It’s Depressing to Be a Democrat

June 11, 2021

By Karen

After four years of Trump lying, gaslighting, and trying to kill us, survivors who retained a shred of sanity turned out in November — by a 7 MILLION-vote majority — to put a Democrat back in the White House. We expected Biden to deliver a swift return to honesty, decency, respect for the rule of law — and consequences for the crimes Trump and his cronies committed to our faces.

Unfortunately, we failed down-ballot to give Joe Biden large enough Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress to clean up the mess Trump left.

In a perfect world, Democrats would be flushing out the treason by expelling and indicting every member of Congress who enabled Trump’s presidential crime spree, which would include Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Rubio, Cruz and many others.

Instead, riffing on Star Trek lingo, Democrats are letting Republicans put the needs of the few (themselves) above the needs of the many (us).

And if that weren’t enough, Senate Democrats saddled with with the most abjectly stupid member, Joe Manchin, are letting him put the imbecilic needs of the ONE (himself) above the needs of ALL.

For instance, just 35 Senate Republicans were able to squash a January 6 commission, back-stabbing the Democratic majority who foolishly gave them every concession they demanded. By doing nothing in the aftermath, it looks like Democrats may let their treasonous colleagues’ complicity in Trump’s insurrection remain hidden forever.

You know the old saying, “Fool us once, shame on you…”?

Congressional Democrats would finish it: “Fool us EVERY TIME, grind the government to a halt, no problem.”

Manchin insists on keeping the filibuster because he still believes in Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the existence of 10 “good” Republicans. All by his lonesome — thanks to a fucked-up 50/50 Senate — Manchin can destroy all hope of getting the country back on track. Even though he heard, same as we did, that Moscow Mitch and his Murderous Minority will stop at nothing to make Biden fail.

Speaking of Trump, why is he still loose? The moment he left Washington, he should have been arrested and sentenced as “Individual 1” in the Stormy Daniels payoff crime that still has Michael Cohen under house arrest. Trump, confirmed in court as the mastermind, is MORE guilty than Cohen, yet, he’s free to spew demented lies and tear apart sanity itself to keep his MAGA cult sending him money and plotting a coup.

And how about that new attorney general, Merrick Garland? Who knew he’d be Bill Barr’s Mini-Me, covering for and defending Trump at every turn?

As I was writing this post, I read in The Washington Post that the DOJ is also fighting to keep hidden records from the Trump Hotel near the White House. The hotel where Trump raked in bribes from countries who booked rooms and events to curry favor.

I’ve had it. Chuck Schumer should be kicking McConnell and Manchin ass until they cooperate, and Nancy Pelosi should be hosting egg rolls of Republican heads down the Capitol steps to clean out the treason and corruption in the House.

Instead, they just talk, talk, talk and do NOTHING while McConnell responds with that creepy toothless, lipless grin of his.

Trump gave a speech in North Carolina last week, showing up in such a baggy, tatty blue suit that everyone thought he had his pants on backwards. Take a look at the babbling idiot Republicans are staking their futures on…

Depressed, disappointed, despairing, disillusioned, distraught, desperate. That’s how I feel. We voted for Democrats to hold Trump accountable and punish him for his crimes. We were counting on them to preserve the democracy Republicans are bent on destroying. But if Democrats refuse to do it, even though it means their own destruction, we’re doomed.

BONUS: The Boston Globe is publishing a six-part editorial series called “Future-Proofing the Presidency.” It calls outright for Trump to be held criminally accountable for obstructing justice. (The link works even if you don’t subscribe.)


From the Notebook

May 6, 2021

By Karen

First, I must report Tony has had his first culinary mishap. I’d just turned off the stove and was pouring a pot of boiling pasta into a colander in the sink while Tony watched. Here’s an old photo of Tony with the same burner/pot…

In the seconds I was at the sink, the tip of Tony’s tail touched the still-hot burner. When I returned to the stove, I pushed his tail away and smelled burning fur. Tony jumped down in utter confusion.

Later upon inspection, I found 1) No burnt skin, so tragedy averted (as the late Yul’s tail amputations taught me), and 2) more tail got singed than I realized.

