Friday, October 9, 2015

Death of a Nation – The Gun and the Ignorance that Embraces it

My soul seethes with anger. And I wish to lash out at Americans who embrace our dangerous and idiotic gun culture. Those who see bloodshed, a society awash in domestic horror and daily death by the bullet, and not only refuse to quash it, but believe the answer to a nation terrorized by the rifle, pistol and assault weapon is to ensure that even more people are armed to the teeth – mental state or criminal record be damned. They deserve neither my respect, nor my regard, but rather my disdain. Such willful ignorance and acceptance and endorsement of gun violence is grievous folly and hazardous futility, and those who hold such unenlightened and perilous philosophies should be ostracized by any civilized culture and be exposed for the treacherous fools that they are.

Another day, another two school shootings, such is life in the United States of the NRA. This country suffers from a fatal illness, its addiction to guns combined with a fear and loathing of everything - a destructive and detrimental attitude exhorted by the corporate courtesans that are the Republican members of Congress, through orders of their pimp bosses of big business who line their pockets and control every word, deed and vote of these D.C. whores.

This blog has always been satirical in nature, with a goal to uncover the humor in the political and social situations in which we find ourselves. Today, you will discover no joviality in this installment for there is very little in the actions and activities of the citizens of this modern day Dogpatch; which at one time was looked upon as a beacon to, and the greatest hope of, a world often in strife.  But that was a different America, an America as envisioned and set in place by our founders - worldly, curious, intelligent, forward thinking, well-read, intellectual men who, while holding almost a god-like place in the hearts of Americans, would in reality be castigated, ridiculed and hated by many of the current generation who truly have no grasp of our history, nor a clue of what an American really is.

As a nation, we have evolved from a republic to our current identity as an idiocracy, and are well on the road to a combination of theocracy and plutocracy.  Although, of course, the plutocrats have little interest or belief in things religious or spiritual, they merely use the sacred as a weapon against the devout to win over their trust and their vote, no matter how contradictory to their self-interest.

Welcome to the United States of America, land of the violent ignoramus, where education is considered unnecessary, snobby and elitist. Where Right Wing lies told in repetition are accepted as truths and actual truths are negated, rejected and condemned as Liberal propaganda.  Once a forward thinking and progressive country, now turned backward land where long agreed upon scientific facts are at first questioned and then rebuffed in favor of millennia old superstition conceived by an ancient peoples lacking in scholarship, and with an agenda to control behaviors through an invented system of morality and a vicious and vengeful god. Where history is ignominiously ignored, if not entirely rewritten, and we learn nothing from the dumb and dangerous mistakes of the past, but to repeat them, time and again; and where violence is regarded as the proper response to every situation.

I no longer have any patience for people who oppose the very reasonable gun regulations of universal background checks to close the internet and gun show loopholes, and the banning of automatic assault weapons, a favorite cause of their GOP deity, Ronald Wilson Reagan.  After the obscene series of mass shootings that continually bombard the U.S. on a regular basis, if you oppose these procedures, you are contemptable; at best, an accessory to these heinous and frequent crimes, at worst, as guilty as those who pull the triggers.

Perhaps it may not appear so, but I love this country. I love this country as it should be, as it was intended to be, as Jefferson and Adams and Madison designed it to be. What I abhor is this bastardization that these, not particularly, United States are becoming; maintaining a specific repugnance for the mean-spirited and selfish in positions of power who twist our founder’s intents for their own ugly benefit;  and the increasingly pathetically and proudly stupid citizenry who align themselves with this villainy and happily allow it to happen.  But there is hope. I still hold out hope. As long as there is a Declaration of Independence, a Constitution and a Bill of Rights, there is hope that this floundering, and in many ways failing, ship of state can be righted once again. There is hope. But until we the people educate ourselves to truths, facts, history and reality, rather than accepting the vile prevarications and propaganda of those who wish to control us, that hope seems utterly and excruciatingly unattainable.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bellevue or the White House – Ben Carson M.D. (Me Doctor) - Reprise

“It's my life and I'll do what I want
It's my mind and I'll think like I want
Show me I'm wrong, hurt me sometime
But someday I'll treat you real fine.”
- The Animals

Now that Dr. Carson, mad genius, is challenging Donald Trump, irate imbecile, for the questionable honor of which unsuitable and unsagacious Teapublican will be making the late election night concession call to President Clinton deux, it appears an opportune time to re-post this essay from much earlier in the year. Please read, enjoy and perhaps even share, for as the good doctor/bad politician gains in popularity, it's extremely important that the, too often, uninformed electorate learn a fearful fact or two about the GOP's up and coming flavor of the month.

