“I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying…”

Today’s lead video features a virtually stripped down to the bare lyrics rendition of the King Crimson composition, Epitaph… a collaborative effort of bandmates Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Peter Sinfield… one, which showcases the a cappella, emotionally driven performance by the late, great Greg Lake (11/10/1947 ~ 12/7/2016).

These five songsmiths originally spoke of a confused world gone mad and, in view of more contemporary political events, their words are proving to be even more relevant… perhaps even prophetic… than when first penned in 1969.

EITHER give this song a listen prior to OR while reading onward to learn my reason for featuring it at this particular point in American History.

It all boils down to this…

Ever since we first learned that the Russians had hacked into and warped the outcome of last November’s Election Day… and that the GOP powers-that-be are not concerned in the least… only care about untying the pretty bow and tearing off the gift wrapping paper from Putin’s “present”… I’ve been dreading this particular Friday (a.k.a. tomorrow… a.k.a. the Inauguration Day from HELL).

Yep, phase two of the GOP/KGB overthrow of America is now breathing down our collective neck. For all liberally, ethically and patriotically minded Americans (and likeminded souls throughout our global community) there’ll be NO TGIF this week… perhaps never again… and that’s for damned sure!

Ergo, from this DJ’s POV, Epitaph sets the appropriate mood for what is certain to pan out as a societally, ecologically and economically backward four years ahead… if we even last that long. That’s all in doubt since the unethical, excessively empowered rightwingers will start calling ALL the shots tomorrow… and are virtually unchecked by the powerless leftwingers.

Indeed, this horrific imbalance will produce such deleterious and devastating effects that, sooner or later (unlikely the latter), they’ll go rippling outward until they negatively severely impact every last damned life form fighting for survival on our politically imperiled planet.

No, I’m not being melodramatic… unless by some unforeseen miracle there’s a drastic 180-degree shift in the attitude of the unprincipled, principle political players residing on the far, Far, FAR right…

We are SCREWED!!!

But, returning to the music at hand, let’s now give a listen to Epitaph’s fully orchestrated mix… get a preview glimpse of what could easily become America’s / our world’s not too distant future.

One thing for sure, whenever I view this vid, I can empathize with the profound sorrow the depicted man is feeling. It’s as if I’m living out that last man on Earth scenario… walking, all alone, through the rubble of that post nuclear war apocalypse.

In the event that either or both of these videos, someday, get yanked from YouTube here’s the printout of the lyrics.

Epitaph (including: March For No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow)

By Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Peter Sinfield

The wall on which the prophets wrote,
Is cracking at the seams.
Upon the instruments of death,
The sunlight brightly gleams.
When every man is torn apart,
With nightmares and with dreams.
Will no one lay the laurel wreath,
As silence drowns the screams.

(Chorus)

Confusion will be my epitaph
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh,
But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying.

Between the iron gates of fate,
The seeds of time were sown.
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known.
Knowledge is a deadly friend,
When no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see,
Is in the hands of fools.

(Repeat chorus)

My Farewell Message to the Last POTUS… Barack Obama

 

Dear President Obama,

My landline’s answering machine logged and recorded the following message on Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 2:45 p.m.

“Hi! This is Barack Obama. Tuesday’s Election Day and now is the time to let our voices be heard at the polls. We have a lot at stake in this historic election. There is a clear choice between more of the same from the Republicans and the change I will bring to Washington, DC. So, please go to the polls on Tuesday. Take your friends and family with you and cast a vote for the change we need. Thanks so much. Bye-bye.”

Mr. President, long before your phone call, your campaign’s substance and style had wowed me and won me over… EARNED both my vote and undying respect.

Within two days, I found myself walking (at a brisk pace) to my nearby polling place (my once upon a time high school). As I began marking my paper ballot, I not only sensed the history, which you had alluded to, but also your imminent victory. While watching my completed ballot getting sucked into the slot, it dawned on me that I had never been so impressed by a presidential candidate since…

…1972, when, as a newly turned eighteen-year-old, I had voted for George McGovern.

