Let us look inward

All this chatter about Islamic terrorists and the “threat” they supposedly pose to Americans ignores a key point made in 2019 by the director of the FBI.

Christopher Wray, appointed to his post by Donald J. Trump, told Congress that the “biggest threat” to Americans’ security and safety comes not from foreign terrorists, but from the home-grown, corn-fed variety of domestic terrorist.

Wray offered that analysis, of course, prior to the events of 1/6 and the domestic terror attack launched against Capitol Hill, where Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over the Electoral College vote certification from the 2020 presidential election.

All of those yahoos were from right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Yet we hear from nut jobs such as U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., say that one of her colleagues, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is cozy with terrorist groups. Indeed, Boebert implied that Omar might be a terrorist herself, given that she’s a Muslim who emigrated to this country from Somalia.

Let’s keep our eye on the ball, shall we? FBI Director Wray is correct to suggest that the larger threat comes from within.


How can this doc know any of it?

Ronny Jackson, a rookie member of Congress from West Texas, is pi**ing me off royally.

The former White House physician who moved to the Texas Panhandle for the purpose of running for Congress, just cannot stop making an a** of himself. How does he do that? By insisting that President Biden lacks the mental snap to do the job to which voters elected him in 2020.

Has the doctor examined the president? Does he have access to the White House medical records? Does he have a damn clue about the president’s health — mental or physical? No, no and no!

And yet this lunatic keeps up the Twitter barrage alleging that President Biden is suffering “slippage,” and that he needs to resign. The right-wing media just love this clown, who has become a regular on Fox News, Newsmax and OAN broadcasts, where he spews pure trash.

Good grief, doc!

You took an oath when you completed medical school to “do no harm.” I will contend that the doctor-turned-politician is doing plenty of “harm” by making assertions about the commander in chief that are baseless, groundless and without foundation. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

The doc needs to shut his pie hole!


McCarthy needs to condemn hate speech

Kevin McCarthy aspires to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and I must acknowledge that the chances of Republicans gaining control of the House next year is looking more likely all the time.

However, the California GOP lawmaker needs to shuck his current role as chief huckster for the cult that has taken control of the party’s collective thought processes. McCarthy needs to condemn the hate speech that keeps coming from the pie holes of those within the GOP House caucus.

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado is the latest hater to speak what passes for her mind. She all but called fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar a Muslim terrorist. Omar has demanded an apology from Boebert, who has declined to do so. Meanwhile, McCarthy stands by silently while his fellow GOPer — and others within the caucus — keep spewing dangerous rhetoric.

McCarthy long ago emerged as a disgraceful political leader. If he is going to become the Man of the House in 2023, he needs to grow a pair and start condemning the fractious rhetoric of Republican Party lawmakers. His silence on the mutterings of the likes of Lauren Boebert only will inflame the white-hot tension that permeates the atmosphere on Capitol Hill.


McConaughey is out!

Matthew McConaughey remains a bit of a Texas political mystery man, given that he has announced he won’t run for governor in 2022, but will continue to speak out on issues of the day.

The mystery? What does the Oscar-winning actor think of these issues?

He said today in a message to Texans he is honored to be considered for political leadership. That’s fine. I am sure he is honored. However, I haven’t the foggiest notion what he believes about anything.

I suspect his relatively high poll numbers would diminish significantly once he declares his positions on things such as, oh, abortion, voting rights, transgender matters, water management, wind energy development. These are issues at or near the top of many Texans’ minds.

Well, maybe in 2026 we might see McConaughey emerge once again as a potential candidate. If he does reinsert himself into the political dialogue, I want there to be more substance than just a mysterious presence on which to determine whether he’s qualified for any job he might want to seek.


Big Lie gets goofier

I never thought it was possible to embellish The Big Lie but the Republican nut cases who occupy public offices have managed to do so.

It goes like this …

There are those within the GOP who contend now that Democrats are fabricating the impact of various COVID-19 variants to “cheat” their way to winning future elections. One of the Republican nut jobs in Congress, Rep. Ronny Jackson of Amarillo, went on Fox News to suggest that very thing. The hosts on “Fox and Friends” let the moronic physician-turned-politician mutter that trash without challenging him.

One of the hosts said Jackson is “probably right.” Umm, no! He’s not right! He is wrong. So are those who suggest that the impact of the latest variant, called Omicron, is made up, that it’s a fabrication.

The Big Lie was born out of Donald Trump’s phony claim of “widespread voter fraud” in the 2020 election. It has now grown more legs and to my utter horror it is beginning to take root in the gullible mindlessness of Republican cultists’ noggins.

Good grief. Is there no end to this idiocy?


Lawmakers’ feud intensifies

Silly me. I had a hope that U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Lauren Boebert actually would be able to reach a meeting of the minds over remarks that Boebert made about Omar’s Muslim faith.

What we got after a phone conversation between the congresswomen apparently is a more intense feud between them than before the two of them chatted.

