What the f*ck happened to you?

“Republicans seem to support one fella, some guy named Brandon. He’s having a good year, I’m kind of happy for him.” – Joe Biden at the 2022 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

I have a t-shirt that I like to wear that reads simply “Brandon Won”. For those of you who don’t know who Brandon is it refers to the political slogan “Let’s Go Brandon” used by the MAGA Neanderthals as a euphemism for “Fuck Joe Biden”. For the red hat brigade: eu·phe·mism – a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

I ran into a guy I have known for easily 30 years at Home Depot and haven’t seen in a while. We spent the first 10 minutes talking about what our kids are up to and then John got serious and said “You know he is not my president” pointing at my t-shirt. “Brandon” I asked? “Yes”.

Now a little about John, he is from an old south family, seemingly related to everyone, that likes to trace its roots in our community back 200 years. He grew up in the blueblood neighborhood, went to the local private “Christian” school, has a private college education, with a masters from an Ivy league school. He took over the family business which relies on cheap (read black and then later Hispanic) labor.

John grew-up well off, not rich (he married RICH), but he had all the trappings of rich including a “black girl” that worked for his family who wasn’t a “girl” at all but a woman who died 20 years ago at the age of 89, penniless. I remembered when she died (John’s family wrote her obituary which was basically an ode to them) and John making a big deal about his family paying for the funeral.

Anyway, back to “You know he is not my president”. My next question was, who the fuck is your president then? Yes, I asked it just like that. For the next 15 minutes, this overeducated industrial rag salesman proceeded to preach to me that there was no way Frump lost, that the Mexicans were overrunning and overpopulating our country and the Chinese owned everything. When John was done with his rant I asked him one last question, “What the fuck happened to you?” and left.

Fast forward 2 weeks later and I ran into John’s wife at lunch, a woman who truly grew-up with anything and everything she could possibly want. If John grew-up with a “girl” she grew-up with “girls” and “boys” working at her family’s mansion, still the largest private residence in our community. Again, we spent the first 10 minutes talking about our kids and then she said with a smile “I heard you ran into my husband”. “Yes”, I responded, “I asked him what the fuck happened to you?” and the smile left her face and she responded simply, “Fox News and Tucker Carlson happened”.

We sat down and talked for 30 minutes and here is what I learned, whoever John votes for will be cancelled by his wife’s vote. She does not share his views, which apparently has and continues to cause her a lot of pain and concern. She stated, like she was trying to remind herself, that John has been and continues to be a wonderful husband, father, and friend. She honestly feels that for John to remain in his “circle of friends” he feels like he needs to have these conservative, she used the term “radical” views.

I asked her if their two kids shared their dad’s beliefs. “No”, she said, neither of them did which she was grateful for, particularly her son who is out in the business world trying to find his way.

I have written before that racist pieces of shit have always been with us. As a percentage of the population, we don’t have any more or any less than we had 200 years ago, 100 years ago or even 50 years ago. The difference today than say 10 or 20 years ago, is that people like John feel “comfortable” sharing their bias because they think they are part of a growing tribe. It isn’t growing, it’s shrinking and that’s what scares the shit out of them.

Eleanor Roosevelt said that “Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.” That is what Frump, Frumpism, MAGA, and John, if he isn’t careful, are going to be, a stain. The one thing I know about a stain, they can be removed or at the very least faded. It may take some elbow grease and toxic cleaner, but we don’t have to look at a dog shit spot on the carpet forever.

But here is the thing, I would rather have someone like John, again a guy I have known for 30 years, feel empowered enough that he will show his true colors rather than having him hide his beliefs in the shadows. For me, that is where the danger is for our nation. Let the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and the red hat oafs tell us who they are. When we can identify the stain with a face, a name, or a hat we will know the kind of cleaner we need and how big of a brush to use.

