Memorial Day Meditations

Ever since the United States of America set forth on its march towards independence… some two and one half centuries ago… our servicemen and servicewomen have been selflessly and courageously fighting and dying while protecting and defending the downtrodden masses… securing the path to liberty and prosperity for both their freedom loving compatriots and other like-minded peoples spanning our globe.

While, by my very nature, I do favor pacifism, I know fully well that such an ideal must be tempered by pragmatism. As such, I know these truths to be self-evident…

[1] peace does not always come easily
[2] freedom is not always free of charge… and as such… and regrettably…
[3] soldier patriots oft wind up paying freedom’s hefty price tag with their very blood

It is with all such sentiments in mind that I now stand upon my native soil on this Memorial Day, to express my undying gratitude… to direct my civilian salute heavenward to these exemplary servicewomen and servicemen.

Oh, if only I could end this blog right here and now… but…

It is with all such sentiments in mind that I now must also issue warnings about a looming threat to freedom / peace… namely… the resurgence of grotesque white supremacy.

I would never want to see past battlefield victories to have been for naught… specifically those wars where our troops defeated America’s Confederacy and Germany’s Third Reich… respectively… emancipating the slaves and liberating the Jews.

There is an urgent need to uproot / eradicate the choking, poisonous vines of racism. Bad actors… to name but a few… Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin and Donald J. Trump are all working overtime… independently and/or in collusion… to do their damnedest to suffocate life, liberty… joie de vivre itself… again.

Indeed, oppression can only thrive wherever and whenever a leader (such as DJT) is ignorant and/or ignoble… e.g., each and every time he…

[1] flips off Constitutionally stipulated congressional / judicial oversight / stacks the judicial deck
[2] stifles free speech / brands journalism fake news and journalists “enemies of the people”
[3] insulates himself with Orwellian sycophants who vomit forth putrid, “alternate facts”
[4] alienates / pisses off longstanding, honorable allies until they all despise him / the U.S.
[5] tears up mutually beneficial international treaties so no one will ever come to our aid again
[6] meets secretly with / sucks up to sworn enemies who deem him a patsy, not a pal
[7] welcomes / encourages foreign meddling into our free elections
[8] deems Nazis and Klansmen “fine people”
[9] erects walls, tears down bridges and wrests infants / children from their asylum seeking parents’ embraces
[10] makes war criminals his war heroes
[11] bosses around We The People who, in reality, are his bosses
[12] demands acceptance of his wretchedly unacceptable, patently offensive, avarice driven agenda
[13] conflates patriotism with blind loyalty, as in, exclusively to him

While I will always honor soldiers who’ve fought and died to secure a better life for us, would not each future Memorial Day service be even more meaningful were we to elect a new, honorable, mentally stable Commander-In-Chief who would ensure their long ago, hard-fought battle victories had not been in vain?

 

 

 

My apologies for this late posting. Internet magic cannot happen when connection problems block the path to the www.

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“Monday Morning” Mueller Mulling

 

Even though it’s the weekend, it’s never too late for some Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Hence… the slew of BIG Qs

• If the fake prez really is not guilty of collusion, why the need for his repeated secret meetings with Vladimir Putin? More specifically…

• WTF went down in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2018 G-20 summit?

For the sake of completeness… the only others present during that on-the-sly, tête-à-tête were Trump’s alienated wife, Melania, and Putin’s untrustworthy translator.

For the sake of emphasis… that meant absolutely NO American translator / note-taker had been present.

• Why would anyone who fancies himself both a savvy businessman and (in his own trumpeted words) “a very stable genius” ever be soft in the head enough to implicitly trust Putin’s translator?

• How could he even verify that words / thoughts… both Putin’s and his own… were being accurately and completely communicated?

• Minus an American translator, how do we even know the fake prez was always keeping America’s… indeed, the entire free world’s… best interests in mind?

The mere thought of such a sketchy get-together does beg even more follow up Qs…

• Amongst that foursome, was Melania the only American in the room?

• Were we to ask the fake prez to provide an Honest-to-God, rundown re all that had transpired, would he conveniently invoke “executive priviledge” to stonewall us?

SIDEBAR: True, for national security reasons a prez… wise or otherwise… cannot always disclose everything to the general public. Even so, that does not mean that Congress should be kept in the dark, too! It’s not called Congressional Oversight for nothing! And that’s an American fact-of-life totally foreign to the fake prez… something he simply cannot begin to wrap his warped, autocratic mind around!

• Would an innocent person… ANY INNOCENT PERSON… ever need to act so furtively?

• Of course, considering his past performances… what fact checking has easily exposed to be his pathologically lying… why would we even bother to ask him in the first place?

• Even more worrisome… is he even capable of recalling much of anything, anyway?

Safe to say, Putin is the only one who is in full possession of his faculties and who knows WTF actually happened during their Buenos Aires chat. It goes without saying, he’ll forever remain tight-lipped.

Ergo… all that’s left for us is mere conjecture…

• Perhaps Bad Vlad and the fake prez were just letting their hair down and would both be too embarrassed to ever admit that all they did was tell fart jokes? Maybe even strip off their shirts to make farting noises with their armpits?

