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Here's a little funny thing:

I was reading a Clickbait article about Donald and Melania, and instead of reading the word as “couple” I read it as “cow-pie”.

Freudian slip I guess....

As a person of the Jewish persuasion, please allow me to say (and kvell)

that I am AMAZED and THRILLED at the number of "us" in top levels of the Biden administration:

To wit:
Ron Klain Chief of Staff
Janet Yellin Secretary of Treasury
Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary of Homeland Security
Tony Blinken Secretary of State
Merrick Brian Garland Attorney General
Jared Bernstein Council of Economic Advisers
Rochelle Walensky Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wendy Sherman Deputy Secretary of State
Anne Neuberger Deputy National Security Adviser for Cybersecurity
Jeffrey Zients COVID-19 Response Coordinator
David Kessler Co-chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board and Head of Operation Warp Speed

David Cohen CIA Deputy Director
Rachel Levine Deputy Health Secretary
Jennifer Klein Co-chair Council on Gender Policy
Jessica Rosenworcel Chair of the Federal Communications Commission
Stephanie Pollack Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
Polly Trottenberg Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Mira Resnick State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Security

"Plus which", we have a Vice President married to a Jewish man, and she is called "Mamela"

And furthermore, all three of the Biden children married into Jewish families.

This must be making the Nazified purged members of the previous administration, among (many) others, insane.

And don't get me started with that Jared Kushner faux-Orthodox POS and his plastic "wife".

I had a thought...which is sometimes a dangerous thing...

Back in 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the George W Bush Campaign and its candidate, stopping the counting and recounting of legally cast votes. One of the sidebars of the decision was that it was a "one-off" and was not to be taken as precedent for other seemingly related issues. Im no lawyer, but I think I understand the implicit nature of their ruling. Of course, those who were thinking, reasonable, liberal and centrist people were outraged and need I say more that the sequelae of this decision was Bush/Cheney for eight years, whose reign even Republicans won't reference.

This time, the Supreme Court refused to hear the "cases" brought by the proponents of a despotic rule headed by arguably the most dangerous fascist ever to be elected, if he in fact was, to the Presidency. I believe that they recognized that the path upon which we were headed as a nation would lead to disaster, rioting in the streets, Civil War without geographic boundaries, economic ruin, and much death and destruction. In another "one-off", they spared the country from disaster.

I write this because I believe that if these reprehensible voter-suppression laws are passed in many states, including my own, the Court will uphold them because we are regressing with their assent from a liberated, free society, into one attempting to regress and promulgate a strange form of Orwellian life and societal existence. We should not mistake, in my opinion, a life-saving gesture which was executed last year as one of continued evolution toward true democracy. As a nation, we were thrown a life preserver, and after being hauled on board, were thrown back down into steerage.

I had a conversation with a COVID-19 research scientist yesterday...

I have known this lady in my practice for about 10 years. She is a scientist in the old-fashioned sense: she speaks in what she believes to be truths not in hypotheticals, she only discusses what she knows, not what she thinks she knows, and she is remarkably upfront in telling me what she’s working on when I see her.

The conversation was quite disturbing to me. She was telling me that her research group is looking into clotting issues involving the COVID-19 virus and the sequelae from infection. Although it was extremely technical and I confess that I am not up to the task of understanding the details, there is no question that she intimated that we are going to see the effects of this virus upon the people who contracted the disease for many Many years. Apparently, There may be a delayed response of the clotting system such that thromboses May manifest themselves years later causing stroke, coronary artery blockage, and pulmonary issues. She relayed it to me a whole bunch of scenarios which they have come upon in their technical research at the cellular level which are extremely disturbing.

In addition, she noted that the extent to which the person suffered with the disease acutely is not necessarily related to the extent of the chronic syndrome which may persist. Thus, if someone is only slightly affected, (as I believe I was early on), he or she may still have the severe responses later. Of course, one cannot predict the faith of an individual but from an epidemiological standpoint this is not very good news.

Well, At least the former guy wasn’t inaugurated again yesterday. There’s some good news.

Here's my "sexual harassment" story which I tell patients:

A couple years ago, I had this new male patient. Objectively, he was one of those clean-faced, swinging-dick guys that men like me find fairly repulsive for a variety of reasons.

So I’m in the room alone with him, and he leans over conspiratorially and says, sotto voce, “Hey, you’ve got a whole lotta attractive women here. Which one are you screwing now?” All this with a self-satisfied smile on his face.

My reply, reflexively stated for better or worse, was: “it’s a funny thing you should ask that. Your wife asked me the same question the other day at the motel.”

His face just dropped and I continued: “It doesn’t feel real good when aimed at you, does it? I’m not that kind of guy and I don’t counsel that kind of attitude here. Your choice. “. He sort of apologized. I saw him a couple times since snd don’t know if he’s going to come back but I could not care less. Slime ball.

