Tuesday, November 29, 2016

See the future?

A soldier walks into a bar. He's off duty, wants a drink, but doesn't want the company of his War buddies. He wanders into the local bar normally shunned by warriors. He expected privacy and deferential treatment from the locals.

In the middle of his first drink, some one speaks to him, 'I can tell the future.'

Without looking, he says, 'No one can tell the future. Especially someone like you.'

'Oh but it can be done. Has been done. Once to a guy like you.'

The soldier turns and looks at the speaker. Nothing remarkable about the little man. Yesterday's clothing style. Collar frayed at the corners. The shirt clean but a dingy look as if some old food stain added to the darker shadows.

'You think I'm going to buy you a drink after you tell my fortune. Is that your deal? Buzz off. No one has ever been told their future.'

'Oh,' the little man replied. 'It has only been done once before. To someone like you. Younger than you now. He had two possible futures. In one, he could be a farmer, have children, even grand children. He would die happy as an old man in his bed.'

'Or, he could give in to his ambitions to be famous. Become a soldier, then a General, a great leader of men.'

'But, if he became a soldier, his country would follow his example. More and more men with ambition would try to become rich and famous as soldiers. To do that, they would need wars. Small ones. Easy to win. Little chance of dying.'

'That would work for his country. For a while. Then, the country would be hated as the oppressor is always hated. The wars would get bigger and last longer. Eventually, all the country's natural resources would be used up. Then, the wars would become occupations. War for resources.'

'The country, and all it's people, would become hollow, empty. Like you right now.'

The soldier finished his drink. Stood up. Paid. Looked at the little man. 'There ain't never been a man like that.' He looked at the little man for the last time and walked out.

The little man slid into the soldier's seat and picked up the drink glass. With a finger, he wiped inside the glass. Then, he sucked on the finger to get the last of the alcohol.

Looking at the glass, the little man said, 'Yes, there was such a man. His name was George Washington.'

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Putin Grabs Trump by the Pussy

I'd love to write a few headlines for Fox. I could do Trump grabs pussy by the Putin in all caps. I'm that talented.

However, my content sucks and it takes content to produce journalism worthy of respect and trust.

Now comes this story, a story about how America was fooled by Russian propaganda and elected Donald Fuck you All Trump as president.

“It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

"The findings about the mechanics of Russian propaganda operations largely track previous research by the Rand Corp. and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs."

“It’s starting to undermine our democratic system.”

“For them, it’s actually a real war, an ideological war, this clash between two systems.”

They were truly Bernie or Bust. NOT~

Putin Grabs Trump by the Pussy

I'd love to write a few headlines for Fox. I could do Trump grabs pussy by the Putin in all caps. I'm that talented.

However, my content sucks and it takes content to produce journalism worthy of respect and trust.

Now comes this story, a story about how America was fooled by Russian propaganda and elected Donald Fuck you All Trump as president.

“It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

"The findings about the mechanics of Russian propaganda operations largely track previous research by the Rand Corp. and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs."

“It’s starting to undermine our democratic system.”

“For them, it’s actually a real war, an ideological war, this clash between two systems.”

They were truly Bernie or Bust. NOT~

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pence's night out

Oh, the Elitism of saying the Theater is a safe haven. I don't consider the theater equal to a church, a hospital, or a shelter for battered women.

But, if we must discuss the theater in terms of safe havens, let it come after we have safe havens for those without the price of admission to a Broadway show.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trumps leaked email

Well, the Hillary emails were not leaked. They were hacked. Trumps remained secret. So what next in the email scandals to be?

Trump says he's not going to live in the White House. Hmmm.

So, if he doesn't live in the White House, how will he get his emails?

Why I vote Democratic

As a Georgia voter trapped in Hall County, I vote as much a Democratic ticket as possible. Why? Some influence from my mother while watching Nixon/Kennedy debate. She said something like, "We're Democrats because we're poor people. Democrats are for the poor people.' That would be the very start.

Not done. The Democratic Party maintained an office/store front one block from our home. When I walked by, I always read the Kennedy 'Ask not' quote. More reinforcement. Then, always more news on that President until I associated even the Presidential seal as being Kennedy's seal, not a seal of office. Remember I turned 5 in 1960.

