Thank you to everyone who volunteered, via last week’s Comments and my email, to educate the MAGAt in my life. You know who you are, you wonderful, cahooting, outlaw, democracy-loving truth-warriors.  By now I hope you’ve received your mail from me, providing that the USPS is still a going concern where you live. Please note that I have removed that portion of last week’s blog to protect our psy-op, wink wink, nudge nudge.

It’s been a very rainy July here on the north shore of Long Island, the wettest July in over 50 years. I like rainy days. I like laying on the couch reading a murder mystery and rainy days give you permission to do just that and feel “productive”. I was reading one murder mystery last week and the story starts out with the main character, an English lady, taking a vacation to Robinson Caruso Island, which is waaaay off the coast of Chile. The character tours the place, then goes back to England via Santiago, and nothing else in the book relates to this trip to Robinson Caruso Island. Why? Why have the book open with a trip to Robinson Caruso Island?

I solved that mystery, easy, because I know how the publishing biz works. . The author took vacation to Robinson Caruso Island and put it in the book so she could use that vacation as a tax write-off. 

I’m a genius.

Anyway, it kept raining and as a result, many of my daily runs were washed out so I was sitting at home many mornings when usually I would be out, running. Maybe some of you know this already, but while I was sitting at home I discovered that, when it comes to a daily 5-mile run, it’s easier to not do it.

It’s sooooo much easier to stay home, make a second cup of tea and a third piece of toast, and lie on the couch with a book. And I like my daily run! But what is going on here is a conspiracy of mind and body. After a human hits the age of 40, all Nature wants is for you to die and make room for the faster, cuter, younger humans. So Nature works in concert with your brain to urge you to slow down, wear Capri pants/grow a goatee, and basically give up.

Ha! I’m on to you, Nature! It’s been gorgeous weather this past few days and I, for one, being that I am 25 years past the age of 40, am not going according to plan. So,

 You might wake up some mornin’
To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind
And if you’re quick enough to rise
You’ll catch a fleeting glimpse of someone’s fading shadow

Don’t be concerned, it’s not me chasing the bright elusive butterfly of love. It’s me plodding on, against every inclination to throw in the towel, giving Nature the old F U.

Last week you might remember that I put out a call for watercolor projects and thank you to those who have responded. We are gathering our reference material for exciting Pet Portraits  so I don’t have a new project for you this week. However, I went digging into my archives and I brought back a blast from the past that I did in 2013 that is still relevant today (because it’s a classic).

I start with a tea bag, for size reference:

Apply resist, let dry:

I think you know where this is going:

 

 

 

 

 

This (below) is a picture of my paint brush, which is a size 00, but I cut some of the bristles off to make it a -000:

What we have so far:

Now for a little sky:

 

Painting in the darkest bits for last:

Now that I’ve painted everything I need over the resist. . . 

. . . it’s time to peel it off:

 

I was painting Claude Monet’s garden in 2013 because I was working on my books about the 9 most thought-provoking gardens in the world and I thought I’d include Giverny. But Giverny is a BIG garden, one that deserved its own book, so I separated it from Gardens of Awe and Folly and made a little book all about it, all on its own.

My publisher passed on the project, so it’s been sitting in my closet for years. I looked at it today, first time since 2016, and I still like it. I might re-work it and get it out in time for the 100th anniversary of Monet’s death in 2024.

And now for the regularly scheduled blog:

I like to start our round up of the week’s news with something feel-good:

 

Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend of former President and current Shitbag Donald Trump and one of his top 2016 campaign fund-raisers, was arrested in California on Tuesday on federal charges of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators.

The seven-count indictment accuses Barrack, 74, of using his access to Shitbag Trump to advance the foreign policy goals of the United Arab Emirates and then lying to federal agents about his activities during an interview in June 2019.

Federal prosecutors said  Barrack used his position as an adviser to Shitbag Trump’s campaign to publicly promote the Emirates’ agenda while soliciting direction, feedback, and talking points via a “burner phone” that gave Barrack a direct line to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the de facto ruler of the Emirates.

Once Shitbag Trump was elected, Barrack invited senior Emirati officials to give him a “wish list” of foreign policy moves they wanted Washington to take within the first 100 days, first six months, first year, and by the end of Shitbag Trump’s term.

Barrack hoped that Shitbag Trump would name him to be a Middle East envoy or an ambassador to the Emirates, because Barrack could “deliver more” in such roles.

Although it’s been difficult to successfully prosecute foreign influence cases in the past, the Feds have pretty hard evidence in the form of emails between Barrack and bin Zayed’s underlings stating explicit quid-pro-quo dealings, They (the Feds) waited until Trump was out of office to arrest Barrack, taking away Shitbag Trump’s ability to pardon Barrack. 

This is my personal favorite part of the news cycle:

A 54-year-old Texas man, Alan Scott, who thought COVID-19 vaccines were “poison”, died from the virus last month and was buried by his wife and three sons on Father’s Day.

 

 

Blake Bargatze contracted COVID-19 and required a double lung transplant, and remains hospitalized. He has expressed his regret he did not get vaccinated for the virus, which has so far killed more than 607,000 Americans. 

Bargatze had told his parents he was putting off receiving a COVID-19 vaccine because he felt uncertain about its possible side effects.

“He wanted to wait a few years to see, you know, if there’s any side effects or anything from it,” said Paul Nuclo, his stepfather. “As soon as he got in the hospital, though, he said he wished he had gotten the vaccine.”

Bargatze was the only member of his family who passed on getting vaccinated. Once hospitalized, however, he asked to be inoculated. 

“The night before he was intubated, he wanted it,” his stepfather said. “So it was a little bit too late then.”

 

Linda Zuern lived in Bourne, Massachusetts. She was 70.

A MedFlight had to transport Zuern to a Boston hospital in early June. She fell into a coma and was placed on a ventilator until she died. She hadn’t gotten vaccinated against the virus, her friends said, because she was a moron.

Zuern opposed local vaccinations efforts, both as a member of the county government council, the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, and as a volunteer with a local conservative group called United Cape Patriots.

Last December, while serving her third term on the Assembly, she pushed for local doctors to use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients. Shitbag Trump had also promoted the same anti-malaria medication for that very purpose.

Last week, Zuern was one of four people who protested in Provincetown against the state’s VaxBus program. The bus is a mobile vaccination unit to help inoculate rural residents who might lack access to nearby health clinics.

On her social media, Zuern shared posts claiming that COVID-19 was a man-made virus used by “globalists” to push the “UN Agenda 2030” for a one-world government. She also shared posts pushing the QAnon conspiracy theory and  repeating the claim that voter fraud “stole” the 2020 election from Trump.

Fuck you, Linda Zuern.

 

Olivia Guidry, a registered nurse at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center in Louisiana, tweeted last year: “This vaccine has been released using recombinant DNA faster than any vaccine in the world. It manipulates your DNA at the tiniest molecular level. Do. Not. Get. It. It’s not safe. Am I the only one thinking they are trying to see how much they can control us? We are a straight-up social experiment.”

She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early July, according to her sister Brittany Smith. Guidry came down with a high fever and had a seizure before being put into a medically induced coma last Thursday after showing signs of brain damage. She was treated with high doses of steroids and antibodies. She died on July 10.

Well, no one is controlling her now. (How do these kinds of idiots become nurses? Don’t you have learn about science and stuff, in a college, to get a nursing license, or is nursing the degree you get when you flunk out of Circus School?)

 

 

 

Now here’s Shitbag Trump weighing in on a vaccine for a disease that he and his party have called a “hoax”:

Democrats will laugh all the way to a 2022 victory:

Oh, wait…I think the Republicans are on to us:

 

 

 

 

On Fox, businesses that require employees to provide proof of vaccination, commonly referred to as a “vaccine passport,” have been slammed frequently. Tucker Carlson has called the idea of issuing vaccination passports the medical equivalent of “Jim Crow” segregationist laws. Another host compared the requirements to communist East Germany, and Laura Ingraham has falsely claimed that such programs are akin to tracking mechanisms.

However, an internal Fox email leaked last month spells out how Fox employees were instructed to enter their vaccination information into the company’s passport program called “FOX Clear Pass”.

 Employees who prove vaccination can then get a FOX Clear Pass, which allows them to bypass certain screening procedures. 

It’s not just the twerps at Fox News who are coming to Jesus:

Even Steve Scales, the biggest Trump ass-kisser in Congress (representing Louisiana’s First Congressional District) got the vaccine and people are suspicious:

 

 

Speaking of the other Big Lie of the GOP, let’s see how the losers who rioted for Shitbag Trump are doing:

A 32-page sentencing memo filed Thursday in defense of Paul Hodgkins references cancel culture, makes religious overtones and includes lengthy asides about the American Civil War. The memo describes Hodgkins’ role in the riots as minimal as it denotes his good character traits, describing him as an Eagle Scout who volunteers helping animals and people when he is not rioting in Washington, DC.

Hodgkins was never accused of assaulting anyone or damaging property so prosecutors said he deserves some leniency for taking responsibility almost immediately and pleading guilty to the obstruction charge, which carries a maximum 20-years prison sentence.

But they also noted how he boarded a bus in Tampa bound for a Jan. 6 Trump rally carrying rope, protective goggles, and latex gloves in a backpack — saying that these forethought demonstrated he came to Washington prepared for violence.

Still, the judge said that Hodgkins must suffer consequences for his actions and gave eight months.

EIGHT MONTHS.

Yeah, that sounds about white.

 

Then there’s this guy:

 

27-year old grocery store worker Brandon Fellows from Schenectady (a shithole town in upstate New York)  had previously been released on bail while facing a five-count indictment for his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection. 

He is accused of breaching the Capitol and entering the office of Sen. Jeffrey Merkley, where he was pictured propping his feet on the senator’s desk while smoking a joint.

The problem with Fellows is that while he is out on bail, he can’t stop telephoning his probation officer Kendra Rennie. He has sent her long rambling sexually explicit voicemails, including one  that he left in May in which he referenced “the size of his dick and the performance of his genitalia.”

He’s even called his probation officer’s mother, which officer Rennie says ” was intimidation. It was frightening. It made me nervous.”

For background, it should be understood that Fellows has previously told Bloomberg News that he had “no regrets” breaching the Capitol on January 6. He said: “I didn’t hurt anyone. I didn’t break anything. I did trespass though, I guess.”.

He goes on: “We were there for one common cause, which is making a statement that the government is crashing down on us,” he added.

So a judge heard testimony from the probation officer and said that Fellows’ repeated behavior could no longer “be given the benefit of the doubt.”HE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. (Yeah, that sounds about white.)

The judge also said that Fellows has previously demonstrated “sustained contempt” for the government, citing one incident in which Fellows sat through his initial Zoom hearing wearing sweatpants and eating his breakfast. Not to mention that Bloomberg News interview.

The judge said: “I am not convinced that you’re a danger to the community, but I do think you’re impulsive. I do think you’re headstrong, and you’re kind of gonna do what you’re gonna do. I tried really hard to avoid having to lock you up, but after months here, I don’t think I can be at all confident that there’s a condition or combination of conditions that you’ll adhere to.”

Fellows tried to worm out of taking responsibility by apologizing for his “annoying” behavior in court, adding: “I wouldn’t want to deal with me if I were on the opposing side.”

It didn’t work. Fellows is in jail, where he belongs, until he goes on trial.

ALL the January 6 rioters should be in jail, right now.

Like these guys:

 

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Mark Ibrahim became the first member of federal law enforcement to be charged in connection with the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Ibrahim, of Orange County, California, is facing felony charges of entering a restricted building and area with a weapon, carrying a firearm on the grounds of the Capitol and lying to investigators from the Office of the Inspector General.

While the affidavit states Ibrahim didn’t actually enter the Capitol building, the affidavit includes a photo of Ibrahim inside the first set of fencing and barricades that surrounded the Capitol before the crowd broke through and alleges Ibrahim was on Capitol grounds that day.

Through his attorney, Ibrahim has insisted that he didn’t enter the Capitol and wasn’t involved with any violence. He also allegedly said he didn’t display his DEA badge or firearm during the day’s events; however, the affidavit detailing Ibrahim’s locations and actions that day shows him posing several times with his badge and weapon exposed.

