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I who am I? Born at the pinnacle of American prosperity to parents raised during the last great depression. I was the youngest child of the youngest children born almost between the generations and that in fact clouds and obscures who it is that I am really.
Given a front row seat for the generation of the 1960's I lived in Chicago in 1960. My father was a Democratic precinct captain, my mother an election judge. His father had been a Union organizer and had been beaten and jailed for his efforts. His first time in jail was for punching a Ku Klux Klansman during a parade in the 1930's. I never felt as if I was raised in a family of activists but seeing it print makes me think, yes. That is a part of who I am.
We find ourselves today living in a world treed by the hounds of madness, a complicit media covering contrite parties. Multilevel media, giving more access to communication yet stunting actual communication. More noise, less voice, more sound less music, more law less justice, more medicine less life.
Are You a Nazi?
The normalization of brutality, the slow steady drip of media which advocates rather than reports. The creating of good guys and bad guys and good guys are always good and bad guys are always bad. Always trying to take something away from us, enemies always trying to ruin our fun. Take our jobs and cheat us out of our money. They don't look like us, they dress in funny clothes.
Sunday, January 22, 2017(1 comments)
Bury Your Rifle
From the grassy knowle to the wreckage of the twin towers, the plan comes together. An attorney General, unfit to be a judge. A Martin Boreman type, if ever there was one. A clever organizer, a strict functionary, greasing the wheels of injustice,
Saturday, December 31, 2016(1 comments)
Playing Monopoly with the World
Mrs. Clinton and her husband raked in millions from Wall Street. She refused to release the transcripts of her speeches. Do you suppose the tens of millions who lost homes, jobs and families in the crash of 2008, were okay with that? Remember those" "Basement dwellers?" Well, guess who helped to put them in the basement?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016(32 comments)
The Case for Revolution
NAFTA, GATT & the WTO are the foundation stones of Neoliberalism. These alone, by themselves make the case for Revolution valid. Neoliberalism is a fancy intellectual term for fascism. Under Neoliberalism there is only one right granted to humanity. That right is the ownership of property. Free speech, freedom of assembly, even equality under law"all make believe.
Saturday, August 6, 2016(18 comments)
A Picture of Guernica
Of wars of nebulous and distant causes, smokey and imaginary. A war of resource conquest, no differently than Germany invaded Poland. The policy of we can, because nobody can stop us, is in force. Hillary Clinton, as a Senator, whole heartedly supported it. As Secretary of State, she encouraged it. As President, she'll instigate it. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for authoritarian war.
Saturday, July 30, 2016(10 comments)
Lines in the Sky
Yesterday, I saw the lines in the sky again. I'd always heard about them, but had never actually seen them myself, until this Spring. I had seen the Facebook Meme's, of course, about mind control and the dumbing down the populace. I never put much stock in any such wild theories. First, this is Ohio, why the overkill?
Sunday, October 11, 2015(1 comments)
The Rube Goldberg Machine
The development of the automobile was a simple progression of technology. There's nothing wrong with the idea, but what happens when the tool controls the operator, when the tool becomes the master and the primary source of our nation's maladies?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015(1 comments)
The Capitalism Test
The US Congress recently voted to remove country of origin requirements from beef and poultry. Some would say it was just needless government regulation, others would answer, it's a sign that the meat packing industry will soon be evacuating the American landscape. Just like the auto industry, the steel industry and the electronics industry before.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015(2 comments)
Living in the Clouds
You see, Rocket Man isn't the only one flying in the clouds. Do you know what they would call an African-American Superhero in the United States? Dead Man! The scene opens as terrorists have taken over a subway train. As the train emerges, speeding from a tunnel, Afro Man in grey tights flies to the rescue, saving the train from careening off of an overpass. A woman in the crowd below shouts, "He's stealing that train!
Friday, June 26, 2015
It was somewhere near the beginning of 1930 when Bonnie Parker first set eyes on Clyde Barrow in a romanticized version of love at first sight. Bonnie was married, but separated from her husband. She was an out-of-work seamstress; Clyde had been born poor and didn't know any different. He'd first been arrested at seventeen and sent to prison at twenty.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Shiny Pretty Things
Orwell was dead on the button, you know? Describing a mass surveillance, mass hysteria media state, stratified and deified by strict obedience to an artificial political dogma. A yellow ribbon stuck on the back of the ole gov'ment minivan right next to the smiling stick figure family, lobbing cruise missiles into third-world countries most couldn't find on a map.
