February 2, 2020

(Hat tip: Shem Horne)

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! We’ve had Chamber of Commerce weather here in the Valley of the Sun for this year’s Waste Management Open, but there’s a big cool-down coming where I’m going to have to get out the frost covers for the sensitive plants in the backyard. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve had to do this, but it means that the bougainvillea will take a good hit, thus leading to some much-needed pruning and some thicker, richer flowers come summer.

Been a tough week here at the Richard household. First, we had to have our beloved rabbit Marlie, who we’d had the privilege of sharing our house with for more than seven years, put down. Then, after struggling with the pros and cons of it for the past six months and after many sleepless nights, I grudgingly decided that I would join my fellow Goodboys for the 30th anniversary weekend this coming July in Montreal.

As far as the first decision went, it wasn’t all that difficult – after all, poor Marlie, who’d been struggling with her hind legs mobility the past six months but had still been able to be her funny and food-aggressive self, finally lost all use of her hind legs and had stopped eating (something that a healthy Marlie could never conceive of doing!). Looking into her eyes the last couple of days you could tell she was miserable and not herself at all. If you love your pets you come to know, no matter how hard it might be, that there comes a time to say goodbye (after all, the clock starts ticking the very moment you bring them into your home, doesn’t it?) I’ll be posting a farewell post on Marlie shortly because she was the last rabbit with a tie to all of the great rabbits of the past that we’d had. She was special, and now she’s gone. Our hearts ache.

As far as deciding to attend the 30th Goodboys weekend, well, that was hard as well. I’ll be right up front about it – I really didn’t (and still really don’t) want to go, but it’s hard to turn one’s back on something you’ve been innately part of for such a huge part of one’s life. I mean, three decades is three decades, right? So I decided to go solely for traditions’ sake, knowing this will be my last and the end of it all. There are those in the Goodboys (you now who you are) whom I love like brothers, but there are others who remain after all these years (to be brutally honest here) mere acquaintances, guys I wouldn’t have a problem with hooking up with from time to time were they not some 2K miles away. That’s just the way it is.

…fact is, I look at the calendar and see I’m 64 years old, and I ask myself whether I really want to keep doing this kind of thing anymore, and the answer is no. The tradition has come old and stale, and (again, to be brutally honest), the last four years have, well, sucked. So I’ll do my part this year to make this year’s edition a success, then call it a day. It doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel bad. It just feels like it’s time. And when it’s all over, I’ll likely fold up shop on this blog as well (after all, you can’t call yourself a Goodboys Nation blog when you’re no longer a Goodboy, right?), but there will be plenty of time to deal with that. But don’t give up on me or this blog yet – there are exciting things in store!

I’ve recently gotten deep once again into the music of Kate Bush, and I’m totally blown away. Everyone’s been talking about this Meg Myers rendition of Kate’s classic “Running Up That Hill”, and while I feel it drags just a little, it’s still a damned good performance. Not to mention Meg’s great outfit and plunging neckline. But I think this version is actually better – it shows how talented she really is.

…still, these ears prefer the original.

…even though Placebo’s rendition is pretty damned good.

But now I’m checking some of her other music and I have to say I’m really intrigued. Especially this, this, this, and this (the latter I can’t print the lyrics because they’re so explicit – but the comments are almost as good as the song itself!). Her songs seem to come from a dark place, which I have to admit that I like. At any rate I can see why she would have been attracted to the likes of Kate Bush!

…so who says The Great White Shank doesn’t listen to new music?

There’s not much for me to say about the whole impeachment bullshit that hasn’t already been said, but this article explains the way I feel about as good as anything:

The most amazing thing about Democrats and their allies in the media is that they never actually lose. Any time it seems like they lose, it’s actually the result of cheating and chicanery.

Hillary Clinton didn’t lose 2016, the Russians interfered and the Electoral College is racist. Stacy Abrams didn’t lose in Georgia, the election was stolen. And sure enough, the calls have already come out to say that House Democrats aren’t really going to lose the impeachment trial, because without additional witnesses the trial isn’t legitimate and the acquittal isn’t real.

I have to admit I just don’t get it. I’m not a Democrat and I’m certainly no liberal, but what the likes of Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, and Nancy Pelosi are doing to the Democrats’ chances this fall absolutely boggles the mind. Anyone who knows anything about politics knows you can’t simply run against something, you have to give folks something to vote for – shit, didn’t the Republicans find that out a hard way with Mitt Romney in 2002?

…so let’s say you’re a Democrat candidate running for Congress or the Senate this year. Your party has had the House for the last two years and what do you have to show for it? You hate Donald Trump? Fine. But what do you stand for that he doesn’t? Higher taxes? Unrestricted illegal immigration? Transgender bathrooms? Heh. Good luck with that.

Personally? I’d like to see Bernie Sanders get the nomination, but there is no way in hell the Democratic Party power structure is ever going to allow that to happen. The Party fears the socialist-activist wing taking over, but there’s really no choice now – Trump has already taken away the Democrats’ old blue-collar, union worker center-right. And there’s no way pitiful “Slo’ Joe” Biden is up for the rigors of a presidential campaign. I’m sorry (well actually I’m not), but the guy – more than beyond a phony and corrupt politician – is borderline senile and would be destroyed in any campaign against Donald Trump.

…the reason I want to see Bernie get the nomination is because I want the 2020 election to be a referendum on socialism against capitalism. I don’t think it’s going to happen – I still think the Party is going to ask Hillary Clinton to be its nominee and she is going to choose Stacy Abrams as her running mate – and that will be the election that destroys the Democratic Party for the next two decades. Believe me when I say this – folks will be writing about what’s coming this years for the next hundred-plus years.

I feel bad about what happened to Kobe Bryant, but I’m over this whole beatification orgasm the mainstream media has imposed on everyone for the past week. The guy was a flawed human being besides a basketball player (a damned good one, no question) – but enough already!

If I’m the Republicans during this election cycle, all I would do (beyond trumpeting the accomplishments of Trump these past four years, of course) would be to pound the table of birth-right immigration and transgenders destroying women’s sports. These are common sense issue that go against what most people would judge fair.

Why I’m right about Steely Dan.

Good for the Brits. Now, only if California, New York, and Massachusetts would do the same.

It’s time the world tells the Palestinians to shut up and go away. If you want to be a real nation, act like grown-ups and not spoiled children. The world is in a far different place than it was three or four decades ago. The time for petty bullshit politics is over.

And since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, here’s my faultless prediction: if the game is close coming down to the end, San Francisco will win simply because Andy Reid and his eternally-ugly while/yellow mustache is the worst clock-managing coach in the NFL. It’s a lock he’ll do something stupid if the game is close. Otherwise I’m picking KC in a wide-open offensive shootout.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:40 | Comments (2)
  1. Sorry about Marlie. Been a tough week for furry family members.

    Comment by Dave Richard — February 3, 2020 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Sure has. Sorry about the loss of your Taz, bro.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — February 6, 2020 @ 12:28 am

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