Saturday, August 27, 2016

WE SEEM TO BE UP TO OUR BUNS IN CONSPIRACY THEORIES, DON'T WE?

   And newer ones keep floating to the surface every day.
How can one possibly keep track of all this horseshit?  Sorry,
but you catch my drift.  And the news media seems to
have the strange notion that each one of them is newsworthy.
Not sure why, but they seem to be gaming the news cycle,
as well. Not much there one can verify, or quote, but that's
the most endearing and convenient thing about conspiracy
theories, they require absolutely no proof.  It can be all
makey up!
   These theories always have a benefactor. Someone who
gets to reap the rewards of this disinformation. Someone
higher up the food chain, so to speak  To hell with facts, we
like innuendo and speculation because there will be no paper
trail.  And this shit works really great because, once people
see it in print, they believe it has validity. It must be true, right?
And it has a link, so spread it around..
    I sound terribly sarcastic and cynical, but the people you meet
on the street and chat with don't tend to believe any of that
nonsense, but the media passes it along and soon it becomes
one of those "trending" items on social media pages. Tosh
and nonsense!  Not very entertaining, either.  But, hey,
manipulation is the name of the game.  All you have to
do is plant the idea, or the seed of an idea, and WHOOSH!
you're off and running.  It will make it's way around the
globe quicker than you can scratch your own behind.
   It's breakfast time, so I shall have to go do a bit of
prep work.  A bit of a treat this morning, compliments of moi!
Back in a while with further observations.

I made it back.  Everyone is noshing!

   OK, for those of you who may not have any extra
conspiracy theories lurking about, you can always opt
for a "rumor".  And rumors can be dropped even
more slyly than a theory.  It feeds on itself.  It also
spreads in very selected circles.  Shit, even the
needlepoint world has it's own grapevine for these
rumors  And, just like the conspiracy theories, not
a lot of effort is made to actually find out if these
rumors have any degree of truth.  Of course there
is always some sort of agenda behind initiating a rumor.
Always! People can be such petty little creatures.


 Most of us have had to sit in waiting rooms while
your car is being worked on, or your dog is a the vet, or
even a doctor's appointment..  It's boring. The magazines,
when you can find them, are usually out of date, too.
You used to be able to depend on finding, at the very
least, a "Good Housekeeping", a Tim" magazine, or a
couple of "Fish And Game".  Mixed in with this varied
collection would be an "Arizona Trailways" and a couple
of religious pamphlets.  One of these was called
"The Watchtower"  which was from the Jehovah's
Witnesses, and there  might be several others from
Baptist Ministries or the LDS Church.  These little
pamphlets were about hope and faith.  I would
read/browse through them and place them neatly
back in the rack. I still find these occasionally, but
they have been supplanted by pamphlets by something
called "Judicial Watch", and some other name that now
eludes me.  These tracts are the polar opposite
of the ones I mention.  These are about hatred and
thinly disguised hypocrisy.  They claim to be a
conservative watchdog group, but with the kind of
rhetoric I spotted in this four page sheet, they do not
like anyone, nor do they trust anyone.  There was some
hint at Christian values, but that hint became obscured
by the overly vitriolic dialog..  They tend to despise
everyone, and in particular, anyone who even uses
the term "democratic".  Like you stepped in dog shit
or something.  But I still can't, for the life of me,
understand why, or how, someone could become so
openly hateful.  It serves no purpose.  But then, again,
many people simply like to follow.  "Thinking is so awfully
stressful, and I shall just post a link and give people the
impressionism that I actually thought about something."
(Sorry, cynicism, again)  Sarcasm, too.  Later.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TUESDAY MORNING MUSINGS!

