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I was born and raised in Chicago in a liberal Democratic home my Grandfather was a labor union organizer my Father a Democratic district committeeman my Mother was an election judge. My earliest memories were of passing out Kennedy yard signs from the back of the car, late in 1962 we moved to Dallas and if it hadn't been raining that morning in November I would have been in Dealey plaza while my Father was sitting in the Trade mart. In 1965 we moved to Montgomery Al. and I witnessed the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1967 we moved back to Chicago and my sister was selected as a page for the Illinois delegation of the Democratic National Convention as you can Imagine she never made it inside the building. In 1972 my mother passed away and the family disintegrated, by age seventeen I was homeless.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 Don't Fear a Green Tomorrow
The future does not belong to those who write phonebooks, nor better horse harness. The future belongs to the innovators, those who bring new ideas to the table, in a zero sum game more of the same is less. Clinging to the past is an admission of defeat. The President is at it again, telling us, the Saudi Arabian increase in oil production is not enough, we must drill in ANWR. He tells the truth about the problem,
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Six Dollars a Gallon and Lenny Bruce
Of course Lenny Bruce was not afraid, he was too wide eyed and amphetamine fueled with comic energy and in his heart of hearts he never actually believed that they would really pull the trigger and destroy him. Even in all his anti power structure rants he naively believed them to be only ignorant and not maniacal. Maybe maniacal is the wrong word but the leadership today is at the very least self-destructive.
Friday, June 6, 2008 McCain's Greatest Enemy
The Presidential campaign has begun in earnest, the policies, the politics, the personalities. The character assassinations, the implications, the reflexive comments and the unsaid innuendo, but for just a moment lets drop back into a huddle. We, as a species, tend to become overwrought and miss the obvious, outside of the politics, outside of party; we tend over-complicate, while dreaming of flight we forget about gravity
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 The Kamikaze Candidacy (2 comments)
In any election all the candidates want to win, but is it possible to want to win too much?
Friday, May 30, 2008 Jabberwocky (1 comments)
"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,'" Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't -- till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"
"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument,'" Alice objected.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
Sunday, May 25, 2008 The Oil Panic of 2008 (1 comments)
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera took umbrage at a Congressman for describing oil company profits as obscene. Explaining that most of their viewers are investors and
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 The Sucker Rally
Great news! Discover Card has come out with a new kind of credit card. Not a credit card to help eliminate the need for carrying cash, or writing clumsy checks when you are out of town. In fact, this card isn't for buying things at all; it is for helping you to pay off the balances on all your other credit cards. The credit game is how we operate.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Wandering in the Woods (4 comments)
Originally I had intended to write about the rising cost of oil, but I was waylaid and shanghied from my destination. The path that I was wandering was heavily wooded with charts and graphs, each with footnotes and explanations as to what each spike or dip meant, that they blocked my path. It soon became clear to me exactly what the footnotes and explanations meant; they meant that I wasn't going to get any useful information
Saturday, May 10, 2008 Living in the Past
There once was a time in America when change was welcomed, a time long ago when new ideas were embraced. That was the age of liberalism, when the Sewer Socialists reigned in Milwaukee, making radical decisions such as having clean water to drink is a birthright. Also, the forty-hour week, the living wage, labor unions, safety standards that were not just for the employees, but for the customers, as well.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 My Last Day of Work (1 comments)
How could this happen to me? My sector, my department, had always been the best in our employee evaluations. In every category we scored in the highest possible percentile; efficiency, timeliness, loyalty, patriotism, and yes, even in dogma, we were number one. So how could this happen? It must be a mistake, that's it! A mistake,
Friday, May 2, 2008 The Two Americas
The Bush administration, after the contested election of 2000, sought to woo public opinion in their favor. Facing a polarized electorate, they initiated a tax rebate scheme; the actual propose was to pass out alms to the poor to keep them fat and happy. While, in the meantime, the administration was opening the doors of the treasury in the greatest shift of the tax burden in American history.
