God’s Going Out of Business Sale

James Dobson says the Obama’s transgender guidelines

are an effort to sow chaos in order to impose tyranny.

Elbert “Gene” Spriggs is founder of the Twelve Tribes,

preaches that black people are meant for slavery

and that all homosexuals should be put to death.

The church also believes in the subjugation of women

and in severally beating and abusing children.

Wayne Bent founder of Lord Our Righteous Church,

was convicted of criminal sexual contact of a minor

in 2008 and was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Graham Caprill former leader of Christian Herald New Zealand,

was sentenced to nine-year in prison after multiple charges

of child sexual abuse against girls under twelve.

Jung Myung Seok South Korean religious sect leader and founder

of Providence was convicted for raping several of his followers.

Ervil LeBaron leader of a group of polygamous Mormon fundamentalists,

was convicted of involvement in the murder of two people

and plotting to kill another person in 1981.

Jeffrey Lundren head of a branch of the break away

Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints,

was executed in 2006, for multiple murders.

Reverend Jim Jones leader of the Peoples Temple

committed suicide with a gun after he orchestrated

the mass suicide cyanide poisoning

of 909 of his followers including 304 children.

Heaven’s Gate founder Marshall Applewhite, and 38 of his followers

committed suicide in order to abandon their terrestrial forms

and gain access an imagined UFO behind comet Hale-Bopp.

Fred Phelps the leader of Westboro Baptist Church

protested at the grave sites of our soldiers killed in the Middle East.

He said they were being killed by God because of the acceptance of gay rights.

Swami Premananda of Tiruchirapalli an Indian religious leader,

was convicted and sentenced to two life sentences

for the rape of 13 girls and murder in 2005.

Paul Schafer the former head of Chile-based Colonia Dignidad

was convicted and sentenced for sexually abusing 25 children.

Yahweh Ben Yahweh the head of Nation of Yahweh,

convicted for Federal racketeering charges

and conspiracy involving 14 murders.

Dwight York head of Nuwaubianism, was convicted in 2004

of multiple RICO, child molestation, and financial reporting charges

was convicted and sentenced to 135 years in prison.

Jim Baker creator of PTL was convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges

after illegally soliciting millions of dollars from his followers.

Luc Jouret a founder of the Order of the Solar Temple was convicted

in Canadian Federal Court of conspiring to buy illegal handguns.

Henry Lyons Former President of National Baptist Convention USA,

was convicted for both racketeering and grand theft.

Sun Myung Moon –Leader of the Unification Church,

was imprisoned for criminal tax fraud in the 1980s

Benny Hinn admits that he’d like to kill his critics

with a “Holy Ghost machine gun.”

His wife Suzanne tells churchgoers, “You know what you need?

A Holy Ghost enema right up your rear end.”

Canadian-born televangelist Todd Bentley says that God told him

to kick a woman in the face in order to heal her.

Kenneth Copeland a billionaire preaches the prosperity gospel.

He claims there is something wrong if a Christian doesn’t become rich.

Televangelist Mike Murdock asks his TV viewers to donate $1,000.

He says that if you donate with a credit card God will erase the donor’s debt.

In 1991 Jimmy Swaggart’s second prostitute-related scandal occurred.

He was pulled over driving erratically and his passenger was a prostitute.

Swaggart told his church, “The Lord told me it’s flat none of your business.”

I haven’t even gotten to the Catholic priest pedophiles.

It’s hard to take God seriously with these crazies for representatives.

Let’s look at this insanity from a business perspective.

God you need to view these tragic happenings as a businessman.

You’ve hired some really terrible people as employees.

You would think that the inventor of humans

would be the ultimate Human Resource Director.

You may do other things well but you need training at hiring.

Why aren’t you learning from your mistakes and growing as a boss?

One subpar employee can throw an entire business into disarray.

Bad hires create lower morale, interruptions to the businesses work flow

and negative perceptions about the business, all of which negatively affect

daily productivity and service quality in the end.

God, you need to give your hires clear performance objectives.

You’ve got to do some damage control before believers

decide to jump ship and shop around for a competing deity.

Get rid of these evil employees who say they represent you.

Make an example of them to get other employee’s attention.

