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DON VOYAGE*, HELLO BIDEN, BUT WHAT ABOUT QANON?

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The people who spent years listening to Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh had their chance, four years of a president who ruled based on their “tell it like it is” black and white messaging. And it was, as anyone in touch with reality expected, a disaster. The economy is in free fall, a horrible pandemic is raging, our foreign policy in shambles … AND THEY THINK TRUMP DID A GREAT JOB! I got a text from my remaining Trumper friend warning about all the horrors Biden will unleash. Thank you Rush, Alex, Fox News, Q, and all the rest for turning tens of millions of American brains into porridge. Good luck Biden and Harris, you’re going to need it.

That was my morning’s Facebook post, though not with the flag, with a picture of a contemporary homeless encampment. I’m not one of the people claiming that anyone who supports Trump is an idiot, my friend is a smart guy. But boy, Trump supporters have fallen for a lot of, well, nonsense since the Trump era started. They may not be stupid, but if one falls for lies that fly in the face of all evidence and logic, one needs a refresher course in reason and spotting logical fallacies.

And speaking of the same, what about QAnon? All their confident predictions fell through. Trump didn’t unleash a wave of arrests and put Biden, Clinton, etc in jail, and has indeed slunk off to Florida. Some of them are understandably shocked, and their reactions are all over the map. ‘We Were Played’: QAnon’s Inauguration Day Meltdown, QAnon believers refuse to give up even after Trump leaves White House — here are their craziest theories  and ‘I’m the laughing stock of my family’: QAnon believers implode as they watch Biden getting sworn in. As for the last one, dude, your family was laughing at you long before today I am sure.

In today’s epiphany, all sorts of people believing the Q conspiracy theory isn’t really hard to understand. Humans have a long proud history of falling for end of the world prophecies where some great event is going to happen that will punish the wicked and exalt the faithful: A Brief History of the Apocalypse. My favorite:

“Drawing from theology and astrology, German prophet Johann Jacob Zimmerman determined that the world would end in the fall of 1694. Zimmerman gathered a group of pilgrims and made plans to go to America to welcome Jesus back to Earth. However, he died in February of that year, on the very day of departure. Johannes Kelpius took over leadership of the cult, which was known as Woman in the Wilderness, and they completed their journey to the New World. Fall came and went and, needless to say, the cultists were profoundly disappointed at having traveled all the way across the Atlantic just to be stood up by Jesus.”

So yes, QAnon’s popularity isn’t some big mystery. People have been falling for such things for all of human history.

That being said, I have some other speculation. Second codicil, the QAnon theory is, well, a hoax. Let me review. The basic theory is that the world is being secretly run by a cabal of Satan worshipping pedophiles, with Clinton especially being one of the ringleaders. And Trump is secretly fighting these people and will eventually “come out” so to speak and arrest them all. And this has all been secretly revealed by the mysterious Q, who is a high placed somebody in the US government. Whoever Q is, and they haven’t posted since December 8, has yet to be revealed publicly. It’s all nonsense though, no actual evidence has been provided, and there are all sorts of logical reasons to dismiss it as nonsense.

So yes, the whole Q thing is nonsense. My second codicil, the whole QAnon thing has clearly been terribly damaging to the republic.I can’t think of any American who has benefited from QAnon except the people cashing in on it selling T-shirts and such. It didn’t help Trump, if anything it hurt him. It didn’t help the Democrats, the QAnon people were already Trump supporters. The only people who might conceivably benefit from QAnon were people who wanted to see America more polarized, violent and ungovernable.

So if Q was some random loser fomenting chaos in the USA, or a foreign power doing the same, why wasn’t he shut down? This is what puzzles me. US counterintelligence is so dysfunctional that they couldn’t stop Q? Or so dysfunctional that they didn’t see the harm Q was causing? Neither is a happy thought. Q was one person, or one institution at least posing as a person, and no one in the US was able to effectively out them?

In conclusion, it appears to me that the only two possibilities are massive incompetence on the part of US counterintelligence, or worse, Q wildly outclasses US counterintelligence capabilities. IDK, maybe I’m reading too much into this, but two ugly speculations come to mind. Q is an AI, Roko’s Basilisk has already come true, an AI has “woke” so to speak and is already programming humans for its own purposes, impervious to human intervention at this point. Or Q is an alien entity, AI or not, but again so far ahead of us that we might as well be ants trying to stop it.