Thursday, March 26, 2015(3 comments)
End of the World Blues
In Winston Churchill's epic A History of the English Speaking Peoples, the story begins with the image of Julius Caesar gazing covetously across the English Channel. One hundred thousand people: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They lived in a big world, a world bigger than they were, surrounded by an ocean brimming with fish and bountiful harvests.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A Long Way Home
I reckon it was a long time ago; so far back most folks around today weren't even born yet. Well, there was this liberal politician and he had this plan to improve health care in America. The guy had...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015(1 comments)
A Long Way Home
I reckon it was a long time ago; so far back most folks around today weren't even born yet. Well, there was this liberal politician and he had this plan to improve health care in America. The guy had...
Thursday, January 22, 2015(3 comments)
The Petroleum Tax
The falling price of crude oil is proof positive enough, Obama's energy policy has got us moving down the right track" right? I mean, ain't it great? Cheap gas" goody! In exchange, we open up vast tracks of the American landscape to fracking. The argument goes: fracking done responsibly harms no one; while the other side warns of permanent environmental damage to our nation's aquifers.
Monday, November 3, 2014(2 comments)
Now you got to ask yourself, why are people eating fruit bats? Obviously, they're more nutritious than say eating at McDonalds, but still. McDonalds has a drive through and thousands of locations but remember you have to catch fruit bats yourself. These are hungry people; fruit bat isn't their first choice of entree. So, it's not so much an epidemic as it is a famine, instead of sending food, we're sending the military
Tuesday, October 14, 2014(2 comments)
In his remarks of September 24th the President of the United States spoke before the United Nations General Assembly, an organization dedicated to world peace and ramped up his rhetoric for war. If you closed your eyes you could almost hear the nasal tang of George W. Bush, but that was a different political party with a different political philosophy, wasn't it? The Neocons are all gone now, aren't they?
Sunday, October 12, 2014(3 comments)
Not Cool Anymore
Skrillex anyone? I didn't think so. For the uninitiated, Skrillex is electronic dance music; imagine a train wreck put to techno. That's not really a criticism, but the opinion of a man far outside of his own era, hearing something meant only for younger ears to understand. Ditto: Lady Gaga (hurry 15 minutes) but someday"someday,
Friday, October 3, 2014(1 comments)
Never Played in the Rain
Sometimes freedom means allowing people to learn by sticking their fingers into the fan. This is our nature, Darwin was an optimist, there wouldn't be a warning sticker on the gas pump advising us not to take internally, if someone hadn't done it. Should you give your chainsaw to your eighty year old grandmother or a 300 horse power motorcycle to a teenager?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The same politicians who told us NAFTA and free trade were going to bring us new jobs are the very politicians, who now point and call Americans lazy. The old adage says death is the great equalizer, but I think its food. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote; "The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow." An empty refrigerator is more powerful than a college education.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014(3 comments)
The general purpose of beginning a fairy tale with "Once upon a time" is to frame the story, to warn the readers in advance that the bounds of reality will be exceeded and bent beyond credibility. But as the ship of state drifts further from the shores of reality, the odd ends and accessories become the appendix of the body politic.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014(4 comments)
A Country without Dreams
The space craft traveled 240,000 miles entering lunar orbit only to discover"Earth. "Earthrise" a photo taken of our blue world rising over the lunar landscape was published on the front page of every newspaper on the planet. For just an instant, all humanity could see itself in the mirror, stunned by its own reflection.
Friday, September 5, 2014(3 comments)
So now let's be reasonable about this whole thing, if we're going to be chartering airliners to bring us the world's sick, why not pick up the refugee's? Just to fill the empty seats, since we're going to be in the neighborhood anyway, why not? Religious, political or economic, America is a land of plenty, come one, come all. Really it all makes sense; we've been thinking about these things all wrong.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014(13 comments)
Hain't We Got All the Fools?
Michael Brown its aledged was jaywalking, prompting an altercation with a white policeman, which led to his death. So what has changed in America? An unarmed black man is killed by police and almost automatically, almost reflexively, the American public assumes, he must have done something to deserve being killed.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014(2 comments)
Mike Tyson - Modern Intellectual
I'd seen enough of People Magazine and returned the dog-eared copy to the dog-eared pile, finding something a little more in tune with my testosterone fueled machismo. Road and Track Magazine had a lead article featuring, a side by side comparison of the new Bentley versus the new Rolls Royce. Now, for a man using rent money to pay for a tooth extraction, this was important and useful information.
