Saturday, May 27, 2017
Back in the 1960's while I was doing time in Catholic school we were surrounded by nuns, dressed in full nun regalia, who were our teachers, principals and tormentors.
This is why The Keepers on Netflix is so captivating to those of us who lived in that time. A 26 year old nun named Sister Cathy Chesnik was found murdered in Baltimore back in 1969 and the case went cold. Her head was bashed in, her car was found near her apartment, her body had been moved, an abuse victim was allegedly taken to her body as a warning. It's all here. Except it really is true.
Who killed Sister Cathy? This is what this fascinating 7 part documentary is all about. The Catholic all girls high school called Keough was rife with sexual abuse of young girls by a a Father Joseph Maskell, who served as Principal of the school. Sister Cathy had taught at the school and the implication was she knew of the abuse by Fr Maskell and may have murdered to keep her quiet. Or not.
Some of the women who attended the school in the late 60's and early 70's decided they had to figure this mystery out because it was obvious the Baltimore cops, the Baltimore DA or the Archdiocese arent going to tell you anything.
The Keepers doesnt necessarily stay on the road it starts out on. You will be disgusted with the Archdiocese moving a pedophile like Maskell around to keep him from blowing the lid off a brewing scandal. You will be brought to lows as you listen to these former Keough students all now in their 60's talk of their abuse in graphic detail. You will cringe not knowing what happened to people who feature prominently in the story. It really is Making A Murderer 2.
Perhaps it may be more in my wheelhouse because of the characters involved are basically my life from age 5 to 17. Priests, Nuns, Jesuits, brainwashed Catholics with their heads in the sand. It's all here.
Who killed Sister Cathy? You may not get the answer in the 7 parts but you will definitely have a theory. There are suspects you dont suspect at first and then go hmmmmm, There are those you say yep he did it and then go how? You will bounce around like a ping pong ball.
The women who are digging into this very personal crime are relentless. They arent going to stop. They want to know who killed their favorite teacher and why. Better watch out whoever did it. It shows people over 60 dont have to sit in a chair and accept corruptness and lies. People over 60 can topple this institutionalized garbage if they so choose. Not all of them are zombie eyed Trump voters longing for a time when priests did get away with murder and child abuse. Longing for a time when things were simple because everyone chose to be ignorant. It was just easier that way.
It's really worth the time you invest.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Just a day or so after making the Pope take numerous showers to wash the stench of an talking orange Lucifer off his holiness, Donald F Trump went to Brussels, or as Trump calls it, a hellhole to meet with NATO leaders. You know, NATO, France, Germany, England, and a bunch of others we promised to defend back after the Rooskies took over Eastern Europe back after the Big One?
Trump, of course, feels much more comfortable being around goons and thugs like the President of Turkey, The Saudi King, Bibi Netanyahu, the Filipino murderer, Putin, Greg Gianforte. Trump wants to be them so much, a tinpot dictator body slamming journalists, murdering his opponents, shooting drug dealers, having his private security creeps beat up pesky Belgian protesters, building walls keeping the brown people out, and beheading people on Pennsylvania Avenue. Oh what a life Donald F Trump wants to lead.
But meeting leaders who actually got more votes than their opponents is strange to a narcissistic toddler like our fearless orange pile of compost. Hey he prefers leaders who didnt get as many votes yet seized power anyway. Cuz Donald F Trump is a tough guy. A tough guy standing up for Barney Badass American who lives in a
As Trump pushed the President of Montenegro out of his fucking way because he stands behind no man named "Monte" and its all America First, the rest of the civilized world (apparently urban America and Canada and Europe) stood aghast at how this guy could make things worse each and every hour.
Trump could not even lie for once and express support for Article 5 of the NATO treaty which states an attack on one is an attack on all. Nope, his Russian masters would not stand for that and they have the tape to keep Trump in line. Hey dipshit, you DO know that all the European allies have sent troops to help out in Afghanistan and Iraq? Christ,our drones and planes have even friendly fired a few of them. Thats something you can look up, or have someone brief you on for 20 seconds or so before you start daydreaming again.
To stand there and call our German allies, the new leader of the free world, evil was bad enough. To tell the French President that he was "my guy" all along was a blatant lie. Hope Putin didnt hear that.
