Metal Deposits

I just got a new left titanium knee.

One for my right knee waits in a warehouse.

I couldn’t afford both knees at once,

as I’m retired and nickel-and-diming.

I’m using an iron will to do painful exercises,

to strengthen my knee and get buns of steel.

My summer bronze skin is now,

black, blue and copper bruised.

All these pain meds are now proving

that I don’t have a cast-iron stomach.

Luckily, my wife is putting up with my moaning.

I’m blessed because she has a heart of gold.

She’s a very smart blonde,

not a platinum fake blonde.

I was lucky to win her in my younger days,

when I had a silver tongue and balls of brass.

She is now my cheerleader, nurse and chauffeur.

Which has given my lead foot a needed rest.

Sleep has become a cherished hidden treasure

that is buried much deeper than I can find.

My mind is like a steel trap

but my once rock steady nerves of steel

have no support because of my lack of balance.

Look around at our nation and you’ll see

troubled times where our metal is being tested.

We have to seek balance and equality.

We need to acknowledge that,

we are all unique rare precious

metals to be cherished.

Remember real gold is not

afraid of the melting pot

and the finest steel has to go

through the hottest fires.

 

Will Hoge: “Gilded Walls”

“Still a Southern Man”

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

~ Charles R. Swindoll

 

 

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Letting Some Locals Speak

In February of 2012, I started a Facebook group. It’s called, “Mahoning Valley Citizen Promoters“ or MVCP. I started it for a few different reasons. One was that I was tired of hearing nothing but bad news about our area. Another reason was that I was bored hearing people say, “There is nothing to do around here.” The other reason is that my father was a small businessman and I know what a struggle that can be. The site is for members to post any good news that happened locally. It is also for these citizen promoters to mention local business they like and to report events happening locally. I also, like to post job opportunities. I want to see more of our young folks find jobs and stay in our area. While it started out to be about the Mahoning Valley, other nearby areas have been welcome to join and promote their region. That is why we now have posts about: the Shenango Valley, Columbiana County and Lawrence County.

During this pandemic the site has tried to step up information about take-out food at local restaurants. In the last few months some local take-out food sites have been established on Facebook. There is one for the Shenango Valley, Mahoning County,  Trumbull County, Columbiana County and Lawrence County. Many of those have over 4,000 members in the span of two months. That’s impressive as, I’ve been doing this for eight years and only have 400 members. Then again, all those sites have gotten local press which helped them get members.

I have been posting info from any of the restaurants that post a daily take out menu. While I promote take out, I am still not sure I want to venture in to any sit down restaurants. I could go into detail about why I think that is risky but I’d rather let some area folks express their views on this subject. The following is from a post from one of our area take out Facebook pages. I used initials instead of real names.

ML: I did a pick up dinner at – – – & not one employee had on mask or gloves. And handling money!

LN:  I have my own opinion on the masks, but if a business is requesting that I wear one I will out of respect.

JWS: rules, they are called rights and liberties. Our rules were made nearly 250 years ago. They call it the constitution.

JK:  which makes them slightly outdated

BZ: please go read Federalist paper #10 where Madison eloquently states how the common good of all far outweighs the rights of a select few.

CS: I work at Lowes and have to wear a mask all day long. I get customers who bitch and whine about wearing one for a half hour. It’s such a small inconvenience to wear one to protect yours and others lives. We are so spoiled here. Others live in war torn countries; go without food and basic essentials. It’s all about perspective. Put it on and think and focus on something else for goodness sake. You will not suffocate.

MB: I’m a nurse at a hospital as is my husband. We all wear them all day. Sometimes this is 12-16 hours and everyone does it and is fine so I think people can survive 5 mins.

PS  It’s a lot easier than wearing a respirator.

JWS:  does that bother you? It didn’t bother you 3 months or 3 years ago. So what!!

KJ: you are ridiculous. Go watch Trump and Cry about your rights some more.

JWS:  hopelessly naive.

ML: it bothers me because a rule is a rule. 3 months ago we did not know the dangers now we do. Wearing a ventilator is much harder than wearing a mask!

