Tuesday, October 16, 2018
50 years ago today, October 6th, 1968 at the Mexico City Olympics , two American heroes said no more. Tommie Smith and John Carlos said too the entire world, we won these medals for ourselves, not for a country that oppresses us.
50 years later, we realize that progress is dormant. NFL players kneel to protest cops killing unarmed black men and women and a conniving President runs the puppet show of gasbag patriots becoming outraged. As he always does, the Grifter in Chief changed the subject to convince dummies that the kneeling by NFL players has to do with the flag and veterans and disrespect for the law enforcement that kills their brothers and sisters with no consequences. As usual, the Liar in Chief is full of shit and his cultists are just plain dumb.
In 1968 the nation was outraged. Well, white people were. Smith and Carlos were pariahs. Their lives were threatened. They had trouble finding jobs. All because of an act most people lacked the guts to even support much less try.
Time moves on. People get smarter. What once was considered deviant or treasonous becomes normal and courageous. Progress always wears down prejudice.
Except when it comes to race.
Colin Kaepernick is the modern day Smith and Carlos. He's a pariah. He's a "son of a bitch" per our President. But he has more courage than the entire cult of phony patriots has combined. Its easy to stand and sing the anthem. That takes no courage. To participate in group think is not courageous. To risk it all by standing in front of thousands and not doing what they want you to do takes guts. It has nothing to do with wars and vets and the flag and the troops. It has to do with what is right and what is wrong.
So 50 years later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos deserve admiration and our thanks, not our disdain. Colin Kaepernick deserves the same. So do the members of the military and the veterans.
As far as I see, there is only one "son of a bitch" involved. And thats the guy who jerked us back 50 years and will continue to do so another 50 years if we let him.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
I went. I did. To last night's crazy fest featuring a cast of nutjobs and their Dear Leader, Donald F Trump. Poor Uncle Donald, longing for Daddy's love, cant stop holding his Me-Me-Me rallies masquerading as Republican campaigns. Last night in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a city across the river from Omaha and referred to as Counciltucky, in an old casino paid for arena that is only used for circuses, monster truck shows and gun shows, the traveling Trump show arrived .
Led by motorcycle cops, SUV's with their lights going in the front window, Trumps motorcade arrived with angry white people lining the streets and waving and some protesters across the street flipping the bird. I was undercover, with the protesters because I couldnt get across the street with the Orange Toxin motorcade flying by.
A guy with a Union t shirt and a red MAGA hat ran across the street with me. His obvious contradiction totally irrelevant to this bunch. Grifters at tables sold red MAGA hats, made for pennies overseas, for $25 each to the rubes. Another con man sold Calvin pissing on the CNN logo t shirts for $30 at another table. I hope he had lots of XXXL's.
Being searched by Security in order to get in was fun. Wanded by some guy who obviously wondered what the fuck a hippie was doing there, I was let in as Lee Greenwood's I'm Proud to be a
As the worst song ever written ends out bounds a lumbering monster. Moving like a giant glacier, the President claps like a seal, points at nobody, claps some more, lumbers around, points at more adoring cultists and then takes the mike. The noise is deafening.
And then it speaks. Kavanaugh, the groping, lying, drunk that was put on SCOTUS is cheered. Trump talks about the handsy motherfucker like he's Saint Brett. He calls the people who didnt want the nation to be sent backwards "paid protesters". He dismisses women who have been assaulted as irrelevant as the gender traitors in the arena cheer.
He mentions E15, a type of fuel that literally sucks corn out of the mouths of starving kids around the world and is nothing but a giant welfare program for Iowa farmers. The crowd cheers like you would if someone said they like broccoli. They dont want E15 talk, they want red meat. They want to boo, and perhaps kill a press member.
Trump senses the lull and immediately moves on to simply naming off the first names of Fox News propagandists. Sean? Yayyyy Laura how about that Laura huh? Yayyyyy Tucker, we love that Tucker yayyyyyyy Steve? Who? So he throws in Doocy cuz who the fuck knows who that bonehead is? Judge Jeanine? Yayyyyyyyy. Its pathetic.
He moves on to "Pocahontas" which draws loud booing from the misogynists that make up the bulk of this mob. Trump lies about Elixzabeth Warren gaining advantages by faking that she "has Indian blood". Well at least he didnt call them Injuns. More booing.
On to "DaNang Dick" where he draws more boos by lying about Senator Richard Blumenthal who did falsely claim to have been in Vietnam but never claimed to be a hero or at Da Nang. By the way, Trump spent the Vietnam years unsuccessfully avoiding STD's. I know this because its obvious untreated syphilis is eating his brain.
Trump claims he knows Senator Dianne Feinstein (BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) leaked the memo about Christine Ford. Well he's "99% sure" anyway. Chants of "Lock Her Up" start. The intensity grows cuz its a dame to boo.
The Molester in Chief then says to a right wing lynch mob that the "Dims" (HAHAHAHAHA) are a "left wing mob". More BOOOOOSSSSS.
Ya know we do need foreign workers to help on Iowa farms but they must come here legally. The inevitable "Build The Wall" chants begin. Nothing about rich Republican farmers hiring the foreigners illegally.
More Trump lies about how many jobs he's created and then he comments on how many Nebraskans are there even though he's in Iowa. The crazy idea of bridges and roads and a million Nebraskans right across the river baffles him. Then the "Go Big Red" chants begin. Go Big Red? The fucking team is 0-5 you stupid morons.
At this point I start to move towards the exit. This is a fucking shitstorm I no longer want to be a part of. I know what 1930s Germany must have been like. This roaring nasty crowd is as hateful a bunch as Ive ever seen and Ive been to Tool concert.
Trump lies some more. Then he brings onstage the Governor of Iowa. An appointed Gender Traitor named Kim Reynolds (Dipshit-Ia) who begins to screech at the top of her lungs. She even does a Howard Dean screech. Oh she's done now. She screamed that means she is done right? Guess not.
Trump praises Steve King the openly white nationalist bigot Iowans keep electing to Congress. He praises the hard boiled egg that runs Nebraska, refusing to bring him up onstage because he's "so far ahead he doesnt need to come up here".
Then I manage to get out. Another group of MAGA hat wearing stand outside watching a television, high fiving Trumpisms they like. A vendor asks me if I want a discounted hat, only $20. I dont answer. My soul has been crushed.
My faith in humanity is low anyway but its gone now. I wander over to the protesters and tell a couple what I just saw. Is there any hope? Fuck yeah one says, we have the numbers. Its happening 11/6. My spirits perk up. You're right man. We do have the numbers. Fuck Trump and those bird brained mob inside that falling down arena.
But I must say this. Its one thing to watch a Trump rally on TV. You can yell at the TV or laugh at the hand picked cult members behind him. But to be at one in person is exhausting. If you have an ounce of compassion, or empathy, or brains you see these screaming dimbulbs and realize the haters gonna hate hate hate. Theyve always been there, but in the past they only talked to each other in bars and VFW halls and in their backyards. Now they think they have the duty to get in your face and holler their insults and slurs. Its #sad.
Once they lived under rocks. Trump lifted the rock and out they came. My fear is how do we get them back where they belong? Back under the rock.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Now that this entire disgraceful installation of Bluto Kavanaugh has concluded and we have lost again to the Orange Mussolini and his Turtle I have to say something about one of the major players in this disgrace.
About a month ago while sitting at yet another Nebraska football tragedy, a vendor bounded up the stairs carrying another Nebraska tragedy, Runzas hollering about what he had for sale, instant indigestion. With him was the vendors daughter and then staring me in the face was Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse (Phony-Ne). Sasse is well know for being a goof, he drives Uber, and sells concessions at football games. Wow what a great guy huh?
As Sasse looked me directly in the eye, I said "so how does it feel to support a perjurer?". This was before we knew that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was not only a liar but a grab ass drunk. Ben Sasse heard me, and turned completely around while ignoring my question. Reminder he was with his daughter, the one he claimed prayed with him to end Obamacare every morning. Oh well, he didnt answer. Why would he? He was bust being all folksy. All Nebraskan.
Ben Sasse stood in front of an EMPTY Senate chamber the other night and did what Sasse does best. Bullshit you. He yammered on, sometimes fighting back "tears", about how he urged the Orange Slime to nominate a woman to the seat now occupied by a handsy rummy. He claimed he knew the #MeToo movement was real and that The Sexual Molester In Chief was the wrong guy to lead it. He talked about how the confirmation of a drunken attempted rapist did not mean you dont understand women's pain. Oh Ben Sasse is one of those guys who get it, ladies, He gets your fear and horror and experiences with the Brett Kavanaughs of the world. He's down with you Vagina-Americans. Yes, chicks, remember that Ben Sasse thinks about leaving the Republican Party every single day. He probably thinks about lots of things he will never do. Like becoming a decent human being.
