Friday, November 21, 2014

Existing in New York City: Calling the US Population STUPID as a Whole

Calling the American People Stupid
I just read a piece by Dean Baker (he calls himself the following: "macroeconomist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University.") in which he condemns a fellow MIT Economist, Johnathan Gruber, for calling the American people stupid, in Gruber's sense having to do with the Affordable Care Act.

Baker starts out defending the American people as not being stupid but rather simply just  "ill-informed."  I was immediately hollering bullshit as I read the article, which in a way turned into a defense of Economists. As I have written for six years on this blog, Economics is not a science; it was once studied under Sociology departments as a tool for measuring wealth and poverty in a society using "fact"-gathering observations and statistical conclusions based on "guesstimations."

[What is an Macroeconomist?  Well, here's the Wikipedia definition: "Macroeconomists study aggregated indicators such as GDP, unemployment rates, and price indexes to understand how the whole economy functions. Macroeconomists develop models that explain the relationship between such factors as national income, output, consumption, unemployment, inflation, savings, investment, international trade and international finance. In contrast, microeconomics is primarily focused on the actions of individual agents, such as firms and consumers, and how their behavior determines prices and quantities in specific markets."]

Do you understand the role of statistics in this profession?  The first course I took in Economics, before 101, was a course in Statistics.  The first book I was given to read in Statistics was entitled, How to Lie With Statistics.  In those days before Economics broke away from Sociology to become a part of the Schools of Business, all Sociology and Economics majors depended on calculators (the old fashion kind) to crunch numbers in their statistical studies.  For my first statistical problem, I did a paper on "The Infant Death Rate in Texas." My conclusions in this paper were based on guesstimations as to what was behind the infant death rate and what was the solution to lowering the infant death rate neither of which I supplied in my "rigged" paper.

My point: I have called the American people "stupid" for many years now.  And they are stupid, I don't care if they have 6 degrees from Harvard and 3 from MIT.  Most Americans are stupid not because they aren't smart--there's a difference to me--but because they are full of bullshit reasoning based on their believing in the American Dream (nothing comes from a dream but confusion), believing in gods that don't exist (except in fables, myths, Holy Bibles, and fairy tales), believing we are an exceptional nation, believing that we are a democracy, believing that rich people are the smartest people on earth because they are know, dumb thinking like that.  I call a person stupid who believes in lies over truth (reality is the only truth). Intelligence unused leaves the intelligent one stupid, doesn't it?
The following is an excerpt from a current Counterpunch article by Ismael Hossein-zadeh  explaining how classical economic theories are "old-fashioned" (out of date) in terms of what modern economists are calling FIRE (Financial Investing and Real Estate), where investors are investing in financial markets and real estate rather than reinvesting their profits in capital improvements, borrowing to invest in the real economy, the economy of the classical economists. In classical economics, money is considered merely a means of exchange.  It was in the late 80s with the advent of desktop computing, that money became a commodity.

"The following are a few additional examples of the astronomical growth of the FIRE sector during the past three decades or so: Between 1980 and 2005, profits in the financial sector increased by 800%, more than three times the growth in non-financial sectors. In the early 1990s there existed only a couple of hedge funds; by 2007, their number had grown to 10,000. The number of mortgage brokers, replacing old-style Savings & Loans and regional banks, has likewise mushroomed in recent years/decades: 50,000 thousand of them, employing nearly 400,000 brokers, more than the whole U.S. textile industry [emphasis is mine]. As the (unusually candid) manager of the hedge fund Raymond Dalio of Bridgewater Associates bluntly put it: “The money that’s made from manufacturing stuff is a pittance in comparison to the amount of money made from shuffling money around. Forty-four percent of all corporate profits in the U.S. come from the financial sector compared with only 10 percent from the manufacturing sector."

"As noted earlier, the neoclassical “circular flow” and/or “general equilibrium” model/theory is built on the basis of a near-barter economic paradigm, that is, an economy where money is implicitly treated as largely a means of exchange or circulation, not as an ideal or ultimate repository of the accumulated or concentrated wealth. In this model, financial cycles neatly follow real cycles: they expand when real cycles expand, and contract when they contract. As such, there is hardly any possibility for financial bubbles to emerge and expand independent of the real sector of the economy—the financial sector is treated essentially as a service or subsidiary sector to the real sector.
The circular flow model (like most other models) can, of course, serve as a useful tool or concept for analytical purposes. It is designed to show what happens when/if the circuit, or circular flow, breaks down, and what to do about it. The problem is that mainstream economists seem to have been stuck in the abstract model, in the earlier stages of capitalism, unable to see how in the era of giant banks and other colossal financial institutions finance capital can (and does) grow independent of industrial capital, thereby leading to financial inflations, followed by implosions.

