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GOP, R.I.P.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
Lindsey Graham

This election marks the last time that the GOP will get this close to the White House. Locally they will continue to muddle along, and perhaps they’ll steal or suppress enough votes at some point to make it interesting, but as evidenced by the ROI of the millions of dollars that Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson received- i.e…not much, the GOP has met it’s match.

And it’s name is science.

The GOP’s appeal rests on three things: I’m white, straight, and Christian. The day of those things being remotely relevant is rapidly drawing to a close.

The United States will be majority-minority nation by 2042. By 2050, the country will be 54 percent minority as Latinos double from 15 percent to 30 percent of the population, Asian Americans increase from 5 percent to 9 percent, and African Americans move from 14 to 15 percent.

Unaffiliated or secular voters—not white evangelical Protestants—are the fastest-growing “religious” group in the United States. The percentage of adults reporting no religious affiliation almost tripled from 1944 to 2004, rising from 5 percent to 14 percent. Projections indicate that by 2024, 20 percent to 25 percent of U.S. adults will be unaffiliated.

This trend—combined with growth among non-Christian faiths and race-ethnic trends—will ensure that by the 2016 election (or 2020 at the outside) the United States will have ceased to be a white Christian nation.

The future of this country will be decided by Hispanics, women, and the secular- not by Karl Rove and Fox. The GOP holds no attraction to them, and they are deluding themselves (quite a popular sport among their ilk) to think otherwise. The echo chamber between Redstate.com and Fox can’t understand that Nate Silver isn’t an “Obama stooge” because they refuse to understand the science behind his method. They continue to believe that American is a center-right nation, because they have their own pet propagandist media filling their heads with utter and complete lies. Fox News and their useful idiots are the equivalent of the Creation Museum in Kentucky- beloved by the “faithful” and pitied by the rest of us.

I’ve watched conservative friends on Facebook attempting to stiffen the backs of fellow travelers with “I’m voting for Liberty!” and posting Youtube videos of Obama speeches, cut out of context, trying to convince themselves that the President is a Muslim. Or spreading dire warnings of gun control laws that will take their precious handgun and give it to the UN. It is truly sad to watch, but the days of the rest of the nation paying them any attention is waning.

Good.

The rest of the nation believes in gay marriage. The believe in the DREAM Act. They want marijuana decriminalized, and Citizens United overturned. They believe in evolution, Obamacare, and climate change. The only reason these things are still a topic of conversation is that monied interests want them to be. But as last night’s election proves, money falls short when it faces demographics. On the one hand it is fun to watch all the PAC money circling the drain, failing to achieve much of anything but boosting ad sales in Ohio, but in end just imagine if it was spent on public schools, or sustainable energy or the like.

I have been doing this blog for over five years, and this will most likely be my last political post. I feel confident in the future of this county, because unlike my conservative friends, I trust America. The increasing diversity of our population assures a more liberal, progressive society, no matter what Fox News says. But more than that, I trust science. Science always wins.

Always.

Within a few years the viewers of Fox and Redstate.com will be as vital as those Japanese islanders that refused to believe the war was over. But it is. Now you can dig your heels in and fight your imagined “socialist/Kenya/47% “moochers” but you’ll lose. You lost last night, and that was as close as you get for a long, long time.

Because science always wins. Always.

The perfect candidate

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

If you had to concoct the absolute perfect candidate for the GOP, one that embodies all the aspects of that fading brand, you would end up with Mitt Romney. Think about it. The GOP today exists for two reasons- to plunder the wealth of America, and to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Any other chatter from them is only chin music- on a national level they use our resources as a giant ATM, leaving us to deal with what’s left, which isn’t much.

After what seemed like years, the powers that be in the GOP cast away all the total idiots, the theocrat and all the other pompous, hypocritical loons and selected the guy whom everyone picked before it all started. They picked a man with no actual stance on anything, or rather, one for every TV interview. They picked a man who had two qualifications for the job- as a businessman running Bain Capital and as the governor of Massachusetts.

And he’s running scared from discussing either of them.