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When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross

Today Christians stand at the head of this country. I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press – in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past few years.Adolf Hitler

We will not break, we will not yield, we will never give in, we will never give up, we will never, ever, ever back down. As long as we are confident and united, the tyrants we are fighting do not stand a chance. Because we are Americans and Americans kneel to God, and God alone. Ronald “MangoFrump

We need to be the party of nationalism and I’m a Christian, and I say it proudly, we should be Christian nationalists. When Republicans learn to represent most of the people that vote for them, then we will be the party that continues to grow without having to chase down certain identities or chase down certain segments of people. We just need to represent Americans and most Americans, no matter how they vote, really care about the same things and I want to see Republicans actually do their job. – GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

The church is supposed to direct the government, the government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our founding fathers intended it. And I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution.GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado

We believe in God and the tenants of the Christian religion, and that a Godless nation cannot prosper.The Principle of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

We do not tolerate anyone in our ranks who offends the ideas of Christianity, who stands up to a dissident, fights him, or provokes himself as a hereditary enemy of Christianity. This movement of ours is actually Christian.Adolf Hitler

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I do declare Miss Lindsey is mad again!

So, Miss Lindsey Graham, Senator of South Carolina, plans on challenging the grand jury subpoena she received seeking her testimony as part of an investigation into possible criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 election by Ronald Frump and his allies. The Fulton County Georgia investigators told Miss Graham’s attorneys that she is “neither a subject nor target of the investigation, simply a witness”.

Why would the Debutant challenge the subpoena, if she has nothing to hide, and isn’t a target? Because, again according to her attorney, “This is all politics. Fulton County is engaged in a fishing expedition and working in concert with the January 6 Committee in Washington”.

The subpoena notes that Miss Graham made several calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff about “reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Ronald Frump.” Again, Miss Graham’s attorneys speaking on her behalf stated that she was well within her rights to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures around administering elections.

I like how they used the term “state officials”, not Georgia state officials like it was just some random state they picked. Let me stop here and refresh your memory, Miss Graham represents the great state (cough, cough, coke, choke) of South Carolina, not Georgia, not North Carolina, South Carolina. I guess from her perspective she is such a big swinging, hmm, vagina that she can call any damn state she damn well pleases when Daddy Frump tells her to call. So there.

Raffensperger has already spilled his guts and indicated that he was none too comfortable with Miss Graham’s calls to him. Miss Graham said that she was just “trying to find out how do you verify signatures on mail-in ballots in these states that are just the center of attention?” Center of attention? Do you mean states Frump thought he was supposed to win until the election was STOLEN from him? Sounds to me like Miss Graham was trying to do a little recon for her Daddy. She went on to state that “If he [Raffensperger] felt threatened by that conversation, he’s got a problem”.

Let’s back into this for a moment, I wonder how Miss Graham would feel if say Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic senator from Minnesota called the South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond just to ask how we verify signatures on mail-in ballots? Better yet if she called and asked him anything other than where the best place to have a Confederate Flag pressed and starched is. That’s right Miss Graham would have a grade A, hold your breath until you turn blue, hissy fit, and we have all seen our delicate Southern Belle have plenty of hissy fits lately.

Here is the thing, none of these weaselly pieces of shit have anything to hide. It’s why they fight subpoenas and plead the fifth 150 times. They are right and we are wrong. If we want to know the truth just ask them provided it’s not under oath because it’s all a witch-hunt, partition politics, socialism, communism, ANTIFA! I do have a question for MAGA, if Ronald Frump won “THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” why did he ask Raffensperger to find him 11,780 votes in Georgia? Can you explain that one to me? He won by a lot. A LOT! Anyway, y’all keep sending the Measly Mango your beer and cigarette money. Maybe one day Frump and Mike “The Pillow Guy” Lindell will release all that earth shattering evidence of election fraud, and deception in a year or ten. They have it. How do we know because they told us they have it!        

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I still don’t have it

Once upon a time I might have been good looking, never in a George Clooney or Denzel Washington kind of way, but I probably had a few years where I was 7 maybe an 8 on a good day. It doesn’t seem that it has been that many years ago when I caught a lady taking a second glance at me. Now if they look at me twice its probably because my fly is down, or I got something hanging out of my nose.

So, imagine my surprise yesterday at Publix’s, standing in front of the beer cooler looking for that perfect July the 4th grilling beverage, when an attractive 40ish looking blond starts chatting me up. Now at first, I thought she was talking to someone else because at this stage in my life I just assume I am invisible to any woman below 80. My normal conversation with women in Publix’s starts off with “can you reach that for me.” But this cute lady really was talking to me.

She mentioned that she had seen me before, which isn’t a big surprise since I am there almost every day. She wanted to know what I was doing for “fun” this evening to celebrate the fourth, you know just flirty conversation. I said something dumb like sweating over a grill drinking beer and her comeback was “your adorable, that sounds like fun”. At that point I was wondering if she was a hooker, a plant my wife had paid to trip me up, or if she was suffering from severe brain damage.

