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The end… of a rainy work week

(Jun 29 5:33 p.m.)

I wish I could say I’ve been busy all week, but I haven’t.  It rained, and there were a few thunderstorms.  The rodent(s) in the house — particularly squirrels, given how loud and forceful they are — are sometimes eating, scratching away material in the ceiling (and I have footage and some lost sleep to prove it).  I wrote a little, but mostly I felt sorry and empty for myself… What’s new?  Lol. Continue reading The end… of a rainy work week

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Change

(Nov 11 7:32 p.m.)
(Nov 11 7:32 p.m.)

The shock of the national election results hasn’t completely worn off.  And for once, I’m sure I’m not alone… a lot of people shocked.  And with some similarity to Brexit: failing to represent a significant amount of the country was pivotal as to why it went down the way it did.  In order to know what’s going on, you can’t plug your ears and rely solely on previous election data.  You have to, you know, actually listen to ordinary people.

All year, I was so disgusted with Trump that I avoided cable news to avoid him.  But as November closed in, I found MSNBC— and the articles they sourced— a relief.  (And if you know me at all, you know I don’t like partisan news.)  The network consistently “took down” a person I couldn’t stand, and through all my reading I got to know the real Donald… too well.

Fast forward to Nov 8, I voted.  Not being much informed on local issues or candidates, I didn’t recognize most of the names on the ballot… But it should be obvious to anyone who regularly reads this blog as to who I voted for, for President.  I was also a bit of a dummy, interested in signing a petition… while unintentionally standing in the way of people wanting to pass by me to leave.

After that, I went directly home, and soon thereafter slept off the day.  Come nightfall, distracted and missing the ‘reality’ I had in 2015, I went over old stuff I kept of my friends and social media, refreshing my memory of what was and who’s who, compared to now… how these days feel less real.  By 3 a.m., in the motions of turning off, I went to the TV, and checked the news.  I read the headline on the bottom of the screen… Continue reading Change

A candidate with a good record this election year

Gary Johnson—June 20, 2012
He comes in peace. (Image source: Wikipedia/Flickr)

I’m sure there will be people questioning my sanity in considering Gary Johnson for President in this election cycle… but you can’t deny the unfavorable numbers for the other two in the polls— “the two most unpopular nominees in the history of polling.”

Crappy candidates have produced low turn for decades, and some people say it doesn’t matter much who gets into office.  The bureaucrats behind the scenes don’t switch parties.  True, but that doesn’t mean we stay at home, does it?  As responsible citizens we must do what is right— to believe in better, to educate ourselves and fight for better, even if we lose the battle.  ’Cause otherwise, we deserve less for our less.

I’ll show you my cards in saying I’m not terribly enthusiastic about Johnson; he’s said some things that sound stuck in 2006.  (Invading Iraq was a bad idea; we get it.)  He wasn’t the strongest candidate in the 2012 Presidential election— a distant third place, at 0.99%.

This election year, he has improved.  And out of the leading four in national polls (with Jill Stein polling fourth), I have to say Johnson/Weld is the best choice.  How?  First, the two governors have proven themselves. …Just the fact that they were governors, while Clinton and Trump have zero governing experience at the helm, in an election cycle where substance is severely lacking… it’s more than enough to have a good look.

Bill Weld. (Image source: Tina Fineberg/The Boston Globe)

William F. Weld, running for VP on the Johnson/Weld ticket, was so popular as governor of Massachusetts (1991-1997) that he got 71% of the vote in his second term reelection.  In an article by The Boston Globe (in which RNC people laughed him off), “Weld began his career working for the House impeachment committee investigating President Richard Nixon and later served as US attorney for Massachusetts in the 1980s.”  Someone that makes you think of John Kerry— but not beholden to party, and much better in overall character, some even speak more favorably of Weld than Johnson. …Okay, so Weld’s a bit pink in skin tone… but he has a nice record.

Gary Earl Johnson, running for President, also hit the two-term limit, and made a surplus in New Mexico by vetoing excess spending.  His admirable qualities won’t fit in one page, but I can briefly say that he’s gone the distance.  At 63 years of age, he has not only climbed Mt. Everest, but all of the Seven Summits in the world… His athletic climbs were not without frostbite, breaking a leg and losing an inch and a half in an unrelated accident, but you just know he’s determined.  You can get a glimpse of how athletic he is on the Wikipedia page: “an avid triathlete who bikes extensively. … During his [time] in office, he competed in several triathlons, marathons and bike races.”  (He’s known to swim too.)

