2018

. . . and it barreled in!

Well, what do you know? I thought August was hot and heavy in Washington DC, but lo and behold! September has come barreling in as if it were an elephant on the loose! I move to cancel all soap operas on the various networks and just watch the ongoing DC soap opera with its multi-faceted cliff-hangers! More entertaining and scarier by far!

We started off with Aretha Franklin’s funeral on August 31st. I love this beautiful woman and her heavenly voice, and what an amazing journey was her life! However! People! Really! Eight hours? Eight hours for a funeral service??? That was obscene! Even if you want to call it a “celebration,” or as one guy said: we (meaning black people), know how to send someone home! Come on! Not Cleopatra, not Lady Diana, not anyone as far as I know has ever had an eight-hour funeral! Nor should they!

Moving on . . .

. . . to another eminent funeral, this one for John McCain. Irrelevant of what one’s political persuasion is, we all have to acknowledge that the man served his country as a soldier who was tortured and incarcerated, and as a respectable and prominent political figure for decades. I did not agree with McCain on a host of issues, however, the haters couldn’t wait until after his funeral to start spewing their dislike of the man, and that he was a war-monger who caused thousands upon thousands to perish. That behavior was in such bad taste! Couldn’t they, at least, have waited until after he was buried? What is happening to civility in these crazy days when most people are acting like loose cannons with no decent restraints whatsoever? Such despicable behavior was bested, though, by a funeral service that would have been very distinguished and dignified were it not that it became a political platform from which people were orating, opining and making political statements, thus demeaning the entire event. Most unbecoming!

Both funerals – even though Aretha was a Diva, not a Ruler, and McCain was a Political Figure, not a Monarch – reminded me of the Pharaohs, the Romans and other Emperors and how the funerals of their Rulers were occasions for displaying Power through Opulence. Or, maybe, one can think of North Korea and how the slaves of that Empire are required to shed tears and beat their breasts over the death of their Sovereign. The Brits aren’t any better in their Ostentatious display of Power during the funerals of their Monarchs. They all serve to make a statement of Dominance. Distasteful. Unnecessary. Uncalled for. Overdone. Sacrilegious.

Moving on . . .

Barely had the nation dried its tears – some of them hypocritical, of course – when two bombshells descended on our Trumpistan in rapid succession like the rat-a-tat-tat of indiscriminate fire from an assault rifle. The hyped-up announcement of Bob Woodward’s book: “Fear” that was released on September 11 was the expected 24/7 fodder for the Capital. With 18 books and almost 50 years of journalism under his belt, Woodward laid it on thick in his tome disparaging Trump, to the immediate adulation of the MSNBC anchors and audience – where he is a very frequent flyer – as they gleefully interviewed him and repeated some of the highlights. As if that wasn’t enough to keep the hoi-polloi occupied, an anonymous Op-Ed piece in the disrespectful New York Times – known for its biased and often untruthful reporting – from “Someone” within the White House hit the Capital dissing the President and opining his/her views about the horrid man that he/she is still working for and earning a living of. And how much lower and wicked can it get? In my opinion, he/she is a cowardly saboteur! All this comes to crown the opinions of those in the corrupt Mainstream Media who have been saying that Trump is an unhinged madman. Outside of the nation’s cesspool of a Capital, America’s (and the world’s) working men and women persevered in their labors oblivious to yet more salacious events, many of them stressed and barely making it month-to-month, strained over the fact that their safety nets are eroding day by day and that the last thing on their minds are the Palace Intrigues that occupy their corrupt politicians and corrupt-er media to whom they, their children, their futures and those of our Planet are of negligible importance, and becoming more so thanks to the Trump/Republican sordid agenda. Pretty dismal!

Moreover, the “hearings” continued in our Capitol with our vaunted politicians grilling the nominee, Kavanaugh, for the position of Justice on the Supreme Court. And what a show that was! One corrupt politician after the other playing “gotcha” in order to either incriminate, or adulate, the nominee and prove how more “loyal” to their Party they are with their relentless questioning and grilling! The Democrats focused on: “Roe v. Wade” and the abortion matter, and whether the nominee would support the President in case of Impeachment, or other Crimes and Misdemeanors that they are hoping to charge the President with, and how the Republicans will absolve him of those. I have no idea whether he will be a sagacious judge or not. For all our sake’s, let’s hope that he will be judicious and not political, although with the very wicked Condoleezza Vice (yes, V not R in my books!) sitting right behind him during one of the sessions was a foreboding and dangerous omen for me!

