Thursday, September 11, 2014

Existing in New York City (the Bull's-Eye on the Terrorists' Target): When Will We Ever Learn

The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band in 1981 at The Ginger Man in New York City.  From left to right are Bobby Williams, tenor; Gene Rogers, piano; Johnny Williams, bass; Al Casey, guitar; the great Eddie Durham, trombone; Bobby Williams, trumpet.  Missing from the photo are Tommy Benford, drums (you can see his tom and some of him behind Bobby Williams); George James, alto. (from the collection of tgw)
From the Lucid Pen of C. Wright Mills (from his book, The Power Elite (1956)
There is still one old American value that has not markedly declined: the value of money and of the things money can buy-these, even in inflated times, seem as solid and enduring as stainless steel. 'I've been rich and I've been poor,' Sophie Tucker has said, 'and believe me, rich is best.' As many other values are weakened, the question for Americans becomes not Is there anything that money, used with intelligence, will not buy?' but, 'How many of the things that money will not buy are valued and desired more than what money will buy?' Money is the one unambiguous criterion of success, and such success is still the sovereign American value.

Whenever the standards of the moneyed life prevail, the man with money, no matter how he got it, will eventually be respected. A million dollars, it is said, covers a multitude of sins. It is not only that men want money; it is that their very standards are pecuniary. In a society in which the money-maker has had no serious rival for repute and honor, the word 'practical' comes to mean useful for private gain, and 'common sense,' the sense to get ahead financially. The pursuit of the moneyed life is the commanding value, in relation to which the influence of other values has declined, so men easily become morally ruthless in the pursuit of easy money and fast estate-building.

A great deal of corruption is simply a part of the old effort to get rich and then to become richer. But today the context in which the old drive must operate has changed. When both economic and political institutions were small and scattered-as in the simpler models of classical economics and Jeffersonian democracy-no man had it in his power to bestow or to receive great favors. But when political institutions and economic opportunities are at once concentrated and linked, then public office can be used for private gain.

Governmental agencies contain no more of the higher immorality than do business corporations. Political men can grant financial favors only when there are economic men ready and willing to take them. And economic men can seek political favors only when there are political agents who can bestow such favors. The publicity spotlight, of course, shines brighter upon the transactions of the men in government, for which there is good reason. Expectations being higher, publics are more easily disappointed by public officials. Businessmen are supposed to be out for themselves, and if they successfully skate on legally thin ice, Americans generally honor them for having gotten away with it. But in a civilization so thoroughly business-penetrated as America, the rules of business are carried over into government-especially when so many businessmen have gone into government. How many executives would really fight for a law requiring a careful and public accounting of all executive contracts and 'expense accounts'? High income taxes have resulted in a network of collusion between big firm and higher employee. There are many ingenious ways to cheat the spirit of the tax laws, as we have seen, and the standards of consumption of many high-priced men are determined more by complicated expense accounts than by simple take-home pay. Like prohibition, the laws of income taxes and the regulations of wartime exist without the support of firm business convention. It is merely illegal to cheat them, but it is smart to get away with it. Laws without supporting moral conventions invite crime, but much more importantly, they spur the growth of an expedient, amoral attitude. 

When the Hell Will We Ever Learn 

Obama looked so stern as he declared war on the CIA-created ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). ISIS started off as at best a 10,000-man force; now, after we've built them up into a TERRORIST organization, they are now estimated to have a 50,000-man army.  They also have a government set up; they collect taxes; they takeover banks and steal the money; they get arms from WHERE? why the U.S.A., of course.  We're the biggest producers and sellers of war machinery and arms in the world.

What a bunch of propaganda, scare-tactics bullshit Obama spieled out as he, again looking so damn stern (I could just see that ISIS true believer who decapitated Foley and Sotloff shaking in his U.S.-made (made in Communist China probably) boots..."Ooooh, Obama scares so much hell out of me, I'm surrendering immediately and become a Christian") roared out his war-drum-beating plans.  All over the Middle East, I'm sure young hothead Washables are running as fast as their Nike sneakers can take them to the ISIS recruiting office to sign up to fight the hated Americans.  And just think how Obama could have become our greatest president ever if after he beat G.W. "Lyin' Bastard and AWOL Coward" Bush if he'd simply brought all our troops home, ended these illegal wars, and offered a hand of peace to the Middle East.  They were ready to accept him.  Remember the scenes of the Arabs wearing Barack Obama teeshirts on the night he was elected?  Instead, our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president decided to go the G.W. Bush/Cheney way, which also was the Slick Willie Clinton and Hillbilly Hillary way [how to go from a $30,000-a-year governor of the backward state of Arkansas to a multimillionaire in 8 years of hornswaggling the American people into thinking this sociopath profligate hillbilly boy was a great president, he wasn't, and is now still honored as a honorable man, he isn't].  And look at the chaotic mess these lying bastards have gotten us into.  We are verging on a nuclear holocaust as we go pompously about declaring our exceptionalism while condemning all Muslims as terrorists and making gestures of defiance against Russia, a nuclear power led by a former KGB head. 

Again recall Bill Moyers' 1987 report on our "Secret Government," the one that truly rules us, all its shenanigans conceived in secret backroom plans for continuous war.  Every power-hungry demon out there's desire is to RULE the WORLD.  That was Alexander the Great's intent.  That was the Roman Empire's intent. That was the Islamic Golden Horde's (the Caliphate) intent.  That was Napoleon's intent. That was the intent of the British Empire.  That was Hitler's intent.  And after World War II after We the People of the US got this exceptional big head our intent became to rule the world (the evil John Foster Dulles, an Ivy League-propagandized poor little rich boy, decided we were the World's Policemen).