To any Europeans out there, look, most of us didnt vote for this orange hunk of dung and most of us hate his guts. Unfortunately with his Russian masters and a bunch of Republican Quislings also in his corner, we cannot do anything at this time. We are trying. Unfortunately, fucknut states like Montana (why that beauty is wasted on a band of thug supporting lamebrains is beyond me) keep throwing a wrench into the plan to rid ourselves of this national embarrassment. But we will keep trying.
In the meantime, enjoy the presence of the Best of America.
Keep showing the crowd sizes to see Former President Obama. It will make Donald F Trump very sad.
The Orange Embarrassment went overseas in the past week and last time I looked outside there wasnt any scorched landscape or zombies wandering around so I guess on the low bar that Trump has set, it was a great week.
Trump sucked off Saudi Arabia, told the Israelis he was just back from the "Middle East", got hand slapped by the Abused Wife in Chief twice and then went to the Vatican where a delighted Pope Francis got to meet the man who appointed Newt Gingrich's umpteenth mistress and third wife as an Ambassador to the Holy See. Trump met with the Pope, probably after asking who he was and make your answer less than 15 seconds, and the Pope couldnt have been happier. The Pope, a man who joked with the former President like they were on the Borscht Belt, looked like he was forced to meet with the fucking Devil himself. Oh Pope Francis, you have no idea. We Americans are a dumb sort who somehow let this overgrown child throw all the plates on the ground while Mommy and Daddy cheered and praised his uniqueness.
The Pope, as fine a Pope as Ive ever seen, gave Trump a copy of his encyclical calling for nations of the earth not to fucking destroy the earth with fossil fuels and pumping toxic materials into the water and air. Im sure Trump used the blank pages to play hangman or something but nonetheless Trump got an earful about health care and peace and all that libtard pussy shit and told the Pope, I wont forget what you said even though we all know he forgot the minute he walked out and stuffed his red tail back into his big boy pants.
But what this inhuman monster we are forced to call POTUS did to his Press Liar may give you an insight into Trumps empty soul. Sean Spicer is a miserable man. He is forced to go out and defend a pathological liar on a daily basis. He has been neutered by Melissa McCarthy. Spicer has hidden in bushes to avoid lying again. He truly looks like a man who wishes he was anyplace else but needs the gig. Basically he's all people who work for a shitheel of a boss and have to put up with it to eat. He doesnt enjoy what he does, you can tell. He's not like that hillbilly Sarah Huckabee Sanders who truly enjoys lying and being an openly disdainful Jezebel.
Spicer is a devout (except for that lying part) Roman Catholic who got drug around by the nose on the overseas Scorch the Earth Tour 2017. But Spicer went along for one reason. To meet the Pope. I mean come on, I retired from Catholicism 45 years ago (the pension sucks and so does the installed guilt), but if I got a chance to meet the Pope, fuck yeah!! Donald Trump, a truly disgusting man who thinks Jesus H Christ was a snowflake who needed a haircut and is still trying to call Pontius Pilate to congratulate him on the great job he is doing, refused to let Spicer meet the Pope because he'd rather drag himself and his dreadful Omen like family in for photo ops. And as you can tell, the Pope was thrilled to meet the dastardly Donald's Tribe of Villains.
Yes, Donald Trump, an orange glob of cowplop, wouldnt let his main liar have even a taste of his dream. And in being the total prick he was born as, Donald Trump, an orange pile of ooze, made the press actually feel sorry for Spicer.
So now its up to you Sean. Spit in this fuckers face and either quit, or come out and tell the truth. It would be better than meeting the Pope. In fact if you do that, the Pope may come to meet you.
Donald Trump is a non human immoral lunatic.
Pax Christi y'all!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
There arent many 13 year old kids I'd pay money to watch do anything. Oh there are exceptions, I mean Im sure a 13 year old Michael Jackson was pretty damn talented. I do pay for Netflix which means I sort of pay to watch 13 year old Millie Bobby Brown do her thing on Stranger Things and I would definitely pay to watch a 13 year old Barron Trump kick his old man in the balls, sometime in 2019.
Joey Alexander is his name. He's 13. He's from Bali in Indonesia. He was discovered by Wynton Marsalis or Herbie Hancock or some other jazz legend playing the piano by ear. Wow, can this kid play.
