Donald Trump lost. Now what?

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Donald Trump lost the election for the Office of the President of the United States of America to Joseph Biden.

It’s over, so we can relax now, right?

There is a lot of talk about “coming together,” and “reaching across the aisle,” and even speculating that Biden should pardon that rat.

On the one hand, pardoning requires acknowledgement of one’s crimes, and admitting one’s guilt; otherwise, there is nothing to pardon. Getting it on record may be an important step and faster than an actual courtroom trial and a federal pardon still does not, in any way, absolve one from state level prosecution for the same crimes. It also won’t be seen as heavily partisan as other options.

The rat couldn’t easily scream “witch hunt” if the Feds pardoned him and let him twist in the wind before state charges.

But it would not amount to a full public reckoning for and full rejection of that rat and his cult.

Allowing the judicial process to take place, on the other hand, will allow for digging deep and a very public exposure of one’s alleged crimes. A deeply damaging case can be laid out, in full, for the public to see. Just as entire towns and villages were made to walk into and through the various concentration camps in their jurisdictions and forced to confront the evil that many claimed having no knowledge of, forcing the United States to bear witness to the full rot committed by the MAGAt cult is an important and necessary step if we want the possibility of a complete repudiation and rejection of it.

But it carries an enormous risk.

A warning from history

On trial for treason after the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler was given a very public platform for his beliefs in the courts and he took full advantage of it. The unfortunate effect of the trial was his greatly increased celebrity, and the legitimacy his beliefs were granted, by allowing him such a public forum. His sentence was incredibly light, and he was given plenty of liberties that, again, he took full advantage of. During his time in prison, he dictated his manifesto and put his beliefs down in writing.

The MAGAt’s biggest liability and advantage is his own mouth, unfortunately. The rest of us will hear his dottering gibberish, incoherent rambling, nonsensical non-sequiturs, and insane conspiracy theories and will naturally recoil but his cult — his fanatics? They will hear him, loud and clear, as they always have and they will make a martyr out of him no matter which direction a trial may go.

Trump consolidated multiple groups with similar beliefs, created a platform, and legitimized all of them with his weaponized Twitter account and his coast to coast mini Nuremberg rallies, and birthed a fanatical anti-American movement. What he did was no different than what Dietrich Eckart and Alfred Rosenberg did in Wiemar Germany. They set the stage. Hitler took the spotlight and, eventually, Germany.

Another thing to consider is that if Trump ultimately faces federal prosecution for any crimes he may have committed before, and during, his time in office, remember how many friendly judges the GOP rubber-stamped into the federal judiciary?

The danger has just begun

November 3, 2020 was only the beginning of the most dangerous period United States of America has faced in at least a century and a half.

Trump may have lost the election and been voted out of office but rumor is that he is already looking at a 2024 run. If not him, someone with his blessing will run. The next one, embracing that rat’s MAGAt platform will have far less of their predecessor’s mental liabilities and all of his cruelty.

Are America’s institutions stronger than the Wiemar Republic’s was? We are certainly much older, but they have never been tested quite like the last 4 years, and counting, have tested them nor have they faced the potential enduring threat that Trump’s MAGA cult will continue to be for a long time to come.

Remember when?…

Do you remember the United States, before Trump?

Do you remember when a Presidential speech didn’t insult your intelligence?

Or didn’t whine about how unfair/fake/complicated/difficult things ere?

Or didn’t complain/brag about water pressure/washers/faucets/toilets?

Do you remember when a Presidential speech left you feeling energized not exhausted, inspired not dejected, filled with hope not dread, valued not anxious, and proud of America not ashamed?

meme of donald trump hugging and molesting an american flag labeled "i steal from charities." adrianfeliciano.com

Do you remember when a President could undeniably reject white supremacists and dictators, while giving no relevance to crackpot conspiracy theories, infomercial hucksters, insane medical advice, or a stupid baseball cap?

That criminally incompetent buffoon, his cronies, his enablers, his sycophants, his family, his ideals, his values, his legacy, and his grossly un-American platform must be rejected — rejected loudly, rejected unquestionably, rejected totally.

