Thursday, January 27, 2022

Arrest Them For Insurrection

The 14th Amendment, Section 3 SEC. 3.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.” 

Mitch McConnell called January 6, 2021 a “failed insurrection.


That means that Trump, Greene, Hawley, Gosar, Boebert, Gohmert and Gaetz should be removed from Congress according to the Constitution.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Key Factor In The 2022 Election That Barely Anyone Is Talking About

Let's take a look at some photos, shall we?

Exhibit A

This image shows that vaccination rates among counties that went for Trump are quite low with deaths quite high.

Exhibit B

This image shows that most unvaccinated people are Republicans.

Exhibit C


This image shows that Republicans are willfully ignorant about COVID-19.

Exhibit D

This image shows that more conservatives are dying from COVID-19 than liberals.

We are approaching 900,000 deaths from COVID-19. Far more than half of them are Republican voters. It could be as high as two-thirds. If a county went for Trump in 2020 and barely squeaked it out, Republicans will likely lose that county and seats in the house because too many people died. It's just simple math.

Conventional wisdom says that the GOP will win big in 2022. They still might. But if they lost voters to COVID-19 in key districts, they may not win big. In fact, it's possible that nothing much will change in the House. And with the Senate having more than two times the number of Republican senators seeking re-election, it's going to be hard for them to take the upper chamber back. 

All because of adolescent spite towards the "liberal elites." Talk about the land of self-defeat!

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Confirmation Of January 6th Violent Insurrection Plot

 From a recent piece in the Times...

“Most everybody thinks we ought to have went with guns, and I kind of agree with that myself,” said Oren Orr, 32, a landscaper from Robbinsville, N.C., who had rented a car with his wife to get to the Capitol last year. “I think we ought to have went armed, and took it back. That is what I believe.”

Well, first of all, people were armed with guns there. But I do appreciate Mr. Orr confirming what sane people have been saying all along. 

We know what you are up to, folks. We will stop you by any means necessary. 

I also ROTFALMFAO when I read this part… 

“Many Jan. 6 attendees have shifted their focus to what they see as a new, urgent threat: Covid-19 vaccine mandates and what they call efforts by Democratic politicians to control their bodies. They cite Mr. Biden’s vaccine mandates as justification for their efforts to block his presidency.”

Hmm...abortion OK now? 

Monday, January 24, 2022



Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Root Cause Of The Decay Of The United States

Conservative ideology is the general cause of the decay we are experiencing in this country. It’s rooted in emotion, adolescent spite, fragile egos, and childish competition. 

It is completely illogical and often employs the tactic of gaslighting. It’s as if you see your neighbor fixing their wooden house with a blow torch and gasoline. You kindly inform them of how this solution will result in disaster. They roll their eyes, become petulant, accuse you of being closed-minded because you won’t consider “their side,” and foam at the mouth about how people like you are the reason why our country is falling apart and descending into fascism. 

We must employ a strategy that defeats this mindset. That’s why the Democratic Party must fire all their communication and PR gurus and hire developmental psychologists who specialize in treating toxic adolescent behavior. All messages should be a blunt force that eradicates the utter nonsense of conservative ideology and brings us to a place based in logic, facts, and functional solutions that have proven track records and accept reality.

Monday, January 17, 2022

For Dr. King's day...

I highly recommend checking out Myron Medcalf's piece up on the Strib's page. Here is a taste...

The man who died on that balcony in Memphis was a human being beset by doubts and concerns about the future of the civil rights movement. The man who died on that balcony was changing and beginning to embrace a universal Poor People's Campaign — he recruited poor whites, too — that cited capitalism and the hoarding of resources as a threat to all. The man who died on that balcony, if you believe the accounts of those close to him, had wrestled with depression and seemed to know he would die soon. As King pursued equality, America nearly broke him.

Friday, January 07, 2022

Two Months in America

For the last couple of months I've been collecting links to stories about guns. I don't go out of my way to find them, these are just stories that happened to find their way into my RSS feed.

From yesterday

Burglar shoots, kills St. Paul resident's dog, steals AR-15 rifle, bars of silver: Guns are supposed to protect him from this sort of thing. Why wasn't this rifle locked up in a safe? Idiotic gun owners are arming thieves. Now a cop might die trying to arrest the burglar because some idiot armed him with a military grade weapon.

Ohio Officer Shoots Through Fence, Killing a Man Who Was Firing a Gun: Is everyone who owns a gun an idiot? Shooting bullets into the air is idiotic -- they come down and hit things. Guns are deadly weapons, not toys. And isn't discharging a weapon in city limits illegal in most jurisdictions? And the cop was just as idiotic, shooting someone without a clear view. The moron firing the gun could have had his kids with him.

An 18-year-old is charged in Mall of America shooting: The shooter claims the other guy threatened him, so he shot the guy and the bullet went through him, bounced off a railing and hit an innocent bystander in the leg. This is the thing that gun nuts just don't get: you're gonna miss your target half the time, or there's gonna be a through-and-through, and some innocent schmuck is gonna get hit.