"It might be argued: who cares whether a financial bubble follows a real sector expansion or whether it is formed ab-ovo, i.e., in the absence of such an expansion. Such a distinction, however, is critically important to an understanding of how in the age of advanced financial markets finance capital has become largely independent of industrial capital, and how it has therefore undermined the neoclassical concepts of general equilibrium, of circular flow mechanism and of national savings as the main source of supply of money—in short, how it has rendered the neoclassical economists’ theory of credit creation, of investment financing and of money supply obsolete. Sucking financial resources from the rest of the economy, as well as generating fictitious capital out of thin air through speculation/gambling, parasitic finance capital feeds on itself—just like a real parasite. Neoclassical economists have not, so far, been able to reconcile the financial sector with their circular flow and/or general equilibrium model. Sadly, instead of trying to incorporate the financial sector into their real sector model, they have chosen to ignore it lest it should disturb their shipshape, convenient model."
Ismael Hossein-zadeh is Professor Emeritus of Economics (Drake University).
Have You Noticed?
My old friend and colleague Barabbas Munn-Dayne noted this to me about how since the Republican sweep of the midterm elections, Koch Industries (yes, that's the evil Koch Brothers) ads are appearing on teevee by the droves.  These ads glorify Koch Industries as a great job source, as fueling the rebirth of the American economy, and as providing research and scholarship in promoting new ideas and industries.  I happened to catch one the other day during a college football game.  It was sickening.  What a bunch of self-promoting bullshit.  Of course, the autocratic Koch brothers don't write these commercials, a bunch of silly souls like I once was (in advertising for over 30 years in NYC) brain-storming away in the war rooms of the biggest advertising agencies in the country.  "How can we make these aristocrat assholes look benevolent?" the account exec swoons.  "How 'bout a pack of lies emphasizing the wonders these benevolent brothers do?"

I say, "Fuck the Koch Brothers," but then they are filthy rich so they must be righteous priests in the Money Theology game, the worship of the great god Moolah.  Money is the Koch Brothers' GOD; hell, MONEY is the GOD of us all.

for The Daily Growler   

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Existing in New York City Out of Sinc With the Rest of the World

Unfolded 1956 Pacific Jazz Records Catalog showing the early LP releases that introduced the world to West Coast Jazz, which led to "Cool" Jazz, which was the partial invention of Gerry Mulligan (along with Miles Davis), the Pacific Jazz label's biggest star.  Other stars on Pacific included Chet Baker, Chico Hamilton, Cy Touff, Richie Kamuca, Russ Freeman, and Pacific introduced us to the great pianist Dick Twardzik, who died at age 29 of a heroin overdose in Paris while on a European tour with Chet Baker's Quartet.  Chet later said he became a heroin addict because of his depression over Twardzik's death though critics say Chet was already doing heroin when he met Twardzik.  (from the tgw collection) "Trying to Keep Jazz Alive"
Say Goodbye to: Ray Sadecki, first I remember Ray he was on the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, the team he started his career with as a "bonus baby" (remember them?) and was rookie pitcher of the year when at 19 he went 9-9.  Ray was prominent along with Bob Gibson in '64 in the Cards WS victory that year.  Then next I remember Ray when he turned up as a Met in 1974 as a reliever on a Mets team that had Tom Seaver as their main man on the mound that great Met year. Ray Sadecki, 73, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets), blood cancer.
Say Goodbye to: Alvin Dark, baseball player and manager extraordinaire; originally played for the Boston Braves and the NY Giants and later the SF Giants.  Alvin also managed the SF Giants and the Cleveland Indians.  Alvin Dark, 92, American baseball player (Boston Braves, New York Giants) and manager (San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians), Alzheimer's disease.
"Sittin' Here Thinkin'"
In my way of laughingly reasoning about the Republican's taking over Congress, I stumbled across something from the back of the attic of my brain I've known a long time, since my college days and my acquaintance with James Fraser's The Golden Bough, a book I think should be required reading for growing minds.  That something that I stumbled across while reasoning on that Repug takeover was how totally ruled we are, and I include the world in this, by MYTHS, from whence come mysteries and God-almighty how human beings love mysteries.  I mean most of the whole damn world believes in ghosts.  I've got good friends, one a writer whose work I admire very much, who swear they've seen ghosts. With me, to believe in ghosts is nonsense.  Comical stuff.  OOOOOH, a for your life! (And, F. Scott, I use that exclamation point to actually laugh at my own joke.) [And I wonder how many Americans know who F. Scott Fitzgerald is?  "Isn't he a Kentucky whiskey distiller?"]

Mitch McConnell, who is going to be our supreme ruler for the next Zeus-knows how many horrid years, is a Southern Baptist, the worst kind of Old South Christian 'cause they're tricky slick.  They dance and drink and make sleazy backroom business deals with divine impunity because among Old South Christians, and Mitch was born in Alabama don't forget, the Southern Baptists are stuck up and holier-than-thou or as my dad used to say, "All Baptists are going to Hell, but they don't give a damn 'cause they'll air condition it and turn it into a First Baptist Church." [The First Baptists, by the way, were the holiest of the holiest Baptist.  Why?  Because they were the first Baptist church in town meant they were then the richest (old wealth) Baptist in town.]

