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Anyone who’s awake knows that Fox News is straight up media poison to the soul. They whip their viewers up into angry frenzies, playing on people’s fears and differences. Yet look at this shit:
Fox News once again heavily dominated in the cable news ratings in the third quarter of 2021.
In the past three months, Fox News — which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next month — averaged 1.4 million viewers in total day, and 227,000 in the key 25-54 viewer demographic. MSNBC took second overall with 747,000 total viewers and 95,000 in the demo. CNN came in third overall with 604,000 total viewers, but beat MSNBC in the demo with 131,000 viewers.
People en masse are happily eating up pure trash. It’s no wonder we can’t have a mature national conversation about today’s issues, because people think “The Ingraham Angle” tells people the truth. All they sell is outrage; and you don’t have to look past the Capitol riot to see what the end result is. What’s even crazier is that some people cannot even “trust” Fox. They get their daily dose of rage from OAN or worse.
We are in a precarious position. Truth is scorned and replaced with opinion based on one’s “research”. I’m looking ahead and I see nothing good coming. The Biden presidency has been stalled by a few dogmatic Democrats and the prospects for a second term look grim. And thanks to programs like the ones Fox airs, there’s always that pervasive and increasing chance that we may see a Trump redux in ’24. Way better bloggers than me have already sounded the call that this is an inevitability if we keep in the direction we are going.
The competition isn’t even close. Sanity is losing the war. And it is a war out there. You can pretend all you like that all is well but there’s something happening here and this time it’s perfectly clear.
So Schmucker has been cozying up to Hungary’s Viktor Orban, known all over the world as an “illiberal” “dictator”. He’s protectionist, nationalist, populist…you know, basically another Trump. He even has his own wall to keep immigrants out. And Tucker could not contain himself, rhapsodizing that Hungary is freer than The United States.
Tucker got censored in Hungary for criticizing China while he was there.
Excuse me while I laugh my ass off.
You don’t see that in the People’s Republic of The United States, do ya, asshole? Fuck off until you come to the fork in the road then fuck off some more. Dumbass.
The lady says write.
So I pushed the button, and here we are. I started therapy for depression a few weeks ago, and one of the things I have been instructed to do is do this daily as a way of working through this trough of unhappiness that I’m currently wallowing in. I don’t know how well it will work. But I’m going to try anyway, even if all I come up with is navel-gazing. I’ll try and throw 300 or more words up and let it be. Most of my readership is otherwise occupied viewing my “Tucker Carlson Is An Asshole” series and will politely ignore these little intermittent squalls from the depths of desperation.
So now I am on new meds. I’m taking 15mg of Buspar, which is supposed to combat my anxiety. Lately I have found myself full of the feeling that everything is falling apart, and it causes me no shortage of chest flutters. The Buspar is supposed to replace the Neurontin I was taking. My new shrink doesn’t believe in the efficacy of Neurontin for anxiety, and my own research bears this out as well. So that’s chunked. I have also been given 15mg of Remeron to help me sleep at night. I’m one of probably countless people who try to solve all their problems while they are trying to get to sleep at night. Every little niggling thought that was unthought during the day begins to work itself out when I am on the pillow, so the Remeron is there for that. I think it’s working for the most part, it just still takes me a long time to get to sleep. I’m back to Zyprexa after Clozapine turned out to be a nonstarter so far as my ability to wake up when I am supposed to.
So far, I think I am in the capable hands of a decent mixologist. We’re being as aggressive as possible and he’s been very responsive to my feedback.
I may also be bringing sexy back. It’s a little early to tell, but it appears that both Buspar and Remeron are known for returning males back to form, so to speak. I know that might be TMI but ha, who’s really with me to this point? Y’all be good humans, stay frosty. If you feel like sharing a story about your experience with any of these crazymeds, or any others, drop a comment. I’ll leave you with one of Brian Wilson’s last great songs.
I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor
I wrest the waters, fight Neptune’s waters
Sail through the sorrows of life’s marauders
Unrepenting, often empty
Sail on, sail on sailor
Yesterday, the Voting Rights Act died because Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do not understand-even at this late stage of the game-that Republicans have no interest in passing laws, unless it has something to do with abortion or taxes. It’s plainly obvious for all to see, but those two buttheads are still being painfully obtuse about their intention to make Joe Biden’s presidency die by suffocation. Make no mistake, the gambit can work, and confused voters may find themselves staying home if they don’t see any results.
Liberals are now forced to play the long game. That is to say that there’s going to be no forward movement unless we get more Democrats in office. The bitch of it is they will have to face withering criticism and bad faith arguing from Republicans for the next year and a half until we can do that. And as you know, the GOP is pushing voter suppression laws all over the country. They’re determined not to have a replay of 2020. Thankfully, the cloud of COVID is beginning to lift and we can see voters return to the polls with their feet more confidently.
