Get a Good Goose Today

My Aunt Doreen once visited our house for a party where my mother served a middle of the low-end wines named “Cold Duck” – like Mateus and other temporarily trendy vintages from the past it was marketed to appeal to people who’re intimidated by wine knowledge.  Let’s face it, who isn’t intimidated by useless and effete wine trivia?  So Aunt Doreen, armed with the name of a wine she could remember went to the liquor store and asked the clerk if he could give her “Good Goose”.  After the man picked himself up off the floor, he figured out she wanted “Cold Duck”.  She paid for the bottle and left the store red-faced never to return again.  

My aunt’s understanding of the wine she was ordering is not dissimilar to the ‘vintage’ recently voted-in through the naïve political fervor of the Tea Party.  The Tea Party people are understandably discontented.  We’re all discontented, but it helps to know how and where to constructively focus that discontentment.  At least get the name right – ‘Tea-baggers’ – because you’ve got something dangling over you that you’re about to be asked to swallow – and it’s something you hadn’t counted on.

A John Boehner-run House of Representatives adds up to congressional constipation.  A bowel obstruction by any other name would still produce gas. NOTHING is going to happen, or nothing of a constructive nature for at least the next 2 years.  Fools.

Now, during the ‘Lame Duck session’, voter punishments have already been levied – so the waning democratic majority need to use their remaining days to push-through whatever shards of the progressive agenda are still breathing.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell‘, needs to be reversed permanently by executive order for starts.  

And take the gun away from Sarah Palin.

The President’s Bipartisan Commission to Lower the Deficit rolled out a comedy act yesterday that was so offensive to all thinking people, that only the Tea Party agenda can be held responsible.  I can’t blame the president for being in India while that turkey was rolled out.  Seniors, horns-waggled by the far right “Tea Party” machine voted to preserve sacred cows like Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare which are on the chopping block.  They wasted their vote because they listened to FOX, only to learn they, themselves were living in the hen house.  What never occurred to that noisy half-wits is the phrase: “be careful what you wish for – you just might get it.” 

The momentarily mighty ‘Lame Ducks’ need to kill the tax cuts for the uber-wealthy, and do it NOW.  Remember, Democrats still hold the White House and the Senate.  The House has fallen into the itchy-sticky hands of the asylum’s own Republican inmates, but the Senate is secure for the moment.  On a cheery note, perhaps we’ll get to see John Boehner cry again.  It’s almost as comically satisfying as watching Glenn Beck saying or doing anything.

To those of you who failed to vote in the last election, register if you haven’t already, and next time, vote as if the quality of your life depends on it.  It does.

Americans need to start paying attention.  Who gives a rat’s ass what Suki and the “Situation” are up to?  Who cares if Bristol Palin is transforming into a moose right before our very eyes on ‘Dancing with the Stars?’  Since when is Bristol Palin a “star” anyway?  OK, she’s the closest thing we have to a contemporary virgin birth – hehehe.  Speaking of which, do NOT allow the holidays to distract you from what is really happening in the world.  Pay attention.  The Roman emperors didn’t use bread and circuses to dull the awareness of the masses unsuccessfully.  That’s why the same technique is used today.  And this particular ‘Lame Duck session’ is critical for our future.  If there’s something, anything stuck in your craw – write or email your own ‘Lame Duck’ representative TODAY.  There might be time to push something worthwhile through the intestinal blockage known as “Congress” while they’re cleaning house anyway.

Kristmas Konstipitation

I’ve never been fond of the holidays.

I saw my first Halloween costumes for sale in late August.  My first Christmas decoration-sighting was in mid-September.  I witnessed my first Christmas TV commercial for holiday cruises in early August.  “IT”, being the holidays aren’t really here yet, but they’re already depressing me.

Did I mention I despise the holidays?  I start to go into holiday withdrawal well before Halloween, and I don’t come-up for air until after Valentines Day.

I am a holiday curmudgeon.

Granted, I have my own ghosts.  All the really awful things that happened to me in my life have coincided with the holidays.  So I have a preconceived prejudice.  Can‘t we just call off the holidays for a year or two?  Or celebrate them once every five years?  That might make them seem special again.

This year for Christmas I’m attending a foreclosure hearing.  