The 1963 assassination fixed Kennedy and the Democrats as being the only choice. I had a fist fight with my best friend in 1964 over the Goldwater/Johnson election.

Then, the war, the protests, drugs, and hippies moved me towards my father's world view. By 1972, I voted Republican in my first secret ballot.

By 1980, after taking a few college courses, watching Nixon's treason followed by Ford's pardon, and my first real world job working with a group of men/mechanics, members of the Teamsters Union, I had voted for Carter and found nothing but terror in that actor from Hollywood.

After Reagan, I became a solid Democrat for economic reasons, an ever increasing awareness of my social obligations as a humble member of the working class.

By 1990, I knew my place in the world. I had grown up as a son of a disabled Korean War veteran and the oldest male child of four children. My parents had been forced to feed me with food stamps and the free cheese package. At my birth, we lived in public housing. Later, in a shoddy home bought through the VA programs, bill collectors hounded us on Saturday mornings. Once, we had our power cut off while my parents were at work. A wonderful way to act. As teenager, even the money I made in odd jobs went towards emergency bills.

So I knew by 1986 that I would never be an uncouth member of the newly rich shunned by old money.

So I vote for the Party of social programs like food stamps, public housing, rent control, a mild pro-union attitude, Medicare, Medicaid, free public schooling, that Old Age program called Social Security, and the ghosts of the elder Kennedy sons, Jack and Bobby, and my mother's ghost, watching a black and white TV telling me in a Kenndy like speech, 'Democrats are for the poor people, not poor in spirit, nor poor in family, nor even poor in wealth. But poor through exclusion by a system often if not always tilted towards wealth and the many types of power passing sometimes as leadership.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Random thoughs

Veterans Day

Why is my coffee getting cold?

Wife, You made it on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Democracy measured in America, 2016

In 1971, Howard Zinn measured our government against the harshest of all standards, the ideal of Democracy. Against any ideal standard, man's achievements, measured in 1971 or 2016, although worthy of praise, fall short of ideal.

Zinn measured our shortages against 10 categories. As we close Election Day 2016, perhaps the most trivial election of our lifetimes and also the most important as is every election, Zinn's mythical 10, or at least three of them deserve another measurement, access to the ballot, freedom of individuality, and the opportunity to protest. Like Zinn, I choose to test my 3 against the ideals, not just the present versus the past, nor a scale of good, better, and best.

Zinn's 1971 opinion found the ballot, or political activity in general, favored the weathy, as measured in health, social-economic status, and education. I agree in 2016 with Zinn. Given the amounts of money needed to place a name or an issue on a ballot, the our election process differs little from a dictatorship. The sick need not apply to democratic methods just as the Irish were told. The corporate person, the highest social-economic status, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to willing political actors. And, the least educated suffer under a crushing burden of misinformation and information overload without a trained mind.

Voters, in Zinn's time, like today's voters, faced voter suppression efforts.The 1966 state poll taxes being similar to the 2016 purchase of a state validated voter ID card or photo ID. The white men under the white hoods, openly racist in the 1960's, resemble today's open carry thugs patrolling political rallies as self appointed 'candidate security.' I offer no Zinn equivalent to the 21st Century closing of inner city polling locations for budgetary reasons. The US electoral system denies a right to vote, freedom to vote, and perhaps a place to vote. There is no Democracy in that.

By measuring the present versus the past, freedom of individuality, measured by a woman's access to birth control without a husband's consent, the availability of same sex marriage, or discrimination against minorities in housing and employment, grew larger since Zinn's time. Yet, some call to end immigration, shout for the building of walls, and cry for mass expulsions based on religious beliefs. There is no democracy in that.

Just prior to Zinn's time, Chicago's Democratic Convention protesters found themselves beaten by police, four college students in Ohio were shot to death by the National Guard seeking to end campus protests, and the nation saw pictures of Martin Luther King dead on a Memphis balcony.

