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Some 45 years ago I became aware of the fact that the government of The United States was trying to kill me. I wasn't paranoid or anything. I mean I knew the government wasn't out to kill me personally. They just wanted to kill as many Vietnamese people as they could. And if it took killing tens of thousands of Americans to do it ... well, that's policy, not paranoia.
Since then I've been leery of, and tried to keep track of, my government's "policies." The truly horrendous ones, like the Vietnam War, were based on lies.
When I was a five years old, in my neighborhood in the yard of the house at the end of the block, lived a big mean ol' German Shepherd named Rex. Every time I walked by, Rex would be at the end of his rope, furiously barking and snarling, straining to murder. One day I walked by and noticed Rex's rope had broken, and there he was ... right in front of me ... free ... and growling.
The government's rope was seriously frayed when Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office, and completely snapped when The Supreme Court installed George W. Bush as president.
In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., " the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government" -- today roams the globe free and unfettered.
Monday, June 20, 2016(9 comments)
We Will Never Get What We Want or ... The House Always Wins
We voted for Al Gore and he won. But 6 million of our votes were stolen and we got four years of George Bush. Then we voted for John Kerry and he won. But 10 million votes were stolen and we got four more years of George Bush. And now we have voted for Bernie but were ripped off once again.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016(4 comments)
What's the Signpost Up Ahead?
Donald and Hillary are committed to enriching themselves and their 1% pals at the expense of the entire world, as well as making war anywhere in the world to make money and garner more power. Since I'm slightly smarter than a head of kale I don't think it is wise to vote for either one of them.
Friday, April 29, 2016(10 comments)
God (or whoever) Bless You Mr. Vonnegut
I plan to re-read more of Kurt Vonnegut's books. Cat's Cradle, Player Piano, and Breakfast of Champions are at the top of the list. But reading too much of Vonnegut, for me, leads to melancholy. It's when I hold up one of his books next to reality -- and see they are exactly the same. And as Vonnegut wrote many times -- so it goes.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016(3 comments)
I'm not on Drugs ... Maybe I'm Dreaming
All the nightmarish components are coalescing. Slowly -- slowly -- we seem inexorably drawn towards exactly where we don't want to be. Warnings have zero impact. Every ignominious action that would crash and burn a candidate in prior campaigns propels Trump poll numbers higher.
Friday, March 4, 2016(1 comments)
The Amazing Criswell Predicts -- More Trumpety-trump-trump-trump
The cash dropped during the primaries is chump change compared to the deluge that happens between the conventions and Election day. The script written last year had Jeb(!) winning the nomination as the other contenders happily deposited their consolation prize money into offshore accounts. But that script got tossed in the trash when Trump threw his Make America Great Again cap into the ring.
Sunday, February 28, 2016(6 comments)
Doubling Down on the Crazy
I obviously have no idea what's going to happen after the votes are counted on election night. And my imagination has proven time and time again that it is not my best friend. But I just can't see millions and millions of unimaginably frustrated and crazed Republican Trumpsters going home and getting back on their meds. I think they're going to take In-Your-Face-Crazy to the next level into the stratosphere.
Friday, January 29, 2016(4 comments)
Following in the footsteps of Victor Frankenstein
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Fox News. Twenty years of feeding and nurturing its audience with lies and distortions has created a monster that has slipped its leash, overthrown its creators, and freely roams the countryside. It's blind, it can talk, and it loves death. What could possibly go wrong?
Thursday, December 3, 2015(2 comments)
Bad Horror Movie
All the Republican hopefuls -- All Of Them -- are fascists. Who cares which one crawls out to claim the nomination prize? On the Democratic side the best thing I can say about Hillary Clinton is she says that she's not a Fascist anymore. This somehow is not comforting.
Thursday, October 29, 2015(3 comments)
We might be aghast at what is happening, but isn't it far worse somehow that we have even reached this place where it is happening at all? Did we all sleepwalk up to the precipice? Is this the inevitable destination for those who dream with their eyes wide open? Myths are dreams a country has about itself.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Televised Tinnitus
The activist movement, Black Lives Matter, began in July 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It is a movement the people had to create, because left to its own devices, the Dominant Culture and its Police State, are not concerned with body counts.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015(1 comments)
The Ghosts in the Clock
Opposition to the status quo is met with increased intolerance and lethal violence. Do we remember having walked down this path before? Do we remember the lies we have been told so often? Do we remember how the churches, and the politicians, and the media of The Dominant Culture have been completely wrong about the reasons why we must now have war? Again?
