Fortune Cookie Blog (Cultists)

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Cultists, who idolize the vain autocrat, need to understand
that their unconditional love can ONLY be unrequited love.
The closest he’ll ever come to acknowledging their devotion
will be his validating their sickening racism and every other
cancerous ism that sullies their heads and sours their souls.

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America’s Return To Normal

Of late, my homeland’s head of state has been scratching his head; wondering: Why do so many (too many) Americans continue to flip off the proven SAFE and EFFECTIVE, absolutely FREE OF COST, Covid-19 vaccines? Why do they so easily rebuff the aired and streamed, slickly crafted / choreographed, smiley faced, Public Service Announcements, which are supposed to sell the BIG PROMISE; namely,… cue the drum roll / rim shot…

AMERICA’S RETURN TO NORMAL

Admittedly, there’s been insufficient time, wherewithal and staffing to comprehensively psychoanalyze the crap out of vaxxing’s paradoxical, flummoxed state of affairs. Ergo, at best, any attempts to do so will be limited to our gut trusting abilities. With all that in mind, let’s try running the following theory up the flagpole to see if it’ll fly…

• Could vaccine hesitancy, in part, be contact traced to the BIG PROMISE, itself?

These days, just WTF does “normal America” stand for? Alas… long exasperated sigh… in part…

• The (so far) too little / too late attempts to rein in climate change; the consequent destructive, deadly, frequently freakish weather patterns. Left unchecked, as early as 2050, such forces could render our world uninhabitable.

• The autocratic, avaricious Trumper Republicans; who only rise and stay in power due to their validating their base’s bigotry and enacting / enforcing illegal voter suppression laws (Jim Crowism, Gerrymandering, etc.)

• A gilded government of, by and for the obscenely wealthy; all at the expense of the middle class which has been rapidly plunging into poverty; the already impoverished class which has been getting their virtual atoms ground into the asphalt.

• An armed to the teeth, gun sick society; inclusive of seething with racism, swaggering with power, judge, jury and executioner cops slaughtering anyone with a melanin content exceeding lily white AND psycho snipers hellbent on shooting up houses of worship, school houses, workplaces, etc.

• The freak show cult, which still believes snowflake / flaccid Donald J. Trump’s flat-out, unsubstantiated lies about widespread voter fraud; namely, his domestic terrorists, who, back on January 6, 2021, on his behalf, had attempted to overturn free, fair elections and, in the process, overthrow the United States of America and forever install DJT’s fascistic régime. Left unchecked, at the mere drop of a red MAGA hat, these traitors will attack again.

Well, folks, a return to normal, SUCH AS THAT, will never serve as the impetus for folks to vaxx up. The need to do so will have to come from within each of us. Granted, long sigh, my parting pep talk will come across as simplistic, even a bit corny, but, the oft paraphrased maxim, “Where there’s life there’s hope” can become decent folks’ rallying anthem.

And speaking of decent folks, even the late Stephen Hawking incorporated that wisdom, thusly…

“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

Hey, even unspoken, such a sentiment did serve as the January 6th phrase that pays.

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Running: More Ways Than 1

The following story is true. My not naming anyone by name is the best way to further emphasize how the disease of racism is omnipresent and adversely affects all people of color.

During election year 2020, there’s an African-American candidate who is running for high elective office. Regrettably, his best shot at emerging victorious is to establish a gun-nut voter base; to pander to their worst instincts; to concurrently rail out against his political rival’s anti-gun stance. The irony here:

Armed to the teeth rabble oft seethe with bigotry, too; so much so, that were this candidate to ever go out for a neighborhood jog… well…

Many of his newfound, vile, vigilante supporters would not react well. They’d summarily judge a running black man “guilty’’ of the “crime” of minority jogging. Their meted out punishment would be too horrific to put into words.

Our only consolation, here, is knowing how this political wannabe is too smart to ever attempt running such a dangerous experiment.

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A Not So Perfect Phone Call

My phone rang yesterday. Who was calling? A Man. As in THE MAN!

By the by, he had asked for me, by name. Uh-oh! His mission? Fundraising, on behalf of some police association, which I had never even heard of.

As part of his spiel, he made a point of emphasizing cops’ mounting concerns; specifically, how they oppose all legislation, which de-funds and demilitarizes their police departments. In the short time it took to ask if he could count on my donation, I felt it necessary to ask…

“Would you mind if we take a few moments for a philosophical discussion?”

My totally unanticipated question had EITHER unnerved him (upset his indoctrinated fund raising routine) OR struck a raw nerve within him. So much so that he asked me to re-ask my Q.

