Thursday, June 25, 2020
Comes around a lot these days;
And then it's Thursday;
And then, and then - it's Saturday again.
Always seems to have just been there;
And then it's winter;
And then, and then, it's Solstice again.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
And it has worked.
Here is the rest of his plan: if he could get all the rest of us to also sign up, the little component of Cretin that lurks in each of the rest of us, when exposed to high test Cretins, would come out to play and would cancel out whatever redeeming characteristics we might have had before the exposure/metamorphosis; at that point we all become indistinguishable from real full blooded Cretins and a giant Fête des Cretins ensues.
(We used to call such things cluster fucks, but Mark is a real upscale guy so he translated it to French; it should not be confused with a zombie cavalcade - zombies have redeeming characteristics.)
"What an advertising opportunity; probably worth billions".
Mark said to no one in particular.
And then there were billions and they had a giant cluster - pardon - Fête des Cretins as a four color graphic backdrop.
And we got donnie.
I realized this while re-reading several of my recent blog posts.
Mitch McConnell is the one in the middle, between Lindsey Graham on the left and Ted Cruz on the right.
No shooters have been caught and apparently no suspects are in the hopper.
It's hard not to wonder if the Seattle Police are making a point by recruiting various shooters from the fringe elements that Police are so comfortable dealing with.
That's not suggesting such a thing; it's just hard not to wonder.
Atlanta Police are throwing their tantrum by sicking out; why wouldn't their Seattle counterparts throw their own sort of tantrum?
That's not suggesting such a thing; it's just hard not to wonder.
After all, they have lost a big piece of real estate.
That's not suggesting that the police would want revenge for looking stupid; it's just hard not to wonder.
Are there any more shootings scheduled?
Just wondering ...
Sunday, June 21, 2020
I should say that the word "friend" describing this relationship has been an increasingly frayed piece of cloth since Tea Party Time.
I guess the raiment is finally ripped.
What ass she is
Here is the truth of the flag:
Friday, June 19, 2020
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Friday, June 12, 2020
I haven't heard anything from him since he endorsed Joe Biden.
I was surprised at what he said.
He said he doesn't support defunding the police.
He said that, instead, he supports restructuring the police.
The reason I heard him give was that he has to go to the voters with his thinking and he can't go to them with "defunding" because that is just a "slogan"; "restructuring" on the other hand is easily understood - it's something the voters and, therefore, he, can really get their teeth into.
Any kid who had his or her allowance cut off has a gut level understanding of "defunding"; what's hard to understand?
"Restructuring", on the other hand, is a first class weasel word, the meaning of which has long been lost in the mists of bureaucratic antiquity.
While incomprehensible as to its meaning, its results are easily seen: various nodules of various structures of various organizations are moved around and re-named and given different reporting structures.
Sometimes some are combined; sometimes many are made from few; anybody that has ever worked for a large company, or anyone who has observed any kind of large organization has seen this process many times.
I saw it over the years as an employee of IBM. In 1992, after its then most recent restructuring, the company nearly went bankrupt.
Do a search on "restructure" and "police" and see how much incomprehensible gibberish you get.
We've had all the "restructuring" we can stand.
Consent degrees "restructuring" various police departments span the continent.
Nothing changes; The Daily from the New York Times gives five reasons why.
The "restructured" police just keep killing black people.
We need to take their allowance away.
Maybe that's an understandable slogan.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The real test of whether black lives matter will be November 3, 2020.
If all of us vote, we win and we can put an exclamation point at the end of BLACK LIVES MATTER!
We are going to need super human support from all Americans to neutralize the trump slime apparatus: “no, donnie, you cannot suppress the vote”.
I don’t believe in prayer, but I suggest we all start.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
An auspicious date.
I was trying to analyze my catholic politics - catholic in the non religious meaning of the word.
I drilled down to this post today because I was thinking of using it as Exhibit A in a post for today that I had aformin'.