The two former Republicans have proven themselves capable, and are on the ballot in all fifty states.  But it shows you how rigged the FEC-and-media two-party system is that Johnson/Weld might not even appear at the debates because they haven’t, so far, polled at least 15% on average as required by the Federal Elections Committee.  Before the Republican convention, they averaged 13%.

(Correction: as of mid-September, they didn’t yet have Rhode Island; they now are the only third-party candidate to be on the ballot in all 50 states.)

While some settle with the rules, I’ll rightfully dissent.

Just as there’s nothing Constitutional about the FCC fining broadcasters for indecency, there is nothing Constitutional about the FEC penalizing media for including other candidates in debates.  Rigged is a strong word, but it is.  You couldn’t even print a buried endorsement in a book without potentially being fined by the FEC until the Supreme Court recognized the First Amendment issue in the Citizens United case, a case misunderstood by many.  The FEC is composed of Democrats and Republicans.  And 15% mathematically means less than seven options and usually only two voices heard across party lines.

The news media?  Their constituents aren’t so much members of the audience but shares in ratings, respect with the establishment, and respect in the media circle… otherwise known as the closed media circle.  It’s a business, after all.  Anchors are groomed on how well they can stick to a script, and the consequences of a given network’s favored candidate getting elected are regularly overlooked.

The public at large, indoctrinated for so long, is undoubtedly unsure about third party candidates.

On twitter (and why do I bother), someone called Johnson ‘insane’ (with some extra salty language) for agreeing with Trump on the grounds that the current administration promoted the existence of ISIS.  That’s just something I would have to call fact.  The Bush administration created a power vacuum in overthrowing Saddam Husein, and the Obama admin. destabilized the region even further by arming anti-Syrian militants and toppling Qaddafi in north Africa, creating another power vacuum.

When Trump doubled-down on his wording, saying Obama literally founded ISIS (because ‘founder of ISIS’ got so much applause), radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt offered better language.  And that’s where Donald soon revealed his secret.  The media won’t “talk about your language, and they do talk about my language, right?”  To an extent that’s true; the media put “what sells” on the cover, even if the controversy is baseless.  And so The Donald plays the media by provoking controversies, even out of nothing at all if his overplayed “Second Amendment people” comments says something.

(To be honest, when I first heard the “Second Amendment people” sound bite, I found the comment innocuous.  I had tuned in suddenly and wasn’t prepped by a narrative.  Thankfully, CNN’s all-day impression of conscience was interrupted by a man attempting to climb Trump Tower, with suction cups.)

And so little coverage goes to the candidates who aren’t controversial.  Even in a slow news week, the third party candidates are ignored or dismissed.  Or both.

‘But he won’t be elected’— the leading reason why Johnson/Weld may not win.  Not so much an actual reason, but unsubstantial political popularity— partly lines, misunderstandings and a whole lot of complacency.

Still, Johnson resonates when people hear what he’s about.

“Most Americans are libertarians.  They just don’t know it yet.”

The contrast between Johnson/Weld and the others is huge.

Gary Johnson is naturally pro-Constitution as it stands for individual liberty— what it really means to be libertarian.  He is fiscally conservative and socially liberal; he naturally supports the rights of everyone, is against meddling in foreign lands, and supports authentic capitalism (as opposed to crony capitalism).  And unlike many Libertarians (with a capital L), his positions are so reasonable that they outshine the positions of his competition.  His record shows: he may well reduce the federal deficit, in a time we desperately need to get the national debt under control.  The same cannot be said about Clinton or Trump, who are partial about the American public, already weak and irresponsible on matters of national security and foreign policy, and carry major bills in their camp promises.

(Update: Johnson is still a politician.  Yes, with flaws in his record like anyone else, and supporters that may overlook things such as federal spending in New Mexico while he was in office.  It’s a bit of wishful thinking that he’ll fix the deficit.  I was mistaken, and the above paragraph has been corrected.)