I focused on finding my beer, and pulled my favorite off the shelf, Left Hand Milk Stout, and she said, “hmm you like a robust beer”. Now, I can carry on a conversation with a cinderblock but at that moment, looking into her blue eyes, a fine slim figure, in a lowcut blouse with her female assets in full display I couldn’t think of anything witty to say. Honestly, I think I grunted something about having to get a block of cheese for my wife which she returned with “lucky girl” and a smile. She even had all her teeth.

I was terrified, and told her I needed to run, “I’ll see you next time” she replied, and run I did, forgetting the cheese which was the whole reason I went. That conversation didn’t go well with the wife coming home with a six pack of beer and no cheese but that’s happened before.

So pretty Publix lady if you read this, I am the old fat guy in the Grateful Dead t-shirt and Dad style cargo shorts. Thank you for making my day. Next time I promise I won’t be such knot on the log. That’s a lie, I will still be terrified.            

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I hardly know who this person is

CNN’s headline banner this morning: 7 takeaways from Trump aide’s blockbuster testimony

MSNBC’s headline banner this morning: Ex-White House aide gives explosive testimony about Trump’s actions

Fox News headline banner this morning: HOLLYWOOD ENDING Home to the rich and famous votes to defund sheriff’s office-even as crime skyrockets 137%

Former White House aide to the Chief of Staff, Cassidy Hutchinson, gave damning testimony yesterday about Trump, and the Trump White House before, during and after the attempted coup d’état on January 6th. What we learned, and what the committee already knew is Ms. Hutchinson had a front row seat to the insanity taking place. Why was her testimony scheduled so hastily? She feared for her safety. Apparently, Trump world was “encouraging” her to be a team player. That is some scary shit for a 25-year-old to have to deal with and as a father it would be tough on me if I were her parent.     

Throughout her testimony yesterday, Trump, using his poor man’s Twitter want-to-be platform “Truth Social” fired off all his “classic” deflection moves on her; she is bad news, a phony, an angry woman, a leaker, and my all-time favorite, I hardly know who this person is. Discrediting, and minimizing is what Trump does, hell it is what all old, “powerful”, white men do, but for Trump it is an art form and because he is also a sociopath it makes him a deadly idiot who only values his life and no one else’s. If he can convince a white trash horde to storm the capital, he can certainly convince some dipshit in Jacksonville, FL to make someone’s life miserable.  

From the very beginning, Trump, Trump acolytes, Fox News and MAGA have attempted to minimize the events of January 6th. Remember all the antidotes and rationalizations they have offered, they were just tourists, it was really ANTIFA storming the castle, it was a staged FBI event or how about Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security. But what we are learning and honestly what we already knew is that January 6th was a planned and financed event. It didn’t just happen spontaneously; Trump was in on the plan.   

Of all the things Ms. Hutchinson spilled yesterday, and a lot was spilled, Trump, Fox News, and MAGA have sunk their teeth into just two things, Trump throwing plates of food at the wall and grabbing his Secret Service detail by the throat to turn the vehicle around. Last night Hannity spent an hour on the second thing claiming the Secret Service denied it and would testify that it wasn’t true. What do you want to bet that never happens but it damn sure gave Sean something to preach to the sheep for an entire hour.

I think the House select committee has done a marvelous job telling the story. They aren’t dropping atomic bombs on us, they are using field artillery to soften their targets, and there are a lot of targets. And despite the “what me worry” exterior they are all trying to show I bet Mark Meadows, Rudy Giuliani, Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks, Scott Perry, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, John Eastman and a whole host of Trump bitches would love for this production to end. My guess is that it will end for some of those mentioned above but not before Trump has driven a bus over them. The atomic bomb is coming; the question is will it finally bury the orange piece of shit once and for all? Stay tuned.  

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A note to the fine folks of Brevard and Transylvania County, NC

My wife and I love the city of Brevard and Transylvania County, NC. We typically spend every other weekend up there hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, riding our bikes on your wonderful trails, and having a beer or breaking bread with the friendly people we meet. We love Brevard so much that we will probably move there in the coming years.