Perhaps, spontaneous combust them at a meeting of all your employees.

If feeling more compassionate, give them some type of severance package,

and a retirement plan and permanent vacation in the lowest region of Hell.

It is time to get your business back on track before it’s too late.

I don’t really want to attend your going out of business sale.

I don’t need any used halos, trumpets, harps, angel gowns

or souvenir pieces of Saint Peter’s rusty gate.

Max Gomez: “Rule the World”

“Ball and Chain”

“I’m not the last of the old bosses. I’m the first of the new leaders.” ~ Richard J. Daley

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Haters in the Name of Their God

700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson reacted

to the massacre at an Orlando gay club by saying,

that liberal LGBT rights advocates have aligned

themselves with radical Islamists and are now

reaping exactly what they have sown.

Pastor Steven Anderson reacted to the terrorist attack

at the Orlando, Florida gay nightclub by happily announcing

that “there are 50 less pedophiles in this world.”

He added, “The bad news is that a lot of the homos

in the bar are still alive, so they’re going to continue

to molest children and recruit people into

their filthy homosexual lifestyle.”

He claimed that gun owners and pastors are the real victims

of the tragedy, predicting that the government will use the massacre

to confiscate firearms, demonize Christians and outlaw hateful speech.

And we all know that hate speech is an important part of fundamentalist religion.

Like the hate speech of Pat Robertson after 117 people died in Hurricane Sandy.

He claimed Sandy happened because of growing acceptance of homosexuality.

This is the same Pat Robertson who advised a caller to his TV show

to go ahead and divorce his wife that was suffering with Alzheimer’s.

Fundamentalist Muslim cleric Abdul Qadeer Baksh

stated that in a perfect world gays would be killed.

Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp told his church members

the government should start killing homosexuals.

Maryland Pastor Dennis Leatherman said his flesh

kind of likes the idea of killing all the gays.

Pastor Jeff Sangl of the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle cheered a child

who sang, “ain’t no homo going to make it to Heaven.”

This in the same town where a fifteen year old killed himself

after being bullied for being perceived of as gay by his classmates.

Pastor Sean Harris says if a son shows what is perceived as effeminate behavior,

a parent should beat him and squash him like a cockroach.

North Carolina Pastor Charles Worley told his congregation,

that gays should be interned in concentration camps.

The late Fred Phelps was pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church.

He and his members protested at U.S. soldiers funerals.

They claimed God was letting our soldiers die in wars

because gays were getting rights and that “God hates fags.”

Billy Graham’s son Franklin warned that God was going

to send the floods of Noah because of gay marriage rights.

These religious leaders believe God hates all the same people as them.

Thusly, they were all created in God’s image,

I believe God loves so he doesn’t preach hate.

It is religion, which is of man that preaches hate.

I’d suggest these “religious men” try to follow that whole

love one another and judge not lest yes be judged thing.

Phil Keaggy: “What a Day”

Phil Keaggy: “River is Rising”

“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” ~ Garrison Keilor

 

 

 

 

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Great Again?

Students at Burns Middle School in Mobile, Alabama

were recently subjected to a “racist math test.

The test included counting how much money

drug dealers, pimps and their ho’s made.

Also, things about gangs, drive by shootings,

how many girls a boy knocked up, drive by shootings

and how much a daily crack habit costs.

Hispanic and black names were used in the questions.

Dr. Bob Hughes an associate dean at Seattle University

and a woman who was an administrator were sitting at a Starbucks.

They were both dressed in professional attire as it was a work day.

A white man neither of them knew,

while walking out the door

spit on Hughes female friend.

He then yelled out, “fucking nigger bitch.”

He repeated, “That’s right, fucking nigger bitch.”

Patrons of the Starbucks sat silently going about their business.

In a Starbucks in Washington, D.C., a Muslim woman was called,

“a worthless piece of Muslim trash” and a “terrorist” by a white woman.

She poured something on the Muslim woman,

and stated she was planning on voting for Donald Trump,

who would send Muslims “back to where you come from.”

At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor the words

“Stop Islam” and “Trump 2016” were chalked,

in a common area at the school for all to see.

The school refused to remove them citing “free speech.”