So Old Mitch, and he is an old fool, can swindle us and gas us and spoil our waters and give our public lands away and impose the Ryan Budget on We the People Who Elected Them Into Power, a budget that is inhumane and backwards in terms of the ideals that should be governing this right-now being-destroyed nation.  Check out that great old tome, Gibbons' The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.  It's all in there, except we haven't yet been taken over by a military coup, but that's certainly a possibility in these coming tragic years.  And, by the way, I want to say, I'm just as scared of the weakkneed, asskissing, all-embracing Dumbocrats, and don't forget, a lot of those Hillbilly and low-populated-states Dumbos voted in lock-step with the stupid Republicans on a lot of issues.

First of all, the majority of us live under the myth that we are not animals.  That we are not the results of natural evolution but rather are creatures created from a supernatural being from up in the clouds or under the seas or down in Hell.  We live among ruins (and preserve them with love) of temples to Zeus, Jupiter, Mars, Dianna the Huntress, Pluto, Jehovah, Hera, Mary, Mary Magdalen, St. Paul, St. Sebastian, etc. all the Saints, and etc. to all the gods I've left out of my Pantheon.  But think of how these mythical creatures have been since the beginning of human reasoning believed faithfully to be real, to be actual beings while being spirits at the same time.  Would I want to have sex with a swan?  Maybe that's why I never wanted to believe in any god or mythical creature.

We live lies.  We have faith in our fabulous gods (and all our gods and Messiahs are fabulous) and we deeply study the writings that have accumulated over centuries that are supposedly sacred writings, interpretations of the various cultural gods' messages, messages on how and what to sacrifice in order to get favors from these gods.  The Jews sacrificed lambs and goats to their god; the Aztecs and Mayans sacrificed young maidens to their gods or they cut out the hearts of their enemies and ate them.  Hey, the gods demand sacrifices.

We sacrifice our people in this country and the people seem to love it.  I mean by electing these Republican goons to rule us, We the People of the USA have given up for good our Bill of Rights; we've approved of Corporations becoming citizens of privilege (the Supreme Court in the late 1800s made corporations citizens--especially Rockefeller's monopolistic Standard Oil); we have OK'd a perpetual war economy; we have given up most of our civil rights and our voting rights will be purposely rigged to make Black, Latino, Asians, and senior voters inconsequential; we have agreed that Corporations and rich people will have their taxes reduced to a nil status (why should they pay any taxes at all?); we've approved a rise in the use of coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, and uncontrolled fracking in every state; we have approved of a privatization of our public schools and most government services--remember, our government is supposed to be "for the people and by the people," though not according to the wealthy Republicans.  To them, our government is a regulatory monster who have their hippy/Communist/Socialist boots on the necks of our heroic Power Elite as they try and swindle us out of ALL our taxes, savings accounts, bank accounts, pensions, homes, cars (the latest bank scam includes selling cars with no money down and no proof of being able to pay for these overpriced foreign automobiles (does that sound like the home mortgage scams that went south on our crooked financial industry?); we've approved of selling our public lands off to billionaire cattle herders, hunters, gold miners (how about privatizing our National Parks?); we've approved raising interest rates on student loans; we've perhaps approved of debtors' prisons; and worst of all, we've approved of the very people whose wildass backward-thinking schemes got us into this mess in the first place.  Reagan's administration put us into perpetual debt; Pappy Bush then put us into deeper debt that Reagan; then came Pappy's dumbest son (which doesn't really mean the rest of the boys and the girl aren't dumbasses) and this little phony bastard put us into the worst debt ever.  But, hey, folks, that's who We the People of the USA want as our rulers.

We live as though our myths are actuality.  We believe God's laws are more important than humanitarian laws (the righteous Republicans calls such laws promote "Secular Humanism," a tag that riles Republican's up worst than Socialists and Communists.  After all, Communist China owns us.  So how did you like the way Obama (who left the country after he fucked up the Dumbocrats chances of winning) kissed Chinese Communist ass in Beijing before he went on down to rightwing Australia to another of those bullshit G20 sessions in Melbourne. [Get ready for the Ten Commandments to suddenly appear in all our courts.]

We're doomed, but, hey, the White People of the USA had rather see the country sink into Third World status (the whole trickbag in the Neo-Con Manifesto) than see equality and democracy work, especially as this country begins to turn brown and put the White man in the minority (NEVER, the White Man screams!).  White people in this country hate Native Americans, Blacks, Latinos (especially Messkins), Asians, any foreigners who aren't White...IN FACT, White people in this country hate themselves.

for The Daily Growler 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Existing in New York City: The American Idiots Have Spoken

