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ALWAYS DARKEST…

Remember me? I’m the one who should be blogging at this address. As I believe I wrote the last time I was here, about seven months ago, I have been so overwhelmed by the trump so-called presidency that I have not been able to write about it. The rapid-fire events, I was pleased to note, were even tough for professional journalists to keep up with. So, I spend my time reading, reading, reading – just trying to stay abreast of what the analysts and professional insiders have to say about the unspeakable happenings of this past year in all their irrational obscenity.

 

If you aren’t already aware, I am, by comparison to many out there in the blogosphere, a screaming liberal who believes in outlandish ideas like free and democratic elections, freedom of choice (think: women’s health issues), strictest gun control, environmental protection, universal healthcare…I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

 

The impersonator in the White House is the antithesis of all the above, a really great example of everything I abhor, and the sooner he is no longer there, the better. Of course, he will need to take all of his “people” with him, especially the so-called “Christian” VP. We all know he was chosen by t’s friend Vladimir, as was Rex. Rex has, however, already found the door, only to be hypothetically replaced by someone much worse. But maybe, just maybe that can be stopped. The timing of t’s ouster needs to be very well considered so that we don’t find ourselves stuck with Paul Ryan for two years. (How much again did he get from the NRA, i.e. the Russians?) That brings us up to the Democratic wave that will wash over the country with the November mid-terms. When all those blues take their seats in Congress in January, then, at the latest, is the moment. Bye-bye, little t!

 

But are you feeling it, too? That the tide is turning? That t is not so much acting out his dictatorial whims but thrashing around in deep, deep water? He is in way over his orange head, trying to hire conspiracy theory lawyers who then can’t be hired, firing a Secretary of State and an NSC advisor just because they said nasty things about Vlad and V expects him to do it? Hiring super-hawk FOX News warmonger Bolton to get ready for nuclear war? And I haven’t even mentioned Stormy! Behind all this frantic activity lies fear.

 

My hero Bobby Mueller is closing in like a boa constrictor, silently lying in ambush, just waiting for the right moment to strike and wrap trump in his crushing embrace.

 

Is it always darkest before the dawn? Not being a morning person, I can’t really say for certain. But I believe in this adage metaphorically. Things can’t get much darker than they are just now. Mr. Mueller, it’s time.

 

 

 

 

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ANOTHER SHOOTING IN THE US – a Never-Ending Tragedy

Now it’s in Oregon, the next massacre of innocents – young college students with their lives ahead of them, slaughtered by a crazy person with a gun.

I watched President Obama on the news last night, making his statement on this episode in a never-ending saga. His tone of quiet indignation and frustration was spot-on. No other advanced nation on this planet allows such carnage, such insanity.

At the root of this problem is paranoia, mental illness armed to the teeth with modern weaponry. And no one is doing anything about it.

How can members of Congress and Senators – of both parties – sleep at night? When will they finally put a stop to it? When will it end?

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THE WALL – ROGER WATERS IN FRANKFURT

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All week the radio stations hyped the event. Last night it happened: Roger Waters and his crew staged a magnificent performance of THE WALL.

The music was as powerful as when first released in 1979. Live performances of the full-blown rock opera have been infrequent, thus making the Frankfurt gig a rare gem in the year’s schedule of big name appearances.

The special effects – light, sound and visuals – were stunning. The droning airplanes and thwacking helicopters, the crashing bombs and the flak artillery, were not only loud. You felt them shake the arena; your internal organs vibrated along.  They even flew a real airplane through the air to explode into the stage.

With all this sound and fury, it must be noted that this is an anti-war message par excellance.  Waters protests against the wanton destruction of individual human beings and their worlds with anger and irony. One bit of graffiti on the wall: “If at first you don’t succeed, call an airstrike.”  Waters takes to task every element of our society responsible for causing war: the three big religions, political ideologies and big business. Symbols of these forces fall as payloads from bombers, causing death and destruction as they hit the ground.

Behind the anti-war message lies Waters’ own private demons: the death of his father who he never knew in WWII, abuse by bullying teachers at school, an over-protective mother and his divorce.

