congress to re-pass every federal law or else let them lapse — a move that, in Democrats’ telling, would endanger much of what the government does, including beloved federal programs like Medicare and Social Security."

    Biden proposes, instead, "making the wealthy pay their fair share." Now that's an idea that has been floated for years now, but the millionaires and billionaires just keep racking up more and more $$$ and the rest of the country suffers. Even Moscow Mitch is disagreeing with Rick Scott, partly in retaliation for Scott's challenging McConnell's leadership, saying this was not a Republican idea. And, get this, Donald Trump promised not to cut Social Security and Medicare.

    I urge you to read the Vox article which provides some history into both programs and more insight into the fight by Democrats to keep them.

    Thursday, February 16, 2023

    Your Personal Health Data Available Worldwide


    I should know. I was a data broker in the junk mail industry for 35 years. In my later years in the business I preached protection of private information but no one listened. The situation had become so bad that I proposed that individuals should maintain ownership of their name and personal date and actually be paid for its use. My proposal, which was introduced on July 4, 2006, in my earlier blog, The Dunning Letter...
    was completely antagonistic to junk mailers, the Direct marketing Assn., and many privacy groups whose purported purpose was to protect your name and personal data.

    Here is an excerpt...

    "There is only one answer to protecting our names and personal data, and holding Big Brother at bay when it comes to business and government usurping individual privacy. Orwell’s 1984 predicted it, and we are very close to fulfilling his prophesy, but Americans are beginning to see the light and the need to protect their inner sanctum."

    Americans actually didn't "see the light" and the data selling business has roared

    ahead at lightning speed and arrives at a point now where the sale of your mental health data is being promoted, bolstered by information gathered during the Covid pandemic. Washington Post researcher contacted data brokers to find out exactly what they sell...
    "Joanne Kim reported that she ultimately found 11 companies willing to sell bundles of data that included information on what antidepressants people were taking, whether they struggled with insomnia or attention issues, and details on other medical ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease or bladder-control difficulties."

    There's more from WaPo...

    "One company advertised the names and home addresses of people with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or bipolar disorder. Another sold a database featuring thousands of aggregated mental health records, starting at $275 per 1,000 'ailment contacts.'”

    It's all about money. There is a fortune to be made in selling your private information. Just concerning personal health data, a Google search of that phrase brought up 171 million results. And by the way, I left the junk mail industry almost 25 years ago and a health database available then is still around today: Experian's Behaviorbank which offers a myriad of selections including "health problems." Trust me, there is no privacy today so live with it.

    To close, you should know that the exposure of your private information is floating on clouds around the world.



    Wednesday, February 15, 2023

    Memories of Sam Phillips and Sun Records


    I met Sam Phillips in the early 1960s when Sun Records was in its location on Madison Ave. in Memphis. The place was a former Midas Muffler Shop and Hart's Bakery that Sam gutted and turned into Sun Records. I was fortunate to have a friend, Lou Harris, one of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, who knew Jack Clement, Phillips' top A&R (artist & repertoire) man. These were the people who "rode" the board, a mechanical contraption allowing them to mix sound for the records.

    Sam Phillips would have been 100 on January 5, past, but the music he gave to the world will last 100s of years longer. I was fortunate in being able to hang around Sun Records regularly with my friend Lou Harris during the early days. Lou died a few years back and is no doubt sharing a stage up there somewhere with Phillips and Clement. Jack was Johnny Cash's A&R man and I was lucky one day to walk in Sun Records during one of their recording sessions. It was fantastic.

    Never was lucky enough to see Elvis there but did have the opportunity to meet

    him during that period where I worked at WMC-TV. I was setting up an evening show I produced when our receptionist ushered him into the studio and told me Elvis wanted to look around. Actually Elvis wanted to know just how television worked since he was going to be on the Ed Sullivan Show the next Sunday. I showed him around. put him on camera and introduced him to the guys in the control room. 

    Elvis seemed almost shy but was very gracious in his thanks. Before he left, he pulled a Zippo lighter out of his pocket, held it up and asked me if I thought something like this would sell with his face on it; a Colonel Parker idea. I told him anything would sell with his face on it. He thanked me again and of course his following Sunday TV appearance is history. Sam Phillips sold Elvis' contract to RCA Records for a grand total $40,000, the largest amount paid a single performer up to that time.

    Phillips said he was not necessarily conscious of "creating a new kind of music." His comment...