Tuesday, August 11, 2015(1 comments)
The Living Dead
Republicans who shambled onstage for their first debate laboriously memorized their lines fed to them by their billionaire backers. The audience in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and those watching at home, reacted to the dripping red meat of xenophobia, racism, and homophobia thrown to them by the "debaters." Whoever garnered the loudest screams for more blood "Trumped" a win.
Friday, July 24, 2015(2 comments)
Living as we do in the belly of the beast, Fascism is virtually invisible until we tear our eyes away from our phones and TV sets long enough to get our bearings. The symptoms, however, are everywhere. The front page of any newspaper has at least one article about the footprints of the rough beast slouching towards Anywhere USA.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015(6 comments)
It's Happy-Time Again ... And it's Awesome!
I can no more turn off the computer, or stop watching movies in HD, as anyone else can ditch their smartphones. We're hooked Good and Proper. We are the willing participants in a profoundly sick society. Who cares who wins the presidency when we can't even figure out how to put our toys away?
Thursday, February 12, 2015(3 comments)
Do You Believe This For a Second?
The gasbags talk about The Culture War. There is no culture war. There isn't even a war. The evolutionarily familiar human beings are driven on a cellular level to acquire and consume everything. They don't have on "off" switch. There's no such thing as ... Enough. There is only ... More.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014(3 comments)
Greetings From Planet VeeGah
The most prestigious scientific body in the United States concluded that the only safe intake of trans fats is ... zero. Seems pretty straightforward, doesn't it? And we're not just talking about the risk of heart disease when it comes to trans fats. A 2013 study from Vanderbilt University suggests a diet with trans fatty acids may contribute to death from any cause. Except if you're hit by a truck.
Monday, October 27, 2014(12 comments)
This Is Worse Than That
We don't have to vote then hope for change. We don't have to march in protest. We don't have to stand by and let the oligarchs dictate our future. We don't need to wait for an election or a revolution. We can slow global climate change. We can. All we have to do is change what we eat. All we have to do is start.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014(3 comments)
The Clown Behind the Monster is a Monster
The day may come when the cogs of the American Death Machine are brought into a courtroom and transformed back into human beings. It is imperative for this to happen. Because if it does not come to pass ... we shall continue to be ruled by -- and ourselves become -- monsters.
Friday, September 12, 2014(6 comments)
By My Clock It's Always 9/11
John Kennedy was murdered over 50 years ago. Planes crashed into The Twin Towers and The Pentagon 13 years ago. Those things happened, we were never told the truth about them, so they stay unquiet in the dark. We Know Enough. And we all know what the next question is: Do we have the courage to ask it?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014(9 comments)
Postcard From Another World
How does a country go collectively nuts? It's easy. All you have to do is lie to the people. And keep lying to them. Day in. Day out. Forever. It's not Talking Truth to Power. It's talking Truth to Knuckleheads. And it can't be done. Facts bounce off the skulls of insanity-induced dumbasses. You might just as well try hunting for grizzly bears or wild boars with BB guns.
Monday, July 7, 2014(2 comments)
Where Did All The Dumbasses Come From?
We don't have many options left. I think it's about time we turn to the people we entrust our children to five days a week, nine months out of the year, and ask them what they need ... and then make sure they get it.
Monday, June 30, 2014(4 comments)
For a couple of weeks now the people who should have been tried and imprisoned for war crimes are back retelling their history-distorting lies to all the vacuous dolts who keep putting these beasts in front of television cameras. I don't know how long it takes to train oneself to sound like a Reasonable Man. But once mastered ... it's possible to carve out a lucrative career in the service of evil.
