Category Archives: Opinion Editorial

Stories about my life and my opinions about every minute detail of my life for entertainment of the general public. A relevant and eccentric view on everything.

Let There Be No Doubt

Here is an important quotation — “… Rank and file GOP voters are proto-fascists, and they have been cultivated deliberately by the leadership of the GOP to be receptive to a fascist autocracy for decades.  These folks are not amenable to patient listening and reasoned discourse.   In fact, patient listening and reasoned discourse are precisely the sort of displays that a conservative proto-fascist will respond to with disgust and hostility.…End of the important quotation.

Now, if you care about your future as an American, you need to read the article from which the foregoing quotation was taken ….https://toritto.wordpress.com/2022/08/18/stop-calling-it-trumpism-its-fascism/

And here is the blog from which the quotation was taken:
https://toritto.wordpress.com/

You are welcome.

It Is Thanksgiving Day Again

November 24, 2022 at 6:47 AM —- It is Thanksgiving day again and the weather outside is a balmy 50 degrees. There are some times when I am happy about climate change. This is one of those days.

In America, there are a couple of different reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving.

If you are an alcoholic, it is another excuse to get drunk. In the world of alcoholics, every thought, word and deed is designed specifically to give drunks a reason to drink.

If you are a Christian, Thanksgiving is a day in which to give God thanks for life, liberty and happiness. I think this year we ought to add one more thing to our thanksgiving prayers. I think we should add thanks to God that we haven’t yet been mowed down by some insane dick breath wielding an AR-style rifle or something.

If you are a Conservative, Thanksgiving is the day when, among other things such as practicing your impression in the nude, of Trump, you remember that day when you visited the biggest city you ever visited in your life … that city called “Walmart.”

I remember that when I was a child, I had friends who saw Thanksgiving as just another day to go to Grandma’s house and eat turkey.

Thanksgiving in America is another day to hate the moment that you step on your bathroom scale the day afterward.

I am thankful that we can still find some fresh air to breathe. Right now it is possible to find fresh air in many places. If the right-wing activists get their way and do away with the Environmental Protection Agency we might not find fresh air so easily.

I remember when I was a child, we visited some cities where industry was a big thing and the air was always so polluted with emissions from automobiles, trucks, buses, railroad trains and factories that it literally burned your eyes just to walk down a street. I know we breathed a lot of carcinogens back in those days and I am amazed that we survived.

I am thankful that I am not among the 552-thousand homeless people in The United States. I was on the streets for a while back in 1978 and I can tell you that I do appreciate the roof over my head. No more sleeping in a cardboard box, on the concrete, under a bridge, eating cold baked beans out of cans or discarded fast food restaurant sandwiches out of dumpsters. Been there, done that. What a difference a few million dollars makes!

I think it would be cool if everybody kept a “Gratitude” Journal so that they could be reminded of all the good things that have happened to them and for them over the course of a year or more. Kind of like a diary of good experiences. Just re-reading it would make the writer feel better when things look tough.

I give thanks that there are still people in the world who are interested enough in the mundane details of my life that they still take the time to read the stuff I blog about.

Thanksgiving

I have been sitting here thinking of things to be thankful for this year and I will share some of my own things now.

I am thankful that I am still alive and in good enough health that I can, for the time being, still run circles around people much younger than myself. That 54 years of weight lifting, calisthenics, power walking, and gym machines plus the food supplements and vitamins and the positive thinking exercises have gone a long way toward letting me feel really good most of the time.

I am thankful that no Russian missiles have landed in my backyard and that the American voter had the presence of mind to give a failing Republican party a few lessons about what is acceptable to society as a whole and what is not.

I am thankful that when I was a young man, I had the vision, ambition, drive, and good fortune to take advantage of some of the great advantages that living in The United States offers to anyone who wants to grab them and do something with their lives and because of it, I do not have to worry about inflation and depressions and all that stuff for at least the rest of my life,

I am thankful that the MAGA crowd has revealed themselves for the evils that they represent and that the vast majority of Americans have recognized the dangers they pose to the American form of democracy and have rejected them and their policies during the recent mid-term elections.

I have discovered a new very appropo definition of what members of the MAGA movement really are. Want to hear it? The definition I have applied to the MAGA crowd, in general, is “Easily Fooled Idiots.”

I have been dealing with a rabid Trump supporter in my comments section lately and I have received an education in how they operate their propaganda scam. In any discussion with these idiots, they can be easily recognized for their total obsession with ignoring the main point of a conversation and shifting the blame to something or someone else. They are master diversionists.

But why am I shit talking about the righties on the eve of one of the greatest of American traditions, “Thanksgiving Day?”

Let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you, my dearly valued readers, the happiest, healthiest, and most prosperous Thanksgiving ever.

health issue of the day

So I got my latest covid-19 booster shot yesterday and today I have a slight cold. I did manage to escape the sore arm syndrome. My friend, Jim, who got his shot at the same time I got mine has a cold this morning. These are expected side effects from the shots.

I see the Salvation Army is starting to advertise for their seasonal campaign again.

They used to just appear on street corners with their red buckets and bells but now that they have unknown millions of dollars in the bank, they apparently feel that they are big enough and important enough to spend god only knows how much money on television advertising.

Let me tell you why I never give them a damned dime.

Back in 1978, when I suffered a devastating bankruptcy that put me on the streets, I appealed to them for some assistance and after spending hours and hours talking to some of their big-shot commanders in their headquarters in a large city, I was told flat out that they had nothing to offer me.

They will never get a dime of my money… not now, not ever .. and I do have a shit load of it as you all know by now if you know me at all.