For last year’s gift I lost my job.  Those are only two of the more palatable events that mark the season.  Of course I’ll have to get something for Grandma Betty, even though she won’t necessarily understand or use what I’m giving her.  It’ll only be stolen from her at the home any way.  I might as well just wrap-up some her own things I have stored here in the house I’m about loose and give ‘em all back to her.  After all, they’re already hers.

I will not be buying any Christmas presents this year – nor decorating.  I had my fill of Christmas decorations back when I worked in retail merchandising display.  That’ll kill the yuletide spirit in even the most sacrine optimist.  If you’ve worked in a display department, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t then you’ll have to settle for my word.

My worst retail Christmas was the year I threw-out my back in Santa’s Animated Village, doubled-up in a ¼ life-sized lighted gnome-interior when my lower lumbar crumbled and gave-out.  I’d spent months crumpled-up like a giant agonized-Alice surrounded by mechanical elves bowing to me and fruggin’ on floor while my head was stuck under a ceiling beam.  I was unable to exit or stand, and was extracted by the Philadelphia fire department and delivered to a Catholic hospital where they pride themselves on not saving the mother.

I was in Saint Agony Hospital who also pride themselves on serving one layer of dollah-store suffing with every meaI.  I was laid-up in a ‘deep’ South Philadelphia hospital back in the days when EYE-talian gang shootings were all the rage and restaurants installed drive-by shooting-windows for customer safety.  You gotta love Philly.  My hospital roommate thought he was Spiderman and crawled-around on the tops of closets.  I rang the nurse’s station repeatedly.  The black nurse would tell us ‘young people’ to get along nice.  In my defense, I was in traction, and he (Spiderman) was being waned off an overdose of methadone, and much more animated than I was comfortable with.  We spent Thanksgiving together, Spiderman and me.  With the curtain pulled between us and the buzzer in my fist.

That was then…

Again the black-hole of the holidays is again looming.  I am again forced to make my annual plea to anyone considering giving me a holiday gift, not to do so,  PLEASE DO NOT DO THAT.  All gifts do is make me feel bad that I don’t have the money to buy other people gifts in return.  I wish I had the strength to suffer through the holidays as if they weren’t really happening – but before long all those awful, grating Christmas carols will start prying the fillings out of my teeth and I can‘t escape it.  There are times when I actually can’t breath when I hear Christmas carols.  I will do almost anything to avoid hearing them. 

I’ve thought a lot about this.  I think as a child Christmas repeatedly failed to produce a miracle.  Animals didn’t talk.  Gifts and candy lost their charm, and all I was left with was a traditional celebration for a bogus virgin birth that took place two thousand and ten years ago.  We’re celebrating a teen pregnant-virgin scam – AND – not even historically on the right day — under the un-provable premise that some unwed tennie-bopper was chaste when she delivered. 


Some breeds of reptiles are capable of virgin births.  Food for thought…

I had friends a while back – and older gay couple who decided they couldn’t stand another Christmas season being forced on them, so they went to Morocco to dodge the holidays…

…only to have small Moroccan children ring the doorbell of their suite pushing a tinsel Christmas tree at them and singing phonetic carols while stretching-out extended hands.  Christmas, while one of the most ludicrous premises’ on which a holiday has ever been mistakenly celebrated, is never the less omnipresent.  There is NO escaping it.  Now everyone goes directly from Halloween to Christmas with a brief stop-over for at gluttony on Thanksgiving.

Nothing gets done.

It’s a pattern.  Get the children jacked-up on sugar by Halloween so they can be set-up for this years greed-fest at Christmas.

Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? 

Thanksgiving is the “launch” to the official religious-retail season.  Even George W. Bush rushed to promote his new book filled with justifications and confabulations in hopes it will sell off the shelves in time for ‘Black Friday’.  Now that’s a cheerful stocking-stuffer – George W. Bush justifying his reasons for destroying the entire world before his settling-in to a comfortable retirement. 

Christmas and Halloween are now one.  Welcome to the lame-duck session.

Worst Person in the World? Hardly.

The only reason I have cable TV dates back to when I was a basic cable customer given a free week of MSNBC.  I became addicted to Keith Olbermann.  MSNBC is the only reason Comcast gets anything more than basic rates from me.  My last cable bill was $82, and I only watch 4 or 5 stations, one of them being MSNBC.  I’d be perfectly happy with basic cable again were it not for the reason that I firmly believe I’m missing something if I don’t have access to the dissenting voices of MSNBC all to frequently dimmed by the cacophony of illogical nonsense coming from the far right.