Thursday, May 8, 2014(6 comments)
All is not lost. All we have to do is rapidly build militant mass movements, overthrow corporate tyranny, and break the back of the two-party duopoly that is the mask of corporate power. Check and double check. Whew! I thought we were in trouble there for a minute.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014(31 comments)
Like the Map at the Mall Says ... You Are Here
On April 24, the FDA's long-awaited deeming regulations regarding electronic cigarettes were released. It took two and a half years for the FDA to come up with these regulations. The public comment period will last only 75 days. Soon there will be much activity by e-cig users, vendors et al, to extend the comment period. There will be petitions to sign and letters sent to members of congress.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014(13 comments)
Roy Orbison was Right
I've been sliding back and forth, in and out of psychosis for almost 14 years. It started back in December 2000 when The Supreme Court shattered The United States by installing George W. Bush as president, and ever since then I've been trying to figure out what it would take to put it back together again. Sometimes I think something could actually be done. During these times I am completely delusional.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014(5 comments)
Fox News isn't designed for us the same way the Nigerian Bank Scam isn't designed for us. We're not the target Fox News goes trolling for. But someone with zero sense of history, and no idea why a record number of households are getting food stamps, could easily be convinced by five "experts" on Fox News relentlessly yelling the incorrect answers. An ignorant viewer would naturally conform and embrace the lies.
Thursday, March 6, 2014(1 comments)
The "Monster Rules"
Each and every day, crazy stupid people -- usually Republicans -- or Republicans and Democrats, endorse some steaming pile of lunacy that is designed to diminish the lives of the hapless citizens of the United States. They took food from the mouths of poor people over the last holiday season with perfect sociopathic timing.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Lex Luthor INC.
We used to have a moderately responsive government, a watchdog press that actually worked every once in awhile, but that was before the corporate Lex Luthors literally bought the media, and the government, and paid off the hired help. Y'see the problem is we're surrounded by Lex Luthors ... but we ain't got no Superman.
Monday, January 20, 2014(2 comments)
Eventually We Always End Up At The Same Place
The promotion and use of electronic cigarettes obviously could cut a big slice out of the profit pie of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma's stop smoking products, and the government would lose out on all those wonderful "sin tax" dollars. It's in the Government-Corporate interest to spread lies about e-cigs. There's too much money involved to do something as absurd as tell the truth ... regardless of how many lives could be saved.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013(4 comments)
The Flag Remains The Same
The President of The United States has boasted, "I'm really good at killing people." How does that jibe with the notion that America is the land of the free and home of the brave? Is it just too damned scary to admit to ourselves that the government, supposedly of, by, and for the people, is completely out of our control?
Thursday, November 21, 2013(4 comments)
Touch of Evil
What's leading and bleeding on the Nightly News? As far as I can tell the volume needle is pinned and the Republicans I knew are probably all shambling around the fire ... again. I don't know for sure because I've moved away from all the Republicans I knew. I just couldn't stand to look into their cold, black, mirthless eyes anymore. It's too depressing to imagine what it would be like to believe what they believe.
Thursday, November 7, 2013(3 comments)
Mystery in the Mega-mart
When the bad guys have unimaginably deep pockets, there's no way we can outspend them to refute their lies. For that kind of protection we would need Real Journalists to take our side against the corporatocracy. But in these strange and terrible times ... We seem to be fresh out of Real Journalists. Journalism these days is not on our side.
Friday, November 1, 2013(11 comments)
An Evening with ... Anonymous
We're up to our eyeballs with Right-Wing Demagogues. We've got the Tea Party infesting the Senate with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, and with Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, and Pete King in the House. Left Wing demagogues don't exist today, nor have they existed in the U.S. over last century. But Right Wing demagogues have been around for years.
Monday, October 14, 2013(6 comments)
Too Stupid To Live
The aim of the Elite is to use the dumbasses to bring the country to the brink and then use the ensuing panic to strip away the social safety nets in a Grand Bargain where heads they win -- tails we lose. And the dumbasses are going to lose, as Dick Cheney would say, Big Time. For next year's Darwin Award, I nominate The United States of America.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Socio-Political Earthquakes
Over the last 12 years scores of credible sources have raised enough questions about The government's "official story" to render it unbelievable. What I do believe is anyone capable of committing the supreme international crime, a war of aggression, is capable of anything.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013(1 comments)
The architects of these war crimes, the instigators of the supreme international crime, a war of aggression, are now highly paid keynote speakers; they write books, and regularly appear on network news programs for their expertise and commentary. Chelsea Manning, on the other hand, has been sentenced to serve 35 years in a military prison.
