Monday, February 22, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Texans love to use that old line, that "Everything is bigger in Texas." What's actually bigger in Texas is their, arrogance, their hypocrisy and their lies...Their bullshit!
For two days now, Republican lawmakers/politicians in and from Texas have been trying to cast the blame of their failures onto, "liberals," AOC, who's from New York, as well as President Biden and Vice President Harris. They are trying to say "green energy" is why millions of Texans have no power. Governor Abbott and Congressman Dan Crenshaw being the two loudest voices, along with Republican news network, FOX NEWS.
What they want you to ignore is the facts. Things that are public record, for anyone to see, as long as they actually want to see and know the facts. They are counting on people to 1. trust them and 2. be dumb or 3. both.
These lying bastards have been telling everyone that the mass power outages brought on by a historic (for Texas) Winter storm is because of the failings of "green energy." Wind and Solar being their top targets, as well as nuclear. What they aren't telling you is 88% of the power in Texas comes from coal and natural gas. Twenty hours ago, wind, solar and nuclear were all back online, while the coal and gas are not.
They made a big stink about wind turbines freezing up and needing to be de-iced. That right there is what got me looking into this, because up north, wind turbines never stopped working. For example, 14 degrees in Toronto and those things were still going. So what happened? Texas being greatly opposed to government regulations did not choose to implement the de-icing regulation when they put up their wind turbines. As a matter of fact, the electrical grid in Texas was deregulated, privatized and taken of interconnected networks to avoid federal regulation. Yet here they are trying to blame the federal government for their failures.
Funny how Republicans who claim to be the party of "personal responsibility" are always looking to blame someone else for their fuck-ups!
Let's also not forget the the many Texas Republicans like Ted Cruz who spent a great deal of time shit talking California for having power issues and rolling blackouts during this past years wildfires. Cruz along with fellow Texas Senator, John Cornyn voted against sending California any federal aide. Both also agreeing with Trump that "Blue States" shouldn't get help, ignoring the fact that "Blue States" carry the bulk of this country's economy. Yet both Senators Cruz and Cornyn were asking for Federal Emergency Funds this weekend before the storm even got bad. The majority of those Federal Emergency Funds come from tax revenue from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Washington.
I have friends in Texas and I hate to be shitting on their state and hope they don't take it personally, but people, we have to call out the lies. Stop letting the Politicians, their corporate interests and Fox News lie to you.
Monday, February 15, 2021
A group of Capitol officers sat, defeated, crying, talking about what had just happened, one saying, "What the fuck was that? What the fuck? Is this America?"
That was January 6, 2021 after domestic terrorists attacked the United States Capitol. A black officer mentioned about the insane number of times he had been called a "nigger" that day. Police were beaten. One will lose an eye, one lost 3 fingers, one had a heart attack as the crowd dragged him down the stairs, beating him, trying to take his gun, and tasered him multiple times. 140 officers were injured. 1 was killed. 2 killed themselves after that day. All of this done by the hands of the people who screamed "Blue Lives Matter!" every time someone says "Black Lives Matter." Every time a cop unjustly kills a black person, these people say "Back the Blue! Blue Lives Matter!"
But then January 6, 2021 they attacked the Blue. Everything so many of us thought, was put on full display to prove our thoughts were right. To these Trump-loving, white supremacists, it was never about supporting Blue Lives, it was always about hating Black Lives. Blue Lives only Matter when they're killing Black Lives!
There is video of a police officer being beaten with a flag pole, that has the idiot, "Thin Blue Line" Flag on it. Yes, I have great issues with that flag, and not only because it's been co-opted by White Supremacists.
Monday, February 8, 2021
Friday, February 5, 2021
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Last night Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an Instagram Live where she discussed the events of January 6th from her point of view. She shared a great deal of personal information and insights to what was going on in the Capitol. She shared how she feared she was going to die and kind of made an acceptance that she may die. She conveyed her fear she had in a instance with a Capitol Police Officer. How she didn't trust him, was afraid of him, but also acknowledged she could have been projecting because of the intensity and fear of the situation.
Her fears were justified. If you have watched videos from that day, you can hear the domestic terrorists shouting "Hang Mike Pence!" You can hear attackers searching for Nancy Pelosi, calling out her name, talking about killing her. You can hear these criminals searching for AOC. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's another member of the "Squad" and her staff discovered while hiding from the attackers that sometime before the attack or before they got to their office, that all the panic buttons had been torn out. The threats of death to everyone in the Capitol was real.
But all this didn't stop idiots on the right from attacking her. I haven't heard any Republican politicians attack her about this, yet...(UPDATE: a day after posting this, Republican politicians have started attacking her for her comments)... but their supporters were off and running immediately last night. Far too many assholes on Twitter calling her trauma fake and just attention seeking...The same ones that needed time and wanted us all to give Trump time to deal with their trauma of losing the election!
What's even more sad about our state of affairs these day, Democrats knew assholes on the right were going to do this. So much so, that Rep. Katie Porter was on Lawrence O'Donnell's show immediately afterwards, not only confirming/backing up AOC's account, but sharing details from her perspective and conveying how she could see and feel her colleague's fear.
