When this is over, you will have nothing that you want

Does anyone remember the Prairie home Companion?

It was a very popular radio show done by Garrison Keillor….a little slice of Middle America….down home humor and observations (is it still airing?)…..it seems that this gentleman has something to say to Donald J. Trump in this op-ed…..

The cap does not look good on you, it’s a duffer’s cap, and when you come to the microphone, you look like the warm-up guy, the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running. The brim shadows your face, which gives a sinister look, as if you’d come to town to announce the closing of the pulp factory. Your eyes look dead and your scowl does not suggest American greatness so much as American indigestion. Your hair is the wrong color: People don’t want a president to be that shade of blond. You know that now.

Source: When this is over, you will have nothing that you want – Chicago Tribune

I was never a fan of the show….it was a bit too slow for me….but he has done a good job with his op-ed…..

I am shutting it down for the day….let the long weekend begin….may you all have a wonderful time this holiday….we will get it on next week…tah tah…

By the people, for the people

I read a lot of news from different sites, unlike many these days I like a true perspective and not regurgitation of corporate tools….one I read regularly is France’s Le Monde and recently I read a great article about the 2016 elections in the US…..

Berlin’s Reichstag was rebuilt with a glass dome, a symbol of transparency following the nightmare of two totalitarian regimes. So it was fitting that in May — as President Barack Obama travelled to Europe to sell a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) drafted in consultation with corporations and not the public — that leaked TTIP documents were projected onto the Reichstag by Greenpeace activists with the headline ‘Democracy needs transparency’.

Why is TTIP, the neoliberal free trade treaty that America is aggressively pushing in Europe, so non-transparent, and apparently undemocratic?

Source: By the people, for the people, by Stuart Braun (Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, July 2016)

This election will be the worse one in US history (maybe that is a bit of a stretch but it sounds good) the losers no mater who wins is the American people….the humorous part is they f*cked themselves……

Nation is paying a heavy price for knee-jerk military spending

My readers do not need to employ a mystic to tell them that I am a devout opponent of the Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC)……wars will always be fought but I despise the idea of this action being a money making proposition……

I am also an opponent of knee-jerk reactions to world affairs and that is what we have had in our foreign policy for damn near 50 years…..and this election is built on knee-jerk reactions to situation and issues……

I write a lot of op-eds deriding war……and when I find someone that has a cogent opposition I like to pass it on to my readers….and I found a pretty good article recently……..actually it is an op-ed…..

The US is reacting to a situation…..there is little to no professionalism in any of the decisions……

Source: My Turn: Nation is paying a heavy price for knee-jerk military spending | Concord Monitor

Any opinions?

Are You An “Apologist”?

An op-ed I wrote for Ace News Room…../after years of writing my opinions I have been called many things….but the one that has irritated me the most is when some mindless drone calls me an “apologist”…..below op-ed  is my thoughts on the use of the term……

BTW, if you are a news junkie then I suggest that you visit Ace News Room….an excellent source of worldwide news…..you will not be disappointed……

Source: Are You An “Apologist”?

10th Anniversary

Did everyone have a great day yesterday?

The day after…I do hope that everyone had a pleasant and happy Christmas…..I apologize for my laziness during this last week or so….I have been up to my butt in prep work for teaching and of course the prep work for the big day….I do hope that all will understand the absence at times…..thank you.

A decade ago my life changed….a change that would have a lasting effect on my life as I go forward…….

Ten years ago today I fell from a ladder while working in a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina…..the fall broke my right leg in 5 places and my right hand (concrete is extremely hard)……after 2 operations and lots of rehab I had to retire….that was the hardest part of the accident…..learning to deal with a bum leg and retirement.

I did what many people do….I started feeling sorry for myself and playing with depression….you see I began to believe that my usefulness was at an end…..the more I thought about it the deeper I sank into depression and self-pity…..

After about a year I thought my days of writing political commentary were over…I was never a big computer user….that is until I discovered blogging.  That was perfect for my mental rehab and my source of commentary….

