Sunday, October 15, 2017

When Roosters Come Home To Roost

I really wish I could say I've never come into contact with dudes like this. I can't even pinpoint when it started happening. Maybe it was when your creepy uncle wanted you to sit in his lap.
 13 years old is too old for that.
 When you are a woman, life is a minefield of stepping around these creepy men.
Color me surprised when the stories about Harvey Weinstein came out. Who knew? How is it even shocking? It's everywhere.
Not just in Hollywood.
 It's on the bus or the subway, it's when you are out on your daily run and dudes pull up and try to get you to go with them in their cars - when you refuse they get angry.
I could go on & on.                                                        What will Harvey's punishment be for sexual assault, rape, and molesting women?
Just kick him out of the Hollywood Oscar Club.
By Monday, there will be a fresh new crisis to look at and he'll be safe in his sex rehab clinic.
The rich never pay.
I can barely wrap my head around creepy Stephen Paddock and the clusterf*ck going on in Las Vegas.
What sheriff has to come out and say that there's no conspiracy? Since when has that ever happened?
A lot of people have no faith in the police or the FBI's timeline at all. People are over believing the "official stories." they've been burned with; from the  Gulf of Tonkin to JFK, to 9/11, now they don't believe anything anymore.
 I have seen all the theories out there, I don't have any idea of what's true or what's not. I am leaning towards MGM screwing up royally and trying to do damage control so they won't lose millions in lawsuits
 The creepy guy who killed and wounded all those people, played video poker for 14 hours a day, he would rather interact with a machine than a human, that is, when he wasn't amassing enough fire power to start a small war and don't get me started on his weird brother.
Who the hell acts like this when there's a horrible tragedy?
 Who talks about money like this and tries to justify his parasitic life of living off his brother by saying not everyone works at Taco Bell?
Seriously, there's something very wrong with these Paddock people.

In D.C., the week started out with Senator Corker telling us the White House is running an adult day care center, which only made me laugh.
 Doddering Dotard, who for the second time, forgot to sign an Executive Order, to gut Obamacare, Pence had to chase after him and tell him to sign.
It could take a long time to take subsidies away from Obamacare, I can't even find a date other than the middle of next year.
I have no love for Obama, but why do this? When you've got nothing to offer except taking away what little Americans have when it comes to our crap healthcare system?
 It reminded me of the Rose Garden announcement when Congress tried to "decertify" Obamacare. Look where that went, all the way to Dotard signing his own
order to take money away from it. 
 Dotard isn't much different than Kim Jong-un.
 Have big displays over nothing much, act like it's a big victory, wait till the next news cycle takes over and no one will care.
Did Rex Tillerson call Donald Trump a "fucking moron" for wanting to build even more of a nuclear arsenal than we already have? How many do we need? Seriously, is there ever enough for these psychopathic dudes?
Rex Tillerson must be a moron too, to continue working for one.
They should both take I.Q. tests. Maybe that should be a prerequisite for a position of power.
Then there's the Iran Nuclear Treaty "decertification" I was like, is that a thing? Can you "decertify" something that other countries signed too? It just looks like Dotard gets a bug up his ass and then he's got to make something happen. Like have a big speech. But a speech doesn't mean anything.
Actions are what you look at and all he can do is sign some papers, or make it look like he actually did something, then run off to Mar-A-Lago or Bedminster to golf. Why?
Because Trump "hates everyone in the White House."
I think Trump used to have a life set up more like Weinstein or Paddock.
Those dudes really didn't have to deal with anyone they didn't want to or maybe even anything at all. Weinstein isn't alone when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct. Donald Trump has had his share too. God only knows what we'll find about these dudes, and their double lives, they are able to keep hidden because of money or influence. They literally do not care if they drone some people or try to coerce a woman to sleep with them for a future starring role, or shoot up a concert.
It's just business to them. "Not everyone works for Taco Bell", "sometimes gambling's just like a job."
Until the last gamble doesn't pay off, until you find you have overextended yourself, until you have just flat run out of luck. That's what happens to these psychopaths. Like Stephen Paddocks father, who also led a double life.
I don't know why authorities are so surprised when these people lead a double life, it's not like it came from nowhere. I know I have had run in's with more than my share of these people, who are capable of so much chaos & confusion. It get's to the point where you know them when you see them, from the trail of nonsense they leave behind them. The less money they have the less they are able to cover their problems up. I have seen them get dragged off to psych wards for calling up authorities & impersonating people from other countries with weird accents, to getting hauled off by the cops for spitting on them.
You don't need money to be a psychopath. You just need to be heartless and ruthless. The most troubling thing about the Stephen Paddock's and the Harvey Weinstein's is they are everywhere. They are in your neighborhood and at the Walmart. Once you have had an encounter with one, you never look at people the same way again.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Guns and Guitars