Get out there and vote for an America that we can all be proud of, again.

The US Flag, Becky, Photography, and Fire

US Flag on fire | Source: Jennifer Parr / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

The US Flag and Photography

It irritates me to no end to see the United States Flag used as a patriotic virtue-signaling fetish object by multiple photographers. Meanwhile, kneeling during the National Anthem is still seen as disrespectful.

To begin with, I do not mean anything US Flag styled, an embroidered flag, a lapel pin, or any representation of the flag itself. For example:

  • Flag-pattered bikini? I’ve no issue. It’s not the flag, itself.
  • Got a shirt with red, white, and blue and stars? Same. It’s fine.
  • Repeating flag patterned leggings? Bogan, but still acceptable.
tanned woman with longer blonde hair wearing a red, white, and blue, stars and stripped string bikini at a beach and saluting obnoxiously. | image linked from imgflip.com | adrianfeliciano.com
God bless America, indeed, amirite? | Embed Source: imgflp.com

However

I do mean an actual honest-to-God, Stars and Stripes Forever, Iwo Jima planted, Star Spangled Banner, I bleed red, white, and blue from my asshole United States Flag.

  • Are you conducting a beachside implied nude-shoot only the flag for “modesty?” You’re tasteless.
  • Did you wrap your teeny-bopper kid with an actual flag in a high-school senior portrait photo session and love how people simp and fawn over how beautiful the photo of Becky is? You’re indulging in gross fetishism on several levels.
  • Did you just beat the shit out of a Russian machine that destroys anything it touches, and use the Flag as a towel over your shoulders while preaching to those godless Commie bastards about how we can all change? You’re obviously a palooka from Philly.

Speaking of Disrespecting the Flag and Russians

Are you wearing a tiny flag lapel-pin for the cameras because it makes you a patriot in the eyes of your cult of morons while, you know, simultaneously sniveling as Vladmir Putun’s lap-dog Russian puppet? You’re definitely this guy:

Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Are you screaming orgasmically in a bizarre attempt to suck up to your boyfriend’s is-he-or-isn’t-he incestuous father while gesticulating loudly to an empty room in front of a wall of flags, there to serve as a simplistic visual aid for the Cult of Morons’ benefit? You’re Kimberly Guilfoyle, and I’ve got nothing else for you. Get help.

BuT AdRiAn wHaTaBoUt bUrNiNg tHe fLaG????????

In 1989, The United States Supreme Court upheld that burning the flag is protected speech under the 1st Amendment. I may not always agree with it, and it sometimes makes me uncomfortable to see as a Veteran; however, that’s the point and it’s exactly why the 1st Amendment exists.

On paper, no one is at risk of life, limb, liberty, and property by the Government for exercising free speech. It’s a power left to The People, as it should be.

One could argue that wrapping your sister with a flag for a quick portrait shoot is an exercise of artistic free speech, (which it is) but free speech is not an absolute right. Depending on circumstance, and context, your expression could be subject to laws concerning commercial activity, defamation, false advertising, copyright infringement, privacy, pornography, and more.

daylight photo of a young woman with us flag draped across her shoulders. she is leaning against a brick wall. | source Unsplash.com | adrianfeliciano.com
Does US Flag Code prohibit this use? | Source: Dan Russo via Unsplash

For example, go ahead and start marketing cocaine today as a miracle cure for your hayfever problem, and see what could happen to you when the Feds find out.

If You Disrespect The Flag, Are You Actually A Traitor or Treasonous?

I really am not sure what the point of all this is, as there are much more immediate and pressing issues. Black lives still matter, Trump is an incompetently malignant cancer, COVID-19 is still rampaging across the United States, and children are still in ICE custody.

No component of the US Flag Code is enforceable, and thankfully it cannot be. No statutory penalties exist for violating any of the strongly-worded suggestions contained with in because if they did exist, the Flag Code would be unconstitutional.

