December 1, 2020

On November 9, 1970, a 45-foot-long rotting sperm whale corpse washed up on the beach near the Oregon city of Florence. The weight of the carcass was estimated at 16,000 pounds. How did the state of Oregon decide to dispose of this huge amount of stinking, rotting flesh? They followed the advice of any redneck in the possession of 16 M-80s and decided to blow it up. On November 12, 1970, while a local television station recorded, the Oregon Department of Transportation loaded that whale carcass down with dynamite. The subsequent explosion blew rotting whale flesh in a radius of 800 feet and huge chunks of airborne blubber landed near buildings and in parking lots. Contrary to the Department of Transportation’s expectations, only a small portion of the sperm whale disintegrated. Most of it was now scattered around, now in a much bigger area, still requiring extensive clean-up. In fact, a huge chunk of blubber even landed on, and flattened, the brand-new car of the explosives-expert. So, instead of having all that stinking, decomposing flesh in a convenient place to clean up, Oregon now had it scattered in an area that covered about 10 football fields. Why bring this up for December 1, 2020. Because soon-to-be ex-President Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his defeat and loser status and his insistence that a global conspiracy with a dead communist was responsible for his loss, is a bigger shitshow than the exploding whale. Some Republicans are wondering if they can run the memory of the exploding whale as President for 2024, as you can wash the stench of rotting whale blubber of you, but you can’t remove the racists, despotic stain of Trump.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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