politicians, politics, Trump

“Twin bed Jed”… pro-life and pro-gun, and can’t hold a candle to his opponent, the queen…

I had a good laugh this morning as I read an admittedly fluffy news article about state politics in Arkansas. Jed Duggar, aged 21, is running for a Republican seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives. This young man with a cheesy grin and a soul patch, has taken on the Democrat incumbent, Dr. Megan Godfrey, who is 35 years old, a mom, and worked as a schoolteacher before she ran for office.

Jed, who sleeps in a twin bed in the same room as his twin, Jeremiah Duggar, is being slammed for calling Dr. Godfrey a “princess”. Godfrey’s young daughter, obviously astute like her mom, reportedly said “But Mama, you‘re the queen.” Indeed, Megan Godfrey is not only very smart and experienced, but she WAS also homecoming queen at the University of Arkansas. And she had a very witty retort for Twin Bed Jed.

You go, Megan Godfrey! I truly hope she kicks Jed’s ignorant ass.

Jed Duggar, on the other hand, is a graduate of the School of the Dining Room Table and says he wants to “grow jobs”, although he’s never had a job that didn’t involve working for his father. He’s been called out for accepting illegal campaign donations from a guy who lives in Louisiana, and his own dad, our very own Jim Boob, only donated $300 to his campaign, while some of his brothers and brothers in law each donated $500.

Jed never went to college and will never be pregnant, but he thinks he knows what’s best for women and wants to force pregnant women to give birth. He champions denying women the right to have abortions as he encourages people to buy weapons that may put already born people who have an actual concept of life and death at grave risk. Yep, he follows that well-known Republican mantra that the only lives that matter are those of the unborn. As Carlin said of Republicans, “If you’re pre-born, you’re fine. If you’re pre-school, you’re fucked.” Jed is following that observation to a tee. And as a Republican, Jed doesn’t support helping those pregnant women, especially once they’ve given birth.

“I grew up in Springdale all my life”… I don’t think the job is quite done yet, Jed. By the way, his channel has only 44 subscribers! That’s nineteen fewer than I have!

Sadly… the fact that Jed Duggar can’t hold a candle to his political opponent in terms of education, experience, and class is meaningless to a lot of people. He’ll get votes because he’s a young white man who is “pro-life” and “pro-gun”. He’s from a famous fundie family that is on reality TV. He’s somewhat good looking, I guess… the cheesy smile and relation to a notorious sex pest is somewhat of a turn off. But he’ll still get votes.

Many people don’t even care if a political candidate has any real experience. In fact, many people have no idea who or what they are voting for when they hit the booths. At least if you vote absentee, you can look up the candidates before you choose, right? Unless you’re fed up with Republicans and just vote straight blue, like I did. It isn’t the wisest strategy, since there are presumably decent people who are Republicans… but right now, I am super pissed off at the Republican Party for giving us Donald Trump and his ilk and voting blue is the only way I can make my point… besides writing another pointless blog post.

Moving on…

Something kind of funny happened yesterday. Thanks to the sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Germany, Bill has decided to do his part to help stem the tide by working at home yesterday and today. At around lunchtime, I went down to the dining room and was looking at Facebook. A woman was asking about living in Stuttgart and taking care of the dog she was bringing. Since Bill and I spent six years living near Stuttgart, I responded to her.

I said, “I just advised a woman to…”

And Bill cut in with, “Fuck off?”

I had a good laugh. Obviously, it’s time I cleaned up my language! We’ve been married awhile, too, so he knows me well. But no, this time I didn’t use the f-word. I told the woman she should join Stuttgart Friends, which is a local Facebook group that has a lot of information for newcomers. It didn’t exist when we lived down there the first time (I actually joined Facebook when we lived in Germany the first time), and was the source of much irritation for me when we were in Stuttgart the second time. But it is a good place to learn about moving to Germany, and it’s also a good group to leave once you get the hang of things.

I do enjoy having Bill at home during the day. I’m glad we still get along so well, especially since our anniversary is coming up.

And… in fairness to Bill, I DID just tell one of his ex friends to go fuck himself. So I guess it makes sense that he thought I’d tell some random lady on social media to fuck off. But this time, I swear, I’m innocent!