And, with the mid-term elections approaching fast, who but our previous President Obama, throws down his gauntlet into the arena and emerges as the White Knight he seems to be for many, in order to rally the troops and get them to vote for the Democrats. And the Democrat’s nation went gaga, goo-goo! Now, let me tell you, Obama is the Master of Speeches. I mean, there is no one else on the Planet who can rivet and mesmerize people when they listen to him orating. He is just incredibly awesome! However! However, where I, and my main issues are concerned, he has been disappointing – and that’s putting it mildly – for much of his presidency! In his speech, he was urging us (my words, not his) to do “better” by going out to vote, because we can’t make things “perfect” much as we would love to. Well, I did! I voted for him twice in order to make it better, and he only made it worse! So, no, he did not make it better for me, or for Syria, for Iraq, for Afghanistan, for Libya and for allowing Hillary to commit the crime that she did by invading that country, or for making a speech in Cairo to herald the Arab Spring that turned into our Arab Nightmare thanks to US “meddling,” or for the expansion of our military bases all over the world, or for continuing our criminal conspiracy on Latin America, as well as wherever we can interfere, or for so many other issues both domestic and international. The whys and what-fors are numerous. I am not in the least impressed! His Hope and Change, as well as his undeserved Peace Prize, did not work for me, and it will not do so in the future either.

Obama played his dismal part in the Palestinian drama more than any other President by allowing Bibi to build more and more settlements and, on top of that, by giving him more money than any other Administration. He even outdid Reagan and Bush Junior! He – and all the Presidents before him – laid the groundwork for what Trump, Bolton and Bibi are presenting the world with now: the “Final Solution” for the Palestinian people as per their wretched, criminal plans. Every Jew should be mortified by this, not only Palestinians! I disagree with Trump on many issues, but I agree with his disregard for the world’s many Institutions, including the UN and the ICC (International Criminal Court), which he is now threatening, although he is executing his contempt in a most ludicrous way! These bodies are worthless, where I, and the Palestinian drama are concerned: all talk and no significant action. The rest of the world’s leadership hasn’t served the Palestinian people in any way either, and they are not about to. We are Alone, and have been for the past seventy years! Appalling!

Then there was the tragic Remembrance of 9/11 and the 3000 people (about) who perished, as well as the first responders and volunteers who are still suffering and dying to this day as Congress debates extending their much needed benefits. Huh? However, and again, hardly anyone on the networks spoke of the millions in the Middle East who sustained – and are still suffering – the US Revenge Wars that we are still waging. That is the true enduring tragedy!

. . . my head is spinning, and September is not over yet! Phew!

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2018

August . . .

August is over, and what a month it’s been! Most folks are back from their vacations. The kids are back in school. A certain comfortable rhythm returns to many households. However, our Planet was not on vacation . . . and Washington DC was steaming . . .

. . . Storms, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, melting icebergs and Mother Nature agonizing and wrathful that we are ignoring her and continuing to abuse her mercilessly! Until when?

. . . the Russia Saga in our US continues on the sensational airwaves and in the corridors of power, and, with the indictment of Manafort, Cohen, Gates and all the other corrupt liars and tax-evaders, who knows if those dark clouds over the White House aren’t becoming more ominous? Judging from the CNN and MSNBC “news,” one would think that Trump should be doing his Swan Song, and that they and the Deep State (whatever and whomever that is) would have succeeded in bringing him down, even though the President himself supplied them with enough ammunition! If their scenario is correct, Mike Pence must be licking his chops before going to bed every night while saying to his wife: “hold on. It won’t be much longer until I’m in the saddle!” And, should that happen, would we be in a better place as a country? I don’t know. Does anyone? As to FOX “news,” they are celebrating Trump’s achievements with an upbeat forecast of how terrific everything is, how exceptional we are, how horrible everyone else is, and how dishonest CNN and MSNBC are! I don’t know who will get the Honesty Award, but watching them one would think that we live on two different planets!