The Right, from day one has always been on the offensive when it comes to AOC. Politicians, Right-wing/Conservative media, plain old Right leaning assholes and racists are always attacking her, trying to shout her down. They scream their favorite fear-inducing word, SOCIALISM while holding up a picture of her. They mocked her form not only not being a DC insider, but for being a bartender, because in their eyes having real life, real world experiences to go along with your education is a bad thing for politics...Which is hilarious now that one of the two top, QANON following, fresh faced Republicans in Congress is Lauren Boebert, who bartended, ran a restaurant and oh, didn't graduate from high school. But she got her GED while campaigning for Congress. (along with $70,000 from Ted Cruz. Wonder what she did for that)...So go ahead and mock AOC for having bartended! Assholes!
But why has the right gone after AOC so hard? Because they saw it well before most Democrats. They see she is the future of the party. They saw people gravitated to her because she is one of the people. She plays video games and chats with people on Twitch. She has Instagram streams like last night, openly communicating with people. She doesn't act like politician, she acts like person. Jesus Christ, why the hell do you think Ted Cruz is trying to play the Everyman? Dickhead's net worth is $3 million and his wife is a managing director for Goldman Sachs, and now he's trying to act like he's just one of us and cares about blue collar workers. Many Democrats still don't realize this. Many of them don't like her.
Listen, I'm a liberal guy. My father is a lifelong Democrat, Union guy and one of the smartest people I know. We agree on most things and if we don't, I hear him out completely because I know how smart he is and the lifetime of wisdom and experiences he has. He has said it to me, that he "Can't stand her" when talking about AOC. Further discussion on the topic, he shows his age and tinge of misogynism/ageism saying "She doesn't know how things work," and "she's too mouthy." So here, we disagree. Her being "mouthy" is part of her appeal to many, myself included. As for not knowing how things work, she does know, and that's why she is bucking the system. She knows how things in DC have worked, aren't working for the vast majority of Americans.
My father and too many Democrats, feel things will be okay if we just keep the establishment politicians in office, doing the same old dance they have done for ages. What too many don't realize is the rise of Trumpism and the QANON Republicans has already changed the dance. There battle cry of MAGA: Make America Great Again sums it up. AGAIN is the key word. They want to go backwards. They want segregation. They want June Cleaver in the kitchen, in her dress, wearing her pearls, waiting on Ward Cleaver, hand and foot. They want some of the worst parts of America be normal AGAIN.
AOC and "The Progressive Caucus " are the polar opposite. Progressive. They want us to move forward. Not just on racial issues. On fucking everything. The establishment Democrats move at a snails pace, many are just flat stuck in the mud.
On Inauguration Day AOC bought supplies for 1400 striking workers of the Hunts Point Produce Market, in her district and then joined them in their strike. The market pulls in $2 billion in yearly revenue. The workers who have been showing up every day throughout COVID to help keep shelves stocked for over half of New York, were asking for a $1 per hour raise. The best offer they got was 32 cents. After AOC walked the line and got some national media coverage on the situation, the market came back to the table offering a $1.85 over the next three years and adding 40 cents per hour to employee healthcare.
That is leadership. That's moving the needle. That's not just connecting to the people, but working for the people. That's what the country needs. That's the example the Democrats should embrace and follow. That's the future. No more going back to AGAIN!
Monday, February 1, 2021
I have to get this off my chest. Yes, I know SNL has always based much of their content around social and political issues. I'm 45 years old, I remember when the show was not only good, but when it was great. I have never had an issue with the show touching on politics and social issues, but I'm starting to get annoyed with the trending theme of how everything is awful these days.
I love Kate McKinnon. She funny, a good writer, good actress, but I don't need Kate telling me hard the last year has been. I don't think we need to hear Kate complain about how nothing in America works anymore. I don't need her on-air meltdowns because everything is all fucked up. Yeah her doctor bit was okay and it was funny when she lost it and Colin Jost broke character, and asked "Kate are you alright?" To which she responded "no." That wall being broken down was fun but the show seemed to follow that line and now each episode has a couple skits reminding us how broken or fucked up things are.
I always watched the show for laughs and if you can make a bigger point while getting the laughs, great...But people don't need to be reminded shit blows right now. We're all looking for escapes from that, if only for brief moments.
And we really don't need to be told how bad things are by people who don't have it that bad. Kate McKinnon don't lose her insurance because she's in multiple unions that keep her insured. She still has a nice contract with SNL, so she isn't missing any paychecks. Yeah Quarantine/lockdowns suck. Lack of physical and social contact can suck. I get it people are dealing with even more mental health issues now, then ever before. People in her shoes, have a bank account with big-time movie money in it, giving them many more avenues to get help, unlike countless Americans who are scraping by, hanging on for dear life.
Yeah, 2020 sucked and 2021 has started out shitty, but something tells me Kate and company haven't had to go through the pain in the ass and embarrassment of having to file for unemployment or standing in line at foodbanks. So when a well-off movie star/comedian keeps losing it, or harping on how bad things are over the last year, that shit kind of rings hollow.
I don't mind celebrities speaking up for the everyman, trying to support the little guy, but I can't stand celebrities acting like their the everyman, when they have all the means to get through shitty times.
I hope, SNL gets past this phase quickly. I'll tune in this week, not to see if they do, because I doubt they will, they tend beat dead horse. I'll be tuning in solely to see Phoebe Bridgers sing.
Have a week.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
I’m not going to share the link because Fuck Josh Hawley! But I want to point out his ignorance. (Again) Hawley wrote a column form the New York Post where he cries about being censored and being “muzzled.” He tweeted about this topic as well and it’s also in the book he is writing that a different publisher picked up. He feels things here are becoming to feel like living in “communist China.”