“They have people over there, like Maggie Haberman and others, they don't — they don't write good.” (Image source: twitter/Getty)
“They have people over there, like Maggie Haberman and others, they don’t— they don’t write good.”—Donald Trump on the New York Times. (Image source: twitter/CNNMoney/Getty)

Donald Trump has lowered the standards for a politician.  Ostentatious “like you wouldn’t believe” and what the Republicans warned about in Barack Obama, supporters have been put in a position of having to constantly forgive him, and, with fear of Clinton getting elected due to a “spoiler,” generated bigger double-standards.  One Trump supporter called Gary Johnson foul-mouthed for calling Trump a “pussy,” twice.  …Compared to Trump, who has made dick joke(s) and publicly cursed on the campaign trail a number of times, saying he would “bomb the shit out of ISIS.”  Instead of proving himself as a candidate, Trump has picked at the flaws of others like a bully and made fun of Chris Christie’s weight for reality TV humor.

Gary withdrew his word usage… unlike Donald, who never apologizes.  The list goes on for what the Rs have to answer for, but I know— Trump supporters don’t care all that much so long as he speaks his mind with apparent transparency.

…Notice that I said apparent transparency.  How offensive the guy is is not the bigger problem.  Trump isn’t transparent.  And the red flags in his behavior are glaring.  He meets the criteria of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and, in the attempt at a biography, shown himself incapable of talking about his childhood without lying— always self-aggrandizing because of a deep-seated insecurity, indicating that he does not believe he can succeed without manipulating people.  Establishment or not, he is a politician— of the worst kind.

In July, Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, rung the alarm bells, telling The New Yorker that he feels “deep remorse” in writing The Art.  Schwartz said he had financial difficulties, and probably wouldn’t have written it otherwise.  He had to sell Trump in a non-negative light— and what an exceptionally difficult task that was.  The reality is: Trump is not a successful business man; he has mismanaged business to the point of bankruptcy, having survived by parachuting millions out to himself, shifting much of the risk onto investors, coming out the other end because of the myth of Trump.  There is no chance that he will disclose his taxes because the unvarnished picture is… not so great.

Trump may be able to use his non-establishment charisma to rally the public enough to get the nomination in the Republican party among a list of exhausted choices, but one of his biggest flaws may likely cost him the election, if not drop out: He can’t be bothered.  Biases and inaccuracies aside, articles that seriously look into the character of Trump revealed that he has a surprisingly low attention span, and can’t be bothered to be improve his knowledge on the issues, apart from television and “internet” news.  One of his children even said that Donald hasn’t read a book in thirty years.  Even George W. Bush— who was ridiculed for ‘lack of intellect’— reads.  Currently, Trump is losing double digits to Clinton in swing states, and the number of swing states has grown, partly because… he can’t be bothered.

No, I want to debate.  I want to debate.

That isn’t to say Hillary Clinton is (much) better.  Clinton is status quo at best, not to mention mismanagement on steroids when it comes to matters of foreign policy.  (As far as I can tell.)

“There is no one worse than Hillary Clinton… except Donald Trump.”— Penn Jillette, who has endorsed Johnson for President.

Unlike President Obama, Clinton is extremely reserved and hides from the press.  (Another form of can’t be bothered? 😉 )  She has bent the truth pathologically, and gave inaccurate info to the FBI during the email scandal in which she took email storage into her own hands as Secretary of State.  She stated that director James Comey said she was “truthful.”  (Four Pinochios.)  Telling tall tales for entertainment is one thing (excusable), but lying to the families of those who died in the Benghazi attacks while telling her daughter the truth?  Sincerity is the last thing we can expect from her… so how much transparency would she ever actually offer as President?

The appearance of Time Kaine was refreshing.  Plus, he speaks Spanish. (Image source: ABC News/Andrew Harnik for the Associated Press)

A new email leak, and “pay for play” hit the headlines… The Clintons made money in speaking engagements, where it is alleged that they change positions based on who pays them.  Of course, getting paid to speak alone isn’t wrong or bad.  But $2 billion is a bit much for a family-name Foundation that began only 15 years ago.

Sure, Clinton represents the average worker, with no hypocrisy or conflict of interest… if you ignore campaign and Foundation donors that include Arab Sheiks, African mining magnates and Wall Street firms… and acting on “urgent suggestions” from George Soros, a hedge fund billionaire who’s made money off of the collapse of several economies and someone’s she’s connected to via the Secretary of State project… Nah, she points fingers and alienates voters like everybody else.

