Friday, September 24, 2021

POST #1,046: Random Observations


The following set of rambling observations are just the results of occasional comments made out in the Facebooksphere or notes scribbled in my notebook. Any resemblance to any persons, living or dead, is purely intentional. The photo at the top of the page was taken by my old pal, John Harragin ten years ago during the Wall Street Occupation. That was a lot of fun!

1. Where the heck is Matt Gaetz?

It appears that Matt has slithered into the shadows. One year ago the guy's hideous punim was everywhere. Today, he seems to have fallen off of the radar. He is wise to keep a low profile. When the word got out that he may be implicated in a scandal where minor girls were used in a sex trafficking scheme, it seemed very possible that his political career was about to blow up. It's a rare thing these days to see him as a talking head, waxing moronic on any conservative talking point on any given day. He is wise to keep a low profile.


Andrew Giuliani is just one of many thousands of reasons why watching right-wing politicians in action is so much fun. The mystery is that he (along with his old man and Donald Trump) does not hail from Shit-For-Brains, Mississippi, he's from New York City - allegedly one of the most sophisticated cities on the planet! Why - it must be asked - does he say so many dumb things and take so many dumb positions? It is a question that I am incapable of answering. That being the case, it now appears that Andrew is preparing to run for governor of New York. The politics of our state tends to be somewhat boring in any year. That won't be the case when Andrew runs. I'm really looking forward to that campaign.

3. GOP Craziness:

It's sad and funny to see what has happened to the Republican Party in the last forty years. Sad because it was the one-time home of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Funny because of their capability of providing political junkies such as I with infinite barrels of riotous, unintentional laughter. To watch a group of grown men and women desperately trying to cater to the most unstable and non-intelligent members of society is an amusing thing to behold. Think about this: The unfortunately-named senator from Louisiana, John Kennedy, is an Oxford-educated Rhodes Scholar! He can't be an idiot! But to hear him talk on any forum, you would think that the guy had the IQ of a rancid bag of moldy mangoes. That party has fallen about as far as it is possible to fall. Seriously.

4. Get The Vaccine:

Too many Americans are refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The result of this refusal is a continued spike of deaths in (mostly) conservative states. The excuse used most often for not getting inoculated is that they don't know what's in the vaccine. A history lesson: Seventy years ago a polio epidemic was rampaging its way throughout the world. Many were killed by it and many more were paralyzed by it. One of its victims was the future president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was stricken one-hundred years ago in the summer of 1921 while on vacation in Maine. Then, nearly seventy years ago in July of 1952, a young Virologist named Jonah Salk discovered a vaccine that wiped the disease off the face of the earth. Americans were a lot smarter in 1952 than they are today. They had no idea what was in Dr. Salk's vaccine. They only knew that it worked. When was the last time you heard of someone being laid low by polio? Get the vaccine.

Tom Degan​
Goshen, NY


Here's a link to view my beloved and talented niece, Julia Degan, singing her heart out on Instagram:

ju 🐟 on Instagram: “I love this song so much!!! Billie's new album >>>> • • • • • @billieeilish @finneas #billieeilish #music #song #billiebossanova #producer”

Isn't she something? Her hair of floating sky is shimmering.


For nearly forty years, Ken Burns has been producing documentaries on iconic people and eras in American history for the Public Broadcasting System. This week he has a five-part series on The Greatest.
Here is the eulogy I wrote for Muhammad Ali when he passed away five years ago:

There will never be another like him. Stop waiting.


At 1:47 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Why is Vice President Kamala Harris wasting her time on a talk show when she should be visiting the border and solving the humanitarian crisis there?

At 1:56 PM, Blogger TB3 said...

Yeah, Lady!

Solve this sudden and unforeseeable "crisis" that no one ever in the history of history could predict. Better do it quick before the '22 Election cycle gets into gear... lest we also have to contend with fictitious, disappearing MiGrAnT cArAvAnS.

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...


Julia is a special talent. Sweet voice and musical chops.


I thought Trump solved the humanitarian crisis , fixed the border, and made a great wall again.

What happened? Did he FAIL?

At 4:41 PM, Blogger JustMusing said...

T**** is a GQP guttersnipe and his world view is like that of the clown from "It". Two dimensional and without perspective. T**** is a black hole of rage, misogyny, racism, narcissism, and hate that almost broke Democracy, wasted lives, and flushed trillions of dollars.

As a sewer dweller, his moral bankruptcy, evil madness, ravenous appetite for power, and lust to manipulate fawning obsequious followers knows no bounds.

Tom, rightly, reminds us of some of the Demented Orange Clown's worst enablers. Lock'em up!

I do sincerely hope they all, very soon, join T**** in jail wearing orange jumpsuits. They'll soon learn the hopeless despair of lifelong incarceration. With any luck, though, Rudy will find a "cousin" to marry. Ah, the joys of being a prison bitch.