It wasn't lost on me,the irony, that Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter bought his guns at a place called "Guns & Guitars."
 While he was busy shooting, American icon, musician, Tom Petty, was leaving this world.
These guys were both in the same age bracket and that is all they had in common.
One man was creative and wrote the soundtrack for our day to day American lives.
Tom Petty, struggled with addiction and beat it. He had a violent upbringing and rose above it, bringing joy and comfort in bad times to people around the world. He will be missed.
On the other hand, it seems that the Las Vegas murderer, Mr. Paddock, was addicted to gambling, made millions and God only knows what his upbringing was like; his father was a diagnosed psychopath and bank robber.
I can't imagine what it would be like to grow up with that kind of burden. I am sure at that time there was no thought of the lasting psychological damage that caused.
According to his family, he was "just a guy" I find it hard to believe there wasn't one red flag that smelled "off" to someone. I can't find an answer to how someone, who was supposedly a "normal guy," could stockpile 42 weapons, thousands of rounds of ammo and explosives. You just don't buy that in a day or a week, it takes planning and time, money wasn't a problem, I guess.
He was described as a "Lone Wolf" yeah, ok. I haven't ever heard of a wolf who killed that many people and injured over 500 more. So let's stop with this weird romanticized "Lone Wolf" label. There are too many of these white male's to keep calling them a "Lone Wolf."
Why do so many white guys do this? Why do some men pick up a guitar and another a gun?
How is it that one person can buy that many weapons?
This country is awash in guns and that will not change.
It is a proxy war by corporate powers and the NRA to keep American citizens in a frightened and helpless state.
What do we do, when we hear of another shooting, another blood bath? We shake our heads and just go on. Weapons of war are used on the American people daily, if not by the police, then it's our armed neighbors and so it goes...
Lots of thoughts and prayers and then there will be some lame attempt at gun control, but nothing will happen that will stop corporate donations rolling in and the carnage to continue.
In 2017, there have been, 35,403  deaths and injuries due to gun violence. (not including the recent massacre) Let me add another stat to that, there were 60,000 drug overdoses in 2016.
Seriously, between the guns and the drugs, what is going on in this country that is causing this amount of human misery? That's close to 100,000 people and the stats aren't all in for 2017.
If there was a raging epidemic of some virus killing 100,000 people something would be done about it.
How is it that people in 2017 don't have the tools to deal with the stress and despair in their lives?
It's like we have chosen mass murder and suicide instead of trying to solve these problems in any meaningful way.
I don't know the answers to these problems, the artist in me wants to shut down all the gun shops and give free guitars to anyone who wants a gun. Pick up a guitar, not a gun.
I know, for myself, at my bleakest times it was music that saved me. It was art that kept me going.
I taught my kids to play the guitar and paint and sing.
When I was in a band, a long time ago, Tom Petty was on our set list.
That's me, in the band
Despite the heartbreak in this country, there is still beauty, and music.
Unfortunately along with all the people who lost their lives at a concert  in Las Vegas, we lost Tom Petty too.
RIP to all the lives lost.
This was one of Tom Petty's songs we played back in the day, it's probably pretty appropriate.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Game Of Chicken

The week started out for me watching Ken Burns much hyped The Vietnam War series. All I can say about it is wow. I don't know where Burns has been for the last forty years, but his interpretation of The Vietnam War is so far from reality, I just couldn't stomach it.
I got to the second episode and couldn't take anymore. It's just one big mistake according to him and no mention of the why; the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which we now know did not happen, not the way the propaganda at the time said it happened. It was funded by Bank of America, which I should have known then, what direction this thing was going in.
Not going to watch 18 hours of that drivel. But it's a good job of white washing history, if that's what you like, being told fairy tales and outright lies isn't my thing.
I grew up with that war and it seems to me there has been very little time in my life not living with some fearsome enemy, only now it's on steroids. I can go to bed at night after seeing Kim Jong-un's missile videos, then in the morning, when I get up, Dotard Trump's missile videos and not to be outdone, Iran shows a missile video;