RR:  Agree totally, it’s not going to kill you and if you feel it’s violating your civil right, go somewhere else, these are the small business that you want open but yet you can’t wear a mask when they ask you to.

CM: Same thing was at —– Saturday! I was appalled! No distancing no masks just employees and us!

CO: And some retail workers are getting hurt for trying to enforce the rules

JWS: I’m gonna be the fly in the ointment here. The point is that the government takes bites out of our freedoms little by little. Think about am the things we were “Allowed” to do 20 or 30 or 40 years ago that we aren’t “allowed” to do now. Life is a risk, from start to finish. It isn’t the government’s job to mommy us thru life. The mask is the symbol of this virus. Seems small, but it isn’t small at all.

CS: Didn’t use to be illegal to drive drunk. Should we go back to that?

PV: What’s helpful is that those of you who Post the stores etc. are letting others know what’s going on. We all have the choice to stay away from trouble. I appreciate all your posts.

AF: A lot of people have medical conditions that make wearing masks not possible.

JC: And that is what delivery services are for.

AS:  and a lot of people don’t, but say they do. I have 3 medical reasons to not wear the mask, but you know what… I still do and still haven’t had an asthma, or panic attack.

DB: Anyone who has an immune compromised family
member will think differently about the mask….wearing it will help to protect….be considerate and help us help each other…
A restaurant owner should be more compassionate don’t you think???

JWS: did we wear masks during other bad flu stains, NO! Should be a choice, not a mandate.

DB: agree to disagree!

CA: Seems Self Centered or Extra Ignorant.

DB: I agree. I am doing it to protect others. My few seconds with a mask on will not kill me.
Why purify water then? Drink it from the river.
Why wash glasses or dishes?
Why wash your hands?
Why do the speed limit?
Why drive on right side of road?
Why pay taxes?
What is the point of anything?

DB:  I am doing it to protect others. Trust me. No one controls me. I do what I want.
I am not arguing with you. My opinion to save lives. You do what you want. Your choice.

CS:  Did this many people die in a few months time with any other flu we have experienced in our lifetime? Don’t think so….since this virus is most highly contagious. Those who feel it is ok to do as they please you can do so … I will choose to be cautious and hopefully remain well

TB: can we please, for the love of whatever you believe in, quit comparing this to the holocaust? You aren’t being killed for your beliefs. You aren’t hiding from your government. You aren’t being marked by anything. You are being asked to think of your community and you don’t want to because it inconveniences you – begs the question why you are on a community page. It shows how absolutely tone deaf you are to the tragedy and frankly makes you look disgusting.

BH: This has nothing to do with our rights or freedom! Any decent, considerate human being should want to protect themselves and others. If you can’t wear it for medical reasons I’m sure someone can help you out. My daughter is a Respiratory Therapist and can confirm wearing a mask is the better alternative to a ventilator

JWS: The ventilators killed most of those people. They needed more oxygen in their blood, not to be ventilated. But you must have missed that. And oh yes my dear, it is 100% about our freedoms.

AK: you are hopelessly brainwashed.

BZ: the reason the ventilators “killed” people is because there were major clotting issues that have just been discovered and now the rate of recovery is much better due to a cocktail of anti clotting and immune suppressing drugs to help with this symptom of the virus. This is NOT the flu but much more virulent and we have NO comprehension of the long range effects yet. Scarred lungs with diminished capacity, destroyed kidneys and liver…. and who knows what else. So when your freedom impacts on MY freedom to stay healthy because you are a walking, virus shedding, no symptomatic carrier, then it is selfishness and a big lack concern for the people around you not freedom.

DB: Amen

CC: Some people need to grow up! We’ll see what kind of bad ass you are when you’re standing over your mother/ father, child watching them struggle for a breath! You’ll probably be so cool then!

LB: I just plz can’t understand y people can’t wear them. Ok if u don’t care if u get sick that is on u. But when u get sick people have to take care of u then they get the risk of being sick. What happens if u don’t get sick but ur a carrier. R u ok with making someone else sick where they could die.
Just wear the gosh darn mask plz!