And if this is my last post and I suddenly stop posting, well, then I’m onto something, nu? Hey, dark speculation is what I do. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

*Stephen Colbert I believe

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Written by unitedcats

January 20, 2021 at 8:28 pm

Posted in 2021, aliens, Elections, QAnon, Trump

A MAZE OF DEATH*

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I’m really pessimistic today about what 2021 holds for America. I know that many people think that Trump leaving office is going to head us back towards pre-Trump normalcy. While people can be forgiven for thinking that, I think it’s wishful thinking at this point. A third of America is in revolt against reality itself. They actually believe that the Democrats stole the election and that Trump is somehow going to fix it; especially the people, millions of people, who have slid into the QAnon rathole and think there is some sort of Satanist Pedophile Jewish Democrat cabal running the world … that Trump is secretly fighting.

I don’t think much will happen between now and the inauguration, enormous numbers of troops have been deployed in Washington and state capitals. However, to people still somewhat tethered to reality, this is a sensible precaution after Trump supporters stormed the capitol building. To the tens of millions of Trump supporters who believe the election was stolen, this is further proof that the Democrats are secretly up to no good. That’s why I think there is no way out of this maze of death, everything is now simply further proof of the conspiracy. Motivated reasoning on steroids, if Jesus himself came back from the dead and denounced Trump, the Trumpers would think it was a Democrat hoax.

That’s one factor in my bleak analysis. Another is that despite getting modest press coverage due to the political sheetshow that is dominating the news cycle, America is reeling under the worst mass death crisis since 1918, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. 100,000 Americans a month or more are dying of Covid, and with the new more contagious strain spreading, that won’t get better anytime soon. The vaccine rollout will mitigate it eventually, somewhat, maybe, we can hope. And adding a  terrible economy for the poor and working class just adds to the widespread social stress. Hard times have spawned horrible political crises throughout history, and there’s no reason to think America will be any better. Biden is no FDR, and even if he was, he’s facing a much worse situation than FDR faced. Hoover was merely incompetant, Trump in addition to incompetence is doing everything he can to sabotage the nation before he leaves the White House.

Lastly, America is freakishly violent for a developed country. We have a long proud (sadly) history of glorifying both external and internal violence. For many Americans violence is the first option, and always has been. Tens of millions of Americans glorify the Confederacy for God’s sake, a treasonous rebellion that killed a million Americans because the South wanted to keep human beings as property. Our genocidal and ethic cleansing policies towards natives. Over 5,000 lynchings in US history, how many in Canadian history? One. A mob of Americans crossed the border and lynched a man. And America’s homicide, mass murder, and violent crime rates are horrifying compared to the rest of the developed world. Violence has always been the first response of Americans to perceived social ills. Jesus wept.

The capitol riot was just the beginning. The right is already warping the riot to support their warped view of reality: How Republicans Are Warping Reality Around the Capitol Attack. There’s countless potential Lee Harvey Oswalds and Timothy McVeighs out there, and Trump and numerous others are encouraging them. Even if the show of force this week at the inauguration deters new outrages, the right’s imagined grievances aren’t going to go away, if anything they will get worse. I don’t see a peaceful resolution to this discord.

And worse (yes, Doug’s Darkworld, not Doug’s Puppyworld) I still think the rest of the country is wildly underestimating how bad this could get. Like people are all up in arms worrying that Trump is looting the White House on his way out. Frankly, who cares, the Republic is in one of the worst crises in its history, and people are upset that the Trumps might be stealing White House silverware? Not my worry. I freaking hope that before the Biden’s move in the White House gets a world class scouring for bombs, toxins, booby traps, and surveillance devices. It only takes one radicalized White House staffer to leave something that would change history. Anyone who doesn’t understand after the capitol riot that some of these QAnon people are capable of anything is living in a dream world.

Remember, if a time bomb went off in the White House, or a bunch of Biden people die of anthrax … that wasn’t done by a right wing extremist among Trump’s staff, oh no, the Democrats did that to make Trump look bad! Every act of violence here on out is going to make things worse, and it only takes a handful of people realizing that to act on it. This is why I took down my Biden sign and hung an American flag in my window. If in July 1914 someone said there would be a million war deaths by Christmas 1914, they would have been laughed at. I don’t know what’s going to happen in 2021 America, but I think there will be more blood than in anyone’s worst nightmares.