Bernie Sanders sure rubbed off on her leading up to the Democratic convention that she’s promising lots of new freebies the federal budget can’t afford… not without raising taxes, of course.  Lots of good ideas.

Out-of-control debt spending: the other norm of norms in this day of age.

That isn’t to say the Republican nominee would be better in spending, with large tax cut proposals without budget cuts.  Either way, the national debt will hit $20 trillion by next year.

Could the picture get even more nightmarish?  (Why, yes.  Yes it can.)

Politicians tend to betray not just the people, but the soldiers on the ground— something George Washington experienced firsthand.  So you’d better at least try to have a candidate who cares enough to be honest and loyal when it counts the most.

In short, I don’t trust Clinton or Trump.

Gary Johnson has a good record.  He isn’t a noise maker, and he isn’t controlled by special interests.  There isn’t much more to say about him because his negatives are few.  He is known to be the same person on and off the stage… There is real, positive reason to vote his way.

Of course, I know voting antagonistically won’t affect change.  I mean, if every one is voting for the “other” of only two, don’t the numbers even out?

“I’m supporting Clinton because she’s not Trump.”
“I’m supporting Trump because he’s not Clinton.”

Vote for what and whom you can believe in. …And prepare for the possible outcomes.

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Image source: twitter.

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That Little Thing Called Representation

Now that the dust has settled with Brexit, people can stand back and look at it without panicking.  Some of the short-term ripple effects of the referendum outcome are past us; many markets have rebounded, but there are still long-term consequences.  The GB pound was set back over thirty years against the U.S. dollar, and has yet to fully recover.  Without certainty, volatility— those are things you want to avoid in the markets.

The word ‘tariff’ came up, in regards to Britain trading with its neighbors.  I don’t remember the last time I heard that word.  Debt is another issue of the times, particularly with Greece.  After all, Brexit was coined after Grexit (Greek exit). …Which reminds me: the Puerto Rico “rescue” bill was passed and signed.  PROMESA, it’s cool… if you don’t look at the reality surrounding it.  Non-English speaking people getting disability for not speaking English, executive orders and 99% underfunded public pension money

…But back to the U.K.

Why did it happen?  Why did the majority of turnout (and a large turnout) vote to leave the E.U.?  You’ve probably already heard answers from news media by now.  And those surprised by what happened, well… It’s easy for narrative-driven publications to be surprised by the events that unfolded— to be surprised by actual news due to distorted views.  Don’t get me wrong, I had no idea which way it was gonna go.  But it’s not hard to figure out why, when it happened.
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Right v. Privilege …Again?

This post inspired by Religious Freedom (in other words, Freedom to Discriminate).  (And funny/sad, the last time I tried to write a response/inspired post to one of Becky’s, I trashed it…)  As politics manages to creep into everything, I don’t want to spend too much time on this, so this is a bit sloppy and looks more like a comment than a post.  (Sorry.)
Continue reading Right v. Privilege …Again?

FCC votes on Net Neutrality—you bet I don’t like it

The Federal Communications Commission voted on “net neutrality” today; it was predictably approved.  Mark Cuban predicts lawsuits.

Cuban thinks the plan to regulate the internet as a public utility will “will fuck everything up.”  He said this at the Code/Media conference last Wednesday, in California, according to re/code.  “Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies.”  (Source: The Daily Caller.)

Mark Cuban (Image source: SportsIllustrated.CNN.com) Couldn’t find any pictures of him not smiling.
Mark Cuban
(Image source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Couldn’t find any pictures of him not smiling.

How about monopolization?  The big companies win in these kinds of “fights.”  Have you ever heard of a demonized big corporation really losing?  Especially with lobbies in Congress?

It’s the “dumbest stuff ever.”  (Source: CNBC.)

In 2010, the courts struck down an earlier move by the FCC, saying the government-appointed entity didn’t have the authority to regulate the internet.  Just let that little expression sit for a minute:  regulate  the  internet.  There have been fights in other countries in regards to matters like these, and they’ve been for free speech against more government intrusion.

Sure there’s abuse (and it would be good to have some actual data on that, when it comes to cable companies, than throw red-meat fear at the public), but how does more abuse help?  This ruling attempts to fix something that isn’t broken.  It attempts to make the government look friendly.  And guess where the cost goes?  To the consumer.

