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The best way to deal with a Trumper? Mock on!

The best way to deal with a Trumper? Mock on!

Since the rise of Donald Trump, numerous liberal friends have disapproved of my treatment of those in the Trump Cult. While I treat Trumpers with snark, those friends feel that a better way to deal with such people his through friendly conversations and reasoning. Now that we are into year four of the Trump Cult, […]

Hey, Donald Trump gave them the idea!

Hey, Donald Trump gave them the idea!

Marty’s photo of the day #3231: Yesterday was a busy day! Martyman was at the local hospital entertaining patients, and the Republican Jesus was at the bowling alley and nail salon shooting coronavirus. Unfortunately, both are now convinced that they caught COVID-19. Fortunately, they both also saw Donald Trump on the television, getting great ratings […]

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

Marty’s photo of the day #3229: Happy Earth Day! Because human activities have taken a COVID-19 break, the planet actually is enjoying one of its better Earth Days. Since I’m an environmental college speaker, Earth Week is traditionally my biggest week for bookings of the year. This time my entire week was wiped out. Tonight […]

The difference between liberal thinking and conservative thinking

The difference between liberal thinking and conservative thinking

Here’s a perfect example of what is so fucking wrong with conservative Republicans: Millions of them are terrified that some poor person will get some government benefit that they don’t deserve. Such talk is standard on Fox News. Yet Judy Kudlow, the wife of Donald Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow, very publicly applied for […]

Martyman is going on a beer run.

Martyman is going on a beer run.

Marty’s photo of the day #3209: My wife and I are well prepared for sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, I lost my April college speaking tour and a book-signing and all the press and publicity that goes with those events. Sure, many of the stores that carry Deb’s weaving kits have temporarily […]

The gift of toilet paper

The gift of toilet paper

Marty’s photo of the day #3207: Those who regularly follow my posts know about all the far-right Republicans that live within a few miles of Deb’s and my house. We do have one liberal family a quarter mile away from us, however, and the husband, Aaron, and I do most of the maintenance on our […]

We must remember the role the Christian-Right played

We must remember the role the Christian-Right played

After right-wing Christians elected Donald Trump, he promptly pulled America out of the Paris Agreement and gutted our country’s environmental laws, setting himself up to become the most prolific slow-killer of all-time. Trump will also be responsible for thousands of COVID-19 deaths because he put his ego and greed over the lives of his constituents. […]

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

This morning, I read an AP article about Donald Trump’s business and spiritual advisers pushing him to declare everything hunky dory with COVID-19 in time for Easter. God forbid that American church leaders and evangelists miss out on one of their biggest paydays of the year! Trump evangelical adviser, Johnnie Moore, even went as far […]

Behind the screen

Behind the screen

Marty’s photo of the day #3202: I call this photo from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru “Behind the Screen.” This morning as I scrolled through my photos, deciding what to post, it struck me as a metaphor for what is happening here in the United States, where Trump and his wealthy corporate advisers are pushing […]

Corporations must go to the end of the line!

Corporations must go to the end of the line!

In the past, when renewable energy companies asked for help, Republicans screamed, “Free market! We can’t pick and choose the winners!” Yet now, when airlines, hotels, and other corporations in their stock portfolio ask for help, Republicans proclaim, “Yes! If we don’t help them, the cure will be worse than the problem!” Congress and the […]

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

Marty’s photo of the day #3197: If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you know the story of Deb’s and my near-death adventure backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. Later we spent a day at an Iban longhouse to rest and recover. The COVID-19 […]

Toilet paper marauders

Toilet paper marauders

Today I read a newspaper article about the long lines at gun stores from people stocking up on guns and ammo. I can imagine those men talking to their wives now: “Honey, I need to protect your toilet paper. If anyone comes within 50 feet of those precious rolls, I’ll blow their heads off!” Still, […]

I’m going to miss live music

I’m going to miss live music

Marty’s photo of the day #3195: Ohhh . . .  a packed concert in Italy. Sniff. I’m going to miss such things. This photo is from the Within Temptation concert Deb and I attended in Italy a little over a year ago. I’m so glad we chose that time to see them. Their current European […]

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

I thank Bernie Sanders for all he has done to bring awareness to so many important issues. I also thank him for successfully pushing the Democratic Party leftward to more liberal thinking. Now I look forward to thanking him for gracefully dropping out of the Democratic primary within the next few days (COVID-19 makes his […]

Republicans want socialized corporate loses

Republicans want socialized corporate loses

Republicans claim they don’t like socialism, but that’s a lie. What they want is privatized profits and socialized losses. Almost every American is going to be hurt financially by the COVID-19 shutdown. Nevertheless, it’s already quite obvious that it’s big corporations that will get the highest percentage of bailouts, not American citizens. The airline industry, […]

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

To fight COVID-19 and appease his evangelical followers, Donald Trump has declared today a “National Day of Prayer.” That’s fine—as long as the rules regarding the results are consistent. If COVID-19 suddenly stops in America, Trump’s right-wing Christian followers will rightfully claim that prayer works and God swooped in to help. On the other hand, […]

An anniversary in the rainforest

An anniversary in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3191: Being self-employed often means seldom taking a vacation. Before Deb and I traveled to all seven continents in four years, we had gone ten years without taking a vacation, other than occasional long-weekend backpacking trips. Even then, our seven continents of adventures were technically work, because I turned them […]

Demonstrating social distance

Demonstrating social distance

Marty’s photo of the day #3190: This is my wife, Deb, north of the Arctic Circle, demonstrating social distance. Other than me behind the camera, there was likely no other person within fifty miles. The two of us were talking last night, and life during the COVID-19 pandemic won’t change much for us. We live […]

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