Investigators found several photos of Ibrahim among the pro-Trump crowd at the Capitol on Jan. 6, including ones where he displayed both his DEA badge and firearm, which were taken at his request, according to the affidavit. In one of the photos, Ibrahim is posing in front of the Capitol holding a flag saying “Liberty or death” with his badge and firearm displayed on his hip.

Ibrahim also sent a photo of himself standing next to one of the barricades that had been broken through earlier to a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers, according to the affidavit. It also mentioned that he later sent that same group chat a video of him on a lawn located above the Capitol’s visitor center.

During his interview with investigators, the affidavit states that Ibrahim admitted that he was at the Capitol with a friend who was there to document the event for the FBI. Ibrahim’s friend denied his story, saying he had no instruction from the agency.

The friend told the investigators that Ibrahim went to the rally to “promote himself” and wanted the rally to be “his stage for launching ‘Liberty Tavern’ political podcast and cigar brand,” according to the affidavit.

At the time of the event, Ibrahim was a “probationary employee” of the DEA, according to the Office of the Inspector General, and had, weeks before the insurrection, given the DEA notice of his intention to resign. He was on personal leave when he attended the rally on Jan. 6.

When Tucker Carlson of Fox News isn’t lying about the COVID vaccine, he’s lying about the January 6 insurrection. On Wednesday, July 21, Carlson did this:

Dunn’s response was immediate (I’ll type it below so you can read it):

Tonight Fox News allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement, to criticize the heroism and service of African-American U. S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn. Our client has served 11 years in law enforcement and on January 6, 2021, fought against an insurrectionist violent crowd – no doubt many of them Carlson’s supporters – to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence.

Officer Dunn, who would lay down his life to protect a Member of Congress, regardless of being a Republican or Democrat, will testify next Tuesday before the Hose Select Committee investigating the events of the insurrection. Frankly, the last thing Carlson wants is for the truth to emerge of what happened that day and why.

I did not know this until now, that Tucker Carlson’s son, Buckley, works for Rep. Jim Banks, a rabid Trumper from Indiana. Banks is a major asshole, and I will elaborate next week because we have to wrap this shit up.

This is the guy who voted to deny communion to President Biden because of his support for a woman’s right to make her own health care choices when it comes to pregnancy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry, Dear Readers for the delay in today’s blog. Big WiFi problems. Huge. sigh.

Have a great weekend, everyone. WiFi willing, I’ll be back next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every now and then I need proof that I am still the universe’s favorite person.

Dear Reader Jeanie left a comment a few weeks ago about the Blue Jays of Michigan being very stingy with their molting feathers, resulting in the sad fact that she has never had the joy of finding a Blue Jay feather in the grass on a Summer day. So I ascended to my treasury in the north wing of the manor and unlocked my vault and withdrew three Blue Jay feathers from my vast collection — two tail feathers and a primary covert wing feather —  and sent them off to her. 

Why three feathers? No special reason other than I’m human and the human brain seem to have an affinity for things that come in three’s. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…past, present, future…un, deux, trois… 

So the next day, after I had sent those three feathers off to the wilds of Michigan, I was walking down our street early in the morning and, in the space of a few minutes, three beautiful Blue Jay feathers presented themselves to me, one after the other:

So that there is all the proof I need to remember that the universe is looking out for me, just me in particular, because it loves me and wants me to be happy.

About a week later I was doing my run about two miles from my house and I was remembering my Blue Jay feather obsession and my recent luck finding three in one day and I got to thinking that it was strange that I’ve only found Blue Jay feathers close to my house. “I wonder”, I said to myself, “if  the world is actually lousy with Blue Jay feathers all over the place but I only perceive them in the places close to home where I am accustomed to seeing them.” And no sooner had that thought taken shape in my mind when I glanced over at a tree to my left and there, in its shade, was this:

I’m going to start holding World Peace in my mind and see if the universe can’t make that happen for me, its favorite person.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, let’s talk about ice cube trays. For a long time I have disliked the ice cube trays that are currently engaged in the task of providing us with cooling solids for our adult beverages so last week, when my self-esteem was at an all-time high because of all the positive reinforcement I’ve been getting from the universe, I spent five minutes googling Best Ice Cube Tray and reading the reviews and I bought us some new ice cube trays. The ice cube trays arrived via UPS on Friday and the ice cubes they make are really swell.

I know you’re really happy for me and this sudden improvement in my quality of life but wait, there’s more. These ice cube trays think so highly of themselves that they came with a User Manual:

If you want to mildly amuse yourself, imagine that you’re the guy in charge of writing the User Manual for other items in your house. Wash cloths: For best results use with soap and water, but not in that order.  Spoons: Good for soup, steak not so much.  Flip flops: They go on your FEET, OK? Your FEET.  Pencils: Step one, apply pointy end to paper. Step two, push.

You know who would end a User Manual for an ice cube tray?  My cat Bibs. Bibs is seriously a moron. He’s been our cat for 16 years and he still hasn’t figured out the we are not going to kill him. He’ll let us scratch his chin, but get any closer and he’s terrified. He also hasn’t figured out that Taffy is not that crazy about him even though he never lets Taffy out of his sight. Here they are, in typical Bibs-pain-in-the-ass-style napping together on the breakfast patio:

 

 

 

Now for the watercolor idea I have that I teased last week. I have not picked up a paint brush since I finished the last of the Stromness Rock pet portraits, and I miss those blog posts where we all got together and watched paint dry. So, if you would like to gift a friend a pet portrait for Hannukah or mas or Kwaanza or Choesoek or Solstice, whatever, here’s your chance. I will paint it. We all like watching paint dry, right? 

Pet bunny, pet tarantula, or pet miniature goat are all OK. But let’s say you want to gift someone with a portrait of their beach house; I could do one of those. Dead poet portrait? I’ve done Gerard Manley Hopkins; I’m sure I could do any of the Romantics.  Still life with tea cup? Sure. Still life with dead poet? Even better. Give me subject matter, Dear Readers, and let’s get to watercoloring.

Are you in?

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OK, now it’s time for the news.

Trump, speaking last Sunday, July 11, on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” on the Fox News Channel, said the Capitol rioters of Jan. 6 were patriots, that some of them were unjustly arrested and jailed, and that a woman who was shot and killed by law enforcement during the insurrection was a great hero.“The crowd was unbelievable and I mentioned the word ‘love,’ the love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said of his rally on the Ellipse. Speaking about those who rioted at the Capitol, Trump said: “These were peaceful people, these were great people.”

He added: “Too much spirit and faith and love, there was such love at that rally, you had over a million people,” inflating the size of his rally crowd. (Fact check: the permit for the rally stated that the organizers of the “Save America Rally” expected only 10,000 people; press coverage from the day says that there were “thousands”.)

Referring to his remarks to the crowd before they stormed the Capitol as “a very mild-mannered speech,” Trump also suggested that the blame for any violence that day could be placed on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats because they didn’t take the potential for violence seriously.

“They are the ones that were responsible,” he said.

Trump went on to praise Babbitt, a California-based Air Force veteran and conspiracy theorist  as an “innocent, wonderful, incredible woman.”  He then, without a shred of evidence, stated that Babbitt, who was shot by a member of the U.S. Capitol Police while storming Congress, was instead killed by the “head of security” for a top Democrat. “I will tell you they know who shot Ashli Babbitt,” Trump said, claiming the person’s identity is being protected, but the truth is “going to come out.” 

 

Let’s check in with some of those “great” people at Trump’s insurrection. 

This one is my Traitor of the Week:

Pauline Bauer, a Pennsylvania pizzeria owner, is accused of multiple counts of violent entry, disruptive conduct, and obstruction of Congress after she allegedly broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6. Prosecutors allege that Bauer tried organizing buses to transport people to D.C. for a rally that preceded the riot, and that while in the Capitol rotunda she was recorded on video telling a police officer to “bring Nancy Pelosi out here now… we want to hang that fucking bitch”

But in what experts describe as an inadvisable legal strategy, Bauer has demanded to represent herself in court, appeared to threaten a court clerk with prison time, and declared herself a “self-governed individual” with special legal privileges and has filed court documents claiming to be a divinely empowered entity immune from laws.

As a divinely empowered entity, Bauer does not simply appear in court, as she clarified during a June 11 proceeding via Zoom. “I am here by special divine appearance, a living soul,” she told a judge that day, while stating that she did not want an attorney.

“I do not stand under the law,” she said. “Under Genesis 1, God gave man dominion over the law.”

In a document filed last week, Bauer listed herself as a “flesh and blood person” along with a series of strange alternative spellings of her name in a document that she (incorrectly) claimed freed her from some government control.

Sovereign citizens will often refer to themselves as “flesh and blood’ people because they have this longstanding belief that the government has created artificial versions of them for various nefarious purposes. 

In another new filling, Bauer offered a document that “serves as Proof that my living DNA existed on this Land before there was a UNITED STATES of America or Any STATE Thereof.” The attached document was a family tree showing what Bauer said were ancestors born in Virginia and Pennsylvania before 1776. Even if accurate, this has no bearing on U.S. law.

 

 

Excerpts from a new book coming out about the Trump  administration, called “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year.” One tidbit that got a lot of attention was about Army Mark General Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who you might remember was the guy in camouflage who went to Lafayette Square for Trump’s bible-toting photo-opt last year during the George Floyd protests:

Miller later apologized on TV and to the press, for his participation in the event because it was a political stunt and the American military does not do politics.

Well. This same General Milley, according to this new book, in the final months of Trump’s one term in office, was strategizing with other White House personnel  how to guard against a coup attempt by Trump or those around him.

 Trump, in a lengthy, insult-laden statement lashing out at Milley over a variety of grievances, said he “never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government.”

Yes, it’s true, it’s not a nightmare, THIS guy used to be the president.

 

 

I only have the energy to deal with one asshole Republican at a time, so all I can do about the rest of them is hope that I get the chance one day to spit on their grave.

And here’s a Trump footnote:

 

 

You know, I think this might be the future of the USA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Christ, will you look at the time. 

Have a great weekend, everyone. Keep your eyes and heart open for the Blue Jay feather of happiness to appear in your life and if there aren’t ay Blue Jays where you live, then keep alive for those little moments that are mood-altering, mind-bending, and magic-making. Or just enjoy a stonking big G&T with your cat. Same thing. 

 

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Teddy was not amused.  Tropical Storm Elsa dropped by late Thursday afternoon, giving us high winds and monsoon rain all through the night. By Friday morning, we were looking at the back end of the bad weather and all we had to do was sit tight until noon and the sun would be shining again.

We were sitting down to the computer on Friday morning, at 7:54 AM to be exact, when all he lights went out. Then we heard a loud *pop* down the street and we knew the damn transformer had blown…again. Last August Tropical Storm Isaias blew in from the west coast of Africa and knocked out power here on the north shore of Long Island for three days.

 

No, Isaias wasn’t the one that famously got Trump’s Sharpie; that was Hurricane Dorian, in 2019, when Trump tweeted that “In addition to Florida—South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”

The Alabama part of this was untrue, and Birmingham (Alabama’s capital city) National Weather Service  immediately corrected the record, operating under the understandable assumption that Alabamians receiving accurate information about a looming natural disaster mattered more than the president’s pride. Trump, unaccustomed to correction, disagreed. So, in the Sharpie incident that will live in infamy, he presented an official NOAA map that had clearly been altered with a Sharpie (Trump’s favorite writing instrument), doctored with black ink to make the hurricane appear to be headed toward Alabama.

Trump was asked by a reporter whether the black line over Alabama was made with a permanent marker.

“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” Trump replied.

Bloomberg News was the first to report that Trump marked up the map with Sharpie. ABC, CNN, NBC, NPR, etc. all piled on, and the story went on for days that Trump thought he could get away with drawing a new hurricane trajectory on the NOAA map and get away with it…because he’s too stupid to understand that not everyone is as stupid as he is. Sometimes I forget what it was like to have a moron for a president, and then a little tropical storm comes to town and reminds me.

But I digress. So there we were, me, Teddy, Kimmy, etc., stuck at home with no power. We were lucky that the blackout didn’t last three days — the electricity came back on at 5:13 PM. So that is why we couldn’t meet up like usual on Friday: the wind blew my blog away.