    "I think I was conscious of letting out the insides, emotional insides, of people. And that was the challenge, to a great extent," Phillips added. "Oh man, I loved the music ... I dearly loved it. So this was a beautiful experience — it still is, to see the influence that it's had around the world."

     Sam Phillips 100 years, a MUST WATCH...

    Like many others of the early rock & roll era, much of his inspiration came from Black workers who sang in the cotton fields where Phillips worked. He said...
    ‘’A day didn’t go by when I didn’t hear black folks singing in the cotton fields. Did I feel sorry for them? In a way I did. But they could do things I couldn’t do. They could outpick me. They could sing on pitch. That made a big impression on me.’’

    My uncle had two large cotton plantations in Mississippi and his Black supervisor, courageously in those days called Man, took me in the fields during each of my visits and I experienced the music Phillips was talking about. One thing I did realize, it was completely natural for the Blacks, the prime reason it is eternal in the music. On his way to Sun Records Sam Phillips worked in several radio stations across the South, one of which, WREC, I worked there in television.

     Phillips didn't want to copy or duplicate...

    “He wasn’t looking for somebody who sounded like someone who was already out there,” Roland Janes, former Sun session guitarist, said in a 2003 interview with Scripps Howard News Service. “If you had a unique sound musically or vocally, that would impress him.”

    I could go on for hours with the history of this music icon but let me urge you to read the two articles here and here. There are also several pictures and more information on Sam Phillips and Sun Records here.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2023

    Congress Is Littered With White Trash


    Longtime Democratic strategist James Carville said it best, "the level of white trashdom in the Republican Party is staggering." For openers he had Marjorie Taylor Greene in mind for her display of boorish behavior at Joe Biden's recent State of the Union speech. Only a moron like Greene would come to the event decked out in a white coat lined with a fur collar, obviously meant to display her ignorance. Carville described Republican lawmakers as “white trash.” His comment in Huff Post...

    “I tell people I have the equivalent of a PhD in white trashology, and we saw real white trash on display,” Carville told MSNBC anchor Ari Melber.

     Carville follows with another similar statement in RawStory, "The white trash in the Republican Party is just staggering," then...

    "Let me say something about congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), she dresses like white trash. She really needs a fashion consultant. I recommend George Santos. He could do a good job of dressing up where she doesn't announce her white trashdom by her own clothes."

    Carville, just before 2022, slammed the GOP for fielding “very low-quality candidates” and suggested the reason...

    “They have a lot of stupid people that vote in their primaries. They really do. I’m not really supposed to say that, but it’s obvious fact. And you know, when stupid people vote, you know who they nominate? Other stupid people.”

     Carville: Does Trump's GOP Deserve Marjorie Taylor Greene?...

    But the ultimate put down was by Matt Lewis in Daily Beast...
    "Trump would never have Greene as his VP because she was too "low rent" for his high style."

    Carville also quotes some very interesting Republican history on Social Security and Medicare...

    "First of all, their lust for cutting Social Security and Medicare is well documented," Carville said about the GOP. "Newt Gingrich shut the government down and got defeated in the end. We know that George W. Bush tried to privatize Social Security and Medicare. we know when Paul Ryan was Speaker and John Boehner — they did everything they could to cut Social Security and Medicare. We know that that is their objective."

    The conservative on again/off again with these entitlement programs is becoming very tiresome. New House Speaker, Republican Kevin McCarthy said they are both off the table but we've learned repeatedly not to believe him, or most Republicans, for that matter. And Carville didn't forget Lauren Boebert...

    "You cannot do anything to have low-quality people — Lauren Boebert met her husband when -- allegedly according to the police report, he exposed himself to her at a bowling alley," said Carville. "This is not made-up stuff. This is who they are! And even McCarthy, as gutless and spineless as he is, knew that they walked right into the trap. It's unbelievable."

    If only the conservative U.S. Congress were like the trash bin in your computer...hit delete and it's all gone. 



    Monday, February 13, 2023

    News Catch Up Time


    'This defines the Roberts Court': Chief justice's wife earns millions placing lawyers at firms that argue cases
    ...Since SCOTUS has gone conservative, it has also gone corrupt. First, there was Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, Ginni, now Chief Justice John Roberts' spouse can...
    make millions of dollars recruiting attorneys who are placed into top law firms that argue cases before it?
    Dozens of dogs left freezing to death in cold...A northwest side of San Antonio is only one U.S. city where over a dozen dogs were left out in the cold. Texas weather has been brutal and animals can freeze to death in a short while. PLEASE bring your pets in from the cold and report any strays. It could mean their life!

