This is my first post of 2017, and the first one of my 51st year on this planet. The more I read and hear, I am seriously starting to doubt that we'll make it to my 55th year as a sane, relatively radioactive fall-out free, global community, since nationalism, isolationism, hawkish saber rattling, and ignorance are on a steep rise not just in the United States, but around the world.
I was driving from Greenville SC to Atlanta today, down I-85, listening to NPR (on Album 88) when Wait Wait Don't Tell me came on. I always enjoy Wait Wait, and I was shocked as I drove through pouring rain to hear on the radio show, that the Drumpf inaugural planners requested that the US Army send armored vehicles, tanks, and missile launchers, for a Red Square, Kremlin style parade in Washington DC. WTF? Yes, Drumpf, show us your cards early please. We know you admire dictators who hold such parades, and you so much wanna be one too... but thankfully, the US Army said 'No, our armored vehicles are too heavy, and they will damage Washington DC streets'. I hope the US Military continues to put a check on Drumpf's desires.
Link to San Diego Union-Tribune article on the same:
Link to The Hill Article on the same:
Link to the Washington Post's report on the same:
Wow. What an idiot the vast majority of White Umerika elected, out of fear of being governed by a woman; out of a misplaced hatred of crony capitalism (yes, Drumpf has surrounded himself with millionaires and billionaires... common folk, like you and I); out of a misplaced hatred and fear of immigrants who have built this country, and minorities who they've successfully oppressed for centuries; out of a backlash against one of the coolest, most compassionate, best presidents we've ever had who just happened to be 1/2 black. I spent Thursday and Friday in Greenville SC listening to my co-workers' stretched justifications of why they voted for Drumpf. Total fabricated BS. "Who would look better in photos on the beach, Ivanka, or Hillary?" Well, Drumpf's incestuous lover and advisor, of course... but that's no reason to vote for her father.
Soon, Frank Underwood (er.. I mean Mike Pence) will work with Ryan and McConnell to impeach Drumpf for his connections with Putin under the Alien & Sedition act of 1798, and then President Pence can do to the US what he did to Indiana - make it unfriendly to LGBTQ citizens, forced ultrasounds for abortions, gut medicaid, privatize as many state functions as possible (like prisons, toll roads for example), punish blue voting districts (like Lake County, where I grew up), and drive the economy into the ground, Kansas Brownback style. I doubt I'll be posting much of anything once that happens... since it'll probably wind me up in a privatized federal prison if I do speak out against the state.
On a strange note... my "page visits" to JustJoeP have gone up 10X since the November 2016 election. I used to get 50 or 60 hits on any single entry. I now have over 500 hits each on the mere 3 postings I did in November... Five Hundred and Fifty, for some of them. That's noteworthy.
Go Falcons. Thank you for beating Green Bay. Cheaters from New England should never be victorious as long as they retain their despicable unpatriotic coach. (it's my blog - if you don't like it... don't visit it; and yes, comments are regulated. Inarticulately attack me or rant against me, and your comments will be published and mocked accordingly). If you are from New England, I understand why you would root for your local team, tribalism... we are all subject to it. Same with Green Bay. If you're not from those places, and you've chosen to root for them... keep in mind that the Patriots have cheated long before deflate-gate was a thing. The Packers... well... they keep picking really talented QBs, while the rest of the NFC central/north founders year after year. I still blame GB defensive player Charles Martin for ending Jim McMahon's career early with a totally unnecessary and egregious late hit in 1986... but he died in 2005 at the early age of 45 from kidney failure, so perhaps karma does work. That's brutal, yes, but McMahon could have led the Bears to multiple titles just as Favre and Rodgers have done, if his throwing arm was not ruined by Martin.
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