So here we go again, folks.  Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, is "policing" at a pace John Foster Dulles would be proud of using of course the same tactics the bastards who started all this mess back after 9/11 used as they followed the Neo-Con (the New World Order) dictate for a backroom-planned takeover of the world and of the world's OIL, and truly, folks, this bullshit Obama is proposing is all about ISIS blocking our ownership of Iraqi oil (they now control an oil field and are shipping out black-market oil).  ENERGY.  We are soaking up all the world's energy.  We the People of the USA rely on oil to keep our military machine roaring about the world creating havoc, destruction, despair, annihilation, corrupt regimes...throwing us lock, stock, and barrel into the throes of our Great Lord CHAOS.

Before He Became a Rock Star, Bob Dylan Figured It Out
Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs

You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy

You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Well like a Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe

But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
And then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher

And you hide in your mansion
All the young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
for The Daily Growler

As a P.S., how about a scary article from Radical Philosophy:

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Existing in New York City (The Bull's Eye of the Target): As a Member of the Beheading

1967 Poster of Charcoal Drawing of Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones) by San Francisco Artist Erwin Cobbs (from tgw collection)
A Poem by Amiri Baraka:

Monday in B-Flat

I can pray
    all day
    & God
    wont come.

But if I call
        The Devil
            Be here
        in a minute!

As a Member of the Beheading
Can you imagine being such a fervid true believer that you would have the egoistic willpower to actually cut a human being's head off with a knife not much bigger than a kitchen knife.  Hacking that head off while the poor decapitation sufferer is still alive, his or her blood spurting wildly, spewing in some cases when the large arteries leading to the brain are cut.  Our CIA trains its goons well.  I'm sure there's a CIA stooge who would on orders decapitate a human being with a kitchen knife.

The humane and the cruel.  Again the "two sides" theory of life pops into my attempt to get on down the road of life with as few obstacles and detours as possible.  Two sides?  Think about it.  There's wealth, but in order to have wealth there has to be poverty.  There's war; there's peace.  Our American mightier-than-the-gods military chieftains claim our military is out to bring peace to the world through war.  So far that effort has been a total failure; yet these war-in-their-blood bastards are as true believing fanatical fools as that ISIS true believer who decapitated Foley and Sotloff.

Eric Hoffer Said:
"The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts.  It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil
lurking in every person."

"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true."
Even With My Head in the Sands of My Imagination
Through the sands I hear the cries of pain, the cries of the dying, and the sound of approaching death, the sound of people running for their lives, the sound of drones sneaking in to blow whole families into lifeless oblivion, the sound of superjet fighters wasting millions upon millions of dollars of bombs trying to annihilate human beings, the sound of wild fanatics going about butchering people, the sound of a Congress lying like dogs as they feed like pigs at the slop troughs of our corporate dictators, the sound of police all over the USA firing multiples of high-powered bullets into the skulls and chests of Black men...killing them with impunity, the sound of our Vice President (a man with his grateful nose up the ass cracks of the DuPont high priests) ballyhooing our invincibility against the CIA-created ISIS (ISIL). 

Our presidents and corporate dictators turn into killers once they get their fists around the controls of absolute power, the power to annihilate whole groups of people, the power to destroy whole countries' economies, the power to go to war on a whim, the power to assassinate your own citizens as you wish, the power to return whole work forces back into slavery, the power to lie and make their lies come true.  And, look, all their lies are coming true.

for The Daily Growler

Friday, August 29, 2014

Existing in New York City (Among the Billionaires): Onward Christian Soldiers

Actor Tom Mix w/Fans on Hollywood lot, 1925 (photographer unknown: from tgw collection)
I've Still Got My Head Buried in the Sands of My Imagination
Considering if I were a Black man.  Especially a young Black man.  If you're a Black man (or woman) and you come up on a White, KKK-inspired, gaggle of cops, especially those in military garb, what the hell do you do?  You can't turn and run.  To cops that's a sure sign of guilt.  It also gives them the right to blow your running "guilty" ass away for good.  "Good riddance," the commander on the shift says to his boys as they stand around with all their AKAs smoking.  "Who got the most hits on the nigger?"  "I think Greg did; hit that big buck in the head with two shots."  "Was the buck packin' heat...or drugs?"  "No.  He was clean."  "Then why did we kill him?"  "Cause, he was runnin', man, and we know a Black man runner is always running 'cause he's guilty.

Why do most  White people hate Blacks (they also hate Mexicans, Arabs, Jews, Poor White Trash, and Atheists)?  Because...and watch out, you may not like this...Black genes are dominant.  Black man + White woman = Black baby.  Or vice-versa: White man + Black woman = Black baby [Yes, I know about sunshine kids].  That's why southern racist Whites lynched Black men they accused of flirting, whistling at, or hitting on a White woman.  Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager visiting his relatives in Mississippi, was murdered because he supposedly made a sexual remark about a White woman, the purest of women known, don't you know.

Onward Christian Soldiers
Here come the Christian soldiers back into Iraq...and some special forces have been active in Syria, too, and Commander Obama can't wait to reenter the Iraq bullshit/fuck up, to bomb our CIA-created ISIS out of existence (a futile waste of very expensive bombs).  It's like a modern-day Crusades, with the Christian zealots out to shove the Muslims into Hell and take over their land and oil in the name of OUR AMERICAN GOD (also known as the Israeli God).

Has anyone discovered yet that the CIA is fomenting all this bullshit in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Libya?  That the CIA not only gave us Bin Laudin, but they also have given us this ISIS bunch that's raising cane and hell in Iraq and Lower Syria these days (there are photographs of Smilin' Joe Biden meeting with this bunch looking happy as a possum eating shit).  The dude who beheaded Foley spoke with a British accent.  What the fuck does that mean; why wouldn't an Arab who learned British English speak with a British accent?