   The summer Olympic Games down in Rio was a welcomed
diversion, over the last couple of weeks. As if the athletes competing
weren't enough, the press seemed to do it's best to stir up a
certain amount of nonsensical shit, and stir up animosities.
If you wander around looking for something snarky to pass
on to your readers, you most certainly will find something.
  Not to be outdone, of course, there were a few choice
tidbits that floated to the surface.  I understand Jerry Falwell
has been comparing Donald Trump to Winston Churchill.
I kid you not.  You couldn't make this shit up.  I didn't have the
stomach to read what he said, but I imagine the Brits do not
find this very amusing.  I didn't either, for that matter.Mixing
religion and politics certainly produces some very strange
alliances.  Wasn't he one of those televangelists at one point?
I can still remember Jim and Tammy Fay Baker, Pat Robertson
and his PTL club, and someone called Ernest Ansley, that
would suddenly appear on my TV screen late at night or on a
Sunday Morning..Occasionally you could get one of those
"fire and brimstone" kind of preachers/ministers, and they
could, at the very least, captivate your attention. I am not
a big proponent of a "one size fits all" approach to one's
faith.  The hucksterism factor doesn't thrill me , either.
I am just a firm believer that greed and faith do not go
"hand in hand".  Just my take.  I am still rather appalled by that
Kim Davis/Mike Huckabee thing down in KY.. Even the
Cruze-meister came down for the show.
  Her little self serving charade spawned numerous
"religious freedom" bills around the country. At least that
is what they were labeled.  Thinly disguised discrimination
bills, actually. These bills were about intolerance, rather
than tolerance. I was rather surprised when they didn't
trot her out at the convention in Cleveland. She, in
all probability would have gotten a "Thumbs Up" from
the cheering crown, while Ted Cruz got booed for
suggesting that people "vote their conscience".
   Time to make breakfast.  Back in a while.

7:30 AM

  There seems to be multiple "conspiracy theories"
floating about, as well. The latest to make the headlines
is that the election has already been rigged.  You
realize, without too much of a stretch, where this one is
coming from.  This particular one suggests co-conspirators
inside the higher echelons of government, as well as you know
who.  There have various Op-ed pieces in various newspapers
about promises being made at the various campaign stops.
The auto workers, steel workers, coal miners, etc.
The prevailing theory is to tell them what you think they want
to hear, even if it's an outright lie. A couple of "thumbs ups"
always brings roars of approval.  Preaching to the choir,
so to speak. "It's a Pep Rally, you fool! Of course they're
going to cheer"!     

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MORALLY TAINTED?

   There's a nice phrase for you.  Thank you, Cokie Roberts, for that
one.  I haven't pursued the rest of the dialog surrounding this one,
but I am rather tickled by the accuracy. I did put the phrase into the
search engine, and , lo and behold, up popped her name and from
all manner of sources.  It seemed to have something to do with
the the Trumpster, or at the very least, his followers/brethren.
I wouldn't go so far as to call them his disciples, but you can
certainly catch my drift.  Cowardice and lack of conviction do
seem to go hand in hand these days.  It's like a contagion
   I thought you might like the above picture.  This particular bit
of landscape is east of us.  I was kinda tempted to put the caption:
"An illegal immigrant behind every bush" but, as you may have noticed,
there are no bushes.  A guess that's the true nature of being a
smart ass.   This is a rather unforgiving landscape, especially in
the summertime.  And that sun can be extremely brutal.  The pioneers
that first settled in this area had to be made of some pretty
tough stock.
   Anyway, I just thought I would share that phrase with you.  It also
is an apt description of quite a few folks currently in the political
arena.  The U.S. Congress would be a good place to start looking,
I do believe.  I mean, please, where else can you get lifetime benefits
for doing nothing?  All for the moment. Yes, I know, cynical, too!
To quote the Bushmeister, "Stuff Happens"!.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

YOUR FLAG DECAL WON'T GET YOU INTO HEAVEN ANYMORE!

  WITH AN AUG. 15TH UPDATE

Inciting hatred as a stepping stone to a Presidential election
makes one wonder just what kind of chaos the Donald is really
aspiring to. And the only real winner in an armed confrontation
is the weapons manufacturer.  And they're laughing all the way
to the bank.  Everyone else is just a loser!

UPDATE

   The title of this blog post is actually a song title.  The song dates
back to 1971, and was written and recorded by John Prine on
on his first album.  This was, at the time, considered to be an
anti-war song. The war in Vietnam, to be a bit more precise.
I first heard it on the car radio.  I had mustered out of the service
after returning from SE Asia back in 1969. Quite unlike the
returning troops at the end of WW II, we weren't exactly
welcomed back by a particularly gracious nation.  It was, to
put it mildly, a rather unpopular war.
   This song, when I first heard it, spoke to me of the perils
of "blind patriotism".  Within the frame of this past election
year rhetoric, each time the Trumpster trots onto stage with his
flag lapel pin on his suit, and clamors on about  making
America great again, I think about that song.  I think about
how disingenuous the man really is behind all that flag waving
facade. And he functions along the same parameters as every
other bully I have ever met or known. Or read about.
  I did go out and purchase that album, by the way. I would
consider this album to be folk music with a country flavor.
One of the songs on this album was "Angel from Montgomery".
On many levels this was a very socially conscious album.
From "Hello In There", all they way down to "Sam Stone".
This was not lightweight fare. It spoke on so many levels.
After all this time, I still remember all the lyrics. Although I
nknew nothing about the author or singer of these songs, it
was readily apparent that he was a Veteran.  One does not
grasp these kind of observations out of thin air.
   I mention all of this, and the song, because, as much as
anything else, I rather loathe the cowardice of the Trumpster..
That willingness to demean anyone that has the audacity to
question him. That willingness to incite people and then
act somewhat surprised and amused by the end result.
It is eerily reminiscent of an adolescent tossing lit firecrackers
onto a playground so that he can watch the ensuing chaos.
Not good.
   Anyway, that's about the size of it for this morning. Fortunately
the only holiday between now and the election is Labor Day,
and Halloween.  And you can be sure that he will attack the
unions, in some manner, on Labor Day. One would think that,
since the Donald resides in NYC, that he would at least be
aware of the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire and the struggles
of the Garment Workers Union  during the early part of
the last century, but I rather doubt historical narratives of
the city are high on his reading list.  Maybe "cliff notes".
Or, better yet, "I shall get my peoples' to look into it".
   All for this morning.  It's a Monday, after all.