“Would you mind if we take a few moments for a philosophical discussion?”

Upon his warily allowing that, I offered up this follow up…

“Would it not be better for the police to devote their time to the policing, while relying on the social workers…”

He immediately, and rather curtly, cut me off and then opted to cut and run.

The very fact that Mr. Fundraiser was expecting everyone to support cops, unconditionally, to say the least, was (still is) excessively presumptuous; especially against today’s backdrop of worldwide racial / social unrest.

Had he allowed me to continue, I’d have mentioned how society needs police department social workers / psychologists, who gingerly “open” troubled minds, not cops who crack open skulls with clubs.

Alas, Mr. Show-Me-Da-Money’s mind was not open to my brand of business. And that certainly struck a raw nerve within me.

Look, don’t get me wrong. Some good cops, who favor brains over brawn, still do exist. Some may even harbor natural instincts, which make them fairly decent shrinks.

But, what of the bad cops; the bigots, who deem it their duty to go ape-shit crazy, each and every opportunity they get to tackle their work assignments; i.e., when they literally tackle suspects.

And God help said suspects when they’re not Christian Caucasians.

Typically, for a person of color, a phrase such as “they all lived happily ever after” is not how their story ends. Tragically, the suspect is running away only out of his justifiable fear that the racist cop, in hot pursuit, fully intends to gun him down; all the way down; as in six feet down. More often than not, he’ll realize his fears had been well founded; as he gasps his final breath.

Society must fully accept and implement the changes Black Lives Matter adherents are demanding; i.e., the end of police brutality and profiling. Doing so would concurrently halt the trampling of 1st Amendment protections (e.g. freedom of speech / freedom to protest).

And looking further down the road, America does not need and must never respect storm trooper cops who’d [1] snappily salute and bleat out “Yes Sir” to Fascist Donald J. Trump and [2] mindlessly follow his marching orders to complete his overthrow of America.

Considering today’s sickening political climate, whether or not there can be a favorable resolution to all that ails us / the U.S. will depend on who will be seated behind the Oval Office desk at high noon on Inauguration Day 2021.

In the meantime, the people who did cough up their money to Mr. Fundraiser, today, could even wind up buying the tear gas, which protestors will wind up coughing up from their lungs, tomorrow.

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Then they came for _________ !

What if, worst case scenario (from the perspective of We the Enlightened Inclusive People), Donald J. Trump’s boneheaded bigotry goes full blown Hitler… i.e., he commits genocide and America winds up lily white. Would that mean that he and his Klansmen and Nazi pals… from their perspective of course… could all live happily ever after?

Don’t count on it. If Trump had nobody left to vilify, how would that narcissist ever be able to continue drawing attention to himself / get suckers to suck up to him / get racists to rally around him / maintain his choke-hold on power?

Obviously, he would declare new Enemies of the State to “fine tune” HIS Master Race.

Little doubt he’d next target Democrats, Liberals, Intellectuals, Muslims, Jews, Feminists (and like-minded males), the LGBTQIA’s, the Aged and Infirm, the Left Handed and (factoring in his objectification of women / penchant for porn stars and playmates), perhaps everybody below a C-cup?

Hell, he could even order his underlings to hack into the data bases of genomics and biotechnology companies… i.e. to ferret out anyone who’s not a “perfect” 100% Caucasian?

If you find yourself saying, “Nah, that all sounds too farfetched. It’ll never happen!”… well… let’s just say that were theologian Martin Niemöller, still alive today, he’d shrewdly disagree by saying…

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

 

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1619? 2020? WTF is the Diff?

Once again, police brutality has reared its ugly head, stateside. Jacob Blake has become the most recent (known) victim of bristling with testosterone, militant cops. Whenever these bastards unleash their bigoted hostility towards people of color… each time they use unwarranted, undue force… they earn the wrath of civilized citizens, everywhere, and, in this instance, that of Blake’s sister, Ms. Letetra Widman. In our above clip, she expresses her justifiable outrage and exasperation to expose a societal scourge, which gets backdated to August 20, 1619.

A Wikipedia essay further fleshes out America’s sordid past…

“In August 1619, the first recorded slaves from Africa to British North America arrived in what is now Old Point Comfort near the Jamestown colony, on a British privateer ship flying a Dutch flag. The approximately 20 Africans from the present-day Angola had been removed by the British crew from a Portuguese slave ship, the ‘São João Bautista’. They most likely worked in the tobacco fields as slaves under a system of race-based indentured servitude. The modern conception of slavery in the colonial United States was formalized in 1640 (the John Punch hearing) and was fully entrenched in Virginia by 1660.”

