Friday 29 May 2020

I Tip My Hat To Melania

Behind Every Great Man is a Woman

Since this excludes Trump, who is behind him?

Every time this man is on camera; every time he speaks; and every time he writes (and I am using that term loosely) I have to admire Melania more. How can she possibly tolerate it?

We have heard the smugness and total disrespect with which he refers to women in his past. We have heard him say "that woman" while referring to female politicians after mentioning their male colleagues by name. We saw and heard him make a really nasty remark about Carly Fiorina in the Republican debates. Melania stood her ground.

We have seen and read the Tweets that sound as though they are coming from a teenager (or younger) who thought they had been insulted in the school yard. Many of them are at night. Rather than asking him to come back to bed, she probably prefers to let him make a fool of himself.

He has mocked a handicapped person for the world to see. Does she reprimand him for it?

He refuses to wear a mask to protect others and the leader of the country. Does she insist on social distancing at home? 

She appears to protect her son like a lioness. She is also very well spoken and is fluent in multiple languages rather than his single one - Lying.

Does she stay for the good of the country? Is it just for the money? 

Any well meaning spouse, man or woman, would surely try to set their partner straight at least in terms of their image and how the world views them. Perhaps she knows what a total waste of time and concern it would be.

My best guess is that not long after he is gone she will be also. Who would blame her?


Tuesday 26 May 2020

Covid Hypocrites

How far would they go on their own?

When I see these yahoos out there in the parks and in bars and public places with no masks I have to wonder how far they would go in other circumstances.

Would they :

- play catch or soccer on a major highway just to thumb their noses at authority?

- jump off a cliff into the water without knowing the depth?

- play Russian Roulette if the stakes were high enough?

- jump out of a plane with a chute but no training?

- practice sex with strangers and no protection?

In the above the potential harm is only to themselves so they are all probably too gutless to do any of them. With Covid they don't think they are at risk themselves and don't give a damn about anyone else.

If they do catch the virus from not masking up and it can be traced to somebody else unmasked, will they be so hypocritical as to blame that other person? I suspect so.

Wise up.

It is sad to say but you might wish many of them will catch it - not die, but have the fright of their lives in the process. The only problem is that those front line workers would once again be at risk trying to save them.

I just heard someone today say that the total cases in the USA still might reach 60% of the population.
Is that what it will take?


Monday 18 May 2020

Modern American History

POTUS 2009 vs POTUS 2016

There once was a man named Barack
Distinguished and sharp as a tack
With a cool, calm modus he soon became POTUS
Respect and honour was back

Eight years he was the master
Saving his land from disaster
Under Obama they took out Osama
Barack was America's Pastor.

Elected a second four years
Elated electors shed tears
He gave them health care and a future to share
Admired by all of his peers.

A third term wasn't allowed
But he and Michelle can be proud
Some people say he was like JFK
Will always stand out in a crowd.

Next the right wing prevailed
And after Barack's ship had sailed
With a shady renown they elected a clown
A man many thought should be jailed.

This guy got his dollars from Dad
His record of cheating was bad
Make America great he yelled in debate
Turning to Twitter when mad.

A new President tries to blame
The previous one - it's a game
He should say "The Buck Stops Here Today"
Blaming Obama sounds lame.

The best of the bunch always seem
To gather a strong loyal team
You don't roll the dice but take sound advice
A one man show is extreme

This guy says he knows best
The doctors, the generals, the rest
An Einstein he's not - he knows diddly squat
World leaders mock him in jest.

Of leadership skills he has none
Riling up rednecks for fun
Governs by lies pulling wool o'er your eyes
But COVID has him on the run.

When COVID numbered fifteen
It would all go away he would preen
Spouting off every day - never knew what he'd say
He had to be heard not just seen.

Black, brown and white heed the call
Republicans, Dems one and all
Your man's not just wild he's a petulant child

Send him back where he came in the fall!


Tuesday 12 May 2020

Novel Solutions for a Novel Virus

Just sayin ...

If The Donald can throw out ideas like inhaling disinfectant or using inner body lights, what about a few more off the same wall ...

1. Make Viagra in an inhaler. Then the little buggers will get hard for up to four hours and we can sneeze them out.

2. Smoke pot. They will probably forget what they are there for or at least start giggling so we know we have them. This could be a new form of testing.

3. Bottle the scent of skunk. Put a little under your nose. We know it doesn't harm us but surely they won't be able to stand it. They might leave voluntarily.

4. Eat a lot of baked beans in a small room. See 3. above.

5. Drink CLR. According to their commercials it can do anything in mere seconds. Should eliminate anything else in your pipes at the same time.

6. Listen to recordings of DJT non-stop. That would send anything or anyone to an early grave. Therefore along with a mask it is strongly suggested that you also wear earplugs.

7. Wrap your mouth around the end of a vacuum cleaner hose, seal it tightly, and then turn it on. Be sure to discard the bag immediately. Then inhale. Hard.

8. Inhale gasoline fumes - just a little. Light a match in front of your mouth and inhale. You won't feel a thing. Practice social distancing when you try this one.


Saturday 9 May 2020

Sure Could Use A Little Good News Today

Hats Off to Anne Murray

I was trying to think of a heading today. I had in mind all the bad news we have had, in particular since 2016, and during the Corona crisis. "Sure Could Use A Little Good News Today" came to mind. I knew it came from a song and Googled it - up came Anne Murray. I listened to it. You would almost think she wrote it in the last few months.

