The Reaction to the Reaction

There’s a comment that’s been seen in multiple places, with absolutely identical wording so it obviously comes from a troll farm, and it goes something like: “I admit that all the Bernie memes are funny, but why was he sitting there all grumpy and mean, being disrespectful to the first black, woman vice president, etc…”, which is wrong on so many levels I could write all day about it.
But, it’s an unworthy comment, and just betrays the bitterness of the centrist democrat, the ‘white liberals’ Dr. King warned about. They are, essentially, unhappy that Bernie Sanders exists, and will always be the center of attention because there are millions of people who adore him, and are fanatically devoted to the things he believes in, like economic justice, and preserving the planet, and health, and education.
The other night, I was watching a clip where Seth Myers was interviewing Bernie Sanders about the meme (and several more important topics) and it was good, and friendly, and Bernie managed to get in all his talking points. But then, in the manner of YouTube, I wound up watching the next clip, which was James Corden making a joke about the memes, Bernie Sanders was with their band, and then in the audience, etc…, which was kind of funny, but then it turned nasty, he was going on about “Do you think Bernie knows about these memes? Do you think Bernie even knows what a meme is?”
Which is exactly the Trevor Noah kind of shit that late night comics pulled over and over again while trying to sabotage his campaign, he’s old (he’s about the same age as Biden), he’s out of touch (he’s clearly not), he’s a little bit crazy (only if you think making the world a better place is crazy).
If the old saying ‘It’s funny cause it’s true’ is true, then none of those jokes are funny. James Corden has been added to my shitlist.

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Viva Venezuela Independente

One of the worst things Biden’s done in his first two days in office is to recognize Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela. One reason, the obvious reason, that this is silly is because Juan Guaido is, in fact, not president of Venezuela and never has been. It’s as if the government of Venezuela said “O.K., you had your elections, but we’re recognizing Mitch McConnell as president.” It’s saying “This is the way we wish things were, so we’re going to pretend they’re like that.”
Of course, it may get more ominous than that. They tried to mount a coup (when I say they, I mean CIA – they have a very long history of that sort of thing and it’s fairly certain they were involved in that short lived coup in Bolivia as well) a few years back, and it didn’t work out that well. It was maybe a bit closer call than our own Capitol invasion, but not by much. Guaido didn’t have any support among the military or the police, and so order was soon restored.
Why does the U.S. hate Maduro? Venezuela has oil. Lots of it. The U.S. doesn’t like the fact that they’ve got a socialist government which wants control of the oil so they can use that money to improve their country. The U.S. would much prefer that U.S. oil companies make all the money from Venezuelan oil.
It’s very much like Mossadegh in 1953, and getting rid of him was probably one of the biggest mistakes the C.I.A. ever made, which is saying a lot.
So, the U.S. government has imposed sanctions, and, as we’ve already mentioned, has tried to overthrow their government; their very legally elected government, as attested to by neutral foreign observers, including Jimmy Carter. The sanctions are intended to destroy their economy. Which makes all of the claims about “The socialists are destroying the economy of Venezuela” ridiculous. Their economy would no doubt be doing much better if it weren’t for the sanctions. It’s like pouring salt all over your food and then sending it back because it’s too salty. It’s like kicking over a trash can and then complaining about all the garbage on the ground.
It’s bullying, it’s not sporting, the U.S. pulls that kind of shit all the time, and I’m embarrassed that more Americans aren’t bothered by it.