Two days ago

St. Paul man said 'I just beat him to the draw' and shot tenant from adjoining duplex unit, murder charges say: A guy went to a neighbor's door to threaten him with a gun, and then got shot. Do these guys think this is the Wild West? Nobody wins in a shoot-out. When people say they need a gun "for protection" what they really mean is that they want to intimidate and threaten people with it.

A week ago

California Man on Deadly Mission to White House Is Arrested, Officials Say: The guy was caught in Iowa with an AR15 and body armor on his way to shoot Joe Biden. You gotta ask: do guns make people crazy, or do crazy people buy guns?

Eight days ago 

Twin Cities woman pleads guilty to 'straw purchase' of nearly 100 guns for black-market buyers: This is why there are so many guns on the street, and why cops are so trigger happy whenever they stop a car. Seriously, there should be a limit on the number of guns people buy. Anyone buying 62 guns in a month is clearly selling them on the black market.

Two weeks ago

Stray Police Bullet Kills Girl as Officers Fire at Suspect in Los Angeles Store: Cops shot a man beating a woman to death and accidentally hit a girl behind a wall. Moral of the story: bullets hit the wrong target ALL THE TIME. This is one of the few gun-death stories that can legitimately called a tragedy. Most other gun deaths are sadly predictable and due to outright stupidity.

Jury finds Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright killing: the above story shows why the jury verdict was correct. Potter was being totally reckless: she could have shot her partner or the passenger in the car, or some other innocent bystander, because BULLETS HIT THE WRONG TARGET ALL THE TIME.

A month ago

Canadian rapper sentenced to 6 years in prison for gun-running in Minnesota: the guy had bought 67 guns in Florida and was caught going 100 miles on hour while doing drugs. Again, why was he able to buy 67 guns without the FBI taking notice? Florida, Georgia, Alabama and other southern states are arming criminals in New York, Canada, Mexico and across the world.

A 13-year-old boy made and trafficked ‘ghost guns,’ authorities say, and then killed his sister with one: The kid was selling an illegal gun to some thugs who ripped him off, so he whipped out another one and fired at them, killing his sister instead. So, A) Why can kids buy gun kits over the internet? Purchase of gun parts should be treated the same as any gun purchases, with the requisite background checks and never over the internet or by mail order. And B), BULLETS HIT THE WRONG TARGET ALL THE TIME.

Brooklyn Park police say 13-year-old fatally shot boy, 5, while making a video to post on social media: where the hell are the parents? And let's also blame social media for this one: people do so many stupid things to show off on social media. Chalk this death up to Facebook, or Tik Tok, or Instagram, or whatever useless internet time sink this little kid died for.

Discharge of Felon’s Gun Prompts Panic at Atlanta Airport: Are people who own guns just stupid? Over 450 idiotic gun owners have tried to bring their guns onto planes this year at Atlanta Hartsfield alone. And why wasn't this felon on the no-fly list? As well as every other idiot who has assaulted airline personnel because they didn't want to wear a mask during the most virulent and deadly pandemic in a century?

These stories don't even begin to scratch the surface. There have been hundreds of stories about people being carjacked or mugged at gunpoint, all of which has been made possible by gun nuts gutting the gun laws that the NRA itself lobbied for a century ago.

What they show is that people -- including cops -- show horrible judgment in times of stress, underestimate the firepower and randomness of gunfire, and drastically overestimate their own competence with firearms. They think of guns as toys and something that they have total control over, even though countless people are shot accidentally while handling guns in totally mundane circumstances.

Guns are not safe. They are not "defensive." They are deadly weapons whose sole purpose is to kill, and are more likely to hurt their owners or their owners' families than anyone else. You make one mistake and someone you care about dies.

The vast majority of people are simply not emotionally or technically competent to be trusted with firearms.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, conservatives attacked our nation’s Capitol. This was the first attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. And it has been fantasized about by the right since around 1994 when our second civil war began. They've been foaming at the mouth to attack the "elites" in the "deep state" and they finally did. 

The attack was an act of insurrection meant to stop the electoral process. It was based on a lie about a stolen election that is still believed by two-thirds of Republicans today. But that’s not the worst part. 

The real danger now is the massive underreaction by most of the general public. We’ve seen this before in Italy, Germany snd the Soviet Union in the early 20th century. It led directly to fascism. 

The eye-rolling and yawning by the right regarding what happened one year ago is the best example of hypocrisy I have ever seen. To remember the lather they worked themselves up into regarding Benghazi and compare it to how they view the January 6th insurrection. They claim to love this country? Really?  They claim to be against authoritarianism? Really? Because they seem to be just fine with it if their side is directly bringing about the end of our republic. 

That’s the path we are on now, folks unless we act to aggressively stop Trump and his supporters before they rewrite the laws of our republic. They are traitors and need to be held accountable for what they did a year ago and what they are still doing.

What do I mean by stop? Well, first let's identify the top enemies of our republic. These are the people that were directly involved in this attack.

Donald Trump. Louie Gohmert. Josh Hawley. Paul Gosar. Majorie Taylor Greene. Jim Jordan. Lauren Boebert. 

Trump and these six others need to be barred/removed from public office and led directly to prison for sedition. They advocated and engaged in an act to overthrow the government of the United States. 

The only thing these folks understand is force. It's time for the rest of us to show them that we are done with their insanity. It's time to lock them up.