I know it’s been a long time since I spoke to all of you, but I’ve been real busy with a lot of issues including some health concerns. Right now, however, I’m just seething over the latest shenanigans going on in the “esteemed” halls of Congress, and I needed a place to vent. So once again, our mutual friend has agreed to let me use his blog to get all the anger out of my system. And this time without his usual boring preamble. So let’s get down to it.

I see that, once again, you fucking morons in Congress are threatening to shut down the government come October 1 because of some cock-a-mamie excuse like funding Planned Parenthood. Unbelievable. You idiots are like serial killers that taunt police by sending them notes saying-“Stop me before I kill again.” You guys just can’t help yourselves. It’s like shutting down the government is in your DNA. So either by not approving new appropriations for the next fiscal year, or by not raising the debt ceiling, our government goes out of business in the next 10 days. And over what? A $500 million outlay to Planned Parenthood? Are you fucking, kidding me. A half billion dollars out of a total annual budget of some $3.6 trillion. You can take that half billion out of the petty cash accounts of most government departments. You can take that half billion out of the DOD’s coffee fund.

Yeah, yeah, I know you’re all riled up over this abortion thing, but shuttering the government is really the height of myopic stupidity. What about the people that depend on government funds for their very lives. What about people on Medicare or Medicaid or who receive disability payments. I assume you’ll put out a notice to them saying-“Please avoid getting sick while the government is closed.” I mean, who does this. Not a single country in the world, from first tier to a fourth rate banana republic does this, even if their parliaments can’t get their acts together. I get it that all you Republicans are hugely pissed off at Obama, first for the Iranian nuclear deal and now over this Planned Parenthood thingy. But look at it this way. The nuke deal with Iran is a bad accord, but it’s better than nothing. Without it, an unrestrained Iran would just plow ahead on their own and build a nuclear arsenal anyway. With the accord, it might slow them down to some extent. And denying Planned Parenthood its chump change isn’t going to do away with abortions in this country. Wake up all you willfully blind bible-thumpers-abortion is here to stay, one way or another.

Anyway, you have the Missus all agitated that we’re not going to get our monthly benefits like Social Security. You know how she worries. She already goes around saying that in order to get elected to Congress you have to have “shit for brains.” Shutting the government down will only reinforce her notions, although I imagine that no matter what, they can’t get much worse. And what about my proclivities. Just imagine how upset Sid and the boys that run the craps tables at Caesars will be, if I fail to come down and make my weekly donations. I would never be forgiven. You Republicans have already lost the black, Hispanic, Asian and any other minority voters, as well most young people. Now you’re going to piss off us older white guys, your one remaining core constituency? Smart. Really smart.

To make matters even worse, you Republicans seem hellbent on making an egotistical prick like Donald Trump your nominee for president. Trump, whose ego is larger than the Grand Canyon, figures he can just bully his way into the presidency. And I know a bully when I see one, from my experiences growing up in the rough neighborhoods of the Bronx, where failure to be tough was not an option. At least not if you wanted to see adulthood. While Trump grew up pampered in a huge penthouse on Park Avenue, and then inherited an extensive real estate empire that was built by his father.  And now he’s browbeating the asses off the Republican spineless wonders that are supposedly trying to win the nomination.

A good example was in the second debate when Trump was suddenly giving discourse on autism and any role that vaccines may play in this tragic affliction. If I had been up on that podium, I would have immediately stated something like-“Well, Doctor Trump, please do enlighten us as to your impressive medical credentials that allows you to pontificate on such a deadly serious biological matter.”  Yet not one of the other candidates had the balls for such a confrontation. Maybe Carly Fiorina has a valid excuse, but what about all the men up there.

Anyway, getting back to Congressional machinations, maybe the morons in the hallowed halls will pull a rabbit out-of-the-hat at the last minute, and do the right thing. Nobody knows, least of all, the Congressional idiots themselves. But they should know that most people are getting real tired of these foibles, and putting an end to them is long overdue. Well I guess I do feel better by venting, so I’ll sign off now before I get in any more hot water. As always I’m: Respectfully yours, Gerald P.

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