This week, pipeline protesters in at Standing Rock, ND, were assaulted with noise cannons and rubber bullets by enforcers wearing riot gear supported by military vehicles. The city of Miami, in preparation for FTAA protests, developed what is called, the Miami Model, based on City of Miami Ordinance 54-6.1,included a ban of 8 people meeting in public, and defining a parade as two or more people, and a ban on weapons, a 2nd Amendment right. All the signs of a democracy under challenge or the actions of dictatorship.

We must choose, in 2016 and beyond, a striving towards ideals and the path of pragmatism. Elections must have a time, a place, and faithful rules for access. The route to Individualism needs a Main street, many side roads, and the safety of reflective pastures to nurture and advance. The protests of one against many or the many against one requires the willingness and cooperation of more than one side without the government enforced passivity similar to slavery.

America fails my measurements and standards for Democracy. The 2016, in ways, a referendum on emails and vulgarity, tests whether the willingness or ability exists, in my time and yours, to seek more than trivial issues in deciding a Presidential Election.

Democracy measured in American, 2016

In 1971, Howard Zinn measured our government against the harshest of all standards, the ideal of Democracy. Against any ideal standard, man's achievements, measured in 1971 or 2016, although worthy of praise, fall short of ideal.

Zinn measured our shortages against 10 categories. As we close Election Day 2016, perhaps the most trivial election of our lifetimes and also the most important as is every election, Zinn's mythical 10, or at least three of them deserve another measurement, access to the ballot, freedom of individuality, and the opportunity to protest. Like Zinn, I choose to test my 3 against the ideals, not just the present versus the past, nor a scale of good, better, and best.

Zinn's 1971 opinion found the ballot, or political activity in general, favored the weathy, as measured in health, social-economic status, and education. I agree in 2016 with Zinn. Given the amounts of money needed to place a name or an issue on a ballot, the our election process differs little from a dictatorship. The sick need not apply to democratic methods just as the Irish were told. The corporate person, the highest social-economic status, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to willing political actors. And, the least educated suffer under a crushing burden of misinformation and information overload without a trained mind.

Voters, in Zinn's time, like today's voters, faced voter suppression efforts.The 1966 state poll taxes being similar to the 2016 purchase of a state validated voter ID card or photo ID. The white men under the white hoods, openly racist in the 1960's, resemble today's open carry thugs patrolling political rallies as self appointed 'candidate security.' I offer no Zinn equivalent to the 21st Century closing of inner city polling locations for budgetary reasons. The US electoral system denies a right to vote, freedom to vote, and perhaps a place to vote. There is no Democracy in that.

By measuring the present versus the past, freedom of individuality, measured by a woman's access to birth control without a husband's consent, the availability of same sex marriage, or discrimination against minorities in housing and employment, grew larger since Zinn's time. Yet, some call to end immigration, shout for the building of walls, and cry for mass expulsions based on religious beliefs. There is no democracy in that.

Just prior to Zinn's time, Chicago's Democratic Convention protesters found themselves beaten by police, four college students in Ohio were shot to death by the National Guard seeking to end campus protests, and the nation saw pictures of Martin Luther King dead on a Memphis balcony.

This week, pipeline protesters in at Standing Rock, ND, were assaulted with noise cannons and rubber bullets by enforcers wearing riot gear supported by military vehicles. The city of Miami, in preparation for FTAA protests, developed what is called, the Miami Model, based on City of Miami Ordinance 54-6.1,included a ban of 8 people meeting in public, and defining a parade as two or more people, and a ban on weapons, a 2nd Amendment right. All the signs of a democracy under challenge or the actions of dictatorship.

We must choose, in 2016 and beyond, a striving towards ideals and the path of pragmatism. Elections must have a time, a place, and faithful rules for access. The route to Individualism needs a Main street, many side roads, and the safety of reflective pastures to nurture and advance. The protests of one against many or the many against one requires the willingness and cooperation of more than one side without the government enforced passivity similar to slavery.

America fails my measurements and standards for Democracy. The 2016, in ways, a referendum on emails and vulgarity, tests whether the willingness or ability exists, in my time and yours, to seek more than trivial issues in deciding a Presidential Election.