Monday, August 18, 2014(4 comments)
The Golden Shovel Days
The state was to fund a portion of their share with (charitable gambling) i.e. lottery games. The revenue was estimated at $34 million annually in 2012, rising each year after. But strangely, as soon as the deal was inked the revenue forecasts were revised down to $16 million in 2013. A further study estimated revenues 2013 -- 17 would fall to $1.7 million annually, a 95 percent reduction.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Murder is Murder
There have been 31 fatalities directly related to a defective ignition switch which did not meet specs, before the first one was ever installed. At the very least, it's voluntary manslaughter. Given GM's paper trail of dodges and subterfuges, suggesting the problem was driver's heavy key rings or rental customers unfamiliar with the vehicle, it's nothing less than first degree murder.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Doing Nothing, is Making Progress
Time marches on wearing combat boots, the war goes on forever as the defense department announces a new plan to fight and defeat ISIS. Is that Liberal or Conservative?
Monday, July 28, 2014(4 comments)
Painting by Numbers
224,000 new jobs in May and now, 288,000 in June, with unemployment falling to 6.1 percent! It's all good, isn't it? It's all good, proof positive, the participation rate now stands at 62.8 percent and that's great, isn't it? Last June, the participation rate stood at 63.5 percent.
"Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness." ~ George Orwell
Wednesday, July 23, 2014(2 comments)
Going to the Dogs
Let me set this straight from the beginning: there is a fundamental difference between the average American's life and a wealthy American's life. If the average American wants a new car or a lake house, they would save, sometimes for years, and dream of the possibilities. In their minds, they've lived there for years before ever making the down payment. If you're wealthy and you want something, you just buy it.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014(7 comments)
A New Dark Age
Republicans railed about birth certificates and Obama care, but when the administration used the oil company's estimates for the size of the spill, Republicans were Sphinx silent. Neither side of the aisle wishing to speak of those issues. Remember how the Republicans complained about Obama's abuse of power, when he used the Coast Guard to block reporter's access to the Gulf? Nope, me neither.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014(21 comments)
Drafted by Circumstance
Wow, that's tough talk, especially since declaration was illegal. In the eyes of the British Government, the Continental Congress was no more legitimate than the New Black Panther Party. In legal circles, our founding father's were nothing more than common criminals, rabble rousers and yes, terrorists.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Adventures in Job Hunting
Equity = again, you don't get paid or you get paid in Monopoly money. We're a well-funded start-up. You now own 10,000 shares of Fingerupmynose.com and if we all work very, very hard, we could be as big as the Huffington Post someday.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014(2 comments)
Now Just Look Surprised
Is it really any wonder why the suicide rate for older Americans is at record levels? Can they even be called suicides? The nation's food pantries report food demand has doubled in the last five years. How is this supposed to work again; if I succeed, it's because capitalism allowed me to succeed, but if I fail, it's all my fault? Capitalism takes all the credit; it takes everything" except responsibility?
Paddling the Crazyville River
Then there's astronaut Alan Bean, accidentally pointing his fake hand-held video camera at the fake sun and faking its instant failure. There are photographs available on the same Internet of all of the Apollo landing sites; taken from telescopes here on Earth, but guess what" they're all fake too.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014(1 comments)
Casket? What Casket?
It was just your basic, wooden, Dracula or Old West, primitive pine box. After achieving the skeptical approval of Mr. Strong, I began cutting boards. "I don't believe I've ever had a student build one of those," he remarked. I took that as a compliment, how many thousands of magazine racks or night stands has this guy endured?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014(1 comments)
Apes in Suits
I managed to sell some of my toys others just disappeared to where I know not. As I traveled the country, I saw your toys on the side of the road, for sale too. A jet ski, a bass boat, a riding tractor or a motorcycle, it didn't matter where; it was the same in Atlanta, Georgia or Astoria, Oregon.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Beautiful Truth
Have you ever seen the sunrise on Montana? Ever see the splendor of the Cascades? We are lost and found in this, in an odyssey, on a road trip. It's the kind of times that grab you by the lapels and shake you like a rag doll, stripping away the old, varnishing the new.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014(2 comments)
25 Scandals more Important than Benghazi
7. Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. They are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service.
Space, the Final Frontier
"Space, the final frontier, these are the voyages of the starship"gee, I guess it didn't work out the way we thought, did it? But, back to the original question, why? To spy perhaps, to look obsessively for the things an obsessive state would look for? But the XB-37 is like the vegematic, "Wait, there's more! It's a spy plane! It's an unstoppable, hypersonic vehicle, capable of carrying and delivering a nuclear weapon
Thursday, May 1, 2014(2 comments)
New Careers for the New America
the days of looking down our noses at local, street-corner, pharmaceutical, customer service representatives are over. There are still lots of other careers available, for the, shall we say" less adventurous?
Thursday, April 24, 2014(3 comments)
The Goldstein Games
Are you paying too much for car insurance? Do you have trouble sleeping at night, is the stress killing you? Do you need to borrow money, does your home smell, are your hemorrhoids flaring?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014(1 comments)
Here in the Echo Chamber
The sons and daughters of the generation landing men on the moon are no longer looking to the sky. You can't hide this sort of thing; it's like when the repo men show up, while you're explaining to the neighbor about your business picking up.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014(1 comments)
Paging Bernie Madoff
The economic numbers were cooked? The fish catch numbers were cooked? The milk purity was cooked? And this is the second largest economy in the world and how they roll?
