What Ever Happened to American Ingenuity??

Adapting to a new situation

"People are dying and that’s a horrible thing but we can’t just shut down the country."

Why Can't We Find a Middle Ground?

There seem to be two sides to the COVID19 crisis, the ones who want to open the country regardless of the infections and deaths, and the other ones who want to close everything. What we should be doing is two fold.

  1. First, things will never be the old normal. COVID19 is only one of the thousands of up and coming viruses we will face in the future. Normal as we knew it is history.
  2. Second, let’s start looking for ways to adapt to the new world in which we are now living. 

We seem to have lost our ability to be creative. I have noticed some businesses have accepted the reality of the new world and started looking for ways to live in it. Those are the businesses that will survive; the others will become part of history with the old normal.

A large part of the problem is the current divisiveness in the country created and supported by a self-serving child bully bent on destroying the country. But the real problem is the so-called leaders who sanction this child’s actions over the good of the country.

Having the Right Leadership Is Everything

In a month, we will all have an opportunity to shift the current stale thinking leaders to those who have fresh ideas that can help all of us visualize and implement the new normal, hopefully one without all the -isms that have plagued the country since its founding. White is not right; justice, equity, and equality are characteristics of what is right.

We will either get back on the right path or we will cease to exist.

The Freudian Slip or as Bubba Would Put It: A Good Ole Boy Done Screwed Up!

We are in a new era of colorblind racism. Racists, sexists, and other -ists try to hide their true feelings but if you listen, you can “hear” those feelings.

This is a good time to post this older racist pronouncement as it still applies today.

Here is a quote from a Fox and Friends blatherer, Brian Kilmeade about immigrant children separated from their parents:

And on Friday morning [6-22-18], "Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade expressed that lack of compassion remarkably clearly. Here's what he said (per Mediaite):
"Like it or not, these aren't our kids. Show them compassion, but it's not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country and now people are saying that they're more important than people in our country who are paying taxes and who have needs as well."

Washington Post

Truth Revealed in the Heat of the Moment

Forgetting the broad distribution of news media— duh, it is “broadcasting” —Kilmeade got careless, feeling the loving embrace of his racist buddies, and broadcasted his true feelings in the heat of the moment.

White racists use a type of sentinel behavior to check the status of new White acquaintances. This “sentinel behavior” is a process White racists use to test a newcomer’s loyalty to Whiteness. Conversations start with innocuous subjects and progress to “party line” topics. If the newcomer continues to agree, a sensitive topic is presented. In this way, the White racist can “test the waters” to decide if this is a comrade or someone to be ostracized and excluded.

Oops! Uh, I didn’t mean it…

The crawfish retreat begins:
Kilmeade later apologized for the comment via Twitter.

"Of course-I didn't mean to make it seem like children coming into the U.S. illegally are less important because they live in another country," he tweeted. "I have compassion for all children, especially for all the kids separated from their parents right now."

Caught with his pants around his ankles, he fumbles for some way out of the awkward situation but it is too late. His true feelings have been exposed for all to see.

Like-minded Whites will rationalize this series of events by saying that other Fox and Friends loyalists chastised him for the comment and that makes it okay. Well, most of the chastisement was aimed at Kilmeade’s stupidity by letting others know the hidden ideology of the White racist: anyone not like us is less than us and undeserving of any of our resources. It was not about concern for the kids but about covering up the hidden agenda.

History is in danger of being repeated again in the current events. Rationalization will occur and a year from now, back to square one with no changes. One more shameful mark on the already scarred American Myth.

Time for a brief reference to the Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 - 10) | National Center for Constitutional Studies:

Amendment 1
- Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 2
- The Right to Bear Arms

A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

Within the context of the current situation, there is a focus on Amendment 2 but what about Amendment 1? I have seen numerous abuses of that amendment. Citizenship requires an all or none choice to follow the laws of the land.

What I am seeing now is an abuse and disregard for Amendment 1 by the supposed “leader” of the U.S. but it follows a pattern of self-serving decisions that continue to hurt the country. He hates it when someone or some organization refuses to accept everything he says as truth.

Where are the other so-called elected officials, the Senators that choose to ignore the actions leading us to ruin? By no standards are his actions those of a President. They are the actions of a deranged child bully. 

What will it take for you equally self-serving “Senators” to take the actions necessary to save the country?

Trump walks back his incendiary Minneapolis ‘thugs’ post – Twin Cities

Trump walks back his incendiary Minneapolis ‘thugs’ post – Twin Cities:

President Donald Trump spent Friday walking back his post-midnight “thugs” tweet about Minneapolis protesters that added to outrage over the police killing of a black man.

Trump’s later repeated condemnation of the killing and outreach to the man’s family was a marked change in tone from his earlier comments that also invoked a civil-rights-era phrase fraught with racist overtones.

