I Hope the Handshake Falls Victim to the Coronavirus. It’s a Filthy and Disgusting Ritual!

We are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. People all over the world are falling sick. They are dying. It’s imperative that we practice social distancing for the duration of the pandemic, for our own health and to protect the health of friends and neighbors, and especially those most susceptible to this novel virus: the elderly and those with underlying conditions like high blood pressure, asthma, cancer or diabetes.

Social distancing means avoiding any place where people congregate: churches, sporting events, music concerts, restaurants, bars …

As a proud misanthrope I’ve been practicing social distancing for decades; I prefer my own company and don’t need the validation of a peer group. But in the age of the coronavirus even gregarious and outgoing people need to cocoon, stay home and binge on Netflix.

Social distancing also means staying at least six feet away from other people, that’s the distance that a droplet travels when someone sneezes or coughs.

Social distancing most definitely means NO HANDSHAKES. Handshakes spread not only the coronavirus, but any number of microbial pathogens. Handshaking is a filthy and disgusting ritual, and I pray that it will fall victim to the coronavirus.

Fist bumps and high fives spread fewer germs than handshakes, and a namaste doesn’t spread any germs. A namaste greeting is performed by pressing the palms of the hands together. The fingers are together with fingertips pointing up. The hands are pressed together firmly and evenly. (Description from Wikipedia).

Pre coronavirus I shook hands only when it was a social necessity, and now I refuse to shake hands with anyone. In fact, if someone offers to shake my hands, I look at them as if they are a leper.

Bernie Sanders Quit Now! Give Democrats Enough Time to Unite Behind Joe Biden!

Joe Biden wasn’t my first pick as the Democratic presidential nominee, nor was he the second, seventh or even seventeenth, but he would still make a much better president than Donald Trump.

I supported Senator Kamala Harris until she dropped out of the race, then I switched my allegiance to Mayor Pete, and by the time Super Tuesday came around Buttigieg had quite the race along with most of the Democratic hopefuls and I ended up voting for Biden.

 South Carolina congressman James Clyburn’s endorsement resurrected Biden’s campaign and after Super Tuesday Part One and Super Tuesday Part Two he is now the only viable candidate. Sanders is on life support and in need of a resurrection himself, but we can’t expect more than one miracle in an election year.

Even Stevie Wonder can read the writing on the wall and Sanders’ handlers would be well-advised to urge him to drop out of the race immediately to give the Democrats enough time to regroup, unite behind Biden, so they can defeat Trump in the fall.

Unfortunately, Sanders is a cranky and stubborn old man and given his history of remaining in the race against Hillary Clinton long after he was mathematically eliminated it looks like once again, he will do indelible harm to the Democratic Party long by sticking around long after his expiration date.

I’m Voting for the Sweet Senile Old Man (Biden) Over the Evil and Deranged Old Man (Trump)

The diverse Democratic filed of a gazillion and one presidential hopefuls has been whittled down to two male septuagenarians and one of them, Joe Biden 77 or Bernie Sanders 78, will face off against the incumbent Republican septuagenarian, Donald Trump.

Biden has lost a step or two and he has the mental acuity of the crazy uncle who’s been locked in the attic for the last few years. Trump is crazier than a shithouse rat and it’s impossible to tell if his loony behavior is mostly the result of dementia or sheer stupidity. Sanders still seems as sharp as a tack, although he’s the stereotypical old codger who complains when somebody steps on the grass in any of his three houses.

It doesn’t look like Sanders will have the opportunity to complain when a reporter walks on the White House lawn, he’s too far behind Biden to catch up. It’s going to be Trump vs Biden and I’m pulling for the mentally slow Biden over the demented Trump, but it’s a crying shame that we have to choose between two old white men.

With Biden emerging as the likely Democratic nominee, Trump has once again focused his fire on “Sleepy Joe” and he’s launched a concerted campaign to depict the 77-year-old Democrat as senile and out-of-touch with his electorate and reality itself.

Biden has been a gaffe machine for decades, but in his 2020 presidential campaign he’s making a gaffe practically every time he opens his mouth. For example, Biden referred to Super Tuesday as “Super Thursday” and he declared that he was running for the Senate and asserted that 150 million Americans had been killed by gun violence since 2007. In other words, Biden is giving Trump plenty of material to paint him as a senile old fool.

Needless to say, Trump has made even more gaffes than Biden, but the president is the master of projection and he’s not going to quit portraying Biden as senile.

I hope Biden wins because a sweet senile old man is better than an evil deranged old man. I just hope Biden chooses a young woman, preferably of color, as his running mate.  

Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic is Criminally Negligent

Donald Trump is the most incompetent, ineffectual and clueless president in history and it comes as not surprise that he has botched his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The stable genius default mode is to ignore an unpleasant reality, and at first, he ignored the coronavirus outbreak. After hundreds of thousands of people had returned from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began Trump imposed limited travel restrictions on China.