And then one of those buzzwords that über-capitalists use came up: open.  It gets creepier and creepier every time.  To “fix a problem” with that so-called “open” nature, where transparency is lost.

It’s times like these where polling data shows that people want change but not the kind of change proposed when it’s explained to them.

The idea that the internet will die because some speeds are crappier is, to me, a load of crap.  We survived dial-up, end of story.  There is, however, reason to consider internet a utility, like telephone service, since many services now DEPEND on internet access, and the dependencies are expected to grow.  But net neutrality goes further than that.

The field of competition changes with every new regulatory law, and of course not always for the better.  They almost always help the BIG corporations, and harm the small ones, your local services, especially those that don’t receive taxpayer money or manage with subsidies (and it’s a real headache just how complicated the tax system is that subsidies are needed because of deliberately high tax rates).

It’s also telling when the big corporations want this, as some do.

Now…if I were to step into my pile of politics…I would say this is akin to insurance companies getting demonized alongside perks as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  Notice your health insurance bills going up?  Watch your ISP bill go up.  The IRS might as well play a part in all this, gaining your personal info, ’cause…why not?  It does with the ACA; the IRS is supposed to have access to your medical info.

And of course, today, pseudo-socialists claim the people will have more ownership, more control…as if state and people ever mean the same thing.

Sigh… Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe the FCC, known for increasingly tougher broadcast licensing, First Amendment-violating fining for indecency, growing its fines to a quarter of a million dollars for something as insignificant as the word ‘fuck’ broadcasted once over the air, won’t make free speech more difficult.

Maybe the greedy Democrats and greedy Republicans will listen to the constituents who’ve done their research and not the constituents in their pockets.  Maybe when hell freezes over.  Then again, hell is probably actually a frozen wasteland, given Maine.  (And Canada.)

net-neuterality


Editor’s note: I don’t do politics often.  But when I do, I drink Dos Equis.

(It’s painful.  This is all painful for me.)

Censorship Boycotts are for Cowards

cropped from source: boycottmozilla.org
cropped from source: boycottmozilla.org

Fighting injustice is necessary.

You voice the facts, you voice your opinion; you may attempt to correct the record, you fight.  But you don’t censor others in the process.

Free Speech means addition, not subtraction. …But tell that to people who don’t listen to logic, and worse, let hatred get the best of themselves.

There is that point where “speaking up” doesn’t work.  That is, when it’s not honest, not a reflection of Free speech.
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Freedom Isn’t Free

You can look to any generation, and yet, through times of separation, times of slavery, times of economic boom, times of recession, one thing is clear: you have to work in order to gain actual freedom.

It doesn’t matter how much wealth your parents leave you, you won’t actually own anything if you can’t gain responsibility through personal efforts, and you know it deep down.

To even say that fame and fortune is everything, though a mansion in itself can be a prison.

At the least, this point of personal responsibility to gain a standing validates meritocracy; you work for a living, you utilize your talents, and so you have the ability to move.

And that’s what defines freedom: the ability to move, not escape.  Up the ladder, trials and tribulations, just… not be stuck in one place.

But it takes a bit of courage, it takes standing up against denial of all forms, whether it be in the form of addiction or oppression, or even lies.

And of course, you can only do so much before stress outweighs the effort.  You can’t help people that don’t want help, you can’t win everyone.  (Or like me, anyone.)

But for yourself, at least, it takes getting rid of baggage, not taking it with you.  If there’s something to resolve, resolve it now, not later.

Having moved only when improved… it becomes clear that freedom isn’t free.  There’s a mindset to be had there.  To appreciate the freedom of yourself and of others, and eliminate corruption.

But I guess the keep government small aspect is where people lose it— going up against the oppression of unjust laws and authority in name.  Up against gross entitlements, you’ll get death threats.  But it is not timely how governments can oppress people.

So-called Progress

One step forward, ten steps back, call it “progress,” and have the nerve to say people like me are against actual progress.

It’s “progress” to have a unjust Justice Department, one that’s increasingly lawless.  And it’s on to voting rights for felons, not to help people who don’t deserve to be stuck with the ‘felon’ label, but… what else— for political power.

Lawless: looking the other way when it supposedly serves the power.