Similar chalkings saying, “torture Muslims were found at UCSB.

“Stop Islam” was written at the Fine Arts Building at UMassachusetts.

Statistics indicate that over half of Muslim students

under the age of 18 have experienced religious-based bullying.

In fact, Muslim students are twice as likely to be

the target of bullying than other students.

Rep. Susan Lynn (R) Tennessee lawmaker was caught distributing

a hate filled anti-Islam DVD to her colleagues in the Tennessee house.

Sarker Haque, owner of the Fatima Food Mart in Queens,

was assaulted by a 55-year-old white man

who said “I kill Muslims” during the attack.

Denise Slader is an employee for the California Department of Corrections.

She was caught on video attacking two Muslim men praying in a public park.

Two Muslim women who wearing headscarves

were violently attacked by angry Islamophobes in Tampa.

An Iranian-American in California was killed by a white supremacist.

in Houston in a Palestinian-American man was killed

by a man who told him to “go back to Islam.”

Samson Woldemichael, an Ethiopian-American Uber driver

from Charlotte, North Carolina, was brutally beaten

by a passenger who mistakenly believed he was Muslim.

Haneen Jasim, a 22-year-old pre-med student at the University of Cincinnati,

was nearly run over on campus by a man who cursed and called her a “terrorist.”

Mariano Talavera carrying an American flag,

walked into the Islamic Center of San Antonio

during morning prayers and began wiping his boots

on prayer mats while shouting insults and obscenities.

Three Bronx boys attacked a six-year old Muslim girl

tearing at her hijab and beating her while calling her “ISIS.”

A man tried to rip off a Muslim college student’s hijab

at a parking lot near San Diego State University.

A Brooklyn postal worker insulted and spat on two Muslim women.

He told them he was going to “burn their temple down.”

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of deliberately

setting fire to a mosque in Coachella Valley, California.

The Islamic Center of Pflugerville, near Austin,

was smeared with feces and pages torn from the Qur’an.

Pamphlets bearing Ku Klux Klan imagery and asking readers

to “support gay bashing” and deporting what it called

“mud people” were left outside a Florida Mosque.

In Boston 2 men brutally beat up and urinated

on a homeless Latino man saying Trump was right.

Fans of Andrean High School in Indiana held up a picture

of Donald Trump and shouted chants at Latino players

on their opposing team chanting, “Build a Wall,”

“No comprende” and “Speak English.”

Four days earlier and 400 miles away in Adel, Iowa

Perry High School and Dallas Center-Grimes High School

competed in a basketball game with a similar incident.

Nearly half of Perry’s student body is Hispanic.

“Some students from Dallas Center-Grimes

began the chant of “Trump, Trump Trump.”

Perry won the game, and were taunted,

with chants of ‘USA, USA’ and “Mini-Mexico.’

The Perry Bluejays who are going to the state tournament,

said they have heard the same chants from 3 other schools.

After being chased through the streets of Staten Island

by a group of mostly white young men who shouted racial slurs,

16-year-old black teenager Dayshen McKenzie collapsed and died.

Jane a black Northwestern University student contacted an Airbnb host

in Charlotte, North Carolina about a temporary place to stay.

She received these racists’ messages from Todd Warner the rental’s owner,

“This is the south darling.”  “Find another place to rest your nigger head.

In Asheville, North Carolina, 25-year-old Cassandra McWade,

was in an accident in which a semi-truck hit her car.

She is disabled with psoriatic arthritis, impaired mobility,

early stage Crohn’s disease and severe fibromyalgia.

She called for help and tow truck driver, Ken Shupe arrived.

He describes himself as being a conservative Christian.

Upon seeing a Bernie Sanders sticker on her bumper,

he told her he wouldn’t tow her and then drove off.

Since the start of the presidential election cycle,

there have been approximately 180 reported incidents

of anti-Muslim violence, including: 12 murders;

34 physical assaults; 49 verbal assaults or threats

against persons and institutions; 56 acts of vandalisms

or destruction of property; 9 arsons; and 8 shootings.

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Friday to forcibly

removing a Muslim woman’s head scarf during a flight

between Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He stated, “Take it off! This is America!”

He then pulled her hijab all the way off.