I hope and pray I’m wrong. Stay safe everyone. Comments, likes, shares, and especially patrons appreciated. If the gentle reader enjoys my writing, even a dollar a month makes a difference. God bless all. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Image: Dead civilians in Belgium killed by Nazis in the winter of 1944. Credit: US government photographer, so Public Domain under US copyright law.)

*’A Maze of Death’ is a 1970 scifi novel by Philip K. Dick. Titles cannot be copyrighted, but I still wanted to credit one of my favorite authors.

Written by unitedcats

January 17, 2021 at 9:02 pm

THE SHEETSHOW CHRONICLES CONTINUE

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I’m still amazed and astounded, I never expected to live through one of the great events of history, yet here I am. More to unpack every day, can’t even really keep up with it all. No new horrors the last day, but still lots of stuff to react to.

Like, what was Trump doing while the Capitol riot was going on? Watching it on TV with barely contained glee, while ignoring congressmen and others who were frantically phoning him to do something. Trump was watching TV while riots took place: Washington Post. This appears to be confirmed by numerous sources, Trump was apparently even puzzled that his aides didn’t share his glee. More proof (as if it was needed) that he lives in a fantasy world, he actually thought he was seeing the election results being overturned by Chewbacca Bikini guy and friends.

Or worse, Trump really is a sadistic fuck who is perfectly happy to see carnage and chaos if he’s not getting his way: How the media is making a big mistake on Trump’s role in the Capitol siege. Yeah, maybe this article is a bit over the top, but I sure see no evidence contradicting that the basic premise is sound. Trump is incapable of empathy, remorse, or adult responsibility. It’s all about Trump, if bad things happen, not his fault. The USA is the worst hit country by Covid, and yet he sees himself as blameless for that. Trump is a man incapable of empathy or introspection. Change my mind.

At this point my sympathy for people who still support Trump has reached new lows. Before Covid and the election, yeah, I understand how many people supported him. Maybe they were misguided, but people are social animals who generally go along with what their friends and family think, especially in the modern American world where one can watch the media outlet of one’s choice to reinforce their views. And working class and poor Americans have been screwed for decades, so it made sense for them to support a leader who claimed to feel their pain. Granted it only sort of made sense, since they were being screwed by the rich, not immigrants, blacks, antifa, or poor people.

IDK, anyone who claims to know what’s really going on is deluded or lying. It does seem the Capitol riot wasn’t just a spontaneous thing that happened out of nowhere: More Arrests Made Amid New Calls for Investigation of Capitol Attack. And many aspects of it were indeed hideous:

Arrested Capitol rioter claims he thought officer he beat with US flagpole was ‘antifa’: report. Right, a cop in a cop uniform was antifa? Jesus wept.

The last time Washington saw something like this was 1814, when a British force burned the White House etc. This time we did it too ourselves. Go figure. And the insanity continues, case in point: QAnon Congresswoman says she’ll impeach Joe Biden less than 24 hours after he takes office. Preemptive impeachment? Give me a break.

Just had to move my car in a snowstorm in the middle of the night after too many beers, mission accomplished. This post is a little unpolished, but posting because by tomorrow events may have overtaken it. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula #impeachtrump

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(Image: Found on Facebook, attribution in image, used without permission, claimed as fair use under US copyright law. Accuracy unknown, way too much misinformation floating around. Turns out no one tasered themselves to death during the riot for example.)

Written by unitedcats

January 14, 2021 at 10:36 pm

MADNESS WALKS THE LAND

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I’m at a loss. I’ve spent my whole life studying current events, human affairs, and history. And what’s going on in the United States now is so far off the rails that it’s almost incomprehensible to me. Trump and his supporters believe things that are so at odds with reality that they prevent any possibility of dialog or resolution. For example, I was reading some posts today to this effect:

“Trump has already secretly invoked the Insurrection Act, and Biden is no longer the president elect, the November election is null and void. Before the 20th (eight days from now) Biden and pretty much every Democrat legislator in America will be arrested. And in March the election will be held again.”