Friday, August 23, 2013(2 comments)
Happy Anniversary To Us!
A health care system designed to make a profit from pain and sickness is a health care system designed by psychopaths. You know the propaganda has taken hold when FOX viewers, who would be bankrupted by a medical catastrophe, parrot the FOX mouthpieces and decry the evils of a single-payer health care system.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 Springtime in Santa Barbara
I don't know anything about being oppressed. I might have a shred of a glimmer of an idea about it though. But I have to use my imagination ... y'know ... make stuff up. I have to take those two isolated instances and extrapolate them, stretch them out over a lifetime, and imagine decades of that kind of treatment. And y'know what? I can't imagine what my life would be like.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Nothing Bad Happens in This Story
Newly liberated countries used the American First and Second Bill of Rights as the foundation of their democracies. The transition was peaceful because for the first time in modern history it was inarguably true that there was more money to be made pursuing peace than war.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013(1 comments)
Forward ... Into the Past
Greed, insanity, and denial keep rapacious capitalism going full steam ahead. The leaders at the front are greedy and insane. Their minions are simply insane. And both groups, along with just about everybody else, is in denial. Economist Herbert Stein said if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. There is no reason do to anything to make the unsustainable thing stop because it will stop of its own accord.
Friday, May 24, 2013(2 comments)
I've Heard of Denial ... But I Don't Think It Exists
Our "Hope and Change" guy and the rest of Congress are behaving like a bunch of spoiled aging children playing stupid one-upmanship "gotcha" games with each other instead of doing anything useful. We cruised past the Carbon Dioxide 400 parts per million threshold on May 13. If we continue with business as usual, we will cross the 450 parts per million limit in a couple of decades.
Monday, May 13, 2013 Hitchhiking Across the Plain of Megiddo
We know it's stupid to damage the resources we depend on to survive. We would all agree not to poison the air, water, or land. We won't poison our food. If or when we find out that some of the things we do harms the environment ... we don't "regulate" those activities ... we stop doing them.
Friday, April 26, 2013(3 comments)
The Frog and the Scorpion
Do we even notice the scorpion on our back as we frog-kick across the water towards PlayLand? When we eventually feel the fatal sting, we'll turn and see the Dominant Culture sinking with us. We could ask, "Why? Everything you have done is killing us all." And the scorpion (who in my movie looks a lot like Dick Cheney) replies, "I couldn't help it. It's my nature. What part of Capitalism didn't you understand?"
Tuesday, March 26, 2013(3 comments)
Here Comes Jeebus Cottontail
Cecil B. Demille's 1956, 220-minute long, The Ten Commandments, is one of my top contenders for the craziest movie of all time. In today's dollars it cost well over 100 million to produce. The Moses Myth is presented in glorious Technicolor and stars Charleton Heston as The Man With The Plan.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 A History of Shock and Awe
On this 10th anniversary, our politicians and pundit-crats are asking us, "Was the Iraq War worth it?" Do these sub-humans want us to file away the Iraq War in our memory banks as if an eight-year-long crime against humanity was some kind of bad investment!? What sort of morally degenerate cretin looks upon the dead, the wounded, and the mentally scarred, and asks if the war was "worth it"?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013(1 comments)
Ludovico Technique -- American Style
All Republicans (including Obama), Obama-supporting Democrats, and Lunatic Christians all trigger my gag reflex. It seems like everybody in Washington DC, and in way too many crazy hot pockets across the country, are single-mindedly trying to rip the country apart brick by brick, blow up the foundation, and make the gaping country-wide hole a sea-to-shining sea manure lagoon.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013(1 comments)
The Persistence of Memory
It's not necessary to fire the guy on the soapbox. That's too messy and public. If you own the soapbox ... you just pull it from under him and give it to somebody else. Preferably to someone who has memorized sports statistics. And another avenue of information is gone. Just ask Dan Rather.
