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Those who still support Trump are not nice people. I no longer believe that there are any

exceptions to that.

If you still support Trump, it is inconceivable that you do so out of ignorance, which may have been true for some in 2016. I understand that not everyone is as immersed in politics as we are here on DU and I am willing to concede that some of the inattentive "low information" voters in that last election may have been genuinely unaware of the monstrous incompetence and moral bankruptcy of Trump. But, unless you have been comatose for these past three years, you can no longer credibly claim that excuse....


This pandemic has really cut through the illusion of our overall prosperity

We had 'record low unemployment' and a shiny stock market which was approaching 30k and setting new records daily. Underneath these things we had a country with a fundamentally rotten foundation. Half of our population living paycheck to paycheck without enough money saved up to cover a few weeks without a job. Stocks that were propped up by tax cuts for the wealthy and stock buybacks enabled by cheap debt. Rampant income inequality which was getting worse by the year, and a generation of students crushed by insurmountable debt. My only hope is that this crisis will lead to a fundamental reevaluation of our society and economic system in the end. The cracks in the system were already there, this crisis just split them open all at once.


Still No COVID-19, But I Do Have One Nasty Case of the Mondays

Hey there! Congratulations on surviving! Living through another week in an America under siege from both the coronavirus and Donald Trump’s boneheaded, homicidal, mismanagement is like fire-walking across the mouth of an erupting volcano while ogres throw hammers and badgers at you. So, nice job! Let’s do the news, badger-dodgers!

Most of us are pretty unhappy with this whole COVID-19 thing, but to the can-we-please-start-wearing-the-armbands-in-public-now wannabe autocrats of the Wisconsin state GOP, it’s their wettest dream come true. Why, voter suppression is easy when you’ve got a global pandemic lending a helping hand! Robin Vos and his gang of anti-democratic thugs have gone to court to demand Tuesday’s election take place in the midst of the outbreak, with no extended voting by mail. Oh, and because they want to have their cake and eat it too and also have your cake and your neighbor’s cake and honestly all the cake plus most of the pie and even your grandma’s cornbread muffins that she made specially for you during the quarantine, they’ve worked out a nifty little trick where they insist on in-person voting, but use public safety as an excuse to reduce the number of polling places in Dem stronghold Milwaukee from 180...to FIVE. There’s a state Supreme Court seat at stake, y’see, and opportunities to mass-disenfranchise all those, ahem, “urban” voters don’t come along just every day....


My Army years were never focused all that much on tradition and formal and informal rules...

of respect although I heard a lot about it in ROTC that I never finished.

It boggles my mind, however, that a Navy cabinet officer (sort of) can badmouth the captain of a capital ship. Even in the modern Navy that can't always steer that well or slips on maintenance, they don't usually give aircraft carriers to idiots. And if they do, nobody, NOBODY up the line badmouths that officer in front of his troops/sailors. And a civilian defense undersecretary who once wore the uniform should damn well know that.

Busting your captain and then calling him an idiot in front of the sailors who respect him is one hell of a way to blow morale all to hell.

So, where are our Republican Navy supporters who should be the first to demand this asshole's head.


America is not the same anymore

Warn your shipmates about a virus and you're called stupid. Raise a concern about hospital supplies and you're belittled. Protect a whistle blower and you get fired.


The human race is beautiful. The big shots try to keep that a secret.

The human race is beautiful. The big shots try to keep that a secret.

For starters, there’s millions of nurses putting their lives on the line taking care of contagious patients. They’re working 12 hour days day after day, trying to give their hearts and souls and minds to make their patients feel less lonely, cared for, safer, in good hands. These nurses put their hearts on the line, every patient is a risk to them not only physically but emotionally. Yes, I know they learn to separate themselves, but I got a think there’s gonna be some serious cases of PTSD after these traumatic weeks.

I do believe that pure love is what motivates a whole lot of them....


My capacity for empathy has become selective

During most of my life, I can't recall wishing death on my worst enemy. We all have our own values, and although mine are not based on religion, (I'm a devout agnostic), I have encountered people whom I hated.But I never wished them dead. (And no, I'm not a saint. I've just always believed that you only go around once and that human life is precious.) ...


Heard at our local small grocer in SW Ohio.

We shopped for some lunch meat and other things and were at the checkout.

We were at the checkout with a middle-aged lady as the cashier. My wife mentioned that she would like to get home in time to watch the mayor and governor (DeWine) and their daily news conference. She then said she thought they were doing a good job. The cashier said. The governors ARE doing a good job. The president, huh, not so much. She saw me with an ear-to-ear smile on my face than added, He's an idiot. There, I said it." My smile went beyond my ears.

This is located in the middle of a red township that thinks St. Ronald of Reagan is the patron saint of all that is good. I sure hope this is a sign that the tide is turning.


A New View Out the Living Room Picture Window

Our mid-fifties house has a 4' x 8' picture window in its living room. It serves as our daily neighborhood view screen. Lately, the show we watch, though, has changed quite a good deal.

We had no idea there were so many dogs in our neighborhood, but all of those folks who are staying at home these days are walking by with their pups on leashes. Heck, we didn't even know those people lived in our corner of St. Paul, MN. We're also seeing people out for walks on their own, too. Couples we have never met are walking by at least once a day....

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