Archive for December, 2015

22
Dec
15

Miasmic Debates: Secret Selection

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The debates come and go for both Democrat and Republican hopefuls as we edge our way into the election year. I chose to back away from writing all the blow by blow action of every debate being televised; if you’re a die hard campaign junkie you will have been at the screen regardless what I ramble on about here at the Church. The same old routine by the candidates fill the screen for a few hours then leave us to talk among ourselves. Q and A material is being prodded by the networks to include more of an antagonistic feel to jack up the ratings, but then how much more bile can they squeeze out of Donald Trump? The Bronx bully has carried the networks for months now with his on air jaw dropping quotes and actions. It’s clear than none of the candidates on either side of the political spectrum can match Donald when it comes to brash displays of attitude. The Democratic debates have become boorish and repetitive and the Republicans remind me of an animal at the side of the road, dying, and all you can do is watch and wait for it to draw a last breath. By now most voters and viewers have made up their mind on who they would vote for, but we have to remember that the final match-up gets decided from the results our slimy delegates bring to the convention(s). All the fanfare to date could prove moot if the delegates sell out the people.

In a perfect political system, people would vote for the most ideal candidate based on experience, intelligence….logic…but this is not a perfect political system, which is why we still have quasi-Nazi mutants like Donald Trump still at the podium. The man is a disgrace to everything this country should stand for yet he continues to draw enough support from somewhere to keep in the race. Could it possibly involve more than the Trump followers which keep him strong in the poles? Past election candidates I consider ‘fringe’, like Ross Perot, Dennis Kucinich, Gerry Falwell, Pat Robertson-those deviates managed to stir emotions in the elections, but not all favorable. Third party options in our elections have been blamed for splitting a hard partisan vote, causing people to lose from lack of an extra few votes in the polls. Democratic voters are hoping Trump makes it to the end stretch of the race and has to face off for the Presidency. Republican voters are wondering what the fuck is going on? How could the Grand Old Party lose the huge hold they had on our Congress and Presidency and sink to the grappa of politicians-that bottom of the barrel sludge which has existed for some time and turns nasty and bitter. The Republican voter is left with Trump, Fiorina, Cruz, Bush, Rubio-sweet Jesus, do I have to name them all? Fuck, who is even left in the Republican race? Paul, and I suppose we have to say Kasich. Kasich is not just an animal dying on the road, he is a baby animal dying on the road. You feel bad for him because he seems like a nice enough guy, but nice guys really do finish last.

Democrats have whittled their selection pretty much to the point I had envisioned; Clinton and Sanders. Here again, logic aside from their answers from any of the debates they’ve performed on, one of these two will represent the Democratic choice. Neither candidate is getting much endorsement from President Obama (for now) and we won’t be having one of those Vice-Prez-to-Prez elections this year….too bad, Joe. This leaves it up to them for that push to the next level. Clinton continues to drive a sweatshop campaign with online beggars pleading for your hard earned dollar. The system must be astounding to stand back and look at on paper. Once I got pegged for campaign contributions from the Clinton campaign, I started getting more requests from more Democratic candidates from different states, different key positions; a network of political money whores trolling the web for funding. The Democrats and Republicans alike have their secret societies of financial backing that has gone on since the inception of our modern day voting system. I wonder more and more these days is, whether both camps are actually connected to one another? Did we really choose these candidates or were they spoonfed to us, financed on the rails of the some hidden group that wants to guide our selection? Some of you will say I’m wrapped up in some conspiracy belief that stems from too many drugs but I ask you, why couldn’t something like that exist? That seems no less insane than the choice of candidates now in our faces. Imagine being so rich you could afford to buy a major sport franchise team…or a major sport stadium….now imagine yourself ten times richer. You could afford to fuck around with politics.
I search for a plausible explanation as to why Trump is still in the race, and all I can come up with are secretive financial theories and yellow journalism, pseudo-news stories to frighten us and dissuade us. The GOP has all but lost it’s power leaving conservatives to fend for themselves and Democrats must decide between the pragmatic approach of Sanders, or the Clinton machine….where is this headed?