    Ex-colleague of chief justice's wife makes ethics claim...More confirmation on SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts' wife, Jane, for unethical behavior.

    A comprehensive list of Florida’s freedoms...NOT! This article illustrates just

    how far the Fla. Gov. Ron (the despot) DeSantis' wrecking ball has gone, as an example...
    Books. Specifically books that make students feel uncomfortable in any way, so that their parents need never endure a more complicated discussion than “tendies or nuggies?”
    A homeless mother left a note with her dog for whoever found her. An animal shelter reunited them...Finally, a good news story for both the homeless and a    bandoned animals, in this case with no choice. Heartwarming!

    Nearly Two-Thirds Say They’re Worse Off Than Two Years Ago...And it's not all Republicans. Some Democrats agree. With wages and the economy up and the unemployed down, am I missing something?

    Judge suggests abortion might be protected by 13th Amendment despite Supreme Court ruling...SCOTUS Judge Samuel Alito is guilty of ramroding the repeal of Roe v. Wade and the country has been sorry ever since. And I think pro-abortion will find a way.

    Missouri dog euthanized after grooming; family calls for accountability...A mistake like this is unconscionable. In fact, any euthanization of animals should be illegal. We MUST work together; the public, animal shelters and local governments, to curb the uncontrolled populations of pets. Then, the feds can pass a law to make Euthanization against the law.

    100 gun deaths a day, about half suicides, most of them men
    ...Gun sales go up and the natural result is more gun violence. Fortunately the NRA is in its drmise so we no longer have these sayings like, 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.' #1, ban assault weapons; #2, beef up background checks; #3, eliminate concealed and open carry unless necessary; #4, pass tougher gun control laws. And do it before gun violence kills more innocent people.

    How 'the most lawless jurist in the country' could ban medical abortions 'in all 50 states': journalists..."In less than three years, Kacsmaryk (the lawless jurist) has seized control over border policy, repeatedly defied the Supreme Court’s decision protecting LGBTQ employees, and restricted minors’ access to birth control." The journalists point out three massive flaws in the case...
    First, none of the plaintiffs "have a remotely plausible claim to standing," or "ability to sue in federal court."
    Second, the "substantive arguments are ridiculous."
    Third, a federal judge has never banned a drug "by wholly revoking FDA approval."

    There's one thought demonstrations were bad before, just watch if this moron takes away the abortion pill. 


    Friday, February 10, 2023

    DeSantis Is An Ideological Fascist And Racial Authoritarian


    These are the words from Salon's Senior Writer Chauncey Devega's piece on February 7th of this year. I mention all this due to the importance and timeliness of this issue. It comes at a time when Donald Trump is losing his power and the Republican presidential primary emphasis is swinging toward the despot DeSantis. I cannot think of anything, including Donald Trump, that would be worse for this country...most certainly democracy.

    There was a story back in November of 2022 on RawStory, "'Oddball' Ron DeSantis might not be a hit on the national stage: former GOP insiders." First of all, calling DeSantis an "oddball" falls way too short of describing this autocratic dictator whose actions caused 7,443,954 Covid cases resulting i84,927 deaths. Teachers have only the books on their shelves allowed by DeSantis or face jail time. A Florida teacher rips DeSantis’ censorship, criminal threats as outrageous.

    One can only hope he won't play well nationally keeping him isolated in a Florida that has so far supported his dictatorial prowess with cracks appearing recently. Here is an excerpt from a recent RawStory essay by Thom Hartmann...

    "Historians and political observers have been predicting that America would get our very own Mussolini ever since the days of Barry Goldwater. And there's been no shortage of candidates: bribe-taking Nixon; Central American fascist-loving Reagan; Gitmo torturing and war-lying Bush; and, of course, Trump."

     Has Ron DeSantis Turned Florida into Fascist Paradise?

    And, of course, what we have been given to fill this Mussolini niche is Ron DeSantis. Hartmann makes a statement that is disturbing but not unexpected...
    "But with Ron DeSantis, we may finally be facing an all-American politician who has Mussolini's guile, ruthlessness, and willingness to see people die to advance his political career..."

