The Gospel according to Andy

On CBS Sunday morning this past weekend Ted Koppel did a wonderful profile of Mount Airy, NC which fancies itself as the real Mayberry. The reason why is real simple, Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy and has stated that the fictional town of Mayberry, NC was based on his hometown.

As most of you know I am a 60-year-old southern boy through and through and I have probably watched every episode of the “The Andy Griffith Show” (black and white version only please) no less than 100 times each. Fair warning, you do not want to get in an Andy Griffith Show trivia battle with me. Knowing the most random, and useless details about the show is my superpower.

It appears the economic engine of Mount Airy is driven by the nostalgia of Andy Griffith and Mayberry. Old white people from across the nation journey there to see Wally’s Service Station, Floyd’s Barbershop, and take a ride in the black and white squad car. Koppel talks to several of these simple souls as they try to explain what Mayberry means to them. As you would expect they throw around words like morals, values, wholesome, and a simpler time to describe what the show represents to them.

But Koppel reminded them that this show and its lily-white cast did not represent what was going on in the world at that point in time. While the show was on the air the Cuban missile crisis occurred, the assassination of President Kennedy happened, the Vietnam War was beginning, and marches by Black Americans for the right to vote were splashed across television screens. You see, Mayberry did not represent every American then, and it doesn’t represent every American today.

I was very interested in one man’s comments in particular. He told Koppel, “I think the generations now long for that simplicity of the episodes of Andy being real with his son about stealing or doing the right thing, and as a godless society that we see today is longing for simple life. Back when neighbors were neighbors, and they provided for everybody else.” Isn’t it funny how it always gets back to God for us old white people?

Both of my parents were raised in a Mayberry type town in North Carolina. Yes, it was a simpler time they will tell you. Simple because neither of them had a pot to pee in. They grew-up poor and lived their young lives dirt poor until they both got the hell out as quick as they could. They remember good things growing up, mostly family things but they also remember the bad, the Klan killing black men, rape, incest, women beaten by their husbands, drunken, murderous feuds, and the rich and powerful families getting away with any and everything.

I have no problem with people enjoying The Andy Griffith Show. Hell, I have watched it damn near my entire life. Still do. But I have never confused the show with reality. Even as an eight-year-old I knew it was make believe. I even knew as a kid that it wasn’t filmed in North Carolina. There were trees and bushes around that old fishing pond that Andy and Opie are headed to that I had never seen in my neck of the woods.

There is no such thing as utopia. It simply doesn’t exist. Good and evil are on the same plane. You can’t have one without the other. If all we had was good, then why would we need religion? The theology of Christianity is based on having both good and evil, hell I would go so far as to say all religions require it. The church of Andy had plenty of evil, Otis the drunk, Ernest T. Bass throwing rocks through windows, and bullies picking fights with Barney. But I guess we can whitewash all that evil because Otis never killed anyone driving drunk, Ernest T. never raped one of the girls he stalked, and Barney never got his ass kicked because Andy always saved the day.

Enjoy watching old white people. Spend your money at Mount Airy and get yourself a bottle of pop at Wally’s Service Station. But get your head out of your MAGA ass. The world was complicated then just like it is complicated now. Maybe the ride felt slower for you in the 1960’s but the direction hasn’t changed one inch.           

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Stupid is terminal, there is no cure

I stumbled on to a site called SORRYANTIVAXXER.COM that describes itself as “a repository of stories of anti-vaxxers who died or came close to dying of COVID needlessly from their own scientifically un-sound and stubborn beliefs.” Yes, there is a website about damn near anything.

As you scroll through the site you will find, surprise, surprise, that 99.9% of the dearly departed are white, most are middle aged or older, and again, surprise, surprise, a large percentage are from Southern states.  

One of the saddest stories on this website is about Jordan Sinor, of Harrison, Arkansas (yes, considered a Southern state). Jordan was a 16-year-old boy with Down Syndrome who was eligible for the vaccine. But apparently Jordan’s mother, April Mathews, didn’t believe in the science or the effectiveness of the vaccine. And even after his death, a son she described as her best friend, she still refuses to get vaccinated. I don’t know about you but Jordan’s death sounds like child abuse to me.

