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An erstwhile Philosopher and sometime Educator, Jerry Tenuto is a veteran of seven years service in the U.S. Army. He holds a BS and MA in Broadcast Communications from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. For two decades Jerry filled the airwaves with rock, roll and banter as a disc jockey -- until greed, the rebirth of payola, and de-Reaganlation ruined that medium. Depending upon your taste in political stew, you can either blame or thank Jerry for his weekly "Out Of The Blue" feature in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST, Crawford, Texas, www.LoneStarIcon.com -- because somebody from that community has to do the world right.
"IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THINK..."
Once upon a time, teachers and others interested in the welfare of young minds used a phrase, "Put your thinking caps on." The very concept of free thought has become lost within America and its schools...
Sunday, October 8, 2006
THAT WHICH THINKING PEOPLE FEAR
Keeping the electorate afraid is how Herr Oberst Karl Rove has managed to overturn our Governmental system of checks and balances... along with a some help from a few well-placed GOP state officials and voting machines. Just how real is that fear, and are folks still buying into it?
KING GEORGE'S 9/11 TOUR 2006 EDITION
We have nothing to fear but... the very people who keep insisting we should be afraid.
You know, that same gang of brave individuals who never ventured beyond our Nation's boundaries during the entirety of the VietNam War, then in 2000 stole our Government out from under us.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
WHEN YOU REACH THE EDGE OF THE SEA, STOP!
The White House Cabal kicked off its 2006 "Campaign of Fear" Tour with speeches by Condoliesa, Rummy and King George XLIII at the American Legion Convention, which was held in peace-loving Salt Lake City where they were all unwelcome; and at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention by draft-dodger #1 Dark Lord Cheney. When the true heroes welcome and cheer the chickenhawks, we're living out a Rod Serling teleplay.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
ALL HAIL PLUTONIA!
To paraphrase the great Canadian coroner Dominic DaVinci -- Last month, our solar system got a little lighter. Farewell, friend Pluto, lest we forget...
Friday, September 8, 2006
WHEN OUR REPUBLIC CEASED TO BE
Oliver Stone's remarkable film, "JFK", continually lambasted by Rightists since its release in 1991, shines with entirely new brilliance, luster and insight following the relative calm of the Clinton years -- despite that "vast Right-wing conspiracy" to bring down his presidency -- and the complete mess King George XLIII and court have made of our Nation and the Planet. One can only assume Stone had a crystal ball...
Saturday, August 12, 2006
NO NEED TO FRET... RUMMY'S NOT CONCERNED
Grandpappy Donny Rumsfeld recently took his two young charges, Petie Pace and Johnny Abizaid, on a trip to visit with a Senate committee up on Capitol Hill. By the time the day was done, all three of them probably wished they had gone to Baghdad or Kabul or Haifa... anywhere else instead of this forum.
Monday, August 7, 2006
WAR'S BEEN CALLED A LOT OF THINGS, BUT 'BIRTH PANGS'?
Could there be anyone less sincere and more ineffective to negotiate terms when people's lives are at stake than Condoleezza Rice? Okay, I'll give you Robert Bolton... The ineptitude of King George XLIII's ersatz "diplomats" is sufficient to end in total world catastrophe.
Monday, July 31, 2006
KING GEORGE AND THE MORAL BOUNDARY (1 comments)
According to the logic of King George XLIII, 'tis better to kill and maim human beings who are already alive and breathing, with families and friends who love them, than to make use of Petri dish goo that by definition is not a "person" to help the suffering and sorrow of humanity. That sure is some Christian learnin' he's had.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
THE PUPPET LOOKS NEW, THE ROUTINE HASN'T CHANGED
Recently, Herr Oberst Karl Rove, Lord Overseer of the Republican Party, Architect of the Neo-Conservative Dictatorship, and Supreme Ruler of the United States of Amerika, rolled out for all to see a new, less bristling King George XLIII. It didn't take long for the six-guns to come out of their holsters and start blazin' away...
Sunday, July 16, 2006
KING GEORGE, WE'RE TAKIN' OUR COUNTRY BACK
In "Magnum Force" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) stated to the young vigilante cops that he would continue to uphold the "system" until somebody came along with a better one. Well, the system that has been subjected upon us by Rove, Cheney, Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld and their thugs is a far cry from an improvement. We cannot allow ourselves to be submissive for another two-and-a-half years.