And then we had WiFi trouble and then it was cocktail time and then it was Saturday morning and here it is, Saturday afternoon and I’m back, catching you up on the latest news and wonders of life. Thank you for hanging in there!

Speaking of my cats, the most news-worthy kitty of the week was the black moggy named Binx:

86 people are confirmed dead from the collapse of the Surfside condo with 43 still unaccounted for, which is a heartbreaking loss; but the discovery of this little cat has given the residents and responders a little miracle to feel good about.

Good job, little buddy. Thank you.

I found out last week that, on order to “celebrate” the 4th of July, the birthday of our nation’s founding as an independent country, the Republican owner, David Green, of the privately-owned crafts store Hobby Lobby decided to pervert the holiday:

This is a picture of the full-page “ads” he printed:

Hobby Lobby, with more than 900 stores, is the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with over 43,000 employees and operating in forty-seven states. The owner, David Green, is a major financial supporter of Evangelical organizations in the United States and funded the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

In the devastating Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, on June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed certain bosses to block their employees’ access to birth control. The decision on this Supreme Court birth control case applied to more than half of all U.S. workers — that’s the tens of millions of workers at companies in which five or fewer people own more than 50%.

Two privately owned companies brought the case: cabinet manufacturer Conestoga Wood Specialties, and the Hobby Lobby national chain of craft stores, which employs 28,000.

Don’t buy your crafts supplies from Hobby Lobby, is what I’m saying. 

And Franklin Graham, the sone of famous preacher Billy Graham, piped up to support Hobby Lobby: 

Franklin Graham runs a “ministry” that is worth around $754 million, and he himself has a net worth of $10 million, so yeah, the Jesus con has been pretty good to Frankie.

I forgot that Remington Arms, the firearms manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy last year, but even in their diminished state they can still be one of the the biggest assholes in America: 

Remington Arms, the executives of Remington Arms, and the lawyers for Remington Arms suck. BTW, the caption of that cartoon above is Filet Minion, so even the “jokes” of Remington Arms suck.

Donald Trump’s CFO is still indicted for tax fraud, so the shit bag is going around to his little rallies claiming that it’s all just a witch hunt:

 

To distract his supporters and the news media from the open-and-shut case that the New York prosecutors have against Trump Inc., Donald filed a lawsuit to sue Facebook and Twitter , who have permanently banned Trump from their platforms, for First Amendment infringement: 

Oh, wait. It’s not just a distraction — it’s another con!! This is a green shot of Trump’s website:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conservative wing nuts had a convention (CPAC) this past week and the big story is. . .

At the CPAC, cards were handed out that gave a 7-step plan to re-instate Trump as president. 

 

Here’s the plan:  Oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and install Donald Trump in her place.

Donald Trump as Speaker would then call for a vote to impeach, charge, and remove “imposters” President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

As the Speaker of the House, Trump is third in the line of presidential succession, and he would then take up the presidency.

The plan hinges upon Republicans regaining control of the House, which they plan to do by pulling back the curtain on “the horror show” of the Democrat Party, causing groups such as the Black Caucus to “flip” sides.

The card links to a website that claims to have proof connecting the Democrat party to satanic sacrifices.

A recent study found that around a quarter of Republicans believe that Satan-worshiping pedophiles control the US government.

I don’t have to tell you that there are a lot of crazy, crazy  people in America.

Now for some good news:

Rudy set up a crowd-funding site where people can give him money for the court cases he wants to bring against those who have suspended his law licenses, with a gold of raising $5 million. 

After a week, someone estimated that at the rate that contributions were trickling in with only 49 days left, that he might be able to scrounge up $100,000.

So . . .

Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden sent Donald an email, asking him to come pick up the trash he left in the White Hose residence: 

 

 

 

 

This is a good time to remember how Trump supporters, and their Republican congressional enablers, almost started another civil war on January 6 this year:

 

 

About this (above). That’s Republican representative Mo Brooks (from Alabama), who has asked to be dismissed from a federal lawsuit alleging that he incited the Jan. 6 mob assault on the U.S. Capitol, claiming that he can’t be held liable because he was acting as a federal employee while challenging the 2020 election results in a fiery speech just before the riot began.

In his filing Friday, Brooks invoked a 1988 law that protects federal employees from personal liability while acting within the scope of their office or employment. He argued that his speech, tweets and related conduct “were indisputably made in the context of and preparation for” a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 to confirm the results of the presidential election.

What Brooks said was: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names,” Brooks said, echoing Trump’s unfounded claims that the election was rigged. Brooks told people in the crowd that they were victims of a historic theft and asked whether they were ready to sacrifice their lives for their country.

So, yeah, just normal everyday government employee stuff.

I’m surprised that Brooks didn’t go with the “Riot? What Riot?” defense made popular by Donald Trump, also known as TFG, The Former Guy on Twitter:

You never know. It might work. The insurrectionists seem to have a lot of friends in Congress:

But nobody likes this guy:

Or these two MAGAts:

 

 

 

It will take a long time for the scum Trump supporters who are charged  for the Jan. 6 insurrection to all get what’s coming for them, but the great thing about capitalism is that you can get results a lot faster than the court system:

It’s a long statement, but the upshot is that Toyota came around really fast:

Top Cat and I have a Toyota, which I will from now on refer to as the Suck It Insurectionistsmobile.

Or maybe we’ll just call it “the car”.

And that’s the news for this week, Dear Readers. 

Next week I want to discuss  with you a change in the gist of this blog, to get back to the old days when I used to do a lot of watercolor here and less bitching about the moons I am forced to share my country with. I’ll be asking for you input, but until then, let’s relax and be glad that we don’t live in Denmark:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend, Dear Ones. Stay safe from hurricanes and blackouts, avoid all Republicans, give a wide berth to anyone claiming that America is and always was a Christian country, and for god’s sake stay away from Danish pizza.

 

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July 2020 might be my favorite month of the past few  years but no, it’s not because of the weather which, frankly, has been a fright.

Portland, Oregon hit an all-time high of 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 Celsius) on June 27. That broke a record of 108 F set just a day earlier. Both days topped the previous record of 107 F, reached in 1981 and 1965.

Farther north, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hit 104 F  (40 C) a new all-time high that edged out the area’s previous record of 103 F, set in 2009.

The sweltering weather appears to be part of a broader climate change trend. The Pacific Northwest’s average temperature has warmed more than 2 F compared with a century ago, with most of that change in the last 40 years.

The number of extreme heat days has increased in this century: in 1940 Portland had only about 10 days per year when the daily high temperature topped 90 F. By 2020, that number was at about 20 days per year. The projected change, by the middle of the century is for the region to have 40 days per year with temperatures above 90 degrees.

 

 

 

 

It was 97 degrees here on the north shore of Long Island last week (36 C) and although that might not seem a lot to an Australian, to me it was hot enough that I’d take a cold shower fully clothed several times a day. We don’t have AC here at Too Many Cats Manor because this 100-year old house holds on to Winter in its bones for most of the year so, for the week or two that the heat becomes unbearable, we just suffer. And lying on the den couch in soaking wet clothes with a fan pointed directly at you is actually pretty effective in beating the heat. But it did make me wonder how on Earth I could stand it if it got 10 degrees hotter. Portland, Oregon, you have my respect.

Today it is rainy and cool — in the 70s (21 – 23 C)  — and I am sitting here with a sweater on and ruing a promise I made in the heat of the moment. Last weekend at a get-together with friends and friends of friends, friends of friends were telling us about the house they are building in Dallas, Texas. They are moving next month and the wife of the pair turned to me and said, “I hear you do cat rescue.”

Long story short, I am now in charge of two small feral cat colonies that this woman has been feeding for several years. The cats live in a town that is five miles from my house, in an alley that is home to those places where where junk cars are towed, and I will be giving them breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. 

I don’t really want the job but there is no one else who was willing to take the responsibility. The guys at the car crash places give the cats shelter, and an old guy who used to work there (sadly, now deceased)  is the one who started the colonies and he built cute little huts where their food is protected from rain and snow, and the cats look clean and plump and have all been trapped/neutered/released (ears clipped) so it’s they are well-cared for. But that will be me, in freezing rain and blistering heat and dark of night traipsing over there with bottles of water and two kinds of wet and dry food until they, or I, die. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t such a fucking sweetheart of a human being.

But that hasn’t changed the fact that July 2020 is my favorite month of the past few years because raise high the roof beam, sound the trumpets, come all ye faithful and hear the glad tidings of comfort and joy:

 

The indictment charges the Trump Organization, Trump Payroll Corporation, and Allen Weisselberg. Prosecutors allege a 15-year tax scheme, with 15 felony counts, charging

Mr. Weisselberg for failure to pay taxes on valuable benefits he and his family received from Trump, such as tens of thousands of dollars in private school tuition for one of Mr. Weisselberg’s grandchildren, a rent-free apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and leased Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Mr. Weisselberg’s wife also received her own leased Mercedes.

Weisselberg faces grand larceny, tax fraud scheme to defraud, conspiracy, falsifying business records.

Assistant District Attorney Carey Dunne said, “As spelled out in the indictment, this was a 15-year long tax fraud scheme…it was orchestrated by the most senior execs who were financially benefitting themselves and others…CFO avoided taxes on 1.7 million in income…”

The prosecutors are also working with lawyers from the office of the New York State attorney general, Letitia James, investigating whether the Trump Organization failed to pay payroll taxes on what should have been taxable income and whether Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization manipulated property values to obtain loans and tax benefits,  among other potential financial crimes

 

 

 

Just in case you are thinking that ppppffffttttt, a few tax-dodging charges are small potatoes, here’s the opinion of Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor who served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, who was one of the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors of public corruption and Wall Street crime during his tenure.

Daniel Shaviro (above), one of the foremost authorities on taxation, is the Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at New York University Law School where his research focuses on tax policy and distributive justice. So I’m going to trust these guys and I invite you to join me in popping open a bottle of pre-celebratory champagne tonight to toast the demise of Trump and his spawn.

Meanwhile, the Democratic mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico wants to have a word with the soon-to-be bankrupt kaput Trump:

Mayor Tim Keller used to be the New Mexico State Auditor, so he’s a real stickler when it comes to tax dollar expenditures, and he’ll be in office at least util 2022, so you know that he’s not going to let Turmp slide on this debt. 

Speaking of tenacious Democrats, let’s see what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is doing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Deep Shit, Trump gave a rally in Ohio on June 26 :

I almost forgot that Trump had a birthday on June 14:

And speaking of Melanoma Trump, she’s pissed that Jill Biden got a cover of vogue Magazine, something that Melanoma was never offered ins spite of her being a “model” and all . . . 

 

Whore, Republican. . . sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference:

In case you can’t read the caption, here’s the story: Edward Snodgrass, a Republican trustee for Porter County, Ohio, admitted to forging his dead father’s signature on an absentee ballot, then voting again as himself. “I was simply trying to execute a dying man’s wishes,” Snodgrass said, and claims that it’s wrong to characterize what he did as “Trump voter fraud.”

In an interview with NBC News, Edward Snodgrass said he made “an honest error” while struggling to take care of his dying father, who had advanced Parkinson’s disease. He said he had power of attorney for several years and because his dad had broken his right arm he’d already been “signing for him.” He said his dad had requested the absentee ballot.

Snodgrass is due back in court July 9 where, according to a plea agreement, he is expected to plead guilty to a reduced charge of falsification and receive a sentence of three days in jail and a $500 fine.

Initially charged with illegal voting, which is a fourth-degree felony, Snodgrass could have faced a prison sentence of six or more months along with a $5,000 fine had he not agreed to a deal.

In other MAGAt news:

 

 

I’ve written about Anna Morgan-LLoyd before, the rioter who got off on probation for her part in the January 6 insurrection because she watched Schindler’s List and was educated. Well, as soon as the judge let her off she went on Fox News (note the quotes around the word RIOT):

The interview comes a day after Morgan-Lloyd said in court that she felt ashamed for the “savage display of violence” on Jan. 6.

She pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building — a federal misdemeanor. During her sentencing, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth credited Morgan-Lloyd’s show of remorse in court and said he’d cut her “a break” in his  sentence of three years probation that avoided time in prison.

