Oct 21 2012
Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here
Midway through their journey to Election Day, Americans found themselves in a dark wood. The media called it the first debate. There are other words for it, but this is a family website so I’ll just point out that the viewers of that “debate” weren’t enlightened, they were deceived, they weren’t led out of the darkness, they were led deeper into it.
Mitt Romney, who as we all know is the third greatest political genius of all time, right behind King Louis XVI and Pharaoh Phukitallup I, is now busy fine-tuning his message for the home-stretch run to Election Day. I don’t know what he’ll proclaim to the electorate in these final days, but I know what the message would be if the truth mattered . . .
I Am the Way Into the City of Woe
I Am the Way Into Eternal Pain
I Am the Way To Go Among the Lost
Those words, engraved on the archway above the Gates of Hell in Dante’s Inferno, precede the final words, Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here. If Romney wins, Americans can abandon all hope, because this country will keep descending from one level of Hell to the next, until we reach the last and deepest level.
Dante had the poet Virgil to guide him through Hell and lead him out.
Who do we have? Two corporate candidates and the corporate media. That’s who we have.
Oct 13 2012
The Normalization of Political Depravity
It was a bright, cold day on the campaign trail, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
In The Lyin’ King, Denis Campbell observes that Mitt Romney has repeatedly told more than 700 lies since he began campaigning for president in 2011 . . .
Mitt Romney is nearly to China with his digging now. When even National Public Radio, the mildest, least controversial of any network leads with “Romney Goes On Offense, Pays For It In First Wave Of Fact Checks,” you know you are in trouble.
But Romney was right out of trouble again when the media shifted rapidly from exposing his lies to characterizing his deceit-saturated debate performance as “strong” and “commanding.” The Romney/Ryan campaign’s calculated decision to blatantly lie their way to Election Day and the media’s subsequent abandonment of all journalistic responsibility are only the latest examples of how political depravity has been normalized by the politicians complicit in it and the “journalists” who cover political campaigns.
Political depravity is the new normal. Bush v. Gore legalized it, the Patriot Act compels submission to it, Citizen’s United. makes it permanent. Americans are being subjected to blatant voter suppression, massive surveillance, a vast expansion of police power, and relentless government violations of the Bill of Rights. Obama is further to the right than Nixon was, the Wall Street/corporate establishment has absolute control over Congress and the courts, journalism is dead, unions are dying, and we’re all on a one-way ride to serfdom on the Austerity Express.
One would think that Republicans would be satisfied.
Oct 04 2012
Liar Beats Moral Coward In First “Presidential” Debate
I have no further commentary, no further commentary is necessary.
Here’s some music for you . . .
Oct 02 2012
Lying On the Pavement
12,000 babies are born each day in the United States. Strangers in a strange land, they get weighed, finger-printed, and are sent on their way with a bottle and a blanket and a bunch of balloons.
Good luck, little travelers. You’ll need it . . .
If you show any sign of life when you’re young, they’ll put you on Ritalin. Then, when you get old enough to take a good look around, you’ll get depressed, so they’ll give you Prozac. Meanwhile, your steady diet of trans-fat-laden food is guaranteed to give you high cholesterol, so you’ll get a prescription for Lipitor. Finally, at the end of the day, you’ll lay awake at night worrying about losing your health plan, so you’ll need Lunesta to go to sleep.
They’ll tell you prescription drugs are just fine, but they’ll warn you about marijuana and restrict your access to mind-altering substances like the truth. They’ll tell you all about the dangers of illegal drugs, but for some reason, they always forget to warn you about the most potent, destructive drug of all.
Sep 22 2012
Burns Like a Red Coal Carpet
Ronald Reagan . . .
I’ve spoken of the Shining City On a Hill all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it’s a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity,
Well . . . he got wind-swept right.
Everything got blown away except the illusions. They’re still here.
This used to be the Department of Justice . . .
It’s the Department of Complicity now.
Everyone there knows damn well that the rule of law is long gone, it got buried ten-feet-deep under the amber waves of grain by the politicians, profit-chasers, and hypocrites of the corporate media machine, who are all either directly involved in systemic fraud and abuses of power or are complicit in the ongoing cover ups that have been concocted in order to keep covering up the cover ups of all the earlier cover ups.
