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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched the Hand That Willie Touched", it, according to Kevin, is about falling in love for all the wrong reasons. Kevin is also a closet subversive. He claims he'll come out of the closet as soon as handguns are no longer popular. Kevin is a loud, obnoxious Texan and hopes that this will be held against him -- "It makes life so much harder and interesting when traveling outside of the Lone Star State." Kevin used to be a Golf columnist. He says life as a Golf columnist is not a whole lot different than life not as a Golf columnist. Kevin is sure that Jesus was indeed a Socialist. Kevin founded a short-lived organization, "FOXNO", with a mandate to get Fox News off the air. It got very little traction and as a result, over the ensuing years, Fox has propagandized a very significant portion of American television viewers, which, if unchecked, could destroy this country and the world. Kevin's Father thought Kevin was prone to hyperbole. Kevin wishes everyone would read "A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek", "In Watermelon Sugar" and all the poetry of Carl Sandberg. Kevin once, when drunk, argued, "America is not a city on a hill" for two hours, because "America is not a city, it's a rather large landmass that used to belong to Indians and porcupines!" Kevin once yelled out at a "Chicago' concert, "Steinbeck is God!" Kevin does not suffer fools or assh**es, usually. In 1969 he had a neighbor that was an assh**le who, although an assh**le, was enchanted with the Space Program and the prospect of man walking on the moon. Kevin and his best friend, Tommy, tied thread around a pinecone and at the designated hour, threw the pinecone over the neighbor's television antennae and shook it like hell -- the assh**le neighbor missed Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Kevin says that every time he watched Michael Jackson moonwalk he would be reminded of his assh**le neighbor and he would laugh like hell. Most folks that know Kevin would say that he hasn't changed. Kevin Lives in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown. Kevin, along with a few others, is trying to expose Lyndon Johnson for his equivocated humanity and possible good intentions. Kevin is pondering a short story about power and its surprises titled, "Kings Can Dance." When asked about current politics Kevin simply answers, "Trump is a turd." Kevin would like for me to express his gratitude to you for taking the time to read the above stuff and to say, "good be on you."
The Shame of the Serious Left
The hard-core left, the leftist intelligentsia, the radical left has been emasculated by the Trump regime. The Serious Left wanted to use Trump as both an exemplar of sticking it to the man and the man. Unfortunately, he hasn't turned out to be as hapless as they had hoped.
Friday, June 29, 2018
"The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor." This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost perfectly true." From 'Today I found Out'
Thursday, June 28, 2018(13 comments)
They've Sown The Wind It's Time They Reap the Whirlwind
Trump and Conservatives have made their chops on the backs of minorities, women, the environment, children -- their primary victim, adversary is humanity...Forgiveness can and will come, but first, because they have sown the wind, they must reap the whirlwind.
Saturday, June 23, 2018(4 comments)
The Inevitable Failure of the Conservative Blitzkrieg
Winning and success are not identical twins. The Republicans won enabling and inciting class warfare, white nationalism, xenophobia and fear mongering. What genius Republican strategist determined that the road to success could be paved with issues that alone cannot foster success and cumulatively are ultimately disastrous for society?
Wednesday, June 13, 2018(2 comments)
When Auntie Got a Chair
Sometimes winning is a simple thing.
"Alex's Mother still had her great great grandfather's war shirt. She kept it in an old cedar chest that she used as a coffee table. When she was away from home Alex would open the chest and sit and stare at it until his eyes hurt."
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
"Dr. Benjamin Schlinky, a psychologist and arch-Conservative, had written numerous books on the virtues of hard work and was a frequent contributor on Fox News, talking about the evils of welfare and social security. He traveled the country talking at Right Wing Conservative events. His most recent book, "Jesus Worked" was a big hit..."
Monday, June 4, 2018(2 comments)
It's Time to Talk About Dental Floss
MY buddy, Richard, came by this morning. We talked about the state of things in the country. He started sweating. I was turning red and my left arm was hurting-- I had already taken my blood pressure medicine but the dose was obviously too small. Richard looked as if he needed to run and hide in Hitler's bunker -- since he wasn't using it anymore. Fortunately we chose to talk about dental floss instead...
