Normalizing The Abnormal

By Mr. Schnell

A big black dark cloud has been overhead since “The Donald” descended an escalator in New York City ranting about Mexican drug dealers, rapists and criminals. Then came the pussy grabbing audio, a Stormy Daniels affair, Jeffrey Epstein snuffing, Russian rules for American voters, impeachment, and now corona virus.

Who is responsible for all this never ending abnormal? Well, I guess we know who ain’t responsible … DONALD J. TRUMP.

Escalator boy went on to become the electoral college president of 2016. From January 20th, 2017 till at least January 20th, 2021 this became his show. He must have forgotten President Obama passed him the baton, Trump grabbed it and took off in his get-away golf cart. He also became Commander-In-Chief. From the day he lied about promising to defend the Constitution when administered the oath of office, with left hand resting on the Lincoln Bible, he assumed “responsibility” for the United States of America.

Responsible or not, it is his “watch” and proven to be one “abnormal” after another. No end in sight, until now. Enter the corona virus Twilight Zone. In Trump talk, “Many are dying that have never died before.” (I saw that on twitter. He didn’t say it but it sure sounds like something he would say.) At any rate this crisis will be a game changer for sure.

Today the new abnormal normal is self isolation and quarantine. Nobody talks mundanely about the weather any more. Instead we chit chat about death rates in Italy, which state in America has new cases, how many have died in Seattle since Monday and which celebrity or sports figure has tested positive.

You can watch a 30 truck military convoy in Europe carrying corona virus corpses to a crematorium, American college drunks on spring break in Florida partying till they test positive, an influencer licking a toilet seat on a commercial passenger jet liner, or the irresponsible electoral college president repeatedly saying the corona virus is a democratic hoax. It’s the new abnormal normal.

Has Missouri had a death yet? Yup. Chicago on lock down? Not sure. Heard California is. What about St. Louis and Hot Springs Arkansas? No word yet???

Republicans are even starting to spew blasphemy like, “We’re all in this together. Together we will prevail. We have to take care of each other. We need to share.” They are even talking about giving everyone $1200. (My kind of abnormal). These are the same insider-trading, con-men politicians that wanna do away with food stamps and meal on wheels while they sold their stock shares before the Wall Street rock slide into the abyss. Lying, cheating, and stealing. Abnormal but today normal. Accepted and expected.

I woke up this morning pissed. Not because I am on a voluntary isolation. That’s not a problem. As an introvert social distancing has been my life style. I prefer animal company to people company and that’s where Bunky the feral community cat comes in.

Bunky got to coming by the house every morning for a snack. He was very friendly and I eventually allowed him in the house. Got him vaccinated and neutered (note the snipped left ear tip).

He became comfortable here. He adopted us and routines were established. He’d arrive in the morning, eat, and crash on my bed after chowing down on a can of Fancy Feast. I’d type my blogs, draw cartoons, glance over and watch him stretch, yawn and go back to sleep. By six in the evening he wanted out and would be gone till 7 or 8 the next morning.

I got used to the routine and his company. (He trained me well.)

With this Trump Virus ravaging America, it is not a good idea to hold or pet Bunky or even allow him indoors since potentially if a human with the virus pets him he could become a passive carrier. He tends to shy away from other people.

His free spirit is what attracted me. He would come and go as he pleased. I suppose I envied that. I adopted him while I was still working and imagined freedom (from workplace servitude) vicariously through him.

I no longer allow him inside. He has to stay out. That seems so abnormal and difficult to normalize.

It ain’t Trump’s fault, and “abnormal” to blame him for Bunky’s exile but I will anyway. This pandemic is taking place under the Trump “watch” so what the hell. (Much as I try not to associate the corona virus with his reign of incompetence, I still do.)

I feel like the “J” in Donald J. Trump stands for jinx. He is that.

Bunky tells me to quit bitching, man-up, and tomorrow he’d prefer Purina Friskies Ocean Whitefish and Tuna in Sauce instead of that Fancy Feast slop. Everyone knows Fancy Feast is for spoiled, pampered INDOOR cats. Positively beneath a feral’s dignity and something no self respecting feral cat can normalize Trump jinx or not.

Foul mood … WTF … if I wasn’t pissed about something I wouldn’t be happy and who better to be pissed at then someone that’s not responsible at all. Consider it another abnormal normal I suppose.

He gutted the CDC by cutting it’s funds, fired the competent, hired the incompetent, allowed John Bolton to disband the White House pandemic team and plays golf while the nation suffers. Someone shake some sense into this moron.

And make sure you wash your hands before and after.

Mr. Schnell out.

Stay safe


Published by undergroundcartoonist

Underground Cartoonist is a former ICU nurse that has worked at numerous civilian, military, and veteran Intensive Care Units across the country for better than three decades but has been sketching, drawing, and cartooning since he first picked up a crayon in kindergarten. Dabbled with political cartooning, writing, and general illustrations but the bread and butter came from health care. Recently left professional nursing to concentrate on camping, hiking, nature, the outdoors, trees, trails, and peace of mind. Love a campfire; rather watch it than TV. Avoid bureaucracy, career ladders, ladder climbers, and hero worship at all cost. Evenings spent with a good book, reading until the book smacks my nose when I doze off. Generally up at sun rise, listen to the mourning doves, put the coffee on, and play it by ear the rest of the day.

3 thoughts on “Normalizing The Abnormal

  1. I’m with Bunky on this one. That’s my ideal introvert’s companion. You stay safe, but save as many of us as you can while you’re at it.

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  2. Over here we have just been told isolation could go on for 12 months.
    Can’t help thinking that when Europe and America finally come out of Coronavirus Hibernation we’ll find China is in charge.
    I might try a lock down dinghy cruise next weekend as long as it’s not blowing a hooley.

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