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09
Dec
15

A More Than Momentary Lapse of Reason

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I’m here at the Church, huddled behind the altar wondering when it will be safe to go out again. This is the pinnacle point of insanity for modern day America as we inch our way closer to the 2016 Presidential Election. By now, most of us felt the drunk at the party, aka Donald Trump, would have left and gone home-but no! That crazy bastard continues to fill our tv screens and haunt our thoughts.

Let me just pull a few of his choice moments together for you to reflect on. Trump called out the Latino community and said those coming into America were rapists; he tried to soften that statement by stating¬† perhaps some of them were good. He jammed that statement in the public eye at the beginning of his campaign run and he hasn’t stopped since, proposing a ban on Muslims, calling New York Mayor DeBlasio “the worst mayor in the United States”, mocking the physical deformities reporter Serge Kovaleski, sexist remarks to female politicians and reporters…the list just keeps compiling and everyone sits around wondering when this guy will get tossed out of the game. When?

In the early throes of this election race most saw the festering tycoon as an amusement; something to laugh and point at on the screen-kind of like that huddle of stupid duck call craftsmen on television, or the plump little beauty pageant kid that insulted our viewing intelligence. A lot of folks thought he would be bored with the race by now and bow out but he gains momentum each day and as time marches on, we see even more of his caustic personality and Bronx kid bully talk. He’s not even an elected official yet his on-air remarks end up being a representation of our country. Donald Trump has inadvertently become the poster child for the typical American. His xenophobic march on Muslims is about as subtle as Hitler’s call to rid Germany of Jews. The scary side of this man and what he wants to do is heightened by the lack of anyone doing anything to get him off the air. The media outlets have created this Frankenstein by giving him press coverage to boost their viewers/readers. Early in the race they saw the advantage of keeping the camera on Don and as their (media outlets) numbers soared, so did the brash, assertive attitude of Trump.

In his more controlled moments on shows like This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Trump tones it down and doesn’t sound so much like a WWF wrestler taunting his next opponent. He makes points which are the core of conservative right voters, especially those who latched onto his campaign early on. Trump believes our borders are being left unchecked, allowing a glut of foreigners into this country. He believes a lot of American jobs are going overseas, something many people have felt for years. On those points I have to say many voters agree with him, but the ways he conveys that message is very, very wrong. When Trump lashes out and says something really cold or demeaning, I feel this is him ‘winging it’. Putting on a campaign persona for years…years people…is not a task many of us could hold up to. The crippling reviews put in your face if you don’t ‘up’ your number of supporters, kissing hands and shaking babies….what a circus. Only the few survive and make it to the end. What baffles me is how much crap that man can spew out and still be in the polls. I recall back in the 2004 election when rising hopeful candidate Howard Dean (D-Vt) was eliminated from the race when he let out a war-whoop during a rally. The media was all over that incident and depicted him as some crazed hillbilly. So why is it that Trump can get away with calling people ‘losers’ or shaking like someone with palsy in order to mock a person’s condition? He stands by the insane statements he makes and won’t apologize, won’t back down. Perhaps if he shows weakness those numbers would lower-and that, is the reason I stay huddled here behind the altar at the Church. He continues to insult and intimidate yet remains in the race. The other Republican candidates can’t seem to muster as much momentum in their supporters.¬† Some political analysts numbers show if he were in an election today with Hillary Clinton, he would win. Our country has had elections won by someone from low voter turnout, a last minute shocker that clinches a White House seat. Trump is very much in position to win this election by mere fact that he’s still in the race. Both parties need to think about that; the man considered more a cause, than prevention, of national and international atrocities still has a chance to become President.

…And Jesus wept…..

03
Dec
15

It’s a Gunderful Life

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The holiday season upon us and people just can’t seem to quit shooting guns. My last post was back during one of the Republican debates and I had to walk away from that campaign nonsense a while once the news leaked out about France.

