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Georgia off my mind

December 7, 2022

With the Peach State’s contentious run-off election over and the Balance of Nature restored, I can return to the other Big Issues in the world, like climate change and why Aaron Judge didn’t sign with my beloved San Francisco Giants. Herschel Walker squandered precious campaign time and money pontificating about trans athletes and the ever important werewolf-vampire kerfuffle, yet ended his political career with a surprisingly thoughtful concession speech. He can now return to his home in Texas.

I like Georgia. I was stationed there in 1966-7 with a Marine detachment north of Atlanta, then at a supply centre near Albany in ’68-9. Atlanta was a hoppin’ place even then. Aretha Franklin was in town often, as were civil rights icons Dr. Martin Luther King and Stokely Carmichael. The gunnery sergeant I shared an office with once got yelled at by Carmichael.

Just before I got out of the Marines, I drove from Albany to Atlanta to visit another Leatherneck who had just been released from active duty. He introduced me to the burgeoning hippie scene there. I discovered weed, acid and the Kooper/Bloomfield/Stills album Super Session that weekend. To this day, I cannot hear any version of “Season of the Witch” without thinking of that time.

I truly believe the Walker loss will be looked back on as the closing of a chapter, if not book. Any aspiring, astute Republican politician will now have to oh-so-carefully weigh the value of a Trump endorsement. Aging Orange did hold a tele-rally for Herschel just before the run-off, but, alas . . .

Granted, 45 has been busier than usual, what with the fallout and continuing radiation due to his Dinner with two Non-Andres: the unhinged and hingeless Ye and Nick Fuentes, the quintessential Hitler Youth. And then there are those pesky investigations du jour.

Trump has no bottom. He can call for suspending the Constitution without fear of repercussions from top GOPers, thanks largely to their stellar cowardice. But they may be feeling some heat. As Georgians voted in Raphael Warnock yesterday, top congressional officials gathered in D.C. to honour law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol on January 6th. The parents and brother of Brian Sicknick, who died from a stroke and other complications of the struggle, refused to shake the hands of Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy right after they shook hands with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Sicknick’s mother, Gladys, even kissed Schumer on his cheek.

“They’re two-faced,” Gladys said, “I’m just tired of them standing there and saying how wonderful the Capitol police is, and then they turn around and go down to Mar-a-Lago and kiss his ring and come back.”

Officer Sicknick’s brother Ken, a lifelong Republican, said that his party’s leaders “have no idea what integrity is.” He called out House GOP member Louis Gohmert from Texas for awarding a flag flown over the Capitol to Simone Gold and telling her she was a patriot for being at the January 6th doings.

Doctor Gold was the primary signatory on a letter signed by 600+ other physicians that was presented to Trump in May 2020 to urge him to stop the “national shutdown” (COVID-19 lockdowns) because it was a “mass casualty incident”. She also opposed wearing masks and Pfizer’s vaccine, calling it “experimental”. She did, however, advocate for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID, an idea so bad that Trump considered it — as he did shooting up bleach.

Gold pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanour for entering a restricted area, serving 60 days and paying a $9500 fine. Gohmert figured that qualified her as a “political prisoner”. Gold, who is also an attorney, should have known better. Gohmert, who is merely an idiot, probably doesn’t.

  1. Anonymous permalink
    December 7, 2022 5:30 pm

    Here is something else to set you off just after you were relieved about GA
    The Supreme Court appeared split on whether state legislators can set voting rules for federal elections without oversight from state courts. The justices are considering a once-fringe legal idea being pressed by North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders called the “independent state legislature” theory, which argues that an interpretation of the Constitution’s Elections Clause leaves no room for state courts to review election laws. If the justices were to side with the North Carolina Republicans, state lawmakers would have largely unchecked power to set election rules, including reshaping congressional districts through partisan gerrymandering, determining voter eligibility, and mail-in ballot requirements. Justice Elena Kagan called the independent state legislature argument “a theory with big consequences.

    Warnock barely won how crazy is that?????

    I am so glad I don’t live don’t there. I really have to stop looking at the news.

    A neighbour here left GA in the 60s just went down for a family reunion and got food poisoning by eating at the Atlanta airport. He was in the hospital 3 days.
    Stay Well

    • December 9, 2022 4:17 pm

      Hi, Judith. It is alarming that SCOTUS leans so far right, but the two worst justices, Alito and Thomas, are in their 70’s. Barrett and Kavanaugh have not been the ideologues I feared. They’ve already pissed off Trump multiple times. It’s great to send Herschel packing back to Texas, but he might have won if a few more breaks had gone his way. Happy holidays.

  2. John Bozich permalink
    December 7, 2022 9:35 pm

    AP-glad always to see a string of blogging from you. I had an uneasy feeling fairly early in the evening just after the first reporting of the early ballot results were being posted and Warnock’s lead kept shrinking. Fortunately I watch ONY Steve Kornake from MSNBC for election nights: he’s pretty much mathematical in his approach and kept hinting at the probable good news the would be coming from Dekalb county, and other Dem strongholds, much later in the evening. Thank goodness he was correct and I had faith in the corresponding probabilities! Now if whatever else develops can result in the minimal consequence of the great Orange Crush never been able to run for office again, some bit of peace can settle for our (once yours) beloved country. unfortunately, there are those who I believe to present even larger threats, i.e., Gov Ron Desantis. I do have a good nickname for Herschel that a fellow progressive thinker ( actually the offspring of a couple of rocket scientists from the 60s): Werwolf McBadge-hopefully, that monicker will never be need to taken out of mothballs again…cool and rainy here, reminding me of Vancouver which I last visited over 25 years ago. Peace and semper fi, Marine

    • December 9, 2022 4:28 pm

      Hey, J.B. We recorded CNN and MSNBC election night, then picked through them for the statistical analysis. I know that Repubs often pull ahead of Dems until the big buckets of urban votes show up. The last three polls I saw all got it right, even though I was hoping for a thorough blitz on Werewolf McBadge. It still feels up here as if Aging Orange’s influence may have peaked. I’ll likely be blogging more since I quit writing plays. Happy holidays to you and the Colonel. We’re finally getting some rain on our snow.

  3. dmat permalink
    December 13, 2022 9:11 pm

    That fellow Marine in Atlanta was “self released” if I recall correctly. 😂🤣

    • December 20, 2022 4:16 pm

      Jim was with me, but it was our friend Bob Adcock we went to see. He had gotten out the week before and had it all set up. What a transitional experience it was!

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