Corona is Quiet

Wow!

Dogpaddling Through Life

Corona piques loudmouths
who doubt if she’s real.
They debate whether she can
be trusted to kill.
Does she prefer old folks,
or will any one do?
Can vaccines disrupt her,
or does she like them too?
Does the color of your skin
determine your fate?
Is it true she likes poor folks;
in the rich she abates?

But Corona? Corona is quiet.
She empties the roadways
and crowded bars.
She covers your mouth
in schools and cars.
She shoves tubes down your throat
to help you breathe.
she shovels the dirt when
you succumb to disease.
Corona don’t care
what your preacher thinks
as she silently weaves
through the towns and streets.

I walk with my dog
on a Saturday morn.
I converse with the birds
not quite overworn
with the sounds of cars
and giggling voices.
Today they’re silent.
This weekend is joyless.
After pretending for months
she…

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Retro Quote – Harry S. Truman

“Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.  Socialism is what they called public power.  Socialism is what they called social security.  Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance.  Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations.  Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.  When the Republican candidate inscribes the slogan ‘Down with Socialism’ on the banner of his “great crusade”, that is really not what he means at all.  What he really means is ‘Down with Progress, down with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal,’ and ‘Down with Harry Truman’s Fair Deal.’  That’s all he means.”

Harry S Truman, Syracuse, New York, October 10, 1952

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Word of the Week – June 26, 2021

Inosculate

Verb

Latin, 17th century

Join by intertwining or fitting closely together.

Example: I often inosculate my dreams with my passion for writing to create unusual tales.

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Tweet of the Week – June 26, 2021

Rep. Matt Gaetz

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Instagram of the Week – June 26, 2021

Carl Nassib

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Funniest Quote of the Week – June 26, 2021

“To be fair, Gaetz – the same Matt Gaetz who faces sexual trafficking charges he denies – did also tweet today to Free Britney Spears, which kind of makes him a freedom fighter.”

Brian Williams, responding to Gaetz’s criticism of Gen. Mark Milley’s June 23 testimony

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‘Get-a-Rope’ Quote of the Week – June 26, 2021

“He’s not just a pig – he’s stupid.”

Tucker Carlson, about Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

Carlson – who has come out strongly against critical race theory – added, “So Mark Milley reads Mao to understand Maoism and he reads communists to understand communism, but it’s interesting that he doesn’t read white supremacists to understand white supremacy.”

‘Get-a-Rope’

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Most Delusional Quote of the Week – June 26, 2021

“I never admitted defeat.”

Donald Trump, during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network

He added, “No, I never, the word is ‘concede,’ [and] I have not conceded.”

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Worst Quotes of the Week – June 26, 2021

“You know after they said penetration in the end zone they lost me.”

Joy Behar, regarding Carl Nassib becoming the first openly gay active player in the NFL, on “The View”

In all fairness, Behar has apologized for her comment.

“If he’s gonna tie them together, he can forget it!  I’m not doing that.  That’s extortion!  I’m not going to do that.  The Dems are being told you can’t get your bipartisan work product passed unless you sign on to what the left wants, and I’m not playing that game.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, on President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan

“President Donald Trump is also one of a kind.  He too disrupted the status quo, he challenged the establishment… and now, as then, there is no going back.”

Former Vice-President Mike Pence, comparing Donald Trump Ronald Reagan

Pence went on to say, “Under President Trump’s leadership we were able to achieve things Republicans have been talking about since the days of Barry Goldwater.  It’s true.”

For the record, Goldwater lost the 1964 U.S. presidential election to Lyndon B. Johnson in the largest landslide in U.S. election history.

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Best Quotes of the Week – June 26, 2021

“They’re trying to rig the system to stay in office as long as they can, try to suppress the vote to make it harder – especially for Black and brown communities to vote in Texas – and we’re not going to let them.  We’re going to fight back. We’re going to say no, and we’re going to show up.”

Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, during a rally for federal voting rights legislation in front of the Texas Capitol

“Tucker Carlson didn’t serve.  His biggest achievement is having nine lives in the world of cable news.  Making a bowtie famous, and getting away with promoting conspiracy theories, night after night after night.”

Brianna Keilar, responding to Tucker Carlson’s criticism of Gen. Mark Milley, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and noting the FOX News host didn’t serve in the U.S. military

Keilar added, “That isn’t just a dog whistle.  It’s a white whistle…He is white rage!”

“I want to understand White rage, and I’m White.  What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America?  What caused that?  I want to find out.”

Gen. Mark Milley, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the January 6 Capitol Hill riots and the U.S. military’s efforts to push for more diverse and inclusive standards

Conservative critics have painted the new military policies as Marxist and generally anti-American.

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