On Fox, Morgan-Lloyd minimized the deadly attack when asked by Fox host Laura Ingraham whether she considers that day to be an “insurrection.”

“I can only talk about the area I was in, and I don’t believe it,” Morgan-Lloyd, 49, said. “But as I said, that’s only from the area I was at in the Capitol. People were not breaking the windows. We see nothing.”

Jesus, MAGAts are so damn stupid.

From now on, any MAGAt’s sweetheart probation should include a ban from going on Fox TV to downplay the “riot” of January 6, and give Fox the chance to describe the plea deal as “charges fall apart”.


 

 

 

 

And now for something really important:

Prince William and Prince Harry were reunited on July 1 to unveil a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The statue is located in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace in London.

 

 

OK, I love the inspiration. But that statue is F U G L Y. It is hideous. Is it so hard to get a likeness of a person in bronze? Because this doesn’t even come close.I remember how beautiful and chic Diana was, and I, for one, am disappointed, and I can only console myself with some memes and then, some cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend, everyone. It’s been a long time, and a lot of gas lighting, and far too much leniency and forgiveness, but it’s time, Dear Ones, it’s time to celebrate the Beginning of the End. It’s going to happen. I feel it in my soul, it’s going to happen: The End of the Trump Era is nigh.

Now go and be happy!

XXOO 

 

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SUMMER!

Illustration by Lisa Aisato

Happy Summer to everyone in the northern hemisphere!

We are heading into the Happy Season here on the north shore of Long Island because here, weather-wise, we are the beige, the Toyota Camry, the Ringo of United States climate. We don’t do drama here on the Isle of Long, no hurricanes, no tornados, no floods or fires or hail storms. All we get are long sunny afternoons, starry nights, lush greenery sparkling with morning dew with only the occasional run of hot and humid days where all you do is lie in the hammock in the backyard and suck down one Long Island Iced Tea after another.

Now that we are re-emerging into a post-civid reality I feel compelled to ask, Do you have goals this Summer? Or am I getting way too Calvinist way too soon? Should we just do nothing, every day, day after day, like we did last year? Was living like that so bad?

As for me, as of June 15, I completed my 100th hour of Korean lessons and in the 100th hour I learned how to use the marker 들 to indicate plurals, but only for living things. I don’t know the marker for plurals of dead things yet. And I learned that in Korea you can get popcorn-flavored ice cream but, if that’s too artificial for you, you can also get vanilla popsicles that have actual kernels of corn embedded in them. I don’t know what it is about Koreans and corn, but I hope to get to the bottom of it when I do my Intermediate-level class beginning in August. GOALS.

I’ve also been reading lately, even novels!, which is a new development since I got vaccinated, and I think there’s a connection. All those genetic-altering substances in the Pfizer shot must be mutating me like crazy, but so far it’s only given me a high tolerance for fiction. However, in time, I expect to sprout a third arm, and I’m looking forward to that extra hand for when I’m yanking off all those spoons and nails and other magnets that keep sticking to my magnetized skin.

The best book I’ve read so far, and one I recommend whole-heartedly, is  Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. Top Cat persuaded me to watch the movie that was based on the book (the book is non-fiction and the movie invented a main character and won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year, and Best Actress, and Best Director) and much to my surprise, I thought it was beautiful. I had read about the film and it did not seem to be my cup of tea as I don’ t usually care for movies about poor people who live in vans and shit in buckets, but there’s not a lot of shitting in buckets and the scenery is astonishingy gorgeous.

So I liked the movie, read the book, and the book is better. I recommend it as a Summer Read.

Otherwise, we are kicking off our Summer with great news, courtesy of my beloved adopted home state of New York:

 

 

 

You get the idea. Justice! At last we have Justice! Maybe this will start the ball rolling as far as holding Republicans responsible for trying to subvert American democracy with lies and perversion. 

Giuliani, you remember, helped lead Donald Trump’s legal challenge to the election results, arguing without merit that the vote had been rife with fraud and that voting machines had been rigged.

The court, namely the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, wrote in a 33-page decision that Mr. Giuliani’s conduct threatened “the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law.” 

Those 33 pages are very readable. It lays out Giuliani’s various lies during his court cases, Pennsylvania and Georgia specifically, and how Giuliani claimed to have had “hundreds” of affidavits to support his [false] claims of voter fraud but never produced one, and discusses his other court appearances to lay out a very thorough case as to the actual lies that Giuliani told invidious courts, whereupon the court says:

“We conclude that there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at re-election in 2020,”

If you’re int he mood for some fun, you can read the full decision here.

Nineteen minutes after the news broke about Giuliani losing his license, Twitter already had 100,000 tweets about it. People are  estatic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere in New York news, New York City held its primaries for mayor, with 13 Democratic candidates and two Republicans competing for their party’s nomination for the November election. Curtis Sliwa, founder of the private security organization that patrols city streets since the 1980s, is running for the Republican ticket and if I lived within city limits, and I could vote for a Repuvlian without throwing up, I might vote for him:

Alas, Sliwa accepted an endorsement from — wait for it — Rudy Giuliani, so of course I hope the guy tanks, and hard. And the fact is, you can’t close  Kill shelters because that wouldn’t do a thing to control the population of unwanted animals; you have to keep the shelters open, but convert them into No-Kill shelters, FYI.

Any way, let’s hope that this “holding accountable” thing catches on:

Catching up on last week’s news, President Biden and his wife have two First Doggos living with them n the White House, and we were told that we lost one of them on Sunday:

One of the things I like about Joe Biden is that he obviously loves his dogs.

 

 

 

At the same time that the President is mourning the loss of his good boy, the Catholic bishops took the first steps into meddling in politics by announcing that they are fixing to ban Biden from receiving communion. Look, I don’t give two craps about Communion, but I do care that the bishops are sticking their noses where it doesn’t belong, especially considering how they managed to overlook systematic child abuse (that is, let’s not be coy, the rape of children by priests) in the Church for decades.

I am not a fan of the Catholic Church. 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I forget: Happy Belated Juneteenth, everyone:

So, what with the death of Champ Biden and the Catholic bishops making trouble, it was a very busy Father’s Day in America last week. And then this guy chimes in:

But you have to read this — it’s hilarious:

Is it just me, or do those line breaks (above, heading) look really dumb? And yes, that’s the genius who the Republicans and evangelicals call the Anointed One.

 

Meanwhile, the Democrats are trying to pass legislation to build American infrastructure but the Republicans don’t want rich people to chip in for it:

Did you know that we have 18 senators from states that have more cows than people in them? And guess which party they represent.

To be fair, Montana as one Republican senator and one Democratic senator. But yeah, the rest are all Republican.

Oh my, would you look at the time! We have to move on now, and catch up with the shit bags who rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6:

Richard “Bigo” Barnett (above) was released from pre-trial detention in April, but while he is waiting trial, he is on home detention and is allowed to travel only 50 miles from his residence in Gravette, Arkansas.

In a Monday court filing, Barnett’s attorney requested the restrictions on how far he can travel to be loosened so he could attend a car show. According to his attorney, Barnett lost his job after spending months in jail (for being a traitor to his country) and needs to make income by traveling to car shows to buy and sell classic cars.

The filing included a request to attend and spend the night near a car swap meet in Petit Jean Mountain, 200 miles from his residence.

Federal prosecutors opposed the request and stated that Barnett still poses a danger to the community. to support their opinion, the prosecutors referenced the interview that Barnett gave on Russian state TV on June 13, during which Barnett bragged that “I exercise my First Amendment rights every hour, every minute, and every day, and I will never stop.” 

US District Judge Christopher R. Cooper was not impressed by Barnett’s love of free speech and rejected Barnett’s travel request: “The Court is not persuaded that the defendant cannot pursue gainful employment within a 50-mile radius of his home as permitted by the current conditions,” the judge ruled. (In ophter words, “Suck it,Bigo.”

Earlier this month, Barnett auctioned off signed photos of himself in Pelosi’s office to fundraise for his legal fees.

I love the smell of Come Uppance in the morning.

Robert Reeder pled guilty to count 4 of his indictment and will be sentenced on August 18 at 2 p.m.

The FBI was tipped off about Reeder by someone who had seen the videos that Reeder took on his cell phone, showing himself storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Reeder, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, said several minutes into the video, “We’ve been getting tear-gassed — thousands of people.”

In another video you can hear him telling a Capitol Police Officer “you should retreat,” as the officer is assaulted on video.

Later, Reeder captures himself as he leaves the building: “Got shot with pepper balls. It was f****** nuts!” he said. “We had to do battle with the police inside. It was crazy, absolutely insane.”

Reeder could face a maximum sentence of six months in prison. He will also be fined. I hope he has to spend his old age working at Walmart to pay off what he owes to the U S Government.

Here’s a big one:

That’s Graydon Young, the guy who thinks he looks dashing in his 1990s-inspired goatee (above).

In a significant boost for federal prosecutors, a member of the Oath Keepers who helped the group push into the US Capitol on Jan. 6 has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges and cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation into the militant group’s activities during the insurrection.

Graydon Young’s acknowledgment that he had conspired with other members of the Oath Keepers to impede or obstruct certification of the Electoral College by “intimidating and coercing government personnel” could help the prosecution make its case that the defendants had used covert communications to plan and coordinate their actions long before the insurrection. He is the first person charged with conspiracy to agree to plead guilty.

Under the terms of his plea deal. Young, 55, has agreed to provide information and testimony to investigators and the grand jury and to serve as a witness for the government at trial. Fifteen others associated with the Oath Keepers are still facing federal charges in the case, which is the largest and arguably most ambitious prosecution to come out of the Capitol riots. 

In exchange for his cooperation, four other charges against Young were dropped, and prosecutors promised to advocate for a sentence reduction below the guideline recommendation of 63 to 78 months. Young also agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution to help cover the roughly $1.5 million in damages inflicted on the Capitol building that day.

 

 

 

The FBI have, so far, arrested 465 people in connection to the insurrection of Jan. 6 and so far, they have all been Trump supporters. So the shit bags on Fox News (Tucker Carlson) are now trying to provide cover for their Anointed One with this:

And One America News network — OAN — the far-right pro-Trump cable news outlet, is doing its best to out-Fox Fox:

This guy (above), is Pearson Sharp, now denies that he called for executions, but. . . 

And the My Pillow guy is still out there, getting attention:

Sometimes I think that I should stop reading the news. I am in a cocoon of Democratic sanity here in my little world on the north shore of Long Island, but I’m starting to think that most of America is full of lunatics. It’s scarey.

Cue the Cats.

Starting with the cats who have jobs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget the kitties looking for their Forever Homes on Petfinder.com. You know, the right name can be all the selling point these babies need to find their people:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s a wrap for the first Friday of Summer 2021. Have a great weekend, Dear Readers. Let’s practice mindfulness and kindness and whatever Naughty Wilbur did to deserve that name, let’s do that too. 

 

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There is a website dedicated to people’s stories of “mildly interesting things”, such as 

But I have to disagree. About rainbows, for one. There would never be a time when I would see a rainbow, in or out of my house, On or Off my arm, that I would say to myself, Gee, That’s mildly interesting.

I was in Nashville in July of 2012, and my most precious memory of that trip is the rainbow that I saw from our hotel window after an afternoon thunder storm:

Because of Covid, and being forced out of my gym last year, I’ve had to resort to running the streets of my neck of the woods here on the north shore of Long Island. I’ve been doing this now for 15 months, through five seasons, from as early as 4:35AM during a heat wave last July when everything smells damp and sweet, to mid-afternoon runs in the dead of Winter when the bare trees make a scenery of unfathomably complex  filigree, to early evening outings this past month when the sun touches every surface with a dusty gold and makes every shadow long and languid, and it is all almost too marvelous to bear. I think we live on an astonishingly beautiful planet, and I am glad that I spend 90 minutes a day having a one-on-one encounter with it. There is hardly a day that I don’t look around me at this sumptuous, wondrous place and go, Hey, this is a mildly interesting place to live. Life is pretty awesome here on the third rock from the Sun.

So I’ve collected photos and stories of some minor every day Earthly miracles for you this week, which we will get to in a moment. First, I want to warn you all, Dear Readers, that as of last week I am 100% an outlaw Blue Jay feather-gatherer, and by reading this you might all become accomplices in illegally collecting, admiring, or coveting Blue Jay feathers. 