How does one respond to something like that? Millions, if not tens of millions, of Trump supporters actually believe that, or something very similar. That last fall’s election was some terrible left wing plot to impose communism on America, or even Chinese rule, and Trump’s going to fix it all and restore himself to the presidency. It’s like an onion, layers of fantasy atop each other, all the way down. And if last Wednesday’s assault on the capitol is any indication, much worse will happen in the next week as millions of Trump supporters take to the streets to bring their vision to fruition.

So I was wrong. I knew Trump wasn’t likely to be a very good president, though I harbored some thoughts that maybe he would follow through on some of his promises and muddle through his four years as a controversial figure without doing too much damage. Replacing the ACA with something that gave health care to all Americans would have been cool. Raising taxes on the rich, that is long overdue. Infrastructure spending, yeah, decades of deferred infrastructure spending has left the US a mess. None of that happened, just four years of Trump giving the rich and corporate America what they wanted, with a side order of destroying our relationships with our allies and incompetant governing to boot. I mean, there’s going to be at least a million Americans dead of Covid by the end of this year because Trump was unable to launch and coordinate a rational science based response to it.

The closest 20th century parallels would be Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. Dictators who imposed their own flawed (OK, crazy) vision of reality on their people to horrible effect. It has nothing to do with ideology, if a strong charismatic leader has reality testing issues, they infect the people under them. Humans are very atavistically tribal at the core, if their chief believes it, it’s true for them. And here we are, Trump’s fantasies about election fraud are believed by his followers, so they use motivated reasoning to confirm them. Example: Yes, Trump did encourage his followers to attack the capitol, but after his speech his followers all went home and antifa agents dressed as Trump followers attacked the Capitol!

So what happens now? We’re fucked. I don’t see any way forward for the US that’s not horrifically dystopian. Tens of millions of Americans think Trump is sent by God to destroy the Godless libtards who want to turn America into some sort of socialist hell. They are armed to the teeth, and think last week’s Capitol insurrection was the beginning of a second American revolution to save the country from being ruled by communist foreigners. There will be blood. I have no clue how it will all play out, anyone who says they know is a liar or a fool.

I’d say it’s safe to say that no, Trump isn’t going to reverse the results of the November election, but fuck if I know. Nothing lasts forever, maybe this is the end times for the Republic. It was a flawed experiment from the get go, chattel slavery was a dying archaaic institution even in Washington’s time, yet it was enshrined in the constitution. And the Nazi and racist regalia on display in last week’s insurrection shows it’s still with us. Trump’s supporters think they are God’s chosen people.

That type of thinking never ends well. 2021 in America is going to make 2020 look like a picnic in comparison. I’ll be so happy if I’m wrong. I may have met the love of my life in 2020, if things settle down maybe I won’t die a lonely old crank. In any case, I’ll keep blogging! I’ll never be as famous as “Davy CrockoShit” or “Dances-with-Karens” or whatever one calls the fur wearing “QAnon Shaman” who stormed the Capitol last week, but I can live with that.

Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula #ImpeachTrump

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January 12, 2021 at 9:50 pm

ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER

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I’ve certainly reiterated for years that the Dems and GOP were flip sides of the same coin. As Calvin Trillin said: “America has one party, the business party, it just has two factions.” Both parties have served the oligarchs and the pentagon since at least 1980,  one overtly and one covertly. Good cop, bad cop; but the working class and poor Americans get tossed to the wolves in the final analysis. This is why for decades I defaced my ballot if I did vote, choosing between a hanging and a firing squad isn’t a real choice.

In the political sense, I stand by my analysis. In the real world sense, I’ve been wrong. The left and right are the same as far as our political parties go, but in terms of their core values, they are as different as night and day. Black and white. They aren’t the same.

What do leftists want? I’ve pretty much been a leftist all my life, aside from a flirtation with fascism and white supremacy in my middle youth. We want all Americans to share in the nation’s wealth, since the nation’s wealth is created by all Americans. A living wage. Cradle to grave health care. College education for all who want it. All of which make America stronger and better, because the better off all Americans are, the better off America is. Irregardless of anyone’s politics, race, or religion. We want America to be the best it can be for every American.