. . . Bill Clinton’s presidency was tainted by a teenage-like affair with an intern. I can still see the Republican stalwarts marching gleefully through the halls of Congress on their way to impeach him. What a pitiful show that was as FOX News cheered them on! Will our current President, be brought down by his womanizing as the direct cause? Cherchez les femmes? While if this is indeed the most precarious it has been for Trump, the MSM should not be gloating, because they have proven beyond a doubt that they are most untrustworthy. Recently, the Boston Globe newspaper rallied the media outlets to stand up against Trump and his “fake news” tweets and tirades. The claim being bandied around is that a “free press is essential to our democracy,” which is a nice slogan, but untrue, because our media is Not Free. Not by far! Irrelevant of whether we are living Trump’s last hurrahs, or not.

. . . Monsanto lost a lawsuit, and, apparently, it is not the only one on the docket. However, it is going to take much more than several lawsuits to shut down the operations of this monster of a corporation. It will entail a political will, and that is sadly absent! The Government of the tiny island of Tonga is struggling with a huge obesity problem of its citizens. The leader of the country has banned some junk foods and is directing people to go back to an organic diet rather than relying on imported processed foods. Would that all nations did that! Tonga is just one example of how our plastic, unhealthy foods infused with poisonous pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, Monsanto-like genetic engineering and what have you are affecting people’s health everywhere. Again, though, fighting the corporate greed that is producing all these deadly foods will entail a political will more than simply raising awareness. Where is our “trustworthy” media on this issue that greatly impacts the population? Absent, of course!

. . . There are Women in this world who beg the question that feminists would do well to answer honestly: support Every, Any Woman? The criminal Ang San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and the Rohingya tragedy? The hypocritical and opportunistic Asia Argento sexually victimizing a seventeen year-old while crying: I’ve been Raped by Weinstein? History is rife with corrupt and evil women. Supporting them simply because they are “Women” does not earn us respect. Not on this, or any other issue.

. . . Internet Corporations such as Google, Facebook et al are tracking every move we make on our phones and computers; they are also censoring information and many posts. They can white-wash their activities as much as they like, the truth is that they have become over-reaching and aggressive. They will not change their insidious ways anytime soon either, so I hope that we can all be more careful and discerning.

. . . then there is the scandal of the Catholic Church proving that Power, throughout every one of our Institutions has become incorrigibly Arrogant and Corrupt while . . .

. . . the recent shooting in Jacksonville, as well as the numerous murders in Chicago, as well as the reports of such heartbreaking shootings going on every day, and every hour, prove that the proliferation of weapons is a societal sickness that the Corrupt politicians do not want to address except with flimsy bandages that cannot and will not stem the bleeding. We are just told to live with this threat every time we go to a mall, a park, a game, anywhere really, and, especially, when we send our kids to their schools and universities. How is that even acceptable? Is this the Wild West all over again? We are in a merciless and perpetual state of war within, and without, our borders . . .

. . . world leaders meet, confer, discuss, yet, none of them are coming up with real plans on how to end all those deadly wars that are causing atrocious tragedies, uprooting, orphans, migrants, disease and traumatized human beings, some of whom will become those same killers and terrorists of the future that our surveillance specialists are warning us about, and will be threatening you, me and the planet’s civilizations. The political class cannot seem to overcome a pervasive confrontational mode that is very passé and that is poisoning the world and its people. There are alternatives to our war-mongering and historically criminal and colonist system of coexisting. None of them are as profitable as war, though, and none will ensure the survival of the corrupt political class better. How sick is that?

. . . a generation, my generation, is making its exit as we hear of more and more people dying. This month we lost Uri Avnery, John McCain, Neil Simon and Aretha Franklin amongst so many others. I feel sad that despite my generation’s many achievements, inventions and ground-breaking events we have not managed to create a more peaceful, just and compassionate world. In this, we have miserably failed the future, however . . .

. . . amidst all this disheartening news, there are rays of hope as an incredible anti-corruption woman named Zephyr Teachout becomes a candidate for NY State Attorney; as Elizabeth Warren is promising to fight corruption; as Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein are calling for medical care for all, justice and equality; as there is a Prison Strike going on in 17 states to try and end the Modern Day Slavery that is happening in our for-profit corporate prison system; as more people speak up about the matters that unite us and ensure our well-being . . .

. . . another Great ray of hope came from France on August 27th. when President Macron made a speech calling for Europe to look after it’s own defenses, without relying on the US and, including Russia!! Well! Well! Way to go, Macron! Perhaps there is hope here that some politicians will finally make a break with the belligerent Cold-War mentality as they seek more cooperation and peaceful coexistence? New reconfigurations and realignments?

Perhaps, there is hope yet?

In any event, it’s going to be an interesting September!