…1960, when, as a six-year-old, my mother had hoisted me up in the voting booth to permit me to downward shift the lever next to John F. Kennedy’s name.

As the 2008 Election Night returns started filtering in, sure enough, state-by-state, the map of America was turning a dazzling, predominantly blue hue. I felt so thrilled that our nation appeared to be finally shedding our ugly, racist past.

Unfortunately, appearances can be deceiving… i.e., in shedding their white sheets and hoods, not everyone was amenable.

Soon after you took the Oath of Office, we discovered several ugly and inconvenient truths, namely…

  1. The GOP’s dishonorable, tantrum throwing, white elephant legislators would neither honor the concept of majority rules nor allow most of your campaign trail’s promised programs to ever see the light of day. You even had a hell of a time getting your appointees approved. Most notably, regrettably and tragically… your SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland, was doomed to languish in that obscene, oppressive, obstructionist limbo.
  2. The GOP is imbued and infested with racism… many of their Wonder Bread elite (still) wrongfully considering you to be only a 3/5 human being who isn’t the U.S. citizen and man, who you are.
  3. The work that We had sent you to Washington to do on our behalf (in too many instances) would be limited to executive orders that your successor can (and will) promptly run through the shredder. Little doubt, #45 will reduce the bulk of the U.S. Constitution / Bill of Rights to constitutional confetti, too.

Yet, in spite of your first term’s constant head-on collisions with these closeted Klansmen… We, indeed, thumbed our noses / whipped our middle digits at them to defy them… and most importantly… to make damned sure We’d reelect you in 2012.

Throughout your two-term tenure, We, the open-minded, were impressed by your intelligent leadership and so proud to call you our President. What you had worked was nothing short of a miracle. You saved America after your immediate predecessor’s reign of terror had mucked up nearly everything.

We knew that if a crisis situation were to ever arise, we could count on you to act responsibly (not recklessly) to preserve, protect and defend America… to always relegate war to the bottom of the list of options.

Internationally… You did all you could to reduce America’s presence in W’s devastated and destabilized Afghanistan and Iraq. Regrettably, even over a decade later, those battlefields still remain a quagmire.

Suffice to say, it is unforgivable how your sociopathic predecessor (that warmonger, war profiteer and torture chamber proprietor) had deliberately and corruptly cherry-picked the intelligence to concoct the FANTASY of Saddam Hussein’s WMD and links to 9/11… which had falsely justified W’s provocation of his endless, NO-WIN Iraq war.

What makes this even more tragic is tens of thousands of troops, needlessly wound up wounded and suffering from PTSD and 4,491 (and still counting) have died. The incalculable amount of civilians (likely multiple millions) also needlessly suffered a similar fate. Also unforgiveable was how W had bombed the crap out of a region a.k.a. Mesopotamia… “The Cradle of Civilization”.

Mr. President, your brains over brawn approach amply demonstrated how America could’ve successfully hunted down Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda big shots without provoking either of W’s wars.

Domestically… You improved health, both figuratively and literally… saved us from the depths of W’s depression / the flat lining Wall Street collapse and, most dramatically, you reduced unemployment and saved the tanking out, living on fumes auto industry. Via Obamacare, 20 MILLION folks now have a better shot at getting and staying healthy.

You took those first steps toward the U.S. doing it’s share to alleviate global warming.

You fought for racial, gender / LGBTQ equality, religious tolerance and worker’s rights.

You ensured Lady Liberty’s torch would continue shining brightly… that liberty and justice would flourish for all!

On your watch we could count on your maturity and sobriety… we felt peace of mind and could fall asleep a lot easier than during W’s reign of terror.

I wish We could say the same once your successor gets sworn in (as of my posting time) in a little over 24 hours from now. However, We fully expect his insensitivity and incendiary nature to prevail.

I know I now speak on behalf of the bulk of this past November’s other 59,938,289 Hillary Clinton voters when I say, “We the intellectual and ethical folks will forever thank you and miss you.”

