Here it is, another Monday in the Realm, and Management™ is still off on Their extended sabbatical. Again, it is left up to me, the Sock Puppet stand-in to provide content for you people.
So here I sit in my office nestled between two stadiums in Seattle, scouring the Intertubes for shit to share with y’all. Soooo….
The Headlines That Caught My Eye This Morning:
And now, my stupid commentary based solely on the headlines above:
In Re 1: I can honestly say that I haven’t really been following this story. Anything that I currently know about it has been through osmosis. I know that his rants on Truth Social has cost someone $15k, but HE didn’t pay it, one of his rabid followers did. But his followers can’t take his place in a jail cell if the judge loses patience with Trump’s antics. I know that a lot of focus on his ‘free speech’ complaints, but being under legal jeopardy has a tendency to restrict a lot of Constitutional Rights — one of them being his actual freedom. He might not quite realize it yet, but he does NOT have a Constitutional Right to remain free while awaiting trial. In fact, if you want to talk about Trump being treated differently from 99 percent of other criminal defendants, know that most defendants await federal trial from a jail cell, or at least home confinement while on bail with a long list of restrictions and responsibilities that include jury and witness tampering.
While this is a CIVIL trial, it is a trial to determine whether the Trump Organization remains as a business or not. It is also a trial to determine whether the company was built on ill-gotten gains, and if so, will end up dissolving the company and stripping the Trump family of a large bulk of their wealth because of it.
In Re 2: I posit that the EU has never lost its anti-Semitic levels. Neither has America, or anywhere else. It’s just that people feel free to say it out loud again, now that the Right wing is gaining more and more power. Remember the Charlottesville, Virginia chants of “Jews will not replace us” during the Unite the Right Rally in 2017?
In Re 3: I might have mentioned this before, but I have a 14-year-old neighbor kid who was born female, and has decided that he is now a boy. But NOT a heterosexual boy. Nuh-uh. No, “he” is now a GAY boy.
Take a moment for that to sink in.
Confused? Yeah, me too.
In Re 4: There is NO excuse for there to be people camping out in tents on the fucking streets. There is also NO excuse for a region to spend upwards of $200 million a year to deal with the homeless problem and not see any results. That would be the Seattle area.
Why? Because everyone needs a fucking committee to first ‘study’ the problem. Committees and studies often cost more money than they are worth, and almost always comes up with the same fucking answers:
1. The cost of housing is too high for a lot of people to afford.
2. Once a person becomes homeless, it becomes a full-time job just to survive.
3. Once homeless, if unable to work because of being homeless, a person has to resort to crime to survive
4. Once homeless, it is impossible to find a place to live — because nobody will rent to a homeless person.
So you would think, that if the city/county can pony up $200 million a year for homeless committees and studies, that they could simply take that money and use it to subsidize rents on over-priced housing and still save upwards of $150 million of that money.
How’s that, you ask? Well, if we literally paid the entire rent for an entire year for every homeless person in Seattle, it would cost about $50 million. That is also what most of the studies have concluded.
In Re 5: The election is still a year off. With two front runners being 78 and 81, statistically, at least one of them is liable to be dead in a year. Morbid? No, just being realistic. Neither of these clowns are ‘spring chickens’. One is morbidly obese, and the other one is … well, old.
Let’s not forget the fact that there are some criminal trials coming up that WILL impact the ability of one candidate to run and/or hold office.
All that said, while polls might have Trump leading a year out, it doesn’t always translate into voter turnout. A LOT can happen in a year’s time. More than likely, one, if not both of the current front runners may not be around a year from now. THAT is a distinct probability, not a possibility.
In Re 6: Okay, I cheated on this one. I saw the reports on this — so cool.
That’s it for my stupid commentary for today.
Here’s what I’m Streaming:
The Leftovers – HBO MAX
The Leftovers is an American supernatural drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta that aired on HBO from June 29, 2014, to June 4, 2017. Based on Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same name, the series begins three years after the “Sudden Departure”, a global event that resulted in 2% of the world’s population disappearing. The lives of police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) and his family, along with grieving widow Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and her brother, Reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), are the focal points of the series as they struggle to adjust to life after the Departure.