Sunday, July 9, 2006
WELL, I DO DECLARE, KING GEORGE
This past week we celebrated the 230th Birthday of the Birth of our Nation -- as if a "celebration" truly was in order. Will the United States of America make it to 231?
Thursday, July 6, 2006
EVEN IN DAYLIGHT, CHENEY BRINGS THE DARK
"OUT OF THE BLUE" -- On June 22, 2006, Dark Lord the Dick Cheney crawled out of his lair for a non-interview on the veranda in sunlight. Amazingly, and contrary to what many believed what would happen, he did not turn to dust. His answers, however, surprised no one.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
CONDI GOES TO WHITE BRED SOUTH
The Catholic Church's "Crusades" sought to replace Islam with the glory of Jesus at swordpoint, led by the Pope and King Richard. The con was a "search" for the Holy Grail. The new "crusades" have King George XLIII bamboozling evangelicals into believing he's killing Muslims and brave Americans for Christ. Condi went to the SBC to rally these suckers on to further expeditions in the GOP quest for oil, riches and power.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
FROM E-MAIL TO Z
Out Of The Blue -- Ding-dong, Zarkawi's dead. Maybe. If we can believe the gub'ment. My e-mail went off on some weird Cybervacation. And Ann Coulter angers everyone with a heart, courage and a brain. Someone get that woman a childhood.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
CANT BULLY THE CHICKS FROM DIXIE (2 comments)
"OUT OF THE BLUE" -- Despite inane country music radio station owners and DJs, and fans, none of whom have the vaguest concept of "Freedom of Expression," The Dixie Chicks continue to dominate the charts. And, "Big Bully" Bill O'Reilly is wrong most of the times he opens his piehole, but rarely more so than when spouting off about the military.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
YAKOVS CATCH-PHRASE NO LONGER APPLIES (3 comments)
Is it possible that the BushCheney NSA wiretrapping scheme keeps comic Yakov Smirnov awake at night with nightmares of KGB horrors? Do GOP members of Congress suddenly jolt from their sleep in a cold sweat, visions of FBI office raids dancing through their heads? Should VA bureaucrats be entrusted with anyone's personal data?
Sunday, May 28, 2006
A LETTER TO THE KING (3 comments)
"Out Of The Blue" --
Since King George XLIII thinks it's perfectly acceptable to listen in on our telephone conversations and read our e-mails, then we are well within our rights to read his mail...
THE ABOMINABLE STATE OF OUR COURTS
As the old adage goes, "Throw enough dung against a wall and some of it's bound to stick," Bush just keeps tossing the same ideologue, activist judicial nominees into the arena for lifetime seats on Appellate Courts. (This is an excerpt from a column that appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST, Crawford, Texas, and at www.LoneStarIcon.com the week of May 8, 2006.)
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
KENT STATE -- IN MEMORIAM (2 comments)
Four students were ruthlessly slaughtered on a university campus in America's heartland on a beautiful spring day in 1970. It seems as though we have learned nothing since then. (This is an excerpt from a column that appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST, Crawford, Texas, and at www.LoneStarIcon.com the week of May 8, 2006.)
Sunday, May 7, 2006
I COULD RETIRE ON $400 MILLION MAYBE
The CEO of EXXON/Mobil retires with a package worth an unseemly $400 Million today, who knows how much in 10 years. Is any man's work worth that much remuneration? Plus, blight-upon-free thought Ann Coulter ignores facts, blaming the victims of tragedies and their families for the evil that befell them. Just another week in Right-wing run media America.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! SHAKE YER WEST WING!
