I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN….

So many people are unhappy with the way the election went. I think they are embarrassed that they followed someone who has proven to be well-insane. They are upset. I have the answer. It’s an answer that the radicals told a lot of others. If you don’t like the way things are going in this country-Go Back Where You Came From. Unless you are one of the First Americans, aka Indians, that means YOU. Black people, Hispanics, Asians have all gotten this message from people who call themselves “Patriots.” This would be a great time for all those who are in this group and outlying disturbed people to charter a plane and go somewhere- like the mid-Sahara.

Here are a few suggestions to help. You could set up their own country, based on fear. After all, someone is taking everything from you and you are taking it back. If you elect a President and he doesn’t follow what you want, you can storm the Capitol, kidnap, or remove him forcibly. After all, violence is the way to run a country. Each person could be given an AK47, perhaps a bomb, and if your neighbor offends you, it’s easy to stop the offense. Just watch out for the people in the middle.

You could also steal things from each other. If you don’t like someone, take whatever you want. So what if it isn’t yours. You are angry, so it must be okay. Break down and trash beautiful things, they do not mirror your heart. You don’t need to respect the government or government buildings, because you don’t agree. Don’t pay taxes, because you don’t want to be like those welfare people and take from the “good people.” Of course, because you never use what you don’t pay for, then you won’t travel on the public streets, will take care of your own garbage and sewers, teach your kids at home and if you are out of work, never accept unemployment. Never accept Social Security or Medicare. And don’t fool yourself that you put enough money in the pot to pay for even one week in the hospital. In fact, don’t depend on the local hospital to save your sorry life, they get government funds. Don’t fly on an airplane, the NAA regulates them, more government. And the FDA makes sure your food is safe, so grow your own without government interference..

The Public Health Department won’t keep vaccinating your group, because you know more than they do. Your kids can get polio, small pox, diphtheria, mumps, measles, meningitis. It will be good for them, if they are not impaired in some way. You can be culled from the herd by Covid. (which is fake news anyway) It will say “died from Fake News” on your death certificate, so be free not to wear a mask. Don’t call the police or fire departments, they are paid by the government. Besides, if you don’t like what a policeman says you can beat him to death with a fire extinguisher. Take care of it yourself. It will be like living in India or Mexico. You can kick the garbage in the streets and the people living there. You will be rich because the law will be what you say, and to hell with anyone else. Make sure you carry your gun where ever you go. It will be exciting. If you can leave your house, always go with a mob, you will have the power that you seek.

I am happy to provide these solutions for so many frustrated people. Let me know when you are leaving, we’ll have a Bon Voyage Party.

Blessings, Bubbles.

THINKING ABOUT MARY AND JOSEPH AT CHRISTMAS

As a young religious woman, I looked for a role model. Who could I strive to emulate?  Ah, we were told look at the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Here is your role model.

            So as a young teenager, a virgin, I thought about how I could be like Mary. Now Mary was about fourteen and an unwed mother, which confused me.  I knew my mom and dad wouldn’t go for any story about an angel, so I figured that part wasn’t to be copied.  The fact that Mary’s fiancé, Joseph, bought her story was truly miraculous. What guy would go for a pregnant girlfriend, who he never touched, telling him it was God’s child?

            If Mary went to my school, I knew she would’ve been expelled. Her social worker would’ve encouraged her to: Make a choice on keeping the child; Get some sex education to find out how children are conceived; Go to a good psychologist and stop talking about the angel appearing to her. I also was sure that not a single person I knew would sing ‘Alleluia’ with the angels at the birth of my spirit-fathered child. So emulating Mary at that age was a stretch.

            As a young mother, I thought about Mary. Mary had one kid. I ended up, a used-to-be pure, now slightly-sullied, ex-virgin girl, with five children and six pregnancies in nine years. Mary’s boy, from all accounts, did not have a learning disability, did not fight with his sister, did not wreck his car, did not stay out all night, and did not have to take the SAT to get into college. Joseph was a good carpenter, a nice guy. They home schooled the kid and God provided child support.

            The huge bonus of Mary’s life was that she did not have to worry about birth control since she was ‘Ever-Virgin.’  Trust me, not worrying about getting pregnant takes a lot of stress and irritability off a woman. It takes a lot of pressure off a marriage too. “What life was like for Joseph is another story. I’ll bet he kept a lot of late nights in the carpenter shop. I mean really, he marries a pregnant girl and then finds out she will remain a virgin. Joseph may be the greatest saint of all.”