Ben Sasse votes the way he's told to vote. He votes with Trumski 95% of the time. Oh the Republican Turtle allows Ben to speak his mind, to an empty Senate floor, because they know when it comes down to it, Trustworthy Ben will do what he's told.
Yesterday, Boy Scout Ben voted YES to confirm Buzzed Kavanaugh to his lifetime seat on the Court of Owning The Libs.
Thanks Ben, but no thanks to your pious phoniness. Put a Runza in it. Be more like our other Senator, a backbenching robot named Deb Fischer (Gender Traitor-Ne). She doesnt even pretend to give a fuck. Try it, its actually less infuriating to those of us you turn your back on.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
This farce is about over. Old man Grassley and his coffee buddy Old Man Hatch are satisfied that the dame who dared to accuse 53 year old frat boy Bart of being a handsy grabass is a liar. Of course, Grassley and Hatch would vote for Bart if he personally vomited on their 60 year old daughters or Devils Triangled their 40 year old granddaughters, but this sham of an FBI report has given them cover to huff and puff and put a dry drunk with an anger problem on the Court. What these fossils expect to get out of a 53 year old
Old Man Grassley would show up at a sex trafficking crime scene and start hollering theres nothing to see here, move along and lets go home to see the Hawkeyes and wave at cancer kids, most of whom he'd gladly throw into the streets, harvest their organs, drink their blood and then claim the kids were leeches upon society, now give me my bailout money.
Nobody actually believes this FBI investigation is anything than what it is. A fucking fraudulent report so limited in scope that they werent even allowed to interview the
Look, theres not much hope for those of us who believe women to stop this raging drunk from getting on the Court to exact his revenge for the next 30 years. To be the same gender and color as the mummified remains of these soon to be dead Republican cranks is horrifying for me. But to be the same gender and color as these gender traitors like Deb Fischer (Welfare Rancher-Ne) and Joni Ernst (Cackling Witch-Ia) must be even more horrifying. Like those laughing old bags in Mississippi listening to another
When you are courageous enough to come forward and tell us of your experience only to be dismissed by men and laughed at by other women must be the worst thing that can happen other than the assault.
I am disgusted by this entire farce of a country right now. Every single time I drive by my polling place my anger makes me want to run in NOW and vote against every one of the Republican assholes.
Who's with me? Decent women and decent men. Lets cut Trumps balls off on November 6th.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
These are the people who matter. One mattered on a national stage 27 years ago and one mattered on a national stage last week. One was steamrolled by a patriarchal old boy network of men, including some Democrats, and her nemesis, a despicable unqualified lackey named Clarence Thomas was put on the Supreme Court for life. Thomas has had one mission since 1991, to own the libs. To follow another cynical conservative uninterested in anything except restoring 1783. Anita Hill courageously tried to stop the appointment of this toadying circuit court judge but failed. The rest is history. The country is lesser because of her failure. I thought the country was better because of her courage.
Cut to 2018. Yet another toadying questionably qualified Judge is being rammed through the Senate process to take a seat for life on the Court. A Judge who has had hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt wiped out overnight. A Judge who appears to lie with impunity. A Judge who believes a President cannot be indicted or even charged with a crime. A Judge who sat in judgement of Bill Clinton and reportedly wanted to know many more details of a blowjob than anybody else. A Judge who stated, even in his 40s, that what goes on at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. A frat boy, a privileged punk intent on being a drunken jerk and proud of it.
Christine Blasey Ford had lived for 35 years with an incident occurring at age 15 that involved a couple of prep school bullies named Judge and Kavanaugh. How appropriate. We all know what allegedly happened that night in that room. We heard a woman describe it in great detail. We heard Dr Ford be polite and deferring and insistent without raising her voice. Now we all know had Dr Ford shown an inner anger or began weeping over a justifiable reason to do just those things, her demeanor would have called "hysterical" and most old white men would have dismissed her.....Oh wait thats exactly what they did anyway.
Within minutes of coming back from a break, Christine Blasey Ford was dismissed from the memories of 11 white males intent on getting a man onto the Supreme Court who would protect their cult leader forever. Intent on putting into power a man who would own the libs forever. A man who would vote to overturn civil rights laws, keep gerrymandering legal, protect traitors, keep the iron fist of maleness upon womans health and bodies, and with no consequences, accept gifts from his handlers.
The woman was no longer relevant. In fact the woman hired to protect the white men from backlash, Rachel Mitchell, was also dismissed once the old men yelling at clouds decided that huffing and puffing and defending sexual assault was going to work with the Republican base of cretins, male boneheads and traitorous females. Dr Ford was no longer even remembered. Her testimony was erased from their politically demonized brains.
Then came the man. The Judge. The beacon of fairness. Sober as a Judge? Ridiculous.
We all saw it. The blustering, the screaming, the snideness, the cheap shots, the water drinking, the Jekyll and Hyde personality. It was like every woman's worst nightmare coming out from behind the curtain. The raging drunk. The crying remorseful jerk. The frat boy who became a different person around his entitled "brothers". Yeah, ladies, you all know this guy. You've hopefully jettisoned guys like this long ago. But there he is. As of this moment, still a favorite to be put on the Supreme Court to affect everyone's life forever. Especially women.
We havent really progressed much in 28 years, have we? The one progress made in the last 100 years is voting. If women vote, we win.
Think about last Thursday in terms of the reality of the world. A soft spoken, reasonable woman with a long standing record of reporting this incident to friends, therapists, a husband and the press as opposed to a screeching, smart ass, cheap shot artist playing to an audience of one (The Assaulter in Chief).
Who would YOU rather be in the same room with? Reason and intelligence (Hill and Ford) or out of control rage (Thomas and Kavs)? The world depends on your answer. Vote!
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Marty Balin was always third banana in the Jefferson Airplane behind Grace Slick and Paul Kantner. While Grace sang and Paul played guitar, Marty kind of stood off to the side and waited for his turn. Most people just remember Marty as the guy who got knocked out by the Hells Angels at Altamount. In fact other than Somebody to Love and White Rabbit, the Airplane is largely forgotten now. But Marty Balin has died at age 76. Paul Kantner died a couple of years back and Grace Slick is in exile doing who knows what.
The Airplane pretty much became irrelevant after 1968. They got some good footage out of the Woodstock movie (Migawd Grace was hot) but they ended because Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady wanted to play real music and the group broke up. Then came the Jefferson Starship which featured just Kantner, Grace and Marty with a band of hired Bay Area musicians. Then came Miracles. That was Marty's song. Then came Mickey Thomas and Marty was out again.
RIP Marty Balin. You never got the credit you deserved.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Did you read any of them? Did you? The twitter storm of women telling their stories of being sexually assaulted and why they never felt confident enough to report it were truly telling. I read them until I couldnt read them any longer. Look, I'm a guy. I went to an all boys high school. I've been around a culture of entitlement that I still cannot get over. I never joined a fraternity back in college because of this culture of male superiority (and the crazy homo-erotic pledge shit). Men run this fucking world and goddammit, they aint giving the power up without a fight.
This Kavanaugh thing is a wake up call to men. Decent men. You can wave it off as "horseplay" or remember maybe an incident in your past of which you believe would bring you down. But come on for chrissakes. If you dismiss this allegation, you dismiss ALL women and their memories and their stories. You dismiss crimes. You dismiss the degradation of someone's daughter or mother or sister or friend or grandmother. How dare you?
The Republican Senate doesnt give a shit. Led by the truly despicable Mitch McConnell (Sub-Human-Ky) this band of frat boys and their female collaborators are perfectly willing to ignore Doc Ford's story to confirm this creepy handsy motherfucker to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
Let's face it. This is ALL about one thing. To keep control of women's bodies in the hands of men who care nothing about women. To make abortion illegal in a true 19th century dominance. To overturn Roe V Wade no matter how or by whom.
The Republican base has become a truly horrific band of people who see conspiracies around every corner, see women as temptresses, see minorities as a threat to their privilege, and see abortion as white genocide. The Republicans with brains have abandoned ship. The Republicans who only care about their own money have abandoned ship. Republicans who have true conservative beliefs yet have no axe to grind have jumped overboard. Basically all that is left is racists and the truly stupid who are dazzled by this talking orange cult leader and insanely believe this Elmer Gantry will restore a life they really never had. They hate minorities, they despise intelligence, they are in fear of losing the only privilege they still own, their whiteness, they hate the press that tells them the truth, but mostly they just enjoy driving the "libtards" crazy. Its really the only "power" they have. To say something so fucking dumb, or to praise a dimwitted bigot, and know that a lib will cringe makes them so happy.