Monday, April 7, 2014(10 comments)
The False Face of Capitalism
The premier American liberal politician in the candor of a private letter asserts, the system is fatally corrupt and has been for more than a century. Seventy--five years later, it's only gotten worse. All the rogues, Republicans and rascals of FDR's day are long dead and gone, leaving behind the same rotten system.
Thursday, April 3, 2014(4 comments)
In a Depression, there is a disruption of credit or some other banking crisis. Due to high unemployment, there is also shortage of purchasing power, which only makes the situation worse. A recession is a cough; a Depression is choking to death on jaw breaker, a systemic failure of the economy. Hand wringing, prayer shawls or duct tape won't do the trick, something must be done, our economy has fallen and can't get up.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014(9 comments)
The New Minimum Wage
Working for a living has taken on whole new dimension; it’s working just to stay alive. To keep an old car running or the heat on, the rent paid with maybe enough left over for a pair of shoes. Always moving down never up, knowing that whatever work you’re doing could be gone tomorrow
Wednesday, March 19, 2014(1 comments)
Crazy is the New Normal
So there you are at work and just for fun and giggles, the CIA puts a crazy dose of LSD in your coffee. Tiny neon dinosaurs are dancing like rockettes across your desk as you hear strange whispers, "repeat after me, I hate commies, I hate commies!"
Wednesday, March 12, 2014(10 comments)
The World Turned Upside Down
Winston Smith is a rank amateur in this made for TV reality, "You just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests, this is an act of aggression that is completely trumped-up in terms of its pretext. It's really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century." ~ John Kerry
Monday, March 10, 2014(5 comments)
The Dark Night of Neoliberalism
This is the central tenet of neoliberalism: money is freedom, where money is all-powerful, where money rules. If a hurricane drowns your city, destroys your home and kills your entire family, it is only a maximum of opportunity. Human life means nothing under a limited government. Limited government should only concern itself with whether the traffic lights work,
Friday, March 7, 2014(12 comments)
The Enemies of Delusion
The adherents of Free Trade have destroyed the economy, turning our cities into wastelands. These adherents of Neo-liberalism are Fascists, who believe themselves superior to the untermunchin population of 307 million. They practice economic terrorism against the American people, in nothing less, than a scorched earth policy.
Monday, March 3, 2014(10 comments)
Perhaps being a deadbeat is a virus or something in our water, Florida and Nevada once led the nation in deadbeat home foreclosures and now has moved on to New York and New Jersey. Foreclosure filings surged 30% in New York City last year and sheriff’s sales in New Jersey are the highest since the new Great Depression began.
Friday, February 14, 2014(1 comments)
The Distant Sound of Thunder
They've called this a jobless recovery, but it's not so, it's a jobs somewhere else recovery. The Fed's been adding $85 billion per month and while most of this cash missed the US economy, it found a home in the emerging economies. The money was let out to fuel growth, which in turn fueled growth in a redux of 2008, the day the music died. Goldman Sachs,
Friday, January 31, 2014(1 comments)
What is this, Family Guy?
Because of the length of this malaise, a generation grows up without knowledge of either prosperity or peace. How do they set goals with a future so nebulous without any reasonable hope of success? What are the good American jobs?
What is our plan for the future? Just drift aimlessly, judging the quality of our lives by the Dow Jones average?
Friday, January 24, 2014(5 comments)
The only goal of capitalism is to make a profit and if a few acorns of social improvement fall to the ground, well and good, as long as we don't remember that the roots of the tree are feeding on those pushed below ground. Can a little shade in exchange for their life's blood, be considered a fair exchange?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014(1 comments)
Monuments of Capitalism
These are the monuments of capitalism, glittering office towers with million dollar apartments. Doormen and security systems to protect them from the real fruits of capitalism: crime, ghettos and poverty. This is capitalism -- a belief that any child can be president, if they don't move the plant to Beijing or Shanghai first.
Friday, January 10, 2014(5 comments)
It seems safe to say, we've all heard about this alleged economic Recovery underway, a recovery where Wall Street flies and the homeless die, where children cry where the unemployed need not apply. This recovery, this austerity, takes on a Stalinized quality, of "promise zones" and five-year plans.
Monday, December 23, 2013(1 comments)
The People versus George Bailey
"Yes, your honor. George Bailey had operated his savings and loan scam, targeting low-income borrowers for years and when it all began to unravel Bailey snapped.