For those of you that are familiar with my blog you know that I am a full-blooded Southern man, a Carolina boy (North and South) that has never lived beyond the borders of the Carolinas. My ancestry is filled to the brim with Revolutionary War veterans who defended their Carolina homes. Civil War veterans (don’t ask which side) who were tricked into defending and dying for the rich plantation owners and politicians of the South. My ancestors were slave owners, and moonshiners. But mostly we were barefoot, rag wearing, red clay farming, married your second cousin loving, dirt poor rednecks.

My heritage follows me everywhere I go. I can’t hide from it. I open my mouth and you know who and what I am. I talk slowly, “dog” is a four-syllable word. I eat grits, collards, and country ham. I have been to at least 100 NASCAR races in my 60 years. I even “attended” the Darlington 500 in my mothers womb in 1960. And I drive an old, piece of shit 1982 F-250 pick-up truck with no air, no heat, and no radio.

But here is where I am different from my uncles, my cousins, and about 70% of the rest of the state of South Carolina, I recognize and believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate. Don’t give me the bullshit argument about heritage, or southern pride, the Klan, George Wallace, Dylann Roof, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups fucked that up. I believe in science, not just the “science” of making meth, or the “science” of why you need to bleed out a deer. I believe there are people smarter than me. People that want to protect me and my family from a virus that, to date, has killed 645,000 Americans in less than two years. Think about that number and timeframe for a second, 645,000 Americans in less than two years. Is there anything else that you can think of that has killed that many Americans in that short amount of time? One thing, Cancer.

Cancer kills about 600,000 Americans every year. Do we protest when Doctors, Scientist, fill our bodies with one experimental drug after another? No, hell no, we beg them for more. We beg them to save our child’s life. We plead with them to save our 80-year-old mothers life. So, tell me why COVID-19 is different from Cancer? If April Matthews’ son Jordan had leukemia would she been willing to try any drug, any treatment, anything to save his life? I hope she would have but I guess it would have depended on what her Facebook research told her to do.

Look, if the MAGAers, Deplorables, Trumpers, QAnon, Proud Boys, White Nationalist, neo-Nazis, Evangelicals, and your average Joe Dirt redneck don’t want to get vaccinated, shit don’t, please don’t. Keep the death count in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and all the other first cousins marrying Southern states clicking upwards. Does it hurt the rest of us? Sure, but at this point the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain of getting your dumbasses covered in dirt, six feet in the ground where you can’t hurt us or anyone else anymore.                  

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Charlie Watts

One of my top five favorite songs in the whole world is Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones. The second you hear Keith Richards’ eerie opening guitar riff you know exactly what the song is. It is a dramatic beginning, subtle, with simple notes that sound as if they are battling against each other. And with each passing bar the notes build, the sounds meld, and you know, you can feel, we are headed for a climax. That peak, that crest begins with Charlie Watts beating his snare drum two times and then, at least for me, all hell breaks lose, Ooh, a storm is threatening, My very life today, If I don’t get some shelter, Ooh yeah I’m gonna fade away. The great Charlie Watts died today at 80 years old.

I was fortunate to see The Stones in 1978 in Greensboro. Etta James, whose song At Last is also one of my top five favorite songs in the whole world, was the opening act. I was 17, and me and two of my pothead buddies drove to Greensboro Monday, went to the show that night, slept in the car and headed home Tuesday morning still buzzing from seeing The Stones and the ounce of Jamaican Redbud we had smoked the day before.

This was the Ronnie Wood configuration of The Stones, still good but they were promoting the Some Girls album which I thought was a piece of crap, still do. It was, in my mind, their weak hearted stab at disco.

It is hard to remember back 43 years ago, hell I don’t remember what I had for lunch today. It’s even harder to recall a night when my lungs were filled with primo Mary Jane. But the thing I remember most, besides Keith looking like he was going to tip over at any minute, was the steady, unflinching beat of Charlie Watts.

There is little doubt in my mind that once upon a time The Rolling Stones were the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. They had the glamourous, asexual, lead singer in Mick Jagger and the grungy, drug addict, lead guitarist in Keith Richards. All the pieces you could ask for. They were part of the British Invasion, the bad boys to the Beatles good, singing songs about drugs, depression, and Satan. Their base, their center was the blues and Chuck Berry which appealed to me because that is still my musical base today with a side of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

But what held this collection of talented egos together for almost sixty years was the beat, the foundation, the groove at the bottom of each song, delivered by a jazz drummer playing a simple Gretsch drum kit.