This base that is left are snake handlers, believers in a Patriarchal Gawd, kool aid drinkers who have no sense of reality. That is why this panel of CNN Republican women saying some of the dumbest fucking things about sexual assault, including what boy didn't do this in high school (uhhhh me you idiotic woman) was so appalling. For this bunch of gender traitors, yes I mean that, to say this stupid shit about "all boys" committing sexual assault in their past is an insult to men. We arent all sexual assaulting drooling monsters and for these evil dames (thats a word you old
I am not only appalled at the fact these creeps in the Senate and their base of old
Ignore women at your own peril, guys. If they ever wake up and realize the power they potentially have, watch the fuck out.
The world might become a better place. In fact, it would be.
Monday, September 17, 2018
This picture is all I ever needed to know about Brett Kavanaugh. His refusal to shake the hand of Fred Guttenberg, a man whose child was murdered by a 2nd Amendment enthusiast at Parkland School, is all anyone should need to know about Brett Kavanaugh. To be quite blunt, fuck Brett Kavanaugh and the unicorn he rode in on.
But now a woman has come forward to save the nation. Kavanaugh, one of those entitled frat boy to bes while at an all boys Jesuit school back in high school, liked to drink. When he drank, he and his buddy, an erotic novelist wannabe named Mark Judge also felt like any woman, errr girl, wanted them so bad. According to the woman, the two lured her to a room during a party, where Kavanaugh and Judge attempted to remove her clothing and have their way with her because hey who wouldn't wanna fuck a slobbering 17 year old punk and a guy named Brett? The two drunken Prep school boys succumbed to what Prep school boys do best, get so drunk they cant function. The woman escaped. But did she? Living with an attempted sexual assault the rest of her life is hardly an escape. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh went on to Yale, Yale Law and where he was a member of some group called "Truth and Courage" aka "Tit and Clit" which is again all I need to know about Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh went on to work for Ken Starr and get all prissy over that bad bad Bill Clinton and his blowjob. Asking Ken Starr to ask sexually explicit questions of Bad Bill also tells me all I need to know about Brett Kavanaugh. What the fuck dude? The repression is gonna kill you. We know that when you're drunk as a skunk, you wanna get down with the babes whether they like it or not. You're a wild man, Brett. Embrace your inner frat boy, oh yeah you already are one.
Look, I went to an all boys high school. There is not one doubt in my mind this allegation is 100% true. The things I witnessed, the people I knew, the entitled aura, the sexual repression, the bullshit braggadocio , the homophobia. Going to an all boys high school is a recipe for disaster for many of those who already feel entitled. They just take whet they want and damn the consequences. The joke was how many zeroes need to go on this donation check to make this go away.
Did a 17 year old Brett Kavanaugh assault the 17 year old girl? Not a doubt in my mind.
Georgetown Prep. Tit and Clit. Ken Starr. Fred Guttenburg. Fuck him.
And thats not even mentioning perjury, gambling debts and $200K debts that suddenly disappeared.
Friday, September 7, 2018
I had never seen Metallica. They dont come around the sticks very often and when they do it sells out in minutes. They came to Lincoln last night and yes it had sold out in minutes but I was ready back in March and scored a couple of tickets for whoaaaaaaaaa, how much??? Never mind because it was worth every penny.
Jim Bruere, ex SNL cast member, he of Half Baked fame, opened the show by telling jokes. Mostly about being old and at a Metallica show. He has balls, I'll give him that, because opening for the best metal band ever cannot be easy. We are a polite folk and Bruere didnt get heckled off the stage.
At 8:38 pm the foursome that is Metallica took the stage and launched into a hodge podge of noise called Hardwired, a tune off the new album. Followed by Atlas Rise, another tune so LOUD I couldnt get my old ears to adjust to. I was scared this would be the whole concert, my old ears unable to adjust to the volume.
Then James Hetfield spoke to the 15 thousand or so assembled devotees. We have some new songs and a few old songs. BANG! Seek and Destroy. The ears adjusted immediately and the next thing that happened was this old guy screeching "Searchinggggggg, Seek and Destroy". It was fuckin great. I was in my 20s again listening to the band of Bay Area misfits I have loved since I first heard Fade To Black at 3 am back in 1984 or so.
The concert featured a bunch of graying 50 something men play their asses off. Hetfield was in fine voice, growling the lyrics and knowing when to step back and let the crowd take over. He has his choice of 8 microphones and 8 different angles to sing as the concert was in the round as they say. Lars Ulrich was his usual man possessed pounding a drum kit that made him appear even smaller than he is. He is the best. Kirk Hammett, the guitar master of this gang, was shredding it all night and James Trujillo, one of the most animated bass players out there. kept the rhythm going even when the others went offstage to drink water I assume.
There were 60 year olds and 8 year olds within one seat of each other head banging together, Yes, the 8 year old had headphones on which I only asked to borrow once. A half assed mosh pit formed on the floor in which people rammed into each other very softly and politely and then got tired and stepped back.
Highlight-- hearing For Whom the Bell Tolls and Fade to Black back to back. I almost couldnt stand the happiness I felt screaming along with two of my favorite songs. Its been a bad 18 months, folks. This made it better.
Weirdest Moment-- before the show began, a bunch of 40 somethings with shaved heads and an irate Hispanic guy apparently saw Husker head coach Scott Frost in a luxury box right above us and became irate. Screaming at him and flipping him the bird with the energy of people half their age. It was strange. Now I really have no clue if it was Scott Frost in that box above us cuz I couldnt actually see, but why the hell else would 4 guys not together all know this guy named "Scott" and decide they all hated him?
Low Point-- The inevitable time when a bass player solos to give the rest of them a break. The lines for the bathroom were long as hell and i had to stand in a pile of piss to pee. Great. Oh and Nothing Else Matters cuz I always confuse it with Wherever We May Roam. One I love, and one I tolerate. Guess which is which.
No Surprise--it was a complete sausage fest. There were 4 men to every woman. But as I used to say 30 years back if you're a dude who liked Metallica you were ok in my book and if you were a woman who liked Metallica Im not sure I should be around you. Of course that was a long time ago. Now I think if a woman likes Metallica, she's cool too.
Most Moving--the pictures on the overhanging drones of World War I faces, film of armies, and the scenes from Johnny Got His Gun during One. Many just rocked out, but it made me think of the waste of war. Those were real people who died for nothing. Ok stop thinking so damn much. Hey remember the 1989 Grammys and their performance of One?
Disappointment-- they didnt play Welcome Home (Sanitarium) which in my opinion is their most underrated song. Oh well, I cannot complain. And that Lady Gaga dint run out on Moth into Flame.
And then after 2 1/2 hours and Enter Sandman they were gone. Probably for years. I will treasure again an experience of being with Max at a concert with a band I love he now loves. Theres nothing like seeing yourself in a kid throwing his hair around and throwing his fist in the air screaming Master of Puppets.
Its so cool!
Sunday, August 26, 2018
I make no apologies for loving Johns McCain. I make no apologies for calling McCain a true hero. I make no apologies for not calling him a typical conservative Republican who voted wrong and therefore I must hate his guts even in death. Fuck that. John McCain is gone. His life was the life of a man who made mistakes, admitted his mistakes, and stood down from no man. His hatred of Donald Trump shows you what kind of American he was. An American patriot, not a self indulged Russian stooge. The fact he has posthumously banned the Unindicted Co-Conspirator in Chief from his funeral while requesting eulogies from both Barack Obama and George W Bush tells me that even to the end, John McCain cared about his country first.
John McCain had my attention when he came back from Vietnam after being held prisoner for 5 1/2 years. Refusing to be released early by the North Vietnamese as a propaganda move, he subjected himself to more torture and stayed with his fellow prisoners. And fuck all you whack job conspiracy Trumpers currently calling him a snitch and a traitor under orders from your cult leader, the aforementioned Fuckstick in Chief.
McCain wasnt perfect, hell no, he got caught up along with another American hero, John Glenn, in a Savings and Loan scandal in the 80's. He admitted his mistakes, he didnt double down on his error like the Money Launderer in Chief, and he moved on.
