President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden: A Love Story For the Ages

In spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, but spring’s elixir is so powerful that even an old man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love and romance.

President Joe Biden was photographed picking a dandelion for first lady Jill Biden, proof that love still blooms in the septuagenarian’s heart.

While the power couple walked across the Ellipse to board Marine One, the lover-in-chief stopped to puck the flower from the ground and hand it to his wife of four decades.

Middle-class Joe is in reality a millionaire and he can afford to shower his beloved spouse with diamond rings and gold earrings, but that dandelion was more precious than silver or gold in her eyes.

When they reached the helicopter, he placed his hand on her lower back, guiding her up the steps. Joe has lost a step or two and he has trouble climbing stairs, but his thoughts were focused on making sure that the love of his life made it up the ramp safely.

What a lovely vignette of their endless love, may the spring time of their love be eternal.

Shame on Joe Biden for Wearing a Mask to a Sparsely Attended Outdoor Event

“After walking to the podium in the black face covering, Biden took it off and said, ‘Starting today, if you’re fully vaccinated and you’re outdoors, you need — and not in a big crowd — you no longer need to wear a mask.’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled updated guidelines on Tuesday detailing activities that vaccinated people can safely resume, including attending small outdoor gatherings without the need to wear a mask.”

CBS News

Moments after the CDC announced the updated guidelines relaxing rules for wearing masks for fully vaccinated people, President Joe Biden wore a face mask to a sparsely attended, outdoor press event at the White House, although he removed the mask when he reached the podium.

The president’s photo-op was designed to trumpet the eased mask restrictions for people, such as himself, who are fully vaccinated.

The small gathering on the North Lawn was precisely the type of event where, according to the CDC, vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask.

Talk about sending conflicting signals, the modeler-in-chief should have removed his damn mask before exiting the White House. By wearing the mask just for show, Biden undermined the guidance of the CDC and made a mockery of common sense.

For over a year I have practiced social distancing, avoided crowds and donned a mask whenever I entered a public building, but now that I’m fully vaccinated, I don’t wear a mask outdoors, and I wear one when I enter a public building only because it’s mandated in the state of Virginia, where I live.

About a third of adults in America are fully vaccinated and all the trends are pointing in the right direction, and we should no longer pretend like we are in the midst of a raging pandemic.

We need to incentivize the vaccine hesitant to get vaccinated by pointing out all the benefits of being vaccinated, and Biden’s theatrics of wearing a mask to a sparsely attended outdoor event isn’t helping one damn bit.

White Evangelicals and Their Orange Messiah Donald Trump Can Rot in Hell

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the evangelical faith. You will be warmly received into a typical white evangelical congregation if you are a racist, homophobic, misogynist, Trump-loving anti-vaxxer, but you won’t be accepted as a true Christian if you don’t believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

White evangelicals support Donald Trump with religious fervor, they overwhelmingly voted to reelect him and even though Joe Biden won in a popular vote and electoral college landslide, they believe that their Orange messiah won.

This should come as no surprise to anyone because it’s almost an article of faith for evangelicals to deny empirical facts and reality itself and to cling to conspiracy theories and myths.

If you’re a Trump supporter you will be warmly received in any evangelical church, but if you don’t believe that Trump won and that God will reinstall him as president before 2024 you will be regarded as a believer who lacks faith, courage and wisdom.

White evangelicals believe in the resurrection of Donald J. Trump, they are persuaded that Biden is keeping his seat warm, and that He will return in triumph and glory to the White House.

You will never convince them that Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, and you will never convince them that Trump didn’t win the election. It’s a waste of time to argue with cult members, tell them “get thee behind me Satan” and support Biden as he does the Lord’s work.

Glenn Close Twerking to ‘Da Butt’ Highlight of Academy Awards Show

The 93rd Academy Awards telecast was a snoozefest, COVID precautions robbed the event of any spontaneity and over-the-top performances involving dozens of dancers and singers.

I slept through most of the boring proceedings, and the only thing I remember is an actress twerking to the Da Butt, a 1988 single from the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s film School Daze. It wasn’t a sexpot like Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek or Jennifer Lawrence who twerked her way into my heart and soul, it was 74-year-old Glenn Close.