In forty years of employing almost exclusively females and having a good 2/3rds of my practice female, I have never once ever showed even a passing interest in them as anything but individuals who have attended me for dental reasons. When I used to teach I would tell the dental students, all of them of all genders and predilections, that the only reason the patient was within three football fields’ distance of them was that he or she had a dental problem. That the dentist had a choice: the date or the career, because it would only take one individual to file a complaint and the life would never be the same. I know it made an impression. I will occasionally relate this story to prove a point academically and clinically.

What’s interesting to me as far as self-examination goes, is that I don’t process attractiveness when meeting people in my office except to note it objectively that they are appropriately dressed and comported. Outside the office, walking down the street, my visualization of course, takes other avenues of appreciation.

In my nearly 68 year lifetime

I have experienced politicians whom I’ve hated, whom I have despised, and whom I wish dead. But I am going to tell you that I have never been so REPULSED by a politician as I am by Lindsey Graham. There must be 50 words in the dictionary of vilification that you could post his picture next to for a prime example of the meaning of that word.

That performance, stating that he was so pleased to have Had Donald Trump allowing him to enter his world, sent shivers down my spine.


Fukwad "speech" thread for we masochists

Is it true blondes have more fun?

We have lost our way as thinking individuals...

Because we feel as though we are literally attempting to save our civilization and our being. We are fighting very powerful dark forces which are attempting to send us back to the Dark Ages intellectually and spiritually. This is all true and necessary.

However, there was a time when I for one, attempted to expand my mind and my intellect. I came upon this Q And A session and found it to be a much more worthwhile half hour than listening, say, to George Stephanopoulos question some RW monster.

It is Neil Degrasse Tyson discussing dimensionality of the Universe and our ability to perceive a Universe which may be more complex than our species can understand. It is exquisitely profound and thought-provoking.

I am awaiting one of our eloquent Democrats to state on the House or Senate Floor:

“Multiple Insurrectionists took a shit on the floor and walls of our Capitol. These individuals dropped their pants and deliberately shit on the single greatest symbolic edifice in the United States of America. Government-paid workers were obliged to clean this shit from the building, wipe every molecule off, disinfect the area, and live with this, a story which they will tell their children and grandchildren. At Pearl Harbor, our Pacific Fleet and its Headquarters were bombed and World War Two was declared. On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were rammed by our own planes, and we declared an eternal War on Terrorism. So on January the 6th of this year, Insurrectionist, traitorous Americans invaded the Capitol of the United States of America and there are those who want to trivialize and negate the occurrence.

I for one think not. I believe it is time to declare war on the neo-Nazified strata of our own country, and let these people know that they, if they persist in these behaviors, will become casualties of war. Believe you ne, if they had not been stymied on that day, countless office holders and staff would have suffered terrible fates. This fact must not be overlooked. Woe betide these individuals who persist in sedition and the same for those who assist them in their behaviors and seek to minimize the need for their punishment. “

And a short tale of woe:

You know, we read about the failings of the American infrastructure and it all seems so esoteric and significant, but often remote. During the last 72 hours my life has been changed dramatically for a short period by two events which occurred at my home neighborhood and my place of work.

A few days ago, a sewer main broke about six blocks from my house spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the main street of the Back Bay of Atlantic City and Ventnor New Jersey, and forcing the authorities to close a long stretch of the road for repairs and cleanup. Now the problem is that they need to graft a diverter pipe onto the existing sewer pipe and this will take about a week, and then Final repairs will take probably upwards of a month. During this time there is a giant risk that this entire roadway could collapse. The way in which the traffic patterns are designed here, is that this is an islet behind Atlantic City and Ventnor which is accessible by only two means: a bridge over the intercoastal waterway and this one road that comes from the Blackhorse Pike, US Route 40/322. Thousands of us live here and access has become a major problem, since not only did we have the sewer line issue, but the bridge required emergency repairs which have narrowed it to one lane during business hours. Suffice it to say that this is going to be a long-term issue for us. However, it will be survivable except for The poor folk who live right on the area of the spill. The stench is almost unbelievable and raw sewage is still pouring into the street because they don’t have the repair finished yet.

At my place of work, in Center City Philadelphia, there is presently an underground fire right on the corner where the building is in which I have my job. The building is Shut down indefinitely, and years ago we were victims of a similar underground fire and the power, phones, cable were out for days. These occurrences in the city are not a typical: the infrastructure is considered ancient and bursting pipes, fractured gas lines, and electrical problems are Legion.

So in conclusion, I’m living five blocks from what I would literally term a shit-lake and don’t have a job because I’ve been burned out of my place of employment. As an aside, I could add that the exit of the Atlantic City Expressway which I take daily for my drive into Philadelphia has been shut down because a dump truck was driving with its cargo sticking up and slammed into the bridge of the Cloverleaf. This was months ago, not an infrastructure problem as to its etiology, but it has taken this long to order the new parts to fix the bridge. Every morning I have to drive 6 miles out of my way through trafficked streets (even at 5:30 in the morning) to get to another exit of the expressway. That being said, I could be living in Texas, so I’m not complaining bitterly, simply saying that these issues which are discussed esoterically do occasionally hit home.
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