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    The Real State of the Union

    by | Jan 30, 2014
    The Real State of the Union

    The state of the Union is crap. 20% of the country is doing OK. 1% is doing fantastically. 0.001% is doing so well it’s criminal, literally. They don’t own everything yet but they do own all the politicians, judges, regulators, academics, and reporters. So they’re getting there. The other 80%, the rubes, the muppets, the serfs, are mired in an undeclared, ongoing depression. 50 years on I can safely state that the War on Poverty has been won. The poor have been defeated, the middle class conquered.

     

     

    in the same boat

    Antiestablishment-arianism

    by | Jan 28, 2014
    Antiestablishment-arianism

    In electoral politics, the establishment point of view attracts hefty campaign contributions from the, well, establishment. Conversely, and obviously, anti-establishment points of view do not. Establishment comes in suit and tie, as if to declare the area off-limits to the imagination, though politicians of the female variety, apparently for reasons of their traditional, established, status as decorative objects, are granted some leeway here, a dab of color there. Otherwise, no suit and tie?

     

     

    physician heal thyself!

    Bring Back The Little Black Bag

    by | Jan 26, 2014
    Bring Back The Little Black Bag

    When I was in college, the hippie kingdom railed against the hated Military-Industrial Complex. The MIC, they felt sure, was more than happy to wage war in Vietnam and rake in beaucoups of money. Making bombs to make a buck. Oh the outrage. Well where are hippies when you need them?

    Today we have another MIC wreaking havoc on us: the Medical-Insurance Complex.

     

     

    antithetical values

    When Empire Turns on Itself

    by | Jan 26, 2014
    When Empire Turns on Itself

    The tipping point of the 2012 presidential election may have been the unauthorized release of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” speech. Preaching to a closed and select group of the well-heeled, Romney complained that 47 percent of Americans “are dependent upon government,” “believe that they are victims,” “believe that government has a responsibility to care for them,” “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,” and, perhaps worst of all, “pay no income tax.”

     

     

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    Another of the “Greatest Generation” Falls

    by | Jan 15, 2014
    Another of the “Greatest Generation” Falls

    “When fascism comes to America it will be carrying a cross and wrapped in the flag.” — attributed to Sinclair Lewis

    Dr. Danny Pruett, my dad, passed away peacefully on January 4, his three grown children by his side. He was 90 and had willed himself back from the brink so many times that we began to think him invincible: heart attacks, bypass surgery, hips replacements, ruptured diverticulum and esophagus, multiple abdominal and back surgeries, atrial fibrillation, and more.

     

     

    anti-families with children

    What do Johnny and Saxby and Lindsey have in common?

    by | Jan 14, 2014
    What do Johnny and Saxby and Lindsey have in common?

    What do Johnny and Saxby and Lindsey have in common with the ladies from New Hampshire and Maine, Kelly and Susan? The U.S. Senators, Isakson, Chambliss and Graham, along with a handful of others, couldn’t wait to gum up the longterm unemployment compensation legislation, so they attached themselves to number one amender, Senator Ayotte.

     

     

    our general welfare

    What does our Federal Reserve Board do for us?

    by | Jan 3, 2014
    Federal Reserve Building (DonkeyHotey)

    President Kennedy famously advised, “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” in his inaugural address. That was a cop-out. After all, the rebellious colonists organized a government to provide for the general welfare. So, for the hireling-in-chief to task his employers, instead of focusing on the duties and obligations he had committed himself to assume, was, to say the least presumptuous. And, since Kennedy was a Democrat, it just goes to show that the role of servant was not foremost in the minds of any of our public officials back in 1960.

     

     

    uncommon sense

    Justplainwill’s Guide to the Future (or at least 2014)

    by | Dec 31, 2013
    Justplainwill's Guide to the Future (or at least 2014)

    Dear Justplainwill:
    I have been looking at those year-end 2013 TV news shows that review everything that happened over the past twelve months. Sure does look like a lot of stuff went down in 2013. A lot of stuff happened that I didn’t even know about when it was going on… sometimes right under my nose. Therein lies my problem Justplainwill. For some reason, this past year I only learned about some of the really important events after they happened…

     

     

    rights vs. wrongs

    Free speech: freedom for whom?

    by | Dec 31, 2013
    Free speech: freedom for whom?

    The thoughts so well expressed by Mike Cox in Freeing Free Speech once again set me thinking about my own attitudes to this thorny issue. It’s a difficult one for me; on the one hand I’m pretty much against censorship and all for free speech, on the other I despise those who sneer at ‘political correctness’ for no other reason than that it curtails their right to be offensive to people who are different from them.