Theolonius Monk or John Coltrane can be very difficult to interpret, but this kid does it. The Joey Alexander Trio opened a concert last night here in Omaha with Monk's "Epistrophy", a song that goes all over the place, from sounding just like three musicians making noise to a grooving jazz number and then back to the noise. It really is something that non jazz fans might give up on, but to stick with it is ultimately rewarding. Joey and his two fellow members, bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer extraordinaire Willie Jones III, also tackled Coltrane, gospel songs and original compositions written by the wunderkind. It was a magical evening watching a boy genius and a couple of adult musicians at the top of their game.
Sitting so close to the stage is really the only way to go at jazz concerts. To see the facial expressions and the improv that jazz demands up close cannot be beat. The drumming of Jones was so fascinating to watch. I mean the man had all four extremities going in all directions at once, Whisk drumming with his left hand, keeping rhythm with his right, kicking the bass drum with his right foot and cracking the cymbals with his left foot, Jones may have been the most amazing drummer I have ever seen. Claffy played the upright bass with an intensity that made him shed his sport coat almost immediately and visibly sweat right thru his shirt. They both were fantastic.
But Joey. With an awkward stage presence to go along with the brilliant piano playing, you could not stop realizing this kid is only 13. The brilliant playing, then the stooped over shy banter of a child speaking to a crowd of people put you into discovery mode that you may have been witnessing the start of a legendary career. When he was pounding the ivories, he often stood while playing and made eye contact with his band mates and smiled, kind of like a damn this is fun look.
Yeah Joey. It was fun. Thanks
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Whoever the the first Republican Senator to stand up and exclaim "This Trump guy is a disaster" and calls for his firing will be famous. Oh not among the base of cultists and nitwits that make up that Republican base, but among the sane people who right now hate every fucking Republican member of Congress.
Watch out for this guy, America. His name is Ben Sasse (Weirdo-Ne) and he doesnt much like the orange blob of espionage in the White House. He didnt like him back in the summer of 2016, didnt much like him in the fall of 2016, and doesnt much like him now. Sasse took a lot of shit from the angry white rubes of his home state back in the good old days when Hillary was going to kick Trump's ass. Never gonna vote for him again, oughta be recalled blah blah blah. Yeah right.
Sasse has written a book about how to raise yer kiddies to grow up and be just like him and he's pimping it like Huggy Bear on a Friday night in 1978. Sasse seems to think "adults" have lost control and big brats like Trump have become the norm. Sasse has been making a lot of noise for a long time about the pre-school this nation has become. And quite frankly he's right. But since Ben Sasse became a superstar with his cute sarcastic twitter account where he acts goofy and tells people #LoveYourPassion when they call him a buck toothed baboon. No it was not me who did that, I called him a stupid hot dog vendor (I saw him selling hot dogs once at a football game) but then Im not all that creative.
Sasse is weird. He drives an Uber, he sells hot dogs at football games, he once said his daughters wake up every day and pray that Obamacare is repealed. See, weird.
But Ben Sasse may be the first Republican to show the guts to say what needs to be said. And if that happens, again, watch out for this guy. Sasse has the ability to not only be a right wing kook (which he is) but also have a sense of humor, including a self deprecating wit, which 99% of conservatives lack. I find myself reading his twitter and actually finding myself saying hey he sounds like a decent guy, which by the way he isnt. And if I do that, the rest of America may also find themselves turning into Ben Sasse groupies, simply because Trump has set the bar so fucking low, anybody with a personality and a sense of phony decency may shoot to the top of the 2020 list of crazies willing to not be Trumpski.
Sasse,in pimping his book, has gone onto the national stage and really been no better than any other Republican afraid of the giant shadow of the whack job base of Republican bigots, haters, and numbskulls that block the light of facts. But if Sasse ever does form a spine, and use it, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Look, the man is running for President in 2020. There is no doubt. So far, he is doing it very cautiously. Unable to actually stick that toe into the muck and grime that will be Republican rage thus far, he nonetheless is thinking about it. And if he does do the right thing, he will be a independent hero. But can he stand up to the scrutiny? That remains to be seen. Right now he's just another Republican hack kowtowing to a Russian operative.