But here is what I know about the differences between the urban Brevard and the rural parts of Transylvania County because those differences are replicated across our nation including in my own hometown, urban areas are more inclusive, progressive, or as my Senator Lindsey Graham and MAGA call us, more liberal. Up in the hills and hollows of Transylvania County, on gravel roads throughout the county you find Frump and Confederate Flags flying in the dirt yards of trailers filled with abandoned trucks, refrigerators, and packs of pit bulls.

Now I don’t want to infer that everyone that doesn’t live in town is an illiterate, racist, crazy piece of white trash but electing Madison Cawthorn as your congressman doesn’t help your case.

Look, I have Lindsey Graham representing my sorry ass state, but Cawthorn is tied tight to other GOP whack-a-doodles like Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. This unhinged bunch of kooks have no agenda other than attempting to stay in the good graces of Daddy whack-a-doodle himself, Ronald J. Frump.

In his very short tenure as a congressman, Cawthorn has spun all sorts of wild tales, but his latest has finally gotten the attention of the GOP leadership, maybe you have heard it, that prominent congress people like to do a “a key bump of cocaine” and have orgies. Now I don’t know what “a key bump of cocaine” is but I do know what an orgy is and no I have never participated, nor have I ever been invited to participate in one (not from lack of trying).

Apparently, the cocaine and orgy comment was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the spineless, and gutless GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. I guess it either hit to close to home for McCarthy or he was pissed that he wasn’t invited, either way Kev supposedly gave Cawthorn a tongue lashing and told him to name, names or shut the fuck-up.

But here is the thing, none of these GOP ass wipes can shut up. Look at who they take their cues from, the orange king ass wipe himself who says crazy shit just so he can deny it the following week.

Back to the fine folks in Brevard, they are working on a marvelous project called the Ecusta Trail, an abandoned rail line that stretches from Transylvania County to Henderson County. If and when this project is completed walkers, runners and cyclists will have the opportunity to travel safely from Brevard, NC all the way to Hendersonville, NC and possibly beyond. It will be a 20-mile, multi-use greenway and will be a major jewel for the area. This is a big deal. My community has a multi-use greenway. It has changed the dynamics of who we are and created an abundance of opportunities for other parts of our county. My wife and I were on it last night walking our new pup. There were people everywhere, walking, running, riding, getting healthy while enjoying a beautiful evening.

The Ecusta Trail is one of those once in a lifetime projects for Transylvania and Henderson County. The economic, and health benefits it will provide are proven in countless other communities. My hometown, an hour away, is proof. It’s the kind of project that someone like Madison Cawthorn, the duly elected official in Washington should not only champion but ought to be doing everything he can to find funding for. Instead, this is what he called it, “a communist activity”.  

Now I am sure the context for his remark is because about 100 landowners are suing the federal government for what they perceive or contend is an illegal taking of their land. Let me give you a little insight into the vast majority of those 100 landowners, I have seen where and how they live, in run down trailers, and shacks. Remember, once upon a time they lived on an active railroad line some just twenty feet away. These are Ronald J. Frump’s people. The people that buy his hats, t-shirts, flags and send him their last $25.00 so he can maintain the lifestyle he is used to and the Dishonorable Madison Cawthron is going to ride his coattails as long as he can. Brevard, I hope you will get together and end his ride at the voting booth, soon.

The GOP is in a freefall, morally, ethically, and patriotically. They have no idea what America stands for. They have forgotten 200+ years of history. They have no clue who we are, or what we are. Most of them claim to be followers of Christ, they aren’t, not even close. They claim to be patriots, maybe, but only for the people that look like them, act like them, and believe in what they believe. And look at their messiah, the orange wonder that they have chosen to lead them to the promised land, a creature filled with hate, spite, pride, and ego. At this point, there is no path forward for the GOP. America is changing and all the voter suppression laws, and redistricting won’t change the complexion, or sexuality of where we are headed.                           

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Putin’s Bitch

“No two countries that both had McDonald’s had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald’s” – Thomas Friedman

Imagine waking up this morning to the sound of artillery shelling. Seeing tanks, military jets, foot soldiers, invade your neighborhood, your street. Every other morning you would wake-up, fix breakfast, get your kids ready for school, and then get yourself and them out the door. That would be a normal day. That would be a normal day for millions of Americans. But in Kyiv, Ukraine today is not a normal day. Today, a mad man, a bloodthirsty killer, invaded your home and there is the real possibility that you and your children will be killed.  