Herr Karl Rove has been the man behind the curtain in the merry old land where George W. Bush's brain has been in storage for the past 30 years. The deception of a well-publicized West Wing game of musical offices can't alter the fact that "Turd Blossom" is still pushing the buttons, only now from a supersecret location.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
OH, GROW UP, AMERICA (13 comments)
The first theatrical Hollywood movie dramatizing a 9/11/2001 event will be released this week. Some theatres have pulled the trailer due to a few patron complaints that it's too soon to see on the big screen. Such inability to handle to handle reality dishonors those brave passengers of "UNITED 93" while it bolsters the fear terrorist leaders of al Qaeda and the Republican Party.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
DON'T DeLay YOUR DEPARTURE, TOM -- D.C. NEEDS FRESH AIR
Doing what he does best, turning tail and scurring away to hide -- a trick he learned, no doubt, from his profession of pest exterminator -- Tom DeLay has promised to finally leave Congress. Still, he refuses to accept any responsibility for his own demise, blaming everyone he could label "Liberal." Yet I seriously doubt Jesus attended the evangelical rally supporting his "personal persecution" by the anti-Christian left.
Sunday, April 9, 2006
A BASEBALL DREAM 2006
There's one thing we have here in the good ol' USA that brings millions of people together from Spring through Fall. And we don't stop talking about it all Winter. We've done a great job of exporting it around the World so far -- maybe we need to try it out on Mid Easterners...
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
OH, IF HE'D JUST GO AWAY
The week of April 11, 2005 this column appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST and at www.lonestaricon.com in which I expressed my wish, accompanied by some of Tom DeLay's greatest hits, that he would leave Congress. It took a year, but thankfully my wish has now been granted.
Friday, March 31, 2006
WE'RE NOT ALL THAT STUPID
Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- Which takes more effort, staying stupid or achieving enlightenment? History will show we have been saddled with the laziest prez, veep, and cabinet in history.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
FOOTBALL IS LIFE? BAH! HUMBUG!
Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- We should all beware of the goose pimples rising all over our skin, and the hairs standing up on the napes of our necks, when a Jewish organization such as AIPAC consorts with the likes of the Dick Cheney. Especially when his speech contains nothing more than a call to arms against Iran.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
ROVE COMES OUT
On June 22, 2005, when GOP Ubermeister Karl Rove laid out his vision for total Neo-con control of Amerika and the Planet Earth before the Conservative Party of New York State, the mainstream media chose to focus upon a scant few paragraphs in which he denegrated all Liberals and Democrats for being too wimpy on security issues. Here, a surgical scalpel is taken to his maniacal worldview as presented in its totality.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
THE HOUSE IN OUR HOUSES
Achival Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- Friday, March 31, 2006 will mark the 1st Anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo. During the last days of her life Republicans of the highest magnitude made her the unwitting poster girl for totalitarian control over everything personal and private. This expanded column was written as the events played out over those insane days that gave new meaning to "March Madness."
Sunday, March 26, 2006
I'LL HAVE A SIDE OF KARMA WITH THAT
Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- We've have more than our fair share of bad Karma in the USA since December, 2000. It's high time we spread good and shed ourselves of evil.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
ONWARD CHRISTIAN LEADERS
Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- Despite what too many of our elected and not-quite-elected public officials might think, we citizens of the United States are not all of the Christian variety, or believers in a supreme being at all. It is one of our "certain unalienable rights." Still, without checks and balances these ideologues would turn our Government into a theocracy. Or is this just a ruse to sway the Religious Right?
Friday, March 24, 2006
I DON'T BLAME JESUS FOR "CHRISTIAN" POLITICIANS
Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- Our Nation's Forefathers were wise enough, and had their fill of religious overkill, to expressly forbid the co-mingling of theism with governmental operations. Here in the 21st Century, when we should be far more enlightened than they were in the 18th, a number of elected and no-so-elected officials have our Nation teetering dangerously on the precipice of theocracy.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Lessons of "LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" (5 comments)
Archival Jerry Tenuto: OUT OF THE BLUE -- Brits have been struggling with Islamic peoples far longer than we Americans. They should have learned something by now, as we should have by being outside observers. But this is the result when so-called leaders only pay attention to the voices in their own heads.
Monday, March 20, 2006
FDR AND THE "KING"
Jerry Tenuto: "Out Of The Blue" -- At the onset of his administration, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said we only had to fear "fear itself." He never imagined fear would emanate directly from the Oval Office.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Jerry Tenuto: "Out Of The Blue"
The Bush Regime cannot be trusted for five seconds to do anything it promises. So why would the American Israel PAC become bedfellows with the likes of Dick Cheney and John Bolton?