The racist who are committing these hate crimes

don’t see them as crimes given the current political climate.

They actually think those who oppose their hate-filled conduct

are committing a huge crime they label as political correctness.

You can call us politically correct criminals if you want,

but the majority of us Americans reject

your efforts to make America great again.

America will become great again when you racists

return to the rock you crawled out from under.

Rucka Rucka Ali:  “Trump”

“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” ~ Gore Vidal

 

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Investing in Hate

 

When the Soviet Union was fighting Muslims,

in a long terrible war in Afghanistan,

the USA was backing the Muslims.

So, I was told to hate the Soviet Communists

and support the Afghanistan Muslims.

Then it sucked when the Soviet Union

went and broke up into separate countries.

Because then I was expected to quit hating communists

and switch my hate over to hating Muslims.

Should I be against peace in the Middle East?

If peace breaks out, it will exhausting

to start from scratch hating

some other nation’s people.

This tennis match of back and forth

hatred for other inhabitants of Earth,

wouldn’t go on as much if peace paid

as well as hatred and war.

With nations leaders lacking self-esteem,

their bully boy tactics aren’t going to change.

As I approach retirement I know I’ll be set,

if I find a 401K plan invested in flags and drones.

 

Tommy Smothers: “Who Do I Have to Hate to be Your Friend?”

Smothers Brothers and George Segal: “The Draft Dodger Rag”

“Hate is a lack of imagination.” ~ Graham Greene

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Dysfunction Junction

GOP Speaker Ryan wants to remove the provision

of the president’s signature health care legislation

that prevents insurance companies from denying care

to those people with pre-existing conditions.

Polling shows these protections are among the law’s

most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Paul Ryan wants to increase the profit margins

of health insurance companies, big contributors to him.

He wants to serve their interests not the public’s interest.

House Republicans are working on a plan to cut funds to a program

which provides students at low-income schools with free lunches.

It would eliminate 18,600 schools and 8 million children from the program.

234 House Republicans voted yes and 183 Democrats voted no

on a resolution that would let financial advisers

represent  their own interests instead of their clients.

Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder should be held criminally responsible

for the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water supply.

Documents show that people all around the governor

were sounding the alarms, but he continued to ignored them.

The only infrastructure that interests conservatives are

building new stadiums and constructing new prisons.

The Maine Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override

Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage veto of  a bill

to increase the availability of a drug overdose antidote.

Le Page felt saving the life of drug addicts was not worth

the five dollars that the life saving drug, Narcan costs.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee has signed

an anti-LGBT bill that will allow counselors and therapists

in the state to turn away clients who are gay or transgender.

Former Republican Senator from South Carolina Jim DeMint

who is now president of the conservative Heritage Foundation

admitted in an interview that the reason for Voter ID is simply

to elect more Republicans and suppress Democrats’ votes.

A unanimous decision by Oklahoma’s conservative criminal appeals court,

has ruled that if a rape victim is incapacitated by alcohol

and has oral sex forced on her, it’s not a criminal act.

Ohio’s Republican Governor Kasich has been quoted as saying,

girls who don’t want raped shouldn’t drink.

Former House Speaker Republican Dennis Hastert

was sentenced to 15 months in prison in his hush-money case.

He paid hush money to former high school wrestlers

he had molested when he was a high school wrestling coach.

Republican Rep. Tom DeLay, the former House majority whip

wrote a letter to the Chicago federal court that tried Hassert saying,

Dennis Hassert is a man of “strong faith” and “great integrity.”

Rep. Tom DeLay was the first congressional leader ever to be indicted.

He was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and illegal campaign financing.

He now runs a conservative political campaign consulting firm

with the very ironic name, First Principles LLC.

Republican politicians love the private sector and hate government.

They claim the government is messing up the whole country.

I would certainly agree with them that government is making a mess of things.

Especially since, the fact is Republicans are actually

the goddamn government for most of the nation.

Republicans control both houses of Congress,

have total control over the legislatures

and governorships of 23 of our states.

A Pew survey found that the public’s dislike of the Republican Party

has spiked to levels not seen in nearly a quarter of a century.

Only 33% of the American public has a favorable view of them.

The GOP calls thinks they are the Family values party.