Another video, really?
Seriously, I wonder who else has some footage for another missile video? 
What's going to be the newest Gulf of Tonkin incident, for the next excuse for a war?
 Don't we have enough going on?
From what I understand Puerto Rico has no electricity and a dam that has failed, affecting thousands of people, but what's the big story? 
Trump cussed out a football player and now there's a  big rebellion by the NFL.
 Dotard has NOT been able to do anything since he got elected but tweet. 
It's all a big distraction to cover his fail of an administration. 
I guess that's a good thing.
Then there's the dog and pony show of the repeal and replace or the just repeal and not replace that these criminals in DC keep wasting time on, so they look like they are doing something. 
They don't have the votes, but that doesn't matter, because Lindsey Graham is bad at math, so he's going to try again and probably fail. All of these elected officials are paid handsomely by the health insurance industry. Nothing's going to happen. They should just show us a video of John McCain with his thumbs down vote and save a lot of time and energy.
On Monday, the Senate passed a $700 billion military spending bill. I'll just let that sink in.
I guess we've got to replace all those bombs we've been videoing and dropping on people all over the world. That's what we do. 
You know what we don't do? Medicare for all or free tuition for college. Nope. 
This is why we can't have nice things. 
Then there's rumors of Dotard's tax plan that he'll be making a speech about in Indiana, this week. This plan is supposed to, wait for it..."heavily benefit high income  taxpayers," such a surprise. 
I'm not holding my breath for anything when it comes to the idiots in Washington, but if they can find a way to help their rich benefactors, this might be the only legislature that actually passes, besides the billions of dollars given away, to the black hole that is known as the Pentagon. It's another speech I won't watch, like the one Dotard made at the UN, threatening to annihilate millions of people. 
I guess tomorrow will start another week of MSM propaganda missile videos or Dotard's tweets, so we can get caught up in a massive game of chicken. No thanks. Both of them are Dotards.
                                                  Better get busy on the next video Kim.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Morgan Freeman and Rocket Man

                                                       Brought to you by Rob Reiner
Well, well, Morgan Freeman says we're at war in this fine piece of propaganda. Where is the proof? Is it in this video?
 I didn't see any. Why didn't he run for president if he knows so much?
Then we have Mr. Art of the War Deal, calling Kin Jong-Un, Rocket Man.
At first I thought he was talking about the Elton John song, but no!
I guess it really is lonely out in space.
 The space between Trumps ears.
No where in Trumps speech, with his litany of North Korean atrocities, does he ever say America is guilty of the same in all our escapades all over the world.
This only happened on Tuesday.
What are we in for the rest of the week?
Both of these speeches have something in common, they are engineered for, maximum attention seeking.
I like John Kelley's reaction to Trumps speech
I am involved in a lot of projects right now, it's so hard even paying attention to stuff that just doesn't make sense. So I think I will listen to Elton John and the original Rocket Man.
 Enjoy, and don't let the bastards get you down.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What's Happening