The seasoned actress didn’t twerk apropos of nothing, she delighted the audience with her sexy dance after Questlove, played the hit single and one of the Oscar hosts asked her if she could identify the tune. We would have been impressed if the septuagenarian actress had simply identified the song, but to twerk to the ditty blew our minds.

It should be noted that Close danced with joyful abandon after learning that she didn’t win an Oscar for her performance in Hillbilly Elegy.

Thank You Glenn for proving that age ain’t nothing but a number, and that we shouldn’t let anything get us down. You Go Girl.

Newt Gingrich Has His Panties in a Twist Over Pride Flag Flying at American Embassies

Newt Gingrich, the quintessential “traditional values” politician who has been married three times and cheated on his first wife when she had cancer and served her divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery made the following statement in an interview with Fox News’ Judge Jeanine:

“If you listed every idiotic thing that the Biden administration has done in the first 100 days, you’d begin to realize whether it’s threatening everybody who believes in the Second Amendment, or it’s attacking everybody who believes in right to life, or it is attacking people of traditional values who are appalled that this administration would fly the gay flag at American embassies all over the world.”

The traditional values that bigots like Gingrich pine for enjoyed their heyday in the 1950s when schoolchildren prayed to the Christian God in public schools, white men wielded all the levers of power, and the nuclear family meant the husband was the head of the household, the wife keep the house clean and the children in line, and everybody knew their place in society.

It goes without saying that people of color, gays and lesbians, and religious minorities don’t look back with nostalgia at the 1950’s when they suffered under Jim Crow laws, and were treated as second-class citizens by the government, the church and the society at large.

A perv the likes of Gingrich may have his panties in a twist over the prospect of the pride flag flying at American embassies all over the world, but those of us who believe that everyone is equal are delighted that the rainbow flag is being honored by the American government.

Christians believe that the rainbow represents a covenant between Jehovah and his chosen people and a promise that he would never again destroy the Earth with a great flood.

The rainbow flag represents the love God has for all his children, whether they be black, white or brown, or straight, gay or bisexual. It represents the promise that we are becoming a more perfect union, where all citizens are treated with love and respect, including the LGBTQ community.

Willie Nelson Calls on Joe Biden to Dub 4/20 a National High Holiday

On 4/20, the unofficial holiday for marijuana lovers, Willie Nelson, the patron saint of cannabis, urged president Joe Biden to declare April 20 a high holy holiday.

Granted, Willie was probably high when he made that pronouncement, but then again, he’s high most of the time.

Willie has been promoting the benefits of the magical herb for decades, and America is finally coming around to his point of view. Polls show that most Americans favor legalizing weed, and recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 17 states.

I hope Biden, 78, takes the advice of his elder who’s 87, and comes out in favor of legalizing dope. On the federal level marijuana remains illegal, it’s high time for Congress to legalize the recreational use of pot.

Let’s heed the prophetic words of the Pontiff of Pot:

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”

Amen! Amen!

Evangelicals Love Them Some Girl-on-Girl Porn

A research published by the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion found that states with a higher percentage of evangelical Protestants or biblical literalists tended to have a higher proportion of Google searches for “porn.”

This should come as no surprise to anyone with even a nodding acquaintance with evangelicals, hypocrisy is an essential component of evangelicalism. The lure of our sex-saturated culture is impossible for evangelicals to resist, they loudly decry sexual sins while they indulge in adultery, pornography and every other sexual discretion in secret.

Evangelicals are the biggest consumers of online pornography; they are more familiar with PornHub.Com and YouPorn.Com than they are with the most popular evangelical websites. They are more likely to exclaim “Jesus” after climaxing to a porn video than they are to shout out the name of the Lord in response to a sermon from their pastor.

Girl-on-girl porn is by far the most popular genre of pornography with male and female consumers, and no doubt evangelicals who never miss an opportunity to demonize gays and lesbians love them some girl-on-girl action.

So when evangelicals warn you that adultery, same-sex sex and pornography are horrible sins, just ask them which they prefer PornHub.Com or YouPorn.Com and watch them slither away in shame and humiliation.