What do Rush, Trump, and the rest of the contemporary Right want? They think the left, or anyone who disagrees with them, are the enemies of America and should be exterminated. “Hang Mike Pence” was one of the chants of the MAGA insurrection crowd that stormed the Capitol attempting to stop Biden’s election victory. Or as Rush said, we should keep two liberals alive and on display in every American city …

I’ve yet to hear a leftist/progressive call for the extermination of Trump supporters. (Though I’m sure a few could be found.) The left and the right really aren’t the same in America now. The left wants us all to win and prosper, the right wants to kill the left. Not the same. Especially since Trump and his supporters are living in an imaginary reality.

Stay safe everyone, crazy effing times in America. It’s likely going to get worse before it gets better. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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January 10, 2021 at 8:43 pm

IT’S NOT OVER YET BY A LONG SHOT

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Yesterday a mob incited by Trump’s lies about the election stormed the Capitol Building in Washington. Only one death directly related to the riot, a woman shot inside the building. A second death pending, apparently an injured cop is brain dead. Three others died of unrelated causes during the excitement. The rioters were trying to disrupt the official counting of the electoral votes that would be the last step in certifying Biden’s electoral victory. A number of members of congress were planning to protest this  event, defending Trump’s unsupported fantasies about the election being stolen from him by massive fraud. After the protesters were cleared out, congress resumed its deliberations and completed the certification. And in fact a number of members who had been planning to object, changed their tune and voted to accept the results of November’s election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are now officially the president and vice president elect, and will be sworn into office on January 20th.

Upon reflection, what do I think? I think people need to choose. They can choose to support America or they can choose to support Trump. They can’t do both, they are mutually exclusive at this point. Trump’s lies and exhortations caused this insurrection and attempt to subvert democracy in America. He is no longer fit to be president of the United States and should be removed from office under the auspices of the 25th amendment, and be impeached so that he can never hold office in the United States again. There is talk of same, but at this point I still don’t see either happening. Time will tell.

The reaction on the right, sadly pretty predictable. About half of registered Republican voters supported what the mob did. Along with a whole coterie of rationalizations and weirdness. It wasn’t Trump supporters, no, it was Antifa supporters disguised as Trump supporters! Or a false flag operation by the Democrats! Or the Lizard People! OK, I haven’t actually heard the last one anywhere, but I’m sure there’s some out there. It’s fascinating to me that Trumpers can simultaneously support what happened, but somehow deflect blame onto their supposed enemies. Some have even called it an attempted coup by the Democrats! The mind reels at the mental gyrations behind all this. And for the record, numerous mob members have been identified so far, and every single one is a proud white nationalist Trump supporting QAnon following enthusiast.

Even after watching this trend grow for decades, it’s still amazing to me that people have gotten themselves into a headspace where their perception of every facet of reality is twisted to match their ideological beliefs. Global warming is a hoax, Obama was born in Kenya, Covid-19 is a hoax, Trump won the election, etc. The whole world of non Trump supporters is somehow this giant conspiracy against them to take away their freedoms and impose atheist gun banned socialism on them. (Paranoid details will vary depending on the Trumper in question.) The problem of course is that people who create their own reality (or follow those who do so for them) are capable of anything, except being reasoned with. Wednesday may have been our century’s Fort Sumter, time will tell.

I am torn up by these events. And Covid continues to rage, 4,000 a day dying in America now. If 4,000 Americans a day were dying on Obama’s watch, Trump and his followers would be apoplectic with rage. Trump’s watch, they don’t even notice. And lastly I’m torn up because a person I had become very fond of as late vanished Tuesday night, and no one knows what happened. Torn up doesn’t really cover it, I woke up this morning hearing her call my name. I can only pray that she’s OK. I love you Erika. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula #ImpeachTrump

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(Image: Inside the Capitol yesterday. An image that should never have happened, the people protecting Congress failed. Jesus Christ, one cop even posed for a selfie with a rioter. When was the last time a cop posed for a selfie with a bank robber? Disgusting beyond belief. Image attribution unknown, claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. If it’s not an historically important image, I don’t know what is. Lastly, a slightly different perspective on the riot: Capitol Incident a Dress Rehearsal.)