OR…

• As long as we’re on the subject of frivolity, perhaps their rendezvous had merely revolved around a silly proposition… i.e., the fake prez’s pathetic sales pitch to erect yet another gawdy, golden, phallic symbol Trump Tower to loom over and cheapen the Russian skyline?

OR were there far more serious issues…

• The translator’s whispered in the ear, not so friendly reminder… i.e., how Putin still (allegedly) possesses a suitable for blackmailing video focusing upon Russian “climate change”… or stated less euphemistically… showers of the “golden” variety?

OR…

• Putin flagrantly offering his services to screw around with America’s 2020 elections… i.e., just to insure a second term for his comrade / autocratic protégé?

Ant to that end… THE END…

• Putin’s revealing his plot to strong-arm Robert Mueller until he’d cave… i.e., agree to water down his report?

 

 

 

Do U-2 Have a Sunday Story 2 Share? (Sunday Song Series)

Week #28 of our Sunday Song Series features U-2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday… the reality based, gory story a.k.a. “The Troubles” (Irish: Na Trioblóidí). As for all that went down on that ill-fated day, you can opt to read the in-depth backstory and/or settle for my following (overly simplistic) synopsis…

The Protestant government, known for discriminating against Catholics, oft deployed British troops and paramilitary forces whenever their inter-communal rancor spilled over into the streets. Yet, in spite of the demonstrations having been non-violent on that particular Sunday, the bristling with adrenaline / testosterone soldiers NEEDLESSLY opened fire to slaughter UNARMED civil rights activists, bystanders and even children.

Such bloodshed is eerily similar to 1970’s May 4th National Guard killing and maiming of Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War and its Commander-In-Chief… one Richard (Tricky Dicky) Nixon… the prez who had been every bit the crook he said he wasn’t… and more. I remember this carnage so vividly because [1] the victims / fatalities had been cut down at such a young age (barely two years older than I had been) and [2] this was the very event which I credit with permanently politicizing me leftward.

It’s safe to say that you, my readers, wherever you hail from within our vast, violence prone world, have your own similar stories to tell and if you’d like to share your own insights, there’s plenty of room for you to express yourselves within the comment section below.

For me, it was… still is… difficult to accept how Kent State could’ve ever, possibly, gone down in my homeland when we SUPPOSEDLY had… still have… [1] the U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment and [2] The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 to protect us from such military perpetrated massacres… be they on Sunday or any other day. To e.g. their detailed terms… respectively…

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

And…

The use of the U.S. Army to aid civil officials in enforcing the law or suppressing civil disorder is prohibited unless expressly ordered to do so by the president.

Of course, that presidential wiggle room is the real kick in the ass. Voluntary compliance with such laws presumes a mentally sound, unbeholden, genuinely patriotic American president is parking his butt behind the Oval Office desk.

And such a characterization (most assuredly) had neither been applicable to Tricky Dicky (then) nor to the fake prez (now).

The stark reality, here, is that back in 2016, my own homeland’s foolish voters elected [1] a vacuous, vane, vile, vulgar, volatile and violence fomenting, vengeance seeking autocrat who sucks up to Vladimir Putin and [2] regards ALL liberal activism to be a personal affront worthy of his meted out punishment.

To punish people who peaceably assemble to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, would he ever bark out his shoot to kill marching orders to the troops he commands?

Well now… seeing how he already has troops stationed along the American / Mexican border… at the very least… he’s half way there. Furthermore, with the vast majority of that man-child’s actual adult advisors (who once-upon-a-time had kept him in check) now having been flung from his admin’s constantly revolving door, what he’ll do next will depend solely upon whether or not his narcissism will continue to distract him.

We can only hope that U-2 or some other song composer(s) will never need to pen new, Americanized verses for Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Let’s all meet up back here for our next Sunday Song… hopefully a selection that’ll prove a bit more pleasant… seven days from now!

 

 

 

 

Sunday Papers / Read All About It? (Sunday Song Series)

For week #23 of our Sunday Song Series we find Joe Jackson lyrically lashing out while leafing through the Sunday Papers… delivering his op-ed rant targeting / condemning the sorry state of tabloid journalism (in every negative connotation of that “t” word)… all of this backdating to his song’s February 1979 release.

One cannot help but wonder how Jackson would weigh in a full four decades later re the alarmingly, all too real potential for a media driven, (global?) Fascist overthrow and the resultant stripped of liberty, joyless, soulless Orwellian society.

To those who say, “Not possible!”, I’d counter by pointing out how things are trending these days… here within my homeland. Perhaps this crap is going down within your homeland, too?

• There are an inordinate number of willing to be subjugated sheeple turning to “their” electronic, Sunday Papers equivalents… becoming brainwashed by Bad Vlad Putin’s hacked social media AND/OR by the big biz bastards flinging the Fascist fake prez’s feces from the Fox network’s alleged newsroom.

• This propagandized, malleable electorate is swooning over / slash / sucking up to a foolhardy / malleable / Putin suck-up leader, whose wretched regime (just like a crop of mushrooms) thrives on shit and darkness. In that capacity (incapacity?) that downright dangerous autocrat-in-training believes he’s entitled to make his power-grab (he does love to grab things)… inclusive of trampling our free speech and free press rights AND (must there always be an AND?) flipping off legislative oversight / checks and balances AND (must there always be another AND?) loading up the judiciary from top down with a shitload of his suck-up judges.