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Bernie is Everywhere

I’m sure you’ve all seen the memes. Bernie Sanders, at the inauguration, seated, looking maybe a bit grumpy as he’s got every reason to be, and wearing warm, woolly mittens. By the miracle of photographic manipulation and the imaginations of everybody on the internet, the picture has made it’s way to the far corners of the world, into space, the past, and the oval office. It has enhanced such great art works as The Last Supper, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, and Edward Hopper’s Diner. He has been inserted into the cast of The Golden Girls, Friends, Seinfeld, The Big Bang and probably quite a few others were I didn’t get the reference. He has been the drummer with the Beatles, and has been seen with both Big Bird and Baby Yoda. He’s sat on the Iron Throne and was as hard to find as Waldo in a Where’s Waldo scene. He’s sat on a bench with Forrest Gump, replaced E.T. in the basket of the flying bicycle, and was discovered, eerily glowing, by Indiana Jones. He made the cover of Vogue. He was at Yalta with Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill and sat with the workers having lunch on a girder during the construction of the Empire State Building. Some of my friends in Prague have got in on the act. I’m not computer savvy enough to pull it off, so I’ve been sharing theirs. I’ve seen him at Prague Castle, in the Metro, on Charles Bridge, and many other places on Prague. He has been blended into other memes and I suspect some people have just inserted him into their own photos. He’s everywhere. He is universal.
Why, non-Berners may be asking. Because we love the guy, that’s why, and it was a nice antidote to the substance free Biden love fest and fashion show. We aren’t going away, and the success of the Biden administration will be measured by how well he implements Bernie’s agenda.
If the federal minimum wage gets bumped to $15 an hour, Biden will be a very popular president. (I suspect that’s one thing that Bernie is going to push hard for) If Biden creates millions of jobs erecting wind turbines and solar farms, he will save the economy and make electricity cheaper, and environmentalists will love him, too. If not, well, not so much. (canceling the Keystone permit was a nice first step. Re-entering the Paris Accord is essentially meaningless) If we get Medicare for All, forgiveness of student debt, and legalization of marijuana, his popularity ratings will go through the roof.
On the other hand, if he starts a war, he will right away be denounced. Because Bernie would not do that.

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No Cause for Celebration

This is cheating a little bit, because I already posted it as a Facebook comment, but it’s blog length, so here you go.

Somebody told me to go be a party pooper on my own page, so here it is. Comments and arguments are welcome.Sure, it’s good that Trump is no longer president, and I am happy the event transpired without violence. But that doesn’t mean that “America has returned to normal” and it certainly doesn’t prove that normal is good.We had a candidate, an honest candidate, who has been working tirelessly for the working people of America for the last 40 years, and he was cheated out of the Democrat nomination by rich people, the mainstream media (owned by rich people) and slimy politicians (who work for rich people).Joe Biden is a million miles away from being an adequate substitute. If we want to save the planet, we have to redouble our efforts, both in the political arena and outside of it, because the planet most definitely does not have a friend in the White House. We have to be more vigilant than ever about the U.S. starting unnecessary wars to oppress small countries on behalf of the oil industry, because everything in Biden’s record indicates he’ll do that if he gets the chance. We have to continue to insist that Black Lives Matter, because Biden just loves the police and he’s the one who gave them carte blanche to stop people for no reason, beat the shit out of them with impunity, and throw them in jail forever with his stupid crime bill of 1992. And we have to keep fighting for the legalization of marijuana, which really should be a no-brainer but dinosaurs like old Joe Biden from the ‘Reefer Madness’ generation have just been opposing the devil’s lettuce for so long they can’t stop, no matter how many of their own families get busted for cocaine. In short, go ahead and celebrate your pseudo victory, your awards ceremony for ‘not even 2nd best but, hey, there are worse,’ but remember that us Bernie people have not gone away.We will be watching, and calling out the bullshit, every single day.

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Inauguration Day

It is 1:40 p.m. in Prague, so by the time it gets to be that in Washington, D.C. about 6 or 7 hours from now, Joe Biden will have been inaugurated president. All of my vbnmw friends, the white liberals MLK warned us about, are positively giddy with the mediocrity. The news coverage leads me to believe that most Biden supporters were lovers of “The Crown.”
Jill Biden will be wearing purple. This is a fact we all know. Whether or not he’s going to start a war with Venezuela, or Iran, we’ll just have to wait and see. We know that Biden visited a cemetery, and had a little ceremony for those who’ve died of Covid. But we haven’t heard a peep out of him r.e. universal health care, except that he’s against it. That is the one thing that would help now, and with any future pandemics (which we’re probably going to continue to have, because he doesn’t really give a shit about the environment, either), but it’s important to note that Tom Hanks, who once had Covid, will be at the inauguration.
I’ve seen lots of people posting about how rude the Trumps are being by not attending the inauguration, and by not graciously welcoming the Bidens to the White House.
Well, you know what bothers me? How chummy the Obamas are with G.W. Bush. Sure, we know that Trump’s got no class, and no manners, but the Democrats have no reason for existing. They don’t object to war, they don’t object to corruption, but by golly, they sure know how to dress appropriately, and observe all the traditions.
I would blame the press, as I usually do, but in this case, that’s what the majority of the American people want. The American people are way too easy to please.

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