When I think about drummers in rock bands my mind takes me to Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and John “Bonzo” Bonham sitting behind a wall of drums, cymbals, and gongs. These guys were animals, beasts, who played fast and loud, on beat, between beats and out of beat. There was nothing understated about any of them. Their playing was a focal point of the music their bands played, like caulk filling in the cracks. Charlie wasn’t caulk, he was glue, holding all the pieces together. I guess that is why he didn’t need two bass drums, six tom-toms, seven cymbals and a massive Chinese gong behind him.

With each passing day the Rock ‘n’ Roll heroes of my youth are exiting the planet. I was barely over the death of Dusty Hill with ZZ Top when I learned of Charlie’s passing today. I am, I guess like a lot of guys my age, stuck musically in the past. I try to find new artist, new bands to listen to but I always fall back on the sounds of my youth, Zeppelin, The Who, The Stones, The Beatles, and The Dead. I consider Pearl Jam my “newest” band, my kids don’t. Their first album, Ten, was released in 1991, thirty years ago. Funny, it seems like only yesterday.  

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We are but a mist

“Yes I understand, That every life must end, As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, Oh I’m a lucky man, To count on both hands, The ones I love, Some folks just have one, Yeah others they got none ” – Pearl Jam, Just Breath

I am not on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Probably the closest thing I have to “social media” is LinkedIn. I have written before about my 80+ year old Dad and the amount of time he spends on Facebook. He likes to talk about and share news from his “Facebook Friends”, 1,300 and counting, 60% of which he has never met and knows nothing about them other than what they post on their profiles.

He relayed a story several months ago which I thought was funny and he didn’t, that he had sent a birthday greeting to someone and they never replied back. I asked him who this person was and how he knew him. He didn’t really “know him”, he was a Facebook friend. Apparently, this was someone who always “Liked” Dad’s post, so he thought they were big cyber buddies.

I got the guy’s name, the city he lived in and did a quick Google search. I found his obituary. He had died three months earlier. I passed that info on to my Dad, and this was his response, “No wonder he hasn’t Liked any of my posts lately. He always Liked the ones I put on about cooking lamb. He loves lamb.” You see, funny.

Facebook has more than 3 billion accounts. There are estimates that 30 million of those accounts are dead people and that number continues to increase. The reason why? The cool factor. My 30-year-old kids aren’t on Facebook, but my 80-year-old Dad is and so is my 60-year-old wife. I don’t know what the “cool” social media is right now, and I don’t care but there is something out there or on the drawing board that the younger generation is using that will quickly become “Uncool” once the Moms and Dads start posting what they cooked for dinner.

I stumbled upon the name of a guy I knew 25+ years ago. I had sold Craig some advertising back in my television days and then lost track of him when I changed careers and he got out of the retail business. I remember Craig as a rich kid who wore silk shirts with cufflinks and too much cologne. He fancied himself a real estate developer though he only built one building that I was aware of using his grandmother’s money.

I did a quick Google search to see what old Craig had been up to over the last 25 years. I found out he lived in a big house in an area I refer to as “horse country”, was married, had a couple of kids, and worked as a financial advisor. Oh yea, and he is dead. He died a couple of years ago in his mid-fifties.

There are approximately 7.8 billion on this planet and every year about 60 million of those people die. Of the 60 million people that pass away each year I might personally know or know of .0000001% of them (that would be 6). The other 59,999,994 I don’t have a clue who they are.

Humans have been walking on this earth for roughly 300,000 years. We are all the direct descendants of one of those first humans whose knuckles quit dragging the ground. That is too many great greats to even comprehend. I have always thought, like Eddie Vedder wrote, that if you can count on both your hands the ones you love then you have lived a well-meaning and productive life provided they love you back. If I get hit by a bus on the way home tonight, I have achieved that goal without even counting my dog.

As James noted (4:14), we are but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Maybe, if we are lucky, we will be remembered by one or two generations. If we are really lucky and start having babies early, three generations. But rarely do us common folk, average Joes and Janes, get remembered much past three or four generations. Basically in 120 years no one will even know we existed unless of course we still have a Facebook account.            

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I sent you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter – God

Greenville County GOP leader Pressley Stutts dies from COVID-19 – The Greenville News (8-19-21)

Greenville County Republican Party leader Pressley Stutts died Thursday morning after battling COVID-19 for nearly a month.

Stutts’ death was confirmed by Dan Harvell, who represents the Anderson County Republican Party on the South Carolina Republican Party’s executive committee.