Only if it is a badly dysfunctional family

with an alcoholic, abusive, angry self-righteous,

racist, misogynist, homophobic, bullying husband.

The Democrats are the battered but completely

submissive apathetic spouse who just acquiesces.

Democrat politicians are too busy hanging onto what little we have

to bother coming up with much-needed  fixes for our nation.

That makes us the mistreated, powerless and ignored kids.

R.I.P. Prince

Prince:“Colonized Mind”

“Act of God”

“Dreamer”

“Must be nice to be a Republican senator sometimes, because you get the fun of breaking sh*t and the joy of complaining the sh*t you just broke doesn’t work.” ~Jon Stewart

 

 

 

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Just an Average Joe?

 

2016 is a presidential election year and the battle is on.

The GOP presidential primary is now involved in a very heated

dick-size war about who is the best purveyor of conservatism.

Or is it which conservative candidate is the biggest pervert?

Either way if any of these conservatives end up being elected

it is the American public who will be getting the screwing.

Some of the electorate will end up voting for them because

they want a warmongering, hairy, big-dick, chest-beating caveman

because they are Neanderthals in search of a leader for their tribe.

One of these Neanderthals is interviewed every election cycle.

He resents being called a Neanderthal because he is Troglodyte.

I’m talking about a dinosaur who like Cavewoman, Sarah Palin

doesn’t know that their 15 minutes of fame has come and gone.

I’m talking about Senator John McCain’s friend,

Joe the Plumber, who you might remember from 2008.

He confronted Presidential candidate Barack Obama in Ohio.

He told candidate Obama, “I’m getting ready to buy a plumbing company

that now earns from $250 to $280 thousand dollars a year.

Your new tax plan’s going to tax me more, isn’t it?”

Obama replied that it would increase from the current 36% to 39%,

which is what the rate had previously been under President Bill Clinton.

While candidate Obama told the truth, Joe the plumber did not.

Joe was not going to buy a plumbing business at all,

as his boss had no intention of selling it to anyone.

Truth is Joe was not even a licensed plumber.

Hell, Joe’s name isn’t even Joe it is Samuel.

It mattered not that Joe was a liar as GOP candidate John McCain,

used Joe’s confrontation with Obama as part of his campaign.

To McCain and the GOP Joe represented

the quintessential working-class everyman.

It was hard for McCain to pretend he was a regular guy,

when the fact was he owned close to a dozen homes.

The only group that thinks Joe represented the everyman,

is an organization that deals with lying politicians

on a daily basis… that would be the media.

The press came this election cycle once again

to interview Joe the non-licensed plumber.

They still think he represents the quintessential everyman.

The press would be right if the quintessential everyman was just like Joe

and hated government and mocked, social safety nets

as entitlements for deadbeat Americans who won’t work.

Yet, was on welfare a couple of times as were his parents.

Joe would be the quintessential everyman if the everyman,

demanded that billionaires pay the tiniest tax amount possible

while the quintessential everyman himself was delinquent on his taxes.

Who does Mr. Everyman Joe think should pay his and the wealth’s taxes?

I guess everyman and everywoman you and me.

Joe is the quintessential teabagger who wants to overturn Obama care.

That despite that Average Joe the plumber owes a lot of money for medical bills.

All those years ago, Joe basically asked candidate Obama,

in Joe’s front yard, “How can you make my life better?”

Well, President Obama did that by saving Chrysler Motor Corporation.

Which is where Joe ended up getting a good paying union job,

despite, hating unions and opposing Obama’s auto bailouts.

He was hired as a line worker in the paint shop at the plant.

Given Joe’s history of sexist, homophobic and racist comments,

he’d probably want to paint every vehicle white.

It isn’t President Obama’s fault that quintessential Joe Six pack didn’t

work hard enough to keep the job passed the 90 day trial period.

Joe lied and said he didn’t want to stay, it was just an experiment.

My guess is the experiment was seeing if he could do an honest day’s work.

It didn’t work out which is not surprising as work isn’t one of Joe’s strong suits.

Entrepreneurial Joe would have you believe he was going to buy out Chrysler

but decided not to as he’d be in President Obama’s higher tax bracket

Word is that quality control has gone up at Chrysler since Joe was fired.