In 2000 I honestly rooted for McCain to win the Republican nomination because had he won, the country would have been in good hands no matter who won the Presidency. Hell, I may have voted for him I honestly dont know. But the Karl Roves of the world made sure the dark underbelly of the Republican Party began to emerge and McCain lost out to Dick Cheney and an evil cabal of war mongers intent on making money off the lives of naive kids who were brainwashed into believing their bullshit. The rest was history that someday we shall again recognize as tragedy if we manage to save democracy in November.
In 2008 McCain's turn came. He was nominated to carry that rapidly deteriorating party on his back. Unfortunately for him, his opponent was the epitome of charisma and in the right place at the right time. The economy tanked, thanks to the Republican tax cuts and an unpaid for illegal immoral war (yeah plenty of Democrats participated in that act of cowardice). And perhaps the worst mistake of McCain's political life, the unleashing of the Kracken. The slithering vermin of the party crawled out from under the rock when he picked a dimwitted cynic named Sarah Palin, a female Trump. as his Veep. The bigots and the morons now felt empowered to openly voice their bigotry, not because of McCain, but because Palin never shut her big fucking mouth with her simple minded ignorance which appeals to the similar minded.
McCain lost that election, thank goodness, but the clip above of McCain defending Obama from the poisoned mind of that dumb woman and a helluva lot of those in the crowd will be his legacy. One of the last moments of human decency in Presidential politics. Bit the Republicans learned from that moment. Never ever be decent among the crazies. Feed their ignorance, cultivate their fear, and brainwash them constantly thru a television network of liars and scoundrels. McCain didnt buy any of that and he paid the price. The nutjobs who took over the Republican party hated him for being decent.
Ok, I loved John McCain. I hate Donald Trump. Its apparent. My hatred of that lumbering shitstain scares me sometimes. Trump is a danger to democracy. He's a danger to America, He's every bit as dangerous to the young as he is to his base, old white people who are so blinded by prejudice and fear they vote Republican. Hey dummies, they are going to attempt to take away your lifeblood as quickly as possible once you vote for them. McCain knew that. He knew Un American forces of evil are quietly conducting a coup bent on installing an authoritarian oligarchy. McCain wold have been a leading force to stop it.
So now who takes his place? Well nobody. The Republican Senate is full of cowards and stooges who dont care about anything other than establishing white supremacy and growing the gap between rich and poor. They will do anything to achieve it including allowing Russian hacking and suppressing the votes of the blacks and browns.
Goodbye to John McCain. You were in my Top 10 political heroes. The world is a worse place today and thats scary.
Monday, August 20, 2018
I am the world's oldest member of Pearl Jams fan club. I pay $20 a year for the right to buy tickets if they ever come within 500 miles of me. Oh yeah you can get discounts on merch and you get a new song download (whatever that is) every year but I dont care. I just want the right to buy overpriced tickets and get a decent seat. I've been in row 13, I've been in the pit getting jostled by people one third my age , I've been in Wrigley in a seat that would have been great for a ball game and on Saturday I was on the field 17 rows back but still behind the massive amount of pit people. Thank goodness for big screens.
Max and I road tripped to Chicago for our second PJ concert at Wrigley this past weekend. Now Im old, overweight, claustrophobic and have a bad leg so what could be better than fighting crowds on L trains, standing in lines, walking a lot, sitting on a cement cover for the field (we would have been where the shortstops stand) and sweating my ass off while crammed into plastic chairs zip tied together? What happened? Here we go.
Slightly before 8pm (half hour late PJ is notoriously late) the band enters the gigantic stage in center field much to the delight of 40,000
Wash---never heard this one before live. Wash is from 10, and is on the backside (Im old I said!). I remember it. Not my fave, but a good sign this may be different.
Low Light--A new one for me. From Yield, this rocker sends Jerry Garcia into the stratosphere. His head is shaking, his hair is flying and he;s kicking his chair backwards into me. Max is rocking, the 8 year old kid is rocking.I'm getting annoyed already.
Elderly Woman-- ok ok its a staple. It must be done. Its a good tune. Its from Vs. Its old school whether you like it or not.
Breakerfall--from Binaural its now 3 of 4 Ive never heard them do live before. This could be something special. The kid is still standing there, Jerry is still shaking his head free of whatever lives in there and sourpuss next to Max shook her head a bit.
Eddie finally speaks. The worship of the Cubs. The hallowed ground of the dump that is Wrigley. Onward.
Corduroy -- The rocker from Vitalogy. Another staple that must be done. Its a great song, a cool dong and if you listen closely, everybody's life at some point. Everybody is shaking their heads, including me. Ive forgotten about my aches and pains.
Hail Hail--from No Code. Ive heard it a couple of times live. Its not a must. Its a great song too and not a lot of fans are into it. The steam is starting too leave Wrigley. Even Jerry has slowed down. The first whiff of weed hits me from behind.
Animal-- Oh my God. Its 1994 again. The young Eddie Vedder destroys the now unwatchable MTV Awards with this song. From Vs. This is a classic. I've never heard it live. I'm young again. Make fun of me, Jerry. I'm moving like I have a ferret in my pants.
Getaway-- from Lightning Bolt. After Animal I wanna get back into this. Max is rocking, Jerry is flipping his hair around and banging his chair backwards into me. Way to kill my buzz Jerry.
Leaving Here-- Ed grabs a guitar. Contrary to popular worship, when a lead singer, a front man, a Jagger, a Daltrey, a Vedder grabs an instrument its not a good sign. The song sounds like what he learned to play his first guitar on. It's fine. Drop the guitar Ed.
Present Tense-- from No Code and Ed leaves his guitar on. He doesn't play it much cuz the song is slow but it remains one of my faves. This is really some obscure shit. I love it. Jerry has lost a bot of interest. Max knows the words of everything. I'm impressed.
Even Flow-- oh the classic. The song everybody saw the video for back in 1992 and watched a young kid with a deep voice swinging from the rafters and saying what in the fuck is THIS?? As much as I want to say I'm sick of Even Flow, I cannot. Mike McCready absolutely shreds during this rocker. The place is going nuts.
Missing--Ed speaks of Chris Cornell, the late Soundgarden shrieker. I'm not that big of a fan but I certainly didnt want him depressed and suicidal. He then does this song, a Cornell solo effort. I guess. Nobody knew what the hell was going on. I never have seen so many people asking what this song was. Hey it was pretty good.
Garden--from 10. I love Garden. It reminds me of the genius of music. 10 was such a revelation after years and years of shit from bands full of high school dropouts and drug addled morons. Garden slows you down. Its almost psychedelic.It makes me wish I got high again.
Not For You-- The Vitalogy classic. I stood in line at midnight to get this CD (yeah Im a geek) This is a song of theirs I think is vastly underrated. From its slow start to its shrieking end. If you hate something, don't you do it, too. I'm screaming by the end of this one. Jerry is back into it. More marijuana smell. Max says, well at least this is the good stuff. How the hell do you know?
Can't Deny Me--its a fan club exclusive. Eddie begins beating a cow bell. Its a 4 minute Fuck You to Donald Trump. Nobody knows it. But if you listen you know.
Wishlist--from Yield. One of the few songs ever written with the word "neutron bomb" in it. Its getting deeper here. Jerry falls into me backwards. Sourpuss next to Max is moving her head a bit.
At this point Eddie sees a sign held up by a "guy with his hat on backwards". Its says "Play BR/Y you Evanston pussy. What the fuck? Ed asks is that anyway to ask for a favor? He then tells the guy "fuck you you fucking fuckwad". I hope thats this years Ten Club download.
I Wont Back Down--Ed begins to speak of Tom Petty. Jesus, how many rockers are gone in just the last year? He asks the crowd to lift their phones to the sky to say Hi. I do it. I feel dumb but the sight of all those phones is kind of cool. Thanks Tom.
Porch--What the fuck is this world? The whoah part is loud as hell. I'm whoahing with everyone. Man, this is like 1992 PJ. I am loving it. Who isn't?
The band then leaves the stage. Everyone sits down. Tghey dont scream for an encore cuz its not necessary. The guys will be back, They are all over 50. They need a break. So do I.
Back out after a 10 minute break or so. Eddie sits on a stool and mentions a woman named Laura, a well respected LGBTQ activist in Chicago. Yep, Im sure he means the good Ricketts kid. Not that killer Pete Ricketts or that Ted Cruz clone Tom Ricketts. Laura Ricketts who has been married for a while now. For all of you in a good relationship.
Just Breathe--the song from Backspacer that grabbed me and has never let go. Its a beautiful song. Its just Eddie with a guitar and Boom Gaspard on the keys. Its subtle and its breathtaking.
