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A CONVERSATION WITH A DOG ABOUT A DOG

28 Sep

Do you know what I discovered this week?   Not only do all dogs go to heaven, but they can talk, too (at least I think they can or I may be hearing things).  Not only do all dogs go to heaven but they are watching us (I mean, they just might be or I may be paranoid).  How do I know this?  I think I got a 911 message from my grand-dog, Wednesday Addams—a shorkie (cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Shih Tzu) who is 11 years old (77 in human years)—who said she needed to talk to me ASAP about the poopy stuff that’s been going down in the country before she bites the dust, which apparently she almost did.  Said she’d watched the debate between Hillary and Trump and wanted to weigh in with the animal perspective.  I mean I think my grand-dog said that, but it might have been all the booze I drank to dull the terror I felt every time that delusional, sexist, racist, Putin-ass-kissing, non-taxpaying liar who wants to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and declare himself “King of the World!” opened his mouth at the debate the other night.

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Cartoon used by permission: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

I’m sure the copious alcohol, the stress from imagining delusional people believing all the lies of a delusional presidential candidate, mixed with the dog food commercial I saw right before I fell asleep must have had something to do with the fact that I had a political conversation with a dog.   In any case, it was very informative.  In my dream, Wednesday Addams sent me a selfie that she turned into a meme with a 911 message that said:  “Saw the debate:  What the fuck?!  Call me, Mema.  We need to talk—now!”

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Grand-dog, Wednesday Addams/Photo Credit: C. Tomczyk/Photo dedicated to J. Alsop

ME: Oh, my God, Wednesday—you poor baby—what happened to you?  Where was this selfie taken?

WEDNESDAY:  Hey Mema.  At the doggy emergency room.  Doc said I’m a “victim of Trump-induced hysteria.”  Apparently, there is a lot of it going around amongst humans, but this is the first case he’s seen in the animal kingdom.

ME:  Wow, but it looks as if you’re really messed up, Baby.  What happened to your foot?  What’s that crap on your head?

WEDNESDAY:  Well, what had happened was, I was watchin’ the debates and every time Trump told a lie or didn’t own up to his racist shit I shook my head back and forth in denial like a crazed Muppet and kicked the TV stand because I couldn’t believe there would be people delusional enough to believe him.

ME:  Well, Sweetie, if the debates disturbed you that much, why didn’t you just turn them off?

WEDNESDAY:  I did.  I had my mommy turn on “Empire” that I’d saved on the DVR (you know that’s my favorite Black people show, that and “Scandal”), but in the first five minutes, Boo-Boo-Kitty killed Rhonda!  I almost had a heart attack.  So I kicked the TV stand again!  I was so pissed that I had your daughter turn off “Empire” and read me the latest People magazine.  You know what your daughter had the nerve to tell me?  She said that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were breaking up.  WTF?  How will I go on now?  Is this the end of true love?

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Cartoon used by permission: Marian Kemensky, Slovakia

ME:  Let me guess:  you kicked the TV stand again in anger?

WEDNESDAY:  No, this time I kicked my Mommy, and I said:  “Bitch, you better check yourself—don’t you be hatin’ on my Brangelina sweeties!”

ME:  Oh sweet Jesus!  Let me guess, I’m thinking that didn’t go over very well?  Is that why your neck’s in a giant ice cream cone?  Did she try to wring it?

WEDNESDAY:  No . . . My mommy would never hurt me.  She just grounded me for life, that’s all.  The vet put this shit on my head to keep me from pulling off this nasty-ass boot because my toe is all busted up.  I hate this thing—it is ugly as hell.  Doesn’t match any of my outfits.

ME:  Well, cheer up, My Love. Since you’re almost 77 years old in human years, you won’t be grounded that long ‘cause your ass will be singing with Jesus before too much longer.

WEDNESDAY:  Ahhhh—now why you wanna go say something like that?

