Germany 1936 vs USA 2020

I know many of my views are unpopular. It’s been that way for over 2 millennia–I just come across that way. Why? Because I choose to say what I BELIEVE is factual.

Am I always right? Of course not–no human, whether living or dead–is always right, no matter what some may tell you. Nevertheless, I give it an honest effort. Many of your leaders do not.

For some reason, many of you and your contemporaries, accept what are obvious fallacies, as factual–you know “Promises made, Promises kept.” Try these:

  • Is “The Wall” completed from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico? NO
  • Has Mexico paid for the wall as promised? NO
  • Is employment up? NO
  • Do people feel secure in their homes? NO
  • Are they confident that they can afford their rent or house payments? NO
  • IS healthcare available and affordable for all Americans? NO
  • Did COVID-19 miraculously disappear, as promised? NO
  • Are Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran (AMONG OTHERS)
    pumping false information into the media to affect our
    election outcomes? YES
  • Are your elected officials ensuring an honest election? NO
  • Are some officials benefiting from foreign interference? NO
  • Do you even care?

If you want the shit scared out of you, get a pen. a tablet, and a clipboard. Watch Netflix’s Hitler – A Career and keep track of how many techniques and practices from NAZI Germany are occurring today in America.

I hope that you suffer neither a stroke nor a heart attack, If you do, after watching and thinking about things, you just might care.

It’s up to you.

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The Real Politicians of DC

The most blatantly false television broadcasts (besides Fox News) are reality shows. The Real Housewives of [fill in the blank] dress like June Cleaver, act like they’re in Behind the Green Door, and lie like the serpent in the Garden of Eden. However, they cannot hold a black, sulfurous candle to the politicians on the air this week.

Here are some guidelines:

  • If something exists that is inconvenient–something like, say, 183,000 dead Americans due to coronavirus–just speak of it in the past tense as if it no longer exists.
  • If a foreign government has kompromat on you that could be used for blackmail, just say that the really important thing is that the leader of that government says nice things about you.
  • Don’t worry if dozens of your inner circle are in jail, under indictment, or convicted of crimes–after all you can (and probably will) commute their sentences.*
  • When in doubt, build the whole nominating convention around your wife, children, in-laws, sycophants, a few toadies, and if possible, some interesting puppets. (Too bad the Muppets weren’t available–at least they are entertaining.)
  • If you are dead set against immigration, feature your wife, a one time nude (aka porn) model who was allowed into the US under a so-called “genius” visa (Huh?? Say what??). PLEASE remember to keep her parents and other relatives who came in via chain migration out of sight.

And, most importantly, even if you’ve run the national debt to monumental levels, driven unemployment through the roof, stripped people of healthcare, and have the Foreclosure King as your Secretary of the Treasury as millions are at risk for losing their homes, tell everybody:

Only I can fix it!

*DO NOT pardon colleagues, toadies, and sycophants. If you do, they could tell the truth without the legal concern of self incrimination.

Pandemic Cure

Mike Lindell

In medieval times, people who were ill turned to barbers. Barbers were the doctors of the time, mainly because the had a sharp blade, useful for shaving AND bloodletting. Sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it?

Today, all of you are much more knowledgeable and educated, so you would never resort to letting a barber open your vein to let out the “bad humors,” whatever that means. No! You’re too smart for that!

In the 21st century, you know better places to go for medical advice. You’d proudly walk past the barber shop without even acknowledging it. You’d walk past all of the other distractions and go right to the expert for healthcare – – – –

A pillow salesman! Not just any pillow salesman, but the “My Pillow” salesman and he would advise you to add extract of oleander, a potentially deadly drug, to your diet.

Say what?

If someone wrote this as a comedy script, Rowan and Martin would not have been interested. Monty Python would have politely demurred. Lorne Michaels from Saturday Night Live would laugh at you until security ushered you out of the studio. Even Jackass would ignore you.

What is wrong with you people?!

Confederate Coincidence

As the debate continues about Confederate monuments, I’d like for you to consider a few issues:

  1. After the Civil War, Reconstruction, which was despised by the South, ended about 1877. This ushered in the Jim Crow era, which included various laws and practices to effectively disenfranchise and disadvantage the freed slaves.
  2. Many, if not most monuments to the Confederate soldiers were erected after 1890 and peaked about 1909, when segregation was the norm, especially in the South.
  3. It is not coincidence that more than a few of the monuments to confederate soldiers were located on sites that were former slave markets or whipping posts where slaves were flogged in public. You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to figure out the not-so-hidden message.

I keep hearing apologia that the Confederate soldiers honored by these monuments were not traitors. Merriam Webster provides the definitions below. Many of those depicted in statues and other monuments attended or graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, where they had taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. These include Robert E. Lee, Braxton Bragg, A.P. Hill, George Pickett, and John Bell Hood. For a more inclusive list, click here. They all took up arms and waged war against the country to which they had sworn an oath.

Definition of traitor

1 : one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty 2 : one who commits treason

Definition of treason

1 : the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family 2 : the betrayal of a trust

Trump & Kaepernick

Living over the millennia, as I have, I’ve had the chance to observe many social practices, including thousands of military practices. I’ve seen all manor of uniforms, marching, salutes, and other customs. Invariably, they are expected to be followed.