Sinema’s out there arguing that there is no point to voting on something that Republicans can just reverse should they find themselves in the majority again. What she is prescribing, perhaps unwittingly, is a state of permanent gridlock. The days of sixty vote majorities are gone and they are not coming back-this country is bitterly divided, perhaps moreso than any time since our civil war. Every Democrat should already know this. What needs to happen instead is that we need to govern effectively, so much so that the people will happily cast their ballots again for Democrats. If we get results, there’s no reason to fear a Republican resurgence, is there now, Kyrsten? But she’s not giving us even half a chance to move the ball. She’s a raging disappointment and so is her compadre Manchin.
Ignoring political realities is giving Mitch McConnell everything he wants. If a dissatisfied public sees fit to award them majority status again, two things could happen: A) Nothing, because conservatives gotta conserve, and B) Republicans junk the filibuster themselves. A Biden White House will prevent B from doing too much damage, but think of all the time we are wasting not solving problems. I personally don’t see Ron DeSantis as much of a threat come ’24, but losing all the marbles is a possibility-and at a time when we should be showing Americans what we can do, we are instead showing them that politics is useless and not worth participating in.
And that, friends, is exactly how Republicans like it.
Now I myself have not gone down to the land of Q to see the hottest, most hilarious poop-I use Twitter as a go-between so I don’t have to go too far down that rabbit hole. I wouldn’t even know where to find them on the internet, honestly. But I do know who their most prominent subscriber and pied piper is.
For my money, it’s Lin Wood. I don’t think I know anyone crazier. Similar to the pillow guy Mike Lindell, he can’t let go of the election loss of Donald Trump.
Let’s check out some of his latest and greatest hits, for posterity. Consider carefully that there’s more than a handful of people who believe what he is saying.
This is Lin’s latest, stemming from the core Q belief that satanic pedophiles are running the Democratic Party:
Wood ran for chairman of the South Carolina GOP recently. He got shellacked because his rival secured Trump’s endorsement even though Wood was Trump’s bitch boy. Wood turned the other cheek and explained his loss thusly:
“I support President Trump 100%. President Trump is a genius. He plays chess at a level we will never fully understand. I was honored by his description of me as a ‘strong and talented’ opponent. Upon further reflection, I understand his endorsement of my opponent, Drew McKissick. My faith in President Trump has never wavered. He is doing God’s will for our country.”
This man is a lawyer. So he’s not stupid per se, but he may be deranged in some other way. This is what happens when you start to believe in absurd conspiracies. It’s your brain on Trump.
Once again, conservatives have turned a innocuous word into some sort of slur. It’s quite the trick how they manipulate language.
They did this with “liberal” and “antifa”. Nowadays, it’s “woke”. This is woke. That’s woke. Woke all the live long day. It’s making me crazy.
How does one become woke? What does it mean, what does it represent?
They’ve been saying it so much that I don’t think they even know what they mean anymore. Being woke, as I understand it, is being sensitive to the trials of other people. It’s really nothing more than walking a mile in someone else’s shoes and trying to do something to lessen the impact upon them.
You are merely culturally aware. That’s all that woke is. What the hell is so bad about that? I dunno, you should ask one of these fucking chuckleheads. The answer may amuse you.
It may be too late for the term woke. Now that conservatives have adopted it as a pejorative, they’ve stripped the meaning out of the word and we all have to listen to them go on and on about it as if it is something to be feared.
I mean, call me fucking woke any day. That’s a compliment. My biggest problem may be that I’m not woke enough.
Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting. I don’t know what’s happening to me. Day after day, I succumb to the silent scroll of Twitter without finding one damn thing that I can stretch my legs on.
Oh sure, Tucker Carlson has gone from inert asshole to dangerous asshole, telling viewers of his show to call CPS on people who mask their children outside. He’s also developed some weird, inappropriate high pitched cackle when he thinks he’s said something clever or trenchant. You know, I never really expected him to be this big of an asshole. But he’s going places that Bill O’ Reilly, the demagogue he replaced, would surely have feared to tread.
What have I got for you otherwise? I’m blanking.
Maybe I’m just lazy. Or maybe I’m missing out on the best of the internet by allowing social media to determine what I see and learn. Could be both.
Things are stable, if a little stale. Bipolar is under control, anxiety has been quelled. I suddenly lost my only friend outside this house, one hell of a battle buddy. It is unknown why he left us just yet. I hope that his demons did not cause him to die by his own hand. He was deployed one too many times, and I do know that and he was struggling trying to find help for his PTSD. I will miss his constant contact-we’d bond regularly over weed and Coltrane. It will be weird to not ask him how he’s holding up. Clearly he kept that information from me. He was supposed to give me BBQ tips too. I’ll probably always think of him when I see the smoker I’m going to buy. There’s actually been a bit more death real close-the wife lost her stepdad too. It’s not been the greatest two weeks.
Other than that, the family is in good shape. My oldest graduates high school next month, and I’ll be putting another kid in a driver’s seat come summertime. The wife and I are on a quest to drop some weight. Now that we are vaccinated, we feel OK about returning to the gym.