Friday, May 2, 2008 " Rich people, God Bless Us!"
Here in the polarized states of America, with a little media magic, a draft dodger can become a war hero and a war hero a charlatan. After the New York Times exposť explains the media's complicity in what has been going on, well thanks, but no thanks. Old news, Robert Novak and Judith Miller, Op Ed's by Richard Perle and Pat Buchanon, the story then turns to inside baseball.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 The War, Next-door
"Obsessed with the power of Spain in his youth, Cromwell failed to note the rise of France." The same can be said of our own current Cromwell, obsessed with the desire to restart and reframe the cold war under a Republican unipolar stance, they have lost sight of everything else. Watching their Neocon kite intently as it dances on the breeze until they've run with it, off the cliff.
Sunday, April 20, 2008 Finding Bottom (5 comments)
Finding the bottom in mud is a matter of degree. There is the bottom but it's not the bottom, it's only the top of the bottom. The organs of Capitalism are dealing with a King Kong of the Apocalypse; they feed it billions of dollars the way they would throw it Oreos, trying to keep it happy and satiated.
Friday, April 18, 2008 The Scarlet Letter
What a can of worms our forefathers opened up with their beliefs about religious freedom. Of course, they were seeking escape from state-sponsored religious dogma and forced contributions. Overall, religious freedom has been a successful experiment but with some notable failures. Quakers were beaten and murdered for their pacifist beliefs and more than one or two snake handlers have failed the ultimate test of sanctification.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 The Lying Tree
Mark Twain once advised that the art of lying had gone downhill because of so many rank amateurs having entered the field. Today, however, we hardly even consider it a skilled trade anymore. In political campaigns it was once left to the candidate and top campaign management alone. Today it is farmed out to consultants and to the media, the manual laborers of lying.
Monday, April 7, 2008 Who Goes There? (1 comments)
We, the American government, along with our corporate interests have created a situation that must soon be addressed. American industry, with the government's blessing, has created a Chinese monster. The People's Republic of China, since winning its victory in 1949, has been a communist, military dictatorship but has always been viewed in a different light than her Russian neighbor.
Monday, March 31, 2008 When Did the Movies Stop Talking? (2 comments)
I had a few coins in my pocket this week and thought my wife and I would go to the movies. Times have been tough and we hadn't been in a while and it seemed like a good way to get out of the house. As I looked on the movie websites I discovered that there was nothing that I wanted to see. Nothing I would chance investing $18.00 in plus $20.00 for popcorn and drinks.
Sunday, March 23, 2008 Imprudent Curiosity
It has always been funny to me how the light can shine in different shades, the same as revelations of wrongdoing by State Department employees are described as "Imprudent Curiosity." During the travelgate scandal of the Clinton administration, Right-wing pundits were busy gathering wood for a public burning of the guilty. "Oh, the humanity!"
Thursday, March 20, 2008 The New Magic Kingdom
Move over Disney, fantasyland is no longer your domain alone. Now there is a new contender for the title, "The Happiest Place on Earth." Why shouldn't it be so? If you are about to be foreclosed on and put out of your house, your only chance for escape might be Disney. When you wish upon a star and all that rot, when you take out a loan and find yourself unable to pay it back, the President calls you irresponsible.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 I Know ! Let's Rape Grandma! (2 comments)
With the current subprime crisis, most lenders don't sleep well at night. For years they lived an idyllic life style, lending out a dollar and getting back a buck and a quarter. Come in late and leave early; only a pimp had it better. But bankers never had to contend with the cops or wayward hookers. Like a drug dealer they just stood on the corner and waited for the suckers to come to them.