Sleeping By Myself-- its a ukulele song. He sings it and then truly weirdest thing of the night happens. Dennis Rodman wanders out, announces Chicago had his back during that North Korea shit and that when he dies he will be buried in Chicago. Eddie, taken aback a bit tells him to delay that as long ax he can. Vedder with the rebound!
Footsteps -- ok my night is made. The song I told Max I hoped I would hear. Its old, its on no album. I bought it as a single EP. The pain is real. The emotion is real. The fact they never play it makes it even more special. Max pats me on the back. The old mans dream came true.
State of Love and Trust--Oh so cool. From the Singles soundtrack. Holy shit this IS like seeing them at the Ranch Bowl back in 91. Jerry rocks out, Max rocks out, the over 50's really rock out.
Breath--from the Singles soundtrack. Breath is a song that gets played very seldom, Ed climbs off the stage and converses with a youngster in the front row with his Dad. The Dad was much more enthralled than the kid. Max announces well that made my night.
Know Your Rights--it gets political here. No not really. Because he needs Ricketts to bring out the World Series Trophy Ed cant offend him. So he simply says you know what to do on Election Day.Then its into the Clash classic, Know Your Rights. You have the right to free speech, unless you're dumb enough to actually try it.
Do The Evolution--Its my favorite Pearl Jam song. It just is I dont know why. I am the first mammal to wear pants. I'm at peace with my lust. I can kill cuz in God I Trust. Its their Sympathy for the Devil. Of course I am nuts. Jerry falls forward into the people in front of him.
Alone--The old school theme continues. My feet hurt. Must maintain energy. Jerry is done. Sour Puss is sitting. Max sits. I have permission. I sit.
RearViewMirror-From Vs. I am back up. Max is back up. Jerry has still had it. Saw things more clearly once you were in my Rear view mirror. Yeah. That.
They are done once again. They leave the stage to the cheers of 40,000 people and the freeloaders on the roofs. But we know they will be back. Curfew at 11. Its only 10:25.
They rush back out after a 5 minute break.
A short speech about how great the fucking Cubs are, blah blah and then
Rebel Rebel-yep that Rebel Rebel. The David Bowie cover. Never done before. They do a credible job.
Betterman--ok ok....I AM sick of this song. I dont like the crowd singing the fucking thing. I dont like the cliche' like lyrics. It just doesn't tickle my fancy. Never has. But its a staple. Later as Max and I sat on a bench we see a group of 3 walk by and the one guy exclaims "I am sick of Betterman, they play it every fucking show". Yeah what he said.
Alive-this is the one Max says he could do without. But how can you not do it? Its supposed to be played back to back with Footsteps but they never do that, per Max the local PJ expert. Alive is what it is. It means different things to different people, but its about surviving sexual abuse. I cant relate so it means something different to me. Thats music folks.
Theres still 20 minutes to go. Leash maybe?
Rockin in the Free World--Neil Young may have written this but since Neil doesnt do it any longer, its Pearl Jams song now. It is just such a rouser how can you not hop around like a maniac?
Yellow Ledbetter--this indecipherable song closes a lot of shows but its only 10:50. People are singing and it makes Max wonder aloud "how can anybody sing this, there are no words". He's kind of right. There are no words, just a lot of moaning and whoahing. Its a solid tune, its just lyrically nonsense.
And then they all appear at the front of the stage arms entwined and do a half assed bow. Its like they want to go on, but have been ordered to stop by someone. Ricketts! That fucker! I know its him. They leave and everybody is perplexed. It was just weird.
Later I see that Leash WAS on the playlist, as was Indifference, but they ran out of time. Maybe next time lay off the Cubs shit. Fat chance.
As we leave, we go under the hallowed outfield ivy. Most people reach up to touch it in some sort of ritual. I touch it also but in a curse way. Everything I touch turns to shit, may as well be the Cubs. One guy touches it and yells "White Sox". And off we go into the night.
Is Pearl Jam worth driving 8 hours for, spending untold amounts of money on tickets, staying in expensive hotels, riding the packed L Train, being squeezed by crowds of weirdo cult members, standing for 3 hours, putting up with tripping Jerry Garcias and SourPuss women, and trying to get home?
Its a trip with my son. Of course it is!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Nebraska Nice. Thats us. We are so nice. Midwest values. We work harder than everybody else. We are so nice.
Then why do we have so many creeps on death row here? There are currently
Carey Dean Moore murdered Reuel Van Ness, a 47 year old cab driver trying to make ends meet to support his 10 kids, and Maynard Helgeland, another 47 year old cabbie trying to get his life back together. I mean this horror happened so many years ago, I was still in my early 20's. Today, in 2018, some 39 years later, Moore was murdered by the State of Nebraska. You may think great, finally, but the way we got here is disturbing.
Our Governor, a talking scrotum named Pete Ricketts, believes that he should get whatever he wants because he's rich. And what Pete Ricketts wants is to be Trump. What he says goes. Ricketts is the Governor of this state for one reason. He had an R next to his name on the ballot. Nobody likes this rich asshole. Hell when he tried to buy himself a Senate seat years ago, he picked up about 35% of the vote. Against a guy with a D next to his name.
Pete Ricketts doesnt get what he wants? He attempts to buy it. A legislator votes against his lets be Kansas agenda and what does Daddy Warbucks do? He funds a candidate to primary the offenders ass. Does this work? Well it depends on the IQ of whatever district is on the line. Dumb counties do whatever Baldy McBaldy wants and vote in the puppet while smart counties tell him to go fuck himself and the Cubs suck.
The Nebraska Legislature, a band of 49 people with very few whack jobs considering we are Nebraska. A couple of years back this same Legislature got enough votes to repeal the death penalty citing how much money it was sucking out of the state coffers and citing the fact we never use it and for many years had no method to even carry it out.
Ricketts vetoed the bill. The Legislature override the veto and the death penalty went away. At least until Ricketts threw a temper tantrum and opened his wallet to begin a petition to get the question on the ballot. Ricketts spent damn near a million dollars of his
So the death penalty came back to Nebraska Nice. Now how to do it. No drug company will sell you drugs so you can kill someone. So Nebraska began to go to the back alleys of the world to make drug deals with India and guys in trench coats, Once the drug companies found out that Nebraska was just some two bit junkie looking to score, they demanded their drugs back. Nebraska refused but the drugs went bad anyway so we again were jonesin for a fix. Eventually thru some back door pharmacy led by what has to be a truly awful person. the talking testicle bag Ricketts had his drugs. And then he got a willing inmate named Carey Dean Moore.
Moore didnt want to be alive any longer. Ricketts popped a boner. Moore withdrew all appeals and then today happened. Peter Ricketts, pro life Catholic and better than you, got to kill a guy. It only cost him a million dollars. Funny how if I spend a million dollars, or more likely a hundred, to whack a guy, even a bad guy, I'd go to death row myself. But Ricketts? He'll probably get re-elected. The Republican Party is truly the party of assholes.
The thing that bothers me the most about the talking taint Pete Ricketts is this. Ricketts is a guy who really hates drugs. He sued Colorado to keep marijuana illegal even though voters there said hey fuck off Nebraska Nice come smoke with us. Ricketts then jacked up local yokel Sheriffs out in the low IQ counties and the State Patrol, a band of minimum wage cops, to hassle the shit out of people coming back from Colorado with some legal pot. Ricketts just hates it when you buy legal drugs and bring them back to Nebraska.
Unfortunately for humanity, Ricketts has no problem buying illegal opiods in a back alley from a shady drug dealer so he can kill a guy.
After all, he spent a million to do it and what Petey wants, Petey gets.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Spike Lee makes movies that force you to think. He polarizes, he insults, he pokes the white bear and he doesnt give a rats ass what you think. Blackkklansman is one of those movies. Though I cant prove it, I think two white folks behind us were so offended they stormed out before the credits rolled with a loud LETS GO!. Maybe they were late for something, perhaps they were double parked, I have no idea, but something about that movie pissed them off.
BlackkKlansman is the story of a Colorado Springs police office, Ron Stallworth, who as the first black cop in the CSPD called a phone number one day that belonged to the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and started a conversation. This conversation moved onto an undercover operation in which a white cop became Ron Stallworth in person as they worked to take down the KKK in Colorado.
Lee begins the movie with the end of Gone With The Wind where the
BlackkKlansman explores the times of 1972 when this event took place. The Nixon posters, the Afros, the black power movement, the racism of the police towards the first black officer, and the fact that things aint changed much in 46 years. America First, white power, police racism. Its all here and any mention of it draws laughter from the audience who I assume are mostly hip to Spikes message. A scene where Ron expresses his disbelief America could EVER elect a white supremacist to the Presidency was ALL of us just two years ago. It drew lots of nervous laughter.
