We're all dead stars

Every once in awhile, I stop to ponder this amazing thing we call life and the fact that all of the elements heavier than hydrogen and helium were created with the massive power in an exploding star. And that means that most of us, our hair and skin, our brains are built from matter that was created in an exploding star. Pretty neat.

Law and Order

I'd like to point out the second word in this law and if you don't think Trump incited the insurrection, there is only one reason: you don't want to see it. The party of law and order. Yeah. Okay.

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

What took you so long?

We all knew it was coming. Every time we went to the grocery store and saw jerks without masks. Every time we walked by a bar that was packed inside with no one socially distancing themselves and nobody wearing masks. Every time we watched a Trump super spreader event. Obviously a virus that doesn't care what side of the political spectrum you're on, that doesn't care if you're related, is going to infect the people who don't take precautions. I'm kind of surprised it took so long.

Now he's in the hospital and I'm seeing right wingers suggest that maybe "the libs" infected him through his microphone at the debate. Or that Biden should suspend his campaign to allow Trump some recovery time, as if Trump would have done that for Biden.

Trump dismantled the Pandemic Response Team in China, the one that Obama put there specifically to try to head off this kind of outbreak. He threw out the pandemic playbook Obama left him for how to deal with these things. States were pitted against each other for PPE, driving the prices up. He got rid of scientists who didn't tow the line on his baloney. He downplayed the virus, its dangers and transmissibility. He mocked people wearing masks, and his supporters listened. He held super spreader events with people packed together, very few of them wearing masks.

My only question for the virus is, what took you so long?

A plea for Republicans

I am pleading for any Republican politician to denounce Donald Trump. You turned your backs on the man coordinating interference in our elections. You ignored when he knocked John McCain after he died. You didn't notice his feud with a 15-year-old autistic girl. You turned the other cheek when he fought with Gold-Star parents. You apparently didn't care that he sided with Putin over our own intelligence. He has politicized the Justice Department. He uses his office to punish his opponents and help his friends. He funnels money into his own businesses. He despises half of the country.

His lack of leadership and vindictiveness have led to tens of thousands of Americans dying and left us as the medical pariah of the world.

And now—knowing that Putin paid Taliban fighters to kill NATO forces, including American soldiers—he did nothing except invite Russia into the G7.

Have you no patriotism? Have you no shame? Have you no concept of right or wrong? Is there anything you are willing to draw a line on? Are you that afraid of a mean Tweet? Does your hypocrisy and spinelessness extend to not defending our own soldiers?

Except, yes I can

I cannot believe Trump has turned a global pandemic into a partisan issue.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe that Americans who have spent their lives preparing for the apocalypse are whining about wearing a mask.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe that science is, once again, being thought of as something one can choose to believe or not believe.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe there are people who think that by ignoring a problem, it will go away.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe that the Department of Justice has become blatantly political.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe that so many people continue to support a president who is so unbelievably obviously a conman.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe the president suggested that injecting disinfectants might get rid of the virus a few weeks ago and it's already forgotten.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe the media keep falling for his follow-up distractions.

Except, yes I can.

I cannot believe the Republican Party has sunken to defending an above-the-law president, and casting a blind eye to his sycophant pals getting out of jail after being found guilty.

Except, yes I can.

I knew the republicans would find a way to get worse after W., though I couldn't figure out how. They have succeeded beyond their wildest imaginations and the insane minority now rules. Their extremist judges will stain the judiciary for a generation. The current state of the Republican Party needs to be annihilated at the polls in November.
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