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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bye Bye Boehner

John Boehner. Really? Stepping down, "life changes, plans change"...right. A man with the kind of power he had is just stepping down, everyone is blaming the far right crazies. I doubt it. Something tells me there is something forcing him out, something like maybe kiddie porn on his computer or he has a profile on Grindr. Maybe a pregnant girlfriend? Now the story is be careful what you wish for, someone worse is going to takeover. Probably, but to me they are all so bad, they waste so much time repealing Obamacare and of course there will be another government shut down. All Republicans want to do is defund everything, meanwhile they are on the corporate gravy train.
What about Boehner's legendary crying? WTF is up with that? Seriously? If Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi cried like that, I can't imagine what would be said or written about them. But Boehner's tears, are treated as normal, which they certainly are not. Good old Mr. Sentimental and all his feels, it's BS. Maybe he's mentally ill and is having a breakdown.
This about says it all. I'm not much for the Democratic Party either, but Boehner has to be the worst and I just wonder what kind of scandal will be left in the wake of his exit? For some reason he's being touted as the only Republican capable of compromise. Seriously. In what universe does the media live in where Boehner is seen as someone who was this great statesman or a public servant carrying out the will of his constituents? Why is it that the day after the Pope gives congress the smackdown that he resigns? Is he hoping that the Pope will be getting all the media attention and no one will be looking at the reason for stepping down? He goes into a basement meeting with Republicans and sings "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah". What kind of professional does that? That's the kind of person that's supposed to be leading congress. I can see a visit to rehab in his future. It's good to know that when Boehner steps down in October he'll at least have created one job.
Remember this Mr. "Compromise" Boehner?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Chinese Puzzle

There's so much hype over the Pope. Now he's in Cuba and soon he'll be here! That's not what I'm looking at, I'm looking at Xi JinPing's visit. While everyone's hoping for the sight of a white pointy hat, I'll be watching what the White House will do and so far, we've really screwed up when it comes to China. 
The FBI arrested a Temple University professor, for espionage,
Whoops! Looks like the FBI made a mistake and that professor has been released.
 Then there's the Obama "Asian pivot" an excuse for "The Pacific theater of U.S. military operations to maintain the balance of power. "It is expected that when the 'rebalancing' or 'pivot' of forces from the Atlantic to the Pacific is complete, 60 percent of the U.S. Navy will be based in the Pacific"\
Let's be clear, the Pentagon, the State Department and all those military contractors need friction with China.So it doesn't surprise me when there's a lot of huffing and puffing about Chinese hacking. We need an excuse to treat China poorly. Somehow I don't think the Wall Street big banks want that.They want access to China's markets, and if Jinping is smart
he'll keep them out.Just like Obama's exclusion of the Chinese in his horrendous TPP deal he wants to ram down America's throat and everyone else who's nutty enough to enter into the negotiations.
The real story I think, will be the corporations that the Chinese President will be meeting with in Washington State. Jinping will probably be more successful with IBM and Amazon, Apple, also they love our cars for some reason, so GM will be there. According to what I've read our CEO's like investing in China, they don't want any of Obama's sanction threats pissing China off.
I'm thinking that Xi Jinping's visit to Seattle will be the real deal and then there will be a State dinner for Xi Jinping, in Washington D.C. Just think how cool it would be if they used Chinese finger traps at the State Dinner as favors!
 Some people are angry that the exact same effort made for the head of The People's Republic of China, has not been made for the Pope. It seems that people don't understand that the leader of a country is different than the leader of a religion. Shocking, that it could happen here in America! Just wait till the Pope meets transgender activists and a gay Episcopal priest, also a nun who has criticized the Pope on abortion issues. Hopefully this chill Pope will just want
to hang out with a glass of wine. It's going to be an exciting week, something for everyone!  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Profit From 9/11, It's the American Dream!