Fighting asylum for people who criticise the administration, while knowingly letting in shady people, knowingly allowing fraud, waste and abuse, trying to appease the criminal element, not actually deal with it.  Aliens can get in, and… letting ’em go.

How… “modern-day slavery,” doing as told, dependent, not living in chains, but… not really living.

Of course, what turns out to be loaded with fraud will have the ears of those in Washington who are also loaded with fraud!  Of lobbyists, and millions of dollars in annual salary.

I mean, for the purpose of— besides getting ever closer to getting votes— the appearance of compassion, taxpayers end up paying for the Boston Marathon bombers?  And other national security eye-openers?

And in dealing with the inevitable problems that ensue, assume jurisdiction to spy on citizens at will?  Talk about, upside-down on the meaning of responsibility, right?

Lie after lie, stonewall after stonewall, with fake investigations and lax enforcement, it’s gone completely one-way.  The U.S. government of today is easily more corrupt than under Richard Nixon; his administration didn’t streamline the political counters.

“We represent them as much as they represent us.”  And yet the wrong people get fired.  The fact that transparency is hard to come by, even stalling fellow members of the same party, unable to get even statewide numbers, freedom-of-information requests— anything… that makes it clear.

Nah— Blame, Go Insane… “Job-lock.”

And when the fabric of society is worn thin?  Blame hard work.  That’s what the smiling, cowardly crooks “warm and heartfelt politicians” are saying now in this new disturbing trend.

It’s hard working for a living, paying for food, paying for health care.  All of which have become more expensive because of the practices of the government!

Of the Fed, the bureaucracy, the laws— inflate the money so that the debt doesn’t look as bad as it is, and settle on taking care of those you can bribe… while everyone else suffers.

*Brand New* confusing laws, tied with other laws, and… with *Brand New* unconstitutional executive orders come *Brand New* confusion, confusing to even the professionals.  It already takes forever to understand what’s been here for some time.

Despite the hogwash and emptiness coming from the news media, the national economy is in bad shape.  And then to add this crap, and pile on more.  And then amount to discouraging full-time work in general?!

Doubling down on nonsensical policy decisions, the people elected by those who were duped, and then by dopes (I mean, smokin’) have just plain given up on the concept of an economy altogether!!

…Where’s your freedom now?

But I digress, given the fact that you, random reader, probably hate my guts already, and that, more than I would anyone who uses their brain to put two and two together, I would have more people calling me a “racist,” though I haven’t mentioned the President once.

“Socialism is a codeword for black.”  %&*@!  Of liars, of smug people that boast about their so-called education and so-called success, yet they willingly fail to understand socialism, and many other terms thrown at others…

It gets harder to do anything, say anything without their being some sort of “justified” harassment or political nightmare coming down the pike.  Over thirty executive orders for ACA, ‘justified.’

Yes, media, do what you God knows, never would have done under Bush, and go as far as to validate the claims of the kookiest of conservatives.

(Executive orders, however, don’t actually have the power to change laws.  …But people are acting like they do.)

Idiots in Washington say just about anything, senseless, childish and impractical the majority of the time, and yet “government knows best.”

It shows, the lesson has to be learned again: remotely helping or “saving” others— it doesn’t work.

Statism doesn’t work; you can’t help others by taking yourself out of responsibility.  It just makes you… irresponsible.  Eyes on the people… add creepy.

And George Orwell’s 1984 was supposed to be a satire!

Get involved, retrieve a burden.

I mean, what the average independent thinker has to go through— it goes beyond the saying that there is no such thing as a good deed that goes unpunished.  In order to make change, you have to sign up for something, to the amount of going through a cheese grater.

(Or put up with absolute silence.)

But then again, you take on responsibility because that’s life.  In a way, it’s always been this way.  …Except for how horrendously bad things have gotten overall when you actually look at it.

As horrendously bad as to say, Forget about time.  It’ll take decades to repair the damage, in our nation-in-name-only (NINO), given how our debt is owned by China, Japan and other countries across the globe.

But back to the point of why I wrote this.

For a free life, it takes not only education (foremost), but also individual liberty and support.  But of those last two, you need only look to history to see how governments tend to be incompatible with the former and selective on the latter.