This statement on the wall, however, conveyed Roger Waters’ entire message to me in three words: FEAR BUILDS WALLS. I couldn’t help but think of my own small-scale, non-explosive creative efforts. In THE PEACE BRIDGE Hannah Zimmer fights to bring down the wall of silence that her family has built around the past. Fear built that wall, too. Like Hannah and Waters’ protagonist, Pink, we each have demons that haunt us and make us fear what we are walling in. Or walling out.

Were you there last night? If so, what did you think?

BTW: The performance deserves better photos! Sorry I couldn’t deliver.

 

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GUNS R US – Just for the Kiddies!

A five-year-old boy shoots his two-year-old sister.

Words fail me, but I will try anyway to express my disgust with a mentality that considers guns and rifles suitable gifts for children. They aren’t even suitable gifts for ADULTS!

This news item does not represent an isolated case either. In light of this occurrence, several other similar instances were highlighted where small tikes, who should be playing with dolls or cars, have gotten a hold of weapons that are just lying around and manage to kill someone with it.

LETHAL SURPRISE EGGS

Our newspaper today brought up another absurdity which I already wrote about in a December 2012 post: German chocolate “surprise eggs” (a chocolate shell containing a plastic egg inside with a little toy to assemble) are banned in the USA because a child might not recognize that the plastic part and toy are not edible. They could choke on it.  Okay, maybe that is some kind of argument.

BUT: guns and rifles in pink and blue, BIG ENOUGH NOT TO CHOKE ON – specially made for the children’s market segment — well, they are just fine. Let’s sell ’em – advertise them on Saturday mornings when the kids are watching cartoons — or let’s face it, they are watching TV ALL the time these days! Mom and Dad are off doing…..whatever….just not doing any parenting.

I’m sorry, but the whole time I’m writing, I’m just shaking my head in despair. Does a society get….the kind of society it deserves? They certainly get the government they voted for: see my post linking to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show on GUN CONTROL!

Forgive all my BOLDness here. But I’m mad!

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THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

It could have its advantages…

According to the Mayan calendar, tomorrow – December 21, 2012 – the world will end. What form will this “end” take? Will it come as a humongous galactic catastrophe? As an attack from aliens? Or as the day when, because of humankind’s profligate production of carbon dioxide, the earth will run out of oxygen to breath and we will all faint dead away? Or will some force somewhere simply flip a switch and we will be no more?

It seems our species has always had and always will need to dream up scenarios for the end of the world, perhaps as the logical conclusion to the thought that: All good things must come to an end.

Or will tomorrow turn out to be just another date for the apocalypse that will come and go without anything really…apocalyptic…happening?

Not that I wish to cause pain to anyone, but there could be a lot of useful side effects from the end of life as we know it. For example, if it were really to end tomorrow, I could completely forget all this nonsensical preparation for Christmas. No more shopping, no more card writing, menu planning,gift wrapping. I could even eat an entire chocolate cake this afternoon (I’ll be visiting my friend Suz who has a bakery, so this is a real option!) without having to suffer the consequences to my diet.

Seen on a level beyond my own little life, Angela Merkel wouldn’t have to worry about saving Greece and the Euro; Mario Monti could give Silvio B. the finger and tell the rest of Italy to go to hell in a hand basket. David Cameron wouldn’t have to worry about how to cut Britain loose from the EU without causing…the end of life as Brits know it.

Nor would Barak Obama have any need to fight the Republicans and save the USA from plummeting over the Fiscal Cliff. But even more important than that, he wouldn’t need to battle Congress and the National Rifle Association to change the f—–g gun laws in the USA.

A poster shared via Facebook displays the following incongruity:  Kinder Surprise (illegal) versus assault rifles (legal).  A chocolate egg containing a small toy for a child to assemble is banned by the FDA in the USA because it could pose a danger to small children. Let me run that through my head one more time… Kinder chocolate is illegal; assault rifles are… legal.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.[60]

That’s it, the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution that allows Americans the right to bear arms, a basic human right.  Of course, we all know that was conceived in the late 18th century; it seems the country and the rule of law have not progressed since then.

All that remains is to wish everyone a Merry Christmas…just in case we are still here. And as merry as any holiday can be after the events in New Town, Connecticut.

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