By the time I found the old post I had forgotten what I was going to currently post about, so I read the old one.
It was shocking, at the end of it.
I had no idea that I had ever said any of that.
The most interesting part of the post was that I called the GOP (the gop because of what I am about to reveal about what I said) a cult.
One needs to read Musings Of An Occasionally Fallen Away Democrat to discover that I was a bit more nuanced than that opprobrious term might seem to imply.
But I used it and the irony, nine years later, is that the term "cult" inarguably describes the gop today, but it's a genuine cult, the cult of agent orange, the cult of one protoplasmic blot on the history of the human race, not a cult of ideology.
"Beware (I said in that post) of the answer to 'The Question' being managed by the very 'system' that has brought us centuries of terror wrought upon the non white, non wealthy segment of America".
It was less than two hours later that I heard Michael Moore, the head of the Los Angeles Police Union tell the BBC that the "answer" to that "question" is for the country to adopt the LAPD "system"; Los Angeles, he asserted, has everything all fixed up.
I am not normally that much of a prophet.
I wrote about that aversion in my first book, Screen Saver, a memoir I published in 2008.
Throughout the book I included little stories about various cop encounters, all bad, that I have had over the years.
Here is the first one.
"The Hollywood Theater experience had been a particularly distasteful one for me because I had never liked cops. The probable reason for this feeling, like so many attitudes, preferences and aversions I had in my life could be traced to my mother. Sometime about the time of the birthday party I had been with my mother in our car. She was going to pick up my father. My father’s arrival at the car must have been imminent because my mother had stopped outside the place that he was going to come from. There were cars filling the curbside locations where she would have parked, but since my father was apparently going to be right out, she had stopped in the street parallel to one of the parked cars to wait.
Suddenly there was a big fat guy in a blue suit and with a red face outside my mother’s side of the car motioning for her to roll down the window. When she had rolled down the window he started yelling at her. I was probably between four and five years old. One of the things he was yelling was “double-park”. I have had a horror of both double parking and cops ever since. I had had my first unpleasant cop experience."
Over the years I began to notice that my black fellow citizens all had stories similar to mine, only different.
While my stories always ended up with me being unbelievably pissed off, their stories always ended up in police violence, mental and physical abuse, arrest, and, often, death; in the case of death the stories were always told by family or friends of the deceased.
But at least now it has happened.
Memorial Day 2020; Minneapolis Minnesota.
So we're in now, now.
(Since the wrong answer would result in continuation of the "system" it would not seem unlikely that, once exonerated with the wrong answer, the "system", turgid with thoughts of revenge, would unleash terror of sort heretofore unimagined - kinda like donnie after ol' Mitch and the Boys lied him "not guilty".)
Here is the current system in a few words: the police have for a couple centuries been deployed to fend off any attempt by the non white, non rich population of the United States to exercise their rights as citizens and to get ahead in life and to ascend the ladder of success, wealth and achievement.
In current parlance, the cops are the guard dogs of the great gated community that is rich, white america.
In the case of black people the most expeditious means of fending them off and guarding the gates against them has been for the police to kill them.
That's the "system".
It is working perfectly.
That's why that system needs to be dismantled; it is, from the ground up a paid vigilante apparatus with the mission of allowing the economics and sociology of slavery to forever remain as the dominant component of America's DNA.
Defunding that system is the quickest way to dismantle it.
Anything other than dismantling the system would be terror as usual.
Monday, June 8, 2020
The republican convention might get interesting.
I have no idea how the mechanics would work, but it seems that the GOP, in some degree of magnitude, is getting really nervous about trying to re-elect a sociopathic moron.
Maybe Mitt Romney can ride again?
From the National Review:
“As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. “Biden supports the urgent need for reform–including funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing–so that officers can focus on the job of policing.”
Bates added, “This also means funding community policing programs to improve relationships between officers and residents.” Biden’s criminal justice plan would earmark an additional $300 million to community policing efforts.