And not to confuse individual liberty with individualism.  Don’t forget— it takes two, not one.  You are to be treated as an individual, but there’s no fruition with just one.

With life ahead, Freedom takes a bit of courage, it takes standing up against denial of all forms.  And… in these days, the denial… eh— wow, it’s an uphill battle.

Washed

Brainwashed,
aligned and maligned,
sworn to a cause,
believed higher, proven lower.

All round, inescapable perhaps.
All round, soaked in it,
sort of soaked in lighter fluid,
makes the fire of truth all the more painful.

And so the motive goes,
to the selfish,
not to oneself,
not to one’s health, but…

To the bastards,
to the skilled liars,
the so-called “protectors,”
the amazing disorder.

“So easy for one,”
entertainment-oriented,
the “Life Section”—
detached “news.”

Blind,
the newspapers, the television.
No wonder they’re going out of business.
But not fast enough.

But no matter.
It cannot improve past my error,
the bad, the weak freak I am,
for I cannot even prove my existence.

And still, the same old excuse of salesmen,
as if the horrible product is no worse,
as if my disgrace justifies theirs,
and the label obscures the poison.

Their systematic drunkenness
to blindly go where no man’s gone before,
paving new old roads
to hell.

In calculated, methodical droves,
around accountability,
men and women, scraping the sky,
powerful… but corrupt.

Political games and sides taken
elsewhere.
Easy silence,
how lies define complication.

But a troublemaker, myself,
unable to make peace, I am forgotten.
Powerless, dead and buried.
I could not stand a chance.

I barely even tried.
Against the war, a partial disbeliever,
yet understanding full well
the necessity of venting.

An Apolitical Political Rant

Sorry, that this is a little raw— I’m on a deadline… and this gets into my politics… or “counter-politics.”

Joe Scarborough showed his Progressive Republican colors by cheering on this bloated government’s efforts to clamp down on any and all people that stand against the “current” trend, lobbied by the government-media complex for even more control, where our “elected public officials” point fingers, and when things go bad… point fingers again.  And for Scarborough to think that the U.S. government isn’t going far enough already…

A government that allows an official (like, any— vague on who, given the language of the National Defense Authorization Act) to declare U.S. citizens terrorists, bomb you with spy drones, with no due process, and otherwise… spy on you anyway, any way they can.

One that pushes legislation on the antithesis of the Second Amendment, where you have to go through the Federal Government in order to purchase something to protect yourself from forces that include… the Federal Government.

One that forces contraceptives on Catholics, as “mandated” in the Consumer Protection and Affordable Care Act, a multi-thousand-page law of absolute beauracracy that clearly does not make health care more affordable.

Have you at all seriously considered anything of these matters, without making it out as “just” a matter of political theater or affiliation, when you “just” look at your desk when talking, overusing and misusing the word “just”?

I mean, wake up and smell the coffee…  Oh, right, you already do that, whoring it out to Starbucks®.  So I guess you’re entrenched enough that you will never grasp how much of a part-time cheerleader you are to domestic dictatorship, actually saying, force them, force them their hand; command them, threaten them.

“Dictatorship, shmitactorship”, you may say.  Well, then, let’s not stall our days on the “proper” terminology that, like all ignorant media anchors, you could care less about.

It’s Communism when the Constitution is outright replaced with a Socialist Constitution, where there is no freedom of religion, and the laws are oppressive (e.g., the Soviet Union).

It’s Fascism when there’s a monopoly that divides people based on badges, and is also socialism but with a lowercase ‘s,’ that the government is basically a corporation that controls individual corporations.  (Where China, our debt majority holder, is headed… …and G.E., to a degree, is in bed with both the U.S. and Chinese governments.)

It’s a modern dictatorship when it’s neither or both clearly, yet oppressive, clearly.

“Well, that’s just—”

Our Constitution, our liberty is being tortured with selective law and order, aided with the help of a careless Supreme Court, a spineless Congress and a politically-pandering vapid press.  The balance of power has gone for general power with no transparency.

Just where do you think we’re headed when the “leaders” we elect are only the likes of Bush and Obama, where “governing” is evermore invasive yet no one takes responsibility?

Have you already a hole in your hollow head, Mr. Scarborough?

What am I saying— he’ll never read this.

God, I hate Morning Joe.  (The pretentious MSNBC program, not the blog.)