    OMG, a willingness to let people die is just what this ogre did, along with his bogus Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo, in spewing misinformation over Covid. DeSantis and fellow Republicans are described as proclaiming Florida a bastion of "freedom" and "liberty" when in reality Hartmann calls it a laboratory for fascism. My interpretation of this comment indicates plans by this deranged group of autocrats to take their tyrannical movement national in 2024.

    This country cannot survive another dictator. Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis must be cut off at the knees and we must do it today!

    Thursday, February 9, 2023

    Joe Biden Lays Claim To 2024 In His State Of The Union


    Yes, there were moments, but President Biden came through in his assessment of the administration's accomplishments and then the outlook for 2024. There was heckling by the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, both Republican certified moron radicals, but it was expected. Here's an early scenario from CNN...

    "A majority of Americans say he [Biden] hasn’t accomplished much, many Democrats aren’t thrilled at the prospect of him running for reelection and he faces clear disdain from most Republicans. But Biden powered through."

    The President became feisty at a time when he desperately needs to display power

    and the fact that he is in control. He used the phrase “finish the job” 12 times to urge Republicans and Democrats to move his issues into legislation and the law. The problem is, and has been, the fact that the American public seems to believe he has accomplished so little. There were many...

    • Lowering Healthcare and Drug Costs from the Inflation Reduction Act
    • The Most Consequential Federal Gun Safety Bill in Decades
    • The Most Consequential Federal Gun Safety Bill in Decades
    • Reducing the Cost of Gas by Releasing Oil from the National Strategic Reserve
    • Reforming the US Postal Service to Ensure Long-Term Stability

    There are five more you can see here

    My report would not be complete without two distinct cries for help in the fashion world. First, Arizona Senator, Krysten Sinema, in a bright yellow dress with puff shoulders, looks like she fell in a vat at a mustard factory. Agreed, she is lousy at her job but should get an award for acting as if this is all perfectly normal. The New York Post reported:  “Did the airbags on Kyrsten Sinema’s outfit deploy during the State of the Union?” user Gabe Sanchez tweeted.

    And then there was Marjorie Taylor Greene dressed so that Newsweek said it made her look like Cruella de Vil. Only a misfit like MTG would come up with an outfit like this for an event like the State of the Union. In both cases, Sinema and Greene, they obviously pulled this off because they are so desperate to be noticed.

    Newsweek reported...
    "She [Marjorie Taylor Greene] shouted "liar" to Biden after the president accused the GOP of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare. But what caught the attention of people on social media was the white fur coat she was wearing.

    Oh yes, apparently Mitt Romney, amongst a group of representatives at SOTU, told another Republican lunatic, George Santos, "You don't belong here." Well said!

    Republicans like this are regularly radically bizarre, but Joe Biden showed the kind of secure demeanor and disposition along with his grasp of the issues as the person we want in the White House. 

    Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    The City Of Memphis Has Chosen Racial Violence As Its Credo


    I spent several years in Memphis in the 1950s, after four years in the Navy. On the G I Bill, I was able to get my degree from the University of Memphis while working as a television news producer at a local station. There was violence in those days but nothing remotely compared to the bloodshed that exists today. Most certainly nothing like the recent killing of Tyre Nichols (Black) by five Black Memphis cops. And, why would they attack one of their own and kill him?

    This is the scenario from AP...

    "In a terrible way, the death of Tyre Nichols brings vindication to members of the Black community in Memphis who live in constant fear of the police."

    What this means is that it took the violent death of yet another Black person to once again expose the problem that African Americans have been dealing with for years. The difference is, it has gotten eonsiderably worse. I grew up in in a small town just east of Memphis, Jackson. Tennessee. When in high school there I witnessed a Black person being hanged and resolved at that moment I would never harbor feelings of racism. Lost a lot of friends but it was worth it.

    The AP article presented by U.S. News is so compelling, I found it hard to believe Memphis had gotten this bad. Here are some excerpts...

    "A homeowner who called the police because a young man who had been shot was on his front porch. The responding officers ignored the gunshot victim and entered the caller’s home. The caller was slammed to the ground and a chemical agent used on him as he was subdued. The officers then lied about the circumstances, but there was video.
    "In police sweeps, unmarked cars roll into neighborhoods and armed plainclothes officers jump out, rushing traffic violators and issuing commands. The result is a community in fear, where people text, call and use social media to caution each other to stay inside or avoid the area when police operations are underway.
    “There’s one type of law enforcement that keeps people safe, and then there’s a type of law enforcement that keeps people in check,” said Joshua Adams, 29, who grew up in south Memphis' Whitehaven, home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion, now a mostly Black neighborhood."