Friday, January 11, 2013(3 comments)
In These Days of Elmer Gantry
Sometimes dreams don't come true. Let me rephrase that. Dreams spun by con men never come true. They're not in the Dream Fulfillment business. They're in the separating you from your money business. And they're really good at it. The fact that they're all psychopaths gives them an almost unbeatable edge when it comes to dealing with normal human beings.
Friday, January 4, 2013(5 comments)
A Modest Proposal -- Take Two
This isn't about politics anymore ... it's about survival. We can't allow a bunch of bible-thumping morons to influence the decisions about what to do about Global Climate Change. We can't allow these dupes of the corporatocracy to interfere anymore. We've got to tell them to shut the hell up and go sit in the corner until the adults figure out what to do.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 A Confederacy of Dunces (with apologies to John Kennedy Toole for stealing his title)
The day before we unwittingly walked into a church, children were slaughtered in an elementary school in Connecticut. Since that horrible day, Stupid People and the Media Goon Squad have blamed the tragedy on video games, liberals, the removal of God from the schools, and the fact that the school's principal wasn't armed and ready to return fire.
Monday, September 17, 2012(3 comments)
Morons With Movie Cameras
The cast of Innocence of Muslims memorized lines, dressed up in costumes, stood in front of a green screen so the "desert" could be added later, and repeated their lines in front of a video camera. And we're being led to believe that 14 minutes of that crap uploaded onto YouTube made Muslim countries explode. That's Insane.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012(1 comments)
This Was The Year That Was ... Great
The deranged Republican message is to steadfastly ignore what Romney and Ryan have done and vilify Obama for things he has never done. The Democrats on the other hand are focusing on what Romney and Ryan actually have done and said but ignoring the evil Obama has done. Since the Democrats are only half lying they claim the moral high ground.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Irrelevant But Not Meaningless
I won't vote for Barack Obama. I can't vote for Barack Obama. And it's not because he's not liberal enough for me. I gave up on the idea of a progressive president before I was old enough to vote. No ... the reason I won't vote for Obama is because he's just slightly less murderous than George W. Bush. And a man with bloody hands doesn't have our best interests at heart.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012(2 comments)
I Scared Gore Vidal
Maybe he saw some wild-eyed long-haired freak in a leather jacket running pell-mell straight for him down a long dark deserted hallway. The faint but perceptible bourbon-scented cloud enshrouding said wild-eyed long-haired freak in a leather jacket probably didn't help Vidal's piece of mind either. That's how I briefly met one of the best writers of all time. Rest in Peace Mr. Vidal. I'm sorry I scared you.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 My Vote is Worth Something ...
Our Democratic Republic isn't just broken ... it's smashed into a fine powder. If the handle of your favorite coffee mug snaps off, you can crazy glue it back on and use it tomorrow. But you can't crazy glue powder together and end up with anything that looked and functioned like your old coffee mug. Best sweep it up and throw it away.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 I Thought My Grandfather Was Dead
If my grandfather were alive, he would have watched Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally in 2010. Now I hear the tenets of the twisted Christianity he adhered to coming out of Rick Santorum's mouth. My grandfather's dead but his place has been filled by someone else who wants to take the country back.
Friday, February 17, 2012(3 comments)
That Don't Make No Sense
Have you ever watched a FOX News program from start to finish? I can't. I tried a couple of times to watch Bill O'Reilly, or Glen Beck when he was on, but I could never make it to the first commercial break. It hurt my head too much. Ten minutes of FOX and I'm yelling at my television in pain and outrage.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012(1 comments)
Up a Lazy River
Stolen elections? No problem. Another War Crime? Forget about it. Mythical "terrorists" blow up a couple skyscrapers and the Pentagon? Go Shopping. A Democratic president signs off on Fascism? It's not really as bad as all that. 150 to 200 species go extinct on planet Earth every day? I'm sure "they'll" think of something.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Kookoo for Cocoa Puffs
We're screwed if we keep wasting time talking about politics as if it means something to the 99%. We're screwed as long as we don't talk about what we really can do to go in a different direction.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012(3 comments)
Even Hate My Rock and Roll
I don't know what it's like to banter with a war criminal for a paycheck. I can't imagine sitting across from Rice, or for that matter, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, or Dick Cheney, unless we're in all in a court room.