ME:  Just kiddin’—just a little gallows humor to cheer you up.  Besides, you needn’t be so dramatic about all this.  As for the storyline in “Empire,” you knew from the cliff hanger from last season that it was either going to be Boo-Boo-Kitty who bit the dust or Rhonda, and since Boo-Boo-Kitty was pregnant with a Lion heir, Rhonda had to go.  You should have seen the handwriting on the wall with Brad and Angelina because she stole him from Jennifer Aniston when Brad was married to her.  Baby, karma is a bitch.  Karma may not get back at you immediately, but it will pay you back inevitably.  Now as to Trump, well, Wednesday Addams, you need not worry because Hillary kicked his ass down into Hell and back again.  My favorite moment in the debate was when he continued his two-week long rag on her that she lacked stamina as he appeared to slump into the podium, sniffle like a snot-nosed kid, and constantly drink water—all the while looking like a stuck pig.  In the meantime, our girl Hillary outpaced him a hundred to one and stood cool, calm, and collected.  Yeah Baby, talk about karma.

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Cartoon used by permission: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

WEDNESDAY:  That’s what Mommy said, but I’ve been hearing on the news today that people are still going to vote for him.  What is wrong with those people?  What if The Donald does get elected?  From the way he feels about women (calling them “pigs, slobs, and dogs”), the way he tortured the President with racist Birther lies which he still won’t say he’s sorry for, I can’t imagine how he must feel about “moi” if he has so little regard for humans.  And the worst part is what he did to Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe that he called “Miss Piggy” because she gained a few pounds—humiliated her, he did.  Fat Donnie even called Ms. Machado “Miss Housekeeping.”  She is a Latina for God’s sake!  Even I know that is a racist thing to say—like calling me a son of a bitch because the stereotype is that dog’s have no parents.  I had two parents, thank you very much!! How many feet do I have to bust up before someone takes note that I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore!

ME:  Well, I can tell that someone’s been watching the movie “Network” during her convalescence.   Listen Dog, Trump is delusional if he thinks he’s got the goods to be the President of our great nation.  He proved during the first debate with Hillary he does not.  And even though his staunch basket of deplorables will never leave him (even Hitler had his loyal basket), others saw “an emperor” at the debate “without any clothes” who seemingly boasted that not paying his taxes was smart business, and that he rooted for the housing market crash in 2012 so that he could make money because that was good for his bottom line.  Enough good people heard him to make a difference.  People who work hard every day and have always paid their taxes were horrified, people who lost their homes during the housing crash were disgusted and angry, and women who know how they should be treated and valued were mortified, and it goes without saying that most women would rather die than let a misogynistic, racist, greedy Trumpee be our President and a role model for our children.  These people may not like Hillary, but they are smart enough to realize that Trump will be the beginning of an awful end.   In the meantime, doggy-o-mine, stop kicking the furniture and go tell your mommy and her friends to vote for Hillary!

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Cartoon used by permission: Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

ELEANOR’S “SELAH” (“AHA”) MOMENT

I am discovering that I am not as confident as I make myself out to be when I’m chatting with my grand-dog in my dreams.   I must confess that it causes me a great deal of concern that we, as Americans, seem to be so delusional as a people (“a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary” according to Webster’s) that Trump is within striking distance of Hillary in the race for the White House.

At the writing of this post, it is 41 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 5 seconds until Election Day, and we stand at a critical point in American history.  ATTENTION ALL WHO HAVE EARS TO HEARThis is not a drill.  This is real life.  Donald Trump showed himself to be an ignorant, petulant bully who cannot control his tweet finger.   I’m sure that most of the Germans who voted for Hitler were very, very sorry as they stood on the rubble of the scorched Earth at the end of WWII, but it was too little, too late.  Not voting is not an option in 41 days.  (Also, IMHO using your vote as a “protest vote” is cute in an alternate universe, but could get skanky pants elected by robbing the legitimate, qualified candidate of the necessary votes and leave you sobbing in your cups like the Brexit voters did a few months ago.)

In the meantime, I’m going to go now and find a good therapist, because the stress of wondering what the outcome really will be with all the delusion that is fogging the air is driving me to drink.