Kyiv, Ukraine is not some back woods, rural town, populated with more goats, or camels than people. It is an old, elegant, and modern European city filled with art, culture, education, history, and industry. It is a democracy that exists in the shadow of a ruthless dictator much admired by Ronald J. Frump and too many in the Republican party. And today this young country that gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990’s will more than likely fall back into the oppressive and deadly governance of one Vladimir Putin.

I have never been to Kyiv, but I watched a news segment about the country and the city back when Ronald J. Frump was attempting to blackmail them withholding aid and weapons for dirt on the Biden’s. What I saw was a classic European city, a city of old and new. Think Warsaw, Berlin, and Paris.

This news segment interviewed a retired American, from Detroit I think, who had lived in Kyiv for ten years with his wife. When asked why he chose to retire in Kyiv he responded, “look around” and the camera panned a street filled with people, café’s, fountains, and an old-world charm, with modern skyscrapers in the background. It looked beautiful.

Ukraine isn’t some desert country where people herd goats and live in huts made of camel dung. It is a country populated with people, 44 million, just like you and me. They have families, jobs, plans, and dreams, and Putin, with the love and support of Ronald J. Frump and others in GOP, including Tucker Carlson intends to crush them, even kill them, for whatever demented reasons he has conjured up in his sick, irrational mind.  

Frump says this invasion would have never happened if he were still President. We all know that is bullshit because Frump was willing to give Putin everything he wanted or asked for. Within the first few months of taking office, he tried to remove, not reduce, remove the sanctions placed on Russia by Obama. He was very clear from the beginning that he was okay with Russia keeping Crimea and taking Ukraine. He gave Russia classified intelligence, on Russian television no less, because he wouldn’t let the American press in for the meeting. He attempted to get the US out of NATO and Russia back in the G7 all while heaping praise on a man he aspired to be, a cold-blooded killer.

So why did Putin decide to invade Ukraine now? One, Rump softened the GOP and Ukraine up for Putin by withholding aid and support to a young democracy in need of help and praising Putin’s “genius”. The big bad wolf has always been at the door of Ukraine. Rump cracked the door and looked the other way while Russian supported extremists infiltrated the country while he was in office. Two, this gives Rump and the GOP something to crow about, projecting Biden as a weak leader and the United States as a floor mat for Putin to wipe his feet on. Believe me, Putin would love nothing more than to have his “bitch” back in the White House, and a GOP majority in Congress. They are not afraid of Putin, they love and adore him. Hell, they want to have his baby.   

My prayer is that these sociopathic “leaders” will leave this planet soon. Sadly, the GOP is already grooming its next crop of Ronald J. Frump want to be’s as we speak. Idiots that hide behind the cross, the flag and their AR-15’s. People that want to make you afraid of something. People that point out the problems but offer no solutions other than themselves. That is the America Donald J. Frump and MAGA are selling. I am smart enough not to buy it. Are you?

“If properly handled, there was absolutely no reason that the situation currently happening in Ukraine should have happened at all. I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump Administration what he is doing now, no way! Russia has become very very rich during the Biden Administration, with oil prices doubling and soon to be tripling and quadrupling. The weak sanctions are insignificant relative to taking over a country and a massive piece of strategically located land. Now it has begun, oil prices are going higher and higher, and Putin is not only getting what he always wanted, but getting, because of the oil and gas surge, richer and richer. The U.S. was energy independent under the Trump Administration, an independence that we had never obtained before, and oil prices would have remained low. Now, what a mess our Country is in!” – Ronald J. Frump 

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Puppy Love

My wife and I have been married for 37 years. In those 37 years of marriage, we have raised 2 daughters, 5 dogs and 1 cat. Our last child headed to college 11 years ago and we have been empty nesters ever since.

It has taken a few years, but I am now used to a childless, quiet house. Honestly, I kind of like it. We lost one of our two dogs and the cat two years ago, so we are down to just one massive, 13-year-old hound dog who eats, sleeps and poops and that’s about it.

We have a routine which honestly started to feel like a rut to me last summer. Though we are both active, she is more so than me, riding our bicycles and hiking, at home it is the same old, same old, dinner in front of the television, then more television, then bed. Yes, not very exciting. We take a few trips but we both still work so there is that obligation.

