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Justice in America.

A Louisiana black man was given a life sentence for stealing a pair of hedge clippers and an Alabama black man spent 38 years in prison for stealing $9 and an Illinois man was given a life sentence for stealing $20 and a pack of cigarettes. 94 percent of the inmates serving three-strike life sentences, hundreds for petty property offenses, are black – and in California black men are 13 times more likely to be sentenced to three-strikes life sentences than white men.

White House staffers, all white, have been either photograph or filmed in recent days leaving their place of employment with government property in hand—one with a bust of Lincoln under his arms.

Some of this property is most assuredly government owned property—maybe not all but certainly most is.

These so-called “honest” white public servants are committing crimes far more heinous than that old black man who spent 38 years in prison for stealing $9.

America in its “finest” hours has always had two standards of justice: one privileged white standard and one underprivileged black standard.

Before the Civil War, blacks had to live under the “pro-slavery” laws and after the Civil War they had to live under the “Jim Crow” and “Black Code” laws.

Not much has changed about these two standards of justice.

White public servants are filmed stealing federal government property in broad daylight with naked impunity while a poor black man in Louisiana was given a life sentence for stealing someone else’s hedge clippers.

We’ve seen at least 75 violent white insurrectionists who stormed the nation’s capitol, left five people dead (one of whom was a police officer beaten to death trying to protect the capitol), ransacked the capitol building, threatened the lives of the nation’s senior leaders, destroyed government property and stole classified government material.

They were arrested without incident, not so much as a greasy hair or a spit-soaked beard harmed in the process.

Yet in recent weeks two black men were killed by white police officers in Columbus, Ohio—one for holding a cell phone in his hand and the other for holding Subway sandwiches in his. Both were not suspects in any criminal wrongdoing.

And let’s not forget the “Mommie dearest” rioters.

The “zip tie” rioter is a 30-year-old bartender who still lives with his 57-year-old mommie. Together, they want to return to 1776 and engage it yet a second Revolutionary War.

Then there is the “horned rioter” whose mommie told the media that the jail menu does not meet her son’s dietary need because he gets “sick if he doesn’t eat organic food.” His riotous little tummy cannot handle jail beans and rice although the food is considered just fine for Black Lies Matter inmates.

Let us hope that law-and-order will prevail. That U.S. Marshals will investigate to make sure that the outgoing White House staff and other “special” aides and assistants are not “looting” the government buildings on their way out.

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“It ain’t over til it’s over.”

That Yogi-ism has been used by the legion of folks who still refuse to accept the outcome of the 2020 election; namely, that Joe Biden won the election in a “landslide.”

More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in 7 swing states challenging the presidential outcome of that election. Virtually every one of the lawsuits have been either laughed or ridiculed out of state and federal courts by both Republican and Democratic judges. The U.S. Supreme Court, with six Republican justices—three of whom appointed by President Trump—have twice unanimously refused to even entertain the myriad of voter fraud claims used to challenge the election outcome.

Altogether, at least 9 Trump-appointed federal judges have summarily dismissed the lawsuits filed in their courts. The judges have simply asked of the attorneys filing these lawsuits, “where’s the beef.”

These legal challenges have been orchestrated by”skilled” right-wing conspiracy theorists like Sidney Powell and Lin Wood under the brilliant guidance of Rudy Tooty Giuliani, the former “gang buster” who now has trouble controlling his hair dye and sphincter muscle in public.

And what is the beef actually?

Tying together Hugo Chavez, George Soros, Dominion Voting Systems, Papa Doc Duvalier, D.B. Cooper, the Bermuda Triangle, Marie Laveau, Comet Ping Pong’s Pizza, the Clintons, Seth Rich and Hunter Biden into a conspiracy to stuff 7 million fraudulent votes in three voting machines in seven states.

“Did you talk to Hugo?” Rudy Tooty asked Ms. Sidney.

“Yes, I did –  just like you asked me, Mr. Mayor.” Ms. Sidney replied.

“Well, what did Hugo say?”

With a side glance at Lin Wood, Ms. Sidney replied: “First thing he told me was how hot it is down there before saying …. And these are his exact words, ‘Release the Kraken.’”