In Hannity Interview Trump Urges Americans to Get Vaccinated

Former President Donald Trump, who botched the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, urged Americans to get vaccinated against the virus in a Monday night interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Trump told Hannity that he encouraged Republicans to be vaccinated and wasn’t sure why his followers were hesitant to take the shot.

Why is there vaccine hesitancy in Trump world?

Maybe it’s because when Trump was president, he downplayed the pandemic, dismissing is as nothing more than “the flu.”

Maybe it’s because he received his vaccine in secret, if he really wanted to inspire his base to be vaccinated, he would have filmed himself taking the shot.

Maybe it’s because he hasn’t filmed a public service commercial urging his devotees to be vaccinated.

Maybe it’s because he disparaged the physicians and scientists in his coronavirus task force, and instead led his science-denying evangelical supporters to believe that the pandemic would disappear miraculously.

Maybe it’s because he didn’t plead with evangelical leaders to urge their disciples to do the right thing, the Christian thing, and get vaccinated.

It’s not too late for Trump to do the right thing, if he begged his admirers to get vaccinated as a demonstration of faith in him, they would get in line to be injected with the vaccine.

The MyPillow Guy, Mike Lindell, Pranked Into Thinking Trump Was Calling Him

The MyPillow guy, Mike Lindell, is one of the most vociferous supporters of Donald Trump, almost half a year after the election he’s still promulgating the Big Lie that the election was stolen from his orange messiah.

After Lindell was banned from Twitter for spreading conspiracy theories about last year’s elections, he’s been trying to get his Twitter clone “Frank” off the ground.

On Monday he was duped by a prank caller pretending to be former President Trump while taking live calls during a telethon to raise money for his new social media site.

While Lindell was taking calls on his cell phone (who conducts a telethon on a cellphone?), the host of the event said she was speaking with the former president and said she would put him on the line.

When Lindell started speaking to who he thought was Trump, he looked as gleeful as a schoolgirl who’s just been invited backstage by a lecherous rock star. He exclaimed: “We have the president here, our real president everyone.”

The real president, Joe Biden, wasn’t on the line, and the former president, Donald Trump, wasn’t calling in to his rinky-dink telethon. The prankster, who was pretending to be Trump, cursed out the pillow entrepreneur.

As soon as Lindell realized it was a prank, he pulled his phone away and tried to take it off speakerphone and end the call. No doubt, Lindell was as disappointed as a horny idiot who climaxed after having phone sex with a phone sex operator only to discover that the operator was a man pretending to be a woman.

“You see what they’re doing. They’re attacking us”, he cried out in frustration. The “they” wasn’t an organized opposition to the shenanigans of a con artist pillow salesman; it was a prankster who humiliated him.

Lindell should stick to what he does best, selling pillows, and stop spreading conspiracy theories or trying to create a social media platform.

The Streets Will Be on Fire if Derek Chauvin Isn’t Convicted for the Murder of George Floyd

America is bracing for a verdict in former Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial over the execution of George Floyd.

Closing arguments in Chauvin’s trial will take place Monday, after which the jury will begin its deliberations. Chauvin, was a Minneapolis police officer when he was filmed nonchalantly kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. With his sunglasses jauntily perched on his head, and his hand in his pocket while he slowly and deliberately snuffed the life out of Floyd, he is the poster boy for the police genocide of people of color.

The Floyd execution video is the most infamous snuff film in history, and if Chauvin is found guilty of the most serious charge that he faces, second-degree unintentional murder, media outlets should never again play that sickening video.

The graphic video, played endlessly on cable news outlets, opened the eyes of many white Americans to the reality of the violence and brutality that people of color face every day at the hands of the police. A traffic stop for a white person is a minor annoyance in the great scheme of things, but for a black man it’s a terrifying ordeal that all too often leads to an arrest at the least, and injury or death at the worst.

The trial of Chauvin for the murder of Floyd should be a slam dunk, and I don’t see why the jury would need more than a few minutes to find the killer cop guilty of murdering Floyd.