The simple fact is this: I will drop cable TV if Keith Olbermann is not reinstated. I’ll have no reason to keep it.

Keith Olbermann was called-out by Politioc for donations Olberman gave as a private citizen to oppose freak Tea Party senator-elect Rand Paul from Kentucky.  Why doesn’t anyone ask FOX News how much money they and their cadre of bigots donate to conservative causes?  Just think how many many prospective presidential candidates are actually paid FOX pundits?  Where does ANY commercial conglomerate back-off when it comes to an individual employee’s right to donate to the candidate of their choice and vote their own conscience? Olbermann is not hired, like Brian Williams to report the news without any overt slant. SLANT is WHY people watch him.  He represents an alternative to the goose-step being offered-up by FOX.

A branch of McDonald’s recently threatened employees with no raises if they voted Democrat.  That’s now yesterday’s forgotten news – but it foretells a more sinister trend away from free thinking and toward fear and intimidation as a legitimate political tool.

Only the “All Knowing” has any inkling as to how much “control” money is being doled-out by FOX’s Rupert Murdock or the Koch brothers to persuade voters to become Tea Party clones.  The ‘Citizen’s United’ opinion from the Supreme Court opened the flood-gates for unconscionable spending (of questionable and perhaps foreign origin) distributed through the Chamber of Commerce and ‘shadow’ non-profits with one solitary goal in mind:  to skew public opinion away from progressive causes.  Why otherwise would industry invest so much to dissuade public opinion away from environmental, health and labor causes?

Keith Olberman is only partly a news anchor. In the larger picture, he is more accurately opinion and editorial.  There is simply no mistaking his slant – and while he will entertain dissenting opinions coming from guest commentators, you never loose track of where he stands. – and like so many of the MSNBC pundits and anchors, dissenting opinions are increasingly disinclined to voice themselves on that network because they can’t take the heat, so they don’t stand by the fire. 

Keith, for whatever you might think of him, at least puts his money where his mouth is.  And I believe he has every moral imperative to do so.;=CO6gxv_3j6UCFeJN5QodqRLNOA

The TEE VEE or Tawk Radio, Muss’ be done thruthified‘.

Citizens United.  Death panels.  Obama is a Nazi.  Name your lie and stand by it.  Tough it out without regard to conscience, and play the spin however it best suits your selfish goals.  Deceive the gullible, rob the trusting, and above and beyond all, keep the majority in the dark while wearing night vision goggles to outwit them.

This is the new truth.  Not so far different from the old truth – it just happens faster in the modern world.  History is the record of individuals standing-up for their individual or collective beliefs, pitted against individuals or groups with their eye on a self-serving agenda.  Back in the days of the ancients, if you didn’t like someone’s policies, bloodline or world view, you destroyed them, erased their memory by putting-up a stele to decry your own interpretation of the “factoids” and then carefully chisel-off every accurate word from every available stone on which truthful history might have been carved.

That was a lot of bother.  Now all you need to do is frighten the FOX News audience, comprised of willing lemmings – tell them a doomsday scenario.  Nothing like the realistic one we’re actually living, but a fabricated apocalyptic vision completely unfounded in reality — but as long as the dumb-assed audience heard it on the TEE VEE or tawk radio, ‘it muss’ be done thruthified‘.

Now, congenital idiot, Michelle Bachmann has come out with a statement that Obama’s visit to India is launching more ships than the Trojan Wars, and at a cost that rivals the former space program…  THAT becomes true, ONLY because no one reads.  They live from outrageous sound bite to even more outrageous sound bite.  In reality, his trip to India, while vitally necessary to peace and commerce efforts (remember the crisis in Mumbai when he first took office not all that long ago – OK, so you forgot…)  This is a vitally important  security and economic mission, and it isn’t anywhere near as expensive as keeping Dick Cheney’s fêted-carcass alive for no useful reason.

The truth matters to me, even when it doesn’t serve me in a practical sense.  I have to believe in the truth – otherwise there’s nothing left to hang on to in life.  Other people may find folding to fear as thrilling as a trip to Great Adventure.  But I find other things thrilling – nailing-down the illusive truth.  And the truth is — the next 2 years are not going to be easy for the rightful and fair-minded.