As for Trump and the presidential debate… I missed it. I wouldn’t have watched it even if I had been in America and not sleeping while it was going on. It doesn’t matter what either of them say because I’ve already voted. If it weren’t so glaringly obvious to me that Trump needs to be ousted, I might have tuned in. But, in my mind, Trump’s time in the White House has been about four years of sheer embarrassment and foolishness, and I truly fear for the future if he wins again. The man is becoming more and more unhinged as the days pass and his followers are becoming more emboldened and entrenched in fascism.

I know not everyone agrees with me, but I think anyone who still supports Trump is some combination of crazy, stupid, and selfish. Sadly… there are many people like that in America who will keep voting for him and his ilk, so I’m steeling myself for what happens in November. But, at least Bill and I will celebrate another anniversary! Hopefully, I won’t tell anyone else to go fuck themselves.

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A new Duggar politician?

Yesterday, I learned that Joe and Kendra Duggar brought their new baby girl into the world. I also learned that Joe’s little brother, 20 year old twin Jedidiah Duggar, has decided to run for public office in next year’s election. That’s right. This “man”, who is just 20 years old and still shares a dorm room in his parents’ home with several of his brothers, plans to run for Arkansas State Representative District 89 in Springdale. Naturally, he’s running as a conservative who values “religious liberty”, “the Second Amendment” (right to bear arms), and is “pro life”. He also plans to fight opioid addiction by encouraging addicts to go to religious programs (worked great for big bro, Josh, and his sex problems). This is despite the fact that his parents live in District 87 and Jed’s “business” is in District 88.

The incumbent of District 89, Megan Godfrey, is 35 years old, married, a mother of two, and a Democrat. She barely won her seat last year, unseating Republican State Representative Jeff Williams with 1857 votes to his 1827. According to the Arkansas House of Representatives’ Web site, Godfrey is “the Co-Director of English Language Learning for Fayetteville Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Arkansas cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with an M.A. in elementary education.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Arkansas”.

Yeah… well, it doesn’t look like Jed Duggar has a snowball’s chance in hell winning against Megan Godfrey. However… I thought Donald Trump also didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the White House, and look who’s in charge. I fear many people won’t take into account that Jed Duggar doesn’t have any relevant political experience and he can’t even listen to pop music, because his daddy is afraid he’ll get a boner. In fairness to Jed, it’s entirely possible that he will be engaged, or even married with a child on the way, by the time November 2020 rolls around.

Lots of folks will vote for Jed because they know his name, and he’s a white man who opposes abortion. Never mind that he doesn’t even have his own room and he graduated from the School of the Dining Room Table, taught by his mother, who has no college degree. Never mind that he evidently doesn’t value higher education himself. Nope… Jed is a guy who wants to suppress women’s rights to bodily autonomy, forcing them to be pregnant no matter what, but he simultaneously wants to protect the right to bear arms. So maybe some of those babies born to women who can’t or won’t take care of them might be dispatched by gun violence…

Jim Bob Duggar is probably hoping one of his sons will be a politician, because it’s one way for him to get back into power himself. Josh Duggar was once his main hope. But then Josh was exposed as a “sex pest”, having molested his sisters and another girl when he was a teenager, and then getting caught red-handed on the Ashley Madison Web site, cheating on his wife, Anna, who is due to give birth to their sixth child any day now. Boob was once himself a politician, but only lasted one term. Jed is young, kind of cute (if you like fundie guys), conservative, and white. I’d like to think that Arkansans are smart enough to know that Megan Godfrey is way more appropriate and qualified to be a legislator, but sadly, a lot of people probably think she’s an “uppity woman” who needs to get back in the kitchen. I’m amazed at how I view America these days. Just a few short years ago, I lived with the delusion that most Americans had more sense than they apparently do.

In other news… Is Melania Trump really the most beautiful First Lady ever?

Yesterday, a friend of mine from high school shared this picture of Melania Trump.

I couldn’t help but check out the source of this… the comments were bananas!