Sasse is really everything Ted Cruz isnt. Harvard educated but able to play the folksy I'm just a simple Nebraska boy when in reality the guy couldnt wait to get out of that town we call Fremont. A town of anti-Hispanic clodhoppers who openly say it at the ballot box and then of course claim they aint racist. Sasse left town as soon as he graduated high school and ran off to the East Coast for the next 20 some years before coming back to Nebraska to take a job running a small religious college for just enough time to make people think yeah he's our Ben again and run for Senate, kicking some limp noodled Democrat offered up as a human sacrifice. Christ, Ben was so confident he'd return to his beloved DC, he never even sold his condo there. Yep, Go Big Red Baby!
So when Sasse finally decides to break ranks and actually calls for Trump to be impeached, just remember, the polling told him to do it, Because Ben Sasse is just a goofy looking Elmer Gantry. Do not be fooled.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
You see, we are generally a polite lot of people here in the city that just dismissed an opportunity to tell Donald Trump to go fuck himself and re-elected a nice, boring, harmless Republican woman as Mayor.. Yeah, I'm one of them who is generally polite, probably too much so (thanks mom & dad), yet I have absolutely ZERO problem with what is going on at Town Halls with these corporate stooges they call Republican House Members. Fuck them all. Oh sorry, was that too mean?
Our Representative here in the 2nd District is a smiling diminutive little Republican dipshit named Don Bacon (Double Dipper-Ne). Bacon is a former Air Force General who ran against a one term Republican turned Democrat named Brad Ashford who was as middle of the road as you can get. You could tell from the tire marks on his suits from being run over out there in the middle of the road. Ashford was well on his way to re election when the returns from the gerrymandered district I call Nebraska's version of East Berlin, Sarpy County, began to come in. Now to explain, Sarpy County is FULL of retired double dipping Air Force vets who spend 20 years at Offutt Air Force Base (thanks for your service), retire, and then get jobs in private business. Hey,I know, Ive worked with hundreds of them. And to a man or woman, they are, well how do I put this, basically fascist wannabes. They are Republican from the tips of the high and tight haircuts, to the toes of their comfortable shoes. The political offices in Sarpy County, Mayors and City Councils and law enforcement agencies all act like anyone form outside is an interloper bent on subversion and carnage. It is well known that driving in the county is something to be avoided. The Stasi , or as it is officially known as, The Sarpy County Sheriffs Department, will pull you over anytime you venture over Harrison Street into their fatherland. Yes, a little tip for tourists, Harrison Street is like Checkpoint Charlie. The only thing lacking is a wall. Sarpy County is indeed the place that gave us Representative Don Bacon (Lil General-Ne).
Bacon was running scared from Town Halls earlier in the year. He would hold "town halls" via conference call. He would hold "town halls" with only invited guests. He would say no public Town Halls because he was afraid of "outside agitators". He also claimed the "outside agitators" were paid by George Soros or Karl Marx or somebody. Bacon is indeed an idiot used to telling boot strappers what to do and having them do it no questions asked. This whole democracy thing is new to Don Bacon.
But Bacon could hide no more. He would put his stupidity out there for all to view. And he held "Town Halls" publicly, In safe areas. In the white sections of town, in the middle of the day, on weekdays, with little notice. Yet some still showed up to express their dissatisfaction with the Little General.
Yesterday, Don Bacon held a town hall in a little town called Bennington. Bennington is hard to find, a bit far to drive to and of course, full of folks fleeing the minorities that live in Omaha. Friendlies.
Sorry, Don, but the friendlies werent enough to toadie to you and your staff of doughboys. "Lies!" was the main shout that Bacon heard as he lied. Bacon called the ACHA a "rescue mission" to save health care. I sure hope General Don didnt general that way. We are going to rescue you by taking away any security you may need, Not a great way to general, General. Bacon went to the moldy talking points of "High risk pools" and "tax breaks" amid the shouts and the booing. There ya go, General, you aint no General anymore. The troops dont like you and arent going to snap to.
