Sunday, November 22, 2015

"The Big Event"

For me, the first act of terrorism I can remember, isn't 9/11, it's the assassination of President Kennedy. I remember the black and white TV delivering the terrible news and my mother crying. It was probably the first time I ever saw my mother cry, I was too young to understand anything and was bewildered by what was going on. This feeling of complete confusion, of things just turning upside down is one which would become very familiar to me later in life. It seemed as though my childhood was littered with bodies of men who may have changed the future, so they never got the chance. These things never made sense to me. Some random dude shoots the President, then another random dude shoots the dude who shot the President in a police station. Makes sense, right?
Now we know that it makes no sense, it doesn't take much digging to find the CIA connection to the Kennedy assassination. Oddly enough, a CIA plot to kill the President makes a whole lot of sense.
The deaths of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, not accidents. These killings didn't just "happen", they were orchestrated. I am not alone in the belief, that there was a CIA plot to kill Kennedy, the last poll says 62% of Americans believe the same thing.
When I was a teenager, Watergate was everywhere and always on TV. My mom would set up her ironing board and watch the hearings. Then the President resigned and President Ford pardoned him, so, ya know, there wouldn't be any long drawn out proceedings. People going to jail for a joint, but something of this magnitude, nope. This reminds me very much of how "we can't look back" at the economic meltdown and bank bailout. How no one is responsible for two wars, based on lies. We know that there were warnings, yet, hijacked planes, on 9/11, just flew into buildings and there was no military response. On that day, I remember that same feeling I had when President Kennedy was shot, the complete confusion of that attack, then I didn't have the knowledge I do now.
When I first heard about the Paris attacks, I got that same bewildered feeling, then I had the thought, oh, it's Friday the 13th. Not some random date. Then I read that the police had the so-called mastermind Salah and let him go. You're kidding. That's no accident. I just don't believe in coincidences anymore. I am not making light of the loss of life, the heartbreak and grief going on in Paris, but it's not lost on me that now there's even more bombing in Syria, what's it gonna be? Another war? It's kind of getting old, but here's something that never get's old, co-opting the tragedy in Paris to call for more surveillance here in America, home of the freaked out, Fox News watching morons. Our economy has been in the doldrums for some time and there's nothing like war power to enrich weapons makers to prop up our "free market" economy. So it goes, more war creating more terrorists and more terror.
I don't watch TV anymore, in fact, I threw it out, besides cable being so expensive it's the amount of crap we're being fed and all the fear mongering. I am sure the footage of the Paris attacks were being shown over and over, that's something I just don't want to see. I have opted out of corporate control of what comes into my home. I opt out of being told stories and more propaganda. I believe very little of what I read, facts and logic seems to have been thrown out of daily discourse. You get to the point where you know that things are never what they seem. When the all too familiar call to arms and blame on some disenfranchised group flares up in a never ending war scenario, the only thing you can do is turn away, I am sorry about what has happened in Paris, but I am sorrier still that there is nothing that can be done, because profit and corruption drives it all and I refuse to play by those rules.

Friday, November 13, 2015


I am making a quick post about the horrible attack in Paris. In case it can help. Please share so French citizens may find shelter if they are in need



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dubya's Doddering Old Dad

Donald Trump was on SNL,who cares? Why anyone pays an attention to that blowhard is beyond me.
Here's a blowhard that got some attention this week. It was 41, yes, that's what he's called in his family. He's a number.The 41st president of the United States and he decided to out his son as being bullied by Cheney and Rumsfeld, poor little Dubya was served badly by his aides. 
What gets me so mad about the Bush's is the total denial that a war was fought on the basis of lies, for profit and thousands have died. The Middle East is a nightmare because of Bush's meddling but it's all Cheney's and Rummy's fault. There's enough blame to go around, but the fact that no one has been accountable for the spying on the American people, the torture, the lying. That is the real problem.  Now dear old Dad has a book coming out and he decides the time is right to keep it real, to bad he didn't do that with his son. Thanks for that!
Another problem for me is that I remember when this whole Iraq War went down, I knew it was all bullshit, but God forbid you said so, just look at how the Dixie Chicks were crucified.
But hey, we can't look back. We aren't supposed to have a memory I guess.
History will be Dubya's judge, because there's no political will to bring a war criminal to justice. Jebby's run for the presidency has been nothing more than a joke since he backs his brother all the way, explaining to us that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a "pretty good deal" was it? Was it a good deal for all the veterans who fought that war and are now committing suicide in droves?  Was it a good deal for all the families who lost their sons, daughters, husbands and wives? I can't even imagine their pain. To describe that war as a "good deal" as if it was a business transaction, which I'm sure it pretty much was, Cheney's Halliburton profited mightily, as well as all the other defense contractors. The Bush's have been in the business of war for profit for a long time and that includes George H.W. Bush, "good deal" doesn't even come close to describing it. I guess 41 think's it's all Destiny and Power. I think it's corruption and greed, but who cares what I think.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Matter Of Time