Tony eventually noticed it himself and started licking. Today the singed part feels almost smooth again. Whew!

While the cats were picking horses, I’ve been taking notes on the news.

With SCOTUS, Smaller is Better: I stand by my compromise of rightsizing SCOTUS by reducing the number justices. The elegant simplicity is that Biden doesn’t have to nominate anyone who will immediately have Fox trashing their reputation. It also eliminates confirmation hearings, so Senate Republicans can’t spew treason on live TV.

Just cut the court back to seven justices with an impartial LIFO layoff, last in, first out. That rids us of the worst two: Amy “I Hate Women” Barrett and Brett “I Love Beer” Kavanaugh.

Republicans Refuse to Govern, Hate America: Moscow Mitch McConnell just announced, “100% of my focus is on stopping this new administration,” just like he vowed to make Obama a one-term president. McConnell also blabbered, “Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle just can’t resist stretching out the pandemic, using it as a rationale for additional spending far beyond what is best for the country.”

Yeah, it was the Democrats dragging their feet the whole year Trump was dancing in the blood of 500M+ COVID victims and trying to get a crazed mob to murder Congress. Sure, Mitch.

Clearly, Republicans’ mission is to keep Americans destitute or dead and the country’s infrastructure in rubble as long as they’re rich. No matter what Biden does, McConnell says it has no Republican support. So, it’s past time to end the filibuster and make every traitorous, useless Republican roadkill under the steamroller of Democratic progress.

Give Vax Deniers the Right to Die: If Biden won’t mandate vaccinations for feckless morons who are the REAL ones “stretching out the pandemic,” let’s shun them like smokers. If they can’t show proof of vaccination, don’t let them in anywhere without a mask, and throw them out if they refuse to keep their distance. We need to isolate these disease-carrying vermin as a herd so may infect and kill off each other and end the pandemic.

Trump Returns to Social Media — Not: Facebook just banned Trump for another six months, but we all know they’ll eventually let him spread lies and stoke violence again, because Facebook is an intellectual landfill where facts and wisdom go to die.

Law enforcement — anywhere — needs to wrap up “investigating” and arrest Trump on any of his myriad felonies. They’ve got video, audio, paper trail and witnesses in most cases. Imprison Trump as a flight risk until his trials. Cutting Trump off from call-in interviews and social media would bring peace of mind to the world.

So Bill Barr Lied — Now What?: A judge finally admitted it. Former Attorney General Bill Barr’s four-page “summary” of the Mueller report was all lies and he never had the slightest intention of prosecuting Trump for anything — EVER.

As always, criminal behavior of Trump and his cronies was exactly what it seemed when we watched them do it, no investigations or hearings necessary. Bill Barr has been exposed as the Trump-loving, DOJ-sabotaging toady he presented himself as. Will he be disbarred? Charged with perjury? Obstruction of justice? Or allowed to shrug it off, as so many of Trump’s criminal accomplices have done so far?

Bringing Trump and his enablers to justice would force Republicans to face consequences, and force them to Plan B. Whatever Plan B is, it can’t possibly be worse than propping up a demented wannabe dictator with lies so they can make the U.S. an autocracy.


Make McConnell Smell Scorched Earth NOW

March 18, 2021

By Karen

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is peeing himself over Democrats passing a federal voter protection bill. It could nullify 250+ laws Republicans are trying to ram through their state legislatures so they can stay in power with every form of cheating imaginable.

McConnell knows — probably from experience — that Republicans are toast without cheating. They’ve been the minority at least since 2000, when the Supreme Court handed George W. Bush the presidency.

Biden wanted a collaborative relationship, but McConnell’s having none of that, instead threatening “scorched earth” unless Dems continue to let the leader of the losers steer the country from the backseat…

Gauntlet, consider it thrown down. Democrats, stop playing nice. We voted for you to DO SOMETHING. Call McConnell’s bluff. Show him what scorched earth looks like. Shove the filibuster down his goddamn throat — because you can.