The British are directly responsible for all this bullshit in the Middle East.  It all started way back in WWI.  The current Middle East crisis was started by the CIA during the early fifties after the duly elected president of Iran, Mohammed Mosaddegh, nationalized all the British oil companies (including the evil BP) and according to a Bill Moyers report in 1987 on our "Secret Government" this nationalization totally pissed off John Foster Dulles (Sec'y of State under good ole Dwight D. Eisenhower (who played golf more than he was president)) and John's evil brother Allan who was head of the CIA.  These two New England Ivy League assholes convinced Eisenhower to give the CIA permission to go in and overthrow Mosaddegh's duly elected government and install instead our old asshole buddy, the pompous egotistical schmuck, the Shah of Iran, who later the people of Iran began to hate so much, they finally drove his cancer-wracked ass out (he came to the USA supposedly for treatment of his cancer; in fact, We the People of the USA paid for this crook's hospitalization and operations) and that's when the Ayatollah Khomeini took over and why our embassy was attacked and its staff was held hostage.  That lying dog and totally stupid, inept, Grade B actor, Ronald "We'll Soon Be Flying to Tokyo in 3 Hours" Reagan, gave the Iranians weapons in return for them releasing our Embassy hostages, which they did, a move that paved the way for that idiot Reagan to get elected president (what fools are We the People who vote in this country).  Don't forget, too, that Iran and Iraq were at bloody war for almost a decade.  War is so wasteful and so humanly devastating.  But, hey, our American war philosophy is that war eventually brings on peace and power and rule.

We love WAR.  We love killing.  Watch all these stupid copy-cat cop teevee shows.  On most of them humans are killed in several excessive ways, either by machine-gunning away 10 bad guys at a time or on one NCIS, their whole headquarters were blown to bits by a gang of Arab-looking criminal entities.

We Now Live Under Military Rule
One of the marvelous areas of stupidity among my fellow "Amuricans" (speaking Lyndon-Johnsonian) is the fact that I still hear them babbling about us being a democracy and not a Fascist state based on a war economy.  Pundits dance all around the truth of this chaotic mess a bunch of Ivy League propagandized (mostly lawyers; G.W. being the first non-lawyer president since D. D. Eisenhower), backward-thinking presidents and their gathering-up-of-nest-eggs Congresses have gotten us into.

And now, hot damn, we've got a chance at finally maybe starting World War III.  And a further hot damn is in order when you think about this maybe being that nuclear war our warmongering military leaders and our warmongering Nobel Peace Prize-winning president and our asskissing Congress have been hoping and praying for.  Hot damn, we finally may be able to annihilate the human race.  And the Earth shivers with delight as it thinks of finally getting rid of this monkey who thinks he's created from above, blah, blah, blah, bullshit, blah.

I loved listening to our UN warmonger ambassador, Samantha Power (and power is her game, too), condemning Russia for "invading" the Ukraine (a former Soviet state; Nazi sympathizers in WWII) saying the Russkies are defying the sanctity of international law by threatening the illegal Ukraine government with military intervention (I'm breaking up here; laughing my ass off at this American hypocrite's reasoning).  In the meantime, look what our enforcing (via the CIA and its agents provocateurs) of our kind of democracy on Korea, Vietnam (except, of course, the North Vietnamese kicked our asses and saved their country from being divided in half), Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya (where they are now involved in a civil war), etc., did to those countries.  It has left these countries in devastation, destruction, with millions of dead, divided, now either with civil wars or with potential civil wars.

We truly do love war and killing.  And it was all spelled out in the Neo-Con Manifesto, the ultimate goal of which has always been to drive our economy down to where We the People of this Mess of Divided States of America are forced into cheap labor situations (slavery being the cheapest) and a downgrading of our social order to that of a Third World country.

Hot damn, bring 'em on.

 for The Daily Growler

Friday, August 08, 2014

Existing in New York City: WAR, WAR, OH GLORIOUS WAR!!!

New York City's Times Square looking south in 1938.  That's the NYTimes original building that looms in the mist in the center of photo.  On the far right is the Astor Hotel and Astor Theater where Leslie Howard is starring in the movie "Pygmalion."  To the left is the Loew's State Theater whose marque promotes a Vaudeville show featuring Step-'n-Fetchit.  Photographer unknown.  From tgw collection.
Truckin' Away From the Front Lines
So I've decided to bury my head in the sands of my own imagination.  To divorce reality.  Impossible, you say, and I probably agree with you, but certainly today, being outside reality makes more sense than trying to plow through the Fascistic hurdles of what reality in the Good Ol' USA has become.

One hurdle: I recently had a chance to fly with a bevy of my Michigander friends to their hometown to enjoy their participation in a jazz festival big band.  OK, until I read where you weren't able to board an airliner to any destination without the equivalent of two government photo IDs or one government plus a corporate-issued photo ID.  Whoaaaa....  I was stopped in my tracks.  I haven't had two photo IDs in at least 10 years since I dropped out of the advertising rat race and decided to sail my ship alone (without a car so without a driver's license).  "Sorry," I was told, by United Airlines, "we can't let you on our planes unless you can prove who you are, which is via two photo IDs, one issued by a government or you have a credit card with your photo on it."  I asked them how a photo proves who I am and they, like my mother excused segregation when I was a kid in Texas by saying it was a shame but it was the law, said they were sorry but that was the law.  And whose law was it?  Turns out it started with Slick Willie Clinton's original Patriot Act after the Oklahoma City bombing.  Yes, folks, Slick Willie Clinton gave us the original Patriot Act not Georgie Porgie Puddin' Pie Bush.  Bush gave us Homeland Security and their version of the Patriot Act.  Slick Willie also did away with habeas corpus.  But don't get me started on the Clintons or the Bushes...because that will cause me to lift my head out of the sands of my own imagination and begin seeing the truth behind the many political illusionists and their so many illusions.