In 37 years of marriage, we have never not had a dog except for the first year and at 13, my old pup, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, has already outperformed his life expectancy by a year. With his advancing age I started thinking about getting a dog, maybe a two- or three-year-old shelter pup to avoid all the drama a puppy brings. But then I decided our boring lives could use a little comedy, a little excitement, so three weeks ago we got a puppy, and she has turned our lives upside down.

I was 49 years old the last time I had to deal with a puppy. We still had a kid at home and one in college 45 minutes away, so I had help raising what has turned out to be the dumbest but sweetest dog I have ever owned, all five feet tall and 100 pounds of him. But this new little girl, well she is a terror.

Hazel’s mom is a Blue Heeler, a thick, compact, herding dog. Her dad is supposed to be a poodle, but I have my doubts. We got her from a co-worker of my wife’s. She claims she saw their Blue Heeler hook-up with their poodle which would make Hazel a Blue Cadoodle. Now, let me back-up here. I am not a fan of all these designer doodle breeds. I didn’t go out searching for a doodle. This one just dropped into our laps so to speak.

My understanding of the Doodle craze has something to do with the animal being hypoallergenic. I know it sounds cool but honestly, I think it is a bunch of bullshit. There’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Allergens are carried in dander (dead skin cells), saliva and urine, so they’re impossible to escape. You might be less allergic to a Doodle but at the end of the day they are still a dog.

So back to Hazel, when I look at her, I see a German Shepherd. Her coloring, her ears, her nose, and thick legs all scream German Shepherd. But the owner said Blue Heeler and poodle so that’s what I went with, and I was okay with it. She is a gorgeous little girl full of personality and herself.   

But when we picked her up three weeks ago at the family’s farm a German Shepherd came walking down the gravel road. “Who is that?” I asked. “That’s my mom’s dog Zeus” was the response. I looked at Hazel and I looked at old Zeus and decided that Hazel’s mom might have hooked up with a poodle, but she also had a little afternoon delight with Zeus. Bottom line, I think Hazel’s mom is a hussy.

This little girl has certainly changed the dynamics of our house. She has also changed our sleep patterns. I take her out at 1 am to pee. My wife gets up with her at 5 am and lets me sleep until six. She runs hard for about two hours, naps for two and then gets back at it. She adores my old hound dog, who I think secretly loves the attention although he gets a little grumpy with her from time to time. She is all puppy, full of spit and vinegar when she is awake, and sweet and snuggly when she is napping. Yea, I am in love.

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The wannabe Mob Boss revisited

I wrote this back in November, 2019 and thought, given recent event’s, it was worth reposting.

For years I have been interested in the Mafia. It’s why the Godfather (one and two, not three) and Goodfellas are three of my favorite movies. I think my real fascination with the Mafia and why I watch those movies and read books about the La Cosa Nostra has less to do with the violence and more to do with the historical and political context of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’. I am a history buff and the twists and turns that play out in these stories are always set against a backdrop of what was happening in America at that particular time.

But this fascination or interest has also provided me with a little knowledge about the Mafia. It might come in handy during a trivia board game or for an episode of Jeopardy but otherwise it is pretty useless information. Until Trump was elected president.

Mafia families are structured organizations that follow a strict hierarchical structure.

1. The Boss is the head of the family, usually reigning as a dictator.
2. The Underboss, usually appointed by the boss, is the second in command of the family.
3. The Consigliere is an advisor to the family and sometimes seen as the boss’s “right-hand man”.
4. A Caporegime (also captain or skipper) is in charge of a crew, a group of soldiers who report directly to him.
5. A Soldier is a member of the family.
6. An Associate is not a member of the Mafia, but works for a crime family nonetheless.

All of these layers are in place for one reason and one reason only, to protect the Boss. The Boss never gets his hands dirty. Nothing can ever get pinned on him. He directs all of the family’s activities and business through the Underboss or the Consigliere who make all of the “necessary” arrangements. The Boss might talk to two or maybe three people about the plan which naturally creates a layer of protection around him. No phone calls, no emails, nothing in writing. The only way for the Boss to be implicated is if someone talks or “rats him out”.

“Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?” – Trump tweet 12-16-18

As you can imagine the most expendable individual in this structure is an Associate, typically someone attempting to prove their worth as a prospective member of the family and the pecking order of importance moves-up from there. But always, the last man standing, the man everyone protects is the Boss. Why? An oath of loyalty.