Just like Trump and McConnell lied to, stole from, sickened and killed Americans by the millions — because they could.

McConnell’s a crumbling wreck who can barely move his lips. His party’s loss put him in the corner. Keep him there until he croaks.

Now, stepping down the chain a link…

To racist Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. He’s the guy who has nothing but fond admiration for the Capitol rioters, but fears lawless BLM demonstrators…

Call his bluff, too. Since Republicans are so fond of “the good old days,” let’s give a contemporary twist to sorting out witches back in the 1600s and let Ron prove his patriotism.

U.S. intelligence predicts that Trump’s never-ending gaslighting of white supremacists will likely spark more mass violence this year, so let’s put it to good use. The next time a MAGA mob riots, give them Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, Josh Hurley, Kevin McCarthy, and every other Congressperson who wanted to ignore the election and make Trump dictator.

They have nothing to fear. They’ll be among the peaceful, law-abiding voters they love.

If the seditious mob hails them as heroes, it’s proves they’re also insurrectionists. Swiftly bring them to trial to receive appropriate punishment for treason.

But if the mob turns on them, suffocating them with bear repellent, beating them with American flags or tearing them limb from limb, the joke’s on them for trusting a brainwashed mob.

It’s a win-win. Congress efficiently rids itself of Trump scum.

As frustrating as these situations are, we have only ourselves to blame. Every idiot who voted for Biden, only to instantly sabotage him by voting down-ticket for corrupt Republicans like Mitch McConnell should get help. There’s something seriously wrong with you. Do you want progress or not?

And don’t forget where your COVID-19 vaccination or your $1,400 stimulus came from. (Hint: Trump had nothing to do with either one. He was too busy playing golf, watching TV and planning insurrections.)

TONY BONUS: Last night, Tony gave us all a scare when he appeared at the third beam, beyond the balcony. This photo was taken from below. His shadow on the ceiling is two stories up. Every cat has ventured onto that beam once, when young and foolish, never to return. Roc, being very long, is the only one who routinely goes out there, because he can pull himself across the span onto the balcony…

“Roc played a mean game of Truth or Dare with me. I lost.”

I’m happy to report that I was able to talk Tony back in from the ledge, and third beam continues to be but a dream.


McConnell Coddles Trump to the End

January 14, 2021

By Karen

But before I get political, I’ve got a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

Cats Working reader Tracy is appearing on HGTV Friday, January 15, at 11:30 a.m. EST, in the pilot episode of Reno Italiano

Tracy and her husband Matt bought a centuries-old house in Italy that’s been abandoned for 60 years. On the show, an Italian construction team comes in and renovates it for them, and the results are a surprise. They are planning to leave the U.S. and live there.

It’s a popular format in home improvement TV. My favorite guy for that is Mike Holmes, who looks like Canadian Mr. Clean. I wish he could give my house a makeover. He’d tear it down to the studs and start over.

Tune in or set your DVR to watch Reno Italiano. If it attracts enough viewers, a whole series is a go.

Now, as for Trump…

So yesterday Trump got himself impeached for the second time. A fat lot of good it does, because Mitch McConnell is determined to hang onto his last shred of power by refusing to convene the Senate trial that could immediately convict and remove Trump. He wrote it couldn’t possibly be “fair or serious” if rushed.

It’s not like the whole world witnessed Trump on national TV inciting the riot or anything.

McConnell also coyly leaked that he might be “pleased” about this impeachment and would like to hear the legal arguments (as if he doesn’t recognize sedition. McDonnell might even possibly think about maybe considering a vote for conviction.

Apparently, Trump made a little nicey-nicey speech, claiming he never wanted violence and he wasn’t jerking off to the TV while he watched the riot “fight for him” at the Capitol last week.

I didn’t see it. We all know he’s lying and he’ll say anything as the prison walls close in.

But if there’s any report of Trump’s cultists rioting ANYWHERE before Biden’s inauguration, McConnell and Mike Pence need to be arrested tried for treason for aiding and abetting the certified insurrectionist in the White House.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party is in tatters, split between those who think Trump’s cult went too far or didn’t go far enough. The latter faction is culling its own herd as the FBI rounds them up to face criminal charges.