If Chauvin is found not guilty or if the trial ends in a hung jury, it will be undeniable proof that the judicial system is stacked against minorities, and I wouldn’t be surprised if riots erupt all over this racist country. I can only hope that the violence isn’t indiscriminate and that an outraged citizenry will focus their wrath on the homes of racist Republican politicians and the white evangelical churches that supported the racist agenda of Donald Trump.

I am not advocating violence; I’m just being a realist by declaring that America will burn if a miscarriage of justice takes place and the killer cop isn’t convicted.

Pat Robertson Lashes Out at Killer Cops: Kim Potter and Derek Chauvin

“Ultra-conservative evangelical leader Pat Robertson delivered a surprisingly searing rant about the recent onslaught of police violence, blasting former officers Kim Potter and Derek Chauvin while saying cops have ‘got to stop this stuff.’

During his 700 Club broadcast on Thursday, Robertson and co-host Terry Meeuwsen discussed the shooting death of Daunte Wright, noting that Potter—who has been charged with manslaughter—has claimed that she confused her pistol and Taser when she shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop.

Using plastic models of the two weapons, Robertson and Meeuwsen demonstrated the difference in size and weight between the sidearm and Taser, prompting Robertson to say there’s ‘no comparison’ between the two.”

Yahoo News

Evangelical firebrand Pat Robertson and I agree as often as Ivanka Trump and a Trump Tower housekeeper enjoy sushi and sake at the Kurumazushi restaurant in New York City.

But I’m glad that Robertson experienced an epiphany and delivered a Holy Ghost inspired prophetic message about the systemic police violence against people of color. He blasted former police officers Kim Potter and Derek Chauvin with both barrels — for once fulfilling his responsibility as a man of God and speaking truth to power.

Robertson’s audience gets almost all of their news from conservative outlets like Fox News and Newsmax where cops are venerated as public servants, who can do no wrong. Therefore, I applaud Robertson for opening the eyes of his followers to the reality where for decades, indeed centuries, police officers have been culling blacks and other minorities.

If you believe that 26-year veteran police officer Kim Potter mistook a Glock for a Taser, I have a seaside property in Kentucky to sell you. Kim Potter murdered Daunte Wright in cold blood, unfortunately intent is very difficult to prove and consequently she was charged with second-degree manslaughter instead of first-degree murder.

If Chauvin and Potter are convicted, I will join Robertson in shouting: Halleluiah.

Johnny Enlow Says People Will Understand Trump’s Bravery When They Get to Heaven

“Pastor Johnny Enlow, a conservative Christian who has been described by some as a ‘prophetic leader,’ said that people will understand and ‘respect’ former President Donald Trump more once they get to Heaven.

Enlow and his wife Elizabeth Enlow are the founders of Restore 7 ministry based in Tennessee. Johnny Enlow appeared on a recent episode of The Elijah List program, discussing Trump and how people view the former president. Right Wing Watch first reported the pastor’s remarks.

‘The weaker, more imperfect that a vessel is—the more glory God gets from using him to accomplish what he wanted to accomplish. Having said that, we are going to respect and honor President Trump a whole lot more in Heaven once we understood the courage and bravery of what he’s had to do and put up with,’ Enlow said.”


The Good Book says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” God works in mysterious ways and when we get to heaven what our now mysteries will become self-evident truths.

When I die, whether I ascend to heaven, descend to hell, am reincarnated as a snail or simply cease to exist, I won’t lose my sanity and morality and gain newfound respect for the twice-impeached former president.

For a religious leader to assign the virtues of courage and bravery to the most corrupt and manifestly evil president in history is blasphemy and spiritual malpractice.

If by some cosmic misfortune I ended up in Enlow’s version of heaven, and Jehovah waxed eloquently about the courage and bravery of Donald Trump, I would tell Him to shut the hell up and let me try my chances with Satan.

Enlow is not an aberration, he is representative of how evangelicals think and believe, most white evangelical leaders have repeatedly praised the former president, and about 85 percent of white evangelicals voted to reelect Trump.

Donald Trump is a racist and cowardly clown, and when I die regardless in what plane of existence I find myself in, contrary to Enlow’s vain babblings, my opinion of the former president will not change.