Thursday, May 31, 2018(8 comments)
Roseanne and the Art of War
The entire soul of Trumpism, current Republicanism and conservatism is contained in Roseanne's compulsion to tweet.
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"
Friday, May 25, 2018(21 comments)
Dresden, February 17, 1945
NFL teams will be fined if players kneel during playing of "The Star Spangled Banner."
Trump says players that kneel "maybe shouldn't be in the country."
Tuesday, May 22, 2018(3 comments)
The Boxer's Lament: A Story
"Unfortunately, after many years of success and contentment, things changed -- a new President was elected. He was mean-spirited and set-out to make the country mean-spirited too. It didn't take long for his proclamations, rants and policies to take effect..."
Saturday, May 12, 2018
El Santo de Xilitla
Thinking about war -- the ease at which those in power send young people off to face the unnecessary evil they support and their rampant, insidious, self-indulgent hubris.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018(2 comments)
The Iran Deal: It has Truly Begun
"It had truly begun and the end was years away. No one could have predicted the horror they had watched arrive, and once they understood -- it was too late, much too late..."
Friday, May 4, 2018(20 comments)
Faith Is Not An Excuse
Faith is not an excuse, it is a gift. The Religious Conservative Right, in these morally topsy turvy days of Trump, has exchanged a gift for an alibi.
Rasputin's Daughter Speaks at Whole Foods
"And then, Rasputin's illegitimate daughter, Dorothy, stood, stern and wispy, she was 104, "I've seen a lot in my lifetime: murder, destruction, passion and good things..."
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Whore of Babylon Visits the Whiter House
"I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013," James Comey.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Thinking About Easter
"Kenjiro Watanabe stood on the corner of Rasmussen and Twelfth streets. He held a beautifully made, thirty seven inch Samurai sword. His battered cowboy boots and jauntily canted cappello romano hat marked him either as very eccentric or possibly an interesting antique picker..."
A Short Story
"Like a carnival barker barking out the show that was his life, he irrepressibly climbed Candide's ladder and exclaimed to all that would hear, " Take heart my friends.."
Wednesday, January 31, 2018(4 comments)
The Deep Prairie Pool and the Man
A story about a man and other things. I must admit that it was inspired by watching five Evangelical women from Dallas with big hair and a National Lampoon concept of Christianity.
Saturday, January 20, 2018(2 comments)
Chasing Thing One or Thing Two
Bottom-up is a big part of the discussions here at OpEdNews. This talk by The Talking Heads' frontman, David Byrne, is very interesting and instructive I think. It got me to thinking about Dr. Seuss.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Last Happy Girl
"The Last Happy Girl had made many people happy, many laugh. However a great darkness had spread across the land. Laughter and happiness were dwindling at an alarming rate. A dark, sad man was elevated to the status of a King. He had discovered the need of many to hate and fear. The word "Liberal" became a foul epithet..."
Tuesday, April 11, 2017(2 comments)
The Chupacabra, A Poem
The Chupacabra is a mythical beast reported to roam the brush country of South Texas. It is supposed to be a blood sucker. Some of the grown men that cross the border to work here are afraid of it.
Monday, April 10, 2017(2 comments)
Trump Supporters Aren't Afraid, But You Should Be
To claim that Trump's Presidency's raison d'etre is fear based is a big stinking bag of bologna. Can you imagine the outcome if Abraham Lincoln would have explained away the intransigence of the South on the issue of slavery by blaming it on the fear of contract labor?
They Stand Before A Gilded Donut
"You slimy bunkshooter, you put a smut on every human
blossom in reach of your rotten breath belching about hell-fire and hiccupping about this Man who lived a clean life in Galilee." Carl Sandburg
Sunday, January 29, 2017(2 comments)
This is Ridiculous: The Fringe is Now in Charge
Last night I got to personally witness the effect of Trump's ban on Muslims entering The United States. This is ridiculous. What is happening here right now is the national, radical stuffing of the agenda of an American fringe element down the throats of the majority.
