My pill caddy says it is Saturday.  The fact that I am sitting in my office nestled between two stadiums in Seattle  means that I’ve got some things to do today that can’t wait until next week.  It is also Day 18 on the GOP War on Math in the House of Representatives.

First the Headlines that caught my eye this morning:

1.   Biden Says Hamas Attack Was to Halt Israel-Saudi Arabia Thaw

2.  The Reckoning That Is Coming for Qatar

3.  Judge fines Trump $5

,000 for gag order violation after threatening him with jail time

4.  Lawyer Kenneth Chesebro pleads guilty over efforts to overturn Trump’s 2020 loss in Georgia

5.  White Supremacist Nick Fuentes is Causing Chaos Inside Texas Youth GOP

6.  Inflation is following an ‘eerily similar’ path as the one taken in 1966-1982

7.  House speaker race starts again for Republicans after ousting Jordan

8.  Mitt on the Media

9.  A GOP congressman says he received a notice of eviction for one of his district offices over his opposition to Jim Jordan

Now my unsolicited commentary on these headlines:

Remember, I haven’t actually read the articles attached to these headlines, which makes this whole thing fun for me.

1.  I wasn’t one of the 22 million people who watched Biden speak the other day.  But I did catch the snippets on NPR on my way into the office yesterday morning, which is how I got my first laugh of the day:

“One of the reasons why they acted like they did, why Hamas moved on Israel, is because they knew I was about to sit down with the Saudis.”

Okay, it may have been ‘one’ reason, but it was probably somewhere around six or seven on the list of five reasons.

2.  On the Reckoning of Qatar.  I seem to recall that the Saudis cut ties with Qatar in 2017 over Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region”, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom’s Eastern Province city of Qatif.  The head of Hamas is headquartered NOT in Palestine, but in Qatar.  If the West needs to get some kind of message through to a terrorist organization anywhere in the Middle East, they only have to go see them in Qatar.

3.  Trump has zero self control.  He couldn’t go one day without getting tagged.  It doesn’t matter if he believes he is 100 percent in the right, or if the gag order against him *might* be overturned in an appellate court (unlikely), if he violates an existing court order currently in place and enforceable, then he is going to find his fat ass in a holding cell with a 2″ hard-plastic mattress and a stainless steel toilet/sink combo instead of the 24k gold-plated toilet he is used to.

4.  The third guilty plea deal in Georgia this week.  The third co-defendant turning “state’s evidence” on criminal defendant Donald John Trump.    It’s usually what happens in almost every ‘conspiracy’ case in both state and federal courts:  lower-level defendants in the scheme almost always plead guilty in exchange for their testimony against the higher-level defendants.  Probation for a misdemeanor conviction in exchange for testimony is far preferable to ending up with 240 months in prison.  There isn’t anyone who is willing to sacrifice their lives for Donald Trump.

5.  Your Father’s Republican Party is DEAD.  The principles of the Republican Party have all been hollowed out, and replaced by Trumpublicanism.  The racists and bigots of the Democratic Party (the so-called “Dixie-crats”) left the Democratic Party and became Republicans during the Nixon years (the Southern Strategy), and had been slowly dying ever since.  Trump was the final nail on the coffin.

6.  History repeats.  Economics are cyclical.

7.  The Republican Party can’t govern itself.  I don’t know why they think they can govern a nation.

8.  “It’s hard to imagine, but Tucker Carlson is turning the GOP into the pro-Russian, pro-authoritarian party.” – Mitt Romney in his new book, ““Romney: A Reckoning,”

9.  This is not normal, nor is it acceptable.  Anyone engaging in this kind of behavior needs to be in jail.  Death threats?  Evictions?  The problem isn’t the person receiving the threats, it’s the fucknozzles making the threats.  It’s the asswipes who would evict you over your political stances who are the “problem”.

What I am streaming:

I’m in-between shows right now.  Basically, with a dozen streaming platforms available to me at any given moment, I am having trouble deciding on what to watch next.  When that happens, I just start watching standup comedy routines.  Last night I watched a comedian from Iceland.



What I am reading:

The Drifters is a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, published in 1971 by Random House. The novel follows six young characters from diverse backgrounds and various countries as their paths meet and they travel together through parts of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Mozambique. The story is told from the perspective of the narrator, George Fairbanks, who is an investment analyst for the fictional company World Mutual Bank in Switzerland. Mr. Fairbanks is connected with nearly every character in some way, and they all seem to open up to him throughout the novel in one way or another.

The Rodeo Song – Garry Lee and the Showdown


A couple of memes from da memebox


Okay, that’s it for today.  Have a great day.