Trump Without Twitter is Like a Neutered & Debarked Bitch Who’s Undergone a Full Mouth Extraction

If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound?

Sound doesn’t exist without our hearing it, so if there’s not just bears shitting in the woods, but also a lone hiker, then as long as that solitary individual isn’t deaf it does make a sound.

If a bloviating politician rants and raves is he heard by his fanatical base if he’s been silenced on social media platforms?

The Trump-inspired ransacking of the Capital turned the Big Tech behemoths that had facilitated his rise to power against him.

Trump had been addicted to Twitter for over a decade before becoming president, and once he assumed the ultimate power, he used his favorite social media platform to ridicule his Democratic opponents and to keep his Republican rivals in line.

Twitter amplified Trump’s voice and it solidified his grip on power, when he was permanently banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram he was rendered as useless as a Pit bull who’s been neutered, debarked and had all of his teeth removed.

The disgraced twice-impeached former president now communicates mainly through press releases, but that’s manifestly not the best way to reach his ignorant and illiterate base.

A press release is a foreign concept to the MAGA denizens of a trailer park, and it just doesn’t resonate like an angry and profane tweet.

Google searches for “Trump” have plummeted since he was banned from Twitter, we’ve rediscovered the joys of searching for cats, UFO’s and naked celebrities.

Trump the Lion of Twitter is now the whining pussycat of Mar-a-Lago.

Rant and rave all you want to you pathetic loser, nobody is listening.

Senate Republicans Reward Trump for His Profane Mar-a-Lago Speech by Giving Him an Award

“This weekend, NRSC Chairman Rick Scott presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC’s inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.

This award is presented to conservative leaders who have worked tirelessly to create good jobs, protect the values that make our country great, and stop the Democrats’ socialist agenda.”

National Republican Senatorial Committee Press Release

On Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago in a speech to Republican donors a flood of diarrhea emanated from Donald Trump’s sphincter-shaped mouth. He doubled down on the Big Lie that the election was stolen from him and he attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “dumb son of a bitch.”

Today the NRSC rewarded Trump for his undemocratic, anti-Republican and profane tirade by presenting him with the inaugural “Champion for Freedom Award.”

Trump seemed to realize that this award is a sham because he didn’t bother to put on a sports coat, he was photographed receiving the award in his signature MAGA hat and short sleeve shirt.

Obviously, Trump doesn’t deserve this award: he worked tirelessly to grift his own supporters, he attacked the values that make this country great, and the Democrats don’t have a socialist agenda.

The GOP senators rewarded Trump after his execrable speech, proving that their party is rotten to the core. The Republican Party is terminally infected with Trumpism, and if our democracy is to survive the electorate must strengthen President Joe Biden’s hand by increasing the Democrats’ majority in the House and Senate in the mid-term elections.

Brazil Building New Giant Jesus Statue, Taller Than Iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue

“A giant new statue of Christ being constructed in southern Brazil will rise even higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

The statue, to be named Christ the Protector, will stand 140 feet tall, including its pedestal, making it one of the world’s tallest statues of Christ with outstretched arms.”


Brazil has the world’s largest Catholic population, but the huge country with the largest economy in Latin America is mired in violence and poverty. According to the World Health Organization Brazil has one of the highest rates of homicide in the world.

History teaches us that the most religious countries tend to have the greatest systemic and intractable problems of racism, poverty and ignorance.

You’d think that cities in Brazil wouldn’t be competing to see who can erect the tallest statue of Jesus, and instead would focus on tackling issues of crime, poverty and wealth inequality.

Promoters say that the giant statue of Jesus is intended both to inspire faith and encourage tourism, which begs the questions: How empty and superficial is your faith if it takes a giant idol to stimulate your religious devotion?

Religious tomfoolery isn’t unique to Brazil, it thrives in America as well. The late Oral Roberts sought to inspire his donors to give millions towards building the tallest hospital in Tulsa by telling them that he had a vision of a 900-foot-tall Jesus.

