What’s Eating Aunt Debbie?

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I despise the word ‘woke’ because the GOP uses it in a derogatory manner as if it’s a bad thing. They have created this war against ‘wokeness’ and I just don’t understand it.

As a human being and a member of a ‘supposed’ civilized society, I would like to say that yes, I am woke, if that’s what they want to call it, and I’m not ashamed of it! I believe that anyone with a heart and compassion for others would also be woke.

Some folks wonder, “What the hell is woke?” Woke is basically being aware of the social and political injustices around us. Woke originated from African-American slang which has been given new life in the past few years.

Woke means being alert, empathetic, open-minded, socially aware, informed…and generally a good person.

If you’re not woke, then what the hell are you? You’d be uninformed, unaware, or perhaps you’re informed but don’t give a shit. Why wouldn’t you give a shit? Why wouldn’t you want others to have the same rights that you have? Skin color, sexual preference, religious beliefs, and/or political views don’t make a difference! We are all human beings!

Everyone has the right to fair treatment, and the medical/mental health care that is right for them. Why wouldn’t you want that for everyone? Why shouldn’t the LGBTQ community have access to the health care that they need? Why would you treat someone differently because of their skin color? Why be so hateful? People being treated poorly (and sometimes killed) all because of their skin color infuriates me! It should infuriate you, too!

If you don’t like the way someone lives their life then stay the hell out of it. They still deserve fair treatment and equal rights. Your opinion of them doesn’t matter one iota.

I am woke. I am an empathetic, open-minded, caring, and informed human being. The opposite of that is just not an option.

Another Mass Shooting in the US – Michigan State University/Berkey Hall

Another mass shooting in the US. 5 injured, 3 killed at Michigan State University. Unbelievable. But yet believable. Just because we have the right to own firearms doesn’t mean everyone should have them. Some folks just aren’t responsible enough, some have mental illnesses, some…well, some have bad intentions. Some don’t have problem solving skills. Ugh.

There are far too many deaths and injuries in this country (USA) by gun violence. Not counting suicides or accidents, mass shootings are more prevalent than you might think. Some are not reported by the media – if they were then there would be at least one reported almost every day!

A mass shooting as defined by the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter. Do you know how many mass shootings there have been just in January of this year? Take a look below:

January 1, 2023

Allentown, PA 0 deaths, 4 injured
Durham, NC 0 deaths, 5 injured
Miami Gardens, FL 0 deaths, 9 injured
Chicago, IL 1 death, 3 injured
Ocaia, FL 2 deaths, 4 injured
Columbus, OH 1 death, 4 injured

January, 3, 2023

New Orleans, LA 0 deaths, 5 injured
Washington, District of Columbia 1 death, 3 injured

January 4

Baltimore, MD 1 death, 4 injured
Dumfries, VA 1 death, 4 injured
Cedar City, UT 8 deaths, 0 injured

January 5

Miami Gardens, FL 0 deaths, 10 injured
New Orleans, LA 2 deaths, 3 injured

January 6

San Francisco, CA 1 death, 3 injured
Dallas, TX 3 deaths, 2 injured

January 7

High Point, NC 5 deaths, 0 injured
Huntsville, AL 2 deaths, 9 injured

January 8

Albany, GA 0 deaths, 4 injured
Minneapolis, MN 0 deaths, 4 injured

January 9

Denver, CO 0 deaths, 4 injured
Philadelphia, PA 3 deaths, 1 injured
Minneapolis, MN 0 deaths, 4 injured

January 13

Cleveland, OH 4 deaths, 1 injured

January 14

St. Louis, MO 0 deaths, 4 injured

January 15

Phoenix, AZ 0 deaths, 4 injured
Homestead, FL 1 death, 3 injured
Houston, TX 1 death, 4 injured
Rockford, IL 3 deaths, 2 injured

January 16

Sanford, FL 1 death, 5 injured
Goshen, CA 6 deaths, 0 injured
Fort Pierce, FL 1 death, 7 injured

January 17

Houston, TX 0 deaths, 4 injured

January 21

Monterey Park, CA 12 deaths, 9 injured

January 22

Shreveport, LA 1 death, 7 injured
Baton Rouge, LA 0 deaths, 12 injured
Robinsonville, MS 0 deaths, 4 injured

January 23

Half Moon Bay, CA 7 deaths, 1 injured
Chicago, IL 2 deaths, 3 injured
Oakland, CA 1 death, 4 injured

January 24

Red Springs, NC 3 deaths, 1 injured

January 26

Lancaster, PA 0 deaths, 4 injured
Newark, New Jersey 1 death, 4 injured

January 27

San Diego, CA 1 death, 3 injured

January 28

Austin, TX 1 death, 4 injured
Philadelphia, PA 0 deaths,4 injured
Beverly Hills, CA 3 deaths, 4 injured
Andrews, SC 2 deaths, 2 injured

January 29

Greensboro, NC 1 death, 6 injured
Columbus, OH 1 death, 3 injured

January 30

Lakeland, FL 0 deaths, 10 injured
Dallas, TX 1 death, 3 injured

January 31

Durham, NC 2 deaths, 2 injured

Source: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

Still think there’s no problem?