 

As you can see some people mentioned two restaurants that aren’t using gloves or masks. That makes my point about it being risky to open up restaurants. It’s also a two way street about the employees and customers causing a virus outbreak. What if I told you that one of the posters above owned a restaurant? What if that one seemed the least informed about the virus and also the most militant about not wearing a mask?  Yes, JWS owns a restaurant. That is very scary.

Note the part where KJ says, “You are ridiculous. Go watch Trump and Cry about your rights some more.” He has obviously been in JWS’s restaurant before. That is because one wall features a poster praising Trump. I couldn’t sit in a restaurant during a pandemic with a poster of a president responsible for the spread of a virus that has killed 90,000 of my fellow Americans. I ate at this restaurant once years ago before Trump was elected. I haven’t been back because I found the food very bland. I would certainly not return when I know the owner doesn’t believe in wearing masks. I also don’t want to eat where the owner rubs my nose in politics. I’ll also say that my father never talked politics, religion or sports in the business he owned. He had a family to feed and put that first. He didn’t want to say anything to jeopardize that. I guess things are different today.

I wanted to use the voices of others, to tell you about the dangers we are facing opening up this economy. I feel for all the small businesses and their employees. I hope they will do all they can to protect their employees and patrons. Do what you can to support our local businesses but put your safety first.

PS: I didn’t want a lawsuit so I didn’t mention the two restaurants not wearing masks or the name of JWS’s restaurant. If you’d like their names send me an email or Facebook message.

Peace from our bunker to your.

 

 

 

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Ask the Beasts and They Shall Teach You 

Just a few days before Mother’s Day,

I was eating a breakfast of Special K.

Glancing out on the breezeway,

I saw a bird that seemed in dismay.

I opened the sliding door without delay.

Then heard the pacing bird say,

“I’m a tired Blue Jay,

that flew all this way

from Marina del Rey.

Only to now be a cold ass Blue Jay.

Who knew I’d need a scarf and beret,

because Ohio is having snow in May.”

I swear that’s what I heard him say.

Noticing the empty bird feeder tray

he said, “Hey fill up that fowl cafe.”

He continued, ”put a big sign on display

noting this isn’t a damn squirrel buffet.

They take all the seeds and squirrel them away.

Screw them damn squirrels anyway.

Sorry but we Blue Jay

can be quite risqué.”

He added, “I don’t think I’ll stay,

if Ohio is having winter in May.

You should know that the coronavirus melee

and all the climate change underway,

is Mother Nature’s way

of saying touché,

to humans turning the planet into an ashtray.”

Before he flew away,

he had one more thing to say.

“Caged birds don’t sing, they cry.

Now even we free birds are crying.”

 

Bobby Darin: “If I Could Talk With the Animals”

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ― A.A. Milne

 

 

 

 

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Buy Local or It’s Bye Bye Local

I’ve always believed you should support local business.

Especially now to help them survive this coronavirus.

Businesses are now busy re-inventing themselves.

Personal shoppers get our items from grocery shelves

and place them in our car’s trunks,

or the bed of our pickup trucks.

While we stay safely behind the driver’s wheel,

trying to avoid this virus making our nation ill.

Restaurants have concentrated on take-out food.

And we should patronize them and show gratitude.

They need to be able to pay their employees and overhead.

Knowing they’ll lose everything, if they go in the red.

They’ve even invested money building drive-up windows.

Happily serving customers feeling secure in their autos.

Local businesses trying to survive, the Lord knows.

Just like the rest of us trying to stay healthy and sane.

While fighting this virus that is so inhumane.

Remember solidarity is more than a figure of speech

and don’t go drinking any bleach.

Drive by Truckers: “Let’s Quarantine Together” 

Jean: “Isolation”

“Right now, America is at war with the coronavirus. And if you’re going out in public without wearing a mask, well then, you’re fighting for the other side.” ~ Trevor Noah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking for Karma

What’s happening now was inevitable.

We’ve failed to stop gun violence against our children

and only offer their families thoughts and prayers.

We’ve ignored the kids in cages.

We’ve ignored homeless veterans.

We said little when Trump trashed a Gold Star family.

We ignored Trump trashing U.S. prisoners of war.