9/11 has become an event, where everyone says what they were doing when the planes hit the twin towers and how they found out. It's sort of like the assassination of JFK, except so many more people died. It left many of us shocked and sad and damaged the families of loved ones lost, for years to come. However, for some it was an opportunity, to declare war on something called "terrorism" a war we will never win and an excuse to invade a country on a lie, leaving more families grieving and our country in a perpetual state of war.
Iraq, is also in a perpetual state of war, even though that country did nothing to harm us, it will never be the same. I didn't know one person who actually wanted a war with Iraq, but that didn't matter, defense contractors did and our economy, which has never recovered from the Bush years, is now a debt ridden mess, that will probably fail again.   Where will the next war be? Another war based on bullshit so that capitalism can drag us all kicking and screaming along with it, that's my take on 9/11. It was an excuse to use so people could profit from other people's misery and so it goes...
Here we are fourteen years later, while we never directly invaded Syria (the CIA did the dirty work) millions are fleeing and no one seems to want them. Just to show how bankrupt we are as a country, President Obama says the US will take only 10,000 refugees (out of an estimated 3,000,000) and the most telling thing to me? That the UN is financially broke. not only that but the financial responsibilities that the US is supposed to maintain with the UN, are in such a mess, I can barely make out how much we are in arrears and still owe to them and what we pay. In 2005 it was $1.246 billion, I'm not sure what we pay them today, but, The UNHCR budget for 2015 stands at about $5.1 billion, with the US contributing more than all the other countries.
I am sure there is a whole load of corruption and waste at the UN, just like everywhere else, so refugees that are supposed to be getting help aren't, while someone's drinking champagne at a five star restaurant. I saw this video yesterday, and it pretty much sums up the way we treat people, who are poor and starving and need help.
This asshole "journalist" kicking children and tripping a man carrying a child. Notice she is the only "journalist" wearing a mask on her face. Who the hell acts like this? Cops, that's a given, thanks to the militarization of the police and all the lovely leftovers they were given from the  Iraq war. Which brings me back to 9/11 and the Middle East in chaos, for so many reasons, but the main ones are Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Blackwater and Halliburton and all the other moneymakers that profited from 9/11 and the Iraq war build up of bullshit. Still we are bombing the crap out of Iraq, I doubt we will ever leave a country that has oil or access to it. 
For most people, 9/11 is a sad and somber day, for those who lost a family member in that carnage, the anniversary must always be a sad reminder. When I think of 9/11, I think of how our shock and sadness was twisted and used by the government so the rich could be made richer. The behavior of that woman kicking refugees, using them to create some kind of narrative is no different than what Cheney and his cronies did to the American people, to get a war for profit. This is common knowledge, yet no one has been charged with any crime, and they never will

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hard Times

 America is one hot mess. How do you get a weird mash up like Sarah Palin interviewing Donald Trump trying to convince us all that he's "avant-garde"? A mentally ill man shoots three people and it's broadcast live, nothing will change. China is melting down and the stock market crashed, however, the rich won't pay a price for a rigged "free"market. It's common knowledge that greed and corruption rule the day in the USA, God only knows what they will think of next to prop up the stagnant financial times most of us are dealing with.
I didn't study economics in school, I was terrible at math. I am an artist and what I was taught was to observe. To look at what's around you, whether it's a landscape or still life or people. What I see, are people struggling, not recovering. People working for less, not more. I work for a failing company, a free publication that sells advertising for the auto industry and no one is buying cars. As a matter of fact, most of the people I work with don't have cars, it's too much of a money suck.
They live with relatives or with their parents. They can't afford an apartment or a house. They are not consumers, they are not buying furniture or dishwashers.
In an economy that depends on consumer spending, there's no way from what I see, that things are getting better or "it's coming back" whatever the hell that means. However, I hear it from the hopeful all the time, even though nothings improved for them. There's continued apathy by most people I know, unless you are a senior citizen, then the story changes, there are too many "giveaways" and "people don't want to work", when I report to them real statistics about how many people in this country are living in poverty, they just scoff. Since they grew up in the Great Depression, they think we have it good and maybe we do, it just doesn't seem like it. They tell me they had "to make do" and so should we. There is no idea in their head that maybe things don't have to be that way. They profited from the biggest economic boom this country has ever seen. What they don't see, is an entire generation has been left behind, they demonize them as lazy, even though they are working more than one part time job because that's all they can get. Young people dying in droves from heroin overdoses and despair. It's not an accident that this is happening. It's the result of a country in decline, when people feel as if there is no way for them to succeed. They know cronyism and corruption is the only way to get ahead and Donald Trump exemplifies that, from his real estate mogul father, he inherited everything from and his four deferrals he received so he wouldn't have to fight in Vietnam, to his brothers high school buddy who got him into the Wharton School of business.
 Seriously, this is the way things work in America, very likely it's the way things work in China and everywhere else. America works for the well connected, the con artists, the wealthy and snake oil salesman. If you are honest, hard working and just trying to pay back your student loans, well good luck, It's make do now in this depression, according to shadow stats, our unemployment rate is upwards of 20%, if China continues on it's current course, we may be in for worse. While we ponder what is actually going on versus the narrative we are been sold about this "recovery" why don't we watch something more uplifting?
                   Yes, if you can afford investments, you too can dance and go to the mall, life is just one big happy feet dance.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Chasing Money

