Is It Really Over?

Is the orange idiot done? Can we take a breath now? Can some sense of normalcy replace the unending scandal and controversy we have come to expect from the orange idiot criminal in chief?

Please Jeebus let this be a history lesson for the future and no longer a nightmare for the now!

Cue the right wing mob of liars and manipulators of truth! The right wing nut machine for… well, nuts! We will all soon be commies! Socialism! X-ian baby BBQ’s in basements across America!* Biden is a Lizard People overlord! Martial Law any day now! They are coming for your guns! They are taking away “our” country! True patriot Billy Bobs, and other fuckers of their sisters unite!

You didn’t think all that was going to magically disappear did you? We may be down one orange idiot, but the mob of morons is still out there, sopping up every little lie, with that last little bit of biscuit, cleaning up the last smidge the damn lie gravy in the plate. Mmm good! They love that stuff!

I’ll sleep better when that nonsense is regulated back to the National Enquirer, instead of mainstream news for dumbasses. Let’s not forget that they vote. Every single election from here, through the foreseeable future, is a fight for truth, and integrity. Every single election is a fight against what we just endured as a country. Every single election is a must vote scenario. We cannot rest because this battle, appears to be won. The misinformation war rages on. There is no room for complacency! The lies, the spin, the bullshit, will not rest. Nor can we.

Jeff, if you have recipes to share, please do ๐Ÿ™‚

A Few Thoughts

Well, happy impeachement month everyone! I can’t think of an orange asshole who deserved it more.

I have to wonder though, after seeing much of the R spectacle in the House, just where we are as a country divided? Even after an all out assault on the Capitol by right wing trumpanzee nutjobs, many of the R representatives are still in full blown deny/obfuscate/distract/misrepresent/falsely equivocate/play the victim/scream radical left!/projection!/stop the steal!/oh my the slippery slope!/ mode. Every time I see screaming R’s who are just screaming to make noise, and not attempt to reconcile anything, I personally get another step away from these idiotic ideologies. We are more then D’s and R’s in this country, we have to be. I subscribe to neither party really, I consider myself an independent.* With that thought, I think no one should wholly subscribe to either tribe, but judge each on their merits and their deeds. If we all would do that, there would be no more political extremism. If we judged on merit and deeds, instead of merely identifying as a R or a D, just cuz yer daddy was one, and yer grandaddy was one, and we listened to both sides, as well as researched what we are hearing, to dig up the facts, we would be a people who no longer vote trumpanzee types to our governmental positions. Because something like that, is what has put us in the fix we are in now. At least as far as our elected representatives.

Alternative facts… This is the sort of horse shit that helps fuel an insurrection. Conspiracy theories spouted as fact. Right wing ideologies spouted as the only way to beat them damn libtards! Right wing propaganda outlets posing as news (Faux News, Newsmax, Talk Radio asshats, as well as social media shit warehouses, you know who they are) constantly pouring fuel on the fire. Why would we be a country so divided? Gee I wonder. I get the whole free speech thing, but a media that leads it’s cultish followers down the lane of “we hate everything they tell us to!” really needs a good looking at. Your right to free speech ends the minute your speech incites hate at any level, or at least it should, IMO. Just like your right to see well on the highway should end when your headlights are so bright they blind everyone you meet. There has to be a point somewhere, a line in the fucking sand, where things that are said and done, do not infringe on our basic wish to exist, unassaulted, by a reckless indifference, to our desire to live a life free of such infringements.

How the hell do we get there? I don’t know. How do we educate 70 million dumbasses who think our government of the last four years has been just fine and dandy? How do we root out and destroy centuries of steeping racism amongst us? How do we convince people who have been brainwashed by alternative fact tactics that they have been lied to? How do we tell them to hold on a minute, and do not just listen to one side of the story, for the truth does often lie in between? How do you take the flour from the cake after it has been baked in? Again, I don’t know.

Another aspect of alternative fact tactics is this, many of the people who exist within its clutches, love subscribing to that crap! They absolutely love what they are hearing! They love being pissed off at unknown faceless libtards that don’t even exist. They don’t need to know who they are, they are fine hating the assumption that they exist. They WANT to be fucking lied to, and manipulated. How do you fix that? Fuck if I know.

All I truly know is I want a better country, a better world, for my kids and grankids, than this. The only way I can think of, that might help us climb out of the hole we are in, is to teach your children well. Teach them to think for themselves. They need to be wiser that the generations among us. This hole we are in will take a great deal of time to climb out of, the future generations are our only hope I think. Our cake in the here and now, has been baked. We can change, if we are of a mind to. But it will take time.

The thing that truly stands in the way though, too many neither know nor care, that they are the predictable result of right wing propaganda, masquerading as legitmate news, as well as social media outlets, manipulated by influences both foreign and domestic.

Y’all stay safe out there.