We ignored Trump making fun of a disabled reporter.

We were asked to believe in alternative facts

and to ignore scientific facts about climate change.

A Ukrainian blackmail scandal didn’t wake people up.

The president being impeached didn’t wake people up.

When Trump said he could get away with shooting

someone in the middle of Fifth Ave. we didn’t blink.

Now he is killing thousands of us on Main Street

while he talks about the ratings on his TV briefings.

And this soulless monster thinks he can get re-elected.

All of these terrible problems Trump has given us

and yet his mega-MAGA followers still proudly

have Trump signs and banners in their yards.

They have no shame and want four more years of this madness.

Pulpit pimps tell us to ignore isolation and attend their churches,

and listen to their hate-filled sermons blaming

gays, liberals and Feminists for our current plague.

They want the pews full so they can fill up those collection baskets

with so many church tax free dollars that the counting machines short circuit.

The preacher’s spew the Prosperity Gospel message, that greed is good.

The churches are on board with the GOP

and their state media FOX News’ agenda.

That is for the elderly to die for the economy.

It’s not what God wants for his people.

It’s what conservative’s demand of their sheeple.

These supposed compassionate conservatives

and religious pro-life folks today consider the elderly

an expendable useless “surplus population”

that needs to hurry up and die to make the economy grow.

If Karma does really exist these, wealth over health

soulless, heatless, greedy Hell bound monsters

would be the ones to lose their lives in this epidemic.

If so, we’ll offer up some thoughts and prayers.

 

Bob Dylan: “Murder Most Foul”

“Thoughts & prayers” is bullshit but I’ve come across a better statement: “How can I help?”~ LadyLifa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Doctors on Parade

President Trump is doing daily TV briefings

on the Coronavirus that he escalated by ignoring

it for many months until its deadly arrival.

These daily conferences feature immunologist Dr. Fauci,

the Director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Fauci gives his expert advice about fighting the virus

Then President Fuckup disputes the facts, the doctor has just given.

It further turns into a train wreck when Trump argues with reporters.

Trump considers the Coronavirus pandemic

a pesky inconvenient interruption of his golf outings.

But he does love the rating these conferences are getting.

Rumor is that the president is going to replace his co-star Dr. Fauci.

FOX New has suggested TV’s great and powerful, Dr. Oz.

Never mind, that Oz was dragged in front of congress

for fraudulently shilling miracle cure vitamins on his TV show,

that were found to have more fillers than vitamins in them.

Trump looks very favorably on such fellow grifters.

If Oz turns down the job, Trump will change channels on his TV

and shoot for Dr. Who, Dr. Doogie Howser MD or Dr. Pimple-popper.

Maybe he could get a doctor that graduated from Trump University.

Dr. Phil won’t be considered because Trump

doesn’t want a shrink to be anywhere near him.

Any real doctor would quickly diagnose that Trump

has a malignant puss filled lump between his shoulders.

Trump did a recent daily virus update reading a long list

of scapegoats in an attempt to distract from his administration’s

missteps in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Attacking Democratic governors, the media, the Federal inspector general,

the Obama administration, China and the World Health Organization.

Trump recently had the My Pillow Guy with him at the podium.

As if, he was some expert that our citizens needed info from.

I do think the My Pillow Guy could help save our country,

if he would just firmly hold a pillow over the Presidents face

while telling him it was a safety virus mask.

Roy Harper: “One of Those Days in England”

I Hate the White Man”

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

 

 

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Reality TV Kills

A failed casino owner,

failed steak salesman,

failed vodka pitchman,

fraudulent university owner,

six time bankrupt businessman,

TV game show host,

who cheated on his pregnant wife

with an x-rated porn star,

was elected president of the U.S.

by the Electoral College,

after losing by 3 million votes

in the general election.

Donald J. Trump was now president.

The majority of the country was angry,

over the Electoral College results.

This time it “Wasn’t about the economy stupid.”

It was about white Trump supporters

fearing a black and brown America.

I remember eight Trump supporters

in cowboys hats surrounding a banner

declaring “We Survived Obama

You’ll Survive Trump.”

