Going Totally ******* Insane is not usually considered an option for rational sane people, so when an adult cracks under the strain of living, it is usually others who notice the change. Initially a member of society can qualify for the use of adjectives such as madcap, eccentric, or edgy, but then there comes a day when a man sees his wife dive into the fountain near a famous New York City Hotel and he has to begin thinking of getting help for her with or without her consent.
Back during the Clinton era, the New York Times published a column (by William Safire?) that framed the challenge in the Middle East as a need to "out crazy the crazies." The premise was that if folks like Saddam Hussein were crazy, it would take a totally nuts United States foreign policy to get their attention and instill a measure of fear in them.
If you listen to Mike Malloy's radio program regularly, he makes it sound like the Republican Party's agenda for the new Congress has been scripted by Andre Breton or Anton LaVey.
Teabaggers, beauty queens, and war criminals have become ingredients in the contemporary American Political scene and the chance to turn back to a more normal course may be as impossible to contemplate as is a chance for Charlie Manson to be freed on parole.
Der Stern and Der Spiegel weekly news magazines watched Germany slide into madness many years ago. Their colleagues at Time and Newsweek tried to provide a more fair and balanced approach to assessing the Third Reich's Foreign Policy but the news magazines being published in Germany were too close to the source to see the overall picture clearly.
Recently Der Spiegel has asserted that the United States may be in decline. Time and Newsweek don't seem to be very ready to second the motion. Is it time to use the "turnabout is fair play" axiom?
Some of the best examples of the film noir genre use amnesia as a way to tell a story about an innocent man who has to convince the world that he didn't commit some heinous crime. Could it be that the United States is facing a similar situation regarding the implications being made by Julian Assange? Maybe while seeing portions of this year's Noir City Film Festival, in San Francisco, this columnist will be able to produce a column which proves to the world that Bush was a good ole boy and that Assange is a fiend plotting to besmirch the Bush family's reputation?
When Senator Ed Muskie cried during a quest to become the Democratic Presidential Candidate, it proved he was emotionally unstable and disqualified him from running. When the orange man, who is after the Vice President in the line of succession, cries it just shows his softer side.
In a country where people are hungry, how much food is thrown away every day?
In a country full of empty foreclosed homes, how many people are homeless?
Have you seen the news item reporting that South Carolina is considering selling special auto license plates for Coon Hunters?
What Republican recently said that the poor are spoiling America for the Rich?
In a country that features separate branches of government, the Conservative majority Supreme Court decided to hand the Presidency to a Republican.
Doesn't American exceptionalism really mean that everyone should pay taxes, except the very rich.
When a small group that included 15 Saudi citizens attacked the World Trade Center, the US retaliated by invading Afghanistan and Iraq.
Germany was guilty of war crimes for using waterboarding. The Supreme Court of Germany rejected electronic voting machines because they were too vulnerable to unscrupulous manipulation. In the US those voting machines are in wide use and no one has been indicted for a single war crime.