After weeks of twiddling his thumbs on Twitter Trump finally appointed a coronavirus czar, the utterly unqualified Mike Pence, the same moron who botched the response to an HIV outbreak in Indiana when he was governor.

Trump believes he is an expert on every subject under the sun, he knows more about modern warfare than his generals and he knows more about addressing a pandemic than physicians and he’s not shy about sharing his knowledge on the subject. So, he spouts lies and nonsense such as coronavirus is no big deal, everyone who wants a test can get one and the virus has been contained.

Trump isn’t taking any special precautions himself and he continues to hold MAGA rallies, even though he is the poster boy, or should I say “poster old man” for the person must likely to succumb to the virus.

Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been pathetic and his foolish rhetoric is likely to cause his supporters not to take any precautions and that’s going to get a lot of people killed.

Coronavirus Prayer: MAGA Rally In an Empty Arena

“According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium and Marc Stein of the New York Times, the league has reached out to teams regarding the possibility of playing games without fans and media in attendance.”

Bleacher Report

Already soccer games have been played in Europe in empty stadiums due to concerns of the coronavirus, so it’s not unlikely that NBA games may be playing without fans and media in attendance.

It’s not just athletic contests, but any event that attracts huge crowds like concerts and lectures are in danger of being held without fans and media in attendance.

An NBA game without the noise and excitement of fans would be a sad spectacle, but a MAGA campaign rally without the racist chant of cultists encouraging the toxic rhetoric of their false Messiah wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Imagine a Trump campaign rally that would be livestreamed without a live audience:

Trump is incapable of delivering a speech without exaggerating the size of the crowd. Trump would urge the folks watching his rally on the Internet not to believe their lying eyes and declare that the event was in danger of being shut down by Fire Marshalls because there were so many people in attendance.

Trump loves having reporters in attendance because they are the perfect foil, a MAGA rally without CNN reporters would be a dull affair.

The coronavirus has deleterious effects on the economy and social fabric of our country, but a MAGA rally without an audience would be a wonderful silver lining.

Super Tuesday Makes it Clear It’s Going to be Biden vs Trump

“Joe Biden dug two big holes on Super Tuesday and each of them came with a name attached. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump are both staring into their political graves.”

Politico

Our racially, ethnically and religiously diverse democracy now is forced with choosing from three white old men as the next president. It could be argued that this trio of septuagenarians is staring into their graves in a literal sense, and the winner may not survive his term.

In this reality TV era when a racist and ignorant con man who in a normal world wouldn’t be elected dogcatcher is elected president of the United States it may seem like conventional political wisdom no longer applies.

But the 2020 presidential Democratic primary proved that some political realities are as immutable as the laws of physics, and the basic law of Democratic politics is that a presidential candidate can’t win without the enthusiastic support of African Americans.

The lack of support from black Democrats doomed the candidacies of Mayor Pete, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Elizabeth Warren and even the campaigns of black Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. You don’t have to be a political analyst or a soothsayer to predict that Sanders’ campaign is doomed because he’s been unable to make inroads in the black community.

On Super Tuesday Joe Biden, with the help of an army of black people, dug a hole big enough to contain the bloated corpse of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Trump feared Biden so much that he risked his presidency and ended up getting impeached over his campaign to bribe the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Trump’s foolish gambit failed and it’s going to be Biden vs Trump in the general election, and I’m betting that normalcy and decency will prevail.

On Super Tuesday Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren Were Humiliated Beyond Belief

At the start of the Democratic nominating marathon the field featured the most diverse candidates in history, including five formidable female contenders: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The traditional first four contests and Super Tuesday have winnowed the field, and there are now only two females left in the race, Sen. Warren and Rep. Tulsi. The senior senator from Massachusetts doesn’t even qualify as a speed bump for Sanders and Biden as they continue racing toward the finish, and the congresswoman from Hawaii is nothing but an asterisk.

On Super Tuesday Warren and Tulsi were humiliated beyond belief, but they are both in denial and have yet to drop out of the race.

Warren didn’t just lose; she was humiliated beyond redemption. She finished third in her home state of Massachusetts and won just a handful of delegates in the 14 states that cast ballots on Tuesday.

Tulsi registered as a blip in all of the Super Tuesday primaries and she managed to snag only one delegate in American Samoa where she was born. How can she justify staying in the race when she lost to billionaire Mike Bloomberg in American Samoa?

Tulsi was never more than an asterisk and she won’t even be a footnote when the history of the 2020 campaign is written, but Warren was an intelligent, inspiring and tireless campaigner who briefly caught fire in the summer of 2019 but then sizzled out.