Monday, January 23, 2017(2 comments)
Don't Just Stand There With That Pink Hat In Your Hand
So, it's time to cut the defeatist, hyper-analytical crap and simply mobilize, make a plan and hit the streets. It happened forty-nine years ago. It happened forty-three years ago. It happened six years ago. It happened two days ago. Make it happen again.
"Don't Threaten Me You Creep!"
She dresses like a dominatrix. Her looks are much more Disney than Marque de Sade. With beautiful Wedgwood blue eyes, a restless little nose and a skyfield of twinkling freckles from her blonde hairline clear down the front of her leather corset, Beatrice does appear much more of a Gidget at Halloween than an aspiring guerrilla...
Friday, January 6, 2017(7 comments)
Pogo and the Gollum
Donald Trump is the ultimate example of a rank narcissist rising to the top. This country is ripe with others of much better temperament, intellect and motive for the office of President. Yet these possible leaders are not stepping up. The voters are not stepping up. Much of America appears to be disgusted with itself -- sitting disconnected, ambivalent -- surrounded by a dubious bounty and not willing to engage...
Neoliberalism certainly has failed America but blaming Neoliberalism for the Trump phenomenon is like blaming the Treaty of Versailles for the horrors of Nazi Germany.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016(5 comments)
Not Falling With The Angry Man
A new Christmas story.
"...let's show him and those that follow him, in the mirror of our love, that his large ass is hanging out and it's not becoming of a people that claim to be a beacon to the world, "a city on a hill", not a brothel in a swamp..." The assembled mothers, a hungry plumber, stockers, wine salesmen and checkers cheered wildly when she finished. Cereal sales spiked..."
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Kellyanne Conway/Joseph Goebbels
A country very aware of the horrendous, destructive fascist horrors of just over seventy years ago that elects a man like Donald Trump as President is either doomed or...
Is the argument for not voting or voting for a failed third party an act of cowardice and surrender? Is it the sports equivalent of a pitcher in the bottom of the ninth, behind by five runs, deciding to become a bowler and roll the ball up to the plate? Is it existential surrender? Does it howl of self-loathing, a form of psychic suicide saying, "I have no power, I will toil desperately in the present moment because..."?
Texas has typically been a place of rugged individualists and entrepreneurs: makers. If you listen to the pathetic Right-bound drivel rising from this place now -- you'd think we're all a bunch of illiterate, unseasoned, callow, cry babies.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016(8 comments)
Nobody Will Take My Gun
A little ditty in response to a middle aged Texas woman wailing about Hillary getting ready to take away her guns.
Saturday, October 8, 2016(2 comments)
Trump the Expectant Fornicator
We are in a very dangerous interlude as a country. Moses has gone up the mountain and the idol that has been created is exposed as truly a grotesque blasphemy. Where do all the confused apostates go now?
Tuesday, September 6, 2016(5 comments)
The Christian Strip Club
I now understand how Nazi Germany came to be. We are watching it play out across our country. Those that care and those that truly love religious freedom, personal freedom and freedom of expression (patriots?) need to speak out -- loud and clear, in all ways at our disposal. Satire has traditionally been very effective.
Friday, August 19, 2016
A Rant and A Question
How to not talk about climate change -- talk about Melania's t*ts, Donald's pecker, Hillary's e-mails. How did "the greatest country on earth", "the exceptional one", become a pathetic, freak laden sideshow. Many "lesser" countries on the planet are serious about the most important issue of the day.
Monday, August 8, 2016(5 comments)
Who is Hillary? Someone Please Tell Us
We deserve someone that actually represents what this place, very vocally, says it's all about. At this juncture we do need someone exceptional. AND, maybe it is Hillary -- let's find out.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016(44 comments)
The Election: This is a Culture War, Not a Battle of Economics
We as a nation are presently in the throes of a second civil war. The first was fought over the preservation of a culture -- the economic and social culture of slavery. This time it is being fought over what we, Americans, want the culture of America to be.
Monday, July 4, 2016(10 comments)
Musing About Things This Fourth: What's a Liberal/Progressive American to do?
Thinking about the presidential circus going on.
It's a confused, disturbed Liberal/Progressive, rapidly mutating, semi-psychoanalytical trip of anxiety and a bit of self-loathing swirled in a sweating cocktail glass...
What's a Liberal/Progressive American to do?
