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The USA: We Don’t Deliver! or… Let Them Wear Bandannas!

21 Mar

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Doctors and nurses throughout the United States have been expressing an urgent need for more masks and personal protective gear in their ongoing struggle to fight and contain the Corona Virus outbreak here in the United States…but there have been shortages of these supplies and some hoarding by citizens who are not doctors or nurses.

When asked about how more face masks and other needed protective garments could be produced and sent to hospitals throughout the country President Trump responded by saying “We (the U.S. govt.) are not a delivery service.” He then suggested that each state’s governor should take charge of resupplying their own state.

Then when read a statement issued by the CDC about how doctors and nurses and other medical personnel should begin reusing whatever personal protective gear they have and even consider using bandannas as face-masks, the President replied: “I know nothing about that.” and then deferred to VP Mike Pence who even though he took the podium and spoke, knew nothing about that either.

It has been my observation (and perhaps yours?) while watching our Commander in Chief and his Vice President over the past few days that both seem to be a bit distracted or perhaps overwhelmed by what it is their jobs require them to do…as in care about an entire diverse country of people they are quite unfamiliar with.

I imagine the President dreaming of a golf course far, far away where he plays endlessly with friends and caddies of his own choosing none of whom ever get within three feet of his personal space…or his ball which he likes to move with reckless abandon. “Four! No, not fore. I mean as in not 5, like I got 4 on that hole.”

And I imagine the VP, as he stares lovingly into the back of the Presidents oddly coiffed head, wondering why he has yet to leave Earth in The Rapture that he is so sure should have taken place already…especially during these times of tribulation. “Am I raptured? What? Oh no, I have to speak? Damn! I mean Darn!…sorry no exclamation mark.”

Anyway, that’s what I think. Otherwise why would they look so lost and say such inane things?” Don’t they have advisers? Do they know that they come with the job? If they do have advisers do the advisers know that they are allowed to give advice? And do the experts that stand nearby while the POTUS and Vice POTUSĀ  speak understand that we at home can see their expert eyes performing gymnastics inside their eye sockets?

Who directs these podium talks? Does no one proof read anymore?…

It has been said that Nero fiddled while Rome burned and that Marie Antoinette once said that her hungry subjects should try eating cake when they get hungry. Maybe those infamous leaders weren’t cruel after all. Maybe they were just really, really bored?

After all, it’s hard to care about strangers…especially in bulk… isn’t it?

Hot Time in the Old town Tonight

6 Aug

It was 165 degrees in Iraq this week…well at least the heat index was…but that’s still pretty hot! But what can you expect when you live at the axis… of the Axis of Evil? I wonder if any of those uranium dipped bombs and ammunitions we’ve used on those devils over the last 12 years have contributed to the recent heat wave over Baghdad?

Funny how history works isn’t it? Once upon a time the Middle East was the site of the first human civilizations on the planet. The birthplace of the Bible! That was a pretty good thing wasn’t it? Then a few thousand years go by, cities and civilizations rise and fall. People migrate and move about. Sail across a great ocean and discover a new world!… Of course saying that a new world was discovered in the Americas is like taking a bunch of your friends on a vacation to France today and then saying you discovered France when you got there.

Then you go about killing millions of people to empty the place out, import millions more to build stuff for you, open the country up to mass immigrations from other-wheres, eventually declare yourself the greatest country ever, fly back to the original “Cradle of Civilization” declare that place evil and then bomb it into its own past because…

Anybody know why we did that? Was it religion? Oil? Business? Ridding the world of Evil doing?

Well, anyway, now, somehow, there are 55 million more evil people who live in the country next door, who also descend from those original, first civilizations and cities who need dealing with in today’s world. The President of our “new and better” civilization wants to make peace and sign a treaty but most good folks would rather do that which they feel needs doing…and that would be going to war with those 55 million “bad” people….(before they get bombs and use them…like we have or heaven forbid, dip their conventional weapons in the nasty stuff and use them then, like we do now).

But does anyone know why we need to go to war rather than attempt to make peace? Is it religion? Oil? Business? Ridding the world of Evil doing?… Attempting to make peace has an expiration date while war does not?

Who knows? But it sure is hot over there. Perhaps it’s just from the energy of having to live for 6,000 years or so in the same place and all the while having to do endless city building, begetting and civilizing?

In any event, I wonder how hot it’s going to be over here, in the new and improved world in say 6,000 years or so?…I do suppose we or someone else shall see…If we make it that far?

Funny how history works, isn’t it?

Let’s Just Sing a Simple Song of Freedom

14 Jul

“That flag has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people. It doesn’t symbolize hate unless you think it’s hate – and that’s your problem, not mine.”

This is what some of the thousands of folks at the rally for the confederate flag in Central Florida had to say about their beloved confederate Flag. It was an event that was being held in support of a decision to return the Confederate flag to a display outside the Ocala government complex.

Participants talked of defending Southern traditions and southern heritage and said that their rally wasn’t about hatred and racism but rather about the rights of free people. Just like the Civil War wasn’t about slavery but rather about rights too… I suppose. And what rights would those be except the right for one to live free while buying, selling and owning people who could not live free? And what great heritage does the confederate flag represent except the heritage of slavery and oppression and human degradation and treason and secession and the Un-United States of America?

Imagine the world today if the south had been successful and had won their rights to live in their own separate country with that wonderful southern heritage and those lovely southern traditions left intact. How would the world have made out during World wars 1 and 2 without the might of the 50 United States to defend it? And Whose side would the south have been on during those momentous conflicts… do you suppose? How different might your world and mine… and theirs, be today had the south and “their rights” prevailed?

Perhaps southerners should think about that every time they think about displaying their most sacred symbol of antebellum disunity and dysfunction: The confederate flag. Because that’s what it was. It didn’t value humanity. Think about it. had they won It would have edified the demeaning and devaluation of all human life everywhere, especially in the south! Where was the benevolence, humaneness, compassion, fraternity, kindness, consideration, tolerance, charity and mercy in the confederate cause…except for themselves and no others? That’s a cause, history and heritage worth reverence and remembrance? Is there anyone in the world alive today who doesn’t thank God for the confederacy’s utter and complete defeat????? Seriously there are just these confederate ancestor wannabees…which should tell you all you really need to know about the confederacy.

They are without a doubt… THE ONLY ONES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD… who think that the confederate flag has value in a MODERN world.

All in all this sad and sorry demonstration to defend southern history spanned 8 miles with 4,500 supporters and an estimated 2,000 vehicles, mostly motorcycles and trucks adorned with Civil War-era flags…and of course guns! What good old southern get together wouldn’t include guns? Police say that even some shots were fired during an argument over the flag, but no one was injured, and overall the event was peaceful.

Now imagine that same motorcade of revelers all being comprised of people of color who were flying flags to symbolize their African heritage and their history of protest of the United States for their long denied rights…8 miles… of honking horns, beating fists in the air and shouting and the shooting of guns…and all while driving thousand of vehicles through white suburban neighborhoods.

That would have gone off quite peacefully, while the police stood by and waved them on…don’t you think? Because overall, if we have anything here in America, 150 years after the Civil War, it’s the end of racism…isn’t it?

GRACEFIFTEENTEN

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