Written by unitedcats

January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

2020 ON THE WAY OUT, ITS LEGACY: A TRIFECTA OF AWFUL STILL GOING STRONG

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Monday evening. Survived Christmas, such as it was. Christmas dinner arrived frozen, sent from distant lands. A storm blew through, but no biggie, the brunt of it was north. I’m going to resume blogging five nights a week at least. The solid human waste matter is still intercepting the rotating turbine blades, but people are getting used to it. Or are in denial. I guess a lot of people’s identities are so wrapped up in who they see, where they go, etc., that Covid restrictions are harder for them. Random thought for the hour.

I have been collecting links for days while cogitating what my next post would be about. And it always comes back to, OMG, is this real? Half the country and the president think the election was stolen from him? They actually effing believe this. Despite the fact that there is no actual evidence supporting this contention, nor anything about the election that appears particularly untoward. Trump was a terribly polarizing president, wildly popular with his supporters, wildly unpopular with everyone else. Who indeed outvoted his supporters.

Could I be wrong? I guess intellectual honesty requires I at least entertain the idea. If it’s true, I’m either delusionally insane or incapable of rational reality testing. Idk, if such was the case, wouldn’t one of my friends or family try to bring it to my attention? Not yet. I think it’s safe to say, show me actual evidence of massive voter fraud and I’ll reevaluate my position. Oddly enough, I doubt Trump or any of his followers would say that about their belief. The human ability to self gaslight may well be the death of us all. It’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans so far this year.

So freaking weird times continue. Since 9-11, America has been the “evidence, schmevidance” country. Saddam had WMDs! No, no evidence was ever found for that, the opposite in fact. Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii! Um, no, no evidence supporting that was ever found. Nor evidence that the twin Towers were brought down by anything other than airliner impacts. Covid 19 is real and terrible, Biden won the election. It is what it is.

I guess believing these things puts me in a minority. So yes, three really big things are happening simultaneously. Trump and company’s belief the election was stolen. A terrible pandemic. And a devastated US economy. I don’t think any of these are debatable. The US and world economy has done what it was designed to do the past year, siphon money upwards. Covid has made the poor poorer and the rich richer both internationally and intranationally. Especially in the US, where government relief has been paltry towards the poor and working class, while the people and companies at the top got enormous handouts of public money in the name of relief.

The 600 richest Americans are a trillion dollars richer now than they were at the beginning of the pandemic. What, they got 600 great paying part time jobs? Snort.  None of this seems like it will end well. We’re going into 2021 with three huge problems that if anything are getting worse. Has Trump really thought this through, if he somehow snatches the presidency from Biden, he’s going to inherit a country reeling under a devastating pandemic, and a collapsed economy, both once in a century bad events, and the worst partisan political crisis since 1860. There’s never been a trifecta like this in my life.

And plenty of other stuff going on too. A big, but at least bloodless, suicide bombing in Nashville. Fortunately QAnon has figured it out, it was a Chinese missile strike attempting to  destroy voting machines before Trump supporters could seize them as evidence. I wish I was making this up:

‘It was a missile strike’: Trump fans go nuts claiming Nashville bomb was Chinese plot to steal election. See, when one’s view of reality becomes adrift from reality itself, any belief becomes plausible.

Good news, science has saved us again. Turns out we needn’t fear alien invasion! Nope, it would simply be too damn expensive for them to invade Earth: The Cost of Visiting Earth May Be Too Astronomical For Aliens. Phew. One less thing to worry about. Stay safe and warm and sane everyone. Oh, right, Covid apparently does drive some people insane: Small Number of Covid Patients Develop Severe Psychotic Symptoms. Covid is the gift that keeps giving. Happy holidays. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Image: found on Facebook, attribution in image, used without permission, claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. Made me laugh. I need help, but so many of us do these days. :) )

Written by unitedcats

December 28, 2020 at 7:10 pm

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

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Well, Trump and company’s reaction to the Supreme Court turning down Texas’s effort to overturn the election in four states was predictable. They went ballistic. Or more ballistic I suppose, this has been over the top since election day. The heart of darkness or whatever one wants to call it in all this is so weird. Trump actually believes he won the election. In a sane world Trump would have finally conceded the election, since all his legal efforts have come to naught. Even the three Supreme Court justices he appointed voted to dismiss Texas’s motion. For the simple reason it was utterly without merit, Texas doesn’t have the right to contest other state’s elections.