First of all… Melania Trump was a fucking model! She literally made her living in photo portfolios and on magazine covers! And one of her best known portfolios featured her in the nude! Now… I don’t actually care that Melania did nudes. Lots of professional models pose nude, and there is nothing wrong with that. But the above photo touting her as a paragon of beauty and class doesn’t make sense at all. She is a retired model, and as far as I can tell, she’s done her best to poorly emulate other, more accomplished First Ladies, rather than stay out of the limelight. Moreover, Mrs. Trump was herself an “illegal” when she came to the United States in the mid 1990s. Under her husband’s policies, she likely would have been deported back to her native Slovenia. She lied about having a college degree and supposedly speaks five languages fluently, but as yet, has not proven her ability.

Now… she does speak more languages than I do, but I don’t go around bragging about my foreign language skills, do I?

Secondly, while I do agree that Melania is basically a naturally beautiful woman, I don’t agree that she is the “most beautiful” First Lady in the history of the USA. To me, she almost always appears to be scowling, which is not an attractive look, plus she has the well-preserved but unnatural appearance of someone who has had a lot of cosmetic work done. To be clear, she was beautiful when she was young and she’s still attractive now, but to me, she looks like someone who isn’t embracing her natural look and doesn’t seem to have much of a zest for life. To me, so much of beauty comes from the inside, rather than the exterior. Some of the most attractive people to me are those who wouldn’t be considered conventionally beautiful, if only because they seem to be pleasant, friendly, kind, and loving people.

Personally, I think Michelle Obama is more beautiful, mainly because she appears to be genuinely happy and doesn’t look like she’s had a bunch of surgery or cosmetic treatments. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was also gorgeous. Even Hillary Clinton was pretty back in the early 90s, although I am no fan of Hillary’s. All three of those ladies were much better qualified and more interested in serving as First Lady than Mrs. Trump is.

Looks like she can barely stand to be near him.

I have empathy for Mrs. Trump. It can’t be easy to look at Donald Trump’s pubes, smell the lingering odor of his McDonald’s inspired shits, or listen to his morning farts. On the other hand, I’d be surprised if they still share close quarters with each other, since there have been multiple filmed episodes of her showing that she doesn’t particularly enjoy being close to him anymore. I would not be the slightest bit surprised if they split up after he’s out of the White House… and that’s if he doesn’t die of a stroke first.

Even Trump has joked about it, and there is truth in jest.

And as the wife of a man who was married to a narcissist, I will tell you that Bill is a lot more handsome now at age 55 than he was over twenty years ago, when he was still married to a soul sucking woman who constantly beat on his self-esteem. He once showed me a photo of himself, dating from the 1990s, when he worked for Whirlpool. He looked twenty years older than his early 30s age. He was clearly depressed, unhealthy, and broke. He didn’t so much as crack a smile in the picture; I didn’t even see the adorable glint he always has in his blue eyes today.

Happily, twenty years later, Bill takes care of himself and has fun. He’s a lot better looking because he has higher self-esteem and better self-regard. My guess is that when Melania Trump is finally free of her marriage, she will be extraordinarily beautiful. The perma-scowl might fade away, with the help of a little Botox to fill in the creases, and she will be able to enjoy her life out of the scuzzy Republican political arena. Hell, I might even like and respect her by then. As it is now, I just feel kind of sorry for her, especially as the idiotic rednecks like the guy who shared that picture of Melania declaring her “most beautiful” are probably masturbating to her image every night. But we all know Jed Duggar isn’t doing that in his dorm room, right? Eh… who are we kidding?

Well, it will be “interesting” to see how Jed Duggar’s campaign goes. Frankly, I am tempted to donate to Megan Godfrey’s campaign, and I don’t now nor will I ever live in Arkansas (even though that is where Bill is kinda technically from). I’m glad to see that yesterday’s elections are showing that people are pulling their heads out of their asses and voting more intelligently. I’m for big changes in 2020, starting with a Trump eviction from the White House.

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Hold my beer…

I read an initially amusing news story this morning about two guys in Rogers, Arkansas who both wound up arrested after shooting each other while wearing bulletproof vests. On March 31, 2019, Charles Eugene Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, 36, were sitting outside on the back porch drinking. Ferris was wearing a bulletproof vest, so naturally he decided he needed to test it out. He told Hicks to shoot him.

