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Solly Mack

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Member since: 2001
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Busy observing the group dynamics of dust bunnies.

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Too soon?

Stepien-nuts roasting on an open fire

Spite's cost nipping at your nose

Fool-time carols being sung by some hire

With your folks messed up by Covid woes

Everybody knows a Big Mac and some Adderall

Help to make your speech a blight

Tiny hands with fists in a ball

Will find it hard to tweet tonight

You know that Biden's on his way

He's got Harris with him to save the day

And even Mother's Mike is going to cry

To see that women can really fly.

And so I'm offering this simple phrase

To kids from 1 to 92

Although it's been said many times, many ways

Happy Biden-Harris days to you.

Although it's been said many times, many ways


You'd think after all the racism, extraordinary rendition, torture, Katrina response, idiots

losing their minds because a black man became President, and idiots who can't afford or don't have healthcare fighting against "Obamacare", and other idiots claiming that the government needs to stay out of their Social Security and Medicare - and then Trump - that no one would be baffled or shocked.

It's almost as if those outside the US buy into the "USA! USA!" hype more so than a lot of Americans.

Yeah, yeah. I know the U.S. has a certain reputation for being the democracy people, but we didn't wake up one morning to things suddenly changed. Those changes took time - having been chipped away a little bit at a time over time. Some of those things have never changed - the full impact of racism, for one.

Right-wing religious wackadoodles demanding their beliefs are equal to science and that their religious beliefs be taught in school. Worse, getting their way in that. Spare me. Some areas of the US teach that their ignorant beliefs - Yes, ignorant - are just as valid as evolution. Look it up. Some biology teachers in public schools won't teach evolution to avoid confrontation with students and teachers who erroneously believe that their creation story is the equal to science.

Baffled? Shocked?


With apologies to Winston Churchill and Others

(Trump grunts out his words of comfort and calm. Trump as Churchill, per Trump, himself, and Mike Pence)

"‘Poor people, poor people,’ he said. ‘They trust me and I can give them nothing but magical thinking and lies to ensure continuing disaster for quite a long time.’ ”

“Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to me, myself, and I. I, alone."

I, alone, saved you. I, alone, love you. I, alone, can fix it. Fear is the means to the end.”

Keep calm and carry on. The sirens simply mean we're on top of things. Continue shopping. Go about your daily lives. The only people who run for cover are those who hate Great Britain. Bomb shelters are for those who do not believe in God. Be calm.

Remember: A bombed out building is an opportunity. We'll employ more carpenters and brick masons than ever before! The jobs we'll create! Numbers! The numbers! So high! This is a good thing.

Gas masks are for those who don't love me. You love me, right? So crowd the streets, leave your mask at home, and when you hear a siren - shake your fist in the air. Defy the bombs! Show them who is boss! Be patriots! Stand your ground! If you die, you die. But what a way to go!

I tell ya, wow. Talk about a show of strength. The crowd standing, all packed in together. That'll show the NAZIS. Let me tell you.

Still, you know, the NAZIS, some fine people on both sides.

I was talking to Stalin the other day. He's my friend. Lot of people think that's a bad thing. Say he can't be trusted. Lot of people don't know what Stalin has planned. Big plans. Yuge.

Stalin will make parts of Europe great again. Better than ever. With more freedoms than ever before.

That Roosevelt. He's a socialist, commie, Marxist elitist. I'm playing him for all he's worth. Seen him in his wheelchair? Some leader.

I'm your cheerleader in a time of need. I'll have your back. Just because I'm secured away in a bunker, coming to you live from a time-delayed radio broadcast, doesn't mean I don't stand with you. I'm there, right beside you, when the bombs hit. You know, most of them are duds. No, really. Fake bombs. No damage. Just POOF. A little smoke, a loud noise, and nothing.

Besides, the Lutewaffles have such bad aim. Most of the real bombs fall in the channel. The people are safe. The people are secure.

I'm not even sure there's a war going on at all. Maybe it's just fake news from the fake media. I think it could be. Lots of opinions on it. Who knows?

Experts (chortle) will tell you there's a war going on. That London is experiencing a Blitz attack. What does that even mean? Blitz? Sounds like ice cream. I like ice cream. Two scoops with chocolate cream pie.

The so-called experts would have you dive for shelter when the sirens go off. They would have you panic and seek cover. What do they know? That's not strength.

So, keep calm. Don't listen to fake news. Don't believe your eyes or your ears. Ignore the experts. Listen to me.

I, alone, can save you.

Thank you and God bless.

My Kind of "Sucker and Loser".

In June of 2005 I wrote a piece about the invasion of Iraq. The article was titled "The Line of Denial". In it I shared some of the questions I asked my husband, now a retired Vet, about his experiences in Iraq, as well as the war crimes, sanctioned by the President, and the troops who committed them.

Below is an excerpt.

"And what is your lasting memory of Iraq?"

The little girl.

The little girl had leprosy. He met her early on. Her disease was so advanced she was dying from non-treatment. In her entire short life, she got next to no treatment. My husband carried her dying body, along with her mother and father, through three cities seeking help for her. He couldn't find it. Iraqi doctors too scared or wanting money (to survive with) and American medics not concerned.

He finally reached into his wallet, took out all his cash, then gave it to an Iraqi doctor. The doctor helped the child die comfortably because that's all they could do for her by then.

That's what my husband brought home. That's what he remembers most about Iraq.

If that's a "Loser", then it's my kind of loser.

Fuck Trump. Fuck all Republicans. Fuck their voters.

Traitor. Moron. Ignorance-induced cruelty. Idiot. Mass

murdering blowhard.

His delusions of grandeur are destroying the people, the environment, the country.

His capabilities don't reach the level of mediocrity much less competence.