I thought that I was going to just sit and wait for the days to click by until my dirt nap….blogging gave me an outlet and a new outlook on retirement….and as they say….”the rest is history”……

It is Saturday and one of my days that I post on anything but the daily news…..so go out and enjoy the rest of your days off and Monday will begin again…..

Art Of Blogging: EGO!

This will be my 6th post on blogging……damn!  I did not know I was so opinionated on this subject.  But I am truthful in my ‘about’ section……I said from the start that I was an opinionated SOB…..and I prove it daily, huh?

Originally I started a blog as a way to store info…..at the time I did not have a printer and wanted to save stuff that I read that I could use at a later time….there was no intention of this to become a daily all consuming passion…..but as they say …..sh*t happens.

My tagline is not just a tagline….it is my code…..”It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to expose delusion and error”  I try to do this daily for there is so much misinformation out there and I feel someone has to challenge the bullsh*t.

I have always enjoyed research….looking for clarification of things I was not sure of…..I have been writing for many years mostly to help people understand the complexities of this world…..nothing is as clear as we want to believe.

To be truthful all of us bloggers are a bit egotistical……most of us like to see our name up there in lights.

The problem is that some of us bloggers are always searching for the magic bullet that will make their blogs will be the most popular thing since sliced bread or in today’s world, Kale.  We switch platforms time and time again…….we searching themes and fonts and yada yada…….we just know that we could find that perfect look and feel for a blog and we will be bombarded by so many new visits that we will have to make it a 24 hour job…….and then when little positive happens disappointment sets in……some of us decide that if we cannot be popular then we must just stop and re-think what we are doing.

All in all it is ego……not the compulsion to give readers truth and balanced writings……we want to strut around showing off our accomplishments.  And we seldom speak of any failures…..and believe me there are more failures than victories.

We need to put ego aside for awhile……we want those people to visit then we must go out and work for those visits…..there is no magic magnet that will ‘force’ people to visit your blog…..pick a few blogs that peak your interests and visit often….even a comment or two and like their stuff…….most will do the same as a favor for your loyalty.

You could pay some service that will promise you thousands of new visitors everyday….but at what price and will they continue to visit?  Or you could buckle down and help a fellow blogger who in turn will do the same and in the mean time you will gain a new friend that will help promote your blog.

None of this is rocket science……it has worked for me….and no I am not the most popular blog out there….but I do have good people that are loyal and repeat ‘customers’ for my writings and thoughts……..

Yes……blogging can be an ego boost……but I feel that it should not be a driving force…..helping people understand complex situation and the spreading of truth should be the main concern……any one can spout hate and misinformation……I try to do better.

I am not the most popular blog but I do love what I do and I enjoy the people that visit my site daily….that is what it is all about….at least for me.

The Vulgar Showmanship Of Power

I am always reading and searching for something that I think my readers will appreciate….they may not agree with the piece but at least they can appreciate the piece for its content.

2015 has been an amazing year……there has been the mash up with ISIS and the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the forefront of GOP politics.

ISIS has been on a propaganda blitz with their vulgar and barbaric videos of their so-called “executions” which all civilized people find horrendous and despicable.

Then there is Trump…..he has made news by his bad mouthing immigrants, his attacks on other GOP candidates and his verbiage about China……and he has not finished there is so much more to come.

I know there is a link between the two different subjects?

Am I trying to equate ISIS and Trump for some obscure reason?

What could I be thinking, right?

While I was on-line researching a series that I am writing on Central Asia I came upon an opinion piece that caught my eye…..the common thread that weaves through both subjects is……showmanship.

ISIL and Donald Trump are united in their vulgar showmanship of power.

Source: Pornotopia: From ISIL to Donald Trump – Al Jazeera English

Please….I am not trying to equate one with the other in some phantom way…..just showing that showmanship goes a long way in this world in which we live….

I found this op-ed interesting and I wanted to post it and see what others thought of it….

Please….any thoughts?