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Cartoon used by permission: Mike Keefe Cagle Cartoons

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ABOUT DELUSION

“Victims of Trump-induced anxiety describe nightmares, insomnia, digestive problems, and headaches. Therapists find themselves helping their patients through a process that feels less like an election than a national nervous breakdown.”—Michelle Goldberg/Slate (What women really think about news, politics, and culture)

“There’s always an element of self-delusion among people who believe they ought to be President. There’s an underestimation of your opponent and an overestimation of your own abilities. This is compatible with being rich and powerful, the idea that we were blessed by God because we deserve to be blessed.”—Jimmy Carter

 “If the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton revealed anything, it is that she has passed the presidential test — and he hasn’t. Clinton was calm and in command. With a smile on her face, she made the case against Trump on all the hot-button issues: his refusal to reveal his taxes, his advocacy of birtherism, his racism, his sexism and many others. She showed mastery of her brief.”—Max Boot, USA Today, Trump Showed He’s No Commander in Chief

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Cartoon used by permission: Marian Kemensky, Slovakia

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REFERENCES

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/27/trump-clinton-debate-nuclear-codes-commander-in-chief-max-boot/91167896/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-lean-toward-clinton-among-one-group-of-undecided-north-carolina-voters/2016/09/27/ff271b2e-8469-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_voters-120pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/opinion/campaign-stops/the-lies-trump-told.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region&_r=0

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/this-devastating-video-reveals-how-undecided-voters-reacted-to-trumps-dismal-debate-performance/

http://www.salon.com/2016/09/27/i-say-nothing-trump-refuses-to-apologize-to-african-americans-and-president-obama-for-his-birtherism-during-first-debate/

http://www.salon.com/2016/09/27/donald-trumps-miss-piggy-problem-why-his-criticism-of-alicia-machados-weight-matters/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/clinton-shifts-the-election-in-her-direction/2016/09/27/c0b84950-845d-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2683a7f1ef8f

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2016/09/trump_induced_anxiety_is_a_real_thing.html

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5 responses to “A CONVERSATION WITH A DOG ABOUT A DOG

  1. Joan Alsop

    September 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

    As I continue to say, I would give my eye teeth to be in that head of yours’. Thanks for the shout out. You are one amazing WOMAN. As always you are right on target. You expressed my emotional thoughts and feelings to a tee. My “SHERO” You are truly my Sister from Another Mother”

     
  2. Joanne

    September 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Wonderful, Eleanor! I love that you’re now talking with the animals as people seem to have lost their reason. Shall we refer to you from now on as Eleanor Doolittle Tomczyk?!

    Poor Wednesday Addams — though the little pooch looks like he’s being well taken care of.

    One night recently I had a weird dream, just as your blog suggests that I might given the insanity of this presidential race. In the dream I was in a movie theater with many friends, family members, and acquaintances. A little while into the movie (in the dream), we all started nudging each other and whispering, “Let’s walk out,” and “Yeah, this is a horrible movie,” and “Yes, far too disturbing,” etc. When I woke up I realized the movie had been actual film footage from Donald Trump’s rallies that I’d seen on the news in the last couple of months!

    And true-to-life, as many dreams are, he IS too horrible and disturbing to want to listen to for long. His comments have the effect of dragging us down into a very dark place.

    He must not win. It is too frightening to imagine.

    Thanks for making us laugh at what is otherwise a very terrifying situation in our country.

    Your humor lifts us up out of the darkness.

     
  3. Calvin S

    September 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    If the worlds going to the dogs, then am there. And am not delusional, trust me. As you know I live with a Zen Buddhist canine named Elvira.

    If the mission was, to use the Trump card, the motive was ‘sin gran ilusión’ it was coldly calculated to dupe and silence meaningful dialogue about issues. ‘E’ you have tied your last post to this one with an effective rally call. There are many faces of compassion, I have yet to see one in the Trump Camp.

    Good shtufffs, ‘E’.

     
    • Calvin S

      September 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

      BTW……Wednesday’s ‘screwed’ picture… am sure any sensitive pooch finds the accompanying laughter and jokes just as annoying as the satellite dish around their necks. Elvira was none too pleased with the dish when she had her spleen removed.

       
  4. Ann Gaudreaux

    September 30, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Loved the conversation with Wednesday Addams.

     

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