Now anyone reading this blog knows my feelings about Obama. He’s a war criminal who’s way too chummy with Wall Street, allergic to any investigation of past administrations wrongs, and wages war on sick people. But compared to Mitt Romney, there’s no comparison. Despite the slack-jawed dirt eaters among us, Obama doesn’t want to take our guns or sic a death panel on your grandma. He has reversed the job loss trend under Bush, ended DADT, and passed the ACA. Not a bad run considering that he’s battling the regressives in Congress- even when he promotes their own idea.

I cannot fathom another four months of this. The idea that Romney and his dark money backers will spew their complete nonsense about their cardboard corporate raider uninterrupted 24/7 sickens me. I can certainly turn the TV off, but what is really frightening is that people I know are actually gonna vote for him. Mitt Romney has shown himself to be an enemy of America, from his tax dodges and Swiss accounts, his off shoring of labor- hell, even Saran Palin calls him on that. He starves his country while at the same time wanting to rule it. You can’t have it both ways. And all the people pondering voting for him because of social issues- gays, abortion, et al- believe me, you’ve put more thought into those topics than he. He doesn’t give a shit. Or at least not as much as the almighty dollar, which is the one, true deity Mitt Romney worships. He can dribble on about “Obama’s World Wide Apology Tour” (which is of course completely untrue, and anyway, we have multitudes of sins to apologize for), but his actions speak louder than his carefully crafted but empty platitudes. Mitt Romney doesn’t value America for it’s virtues anymore than a junk yard owner values his acres of scrap. If he can sell it, fine. Gimmie the money, but otherwise, STFU. His one redeeming action as Governor he runs from, and his voters will look the other way and punch the ticket for him anyway.

Everyday that Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns tells us all we need to know about the man. Because in those papers lay the real “soul” of Mitt- a completely out of touch, job destroying, anything for the green predator. He’ll run, but his campaign is over. Now he’ll garner a respectable amount of votes- Citizens United allows for that- but he is an ugly and vapid excuse for a candidate who only garners the votes of the “Take Back America” nitwit racists. They would vote for a face-eating bath salt junkie just so long as his name wasn’t Barack Obama. I guess we can be glad that the GOP couldn’t get one of those, it’s problematic having a press conference from your jail cell. So run, Mitt, run. Run from your “accomplishments”, run from your taxes, run from the press. Just keep running.

Just keep running till you’re out of sight.

Oh grow up…it ain’t 1978

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I was a high schooler in the ’70s, graduating in 1980. Those were the years where hard rock was king, and until punk came along (thankfully!), I was right there, listening to the testosterone overdose of loud guitars and misogyny, all though of course I didn’t hear as such then. Two of my favorites in that era of 8-tracks were Aerosmith and the “Motor City Madman”, Ted Nugent. I can recall endless discussions of Nugent’s guitar skills or Steven Tyler’s “bad boy” persona. Oh, to be young, when you think that a guy in loin cloth (Nugent) or one wrapped in scarves and eyeliner (Tyler) are relevant to your life. Yup, high school in the ’70s was a necessary evil, I suppose, but one that I’m glad I was able to move past.

Too bad they haven’t.

So here we are in 2012, and somebody is actually playing attention to these two nitwits again? Steven Tyler, who, to be fair, hasn’t produced music worth hearing since he and Joe Perry quit shooting up together, is now running his “same old song and dance” as a judge on American Idol. I’ve never seen the show- I love music too deeply to watch it in the hands of Auto-Tuned robots with nothing to say- but to see Tyler, his carefully arranged to look like he just got out of bed hair now half gray, atop clothes that looked stupid 30 years ago, to see him yukking it up on prime time TV is oh so sad. Sad because some amount of my high school energies were spent on him and his ilk, and to realize that what was rebellion then is just another product now. But I’ve evolved past his infantile macho gesturing and retreaded Yardbirds riffs to something new, but apparently prime-time American hasn’t. Oh well. Still, in some little way it makes me embarrassed by my youthful self, and I doubt I’ll ever willingly listen to Aerosmith again.

