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Connecticut Shooting;On finding perspective

I was flying home from Germany as all this transpired, the murders of 26 people, including 20 children at the Sandy Point grammar school in Connecticut this morning. First I heard of the news was as I climbed into a cab from the airport. There is an arc to these stories, these mass  shootings, which happens in this country far too frequently. Of course the perspective is that in a country of 320 million people, running 3000 miles by 1800 miles wide, your chances of encountering this situation are far lower than your chances of winning the lottery. But, some people win the lottery.

The arc is that we’ll be over-saturated by inanely detailed coverage. Information will be repeated again and ag ain, until the anchors and a few opportunistic politicians feel the need to politicize the tragedy. They’ll amp up the rhetoric; guns good-guns bad. Gradually the filters and respect for the dead and grieving will come off and the victims transition to pawns. Both the Left and the Right will use the issue, which is never really about guns, to assail each other. They’ll drag out the victims and puppet their tragedy for the game of politics. It will be bitter and cruel and filthy. Most of us will be disgusted, some of us will realize that this sort of arc only damages substantive debate and discourse of some of the very serious issues surrounding events like this. There is no intention among the politicos to actually solve this issue, or even to move closer to a resolution. To do so would rob them of their vaudeville show and the wealth they derive from that theater.

I have strong beliefs about a host of issues regarding the tragedy today at that school. Fans to this page can find those views easily enough in the archive. I will not air them here. Not today.  No one should tolerate the puppet dance to victim porn of the corporate  and partisan media. Turn them off. In such a moment the country should  take time to mourn, or to take stock, and it should do so in quiet. The reason they shout and pound the table, or tease trauma is to rob the nation of the introspection inherent in silence. They do not want you to think deeply, to reach into your soul for truths and perspectives stymied by their noise which wants you to react blindly and instantly-knee jerk. They understand only too well how easily shock can be manipulated, and exploit it at every opportunity.

But turn off the media for a while and listen to those truths. They are there. There will be time enough for outrage and even politics, but not now. For now it is more than enough to grieve. we will discuss this. We will argue and fight this. We may vehemently disagree, but those will be tools for the future. Until then, and to insure the tools we employ in this issue are the best and clearest possible, a little perspective is critical.

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Caution: Explicit language. Thoughts on the Chik-fil-A gunman

Being a dick has consequences. I am not condoning the actions of the gunman who walked into the offices of the Rightwing Family Research Council in Washington DC, yesterday and wounded a security guard. To the contrary. His actions will run him in all likelihood, a good long stint in prison. And it should. But, as with everything, this did not take place in a vacuum.  FOX’s Mike Huckabee, and every other dick in the Rightwing media deserves blame as well for promoting this issue to the national stage and treating it like it was some sort of highschool basketball game or a vital patriotic cause, rather than a monthlong commercial for a large contributor to causes that directly affect the human rights and dignity of others. Have your views on homosexuality, but by flaunting it, using it as a political grindstone and cheering on a media campaign (FOX, Hugh Hewitt and others were giving hourly updates on lines) in the face of someone as a means of shaming them and stomping their dignity into the ground are the action of dicks.  

And now, because of this troubled fool in Washington, the Right is blaming an off-the-cuff remark by Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel. It was a stunt by former Arkansas governor turned smarmy talkshow dick on FOX, Mike Huckabee that saw an opportunity to exalt the meaningless stories into national assaults against minorities, the middle class and the Obama presidency. Huckabee, the uber-patriot, who celebrates friendships with dicks like Ted Nugent, who defecated in his pants to avoid the Vietnam draft, decried the so-called afront to Chik-fil-a’s rights when Chicago citizens, borrowing a page from the “community standards”  tactic chafed at the idea that Chik-fil-a, whose owner, Dan Cathy, didn’t simply express a disdain for Gay marriage, but actively funds causes against it, was welcome in a diverse community like Chicago. The Right quickly jumped on the bandwagon in a circus-like, fuck you sort of hate orgy. It was used as a political bludgeon, inflating a quick sound-bite into more hate celebration on the Right.  