The acting is top notch, especially by John David Washington (yes THAT Washington family) as Ron Stallworth, Adam Driver as the Jewish undercover cop who infiltrates the Klan, and by Topher Grace as a sleaze dripping David Duke. The directing is top notch also. It covers the black power movement as well. It makes you long for those days. The message delivered by Kwame Ture' at a Black Student Union event rang as true listening to it now as it must have in 1972.
But the ending. That ending. Wow! While the movie has it humor, and it really does have some funny scenes, nothing shuts up a crowd like this ending did. There was dead silence, Schindlers List type silence, as the final two minutes played out. I wont spoil it because I want you too to be stunned into silence, but it will both make you sad and yet infuriate you also.
For those who storm out, well we know you dont like facts. The fact is Spike Lee has made perhaps the best movie of the year.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
It's just exhausting folks. To explain these three dumb women fawning over a fat orange sexual abuser can only be explained by defining brainwashing. The cult is here. The cult consists of 35% of the country who are apparently so out of it they will accept anything that lies, cheats, and steals as long as they are told they are victims. Yes, you are all victims of a society unwilling to accept your racial superiority, your obvious entitlement, your non acceptance of change, your rejection of technology, and your disgust with all that doesnt look like you.
The Trump message is exhausting. Lie after lie after lie. Nothing comes of it because it has become normal. Just as I feared it would. From the moment Jimmy Fallon mussed up that Candidates hair to the false equivalency of Hillary's emails and Russian collusion, to the media going out of its way to appear "fair", to Obama's unwillingness to attack this traitor when he knew what was going on, to the give him a chance crowd I now loathe, this has become normal. This President, who needs the hand job he gets from a group of adoring cult members, has to be removed. It has to be done. Every day its not just one scandal, its 3 or 4. People are so overwhelmed by it it does get to be too much. Yet, when the Grifter in Chief gets a little down, he calls a rally and they show up. The morons, the racists, the mentally ill, the assholes, the anarchists, the truly dumb.
But now the Q people are showing up as the ones who have gotten to the yeah he's a nut stage drop off. Pretty soon the Q people will get the attention of this sick cult leader and he will aim to please. The Q people, a truly sick and demented bunch of conspiracy minded nitwits, are not necessarily growing in number, but they are getting bolder. Much like the white people who think now that a Racist in Chief is in charge, they have the right to call other people the N bomb, harass people with hijabs, tell anyone not white to go back where they came from, call the cops on anyone they dont like being in their space, beat up the gays, and just be plain assholes like him, the Q bunch is out there. With their stupid Q signs and their 5 XL t shirts they are now permeating the Traitor in Chief's "rallies". The truly disturbing thing about these fascist Bund rallies has gone from wow those people are fucking dumb hillbillies to wow, those Q people are fucking dangerous.
Oh man, it truly is exhausting to watch my country turn into a shithole run by con artists and supported by 35% of a population willing to go down with the ship as long as its a white ship.
Please vote in November. It's truly the last chance to save the nation from the likes of those three idiots in the picture above.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Back in 1976 at the height of his popularity I saw a young blonde maned Peter Frampton entertain a sold out crowd of youngsters like myself. Last night I saw a bald gray maned Peter Frampton entertain a sold out crowd of olds like me. What was the difference? Not much. Peter Frampton is one of the best guitarists of all time, in my opinion. To see him perform again after 40 years was a pleasure. The enthusiasm of 1976 when it truly looked like he couldnt believe what was happening is still there. But now, the enthusiasm comes with experience and failures, Self deprecating humor and interesting name droppings do not seem at all anything but a guy sitting around telling stories. He should write a book.
But the music. Oh man, even though we missed two songs due to nightmare traffic control that had no idea how to squeeze perhaps 2000 cars into a huge park, the music was just phenomenal. The instrumental cover of Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun, a song I dont even care for, had me begging for more. The guitar duel during a jam of I'll Give You Money, just mind blowing. The hits, Show Me The Way and Baby I Love Your Way, just as fresh as when I saw him in '76. The Humble Pie song, Four Day Creep, introduced with a simple, "how about some Humble Pie", unreal, despite the guy hollering for 30 Days In The Hole. And the closer. The song I never ever tire of, the live version of Do You Feel Like I Do. God I love that song. Frampton teased the crowd by getting so far into it and not talking thru the tube he actually shrugged and said "What?" and then launched into the talking tube part that fascinated us back in the 70s. And then he left. For now.
Steve Miller is the ultimate pro. He knows who he is, he knows what you want to hear, and he plays it. His string of hits from the 70's and 80's is as impressive a run as anyone has had. He plays them all. Opening with The Stake, truly a song you go oh yeah Ive heard that, Miller just plays and plays his blues oriented sound until you are pretty much exhausted and cannot believe how many hits that guy had.
The sudden switch from his lousiest hit, Abracadabra, to his best song, Livin in the USA, made my head spin a bit. He then brought back Frampton to jam on a couple of old blues tunes that made my night. Two legends going back to the beginning and trading licks and paying tribute to the blues artists that started all of this.
Then it was back to the hits, Hit after hit after hit. It was fun.
By the way, Miller has been around so long he also tells a lot of stories. And his stories are long. And ya know what, they hold your interest. Maybe he too should write a book.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
I like filmmakers who take risks. Man does Boots Riley take risks in his film directing debut, Sorry To Bother You.This is a director who has hit the big leagues swinging away, stealing bases, and throwing knuckleballs. Unfortunately, he's getting caught stealing as many times as he succeeds, he's a .250 hitter, and his knuckleballs are getting jacked.
The movie stars LaKeith Stanfield as Cassius Green (ok we get it, greed is bad), a young man trying to make it in Oakland. He gets hired as a telemarketer for a shady firm selling who knows what. When old pro Danny Glover (yes he does say he's too old for this shit) advises Cash to use "your white voice, not Will Smith white... talk like all your bills are paid" in order to succeed, Cash finds his success. Did I mention the goal of these telemarketers is to get upstairs to become a "power caller" with their own elevator and riches they can only dream of?
Yes, Cash does get upstairs because why wouldnt he so he wrestle with the moral dilemma of accepting ill gotten riches and selling out or standing up to evil. Evil is WorryFree, a gigantic do all corporation run by Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) a coke snorting gun toting asshole who literally enslaves people to work for him. Cash is chosen as WorryFree's Martin Luther King to go undercover and keep tabs on the new type of workforce developed by scientists, Dr. Moreaus if you will.
And yep, this is where this movie jumps the rails, goes off into the canyon and bursts into flames killing everybody onboard. The last 30 minutes of this weird ass movie are just so utterly offputting. You may love it, think its brilliant, but I beg to differ because I'm old and have seen all this greed is bad, science is dangerous, corporations are soulless, and racism is bad stuff many many times.
Hey its not this movie is bad. I actually enjoyed much of it, especially a scene where Cassius is told to rap for the young white people, but it rang in my head Ive seen this before in the underrated CB4. Terry Crews is great in his two scenes (more Terry please), Tessa Thompson is superb as artsy fartsy Detroit. But this is LaKeith Stanfields movie. His hunched over rather quiet Cassius is a freakin star. He's got it. His character is just a dude. His clashes with his friends, Detroit, and the union organizers are classic Im just a guy moments. For the first time in his life, he's important and though his importance may be fueled by evil exploitation and what turns out to be immoral madness, he cant give up that feeling. Until he has to.
Sorry To Bother You is a symptom of movies like this. They appeal to young people who have never seen this type of satire before. But us ancients have seen the Dr Strangeloves and the Networks and Idiocracy and the science fiction movies of the 50's and even the Twilight Zones. This one really doesnt have anything new for us. So if you're young, enjoy. Then go back and watch the ones that inspired this.
Now get off my lawn.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Later on that very day, Russians, not China or 400 lb guys in their basement, began to hack the Democratic Headquarters. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I rest my case!
Its all coming together and if America can understand, or even care, that their President is a fucking traitor, we will have eradicated this scum off the top of the pond.
I grew up in a time that Russia, the Soviets to be exact, were the enemy. I never really hated the Russians as I believed they were incompetent, underfunded and that the people would eventually say enough. Then it happened. The wall came down. The Soviet Union broke up and all these countries formed I still have no idea who or where they are. I was happy for the people. But then, as new found freedom can become, the Russians became mobsters. Brutal monsters willing to do anything to make capitalism their god. And I will never forget what I said to Max's Mom in the early 90's. I guess I dont like the fuckin Russians.