Hicks, obviously an obliging sort, shot his friend with a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. The shot hurt, and it pissed off Ferris, who then gave the vest to his friend to try on. Ferris then unloaded the clip into Hicks’s back. Fortunately… or maybe unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the bulletproof vest did its job and the two men weren’t seriously injured. But when Ferris complained of pain after the shooting, his wife ordered him to visit the emergency department of their local hospital.

The hospital staff determined that Ferris’s injuries could have been a result of foul play. They called the police, who interviewed Ferris. Ferris didn’t want his friend to get into trouble, so he came up with a bullshit story about taking fire after having been paid $200 to “protect an asset”. He claimed that he took fire after driving off gunmen who shot him. The truth came out later when the police officers spoke to Ferris’s, wife, Leslie.

Both men were arrested and have been charged with aggravated assault. They are both free on $5000 bonds. The rifle and the vest have been confiscated, and the men are under orders not to contact each other. They will be arraigned May 13th.

As I read this story, I couldn’t help but notice how sheepish these two guys looked. I’m sure it seemed like harmless fun at the time, trying out the bulletproof vest to see if it actually worked. Naturally, alcohol was involved… and probably boredom. These two guys are probably Trump fans, too. Yep… in fact, I looked up Ferris on Facebook and he has a picture of himself holding the severed head of a ram. He’s even some kind of minister. Indeed, he is a fan of Donald Trump and a vehement pro-lifer. And yet, he also gets drunk and shoots his friend for shits and giggles.

I hate to say this, but it seems that America is full of idiots like these two guys. They are all about gun rights, restricting access to abortion, and being racist. Ferris purports to be some kind of religious leader and has several pictures of himself on social media dressed in religious garb. And he also has a very public Facebook page, loaded with memes about conservative politics, being anti-abortion, and maintaining the right to bear arms. He and his friend have proven that neither of them should have any access to weapons. They lack critical thinking skills and good judgment.

This morning, I also read a very sad story about a family that fled violence in Honduras. They probably would have liked to have stayed in their homeland, but they were targeted by gangs who were looking for money. They headed to the United States, where they were separated in Calexico, at the California border. They were trying to reach San Francisco, where the mom had an uncle who might help them. The youngest of the three children with the family, a toddler girl, was snatched from her father’s arms and sent to San Antonio, Texas. The father, who had previously been expelled as an illegal alien, was arrested. It took the mother going to the press and threatening to go to Texas to retrieve her child before U.S. authorities returned the girl, thinner, suffering from a hacking cough, and infested with lice.

I wonder if Charles Ferris, a supposed Christian with his pro-America, anti-abortion, pro-gun views, would be in favor of helping this family? Would he want them protected, provided for, and loved the way Christ taught people should love their fellow man? I have a feeling he hasn’t thought much about it. It looks to me like his religion is more about maintaining white power. I see that he’s even proud of his sudden notoriety. Ferris is a founder of a couple of Facebook groups. On one them, he re-posted this.

It doesn’t matter that Donald Trump is a horrible person. He’s seen as an “exterminator” of sorts, getting rid of the “undesirable raccoons”… which actually, even sounds horribly racist. “Coon” is a racist term, after all.

Ferris runs a page called “Poor Knights of Christ”, which may or may not have anything to do with racism. However, when I look at the picture of the men in that group, I can’t help but be reminded of the Ku Klux Klan. Click on the associated Web site, and you go to a site with the word “militia” in its address. Having looked at the Web site, it appears to be some kind of Catholic organization, perhaps married with the Masons. Upon further examination of this guy’s social media, I found both of these photos…

Hmmm…
Does he not notice that he wears a robe that looks much like this?

I just can’t wrap my head around this. This man is supposedly a “man of God”, but he gets drunk, shoots his friend, lies to the police, and posts all kinds of vile, hateful rhetoric. Plus, he openly supports an immoral criminal who is leading our country down the drain. And he openly admits to selling his soul to the devil that is Donald Trump, simply because of illegal immigration– brown people invading the United States because they’re being terrorized by gangs in their own country. He supports forcing women to give birth, but he has no problem killing people who have already been born and are in need of help. He likens them to invasive “raccoons”.

It’s nauseating and scary. I’m now kind of sorry I didn’t just laugh off this story. But I have a habit of falling into rabbit holes, don’t I?

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