Thursday, June 25, 2015

Silence, Please

Claire Mccaskill, Senator from Missouri, has spent most of her career as a Democrat riding the centrist fence like a crazed Valkyrie from a Wagnerian nightmare.  Currently she is a surrogate for Hillary Clinton, and in that capacity she took it upon herself to pullout one of the oldest insults in the America political playbook by way of embarrassing, humiliating or smearing Bernie Sanders.  She dropped the Socialist bomb, something I thought to hear exclusively from the hysterics on the Right.  The word Socialist is well understood by but a few of us, used as a battering ram by many and equated as equal to the words Satan and evil all too often.  This is how Mccaskill in her moral paralysis used the term. 

That Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee in ’16 is a near forgone conclusion.  The Democratic machine has shoved her up our butts and down our throats since 31 seconds after President Obama was reelected in 2012.  However, she must stand a primary.  In all likelihood and as things are now she will face Bernie in that primary.  Tomorrow I will register as a Democrat so that I might vote in that primary for Bernie – I will be happy to write him in if I have to.  It will be little more than a protest vote; I realize that, but protest I shall.  I have registered my displeasure with both Mccaskill and Clinton via Twitter asking for silence, please. No more fear mongering. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Who is that Guy in the Oval Office

Looks like TPP is on it last hurdle to passage.  An up or down vote in that brothel that used to be the Congress should take it to the president's desk.  Multinationals, Wall Street, the whores in D.C., China and their trading partners all win.  American workers lose big.  Who in the hell is that guy in the Oval Office and what did he do with Barack Obama?

I have said before and will say again, I took one course in economics in college.  I sat in the back of the room and read Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry V to keep from nodding off.  The damn subject was dry and deadly dull.  Still, I managed to take this much away: if you crush the working class you crush the economy because if the men and women who toil away their days are broke, ain't nobody, making no money, no how. Now if I am hip to this fact, why aren't the parasites in Washington, or could it be that they are so drunk on graft that they just don't care?

Goddess help us all and lead us down the path of non-violent revolution.  Our government is in need of rehab and we are in need of sober, sane leaders who remember who hired them.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Lone Gunmen

I am sure a number of people of my acquaintance remember the “Lone Gunman Theory” al la the Warren Commission Report.  To wit: three bullets all fired by the same person and fired faster than any marksman could have fired them from a bolt action rifle, hit and killed President John Kennedy and wounded Governor John Connally of Texas in 1963.  One of these bullets according to Arlen Specter, former Senator from Pennsylvania, was magic bouncing around the inside of a car, rolling up and down rib cages, turning corners and perforating throats and wrists only to end up unscathed on a gurney outside of the Emergency Room where the governor was taken for treatment.  Many people, myself included, considered this proposition to be what the Brits call bullocks – government manufactured pabulum to be fed to a gullible nation of perpetual infants looking for an easy solution to an abominable crime that would exonerate their society as a whole from any responsibility direct or tangential. 

Sound familiar?  Well it bloody well should.  This bland and insipid intellectual mush has been spread generously over mass shootings for years.  The lone gunman; the lone psycho; the lone evil doer; the lone, cowardly, psycho, evil doer – oh yeah, that’s the ticket.  The hope is that the American people will be discouraged from digging underneath the mess and getting a good look at the truth. 

President Obama spoke the truth yesterday when he said that we as a nation have no monopoly on nut jobs.  However, it seems to me that we do have a near monopoly on nut jobs with guns blasting hell out of anyone who gets in their way.  In the wake of Charleston the truth that few people want to talk about is that there are too many guns in this country, and they are too easy to come by.  The only people who truly benefit from this state of affairs are gun manufacturers and their various sycophants – the NRA; influence peddling politicians who insist upon valuing the 2nd Amendment right to own guns over the 1st Amendment right to freedom of and from religion, the 14th Amendment implied right to privacy and the 15th Amendment right to vote; finally, a cottage industry founded on the propagation of hate that fuels the fear, resentment and ignorance of white supremacist and similar groups.

The truth is that when an individual walks into a church full of innocent people, and by his own admission, kills nine of them because of the color of their skin this is not, as dimwits like Santorum would have us believe, an attack on religion.  It is instead an act of domestic terrorism grounded in a culture of systemic and institutionalized racial hate.  I will say again, this hate and it propagation has become an industry. The simple and ugly truth is that there is money to be made – a lot of money – off of hate.  From Fox News to the NRA; from vicious voices like Coulter, Palin, Savage and others to the politicians who stay in office with money earned through the dissemination of hate it has reached corporate proportions this vile trade in the darkness of the human soul.