“The Kraken! Who the f..k is the Kraken?” Rudy Tooty bellowed as flatulence blew out of his dark side.

A silent pause passed between them as Ms. Sidney thought about the right answer while Rudy wondered how he would look in Ms. Sidney’s dress.

“All I know – and this came directly to me from Boogaloo in Idaho – is that he is a Unabomber in some federal supermax prison in Colorado.”

And at that precise moment on the sunny side of Heavenly Paradise, Hank Williams turned to Minnie Pearl said: “That’s the problem, Minnie – there just ain’t no beef.”

So, it’s over – the Fat Lady has sung.

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Lucian Lincoln Wood, Jr.

This 70-year-old Atlanta, Georgia-based attorney is better known as “Lin” Wood.

A personal injury attorney by nature, Wood has had some spectacular clients during his 50-plus years as an attorney: Richard Jewell, the parents of Jon-Benet Ramsey (John and Patsy), and the late Harman Cain.

Lin Wood is an unabashed “conspiracy theorist.”

Here are some of the aging attorney’s conspiracy theories: serial pedophile Jeffery Epstein is alive and well; Chief Justice John Roberts murdered the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the QAnon Conspiracy Theory (that a Democratic pedophile cult operating out of a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C. controls the “Deep State” running the country); and that he may actually be “the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”

These are some Wood’s publicly shared conspiracy theories. God only knows what he believes in the solitude of darkness. It is almost certain that many other such conspiracies rampage through his mind as he recalls coming home when he was 16-years-old to discover that his abusive alcoholic father had beaten his mother to death—a crime for which the father served a little more than two years in prison.

The attorney’s latest conspiracy theory is that Vice-President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chief Justice Roberts have “conspired” to deny President Donald J. Trump a second term in office. Wood said Vice President Pence is so guilty of treason that he should be summarily executed by firing squad.

Wood has been a member of a legal team for the president—including but not limited to Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis—trying to invalidate what has been called the “most honest and secure presidential election” in history; an election whose validity has been upheld twice by the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 70 other federal and state court judges in the nation.

In the midst of a viral pandemic that claimed nearly 400,000 lives and left 20 million people infected (the highest infection rate in the world), with food lines stretching for miles, and the lives of millions of people torn asunder, 2020 must be remembered as a year when a pandemic of political insanity also gripped the nation.

That an attorney—who claims to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and that the Chief Justice murdered a fellow justice and that the Vice-President should be executed by firing squad—could be part of a presidential defense team trying to convince the nation and its judicial system that 74 million votes is actually more than 81 million votes is the quintessential definition of political insanity.

Worse yet, that tens of millions of people actually share the same views as Lin Wood takes political insanity to farthest outer limits of the universe in search of a definition.

There have been worse years in American history: 1838 Cherokee Trail of Tears; 1919 an Influenza killed 20 million people; 1943 the year of more than 240 interracial battles across the country and at military bases along with the Zoot Suit riots in Los Angeles, Detroit and Harlem; and 1968 that produced political assassinations, street riots and violence, and the election of the proven racist Richard Nixon.

But no year in American history has such political insanity gripped and nearly squeezed the soul out of this nation’s social, political and institutional values.

I have one final thing to say about 2020: it should have a swift kick in the ass as it departs into the insanity zone of history.

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Losing by the numbers.

Numbers don’t lie. They are not fake or a hoax.

2 is more than 1; 3 is more than 2; 4 is more than 3.

That is a mathematical fact not subject to debate.

Hope you can, and will, follow the science here.

Political elections are decided by numbers; specifically, by the number of ballots cast.

President Donald J. Trump says the 74,196,153 votes he received in the 2020 presidential election are the most votes any incumbent president has ever received.

That is a fact—a rare truth uttered by the president.

However, President-Elect Joe Biden received 81,255,933 votes in that same election—that is 7,059,780 more votes than President Trump received making him the “winner” of the election.

That is a fact—a truth supported by a host of federal agencies, federal and state law enforcement officials, and even by a “few” of the president’s political allies.

Here is another fact: in addition to Joe Biden running against President Trump in the 2020 election, there were an additional 34 candidates from across the country representing a host of other political parties or ideologies who ran against the president.