Once upon a time, there was a war, this war used a lot of fuel, there was a lot less for the people, so, it was decided to utilize Daylight Savings Time and people wouldn't need as much fuel. When the war was over, Daylight Savings Time ended, the people rejoiced, their clocks could stay the same forever! Sadly, there was another war and another shortage of fuel, another Daylight Savings Time was reinstated. When the war was over, there was no more Daylight Savings Time, unless a state felt like keeping it.
In 1966 the government mandated Daylight Savings Time for everyone, so all around the country there would be a standard uniform time. Because they had extended light at the end of the day the people could shop and go to Home Depot and spend money because more light means more consumers consuming.
Daylight Savings Time started as a way to save energy, even thought there is no evidence that this is so. However, the Chamber of Commerce says sales go up, so Daylight Savings Time must go on! Despite the fact that nobody gives a crap about it and now they have to go all around the house changing the alarm clocks and digital appliance clocks and the coffee maker clock. The Chamber of Commerce has their people do this for them, therefore, they aren't bothered by the inconvenience. If they like Daylight Savings Time so much, why don't they make it permanent?
One reason is little Johnny and Jane would have to walk to the bus stop in the dark. Because schools start at an hour when most children would probably just be waking up. The horrendous early hours school system is not conducive to learning, but is conducive if you like tired children at school laying their heads down on their desk and sleeping, because it's too damn early to be at school. But I digress.
The other reason? An act by Congress, not much hope there, since they all take money from the Chamber of Commerce lobby. We the people, don't get any money from the Chamber of Commerce lobby, so what people want doesn't matter and we just have to go along with nonsensical, illogical rules like changing our clocks when you don't want to, after having been convinced that it's for the peoples good because they are saving so much energy. Which is all a sham, so the people will be busy changing all the clocks, sometimes people miss one and don't discover it for a day or two. No one at work has time to change the clocks so they will be off too. For some reason or other, some clocks won't be changed and people may see a clock while driving around, that hasn't been changed, maybe at the local Chamber of Commerce. One day, maybe the clocks won't have to be changed and it will always be Daylight Savings Time and the people will all live happily ever after. As long as there's daylight, people will spend even  money on cheap crap from China, they buy at Walmart, all is right with the world, no matter what time it is.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weird Weekend

What a weird weekend, starts out with Hillary Clinton and yet another Benghazi hearing, that people are sick of and we know why it's going on;
                          Thanks for that Congressman Cummings, but actually, no, we are not "better than that." America is not better than that. Politicians are not better than wasting millions of American taxpayers dollars, hell bent on Benghazi or Planned Parenthood or whatever stupidity that can be conjured.
I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton and I won't be voting for her and it has nothing to do with Benghazi.
Then there's this bit of weird, Tony Blair apologizing, but not apologizing about some mistakes in the Iraq War and he's trying to spin  his way out of the mess George Bush made. It seems that an inquiry into Iraq has been made in Mr. Blair's country and it's probably not looking good for him.
 I want to know where's the Inquiry on the Iraq War in America? If Blair made some mistakes what about George Bush? We have all this excruciating minutiae on Benghazi, however, no one seems to be interested in exactly how we were lied to and the country was led into a disastrous war and now the Middle East is a shambles. Russia has been asked by Iraq to bomb ISIS, how does that happen?
Twelve years later Americans are still dying in Iraq.
But I guess we can't look back? We can't look back at torture, wait, we did look at torture, the person who went to prison? whistleblower John Kiriakou, who provided information to reporters. Not a torturer. So maybe Blair jumped the gun, no need to apologize, nothing will happen to him anyway. Just like nothing has happened to George W. Wonder why he's not campaigning for his brother Jeb!?
What a great speaker he was; he made up a word, recrudeiments! Oh, and he and Jeb! had crabs, sorry to say.  After watching that video, it pretty much sums up how we are not, "better than that" There's not much that's weirder than watching that idiot President Bush speak the way he did and know that he was elected twice. He never admitted the Iraq War was a mistake, but the his own party did;