In a rare moment of candor, George H. W. Bush explained why the political, economic, and media elites are so fond of this perpetual, bipartisan, across-the-board, you cover my ass and I’ll cover yours partnership they’ve forged with one another . . .
“If the American people ever find out what we have done, they will chase us down the streets and lynch us.”
We have a BINGO. Thank you for playing, Poppy.
Sep 10 2012
Riding Chariots of Fire
The tens of millions of Americans planning to vote for Romney and Republican candidates or Obama and Democratic candidates still don’t seem to understand how broken the political system is, they still can’t seem to grasp that there isn’t much point in voting when Wall Street owns 90 percent of the politicians. They don’t like to think about politics, they can’t see the relentless corporate agenda behind all of the two-party system posturing, but they’ve seen plenty of movies, so maybe it can all be explained to them this way . . .
The two-party system has torched you like The English Patient, your civil liberties are Gone With the Wind, open your newspaper and all you see is Pulp Fiction. Nixon said he’d bring us together again, but we got Haldeman and Ehrlichman and their Little Shop of Horrors, Reagan promised morning in America, but we got Dog Day Afternoon, Bush promised compassionate conservatism, but we got the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the bankers and corporations promised jobs and prosperity, but we got Apocalypse Now.
Put your popcorn down and tell me, do you understand what’s been happening here YET?
Well here’s a red-white-and-blue clue for you . . .
Sep 05 2012
We All Shine On
John Lennon . . .
I’m sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites. All I want is the truth. Just gimme some truth.
Politicians don’t tell us the truth, the conventions are meaningless, the political system is rigged, the government, the economy, and the media are controlled by uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites. They have immense power and material wealth, they all have a very high opinion of themselves, but one artist with a conscience and the truth is worth more to humanity than every politician, banker, and businessman who ever lived.
John Lennon had a conscience, he told the truth, about himself, about society, about politics, about what matters and what doesn’t.
Why in the world are we here?
Surely not to live in pain and fear.
We have to shine on, no matter what. We have to shine on because the night has come and the land is dark. We have to stand by each other, we have to pick each other up when we fall. That’s not socialism, it’s not Marxism, it’s not entitlement fever, it’s why we’re here. Making money isn’t what life’s about, seeking power over others isn’t what life’s about, helping each other is what life’s about.
Aug 30 2012
Sharp As a Razor Blade
Searching high . . .
Tampa expected 15,000 protesters for the Republican National Convention. So far, the city has seen no more than “a couple thousand,” Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor told reporters this morning. “There aren’t nearly the number of demonstrators we expected,” Castor said. One reason could be Hurricane Isaac, which forced some bus companies to cancel planned charters of protesters into Tampa Bay..
Searching low . . .
How little impact are the protests at the Republican convention making? Well, let’s put it this way, yesterday the Tampa chief of police cancelled a scheduled afternoon press conference because there wasn’t enough to report. The Examiner reported Monday that the crowds were sparse at the protests and they haven’t gotten any larger since then. Reportedly, the largest crowd at any protest was 300 people at one at Ybor City, which is about three miles from the convention center.
Searching everywhere they know . . .
There were several protests Wednesday, but none of them were what city officials had feared. The largest was sponsored by Planned Parenthood at Julian Lane Park about a mile north of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It featured speeches and chants like ” Ho ho, hey hey, Planned Parenthood is here to stay.”
At midday, there was a protest at speech featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During the speech when Rice was talking about the compassionate Bush administration, a Code Pink protester, former Army Colonel Ann Wright, stood up and said, “You can’t be compassionate and kill people!” However, no one was arrested and for the most part, everything has been extremely calm.
Asking the cops wherever they go . . .
Have you seen dignity?
Aug 24 2012
They’re Fired Up, They’re Ready To Go
Fear not, wanderers in this WTF Wilderness. Be not dismayed, let not your hearts be troubled. Lift up your eyes like you never have before, and behold the shiny objects flashing around the White House and the DNC. Look upon them in wonder and sing hallelujah, for salvation is at hand. Again.