Thursday, February 28, 2008 Fair Tax: The Mother of All Dumb Ideas (9 comments)
We've all had dumb ideas in our past and I don't exempt myself from this. I once threw Gunk engine degreaser on the floor to degrease it. Just one thing, I forgot to turn off the pilot light on the water heater first. Dumb? Man, that was dumb. After I got the fire put out my boss asked me, "Did you learn anything today?" I slowly shook my head and humbly answered, "Yes, yes I did."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 The Gray Side of the Mirror (3 comments)
The truth lives in the gray side of the mirror, rather than reflect the truth it absorbs it. Rather than accept the truth it absolves it, rather than championing truth it only bears it. The gray side of the mirror is the unpresented side, the side kept in the dark just as we are kept in the dark, shoved between frame and wall, between dark and light. Unasked, unnoticed, unrequited.
Saturday, February 23, 2008 Watching the Dinosaurs Fall (1 comments)
Look now as the mist clears, before us, a brand new shopping development, finished in September 2007 all 14 units stand empty. Five months and not one unit rented, maybe it was the demise of the Ford assembly plant or maybe it was the demise of the Chevrolet assembly plant. Maybe it's the doubling of the price of fuel because government figures explain to us that unemployment has moved almost imperceptibly to a moderate 5%.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 I Think That I Shall Never See
I think that I shall never see
a site as lovely as a tax rebate, for free
A partisan platform based on greed
by giving more to those who don't need
To rescue the economy is not a mistake
but throwing life jackets to those not in the lake?
Monday, February 4, 2008 Double Bubble
When times are good they call for tax cuts for the rich to keep it going, when times are hard tax cuts for the rich will get it moving again. Besides they argue, if you tax the rich they won't have capital to invest to create new jobs! You're punishing the rich for being successful! Excuse me, but speaking for the 300 million that did not enjoy the windfall of the Bush tax cuts
Thursday, January 24, 2008 Refracted Reality
Each person is but a listening post, a look out, taking in messages of perception then evaluating and interpreting them before forwarding them on. We are bombarded by messages such as, you are the lucky ones, you're an American. This is the greatest country in the world, We have a free press, you can say what ever you wish. Any one can grow up to become the President!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Hand Guns and Hard Liquor (2 comments)
My dad would talk to us about the depression and we would ask childish questions. I remember once asking, "Why didn't people just sell some of the stuff they had?" I'm sure your wondering by now, what is he prattling on about? Because, that childish question goes to the heart of the financial crises that we face today.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Dishonest Abe
Years ago as I was studying for my Real Estate license I learned about the law of hotels. As a general rule a hotel benefits a community by anchoring visitors to your area. They buy gas and food and spend money by visiting the local attractions and since as a general rule this is true, many new hotels use public funding to generate their construction capital.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Military Strongman or Hereditary King?
Military strong man or hereditary king? Its so hard to choose, but after Tuesday night's New Hampshire primary I think its time to make the decision. Not that democracy is necessarily a bad choice but the media coverage of it has become so abominable as to throw a kindly light on to the alternatives. CNN's election night coverage with Wolf Blizter should have been called the dental chair with Wolf Blitzer.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 Masjid Al Hedaya and the American Dream
We live inside ourselves, we protect our fortresses from the battlements of our eyes. We carefully discern all who might be allowed to enter into our gates. We forget however, that living inside ourselves will make us not kings but prisoners.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 Managing Myth, Media Manufacturing (3 comments)
The tragic death of Benizeir Bhutto in Rawlipindi Pakistan has moved America's last manufacturing base into high gear. The American President Bush implies that it was Al Queda and Muslim extremists solely responsible, no investigation needed. Fred Thompson part time Republican presidential candidate and full time idiot came out on the day of Bhutto's murder blaming Al Queda an Islamists with no proof what so ever.
Thursday, December 6, 2007 Waiting For the Bus
Any one who has ever waited for a bus knows that gnawing feeling as the time approaches when the bus is due. Then when it fails to show up on time you begin to wonder, was it five minutes early? Did I miss the bus? That flash of fear that runs down your spine into your shoes
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 The Revolutionary That Saved Christmas
Their cities were occupied and their prophecies foretold of a savior who would come with the uncircumcised federation and with light sabers and space fighters to destroy the death star. Just like us in our 21st century boxed chicken broth society they were waiting for a Hollywood savior, a savior their corpulent religious leaders told them that was a coming, now open those checkbooks and show Jesus just how much you love him.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 Welcome To the Machine
This nice friendly benevolent corporation will take this troubled facility off our hands if we will just fix all the problems first. Now before I go any further allow me to mention that our Republican Governor, Sonny Perdue gave Hyundai motors a ten year ten million dollar tax wavier to build a parts facility in South Georgia.
