Monday, February 17, 2020

Word Balloons

It is coming again. It lurks just beyond the edge of what we can see, though it's there to be seen if one looks.
It has been just long enough for the world to forget; for the words to be just words, without the horror and misery that filled them. Once again, we will learn their meaning. We will fill up those words with meanings again; as if they were carnival balloons dragging along the ground, devoid of the gaseous-ness that buoyed them in our sight.
Now those who saw the horror and madness of times gone by are all but gone themselves. Their children and fathers lay silent in their graves bearing mute testimony. The rows of nameless crosses are only landscaping now, however carefully manicured.
Now the madmen hold the reigns, fingers poised above the switches; their drooling desires are plain to see. Because we are silently unknowing or uncaring, we will fill new graves with wasted lives. The wealthiest will hide in their protected enclaves, while they aim their madmen to send the poorest to fill the graves. The media will have a boom year and politicians will pontificate. Collection plates will overflow because it's good for all except the dead and mourning.
This time though, we will fill those word-balloons with gaseous horrors we have barely seen before; unthinkable, unprintable things that will shock and awe us until the next time. If there is a next time.

Perhaps they will rise far enough above the horizon that we will not forget, this time.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Afflict The Comfortable

 One of the more re-used aphorisms about "newspapers" or media in general states that it "...comforts the afflicted, afflicts the comfortable,..." It is one of my favorite twistings of language, which I believe I first encountered in "Inherit The Wind". How I wish the media still saw this as their mandate, instead of searching for and forcing sound bites. If only we could get back to the place where news was a loss leader. When News divisions didn't need to make a profit, we all profited.

Chicago humorist Finley Peter Dunne wrote a popular syndicated column featuring the distinctive voice of Mr. Dooley, using an Irish dialectical speech and spelling. The following appeared within a 1902 column titled “Mr. Dooley on Newspaper Publicity” Here, I've adjusted the original dialectic speech and spelling:

    "The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted, afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead and roasts them afterward." *

In November 1902 an Albuquerque, New Mexico newspaper printed a description of the jocular bylaws of a new secret society, which I am including for strictly geographical reasons:
    "In the line of benevolence they comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Don’t pay any old debts and let all the new ones get old as fast as they can. It is against their interest to pay principle and against their principle to pay interest."

* the original Irish dialectical quote:
"Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, conthrols th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward."

Source: Quote Investigator

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The American President

I keep watching it because that's the kind of President I wish we had. Some of it is Hollywood silliness, fun but inconsequential. Much of it will give you a glimpse into the political process. There is one part that gets cited frequently; the speech toward t end of the movie when Michael Douglas says things that I would love to hear our President say like,

"America is advanced citizenship; You've gotta want it."

Andrew Shepard's Speech

A Million Moms, Really?

OneMillionMoms is in the news again blasting Burger King for using "damn" in one of their ads.

So who are these 1,000,000 Moms? This from their FAQ page:
" is a ministry of the American Family Association"

The AFA is a super right "Christian", LGBTQ hating organization and are a driving force behind invented controversies like people being forced to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. They are based in Mississippi and that should tell you all you need to know. (P.O. Drawer 2440 Tupelo, Mississippi 38803)

"... (OneMillionMoms) is basically One Meddling Mom with an agenda, and no company should be giving her the credence she so desperately craves. Her name is Monica Cole. In the decade that I have been aware of One Million Moms, she is quite literally the only staff member I have ever heard anyone name. She is the one and only person who appears on their petitions, as well as the one and only person who speaks for them to the media. She is the mom. Her. Solo. One person, supposedly representing one million."
GLAAD - December 15 2019

"On Twitter, @1milmoms (created in February 2010) boasted a grand total of 4,525 followers... On Facebook, the page had a far bigger following than it did on Twitter. In fact, 98,649 people liked the page as of December 17 2019; a lower 93,533 followed the page for updates.
In their individual efforts, petitions to “pressure” various groups seem to garner slightly less than 15,000 signatures."

As Ellen said, ",,,They are rounding up to one million..."

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Why is Trump is behaving like a Putin Asset?

Putin's biggest problem on the world stage, besides Russia's second class status is sanctions. Every country in the world has enacted sanctions against Russia because of it's invasion of Crimea. In the first few days of the nascent Trump administration they work to lift US sanctions against Russia.

NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was formed in 1949 to protect against aggression from Russia, Trump and Fox whoop up a holy war of misinformation against it.

The Democracies of the world dis-invite Putin's Russia from the "Group of Eight" in 2014, because of it's invasion of Crimea, thus making it the "G7". Trump alienates them all and pleads for Russia to be re-invited.

Putin's Russia is a second class power. Putin can't bring Russia back to prominence so he begins a campaign to destabilize democracies around the world and install "Nationalists" who will act for him. Intelligence services around the world agree that Russia interfered in the US elections to favor Trump. Putin's FSB created a false narrative about Ukraine being responsible and Trump, along with prominent Republicans, echo it and spread the word through Fox News and the GRU's Social Media campaigners.

Putin wants to increase his foothold in the Middle East, so Trump abandons Syria and the Russians move right in, occupying the abandoned US Military bases.

To further destabilize world governments Putin needs a war or two to create chaos on the world stage. Trump pisses off North Korea and China and assassinates Qasem Soleimani. This is the best way to start WW 3 without involving Russia. It also distracts from the impeachment and what He and his Republican cronies are doing to negate democracy in the US.

When no other bank in the world would loan toxic Trump money he was given billions in loans by Deutsche Bank. Those loans were guaranteed by the Russian state bank VTBR. Trump fights to prevent his tax returns from being released, is it for fear of what they might reveal?

It doesn't take much to realize that Trump is working for Putin, probably so his billions in loans will be forgiven.