Well, get used to this sociopathic rich man's dumbass look.  He's going to be dictating policy over the next 2 years and this asshole (he was a champion of Money as a Citizen with First Amendment Rights) will set us back a hundred years with his totally backward thinking.  He's a lying dog.  A lie to him is truth.  He's one of the richest men in Congress thanks to his wife's daddy's money (he's married to his second wife (his first marriage ended in divorce), Elaine Chao, G.W. Bush's Labor sec'y. Mitch, however, is definitely a stone racist when it comes to POOR Asians, Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans.   Also he's a stone hypocrite because though he claims to be a Kentucky coal revitalizer, his wife's father, who owns a fleet of ships and is fabulously rich, ships cheap Colombian coal to the U.S. (one load of coal he was shipping contained a large shipment of cocaine, a matter that is still under investigation) thus undercutting the value of Kentucky coal.  Fuck Kentucky, is his father-in-law's attitude about this subject.  And Fuck Kentucky as well as the USA is Mitch the Bitch's attitude, too.  There's only one person in Kentucky and the USA he cares about and that's Mitch McConnell.

The American Idiots Have Spoken
Americans obviously love Chaos even more than I do.  They voted in in both state and national offices the most backward-thinking Chaotic sociopaths in the game.  If you thought the moderate Republicans were going to control the Teabaggers, think again.  Teabaggers won big in the backward dipstick states like Gawjah, Lawsbanana, the Confederate States of South and North Carolina, Rightwing Illinois, backward-thinking Arkansas, ignorant Colorado, truly dumbass South Dakota (Native Americans should own and run South Dakota), and, of course, poor little Wendy got her ass clipped by a Texas what's new in the Confederate State of Texas?  How about Massachusetts going Teabagger! And the Confederate State of Virginia and its Hillbilly relatives in West Virginia.  And the voting idiots elected these creeps in landslide ways.  Mitch McConnell conned his way into power with a victory over a very weak and Obama-ashamed woman.  And Obama was the reason the Republicans took over the House in 2010 and now for the first time in a long time the Senate in 2014.  Obama who has turned out to be the shuckin' and jivinist president since we thought G.W. Bush's dumbass lying and deceiving was our worst president ever.  Obama beats the little phony Texas prick hands down. 

The last time the Republicans had this much power was during the Hoover administration and you know how that turned out.  THE STOCK MARKET CRASH OF 1929.  And, yes, this is the scenario We the Dumb People of the USA have locked ourselves into by putting the Republicans back in power.  There will definitely be economic chaos, especially if the Republicans win the 2016 Presidential election with Jeb Bush (wanna bet me?).

Obama could have stopped all of this if he had of stood up firm against this ongoing Republican agenda (an agenda that goes back to Hoover's embarrassing loss to FDR in 1932, a loss the Republicans have never gotten over).  But, no, and Obama admitted in his book that he was a fan of Ronald Reagan's, especially Reagan's free trade bullshit and his trickle-down economic theories (the theories of Milton Friedman) and the beginning of tax-breaks for the rich, who by the bye have always ruled this country.  So Obama was the Republican-Democrat and his agenda was to bring the two parties together.  "Yes, we can," he shouted in his best Black preacher imitation, copycatting Martin Luther King and his Black preacher method of repeating taglines over and over...three times at least..."Yes, we can...Yes, we can...Yes, we can."  Of course, yes, we can meant, yes we can keep this Bush Imperial ball rolling.

The dumbest voters in the world voted in the rich bastards because from childhood in this White man's land, we're all told with the right breaks and following the Capitalist rules of the game, we can all be RICH as Rockefeller.  That's the true American Dream.  We the Dumb People of the USA worship the rich man.  We envy the rich man; we may even hate the rich man; but we will always idolize the fact that he is rich so he must be doing something right.

Again The Daily Growler Advises
Now is really the time to take all your savings and whatever other monies you can scrape up...sell your house, sell your car, you dog, your wife or husband if you have to...and invest in the stock market (it will go to absurd heights until it crashes)...invest in Exxon-Mobil...invest in fracking because the Republicans will empower fracking all across the US; they will also approve of more and more pipelines (the Keystone XL will be quickly approved).  You see, with the rage for natural gas in Asia, the price of natural gas will go up and the fracking boys will make more fortunes and if you ride along with them, you'll get gas rich, too.

Also, invest in the Military Industrial Complex since the Republicans will increase military spending and keep all our current wars burning at full flame.

I would invest, too, in security stocks.  You think we spy on each other now, wait'll the fraidy cat Republicans get through with us.

[WARNING: If you're looking forward to retiring at 65, FORGET IT.  The Republicans will rip the heart out of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.  These assholes will raise the retirement age to 70, so you'll be working for the Yankee dollar for the rest of your miserable lives.] 

So HOT DAMN, folks, here we go.  We're in for a wild ride over the next decade.  I'm lucky I'll be leaving the mortal coil hopefully before the next stock market crash (it's inevitable) and another Bush becomes president.