Move? Wave flags? Scream? Light up some bottle rockets? Enjoy a hot dog?
How about looking in the mirror.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016(1 comments)
Ode To a North American Asshat
Our British cousins have been referring much lately to one of our presidential candidates as an "Asshat." I decided to compose an ode to the "Asshat."
Saturday, June 18, 2016(6 comments)
Hillary and the Bushes
If you had any doubts about whether Hillary would become more populist or progressive -- I think you can quit worrying about that now.
Is a Bernie/Hillary Ticket Necessary?
Hillary Clinton is the worst, most destructive candidate that could possibly run and or win against Donald Trump. Rush Limbaugh et al. have been deconstructing and demonizing her and her husband since their days in Arkansas. And, she has since built her own particular oeuvre to hate as Secretary of State...in spite of everything I've said above...
Tuesday, May 3, 2016(4 comments)
Thinking about how we as a people are not up to the task presented us right now. The following is part of a story about the folks that lived through the Great Depression and World War II.
The Train Wreck That Is Becoming This Country
Mr. Trump is not a "believer" in climate change. He claims it's a Chinese conspiracy. His followers are willing to take up the proverbial sword and go on a crusade against us that respect science. It's the same old story, umpteenth verse.
I guess I should have kept my casual remark about the weather to myself. You know what they say about talking about politics and religion -- especially when they are one in the same.
Thursday, April 14, 2016(11 comments)
Bernie's Story -- A New Ghost Dance
The extreme sadness I felt when reading about the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee was even more poignant for my young self because it was, in part, initiated by a story (The Ghost Dance) told by a shaman called Wavoka that promised a devastated people a new beginning and hope.
Bernie is trying to tell such a story.
Monday, April 11, 2016(5 comments)
The Celebration of the Simpleton: The Lessons of Al Andalus and Weimar Germany
Weimar Germany, just before Adolf Hitler's Thousand-Year Reich, and Al Andalus, medieval Muslim Spain, just before the Reconquista, which brought with it the Inquisition and the destruction of the indigenous cultures of Mexico and South America -- Weimar Germany and Al Andalus flourished with high culture, the pursuit of knowledge and, to a varying degree, the acceptance of different religions and cultures.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Empathetic Neanderthal
Empathy is what makes us special. Empathy distinguishes us from most of the animal kingdom. However, and unfortunately, empathy is becoming a rapidly atrophying appendage of our collective American consciousness. I have tried to write about what is going on politically with the Republicans lately but it is so stupid, ugly, shameful, disgusting and inevitable that I failed. I have decided instead to simply write a little...
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Time of the Surrogates
The golden haired despot drove the cart erratically down the dire, blessed fairway, threatening all who disagreed -- with the anointed spiky putter or jagged three iron; Mexicans, bookreaders and those of the desert ran before him like turkey in late October. Many called it the epoch of the Loathsome and Unholy coiffure...Bernie needs to get out the Surrogates.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016(7 comments)
The Failure of Religion in America
The failure of the Republican party and society preventing the rise of Donald Trump and his angry, proud, bigoted supporters is apparently also a failure of large swaths of organized religion in this country. So much time has been spent condemning and accusing and defining the Other that much brick and mortar Christianity has lost all connection to Christ and is now nothing more than the handmaiden of fascism.
Friday, January 29, 2016(13 comments)
Quirky White Guys
Robert "LaVoy" Finicum would probably be alive today if law enforcement hadn't treated the occupiers like quirky white guys... If I were the family of Robert Finicum I would be very angry with my government today -- he was crazy, a danger to himself and others, and the government simply treated him like a quirky white guy. We have become very tolerant of quirky white guys lately.
Saturday, January 16, 2016(3 comments)
Lake Wobegon Shuttered: Garrison Keillor is Retiring
I've been thinking and talking about the power of metaphor lately. Every Saturday morning it was in its full glory -- ringing through my shop, appropriately mingling with the clatter and the buzz. 'A Prairie Home Companion' encapsulated the best and the worst of what we are in farce and prose; sending us angels, dressed like us -- building empathy anew each Saturday on the streets of Lake Wobegon.
Thank You Garrison