As of April 16, 2020 the US has 28,593 dead

all from Trump’s incompetence

of ignoring this deadly epidemic.

The death count increases daily,

with no forseeable end in sight.

While our streets are lined with bodies

Trump has found ways to line his pockets.

Trump the reality star of “The Apprentice,”

has made us all the cast of “Survivor.”

“Helping those in need is not charity, it’s humanity.”
― Abhijit Naskar

Family Lockdown Boogie 

All Day Long Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJM-u6IABGQ

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2020 the Year of the Plague

Part I: This Bastards is Trying to Kill Us

 

We are being told to thoroughly wash our hands,

to help protect us all from the coronavirus.

I remember Pontius Pilate washing his hands

saying it wasn’t up to him to condemn Jesus.

Trump has washed his hands of properly fighting this virus

and is thus, condemning many of our citizens to death.

He cut the program that monitored pandemics around the world.

He called it “obsolete” and thought it was a good way to save money.

And all the Republican leaders stood with him on cutting the program.

Intelligence agencies warned Trump of the dangers of the coronavirus.

He ignored the epidemic warnings for 3 months.

He initially, called it a ”Democrat Hoax.”

He failed to initiate tests for the virus.

He has told the Americans one lie after another,

trying to cover-up his role in this epidemic crisis.

He wants people to believe that he was on top

of this problem from the very beginning.

He told America that he did not “accept any responsibility at all”.

He claims he deserves a ten for the great job he is doing on this pandemic.

He refuses to accept the advice of doctors and experts in the field of viruses.

He believes he knows more than all of them put together.

Just like he knows more about the military than the generals,

even though he’s a chicken hawk with five draft deferments.

He claims he alone, will decide when America is safe from this pandemic.

And the Republican leaders in the house and senate still remain silent.

Rush spoke out saying Trump is in charge.

He says that makes him feel safe and secure.

He added after all, the American people elected Trump,

they didn’t elect so called medical experts

wearing their clean white laundered lab coats.

I note the Rush has advanced lung cancer.

He is in a clinical trial run by medical experts.

I’m wondering why Rush didn’t just consult Dr. Trump.

 

Part II: Morons With Microphones /Media Pundits

 

During a Fox News “town hall” with President Trump

Trump read a headline from the Gateway Pundit.

It accuses New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo

of establishing “death panels” in his response

to the coronavirus outbreak in New York.

The Gateway Pundit has an ultra low credibility

rating from fact checkers and regularly publishes hoaxes

and widely shared wacky conspiracy theories.

Proving that Trump will grab any port in a shit storm.

Trump gives the virus a timeline of Easter to end.

Leading virus expert Dr. Fauci says

you can’t just give it a timeline,

it will give us a timeline when it will end.

Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network,

is only worried about the economy so he

verbally attacks Dr. Fauci and supports Trump.

Right-wing radio talk show host and drug addict

Glenn Beck told listeners, that seniors should get back to work

in order to “keep this economy going and working,”

even if that means risking death to the coronavirus.

One conservative talk radio host went still further,

stating that “If given the choice between dying and plunging

the country I love into a Great Depression, I’d happily die.”

That’s from conservative radio talk show host

and Twitter banned, Internet keyboard cowboy Jesse Kelly.

Scarier still is that this Arizona asshat ran

for the US House of Representatives and almost won.

I do give Jesse some credit for being an Iraqi War veteran.

It’s usually conservative chicken hawk politicians

that send other people’s children off to die in their wars

that only end up benefiting the wealthy in our economy.

I’ll give Jesse credit for volunteering to die for that economy.

His tomb stone can have an epitaph worthy of a conservative.

“Here lies a real hero, Jesse Kelly, he died for the economy.”

Meanwhile, over at FOX News Britt Hume and Tucker Carlson

talk about who should die to save the U.S. economy.

They both agree is should be our senior citizens.

Does FOX’s main viewing audience realize that these two

are talking about turning them into soylent green?

I ask you to forget about people who can’t get tested for the virus.

Forget about people who can’t get treated for the virus.

Forget that exhausted doctors and nurses are risking their lives

fighting this virus while wearing trash bags for protection.