“I really don’t have words to say about the imprint that he left on the political landscape in South Carolina,” Harvell said. “He had the kind of personality that enabled him to get done what others couldn’t do.

“He was like the brother I never had.”

Stutts and his wife were rushed to the hospital Aug. 1 after his oxygen levels dropped. “The COVID has created double pneumonia in my lungs,” he said in a Facebook post at the time.

He further said in his post that as a proponent for “freedom and liberty,” no one should be forced to wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Stutts’ health continued to deteriorate as the days went by. Late last week, he announced on Facebook that he was going on a ventilator.

A former chaplain for the Marines, Stutts became the executive committeeman of the Greenville County Republican Party during a July 22 meeting. Before that, he was most well-known as the leader of the Greenville Tea Party.

He also owned two barbecue restaurants in North Carolina.

In June, when U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Greenville to encourage more vaccination in the state, Stutts stood outside with a group of more than 100 people and protested amid scores of waving American flags and posters.

They were protesting against vaccine and mask requirements.

“People should be free to get the vaccines they want. Free not to get it. But what’s happening now is that there’s a discrimination starting to take place,” he told The Greenville News.

But it’s the quest for Greenville County’s GOP leadership that truly illustrates his political career.

Stutts ran a bitter race against ex-chair Nate Leupp for the county chair position in 2019, where he “expected going up against the establishment was going to be tough.”

“I’m not hanging my head,” he said. “We gave a solid showing.”

Two years later, he ran with Jeff Davis and Walter Horin in a slate called the “MAGA slate” for the position of executive committeeman. MAGA is the acronym for former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan — Make America Great Again.

Stutts said in several interviews and events that he wanted to “drain the swamp” in Columbia and “remove the RINOs” from the GOP. RINOs is short for Republican In Name Only, a term he and others have used to describe “politicians who identify as Republicans but legislate like a Democrat.”

After a lost election, tension-filled election audit and arbitrary rule suspensions, Stutts became the executive committeeman.

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American Values

The vast majority of the western world has learned its history and formed its opinions of the Middle East from a book of fables, the Bible and Hollywood movies. You see, Charlton Heston really isn’t Moses and Elizabeth Taylor isn’t Cleopatra. And the illustrations in our picture Bibles growing-up as kids of Arab men, looking more white than brown, with long beards, flowing robes, and living in silk tents with camels in the desert isn’t the whole story.

We, Anglo-Christians, manufactured this history because of Jesus and for the last 100 years or so Americans have tried to mold a region and a people into a vision that we created, a vision that is false and a fantasy. Towns, cities, community, and commerce have been a reality of the Middle East long before the idea of an America was even a dream. We, the Western world, treated the Middle East like they are some backwoods, bum fucks, living in the hills of the Smoky Mountains. That without us, our smarts, our religion, our democracy, they would just be eating sand and herding goats. Obviously, the Middle East, for the most part, has progressed a little beyond that, check out the skyline of Dubai for instance, but Americans simply can’t let go of those images or the need to be thanked for bringing them into the 21st Century.      

I am not a Middle East expert, but I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about the history and the conflicts, particularly the American conflicts. What I have concluded is this, our “issues” in the Middle East can be boiled down to two matters, oil, and Israel. Everything else is ignorance and noise on our part.

The oil rush in the Middle East began in the early 1920’s and 30’s thanks to Henry Ford. The United States and Great Britain staked claims, literally this is your country, and this is ours, bringing workers, technology and greed to a world that had happily existed without our intrusions, our values, and our religious beliefs for centuries. As Americans are known to do, we raped and pillaged the resources paying pennies on the dollars to sultans, kings and tribal leaders making them wealthy while the everyday common Omar and his family got nothing. Unfortunately, mister common Omar became a problem and continues to be a problem even today.

Israel became a point of conflict in the 1940’s and 50’s when the Christian world decided they were going to take it upon themselves and enforce God’s edict to Abraham that “Unto thy seed have I given this land”. The problem with this “transaction” was and continues to be that Abraham’s “Seed” includes both the Jews and the Muslims and to a lesser extent the Christians, but that tidbit of history didn’t fit in the Judeo-Christian narrative then or today.    

What we, Americans, have done is support the Jews supposed rights to Israel and eliminated and erased any rights the Muslims have or had all in the name of Jesus. The Evangelical thinking is, and continues to be without a nation of Israel how or where will Jesus return?