OK, sez I to our benevolent government, I once had a passport so I'll just renew it.  Not so easy, a postal clerk who processes passport requests told me.  She said I would still have to provide two current photo IDs to renew a passport since the last time I had a passport was in the 1960s when I was but a long-haired kid totally different-looking from who I am now.

Ah, to hell with it, was my final positioning on the matter.  I don't like to fly anyway.  Planes are some of the biggest germ breeders on earth.  Just think, that airliner from Liberia to Nigeria had a man with the ebola virus on it exposing hundreds of people to the virus (it's contracted from an affected person's body fluids).  It's all a matter of speed anyway.  I could have traveled to Michigan by Megabus but it would have taken me a long grueling ton of hours to get there; same with Amtrak in terms of taking at least two days or longer to get there.

Israel Ethnically Cleansing Palestine
This is purely a religious war.  The Jews being the Chosen People say that their God, Jehovah (Yaweh (same as Allah)), made a covenant with the poppy of the Jews, Abraham (he's ironically the poppy of the Arabs, too, don't you know), a covenant that gave Abe and his lineage all the land that now encompasses Palestine, the old Chaldean and Philistine lands (some say the Jews were first Chaldeans).  The Holy Land.  Besides, what a great way to let what happened to the Jews under Hitler be revenged by taking it out on the helpless Palestinian Arabs, dogs not humans to most gung-ho Israelis, and certainly in Gaza they are trapped like dogs.  Religion is behind most of the world's conflicts.  Can I prove such a statement.  Sure, it's easy.  Give it go, you'll see. 

Doing the Obama Shuffle
How 'bout President Obama doing his Uncle Tom shuffle by glibly joking that, "Yes, we tortured some folks," said with a "yassuh boss" twinkling in his eyes.  We once figured Little Georgie Porgie Bush was going to end up our worst president ever.  That's when we all put our "liberal" hopes in Obama's black-preacher-chant, "Yes, we can!"  Turned out Obama's "Yes, we can" simply meant "Yes, we can continue the same ol' shit, folks."

And, now, Commander-in-Chief Obama has decided to reinvade Iraq...well, he's sending in our invincible Air Force to, under the guise of flying in humanitarian aid, bomb Iraq back to the Stone Age.  Well, here we go again, folks.  And though 75% of We the People are against war, by God, Commander-in-Chief Obama sez, we're gonna have war whether you people or Congress want it or not.  I'm pulling executive privilege on your White man asses.

Pundits are philosophically analyzing Obama's latest reentry into another mess we made: the ruining of Iraq; the turning of Iraq into a embroiled and perpetual war zone.  We need Iraq, don't you see.  We need it, yes, for its oil, but we also need it as we try to control the Middle East.  Iraq sits dead in the middle of Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Russia, the fact, the whole Middle East, from India over to the Mediterranean.  All of this mentioned in the original Neo-Con Manifesto whose main author is Paul Wolfowitz who is still out there somewhere promoting the Neo-Con's New World Order that old Pappy Bush warned us was being created in his "1000 Points of Light" speech.
Paul Wolfowitz Is a Psychopath/Sociopath Fool: Want Proof? Read the Following: 
We live, folks, in a War Economy.  Without war and arms dealing and stealing oil without which our war machine (the world's largest) would run dry and become totally stalled, this country would go bankrupt.  We'd be taken over by Chinese Communist Capitalists.  We have always consistently backed repressive governments, dictators, terrorists...come on, we created Al-Queda to fight with the  Mujaheddin against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan; our CIA infiltrators and agent provocateurs started the civil war in Syria; in a great revenge for Ronald Reagan, We the People, through NATO, which we control and without whose finances it would fold, attacked Libya, bombed the bejesus out of it, then when our CIA thugs found Khadaffi rather than keeping him alive and questioning him or giving him a fair trail, they instead tore his body to shreds with multiple bullets (assassination a dear stream of evil that runs through the American psyche)(remember we did the same with Osama bin Laudin and remember we hanged Saddam Hussein, a botched hanging that took several efforts to finally break his stubborn neck).

So brace yourself for more and more wars as We the World's Extraordinary Human Monkeys, the dumbest people on earth, will soon reelect a lot of Republican goons (there's a great possibility in this still-Civil-War-divided country (divided over slavery still (don't forget, the Republican agenda is all about cheap labor)) that the Republicans can take over the Senate in the coming elections).  And worst of all, We the Dumbest People in the World will elect yet another do-no-wrong sociopath as our president, whether it be Hillbilly "War Lover" Clinton or the Reverend Rick Perry (yes, he's running for president) or whatever fool the Republicans run this time.  And we will still have our Catholic-controlled Supreme(ly dumb) Court trashing our Bill of Rights out of existence and totally ignoring what few Constitutional rights we have left (name them?).  Due to this War Economy, we have lost our right to privacy.  We have a billion-plus-bucks-a-year security industry now out there working hand-in-hand with our CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, NIS, local cops tracking our every move whether in reality or on the Internet, listening to our every call, reviewing everything we write on the Internet, capturing all the photos we put up on the fact, now our newer computers allow the government a backdoor access to all our files, hardware, software, etc.

Fuck it all, I say, as I bury my head in the sands of my imagination.

for The Daily Growler  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Existing in New York City: Are We Ready for Hillbilly Hillary?