As George Carlin said, who's responsible for these clowns getting into office?  And surely you can answer that question just like George did.

for The Daily Growler

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Existing in New York City: Ebola Has Come to Town

The Teabaggers and Republicans love low turnouts because they know their hardcore White brethren and sisters will vote and make up most of that under 40% vote.  When you see what lowly populated and Confederate-leaning states (like Alaska, Iowa, Colorado, Gawjah, North Carolina, New Hampshire) will maybe turn this worthless Congress over to a bunch of God-promoting, climate-change deniers, miscreants who believe our government was founded on Christian principles and respect for the Judaic God Jehovah (actually the same god as Allah), outsourcing fools, sociopathic liars out to bring our style of living down to that of a Third World nation per the Neo-Con Manifesto promoted by idiots like Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Rubin, Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, et. al. , it's enough to make you head spin like Betelgeuse.  If the Republicans win Congress, HOT DAMN, total Chaos is right around the corner.  "I was walking down the street just the other night/I had a funny feeling that things weren't right/ I heard some heavy footsteps right behind/And I know it wasn't just my mind: A foolkiller's coming...he's getting closer everyday/A foolkiller's coming...I've got to try to make my getaway."  [Mose Allison, "Foolkiller."]

Ebola Comes to New York City
I'm an outpatient at Bellevue Hospital.  Sometimes I go there and a lot of the workers are wearing masks.  It makes me wonder why they are wearing masks.  I go on about my business without asking why they are wearing masks (and they aren't all wearing masks which makes it more confusing).  But now?  I'm due to go pick up meds this week at the Bellevue Pharmacy now knowing that there is an Ebola patient on the premises.  And they now are saying he's in critical condition though stable. What does that mean?

In the meantime, my neighborhood is wracked with construction noise as the Communist Chinese are building a 50-story hotel one block behind me.  Yes, that's right, the real estate investors of this hotel are Communist Chinese.  Remember, one of the only tenants so far in the Chinese-material-built No. 1 World Trade Center, the world's most expensive office building, is the largest real estate firm in Communist China.  And how do I relate this wild construction going on in New York to the Ebola crisis in West Africa?  The corporate global economy cares absolutely nothing about human suffering.  It is ironic, however, that Communist Cuba has now sent over 200 doctors and healthcare workers to West Africa to help fight this corporate-world neglected Ebola outbreak.

And what was President Obama's contribution to this horrible outbreak?  Why he sent a bunch of military hotshots over there.  We are a militaristic country; we live in a war economy.  Our Commander-in-Chief sends our invincible military over there to battle disease.  War is the solution to all world problems even Ebola outbreaks to our more-pious-than-thou President and his asskissing Congress.

Check out photos of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.  You don't see any neighborhoods with walled estates and Mercedes and BMWs in their driveways and guys wearing Brooks Brothers suits.  No.  Instead, you see overall filth and uncleanliness; you see dead bodies in the muddy unpaved streets; you see children with no clothes on just sitting on the filthy ground dying; you see mothers holding their infected babies who are literally dying in their trying-to-protect arms; you see armed soldiers wearing protective gear and carrying big long sticks forcing impoverished people into quarantine areas; you see the shacks and shanties constructed of rescued woods, scrap metal, and tarpaper all sitting in muddy and corruptible squalor; over 10,000 affected; over 5,000 deaths.

In China, I've read about how they build whole cities that nobody lives in, one a city that would hold 77,000 people.  Instead of building those cities in China, why couldn't they go to places like Guinea and Liberia and Sierra Leone clean them up and then build all new residences with clean running water and proper sewage systems?  Little Billy Gates and Warren "Junk Bond" Buffett could with their pocket money help these affected countries by sending them boatloads of medical supplies, mobile hospital units, and armies of clean-up crews.

But the wealthy hate the poor so they'll let those Ebola-infected countries go to Holy Hell before they'll give up any of their mostly ill-gotten wealth.  I mean, just think, our billionaire pharmaceutical industry, our pay-or-die health insurance industry,  our big hospitals-for-profit industry could do miraculous things with doctors, healthcare workers, biochemists, free medical supplies, with free vaccines, with experimental drugs...BUT, hell no, these crooked bastards will wait until it's a worldwide epidemic then they'll all be heading for the upper floors of their hi-rise luxury apartments and office buildings guarded by their own private police forces and the regular police forces while the poor below die in the streets like pariah dogs.

But then death can be a savior.

Mid-Term Elections
There's a rightwing, dumb, stupid feeling in the air that the stupidest voters in the world, We the People of the USA, will put the Teabag Party and far right Republicans in both house majorities in these coming wasting-billions elections.  Don't be surprised, you so-called progressives, if this tragedy doesn't happen.  We the People of the USA...actually that should be We the White People of the USA will take our government back from the Obama Communists (the rightwing dumbass fable-believing Christian soothsayers call Obama a progressive socialist.  Damn, don't we all wish this rightwing, Corporate asskissing military asskissing Uncle Tom were a progressive socialist).

for The Daily Growler  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Existing in New York City: Translating Intellectual Gobblygook That Is Untranslatable

The Taj Mahal in 1930s.  Photographer unknown.  Collection of tgw.