We have spent 20 years and billions of dollars in Afghanistan defending what? According to Lindsey Graham 9/11. He contends that the blood we have shed and the dollars we have expended are to avenge and prevent another 9/11 from occurring. I think if we all dug a little deeper into the reelection bank accounts of war hawks like Graham, we would find out why endless, unwinnable wars are so important to them. Campaign contributions from the manufactures of guns, tanks, and bombers.

Graham has never had a solution nor offered a way out of the war in Afghanistan, but doesn’t he sound righteous on Fox News throwing everyone else under the bus? To date, 2,300 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and over 20,000 have been injured. For what, so we can Americanize the Afghan people? Introduce them to Jesus, McDonalds, and Walmart?

It is well past the time that we quit forcing our values, or politics and our religion down the throats of others. 9/11 happened because mister Omar wanted to get our attention. He wanted us to know that he has had enough of our continued support and bloody defense of Israel and that the Persian Gulf War was not our war to fight. It is high time we acknowledge his concerns.                              

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Death and Taxes

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” – John 3:20

I hate giving Donald J. Trump any oxygen but this releasing his tax return thing continues to fascinate me. I have never seen anyone fight so hard to keep something such a secret. Nixon was the first to release his tax returns, reluctantly, because the press had caught wind of some questionable deductions. Ford released a summary which included a decade’s worth of personal tax information. Carter, Reagan, Bush #1, Clinton, Bush #2, and Obama all released their federal tax returns, each year, without any fuss, muss, or excuses. And then there was T-Rump.

Just to remind you of what we have heard from the former guy since the idea of being President wormed its way into that vacant space between his ears.

2014- “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns, absolutely. And I would love to do that.”  

2015- “I would certainly show tax returns if it was necessary.”  

2016- “I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time, Chuck. Absolutely.”

2017- “I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit, and it will be released. As soon as the audit’s finished, it will be released.”

2018- “Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job.”

2019- “I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits. I am extremely under leveraged — I have very little debt compared to the value of assets.”

2020- “It’s a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.”

The reality is no one fights this hard, for this long, and spends this much money (if he is paying them) on attorney’s fees if they weren’t hiding something. The reality is we all know he is and honestly at this point I could care less except, EXCEPT, if what he is hiding puts his wide, white, fat ass in prison or puts a bounty on his head from the Russian Mafia. If those scenarios played out, and I think both of them could, then I would be very interested.

What we do know, without seeing his taxes, is that he has been playing and living on the shady side his entire adult life. And because he is a psychopath without a conscience or moral compass he has the ability to live his life without a care in the world. At least that is what he projects.

The long and short about Donald J. Trump is he is a mentally ill, old dude whose time is running out. He won’t live forever, none of us will, but I would sure enjoy watching him suffer from the consequences of his actions today rather than just reading about it in the history books later. 

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Faith over Fear

I heard a lady today from Texas being interviewed about the COVID vaccine and masking. She told the reporter that she wasn’t getting the vaccine and wasn’t going to wear a mask because she had chosen “Faith over fear.” She wasn’t worried about sending her kids to school because “God would protect them.”  

Have you ever heard this old joke?

A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour soon turns into a flood. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by water. By and by, one of the townsfolk comes up the street in a canoe. “Better get in, Preacher. The waters are rising fast.” “No,” says the preacher. “I have faith in the Lord. He will save me.”

Still the waters rise. Now the preacher is up on the balcony, wringing his hands in supplication, when another guy zips up in a motorboat. “Come on, Preacher. We need to get you out of here. The levee’s gonna break any minute.” Once again, the preacher is unmoved. “I shall remain. The Lord will see me through.”

After a while the levee breaks, and the flood rushes over the church until only the steeple remains above water. The preacher is up there, clinging to the cross, when a helicopter descends out of the clouds, and a state trooper calls down to him through a megaphone. “Grab the ladder, Preacher. This is your last chance.” Once again, the preacher insists the Lord will deliver him. And, predictably, he drowns.

A pious man, the preacher goes to heaven. After a while he gets an interview with God, and he asks the Almighty, “Lord, I had unwavering faith in you. Why didn’t you deliver me from that flood?” God shakes his head. “What did you want from me? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

South Carolina’s Governor, the Dishonorable Henry “Foghorn Leghorn” McMaster held a press conference yesterday stating, I say, I SAY “The new variant, the Delta, there it does pose a real threat. We know that it spreads more easily, but shutting our state down, closing schools and masking children who have no choice — for the government to mask children who have no choice to protect adults who do have a choice is the wrong thing to do. And we’re not going to do it.”

