Thursday September 21, 2023




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by P. David Gardner

You know, it's times like these when I think, "I really should take a moment to grieve for the sorry state of humanity." But then I find that I can only merely shake my head at the utter stupidity of some people, and wonder how they actually managed to figure out how to run for office and even get elected.

Take human specimen Patrick Rushing, for instance. This once little-known man, the mayor of a small city just outside of Spokane, WA, has become quite the conversation topic of late.

Rushing decided, in some wildly irresponsible moment of what he may have figured was great and thoughtful mirth, to post the following to his Facebook page:

"Gorilla face Michelle, can't disagree with that," Rushing penned. "The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL."

Brain to fingers: disconnect.

And so the man has spoken the words that the world will briefly remember him by. And reactions have been predictably swift, most people calling for his resignation due to his racist statements. But Rushing is adamant that he is in fact NOT a racist, and insists that he will not step down.

As the greasy gears of the world's news cycle are wont to do, they will grind on and Rushing will soon be forgotten as something better will no doubt come along to dominate the front pages of the country's news organizations, and he will fade into some level of obscurity, secure in the knowledge that he did at least get his 15 minutes of fame. Chances are good, though, that he will end up resigning in the end, or be recalled by the more sensible populace of his city.

P. David Gardner is a long time writer and reporter, as well as a graphic designer and photographer. And he creates terrific web sites too. For more details, see pauldavidgarder.com.

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