To conservatives Joe represents the “family values” quintessential everyman.

Never mind, the fact that he was dragged into court multiple times

for not paying child support for the son from his first marriage.

I guess that makes you a quintessential conservative dad.

Courts are just an ugly part of the government that Joe hates so much.

Joe hates government so much he ran for Congressman of Ohio’s 9th district.

Joe the quintessential GOP everyman candidate

lost and ended up getting less than 30% of the vote.

Joe is the quintessential everyman if the everyman

liked playing with guns more than he valued children’s lives.

You see, Joe wrote a letter to the parents of victims

in the student murder spree in Santa Barbara, California.

In the letter he stated, “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

Joe would represent the average American Joe if

the average Joe possessed no heart, soul or conscience.

Joe the “family values” quintessential everyman

is a family man who is a partner in a gun store.

He leaves loaded guns laying about the house

with two kids under 3 in the”family values” household.

So now we have the media on the doorstep of the average Joe.

They want to know who everyman Joe is voting for

in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

Much of the country thinks that Donald Trump

is a hate-filled racist who is all fluff, and no stuff.

Joe thinks Trump is the man to make the country better.

He talked to the media as they sat at his kitchen table

where a loaded pistol sat on the table between them.

He said he was supporting Trump for president because,

“He’s a billionaire who has dated beautiful women.

His wife is a model. That’s nothing to sniff at.” He also added,

A lot of people believe he can bring that kind of success to the White House.”

Joe doesn’t get it that ugly trolls like Trump get beautiful women

because when they were born they hit the wealthy womb lottery.

I’d have to do some history googling but I don’t remember,

the Founding Fathers saying that dating or marrying hot women

was a qualification for being elected to the presidency.

Joe also said, “America needs a white republican president.”

Joe told McCain he voted for him in the primaries.

It was a lie because Joe wasn’t even a registered voter.

Average Joe’s 15 minutes of fame shelf life

can be blamed on Senator John McCain.

Joe the Plumber has been riding a grift train thanks to McCain.

Joe was offered a record deal for a Country album,

which doesn’t seem to have ever seen the light of day.

Joe got a job being a motivation speaker, is paid for personal appearances,

does commercials, has corporate sponsors, and with a co-author wrote a book.

It is about his life called, “Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream.

Joe also had a brief career as a war correspondent for PJ media.

Even though he was a war correspondent he told the media,

that they have no business reporting on war

and should all be abolished from doing it.

Joe I note, did cash his check for reporting on the war.

Joe was able to make a lot more money over the last eight years,

and got to travel the country and world all thanks to Senator McCain.

Do you know how Joe the quintessential everyman thanked McCain?

In an interview Joe was asked about owing his fame to McCain.

He got very angry and replied, “I don’t owe him shit.

He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.

McCain used me as I happened to be the face

of middle-class American. It was a ploy.”

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania for a teabagging

gubernatorial candidate that lost by a huge margin,

Joe said, “”John McCain is no public servant.”

Joe is no longer friends with that other 15 minute of famer

who won’t go away that McCain created also….Sarah Palin.

That is because Palin backed McCain’s re-election bid for senate.

I guess that means Sarah Palin won’t be inviting Joe the Plumber

to watch the Winter Olympics from her front porch this year.

Most of us would have been very grateful

for all the doors McCain opened for Joe.

But Joe the plumber is a lazy bastard that thinks he is entitled.

He is why, when people think of a plumber,

what they automatic think of is ass crack.

As for now, Joe the plumber is unemployed and circling the drain.

He is hoping Trump will get elected president and hire him,

to maintain all those shitters in the Trump White House.

 

Tom Robinson: “Merciful God”

“Hard”

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.” ~ Kant
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast After Election Day

It was busy breakfast time at Yankee Kitchen in Vienna, Ohio. It is always busy this time of day, but there were more cars in the parking lot than usual. Yankee Kitchen serves up a hearty breakfast and is locally famous for their omelets and hamburgers. It is the kind of place you can bring your screaming baby and not bother anyone. That is because the place has no sound deadener and will have sixty people all talking at once. The place is a favorite for seniors as it is cheaply priced and you leave with take home leftovers. With so many seniors retired from local steel plants and other industries there is a lot of deaf or “deef” (as my grandfather use to say) people talking very loudly scattered around the restaurant.