    ALTHOUGH I MUST WARN YOU IN ADVANCE, this video of Tyre Nichols' beating death clearly confirms that cops can be violent...

     Unfortunately there is more in this AP piece that will shock you. And finally, a short anecdote about one of my former friends in Memphis. We lived close to this guy and his family, partied together, went out on the town together. The closest of friends. After leaving Memphis we went back for a vacation and the same friend and his family showed us their new house. Prominently, one room was dedicated to the Ku Klux Klan with KKK sheets and a hood affixed to the wall. 

    I couldn't believe it but realized very quickly that the South will never change. And it hasn't.   READ MORE...


    Tuesday, February 7, 2023

    SCOTUS Matches Trump Corruption And Then Some


    It was during Donald Trump's Oval Office romp that he nominated these questionably qualified and suspect corrupt and lascivious people to the highest court in the land. But, then, what would you expect from someone sporting the exact same qualities...
    There is Neil Gorsuch, an originalist, in line with the late Justice, Anton Scalia, and the one who lied to Susan Collins re. his vote to repeal Roe v. Wade. Next, Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s.Three other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, one of whom later recanted her story. And finally there is Amy Coney Barrett, an ultimate conservative believing that life begins at conception, is also a former member of the Federalist Group, which CNN calls "shadowy," and she is still involved with them.

    But the latest corruption comes with the leak, which Chief Justice John Roberts called a...

    "singular and egregious breach" and a "betrayal of the confidences of the Court," and ordered an investigation into its provenance.

    The Court's marshal was chosen to lead the investigation, which is probably why, in eight months, the whole thing has gone nowhere. Their report said this...

    "The pandemic and resulting expansion of the ability to work from home...created an environment where it was too easy to remove sensitive information from the building and the Court's IT networks."

    We don't even know if SCOTUS justices were interviewed and Newsweek says...

    "All the justices very clearly had the means, and it is quite possible that one (or more) had the requisite motive, to leak the draft opinion or direct a law clerk or some other staffer to do so on his/her implicit behalf."

    Newsweek added...

    The marshal "pre-judged the outcome of the probe, exculpating the justices and thus undermining the probe's very legitimacy."

    And back in November of 2022 Newsweek reported...

    Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito has been called a "disgrace" after a new report revealed that he allegedly leaked a draft opinion related to a Supreme Court decision in 2014. The conservative judge has denied the report.
    According to Huff Post, Rev. Rob Schenck, the former head of the conservative evangelical group Faith & Action testified Alito leaked the outcome of the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision ahead of time. But here are the results of SCOTUS' bogus investigation...
    "The Supreme Court found no leaker, concluding in an unsigned statement that after interviewing almost 100 employees, 82 of whom accessed the opinion, the marshal's team was 'unable to identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence.'"

    Wrapping up, apparently the marshal provided considerably more in excuses for what it couldn't find than the efforts it used in its investigations. This isn't over.
    READ MORE... 

    Monday, February 6, 2023

    Florida's Big Brother Says Hide Those Books Or Go To Jail


    You would think that George Orwell had Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in mind when he wrote 1984. Of course he didn't, but like a painter who has found a perfect model, DeSantis would have been Orwell's ideal standard for Big Brother. Yes, the despot DeSantis is a certified dictator borne out by the fact that in this case, Florida teachers have to hide perfectly acceptable books to a fair-minded person, but not to the unbalanced bunch that governs the dubious sunshine state. 

    Here's the scenario from The Washington Post...

    "Students arrived in some Florida public school classrooms this month to find their teachers’ bookshelves wrapped in paper — or entirely barren of books — after district officials launched a review of the texts’ appropriateness under a new state law." 
    It seems, "the State Board of Education ruled that a law restricting the books a district may possess applies not only to schoolwide libraries but to teachers’ classroom collections, too." It "mandates that schools’ books be age-appropriate, free from pornography and 'suited to student needs.'” Get this, they have to "be approved by a qualified school media specialist." This person apparently receives training from the duly appointed minions of, who else, Ron DeSantis.

    'Outrageous': Don Lemon reacts to Florida book law championed by DeSantis...

