Hollywood, CA – Nov. 10, 2018:
Yes, the Malibu fires ARE that bad. Put it this way, I live in the hills of Hollywood – way, way, waaaay on the other side of town from the beach – and I can smell the smoke INSIDE my house.
Boo hoo, hoo, says our Electoral College POTUS.
That threat came hours after the fire became unsustainable, destroying at last count 70,000 acres of land and 67,000 structures as it killed 11 people (note: now 25) not lucky enough to be among the 250,000 evacuated from their homes.
Oh, and as of this writing, that fire is still only 20% contained.
California beach community Congressman Ted Lieu quickly responded to the person we Californians now at best refer to as the vile sociopath.
Okay, fine, perhaps the vile sociopath phrase is mine. But at the moment it’s safe to say I speak for the majority of the state. And then some.
Sensing he was in the crosshairs as he jetted to Paris, where he decided to skip the ceremony he came for that honored military sacrifices in WWI, the VS (Note: Or someone) tweeted this 15 hours later:
Of course, that’s how it goes with VSes (Note: All right, my phrase, but feel free to appropriate). The only thing greater than the lie is the non-apology fix soon afterwards when they fear they’ve been caught showing their true selves.
Yet I, for one, am hopeful. There are almost three dozen new women coming to our rescue on Capitol Hill by way of the 2019 Congress, the overwhelming number of whom are Democrats fed up with the VS’s insults and illogic. It should be noted that’s A LOT more than the mere 24 who came to town in 1992, which was dubbed The Year of the Woman.
Having been raised essentially by strong women this remains unsurprising to me. The gals/ladies/females/smarter sex are used to cleaning up the messes that we boys make and they do it quite effectively.
I was going to write they occasionally even do it dancing backwards in heels in reference to the old Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire trope, but even in jest that felt pejorative. Especially since among these women are a CIA agent, a nuclear engineer and a nurse. Not that they don’t dance or wear high heels, but still…
Of course, my favorite is Kansas’s Sharice Davids, a Native American lesbian who is also a mixed martial arts champ. She’s someone who can literally kick some ass, and hopefully she’ll do it in heels.
Meanwhile, it is also worth noting that at last count a whopping 58% of the candidates Barack Obama endorsed WON on Election Day vs. 28% of the ones our VS-in-chief spoke up for. And that is before the two recounts in Florida for senator AND governor, as well as the potential runoff for the governorship in Georgia.
While we’re noting, let’s also remind ourselves that the Democratic challenger for governor in Florida, Andrew Gillum, is Black, as is Georgia’s potential governor, Stacey Abrams. Let’s also be aware that both state’s elections have been rife with accusations of voter suppression, voter roll purging and just failure to count all of the ballots in heavily Democratic and/or Black neighborhoods.
Here’s a photo of a box of provisional ballots left in the closet of an elementary school in Florida’s heavily Democratic Broward County. It was found there by an elementary school teacher two days after Election Day. And yes, the teacher was female.
You might remember Broward County as the scene of many election debacles in decades past #BushVGore. MSNBC’s Joy Reid, a former 14 year Florida resident, says one reason is that Broward is heavily Dem, and in a fairly Republican state like Florida it gets the dregs of voting attention by the electoral powers-that-be.
On the other hand, people do make mistakes.
The 2016 election was one of those. And then some.