It was Wednesday, the day after primary elections in Ohio. That made for even louder more heated conversations than usual. Donald Trump had just visited the area the day before elections. He had been at Youngstown Airport, located one mile down the road from Yankee Kitchen. He landed and had his sad sack lap dog, Chris Christy introduce him. Trump told Christy to heel and then kept saying how much he loved Ohio. Trump never mentioned Vienna or Youngstown at all. He flew in and out so fast I’m sure he had no idea where he was in Ohio. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had also made appearances in the nearby Youngstown area.

One of the regular senior citizens, Ralph was sitting at the counter bashing the current president. He said, “Obama is bringing in millions of “Mooooslims” to build an army of Islamic terrorists to take over our country. Then they will set him up as Ayatollah and stop the election.” Bob, another regular eating his cheese omelet almost choked on a bite. He noted, “Ralph you are crazier today than usual. It must be because of elections yesterday. I suppose you voted for Trump?” Ralph shot back, “Damn right I did and the smart people of Ohio made him the winner. He’s the only one who can stop those terrorists from coming to cut off our heads.” At this point Karen the waitress who was always driven up the wall by Ralph’s misogynist comments had to speak up. She was not afraid to confront him as he had never left her more than a two-cent tip. She knew that tip was a comment about not giving two cents about what she had to say. She loudly said, “Ralph, you won’t have anything to worry about when those terrorists come for your head.’” Ralph interrupted, “Damn right that is because I have a house full of guns and a concealed carry.” Then Karen said, “No Ralph they can’t cut your head off, as they couldn’t find it, because your head has been up your ass for years.” That was followed by laughter from almost everyone in earshot.

A young couple with two kids quickly gathered them up without finishing their meal. They asked Karen for their bill and put down a tip. Karen felt bad and said, “I’m sorry for the language today folks.” The man whispered to her, “It isn’t you at all, it is the fact that a nut job like that guy has a gun on his belt.” “I tend to agree” said Karen. She continued, “Old Ralph should have been fitted for a straight jacket, not a gun belt. I’d say he is harmless except I’ve seen him get into a lot of fights down at the Ale House when he has had a couple too many.”

Ralph’s buddy Frank just arrived reeking of cheap cigars. Ralph had saved a seat at the counter for him and Lucy, Frank’s second wife. Ralph and Frank were all giggles like a couple of school boys. That is because their man Trump had won in Ohio. They were both convinced that Trump would be good for the economy and jobs as he knew how to conduct a successful business. Last week Karen had heard them going on about Trump’s business skills. She had pointed out that he had filed bankruptcy four times. On another occasion Trump’s dad had to buy five million dollars of chips to save Donald’s casino. As for jobs Karen pointed out that “the Donald” has his clothing line made in China. She mentioned how Trump said he can have the clothes made here as soon as U.S. workers decide to accept competing Chinese wages. Ralph and Frank blew her off as they didn’t respect the views of women let alone a waitress.

Tom a science teacher who stopped for breakfast was at the counter next to Ralph, Frank and Lucy. He had been staring straight ahead at the giant mound of hash browns turning a lovely brown. He still hadn’t gotten his eggs and hash browns yet. That was because the cook on the grill was arguing politics with the regulars at the counter. Tom needed to eat fast and get to work. He didn’t have all day to talk politics like these retired regulars did. Tom had gotten into political discussions with the regulars at the counter before. He would even get on the internet on his phone to show them facts or figures to prove his point. These old timers weren’t interested as they had formed their opinions and by damn they were sticking to them. Tom had gotten tired of their constant talk, bashing poor people and bitching about entitlements. These guys love the candidates who promise to help fellow Americans the least. They vote against social programs, that might help their children and grandchildren, as long as someone they think doesn’t deserve it gets no help. And yet, Tom had never met a grandparent who wouldn’t give their life, if necessary, for their kids and grand kids. These old timers of course want their Social Security, Medicare, Veterans care etc. They just don’t want to pay for those programs for the next generation. Tom calls them me, not we voters. He would rather not have to put up with them but he still comes in a few mornings a week as they have the best omelets around.