Blessings, Bubbles

SHAME AND SORROW

Today I have received emails from Australia to France, all asking what has gone wrong with our country. When I visited the Capitol two years ago, I was overcome with a feeling of awe. Even though the US is run by fallible people the ideas our government represents makes one humble. I am no longer angry with Trump he is a ludicrous man. If he wasn’t responsible for so much damage he could be dismissed as a clown. I think he should be impeached and charged with accessory to murder. This isn’t anger, it’s consequences for actions. Also, he should be billed for the damage to the buildings.

I am mourning for his followers. How sad they are. The news people kept saying that the MAGA people REALLY BELIEVE him. They BELIEVE he won the election. This to me is the saddest statement of all. I remember reading about Hitler’s followers and always wondered how so many people could BELIEVE his lies. I saw the process in action yesterday in my own country. If a faction of people doesn’t get what they want and has an unprincipled leader, then they feel self-righteous and give themselves permission to loot and destroy anything that is important and blame others.

These people feel disenfranchised. They are fearful, the whole philosophy of the group is fear. They are the same people who shouted law and order during the BLM protests. A protest is very different from looting for any cause including BLM. It hurts the participants more than getting their message across. Trump tells them others who are “EVIL” are taking their country from them. TERRIBLE PEOPLE. Somehow they forget that the country belongs to everyone even those who disagree. He says the election was stolen from them. In reality, HE lost. In 2016 he had the most electoral votes. There was no talk then from him that the election was flawed. Finally, yesterday after Biden called him out, he told them, go home and remember this day. Right. The day that you defied the law of the land and were disrespectful to every citizen of this country. The day that what D. Trump spewed was more important than the Constitution. He said, “We love you.” The royal We. This man is incapable of love but great at manipulation. He should be embarrassed, ashamed, but I wonder if that is possible.

I don’t think he will attend the inauguration. It is a tradition for the peaceful transfer of power. It shows respect for the office of the President and Vice President. I hope he doesn’t show up. Our entire country is embarrassed and sorrowing. I would hope his followers will take the zeal and vision they have for this country and work with positive energy to really make us great again. Where are the leaders for peaceful protests like Martin Luther King and Gandhi, like the women Suffragettes, like the veterans who celebrate memorial day?

After yesterday everyone in America knows one thing, HATE WILL NOT MAKE US GREAT.

Blessings and Peace, Bubbles

DESECRATION OF OUR COUNTRY BY TRUMP SUPPORTERS

There are some things that should be sacred. Sacred means worthy of respect or consideration. The US Capitol is a place that should be held sacred. We saw today people who have no concept of respect. This is the seat of our government, the place where rule of law should be honored. I am almost physically sick watching this mob. So many were taking photos through the hall of statues. Obviously, they had never been there before. They destroyed our building. They certainly have never read the Constitution, or they wouldn’t be there.

donald trump is not worthy of respect. He said, “fight like hell or we don’t have a country.” How can people believe that this was a fraudulent election? There is no proof. If he says it often enough it must be true, anything else is fake news. These people call themselves Patriots. How can this be? It’s all opinion no knowledge. Masks are no good they say. A woman who calls herself a health expert with no evidence that she has any education tells us this on tv. She says it’s other people with MAGA wear. She follows Jesus Christ. Really?

There are objective facts. If a team wins by 100-95 they win. The people who say that Biden didn’t win have no facts. They follow a man who has ignored his oath to defend the Constitution. He still whines about losing. I wouldn’t be surprised if his next Tweet has him lying on the floor kicking his feet. How in the hell did this insane man ever get elected in the first place? We knew who he was, promiscuous, racist, disrespects women, business failure, (bankrupt and hurt small businesses) big mouth, no big actions. Of course, he didn’t win the popular vote. He won the electoral vote, but no one objected. Many didn’t like it, but no one went to court. No one looted.

How could the Republican Party stick with this madman? Finally, Mitch McConnell found an conscience. I am an Independent Voter, not a party person. The Republican Party died today, by suicide.

Blessings, Bubbles

Quotes for the New Year

Good grief, it’s finally here. The 2020 that we looked forward to so hopefully, turned out to be a disaster. COVID, the Pale Horse of the Apocalypse has stampeded through the world.

Trump continued to make an ass of himself, dragging the country along behind with adulation from over 70 million voters.

Too many of our close friends passed away. This can be normal at our age but is never easy. Divorces where we never expected them.

Fires in the west, floods in the east. Black people still killed with what looks like impunity. Selfish people who thought wearing a mask to protect themselves and others had something to do with their freedom. Probably the same ones who hoarded toilet paper. Which tells me something …full of s—.