I hope Obama and the clap louder crowd at Kos Communications will forgive me, but I’m not fired up. I’m not ready to go. The idiocy on full display every hour of every day on the campaign trail exposes how far gone this country’s political system is. We don’t see any real political debate, we don’t hear any real political commentary, there’s no dialogue about the fundamental problems we’re facing, no real solutions are offered. It’s not a campaign. It’s a beer commercial.
Tastes Great! Less Filling!
Corporate capitalism tastes great. No, it’s less filling. Gosh, I just can’t decide who’s right, it has so many appealing features. It’s not perfect yet, but perfection is so close the Beltway binge-drinkers can almost taste it.
Their friends at the five-hundred billion dollar Beltway Brewery are really cranking out the suds, the bipartisan beer trucks are rumbling down the highways of America, driven by austerity alcoholics with places to go and people to see.
It’s Happy Hour, it’s always Happy Hour here at the Trickle Down Tavern, so drink up everyone, order another round, put another trillion dollars in the jukebox. Yeah, I know, Too Big To Fail is the only song on it, but what the hell, get over it, quit pouting and grow up, be a patriotic patriot and praise the plutocrats, they created this paradise of prosperity and are disappointed because we haven’t been grateful enough, so grab a beer-soaked flag and wave it on high.
Aug 19 2012
I Am You and You Are Me
It’s hard to say where it went wrong,
Decades before me and this song,
Through the banksters and the wars,
I just can’t take it anymore . . .
Aug 17 2012
Every Banker Had a Good Time
As the leaders of the People’s Republic of Plutocracy, Inc. prepare for the corporate coronations of Romney and Obama in Tampa and Charlotte, they’re fervently hoping Occupy Wall Street won’t spoil all the fun by sending dangerous American citizens into the streets to tell the truth all over the place. In Beltway offices, Homeland Security meetings, and conference calls with the militarized police departments of the One-Percent, the same questions are being asked about Occupy Wall Street. Who are those people? Why are they going to the national conventions with protest signs and devious plans to say whatever they want about the government, right out loud, in broad daylight where other citizens might hear them? What the hell do they think this is, a democracy?
I’ve got a feeling it’s not going to matter how many riot police are in the streets, pepper-spraying everyone in the twilight’s last gleaming, Americans are going to hear what Occupy Wall Street has to say in Tampa and Charlotte about the “government” and the “job creators” and this trickle down train wreck they call an economy.
Oh yeah . . .
Oh please believe me, I’d hate to miss the train. Oh yeah.
The chorus of our new national anthem is inspiring, isn’t it? Feel free to sing along Fox viewers, low information voters, brainwashed birthers and cable pundits, pulpit pounders of the Westboro Baptist Church and Obamabots of the Great Orange Asteroid . . .
Every worker had a hard year,
Every banker had a good time,
Every general had a wet dream,
Every fat cat saw the sun shine.
Aug 13 2012
Clear and Plain and Coming Through Fine
Israeli decision to strike Iran is almost final . . .
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have “almost finally” decided on an Israeli strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities this fall, and a final decision will be taken “soon.”
Militarily, an Israeli strike would prompt missile attacks on Israel, attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah from the south and the north, and upheaval on the Arab street, in the leadership’s assessment. Diplomatically, an Israeli strike would prompt a confrontation with the US, global protests, international isolation for Israel, delegitimization, and a situation in which Israel was seen as the aggressor. But Israel’s two key leaders believe that if Iran got the bomb, Israel would be defeated and humiliated diplomatically, and would become a liability to the US.
Netanyahu is convinced that thwarting Iran amounts to thwarting a plan to destroy the Jewish people. He considers Iran’s spiritual leader to be acting rationally in order to achieve “fanatical” goals.
So Netanyahu has formulated a foolproof plan to foil Khamenei. He’s going to act fanatically in order to achieve rational goals. That’ll show those stupid Persians who’s rational and who isn’t.
It looks like this is going to go down. Bebe’s precious bodily fluids are bubbling and foaming with excitement . . .
That idiot is going to attack Iran, and the shit’s going to hit the fan everywhere.