"FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME."
♪ ♫ I hit my knees and thank the Lord for this life of mine
♪ ♫ I see you leaning, you're bound to fall; I don't want to be that mistake. I'm just a dreamer and nothing more; You should know it before it gets too late. ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ I'm just here to love you, girl, and it's your world and I'm just passin' through ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ The urge to run, the restlessness; the heart of stone I sometimes get. The things I've done for foolish pride; the me that's never satisfied ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ I make you laugh and tell you things
You start thinking this is more than what it really is
You're beginning to dream and maybe someday
You could be the angel that could make me change
But all I see is a storm that you'll get lost in
Cause if it feels this good when we're just talkin'
You should be walking away, walking away ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ She said you're a ramblin' man, you ain't ever gonna change; You got a gypsy soul to blame, and you were born for leavin' ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ Well I can't give you everything you want, but I could give you what you thought you need ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ Oh the last goodbye's the hardest one to say. This is where the cowboy rides away. ♪ ♫
I'm not a perfect person
There's many things I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
I'm sorry that I hurt you
It's something I must live with every day
And all the pain I put you through
I wish that I could take it all away ♪ ♫
Squan: Supreme Court: "Open the books."
Let's do a statistical analysis...How many Trumplicans will switch their party affiliation to Independent when the rest of the country learns what the NYC Metropolitan area has known forever.
Squan: Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota pokes fun at Ted Cruz, his fellow senator, in his new autobiography, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate."
"Here's the thing you have to understand about Ted Cruz," Franken wrote in the book, an excerpt of which was published by Axios. "I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz."
Squan: At least a smidge of integrity and conscience, but let's not get carried away with all of them.
Squan: Is Moscow Mitch coming to grips with reality?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blasted Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s embrace of “loony lies and conspiracy theories” as a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said in a statement first shared with The Hill. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
EllyPhont: When you get up to dance with the Devil, you don't get to decide when the song ends. Mitch is just trying to sit down but he's let/encouraged this cancer in his party and the song's not over yet.
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." -Carlin
Squan: If they haven't gotten it by now, they never will. Hold it. Former NJ Governor Fat F Chris Christie did. Scratch that.
Squan: The Presidential Medal of Freedom - "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Hoodie says no thanks. They've been giving them out like lollipops to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Devin Nunes, & Jim Jordan. Disgraceful even before the attack on the Capitol
Arnold explains the correlation to his childhood in post-WWII Austria and the loss of democracy.
Squan: Did we really think he'd take responsibility for the riot? It was as clear as the day that he stood on that podium and said he'd be with rioters when they walked to the Capitol, which of course he didn't do. Did we really think he'd be with us? When has he ever taken responsibility for his bad decisions to do or say, or his negligence not to do or say? Is that how we handle our own lives, play the Blame Game, transfer our own mistakes and the mistakes of YOUR messiah (lower case M) onto others?
You don't trust him any more than anyone else, and he'd be the last person you'd trust if he was a neighbor, co-worker, or even a relative. And your hidden agenda of support is hardly hidden. If you only associate yourself with those of your ilk that wear rose-colored glasses, then the brand on your forehead isn't obvious. To anyone whose is capable of logic, but more importantly has a conscience and a true love for their country supersedes their own greed or biases, truth matters.
Most of us should approve of tax code for the richest of the rich being rolled back. How much money does one need while there is poverty in the richest nation of the world, and in most cases through no fault of their own? He's as much a president of the common man as he is pro-military. Actions speak louder than words.
All of us should approve of experts being nominated for top positions in the administration and government, and the diversity of such appointments. "In order to form a more perfect union," in large measure, is to reverse America's Original Sin, which has of course morphed from an overt to a covert persecution of people of color? And for those fleeing the persecution in other countries or seeking a better way, like most of our ancestors, it remains overt.
And those who remain naively uninformed by getting their "news" from from social media sites and right-wing "opinion" networks, are dangerous indeed. Dozens upon dozens of learned men and women through history have eloquently and emphatically proclaimed that the free press assures freedom, liberty itself depends on it. Yet the bad shepherd condemns mainstream media and his sheep scurry to find another platform that will air his hate.
Big business has benefited from a revised tax code, yet one by one they are rejecting the president's brand because they have deemed it toxic to their own brand. And since wealth is the messiah's god, the deaths of hundred of thousands of lives to COVID has been pushed even further down the list of priorities.
I only wish that I will have to apologize to those whom I believe are ready to criticize Uncle Joe's every move, even though they are intended to: stem the tide of COVID, promote liberty, justice, and opportunity (an economy) for all including women and people of color, assure there exists a Planet Earth for the next generation, restore national security, and reestablish the credibility of the US worldwide. No self-serving out of Uncle Joe. The job will more than likely kill him.
Indulge me in an analogy (or is it a metaphor)...
One term in office can be described as the first half of a basketball game. Our nation is thirty points down. The coaches (the Electoral College and the popular vote) have agreed to take the starters out and try the players on the bench in the second half.
Were you one of the starters, and will you be a good teammate and support the bench players or hope that they succeed? After all, it is your team, your country. Or are you that small, that vindictive as to wish them failure? They don't simply have to score thirty-one points to win, they have to OUTSCORE their opponents by thirty-one to win. Being human means they won't do everything right, but the support of their teammates and those in the stands, things might just turn around to the benefit of everyone. And at the end of the game, the coaches will again decide who starts the next game.
And what should be said of all of these quitters, those who have jumped ship, in the current administration? Have their decisions been made out of conscience (finally) or prompted out of survival of their own careers as they see it? Has the riot been an epiphany, something that they didn't realize until the assault on the Capitol, the symbol of our country? Is that why a number of Senators dropped their objections to certification of the electoral college vote? And what of Hawley and Cruz? Those of their own party are calling for their ouster, citing blatant ambition as their motivation, even after the riots. (The attacks on the president when he was a candidate in the Republican Primary by the likes of Cruz and Graham are worth noting, before they flipped 180 degrees to his side.)