He's a tool of hostile foreign governments and the tool of equally rabid right-wing ideologues.

His ego-driven, unstable personality has damaged American jurisprudence for decades to come.

His grasping need to be worshipped has fed the flagrant anti-intellectualism that infects America.

His depraved indifference to life, all life, outside his own, has resulted in decisions that have poisoned the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the ground we all walk on.

He is a fool and a charlatan.

He is a corrosive force with an insatiable appetite for tearing apart everything he touches.

His mockery of all things decent and good brings nothing but shame to the country.

He is arrogant without reason to be and he has been elevated beyond ability.

He is rot.

He is decay.

He is but a symptom of the pernicious ideology of white supremacy - made all the more fatal because of the office he holds.

His narcissistic messiah complex destroys the very freedoms he claims to cherish.

He is a liar, a buffoon, and a coward.

Unfit, unbearable, and unrepentantly indifferent to the world around him and the suffering he has caused.

It couldn't end any other way. It was always going to be a

waste - for the country. Though I mean it in the lay waste kind of way.

Trump is destruction. His very nature. His character. His very being.

Trump has no guiding principles. He has no strong beliefs.

Other than Trump. Other than himself. He is his own and only reason for everything he does. What he can get out of it. How it benefits him.

Trump, his conservative support from high profile names, as well as his sycophantic followers are parts of a symbiotic whole. Through mutualism, each part benefits in some way, though the followers are more like the effluvium by-product of the other two.

Trump courts them but he would never allow them inside his home.

The conservative power brokers/rightwing religious money movers/thought shapers need their votes but they don't want them coming into their homes either.

Both Trump and the conservative power base feed the clamoring crowd their much craved sugar water of absolution. Absolving both the conservative collective and the individual of responsibility for economic and social deprivations by placing the blame on the other.

With appeals to prejudice and fear that keep people ignorant, that keeps them cheering their own oppression,
Trump and the Republican power structure perform a neverending sleight of hand - constant deceptions.

Convincing them that three and four jobs is patriotic and that America has the best health care in the world, even if they don't have access to it. The important thing is getting to chant "We're number 1" until that good feeling takes hold.

Deception after deception, chewing their supporters up until nothing is left of them but pavlovian responses.

This is what we are up against. Fellow citizens who have been conditioned to accept any brutality, any atrocity, to believe any absurdity as long as they get to feel good about themselves.

lol Some people slay me. They only know about one speech

by MLK, Jr and they act as if that shows how enlightened they are and how they couldn't possibly be racist if they know about his "I have a dream" speech.

Even then they only pull certain excerpts from that one particular speech, and not because they admired King or even understood all he was talking about. No, they do it because most of the speech lays bare some ugly truths about America that still apply today.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent (Yes) will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.


And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. [enthusiastic applause] There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

A lot of white people attempting to beat people of color over the head with King's words of peaceful protest primarily do so in an attempt to silence people of color. Be angry, they're saying. But do it nicely. Show it in a way that doesn't offend us. Voice your anger and pain in a white people approved way.

Trump attacked peaceful protesters and he wasn't the only one judging from all the footage of police attacking other peaceful protesters.

A black man was mocked, scorned, and threatened with death for kneeling in a peaceful protest.

Peaceful protests get attacked.

Angry protests get attacked.

It doesn't matter how people of color protest - they will be attacked.

It's not the protesting these white folks are objecting to - it's the people doing the protesting that offends them. It's the color of the skin that makes all the difference.

Armed white people can storm capitol buildings and cops don't blink an eye - and Trump calls them good people. Responsible people.

Nazis and assorted other white supremacists can attack people, even commit murder, and Trump claims they are very fine people and then blames the victims.

McEnany thinks she scored a point. The only thing she did was show how pointedly dismissive this administration is of people of color.

I've taken to saying President Biden. Not VP Biden.

Not Joe Biden. Not former VP Biden.

President Biden.

In emails. On the phone. Face to face conversations. At home talking with my husband. When referring to him for any reason - President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden talking with protesters.

President Biden talked with Mr. Philonise Floyd.

President Biden to attend the funeral of George Floyd.

When anyone says, "He's not President yet".

I reply, "You see anyone else behaving like a President?"

It's a small gesture. Maybe even a meaningless one. But people can already see a clear difference in the response to the killing of George Floyd. They see the difference in the response to the protests. They're struggling under Trump's response to the pandemic. They've witnessed the last three and a half years. They've felt each of those days.

Let them hear the difference. Let them read the difference. When you post to Facebook. When you tweet. Anywhere you share on social media. When talking to people. Say it outloud to yourself.

President Biden.

President Biden.

President Joe Biden.

President Biden has already assumed the role. He is already bridging the chasm caused by Trump's inability to see the world beyond his own ego.

America is without a president in the White House. But America is not without a President.

President Biden said this.
President Biden said that.
President Biden did this.
President Biden did that.

He's already acting like a president.

Come November, let's make it official.

Delusional Donnie puffs out his chest, stomps about,

gesticulating wildly with his tiny little hands, checking himself in the mirror and nodding approvingly at the larger than life figure his encephalopathic brain tells him he sees.

Working himself up into a televangelistic fever pitch until red blotches breach the armor of orange he wears as a shield against the glaringly obvious chyrons of a life lived in vacuous repose scroll across his bloated face.

"I alone!", he bellows.

"I Alone!", he roars.

"I accept no responsibility", he intones.

I know you are but what am I?, he ends.

401 years of white knees on black necks.

From slavery to redeemer states to the KKK to Jim Crow to lynching and each and every day since and in between.

Every right gained has met the resistance of a white knee.

Be calm?

Be patient?

Change takes time?

After a while, incremental sounds like never. Especially when you're the ones struggling to breathe under those white knees.
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