Now that Mr. Musk is letting Trump and some of his acolytes back onto Twitter, I am shit-canning my account there also. I have that because I always enjoyed Twitter. Now I fear it is going to become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the vilest and evil political hacks the world has ever known and I do not need that kind of shit. I would not weep the first tear if Twitter were simply to do down the proverbial shit hole.

According to the news, some of the supposed bargain stores and some of the grocery stores are now being investigated for having different price tags on their shelves than on their checkout cash registers. The way the scam works is that you see a price tag on a product on their shelves and when you go to pay, the price magically increases. The stores that have been on our local news because of this problem so far have been the ones calling themselves “Dollar General.”

I have enough assholes trying to get their hands into my wallet without the added inconvenience of bargain stores … but I do have one advantage … I more or less avoid bargain stores because most of the stuff I have ever seen in bargain stores is not really bargains anyway but seem to me to be nothing better than imported Asian-made garbage that either does not do what it says it will do or does not last much farther than the first two or three uses.

We went to the expense some time ago of having some trees removed from our estate so as to avoid all the leaves that drop off in the fall. So yesterday what did we see? We saw a yard filled with leaves that had fallen from the neighboring property. Bastards! I feel inclined to hire someone to sneak over there and chainsaw their damned trees but of course, that is illegal and I am a law-abiding citizen so that is not going to happen …Maybe I will pray for a few lightning storms.

Me And My Day

This has been a good one, I must admit.

I started the day with 3/4 cup of Greek Yogurt, 4 ounces of polish kielbasa sausage and one piece of toast. I am trying to find out if eating yogurt three times a day with my meals will help me to lose some weight.

My next big kick was to accompany my friend, Jim, to the local blood drawing clinic so that he can have his blood drawn in anticipation of a scheduled ultrasound. He gets nervous around computers so I helped him check into the blood clinic on their computerized check-in device.

Following that, we went to a local Kroger grocery store where I bought two scratch-off lottery tickets ( and won Sixty Dollars on them) and a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castile bath soap. (I am not being compensated for mentioning Dr. Bronner).

Arriving home, we went out into the backyard to rake leaves off the small patio that holds our outdoor grill. Since the price of meat has risen because of inflation, I have decided to purchase our Kansas City steaks and our Beef Tenderloin steaks in bulk and store them, 150 pounds at a time, in our new freezers. Life is tough sometimes. So now grilling will not be such a concern.

Sometime during the day, Jim and I went to a local clinic and got our latest covid 19 booster shots, the Bivalent one that elderly folks are being advised to get. It was painless and it was totally free.

Dinner was an enormous Cod Fish loin… about 9 inches long, perfectly deep fried in a lovely crispy breaded crust with some crinkle-cut french fries and a small salad.

What Things A Day Brings

The radical right-wingers (You know who I am talking about,.. those Republicans who have to go outside to get something from their refrigerators …. those right-wing idiots whose Halloween jack-o-lantern pumpkins have more teeth than their spouses ….you know the ones — have been bragging that Elon is teaching left-wingers some serious lessons about free speech.

I have to admit that I am all in favor of free speech myself but I do not consider free speech to be the kind of vitriol and lies that can severely damage the basic tenets of democracy and, perhaps even democracy itself … the kind of hate-mongering propaganda that stirs up division and strife the way the Republican activists so often do.

Twitter is teaching me nothing except that I am wrong to still be on it and I am a liberal-leaning centrist and I love America and I hate the effect that the anti-American right-wing radical hate mongers are having on our traditions and our values.

Free speech is any speech that does not do harm. The kind of trash talk that the MAGA crowd holds so dear seems to me to be designed for the specific purpose of destroying America and replacing it with some fascist bullshit oligarchical autocracy. That is where I draw my personal line concerning free speech.

Senseless Acts of Livid Hatred

I have been around for a long long time now …. probably longer than more than half of the folks who read this blog … and I have to tell you that I have not, in all my long life, seen and heard such nasty, vengeful, revenge-seeking hate as I have seen flowing, like a volcanic torrent of red hot lava from the mouths and media of the American radical right-wing political spectrum.

This group of people go about calling democrats “Communists” and they spout hateful invective against LGBTQ people and against people who stand for women’s rights and many other targets for their endless virulence.

And with all this hatred going for them … hatred that borders on the satanic …they still cling to the errant notion that they are faithful Christians.

I would venture to say that those who embrace the hatred of the Republican neo-fascist, the hate-mongering faction of their party need to seriously contemplate a change in their religion because whether they admit it or not, Christianity is all about love… not hate.

Half A Fig

I have a blogger friend who I always think is an absolute analytical genius and he turned me onto something this morning that never crossed my mind.

My friend reminded me that half of a fig looks somewhat like a part of the human female anatomy.

I think that explanation is a stroke of genius but I also reminded my friend that we should not be giving the mindless crazies on the radical right wing side of politics any ideas concerning new uses for figs.

I am sure that if we do give them any ideas about figs they will jump on them full bore because they have no more sense than not to.

I think most of them are pussy-brained anyway.

Has The Republican Party Become A Cult Or Even A Religion?

FIRST A QUOTATION …”The Republican Party is becoming a cult. Its leaders are in thrall to Donald Trump, a defeated former president who refuses to acknowledge defeat. Its ideology is MAGA, Trump’s deeply divisive take on what Republicans assume to be unifying American values….END OF QUOTATION.

Now if you care about your friends and family, you will want to read the article from which the foregoing quotation was taken and you can do that here ….
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/583256-gop-becoming-a-cult-of-know-nothings/

Gun Control

Gun control in America is a very divisive subject.
Every year gun violence claims the lives of at least 40-thousand American citizens.
If the government continues to sit on its hands, I am certain this figure will double within the next five years.