Wednesday, July 22, 2020

 Okay, look. Since my dumbass volunteered to do four pieces of Actual Paying Work, two having to do with labor laws in New York, I was up until 5 a.m. last night writing. So, I’m not only tired and groggy, my brain is still mush and, on top of that, I still have to edit the whole mess and pare some of it down. Big time, son.

 With that in mind, we’re going to make this short and sweet. Luckily, there is a plethora of outrageous bullshit happening across the country. Hell, the biggest issue is where to start. So, since a catfish rots from the head, let’s start at the very top.

 Sensing a need to look like he knows what he’s doing but not inclined to actually try anything new, Trump restarted his daily COVID-19 briefings he’d abandoned back in April. He stopped them because they were making him look clueless and, true to form, yesterday’s jibber-jabber was fairly empty of substance but long on bullshit. He’s decided to tell his horde of drooling howler monkeys that wearing a mask is “patriotic” but he’s about three months too late on that.

 Interestingly, considering all the other things he’s ignoring, when someone asked him about the recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite girlfriend of noted pederast and friend to the rich Jeffery Epstein, he just said he “wished her well“. Friends, that is goddamn weird, especially considering he has something like 23 credible accusations of sexual assault labeled against, including underage girls, documented ties to partying with Epstein, and just being a general creep while owning the Miss Teen USA agent. He also went on the record as saying Epstein’s island was a cesspool, which is also goddamn weird. Usually he saves that sort of language for cities that didn’t go for him in 2016.

 Somewhat connected, Twitter banned the accounts of over 7,000 people participating in the whole QAnon business for spreading false information. Now, I really haven’t put much emphasis on that whole thing because, frankly, I’ve done the research and it comes off as another “Satanic Panic” to me. That being said, the “movement” has become a significant force on both Twitter and in American politics, with Q-heads getting within sniffing distance of Congress and the President giving it tacit approval.

 Twitter, being Twitter, has pretty much let them run wild since Trump got into office, so the timing of the ban is interesting if nothing else. Some are arguing that his shout-out to Maxwell and attempting to shift focus on to Prince Andrew is the dumb bastard basically admitting he’s tangled up somehow in the whole Epstein business. Me, I don’t know, but I will say this. I find it more believable that Trump’s paid money to have sex with a teenager than he’s heading up a secret, worldwide sting on an international cabal of baby-eating pedophiles and shit’s going to go down any day now (for the past three years). Really, y’all, that guy?

 I think I’m going to save it for Friday but I do want to touch on the ongoing fascist crackdown by the Department of Homeland Security of protests in Portland. If anyone tells you it’s anything but a feeble attempt by a cheap-jack wanna-be authoritarian trying to pump some life in a dying campaign and pull attention away from the Administration’s total bungling of the COVID-19 crisis, they’re lying like a rug. Because that’s what it is, and the real funny part is it doesn’t look like it’s doing him much good.

 Turns out if you set jackbooted thugs loose on soccer moms and yard-work dads, you’re not the good guy. As I said the other day, this country isn’t as adverse to the government stomping the bejeezus out of “undesirables” as we’d like to pretend we are and his Base is still right along with him. However, people are having a growing issue with it and with the support from Attorney General William “The Pope” Barr and the Acting Bull Geek at DHS Chad Wolfe, so who knows. We’ll take a look again Friday and see what fresh hell has busted loose.

 Now, back to work. “Work,” to quote P. G. Wodehouse, “the what’s-its-name of the thingummy and the thing-um-a-bob-of the what d’you-call-it.”

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