Recently, there has been criticism of athletes for kneeling during your National Anthem rather than standing. Your president is one of those who criticize this practice.

The picture above is from the Whitehouse website and appears to show the Trumps during the playing of your National Anthem. The first lady has her hand over her heart and the musicians appear to be in the middle of playing something. Your president has his hands at his sides. It’s possible that he’s attempting to stand at attention. In any case, he is not rendering proper honors.

Throughout the playing of the anthem, civilians show respect by placing their right hand over their heart. Military members, unless in formation, render a salute. Veterans may either salute or place their hand over their heart–a relatively recent change.

Military members in formation stand at attention and the service member at the front–often the senior member or officer responsible for the unit–renders the salute for the entire formation. In any case, a salute is rendered from the bugle call “To the colors” (if played) or from the first note of the anthem and maintained until the bugle call to secure or the last note of the anthem is played.

If the anthem is, in fact, being played in this picture, your president is not rendering proper honors to the flag. He is not in formation with a senior rendering the salute. He is not saluting.

Perhaps, like Colin Kaepernick, he is silently protesting during the playing of the anthem.

Tucker Carlson

I’ve been enjoying the interaction between Tucker Carlson and Senator Tammy Duckworth. Let’s look at the bona fides of these two . . . .

Tucker Carlson
– Grew up in a home overlooking the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
– Has a BA in history
– Tried to join the CIA, but was rejected
– Father had been head of the Voice of America and the Corporation for Public Brodcasting
– Has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arkansas and has been published in a number of magazines
– Is a conservative pundit on Fox News
– Accuses Senator Tammy Duckworth of being un-American

Tammy Duckworth
– Has a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Affairs, and a PhD in Human Services; was pursuing a second PhD in Political Science, but was mobilized with the US Army before she could complete it
– Joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in graduate school
– Commissioned as an officer in the US Army Reserve, became a helicopter pilot and was deployed to Iraq where she lost both legs in combat to a rocket propelled grenade
– Lobbied to remain in service, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army National Guard
– Has served in numerous public service positions including as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate

Before either of them says a single word, who would you choose to listen to?



Coming to a Theater Near You

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An imaginary business meeting

CAMERA 1 FADES IN
Agent (excitedly): Listen, JB, This can’t lose! Sequels are in–look at them: Star Wars! Men in Black! Marvel Comics! Harry Potter! This is the ultimate! It’s got life and death, skullduggery, and intrigue! If we don’t make this movie, someone else will and they will be the ones to be rich and famous!

CUT TO CAMERA 2 ON JB
JB (skeptically): I know, but it’s incomplete. We don’t know how it’s going to end. It’s missing key plot points to make the story work.

CAMERA 2 PANS FROM JB TO AGENT
Agent (somewhat frustrated): Working in sex is no problem. Part of this will be set in DC and it’s crawling with gorgeous, young female staffers. Even better, we’ll be filming in the south–Southern Belles, no unions, tax breaks, sunshine–it’s perfect.

FADE TO CAMERA 1 WHICH INCLUDES BOTH AGENT AND JB IN THE FRAME
JB (thoughtfully): Why in the south?

Agent: That’s where the “remain in place” directives have been the weakest and will probably be the first to be eliminated. That’s essential to the plot.

Sharp focus on JB with soft focus on the agent
JB:
How are you going to guarantee the . . . .

CUT TO CAMERA TWO ON AGENT
Agent (Interrupting, then leaning forward toward JB): The states we’re looking at are lifting their restrictions early. There’s bound to be a second wave;  we’ve even hired people to protest self-isolation in several states.

CUT TO CAMERA ONE–BOTH JB AND AGENT IN FRAME–FOCUS CLEAR ON JB
JB (shaking his finger at agent): You’d better be right. If the second wave doesn’t have at least 100 thousand dead, I’m going to be pissed! If I’m going to pitch this to the investors, it needs a snappy working title.

CAMERA ONE–SAME FRAME–SHIFT FOCUS TO AGENT
Agent (smugly): Coronavirus–The Sequel

 

 

 

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

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Trump is trying to ignore (as much as possible) qualified experts, like Dr. Birtz and Dr. Fauci, but don’t worry. As an experienced fake-reality television personality, he’s now got Dr. Oz (great name for a flim-flam man) and Dr. Phil.

Oz is, at least, a medical doctor, although his bona fides list him as “a television personality, pseudoscience promoter, etc.” as well as a surgeon. Incidentally, surgeons are not experts on epidemiology.

Dr. Phil on the other hand is also a television personality, author, and former psychologist who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, but is not licensed to practice. Incidentally, psychologists, including those who are unlicensed, are not experts on epidemiology.

Now given that your survival is in the hands of television personalities, don’t you feel better?

 

 

Political Quotes

Here are some interesting quotes that might have come from a political party’s guide for today’s candidates and campaign managers.

  • “The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. ”
  • “The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. ”
  • “Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.”
  • “I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.”

Like most quotations, they may not be 100 percent accurate, but you get the idea. The source of these was a very popular and powerful politician. If you don’t recognize them, maybe the next one will help.

  • “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

The author?  Adolph Hitler.