The United States Constitution left it, again, as a Power for the People to decide for themselves about how the Flag, or any other National symbol, may ultimately be used, as it must be. No soldier or politician or “peace” officer ever swears an oath of loyalty to any piece cloth, book, or impeached president. They swear to support, defend, and bear true faith and allegiance to the document guarantees that their own government will never call free-expression, journalism, art, photography, Satanism, and saying that “Donald Trump is a munted cunt who absolutely must be removed from office,” an illegal act. It is also absolutely not treason; however, constantly betraying your oath to bear true faith and allegiance, and to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, for Russia’s benefit is, according to the letter of the law.

Also, Be Grateful This Song Exists

Conclusion and Stance on Flags

My stance is simple. I won’t ever support arresting people for burning a flag, or fining them for wearing a flag as a diaper in an adult-baby photo shoot, or blowing their nose in Made In China flag-tissues, but at the same time, I will I never call any of them traitors and scream about treason.

I will, however, absolutely base my judgement of you, good and bad, on what you choose to do in that grand old Flag’s name.

Donald Trump Will Try to Cheat the 2020 Election

I was thinking about that MAGA moron’s recent tweets lately, in particular the recent “14 words” tweet.

Although he is a moron and probably didn’t think this up all on his own, if a coded dog whistle was indeed the goal he happens to be surrounded by sycophants who are much more intelligent and literate than he is.

But first, something to keep in mind is that there is a defense policy funding bill, the NDAA, that is currently working its way through Congress to the White House, but you are barely hearing about it.

It is not out of the question that someone wrote out his “14 words” tweet, and handed it to him to knowing full well that as long as it was presented as “if you tweet this it will piss off a lot of people and get them all talking, meanwhile, we will strip out the requirement to report any offers of foreign assistance to your re-election in the $740+ billion dollar military funding bill that you’re gonna sign,” that self-serving puppet won’t hesitate to tweet anything and he won’t even bother to actually read it.

That tweet is the distraction. Here’s another example. Do not doubt there will be more in order to keep all your attention focused on his overt racism and “14 words” tweet etc, and not the stripped provision, or any other activity that will benefit him and the Republican Party.

No matter how much he bleats and tweets about not signing the bill because he is against “rEnAmiNg R gReAt ArMy bAsEs,” do not believe him. He will sign the bill because the requirement to report foreign interference has been stripped from it. It opens him, and the GOP, up to receiving all the foreign assistance money can buy, and they don’t have to disclose a god damned thing.

That is how Trump will try to cheat the election in 2020.

The Republican Party will enable it.

There are 14 words in total, and the capitalized words beginning with H are repeated. H is 8th letter of the English alphabet. The combination gives 14 and 88, two numbers used often by white supremacist groups. Is it a coded dog-whistle? You decide.

About Current Events

Dear Friends, Family, Supporters, and Fans:

I wanted to take the opportunity to reach out directly, and express my gratitude for your support over the last couple of months, and to update you on a couple of things.

About COVID-19:

I am seeing some delays on product orders getting fulfilled, primarily with my printed t-shirts, tank tops, crop tops. So far, the average fulfillment times have increased to between 14-21 days due to COVID-19’s effects on global supply chains. I’ve added printed t-shirts on my Teespring and Redbubble shops where their fulfillment times are generally a little better in most cases. I also put up some fractal art patterned products. Some items are political in their message. Other items are photography related, while others are snarky, or just plain ol’ weird. Kinda like me. 😀

Speaking of “politics”…

About George Floyd, Riots, and Police Brutality:

Like a lot of you, I am subscribed to several email marketing lists from different companies. It seems like, lately, I’ve received quite a few long winded statements from those companies with massive legal teams that have helped them to craft the perfect on-brand statement concerning current events. I did not want to be left out, so I felt it was time to make one of my own.

I am releasing the following statement in order to let you know where I stand unambiguously and without question as a person, a photographer, a citizen of the United States of America, and human being after consulting with my vastly underfunded legal team, friends, family, higher power(s), God, the quantum state of 4th dimensional time, my root through crown chakras, my conscience, ancestors, AND my mother:

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

PERIOD.