• That fake prez is routinely and wrongfully castigating / categorizing journalism… the genuine article… as “fake news” AND (must there always be another AND?) branding reporters the enemies of the people… thereby rabble rousing his minions… tacitly approving their doing all his dirty work… i.e., their committing vile and violent acts against the very scribes who are trying to warn society… save humankind from such a dismal, freedom barren fate.

If/when Fascism takes root, you WON’T be “reading all about it” in the Sunday Papers or those published on any other days of the week. Ditto that re their online equivalents.

AND (must there always be another AND?) if such an autocrat should wind up hitting the Internet Kill Switch sometime within the next seven days (or will that be measured in minutes?)…you WON’T be back here for our next Sunday Song.

True…at least for the time being… we are still talking hypotheticals making it highly likely that next week’s Sunday Song will get posted on schedule.

Till then stay hopeful that journalistic freedom and integrity will persevere and remain mindful of the wise words once spoken by a Real President… George Washington…

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller’s Trump Card? ~ [Bumper Sticker Blog #002]

 

 

Trump insists he has done nothing wrong and is always
truthful. If so, why is he lawyering up, scared to answer
all of Mueller’s Qs and worried about perjuring himself?

 

 

Big Head ≠ Big Mind [1 Quick Limerick #062]

 

Let us assess the crass, ruling class creatures,
Know nothing, know-it-alls! Despotic screechers!
Big heads rarely think big,
That’s a big minded gig,
Big heads and big minds, are worlds apart features!

 

For more limericks (as well as other verses and song parodies, etc.), head over to my “Categories Menu” and select “Poetry”.

 

An Even Handed Appraisal

 

On this early Sunday morning, I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching… seeking resolution to the following disparate issues…

On the one hand… I’ve been lambasting Donald Trump and his supporters for their isolationist stance… their insistence on building walls instead of bridges… their favoring fist punches over handshakes.

On the other hand… I’ve been condemning the “prez” for his Helsinki Summit and post Summit conduct… his fatal attraction for Vladimir Putin… his even inviting that Russian to park his butt inside the Oval Office come October, no less!

Of course… when taken at face value… could not such meetings be interpreted as feeble attempts at bridge building and handshaking? After all, any normal, sharp-witted president understands the value of knowing thy enemies… keeping close tabs on them… and, if possible, maintaining productive dialogues.

Of course, when it comes down to the current “prez”, is word usage such as “normal” and “sharp-witted” even apropos? I think not. To describe Trump’s Helsinki conduct one does free associate the “T” word… “T” as in TREASONOUS!

Needless to say, our two POVs are worlds apart… HELL… lightyears apart.

On the one hand… Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy is based upon fear, not facts. His vilification of entire ethnicities and religious sects is built upon his flat-out FLIMSY PREMISE… namely… that even one immigrant with a criminal record means that the rest of them must all be guilty as hell, too. I cannot say it enough so I’ll say it again… that is the “prez’s” flat-out FLIMSY PREMISE!

The reality of the situation is all that actually matters. The number of lawbreakers pales in comparison to the vastly larger amount of honorable asylum seeking immigrants, whose only “offense”, to date, has been their illegal border crossings. I’d have to commend, not condemn and criminalize anyone, who is fleeing their own homelands’ crime, corruption and oppression.

On the other hand… my vilification of Putin… is based on facts. To e.g. this…

Bad Vlad’s Rap Sheet includes ruthlessly bombing Syrian civilians… killing at least 25,000 Chechen civilians… aiding and abetting terrorists in Ukraine… and… shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014 (killing 298 innocent passengers and crew). He is also suspected of bombing two Moscow apartment buildings killing hundreds… the mysterious killings of Russian democrats, journalists and opposition leaders… the poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK… and… plotting to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro, Milo Dukanović.

Which raises the $64 Billion Questions… how can Trump flip off innocent immigrants YET flip head over heals over the guilty as Hell Putin? Would we not expect him to extend his xenophobic feelings so they’d be inclusive of Putin?

Of course, Trump’s supporters need to do a bit of soul searching, too…

On the one hand… you guys are finding it way too easy to buy into your “prez’s” fear mongering which unfairly singles out Latinos / Latinas and Muslims yet…

On the other hand… you guys are way too easily setting aside such fears when they are most needed. Never forget that your “prez”, in sucking up to war criminal Putin. That Russian butcher is the clear and present danger to America! And IF (IF?) Trump is colluding with Putin, then both of them are clear and present dangers to America!

Any normal, sharp-witted person could plainly see how Vladimir Putin poses the far greater risk here… poses an actual, serious and imminent threat to America’s safety and public interests.

Of course, when it comes down to Trump supporters, is the usage of words such as “normal” and “sharp-witted” even apropos?

I sure do hope so. As I type this… as you read this… the survival of America’s democracy and freedom is at stake! Now, more than ever, we must have an electorate in full possession of its faculties.