I know, I KNOW,  technically,  it’s “wrong” to possess Blue Jay feathers, but on the scale of Bad Things, isn’t it, like, a point.fiver? Gathering Blue Jay feathers isn’t as bad as storming the Capitol, right? Isn’t gathering Blue Jay feathers a mild form of badness, as bad as, say, walking down the street with an ice cram cone in my back pocket, which is illegal in Kentucky:

Apparently, there was a law on the books that if a horse was on your property, you could claim it as your own. In comes the ice cream cone as a lure for the horse as you lead it to your backyard.

In Tennessee it is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

In Tennessee it is also illegal to keep a cheetah as a pet, and it is illegal to shoot any animal from a moving vehicle, except whales. Whales you can shoot from your car.

Here’s a surprise: Happy hours are illegal in Massachusetts.

Drinking games and free beer is also illegal there, and that law wasn’t passed by the Puritans, it was passed in 1984 after a sloppy drunk got killed in a car accident after winning three pitchers of free beer. 

In Scotland, it’s a legal requirement to let a stranger use your toilet if he or she asks.

OK, I got this one off the internet and I fact-checked it and this one is an urban myth. However, in Scotland, cannibalism is not against the law. 

I was trying to find out what the exact penalty for possessing a Blue Jay feather was and I couldn’t find any example of anyone actually being prosecuted for such a thing, but I did find this:

Under a 1940s anti-poaching law, possessing a bald eagle is illegal – as is possessing one bald eagle feather.  Say you’re hiking in the woods and you come across a bald eagle feather. Pick it up and put it in your packet and BOOM. You are subject to a $250,000 fine.

This law does not apply to Native Americans.

I am not Native American. 

You’ve been warned.

So now, let’s jump to the Good News!!

The Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge from GOP-led states and the Trump administration to the Obama-era health care law Thursday, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire law intact in ruling that Texas, other Republican-led states, and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court.

Only Justices Neil Gorsuch, one of former President Donald Trump’s appointees, and Samuel Alito, appointed by President George W. Bush, dissented.  

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted in reaction to the decision: ‘It’s still a BFD.’ 

President Joe Biden, then serving as vice president, had whispered to President Barack Obama, ‘This is a big f**king deal,’ at a 2010 White House event where Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed ‘Obamacare,’ into law.  

Here is the best part: Also left in place is the law’s now-toothless requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. A Republican-led Congress, trying to overturn Obamacare by bits and pieces, rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero.

The majority opinion, authored by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, argued that because Congress zeroed out the penalty, the plaintiffs – GOP-led states and the Trump administration – aren’t being harmed.  

Did you get that? The Republicans passed the one law that made it possible for the United States Supreme Court to uphold Obamacare. 

I am in heaven.

Take a victory lap, Mr. President:

This bit of Great News from Michigan arrived late yesterday:

 

U. S. District Judge Linda V. Parker is my HERO!

This is an action reference to the lawsuit filed by Sydney Powell “and a cadre of other lawyers” who wanted a judge to force Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to “decertify” the results of the November presidential election. So are, I can o only find the names of Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Stefanie Lambert Junttila, and Scott Hagerstrom, who the judge says knew or should have known that their legal claims were frivolous, and said their lawsuit “was never about winning on the merits of the claims, but rather plaintiffs’ purpose was to undermine the integrity of the election results.”

The thing is, lawyers are not allowed to sign onto, or file, a lawsuit that they know is false. This is why Judge Parker wants to drag all those who appeared in that filing to come before her so she can allow them to reap the consequences. 

I’ll let Twitter handle it from here:

 


 

 

 

 

Speaking of consequences. . .

 

I wish that every Jan. 6 insurrectionist would get 10 years, but some judges are crazy:

Anna Morgan-Lloyd (above) admitted to parading and demonstration or picketing in a Capitol Building at a court in Washington DC on Friday, with prosecutors agreeing to a proposed sentence of 40 hours community service and a $500 fine. (I would have made it at least $5,000.)

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, and is on course to be the first person to be formally punished for the January 6 riots.   

In her defense, Anna Morgan-Loyd  added that she had also watched the Tulsa Burning, a History Channel documentary film about the 1921 Tulsa massacre, and Mudbound, a 2017 film about the plight of a black man returning from World War II to a Jim Crow Mississippi. 

So we’re all good, huh?

Then let’s throw the book at this asshole:

According to the complaint, Chicago police officer Karol Chwiesiuk (above) sent text messages to someone the Sunday before the attack saying he was going to D.C. to “save the nation” and “fuck up some commies.” 

When the person who received that text message pointed out that Donald Trump had lost the election and the courts had rejected the campaign’s many legal challenges for lack of evidence or standing, Chwiesiuk responded: “Didn’t read. Busy planning how to fuck up commies.”

Chwiesiuk left Chicago on Jan. 4 and arrived in D.C. on Jan. 5, according to the complaint. He stayed at the Mayflower Hotel under a reservation made by his sister, according to cell phone geolocation data cited in the complaint.

On Jan. 5, Chwiesiuk received an email from a “Stop the Steal” email account calling on “patriots” to come to D.C. to “make history,” according to a copy of the email included in the complaint.

Chwiesiuk went to the Capitol the night before the attack and walked around the grounds, according to the complaint. Over the course of nearly half an hour, he sent 44 photo messages to three people “known to the FBI,” according to the complaint.

On the morning of Jan. 6, Chwiesiuk wrote in a text to the individual that he “knocked out a commie last night.” He sent the individual a photo of the street performer known as the “Naked Cowboy,” as well as a selfie of himself and a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat standing outside in a crowd.

 

So that’s the news of the week, Dear Readers. It looks to me as if the arc of history is bending towards justice, once again, and who knows? Maybe one day, the jails will be full of Republicans and you and I can walk the Earth in peace and love, with the knowledge that the good guys won, after all.

To prepare you for the long walks you will be enjoying in the new Era of Tranquillity, here’s some mildly interesting things about this world we live in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you eat a pineapple and your tongue begins to hurt it is due to the fact that the pineapple is eating you back thanks to bromelain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend, everyone. And remember to wish all the Trumpers you know a Happy Juneteenth!! It will make their day!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, that’s how I want to live life. I want to get dirty. I want to lose myself to pure exuberance anytime/anywhere, I want to bellyflop and make a mess and drench myself with the joy of being alive on this beautiful planet, I want to experience the rapture of sight and touch and taste and sunlight and sunsets, color and sparkle, and sweetness, and  I also want to be so damn cute that I can get away with anything.

Speaking of color and sparkle, I found the first Blue Jay feather of 2021. On Wednesday I had just started out on my daily run and I spied a gray feather on the roadway so I took a chance and picked it up — it was a primary flight feather (such as that one, above, on the bottom left). OK, that’s fine, a good omen and all, but I am greedy  so as I continued my run I said thank-you to the universe, but told the Great Spirit that I’s appreciate a tail feather, please (that’s the feather in the middle, above) because those are the big prize as far as Blue Jay feathers go.

75 minutes latermyI was on the return jog, less than three minutes from home, when I found it! I found a Blue Jay tail feather!

Actually, I found about a dozen tail feathers. And about 20 primary flight feathers, plus an array of brilliant secondaries and tertiaries. 

OK, I found a dead Blue Jay.

The bird was lying by the side of the road and I was thankful that it was early morning and no one’s dog had gotten to it first.  I said some words of gratitude to the bird spirit, and then I took off my T-shirt (I had a tank top on underneath) and wrapped it around this treasure and brought her/him (male and female Blue jays have identical plumage) home. Then I drove to the grocery store for corn meal and laid my bird to rest on a bed of corn meal, under a thick blanket of corn meal. 

This is the third deceased Blue Jay that I have had the honor to gather so I’m an old hand at the native American method of desiccation (bury the body in corn meal). So my bird will be in a linen-covered box in a cool, dry place for the next three months and then I will remove the feathers, and frame them in a shadow box for my collection. 

In case you’re wondering, it is illegal to stuff a Blue Jay or, for that matter, any song bird in America, and believe me, the taxidermists of North America are very honorable when it comes to strangers asking them if they will stuff a Blue Jay PLEASE. When I found my first dead Blue Jay I called taxidermists from Oregon to Ontario and not a single one would even consider doing a Blue Jay on the sly. Who knew that taxidermists had higher morals than politicians?

Trick question. EVERYBODY had higher morals than politicians.

Anyway, if stuffing a Blue Jay is illegal, I’m not sure it’s totally legal to possess the body of a Blue Jay, so don’t tell anyone that I have a dead Blue Jay in my cedar closet. 

Does this make me a hypocrite? I call myself an animal lover, but, then, I do have a dead Bue Jay in my cedar closet.

Taffy and Bibs (above), some of the live animals I share my living space with.

Teddy, the newest addition to our live live-in animals, had a grand week. He got a blue mousie filled with home-grown cat nip from Dear Reader MaryAnne from VA, and Teddy got drunk ASAP:

 

 

 

 

Teddy says, Wow, that’s good stuff. Thank you MaryAnne!

My vet has suggested that Teddy might not be a Ragdoll, but a Birman. He does have more of a Birman coloring, in that his points are more consistent with Birman than Ragdoll, and he has white mittens on all four feet. But he has a very Ragdoll personality, the main characteristic being that Ragdolls don’t like to be alone and they will follow their person from room to room.

I’m sitting in the den, and Teddy is the only cat who hangs around me here. He found a box that I had forgotten about under my desk, and this is him now:

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Shall we move on to the news of the week? 

Der Trumpf made a speech in North Carolina last weekend and whined about losing the election and hinting that he will be back in a big way and blah blah blah, but all anybody could talk about was whether or to he was wearing his pants backward. So, yeah, that’s all he’s good for these days, is for a little laugh, when he’s not trying to stoke another insurrection.

 

 

 

In other GOP (Republican) news, the Texas Attorney General wants everyone to know that he did his best to keep people of color and Democrats from voting in 2020:

 

 

And this MAGA shitbag, Steven Brandenburg:

Brandenburg intentionally removed 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine from its refrigeration during two successive overnight shifts in December, prosecutors said, possibly rendering them ineffective because the vaccine vials must be stored at specific temperatures.

Brandenburg then returned the vaccines to the refrigerator after knowing that they had been left out, leading to 57 people being injected with the potentially spoiled inoculations.

Brandenburg is an “admitted conspiracy theorist” who “told investigators that he believed that Covid-19 vaccine was not safe for people and could harm them and change their DNA.”

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the Wisconsin pharmacist to three years in prison.

After completing his 36-month sentence, Brandenburg will face another three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $83,000 in restitution.

The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board suspended Brandenburg’s license earlier this year, which prohibits him from practicing at state pharmacies.

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Some guy slapped French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, and by Thursday the guy had already been hauled into court and sentenced:

Why can’t we act that fast re: MAGA shitbags?

 

GOP Rep. Mo Brooks was served a lawsuit filed against him by Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell over the January 6 Capitol insurrection after months of trying to evade it.

“Well, Swalwell FINALLY did his job, served complaint (on my WIFE). HORRIBLE Swalwell’s team committed a CRIME by unlawfully sneaking INTO MY HOUSE & accosting my wife!” Brooks said on Twitter.  

Swalwell is suing former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Brooks, and Rudy Giuliani for inciting the insurrection. He accused Brooks of dodging being served and hired a private investigator to track him down. 

Brooks was one of several GOP politicians who falsely claimed there was voter fraud in the 2020 election.

“Brooks-acting in his personal capacity- conspired with the other Defendants to undermine the election results by alleging, without evidence, that the election had been rigged and by pressuring elected officials, courts, and ultimately Congress to reject the results,” Swalwell’s lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said Brooks “directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed” when he addressed the crowd before the riot, urging the crowd: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”

And here’s the latest on those shitbags who decided to follow Mo Brooks’s advice and go kick ass on Jan. 6, 2021:

Prosecutors say Sean McHugh fought with police as the mob of Trump supporters tried to breach the Capitol. Police body cam footage captured McHugh yelling, “You guys like protecting pedophiles?” “you’re protecting communists,” “I’d be shaking in your little shit boots too,” and, “there is a Second Amendment behind us, what are you going to do then?”