As usual, here in the land of the dysfunctional, there was a lot of screwed up shit going on.
The most nauseating for me was Hillary Clinton and her 'What Happened" book tour.
Seriously, all she had to do was read my blog, especially during the 2016 election year and she would have got to the truth of the matter.
Now she's got a book filled with lies and blame, that have nothing to do with, "What Happened"
 Because, I can tell you, no one cares Hillary.
The only people who care are propaganda news media mouth pieces, that need to fill up air time, for their corporate overseer's.
I bet Hillary doesn't tell us what happened when  her husband signed the legislation that set in motion the economic crisis that we still haven't recovered from.
Really? Sadist much?
Then there was this stomach churning incident, but I don't suppose she goes into that much in her book. Nope.
I seriously doubt she's got any fucks to give for the people of Libya or the never ending wars, going on now.
I think one of the reasons Trump was so successful, was because he said he wanted to get us out of these wars.
Of course it was lies, and he's no better than she is.
The Democrats are nothing but a big fail, with Hillary as the leader of that corrupt party of nothing.
I have no love for Republicans either. Both parties aren't doing a damn thing they are elected to do. It's plain to see. That's really what's happening, more war and more money for the MIC.
I wish she would just go away, but, she's probably got a few more books up her sleeve.
Go build some houses with Jimmy Carter for Christ's sake, try and do something useful.
Start in Florida or Texas, where people have lost their homes, then write about that.
I might actually read that book.
In Washington, what's happening is Bernie Sander's trying to get "healthcare for all" and good luck with that.
It's never going to happen.
What would health un-insurance companies do then? Politicians would stop getting their bribes donations. They have no interest in getting Americans up to speed like every other industrialized nation with a national healthcare system.
It would be easy to pay for, by ending the trillion dollar wars we're fighting.
That won't happen either. It's a joke.
Then we have the DACA Dreamers debacle. I've got no problem with immigrants or kids being in this country through no fault of their own.
My big problem is if they can come in, can I get out?
I'd love to live in another country, but the trouble is, every where I want to go, there are procedures and rules. It's so inconvenient.
I guess they don't take the tired, poor and huddled masses, yearning for chocolate.
They don't just take anyone, so I guess I'm stuck here. I guess I have a problem sneaking over the Alps and settling in Switzerland. I wouldn't want to do that. Although, it probably would be exciting, (I know, it's so Sound of Music) I can also see it would be too much of a pain in the ass. I don't think I could get political asylum, because I don't like living in a country where Trump is President, no matter how much other countries think he's a whack job too. I guess I'll file that away for further investigation.

Also this week, nut job Kim Jung-Un decides to fire another missile over Japan, not to be out done, South Korea decides to release a video.(probably told to by the US) Just to keep scaring Americans and the rest of the world, so the US can justify another war. I don't know why we are still in Korea or Japan.
It just goes to show, once we start bombing or make war on another country, we never leave. 
I wonder how much these missiles cost? It's a money-maker for someone. I don't know anyone who said, Gee, I'd really like to see some footage of missiles being shot off in South Korea, that would really make my day! We would all gather around the TV in eager anticipation! 
This has been yet another week when I am glad I don't have a TV and I'm not paying a huge cable bill to watch Hillary Clinton or missiles being launched. Who knows where it even landed?
 Probably in the ocean, which has taken enough abuse. You just can't make any sense out of any of the "reporting" that goes on in this country. 
Nothing is going to happen in Washington. Trump isn't going to do anything, neither is Congress or the Senate. Missiles and bombs will continue to fly, Americans who simply just want to go about their business and enjoy their lives and spend time with their families, are going to be continually assaulted by the Mainstream Media's worship of violence and war mongers like Hillary Clinton. That's really What's Happening.

I'm not reading Hillary's book, I'm currently reading Theft By Finding, (He stole the title of my book, but that's another story) written by David Sedaris, a writer I consider, a national treasure.
 Instead of TV, read it. it's hilarious!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Good Time Trump