It has been our distinct honor and privilege to have known you, Mr. President… America’s very last POTUS.

BTW, long ago, I decided to save that 2008 message you left on my phone’s answering machine. I know I’ll be playing it back a lot over the course of the next four years OR until whenever that nuclear saber rattler Tweets most of our world’s seven plus billion souls into an early grave… buries our bodily ashes beneath the global ground zero rubble and radioactive dust.

Even if #45, somehow, manages to spare us from instantaneous immolation by those nuclear blasts / asphyxiation from those smothering mushroom clouds, his flat-out destruction of societal, ecological and economic conditions might even make some of us long for that more merciful, instantaneous nuclear apocalypse.

My apologies for ending this on a downer… but that’s precisely the type of ‘tude #45 “inspires”.

Mr. President… I wish you and your family all the best in whatever time remains for our beloved America and precious world.

My fond farewell, my friend!

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Timeless Commentary

 

Earlier this evening, I posted the blog titled, “I Had A Dream… (99 Word Blog #083)”… ended it with a question… wondered, were he alive today, what would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have said about the soon to be sworn in #45.

King’s spot-on, timeless commentary re the GOP’s 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater amply demonstrates how deep-seated racism still is in present-day America.

“The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism…On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy, which gives aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I have no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that does not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”

I thank MLK and the Huffington Post for supplying the answer to my question.

 

I Had A Dream… (99 Word Blog #083)

 

On this national holiday honoring the life and times… remembering the tragic death of Martin Luther King, what could any kind-hearted soul say that’d have any meaning anymore?

We ARE talking about the same nation, which has inexcusably installed a bigoted entity to the highest elective office in the land.

In the next four years, we, who still care, will be shedding tears while witnessing what little progress America has made towards the realization of King’s dream writhing around in an agonizing, life or death, deathbed struggle to survive.

Wonder what Dr. King would say were he alive today?

 

Is Goldengate Merely Yellow Journalism? (99 Word Blog #082)

 

In all fairness…

Might Forty-Five be truthful in claiming Goldengate is flushable fake news?

Let’s consider one potential source of this leak.

Perhaps whiz kid and X-KGBer, Vladimir Putin, not content with mucking up America’s “free” elections, wants to muck up our smooth transition of power, too?

Wouldn’t a typical tyrant’s strategy be to falsely claim something kinky happened… yank Forty-Five’s chain… depend on a narcissist’s all too predictable overreaction to add credence to the yellow journalism?

And what’ll Putin do next?

Forty-Five shouldn’t be too quick to become BFFs with Putin.

With friends like that… who needs enemies?

 

An Error Occurred… Please Try Later?

 

Within the track, Territorial Pissings, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once lyrically rehashed that old hippie era saying…

“Just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you!”

Nevertheless… it’s possible that I’m in that state of mind. Or am I?

I’m now reclining on the virtual couch and ask WordPress readers, followers and shrinks to psychoanalyze me. I mean…

It might be nothing at all… YET

It might be every freedom lover’s worst nightmare come true!

My troubles began, recently, while visiting YouTube. Upon clicking onto a video recommended right on their homepage menu, everything began as expected. However, as soon as the lead-in commercial finished, a black screen with this message (in white font) appeared…

An Error Occurred. Please Try Later.

Since I really wanted to view my selection, I copied its code and exited YouTube. My plan was to see what would happen if I pasted that code directly into the new address bar of my browser. Guess What?

I promptly got the exact same runaround.

How odd, indeed! Why did the advertisement play and not the video? My growing suspicion… capitalism usually trumps freedom of speech… but I digress…

So, let’s say the lack of playback could be traced to something readily explainable… oh… say… that the YouTuber (maybe even YouTube muckymucks, themselves) had, out of fear, yanked this video? But if that were the case, why the hell did it still appear as a homepage recommendation?

Not being someone who’ll ever take any crap from any artificial intelligence I tried again, this time using an alternative browser.

Guess what? This time, that VERY SAME video played back WITHOUT A HITCH!!!