Bacon saw no problem with the firing of James Comey. Hey, he had no support from anybody, including the Demoncrats. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Bacon insisted there were no "red flags" involving Russia and Trump. He did concede that Russia was "trying to throw gasoline on our partisan divide.” Yeah thats it, Don, Russia is only interested in dividing us. Look, dumbfuck, we dont need their help. Trump provides more than enough gas for that fire. Bacon continued to pause and sigh and act like it was him being the victim while people in the crowd, many of whom would be out in the cold with no health insurance, would express their displeasure with his Trump ass kissing.
But did the rocking Town Hall experience make Bacon think? Nope....."It wasn’t pleasant, but it does embolden me,”.Great...it emboldens him to keep bringing the bullshit forward.
Bacon is vulnerable in 2018. He's as worthless a Rep as there can be. If the freedom lovers can overcome the zombies of
The answer depends on who you are. If you are a taxpayer sucking leech its as many as you can get. If its you or me, its a big fat zero.
2nd District Democrats. Theres a chance to fry this Bacon. Get out the pan! Now!
Be nice to your Mom today. Some day, sooner than you think, she will not be around. Establish some good times to remember her while you can.
My Mom was one of the smartest women I've ever known. She had a life she loved and took full advantage of the opportunities offered. And then, in a moment of time that comes for us all, it went downhill very quickly.
I love you, Mom. I think of you every day and when I see the state of the nation nowadays, I both wish you were here to comment on it, yet know you would have been as distressed as many of us are and hopefully wherever you are, there's no squirrel haired maniac there to torment you.
Happy Mothers Day to all moms!
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Even the ghost of Richard Nixon is pointing at the biggest asshole in American history. Jesus H Christ, at least Nixon knew what he was doing, or did for a while. This schlump from Queens, Donald John Trump, has no fucking clue what he's doing. Buoyed by the adoring morons whom Trump cons and holds rallies with on a monthly basis, this putz Trump thinks he's invincible. So far in a mere 109 days, this muskrat haired jackoff has fired Sally Yates for telling him no, fired Preet Bhrara for investigating him and now James Comey for holding grand juries and sniffing to close to Trumps corrupt taint.
And now, Donald Trump gets to replace the man investigating him with his own man. A man who will undoubtedly be compromised and attempt to end the obvious fact that Trump and his cronies, his family and probably his closet case veep are Russian operatives. And the Republican Senate, still holding onto this traitorous creep as a tool to make themselves and their donors rich, will approve Trump's FBI choice unanimously just to hold off the wolves. Nice going Iowa in not only electing a white nationalist to Congress but re-electing a senile drip like Chuck Grassley to oversee this clusterfuck of an investigation. Grassley, a demented old crank who has been in the Senate longer than First Lady Ivanka Trump has been alive, approves of the firing of Comey and I'm sure the appointment of some Russian speaking twit as a replacement.
But like I said, Nixon and his goons knew what he was doing by surrounding himself with professional thugs like Liddy and Segretti and John Ehrlichman and H R Haldeman and Mitchell and Bork. Nixon was ruthless and did whatever he could to not only win, but crush his opponents beyond recognition. This bunch of incompetent racists and oligarchs and dopes cant even cover up their own idiocy much less a Russian covert operation to take over the American government. Despite the worship of a minute percentage of American idiots and the collusion of the American Congress, this entire stinking administration is on shaky ground. Because the fish rots from the head and the head is a beaver haired lazy ass rich kid from Queens who has finally bitten off more than he could chew.
I mean come on, in Trump's letter to Comey he mentions the investigation that is not happening and how Comey called him three times to say its not happening and how despite the fact the investigating is not happening he's firing him anyway. Jesus, you dolt, why mention the investigation that is not happening when you fire the guy not investigating you.
This may seem dark and dreary at this time. But remember the idiots that Trump has appointed and the morons who serve as his spokespeople. This is a house of cards ready to fall. And fall it will.
This administration may be a house of cards, but they are definitely not a House Of Cards. Francis J Underwood would have pushed Kellyanne Conway in front of a Metro train and certainly have gassed a drunken Steve Bannon by now.
Bye bye motherfuckers.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Lets get this out of the way at the start. Fuck them all. With a rusty crowbar.