Sunday, November 18, 2007 What Planet Are They Living On? (2 comments)
The administration that has taken the august stock and trade of lying and raised it to such a professional specialty as to humble even other political professionals. The candidates of both parties are humbled at the feet of the master, no matter how hard they try none can climb to that lofty summit. They have destroyed the average liar's pallet, they appear as crayon drawings and scribbles next to the Bush administration's Sta
Sunday, November 4, 2007 Tom Joad Says,
I curse George Orwell for his typical British under statement. That our Big Brother would be faster crueler dumber and more incompetent. But that the media would be far more all encompassing and the prettier she gets the uglier she gets. The truth is but a transient but the lie is a resident.
Sunday, November 4, 2007 The Story Inside the Story
The story in Pakistan is important but the story inside the story is even more important. The story of a military dictator losing power because of his close relationship with George Bush is eclipsed by a complicit compliant self serving self censoring media not unlike the Voelkischer Beobachter of National Socialist Germany.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Not Another Fake News Conference
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino promised reporters yet again that the staged news conference organized on Tuesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would not happen again, and said the White House would never employ such tactics at its own press briefings.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 What Did You Import Today? (2 comments)
They prayed like penitents during the plaque for the holy God the Federal Reserve to save them with a rate cut. It managed only to rescue the stock market for 45 days but then the plaque returned. But God spoke to Moses Bernacke and said don't ask again build an ark and remember the weak dollar is good for the economy. (hint hint)
Sunday, October 21, 2007 The Few, The Proud, Armies of One
Last week the former top US commander in Baghdad Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez described the war in Iraq as "a nightmare with no end in sight". This latest honest and bluntest assessment is just another in a long line coming from the upper echelons of the military's elite officer corps.
Sunday, October 14, 2007 Pointing Out the Monsters among the Sheep (8 comments)
We use that word boot camp to describe such institutions because it is an American term and we are comfortable with it.
In Russia they would call this a reeducation camp or a gulag in Nazi Germany a concentration camp. In Iraq they would call it a terrorist detention facility in Cuba they would call it Guantonomo. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet and a camp by any other name is just as cruel.
Saturday, October 13, 2007 It's a Small World After All
Here we are on this God forsaken mud ball orbiting a second rate sun on a Cul de Sac set off in a back water solar system, light years from the main road of the universe. Perhaps that's why some choose to treat us as if we just fell off the proton truck from Pluto. The belief that we literally don't know the difference between shit and shinola or the difference between impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.
Saturday, September 15, 2007 Under the Hammer
Not far from here is the Thread mill complex, a picturesque three story brick structure adorned with Greek columns and ginger bread trim that for three quarters of a century provided the nation with numberless varieties of thread and twine. Her trimmings spoke of her prosperity, her prosperity brought income to the community.
Today she is a combination-shopping mall and office complex but she speaks to us still
Saturday, September 8, 2007 The Non Americans (8 comments)
How is it that we can be such a stupid society? The Germans fell for a demigod once who promised them pie in the sky but Americans fall for it every seventy years like Haley's comet. That capitalism without control is no different than an alligator pond with the chicken house on the Island in the middle.
Friday, September 7, 2007 The New Pandemic
With all the concern about the many pandemics bird flu, mad cow disease Lyme disease, aids. The rise in childhood asthma caused by air pollution it's not surprising that one would slip through unnoticed especially one that affects brain function. You wouldn't expect someone to go to the office manager and say, "I need to go home I'm feeling stupid today."