Say Goodbye to: Steve Post: I was still in shock over Margot Adler's death when just last night I found that Steve Post, a radio personality along with Margot on NYC's Pacifica station WBAI had died.  Steve Post was then what BAI should still be, a source of parody, incisive wisdom, and bitter deconstruction of what's always been wrong with this country: its politicians.  Post's favorite politician, Tricky Dick Nixon, was the man on whose head Steve poured his wry wit contradict bullshit with reversed shit.  A true American cynic has died. ,
Say Hello to Our Next President
Here's a sad tale by Jeffrey St. Clair on how "flat broke" Hill and Bill picked themselves up by their bootstraps and soon after leaving the White (Man's) House, this flat-broke couple of Arkansas backwards-state hillbillies' worth zoomed up past the 35 million mark...whew! that was a close call.  Read it and garner more love for Hillbilly Hillary Clinton:
Say Goodbye to: Margot Adler: I was quite shocked to read an NPR statement on the death of Margot Adler.  I came to NYC in 1969 and one of the first WBAI-FM personalities in those days was a young Margot Adler...and, yes, I knew she was the granddaughter of Alfred Adler (and Mortimer, too?) the psychiatrist...and, yes, I knew she was a witch and seriously into that realm of the psychologically mysterious (who knows what lurks in the minds of men?).  Back in the early eighties, I wrote a letter to NPR criticizing some programming that had to do with a British cat cruising around the USA opinionating on American blues.  Hey, I'm an admitted Anglophobe and my criticism was blasphemous of NPR and such idiotic programming.  Shortly afterwards, I got a call one afternoon.  It was Margot Adler.  She was calling me to thank me for my criticism of NPR programming and she confided in me that she, too, sided with me wholeheartedly in the matter.  We talked for over an hour.  I eventually got to tell her how much I used to dig her on BAI and her warm response to my praise encouraged me (I thought) to hit on her...OK, I simply asked her to let me take her to dinner, to which she replied that she was happily married and was a mother.  I apologized and she was very sweet about the whole thing.  Because of that phone call, I've since felt close to Margot in a parallel-line sense and I was transmogrified for a brief moment on reading of her death from cancer.  She was 68 years old.  Goodbye, to the good witch Margot. 
Why Hillary Should Never Be Elected President:
From watching the Clintons in the White House for eight years and from Hillary’s hawkish record as Senator and Secretary of State, there can be little doubt that her views are heartfelt.  She remains a lethal admixture of neocon and humanitarian imperialist views, an American Exceptionalist, giddy with American military power, arrogantly confident that “our values” are universal and determined that no other power, however peaceful, will achieve the military or economic might to stand up to the U.S.   As China rises, peacefully so far, consistent with its history and culture, and as Russia and Iran gain strength, her views could plunge us into a World War.  She is far too shallow, arrogant and bellicose to be President at a time when new thinking and considerable wisdom is needed.  The Clintons have already done quite enough damage to humanity.  It is long past time to stay their hand from doing more.

John V. Walsh at
Has Anybody Asked?
Why was a Malaysian airliner with nearly 300 people on board flying over a war zone?
Say Goodbye to: Johnny Winter, a fellow-Texan blues performer who was born in Beaumont, Texas, my mother's hometown.  I met Johnny when I lived in Austin in 1969 when he was in a band called Shiva's Headband (I may be wrong about him being in the band, but he was always hanging around them at the Armadillo).  Once on a gig in Mississippi with Muddy Waters, you hear Muddy tell Johnny, "Man, you play a lot of notes; I can't play that many notes." Johnny Winter, 70, American Hall of Fame blues guitarist (Nothin' but the Blues) and triple Grammy Award-winning producer (1978–1980).
No Change of Any Kind in the Coming Contaminated Air
I've been laughing my ass off watching how the media searchlights are turning on good ol' gal, Hillbilly "My Husband Shot His Wad on a Young Girl's Blue Dress" Hillary Clinton (has she dropped the Rodham?).  And Hillbilly's looking a little worn these days, her ass broadening daily and her hair getting scraggly and uneven grey.  She looks haggard even in makeup.  At the same time, Ol' Slick Willie's looking peachy cheeked and rich (which he and Hillary now are...filthy rich...hog-wallow rich, as they'd say were they still big shots in the backward state of Arkansas. (Just think, now Bill and Hillary could buy half that damn backward state and wouldn't have to worry about making deals with their friends over Whitewater (several of their pals went to prison remember?) and the CIA over flying CIA-Contra cocaine into to Mena, Arkansas, during Ronald "Raygun" Reagan's stupid attempt to save Nicaragua from the evil Sandinistas (bad commies).

It All Seems Like a Cruel Joke
How did human two-faced clowns like Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, G.W. Bush, Ol' Pappy Bush, John "Ketchup Slurpin"" Kerry, etc., get such God-damn hypnotic control over We Americans, the Dumbest People in the World?  These are White, narcissistic, sociopathic, power-hungry, spoiled-brat-types, Ivy-League-mind-controlled parasites with no sense of community, only a standing-before-a-full-length-mirror in admiration of their individual selves, those selves that would sell their children, their parents, their neighbors, their supporters down the river for a big untaxed wad of Corporate Corrupt Moolah (money most of which these corporations have stolen from the taxpayers anyway).  Yet, We the Dumbest People on Earth keep electing these freaks, keep having faith in their fingers-crossed promises.  Hillary knows if she gets elected president, the Slick Willie Clintons will become superrich and atop the Power Elite in a catbird seat.  The Clintons are in friendly competition with the Bushes (remember, Bill Clinton said Ol' Pappy Bush was his new best friend back when they formed a way to rip off a few hundred grand for their own pleasure by starting the famous Japanese Tsunami Fund).  What a bunch of truly evil people; yet, they stay at the top of the popularity polls no matter how sexually perverted, disgusting, lying, crooked, bullshitting, and backward thinking they are.  Hillbilly Hillary, trust me, even though a strong woman (acc. to her popularity poll), she's as backward thinking as any politician-parasite in Washington today.  No women national leaders have ever been for peace.  Indira Ghandi (she was assassinated, remember?), Golda Meir, Madame Bhuto, Margaret Thatcher, et. al.