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump had written in a tweet that was quickly flagged by Twitter as violating rules against “glorifying violence.” Trump later said his comments had been misconstrued. “Frankly it means when there’s looting, people get shot and they die,” he said.

The child bully shows true form when challenged by the possible loss of votes or undue bad news coverage. Bullies all act the same way. Push until challenged then back off and make excuses.

We have a child bully occupying the White House and no one in power has the balls to do anything about it. While this post is about our resident child, the real message is to all the so-called Senators and Representatives that forget who put them in these positions of power. 

Grow a pair and start doing the job to which you were elected!! Get rid of this ridiculous buffoon and start governing!!

Is He a dumbass or just an ass?

Democratic lawmaker goes on epic rant after GOP colleague admits hiding positive coronavirus test:

"Every single day of this crisis this State Government Committee in Pennsylvania has met so that their members could line up one after one after one and explain that it was safe to go back to work," he said. "During that time period they were testing positive. They were notifying one another. And they didn’t notify us."

"I never ever, ever knew that the Republican leadership of this state would put so many of us at risk for partisanship to cover up a lie," he said during the nearly 12-minute tirade. "And that lie is that we're all safe from COVID."

Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, said in a Facebook Live address Wednesday night, hours after he publicly announced he had tested positive, that he informed as few people as possible about contracting the coronavirus because he wanted to protect the privacy of those around him and because he was only in close quarters with a handful of house colleagues.

So coronavirus has become politicized and the ones doing it have paper-thin excuses for doing so. What an ass! Andrew Lewis gives his excuse for not telling his colleagues he had tested positive, …"because he wanted to protect the privacy of those around him and because he was only in close quarters with a handful of house colleagues.”

Nice of him to want to protect privacy; what about the health and welfare of his colleagues and the hundreds of others they probably contacted in the following days who could have been infected?? And oh! By the way, most of those others would be his political opponents. Any idiot with half a brain could understand the basic transmission process yet this “leader” ignores it. 

Two choices.

First, he is woefully ignorant about virus infection transmission. That is hard to believe and if it is true, do we really want someone that uninformed making decisions for the masses?

Second, he intentionally kept quiet, knowing full well he could intentionally infect those of the other party. Much easier to believe, more plausible, and sadly, the new political norm.

The Real Problem in America

Trump’s Fifth Simple Trick for Stealing the Election Will Give You Nightmares—and Tear America Apart:

Everyone knows he’ll cheat. Even his supporters know he’ll cheat. His cheating is one of the things they love about him. So that he’ll cheat—while loudly accusing the other side of cheating—is a given.

There are plenty of concerns in the U.S. but the real problem that will eventually destroy us is the mindset of those in power. Nowhere can it be clearer than it is when watching a buffoon conduct a daily lying session under the pretense of helping the country. Nothing is sacred and nothing is unsanctioned by the worthless hordes entrenched in the ass of a child bully, seeking nothing but power. Like remoras clinging to a shark, they feast on the ravages of the beast.

One more note...

Remoras are almost always white, upper class/upper middle class, men with sprinklings of other race, gender, and SES to camouflage the really animals.

Who do you want to believe??

Georgia church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus - The Christian Post:

Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle, an independent Baptist church led by Pastor Justin Gazaway in Ringgold, Georgia, restarted in-person services on April 26. Church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday, however, that they decided to suspend “in-person worship services for the foreseeable future” on May 11 after learning several families had contracted the virus.

This is an example of what will be happening in this country over the next few weeks. Forty-seven states opened to some level, on May 15, so it will be interesting to see if things work out the way everyone hopes. I have little confidence in the American people and the patience they supposedly have for these situations. Thus far, that has proved true. Despite all the medical doctors and scientists who are saying it's too dangerous to open now, people seem to want to play more than they want to pay attention to factual information. I understand that many people want to open because many tens of thousands of people are going bankrupt because they're unable to work. That is a big issue. Our society will not be the same as it was before the coronavirus. The world has turned, and we will face a new and yet unknown reality. The world will be both different and sadly, the same. We're not yet prepared for the next onslaught of a virus, which will come. It's just a matter of time and the severity will depend on how well we're prepared for it. My concern is that we have leadership who would rather play and make money than take things like this seriously. Whether they prepare us will depend a lot on their mentality, their perspective on trying to find some way to deal with this immensely complex preparation process needed to adjust to all of this chaos. Our current leaders cannot do that, because they're too focused on themselves. With a new world order must come the leaders capable of envisioning the societal behaviors needed to live within that order.