Former FBI Director James Comey recounts in his books during a private White House dinner with Trump, just a week after the president was inaugurated, that Trump told him: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” Comey told him he would “always get honesty from me” but Trump wanted more, “That’s what I want, honest loyalty”.

Omertà is the Southern Italian term for silence. A word, to the Mafia, that places a code of honor on silence in the face of questioning by authorities or outsiders. What we have learned during these impeachment hearings is that Trump’s Underboss (Mike Pence), Consigliere (Bill Barr), Caporegimes (Mick Mulvaney, Rick Perry, and Mike Pompeo) and Soldier (Rudy Giuliani) are willing to honor this code of silence at all cost, not only to themselves but also to the democracy of this country to protect their Boss.

Trump’s ties to the Mafia are well known. Certainly his affinity for authoritarian, strong-men is well documented as well. And in Vladimir Putin, Trump has the best of both worlds, a ruthless, murderous, dictatorial strong-men with significant and notable links to the Russian Mob, links that we learn probably sooner than later ensnare Trump, his business and other members of his family.

I sense the frustration people have with Trump despite the mountains of evidence against him. We wonder what it will take to convict him for all the crimes we know he has committed from assaulting, at last count, 30 women, paying off other women with campaign money, colluding with Russia, and the current crime of withholding aid to Ukraine. Trust me, all of this shit will catch-up to Trump, it finally caught-up with John Gotti, “The Teflon Don” who, after many years of literally getting away with murder rotted away and died in a prison cell.

Over the next few years we will learn much more about Trump’s short time in office and the crimes he and his corrupt crime family have committed. The stories will fill book after book and though Trump may never rot in prison I suspect his punishment will be much worse, he will live the rest of his hopefully broke life as the most hated and despised man to ever occupy the office of President of the United States.

 “It’s important to remember that Trump learned his ABCs for success from Roy Cohn, who was mixed up in the Mafia, defended them, and mentored Trump exactly how to succeed in life. “Always be aggressive, take no prisoners …”

Trump resembles John Gotti. Most mob bosses were quiet, stayed in the shadows, didn’t want any kind of publicity or exposure. All Gotti wanted was the spotlight, all the time. That bolstered his ego, made him feel important.

There’s another example of their similar personalities. Gotti, at the slightest slight, if anybody had offended him or spoken one bad word, they were finished, terminated. No prisoners …Trump doesn’t kill anybody! But what he does is he casts you out of his environment.” – Selwyn Raab, a former investigative reporter for the New York Times who covered organized crime

The Trump crime syndicate survived for decades because his organizational circle was very small and though every decision made required his prior approval you would be hard pressed to find his signature on any documents. Trump doesn’t text or use email, he famously uses Post-It notes to communicate with others. So like Don Vito Corleone, it is difficult to create a paper trail that leads to him. And we all know Trump will happily sacrifice a minion, like Michael Cohen, in order to save his own sorry ass and he is still willing to do that today.

But all that change when he entered the White House which has hundreds of individuals, maybe thousands whose only job is to save every document, scrap of paper, sticky note, generated during his failed regime. The other thing that changed is his organizational circle which expanded from about 22 people at Trump Org. to several hundred which he increased daily by firing and replacing on a regular basis over four years. These people, unlike his children and long time employees, don’t view Trump as their “meal ticket” so loyalty to The Donald over everything else including country isn’t a factor or option for them.

We continue to see the exception in that last statement in people like Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, and Mark Meadows who, for whatever reason, are willing to sell their souls to the devil. But there are reports that the January 6th Select Committee has interviewed upwards of 400 to 500 people many with first hand knowledge of the planning, financing, and execution of the insurrection. Trump may not know their names but they were there in the thick of it. 

And here is the fun part, despite Don Corleone Frump’s efforts to insulate himself from the events of January 6th and his attempt to overturn the election people are talking, documents are being shared and it is just a matter of time before folks like Mark Meadows and Rudy Giuliani can’t afford, literally, to stay silent any longer. 

I know many of us are disappointed that Ronald J. Frump isn’t broke or in prison yet. But I firmly believe that history will repeat itself. Crime family bosses never spend their golden years living a life of luxury at the beach.

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YOU’RE IN A CULT

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Among the many stickers I have on my car I have two that aren’t very popular in my neck of the woods, the red state of South Carolina. One reads, “HE LOST IN A FAIR ELECTION” and the second one, “YOU’RE IN A CULT”.