He went on to say that “if you are going to get a vaccination now is a great time to do it.” Not, you should get it. Not, I wish you would get it. Not, get the shot you thick-witted Neanderthal. Nope, “now is a great time to do it.”  And why now? He cited getting ready for the Fall, football and classes starting back as the primary reasons. I guess saving your life and mine aren’t that damn important.    

What we are hearing from the majority of southern Republican Governors from Texas to Florida is the government can’t and won’t force people to get vaccinated or wear a mask. This whole “COVID thing” is about personal freedoms, like owning a gun. But here is the thing, just because you have the right to own a gun doesn’t mean you have the right to shoot it whenever, or wherever you want, and you certainly can’t shoot other people just because you want to.

50% of the American population hasn’t been vaccinated. I know there are people that can’t get the vaccine for various reasons. To be generous let’s say that is 20% of the population, 65,640,000 adults and children under the age of 12.  That leaves us with 30%, or 98,460,000 Americans who, for whatever reason, refuse to get the shot.

In an interview recently Dr. Fauci stated he knows the reason most people refuse to get vaccinated can be summed up as ideological and geographical. I can profile that person for you, white, Baptist, and living in Redneckville, SC. He also noted that 99.5% of all the recent COVID deaths are unvaccinated people. As I posted recently, I know one of those. We buried him Sunday.

There is a theory in science called Natural Selection which is defined as “the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring.” Many years from now Sociologists will look back on the COVID-19 era and make a startling discovery, a lot of low IQ, redneck, inbreds will be wiped off the face of this earth. I truly believe COVID-19 will enhance the overall gene pool and intelligence of America. It is a rough and painful way to achieve overall greatness, and harmony but we sent them two boats and a helicopter.

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My response to Sen. Tim Scott

This is my response to your staff’s email to me. Might I suggest that when they cut and paste a response to use the same size font so it doesn’t look like they are cutting and pasting.

1.       “I know that many of my constituents in South Carolina are concerned about the validity of our most recent election.”

Are you also aware that many of your constituents in South Carolina are concerned about the lies the former guy continues to fabricate about how the election was “stolen” from him without providing one shred of evidence? What evidence have you seen? There are also many of your constituents that were horrified by his call to “fight like hell” to “the unwashed” (his description of his base) against our constitution and democracy on January 6th? Have you spoken out against Trump and the role he played in this attempted and deadly uprising? Ask the families of the four DC police officers who responded to the US Capitol insurrection that have since taken their own lives. Ask those families who they blame for that horrible day.

2.       “Any candidate in an election can challenge the results through legal processes. Our former President had every right to pursue legal avenues to investigate and challenge the results of the election.”

You are right and he did, and he lost repeatedly in courts across this country and rather than accepting his loss, leading a peaceful transition, and attending the inauguration of President Joe Biden like a grown-up he acted like a 3-year-old, threw a temper tantrum, and encouraged “the unwashed” to storm the castle and take what he couldn’t let go of. You, rather than protecting the interest of your constituents and the Constitution of the United States, sat in silence, too afraid to speak-up because “the unwashed” voted for you and you hope they will vote for you again.

3.       “I believe that there is no constitutionally viable means for Congress to overturn an election where legal challenges have concluded, and states have certified their results.”

Funny, if you really believed that then why didn’t you yell it from the mountain tops on January 5th? Why didn’t you book time on Fox, Newsmax, or OANN and share your beliefs with the rest of the world? You know who would have really appreciated your perspective and your courage to make that proclamation? Mike Pence. Instead, “the unwashed” built a gallows for him in front of the Capital because their cult leader stated that “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” 

Read that statement. Is that what you believe? The majority spoke and the USA provided Trump with the truth, his services were no longer needed, or wanted….don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

4.       “Americans must remain united and committed to upholding the integrity of our institutions and the values they represent. Always know that I will do all that I can to address the concerns of my constituents and fellow Americans.”

“United”, “integrity”, and “values”. Those are important words. Would you say the former guy represents these words? Would you say that your defense of his actions represents these words? Make no mistake about it, your inaction is a defense of Trump’s madness. Mr. Scott, history will not be kind to the former guy, and it won’t be kind to people like yourself who had the power to shut his lunacy down. Everyday a new piece of evidence, story, observation is released that confirms the insanity of the Trump Whitehouse and we know there is more to come. It isn’t a drip, drip, it is a tidal wave. And the sad part is Trump’s recklessness continues and yours and the GOP’s silence allow it to happen.