We did elect a new president who seems like a good man. No porn stars and ex-wives. He actually attends church, doesn’t pose with a bible after tear gassing people in his way.

So here we are hopeful again. We’ll get the virus under control. Move back into international respect. Work toward Real civil rights. Let’s live with the mantra, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

If we don’t start to care about each other, I fear this year we’ll be quoting Dorothy Parker, “What fresh hell is this?”

The end of 2020

Have we ever seen anything like this year. I hope we never see it again. I do think Covid is not over. I can’t believe people can’t stay home for two to three weeks so we all can get back to whatever normal was. Many of my friends are still gathering and eating out. Why don’t they understand that 3 weeks would be hard for businesses,but a year of this would be disastrous?

I’d been doing pretty well until the last week. As a writer, I am solitary a lot, but Zoom isn’t saving me. If we care about each other and want this to end, we will mask up when we go out and not gather with family who does not live with us.

I want to hug my Grandies and my kids, but I care about them and they care about us. I want to live to see the end of this shit show and gather again in joy with all of us present and well. Stay the heck home, why can’t you?

I was told that I can’t control others. By their ignoring the science,not wearing masks and gathering for parties they are controlling all of us. This sickness will continue and we will have to stay home to stay alive.

Some have to risk their lives and go to work. Others cry “freedom,” freedom to infect those who must work and their grandparents and other people. Thanks to the Dr.s and nurses who have to take care of those who are fighting for their lives.

How in the hell has this become a political issue? A Republican congressman just died. Did he die from a political sickness? Where are the people in this country who care about all of us instead of a political issue.

Are we that selfish, that spoiled? Do we think there is no one else in the world? The hospital ICU’s are full of political sickness. Please, do you have to wait until someone in your family dies until you inconvenience yourself and STAY HOME.

CHRISTMAS AND MARY AND JOSEPH

As a young religious woman, I looked for a role model. Who could I strive to emulate?  Ah, we were told look at the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Here is your role model.

            So as a young teenager, a virgin, I thought about how I could be like Mary. Now Mary was about fourteen and an unwed mother, which confused me.  I knew my mom and dad wouldn’t go for any story about an angel, so I figured that part wasn’t to be copied.  The fact that Mary’s fiancé, Joseph, bought her story was truly miraculous. What guy would go for a pregnant girlfriend, who he never touched, telling him it was God’s child?

            If Mary went to my school, I knew she would’ve been expelled. Her social worker would’ve encouraged her to: Make a choice on keeping the child; Get some sex education to find out how children are conceived; Go to a good psychologist and stop talking about the angel appearing to her. I also was sure that not a single person I knew would sing ‘Alleluia’ with the angels at the birth of my spirit-fathered child. So emulating Mary at that age was a stretch.

            As a young mother I thought about Mary. Mary had one kid. I ended up, a used-to-be pure, now slightly-sullied, ex-virgin girl, with five children and six pregnancies in nine years. Mary’s boy, from all accounts, did not have a learning disability, did not fight with his sister, did not wreck his car, did not stay out all night, and did not have to take the SAT to get into college. Joseph was a good carpenter, a nice guy. They home schooled the kid and God provided child support.

            The huge bonus of Mary’s life was that she did not have to worry about birth control since she was ‘Ever Virgin.’  Trust me, not worrying about getting pregnant takes a lot of stress and irritability off a woman. It takes a lot of pressure off a marriage too. “What life was like for Joseph is another story. I’ll bet he kept a lot of late nights in the carpenter shop. I mean really, he marries a pregnant girl and then finds out she will remain a virgin. Joseph may be the greatest saint of all.”

Maggots of Bigotry

This is a phrase coined by Dervla Murphy. She writes about Northern and Southern Ireland. I think we can equate it to the United States of America today. The maggots are eating at civility, knowledge and opinion. The political philosophy of both sides is drifting farther and farther apart. People doubt the news, the elections and don’t know the history of the country.

In THE DEATH OF EXPERTISE, Tom Nichols, talks about the phenomenon that the more ignorant of a subject people are, the more convinced they are that they are right. People don’t believe Dr. Fauchi, a man who has spent his entire life caring for viral problems. They prefer to believe that Corona Virus is a political falsehood.

It is amazing that 275,000 people have died from a political lie. There is a study that 80% of information is inaccurate, but people will think they are experts on any subject if they read something on the inter-net or listen to slanted FOX News or equally slanted CNN.

Some think they know better than a professional teacher. After all, they went to school. I wonder that they don’t do their own operations, the internet can show them how. When a politician or neighbour shows who he or she is by words or actions, some won’t believe it. They will fit that person into a preconceived slot to confirm their beliefs.