In a joint statement yesterday, thirty-four gay rights condemned the shooting:

“We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers. The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.”

Is anyone surprised that some unstable character was incited by the blatant and open actions of assholes? But am I being a hypocrite when nut-wings on the Right attack and assail, and gun down people championing issues on the Left? Like gay marriage? Let’s say religious zealots becoming enraged that blacks or gays or some other minority group in the country asserted their rights, or had one them?

Therein lies the difference. No gay person wanting to marry the person he or she loves in any way impune the rights of Mike Huckabee, or anyone in the falsely named Family Research Council. All that is threatened is their power to  restrict the fairly demanded rights of others, and perhaps their right to be a dick. But their right to be a dick is their own, and the rest of us don’t have to stand for it.


Seems everyone has an opinion about Ted Nugent’s so-called threat to Obama at the NRA convention this week. Pundits on the Left remind us of his own boasting how he didn’t bathe and deficated in his pants to get out of the draft during the Vietnam War, or that his clearly vapid rant about Obama was indeed a threat to the President’s personal safety. On the Right, they are all too willing to excuse anything, especially since their plastic claymation candidate has the Republican party against the ropes in the upcoming election. All of them miss the real issue. They all of failed to see the ultimate truth of this entire issue. And that boils down to this one simple observation, so simple that it defies imagination that no one in the media, the secret service, FOX or MSNBC has hit upon it at all. And that is, who has listened to or bought a Ted Nugent record in the last 30 years. When Mike Huckabee thinks you are a rocker, you aren’t a rocker any longer- you’re lame. When Mike Huckabee defines Rock and Roll, well, my friends, Rock and Roll really has died..


A LIBERAL CALLS OUT MSNBC: Moving the ball forward for the Right on election campaign reform

Generally, I enjoy Chris Hayes weekends on MSNBC, but I constantly must remind myself that Mr. Hayes, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow and the rest of their line-up are still part of the problem of corporate and power-elite-status-quo control of the discourse and messaging of critical national issues. While MSNBC is routinely “demonized” by FOX and pundits on the Right as far Left wing, it is not-by a long shot.

To support that, I point to the “buy American” push, particularly by Ed Schultz. Recall, this was a rightwing and nationalist mantra following NAFTA. Just as they did in the lead up to Iraq, MSNBC, for all their Liberal bent has missed the real solution to jobs in America and the necessary equitible trade worldwide, and that is not some pseudo-Ron Paul-esque economic isolationism, but forcing international corporations to adhere to wage and safety and pollution reforms regardless of where they are. If GE-owned MSNBC was truly as Liberal as the Right asserts, they would recognize first that mankind is global, and globalization was the direction of the species from those first steps from an African Valley 2 million years ago.

What prompted this article was a roundtable discussion on Chris Hayes’ Sunday morning show about the 2009 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that allows Corporations, and Unions, to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote candidates and policy, effectively erasing the one man one vote cornerstone of our democracy by overwhelming free discourse through propaganda and false messaging.http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZS.html
With a decptively benign name like Citizens United, the group is in fact a filthy little cabal of Republican hacks in the vein of Andrew Breitbart, with a bias towards editing for innuendo over fact and truth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_(organization)

That’s the background, but on this morning’s show Mr. Hayes had Jack Abramoff, the convicted lobbyist who was unequivical in saying that overturning Citizens United would never happen, because it is fundamental to Conservatives in this country. The statement went virtually unchallenged. Aside the traitorous acts committed by Mr. Abramoff, which did immeasurable damage to this democracy, why would MSNBC legitimize such a character? Because, at the heart of MSNBC is a large mult-national corporation, with significant interests in issues ner and dear to the true powers in this nation (Hint: It isn’t Right, Left, Libertarian or even American).