*While I subscribe to neither party D or R, I will never, as long as I live, vote R again. Not after what has happened during the last few years they have had control. NEVER. Unless by some fate of circumstance, that the current ideologies of both parties, do a complete 180. I am comfortable believing it won’t happen in my lifetime.

We All Knew, Didnt We?

I knew. My wife knew. I’m sure you did too. We all knew something was going to happen. We all probably shared at least a couple of fears, what our orange idiot would do with his days left, especially today. We knew something was going to happen. He would not let go, he could not let go, the fact that he lost. Desperation was as thick in the air as the charge you sometimes feel before the summer bolt. Palpable. Real. You can sense it. You can feel it. Then, Boom!

My wife went yesterday and bought nearly $200 in groceries. I told you she knew. She didn’t know what, neither did we, right? But we knew it was coming. Now we know what. Probably at this point, it could have been much worse. I’m glad it wasn’t.

But, we also don’t know, what may happen next.

I’m afraid to find out what next might be. So, I sit here. Wondering. I don’t feel it yet. It will take a few days for the charge to build. But he needs to be removed, or procedurally incapcitated, or locked up in a nice padded cell, before next.

The inauguration can’t get here soon enough.

How ’bout that Georgia!!? Flipped the freaking Senate! I did not know that was going to happen. That was a pleasant surprise. May Democracy work for a future we can appreciate.

May time heal our wounds.

Elson Readers

It seems a lifetime ago, I was dropped off at my great uncles farm. He lived on the farm with his mother, my great grandmother. They lived in a rural Iowa local. We would visit them at least a couple times a year, I remember them with great fondness. My great uncle was a World War II vet. He had been one of the first group of men captured near Kassarine Pass, and subsequently spent most of the war in a concentration camp. My great grandmother was a retired school marm, she had long flowing gray hair, was sharp of wit, strong, with an honest, sometimes biting tongue, yet feeble from old age. She had taught many a child, in a one room schoolhouse in her younger days, and wasn’t the sort of lady to take any crap from anyone. One lash from her tongue, I don’t care who you are, you were toast! A great woman, they don’t make many like her.

It was here on the farm I spent some time, and I got to know and love them very well. As a young lad I did what I could do around the old farm to help. But the old farm was just that, my uncle no longer tended the fields, but he had some cows and I would help him with things that needed doing. But there wasn’t a lot to do, so I had a great deal of spare time on my hands. After a time it became boring for a young teenager. It didn’t take long for me to wade through the Readers Digest, and National Geographics that were in obvious abundance around the house. Which left me longing for something more…

One day in the old farmhouse, I was upstairs, and saw some faded dusty boxes. I snooped and discovered they were full of old books. Well I asked my great grandma if I could go through them, and she told me with a bit of glee in her voice, that yes, I could do with them as I wished.

It was then I discovered Elson Readers. These are very old reading books for schools, full of stories, fables, poems, and tales. And I devoured them. There were a great many of them ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, so I sorted them out and started at the beginning. I spent a great deal of time with these books and came to know them well.

Fast forward to now, I have been and done a great many things in this world, have raised two families, and managed to become self dependent as we all should. I am approaching my sixties and I’m content with my place in life. But my mind often wanders back to that old farm, where I was bored out of my mind, but I remember that time with a deep longing in my heart. I am old and wise enough now, to more greatly appreciate my time there. My great uncle and grandma are long since passed, I miss them with a great hole in my soul, and have shed a tear or two writing this.

So, I decided to do a search a couple days ago, and see if I could find some of those ancient Elson Readers. They are out there on Ebay, but can be expensive. I would love to own them, I have a couple on a shelf, but I am nowhere close to having them all. Then I found a link, and I clicked it. There they are! For Free! Holy crapoli!

Now not in book form, but scanned and accessible to read online. A far cry from holding a dusty old hardback book in your hands, but it will damn well do!

I have been reading them again. They still have a touch of magic in them that is indescribable. The old fables are predictably, inherent with a moral to the story. Many of the stories are about instilling honor, truth, integrity, and in some cases love of country. Others meant to teach a bit of wisdom to still naive school children. These stories and fables are from all over the world, from many cultures, and the poems, many are from names you will recognize as literary greats.

These books aren’t arranged in order, and they aren’t all there, I recall different volumes in my great grandmothers many boxes of books. But by gosh I wish to give you a little bit of me. For some of me lives in these old Elson Readers. As my great grandmother once said to me, “do with them as you wish.”

P.S. Some of the pages were poorly scanned, and difficult, but not impossible to make out. Just FYI. Also you will have to sort through them to differentiate between the readers and the teachers version.

P.P.S. Anyone who might have use for a bedtime story for the kids or grandkids, could do much worse than the text in these old readers.

EDIT: Oh! I found modern reproductions here, ~15 bucks per would add up:

https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/951/Elson-Readers.html