Friday, August 17, 2007 The Unraveling
The unraveling has begun. Watching the talking heads the only thing they seem to agree on is the money being pumped in by central banks around the world isn't getting to where it needs to go. That's an easy one -- everyone wants to help the lepers, but no one wants to go do it personally.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 I'm Gonna Get You Sucker
What if just hypothetically, you had spoken out against the government or exposed government corruption. Then you're pulled over by police and they look at your driver license and say, "Yeah that looks like the guy." You are arrested and taken downtown and booked on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Friday, August 10, 2007 No One Told You When to Run
As he plays his round of golf he has time for the intellectual arguments of how unfair it is to tax the rich. How much more appreciative his overseas workers are. And he admires their authoritarian government. He thinks boy, that's what we need here a few more busted skulls and America could be a paradise.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 The Polar War (1 comments)
But now they are caught in the teeth of their own lie's, Canada, Russia and Denmark are staking claims to the mineral resources found along their new coastlines in the Arctic Ocean. Once known as the polar ice cap, Canada is building new port facilities to serve the future year round ocean freight traffic. Russia and Canada are both increasing their naval presence but navies are not needed if there's nothing of value to guard.
Saturday, July 28, 2007 Debushification
July 20th is a holiday of sorts in Germany, a day of remembrance of the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. This is not a Fourth of July type of holiday it is more akin to Veterans Day, a day of reflection and atonement. These weren't George Washington or Thomas Jefferson type heroes but they were patriot's still.
Thursday, July 26, 2007 This Is CNN (5 comments)
For years the melodic baritone voice of James Earl Jones would announce, this is CNN. I guess he lost that gig after becoming the voice of Darth Vader. I see the symmetry but I guess CNN doesn't. The brain child of Ted Turner, that in it's adolescence won awards for it's coverage of the first gulf war but has in adulthood become a fat indolent Homer Simpson sitting on the couch with Duff in hand.
Sunday, July 22, 2007 Who Are These? That Call Themselves Democrats (1 comments)
Between dispelling fear and sowing fear between the certainty of firm beliefs and assumptions and gut feelings. The speech given by Roosevelt is the Magna Carta of modern liberalism and the founding document for the New Deal and the modern Democratic Party. How was it received? It was received with out comment, posted on the two top Democratic websites in the country and viewed hundreds of times without one word of comment.
Saturday, July 21, 2007 What A Nice Man (2 comments)
My mother told me when I was a little boy: good character could never be taken away by others, that only I alone could damage or destroy it. Mother was right of course. Mothers always are about such things as this. She should know. She was raised by a giant of a man -- all five foot six of him. Her mother died when she was nine leaving my uncle to raise her and five other brothers and sisters.
Friday, July 20, 2007 We The Legacy
Still the media persist, George W. Bush is worried about his legacy. An outrageous, asinine and insulting premise even from a craven subservient slobbering media. Does a six year old throwing a temper tantrum in Toys R Us worry about his legacy? No! He wants the damn toy that's all period, that's George W. Bush's legacy and as usual the media is looking the wrong way. Over here fellas, We are George W. Bush's legacy.
Friday, July 13, 2007 How Rich Are You? (1 comments)
So just how rich are you? Are you doctor or lawyer rich? Are you CEO rich? Or perhaps pro athlete rich? Or maybe you're just a poor shlub like me just an average Joe with an average income. The average is $46,000 but that's for all families, if you refine it even more to traditional family average is $57,000
Saturday, June 30, 2007 The Wal-Mart Declaration (1 comments)
We live under the thumb of a mad mad man, murderous, wantonly barbaric without any redeeming faculties. Claiming on the one hand to have the ear of God while attempting with his other hand to play God.
Monday, June 18, 2007 You're Just Too Nice
Enter the thing that won't go away the zombie immigration reform bill. A smiling George Bush says, "This is a good bill don't be a racist come on support it! My good pal Ted Kennedy supports it." I'm smelling army recruiter here, why is the Democratically controlled house and Senate are so interested in helping the President?