     

     

    right to be stupid

    Freeing Free Speech

    by | Dec 20, 2013
    Freeing Free Speech

    I sincerely hope Tommy Jefferson and John Adams and Jim Madison didn’t mean for this to be the end result. A second rate character in a two-bit television show has temporarily become the nation’s moral compass; the linchpin that holds equality together for ourselves and our posterity. Sonofabitch!

    First of all, let me emphasize that any TV network that calls itself the “Arts and Entertainment Network” and then runs “Duck Dynasty” marathons weekly needs to reassess direction.

     

     

    life in the key of stupid

    Outbreak of Affluenza Strikes Down Teen

    by | Dec 19, 2013
    Outbreak of Affluenza Strikes Down Teen

    A 16-year-old is avoiding all jail time for killing four people and injuring nine in a drunk-driving accident after his lawyer successfully argued the teen suffers from “affluenza.” Affluenza, you say? You aren’t familiar with that disease? Well, you should be. It is a deadly affliction spreading rapidly into the wealthy conclaves of gated communities … and sadly it strikes only the wealthy.

     

     

    civics lesson

    Quelle surprise

    by | Dec 19, 2013
    Quelle surprise

    So a southern evangelical Christian star of a reality TV series about his backwoods family got his ass suspended from said television series (on A&E, in case you’re wondering) for quoting the bible and comparing homosexuality to bestiality and the like. I don’t know which part of that sentence that least surprises me. Maybe the A&E part. Not that the network suspended Phil Robertson, but that he was ever on there to begin with. Or maybe not.

     

     

    ebenezer would be proud

    Bad Press Better than No Press

    by | Dec 19, 2013
    Bad Press Better than No Press

    Jack Kingston, the Republican representative from Georgia’s first district and esteemed member of the Republican theme team, has apparently decided that, if he wants to be a viable candidate for the United States Senate, he’s got to get himself some press coverage. Since he’s not a novice, we have to assume that targeting the children’s lunches is not an accident. According to Daniel Molloy, writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution Kingston said: “On the Agriculture Committee we have jurisdiction over the school lunch…

     

     

    sacred economics to heal

    Is the Pope an Occupier?

    by | Dec 6, 2013
    Is the Pope an Occupier?

    Pope Francis’ recent encyclical is sending shock waves around the world. In addition to exhortations to the faithful, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) packs a scathing critique of “unbridled” capitalism and consumerism. Here’s the flavor of the Pope’s message:

    Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.

     

     

    control issues

    In the land of the Cons

    by | Dec 5, 2013
    In the land of the Cons

    Nothing is as it seems in the land of the Cons. We’ve got to remember that. Sometimes it seems that, regardless of the issue, con men have to deceive, even if it means cutting off their own noses or, if they happen to be politicians, the noses of the constituents they expect to vote for them. If that makes no sense, it is still a fact in the twenty states where Governors, no doubt on the advice of their Representatives in Congress, are rejecting the extra dollars that would extend health care to people not earning enough to afford even subsidized insurance policies.

     

     

    petition

    The Declaration of Independence, Updated

    by | Dec 3, 2013
    The Declaration of Independence, Updated

    When in the life of a democratic nation it becomes clear that the government has parted ways with the governed and evinces no intention to reform, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that the governed, i.e. the People, should declare in terms both broad and narrow the causes that impel them toward a separation of their own.

    We the People hold to be self-evident the same truths that were proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence of 1776, chief among them an inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and we remind the nation’s leaders…

     

     

    the sublime cannibal

    Thanksgiving is a euphemistic feast

    by | Nov 28, 2013
    Thanksgiving is a euphemistic feast

    “Where is the Love?” Kristof asks in his Thanksgiving column for the New York Times.  Thanksgiving is a euphemistic feast. I still haven’t found just the right term to describe cannibals bloodlessly and indirectly destroying and consuming their own kind. Some call it “sacrifice,” but that too is a euphemism. “Symbolic predation” doesn’t work because the injury and destruction are all too real.

     

     

    representing the ruling class

    Modern-day Southern “nullifiers”

    by | Nov 20, 2013
    Modern-day Southern "nullifiers"

    Way back in 1988, I sat across from Strom Thurmond in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., and listened as he explained his opposition to federal anti-lynching laws and any other federal encroachment on states’ rights during his long career.

    “I felt it was dangerous to shift it all to Washington,” the then-85-year-old U.S. senator and former Dixiecrat presidential candidate from South Carolina told me.  “Lynching was nothing but murder. All states had laws against murder. … I’ve never had any feelings against minorities.”