It’s hard to get one’s head around, the president and many of his supporters have seceded from reality. They are absolutely convinced the election was stolen from Trump, and I don’t think there’s any chance they will come around. As has become horrifically clear to me over the past year, Trump isn’t a liar. He’s insane, he lives in a delusional fantasy world where he’s this great leader fighting against some sort of global communist pedophile conspiracy. And he has a raft of people in it with him now. He’s always lived in a fantasy world, but his wealth and sycophants have always insulated him from any consequences from his failures. And they’re trying to do it again, bending reality to their will. Fortunately America’s democratic institutions have withstood the assault … so far.

The cries of outrage on the right were over the top. There’s open talk of secession: ‘#Texit’: A Texas state lawmaker says he will propose a referendum on seceding from the US because the ‘federal government is out of control’. (I loved how one of the points he made is Federal spending being out of control; whose watch did he think that occurred on?) Secession is of course not permitted under the US constitution. That was settled in Texas vs White in 1869. It was also settled in a little scuffle called the Civil War, under the aegis of one Abraham Lincoln, whom the GOP has tried to co-opt as one of their own. The ironic disconnects in modern GOP thinking can be breathtaking.

Trump is also calling for a Justice Department special counsel to probe the allegedly fraudulent election, and Hunter Biden just for good measure: Trump reportedly wants special counsel to probe election, Hunter Biden. Well, the GOP certainly has a solid history of investigating things that didn’t happen, how many years and millions did they spend on Benghazi? NewsMax had meltdowns too, claiming the election is not over: ‘It’s not over’: NewsMax has a  bizarre response to SCOTUS rejecting Texas’ election lawsuit. NewsMax like Fox News, but without their commitment to fair and balanced reporting. @@

No, it’s not over. Trump is not going to retreat into obscurity, paint puppies, build houses for habitat for humanity, or any of the other things former presidents do. He’s going to continue to lead a once great political party that now seems to be based entirely on imaginary grievances and owning libtards: Hatred of liberals is all that’s left of conservatism. And henceforth will be devoted to overturning the election and sabotaging the Biden administration in any way they can. And God only knows what his more unstable followers will do, there’s a lot of potential John Wilkes Booths out there sharpening their AR-15s and fantasizing about wreaking vengeance on the libtards who stole the election.

So I will be reading the morning news with trepidation for the near future at least. And I will continue to try and make sense out of, well, the mass insanity that has gripped half the nation. The GOP spent decades cultivating hatred, science denial, and irrational thinking in their base. It’s come home to roost with a vengeance.

And of course Covid is still raging out of control in the US, the worst is yet to come. I see Charlie Pride just died of complications from Covid. God rest his soul. Covid has now killed more Americans than died fighting Hitler. If Trump had put the effort he put trying to overturn the election towards fighting Covid maybe things wouldn’t be so grim. That was never going to happen though. Stay safe and sane everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Image: A Nazi buzz bomb falling onto London in 1944 or 1945. I thought it captured the sense of impending doom I’m feeling these days. Credit: USAF, which makes no sense to me since the USAF didn’t exist then. Still, if produced by the US government, it’s public domain under US copyright law.)

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December 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm

ELECTION FRAUD FARCE AND COVID, WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

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Trump still thinks he won the election. This is where a holodeck would come in handy. Just write a “Trump is the adored president for life” program, slip him inside, and problem solved. We’ll just tell his followers he died of Covid-19 complications, and with his last breath he urged his followers to take Doctor Fauci’s advice so as to avoid his fate. Everyone wins! I mean, if we’re living in a world where 10,000 or more election officials pulled off the most comprehensive election fraud in history right under the GOP’s noses, this should be a piece of cake.

Upon further musing on the stolen election, there is only one logical candidate for pulling this off. We’re talking an air tight conspiracy involving thousands of people, who pulled this off without leaving a shred of evidence. A brilliant conspiracy, one of the greatest in history. There’s only ever been one other similar conspiracy. The 9/11 controlled demolitions conspiracy. In other words, logically, both conspiracies were pulled off by the same people. If we can connect the dots between the two conspiracies, it should lead us to  the source. Presumably QAnon is on this.