Nowadays, its the conservatives, the people who used to call me naive' and out of touch, who just love the fuckin Russians. And why? Because their cult leader is a puppet of Russian thugs and blackmailers.
Bob Mueller is getting close. Getting close to bringing down this felonious regime. Getting close to indicting untold numbers of American Quislings willing to do anything to win elections and profit personally. Getting close to bringing down a gang of white supremacists bent on suppressing minorities and women and gays. Getting close to sending a lot of traitors to jail. It cant come soon enough.
There's no fake news about any of this. The Russians hacked the DNC, it gave information to Wikileaks, it gave information to who knows how many Republican congressional candidates (hey there Matt Gaetz and Darrell Issa).They were in contact with Roger Stone, and they had access to Hillary's analytics which would allow the
Bob Mueller may end up being an American hero. A Republican interested in preserving the halls of democracy rather than just fucking winning. A Vietnam vet against a bone spurred cowardly billionaire. Is there any reason to take the cowards side?
Of course there is. Winning to many people means keeping the other guy down. Winning means preserving the dying so called culture of whatever culture you think is yours. Jesus and Nascar? Country music and bar fights? I dont get it. "Real" Americans arent winning though they think they are. Pissing me off may be entertaining as hell, har har look at the pissed off libtards, but it only means you have taken the side of the fucking KGB.
In the words of the great Nebraska humorist. Lawrence the Streaming TV Guy, what the hell is this, Russia?
Sadly, yes it is. For now.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Go Britain! If you cant get to the World Cup Final at least you can do what Americans are too lazy to do. Express your outrage at an orange bigot who is flying around Europe dropping his bullshit then changing his mind 180 as soon as he comes face to face with his subject of insult.
The Child Kidnapper In Chief has soiled the British Isles with his white supremacy toxin. Changing culture, you better watch it, hammering the women he cannot believe stand up to him, calling out CNN as "Fake News" and cracking on MSNBC's Kristen Welker (hmmm what is about her he doesnt like?) on international television.
But the Brits are having none of it. By the tens of thousands, they are in the streets of London, with signs and chants and a genuine disgust for this orange twat (Thanks anonymous British sign make). Get that balloon up and dont let that Orange Fascist breathe. Thank goodness the Queen, even at age 217 or whatever she is, has said yeah I'll drink tea with you but then get the fuck out you slimy wanker.
Trump is a fucking coward as we all know. He will run his loud mouth for a newspaper or a TV show saying the most idiotic things one can imagine, get the well deserved heat, and then deny he said any of it once face to face to his insultee. Out Loud. Starts off with his fake news bullshit, catering to his mentally challenged base back here, and then after attempting to minimize his damage, runs his mouth more by standing next to British PM Theresa May and stating he thinks Trump haired blabberer Boris Johnson would be a great PM. May needs to return the favor next time she is here, if she's ever dumb enough to come here, to say yes I think Jeff Flake would make a great President.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is doing damage control with NATO allies basically saying do not listen to that moron. He lies, he lies more and then he lies on top of lies. The Stooge in Chief is quite honestly , a Putin puppet. Pay no attention to him. What the Pentagon knows in comparison to Trumpers is astounding. Anyone, other than those low IQ Republicans on that House Committee yesterday that got owned by Peter Strzok, knows the truth about the Toxic Waste in Chief. That he is going down and to the Pentagon (Deep State to you idiots) he is already gone. Dont listen to a word that comes out of his tiny filthy mouth.
Hail Britannia! And for an Irishman like me to say that is truly astounding. But today we are all in Trafalgar Square, British, and pissed.
Sunday, July 8, 2018
There are times while watching Sicario-Day of the Soldado that you feel you are watching the greatest actor on earth. Benicio Del Toro so dominates the screen in this sort of sequel to the brilliant Sicario, much as he did in the original, that you forget there's anybody else in it. His assassin character, Alejandro Gillick, returns here as does Josh Brolin as CIA or whatever it is spook, Matt Graver. Together they are a great tandem, but only Del Toro can maintain that cant take your eyes off him aura with a 16 year old girl, a deaf farmer, a gang of killers, drug cartel goons and alone.
The story is real;y a mish mosh of various story lines that all come together at the end. The beginning, with the border busts of a group of presumably illegals that ends with a Middle Eastern terrorist blowing himself up. Cut to the nations heartland where 4 madmen blow themselves up in a grocery store complete with a harrowing scene of a mother and child trying to sneak out as the final bomber stands in their way saying his prayers. This I took as a complete surrender to the Trump based fear he caters to with his bigotry and racism. But like a lot of this movie, I guessed wrong.
Brolin and Del Toro tear ass around the Middle East, South America and Mexico starting cartel wars while not getting America's hands dirty. But the hands arent only dirty they are downright filthy. When Del Toro takes a 16 year old girl hostage, the daughter of a cartel head who killed his family, the shit is on.
We get changing plot lines , stories about kids on the actual border becoming coyotes, the soulless head of the Department of Defense, the turncoat nature of the drug business and Del Toro trying to keep the girl alive.
Sicario 2 isnt the best movie I've seen this year, but it certainly is the most exciting. It has the greatest actor on earth (there I go again) who will probably get ignored at Oscar time, again, for dominating a decent movie. And its not dumb. You have to pay attention, you have to keep up or you're getting lost.
If you loved the first Sicario, this will be completely in your wheelhouse.
Another week from the United Shitholes of America and again an everyday new low for a country on its way out of existence.
1) Donald Trump (Cheap Thug-Queens) held another jack off session in which he did his normal stand up act much to the delight of a thousand or so lonely Montanans. The same old act is there with some new material recycled from years ago. Hillary's a crook. The free press are bad people. Elizabeth Warren is Pocahontas. Joe Biden is sleepy. Obama is a black guy booooo...Maxine Waters is mentally challenged. George H W Bush is a babbling moron. John McCain is a traitor to the cult. But of course, Kim Jong Un is a great leader and Vladimir Putin is "fine" just a person.
When did a gang of cultist Montanans become Russian and North Korean stooges? When their cult leader tells them to.
As usual, American patriots are scum and foreign thugs and killers are terrific.
2) Meanwhile in Moscow, 8 Republican traitors, 7 Senators and a House member, greased the skids for the 7/16 Trump/Putin quarterly review. The 7 Senators, should all get the Jane Fonda treatment from now on, Moscow Jerry Moran (R-Ks), Moscow Richard Shelby (R-Al), Moscow Steve Daines (R-Mt), Moscow John Hoeven (R-ND), Moscow Ron Johnson (R-Wi), Moscow John Kennedy (Disgrace to the Name-La), Moscow John Thune (R-SD), Moscow Kay Granger (R-Tx) . Christ I just noticed that all of them are backbenching nobodies who are nothing but bagmen for a corrupt Triple A mob boss ready to be graded by his Major League Mob boss. It's infuriating that these 8 Judas's were tweeting 4th of July greetings to their constituents from the bowels of thuggery. It's also infuriating that these 8 back stabbers were there in the ratfucking Capitol of the world, face to face with the people who ordered the 2016 election meddling, and said nothing. The 8 cowards, 8 turncoats, 8 pseudo defectors were there to make sure the July 16th job review goes well. Goes well in the sense that Putin gets what he wants from the Quisling in Chief. It's called collaboration. Collaboration with a foreign enemy. I can hear the cultists now. 6 More Years 6 More Years!!!
3) Russia lost in the World Cup to Croatia. In Russia. Good! At least something went right this week
4) Scott Pruitt, the low rent grifter who was hired to destroy the environment in the name of pissing off environmentalist hippies, was finally forced to resign his commission in the United States Department of Thievery. After backing up his Oklahoma truck up to the United States Treasury and piling as much tax money as he could into the back before he could fill it no more, Pruitt quit with one of the most cult like letters of resignation ever. Likening serving the Grifter in Chief to serving God, Pruitt left town substantially richer than when he slithered in. But that letter? Serving God? Pruitt proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the first resort of a scoundrel is the God card.
What happens now? Pruitt gets indicted for old fashioned graft? He gets shamed out of politics by being the moral equivalent of a guy knocking off the national Quik Trip with a ski mask and a 22? Nah, we all know he'll go back to Oklahoma and probably win an election thanks to the cultists.
5) Bill Maher ticks off all sides. He makes conservatives angry and after all what doesnt, and he makes whiny ass liberals crazy because he doesnt kiss the PC police's ass. His live special from the heart of Oklahoma last night covered all of that. Maher isnt George Carlin, my comedy hero, but he's as close as we have.