The following from Common Dreams is by Jeff Cohen and is a truth-packed article about Hillary, the Clintonistas, and how Barack and Michelle Obama coming out of the corporate ass-kissing world stabbed us all in the back in favor of their own monetary gain and Power Elite position in the future.  The Obamas will leave office multimillionaires and soon their book contracts will add to their riches and so will speaking tours and corporate investing, etc.

You see: what peace is is a lull between wars.  Consistent peace is impossible.  For peace can only exist in a society that is weaponless (like Switzerland).  To have true peace, you would destroy all massive destructive weapons of war and decrease standing armies to merely border patrolers or National Guarders.  There are two sides to everything: without War we can have no Peace.  And we will never EVER end wars.  They're too profitable for the 1-percenters.

I once knew the world's richest man at the time (early 70s).  My wife worked for him.  He liked my wife; every man liked my wife; she was a Welch, Choctaw, Mexican blend of beauty and brains, a raven-haired fox who impressed every rich man she ever met.  In talking to this world's richest man over cocktails one night, the table discussion turned to war...nuclear war in this case.  This rich bastard...and by the way he was famous for living in one of his many jumbo jet planes and only landing to me, this guy did just that...said, if the Soviets, yeah they were the big buggaboo back in the 1970s with the cold war still going on, started a nuclear (of course We the People of the US can't wait to have a nuclear war) he would retire to one of his jumbo jets and fly away from where the war action was going on.  That's how dumb this guy was.  Because he was so rich, he thought he could avoid a nuclear holocaust by just flying above it.

The rich don't think like the average bears, folks.  Even if they were born in bitter poverty, once they get rich they turn their backs on the average bears.  I know.  My brother got rich and I saw him become a totally different human being than he was before he got rich.  He was still a good brother and he was a kind soul but when he got rich he didn't trust anybody, especially the rich men and women he socialized with in Dallas, and believe me, I've met some of the richest men and women in the world in my brother's Dallas home.

Is life boring?  Without money, yes, life is boring.  I can’t imagine what the desperately poor go through.  Yes, the poor are jealous of the rich.  That’s what keeps them kowtowing to them.  The rich hate the poor because either they were once poor or else being born rich they were taught to hate the poor…criminals, illegal immigrants, the imprisoned, the dopers, the lazy, the welfare scammers, black young men wearing hoodies.  It’s two worlds: the world of the rich and the world of the poor.  It always has been this way.  It’s the way most societies are set up.  Socialism will never be accepted because people don’t like to share.  Americans especially believe they are rugged individualists.  “You’re on your own, pal.”  These are true Social Darwinian attitudes.  Survival of the fittest: I am rich, therefore I’m going to survive. G.W. Bush, that scoundrel, said we were all supposed to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.  Can you imagine this little privileged prick giving such advice?  He’s, of course, aiming that advice at the poor.  The question was often asked this little privileged prick: “What if I don’t have any boots?”  Or, “What if the boots I have have no straps?”  G.W. Bush, that little worthless prick, looks and sees he has a scratch on his specially ordered shoes.  What does he do?  He orders another pair from his favorite shoe store and the shoe dealer kisses his ass and orders him a new pair of shoes and all’s well, little Georgie has pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

Boos on the Jews
Hey, Net-in-Yahoo?  Didn't Hitler teach you Jews about the Final Solution?  So, hey, dude, why not build some hi-tech ovens (or the U.S. Government will supply them and the Zyclone B gas) and burn the god-damn Palestinians to nothing but bones and ashes.  I once knew an Israeli girl who had just been discharged from the Israeli military and while we were mafficking around, the subject of the Palestinians came up.  This girl looked at me and very seriously said, "We Israelis consider the Palestinians as dogs; they're not human.  Even the other Arabs hate them and consider them dogs."  So, hey, Net-in-Yahoo, you know what they do to stray dogs, they gas 'em.  There ya go, Bebe, ol' dude.  Do unto the Palestinians as the Nazis did unto you.  I mean bombing a hospital for the disabled would make old Adolph proud of you.  Killing 179 Palestinians, mostly women and children, when those stupid Hamas rockets haven't killed one Israeli yet is also a cool response.  So go ahead and bomb the bastards back to the Stone Age...oh, wait a minute, the Israelis have already bombed the Palestinians back to a Stone-Age-like existence.  So gas 'em all, Net-in-Yahoo.  And speaking of gas,
check this out:

Some Truth:

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Existing in New York City: It's Time to Kill Some More Iraqis and Other Topics

Say Goodbye to: Charlie Haden, bass player extraordinaire.  Started playing music with the Haden Family Band as a singer.  Then he contracted polio that affected his throat and jaw, which meant he could no longer sing since he couldn't control his pitch.  So he took up the bass.  His jump to the top of the jazz bass world came when he joined Ornette Coleman's band, where he "followed" Ornette, as Haden said, because you could not presuppose what Ornette was going to play (he didn't play melodies, had no chordal designations, and would often go off on tangents during a tune). Charlie Haden, 76, American jazz bassist and bandleader, three-time Grammy Award winner (Nocturne, Land of the Sun, The Shape of Jazz to Come), post-polio syndrome.

