The World According To Yoni — Episode 9

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After a two-week hiatus due to illness, Yoni goes solo again, as he discusses the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, why he hates politics, and gives a shout-out to the cast of The Princess Bride, who reunited for a Zoom reading of the screenplay, to benefit the Wisconsin Democratic Party. And, of course, Yoni chooses his Asshole of the Week (hint: this time, there’s more than one)!

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 8

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Yoni goes solo this week, as he wraps up his impressions of the virtual Democratic National Convention, as well as the first few nights of the Trump White Supremacist & Covid-Spreading Convention. Because he was ill at the time this episode was shot, he inserted a section (taped two days later), making his choice for this week’s Asshole of the Week, even more difficult than usual.

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 7

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Yoni is joined by his friends, Sue Cohen (aka Sue In Rockville) and Karen Byrne (aka Karen From Chicago), for an extended show covering politics, the Ignoranus-In-Chief, the upcoming election, and the future of the United Sates. Both Sue and Karen are featured callers on Free Speech TV & Sirius, Progressive Voices & terrestrial radio’s, “The Stephanie Miller Show,” where they’ve become popular and respected voices of The Resistance.

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 6

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Yoni celebrates his 65th (or, as he likes to call it, “Medicare”) birthday, with a solo show. Actually, he had a really special guest lined up. Unfortunately, the guest got sick at the last minute, so Yoni decided to give himself the birthday present of getting a few things off his chest, which he does with his usual humor, passion and talent for (ahem) subtle sarcasm.

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 5

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Yoni is joined by his friend and sometime writing partner, playwright-actor-director Joe Doyle, a Vietnam vet, to get Joe’s take on the silence of The Man In the Oval Office to say anything about Putin’s hit on American soldiers in the Middle East. They also get around to theater and film, more politics and the NY Yankees. Yoni also talks about the Chris Wallace interview with Herr Twitler, Portland and the heroes there, as well as choosing his Asshole of The Week (and a runner-up)! Due to technical glitches during the interview the show is a little shorter than usual.

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 4

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Yoni is joined by longtime friend, writer/producer Michael J. DiGaetano, to talk Hollywood, films, sitcoms & the Broadway stage. They also reminisce about their 50-year friendship, do a little name-dropping, &, of course, politics. And, as always, Yoni gets a rant in (several, actually — it was a busy week, politically).

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 3

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Yoni is joined by his guest, musical parodist, Rocky Mountain Mike, whose work is heard regularly on The Stephanie Miller Show. The conversation includes music, comedy, politics and everything in-between, including one of Mike’s latest videos. And, as always, Yoni gets a rant in.

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The World According To Yoni — Episode 2

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Jody joins Yoni for a rousing hour of conversation covering the entertainment industry, including Jody’s Emmy nomination for Producing & Editing the show, Carol Burnett Show Stoppers, starring Jody’s mom, Carol Burnett, available on Amazon. They also get into politics & Jody’s podcast, From the Bunker. And, naturally, Yoni gives us a couple of great rants!

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My Secret Truth!

I hate politics!

As I type those words, I understand anyone who knows me personally, is probably stroking out with disbelief. And for those who know me from reading this blog, I understand — based on much of my writing, that’s a fairly unbelievable statement. But the truth is, I fucking loathe politics!

So why (I hear you demand), do you keep writing about something you claim to hate? Yes, we know — you’ve also written about the entertainment industry, your lifelong battle with depression, consensual adult spanking, health issues, childhood molestation, yadda yadda yadda. But the vast majority of your posts have been about politics. So, if you hate politics, why do you keep writing about the topic?

Therein lies the problem.

We are living in an insane world. Sinclair Lewis’s 1934 novel, It Can’t Happen Here (which, if you haven’t read by now, you really need to), is happening here. We have a despotic, genocidal, homophobic, racist, misogynist, narcissistic, psychopath occupying The White House, and, with the assistance of the ReTHUGliKKKan party, he is turning this country into a Fascist state.

White supremacists and Nazis are marching in the streets, creating havoc. Much of the time, they’re doing so with the support of local police forces (the same police forces using violence against peaceful protestors). They’ve taken the words “anti-Fascist,” crushed them into a single word, “ANTIFA,” and are using it as propaganda (the same way Boomers like me, were programmed to hear the word, “Communist,” and think, evil!), to scare people. I guess World War II, that little skirmish our parents and grandparents fought to keep Fascism from taking over the world, is a forgotten memory.

Across the country we have a pandemic decimating the population. And no, I’m not referring to Covid-19 (yet). I’m talking about the epidemic of police violence, brutality, and murder, against people of color (the non-white variety). It’s really nice to hear people say, “All Lives Matter!” While I won’t argue the obvious bullshit of that statement, what I will say is, the white population of this country, can step out of their homes, or even be sitting inside their homes, without fear the police are going to come storming in, guns blazing. “Black Lives Matter,” because they are the target of this police violence, and abuse of power.

Yet when people take to the streets to peacefully protest, not only are they met with further violence from the police, as we’ve all seen — egged on by the Ignoranus-In-Chief — it’s the police, nationwide, who are vandalizing cars and stores, starting fires, and creating as much mayhem as they can. Why? So they can then claim the protestors are the vandals, thus justifying their obvious racist and violent tendencies. They can also stoke the fear of the white population, claiming “ANTIFA” is behind all of this, as if there actually was a coordinating organization called ANTIFA.