But say what you want about Tyler- whore, used to be, whatever, he ain’t got nothing on Ted Nugent. When I was 16, 17, the Nuge was the MAN. I saw him live a few times “in the day”, and he was wild. His music was over the top, full of adolescent odes to dominating women and slaying deer. In an age where drug and alcohol use was mandatory, Nugent went against the grain, claiming to be drug and booze free. He was “straight edge” before Ian MacKaye was probably born. He dodged the draft with the now infamous poop pants trick, and I thought that was pretty cool too. Remember, I was 17. Now, a few years after high school I was a roadie for a band that opened for Nugent at the Dothan, Alabama Civic Center. This was after the fame had pretty much deserted him, along with his 1970’s band, and he struggled to fill half the seats. After the show we all went back to the Holiday Inn and found the bar. Nugent and his crew were there, and I watched the supposedly booze free Ted pour White Russians down his gullet like there was no tomorrow. Which, in the atmosphere of a touring rock band, there really is no tomorrow- that’s part of the appeal. It was sorta sad, watching him lie, but it was no skin off my nose, and anyway, drinking with Ted? Hell yes! When the disc jockey played another disco hit Ted sent a roadie to the booth to see if he had anything by the Stones, and when the guy played “Play That Funky Music White Boy” Ted got in his face and screamed “I SAID PLAY THE STONES, MOTHERFUCKER!” He did.

Now, Ted Nugent is in the news with his statements about Obama, and supposedly the Secret Service is investigating? Uh, why? Ted Nugent is a retarded adolescent who lies every time he opens his mouth, in vague hopes of rekindling his music career, which has bottomed out in the last 20 or so years. His music, far as I can tell, hasn’t advanced one iota since I was in high school, and the people that still listen to it, well, they haven’t evolved much either. So for Ted to run his mouth at a NRA convention, well, he’s just pimpin’. Like the Nuge, the NRA attempts to terrify gun owners with fears of mass gun seizures, starting just as soon as Obama is re-elected. Ha. It’s just pimpin’ for the cameras. Obama isn’t going to enter into a secret treaty with the UN to enact a one world government and confiscate your shotgun. The only people who believe that are either getting paid to mouth it…or they’re still in high school, figuratively. But there is no reason in the world why the rest of us should waste 5 minutes of time listening to it. I’m a gun owner, but the NRA scares me, because they grow fat on the fears of morons, ramping them up with imagined horrors to come. It’s both scary- and sickening.

In an age where our government exists as a giant ATM for the 1%, our President gets a Nobel Peace Prize while sending drones to Afghan wedding parties, and you can’t eat shrimp from the Gulf, get a job, or pay your mortgage because some rich fucker sold you down the river for a blip on an earnings report, we are all up in arms because some idiot with a Gibson said something stupid about the President? Give me a break.

“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

So grow up. Ted Nugent, repellent as he is, ain’t the problem. He’s just a whore, trying to keep himself relevant, just like Tyler. Your attention and activism are better used somewhere else. Its up to you- not me, not Ted, not Fox or CNN- to tell you what that is. Just remember, we’re not in high school anymore.

Act like it.

The craven bootlicking of the status quo

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

The “Occupy” movement is a cancer. The “occupiers” are criminals and terrorists. The Obamaville is a creeping death made of Nylon, placards and human waste. This movement is a third-world rot that will infect us all if we do not sterilize it now.

Phil Elmore, The festering Obamavilles

Phil Elmore writes for World Net Daily, which gives you pretty much everything you need to know about him. WND is a place where facts and reality take a back seat to spurious rumors, internet get rich scams, and of course anti-Obama racism. It’s a playground for the reality-challenged among us, home to the 25% of citizens that just can’t accept Snopes.com and instead read Chuck Norris. As the Occupy movement has grown, the crowd at WND has upped their condemnation of it, of which “The festering Obamavilles” is just the latest example of their blind panic that someone might upset the status quo. “Protesters” and “occupiers” in quotes, because they aren’t really protesting, instead they’re “shiftless losers who don’t care about anything” who “comprise countless lesser terrorist campaigns whose goal is to intimidate and punish the public“.