And of course, there’s the Ark Encounter theme park in dirt poor Kentucky that features a humongous replica of Noah’s Ark.

Dear God, when will humanity evolve beyond the need for giant idols?

Understandably, Joe Biden is in a Hurry to Enact His Agenda

Joe, Biden, 78, has lost a step or two physically and mentally, but it’s certainly not apparent by his breakneck pace in issuing executive orders, overseeing mammoth legislative victories and his tireless assault on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden was dismissed as “Sleepy Joe” by Donald Trump, but the commander-in-chief has been a whirling dervish, not wasting any time in Trumpian “executive-time” tomfoolery or social media shenanigans.

Biden is just getting started, his $2 trillion (in reality more than $4 trillion) infrastructure proposal is the latest item on his agenda that he’s going to bring to fruition come hell, high water, or reconciliation.

Why is Biden in such a damn hurry?

Most of Biden’s supporters are in denial, and they refuse to accept the reality that the president’s mental acuity is in decline, but he has enough active brain cells left to know that he will be lucky if he survives his first term. That’s why he’s on a mission from God to get us much done as quickly as possible.

Thank goodness, that waiting in the wings is a young and vibrant vice president who is ready to take control, whether it’s in four days, four months or four years.

Biden also knows that recent political history indicates that Democrats will most likely lose control of the House in the midterm elections, and they will be lucky if they retain control of the Senate.

You go Joe, you have our blessing to burn yourself out in service to our country.

Beth Moore Cuts Ties With Southern Baptist Denomination, She Must Cut Ties With All White Evangelicals

“When the gospel has become bad news to the poor, to the oppressed, to the broken-hearted and imprisoned and good news to the proud, self-righteous and privileged instead, it is no longer the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Beth Moore

“I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists.”

Beth Moore

For three decades Beth Moore was one of the leading lecturers and teachers in the Southern Baptist denomination, but after five years of her denomination supporting the racist, misogynist and blatantly unchristian rhetoric and policies of Donald Trump she finally cut her ties with them.

But she still considers herself a Baptist and an evangelical, the dichotomy is dizzying. To remain true to Christianity she must denounce the white evangelical movement, it’s rotten to the core and antithetical to the teachings of the Gospels.

After four years of Trump fuckery and after the Trump-inspired insurrection, an astonishing 85% of white evangelicals still support their orange messiah.

White supremacism, patriarchy and racism aren’t unfortunate fringe aspects of the white evangelical movement, they are central to the demonic system.

A true Christian will denounce evangelicals, and fight their evil doctrines tooth and nail. Beth Moore is moving in the right direction, but to truly do the work of God she must condemn white evangelicals in no uncertain terms.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Office: Bottle of Coke and Tiny Trump Statue

Donald Trump’s former senior adviser Stephen Miller gave his Twitter followers a peek inside the ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago office, when he uploaded a photo on Monday.

The image depicts Miller standing next to Trump in his Florida office and he captioned the photo: “just had a terrific meeting with President Trump!”

It’s instructive to note that in his post presidency Trump surrounds himself with white nationalists like the infamous anti-immigrant Miller. I doubt that Trump has invited Franklin Graham or any of the other Trump evangelical fluffers to Mar-a-Lago, with the possible exception of Paula White. The short-fingered vulgarian can put up with her penchant for speaking in tongues and other evangelical tomfoolery because she’s almost as hot as one of his porn star mistresses.

A bottle of Coke can be clearly seen within reach of Trump’s tiny hands, noteworthy because just a few day ago he called for a boycott of Major League Baseball, Delta Airlines and Coke — entities that have protested the new restrictive voting rights in Georgia.

Miller’s pic also captures a small replica statue of Donald Trump, only a narcissist would keep a statue of himself in his office.

This pic shows us that Trump hasn’t changed an iota since the electorate kicked his fat ass to the curb, he’s still a racist and a narcissist who gulps sodas and lives by the credo: Do as I say, not as I do.

The Church is Dying and That’s a Good Thing for Democracy and Humanity

“Fewer than half of Americans belong to a house of worship, a new study shows, but religion – and Christianity in particular – continues to have an outsize influence in US politics, especially because it is declining faster among Democrats than Republicans.

