The March 2011 issue of the Free Venice Beachhead has a lead story that tells about "Blue Bus Patty" who came to the Venice area when she was 19, and 35 years later returned to her native state of New Jersey when a local Los Angeles politician used his influence to get the homeless out of the Venice Beach area. Who among us cannot see that the principles of Christ clearly are in peril when xenophobia can motivate a return to the level of charity in America that was the backdrop for John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" achievement in literature? Change? Only the bumper sticker slogans have been changed to protect the self-esteem of the politicians' heartless efforts to use the situation for their own political advantage. It seems like the concept of Christian Charity has done a meltdown in America (again).
Newt Gingrich has taken the Republican concept of screwing the citizens for ostensibly patriotic reasons to a new level of absurdity. Patriotic adultery? Contemporary American Culture seems unquestioningly willing to embrace that illogical example of rationalization from a Republican who is offering himself as a contender for his party's nominee for President. The compassionate conservative Christians were ready to impeach Clinton, but now seem willing to embrace Newt. Isn't that very convenient for the Newtster? Will Newt spark a revival of the swing parties as a way of manifesting a surplus of Patriotic national pride? (If he does -- will super patriotic hot babes be desperate enough to e-mail their kinky needs to an understanding columnist from "across the aisle"?) Did Newt ask ladies to wear only a flag while the sound system played Randy (nudge nudge wink wink) Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On"?
Who is the greater patriot: Newt Gingrich, Larry Flynt, or Hugh Hefner?
Has any well-known member of the Clergy called out Newt for this ridiculous blatant example of rationalization or do they just go into meltdown when a Republican gives American youth the green light to go to the red light district style of behavior? Did Oral Roberts condemn Newt? (How did he get that odd first name?)
Speaking of meltdowns, aren't the folks who are speculating about the disaster potential of the nuclear facilities in Japan, scientists? Why is the Fox Comedy Cable Network (How does one pronounce: FCCN?) willing to give the scientists air time when it comes to an atomic meltdown but not about the melting of the polar ice caps?
Why did America ignore the charity needs of Australia after recent floods and fires in that country and then immediately rush ships to help Japan? Which one of those two countries was fighting alongside America during WWII and which wasn't? Why wasn't help offered to America's strongest ally country? Can anyone explain why a former enemy deserves more assistance than a country that has always answered America's call for wartime assistance?
Did the union movement experience a meltdown in Wisconsin?
Did the hopes of Democrats for leadership from Barry meltdown this week? Is Barry's legacy melting down at a geometrically progression way?
Isn't what happened in Wisconsin the political equivalent of the War Crimes Commission by a certain military group that invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, because of the evidence that Poland had military weapons and needed to be invaded to be disarmed?
Is it a war crime for a military to destroy civilian lives but okay for politicians to ruin the lives of their working constituents? If so, how is it different?
Isn't it a pretty picture to see Barry sitting on the sidelines and shrugging his shoulders at the (registered Democratic Party) union members' anguish and nonchalantly accepting the prospect of being a one-term wonder in the history books? Makes one wonder if there was a quid pro quo agreement between Barry and Karl Rove of the "we'll make you the first (and last?) American President of Pan-African heritage in return for folding on certain issues when we give you the signal!"?
America's Party of Warmongers will never see a potential quagmire they don't love, so we can expect Barry's handlers to have him green-light a temporary intervention in Libya.
Which brings us to yet another meltdown: Why does some happy-go-lucky Irish heritage blogger have to be the one to point out (in relative obscurity) things that a genuine free press should be blaring in big headlines? Where is the Media Outrage? Where are the Media's brutally honest assessments of all these disgraceful hypocrisies?
Speaking of keeping a muzzle on things, how is the writers' strike going at one well-known aggregate online site? I have refused to "cross the picket line" and click on that site until I get news of a strike settlement. If it is ever over, would someone please post a comment about that? It is my assessment that the strike (like the one at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner) will never be settled by negotiations or mediation. (Didn't Ralph Kramden tell his wife -- "Don't aggregate me, Alice; or POW! To the moon!"?)
If someone mouths liberal platitudes and then treats the workers like indentured slaves, what political philosophy would you ascribe to that kind of management?
In the Book of Proverbs (27:7) it is written: "To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet." Does anyone deny that the Republicans are hungry for sex, money, and power? That might explain why they think invading Iraq, torture, and evicting the homeless from Venice California is sweet.
Now the disk jockey will play Barry Manilow's "Mandy," Len Barry's "1-2-3," and Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction." I have to go buy some more Girl Scout cookies on my way to a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Have a "Patriotism makes me want to f*** people" type week.