Saturday, June 16, 2007 The New Slavery (9 comments)
Globalism is but a synonym for slavery, the hunt for the cheapest workforce on the planet, so how could the inevitable outcome of slavery be a surprise to anyone? The corporate master doling out bread in a reverse auction of labor, no different from the Incas or the middle evil serf.
Monday, June 4, 2007 The Recipe for Debate Du Jour
As with any recipe the use of quality ingredients will have a direct result on your outcome. Start with half a dozen or so canned and homogenized candidates, making sure that each candidate is so full of themselves as to exude confidence. Then in a well-greased and corporately funded cable news network place the candidates in the media-mixing bowl.
Sunday, May 27, 2007 The Case For Insanity (5 comments)
We bandy around the word insane, we call those who disagree with use crazy. We have a stereotyped image of a crazy person cowering in a fetal position gibbering incoherently. But mental illness and insanity are real, and at the highest levels of government are more than just debilitating they are threatening for the peaceful existence of the planet it's self.
Sunday, May 27, 2007 Of Men, Presidents and Jackasses
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their entrances and their exits:" Old Will Shakespeare knew his stuff, why that line alone is worth the price of admission. Now if you couple that with the famous Mark Twain quote, "Man is the most amazing Jack ass" you have a workable foundation for a philosophy of life and an insight into the mechanics of the world.
Friday, May 11, 2007 The Flat Tax is Flat Stupid (6 comments)
Maybe a better name would be the Paris Hilton tax relief act. If you were Paris Hilton this program is the greatest idea since the coke spoon but if you work for a living and voluntarily spend 100% of it trying to stay alive this is the worst idea since jalapeno hemorrhoid cream
Friday, May 4, 2007 Seeking Refugee Status or, Lenny Bruce Was a Conservative (1 comments)
Our own individual Katrina's as the economic floodwaters crash over the walls as we float towards the debt ceiling looking for the rescue boats of decent paying jobs. We don't care about whole cities so why should we care about you as individuals?
Sunday, April 29, 2007 The Courage to Say Me Too!
Now in a move that appears to me anyway reminiscent of Springfield's mayor Diamond Joe Kwimbey John Kerry and his wife Teresa have come out with their own book on the environment. Oh please, or as Diamond Joe would say, "Let the err a word go forth to a err a new generation that I too have written a book err a about the err environment.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 Grimm Fairy Tales; Why are Print Media Dying? They Deserve to! (1 comments)
The newspaper industry scrambles as readership declines and as luck would have it I have made a study of why readership is on the wane. I have discovered a very simple answer, they don't tell the truth! If I want fantasy I'll read Harry Potter. Sometimes they'll tell a little truth or part of the truth and sometimes just a flat out lie to keep from telling any part of the truth.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Failed States, the Coming Mexican Revolution (3 comments)
The surrealism of a government that builds a wall at the same time it opens a highway gives one pause. The insanity of destroying the economy of your neighbor's country and then to strut along obliviously thinking that it won't affect your own.
Thursday, April 12, 2007 Tales From Bizarro World or the Sound of One Hand Clapping (1 comments)
We are unquestionably living in Bizarro world, the world is literally turned upside down, grass eat cows fish catch fisherman you get fired for doing a good job as you are supposed to do it. You get promoted by being corrupt and using your office as an attack wing of the party.
Friday, March 23, 2007 Hammer Time
I accept that I'm not the best businessman in the world, and silly me I keep thinking of silly non-essential details like 2.1 million homes foreclosed with an average of four family members each is 8.4 million people out in the street! A population larger than many states in this country is losing or will lose their home in the next twelve months.
Saturday, March 17, 2007 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Garbage In Garbage Out (1 comments)
It is entirely possible he is guilty of every charge but without a fair trial and with the use of torture the plaintiff has the benefit of the doubt. Under torture he would confess to making the Yankee's lose the World Series to the Red Sox or that it was he that leaked Valerie Plame's name to Robert Novak.