What is up with this weird, creepy dude and his megachurch?
I feel really sorry for the people of Houston right now, their lives will never be the same.
I say this because I know about when a hurricane slams into a community.
I live in the epicenter  where "Superstorm" Sandy slammed into.
Five years later, people are still rebuilding. Ripped off by contractors or waiting years for FEMA funds to trickle down on them. It's better than it was here, but there are still houses that have been abandoned. It is a myth that the federal government is going to step in and give compensation for all the losses that occur in a disaster situation.
The insurance companies will balk over wind damage or water damage and the people in Houston, like here in New Jersey, probably did not have near enough flood insurance.
Getting insurance companies to pay is another nightmare. They are in business to make a profit, not to pay out when a disaster comes calling.
Then you have  a "photo opportunity president" that comes calling.
"Heckuva job Brownie!" Bush and " No Red Tape!" Obama and now "Have a Good Time!" Trump.
It is such a good time trying to get FEMA funding, dealing with your insurance company.
It's a real party.
The average citizen who has nothing, will be forced to live in moldy flooded homes.
I know people who are still living in conditions like this. They did not have insurance and couldn't afford to re-mediate their homes.
We have another upcoming emergency of our government running out of money and money for Harvey survivors is going to be tied to it, I am guessing.
I wonder how much money we are spending in Afghanistan and how much funding the people of Houston will get in disaster relief?
I understand there was no call for people to evacuate from Houston, because it would have created a logistical nightmare. Almost no one I know here in Jersey evacuated from Sandy. They simply had no where to go, which I suspect, was the case in Houston.
We have people who live and work in low lying coastal flood areas, but no way of evacuating them when a storm is headed their way.
Houston  is 1/4 of our economy and the chemical plants and oil companies that are now digging out, will take years to recover and may just start over somewhere else, if they can.
To top it off, Hurricane Irma is making it's way towards the Southeast US. What's the plan for that?
I just don't get it. How many damn hurricanes do you need to get before there is some kind of cogent plan put forth?
The answer; there never will be one.
We bumble our way through war after war and we do the same thing, disaster after disaster. While charlatans and con artists rip off people trying to rebuild. Just like the mercenaries and defense contractors in the Middle East.
We never learn.
What I did learn was that in Houston, people got in their boats and didn't wait for an overwhelmed police force to rescue people, they did it themselves.
Congress and the Senate will waste time, dithering in DC, while people need real help, now, not later.  If that help does come a lot of the money will get diverted by people in power with projects they throw to their construction company friends or big advertising campaigns to get them re-elected.
                                        Sandy funds used for Christie's re-election campaign.
I really hope Houston is "stronger than the storm" it's going to be an uphill battle. Houston will sadly, have to face doing much of it on their own.
Have a good time with that.  Houston will be a do-it-yourself recovery, just like at the Jersey Shore. People going to endless meetings and all the donations made to shady places that never got to the people who needed them. Be careful who you donate to.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Might As Well Face It, We're Addicted To War.

While people are still playing with their eclipse glasses, it's time to trot out more war.
 With Trump unable to do a damn thing, one thing he can do is continue an unpopular war no one wants. He's gonna give a great big speech, so news channels will have something to talk about.
Not that it matters. Any president with as many generals as Trump has, is going to be influenced by the Pentagon. Maybe, he's influenced by Betsy DaVos brother, Erik Prince, you know where he works? Academi a/k/a Blackwater.
 I have done my share of blogging about the Bush Administration and their ties to Halliburton and Blackwater, I am not shocked, that the same old, same old playbook is going to come out, AGAIN.
I won't listen to Trump's speech.
I really don't care what he has to say.
I know it's going to be a con to send more troops and spend more money in Afghanistan.
We can't have single payer healthcare or anything else to improve Americans lives, so lets double down on war. He does not care and he's got no problem sending more people off to die.
Bush did it, Obama did it, and now I guess its Trump's turn to be a tool and  give us another heaping, stinking helping of waste, in a country we never had any business being in.
I expect for most Americans, it will be a big yawn, or the media will make such an American flag and apple pie spectacle of it, you'll have to use your eclipse glasses again, to keep the rockets red glare from burning your eyes out.
 If anyone actually protests against ANOTHER surge, I will be shocked.
If Nazi's march it's bad, but war? Who cares?
People are so used to it by now, it's just another day.
I don't even know why he's going to give a speech?
He doesn't have to convince anyone of anything. He's just going to do what he damn well pleases, like he's always done.
His kids aren't going to fight in Afghanistan and Trump dodged the Vietnam War draft.
A real patriot.
So I guess, John McCain will be happy and Lindsey Graham, that Trump will send more troops and order billions of dollars worth of equipment, American exceptional welfare for Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin and various privatised caterers and mercenaries.
The Military Industrial Complex, paid a lot of bribes and they want a return on their investment and now Donnie's got to cough it up.
There's no end in sight and I doubt anyone in congress or the senate will do anything but go along with the whole charade.
Meanwhile teachers are scrambling for materials for their classrooms and struggling parents are trying to save enough to buy new back-to-school shoes for their kids, from their three crappy jobs they hold down, with no benefits.
They aren't going to watch that speech on TV, they can't afford cable.
If it's any comfort, It would have been the same if it was Hillary or Trump.
America is married to bombing, invading, sending Americans off to get killed or maimed, maybe if their lucky, when they get back, they won't commit suicide.
This is Bush's legacy, it's also Obama's and now it's yours Trump.
So much winning.
                                                                  Not a good omen.