If you would like to support this very important movement, please consider donating your time or resources to the following organizations:

Black Lives Matter – Boston Chapter

Website — BlackLivesMatterBoston.org
Email — [email protected]
Facebook — facebook.com/BLMBoston
Twitter – twitter.com/BLMBoston
Donations — secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Massachusetts Bail Fund

Website — www.massbailfund.org/about.html
Email[email protected]
Facebook — facebook.com/massbailfund
Twitter — twitter.com/massbailfund
Donate — classy.org/campaign/massachusetts-bail-fund/c75475

The GI Rights Hotline 1-877-447-4487

Website — girightshotline.org
Email[email protected]
Facebook — facebook.com/girights
Twitter — twitter.com/girights
Donate — girightshotline.org/about

About Face Veterans – Post 9/11 Service-members and Veterans

Website — aboutfaceveterans.org/who-we-are
Facebook — facebook.com/VetsAboutFace
Twitter — twitter.com/VetsAboutFace
Donate — aboutfaceveterans.org/donate
Tell Troops to Stand Down for Black Lives – aboutfaceveterans.org/take-action-now-veterans-tell-troops-to-stand-down-for-black-lives


Yes, I am very much anti fascist by default.

Anything else is pro fascism.

COVID-19 Thoughts From Social Isolation

Headshot Portrait of Adrian Feliciano by Artemis

My name is Adrian Feliciano. I am 46 years old. And I am scared.

I am scared for a variety of reasons. Not just because of COVID-19, although, with some of my underlying pre-existing issues I’ve got good reason for it.

I’m scared for my friends and family and all of our futures, some already economically precarious long before SARS-coronavirus-2, and now with gross social inequalities laid absolutely bare and vulnerability impossible to mask away.

I’m scared that a good percentage of the population around me is willing to proudly red-cap bludgeon their way emotionally through crowds of people even as their utter capitulation to MAGA puts lives in danger. There is no reasoning with them, but unlike a virus, they are presumably sentient so many of us still try to reason with them in vain.

I’m scared of the systems in place that punish people who don’t fit in with the ruggedly-individual, radically self-reliant, cultism this country promotes.

I’m scared of the utter incompetence on display from that Moron and the smug enabling of his sycophants because, while some of them are just cowed by his cult of morons, a good number of them are just as incompetent and self-serving as he is.

I am scared of the future of this country, the “American” ideal that drew my family to immigrate from the Philippines and that was held up to me growing up as the shining example of having the best opportunity to live the best life possible.

SARS-CoV-2 will change the world, and the course of history. You cannot just restart the world’s largest economy within a couple months and expect that everything can, or should, ever go back to the normal that existed before. We are only in the very beginning stages of what will be massive reverberations felt for at least a generation.

How are you feeling, today?

The Name Of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

What is the correct name of 2019’s novel coronavirus and the disease it causes?

The coronavirus related illness that has been causing worldwide disruptions since the end of 2019 has been referred to by multiple names:

  1. Medical journals referred to it as “2019 Novel Coronavirus.”
  2. Nature called it both “Wuhan coronavirus” and “China coronavirus.”
  3. CNN reported on the “Wuhan coronavirus” in early February.
  4. Incompetent, racist dotards insist on calling it a “foreign virus” or “The Chinese Virus.”
  5. Sycophants and other racists laugh over “Kung-flu.”
  6. It is not the flu and it never has been. Influenza is caused by a completely different virus.

On 11 Feb 2020, the illness caused by the new coronavirus was named “Corovavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by the World Health Organization.

On 02 March 2020, the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses, the officially named the virus that causes COVID-19 is “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).” The WHO chooses to avoid referring to SARS-CoV-2 by name because (emphasis mine):

From a risk communications perspective, using the name SARS can have unintended consequences in terms of creating unnecessary fear for some populations, especially in Asia which was worst affected by the SARS outbreak in 2003. 

For that reason and others, WHO has begun referring to the virus as “the virus responsible for COVID-19” or “the COVID-19 virus” when communicating with the public.  Neither of these designations are intended as replacements for the official name of the virus as agreed by the ICTV

In summary:

Referring to SARS-Cov-2 by any other name is incorrect.

Calling it “the Chinese Virus” or “the Wuhan Coronavirus” is stigmatizing at best and racist at worst.

Comparing COVID-19 to the common flu is just plain stupid.