“Call out the National Guard. Turn on the fire hoses. Send bulldozers. Bring flame-throwers, for pity’s sake. Men and women who give a damn about their country, wearing Hazmat suits and respiratory gear, empowered by the lawful government of this nation, should be marching in ranks on every Obamaville this very moment, prepared to beat with truncheons and shoot with rubber bullets every last filthy hippie. Put a stop to this miserable army of miscreants before they are permitted to rape, infect, or ruin one more person.”

Goodness, methinks Phil- self-proclaimed martial arts “expert”- is frightened. He’s frightened that his Horatio Alger/God Bless America fantasy is finally being shown to be rubbish. Every paragraph in his screed contains a lie, even the title. “Obamavilles” is a misnomer- they can’t stand him, and for all his “understanding” of the movement, he still sicced the DoJ on the protesters in a coordinated effort across the country. Phil can’t seem to find any “message” in the movement- “Their targets range from shadowy corporate interests to equally ill-defined powers-that-are“. Oh no, someone said something mean about a corporation, thank goodness Elmore springs to the their defense. The fact that big business- and particularity the big banks- will grind him up just like everyone else matters not to Phil, as long as “filthy hippies” get crushed.

“They are lib hippie left-wing protesters, and lib hippie left-wing protestors are notorious for flouting basic standards of human decency.” Those “standards” are defined by a good American such as Phil Elmore, one suspects. Drawing attention to the income inequality in this country and stating the common-sense “Corporations Aren’t People” is “endangering the public” whereas his censorship of free speech by flamethrower is a-ok. It’s as if Elmore was in a coma since Woodstock, and like the Japanese troops stuck on islands that didn’t know the war was over, you can almost imagine Phil shouting “Get a haircut!” and racing home to watch Lawrence Welk.

Conservatives and liberals literally have different brains. Liberals cope better with change, whereas conservatives enjoy the status quo, and have a larger part of the brain that deals with fear and recognizes threats. Change to a conservative means potentially abandoning long-held beliefs and practices, and is something to be viewed with uncertainly and doubt. If one begins to question authority, then who will protect you when times are tough? For all the Ayn Rand dribble about “going it alone” and the “individual over the masses”, conservatives crave a big government that can stomp out “the filthy rabble” that dares voice another opinion.

I hate to break it to Phil and his fellow armchair patriots, but their days are numbered. The greed and selfishness that has mired this country in the economic toilet since Reagan is rejected by the 99% movement. They don’t want endless wars, they don’t fear Sharia, or gays, or “illegals”. They don’t want Citizens United to be the law of land, they don’t want BP to poison the Gulf or a pipeline to pollute the midwest. The 99% want equality, not entitlements. They aren’t against corporations, but they don’t want them to own our government. For Phil and his followers, it’s ok to provide socialism when Goldman Sachs gambling goes south, but if a single mother needs healthcare, it’s “not with my taxes!” Billions and billions to fight little brown people in caves, but none to feed a homeless man. They think it’s fine for our tax dollars to go to rebuilding Afghanistan- but not Detroit.

One feels almost sorry for the Phil Elmores of the world, trapped in a make-believe world of “us vs. them”, trotting out tired, disposed of slogans from battles already lost, craving the comforting dominance of authority to make sense of a world that has passed them by. Almost sorry. But not really. Because it’s these people with their craven whimpering for the mommy/state to keep them safe and quash “the hippies” that holds us back, and drags the inevitable evolution of society to a crawl. It might take 5 years or 50, but in time the Phil Elmores and his ilk will be no more.

As someone who will always identify more with the “filthy hippies”, I say good riddance. Your generation has received your final grade- and it failed. Be a man and admit it. Or continue to read World Nut Daily in your mom’s basement- just get out of the way. Some people have had enough of the status quo.