McHugh was convicted in 2010 on a state charge of unlawful sex with a minor. He was sentenced to 240 days in jail (which he did not serve the full term) with four years of probation. The victim was 14-years-old and McHugh was 23 when the crime occurred. 

McHugh has been charged with 8 federal crimes in regards to the riot, including trespassing charges and charges of obstructing congressional proceedings and assaulting police officers with a dangerous weapon. He hasn’t entered a plea yet.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines, Iowa, man pictured prominently with a QAnon shirt ahead of a crowd of insurgents inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack asked a judge on Monday to release him from jail, saying “he feels deceived, recognizing that he bought into a pack of lies.”

Douglas Jensen, in a document filed by his attorney, said he believed he was a “true patriot” for going to Washington at the urging of President Donald Trump. He said his intention was to only observe.

Jensen claims he is “a victim of numerous conspiracy theories that were being fed to him over the internet by a number of very clever people, who were uniquely equipped with slight, if any, moral or social consciousness.”

Jensen’s attorney Christopher Davis said in the document that Jensen was not part of any mob and simply went to Washington to watch. Davis acknowledged Jensen was in front of a crowd but argued he did that “for the now disclosed silly reason” to show his QAnon shirt to get it recognized.

Davis said Jensen neither threatened physical harm to anyone nor destroyed property. Jensen had his work pocketknife on him for protection when he went to the Trump rally preceding the march to the Capitol. However, video and photographs of Jensen have been widely distributed, showing him wearing a QAnon shirt as he pursued Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman as a mob follows them up the stairs inside the Capitol.

Jensen, 41, was arrested and jailed in Des Moines two days after he returned home from Washington. 

The court document describes Jensen as the product of a dysfunctional childhood and said he doesn’t fully understand the reasons he was pulled into the QAnon conspiracy. It speculates he could have been influenced by a mid-life crisis, the pandemic, “or perhaps the message just seemed to elevate him from his ordinary life to an exalted status with an honorable goal.”

His love and concern for his family was a “wakeup call that ended his victimization,” Davis said in the court filing.

He asked for Jensen to be released to get his affairs in order. He said Jensen’s wife is willing to drive him home to Des Moines, where he would remain under house arrest.

 

Shawn Price, 26, of Rockaway, New Jersey, is a self-described member of the Proud Boys and held a leadership position in the extremist group’s northern New Jersey chapter, according to court documents. He was charged with six federal offenses over his alleged role in the attack and made his first court appearance in his home state Tuesday afternoon.

Price was seen in photos taken at the Capitol’s lower west terrace as a crowd pushed toward police as officers fired chemical irritants, the affidavit said. Price reportedly wore goggles.

In messages to another Facebook user identified as L.H.P., whom law enforcement understood to be his mother, Price wrote that he “led the storm” of the Capitol. Price allegedly sent her a video in which he calls U.S. Capitol Police “fucking scumbags” for shooting chemical irritants at the mob on the grounds of the Capitol. The Facebook user identified as Price’s mother asked him when he was heading home and told him to “get out of there” and to “try washing… with baby shampoo” to help with the pepper spray.

 

Stephanie Baez, a 27-year-old California woman, told authorities she traveled to Washington, DC, in January to attend then-President Donald Trump’s rally and to look at medical schools, according to court documents.

She was arrested in connection to the riot on Friday in Alabama, according to the Department of Justice. At the time of her arrest Baez told authorities that she had permission to be in the Capitol on January 6 because she had previously looked up the building’s operating hours to confirm it was open so she could tour the site.

Baez documented her experience during the attack in extensive Instagram posts, praising the “patriots” who “stormed” the Capitol and offering to give an interview to a fellow Instagram user.

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You know who is a better than all those MAGAt rats put together? Yeah, that’s right. An actual rat:

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — After five years of sniffing out land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Magawa is retiring. 

The African giant pouched rat has been the most successful rodent trained and overseen by a Belgian nonprofit, APOPO, to find land mines and alert his human handlers so the explosives can be safely removed. Last year, Magawa won a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery — an honor so far exclusively reserved for dogs. 

Magawa has cleared more than 141,000 square meters (1.5 million square feet) of land, the equivalent of some 20 football fields, sniffing out 71 land mines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, according to APOPO. 

APOPO decided that African giant pouched rats were best suited to land mine clearance because their size allows them to walk across mine fields without triggering the explosives — and do it much more quickly than people. They also live up to eight years. 

In retirement, Magawa will live in his same cage as before and follow the same daily routine, but won’t be going out to the minefields anymore, said Lily Shallom, an APOPO spokeswoman.

He’ll be fed the same food, have playtime every day and get regular exercise and health checks. He eats mostly fresh fruit and vegetables, said Shallom, supplemented with small sun-dried fish for protein and imported pellets for vitamins and fiber. For 20-30 minutes a day, he is released into a larger cage with facilities such as a sandbox and a running wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

You might be wonderingHow do shitbags like Louie Gohmert get elected in the first place? It’s the old story, that mediocre white men are so sure of themselves that they get elected through sheer audacity. But it’s not just Republican politicians who get by in the world because of their entitlement. Here’s a selection of stories from a website that collects examples of Mansplaining from women in all walks of life, and it shows how highly most men think of themselves:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the antidote for all of that shitbaggery:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s all for this week, Dear Readers. I hope you’ll find a great mud puddle this weekend, and go for a nice long dunk in exhilaration. BTS is dong two live concerts this weekend from South Korea, so you know Teddy and I will be back at this desk at 5:30 AM on Monday and Tuesday, watching the feed from Seoul Olympic Stadium.

And then we’ll both curl up in Teddy’s box and dream filthy, mud-splatterd dreams. Good dirt. Isn’t that what being alive’s all about?

See you next Friday.

XXOO

 

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Does everyone get the Game of Thrones reference? I’ve never watched the show, but I’ve picked up enough about it to find this funny. 

It’s almost Summer! Are we getting into the Summer mood? Or, if you’re in Australia, did your Summer of 2021 blow the doors off of Summer 2020? (Asking for a friend.)

Horror movie reference, the horror movie being I Know What You Did Last Summer.

 

The Office (American version) reference.

 

Avengers reference. And that’s the last hi-concept gag.

 

 

June is Pride Month! I support Pride Month and our LGBTQ family, and here’s news item that makes me believe that we are normalizing us straight people being LGBTQ allies…the arc of history does bend towards justice and acceptance and love:

Male teachers in Spain have been wearing skirts to school as part of a campaign challenging gender stereotypes. The Clothes Have No Gender (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero) movement was launched by Maths teacher Jose Piñas in November after one of his students was expelled and forced to visit a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school.

The drive gathered pace again last month when Manuel Ortega, 37, and Borja Velaquez, 36, of Virgen de Sacedon primary school in Valladolid ditched their trousers for skirts. The pair put their knees in the breeze for the month of May after seeing one of their students bullied for wearing a t-shirt featuring an anime character, forcing him to change outfit. Ortega said he was ‘horrified’ by the merciless teasing, which prompted him to team up with Velaquez and ‘promote tolerance by wearing a skirt for the month of May.

That said, I’m selfishly thinking that maybe this is the year that I get Top Cat to wear a kilt. He’s got the legs for it.

In other important news. . . 

I was rummaging through YouTube this past week, looking for new things to put on my exercise playlist. I had already put “5 O’Clock World” by The Vogues on one of my lists, so the algorithm fetched this gem for me:

I have not heard this song in, oh, 53 years. Yes, I was alive in 1968, and I remember hearing it on the AM radio as I sat in the back seat of our Ford Starliner . . .

. . .  when I was not fast enough to yell “Shotgun” first, when our mother took me and my sister to Lit Brothers department store in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, for new Keds.

Turn Around got a second life when it was used in a horror film series called “Final Destination” in the early 2000s, and in a Volkswagen commercial in 2019, so younger kids know of the song.  I  browsed through the comments that a few of the 2.2 million listeners listeners on YouTube left for Turn Around, and I was quite touched. I’ve screen-shot a portion to show you, but the print is really small so I’ve also transcripted these for you, just keep scrolling.

Read all the way to the end:

John Wilkinson writes,     I’m 66 and know that nostalgia is a mild form of depression, but I don’t care. I love this s***.

Harley Atkins:      We started dating in June of 1968. She was wearing a ring that another guy gave her. He had moved away. We dated for a couple of months. This song became popular. I told her I really liked it and it felt like it applied to us. That was 52 years ago. We are still a couple.

Ray Brunka:        I’m 81 now and this takes me back to the 50s and 60s when I got married. I want to go back to that time.

poipu beachboy:     If you find a way Ray, let me know..  [Poipu is a beach in Hawaii]

WesB1972:      I am with you!

Gail UNDERHILL:     This is one of my top ten favorite songs!!! I’m a widow, so I slow dance while playing it.

SCP173:     these comments are all very sad…I’m 16.

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Do you think that 16-year-old SCP173 is getting her first inkling of how fast life goes by? In 2074 this will be her, listening to the Song of Summer 2021, thinking about the good old days and her first love, wondering, Where did the time go? Where did the time go??

BTW, The Vogues are still performing their old hits, as a three-man group. DO NOT look up their 2020 videos on YouTube. The Vogues…

…were not hot guys in the 1960s, and they are certainly not hot guys 53 years later, and watching them sing Turn Around might make you shudder at what 53 years does to a human body, including yours, no matter what you think your mirror tells you. Hint: it ain’t pretty.

I don’t have any place else in this blog to put this fun news item below, so let me segue from Oldies From the 60s to Old Farts and Why We Are Fed Up With Them and Thier Trumper Asses:

Speaking of Trumper asses, the Republicans in the United States Congress were successful in voting down the proposition of setting up an official inquiry into the insurrection at the Capitol of January 6, 2021.

 

The Senate needed 10 Republican senators to vote with them to make the  60 votes out of 100 senators to pass the resolution, but they only got 6.

 

 

I think “shitbag” is my new favorite word when describing Republicans.

11 shitbag enators didn’t even bother to show up and vote for this bill, including 2 Democrats,who both cited”personal family reasons” for their absence:

 

 

Ted Lieu is the Democratic representative from the 33rd congressional district of California.

 

The usual Republican shitbags are out in full force, trying to topple our democracy. I  don’t know why the government hasn’t locked up these wing nuts for sedition yet:

 

 

And this 3-star asshole:

 

 

And just for fun, here’s a shitbag from the Potato State:

I can only trust that there is a huge Department of Justice machine in the background, working on a massive round-up of each and every seditionist and spewer of The Big Lie in the near future. 

 

This (below) almost made my Feel Good portion of the blog (but I have an even better MAGAt story to cheer you all up):

 

It’s almost comforting to know how delusional he really is, so that his downfall will be all the sweeter when he will be forced to face reality:

 

 

And now for a regular feature of this blog, the update on how goes the FBI investigation and arrests of shitbag insurrectionists:

 

 

 

A Florida man who wore a “Trump 2020” T-shirt and carried a Trump flag as he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Wednesday, becoming the second defendant to reach a plea deal in connection with the Capitol attach. 

Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding on Wednesday, while four other charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal. Hodgkins told Judge Randolph D. Moss that he had been in counseling through his employer since his arrest.

Theoretically, the maximum sentence for the charge is 20 years in prison, but defendants rarely receive the maximum, and Hodgkins (who the government did not allege engaged in any violence) will almost certainly receive a much shorter sentence. The ultimate sentence will be determined by the judge, who will consider Hodgkins’ criminal history and other factors before imposing a sentence. Judge Moss said that, based on what he knows today, the sentencing recommendation under the guidelines would be between 15 and 21 months in prison.
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Meanwhile, shitbag Republican governors are signing away extra unemployment assistance to force minimum-wage workers back to their miserable, exploitive, unsafe jobs:

In Texas, the shitbag governor is legalizing the open carry of guns by anybody, anytime, anywhere:

A man with a holstered handgun visits the Texas capitol.

 

 

Remind me again. Why did we fight to keep these sites in the union? Any chance we can get them to secede some time soon?

