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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."
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
Friday, January 8, 2016(25 comments)
Surprised by Joy
This is the first installment in a series of interviews I am going to try and have with, hopefully, a varied assortment of folks concerning their aesthetic awakening. My definition of aesthetics being what Santayana, Emerson and Thoreau defined as a "lived aesthetic." A combination of Nature and Spirit. I am going to steal from C.S. Lewis and title the series, "Surprised by Joy."
Saturday, January 2, 2016(21 comments)
Packing Pistols in Texas -- "The Tonto Open-Carry Tragedy"
It is now legal to openly carry firearms in Texas. Texas is a magical place where fact and fiction merge and some folks are driven to madness by their proximity to other mad people. Many simply watch in amazement from the security of their sanity.
Thursday, December 31, 2015(2 comments)
A New Years Resolution: Disrupt, Live and Create with Intention
Benzene killed my Father and may yet get me...How do we live in the face of impending, painful, global change? Plant trees. Become aware that an idling automobile in Dallas is killing someone in Sudan...Explain the dangers of unchecked livestock flatulence to a Republican spinster. Find that amazing pinata maker in Monterrey, hook him up with your salesman neighbor and blanket the world in Donald Trump Pinatas...
Friday, November 20, 2015
The Little, Slightly Tilted Church
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump wants to close down Mosques. This reminds of a little story that came to me after I heard that Presidential Candidate Donald Trump wants to close down Mosques.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015(4 comments)
Art as a Vehicle for Dissent
I feel sorry for many young folks living in this time. Their lives are in many ways bereft of connection. They have seven thousand friends on facebook but do they have a single song that they can hum that connects them in, what can be, a spiritual, cathartic way; explaining the churning in their guts?
Art as protest is a bottom-up eruption that flows over everything, regardless of ideology or aesthetic predilection.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015(13 comments)
Beckwatch: Glenn as "The Brain", Ben Carson as "Pinky"
I submitted this piece a couple of days ago and then deleted it because it's pretty goofy. Today I read how Presidential Candidate Ben Carson is now ahead of Trump in the polls. What an amazing country we now live in. I don't understand it. Where did these people come from? How did they grow up in the same country that I did. What was done to them to cause them to flirt with fascism? It's still goofy but..well...
Wednesday, October 14, 2015(22 comments)
Bernie and Hillary: It is a New Day
Bernie's money is coming from small donors and unions. Hillary's money is coming from not small donors nor unions. She is the Democratic money raising equivalent of George Bush, both. She is the past. She may be the ideological anti-Bush but she is structurally a peer.
Monday, October 12, 2015(45 comments)
The Rise of Shallow, Demonstrative Religion
The Reagan Revolution was as much about the public dumbing down and aesthetic corruption of spirituality as it was about trickle down economics. Public pronouncements on the nature of God in the context of political campaign drivel is a crime against beauty. Watching Mike Huckabee talk about religion is like watching Jabba the Hutt explain the contents of the Louvre.
Saturday, October 3, 2015(3 comments)
The Gun Always Wins
I got a call four days ago that the son of one of my oldest friends had been shot. The United States of America is a very sick place. Progressives and liberals and just plain good, old mentally healthy folks have sat on their hands while the nut cases have monopolized the National conversation, dragging Christ around with one hand and a gun with the other.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015(18 comments)
The Way of Trump: Building Walls
Are national boundaries as absolutes healthy for us moving forward? I think a perusal of the history of the rise of the city state in medieval Europe would be enlightening considering "GOP Presidential Front-runner," chatty Misogynist and shallow Nationalist, Donald Trump, is proposing a really big wall on our southern border with Mexico.
Saturday, May 30, 2015(11 comments)
What if Serious Energy Was Expended on Being For Something?