Paris was struck with another bloody attack on innocent citizens. Then it was one American soil mass shooting after another. The world seems mad and statistics show big numbers as far as killings go. I wanted to see what research showed about this recent trend. Was it just me or did actual data support an increase in killings?

A great resource on previous years was USA Today who studied statistics on killings between 2006 and 2011. They researched FBI and local Law Enforcement reports to gather numbers in an attempt to better understand why this is happening. According to their finds, between 2006 and 2011, 172 mass shootings took place; ‘mass shooting’ being defined as 4 or more people. USA Today acknowledged that a lot of mismanaged paperwork or unreported incidents from local authorities to federal agents added to those numbers, but couldn’t be accurately counted so, that means during those years perhaps you could add on a few shootings. Still, that’s a period of five years. Currently, for this year alone, I’ve seen numbers on mass shootings range from around three hundred to over nine hundred, depending on what slant of the news you plug into. Either end of that numerical spectrum is fucking nuts. Three hundred or nine hundred…..too many people are getting wasted for no good reason. We all stand with sad hearts during a time when spirits are supposed to be jolly, when we smile at one another and feel cherished to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, but what we get are people shooting guns and killing people. One group wants to blame those alien to them, another group blames those who refuse to allow diversity into our country. The numbers USA Today pulled up showed less strong political or ethnic/diverse ideology behind attacks. Their numbers showed the majority of deaths during that 2006-2011 period to be made from family members or from people with emotional/financial issues.

The different cases I scanned over seemed childish at heart-stupid shit like fighting over a remote control or feeling unaccepted. 57% of victims knew their killer (even if they weren’t the main target). Almost a quarter of mass killers take their own life. They did not include numbers of race related issues, drug dealings and hidden numbers of deaths related to law enforcement. Now in 2015, my recent observations see a surge-an increase- in accounts involving political, religious or conspiratorial reasons. These seem to correlate (or respond) with stories posted on the web or broadcast on through news stations. One case: Carly Fiorina came out early to slam the purported abortion baby parts footage druing one of the debates. The footage was ousted as fake. Not long after that, this guy goes after a clinic….

Now I do believe there are threats trying to conquer us; the Boston Marathon bombing proved that. The Twin Towers proved that. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols proved that. I sit and question if the saturation of sensationalized yellow journalism and shock reporting are contributing to the directional surge of idealistic/political/religious killers? Perhaps I should have some scotch and debate this with myself. In the meantime we’re way above average on mass killings…here and abroad…and still people cry to hold onto their guns.

Just a few decades ago schools actually taught shooting rifles on campus. My kids attended a Quaker Church in the early 200’s that taught rifle at their summer camp. Our country had it’s “shoot’em up” periods; like the Wild West era, or gangland Chicago during Prohibition, but they eventually laid law to stop the gunplay. Citizens had home guns for hundreds of years but for the most part only hard cases and really bad times got someone to draw… We lived in neighborhoods where guns were all around us but we didn’t have this amount of deaths. Something seems to have turned us. Does the frustration of Modern Day have us balled up with too much stress? Are too many people worked to the point of desperation? Are those scary news stories that seem to come and go at a rapid pace give us cause to bleed out the eyes in search of a pistol? Take hold of yourselves, people!

We all have our opinions on what the majority of these cases are caused from but we shouldn’t leave it to the slant of our emotions, geared by news reports and internet rhetoric. I won’t say that I know the answer one, which is why I think we all should insist someone show us hard data and let us evaluate what we see. Just put big fucking bar graphs with the numbers, link the sources and let us see what’s causing all the pain. No one wants to live in a world where George Bailey would have actually been better off not being born but all I can foresee on the horizon are more shootings. If they’ve been collecting data since 2006 that gives people almost ten years worth of research numbers…let that be a New Years Resolution for our world leaders, our local politicians and ourselves.

 




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