The House Republicans, a group of hicks and rubes and Satanists so utterly evil, voted to do what they've been saying they wanted to do for about 7 years now. They finally succeeded in making rape a pre-existing condition in the issuance of health insurance . Oh yeah that and domestic violence and C sections and depression and who knows what else. Christ just being born with a vagina is now a pre-existing condition to these misogynistic clods.
Paul Ryan, who may be an even worse human being than Donald Trump, with his shit eating grin and his blatant lying, couldnt have been more smug standing in that Rose Garden with his fellow misanthropes, most of them old white men set for life by the
Think about it. What exactly were these assholes celebrating? Well, we know that pricks like Louie Gohmert (Goober-Tx) and Steve King (Shitheel-Ia) were probably celebrating something to do with some Mexican someplace dying, but the rest? Celebrating a hollow victory in which something with the nickname "Obama" was repealed and not even replaced. Celebrating that 24-30 million of their fellow citizens, a shitload of whom let their racism win out over their common sense and voted for these total pricks, will lose health insurance coverage because the fucking premiums will be unaffordable. Yep, premiums will plunge because $0 is sure as hell less than $130,000. Celebrating the gigantic tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, which some would argue what this was really about anyway. An average tax cut of $200K while the cost is 24-30 million people losing health insurance coverage. Hope its worth it J Simpleton Douchebag the Fourth. Get that yacht cleaned up nice and shiny for the mandatory Summer Shindig with your favorite Congressman.
Yesterday was one of the most disgraceful votes ever made in American history. A House full of heartless fucks, including a lot of Republican women, voted for this cruel bill, In fact Representative Martha McSally (Whack Job-Az) who urged her fellow Scrooges to "do this fucking thing" was one of them. I bet she's a hoot at the Arizona Vote Against Your Own Interests Early Bird Special Prayer Brunch.
Ok fine, I know this House bill is not the law of the land. Yet. But the celebratory atmosphere of these crazy shitheads, led by a crude version of a human being in the Rose Garden of the White House, the beer drinking at the Capitol, the fact that if this bill gets through the Turtle led Senate, and those miserable bastards arent any better, it goes to the states where madman Governors like Scott Walker (Chinless-Wi) or Sam Brownback (Disaster Re-Elected-KS) or Pete Ricketts (Trust Fund Kid-Ne) could get the ball rolling to gut even more of the "greatest health care system in the world" (puke) by restoring lifetime caps, or whatever else big insurance wants. Really? I dont want a proven economic illiterate like Brownback (Re-Elected-KS) or a grinning football head like Ricketts (Daddy I Need More Money-Ne) being in charge of anything that means life or death to people.
Trump said he wouldnt touch Medicaid. Yet, bye bye Medicaid so his rich buddies would get even more money at tax time. Yeah yeah I know Trump is a pathological liar, and I wouldnt vote for him if he ran against Casey Anthony (Child Killer-Fl), but this is really something else. You are talking about Medicaid here. The very lifeblood of poor Americans not yet bankrupted or ignored into death by the "Greatest health care system in the world" (vomit). The Medicaid fund. under the guise of that failed oldie "High Risk Pools", is basically dead. It's $200 billion short by early estimates. Chrissakes, the Republican shitheels didnt even wait for a CBO study before passing this nonsense. They dont believe in science, compassion or apparently math.
The top 12 states in having a population of people with pre-existing conditions ALL voted for the Creep In Chief. The Schadenfreude in me is very happy. But the human empathy I was fortunately born with and learned from my parents wins out here. Even people who voted for a vulgar barroom bully like Trump deserve to live a decent life. And even if they continue to support a tiny fingered thin skinned Russian operative like Trump just because he upsets "libtards" like me, they dont deserve this. And even when they blame the Democrats because their pre-existing racism, sexism, homophobia has kicked in, they dont deserve this.
The "Greatest health care system in the word" myth is a fucking joke told to you by politicians lying through their teeth to keep getting donations from the insurance industry and hospitals and medical supply companies. The Pathological Liar in Chief even thinks our system sucks.
Hell he proved the broken clock is right twice a day theory just yesterday. Watch.
There ya have it. The House is full of miscreants and morons. The Presidency is full of grifters and looters. The Senate is full of glorified House hicks with better suits.
But Australia. Thats where its at! Hey, the Broken Clock in Chief said so. Your move, Trump voters.