November 15, 2010 archive

It’s Time

To head back to the Mountaintop.

Sad to say, but by no means unexpectedly, lol, The Forces Of Ignorance have prevailed yet again.

Weenie Liberals and unevolved Republicans have thwarted the last real chance to save the Planet…..politically.

All that is left now is to take the spiritual path and work and pray that as few as possible numbers of humans die off of the Planet that they have fouled with their own waste. Or, perhaps….to pray that as many as possible do, and thus, with the energy of their ‘sacrifice,’ transform what remains into something that can…one day…be built into a new and better consciousness raising machine. Apparently the current consciousness raising machine is mostly stalled in neutral, with only a tiny percentage still advancing at a meaningful rate.

Which outcome to pray for is something that can only be determined on a Mountaintop. (or perhaps at the base of a cliff) In light of the fact that compassion for all sentient beings is a central tenet of higher consciousness, and that a moral stance, imo, has to contain the concept of The Greatest Good for All Concerned….it is an interesting question. Soon, barring a miracle that raises the consciousness of a critical mass of humans on the planet, that question  will be moot. I’ll leave it with you as I go.

Because it is time to go.

All that is left to do in the realm of politics now, after all the recent events pointing to empowering the worst aspects of human nature……. is to yell at stupid people.

Open Dead


Behold the Grand Misdirection — Lockbox vs the Loan-Sharks

The Austerity Rhetoric is ramping up.

The National Debt is the Issue of the Day.

How in the world are we going to pay for it — especially for all those Baby-Boomers with the audacity to dare to Retire, after working all our lives;

After paying all our lives into the Social Security Trust Fund, as our Govt required us to do.

HOW Dare We — actually expect the Govt to Pay the Benefits that we were promised?  Oh the Nerve!

Here’s the sleight of hand Hoodwink that the GOP Loan-Sharks are preparing to pull off — pay attention, because it’s a classic trick of misdirection — and it goes by fast:

It is the Federal Government that has the Legal Obligation

to payback the Social Security Trust Fund

NOT the other way around !

It is the Federal Govt that raided OUR Retirement “Cookie Jar” —

and it is the Federal Govt that needs to replace them.

What’s left of OUR “Cookies” should be permanently off the Table.

In other words, All cuts to SS Benefits should be OFF the Table.

There Is No Righteousess In Your Darkest Hour

A year or so ago I wrote a post that referenced the Sleater-Kinney song “Sympathy”. I return to it here for a slightly different reason. Its poignant, profound lyrics are written from the perspective of a mother whose newborn son’s survival hangs in the balance. In her desperation and fear, she calls out to God.


Docudharma Times Monday November 15

Monday’s Headlines:

Online outrage after judgement of Twitter airport bomb threat joke


SAIC Motor Corp in talks with General Motors over 1% stake

Junior Democrats in Senate seek to change the way chamber does business


Botched cabinet reshuffle gives Sarkozy’s rivals new strength

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to resign from British Parliament to run for seat in Irish Republic

Middle East

Mecca Metro: Muslims take new train to Hajj sites

In Jordan, a bookstore devoted to forbidden titles


‘I’m not free until the people are free’ – Suu Kyi

Ultra-small is beautiful for Japanese homeowner


Zim nationals held for bribes: MDC

South Sudan begins registration for independence referendum

Latin America

Haiti cholera death toll soars

U.S. would end Afghan combat by 2014 in plan  

A phased wind-down framework will be presented at a NATO summit  

By Peter Baker and Rod Nordland  

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has developed a plan to begin transferring security duties in select areas of Afghanistan to that country’s forces over the next 18 to 24 months, with an eye toward ending the American combat mission there by 2014, officials said Sunday.

The phased four-year plan to wind down American and allied fighting in Afghanistan will be presented at a NATO summit meeting in Lisbon later this week, the officials said. It will reflect the most concrete vision for transition in Afghanistan assembled by civilian and military officials since President Obama took office last year.

Muse in the Morning

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Time for a break from poetry…in order to create some art.

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.

–William H. Mauldin

Through a Lens, Brightly

Late Night Karaoke

Pique the Geek 20101114: Backyard Solar Cells as a Panacea

First, please do not get me wrong.  I am a strong supporter of solar power, either to charge your car battery or to run cities.  Before we start, get the idea that I am opposed to solar power out our your mind.  But solar power has it limitations.

Lately, the SOBber on the Fox “News” network (soon to have to be distinguished from The SOBber of the House of Representatives) has been adding solar generators to gold and food stashes as a way to survive the coming apocalypse in his repertoire of advertisers.  I shall not use the name nor the website for the particular backyard solar firm to which his adverts refer, but will start by stating that the claims are, to say the least, overblown.

Before we start, very happy birthday wishes to the former Mrs. Translator!

Tis the Fucking Season

Yeah, I know. I have things for which to be grateful. But excuse the fuck out of me if I cannot work up a decent set of humility and praise for the life I have been entitled to this year. I think the only gratitude I have is a deep one: Those of you who came and made my roof happen, those of you who donated and made it possible. At least there’s that.

Thanksgiving week is a bunch of pointless doctor appointments with people he will never use: His radiologist, when he can never again have radiation Monday, his surgeon, when he cannot have surgery Wednesday, and bloodwork Friday. Of course, each fucking appointment costs us an arm a leg and a left tit, even after our bullshit insurance; and not one of them can tell us a fucking thing until after the weekend, the following Monday when his Cat Scan occurs. Even then? They drag their heels for days before we get results. Its one big dragged out stressfuck of “will he live or die?” I cannot imagine my life without him. Its fast growing, of you remember, and his last appointment told him flat out – 25% or less chance. In the immediate. This year.

So, since Mike can’t eat, Jake only cares about the cranberry and pie, and I really don’t like Turkey much, (I’ll eat it, and I hear I make the best freaking bird around… but meh… its not my thing) why the fuck should I go through the whole brine-ing the night before, getting up at 5, making 2 kinds of dressing, seasoning, side dishes and baking fresh breads and pies? I can’t afford that shit anyway. I usually have a couple stray friends over, but I can’t afford that financially or emotionally either.

I guess I should be grateful for finding out who my real friends are, death is the great equalizer in more ways than one.  

Alienation and political action

It’s a question that gets posted repeatedly around the blogs:

“Why do people vote against their own self-interests?”

Posted at Orange as part of the Anticapitalist Meetup series.