Say Goodbye to: Don Lenhardt, baseball player and coach.  I first remember Don back when I was a kid involved with a great interest in Texas League baseball and Don Lenhardt was one of the all-star infielders in the league with the San Antonio Missions.  Don Lenhardt, 91, American baseball player and coach (St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox)

Hot Damn!  We Celebrate the 4th of July Preparing to Continue and Re-continue War Upon War After War
Praise the Christian God, that merciful fabulous God of great warring love; a God who loves to just up and wipe out civilizations and wipe out whole passels of heathen disbelievers just on a whim that these people disobeyed one of HIS wacky orders ("Kill homosexuals!"  "Kill all of those who worship false gods, like Allah (even though Allah is the same God as Jehovah, the big Daddy Jewish God...think about it: "Yaweh" "Allah").  "If thou do not believe in ME, then to hell with the lot of you"),

We the People of the USA: Our Deluxe Killing Agencies Drone On
The almighty enemy, our greatest enemy since we had a cold war with the Soviet Union, is al-Queda (now identifying itself, according to our sociopathic keepers, as ISIS in Iraq).  Al-Queda seems to be an invincible enemy that has so far been our longest hounding enemy ever (I just saw that our security agencies are saying Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen now have the capability of bringing Weapons of Mass Destruction (remember them?)(or "highly volatile explosives") on airliners thus demanding tighter security now on international flights to and from the USA).  I mean Hitler never successfully attacked the USA and blew down two architecturally tacky buildings, a miraculous feat that has led to the two longest wars in our nation's great warring history, both wars against countries that were no threat whatsoever to our precious national security.  What's even more miraculous about al-Queda is in spite of our president's constant trumpeting about how our forces have wiped out al-Queda leaders and combat forces only a few days later to have an al-Queda incident reappear wrapped in a new trumpeting about how we killed al-Queda leaders and supporters by drones in Yemen, where Obama found it necessary to drone-zap three American citizens living in Yemen, one a 17-year-old boy born in Denver.

Bomb 'em Back to the Stone Age
Old Obama and that idiot John "Phony Vietnam Hero" Kerry (remember how the Swift Boaters ridiculed this poor little rich boy and ex-District Attorney now reaping the rewards of having married old Charlie Heinz' widow, the Ketchup Queen; remember him coming out of the ocean wearing a fish suit?) find themselves in a dilemma with this new advent of warring factions in Iraq, what everyone with any sense warned would happen back in 2003 when 2 million of us marched in New York City against this illegal war started by our faux-president (he stole both elections, one from that wimp  Kerry and the other from that wimp Al "the Bore" Gore), Georgie Porgie Bush whose reasoning for his "preemptive" strike against Iraq was truly because Saddam Hussein tried to murder his old feeble and now wobbly Pappy (the Power Elite royalty live long lives). [May I here congratulate John "Ketchup Slurpin'" Kerry on his admission in Red China that he originally was opposed to the Iraq War and thinks getting involved in Bush and Cheney's illegal little war to end all wars was a big mistake.]

Just think, if Bill Clinton, that preacher boy from Arkansas with a roving eye for his kind of playmate (like Jennifer Flowers (remember her?), Paula Jones (Slick Willie paid her $75,000 to shut her up), and Monica Lewinsky (and that big cum stain on her blue dress)), had not have started bombing the bejesus out of Iraq and then Georgie Porgie Bush-baby (who's living like a duke down in Dallas with the Dutchess Pickles (shouldn't that really piss Americans off?)) had not have preemptively invaded their sovereign territory to occupy it with killer US troops who maimed and killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and displaced another 2 million Iraqis (remember Fallujah?)(remember Blackwater's killing innocent women, children, and noncombative men with impunity).  What would have happened if we had not invaded Iraq?  Or what would have happened if we had not invaded and tried to occupy Afghanistan (who had nothing to do with the blowing down of the World Trade Center now replaced by the most expensive office building ever built, whose prime tenant is the People's Republic of China (that's "Red China" when they were our big enemy and not holding billions of our debt in their vaults or making 80% of our consumer goods (clothes, teevees, computers, appliances, etc.))(do you recall that George W. Bush gave China our jet plane designs; plus remember he traded nuclear secrets (a boon for General Electric (that killer company)) for mangoes (shouldn't that have pissed Americans off?).

I can't believe most Americans have their heads buried in the sands of their ongoing debts, credit card arrears, student loan swindles, bankruptcy, home foreclosures, job losses, in trouble with the IRS.  Not a peep from them as their corporate-ass-kissing government goes around the world killing and maiming and displacing innocent people and making trade-pact deals that totally turn our lives over to corporate pirates and raiders, the destructive ideals of the Global Marketplace, the IMF, GATT (both the children of Slick Willie Clinton) and the World Trade Organization, etc.  Americans sheepishly look the other way as a criminal killer corporation like Monsanto destroys the world's organic food supplies with their genetically modified seeds (full of other animals' DNAs, DNAs that good scientists (as opposed to scientists that do what these criminal corporations' instruct them to do) are now saying are staying in our bodies affecting our genes and our children's genes forever more)("Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'")

Again, I emphasize, as I have been doing for 6 years, We the People of the USA are stuck with a War Economy.  Without wars, we won't survive since we've allowed our global-conquering corporations (no longer with allegiance to our national dilemmas but in control of our lives) take over the world full sway (i.e., Goldman-Sachs, Monsanto, General Electric, Halliburton, Bank of America, Wells-Fargo, Quicken Loans, etc.).