Oh, boy. Here we go.

Boebert had made some remarks suggesting that Omar — who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized U.S. citizen — somehow has “terrorist” tendencies. Omar took offense, quite naturally. The two of them sparred at some distance.

Boebert than called Omar, with Omar expecting a full apology for her statement about Omar and her faith. The apology didn’t come, according to Omar. The two of them had what Omar described as an “unproductive” conversation; Omar then hung up on Boebert.

I guess Boebert took offense at the way their conversation ended. She blasted Omar in a video message. “Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing. And our country is worse off for it,” Boebert said.

I’ll insert here that Omar is a Democrat and Boebert is a Republican. I got that out of the way.

Omar said this: “Today, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate. Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments.”

Quite obviously, I was not privy to the lawmakers’ conversation. I am inclined to believe Ilhan Omar’s version of what transpired, given Lauren Boebert’s record of reckless, inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric.


Then again, my inclination is no surprise to anyone who reads this blog and understands my own bias.

I fear that this confrontation only illustrates the huge chasm that continues to divide the political parties, all of whose congressional members I hasten to point out take the same oath of office … to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.


Biden asks us to avoid panic

Message received, Mr. President.

Joe Biden went on TV this morning to tell us the Omicron variant that began in southern Africa but which is working its way around the world provides no reason to panic.

He said we have to do the same things we have done to suppress the original COVID-19 virus and the assorted variants of the virus that have sprung up. Omicron is no different, President Biden said.

I hear ya, Mr. POTUS. My hope is that we all hear the president. That we all do the things we need to do to keep the virus variant from spreading. You know what they are, so I won’t belabor the point here.

I remain an eternal optimist that we are going to weather this matter. The timing of when we get the all-clear signal remains an open question.

No worries as far as my family and I are concerned. We aren’t waiting with bated breath for someone to tell us we’re in the clear from the virus. We are going to stay with the good-practices recommendations and do our part to put this virus — and the variants — down for keeps.


Don’t make us angry, GOP!

Congressional Republicans have this bizarre habit of backing themselves into corners from which they have difficulty exiting.

They are digging in once again on the issue of increasing the nation’s debt ceiling. U.S. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell — yeah, that guy — is threatening to shut ‘er down. He won’t back any effort by Democrats to increase the debt ceiling.

What does that mean? Total calamity, according to every serious economist on Earth. It would mark the first time the U.S. of A. has defaulted on its debt. It would throw the markets into total free fall. It would send a signal around the world that the United States no longer can be trusted to make good on its obligations.

Hey, is this what they call an “America first” priority?

It’s an “America last” notion, if you want my opinion on it. You didn’t ask for it, but I offered it anyway.

What are we going to do when the nation’s government funding expires at the end of the week? We had better beat some reason into the thick skulls of GOP lawmakers who don’t want to make many millions of Americans angry over their stubbornness.


Debt ceiling? Almost forgot about it

While we have been focusing on issues around the world, not to mention Black Friday and the approach of the holiday season, another potential crisis has emerged from the swamp.

Debt ceiling. Do you remember that one? You should. We’ve traipsed down this trail many times already.

Here’s the deal: The federal government has enough money to function through Friday. What happens then? We are being threatened — once again! — with the United States defaulting on the debts it owes.

Congress has this disgraceful way of bringing us to the brink with annoying frequency. Democrats generally want to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Republicans, though, seem intent on scoring political points by threatening to hold back on raising the debt limit.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who certainly should know better, is once again saying that he will insist that his fellow Senate Republicans block efforts to increase the debt limit. Do you think that’s weird? I do! Here’s why. If we refuse to pay our debts, the result will be a massive economic collapse.

Does any sane politician want to be held responsible for Americans’ retirement accounts vanishing into thin air? Do they intend to precipitate an unprecedented collapse of our financial infrastructure?

They are going to make many millions of Americans really angry. They won’t like us when we get really angry. Honest!


What happened on 1/6, indeed!

Ted Cruz keeps throwing rhetorical punches at people who operate way above his level of expertise … and he keeps getting punched in the puss in return.

The junior U.S. senator from Texas, told CBS News’s Margaret Brennan that the Justice Department needs to prosecute infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

An exchange between Brennan and Fauci went this way:

“Anybody who spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise … that’s noise,” Fauci said. “I know what my job is.”

Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan then referenced Cruz.

“Senator Cruz told the attorney general you should be prosecuted,” she said.

Fauci laughed at the notion.

I should be prosecuted?!” Fauci said. “What happened on Jan. 6, senator?!”

There you have it. Cruz, a Republican, wants DOJ to prosecute Fauci. For what is anyone’s guess. As for what happened on 1/6, if anyone on Earth needs to be prosecuted, it would be the hooligans who stormed the Capitol Building that day while bellowing “Hang Mike Pence!” as they defecated on the floor of where our democratic republic does its business.