The Corporate media is overt and subversive alike in its crafting and molding of cultures and nations. It does so to create markets as to define and secure them.

Advertising creates ideals, standards and affirms stereotypes on one hand, while the media carries and promotes those messages. The recent purchase of The Weather Channel by NBC Universal, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group highlights the effort of Multi-national Corporations and firms to devour media outlets and control what Americans sees, hears, discusses and votes upon. Blackstone bought Neilsen-the rating people in 2006 along with other partners like the Carlyle Group. Bain, by the way is owned by Mitt Romney, and owns Clear Channel, the largest owner of radio stations in the country. Its “news” talk format is 90% rightwing, with Beck, Savage, Limbaugh and Hannity leading that charge, despite that 90% of the country does not vote Republican. Bain also owns or invests in AMC Entertainment and Warner Music group.

So there is real pressure, and undeniable evidence that Liberal MSNBC is hardly a Liberal thinktank, but instead has slipped into a market not served blatantly by FOX as a means, not to promote Progressive ideals, but as a means, as prescribed by their corporate owners, to nudge the message forward far more subtley that FOX can do. But the effort is the same, and in the end it comes down to control-not politics.

The strategy is to create paradigms not cultures, as paradigms become absolute realities that are much harder to find alternatives to or see beyond. Imagine what it would be to breath fire, or breathe watter as a means of survival, and that air and wind could be as deadly as we find those others. Those are other paradigms. That is what corporations are evolving to in a greater and greater consolidation of power and influence. Think back over the last 50 or 100 years about where corporations were and where they are today, with interlocking partnerships and boards, and their ascent to controlling almost fully govenments worldwide.

Now imagine this paradigm. With all that power to control the message and assert culture, a group of people have challenged that by Occupy parks have the power elite absolutely terrified. Now that is a message!


If you are not one of the 1% then you are one of the 99%, whether or not you admit to it and vote for politicians that value slogans over substance, corporations over people and confuse unrestrained capitalism over citizen democracy.Occupy is fighting for you, and to keep the nation from collapsing around the 1% too. No charge. You’re welcome. Sleep tight

When you see an Occupier say thank you for being a real citizen and and activist for the constitution. They’ll probably just say, hey, its what we do.


Big government? Damn right. The biggest! Just fix it.

So the mantra from the right these days is that government is too big, and we must shrink it, not to make it more efficient, but so it can get out of the way of business.In the age of the highest corporate profits in human history that rhetoric is obscene. Fundamentally, that is an anti-American, anti-Constituional idea. Let’s set aside the argument that government exists because it has the power to do things individuals simply can’t do, like build a road, fight a war, enforce health and safety codes, maintain a justice system and get toilets to flush safely from coast to coast.

This nation is being duped into buying the perverse and dangerous idea that corporations are virtuous and wise, while government is corrupt, inept and out of control. Are they saying they’d happily trade corporate control for the United States government? Have they never seen a corporation go bankrupt? Go out of business? End pensions? Break the law?

Name me a single corporation that has existed as long as the US government? Name me a single one that acts as a democracy? Name one that voluntarily protects the interests of individual workers rights without those rules being imposed by government. Name one. That corporation doesn’t exist.

Without government, corporations would pollute the environment, abuse employees, and even murder labor activists http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/26/international/26COLO.html?searchpv=day04&pagewanted=print . They would be free to pay employees the lowest possible or barely survivable wages with no benefits in dangerous environments. Get hurt on the job due to their negligence and you’re history, and so is your family’s future.

The problem with government is that the Democrats and especially the Republicans have allowed and facilitated the corporate stranglehold on government,  a crime promoted and repackaged in the pseudo-Press suppositories of FOX, CNN, MSNBC and talk radio, all of which are owned by significant corporations with huge interest in the outcome of this quiet coup.

The people can take it back, but they have to get smart, get organized, and defend a government large enough to defend a Constitution that was written for people not corporations.