In the days ahead I opted, once again, to try this BLOCKED browser to revisit YouTube. You guessed it… many videos would not play. Suddenly, I realized a distinct pattern was developing.

I could not view was NOT ALLOWED to view many of the videos presenting politically liberal content… especially offerings, which portray America’s soon to be installed régime in any unfavorable manner.

In utter disbelief, I chastised myself thusly…

“This cannot possibly be happening… you’re just being paranoid! It still might merely be some bizarre, isolated problem unique to your aged computer.”

At that point I ran an experiment. Tried my damnedest to debunk this suspected censorship.

Lo and behold, while continuing to use this BLOCKED browser, I SUCCESSFULLY viewed every non-politically themed YouTube video I clicked onto.

Now, here’s the real kicker… I could easily watch every rightwing whack-a-doodle’s video, which ignorantly and inordinately extols America’s soon to be installed régime.

Keeping all of this in mind, my questions to you…

Am I paranoid or is this browser issue an early warning sign… perhaps of something far worse? Oh… say… an Internet crash in America? I guess we’ll find out “later”… perhaps as early as next Friday… oh… say… a few hours past high noon?

 

The Original Common Sense Tom (99 Word Blog #081)

 

On this very day, January 10, 1776, egalitarian Thomas Paine published his pamphlet… Common Sense.

Within those 48 pages, he presented his moral and political beliefs to the 13 Colonies’ inhabitants… i.e., that ALL people are EQUAL… deserve EQUAL RIGHTS and OPPORTUNITIES… that it was time to declare independence from England.

On this day, January 10, 2017, this egalitarian blogger CommonSenseTom, echoes and slightly updates the original Common Sense Tom’s timeless sentiments.

We MUST declare our independence from Russia… MUST NEVER accept Vladimir Putin’s hacking into America’s “free” elections AND attempts to mutate #45 into a string jerkable puppet.

 

 

Speed Vetting Cabinet Appointees (99 Word Blog #080)

 

Let’s unearth underhanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recommended, detailed, step-by-step vetting process… i.e. how he and his archconservative, unscrupulous cronies will ensure that each and every one of the incoming admin’s corrupt, cabinet appointees are as unethical (if not more so) than they are.

Step 1. Procure a little, handheld dentist’s mirror.

Step 2. Position mirror under each applicant’s nose.

Step 3. Count to 10.

McConnell’s miscreants will rubberstamp ALL appointees who can fog up the mirror. BTW, applicants who melt down the mirror will so downright MOVE these renegade righties they’ll lose control of their sphincters and…

 

 

It’s the B.O. Factor NOT the P.O. Factor (99 Word Blog #079)

 

Propaganda Minister Bill O’Reilly has speculated that numerous big-name entertainers have refused to perform at America’s Inauguration Day festivities because they fear they’ll P.O. their fan base.

Oh really O’Reilly???

You’re overlooking the obvious… you’re such a brainless, rightwing tool you cannot fathom how these performers are righteously indignant.

Don’t you get it Billo?

It’s the B.O. factor NOT the P.O. factor… i.e., these artists loathe the nauseating, polarizing, political stench wafting off the incoming fascist régime.

Beyond the ethics there’re aesthetic concerns, too…

Who’d want to be performing while holding their noses and/or puking upon the world stage?

 

A Zero Fun Three Ring Circus (99 Word Blog #078)

 

After spending the better(?) part of this PM listening to AM, rightwing radio talk jocks… I was shocked. They kept spewing anti-liberal vomit as if they’d lost last November. They were awful offal.

One would think these white elephant, broadcasting blowholes would be gleefully blowing their own trumpet re their Republican dominated three-ring circus featuring the…

  1. ethics barren House and Senate.
  2. soon-to-be Supreme Extreme Court.
  3. White House run by a short fused, carelessly Tweeting, environment devastating, deregulating, un-Constitutional, conflict of interest CIC/CEO with an itchy, nuclear, trigger finger.

All who’ll promptly tell any naysaying Democrats to F off!