To state that in far less clinical terms, systemic brutality against people of color began when the first white asshole businessmen sold slaves to the first white asshole consumers.

The root word of consumer, consume, has several connotations but, check out the synonyms which best define the detrimental impact, which slavery had made on pre-American / present-day American society…

consume (verb): destroy, demolish, lay waste, wipe out, annihilate, devastate, gut, ruin, wreck

Daily Show’s anchorman / host Trevor Noah’s superbly nuanced, spot-on commentary says the rest…

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10 Seconds of Near Lucidity

Five years ago, even Donald J. Trump had been able to muster a fleeting moment of lucidity re the Stars and Bars… even though, in my book, his chosen word “respect”, belongs nowhere near a discussion of the confederate flag.

With that in mind, I’ve expanded on this timely, related issue…

The early colonists / citizens of America, who had the audacity to enslave people of color should never escape history’s harsh judgment… be they American military geniuses, presidents, framers of constitutional passages or Confederate generals, plantation owners and secessionists.

Considering how enslavement is a crime against humanity, let’s all take the following one question multiple choice quiz…

What would be sufficient posthumous punishment for those who enslaved humanity?

a. scrubbing their names / stories from our history books
b. toppling and melting down their monuments
c. stripping their names off our maps / military bases
d. laundering paper currency to wash off their mugshots
e. all of the above

Hmm… let’s factor in the following wisdom…

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – – – George Santayana

With that in mind…

Let’s promptly expose the inhumane within unflattering, tell-all history books, rebrand their statues “Monuments To Stupidity” and move them into Halls of Shame museums. As for maps, bases and currency, there’s no shortage of virtuous people, who’ve graced society throughout history. Let’s commemorate and venerate them, instead.

Re that aforementioned currency issue, let’s see what happens when fake prez Trump (who idolizes Andrew Jackson), experiences one of his all too frequent fits of bigotry and misogyny… so much so that he delayed the Treasury Department’s redesign of the $20 bill. Their original plan had been to replace slave owner Jackson’s mug with slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s countenance by 2020. Oh, btw, Trump believes the $2 bill would be more appropriate for Tubman. That suggests what? That Klansman Donald devalues her / deems her a 10% person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brutal Honesty re Police Brutality

Let’s deconstruct the phrases “police force” and “law enforcer”. Could the overemphasis of “force”, at least to some small degree, be subliminally suggesting to law enforcers that police brutality is “just” part of their job description? Could classifying law enforcers by military rank (e.g. sergeant, lieutenant, captain, etc.) be aiding and abetting their militancy, too?

We already know that federal militarization of America’s state and local police forces is tantamount to overkill. Could that practice, simultaneously, be suggesting to law enforcers that becoming brutal killing machines is, somehow, expected of them? Even playing into their mucked up rationale that, since they’ve already got the army armaments and vehicles, anyway, why not do what?

Shoot first, ask questions later? Declare war? Mutate America’s streetscapes into war zones? Kneel on their prisoners throats to suffocate them? Sadistically jump up and down on their victims’ dead bodies until they smash their atoms into the asphalt?

Sorry for such graphic descriptions. However, except for that bit about the atoms, that damn near well sums up what’s actually happening out there.

Of course, as most of us already know, police brutality’s primary cause is deeply rooted in North America’s 401-year-old history, namely, the enslavement of people of color, which predates the birth of America by more than a century and a half. Those bygone, backward slave owners made damned sure that oppressive, reprehensible racism would be omnipresent, and, to this very day, too damned many law enforcers still buy into maintaining that mindset.

• That’s why unarmed, tackled to the ground, handcuffed and not resisting arrest people of color (such as George Floyd), suspected of committing minor, non-violent crimes, are winding up awaiting their wings instead of awaiting their trials. Which begs the question:  What ever happened to their 6th Amendment protections, which (to paraphrase) guarantee a defendant’s rights to a speedy public trial by an impartial jury (instead of the trial by judge, jury and executioner cops).

• That’s why non-violent people (of all races), who are protesting the incidents of deadly police brutality are, ironically, falling victim to police brutality, too. Which begs the question: What ever happened to their 1st Amendment protections, which (to paraphrase) establish their freedom of speech and right to peaceably assemble to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As of late, we’ve been finding no shortage of “experts”, who’ve been touting the notion of sensitivity training for cops… mind you… murderous cops who, deep down, would rather be sporting their KKK white than their police department blue. If their commanding officers actually believe a crash course in common decency is the panacea that’ll end police brutality, they are dead wrong.