And let’s not forget the “Karens,” those privileged, racist white women, who have no compunction displaying their vicious hatred for people of color, even when they know they’re being videotaped for all the world to see. And unlike the police — who either figure they’ll get away with their actions because they always have, or they’ll simply edit their own video cams, or steal those of people taping them — many of the “Karens” are paying a price for their actions.

In the midst of all of this, we have the other pandemic — Covid-19. I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone, had the Bloated Tangerine Buffoon taken action even one week earlier than he (pathetically) did, at least 40,000, of the 140,000 American souls lost to this virus so far, could have been saved. And this shit isn’t even close to being over.

Even so, towns and cities across the country are reopening businesses, restaurants, swimming pools, beaches, as if the pandemic is over. Why? It’s the economy, stupid! Democratic, as well as ReTHUGliKKKan politicians are being pressured to reopen everything, with only tepid “suggestions” people continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Hell, in states run by ReTHUGGIE governors and legislatures, it’s not even taking pressure to force the reopenings.

People don’t like being inconvenienced by having to wear masks, and social distance from others. That’s why the truly stupid ones have been flocking to beaches, ignoring mask requirements, and flipping off the concept of social distancing. And people are terrified by the fact the unemployment rate keeps going up (as are Covid deaths, which are spiking again), as the majority of money Congress is supposedly setting aside to help people in need, is somehow, magically, ending up in the pockets of billionaire, multi-national corporations, not to mention (but I will), the pockets of friends and family members of ReTHUGliKKKan legislators.

Oh. And let’s not forget the Chicken-Shit Asswipe hiding behind the barbed wire fences placed around The White House (once known as “The People’s House”), having protestors gassed, so he can go out for a photo-op at a church (whose minister was among those gassed). I’m amazed the place didn’t burst into flames, the moment he entered, or held up the Bible (another book you just know he’s never read, or would read, if he was literate). Had he not been stopped, this flaming piece of shit would have ordered an air attack on American citizens exercising their Constitutional right to protest. But what’s a Constitution to someone who doesn’t know how to read it, and wouldn’t understand it if he could.

To all this, allow me to add a “Justice” Dept. being run by a criminal, a Supreme Court where ReTHUGliKKKan “justices” are making rulings, not based on law (with the blessed exception of this week’s LGBTQ ruling), but on their own partisan and religious views. Too many of these supposedly learned members of the Supreme Court, long ago forgot the fact this is a secular nation, with separation of Church and State.

And while I’m on a roll, how about the detaining/ kidnapping of children from people coming to this country, legally seeking asylum from the violence of their homelands. They came here seeking a better life for their families (as did the families of most of the people living in this country, minus the ones dragged here, and sold as slaves), and were met with worse than what they were running from. A group of Federal officers, ICE, acts as Twitler’s personal Gestapo, up to and including using the “we were only following orders” excuse.

With all this going on, how can I not write about politics, even though I hate the topic? Politics surround us. It divides families, even some where family members are, for the most part, on the same side of the political spectrum. It affects our being able to pay the rent or mortgage. It affects medical care, and being able to put food on the table. It affects the media, and what the public is allowed to hear, as opposed to what we’re not.

So, yeah. Much as I hate politics, and would prefer to spend the majority of my blog writing about (and my video/podcast, talking about) the things I love, that have meaning in my life, and feed my soul, until I know I’m not going to have to prepare an escape plan due to the Fascist takeover of this country, I can’t stop.

The 28th Amendment — A MUST Read

Allow me to start by saying, I did not write the following. It’s not mine, and I take no credit for it. I don’t know who came up with this, but they have my respect. This is the first thing I’ve read in a long time I thought important enough to share on my blog, even though I’m not the author(s). It’s started going viral on Facebook, but I’m posting it here, almost exactly as I received it (with a few edits for redundancy and grammar), because I think it’s that important an idea.

No matter your political affiliation, there’s nothing here that any sane citizen of the United States should find objectionable. So please share this, and let’s make sure our congresspeople & senators know the people of this country are fed up with their greed, avarice and sense of entitlement over the rest of us!

 

The 28th Amendment
Please Read & Forward

This will only take one-minute to read! 28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting! If you agree, please pass this on.

It’s an idea whose time has come to deal with the self-serving situation we’ve been living under for far too long: OUR PRESENT SITUATION!

Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans. Staffers of Congressional family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans.

Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.

Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live. For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.

And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants, who are then allowed to put themselves above the law.

It truly doesn’t matter if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, Democratic Socialist or whatever. The self-serving must stop!

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states. It only takes 38 (out of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. If each person who sees this will forward it on to 20 people, it will only take three days for the majority of people in The United States of America to have read the message.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law applying to the citizens of the United States, that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States …”

This is an idea which should be passed around, regardless of political party. The Congressional Reform Act of 2020

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. And, no more perks to go with them.
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans must do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves annual pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3% annually.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the rest of the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people (i.e. NO MORE INSIDER TRADING!!!).
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves. Serving in Congress is supposed to be an honor and privilege, NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators who would serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work. It was never expected they would get all kinds of perks and freebies unavailable to other citizens.

All we ask is that you copy and paste this, then send it to everyone you know. It’s past time we the people take back our country, and truly get the mess in Washington, straightened out.