 

Here is the long-awaited Feel Good portion of this week’s news:

Far-right Christian talk show host and all-around shitbag Rick Wiles has been hospitalized and was placed on oxygen after contracting coronavirus, less than a month after he said he would never get vaccinated. Last month he told his audience that he was not getting vaccinated against the virus because he believed the vaccine was being used to commit a “genocide” that would wipe out hundreds of millions of people.

I am not going to be vaccinated,” Wiles said, according to Right Wing Watch. “I’m going to be one of the survivors. I’m going to survive the genocide… The only good thing that will come out of this is a lot of stupid people will be killed off. If the vaccine wipes out a lot of stupid people, well, we’ll have a better world.”

TruNews, Wiles’ website, perhaps sensing that news of Wiles’s hospitalization would make his critics gleeful, warned of eternal damnation for anyone who is taking joy in his suffering:

“Already, the naysayers and mockers have started with their taunts,” the website said. “Let them speak their foolish words and let them mock. It will only serve to be used to fuel their flames of torment in hell unless they repent.”

Here’s some background on this shitbag:

When the COVID-19 virus began to spread around the world in late 2019 and early 2020, right-wing broadcaster and anti-semitic conspiracy theorist (and Christian) Rick Wiles immediately declared it to be a plague sent by God to purge the world of sin as the Last Days approached.

“There is a death angel on the loose right now,” Wiles said in January 2020.

When a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York died of the virus in March 2020, Wiles proclaimed  that it was God’s judgment:

“There is a plague underway,” Wiles said. “There is a death angel across the world, and your only safety is in Christ.”

When an outbreak occurred at a synagogue in Israel in the same month, Wiles was quick to assert that it was a punishment from God:

“God is spreading it in your synagogues!” Wiles bellowed. “You are under judgment because you oppose his son, Jesus Christ. That is why you have a plague in your synagogues.”

 When vaccines became available in 2021, Wiles declared them to be part of an Antichrist plot to carry out a global genocide (against Christians, the most persecuted people on the planet [sarcasm here from yours truly]).

Rick Wiles is 67 years old, which puts him at high risk for serious complications of Covid. As of today, Friday, June 4, 20201, the shitbag is still alive, but I’crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to bring you good news of God’s judgment next week.

And while we are on the subject of Covid:

 

 

And now that we’re caught up with all the news of the past week, let’s unwind and relax into our pre-Friday well-deserved cocktail hour mode:

 

 

When I came across this I was SHOCKED:

I love chipotle chilis. I slather almost everything I eat with chipotle chilis. And Today I Learned (TIL) that a  chipotle chili is merely is dehydrated jalapeño. Well, who’d-a thunk it?

Enjoy these other TIL tidbits:

TIL that during WWI, the MI5 used Girl Guides to deliver secret messages. They used Girl Guides instead of Boy Scouts because they found that the Boy Scouts weren’t efficient enough, and they were boisterous, and talkative. 

 

TIL: Faced with severe pilot shortage during WWII, the USA started a program called WASP (Women Airfare Service Pilots) to train women to be pilots. 1100 women volunteered to fly military aircraft. They were finally granted military status in the 1970s and were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

Because of the lack of an Oxford comma in the wording of a state law laying out what activities qualify a worker for overtime pay, more than 120 drivers for the Oakhurst Dairy became eligible for a multi-million dollar settlement for unpaid overtime. 

(Speaking of commas, I read this headline (below) and thought that Harry Reid, the lead singer of Blink-182, had the same name as a famous Nevada politician and I thought to myself, “Huh, I didn’t know that he was also a terrorist negotiator,” and I’m, like,  smart…but that absent comma fooled me. BTW, if you have the chance to read the New Yorker magazine piece about UFOs, you should.)

 

TIL in Cuba, picking up hitchhikers is mandatory for government vehicles if passenger space is available. 

 

TIL of Ken Allen, a Borneo orangutan in the San Diego Zoo who escaped his enclosure three times. Ken never acted aggressively toward anyone during his escapes, and generally all he did was wander around the zoo looking at other animals. 

 

TIL the Meerkats are the most murderous animals on earth. 20% of all meerkats die at eh hands of another meerkat.

 

TIL that baby owls sleep down on their stomachs because their heads are too heavy. They do the until they are large enough to sleep upright.

 

TIL in 1980 the FBI formed a fake company and attempted to bribe members of Congress. Nearly 25% of those tested accepted the bribe, and were convicted.

(Ha! I’m old enough to remember Turn Around and ABSCAM! The guy pictured (above) is ex-Senator Harrison A. Williams of New Jersey, who served 2 years in a federal pen for accepting ABSCAM bribes, the first senator in 80 years to be thrown in jail. Let’s hope our Democratic leaders also remember a time when guilty people went to prison, even when they were senators, or ex-presidents, OK?)

 

TIL: There is a Canadian island called Devon Island, which is the largest uninhabited island in the world and it is used to simulate the Mars environment by scientists because of its uncanny similarity with the Martian surface.

 

 

TIL while the Venus Flytrap is available all over the world through cultivation, it only grows naturally in a small area in the coastal plain of North and South Carolina.

 

No one stops a guy or girl carrying a pizza. It can get you backstage to concerts.

(Do you think this works if you’re a 65-year-old Trump hater trying to get backstage at a BTS concert?)

TIL that Kyrgyzstan is more distant from the ocean than any other nation. At a minimum of 1620 miles from any ocean, it is the most land-locked state in the world. 

 

TIL that Louis Vuitton burn any excess stock at the end of each year to maintain exclusivity and avoid discount prices.

 

If you ask someone if they know ALL the words to “I’m a Little Teapot”, around 80% of the people you ask will start singing it. 

Half of those will do the hand gestures.

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I cannot overstate how much dressing well and being well groomed will impact your life. It’ll drop the difficulty by two or three levels. No joke. People will treat you VASTLY differently. The oppositge is also true.

 

If you are punctual, smartly dressed, and quite friendly, you can actually get pretty far in most jobs without being that good at anything, or trying very hard.

(This is true. I’ve done it myself. )

 

Several times in life I’ve cold called a company to confirm my interview time. I didn’t have one prior to my call, but in their confusion and inability to even find my resume, I’ve managed to secure an interview about four out of five mites. Twice I’ve gotten the job offer.

(If anyone out there reading there actually tries this, let me know how it goes.)

 

 

 

As an adult, you can tell almost any kid who is running to stop running and they will.

 

Take a dollar bill and flip it over. Now take a 5 dollar bill and tape it to the upside down single with as little tape as possible. Now feed the 5 dollar bill into a change machine. The coin machine reads the “5”, gives you quarters, then reads the upside down single, rejects the bill, and boom, you got yourself a felony.

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And that’s it for this week, Dear Readers. 

Oh, wait!! We did a whole blog post without one cat!! 

Have a great weekend, everyone. As I am so fond of you all, I want to share my new favorite word, “shitbag”,  so all you have to do is say it five times in the appropriate context and it’s yours. If you live in America, that should take you, oh, five minutes.

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The Big News

Here’s the big event here at Too Many Cats Manor:

This is Teddy, a blue-eyed lilac point Ragdoll, my dream cat, the first long hair cat I’ve ever had in my 65 years of being a cat person. Three weeks ago he was found wandering the mean streets of Melville, Long Island, an affluent hamlet with a population of 19,985 where median household income is $170,881 per year. So, yeah, it makes sense that their stray cats are purebred Ragdolls.

This tough customer was taken to a vet and scanned and yes, he is chipped, but the chip was never registered so, for all intents and purposes, he was a homeless cat.

I saw a photo of him on my next door neighbor’s phone and I said, “He’s mine.” So he came to us two weeks ago and I got him to the vet last Friday to get him cleared for integration into our herd. He is 5 – 7 years old and a little underweight at 12 pounds, but he’s in good condition except for some skin issues that should clear up with medicine in a few weeks. 

I’ve never had a long hard cat to care for, so I asked the vet to show me how to get knots out of his fur and I have to say, combing Teddy and un-knotting his luxurious fur  with his special comb is weirdly satisfying. He is a cuddle bug, a talker, and has the slow, easy-going temperament of a classic Ragdoll. He has to stay isolated from the other cats because of his skin condition, so he’s up in my workroom for now. I don’t get a lot of work done when I’m in my workroom because Teddy thinks that when we are together it’s 100% Teddy Time, and who am I to argue with the boss? He’s is beautiful, funny, likes people, and prefers not be picked up (if you reach for him, he’ll go limp and roll onto the floor and show you his tummy), and I adore him.

So that’s the big news I’ve kept under wraps for two weeks. I apologize if some of you were thinking that the news would be more momentous, such as the world held a secret vote and elected me Boss Of Everyone (I’m still standing by for the job, should I be elected, at any time, by the way), or that I got hit on the head and now speak English with a Portuguese accent. I am sorry if you are disappointed that it’s “only” cat news, but have you seen Teddy’s eyes?? 

Last week, Dear Reader Rachel took me to task about my crack that 1984 (the year) was 37 years old (in 2021), making it (in Alabama years) a toothless hag. Rachel happens to be related to several fine and gracious Alabama women who held on to their beauty and their elegance well into their 60s. I want to say that I am sorry for the wisecrack, and for defaming Alabama womanhood, when it is clearly Wyoming who sets the standard when we discuss slack-jawed in-bred MAGAts:

Anthony Bouchard has been a Wyoming State Senator since 2017 — yes, he holds public office — and here is what he had to say about being “outed” :

“So, bottom line, it’s a story when I was young, two teenagers, girl gets pregnant,” he said in the Facebook Live video. “You’ve heard those stories before. She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”

Got it? He’s Romeo, and the poor 14-year old child is Juliet. It’s romantic! And the stuff of classical literature!

Anyhow, the two were legally able to get married at the time because Florida law allowed underage  marriage with a judge’s approval if a pregnancy was involved and a parent consented. 

The lawmaker said he was pressured to abort the baby. “I wasn’t going to do it, and neither was she,” he said. “And there was pressure to have her banished from their family. Just pressure. Pressure to go hide somewhere. And the only thing I could see as the right thing to do was to get married and take care of him.”

That guy who thinks a rapist is just the kind of feller who should be in Congress, Brent Bozell, is an American conservative writer and activist who founded the Media Research Center and the Parents Television Council.  In addition, he serves on the board for the Catholic League for Oppressing Women and Covering Up Sex Crimes by Priests… I mean, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights  and has served on the board of directors in the American conservative Union. 

So, anyway, Romeo and Juliet divorced after three years of shotgun marriage. Bouchard’s ex-wife killed herself when she was 20, he said. Online records list a woman with her name as dying in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1990 and being buried in Georgia. 

And about that baby that was born to two crap people:

“Sadly, he’s made some wrong choices in his life,” Bouchard said. “He’s almost become my estranged son. Some of the things that he’s got going on his life, I certainly don’t approve of them. But I’m not going to abandon him. I still love him. Just like when he was born.”

Bouchard’s son is currently in prison, awaiting trial on charges of  kidnapping and raping a 51-year old woman, those are the “wrong choices” that he’s made. Since when did kidnapping and rape become a “choice”? Are you as fed up as I am about people who white-wash evil deeds and truly terrible people by saying their disgusting, immoral, ugly acts are “choices”?

But, getting back to Dear Reader Rachel, let’s not let Alabama totally off the hook. 

Alabama’s anti-abortion law makes abortion after 20 weeks a felony, unless necessary to save a woman’s life or to avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions.  Physicians in violation of the law would be guilty of a Class C felony which carries a one- to 10-year jail sentence and possibly a fine.  

 

 

Pennsylvania, you too can go fuck yourself:

 

 

In other Republican shitheel news:

 

 

 

 

President Biden wants a vote in the Senate to create a Jan 6 Insurrection commission by Memorial Day (May 31). 

 

 

This is a photo of the Republican senator from Wisconsin explaining to reporters why he will vote No for a Jan 6 investigation:

He’s in step with the leader of the Republican senators, Mitch McConnell:

 

 

 

 

Let’s check in on how the round-up of those seditious morons is going:

 

 

And here’s an interesting story about a rioter named Billy Chrestman, a 47-year old unemployed sheet metal worker from Kansas was charged with threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer and carrying a wooden ax handle while in the Capitol building and on the grounds. Prosecutors allege that Chrestman, 47, was a key player in the riot:

Chrestman was receiving disability and was under the care of the Department of Veterans Affairs when he went to Washington to overthrow the 2020 election. His lawyers state that he should be released fro jail while he awaits trial because “His current detention status places him in danger of losing those significant benefits,” 

In addition to the health issues, the motion said, Chrestman has family obligations.  His lawyers filed a motion, telling the court: “The residence he shares with his common-law partner … and their six children is in danger of foreclosure, placing the whole nuclear family in jeopardy of homelessness,” it said.

