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And now a word from one of our troops about masks

He nailed it with “beta bitches”. Isn’t that what grievance culture is all about? Rush Limbaugh types make you feel bad about yourself, emasculate you, reinforce it over and over again, undermine your self esteem.

Then he tells you who did this to you: feminazis, black people, immigrants.


Then he sells you a handful of beans.

He did this to himself

Let’s get one thing clear about the left supposedly hatin’ on Donald:

There are many, many reasons why Donald should never have been approved by the Electoral College, inaugurated, occupied the Oval Office. Legitimate reasons. His actions and behavior since taking office are exactly what Hillary Clinton predicted during the campaign and have violated every norm and sense of decency that Americans used to value. His devaluation of the Department of Justice is alarming and horrific. It’s typical of how dictators take control of their countries. And once an autocrat gets control of the judges and prosecutors, it is extremely difficult to either hold him accountable or prevent him from abusing his office in the worst ways possible.

But with all that, if Donald had done one thing, ONE THING, right with respect to the Covid 19 pandemic and effectively managed the federal response, I believe that no matter how awful he is with respect to everything else, he would have been re-elected.

What is happening to him now was completely self-inflicted. He didn’t have to politicize the blue state responses. He didn’t have to profiteer the personal protection equipment. He didn’t have to act like wearing a mask was an infringement on our constitutional freedoms. He didn’t have to hold rallies in Tulsa and Phoenix where his advance team made sure that no one had to social distance. He didn’t have to shove school reopenings down everyone’s throats.

All he had to do was delegate his authority to his federal departments and test, test, test.

He didn’t do this.

We know why he didn’t do this. It’s not a secret. Nevertheless, he screwed up and now the pandemic is taking over in the red states where the governors followed his lead, mocked the rest of the country and inexplicably denied that the virus could ever impact THEM the way it impacted NYC or Detroit. It’s hard to find politicians that are this stupid but by golly, residents in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia have managed to do it and signed their own death certificates in the process.

Saying, “we told you so” is not helpful at this point. Because when we said in the beginning that “we are all in this together”, well, that wasn’t just a slogan. It was recognition that nature will do what nature does. Nature doesn’t care whether you’re a democrat or republican. It doesn’t care if you live in Pennsylvania or Florida. It doesn’t care if you’re an American or a New Zealander. Viruses go EVERYWHERE and no one was immune to this one. Any politician who thought that the outbreak could be used to make his opponents look bad is criminally stupid. We all rise and fall together with this pandemic and the innocent and responsible are just as likely to suffer as the maliciously divisive.

I’m not going to apologize for calling Trump criminally stupid and I’m not going to put up with anyone telling me this is due to Trump derangement syndrome, especially not people who think the Clintons were responsible for the deaths of dozens of people and were involved in a child sex ring headquartered in a pizza parlor.

None of us should take the blame for Trump’s incredible irresponsibility and incompetence. He acted badly even when he didn’t have to.

It’s his fault.

Let him eat it.

By the way, it looks like the party has pulled Donald up by the short hairs and made him slap on a mask and read from a teleprompter that everyone should be wearing one because it’s patriotic. It’s not going to change the outcome, which is taking on a life of its own. But it is extremely gratifying to watch this “strongman” crumple when the party tells him that if he doesn’t, his show will be cancelled.

Makes him look soft as well as criminally stupid.


In Portland, the Moms have been joined by the Dads with leaf blowers and hockey sticks. The hockey sticks are used to send the tear gas canisters back at the stormtroopers while the leaf blowers are used to blow the tear gas away from the moms.

It’s becoming irritating to the DHS secret police. Butcha know:

Said one dad:

“Honestly, I think you’d need scores of leaf blowers with a phalanx of dads holding their ground under pretty perfect conditions to use them effectively in the dispersal of chemical agents,” he said. “But they are an iconic symbol of a tool dads use to clean up messes.”

Who wants to bet there will be a back order on leaf blowers in the next couple of days.