If police officers do not harbor egalitarianism and humanitarianism within their heads, hearts and souls, to begin with… if they have not patterned their entire lives to those ideals, then, they do not possess the right stuff and do not belong anywhere near a police department. If they, instead, find authoritarianism and barbarism preferable, that would prove them beyond redemption and better suited for a police department’s jail cell.

Those who hire cops must learn how to better vet cop wannabes… make damned sure that only humankind’s finest get badges pinned to their new uniforms. Additionally, a from the attic to the basement, police department house cleaning is in order. If law enforcers’ modus operandi is police brutality, their immediate outing and ousting is already long overdue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Ain’t Wonderland

 

• Wonder Bread is produced by an established in 1921 bakery, which is indigenous to the North American continent. Each loaded with bleached flour, lily white slice is so devoid of nutrients, flavor and overall character that one has to wonder…

How could such bland bread remain some consumers’ much sought after brand?

• Wonder Bread is also an Americanism. Each stateside statement is used to describe predominantly lily white communities so devoid of racial diversity, that one has to wonder…

How could such tastelessness ever become some inhabitants’ much sought after milieu?

• Wonder Bread also describes the way I recall the early decades of my lifelong hometown… a locale where some of the bygone realtors’ collective attitude had been abundantly bigoted. Why else did our one and only African-American family wind up dwelling right next to the well traveled by freight trains, railroad tracks?

Even as a young boy, I could sense the wrongness of expecting someone to live right next to such unbearable noise. As an adolescent, I finally identified this as racism’s stench. I also realized that, when Wonder Bread communities have few victims to target, some of the locals can and will “think up” new prejudices… albeit not much brain power goes into their “think up” process.

I first became the target of the narrow-minded, when elementary school bullies singled me out as a nine-year-young boy. To this very day, I still have absolutely no inkling as to what I could’ve ever done to trigger their hostility. In fact, in some instances, I did not even know my tormentors’ names! But, none of that mattered to them. From grades 4 thru 9 (inclusive) they did their damnedest to assault me… mostly verbally / sometimes physically. To cite a couple examples…

• Thoughtless Kenny’s mouth incessantly spewed his hateful, hurtful thoughts at me. One morning, he went over to a drinking fountain to, momentarily, water down his message… albeit, not in a good way. Doing an about face, at point blank range, he next punched his bulging cheeks to geyser forth his foul spit / water mixture right in my face.

• In a playground incident, bully Bob roughed me up, held my arms behind my back so his accomplice, James, could punch me in the stomach… so hard that I nearly puked.

Worse yet, no amount of my parents’ written and phoned complaints could ever convince my school’s principal that [1] his raging out of control, unpunished pals were not only denying me my education but also killing my spirit, [2] his always allying with bullies rendered his school no better than an overflowing with discrimination cesspool and [3] left unchecked, his toxic environment could even devolve into something far more grave.

In retrospect, I’ve got to wonder, what would’ve happened had I not skipped school? Had my absence denied my tormentors their chance? “Chance to do what?” you ask? Well let’s just say…

It’s likely a wonder that I lived to tell about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedicated to StrangeLand Dwellers ~ Vid of the Day

Leon Russell and Don Preston’s Stranger in a Strange Land, is our Vid of the Day. Ever since this song’s May 1971 release, I’ve deemed their lyrical masterpiece akin to an anthem dedicated, especially, to the world’s extraordinary, ordinary people.

Who, among us, has not experienced varying degrees of stranger-in-a-strange-land alienation… i.e., been at the mercy of merciless, ego and power tripping ideologues who sadistically weaponize poverty, isolation, racism, sexism and every other nasty “ism” under the sun.

On a more musical note… it’s a foregone conclusion that not every one of you will share my graying musical tastes. Therefore, to more than halve the 4:02 playback time…

I’ve cued up this clip to the 2:25 index… i.e., the point where Russell / Preston and YouTube videographer Tim Wozny team up to drive home their message in earnest. Obviously, by rewinding to 0:00, you can still opt for the complete playback, too.

OR, for another time saver option, check out this song’s wisdom in text format…

“Well, I don’t exactly know what’s going on in the world today. Don’t know what there is to say about the way the people are treating each other, not like brothers. Leaders take us far away from ecology with mythology and astrology. Has got some words to say about the way we live today. Why can’t we learn to love each other. It’s time to turn a new face to the whole world wide human race; stop the money chase. Lay back, relax; get back on the human track. Stop racing toward oblivion. Oh, such a sad, sad state we’re in. And that’s a thing. Do you recognize the bells of truth when you hear them ring? Won’t you stop and listen to the children sing?”