    This all comes down to the fact that these frustrated teachers cannot order books for over a year. And in many cases it is the interpretation of the law in what is bad and what is good by a radical right that confuses teachers. And would you believe, if any teacher errs in the display or use of books, DeSantis the destroyer doesn't approve of, they could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine? And here are the results...
    Marie Masferrer, a board member of the Florida Association for Media in Education and a school librarian. says former colleagues have told her that students are struggling.

    First, Ron DeSantis aids and abets in the deaths of 84,927 Covid pandemic deaths, along with 7,443,954 cases of the virus. Now, the delusional DeSantis wants to put teachers in prison for teaching their students. According to Market Realist, Florida faces a teacher shortage of over 9,000 unfilled positions. It can only get worse as long as Florida is run by a dictator.



    Friday, February 3, 2023

    The Homeless Deserve More


    There are a number of reasons people become homeless, neither of them as important as finding that person or persons shelter. We gave a person on the street money recently and he was overjoyed to receive it, followed by a multitude of thanks. It was cold that day here in Phoenix and as we drove off from the Costco, I wondered where he would sleep that night, expected to be in the 30s to 40s. The desert can be brutal after the sun goes down with some pretty low wind chills.

    The Phoenix government says...
    PHX C.A.R.E.S. sends trained outreach teams, who take the time to build rapport and trust with people on the street, to encourage them to accept the services and resources that are offered to help end their homelessness.

    I wonder if they helped our homeless friend? But, Phoenix has established a Strategies to Address Homelessness Task Force that has found 3,096 on the street in the city, 5,029 in Arizona's largest county, Maricopa, They found them, now what are they doing? Here are a few of the efforts...

    • $10 million to purchase a hotel to house homeless military veterans
    • Summer heat relief at the Phoenix Convention Center
    • Refurbished public housing increasing access to affordable energy-efficient apartments
    • $20 million annually for city services related to homelessness, including services providing shelter for 5,430 individuals and families
    • Partnerships with community organizations including UMOM, CPLC, Native American Connections, Justa Center, St. Vincent de Paul and others.
    There's more you can see here. This is what they are doing in Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona. Later Nasty Jack Buzz will explore what is being done about homelessness nationwide.   READ MORE...

    Gallup Poll: Bad Government Has Replaced Inflation


    It had to happen with the way Republicans have been acting and governing lately. And the Democrats certainly deserve their measure of criticism from the White House on down. Here's the scenario from Reason...
    "In the latest Gallup poll, more than one-fifth of respondents—21 percent—cited the government and/or poor leadership as the nation's top problem."

    Next was immigration, followed by the economy in general, racism/race relations next, and then crime/violence. Here's the political breakdown...

    "Conservatives were more likely to say inflation (18 percent of conservatives vs. 11 percent of left-leaning respondents), immigration (18 percent vs. 5 percent), the economy in general (11 percent vs. 9 percent), and moral/ethical/family decline (5 percent vs. 2 percent) were top problems.
    "Democrats were more likely to cite crime and violence (5 percent vs. 4 percent), unifying the country (8 percent vs. 3 percent), race relations (9 percent vs. 2 percent), the environment (6 percent vs. 0 percent), and the gap between rich and poor (4 percent vs. 0 percent) as our country's top issues.
    "Government was cited as the most important problem by 24 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the poll and by 18 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents."

    Added to the poll...

    "the approval rating for Congress (21 percent) and for Biden (41 percent) remained unchanged since the prior Gallup poll late last year."

    With McCarthy pushing everyone's buttons, the situation is likely to remain the same until 2024.   READ MORE...


    Thursday, February 2, 2023

    We Cannot Let The Needless Execution Of Animals Continue


    The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter euthanized 34 dogs on Tuesday because they didn't have enough room for them. The animals shouldn't have been there but that's another story. Not being familiar with the Oklahoma City shelter, I don't know if they made an attempt to use Pilots N Paws, an organization that provides free transportation of animals to locations where there is either more room or there is a potential adoption. By the way, Pilots N Paws endures through donations.

    But there are other ways to help control this situation like spaying and neutering. The ASPCA says...
    By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis. Millions of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets).

    Agreed, a lot of folks out there are still struggling with their finances but if you are able, please foster an animal. which helps take the load off shelters. And there are always donations that can help these organizations to care for more animals and provide better aid to the general population. Finally, if you have the time, volunteer. You cannot believe the joy just a visit from someone brings to a caged animal. If you love animals, please do your part today.


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