What you really what, whether you realize now or later, is a government big enough not to get bullied by terrorists, rogue nations, competing nations, and least of all self-interested corporations. But it has to be a government humble enough to protect the homeless guy on the corner from being run off because he fell on hard times, or the millions of families faced with foreclosure

The Bush tax cuts for the rich (still in effect) have failed to generate the jobs Republicans and the rich promised would happen if those tax cuts continued. The government should be big enough to conclude a war and recognize the rights of minorities and the wrongly accused.

Big government? Damn right. The biggest! just fix it.


Perry’s tongue held hostage by Devil in last night’s debate

Rick Perry’s tongue was apparently taken hostage by the Devil in last night’s 427th Republican Presidential debate on FOX. No doubt exhausted from praying for rain in Texas, Perry stammered almost incoherently through answers, pithy good-ole boy one liners and shots at Mitt Romney. Certainly in his fatigue, and with God apparently away on a side project with the rest of the Universe, Satan snuck right in there and wrangled a hold of the Governor’s tongue.

This writer wonders if God hasn’t forsaken Perry altogether. Then again, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Maybe the economic, educational, social and literal desert that Texas is becoming offers Perry a chance to prove himself worthy of God’s graces, enough that God will bestow upon him the Presidency by casting a spell upon all of us at the ballot box. If that doesn’t work he’ll no doubt offer up a staffer’s only begotten son.

It should come as a great disappointment to Perry that he’s been praying for rain for almost a year now, and last week Obama flies in for one day and it rained in Waco and Houston. So if God won’t make it rain for Perry, and he won’t keep Satan off Perry’s tongue, has God abandoned Perry? If he has, guess that means, our dear Lord will back a Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination. God help us.


Big government? Damn right. The biggest! Just fix it.

So the mantra from the right these days is that government is too big, and we must shrink it, not to make it more efficient, but so it can get out of the way of business.In the age of the highest corporate profits in human history that rhetoric is obscene. Fundamentally, that is an anti-American, anti-Constituional idea. Let’s set aside the argument that government exists because it has the power to do things individuals simply can’t do, like build a road, fight a war, enforce health and safety codes, maintain a justice system and get toilets to flush safely from coast to coast.

This nation is being duped into buying the perverse and dangerous idea that corporations are virtuous and wise, while government is corrupt, inept and out of control. Are they saying they’d happily trade corporate control for the United States government?

Name me a single corporation that has existed as long as the US government? Name me a single one that acts as a democracy? Name one that voluntarily protects the interests of individual workers rights without those rules being imposed by government. Name one. That corporation doesn’t exist.

Without government, corporations would pollute the environment, abuse employees, and even murder labor activists http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/26/international/26COLO.html?searchpv=day04&pagewanted=print . They would be free to pay employees the lowest possible or barely survivable wages with no benefits in dangerous environments. Get hurt on the job due to their negligence and you’re history, and so is your family’s future.

The problem with government is that the Democrats and especially the Republicans have allowed and facilitated the corporate stranglehold on government,  a crime promoted and repackaged in the pseudo-Press suppositories of FOX, CNN, MSNBC and talk radio, all of which are owned by significant corporations with huge interest in the outcome of this quiet coup.

The people can take it back, but they have to get smart, get organized, and defend a government large enough to defend a Constitution that was written for people not corporations.

What you really what, whether you realize now or later, is a government big enough not to get bullied by terrorists, rogue nations, competing nations, and least of all self-interested corporations. But it has to be a government humble enough to protect the homeless guy on the corner from being run off because he fell on hard times, or the millions of families faced with foreclosure

The Bush tax cuts for the rich (still in effect) have failed to generate the jobs Republicans and the rich promised would happen if those tax cuts continued. The government should be big enough to conclude a war and recognize the rights of minorities and the wrongly accused.

Big government? Damn right. The biggest! just fix it.


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