OK, I am back. It's around 1;25 PM.  I figured I might as
well.  Here goes.

  The most "epic fail" of the last 16 month election cycle
has been the press/media..  There is a vast difference between
report the news, and manufacturing it. Obviously investigative
journalism doesn't provide as big a paycheck  wqhen you
compare it to "click bait journalism". The more clicks on

your story/article receives, the fatter the paycheck.  I have
noticed, as many of you have, that the quality of writing
has taken some serious hits.  So, many of the stories
that you see in your paper are not even employees of the
newspaper..  They are freelancers, and probably some
bloggers, that referencematerial they have found elsewhere,
change a bit of the wording , juice it up a bit, and voila,
some competition for the National Enquirer.  The more clicks
the better.. And it's all done with such urgency.  Who
possibly has the time to verify a source or check to see even
it has a ring of truth to it?
   As silly as that may sound, look up "click bait journalism"
on your computer and see what you'll find.  There a good
articl from NPR on the subject, and several others.  In an odd
sort of fashion it rminds me of an old Ray Bradbury story/movie,
Fahrenheit 451..  Owning books was forbidden, and squads
of government agents/firemen would confiscate these books
and burn them.  Reading only gave people ideas, and it was much
easier to control them when you could control the information
they received.  This was written back in 1953, during
the McCarthy era  when writers were blacklisted and jailed
for not answering questions about their associates.  Being
considered a socialist was  "guilt by association". Can't happen
here, you say? After watch Trey Gowdy and Mike Lee
questioning the president of Planned Parenthood and that
travesty on Benghazi, don't be so sure. The movie, and the
story, were about censorship and control of what you
hear and see. I am not a big conspiracy theory person,
but if you take a good look at how the Internet has encroached
upon our lives, it certainly has the ability to be used in such a
manner.. Sure it can.  And your Internet connection does go
down without apparent reason doesn't it?  What if they decide
not to switch it back on while certain events are taking place?
  I am not sure that hearing the Donald speak of religious
tests and profiling was exactly news, either.  Even if it was
at a campaign speech in Youngstown, Ohio, it was hardly
newsworthy.  What's next, my man?  Maybe a bit of
ethnic cleansing to go along with this new found love of
humanity?  I seem to recall that this was used in the last
century.  Does six million ring a bell?.  Maybe he'll just
show us some true "heart", and just toss 'em over the new wall.
Maybe let those "devious Mexicans" deal with them.
(Sorry, I know that last comment was in extremely poor
taste).  I just don't have any doubt's that's the was he truly
feels about people, particularly anyone that doesn't agree
with him.  Gotta run to the PO.

He's back!  Echoes of "Poltergeist".