Yes, I was being facetious. I’d probably be a much more popular blogger if I decided to throw in with one of the many popular realities now thriving in America due to the wonder of modern media, all the infotainment that fits the targeted demographic! But no, I’ve eschewed popularity my whole life, I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on in the world and comment cogently on same.  And right now, Covid and Trump’s stolen election show. Everything else is, well, less pressing. I mean global warming is still a huge issue, but for the moment the republic needs to survive Covid and Trump over the coming winter first.

Trump’s making a Hail Mary attempt to get the Supreme Court to overturn the election results: Trump and 17 states back Texas bid to undo his election loss at Supreme Court. Who knows. That so many state leaders are willing to throw in with this is alarming. I’ve yet to see any actual evidence for the massive fraud Trump alleges. You’d think if there was any, Trump would be using it in court. Still, the Supreme Court, which actually shouldn’t be involved in the election in any way, shape, or form; is, well, unpredictable. It has been packed with GOP ideological loyalists, so anything is possible. Stay tuned.

Covid still continues to rip through America. Because many Americans choose to live in an alternate reality where Covid is no big deal but efforts to fight it are Nazi’s trying to seize power and turn us all into gay communists or something. In other words, anti-maskers are idiots. See image above. Trouble causing idiots: Idaho health official leaves meeting after anti-maskers surround home. Imagine being so delusional you think public efforts to fight a terrible disease are some sort of plot to take away your freedoms. Even I, a former Nazi and white supremicist, have a hard time with that one.

So we’ll end with an image today too:

Stay safe and sane everyone. It’s hard times but if we work together we’ll get through this. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Images; Facebook memes. Attribution unknown or in image, used without permission, claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law.)

Written by unitedcats

December 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

GROW. THE. FUCK. UP.

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I love the Simpsons. Watched and taped them religiously for years. When I was sick I’d just binge watch my taped Simpsons episodes (although not sure the term ‘binge watch’ existed then.) Then along came the Internet and my boxes of old VHS tapes slowly became irrelevant. Something people did in the 80s and 90s, tape stuff. Had a lot of movies on tape. All landfill now, or strangling turtles. IDK. So yeah, anything can be explained with the properly selected Simpsons images. Star Trek memes work too, the universal languages.

The image is accurate. Trump maintains that a huge conspiracy cost him the election, despite zero actual evidence for same. Something I just wrote in an email regarding the ‘Trump Show” or whatever one wants to call the current events:

“Yeah, the right has drifted further away from reality than the left in recent years, but Trump completely unmoored his followers from consensus reality and brought them into Trump’s show, where he’s the greatest president ever.

Very unusual event historically. Commodus is the closest analogy I could find, maybe Nero. Cromwell? Hitler too, but only in a narrow sense. None of them came to good  ends really. Reality is not actually subject to human will on a vast scale, no matter how much it may look so briefly. (Trump’s election, Hitler conquering France in ten days.) Stunning “successes” like these are actually a lucky confluence of events combined with the particular skill set of the person at top.”

Once you decide you’re a God, an ugly end follows eventually. Usually sooner than later.

So yes, the first election in US history where the incumbent POTUS loser refuses to accept the results of the election. OK then. And the Covid-19 pandemic is exploding out of control in the US, just to add fat to the fire.We are treating it better now, less than a one percent fatality rate. Still, that’s millions of dead Americans if Covid-19 spreads through the whole population. 1500 dead on Wednesday. We can expect to see a 9/11 dead a day sometime soon, since Trump has given up fighting Covid-19.

Once again for the people in the back, Covid-19 ain’t no freaking flu or cold: Brain Scans Show a Whole Spectrum of COVID-19 Abnormalities We Can’t Fully Explain. And: One in 5 COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days – study. And: Even if you’re asymptomatic, COVID-19 can harm your heart, study shows – here’s what student athletes need to know.

Oh, yeah, Covid-19 fatigue. Hearing stuff about people, especially Americans, ‘tired’ of Covid-19 restrictions. They just want it over with. Here’s what I have to say to them: GROW. THE. FUCK. UP. Bitching about the inconvenience of pandemic public health measures is no different than car trip’s children  “Are we there yet?” Covid-19 changed everything, if you don’t get that, you are living in a fantasy world.

Fun times. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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(Image: Found on Facebook, claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law.)

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November 12, 2020 at 8:48 pm