Forget about those who die alone stacked up in a refrigerated truck.

Forget about those families that can’t even have a funeral for loved ones.

Instead, consider the plight of FOX & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

She declared, “People are dying-but my friends can’t get their nails done.”

What kind of a soulless monster do you have to be to get a job at FOX?

Propaganda requires constant reinforcement.

Which leads us to number one Trump fluffer, Sean Hannity.

Hannity says Trump is doing a great job on the epidemic

and liberals are just out to get President Trump.

Remember when Hannity said waterboarding wasn’t torture?

He said he’d volunteer to be waterboarded to prove it.

He claimed he’d be happy to do it for charity donations.

Well, I’m still waiting with a bucket of water and a check for charity.

FOX News is now worrying that they misled viewers

by supporting Trump’s denials about the pandemic.

They aren’t worried that people died by believing FOX’s lies.

They are worried about loss of money by being sued.

Fake media, indeed.

 

Part III: JESUS Save Us From Your So Called Followers

 

Were we suppose to feel safe because Trump put VP Pence

in charge of the task force to fight the coronavirus epidemic?

Mike Pence is a Christian with a history of anti-science views.

He doesn’t believe in evolution and is a climate change denier.

He’s denied that cigarettes are dangerous and as Governor of Indiana

he was single-handedly responsible for a statewide AIDS outbreak.

Christian minister Rev. Landon Spradlin preached

that the pandemic was “mass hysteria” from the media.

He said the media is using the pandemic to hurt Trump.

Ironically, the virus didn’t get the memo about being a hoax

and Rev. Spradlin was one of the first coronavirus deaths in Virginia.

Rusty Reno, the editor of First Things, a conservative Christian journal,

stated that saving some people from the virus would cost

too much money so they aren’t worth saving.

I guess he forgot about Jesus preaching among the lepers.

Pentecostal minister, Irvin Baxter president of Endtime Ministries

claimed that the virus is a warning from God about the sin

of fornication among our nations unmarried couples.

Seems odd to me, that God created a virus that resulted in home isolation,

that gives unmarried people the opportunity to stay home and fornicated more.

Capital Ministries, Minister Ralph Drollinger leads a Bible study

every weekday for many members of Trump’s cabinet.

He said the virus may be our punishment from God,

for progressive ideas like; environmentalism, lesbianism and homosexuality.

He even throws in China to his list of things Christians should hate.

Drollinger ignores that Trump personifies everything a Christian should not be.

Perhaps, God is punishing us for electing Trump as president.

God personally told me to tell people,

“Folks, Trump lost by 3 million votes,

start using that Democracy I gave to the U.S.”

Anti-Semite, bigot and conspiracy wacko Pastor, Rick Wiles

at laugh, cough Trunews broadcasted that Israel was seeing virus outbreaks

in connection with synagogues because God was sending

a deadly plague on the Jews for opposing Jesus Christ.

He claimed that if they renounce their antichrist false religion

and fall down and worship Christ the virus will end in Israel.

I guess Rick forgot that Jesus was of the Jewish faith.

If you get all of your news and information from the scribes

and the Pharisees like these so called, Christians

you’ll end up voting for more thieves like Barabbas and

passing over any people of real faith fighting for a better world.

We have some ministers preaching the Prosperity Gospel.

They feel there is no money in Heaven so you should make

as much as you can while you are on this planet,

for there are no pockets in a shroud.

These people are meeting someone on the other side

the bad news for them is that it is not Jesus.

 

Part IV: Politicians: Representatives? They don’t represent anyone I know.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the first member

of the U.S. Senate to test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus;

less than a week before, his father Ron Paul, a former U.S. congressman,

wrote a column saying he felt the global pandemic was a “big hoax.”

Sen. Rand Paul reportedly went about his daily routine

after being tested for the coronavirus,

before his test came back positive,

he worked out in the senate gym and swam in the pool

and went to lunch with other politicians.

Paul, is a medical eye doctor and ignored

his Hippocratic Oath to do no harm.

I guess one could say that Rand is an amateur

on the recklessly endangering scale compared to Trump.

This virus is proving that nurses and doctor are our new heroes.