Regardless who wins, Sanders or Biden, it’s almost guaranteed that the vice-presidential nominee will be a female, but it won’t be Tulsi or Warren. I won’t waste any time explaining why the asterisk aka Tulsi doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of being chosen.

Sanders won’t choose Warren; the socialist needs to balance the ticket with a moderate nominee. What would Warren bring to the ticket anyway, besides the .001 percent of the electorate who are faux Native Americans? Biden won’t select Warren as his running mate, there is no emotional or ideological connect between the two. Biden is extremely grateful to African Americans for their loyalty and support and he will probably anoint a black woman like Kamala Harris or Stacey Abrams as his running mate.

There’s a Special Place in Hell for Roger Stone, Donald Trump and White Evangelicals Who Support Them

Roger Stone, longtime Trump confidant, was convicted was convicted on seven counts, including witness tampering and lying to investigators and sentenced to 40 months in a federal prison.

When you’re 67-years-old a 40-month sentence may very well encompass the rest of your life, so perhaps for the first time in his life the amoral political trickster is contemplating his spiritual state or at least pretending to do so.  

He is free pending consideration of a motion he filed for a new trial, and instead of attending orgies the one-time swinger has been attending an evangelical church.

“I feel pretty good because I’ve taken Jesus Christ as my personal savior,” Stone said in his first on-camera interview since his sentencing. I’ve heard of jail house conversions, but this is a pre-jail house conversion. Stone is pretending to be an evangelical in hopes that Trump’s fanatical evangelical base will lobby their false Messiah to pardon him.

The Machiavellian political strategist also vouched for the genuineness of Trump’s faith:

“I think Trump has been forgiven for anything he did wrong. I think we all have. And I think he’s a different person. I think he is steadfast in his faith. I don’t think he could do this job if he was not.”

Stone’s theology is suspect, before a sinner can be forgiven, he must repent, and Trump has famously declared that he doesn’t need to repent because he’s done nothing wrong.

Anyway, Stone testifying to the sincerity of Trump’s faith is like a prostitute vouching for the chastity of a friend who works in the same brothel.

I’m not a theologian but I’m betting that there’s a special place reserved in hell for amoral bastards like Trump, Stone and white evangelicals who support them.

We Must Defeat Trump and His Evangelical Base

President Donald Trump crouched behind a podium to mock Michael Bloomberg’s stature on Saturday — drawing roaring laughter from the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Trump was recounting the 5’7″ Democratic presidential candidate’s evisceration at his first debate in Las Vegas last week — specifically noting Elizabeth Warren’s sharp opening barbs directed at him.

New York Post

I will stipulate that billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s horrible debating skills elicit mockery and ridicule from even the kindest pundits and politicians.

Bit’s it’s Bloomberg’s charisma deficit and lack of rhetorical skills that make him a poor debaters, not his relatively short stature.

Leave it to the short-fingered vulgarian to take the low road, and crouch behind a podium to illustrate how the minuscule Mike appears when he’s on the stage debating.

The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) erupted in laughter at Trump’s evil shenanigans, and need I remind you that God-fearing evangelicals were the majority at this gathering of far-right conservatives?

Trump knows his crowd well, and correctly surmised that the CPAC cultists thrive on humor that dehumanizes and ridicules anyone who isn’t a white born-again Christian.

Trump isn’t an aberration or an anomaly, he represents and is the standard bearer of white evangelicals who demonize, dehumanize and destroy liberals, feminists, minorities immigrants an everyone else who isn’t a white evangelical Christian.

It’s not enough to kick Trump out of office this November, we must expose and denounce white evangelicals until they are too afraid and embarrassed to publicly spout their religion-based bigotry.

Madonna Please Age Gracefully

“Madonna took a hard fall during her Thursday night Madame X show in Paris, leaving the singer in tears as she struggled to walk off stage after the incident.

The Sun reports Madge, 61, was helped up by one of her dancers after the nasty fall, crying as she used a cane to further assist her off stage. The ‘Like A Virgin’ singer has reportedly been struggling with hip and knee injuries for months.”

People

Madonna is a living legend and an international icon, her legacy in music history is secure she doesn’t need to pretend that she’s still has the body and agility of a 20-year old to remain relevant.

When a mature 60-something woman dresses scantily it’s grotesque, desperate and repellent. When a concert goer sees Madonna writhing in a costume that a stripper would be too embarrassed to wear, it’s going to kill his libido and he’ll probably go straight home after the concert instead of hitting the bars.

Madonna took a hard fall during a concert in Paris, leaving the ageing diva in tears as she struggled to walk off the stage after the incident. One of her dancers used a can to assist her off the stage, which begs the question is she so decrepit that there’s always a cane on hand?

Madonna your fans love you and we don’t expect you to gyrate like a nubile teenager and look like a beauty queen. For the love of God please age gracefully, regardless how you look on the outside in our minds you will always be forever young.