The Gooblygook of Intellectuals
I just finished reading a long article on Radicalized Pedagogy and, boy, is my head spinning.  I don't claim to be an intellectual.  I'm a basic reasoner, which simply means, I think (or reason) common sensibly, something I deduced while in college studying Economic and Sociological Theory.  Sociology to me was simply a common-sense approach to the study of society (or societies).  The Sociology originators (Comte, Diderot, Marx, Proudhon, Durkheim, Weber, Sorokin, Thorstein Veblen, et. al.) were encyclopedists in that they observed societal life in purified settings.  In other words, sociological observations were made free of bias (one's on particular beliefs or some outside influences, etc.) and in as pure a thinking atmosphere as could be produced.

But even Sociologists are becoming transfixed by their intellectualism and are writing radical articles that are so gummed up by intellectual verbalizing, it's really difficult to understand just what the hell their points are.  I see poverty in a neighborhood and using common-sense reasoning it's easy to deduce why that neighborhood is impoverishedLook at the defined neighborhood's ethnic majority, whether it's workingclass (low-salaried) or not, and how distant or isolated it is from the Middle Class.  Ethnically, you notice the neighborhood is a Black neighborhood.  Blacks make up the most out-of-work people in this country and even when they get work, it's low-salaried work.  And, of course, it's easy to deduce that since it's a Black neighborhood, by discriminating factors (like Gerrymandering), yes, it's isolated from the Middle Class (the process in White terms is called Racism).

One problem with intellectuals is they have to publish and publish frequently in order to maintain their livelihoods and intellectual presence.  They are insatiable writers. So I can deduce from this that intellectuals are writing to impress other intellectuals.  Not being an intellectual, of course, I find their expansive writing untranslatable into a language I understand.

I'm Bitching
I've been writing on this blog for almost ten years now.  There are certain phrases and designations I use (like referring to Ronald Reagan as Ronald "Raygun" Reagan and a recent posting on Christian Reprobate John Hagee and his idiot saying that Obama's trying to divide Israel in half is the reason for the Ebola (named after a river) epidemic in West Africa) and now suddenly, I see other writers using these terms and referring to idiot characters using my sentiments.  Statistics show my blog gets "looked at" over 150 times a day.  Yes, I know a lot of those are spammers, probably the majority of them, but some of them are blog writers and Internet media pundits.  So far, of all the people who visit my blog only a few of them list The Daily Growler in their blog lists.  I thank these people for honestly appraising this blog as worthy of their reference to it in an acceptable way.  Anyone can call Ronald Reagan Ronald Raygun; I don't hold a patent on the name, but on the other hand, give some credit where credit is due.  Damn, I hope I'm not being paranoid.

Is Obama Now the Worst of Our Long-Line of Worthless Presidents?
I've always said over the decades I've lived, we've been ruled by poor little spoiled rich brats with Ivy League-propaganda backgrounds; an ex-haberdasher; a ex-general (Ike "I Like Golf" Eisenhower); a Texan who won his first election with the aid of voters in a cemetery in Duvall County, Texas, by 80 votes; a California Quaker crooked lawyer; a man who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time; a peanut farmer; a Grade B actor (who shared top billing with a monkey in his most famous role); a failed oilman who also was head of the CIA (a Yale man); a Hillbilly profligate from the backward state of Arkansas (I noticed Monica Lewinsky is making a comeback lately by claiming she's being harassed unmercifully on the Internet); that failed oilman's worthless son (a Yale man) who up until President Obama came along was the worst president in the history of our worthless presidents.

Obama warned us in his book he wrote right before he was nominated to be the Dumbocratic Party candidate (that had Black people raising their hands praising God they were so hopeful) that his two heroes were Lincoln and Ronald "Raygun" Reagan.  Then, after his multimillion-dollar extravagant inauguration (paid for by the taxpayers), when he met with Georgie Porgie Bush, he said he really liked the fellow and that G.W. was the kind'a guy you could have a beer with and have a fine bullshit conversation with (a Good Ol' Boy, in other words).  Then, during his inauguration speech, Obama warned us that he was going to forget the past and think only futuristically.  "Yes, We Can!" he bellowed in an attempted impersonation of Martin Luther King's Washington Mall speech.  And that Yes We Can turned out to mean, "Yes, we can keep on keepin' on in G.W. Bush's footsteps...war, war, and more war, more wars than G.W. ever criminally started."