Musically, I’m currently sampling some Buzzcocks (Operator’s Manual), Smiths (Hatful Of Hollow), and John Cale (Vintage Violence). They’re all ok, nothing mindblowing on the first spin, but none of them made me end the album in medias res. I already knew what the Buzzcocks were capable of so that was like returning to an old friend. Hoping the Cale will show its flavor on the second go-round. The Smiths, I have never been really into and I’m not sure this collection, though important for “How Soon Is Now?”, is going to change my mind.
Have to pick up the damn guitar again. I found a new, easier way to play the main riff of The Stooges’ “Search And Destroy” by watching James Williamson run through it on YouTube so I gotta keep working on all the parts of that legendary tune.
There. Five hundred words of who cares. See you around, or not.
But pick up the pace, Biden administration.
I don’t want to sound like the kind of person that needs to have things the way I want them all the time, but it’s time to see the president’s next trick.
During the rosy period that came about near the passage of the ARP, there wasn’t an ounce of oxygen for conservatives. They spent their time grousing about the sex of Mr. Potato Head and “cancel culture”, whatever that means. Now that we have gotten our checks and people are lining up in droves to get newly available vaccine, we’ve been able to enjoy the fruits of our 2020 victory. But we cannot rest on our laurels.
The next signature achievement should be teed up right now. I know the administration is still building and slowly accessing its power, but there needs to be a parallel effort to show the American people that it’s smart to have Democrats in charge. That it’s smart again to have a government that works.
This lag in the administration’s performance may not be purposeful, as the legislative body must do its job if anything is to get done. It’s entirely possible that we are simply waiting for more Democrats to come around to the idea of either eliminating the filibuster or drastically reforming it. It doesn’t matter anymore if the minority party has the power to spike legislation while barely lifting a finger. We have a badly broken country, and there’s really no time to allow the opposition to do nothing but obstruct progress. You can bet your bottom dollar that we will weaken at the polls in 2022 if we don’t keep the good times going.
Conservatives, Republicans and Donald Trump have already gotten people’s attention turned to the border, where unaccompanied minors are now being allowed to cross without immediate repatriation. Now maybe we don’t have the infrastructure to administer an endeavor like this; but what should should be a relatively uncontroversial policy change has morphed into a crisis that threatens to destroy the country if we don’t stop it. Any goings-on at the border seem to get the nation’s racist amygdala to begin furiously pumping panic into the body politic. Sadly, it’s an effective wedge issue. Here’s a decent read on the “crisis”. In point of fact, it’s not even a new issue-scads of unaccompanied minors began arriving beginning in 2019 when fucko was president.
We’ve got to fight fire with fire; the wheel must continue to turn. If we don’t have something good cooked up time and time again, the opposition will inject their narrative and the press will happily chase theirs over ours if we fail to hold their attention.
UPDATE: Looks like next on deck is infrastructure! Figuring out who pays and how much is currently being debated.
We now return you to our somewhat irregular, yet popular installments of “Tucker Carlson Is An Asshole”. There’s a LOT of searching for that phrase, much more than you might imagine.
Today, we’ll dunk on him for disparaging women (and trans servicemembers as well) in uniform. Tucker said something so beyond the pale the Army chief of staff and the Pentagon had to respond to his chickenfeed.
“So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits. Pregnant women are gonna fight our wars,” said Mr Carlson, seemingly making fun of servicewomen. “It’s a mockery of the US military”.
The Fox News anchor, once infamously rejected by the CIA before starting a media career, went on to compare the US military with that of China, who he complained was becoming “more masculine”.
“While China’s military becomes more masculine, as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore,” said Mr Carlson, who went on to make transphobic comments.
If anyone shouldn’t be making bullshit macho statements, it’s Tucker fucking Carlson. Take a look at that guy. If the word “soft” had a picture next to it in the dictionary, Tucker’s face would be there. He’d wash out of basic in the first two weeks, while the females in his platoon ran the gauntlet successfully. He is decidedly not the authority on what makes a military functional or lethal.
No one is sending pregnant women to the front lines, you insufferable prig. The military accommodates women who become pregnant and they serve in other important roles during their pregnancy. I don’t understand what the deal is with these people who can’t handle the military being sexually inclusive. Dozens of countries have an integrated military and it doesn’t suffer one whit as a result.
To that end, I’ve got news for Tucker.
This isn’t the first time we have heard this from a Republican, but it’s testament to the profound degree to how out of touch these frilly clowns are with regular people:
During an appearance on Fox News, host Martha McCallum posed the question to McConnell.
“Do you think the checks that are going out — you know, there’s some unemployment benefits, additional benefits that would run out in March — do you believe that these checks prevents some people from wanting to work?” McCallum asked.
“Well, there is a concern,” McConnell replied, “about making it more advantageous to stay home rather than going back to work.”
None, I repeat none of us are going to kick up our heels and give up our jobs or give up looking because of a very, very minor windfall. That money that’s coming can’t even sustain an ordinary household for two months. And the unemployment benefit pays for a week of groceries for a family of four. Furthermore, most folks are going to find plenty of uses for that money for things they are putting off, like bills and repairs. There is no upside to staying out of work. Ever. All working stiffs know this.
Why don’t they know? Is it that fat salary with the perks getting in the way?