Thousands chant

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Thousands chant
USA! from the couch
“We did it”
(Supposed) murder of a
(Supposed) murderer

The villain you feared is not dead
Always look inward
And please, stop clapping your hands
Thank you for not preempting the wedding
Another useless spectacle for the cheap seats

I used to say stupid should hurt more

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Hopefully everyone has read 4 Scenarios for the Coming Collapse of the American Empire, but if not, let me pull out a money quote for ya:

All of these scenarios extrapolate existing trends into the future on the assumption that Americans, blinded by the arrogance of decades of historically unparalleled power, cannot or will not take steps to manage the unchecked erosion of their global position.

There are dozens of reasons for America’s decline, I suggest The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria as a good starting point for the big picture of what the world will look like. Our nation’s insane drive to use military force, the gutting of our educational system and local infrastructures, and of course the grifter class all have taken their toll, but I think there’s a factor folks aren’t mentioning.

We’re perhaps too stupid to survive.

While our nation is locked in an endless cycle of war, our economy has no pulse outside of the con game that is Wall Street, and millions are unemployed, our “ruling body” does nonsense like this:

Michele Bachmann & Allies: Obama Doesn’t Say ‘God’ Enough

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and her colleagues on the Congressional Prayer Caucus penned a letter to President Obama Monday, attacking him for his alleged failure to the use the word “God” and “Creator” more in his public speeches, especially abroad.

Ok, here’s a radical idea. How about nobody mentions God and instead…you do your fucking job?

Oh, was that impolite? Well, try this. How about, if you’re an elected official, you never, ever mention god or jesus or your flying spaghetti monster of choice in public again? Believe whatever you want in private, but in public, we didn’t elect you to be a cheerleader for the almighty. You wanna preach, resign and join the seminary. Because while you’re debating how many angels exist on that pin, China is investing in green energy. While you’re mouthing useless platitudes about our “Christian nation”, India is sending its kids to technical school. And in 50 or so years, since you wasted our time and money ginning up nonsense about “wars on Christmas” and raising millions to keep gays from marrying, we’re going to be a second-rate debtor nation. Granted, one where 50% of the public believe that angels watch over them. It ain’t gonna help when the pumps run dry and junior can’t read well enough to flip burgers at Krystal.

Does anyone else find it somewhat unsettling that we have as one of our most powerful Congressmen James Inhofe, who passionately believes in something that can’t be proven, yet calls science that has been proven over and over “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people “?

At what point do we as a nation say enough? Enough with using the Bible as “evidence” in Congress. Enough with wrapping your revulsion of gays in a Jesus sweater and calling it moral. Enough with nonsensical babble in times of crisis. Let’s move away from superstition and toward science. Instead of manufacturing fake rage, lets make solar panels.

I used to say stupid should hurt more. But I have a feeling its gonna hurt really, really bad. One day soon.

Behind the scenes on the new release of the greatest rock album ever

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
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“New” version of Exile on Main Street due out next week, with ten new tracks.

Can’t wait!

Sunshine bores the daylights out of me…

Today in your taxes at work: Saving every tweet?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Library of Congress: We’re archiving every tweet ever made

Get ready for fame, tweeters of the world: the Library of Congress is archiving for posterity every public tweet made since the service went live back in 2006. Every. Single. Tweet.

The LOC announced the news, appropriately enough, on Twitter. Twitter isn’t just about being pretentious and notifying the world about the contents of your lunch (though it’s about those things too).

Matt Raymond, one the Library’s official bloggers, notes that “important tweets in the past few years include the first-ever tweet from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, President Obama’s tweet about winning the 2008 election, and a set of two tweets from a photojournalist who was arrested in Egypt and then freed because of a series of events set into motion by his use of Twitter.”

But even those billions of other tweets and retweets, the ones about how you just got back from the worlds’ most epic jog or how you’re sick at home with the crocodile flu or how your crappy Internet connection just went down again and you can’t take it any more—those matter too.

Wow, an agency of the federal government archiving every Twitter message for all eternity? Gee, what’s wrong with that scenario…not to mention the outlandish waste of money.

Leonid meteor shower clouds

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

cloud

going to work witnessed this cloud. it was BLUE!!!

Pedernal perhaps

Saturday, September 5th, 2009