Sunday, October 11, 2015

America On The Brink

I am not sure if chaos is the right word for what is happening in the U.S., but it's close. What do you call it when there's shooting after shooting and in the last one an eleven year old boy shot his eight year old neighbor now he's in jail and a family is never going to be the same, plus this shit will probably happen again, tomorrow or the next day. Thousands of shootings and thousands are dead.
Nothing will change.
In Washington, it looks like chaos too, Kevin McCarthy decided he didn't want to be the Speaker of the House, why not? In 2013 congress got 239 days off. Sounds like a good gig to me. Plus, he'll get a raise to $223,500 and that doesn't even include all the bribes and kickbacks from lobbies and corporations. The dude can't even speak a coherent sentence and he was the front runner. Who knows if Paul Ryan will jump in and save the day? Who even cares? All they want to do is shut down the government, oh, and Planned Parenthood, of course.
I know, lets talk about Syria. Looks like Putin will takeover, good for him, he can have it. We have no business being there, the American people are tired of war. Whatever CIA experiments that went down in Syria have failed and probably made things worse. We're number one, when it comes to carnage. Afghanistan anyone? Here's an idea, let's bomb a hospital, then change the story about how that happened three or four times. It was just a "mistake" after all, and now we must pay, also, congress will have to authorize additional payments. That could be a problem, since congress can't do much about anything except abortion, oh and birth control.
If all this wasn't enough, we've got Donald Trump running for president.
There seems to be a collapse of order, millions of refugees are fleeing the Middle East, mainly because of American meddling, however, Europe is dealing with the flood of people, I don't know how many refugees want to come to America, my advice would be to stay away. You'd have to be crazy to come here, even crazy Randy Quaid doesn't want to come back here, but that's a whole other story.
Take a look at Germany, thousands of Germans protested against the TPP deal President Obama wants to ram down our throats. Even Hillary Clinton is now saying she's changed her mind, fancy that! That doesn't mean she wouldn't change it again once she's elected.
Americans did protest the TPP back in June and predictably, they were arrested. This thing will probably be fast tracked and made into law. It's a win-win for corporations, what trade deal did the average American benefit from?
 The American government runs like a well oiled machine. Look at our great economy, everyone's so well paid, there's always extra to purchase guns and bullets! We have the finest, most expensive military in the world, what could possibly go wrong? Not to mention our super friendly police, here in the land of the free. If you believe any of these statements, I've got some fabulous land to sell you, after all, that's what America is famous for.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just Another N.R.A. Day

Photo by Beatlesbible
Another shooting and one of the first things I thought when reading about the shooter, was how much he had in common with Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook shooting. Both of these indivduals had poor social skills and very protective mothers. I don't know for sure if Harper Mercer had Aspbergers, like Lanza, However, Harper Mercer graduated from a school that teaches kids with special needs. Also it seems that Harper Mercers mother was unstable herself, or at least completely stressed out trying to keep her adult child under control. Like Adam Lanza's mother it seems she also knew he had firearms or even helped him get them.
Another thing that I noticed was that an aquaintance of his said he was always moving around and unsetteled, that's a huge red flag. His anxiety must have been quite overwhelming and suggests maybe a co-morbid disorder, could be involved and I wondered if his mother tried to get help for him? If she did it was probably an uphill battle, if you don't have money you may as well forget it.
Then there's the strange Army stint that didn't take and no one knows why. But he's wearing military garb and blousing his pants over his boots, and what is with the IRA and Nazi fetish/obsession? That's scary,
I saw that President Obama got on TV and made a speech and is pissed off that nothings changed, shooting after shooting. He hasn't got the memo that gun laws will not be changed. The best way to counteract mentally ill people doing this is having a national healthcare system that includes mental healthcare for ALL. Obama blew it years ago, with the Obamacare giveaway to the health insurance industry. Every civilized country in the world has decent healthcare for it's people, including mental healthcare plus strict gun control.. Here we can't have either of those things.
What I am getting at is that once people like Adam Lanza or Chris Harper Mercer leave the school system, there's very little in the way of help for them. They are adults who obviously can't function on their own, so it's up to the parents to keep them under lock and key, that is, if they can. If they can get a diagnosis, they may be able to go on disability and then more help could be available, that is a long process. So if  President Obama really cared he could band together his democratic cohorts to craft some legislation or resurrecting Jimmy Carters Mental Health Systems Legislation, the footprint is already there.
The real irony is that Chris Harper Mercer was born in the UK and had he stayed in that country he would probably have received the care he needed, also he wouldn't have had such handy access to guns.
Here in America, you are on your own, but you can get a gun to keep you company.
In another few weeks there will be another shooting and then another, nothing will change, 9,958 people have died from guns this year.