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.