A while back I was listening to NPR, and a Canadian caller who watches American politics made an interesting comment.  He suggested that something like “” be employed to track an official record of every time an American politician blatantly lies about an opponents record or grossly distorts or misrepresents the truth — that senator, congressmen — or come what may, would get a demerit that devalued their vote in congress – literally rendering that vote as a percentage less powerful than those of colleagues who haven’t chosen to lie or cheat.  Eventually Michelle Bachmann would be owing chips to the casino.  I for one don’t think it’s a bad idea.  But then again I don’t think the dirtballs who represent us in congress should be allowed to collected obscene pensions and have better health care than the people they represent. 

It’s all in how much you value the truth.

Pennsylvania – Red State of Alert

I’m not crazy about living in a red state.  I can already hear the chorus of half-assed ignorant homophobes saying, “then leave.”  

Agreed, but to where?  

I allowed myself to be too hopeful in the belief that common decency would win out this past election — even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I allowed myself to hope we wouldn’t be stuck with a backward-thinking, greed-motivated neo-con like Pat Toomey to represent us in the Senate.

More conservative than Rick Santorium and Arlen Specter combined, I fear for Toomey’s effect on this state.  We have in the heartland of Pennsylvania’s backwaters, a gun-totin’ block of low-information voters who are belligerently-stupid and goddamned-proud of it.  That same group has representation living in the city as well.  I work at the voting polls every election, and this year as I manned my station on Tuesday, a woman I know from the neighborhood looked me square in the eye and said, in her heavy Greek accent, “I wanta Obama should be dead.”  Where was that hostility coming from?  Why did she feel so comfortable saying something like that in front of me in a poling place?  I said nothing.  We pass each other nearly everyday while walking our dogs and civilly say ‘hello.’  I was stunned.  I wonder if she has any inkling how anti-immigrant this nation has become?  Who’s spoon-feeding her this bile?  Or is it just racial hatred? 

Last year we had a particularly ’Arian’ young woman working as a volunteer pole-watcher.  She clearly had conservative leanings.  This year she showed-up only to vote and on exiting her machine calls out “Vote Toomey, vote conservative!!!”  You’re not allowed to do that, and she knows damned well – she’d have called “foul” if anyone in the last election had shouted out “vote Obama” in the previous election.  You’re not even allowed to wear campaign buttons into the voting place.  But she was very comfortable in her defiance.  I recall studying her  last year, and noting a certain light lacking behind her eyes…

Our polling station was continually visited by the ‘Committee of 70’ over unfounded allegations that our machines were down, or harassment was taking place toward voters. None of that happened.  The only thing that happened, was the arrival of 2 men claiming to be part of a “voter observation team” from Italy, and presented bogus identification.  They were asked to leave when it was established they weren’t there to vote, and didn’t have proper ID or clearance to be there. 

Our voting district is heavily Democratic.  And we were dogged with reports of voter irregularity.  Nothing out of the ordinary or untoward was going on.  Just people voting without incident rather steadily for 11 ½ hours.  I was reminded of how kids who don’t want to take an exam will phone-in a bomb-threat to their high school thinking they’re being clever. 

Is this going to be the prevailing atmosphere in America?  Are we entering the era “of the ignorant, for the ignorant and by the ignorant?” 


Poorly educated masses are easier to manipulate.  Now the fiscal conservatives can get to work destroying what little remains of our public educational system.  It’ll be even easier that way.

Voter Amnesia

I am still too disheartened to feel remotely creative following the collective voter amnesia we witnessed during the midterm elections.  I did not write today’s post.  I pulled it from an email forwarded dozens of times, coming from an original anonymous source.  The George W. Bush poster is also from material I received in my inbox, again forwarded dozens and dozens of times – again anonymous.  So this post is dedicated to those 2 nameless contributors with whom I am in full agreement.

I know I’m preaching to the choir (for the most part), but had to pass this on.

Hope you can send this to a few people…

After the 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get  Mad?    

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.  

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq . 

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.    

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.   You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.    

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.      

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .      

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.       

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.       

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.      

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.    

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.     

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax-breaks. You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.     

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.    

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.      

No…..You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…Oh, Hell No!!