Many of these nurses who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic

with little or no protective gear and at grave risks to their lives,

are being kicked out of their rental homes by landlords.

The landlords fear these nurses may bring the virus home with them.

While these doctors and nurses are writing wills,

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is arguing

over part of the Coronavirus Bailout Bill.

He is speaking against nurses and claiming that they will exploit

the bill and collect unemployment money instead of working.

On the other hand, Lindsey is making sure wealthy corporations

that make billions but don’t pay taxes get a huge share of the bailout money.

The GOP supports death for the poor and minorities that have no medical care.

Which in the end it’s just another type of voter suppression.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is arguing against future aid.

He is afraid some of that aid might go to increasing environmental standards.

Conservatives, unlike most humans seem to thrive on dirty air and filthy water.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas, said that some people

are going to be willing and need to die to save the economy.

I’m starting to think people might want to volunteer to die.

What with the conservative politicians love of war, nuclear weapons, deregulation,

deforestation, fracking, letting any idiot own an arsenal and climate change denial

the planet isn’t really going to survive much longer anyway.

 

Part V:   Be a Patriot and Die, So Capitalism Can Live,

 

Remember when people risked their life for freedom?

Now they are being asked to die for the economy.

Larry Kudlow, the director of President Trump’s National Economic Council,

warned on Fox News that reviving the economy was more important than saving lives.

Human sacrifice is the needed fuel of the free market.

The free market disciples are sick of losing wealth

to the safety of social distancing, even if it saves lives.

Trump cares only about the Dow Jones Industrial Average

and his re-election, not about the lives of the American people.

That is why he tweets, “The real people want to get back to work ASAP.”

Depraved indifference is the standard operating procedure of the GOP.

For decades the GOP has fought against affordable health care.

They’ve fought against regulating medication prices

thus giving our citizens a death sentence.

They’ve sent asylum seekers back to countries

where they end up being incarcerated or murdered,

by brutal dictators that the U.S. supports

and even trains the dictator’s death squads.

All these things including the coronavirus are genocides.

Not really very different from the genocide where our ancestors

provided small pox blankets to Native Americans.

Democracy is starting to disappear  as an election is being put on hold.

MAGA Americans say, we don’t need elections

but by God we do need our guns!

As if gun owners are going to use their boom-sticks

to shoot the virus dead in a stand your ground situation.

Gun shops stay open as they are ruled essential businesses.

The NRA said they will sue any state that closes gun stores.

I wish poor people and workers were protected

as well as guns and gun-owners are.

Lots of guns to go around but not many respirators,

surgical masks, surgical gowns and gloves.

If you sold all of your body parts, you could get up to $45 million.

Loan sharks never pay anywhere near the value of an item.

Neither will the US government who has decided

in the Coronaviruse Bailout Bill that your lives

are worth $1200 each and your children $500 each.

It’s not free money because your taxes will be paying for it.

Because Trump thinks everything in the world revolves around him,

he wants those virus stimulus checks to be sent out explicitly in his name.

I guess Don the Con has never heard of direct deposit.

Besides, any check with Trumps name on it would bounce.

Donnie Dangerous had a press conference again today.

He is on stage with others and not applying the six foot separation rule.

His failures at fighting this virus has sentenced many

of our fellow Americans to being six foot under ground.

Reality TV star Trump made a point of bragging that his daily press conferences

on the coronavirus pandemic have higher ratings than Monday Night Football.

It’s all a competitive game to this egomaniacal monster.

He spoke for an hour and never thanked the doctors and nurses,

who are risking everything trying to clean up

a mess he ignored and let spread to deadly levels.

He actually had the nerve to suggest that New York’s hospital workers

were stealing face masks and selling them on the black market.

I guess a grifter like Trump thinks everyone is a grifter.

If Trump wants to know where all the medical supplies went

all he has to do is look in the mirror at his ugly orange face.

In February his State Department donated 17.8 tons of masks,

respirators and other protective equipment to China.

Trump had ignored U.S. intelligence reports in January

and February warning about a likely U.S. pandemic.