Just 47% of the US population are members of a church, mosque or synagogue, according to a survey by Gallup, down from 70% two decades ago – in part a result of millennials turning away from religion but also, experts say, a reaction to the swirling mix of rightwing politics and Christianity pursued by the Republican party.”

The Guardian

Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority” was an immoral minority in the 1980’s and the toxic racist Gospel of white evangelicals is even less relevant today.

Americans are turning away from organized religion in general and the evangelical sect in particular; religion is irrelevant in an age when science, technology and globalism reign supreme.

The white evangelical brand of Christianity is synonymous with racism, false conspiracy theories and Trumpism and young people in particular want nothing to do with it.

Enlightened souls place empirical truth, common sense and reality before conspiracy theories and extreme and literal interpretations of ancient scriptures.

Banning abortion, disenfranchising minorities, and treating LGBTQ individuals as lepers may be foremost in the minds of white evangelicals, but everybody else is concerned with paying the rent, putting food on the table and defeating the coronavirus.  

Empty pews aren’t a sign of godlessness or the End Times, it’s a sign that Americans have evolved past the need for hierarchical and patriarchal religious organizations.

We don’t need a pedophile priest or a money-hungry televangelist to be a mediator between us and the Almighty.

The pandemic has taught us that we can survive and thrive without clerics and churches. The bonds that we have with our family, co-workers, friends and neighbors is tighter than any bond we used to have with our ministers. The church is dying and that’s good for democracy and humanity.

Coach Adia Barnes Refuses to Apologize After Flipping the Bird in March Madness! You Go Girl!

Adia Barnes, the Arizona women’s basketball coach was caught by television cameras delivering a fiery message in a team huddle after a stunning upset win against Connecticut in the Final Four of the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament.

While talking to her players, Barnes drops an f-bomb and triumphantly waves her middle finger in the air, like she just doesn’t care. It was her graphic way of illustrating to her players that the haters and naysayers can “fuck themselves.”

College coaches are notorious for their salty language and male coaches liberally sprinkle their pep talks with f-bombs. Nobody would have batted an eye or protested in mock outrage if a male coach had flipped the bird or uttered an obscenity in an emotionally-charged speech after a stunning upset victory.

But I guess a female coach is supposed to channel the school chaplain when congratulating her team after a thrilling victory.

To her credit coach Barnes has adamantly refused to apologize:

“I’m not apologizing for it because I don’t feel that I need to apologize… I wouldn’t take it back.”

Anyone who thinks coach Barnes should apologize, can go fuck themselves.

A Donald Trump Painting Is Coming to the National Portrait Gallery

“A portrait of former President Trump will be unveiled in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. when it reopens, Washingtonian reports.

Trump’s portrait will be the latest addition to the museum’s ‘America’s Presidents’ gallery, a permanent exhibit within the museum.”

The Hill

The permanent exhibit has a painting of every former commander-in-chief, so the inclusion of the portrait of the twice-impeached disgraced former president was a formality.

The portrait is temporary, official presidential portraits can take years to be completed. The final work of art is still in its initial phase of creation; the curator of the museum should have installed a Jim Carrey caricature of the president until the final portrait is ready.

I’m not an artist, I can barely draw stick figures, but I think I can paint a reasonable facsimile of Trump: bright orange crayon for his countenance, brown for his sphincter-shaped lips, red, and white, and blue to lend his triple chin a patriotic look.  

When the official Trump portrait is unveiled, I expect a steady stream of MAGA faithful making a pilgrimage to the National Portrait Gallery. Doubtless, all sorts of miracles will be attributed to the Trump portrait:

“When I gazed upon his face my manhood grew about four inches and now all the Republican ladies always invite me to their prayer meetings.”

“His portrait was shedding tears, and when I touched an orange teardrop I was instantly and miraculously cured of gout and incontinence.”

“It winked at me, my God it winked at me. That’s a message from the Almighty that I must visit Mar-a-Lago and let Trump grab the bejesus out of my pussy.”

I for one will not be waiting with bated breath for the unveiling of the official Trump portrait.