  This rather ugly side of this election seems to be leeching
into places like FaceBook as well.  I just saw some sort of
post/ling with Sarah Palin's face.  Not interested. I do
realize that this is supposed to be a social networking site,
but I am of the opinion that she doesn't really have anything to
say that would be socially relevant or remotely inspiring.
That's just my take on it.  I wind up deleting these posts
anyway.  I am just grateful that I don't have to listen to her,
either.  There seems to be a lot of dubious information
and links posted on there anyway.  No Elvis sittings, but
you catch my drift.  Was she at the convention in Cleveland?
The local paper had an editorial from someone that claimed to
have worke for the Donald back in the 80's and 90's during
the Donald's casino days.  His little diatribe was just how unfit
for public office that he felt the Donald was.  Nothing new
in what he had to say.  Bullies don't change, they just get
more intense.  If you lived in the proximity of the D.C.- New York
City corridor during that period of time you already knew, or
at least heard, of the dubious nature of his business ventures
and real estate deals.
   On another note, Gail did post a small blog this morning..
Nothing real heady, but just a bit of a heads up.  Been a bit
occupied with other things, so  to speak.
  Arizona, and especially Tucson, was a part of Mexico until
1853.  Among the indigenous inhabitants of this area, in addition
to being of Mexican and/or Spanish descent, also was
home to many Indian Tribes.  There are numerous reservations
in the area, and numerous tribes.  The white man sticks out like
a sore thumb down here.  I tell you this because when the Trumpster
goes on one of these tirades I am ay a loss to figure out exactly who
he is referring to.  Certainly not the people I see on a day to day
basis when I go to the market, or just go wandering around town.
And ,contrary to the blather, I find the Mexican and Latin cultures
very family oriented.Of course I found the same thing when we
lived in close proximity to the Pentagon in Northern Virginia.
I also read somewhere that the US also asked for help from
the indigenous Mexicans to help rid it of some of the Indian tribes they
had deemed as "Savages".  "Imminent Domain" and all that
land grabbing business.  History tells us all sorts of secrets if you take
the time to look. Some good and some bad.  Ying and yang, poon and
tang, so to speak.  Tacky, wasn't it?  Later!   I just felt a bit chatty today.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE!"

   Who would have ever thought that speaking those
three words in a speech at a political convention would
provoke such wrath and disdain for the person speaking them.
He was jeered, booed,and obviously the noise level
was intense enough that both he and his wife needed to
be escorted out by security.  Obviously freedom of speech
is not acceptable at this particular political convention.
Interesting to know. NOT!
    I thought that little phrase was perfect.  It tells you
everything you need to know when you step into that
voting booth, all by your lonesome self, and are about
make that final decision on who you wish to vote for.
Ultimately it is your singular decision. "Vote Your
Conscience" says it all!
   Actually, that was about the only positive statement
that came out of the convention in Cleveland.  Seems
to be an awful lot of hate and disinformation on equal
display here.  Censorship, too!  Sorry, not my sort
of thing!  
   And we are still three months away from the election.
Gonna get even uglier.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CHICKEN LITTLE INVADES CLEVELAND!

   And he's brought all his converts with him.  Yep, the Barbarians
are at the gate, so we are told.
   Usually, from what I can remember about pep rallies, there is an air
of affirmation and rooting for our team.  Obviously when Ted Cruz
suggested that people should vote according to their own conscience,
he was booed off the stage.  This particular mob, like all mobs, does

not do well with any form of dissent or reluctance to follow the
script they have planned for you.  And we shall never know if this
was just another part of the staging to promote unity of purpose.
After all, if you're going to spent a day trotting out a bunch of
second tier politicians and various other wannabe's  to come on stage
and vilify Hillary Clinton,  you would expect dear Ted to
get in line and follow the script.   If I remember correctly, another
former member of the House of Rep. recently described Ted
as "Lucifer".  Someone actually got on stage and stated that
Hillary should be convicted of treason and summarily shot.  I kid
you not.  And the crowd actually cheered.  Ben Carson also
chimed in, and Chris Christie did likewise, although they weren't
quite as severe.  Doesn't appear to be a particularly tolerant
environment.  And who, pray tell, is the next to be profiled?
And will the next topic be "ethnic cleansing?  Religious profiling?
I hear that Newt is working on a new algorithm to assist him
in his quest to ferret out the "evil doers".
   Stay tuned, there is still time left for more love and hugs
from Cleveland.  It's the dawn of a new day, right?.   

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

THE CLEVELAND PEP RALLY!

    This appears to be a high school freshman kegger, but
without the fun. Repression is a very ugly platform to
base an election on. Dissent will not be tolerated.
I am still not hearing talk of anything that resembles any
solutions.  Sorry guys, but you just can't incarcerate or
deport anybody that does not agree with you. You also
might have to do a rethink on your religious test, Newt.
Disallowed!
   Gonna be a strange week. I wonder if they'll trot out
Kim Davis to end the festivities. Maybe she, Carly Fiorina
and Ben Carson can do some sort of lap dancing marathon.
Ought to be an interesting visual watching Cruella DeVille
get down and funky with Chris Christie or that
tight ass Paul Ryan.  Oy! get back to Congress and do
your job, for a change!
   That's about it for this morning.  A man can only so
much fun before breakfast.