I agree with Harlan Ellison, “You are not entitled to your opinion, you are entitled to an informed opinion.” Read both sides. Watch FOX and CNN. I for one feel if someone has to shout to get his point across, it’s a weak point.

Read history. Real history by verified historians, Read the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence. Realize that WE ALL have a right to free speech, not just the ones who agree with us.

Don’t let the maggots hatch.

ALL OVER?

Finally the election is over, or as my Dad used to say, “All over but the shoutin’.” I feel like I’m watching a sick B movie. The protagonist is the leader of a country. He has lost the bid for re-election but refuses to accept the will of the people. Is this a third world dictator who will call in the army? I don’t think the army wants a man with bone spurs.

He is clever, not intelligent or well educated. He does not know what the constitution of his country says. Moreover, he doesn’t care. He gets what he wants. He laid the foundation for doubt before the election, saying that mail-in votes could be false. He says nothing about his own election. Was the opponent in that election cheated? Oh no, everyone loves him. He repeats it over and over.

He rants daily. Unfair, unfair, like a small child who wanted all the cookies and has to share. He lies and says he didn’t say what the people heard him say live, on television. His emotional age is about 8. Name calling and refusing to listen to anyone who differs is how he operates.

His ego is so big and his self-esteem so small that he needs constant adulation. I wonder if he will be gracious, as all other Presidents have, and invite the Biden’s to the White House as the Obama’s did for him and his wife. I still remember how he left his wife standing by the car, holding a gift, while he ran up the stairs to meet the Obama’s.

Will he show up at the inauguration, escort the incoming President to the platform? Does he know it’s not about him or Biden? it’s about respect for the office of the President. It’s about how this country passes power democratically. It’s about class over crass.

Joe and Kamala you had us at a full sentence. Now will someone take POTUS’ phone away so he won’t self destruct in front of the world.

P.S. He could use his time work on his golf game. The Secret Service Men call him Pele, because he kicks his ball for a better lie. He’s good with lies.

EEEEHHHHAAA!

We have a new President. We have gone from crass to class. Good example is a fleeting idea today, I still believe it to be important. The language of the T. is disgusting to me. Joe Biden had me at a complete sentence. I don’t think we’ll hear about how everyone loves him and he has such a high IQ, etc.

I am thankful today that we have a man who is a good example, a man of faith and family. It will be difficult to heal this nation, but if we don’t gloat, if we try to understand the fearful people who voted for the Orange Man, perhaps we can move forward with liberty and justice for all.

FINALLY, ELECTION DAY

With all the “stuff” going on in our world, at last part of the angst will be solved. I cannot believe any thinking person would vote for Donny Trump.

I am a registered Independent and have voted both Republican and Democratic in the past. Setting aside Trump’s lying and embarrassing shouting, his policies are hurting our country.

I believe in generativity. What will we leave our kids and grandkids. The days of the robber barons are not over. Trump and his minons want to deregulate Federal controls of National Parks, the EPA, anything that will fill their coffers.

He has 26 women accusing him of sexual harassment. He cheated on his first wife, had Tiffany before he married Marla, and dumped her for a younger Illegal immigrant.

The idea of liberty and justice for all is unknown to him and those who love him. They think they are the “all.” Others are lazy, greedy and want to live off the rest. The fact that Trump was GIVEN his millions and lost them is immaterial. His supporters don’t want to share any money by paying taxes. Of course he paid $750. He says this makes him smart, not unethical.The fact that he got government loans to build housing and then refused to rent to people of color is set aside. His bankruptcies, although legal, ruined many small business men whom he owed money.

If this concept takes over in our beloved country we will end up like Mexico or India, where “smart” people don’t pay taxes and the poor will be living at our front gates.

This obese clown is vilified all over the world. I pray we are finished with him and his narcissitic act.

WHITE PRIVILEGE

It seems that some people are offended by the idea that the color of your skin gives you privilege. I asked my dear friend, Deborah, How do we get white people to understand? She just smiled and said, “How do you tell a fish it’s wet? If that’s all you know. It’s really difficult.

The privilege we get from an accident of ancestry is obvious to me. My son and his friend plan to meet at a restaurant. Mike is seated immediately. His friend, who is not white had to wait at the door until Mike called to him. Shopping can be difficult if you were black, the chances are you would be followed, not asked to be helped, watched.

If you don’t think you are privileged answer one question. James Baldwin asked, “Would you rather be black in the United States?”

Blessings, Bubbles