I have always believed that JFK was murdered by the military industrial complex.  Motive: war for profit.  Kennedy would not have been as easily led as Johnson into a ground war in Viet Nam.  That is just one woman’s opinion.  However what is not an opinion is the existence of a malignant corporatized war machine that drives this nation from one armed conflict to another while cheerleaders like Cheney and Rumsfeld grow bloated with power, and I suspect wealth, manipulating buffoons like Bush. The acceptance of the whitewash that was the Warren Commission report helped make all of this possible.  Just as giving credence to the bleating of modern day lone gunman advocates who insist that it isn’t about the guns, the racism or the incivility of our civil society helps enable the corporate hate complex to do its work.

This morning South Carolina’s Governor, Nikki Haley, crocodile tears dried, was standing firm on the death penalty under the shadow of the Confederate flag and her NRA endorsements.  While she conceded that President Obama has a right to his opinion about gun legislation, she has a state to heal.  Well, la de da and bully for her.  Beware of healers who use death as a remedy while refusing to address the underlying disease.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nothing to Miss

I have been ill for a while and haven’t been online or seen the news.  Today I tuned into MSNBC to find out that Donald Trump, the poster child of the lousy comb-over, is running for president on the Republican, carnival barker ticket; some squirrel who grew up white, thinks she is black and has created a virtual social media storm in that reality T.V. way we love so much after being cashiered from her position as head of the NAACP in Spokane; and one baseball team has hacked the database of another and the American taxpayers are picking up the tab for the investigation of this trivia by a federal agency.  The fact that this crap goes on in a country of overfed, under read, apathetic celebrity junkies isn’t surprising to me.  The fact that corporate owned media thinks this stuff is worth covering ad nauseam demonstrates that I haven't missed a goddamned thing - the same idiots are running around in the circles being chased by the same morons with microphones.  Think I will take a nap.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Flukes of the Universe

There are some incredibly preposterous things going on in this country.  These things can only be chalked up to the insatiable hunger of the American people for bogus leadership, insane and imaginary plots and an overwhelming poverty of ideas leading them to believe that the have-nots are engaged in a fierce, well organized and foul scheme to steal from the haves. 

The very definition of preposterous is Rick Perry running for president.  He is under indictment in Texas for, among other things, abuse of power.  I suppose this goof thinks that if he wins – a long-shot indeed – he can be inaugurated before reporting to serve his sentence, move the Oval Office to the slammer just in time to pardon himself. 

A bunch of walnuts known as Judicial Watch, founded by a guy named Larry Klayman, is looking to destroy Obamacare.  I have a prediction that any puffed up ambulance chaser, Klayman, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy, or any influence peddling politician who guts or repeals the Affordable Care Act had best take their shriveled gentiles in one hand and their rosary, Bible, prayer book or whatever else they use to sell Christ by the pound in the other and head for the darkest cave in the most remote mountain range on this planet.  It is not inconceivable that millions of children will be thrown off the insurance roles under the old preexisting condition rule.  It is also not inconceivable that as many million mothers will come for the aforementioned monsters with blood in their eyes and in the end make Baltimore look like an afternoon tea party at an English country house.

In the dictionary next to the word stumblebum is a picture of Ted Cruz.  He spends his days and nights alternately tripping over his tongue and tripping over his dick.  This week he managed to do both simultaneously – no easy task given that most of the time his head is up his ass.  In any case, he took it upon himself to use Joe Biden as a punch line while speaking before a group of supporters a day or so after the death of the Vice President’s son.  It is a mark of how cruel, vindictive and sadistic this country has become when such things are possible at a gathering of “Christians” and in the sight of their gentle and benevolent Lord, Jesus Christ.   He apologized later, but hell that doesn’t mean much.  Apologies slip off the tongues of ignorant politicians with the easy freedom of barroom propositions off the tongues of Saturday night drunks.

Joe Biden is a grand gentleman, one of the great Liberals of the Senate.  He has seen more tragedy in his life than most.  Yet, he comes out swinging like a good Irishman with a heart of gold, a steady hand, a ready smile and a will to serve – not rule, serve.  Obama has been lucky to have him because he tells the truth, Joe does.  It says a great deal more about a corrupt political class, not to mention a Fourth Estate polluted by arrogance, big money and disinformation that his truth is seen as gaffs or jokes then ever it will say about Joe himself. 

Ted Cruz is not fit to be in the same room with Vice President Joe Biden.  Judicial Watch is an intellectual cesspool founded on the principle that Bill Clinton’s dick was more important than his public policy.  Rick Perry belongs in jail, not the White House.  All in all it seems that the best thing that can be said for any of them was said by National Lampoon many years ago, “You are a fluke of the universe.  You have no right to be here, and whether you can hear it or not the Universe is laughing behind your back.”