My New Favorite Word.

 

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.

See you next week.

XXOO

6 Comments, RSS

  1. Now I have “Five O’Clock World” stuck in my head. Gosh, thanks.

    I, too, am enlightened now about chipotle.

    Can we send all of the shitbags we can find to that Martian island in Canada, please? And their guns, too?
    That would be swell, though not very fair to Canadians. Okay, how about we send them to actual Mars?

    Even better.

  2. I don’t know the Vogues, but I’m going to go look up that song! In general I love late ’60s pop.

    I can testify that the comment about kids running is completely untrue. I tell kids at school to stop running all the time (usually through the library) and they just run faster to get away from me.

    I’m not sure why the Venus flytrap thing has a picture of a pitcher plant and not a Venus flytrap. Things that make you go “Hmmmm….” (I think they do live in roughly the same place and they’re both carnivorous, so I suppose that’s something.)

    I remember Abscam too! In fact our local congressman (Richard Kelly) got nailed! My mom was thrilled because she hated him.

  3. ok, that wore me out reading everything, but I was watching for those cats. Whew! You just made it at the end.
    Well there are indeed some “shitbags” in DC that have been bribed for sure. The whole thing is just disgusting.
    Happy for some summer days when I can go outside and try to for a few moments forget the craziness in our world.

  4. Felicity Liebert

    Um, it was reported on the news in Melbourne that Michael Flynn likes the idea of a coup. Not that he’d care what we know or think down here but that’s an awfully long way to try and spread a cover up.
    Vivian, if you Google something like:’ Australian map overlaying United States’ you’ll see how big Australia is. It’s a well kept secret. Not that you can actually live in most of it but still, there’s less than 26 million of us. Plenty of room for a couple more. I don’t know how you’re staying sane, i really don’t.

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