Yes, but was it a coup?

Of course it was a coup!

A perfectly legal one.

But a coup nonetheless — aka politics as usual.

Gorgias of Leontinoi (Bartender might have met him — me, I am just too young, and we didn't run in the same circles) said of Greek Tragedy that it is "a swindle in which the swindler is more just than the swindled, and the swindled wiser than the swindler." One may travesty this aphorism by saying that politics is a swindle in which the swindled is more just than the swindler, and the swindler wiser (i.e. more politically shrewd) than the swindled.

But what do I know?

Maybe it was just dumb luck.

Or an act of God, perhaps. I mean, there are those who believe God is English.

You know: "He blew his wind, and they were scattered," and all that...

I mean, you've got to wonder about things like that.

The Invincible Spanish Armada, I mean.

And don't get me started on the goddess Artemis clipping the wind out of the fleet of a 1000 ships.

I don't know, maybe God is a neocon. Is that still a thing? Or what designation are the warmongers of the dominant empire of the era wearing on their lapel those days? (I don't want to offend anyone.)

Elon Musk has the perfect car for you:

It's called a cybertruck.

(Now, where have I seen this car before?)

Wait... Don't forget your mask!

Everything's back to normal all over again.

Good night, sleep tight,

Careful, now...

Don't let the bedbugs bite...



Of Cats and Dogs


I know what you are thinking...

But, I have no dog in this fight.

Really, I don't. (As a matter of fact, I'd like to think of myself as both a cat AND a dog person.

Prejudgement is a terrible thing, wouldn't you agree?

As things stand, I am just on the side of free speech:

And so, I dare say, good for Gina Carano for daring to speak her mind in an era of systemic censorship and societal intimidation and bullying.

It's an American thing.

Or it used to be in this land formerly known as the "land of the free."



Without Me...


"I said, this looks like a job for me
So everybody just follow me
'Cause we need a little controversy
'Cause it feels so empty without me"

—Eminem, "Without Me"

Some five years ago, on August 1, 2015, on the campaign trail in Iowa, a nine-year-old boy asked Donald Trump if he was Batman. The question, and Trump's answer that he was Batman, prompted at the time, an amusingly whimsical article in The Guardian, by Michael McGrath, conjecturing whether Donald Trump might not, truly, be the real-life Batman.

Despite its obvious lampooning intent, the article makes a compelling case:

As it turns out, Donald Trump has not been any worse (nor any better) than any of his last three predecessors in the oval office—and, unlike them, he didn't start any wars.

At least, he makes me laugh. In a good way! Which is more than I can say about any of his predecessors.