Twitter was not impressed with Chrestman’s sob story:

What. A. Loser.

Meanwhile,  Republicans are still trying to screw working people:

Mind you, this is free money to the states. The federal government wants to underwrite the cost of giving working people an extra $300 a week in addition to their paltry state benefits which, in some cases, amounts to a mere $104 a month.

And then there’s this guy:

Jaimie Dimon, head of JPMorgan bank in 2008, got a $29 billion “loan” from the Federal Reserve to help it stay afloat during that year’s catastrophic financial crises; with that money, he bought Chase Manhattan bank to become the head of J P Morgan Chase. In 2013, Dimon reached a settlement with the Department of Justice after receiving the U.S. attorney’s draft complaint documenting its “alleged” role in underwriting fraudulent securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Following the bank’s $13 billion financial agreement, a record-setting settlement, the draft complaint was never filed. 

Jamie Dimon is a billionaire who thinks working people shouldn’t get $300 a week from the federal government in unemployment benefits during a pandemic. 

Fuck you, Jaimie Dimon.

It goes without saying that Mitch McConell should go fuck himself too:

 

 

 

And now for the Feel Good news:

 

 

 

 

And This:

If you’ve been to your local McDonald’s lately, you might have ordered some chicken nuggets and received, with them, two special dipping sauces:

That’s Korean of course, because of these guys:

McDonald’s has partnered with BTS to offer a special chicken meal with flavors inspired by South Korean cuisine. I didn’t know they had Cajuns in Korea, but, OK. 

My Twitter is overflowing with stories from BTS fans, known as ARMY, getting their BTS meal and associated BTS swag. For BTS fans and for some Asian Americans, just seeing the Korean language associated with a brand as ubiquitous and as “American” as McDonald’s has made them very emotional, in a time when racist violence against Asian Americans is at an all-time high.

One story stood out to me, told by a 40-year old ARMY whose husband drove her ,in their van,  to McDonald’s so she could get the BTS meal. She happened to meet another  ARMY in the line, a younger woman in her 20s, and they both fan-girled over the group and then they ran to their cars and exchanged BTS gifts which they, as crazy ARMYs do, keep on hand for when they meet what is called “an ARMY in the wild”.

Then the 40-year old ARMY got back to her husband . . . 

 

The nearest McDonald’s to me is two towns away, and I don’t like McDonald’s, and I haven’t eaten a Big Mac since the early 1990s, but I’m thinking of heading out today to get my BTS meal just to get those sauces and the paper bag that the meal comes in (it has the BTS logo on it). I can always give the nuggets to the raccoons.

Other Thoughts For The Day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are also very smelly.

 

No cats this week. How about some amazing thrift store finds?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for this week, Dear Readers. 

Have a great weekend, everyone. In America it’s a holiday weekend, Memorial Day, the unofficial start of Summer. It will be cool and rainy here on the north shore of Long Island, after a beautiful two week stretch of perfect low-humidity, 76 degree days. I bought us a hammock! We won’t get to use it this weekend, but I like the great indoors and I hope that everyone reading this will share what they love with someone — a friend, a partner, a stranger, ME IN THE COMMENTS SECTION — and feel connected and meaningful.

 

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This is how Spring is done on my street here on the north shore of Long Island:

April 13

 

late April

 

May 19

I live on a short street — there’s just six houses on my side of the avenue. This (above) is how it looks at the top of the street, and is where I begin each day when I go for my 6-mile run. But Long Island is a funny place. Sure, it looks like we’re in the middle of nature here and, in fact, it is very country-estate-like up in this area, and that’s why I love spending the best part of my day running around these back roads.  But this is the classy end of the street. That’s because this end of the street (above) is in what is actually called “The Estates“, while the other end of the street is in what we know as “The Heights“. The other end of the street is, well, what you’d call not classy:

That’s a small Persian restaurant on the left (with the blue awning) and that’s a paint store, on the right, where all the day laborers gather in the morning. My street intersects one of the main drags of Nassau County, Long Island. this intersection is busy and noisy and is infamous for its semi-annual car crashes. On the far corner, on the other side of this main drag,  is a car dealership. It sells Porches.

Our house — Too Many Cats Manor — is the third house down from the restaurant and is the last house in The Heights. Our next door neighbors, slightly uphill from us, officially live in The Estates. We in The Heights have to haul our trash cans out on the curb twice a week, which our neighbors in The Estates don’t have to do; the neighbor’s trash guys know where they store their rubbish and will fetch their trash bins personally, three times a week, which is classier. 

I’m explaining this to you so you’ll understand the context for my next story. I was on the phone, talking to a friend of my next door neighbor’s (the one who lives in The Estates) about a cat situation (she does rescue, like me). My next door neighbor’s friend was in her car, so the phone reception tended to blank out for a split second every once in a while. She was telling me about how she caught her latest cat, which she did while her husband was away — and the phone blanked out for a split second, and all I heard was something that sounded as if her husband had either “gone to London” or “gone hunting”.

I thought it over and, given what I know about this neck of the Long Island woods, it made much more sense to me that her husband had “gone to London”.

It turned out that, in fact, her husband had “gone hunting”. I was flabbergasted. I know far more people who have “gone to London” than who have ever “gone hunting”. Like, by a ratio of 20 to 1, and I think I’m lying about the “1” because I don’t want to sound like a Lady Bracknell, but I really can’t think of anyone I know who has “gone hunting”.

Is that just a Long Island thing? Or, am I too precious for this world, or what?

I know we have a diverse group of people who read this blog so I’m asking you: Do you know more people who have gone to London, or gone hunting? I will report my findings next week.

Meanwhile, about last week, about how I have a thing I was saving to tell you about this week, I can’t, because the thing that was supposed to happen at 9:30 AM on Monday got postponed (not by me) until 3:00 PM Friday, which hasn’t happened yet, so I am very sorry but I have to drag out the suspense one more week.

But speaking of London, a blogger-friend who lives in London AND YET probably still knows more people who have gone hunting, who you readers know as Steve in the Comments, reminded me last week that 1984 was 37 years ago.  37, in Alabama years, means 1984 is a Grandma with half her teeth missing and a dusty Precious Moments figurine collection. 1984 is olden days, done for, dark ages, old-fashioned…and I still remember 1984 as fun and with-it, wild and shocking.

Happily for me, I will never be a Grandma, having had the foresight to not have children, so Yours Truly will forever fun and with-it, wild and shocking. 

Let’s roll the tape:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People age so differently, right? See below.

 

 

I love that this Grandma doesn’t, apparently, waste time doing much housework, either.

 

 

 

 

 

The political story that I am obsessed with this week is the Democrats’ attempt to form a Congressional inquiry into the insurrection on Jan. 6, 20201, when Trump supporters were ordered by their president to march to the Capitol and take their country back, whose ensuing riot was facilitated by certain enabling Republicans.  The Republicans are fighting the formation of this inquiry because they say they want to “move on”, but really it’s because they don’t want to be forced to lie under oath about what they did on Jan. 6.

 

 

 

 

Remember this guy (below) from last week? Representative Andrew Clyde? Republican from Georgia? Who said that the rioters were, for the most part, well-behaved and like regular tourists?

The internet isn’t finished with Representative Andrew Clyde yet:

 

This is from live TV coverage of the riot from inside the House of Representatives:

 

 

 

The caption to this reads, We always come in this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the best news yet — New York State Attorney General, Leticia James, is going after Trump and his spawn:

This is why I Love New York:

In other Bad News for Deplorables:

Remember this guy? The guy in the hat? Goes by the name QAnon Shaman?

He’s got a lawyer :

In case you can’t read the text, lawyer Albert Watkins says that “his client had Asperger’s syndrome and indicated that Chansley’s mental state — and the impact of Trump’s “propaganda” efforts — would play a role in his case. 

“A lot of these defendants — and I’m going to use the colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they’s all fuckig short-bus people,” Watkins told TPM (Talking Point Memo). “These people with brain damage, they’re fucking retarded, they’re on the goddam spectrum.”

“But they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they’re part of our country. these aren’t bad people, they don’t have pro criminal history. Fuck, they were subject to four-plus years of goddam propaganda the likes of which the world has not seen since fucking Hitler.”

Hmmmmm. 

With a lawyer like this, who needs enemies?

Then there’s this guy:

After his arrest for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol building and kicking a police officer on Jan. 6, Patrick Montgomery was released from custody and allowed to return to Colorado — with a few stipulations, including that he not possess any firearms.

So federal prosecutors said they were disturbed to learn that Montgomery recently shot and killed a 170-pound mountain lion and then proudly posed for photos with the corpse. Colorado officials say he also broke state laws because he was banned from owning firearms due to an old felony robbery conviction.

Federal prosecutors have files a motion to revoke his release and asked a judge to place the 48-year old on house arrest with a GPS monitor. He could also face new state charges.

YES PLEASE, throw this son of a bitch in jail. Or, give the mountain lions of Colorado their own rifles and declare Open Season on Patrick Montgomery.

And then there’s Traci Sunstrom:

Sunstrum faces the following charges according to a criminal complaint: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. No charges pending for having shitty taste in clothes.

 

Meanwhile, the Republicans are still re-conting the votes in Maricopa County, Arizona, looking for thousands of votes that were changed from Trump to Joe Biden, causing the Orange Shit Stain to lose the state’s 11 electoral votes. This is such a farce that even some Republicans have had enough:

Here’s the story from the AP:

The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on Saturday called a Trump statement accusing the county of deleting an elections database “unhinged” and called on other Republicans to stop the unfounded accusations.

“We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country,” Richer tweeted. Richer became recorder in January, after defeating the Democratic incumbent.

The former president’s statement came as Republican Senate President Karen Fann has demanded the Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors come to the Senate to answer questions raised by the private auditors she has hired. The Senate took possession of 2.1 million ballots and election equipment last month for what was supposed to be a three-week hand recount of the presidential race won by Democratic President Joe Biden. The re-count was supposed to have ended on May 14.

Instead, the auditors have moved as a snail’s pace and had to shut down Thursday after counting about 500,000 ballots. They plan to resume counting in a week, after high school graduation ceremonies planned for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, which they rented for the recount.

Republican State Senate President Fann hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity firm, to oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county. They are conducting a hand recount of all 2.1 million ballots and looking into baseless conspiracy theories suggesting there were problems with the election, which have grown popular with supporters of Trump.

“Enough with the defamation. Enough with the unfounded allegations,” Richer tweeted Thursday. “I came to this office to competently, fairly, and lawfully administer the duties of the office. Not to be accused by own party of shredding ballots and deleting files for an election I didn’t run. Enough.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Thursday that the voting machines Republicans turned over to private companies as part of their audit (now called “fraudit”) of the 2020 elections are no longer safe for use in future elections.

In a letter sent to Maricopa County officials and shared with NBC News, Hobbs, a Democrat, cited security concerns about losing the chain of custody over the equipment when it was handed over to the auditors and urged the county to get new machines. If it does not, her office would consider decertifying the equipment involved in the audit, she wrote. That would remove the machines from service.

State Senate Republicans subpoenaed nearly 400 of Maricopa County’s election machines, along with ballots cast by voters in November’s election, to facilitate an unusual audit of the election results. The GOP hired private firms, led by the Florida-based cybersecurity company Cyber Ninjas, to do the work.

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Much like the Arizona re-count, the pandemic keeps dragging on. But we’re definitely at the beginning of the end, right? So here’s some final, last words about Covid:

 

Segue to the Feel Good portion of this blog:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sign says,

Bad Day? Take a Pinwheel.

Have a great weekend, everyone. I hope Spring is lightning your heart, or Fall is mellowing your soul, depending on the hemisphere, either way they both go down well with pinwheels and Fridays and a nice cold glass of pinot grigio and this:

 

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