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Get woke, Biden ended all of Trump's border plans 1st week in office. Remember?
VP Harris has been in charge of our border for over 150 days.
Try to stay current.

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

WTF is Sybil babbling about now? Trump had no "border plan" other than to treat them like ANIMALS and use them as scapegoats.

What was trump doing at a boxing match no one cared about when he should have been honoring the fallen at the 9-11 anniversary?

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Democrat Texas Judge On Border Crisis: ‘Biden Fomented This And Now He’s Alienated Us,’ ‘At Our Wits End’
Webb County (TX) Democratic Judge Tano Tijerina unloaded on the Biden administration during a interview on Thursday, saying that President Biden caused the crisis on the border and that he has alienated people in the region.

“What has he done?” Tijerina asked as the southern border has been flooded with over ten thousand illegal aliens in recent days. “I invited President Biden to come down to the border, speaking to my other colleagues, the other county judges.”

Anyone else recall candidate Biden's comments on the border in 2019?

Biden’s 2019 ‘Surge To The Border’ Comments Resurface Amid Growing Crisis

"We're a nation who says, if you want to flee, and you're freeing oppression, you should come."
"Biden: "I would, in fact, make sure that there is, we immediate surge to the border, all those people seeking asylum they deserve to be heard, that's who we are, we are nation that says if you want to flee and you are fleeing oppression you should come."

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biden Takes Full Responsibility for Treatment of Haitian Migrants

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he takes full responsibility for the treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Yes, isn't it refreshing to have a President TAKE RESPONSIBILITY again? know...the last guy.

Yes, Biden is horrible, evoking the ideals of the Statue of Liberty.

"Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

This just made my day...

Protesters stationed outside Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, jeered and hurled insults at former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday as she attended an induction ceremony.

She was roundly booed and heckled and called a war criminal. Check out the video.


At 1:14 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Joe Biden, Building the Taliban Back Better.

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Biden: Border agents accused of whipping illegals 'will pay'
'Horses running them over? People being strapped? It's outrageous'

"isn't it refreshing to have a President TAKE RESPONSIBILITY again?"


At 2:00 PM, Blogger Jerry said...

Got to love it.
Clinton is a war criminal. No, Bush is a war criminal.
Biden is a liar. No, Trump is a liar.
Biden will help these immigrants. No, Trump already took care of the immigrant problem.
Trump solved the corvid problem. No, Biden is solving the corvid problem.
Trump had a great economy as the economy crashed as he left office. Memories of Bush's economy. Biden puts people back to work as the stock market has its biggest losses.
Biden wants to raise taxes, but that won't cover the spending he wants. Trump cuts taxes. Both continue to add to the 23 trillion dollar debt.
Democrats are eating their own as Biden's approval ratings drop. Republicans with their gerrymander advantage head towards electoral wins in 2022 and 2024.
McConnell and Pelosi can't get anything done in Congress as the country needs things to get done.
The best part is our high level of debate with each other to solve our problems. With one side calling the other side Nazis and the other side calling them communists and socialists. Thank God both descriptions are fantasy and America limps on.
All of this is an opening for Trump to win a second presidency.
Now back to your intellectual bickering, which will, of course, solve all our problems.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger JustMusing said...

JTF: I guess by your comment, "Joe Biden, Building the Taliban Back Better", we should surge back into Vietnam? But it's ok if lies by both parties got us mired in nearly endless wars over decades that there never was any hope of "winning" and just keep slogging on?

Let's just make sure we get the facts straight before handing out blame as there's just one not so minor detail being overlooked regarding your accusation - T**** actually did the TBBB with his 2020 "peace" deal.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Sybil still supports the terrorist action on Jan 6.

Prove me wrong.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...


Prove I EVER did support the terrorists actions of 1/6/21... You can't.

JM, try to stay current and not 50 years in the past.

Jerry, tired of lying yet? America wants to know.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

"Prove I EVER did support the terrorists actions of 1/6/21... You can't.

Your continued unquestioning loyalty to the man who incited the insurrection and then PRAISED the TERRORISTS tells us you do.

Your refusal to say Biden won the election fairly tells us you do.

Your continued support of the party that voted against his impeachment for that incitement tells us you do.

If this isn't true, then it's up to you to clarify.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger JustMusing said...

JTF, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". "Only the dead have seen the end of war".

-George Santayana

You're deflecting again and didn't actually speak to the issue: T**** kicked off the latest take over of Afghanistan by the Taliban and he brokered a bad peace plan.

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Still waiting for Sybil to DENY THAT HE SUPPORTS the insurrection attempt jan 6.

He certainly supports the instigator.

Prove me wrong.


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