Now we have Trump on Sean Hannity’s show

suggesting he only wants to help governors.

get supplies if they that flatter his needy ego.

The Federal Government is competing with states and outbidding them

for life saving equipment and protective equipment and driving up prices.

Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear has said that protective masks

which normally cost $.80 each are now selling for more than $4.00.

Amazon is full of people who are trying to sell hand sanitizer

and face masks for ten times what they paid for them.

Welcome to our nations wonderful world of capitalism,

where medical personal and patients die while someone profits.

The EPA announced a new policy rolling back restrictions and regulations

on corporations’ requirements to report air and water pollution.

Which just means down the road the health care system,

will be overwhelmed by the climate crisis,

what with polluted air and water and more weather disasters.

Perhaps, Mother Earth is trying to kill us, to save herself.

 

“You know there’s no crooked politicians.There’s never a lie because there is never any truth.~ Lenny Bruce

Thanks to all of you who are doing what they can for their neighbors and friends.   Stay safe.

 

 

 

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FLANNEL COCOON

When I retired I swore

I’d fight for the causes

I’ve longed believe in.

I never wanted to become

a voice that went silent.

For the Earth is not the paradise

that it could and should be.

I told myself I’d get up

just like I did for work

but now do volunteer work.

Instead, it’s like I’m fasting

from a need to fight back.

I find myself settled into

a kind of homebound serenity.

Truth is that every day I swear

I’m going to get out of my pajamas.

It doesn’t sound like much of a goal,

but now daily it’s a very lofty goal.

I then remind myself that Brian Wilson

spent three years in his pj’s in bed.

Hell, Hugh Hefner spent decades in pj’s.

I don’t need to dress to impress anyone.

I’ve seen videos of people

in their pj’s at Walmart.

I’ve never been in a Walmart

but that’s a whole other poem.

I think I’ll put my robe on

and walk out to the mailbox

and get the daily newspaper.

It’s February and 15 degrees out.

Even if I had enough ambition

to actually want to go anywhere

it’s so damn cold outside

I’d probably just put on clothes

right over my ever present pajamas.

I later get a second wind

and have enough energy

to get out of my pajamas

and put on clean pajamas.

Drive by Truckers: “Thoughts and Prayers”

DBT: “21st Century”

“So tired you want to quit, then you get more tired, and forget to quit.”
Charles Bukowski

 

 

 

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The Day the Constitution Died

I wrote this using parts of the song, “American Pie” as a basis:

 

February 2020 really made me shiver.

 

When the senate impeachment didn’t deliver,

 

as the GOP under the carpet swept

 

Trump’s Ukrainian blackmail attempt.

 

Moscow Mitch made it cut and dried

 

that witnesses would be denied

 

and America’s Founding Fathers cried

 

as on this day the U.S. Constitution died.

 

So, Die, die U.S. Constitution die.

 

Trump tweeted ranting incessantly.

 

GOP senate boys turned a blind eye

 

Singing their battle cry,

 

this is the day the Constitution will die

 

This’ll be the day the U.S. Constitution will die.

 

The senate courtroom was adjourned

 

With a no impeachment verdict returned

 

Trump tweeted out exonerated remarks.

 

Claiming him and Melania are royal oligarchs.

 

All according to the Gospels of Mark

 

The day Constitution died

 

Trump was singing, lie lie

 

Americans are buying my lies.

 

While the rich receive another tax shelter.

 

Glaciers die off from climate change swelter

 

As republicans deny scientist’s warming forecasts

 

Trump acted nimble, Trump acted quick

 

and did the State of the Union, going ballistic,

 

because he is the Devil’s only friend.

 

Oh and as I watched him on that stage,

 

my hands were clenched in fits of rage.

 

No angle born in the depths of Hell

 

could deny Trump was under Satan’s spell.

 

The Constitution burned that night.

 

And Democracy took flight,

 

as Satan laughed with delight.

 

The day the Constitution died,

 

Trump was singing

 

Die, die Constitution die.

 

This’ll be the day that it died.

Don McLean: “American Pie”

“A president cannot defend a nation if he is not held accountable to its laws.”
― DaShanne Stokes

 

 

 

 

 

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