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October 21, 2023 17:26

One wonders how much self control the author would use if he found himself confronted by the people’s court with a host of false charges aimed at destroying him.   Especially if remaining silent would be a tacit admission of guilt and play into the hands of the apparatchiks.   Ah to have the wisdom and knowledge of the author.   Alas I only spent 30 years aboard under third world dictatorships observing the wonders of justice in such systems and seeing the wonders of such tactics.   Hence I’d rather go out like a Bonhoffer, a man without self control, than a lickspittle pleading for mercy from a jumped up lickspittle.

October 23, 2023 23:28

Since comments have been closed after your last diatribe.  Here comes mine.
Foreign affairs?  Biden can’t get anything right in foreign affairs, even Obama’s Secretary of Defense said so. Gates Stands By Statement That Biden Has Been Wrong On Nearly Every Major Foreign Policy Question
For proof, I offer Afghanistan (I know you think it’s all Trump’s fault, BUT Biden ignored his general’s advice), Ukraine, his burning desire to strike a deal with Iran (which you will NEVER convince me is a good idea) not to mention his paying ransom money for hostages, which will only cause more hostages to be taken.  And the open border.  When gas prices got too high, he begged Saudi Arabia (another country he fucked up American relations with) and Venezuela, with a Communist hostile government, them to give us more oil.  He made America look like IDIOTS.  We are perceived as weak all over the world.  He left $80 billion worth of the latest military equipment in Afghanistan.  As a gift to the Taliban.  Who are now killing women and forbidding them to be educated.

Now you’re defending Hamas and the Palestinians. I think Israel should carpet bomb Gaza.  I really don’t care if it’s Hamas or the pals digging up pipes; it’s not my problem and it’s not Israel’s to solve.  They wanted autonomy and voted for corrupt, evil Hamas.  Do you want to go there and sort out the good from the bad? Or do you want Israel to do it?  They’ve already done more to help them than any other country and army in the world, by giving them time to get out.  And humanitarian aid.  It’s up to their Egyptian brothers; meanwhile no other Arab country wants them, but Israel should put up with them, when their raison d’etre is to kill every Jew in the world.  Torture, massacre, decapitate babies, make parents watch their children be tortured and killed, and then kill the parents.  Rip a pregnant woman’s fetus from her stomach.  You seem to already have forgotten the horrors committed by Hamas 2 weeks ago, which no other country would tolerate.

Yes, just like everyone else in this world, you are condemning Israel for being victims.  Like professors at Columbia, Cornell and Stanford.   Like the students of Harvard.  Like the many mobs all over this world.  Antisemitism never dies, it just changes form.  The world is like 1939 again.  Do you know a man attacked a woman in the subway, “Because you’re Jewish”?  They still haven’t caught him.  And the president of a synagogue in Detroit was found stabbed to death today and she had worked HARD to bring Muslims and Jews together.  Like you, a lefty.
I wish you could have heard the Zoom talk I listened to, where an expert on Arabic affairs, who worked for the State Department, the Pentagon, who speaks Arabic and Farsi, who lived with Arabs and Iranians, explained Islamic culture.  They NEVER FORGET.  If your great-grandfather killed their great-grandfather or did anything to their family, they will be your enemy FOREVER. And he had friends with these people. They cultivate patience; it doesn’t matter if it takes 10 generations or 1,000 years to get back at you.  Another Islamic cultural norm is that once they are on land, it belongs to them.  Forever.  This is Islamic culture and ideology.  And this guy knows a hell of a lot more than you.  Maybe you should go and read   Here are some of today’s articles: ·  Germany: Muslim accused of raping, beating 15-year-old, ‘I’ll destroy your entire family. I swear by the Qur’an.’
France: Knife-wielding Muslim arrested near a high school, had ‘radical religious books’ and ‘photos of beheadings

UK: Muslim migrant carries out jihad terror attack for ‘Palestine,’ details heavily restricted

Nigeria: Muslims invade lawmaker’s home, abduct his wife and children

Hamas sympathizer enjoys senior role within Biden’s national security apparatus

57% of US Muslims Believe Hamas Atrocities Justified
Finally, you are obsessed with Trump.  I assume that’s the “elephant in the room.” Did I mention Trump even ONCE in my comments.  NO.  You  are suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  You should get it treated, since it gets into everything you say and do.

In response to your typical lefty liberal remark about how all religions are the same, only ONE has in its founding text the commandment to go out and kill.  In Islamic history and doctrine violent jihad is founded on numerous verses of the Qur’an — most notably, one known in Islamic theology as the “Verse of the Sword”: “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful” (9:5).   That’s the reason 95% of the wars and terror committed today are connected to Muslims.




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