The last empty seat at the counter is now filled by Steven a pharmacists. Steven is very well off and always votes Republican. That is because the GOP doesn’t believe in taxing the wealthy and they are tough on crime. He also believes the rich are fundamentally better people than someone poor. Last year he personally proved that the rich are not morally superior to the poor. In an attempt to become even wealthier he got involved with a drug dealer he met at the country club. Steven started supplying him hundreds of prescriptions for Oxycontin. Steven and the drug dealer were caught and faced 25 years in jail. Steven had the money to hire the best lawyer in the valley. At the trial Steven threw himself on the mercy of the judge. He stated he had a special needs child and a senile mother he was caring for. Steven is lucky that the prosecutor did not put Steven’s wife or his brother on the stand. The brother under oath would have testified that he, not Steven takes care of all of their mother’s nursing home and medical bills. He could have also stated that Steven hasn’t visited their mother in over two years.  Steven’s wife would have said that he plays golf every second he can and never lifts a finger to help their special needs daughter, Alice. As it turns out Steven got a liberal judge with a heart that looked at Alice and gave Steven probation. None of that has registered with Steven who still hasn’t visited his mother or helped with his daughter. Steven voted for Cruz because he seems like a tough on crime kind of guy.

In the booth nearest the counter sat senior citizens, Ernie and his wife, Beth. Ernie was wearing a portable oxygen tank and breathing from it very deeply. He pulled the tube from his mouth and yelled something so loud that everyone in the noisy restaurant heard him. He screamed, “Barack Hussein Obama thinks he is the messiah but he is the antichrist. He is taking all of our freedoms away.”  Their young waitress, Linda winked at Karen and said “Let me handle this one.” She then stared at Ernie and demanded, “Name one freedom you have lost under President Obama.” Ernie was stumped and couldn’t say a word. Beth then said, “Forgive Ernie he has dementia and just spews out hateful lies he has heard on talk radio or FOX NEWS. He believes any lie that Rush or Michael Savage spews.” Linda responded with, “Rush is a drug addict and who would believe anything a man named, Savage said?” Beth replied, “Savage’s real name is, Weiner and who’d believe anything someone named, Weiner said?” Linda felt bad picked up their check and whispered, “Today’s breakfast is on me.”

When they left, Beth helped Ernie get in the passenger seat and hooked up another tank of oxygen. As soon as she started the car, Ernie realized it was time for Rush Limbaugh and tuned him in on the car’s radio. Today, Rush was spewing hate for environmentalist and denying global warming. Many of the polluting corporations that deny climate change are Rush’s sponsors. Guys like Ernie just haven’t figured that out yet. Ernie blurted out, “Fucking commie tree huggers.” Since Ernie got dementia two years ago, Beth finally got to pick out what kind of car they would buy last year. She was driving a Hybrid Toyota Prius, by damn. Ernie had no idea he was riding in a tree hugging commie car. As a matter of fact Ernie was always commenting on how comfortable his passenger seat was. Beth hadn’t bothered to tell Ernie that Tuesday was Election Day. When she went to vote she had him wait in the car. This year she wouldn’t have to use her vote for Democrats to cancel out Ernie’s Republican votes. She got a big chuckle thinking that Ernie didn’t know she had voted for Hillary.

The rest of the breakfast bunch now headed to their cars. Some are on their way to work for the day. The retired seniors are on their way to the barber shop, the doctor’s office or to Wal-Mart. When they arrive at their next destination they will once again pontificate to anyone who will listen. If you take the time to hear them, you will wonder why many of them vote against their own self-interests.

Back at Yankee Kitchen the two young busboys are explaining to their older fellow workers that they like the changes that Bernie Sanders is fighting for. Karen wondered if the breakfast regulars could ever even begin to accept something new and different, even for their own good. A wide smile came to her face and she got a gentle pain of hope, when she found that Ralph had left her a five dollar tip.

Let’s here how our young people feel about the state of our country and planet: https://soundcloud.com/coldpizzaparty/nobody-knows-what-theyre-talking-about-no-one-knows-where-were-going

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“Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity.” ~ Naomi Klein

 

 

 

 

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