Trump is like a third world dictator in exile planning to overthrow the government. You know, in your heart, that is a fair and factual representation of his actions and his current state of mind, with state of mind being a very subjective term. He has never cared about this country. He only cares about himself. Can you prove me wrong? Show me the evidence that Donald J. Trump made this country better in his four years in office. Show me the evidence that this country is better off because of a Donald Trump presidency. Trump won’t be satisfied until he has sucked every nickel and dime out of the pockets of “the unwashed”. Being president was all about grifting money and even in exile as a twice impeached, one term sore loser the Trump grift continues.    

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Tucker Carlson is a whore

I am 60 years old. My wife will soon be 59. If we are home at 6:30 pm we watch the NBC Nightly News anchored by Lester Holt. If we are home on Sunday nights at 7 pm we watch 60 Minutes on CBS. We also typically watch the NBC and CBS Saturday and Sunday morning news programs if we are around.

What we realized many years ago, based on the type of products advertised on these programs, is that a lot of old people with various health issues must be the primary viewers. I guess, to some degree, I fall into that category, old with various and sundry health issues.

My first jobs out of college was selling radio and television advertising. The radio station I worked for was the only rock station in the market with a target audience of men 18-34. Depending on the quarter we were either number one or number two in this category competing with a country station. I learned a lot about demographics in radio and it helped that I was selling a product that I listened to and understood the buying patterns for because I was a man 18-34.

Men 18-34 don’t buy towels or sheets or furniture. They don’t go to tanning salons, or get their hair or nails done. They don’t care about stoves or refrigerators. They buy cars, beer, and fast food. They go to nightclubs, gyms and fish and hunt while drinking beer and eating fast food.

As the new kid on the block at the radio station I didn’t have an account list, so I had to cold call new prospects and I got a lot of doors slammed in my face because men 18-34 buy cars, beer, and fast food and all those businesses were taken by other sales reps in my office. Eventually, as people left, I moved-up the food chain and got a car dealer, a beer distributor, a fast-food restaurant, and a commission check at the end of the month.

I don’t watch Fox News and I wouldn’t pee on Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity if they were on fire. I am deeply offended by both men, particularly Carlson who claims to be a fan of the Grateful Dead. As a longtime, loyal Deadhead I find that very insulting.

Supposedly Carlson’s program is one of the highest rated primetime “news” shows around which made me wonder, who is watching this piece of shit? To answer this question, I looked at what companies were advertising on his “entertainment” (which is the way Fox classifies it) show to gauge the age and IQ of his audience.

1.       My Pillow– Batshit crazy Mike Lindell. Enough said.

2.       Balance of Nature– Snake oil vitamin supplements.

3.       Qunol– Snake oil vitamin supplements.

4.       Relief Factor– Snake oil pain relief.

5.       Rejuvenate Muscle Health– Snake oil aging supplements.

6.       Pure TalkUSA– discount cell phones for old and poor people (I apologize if you have one).

Now based on this short list of advertisers I would assume the majority of Carlson’s viewers are older, education deprived, and like sleeping on cheap ass, lumpy pillows. We know going in that they are overwhelmingly white, Republican, unvaccinated, and believe that Donald J. Frump is still the president because the election was stolen from him. Here is the way I look at it, if the election was stolen from him in 2020, we just stole it back from 2016.

Supposedly Fox pays Carlson $6 million dollars a year. Maybe those six advertisers spend $1 million dollars apiece. That seems like a lot of money to spend for a couple of these companies but when you are trying to get stupid people to buy a product with no proven results described by one reviewer as “taste nasty” then this might be the perfect place to spend $1 million dollars.

There is little doubt that Carlson and Hannity will ride the Frump carnival ride as long as they can. Appealing to stupid ass white people pays both of them millions. And when Frump is dead and gone and the only thing left of him is the glow of his radioactive spray tan what will they do? They will invent something else to be outraged about. The Carlson and Hannity circus will last as long as these old white people are still showing up for the endless buffet at the Golden Corral at 4:30 pm. It will last until they all die of COVID, lung cancer, Cirrhosis of the liver or diabetes and based on the MAGA zealots I see in my neck of the woods they have about three to five years.    

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