Since Trump knows he faces no immediate consequences for trying to kill Congress, and he’s said he won’t attend the inauguration, the only unknown now is where he’ll hole up until the subpoenas and indictments and canceled business contracts start rolling in. Presumably Mar-a-Lago.

On the cat front…

I’m being stalked by Roc’s Fuglen the Bird and Tony’s Yellow Sparkle Ball (which he just rediscovered under that pile of tatty brown paper he likes to play in). If I spend any time in any room, I find both of them lurking nearby…

While I was taking that pic, Tony couldn’t resist a photobomb…

Sometimes he also brings me his Christmas Miracle Froggy, which has already lost both eyes and one leg.

Roc says “Hi” from his spot on the printer…

And Max has finally recovered fully and is back to his usual state of perpetual annoyance…

I’m trying to help Max kick his new Gerber baby food habit, but he’s still showing up every morning and evening for a fix. Now that he’s taken the full 14-day course of meds I was sneaking into it, it’s a pricey vice at $1.19 a jar (how to people afford to feed babies?). Max now also has a fondness for snuggling up to a hot water bottle. I can still indulge him in that (that green towel behind him is his bottle).

BONUS: Since my Twitter feed is suspended, I was a little late finding Randy Rainbow’s latest, “Sedition”…

For the record, when Randy refers to reusing the song, this is what he’s talking about. It’s from May 2020, about Trump’s response to COVID…


2020 Election: Happy and Ashamed

November 5, 2020

By Karen

Let’s establish this: This election is a protracted clusterfuck with no clear winner only because of Trump’s incompetence and interference.

Trump’s signature double hand-job gesture. He thinks it makes him look cool.

If Trump hadn’t welcomed untold illness and death from COVID, we wouldn’t have millions of mail-in ballots to count. And probably hundreds of thousands still lying around post offices that might have changed many down-ballot elections if they’d been delivered and counted.

I’ll start with the good news (any figures I cite are accurate as of this minute)…

My Congresswoman, Democrat Abigail Spanberger, narrowly beat by just over 1 point a Trump-wannabe punk named Nick Freitas. Also, Biden won my county by a hair, even though it’s always been red and went with Trump in 2016.

That makes me feel better about the people who live around me.

Statewide in Virginia, incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner beat his Republican challenger by about 11 points. Virginia itself went for Biden by about 9 points and gave him 13 electoral votes.

Now, the bigger picture…

With counting still in progress, Trump is already throwing around baseless and premature lawsuits like an ape flinging feces. Biden is within whiskers of the 270 damn Electoral College votes needed to win. He’s already ahead of Trump (at 68M) by nearly 4 MILLION votes (72M). Biden also set the all-time record of votes for ANY presidential election.

In 2016, Trump got 62M. That means he’s gained 6M in spite of four years of corrupting the government and killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Bottom line: Of the country’s 153M registered voters (as of 2018), about 41% went for Trump and 47% for Biden. The rest either sat it out, voted for some kook, or their ballots are still at the post office.

The total U.S. population is estimated at 331M. That means Trumpers comprise just 21% of us, but their despicable behavior makes us ALL look very, very bad.

I think Trump’s number should be around 17%. That’s his most hardcore crazies who would drink Kool-Aid with cyanide for him. (He may tell them to before January).

The United States will never live down that the election was this close. If I ever travel abroad again, I’ll never be able to admit being American without extreme embarrassment.

Politicians, including Biden, have been saying, “This is not who we are.”

Well, it turns out this is EXACTLY who too many of us are. Trumpers want…

  • Destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.
  • People unable to get medical care and forced into bankruptcy due to illness.
  • Nepotism in the highest ranks; a “ruling family” that behaves like monarchs.
  • Betrayal of our allies, with closer ties to brutal, corrupt dictators.
  • Persecution of immigrants; caging children, sending asylum seekers back to near-certain death.
  • Millions more sickened, potentially killed, by a raging, unchecked pandemic.
  • Corrupt politicians robbing the government blind to enrich themselves.
  • Environmental devastation; filthy air and water; more wildfire, floods, hurricanes.
  • People working full-time yet living in poverty.
  • Armed self-appointed “militias” roaming the streets to enforce their own notions of “law and order.”