[Bill] Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that’s at the global vanguard of infectious disease research and treatments, told Trump right before he took office only a few weeks later that he ought to make preparedness for the danger posed by pandemics a priority of his administration. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report Monday recapping Gates’ years-long effort to warn decision-makers about the threats posed by infectious diseases. “I feel terrible,” he says now. And, “I wish I had done more to call attention to the danger.” ~2020 BGR Media

I really hope the scientists are wrong, have miscalculated the spread, but who should we believe first? On one hand, we have a crazy child taking unproven medicine and not using his own safety protocols because he thinks he is immune. On the other hand, we have decades of educated, tested scientists and doctors. If anyone asks me why I still social distance and wear a mask when I do go out, my response: Are you willing to bet your life and the lives of those you love on the idiot child? Not me.

Get ready for a campaign season full of China-Covid conspiracy theories – CNN

Get ready for a campaign season full of China-Covid conspiracy theories - CNN:

Updated 6:49 PM ET, Thu May 7, 2020

(CNN)Attacking China has now become the centerpiece for the upcoming 2020 election campaign by an increasingly desperate Republican Party and its vulnerable leadership.

The Shell Game

I guess the main question to ask when writing this post is, “How stupid are the American people?” The media is flooded with talk of conspiracy theories, the “who dun it” stories about origins of the coronavirus. Why is this important as we sit in the midst of infection and death? Will knowing provide PPE and vaccines? Will knowing encourage people to practice safe distancing and masking to reduce the thousands of deaths? A person would have to be really ignorant to believe any of these things yet this is the focus of talk on social media.

Now, let's look at the contrasting facts, the things we can act on. The U.S. was one of the least prepared countries when it really mattered. Leading scientists and health organizations warned us early in the spread this was a virulent threat to humanity and it was coming our way. This was not a conspiracy theory but was something real that we should have been prepared to prevent and treat. However, the Toddler in Chief chose to ignore it, telling us it would just go away. Here we sit today approaching 100,000 deaths and well over a million cases. States are still not adequately prepared and like the child leader, many are choosing to ignore it, hoping for the best. 

You ask how the two issues are different. Why focus on the shortcomings (a mild way to phrase a poor attempt at leadership) of a self-centered, apathetic, boy leader? Just having to ask the question is a sad and shameful situation. We are being led into hopelessness by someone who has surrounded himself with impotent pseudo-leaders who only know how to agree with his rantings and blatant errors in fact and judgement. 

Shooting from the hip is a mild way of stating the obvious lack of stable thought processes. Don’t like what he says? Wait a minute and he will change, swaying with the far right news pundits and their fictive blather. 

We Can Do Something about the Idiot in Charge

  • We can call, write the representatives who support his idiocy.
  • We can fact check his lies.
  • We can vote.

What Would You Do if Your Boss Acted Like This?

I can guarantee you the company Board of Trustees would kick that boss to the curb for wasting resources. Sadly, the difference in this case is those resources include human lives.

When the Roaches Emerge

When Roaches Emerge…

I remember those sweltering summer nights when the air was dank and heavy. Walking into the yard at night, I was greeted with crunching sounds as I stepped on the mass of roaches creeping out of the sidewalk cracks and house walls to eat. They only came out of hiding at night, afraid to venture into the light and be seen.

No matter what I tried to eliminate them, the crunch was always there to greet my evening walks. Roaches are survivors and nothing we can do seems to remove them. Some say they will be the long term survivors as the environment tightens its noose around our necks.

I have always hated the sound of crunching roaches. It reminds me of my futility, my unavailing efforts to eliminate them; they will never be gone despite all I may do.

When I read the news, I remember the roaches and their viscid presence, no matter what I do. The nauseating sound of hatred spewed from the mouths of those who are supposed to be our leaders will endure, just like the roaches. We have always suffered through the human roaches. They feed on all of us. Like spoiled but powerful children, all we can do is limit their destructive impact until they slink back into the cracks and crevices of their putrescent existence. We can only go about our daily lives as best we can. Remember these “roaches” only thrive in the secret dark created to hide their true selves, but a roach is a roach no matter what you call it.

Disgusting? Yes.

Persistent? Yes.

They thrive on garbage. Maybe someday we can find a use for them that serves humanity…

Veterans Day or Just More Bullshit?

We are about to celebrate another Veterans Day and honor the veterans in our country but do we really understand what we're honoring them for?

Is it because they got shot at? Is it because they killed people? I don't believe that's the truth. It's a matter of having gone away from family and friends into a hostile environment to stand for the rights of people in this country and the belief that people can enter this country, become citizens, and contribute to our diverse culture. It's about the right to protest and question our leaders.

Under the current moron, that's a bunch of bullshit! He has no clue what it means to sacrifice for this country. He is a spoonfed child who throws temper tantrums to make himself feel better and demeans others who disagree with him for the good feeling he gets.

Ashamed to be an American today and definitely ashamed to be honored as a veteran today.