That is, I suspect, the most opposition candidates challenging any incumbent president.

These 34 candidates received 2,481,109 votes against Trump. There was also an additional 169,000-plus write-in votes cast against the president.

This is a fact: 9,708,889 more people in the 2020 election voted against Trump than voted for him.

This is yet another fact: in the 2016 presidential election President Trump received 62,979,636 votes while Hilary Clinton received 65,844,610 votes—a loss margin of 2,864,974 in the popular vote. Three other candidates in that election received 6,678,550 votes. That means 9,543,524 more people voted against Trump in 2016 than voted for him, although he managed to win the presidency with 306 Electoral College votes.

Here is the final scientific, mathematical fact in this post: President Trump has faced the American people in two presidential elections. Each time more than 9.5 million Americans voted against him than voted for him. That’s a total of 19,252,413 more Americans who did not want Trump as their president.

Those are the numbers. They do not lie.

“Read ‘em and weep” as the Gambler says.

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“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

The phrase literally means we should not prejudge the value or significance of something by its outward appearance.

The wife and I love oleander plants. We have seven planted in front of our home. They produce beautiful red and white blossoms.

LiveScience reports that the Nerium oleander produces “crimson, magenta or creamy white” blossoms. Its outward appearance is incredibly beautiful, but, as LiveScience says, it is “one of the most toxic plants in the world.” From stem to its sap, the plant is “incredibly poisonous” whose ingestion, or even inhalation of its smoke, can be fatal.

So, my advice is “don’t judge a Nerium oleander by its cover.”

The same can be said about most but certainly not all people.

For example, if you look at media photos of a Trump attorney (reportedly disavowed) named Sidney Powell, a QAnon conspiracy theory follower, you would almost instantly conclude that she has serious mental health challenges in need of immediate therapeutic attention.

But that would be judging a book by its cover. When she opens her mouth, however, and speaks about the 2020 presidential election, she leaves no doubt that she is utterly, absolutely, totally “batshit crazy.”

Consider one of her latest public statements aired on the December 1st Rachel Maddow Show:

“Dear Mr. President

“WE will not stand by and watch Foreign and Domestic enemies further destroy our Constitutional Republic.

“Eighty or more million of us request that you use the Insurrection Act, suspend the December Electoral College Vote, and set up Military Tribunals immediately to properly investigate and resolve the cyber warfare 11-3-20 election issue.

“Further, we request you suspend the Jan 6 GA Senate Runoff Race, and January Inauguration until this issue is resolved.

“Respectfully,

“We The People”

Powell, and her legion of Deep State conspiracy theory associates, would like the 2020 presidential election declared “null and void,” have all Republicans who say the election was fair and honest summarily executed, install military tribunals with the power to investigate and summarily execute all Democrats who participated in the voting process, install the President for life, and force every Democrat in the country to be branded with “Make America Great Again” across their foreheads.

That is Sidney Powell’s definition of a “Constitutional Republic.”

Sidney Powell looks batshit crazy and is, in fact, batshit crazy—a term the Urban Dictionary defines as a person who is “certifiably nuts.”

That is where we are folks!

Honest and loyal Republicans, who have testified to the honesty of the 2020 presidential election, being threatened, the lives of their families being threatened, and their professional careers being destroyed by other Republicans so far adrift in extremism that there will never be a rational lifeline that can return them to the shores of reality.

They are, for want of a better description, incurably batshit crazy.

Worse yet, somewhere between 5o to 70 percent of so-called honest, rational Republicans do not believe the 2020 presidential election was “free and fair.” This despite the fact that the nation’s Republican-controlled intelligence community, the FBI, the Justice Department, a  dozen or more federal and state judges (some appointed by Trump), a laundry list of Republican governors, officials, and legislators have all declared that the election was both free and fair.

I suspect, and with a long history to support the suspicion, that the Republicans (most of who are white) do not believe the election was “free and fair” because so any black people exercised their constitutional right to vote.

And, now amidst all this batshit crazy social and racial anger, hate, and hostility, America must confront and deal with a deadly virus pandemic that has also gone batshit crazy.

So if you see someone that looks batshit crazy, I suggest you assume they are.

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