     

     

    your crazy uncle

    Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

    by | Nov 19, 2013
    Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

    Many of us love a good conspiracy theory. Some of us, though, love them more than others. It’s no surprise liberals are more likely to buy into a conspiracy theory critical of the right, or conservatives are more likely to believe one critical of the left. The data supports exactly that, proving we often dare research the obvious. Here I’m going to discuss four specific conspiracy theories, two from each side of the political spectrum, and sketch what a national sample of over 5,000 U.S. adults tells us about who does, and does not, believe in them.

     

     

    on democracy

    Three Books

    by | Nov 17, 2013
    Michael Parenti's The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Noam Chomsky's Imperial Ambitions and Arundhati Roy's War Talk

    I join these three books because of their common unveiling of who-rules-for-whose-benefit, across cultures and time. Parenti shows an ancient example, the destruction of early Roman Democracy by oligarchic forces. Chomsky illustrates the continuation of plutocracy, or elite rule, in our time, despite and in opposition to the advances of Democracy. Roy provides confirmation that this struggle is international, in this case India.

     

     

    moronic public displays

    Gun Rights Advocates Turn to Intimidation

    by | Nov 12, 2013
    Gun Rights Advocates Turn to Intimidation

    Everything is indeed bigger in Texas, and now that slogan can also apply to moronic public displays of intimidation. The New York Times reported today on an armed protest outside a suburban restaurant this past weekend. From NYT: “A small meeting of a group seeking tougher gun laws was interrupted Saturday at a suburban Dallas restaurant when the woman who helped organize it saw something outside that startled her: at least two dozen men and women in the parking lot with shotguns, hunting rifles, AR-15s and AK-47s…

     

     

    voter suppression

    In The Trenches With Voter ID

    by | Nov 6, 2013
    In The Trenches With Voter ID

    The green envelope in the photo is only one of 12 new forms necessary to qualify Texas voters (or make their vote “provisional” if they don’t have identical photo ID).

    Yesterday I was an elections judge on the Northside suburbs of San Antonio (read: big houses). This was not a heavy voting day, since there were no candidates on the ballot, so the polls were visited primarily by the faithful. Still, it provided insights into what we can look forward to in the future.

     

     

    stoop to their level

    Disgusting, disrespectful Democrats

    by | Nov 5, 2013
    Disgusting, disrespectful Democrats

    Is being obnoxious catching? My email in-box is currently featuring messages with the following headings:

    Beat the snot out of them.

    and

    I’m here to kick some Tea Party ass.

     

     

    evening with bernie

    The Feisty Senator from Vermont comes South

    by | Nov 4, 2013
    The Feisty Senator from Vermont comes South

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Vermont spoke this morning (10/18/13) at a union hall in Atlanta to an enthusiastic full house. The points he made in his talk and the town hall-like Q & A, though pretty wide-ranging, highlighted a couple items: extremist republican ideologues look around and realize, hell, we can’t ask people to vote for us so we can gut social security, medicare-medicade, veterans benefits, ship U.S. jobs to China and cut taxes for the wealthy.

     

     

    good vs. evil

    Dysfunctional American Government is Here to Stay – At Least For A While

    by | Oct 23, 2013
    Dysfunctional American Government is Here to Stay – At Least For A While

    The American populace is split, nearly right down the middle, on critical issues: abortion, capital punishment, gun control, mandated health care, immigration, national debt, education, social support programs–the list goes on, and on, and on.

    In his 1996 book Moral Politics, George Lakoff describes how different views of family structure and morality underlie this split. He claims the idea of a strong, authoritative father underlies conservative views whereas the concept of empathetic, nurturing parents underlies liberal views…

     

     

    through the looking glass

    Ted Cruz as Mad Hatter, But Cruz Isn’t Mad, He’s a Sociopath

    by | Oct 19, 2013
    Ted Cruz as Mad Hatter, But Cruz Isn't Mad, He's a Sociopath

    Sociopaths make the Kool-Aid. The Crazies are the ones who drink it. Sociopathy and craziness have this in common: they are both forms of human “brokenness.”

    Sociopaths are broken in their not being connected with the rest of humanity by bonds of empathy. They serve only themselves, using and exploiting others, caring nothing about the consequences for others or the greater good.

     

     

    was i dreaming?

    I Have A Nightmare

    by | Oct 18, 2013
    I Have A Nightmare

    Whether I was subject to the zeitgeist of debt ceiling brinkmanship or pickles for supper, I had a bad night. I dreamed that Ted Cruz was running for president with Sarah Palin for VP. There are doubtless worse combinations, like Russ Limbaugh and the Donald (what a power struggle that would be, which would be Vice?). My nightmare made me sit up and tremble.

    Having seen cultural changes from moon-in-June to hip hop heavy rotation slam rap…

     

     

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