A Tragic thing happened and then a life affirming, wonderful thing is happening. Over Memorial Day weekend here in Texas a much needed, but not in the quantity and rapidity, rain event occurred. Creeks and rivers were very quickly inundated, many rose above all recorded flood stages and something we desperately needed, tragically, destroyed property and lives.
Thursday, May 14, 2015(6 comments)
The Wisdom of the Laughing Nun
As we tumble, slink and slide into another national election cycle, one thing is abundantly clear -- this place is about as functional as a knotted intestine.
The rest of the industrialized world appears to be attempting to address issues that matter and the Exceptional One, the "Shining City On The Hill" is promoting midget wrestling in its own vomit. This place is a wreck.
Monday, March 2, 2015(16 comments)
Bill O'Reilly Must Go
Bill O'Reilly is the worst sort of trash. He is the sort of trash that is consciously built. He has worked without rest at creating an oeuvre and persona built entirely on the ravaging and profaning of his occupation. He is, whether one considers him one or not, a journalist. He is the ultimate Anti-American.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Without Hard Work There Are No Kolaches
This is a little story I wrote this morning after I posted a piece here yesterday. It got me thinking about someone I used to know. The response to the movie "American Sniper" has been strong and Chris Kyle, the sniper, has been personally savaged and disparaged. Did he deserve it. I don't know.
Thursday, January 22, 2015(16 comments)
Thoughts on Reviews of "American Sniper"
I haven't seen The movie "American Sniper." I've read many reviews and commentaries here and elsewhere. The overwhelming verdict from the left is that it is wrong. I viscerally believe this to be true. However, there is a flaw that seems to travel through most of the lefty writing on the movie. Or, maybe I should say: from my experience as a young man growing up a young man the reviews are flawed.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015(6 comments)
Charlie Hebdo: A Missed Bottom-Up, Kumbaya, Opportunity?
Is the Paris Charlie Hebdo affair, the subsequent march in Paris and the surrounding furor a missed opportunity for the growing bottom-up movement? And, probably missed intentionally by our government because maybe it truly was a "Kumbaya" (in the spirit of the song) moment?
Tuesday, January 13, 2015(3 comments)
America: Je Suis Not Interested
The USA didn't send a meaningful representative to the Charlie Hebdo march in France. I think this situation should have all Americans asking themselves -- what are we? The scale of this symbolic blunder is huge and we should be asking what the folks that run this place are truly made of? We can make big movies about snipers but we can't send a meaningful symbol to represent what we claim that sniper was killing for?
Saturday, December 13, 2014(7 comments)
"F**kit, Torture 'em!" -- Apple Pie and Rectal Feeding
"Proud Papas out there can now openly discuss their son or daughter's patriotic duty violating the rectum of one or another evil "terrorist." How many proud parents will now be able to display their child's torture toys on the Christmas mantle, above the brightly brimming stockings?"
Don't Let the Least of Us Destroy the Best of Us -- The Danger of the Rise of Dodofascism
Dodofascists are small minded, intellectually lazy people who don't understand that their stances (facile, jingoistic Nationalism, Militarism, denial of the Separation of Church and State, Bigotry and Xenophobia, etc.) will ultimately lead to the destruction of the thing they are claiming to protect.
The Dodo is an extinct flightless bird. There is a metaphor here somewhere.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014(2 comments)
A Sticky Wickiup
Israel and Native Americans have quite a lot in common. So, why do the Israelis have so many friends and so much clout and America's homegrown tribes are denied?
Saturday, August 23, 2014(4 comments)
The Wrestlerization of America
Are Tony Stewart, the poor young man he accidentally killed and Ferguson victims of the Wrestlerization of America?
I guess, like all of those wrestling fans I sat with as a young boy, we Americans can continue to sit ringside cheering or booing the villain, but that's not really fake blood down there anymore.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014(4 comments)
Love In The Time Of Collard Greens
With all the ugliness in the world right now I needed something to cheer me up. So I wrote this little story this morning -- it's about seventy-five percent true. Hope it makes you smile too.