Listen to it and you will hear an expression of what I had in mind expressed to music - a great job well done. But I will express my thoughts anyway and won't burden you with an attempt at singing them. She is also a lot more pleasant to the eye than I am.

It has been a long time since some really good news: people rescued from in a mine or cave facing almost certain death; natural disasters wherein after days someone is found alive; a sports victory; a city or country liberated (but usually destroyed); a big lottery winner; a child prodigy; life changing surgery. Perhaps it is time for another touching chart topping musical group or artist - not mechanized, repetitive noise with a 4-5 note range masquerading as music.

Usually we hear about Trump; war; more war; floods; tornadoes & cyclones; climate change; animals moving to extinction mainly by the hand of man; pollution of the air, water, and land once again by the hand of man.

What prompted this was the media coverage of yet another black man - Ahmaud Arbery -shot to death in the good old USA by multiple white guys with guns. The black man was jogging and perish the thought, had stopped to observe a construction site. How many of us have stopped to do that, jogging or otherwise? It is a sad state of affairs when this horrific news is all there is to provide a diversion from COVID-19.

As I said in my introduction, a little good news would go a long way. A breakthrough in COVID-19 would be like Armistice Day re-lived! If we could hug and scream without masks it would be wonderful.

For a day or two.Then the bad news would return - it always does. Is there a network that features only what is clearly good news? Maybe there should be.


Sunday 3 May 2020

The True COVID Test Has Yet To Be Seen

An Opportunity for Sainthood

There has probably been more media coverage and speeches made about this pandemic than when man landed on the moon. Experts and politicians - the distinction is deliberate - have been pandering and prognosticating endlessly for months.

It has gotten to the point that you can't be a legitimate CEO without a company commercial featuring you blithering on about being there for us and getting through this together.

We have debated where the virus got its start and whether it was man made. We have lauded the actions of some and lambasted those of others. I think most people agree that this will only be safely over when there is an effective vaccination that can prevent the contraction of the disease or a medication to cure it if you do get it.

The REAL test of human nature will come after such treatment can be manufactured in sufficient quantity to satisfy a massive world need. How much will the developer try to profit from such products? Will some person or corporation try to hold peoples' lives to ransom? I would hope local authorities wherever that might be would do the right thing and force its release to the world AND provide it free. 

All the talk to date will pale by comparison to this. The right choice by the developer or owner would earn them a place right up there with Mother Teresa.

What would you do if it were you - gain entry to paradise or gain entry to the upper crust of society?

We shall see.


Saturday 2 May 2020


Would You Play Russian Roulette for Real?

If playing meant you could get your life back to normal tomorrow, how many of us would put a revolver barrel to our temple, spin the cylinder and pull the trigger knowing there was a 1 in 6 chance of blowing our brains out? I suspect very few would, no matter how many politicians said it would probably be OK.

In a similar manner since the odds are the same for the target, would we point that gun at another person and do the same thing if the same politician said it would be OK? Again I suspect not.

That is exactly what people are doing when they decide to go about their lives as usual, because politicians (not many doctors or scientists) said it will be fine IF they follow recommendations. One might argue that with Roulette the odds are known and so is the worst outcome, whereas with COVID-19 both are unknowns. To me that makes it even worse. What people are really doing by ignoring recommendations is pointing that gun at both themselves and someone else - possibly hundreds of people.

Most of the politicians and the protestors are full of crap.

The politicians who have caved and are ready to "open up" the economy again are all saying the same thing - we have heard it dozens of times from dozens of countries. When all the rhetoric and innuendo are ignored they are really just passing any blame to the people: "If it is done according to the guidelines"; "We can do this in an intelligent and planned manner"; "As long as people still make safety and public health a priority" etc. This is all fine for it is indeed 100% up to the citizens.

The problem is they know damned well that the citizens will not comply. Idiot citizens break every traffic law in the books and kill many in the process. Idiot citizens take all manner of drugs and substances knowing full well how many have died doing the same thing. Idiot citizens go out ice fishing on thin ice every year long after the politicians tell them not to and have to be rescued. Many die.

It is known that you can't rely on the citizens if you leave things up to them. Saying they will do the right thing is pandering to voters to get re-elected. They are protecting their own salaries and pensions. Will they still be here themselves to enjoy either?

The citizens are doing what they always do - looking for somebody to say doing the wrong thing is OK and then doing it. This reminds me of my childhood (maybe that's because too many are acting like children) when one would say "but Johnny is allowed to" or "but Johnny did it". The parents would counter "if Johnny jumped in a lake would you also?" This is what it has come to. When the citizens gather as usual in bars, on beaches, in restaurants, on airplanes etc. too many of them will NOT do the right thing. The others will suffer and maybe die.

Yes, I just don't get it. In the great wars of our time when the politicians said people HAD to go off to war for the country millions went. There was a very good chance they would die and millions did. Only a few protested and left the country. Times and the economic situation were even worse.

Why are they protesting their "lost liberty" now? We are again at war.

Do your duty once again folks or has the good life made non-military people lazy, fun loving, irresponsible SOBs that just care about themselves? If that is true then maybe we need the death toll to parallel those wars if that's the kind of 2x4 to the side of the head it takes to make people wake up.

You are losing this war too America. A bigger bomb won't help.