As I write this, the U.S. and Britain (we go together hand in hand with our former colonizers) have in a secret move pulled all but 9,000 troops out of Afghanistan and Obama has declared our involvement in Afghanistan as over.  Oh yeah, over except for 9,000 troops still there and God knows how many contractors and soldiers of fortune are still there; plus the drone operators in Nevada (and God knows where else) will still be blowing away innocent civilians under the banner of killing terrorists.  How many innocent civilians have had to die in order for us to kill terrorists.  We kill terrorists and the next thing you know, they're stronger than ever, i.e., ISIS or ISIL

So who is the worst president ever?

for The Daily Growler 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Existing in New York City: Blood Moons and Christian Jibberish

A Blood Moon, not a designation given it by NASA or any astronomers.  A Blood Moon is the invention of two blowhard, Bible-thumping money worshipers, one that big fat putz, John Hagee (he hates anybody who doesn't kiss his God-connected ass), and the other a Jesus-hustling backward thinker, Mark Blitz, both Jesus jive artists who are selling books at $39 each to mouth-gawking Christian believers who believe everything they believe depends on the Nation of Israel, a nation whose rabbinical soothsayers don't believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah.
NOTE: Christian Jive Artist, John Hagee (of Blood Moon fame and fortune), declares ebola the result of God punishing the world because Obama is trying to divide Israel. And people truly believe in everything this Jesus-hustler says no matter how insanely nutjob it is.  In fact, the nuttier the prophecy the more his flock throngs around it and starts worshiping it in ecstasy.  Of course, this Christian clown takes in millions of TAX-FREE dollars every day of his hustling life.
Out of Fear of Dying
Yes, that's the reason for all these damned religions, a human's fear of dying.  But all animals fear dying.  I was in Jamaica many years ago and I was invited up into the mountains by a young lady to attend a barbecue where her father was killing a porker.  When we arrived at her father's farm, they had not yet picked out the pig to be spiked and roasted over an open-pit fire.  I sat drinking Jamaican rum and watched as the father and the pig killer went down to the pig pen to pick out the doomed porker that would be the star of the big event.  When the pigs in the pen saw the men coming with the ropes (they roped the winning porker) they began to run around the pen squealing bloody murder.  When at last they roped the pig they wanted and pulled him out of the pen, the rest of the pigs became silent.  The pig they roped, however, resisted their pulling his several hundred pounds squealing all the way up to the big tree whose large thick lower branch they soon threw the rope over and then hoisted the pig up off the ground with his neck stretched taut.  All this while this pig was squealing worse than bloody murder.  He knew his fate.  He knew he was soon going to be stabbed with the pig killer's big killing knife up in his neck and then that knife would be pulled hard down from his neck to gut the poor bastard at which point with spewing blood he gave up the ghost.

Later deep into the night, with the music swirling all around that mountain valley and the rum being passed around and the barbecued pig meat eaten with gusto along with big bowls of callaloo, while making out with my Jamaican girlfriend I looked up and saw the biggest baddest full-blown bloodiest moons I'd ever before seen.

Blood Moons
From the astronomers at EarthSky:
"Why is the term Blood Moon being used to mean a full moon of a lunar tetrad? We can’t really tell you why more and more people are using the term Blood Moon to describe the four full moons of a lunar tetrad. We don’t know why, exactly.  Here’s the definition of a lunar tetrad, again: four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons). There’s no obvious reason why Blood Moon should be associated with this term."
So there.  The use of "Blood Moons" is according to big fat blowhard Jesus-selling John Hagee signs the fictitious Jesus Christ is returning to become the King of the Jews sitting on his Holy Throne in the God-designated seat of government in the divided city of Jerusalem (Jeru and Salem).  By the way, this nonexistent Messiah will return from out of the clouds riding a big White horse and leading an army of angels down to make his return to earth and to take up his Jewish God-ordained role as Messiah to the Jews and King of the Christians who will first rise from the dead to meet Joshua bar Joe in the air and those still alive will be gathered up leaving behind those like I who can't believe such whoppers no matter the color of the moon during lunar eclipses.

You see Christians besides believing that the world is still flat also believe the moon gives off its own light.  They really don't believe that moonlight is simply reflected sunlight.  They ignore the natural fact that the Sun is in fact our true God, for without the Sun's saving light we would not have any life at all on this planet unless there perhaps are some Mole People: source: a 1950s Superman television show.  The Mole People in the teevee show's case used Electrolux portable vacuum cleaners as space guns.

for The Daily Growler Under Its Own Blood Moon

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Existing in New York City: Are We All Republican Assholes?

Elston Howard, the first Black to play for the New York Yankees.  Ellie became one of the great ML catchers of all time, plus in his later years he was a Golden Glove outfielder.  On the Yankees, he was the first Black MVP in the American League.  Ellie also played in 10 World Series with the Yankees.  He ended his career with the Red Sox. This is a Yankee promotional photo of Ellie down at spring training at Al Lang Field (now it's called Steinbrenner Field) in Tampa, Florida, in early 1950s.  (From the collection of tgw)
Say Goodbye to: Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Papa Doc's son, Baby Doc, both ruthless dictators of Haiti back in the "Good Ol' Days" or the American exploitation of Haiti. I almost got to meet Baby while I was in Haiti getting a divorce.  Jean-Claude Duvalier, 63, Haitian politician, President (1971–1986), heart attack.
Say Goodbye to: George "Shotgun" Shuba. He had an arm like a shotgun. George Shuba, 89, American baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers
And Speaking of the Bloody Irony of All Things American
This is a great piece by Ben Schreiner in Counterpunch:
High-paid Right-Wing Pundits Are Trumpeting That the Backward-Thinking Republicans Will Retake Control of the Senate in the Coming Mid-Term Elections
Yeah, all those dumbass pundits like George Will, Georgie Boy Stephanopolis, and the Right-Wing nutjobs who appear weekly on the teevee politico shows are saying in retaliation against President Obama (all these White pundits hate Black Obama with their subconscious racist feelings even though to me Obama is more White Republican than he is a Black Democrat) the Republicans will win enough seats in the backward states to put them back in control of our already backward-thinking Senate.  One pundit says Colorado and Iowa (two very divided backward states) will be the deciding states in whether this Republican takeover happens or not.