I could go on and on.

It’s a relief that Biden probably will win, but it only sidelines Trump when he needs to be silenced. He’ll rant and tweet to his goons with guns whom he’s emboldened to keep threatening the rest of us.

If Republicans hold onto the Senate, Biden’s term could be Obama Redux. Thanks to the unfathomable Kentucky morons who must think a seventh term will be the charm and make Mitch McConnell give a tiny shit about them, he’ll still be able to block any progress we could make. He’ll be supported by Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins, the dirtbag and the ditz.

I’ve stopped watching “news” shows. I can’t hear another fucking word until all the results are final. I’d like to drive a stake through any pundit who opines about Trump running again in 2024. They also speculate Trump will start a propaganda network or take over Rush Limbaugh’s radio show when lung cancer finally finishes him.

If there’s any silver lining, it’s that if Biden does win, Trump’s humiliation will likely eat what’s left of his brain like battery acid. His father’s voice will echo…

“You were IN!. You could have been bigger than Putin or Kim for another four years. But you BLEW IT, just like the fortune I gave you. YOU’RE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST LOSER!”

When federal investigations into his corruption get underway and New York prosecutors move in, there will be no time to plan his next big business venture. The rest of Trump’s miserable life will be focused on not having his assets seized and staying out of prison.

But Trump may be beyond caring by the time his empire crumbles. He’s headed straight for a final physical breakdown. He’s on track to end his days a babbling, drooling invalid in a wheelchair in some nursing home his kids and Melania never visit.


The GOP Has Trumped Itself

June 8, 2016

By Karen

Paul Ryan abandoned integrity and decency when he caved to Donald Trump’s candidacy, losing the right to denounce any new outrage that comes out of Trump’s mouth. Trump has been vile since the very beginning, yet Republicans endorsed him anyway. What leverage do they have now to change him? None.

If Ryan, McConnell & Co. are willing to seize control of the White House using a nut job who hides his baldness under a ginger ferret and wears the rust from his own mental disintegration on his face, they will sink the GOP beyond redemption.

Under a President Trump, we might see mass deportations and internment camps (à la the Japanese during World War II) for anybody he finds offensive — Hispanics, blacks, Muslims, women, journalists, judges, fellow Republicans who oppose him. The world will be forced to live under the threat of nuclear war because he thinks the U.S. needs to lead by being more unpredictable.

Our legislative and judicial branches of government will have to devote themselves to keeping Trump from destroying the world. They’ll recall their years of relentless Obama obstructionism as the Gentle Times. Trump will use the presidency only to stroke his ego, while his supporters and the rest of us watch the country fall apart from his neglect.

It’s astounding that anybody can listen to Trump for five minutes and not see a tyrant in the making. No other presidential candidate in history has ever campaigned on a constant barrage of taunts and threats against everyone who crosses his field of vision.

I believe we’re seeing a man who stands on the brink of full-fledged dementia, and his staffers are keeping silent out of sheer terror. But if he loses, the truth will come out before Hillary’s inauguration.

Trump is the worst sort of mentally unstable, narcissistic opportunist, appealing to the worst in those he maniacally thinks will constitute a majority he can exploit. His followers are desperate for a messiah; they’re not picky about who it is. Every time Trump pulls off another unspeakable, hateful diatribe without facing any real consequences, they’re more convinced he’s larger than life. And if they help him get what he wants, he’ll eat their souls for breakfast and pick his teeth with their bones.

Trump is a wannabe despot who aspires to degrade, deport, torture, and nuke as many people as he can in his impossible quest to satisfy his insatiable insecurity. Behind all his bluster, he’s the ultimate no-class loser.

Donald Trump doesn’t want to make America great again. He wants to make America, and the world, his bitch — just to prove to himself that he’s man enough to do it.


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