So have a great 4th of July.  A chance to remind ourselves who our true enemy is.  As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is US."

for The Daily Growler

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Existing in New York City: Worshipping Chaos

Say Goodbye to: Horace Silver, jazz pianist extraordinaire.  I first heard Horace playing with the Miles Davis All-Stars (a 10" Prestige LP Walkin').  Later once intrigued by Silver's playing, I followed him from Senor Blue to Silver and Brass and all those great Silver moments like "Sister Sadie," "Filthy McNasty," "Blowin' the Blues Away," and "Doodlin'."  Great compositions, great sideman.  I remember when Horace arrived at Coleman Hawkins' funeral in 1969.  He was wearing a blue velvet suit and was accompanied by two gorgeous foxes in splendid formal attire.  Horace Silver, 85, American jazz pianist (Song for My Father, Blowin' the Blues Away), natural causes.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
“Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”
Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire 

Progress in human evolution brings with it destruction.  In order for man to evolve from a primitive beast into a civilized human being he has had to destroy.  Enemies: whether they be other humans or wild beasts or the environment itself, our civilized intentions be they subconscious or in real time are to dominate all other forms of life and the environments in which they subsist (or exist).

Even progress in human thought is destructive.  Think of how theories come and go.  What once was believed as truth is now seen as unbelievable or has been replaced with supernatural theories (those theories of the ignorant who find truth in the fabulous).

President Obama recently said he believed down to his bones in America being extraordinary.  This national egocentricity is destructive.  The only way to prove you're superior to your fellow human beings is to go to war with them with the intention of destroying them.  Peace is simply a resting period between wars.

Human beings in order to maintain their egocentricity are forced to deny natural orders (even natural science) and construct supernatural theories that prove man is not an animal.  Man comes down from Heaven to rule the earth (remember, not too long ago, many human thinkers believed the earth was the center of the universe; that the sun revolved around the earth, which, by the way, they thought was flat).

I'm currently a work on a piece involving a human being being blindfolded and taken to the deepest part of a deep jungle and dropped off there to survive or perish.  What I discovered as I imagined such a situation is that when a human being finds himself alone and lost in the darkness of a jungle (back to his beginnings), his civilized man is helpless; his only hope for survival is to revert back to relying solely on his instincts.

The Jungle is originally Chaos.  Civilization is man-made and is therefore unnatural.  The direction of all man-made civilization is entropy (or Chaos).  Progress progresses but at some point enters into that realm old Economists called the law of diminishing returns.

It is interesting to see that some astute pundits are now beginning to agree with me that the American people are the dumbest people in the world, and a lot of the credit for the dumbing-down of us is thanks to the wrecking of our public school system and selling it off to the Charter School gang of hedge-fund pirates.  Charter schools are corporatized to the point their main concern is mediocrity.  The mediocre rise up to become our managing class.  In other words, if you want to succeed from now on you must learn to be totally mediocre.

The mediocre could be said to be the new working class.  And, listen to this, I include the military in this new working class configuration.  Killing the enemy is an industry.

We the People of the USA are fools.  We allow criminality to be rewarded.  We allow our Bill of Rights to be deleted from Constitutional existence.  We allow our military to murder people at will.  We allow our local police to shoot children holding aluminum candy wrappers.  We allow ignorant right-wing goons to shoot young black guys wearing hoodies with impunity.

And Speaking of Chaos
As we continue to impose our world-policeman role on the rest of the world and after we devastated Iraq and Obama declared us victorious as he pulled our haggard and beat up and maimed troops out of there though those of us who are messengers of the Great God Chaos predicted after our terrorist-fearing fearless leader did such a thing, Iraq would revert to civil war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites, which is exactly what is suddenly going on over there.

We love disrupting countries.  Since WW II look at the countries we've divided: Korea (this is a war that has never been resolved); Vietnam (we tried, but we lost that war badly); Pappy Bush's Gulf War (the war Pappy claimed was our first winning war since WWII), Clinton's big war in Bosnia and Serbia, and finally the two longest wars in our warring history, Afghanistan and Iraq (both as far as I'm concerned EVIL wars; stupid wars; illogical wars; economy-ruining wars), both countries that we've militarily ruined, Afghanistan and Iraq: neither country was a threat to our safety; yet, we gave these two helpless countries (with cultures we don't approve of), a taste of our brand of overseen colonizational democracy.

President Obama continues to amaze me with his trick-bagging.  And I'm also amazed how he still has true progressives apologizing for him; yet, on historical paper, he looks worse than Baby Boy Bush (the sorry little worthless piece-of-shit (Grandpa Al's term) ex-faux president who's currently living the good life of a privileged Lord, he and Lady Pickles, down in Dallas near his echo-emitting presidential library).  He's certainly hasn't brought any peace to the world.  He's not done much in terms of diplomacy; he's accepted all of Bush's puppeteer military people and all of Bush's financial people and a gaggle of Wall Street criminals in high-paying advisory why in the Holiest of Hells would you put at the head of the FCC a Wall Street clown who once championed doing away with Internet neutrality--and now, of course, this sleazebag and his FCC cronies have recently down away with Internet neutrality in favor the the corporate-criminal plan to tier the Internet.

Well, what do I expect of a country ruled by backwards-thinking wannabes and Power Elitist gluttons and graspers of pots of Yankee dollars at the ends of their many fabled rainbows.  Doesn't it piss you off to watch teevee and see a Wells-Fargo (one of the biggest criminal banks in terms of foreclosures) commercial where they're praising themselves for creating jobs and making this country so great and how everything is rosy and bright in the criminal dens of the Wells-Fargo pirates.

I know I'm wailing against a wall with no reverb about this open crap that's ruining not only We the People of the USA but more seriously murdering, maiming, displacing hundreds of thousands of war-torn peoples running for their lives especially in places where We the People of the USA's armed forces and CIA/FBI insurgents have started wars or instigated wars or made preemptive strikes against countries that pose no threat to the precious (and so pious) United Snakes of America.

Chaos rules.

for The Daily Growler