June 2021


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:


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.


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.


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.



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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.

* * * * *

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.

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.



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.


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.

See you next week.


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