Since I am a worshiper of Chaos, I welcome such a disaster, and that's what a Republican control of both Houses would amount to. It would be a disaster for the majority of We the People, but then, as you should know, I consider Americans to be the dumbest and most easily hornswaggled people in the world; otherwise how the hell do off-the-wall Republicans like John "Failed Mission" McCain, John Bonehead Boehner, Mitch "Jock Itch" McConnell, et. al., keep getting re-elected or elected in the first place?  Or Sarah "Paleface" Palin, a total wacked-out woman with her vagina for brains, and I wonder puzzlingly who the hell listens to and believes anything this backward-thinking progress-wrecking broad from the low-populated and backward state of Alaska has to say

Republicans are, like Obama and the Dumbocrats, for more and more war (we live in a war economy, folks).  Some, like John "Oops, I Got Shot Down Over North Vietnam" McCain, would like a nuclear war.  In fact, the Republicans are for more nuclear power plants (build them over earthquake faults like Diablo Canyon in California that is built smack-dab over the San Andreas Fault); for more fracking all over the world (the Koch Bros. benefit immensely from fracking); for building crude oil and natural gas pipelines all across the country; for the use of more coal-burning plants; for outsourcing our industries (what's left of them); for more tax breaks for the rich, the class in which a lot of these creeps (like Mitt "the Mormon" Romney) belong; for bringing back slavery, the cheapest form of labor there is;  for some Republican jerks, like old Rick "The Praying Governor" Perry, they would like for their states to succeed from the Union (and I say, let 'em all go and restore the Confederacy); some Republican nutjobs are for privatizing (selling off) our National Parks and Government (the People)-owned lands and wildernesses; for continued bailing out of our crooked bankers and Wall Street pirates (a simple transfer tax on each bought and sold stock would erase a hell of a lot of our trillion-dollar debt to Communist China); for branding all Muslims terrorists and putting all American Muslims in concentration camps or putting them all before firing squads like they execute in the great backward state of Mormon-believing Utah (they gave us that nutjob Oren Hatch); for running another worthless Bush son, Jeb, against Hillbilly Hillary (who Bill Clinton, who rules the Dumbocrats, will insist on being the Dumbo candidate since he owes Hillary big time in order to maintain his profligate image).

The one up and coming presidential candidate that scares me worse than Hillbilly Hillary is Pappy and Mammy Bush's "good" son, Jeb.  I'm afraid that the American voting idiots (read: White folks) love the Bushes.  Why in the holiest of hells would you be on the side of the Bushes?  All of them are failed snobs from a pre-Pappy Bush family that got rich off war by aiding Adolf Hitler in keeping track of his money and investing for him during World War II.  Pappy's failed in every oil-business venture he tried after WWII, his family supporting him plus through marrying Mammy Babs he got his sweaty worthless hands on her inheritance (she was a St. Louis newspaper mogul's daughter).  And thus popped up the head of this dumbass, one-track-minded family of pompous numbskulls, George H.W. Bush, the failed oil man living in Midland, Texas, who decided to take advantage of that old reprobate Strom Thurmond's taking his Confederate-leaning Democrats out of the beginning-to-look-like-a-nigger-loving Democratic Party, a nigger-loving bunch of White cowards the Dixiecrats blamed on F.D. Roosevelt and his New Deal politics; and remember, Southern assholes like Strom Thurmond used to hint that Eleanor looked like she had a little knee-grow blood in her.  Ironically, after his death it was revealed that ol' Strom had been messin' out in his plantation's woodpile with one of his black gal servants resulting in Ol' Pure White Strom having a Black daughter.  Don't you just love the ironies of life?

The Same Ol' Same Ol'
When you've lived as long as I have and have experienced what I've lived through in terms of survival, you become quite aware of how nothing ever changes except our mechanical objects and they change every six months, so rapidly that only whiz kids working in deep-thinking factories can keep up with their board-room-ruling need-for-profits pit bosses' demands.  "Profits are sagging, Elmo, so let's whip those young puppies into creative it time for a new cell know, add a couple of apps or something...make 'em in pastel something quick...China's peones are demanding more money per hour...God-damn, why can't they be happy making three dollars-a-day?"

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