Think of all the innocent people, young and old alike, who have been killed. Those who should still be enjoying their lives, loving their families, laughing, vacationing, etc.. who are no longer able to do so. It’s depressing. It’s frightening! It could happen to any of us. You could be at your local grocery store or Walmart, or your kids could be at school when in comes a guy with a firearm.

Some people think carrying a firearm will protect them. They think a “good guy with a gun will stop the bad guy with a gun.” Ha. Seriously? How the hell do you distinguish between a good guy and a bad guy if they’re all shooting guns? If you’re in Walmart, for example, and there’s an active shooter. You can’t see him so you don’t know exactly where he is in the store. All of a sudden, you see a guy with a gun. He’s actually a good guy trying to stop the bad guy but you don’t know that. You think he’s the bad guy! You pull your firearm and shoot him. You’ve just killed the good guy. See what I mean? When the police come in they shoot you because you have a gun. They don’t know who’s who either. 

I don’t claim to know the solution to this problem but I do know that something needs to be done. I think we can do better. We need to put aside the mentality of “it’s my right” and do what’s right instead. Anything we do that reduces deaths and injuries by firearms is a step in the right direction.

What’s Eating Aunt Debbie?

The following is my opinion. If you don’t like it, fine. Move along. You have your opinion, I have mine. Simple as that.

Book Banning: It’s a no-brainer. If a child wants to check out a book in the library (school or public library, no matter) that’s too mature for his/her age group then the librarian can decline to check that book out to the child. Certain books can be flagged within the system to help the librarian so she doesn’t have to strain her brain.

Most of us don’t live in tiny, protective bubbles. We swear when we stub our toes. We swear when we get pissed off. It doesn’t show a lack of intelligence. It’s real life. Say the f-word once in a while. It’s really a stress reliever! PS Most people have a little class and don’t blurt out the f-word in Church or in the school PTA meeting. So, stop judging people based on the words they use! It says more about you than it does about them.

Secretary of State with the power to overturn an election? What’s the point in voting if your vote doesn’t matter? If your state’s officials can overturn the election if they don’t like the results, then what the hell is the point? What is going on in this country anyway?

I am against abortion. I am pro-choice. Yes, you can be both! On one hand, I don’t believe in using abortion as a form of birth control, because a woman knows if she wants to have a baby or not. If she doesn’t, there are many forms of birth control available at low and no cost. (I know birth control isn’t 100%.) On the other hand, I don’t believe it’s right for any of us to make that choice for someone else. If you don’t believe in abortion, then don’t get one, but a 12-year-old child who is raped and becomes pregnant should NOT be forced into having her rapist’s child! She’s still a child herself. She didn’t have a choice in becoming pregnant, did she? If a pregnant woman finds out her child will be born with a fatal defect…for example, Anencephaly. That child will not live longer than a few hours, maybe days, without a brain. PERIOD. The woman, her husband, and the physician should be allowed to make the choice of terminating the pregnancy. Why make the parents suffer this birth that will leave them more heartbroken and grief-stricken than they would if they aborted the pregnancy? What about Ectopic pregnancies? There are many situations that a woman may find herself in where she might consider an abortion. The decision is hers to make, along with her partner and her doctor. It’s not about killing babies! It’s about CHOICE – a choice that is most likely, the most difficult decision any woman will ever have to make! Let HER make it! It’s none of your damn business and it sure as hell isn’t any business of the government or ignorant politician! I swear this country is inching closer and closer to a scenario straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Trump – Lock his ass up. Sick of hearing his name, his voice, or anything about him. He’s a criminal. That’s all I have to say.

What’s eating you these days?

Schmuck of The Week


There are just so many Schmucks these days, it’s hard to decide who’s the biggest! This week’s Schmuck is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ choice for Surgeon General of Florida, Dr. Joseph Lapido.

Harvard-educated, they say… Hmmm… DUDE! Are you sure you’re a doctor? You don’t sound very intelligent! I mean, come on! The guy can’t even answer a simple “yes” or “no” question without fumbling over his words; obviously trying to avoid saying anything that may oppose the Governor’s agenda. He does eventually say that vaccines are reasonably effective but it doesn’t sound like he should be any state’s Surgeon General, in my opinion. You decide:

Most reasonably intelligent people understand that vaccines are effective against Covid-19 DEATHS and that deaths occuring now are predominantly amongst unvaccinated people! Let’s get some intelligent people representing us in this country! This shit is getting ridiculous!

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article257739238.html

Schmuck of The Week


So many schmucks, too little time….

Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have voted to reject the change of filibuster rules to allow the passage of two voting rights bills. The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act would protect our most basic rights. Why would anyone not want to protect the rights of every American in this country?

The filibuster rules have been amended many times in the past. You’d think that a simple change in rules would be nothing to get their panties in a bunch but seems that’s what’s happened. Senators Manchin and Sinema say they support the bills but refuse to bend a little on the filibsuter rules. What’s more important? Filibuster rules (that have been amended 160 times in the last 52 years) or the rights of all Americans to vote?

These two Senators earn the Schmuck of The Week award! They deserve it.



All I can say here is: What nerve! We suffered through 4 years of Donald Trump’s ignorance and destruction and Joe Biden is the clown? Joe Biden is a complete joke? Donald Trump can’t even speak in complete sentences! Give me a freakin’ break!

Senator Rick Scott also earns the Schmuck of The Week award!