I get all kinds of reactions to these very “official” looking stickers printed in MAGA colors and style. I have had people ask if they could take a picture of them and even thank me for risking damage to my new car. I have also had people tell me that I am “number one” (that’s what the middle finger means, right?), tried to run me off the road, and even threatened to kick my “liberal ass” in the Burger King parking lot. I told that fat fuck to go eat a cheeseburger first. He would need the energy to pick his fat ass up off the ground.

My favorite interaction happened at the Home Depot. I had parked my car and across from me was a piece of shit pick-up truck with the back glass covered in Frump and Let’s Go Brandon stickers. An old, bent over man using a cane and wearing the red mark of the beast cap got out of the truck and hobbled up the parking lot flipping me the bird. This guy looked like he was one breath away from death and all I could do was laugh at him. I walked behind him, very, very slowly and laughed all the way to the entrance.

I thought about that old fart later. He was easily pushing 90 years old. I thought about all the stuff he had lived through in those 90 years; the Great Depression, the rise and fall Adolf Hitler, World War II, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the atomic bomb, the Korean War, the Civil Rights movement, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of JFK, the Vietnam War, the assassination of MLK, and putting a man on Moon. All of that happened from 1932 to 1970 before he was even 40 years old.

Which brings us to today, 2022. This old guy is at the end of his days, hell I wouldn’t be surprised if he was dead already. So, what I can’t wrap my head around, given what this guy has seen, what he has lived through, the changes in the world that have happened all around him that he would choose Ronald J. Frump as his lord and savior. That he truly believes that Ronald J. Frump can and will Make America Great Again. That he believes that Ronald J. Frump will deliver us back to the days of Patriotism, Mom, Apple Pie and waving the flag (not the confederate flag, Frump has delivered on that). That he believes with all his being, and the back windshield of his pick-up truck, that Ronald J. Frump gives one shit about him or this country.

I wrote and posted the following back in February 2020: So why are they so drawn to Trump? What do they see in him? What does he offer them? Does Trump have something they want out of life? How can they accept a man who obviously has severe mental health concerns, certainly ego and vanity issues, and apparently a serious amphetamine addiction (have you seen the man’s dilated pupils under the bright lights) as their lord and savior? A man who abuses women (20 that we know of), cheats on his wives, cheats on his taxes, cheats on anything, everything and everyone. So, what is the appeal?  What is the cult of his personality that draws so many to him? Why would people like Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott stake their political life on him? Honestly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there is an avalanche of documents, books, emails, and sealed indictments waiting to see the light of day that are going to expose Trump for what he is, an immoral, corrupt, piece of shit. I simply don’t understand the cult of his personality.

Two years later, I still don’t understand.

I have searched the internet for the defining characteristics of a Frump supporter and sadly the only common denominator I could find is this, they are white. MAGA comes in all shapes and sizes, rich, poor, educated, dumb as a bag of rocks, southern, northern, mid-western, east coast, and west coast. And yes it is true a few Blacks, Asians, Latinos, and those that identify as “other” (your guess is as good as mine) voted for him, but 90% of those that cast their ballot for Frump were white (60% of Biden’s voters were white). Simply stated, being white is the defining feature of a Frump supporter. I know a big surprise.

I mentioned in my February 2020 post about the “avalanche of documents, books, emails, and sealed indictments waiting to see the light of day”. Well, that day is here. And for the sane, the rational, and the logical, this avalanche of information is pretty damning. It confirms what so many of us already knew on day one of his presidency, that Frump is an “immoral, corrupt, piece of shit”. But for whatever reason the cult of Ronald J. Frump continues even inside the GOP. Why? Who the hell knows? I honestly cannot come up with a reasonable answer.

Research has shown that cult leaders, from Charles Manson to Ronald J Frump, have four common personality traits.

1.       They are narcissistic. (Check)

2.       They are charismatic. (He is not my type, but check)

3.       They are unpredictable. (The man loves chaos)

4.       They have a “turn-on”.

What is Frump’s “turn-on”. Power, absolute, unflinching power. The road is littered with thousands of mean tweets directed at those that crossed his power path, questioned his authority, those that he perceived as being disloyal. Yes MAGA, “YOU’RE IN A CULT”. Adolph Hitler would be envious. Now do us all a favor, drink some Jim Jones jungle juice.   

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