Archive | June, 2020

Let’s Summer in Europe!

30 Jun

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Nope! Sorry…we can’t.

The European Union is excluding us from their list of 15 safe countries whose citizens will be allowed to travel there.

I guess we’ve just become too darned great and full of ourselves for being like, well… better than everybody else. Just look at that graph up there. We’re off the charts! When it comes to Coronavirus cases that is… as in… we’re doing so well we’re contagious!

New confirmed daily cases in the EU peaked around mid-March and are now on a clear downward trend, with cases below 10,000 for more than a month. In the US however, new cases are on a steep upward trajectory and have now topped over 40,000 per day!
That’s good isn’t it? Aren’t we winning? Data for the US shows that new cases in at least 36 states are trending upwards compared to the previous week. State and local leaders have said the rise in cases is in part driven by gatherings at homes and in meeting places such as bars.
Of course we Americans are gathering! We’re celebrating because we are free and great! And it’s about time…Now where’s my drink? I’m feeling a bit thirsty and warm.
Did you know that The U.S. has recorded  more Covid-19  cases and deaths than anywhere in the world? (What’s a Covid anyway? And what in the world is the 19 for?!) At almost 2.6 million cases and more than 126,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, that puts us in the big leagues with teams like Brazil, Russia and India!: The three nations with the highest numbers of cases after…US!
Whoo-Hoo! How great can we get? We’re in the top division!
Apparently The EU’s decision is based on whether a country has a similar or better epidemiological situation than Europe, as well as comparable hygiene and containment measures…sounds like a lot of crap doesn’t it? I bet they’re just jealous.
But!…The EU has recommended that member states offer entry to China, where the virus originated for crise sakes!…on the condition of reciprocal arrangements. What the ???  That sounds like a bribe or payoff doesn’t it?… Figures!
The other 14 countries that are allowed to visit Europe this summer are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. What a bunch of lightweights. Do any of them even play football? You know, the real kind!
Oh well. We’ll just have to stay home this summer wrapped in our warm, humble hubris and gloat. It’s good to be great and free and unencumbered by the suffering of others who are poor, and old and or without the proper health coverage that they should have bought for themselves from… wherever…just don’t get me started.
It’s good to be great…again! Now let’s party!
All hail our fearless, wondrous and most beloved leader!
And take that mask off when you do…you wimp!

American Carnage

9 Jun

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In January of 2017 President Trump made his famous? infamous? neither?…. Inauguration Address in which he emphasized that America was a mess…so much of a mess that what we had was an “American Carnage”. Carnage was an interesting and unusual word for him to choose since it literally means a great slaughter, but he of course was using it figuratively to refer to America’ social and economic desolation at that time…

Here are some other phrases from that speech:

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

You will never be ignored again.

But that was 3 and a half years ago…before President Trump embarked on his great campaign to…Make America Great Again!

So what do you think America? After 3 and a half years of President Trump’s reconstruction effort…

How are we doing now?

Here’s what the President’s 2020 reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, thinks: “The President, along with the unyielding resolve of the American people, will Make America Great Again.”

And I’m not kidding. That is actually President Trump’s campaign slogan for his reelection bid this November. It appeared this weekend on TV. And it was exactly what I predicted the 2020 campaign slogan for President of the Untied States would be way back on January 10th of 2017 when I wrote this:

Soon President elect Donald Trump will assume the Presidency of the United States. I am one of the many Americans who views this as the beginning of at least 4 years of great trial and tribulation for the United States of America and the world at large.

Perhaps you are one of the other Americans who believes that this will be the dawn of a new wonderful American age, or perhaps you are one of those Americans who can’t wait to see what happens next as though this will be the beginning of the best television show you will ever hope to see.

In any event, I have no idea what is going to happen over the next 4 years but I am going to make a prediction about the future. Then we can all wait and see if I am correct or not. I predict that in 4 years (or sooner) The Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States 2020 slogan will be:

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

And I was almost correct! I thought the Democratic nominee for President in 2020 might say that we have to make America great again as a sarcastic nod to President Trump’s own failure to do so…but instead…President Trump is running out that same and now old slogan to cheer his supporters on? Again? Really?

I know President Trump loves to watch (and be on) television,  and he became famous? Infamous? Neither? …with his hit television show “The Apprentice” but now he is going to propose that his political show should go into re-runs? Seriously? Does he think he’ll be getting residuals?

Good Grief!

This coming fall get ready for season five of Make America Great Again! All of your favorites will be back doing what you love to see them do best…TRYING to make America great again… but in their own bumbling, frustrating, frantic, incompetent, mean, nasty and incredibly costly, ego driven way that only they can!…If you’ve liked him so far then President Trump and his cast of characters guarantee that there’ll be  plenty more American Carnage next season then you’ve ever seen before. 

And if you vote for that… then heaven help us all!

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile…Back at the Cave…

3 Jun

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This past weekend  Elon Musk’s Spacex, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched two American Astronauts into space and a rendezvous with the International Space Station. The international Space Station or ISS is part of a multi-national collaborative project between five participating space agencies. They are the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe, and Canada.

The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements and it took the Spacex space rocket only a little more than 8 minutes to leave the Earth’s atmosphere and reach space and about 19 hours to reach the space station. (Yes! Earthlings actually own and operate a space station!)

It’s amazing how far rocket science and space exploration have improved in only 7 decades or so. And instead of a space race pitting America against other countries in an antagonistic competition we have learned to work collaboratively and peacefully with others towards common human goals!

Meanwhile…back at our cave on Earth…we Americans still can’t figure out how to keep policemen from murdering unarmed African American men and women for no apparent reason at all.

Some enlightened cave folks march and protest about this human conundrum peacefully…Other lesser enlightened cave people protest by looting and burning things… and our cave man in chief protests the protesters with tear gas, flash bombs and by waving the bible at things…

And still our cave police offer no explanations, reasons or solutions at all and stand by with guns, bayonets and menacing expressions until everything calms down…then of course, they will kill again.

And yet we humans have somehow learned how to explore the stars and share space peacefully with others…go figure.

Someday maybe enlightened and advanced thinking men and women will live among the other planets and moons in our solar system…

but first we’re gonna need the space force up their to protect us!?

Cave men in space! Just imagine that!

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