I have been working so much I barely have time to keep up with all the political crazy going on. Why, oh why is Biden considering running for president? Jeb Bush is okay with torture, small Paul is trying to get away from staff indictments running his SuperPACs, Hillary and her emails, Trump, really? Who the hell would trust him with a nuclear bomb? These are our offerings.
All it is, is a money grab. Chris Christie has no hope of winning anything, but that won't stop him from trying to sweep up as many donations as he can get. Maybe that's why Biden wants to run, but seriously, doesn't he have enough money?
Which one of these candidates hasn't sold out? Maybe Bernie Sanders?
Yes, we are all being sold this privilege, of democracy, being dazzled by all these amazing candidates. Only in America where you have a hundred kind of cereals for breakfast and 10 different brands of toilet paper to choose from can you also expect a overpowering array of  potential presidents.
Weirdly, candidates like Clinton and Bush, which in real life, I don't know anyone who would vote for, are probably pushing Trumps popularity. Bernie Sanders has pulled off an "astonishing feat" he's ahead of Hillary. It's been reported that Hillary still has a comfortable lead. I am not so sure of that, with the kinds of  crowds Bernie has been drawing, you can see why, because he actually makes sense. Trump says illegal immigrants have to go! He's also going to build a big wall. That's the big problem to Trump, not black people being murdered by cops day after day. A few of my non-voting friends do have a lot to say about illegal immigrants and all the benefits they receive, like free healthcare, I hear this all the time. "They can receive schooling and emergency medical care, but not welfare or food stamps"
Pass me a roofie next November.
So here we have the resentment against illegal immigrants, they can receive emergency medical care for pregnancy and surgery. What this means is that Medicaid will reimburse hospitals for an illegal immigrants emergency procedures. "undocumented parents may apply for public benefits for their U.S. citizen children. When applying, be clear that you are applying only for your children
This is another complaint I hear. A person born in this country is American, but most people moaning about illegal aliens don't understand this. They complain all the time about illegal aliens having big families so they can get free benefits. What this shows me is how many people are struggling, because the economy is so bad that anyone perceived to be getting a free ride, even if they are Americans, they are seen as gaming the system and bankrupting the country. Whatever people may think, it's completely legal and if any of the people I know could meet the criteria, they would be able to get benefits too. Trump is riding this wave of resentment that wouldn't even be there if we had a single payer healthcare system where all Americans would be covered. When a candidate like Trump can get this much attention by grinding down the poorest of the poor, in order to pander to people who are economically strangled and disenfranchised, that's pretty disturbing. There are 11.5 million illegal aliens in this country, many of them I am sure have children who are American. I'd like to know how Trump is going to manage to make them go? He sure isn't worried about getting the Latino vote. Maybe that's the point, who would vote for any of these people? With the exception of Sanders, he's the only one who is saying anything that makes any sense and you can bet we won't be allowed to vote for him.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Welcome To The Amerikan Gulag Comrade

This is what has been happening in my country. Home of the "FREE". You won't read this in the New York Times;
Thousands jailed. I am talking, THOUSANDS!
 In an American gulag and it sickens me. 82% percent are Black, yeah I said it!
Held in this disgusting "warehouse" Logic defies me at this point. How is it that thousands of my COUNTRYMEN are held in a place, where they just disappear?  But hey, Donald Trump and Chris Christie will debate. Guess what? This is only ONE! ONE of these horrendous places, when was the last time you ever heard about a place like that?
Round 'em up and just send them to a place where no one knows where they are. Due process?  When will we say enough is enough? I am so angry about this, I can hardly type. It feels like Nazi Germany. only we don't need yellow stars or pink ones, for the Jews (my late husband was one) or the gypsies or artists, (that would be me)  No, persecute black people, brown people, put them in "secret facilities" I have tried, but I found no American publication that reported this,
Where is  the outrage?
They are all watching Fox News, I am disgusted. Propaganda rules.

Just wait till they come after the old and sick, oh, hold on, Wake up White People, you're next. There is no  doubt, we are living with Fascism.