Trumps an asshole. Check. The material was all covered. The crowd ate it up. From Oklahoma? Yes, we do exist out here in the middle part of America. We hate Trump. Hate racism and sexism and homophobia. We hate children being put in cages. We hate treason. We hate white privilege and the denial of it. We hate the cruelty of this putrid regime. We also hate politically correct whiners.
Look, I am not politically correct. I say some things out loud I know as soon as it leaves my mouth I shouldn't say, usually in the form of bad jokes. I believe in common sense. And Bill Maher who happens to be my age, does too. Oh I dont agree with everything Maher says, his rants on religion for instance. His blatant disregard for what makes some people comfortable in this shitty world makes me cringe. Yeah, and I also hate religion, however I will not tell someone else they are stupid for taking solace in their beliefs. Unless of course they use that belief to discriminate or hate, well then its on.
Bit Maher tells certain libs that their religious like insistence on 100% adherence to their dogma is not helpful. To those of us common sense libs certain disagreements do not disqualify you from my life. If you confront Nazis and thieves and kidnappers in restaurants and bookstores its not something I would do, but its brave. If you tell me that Islam is scary to you, I wont scream at you that you are a disgusting bigot and to go kill yourself. If you clutch your pearls and go crazy at a Hollywood actor who dares to make a distinction between rape and patting someone on the ass you make us common sense libs shake our damn heads. Maher does all of this and gets called a racist and a Islamophobe. He pisses of everybody.
Carlin says keep on keepin on
6) As I type, the rescue of the trapped Thai soccer kids is going on. I'm hoping it all goes well. I'm also hoping the Loudmouth in Chief keeps his big fucking mouth shut. Yeah, Fat chance.
Onward to a new shitty week
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Oh yeah? The "Clown King" cant overthrow the values of a 242 year old nation? With a complicit Congress, a complicit Supreme Court, a foreign enemy openly courted to fuck with elections, and a base of openly fascist bottom dwellers why cant he? He has already has turned a compassionate nation into a nation of assholes. We arent all assholes, we just have a lot of silence while the actual assholes scream like toddlers and as previously stated have a complicit Congress, Court and a friendly enemy of hackers and criminals. The silence is deafening and quite frankly frightening. If I hear one more comfortable white person tell me everything will work out and give him a chance and Obama was the dividing force Im ready to scream and cut these people out of my life.
What has the "Clown King" done to cause this destruction of a great nation? The campaign was bad enough. But the campaign had no power. While the collusion carried on prior to America's death date, and the complicit Congress knew and the ultimately complicit POTUS 44 knew yet said nothing because it may offend people who hated his black skin anyway the cancer spread. Now the complicit Congress said nothing because they dont give a fuck how they win they just want to win and the complicit Obama said nothing because he thought people who would never ever vote for Hillary might get mad and god knows we cant make people who crawled out from under rocks mad.
Once the "Clown King" won, much to the delight of Russians, fascists, bigots, and assholes everywhere, his cruel agenda began.
The propaganda, led by a news network of liars and collaborators , began in full force. The lies about the size of the inaugural crowd, the lies about Michael Flynn, the national security adviser who is a Russian stooge, the speech at the CIA, the lies about 3-5 million illegal votes costing him the popular vote, the appointments of "only the best people" like Mike Pompeo, a backbenching Kansas Senator, Nikki Haley, a feckless fascist, Rex Tillerson, an oil grubbing link to Putin, and the rest, all approved by a complicit Congress and this includes the spineless Democrats, still not fully functional after being cold-cocked by a right haymaker.
The stolen Supreme Court seat filled by a folksy shitheel named Neil Gorsuch approved by that same complicit Congress. Fuck, the crime was so blatant, on tape, that even a Florida jury would convict this thievery. The votes of three Quisling Democrats, Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly put this unassuming prick onto the Court. I want those three to win their seats for the 33% of the time they grow a backbone, but in a decent country in a decent time, I'd root for their political destruction.
The nation that hit critical condition in November 2017 hasnt been cremated yet but the plug is about to be pulled. For fucks sake, a government agency of door kickers, liars, thumb breakers and dickheads ripped breast feeding babies from their mothers and sent them to a baby camp. And the Clown King loves em. ICE. Loves em. Defends these Constitution ass wipers at every turn. The Clown King. Dear Leader. Der Fuhrer. President for Life.
So Happy 4th of July America. You blow up your shit and drink to excess and debate Uncle Moron about the MAGA movement. But just remember, talking to a brick wall with a big mouth is cathartic at best.
We have the power to administer a Narcan shot to this country but it wont arrive until November. You have to be ready to use it. If you stay home, or get exhausted, or the Democrat isnt pure enough for your rock solid values that you refuse to compromise, enjoy the rest of your miserable life here in Gilead.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018
What a shitty week for anyone with a brain, a heart, and an IQ over room temp. I just want to sit on a dock with Jack and look at the sky and forget all of this shit. Right, Charlie Brown?
Journalism was my life's choice. It didnt work out because the pay sucks and quite honestly bouncing around small towns reporting on teenagers smoking pot and getting arrested was a waste of my time. When I refused to even report on a bust of two kids from a larger town getting busted for selling dime bags to high schoolers I was threatened with termination if I ever ignored the "drug problem" again. I quit soon after when I saw the higher ups bombed at a bar.
Some man, whether mentally ill, a MAGA guy, or a guy with a beef, walked into a newspaper office and shot and killed 5 people doing their jobs. Since he was white and a narcissistic asshole he was taken alive. These people who were murdered, these journalists, were regular folks with families and goals and lives. They had a passion for telling you the truth. They were NOT the "enemy of the people" as our Dear Leader loudly exclaimed at one of his Klan rallies in South Carolina two nights before. They did not deserve to be "curb stomped" as failed actress and NRA loudmouth Dana Loesch said. The cheering from asshole Trumpers happy about people dying at a small newspaper in Maryland was disgusting. The dripping with sarcasm thoughts and prayers bullshit from Trump and his leech Pence made me want to wretch. These two wanna be strongmen would allow this to happen daily if their deep inner selves were allowed to bubble over like a fascist volcano and take power as they fantasize.
Do I really believe that? Goddamned right I do. Do I really believe that this MAGA movement with its Fuehrer and their brownshirt thugs and a complicit Congress bent on an agenda at any cost is a reality waiting to happen? Fucking A I do. I see a President attacking journalists who dare report on his treason, his crimes, his lies, his vileness, and point at them and call them the enemy while dim witted sheep turn and express their paranoid nonsense at the fenced in press. Yeah it not only can happen but it will happen if this is not stopped and I mean right fucking now.
The hearings on Capitol Hill, rather the attacks on Rod Rosenstein by morons like Jim Jordan (Idiot-Oh) and Trey Gowdy (The Precious-Benghazi) was just an opening salvo on trying to stop Mueller because Republican fascists in the House cam smell victory as the people of this country remain lazy and silent.
The attacks on Maxine Waters (Guts-Ca) by a Low IQ President. The death threats that resulted from Trump's racist attack on a black woman and lets face it thats what it was. A combo platter of racism and misogyny from a disgusting vile creep. Waters had reacted to Professional Liar Sarah Sanders, Himmler wannabe Stephen Miller and white lady who wants to see a manager Kristjen Neilsen (kudos Samantha Bee) being harassed at public dinners for being whores for authoritarian regimes by saying yeah harass the shit out of them. Dont beat em up, dont shoot em just verbally tell them what creeps they are. Waters aint havin none of that. She's a 79 year old woman of color who dont give a goddam what you think about her.
A little know story of a former ICE spokesman, James Schwab, who had resigned rather than tell more lies, being interviewed by CBS News and in the middle of the interview in his home, hearing a knock on the door and two Homeland Security goons asking him about "leaks" implying HE was being followed. Yes folks, intimidation by a lawless administration is now the norm. You speak out, you are harassed by a government agency that dont need no stinking badges.
And finally, the resignation of Anthony Kennedy. Fucking great. The unqualified knucklehead that Putin tells Trump to nominate will affect my life forever cuz I dont have that many years left. It will affect Max's life for the next generation as the Supreme Court, strengthened by yet another collaborator bent on making white supremacy and the Republican Party great again rules as the last domino of the fascist state. A lurch backwards would be complete. I dont know how to stop it but we must try. To throw your hands in the air and say dont mean nuthin to me is idiotic.
This week sucked. Next week will suck. The week after that will suck. Dont let up. If we do, the little hands of a con artist bent on installing Gilead will arrive.
Praise be? Fuck that.