From January 2015 (with an update or two) -

It’s freshly 2015, bonne annĂ©e mes amis, and in the Machiavellian, machination-filled mud pit that is U.S. politics that means it’s 2016 part one:  Rise of the Machines. Let the clash of dumbed-down dogma and inflexible ideology commence.  To the victors go the spoils, and to those select billionaires who wager on the proper ponies shall go the fulfillment of their needs and the caretaking of their concerns.  Should those one-percenter desires on occasion accord with those wishes of us wee folk, financially speaking, mores the better.

And to kick off the run-up to the 2016 campaign, submitted for your approval, a fresh feature -  it’s time for America’s favorite new game show, “Bellevue or the White House” (frenzied and only slightly intoxicated studio audience enthusiastically and energetically restates the title in shouts of joy and exultation) where you, the home viewer, get to determine whether potential Republican presidential candidates more appropriately deserve a warm bed in famed Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric unit, or a comfy chair in the Oval Office.
Canadian comedy icon, David Steinberg, and the original "Me Doctor"
This week’s target, rather, contestant, is a favorite of pre-school graduate and recent brain donor Sarah Palin, the Saudi-run Fox Fake News Channel and the late Charles Guiteau; and along with Allen West he’s one of the only two African-Americans out of the 44.5 million in our country that give Teapublicans an opportunity to pronounce “see, we love the Negros, and that Jackie Robinson was a heck of a ballplayer!”  He’s Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant and pioneering neurosurgeon whose politics are only slightly right of Jefferson Davis and whose possible personality disorder only a tad less alarming than Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme’s.

"They like us, they really like us! Don't they?"
Before beginning our contest, a little background information about today’s participant, and truth be told, Dr. Carson has quite the impressive resume. With a bachelor’s degree from Yale and an M.D. from the University of Michigan, Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology and plastic surgery at prestigious Johns Hopkins University Hospital; as well as its director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Yet, Dr. Carson unfortunately stated and believes the quotes that are soon to follow, providing tragic proof that one can be intelligent, well-educated, accomplished and still a few scalpels shy of a full surgical kit.

These are his words.  We give you the facts, and you make the determination – democracy at its finest.

One Doctor’s Prescription for Disaster – Carson in his own words

His admiration for ISIS and his comparison of them to our Founding Fathers –
“A bunch of rag-tag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing. They were willing to die for what they believed in. Fast forward to today. What do we have? You’ve got ISIS.”

Mass Shootings - 
"I would not just stand there and let him shoot me."

Second Amendment -
"I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away."

Religious Freedom -
"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation, I absolutely would not agree with that."

Marriage equality –
“Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality.”

Marijuana legislation –
“… politicians like President Obama and Eric Holder are surreptitiously encouraging marijuana use in order to create a dumb citizenry. That way, doped-up Americans will be distracted by controversies like the name of the Washington Redskins instead of focusing on stories about Benghazi and Fast and Furious.” 

Modern science and Creationism – “I don’t believe in evolution”

Health care reform –
“…the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” 

The police shooting of Michael Brown –
“I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘me generation.’ ‘What’s in it for me?’ I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement.

??? –
“You know, we live in a Gestapo age”
"I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany.”

Ah, the classic, and should be verboten, Nazi and Slavery comparisons, those pathetic, heinous and desperate tactics  so frequently employed by the fringe Right Wing in lieu of genuine thought, ideas or sanity.

“I stand by those (remarks); I don’t think there’s anything crazy at all.” – Dr. Ben Carson

Only you can prevent this man from becoming our next President. It’s your life; you can do what you want.  And with that forced last thought as a tenuous connection,  and therefore the weakest segue to a song in the history of the concept of synergy,  an nycityman favorite,  rapidly-aging rapscallion that I be,  Eric Burdon and the Animals perform, “It’s My Life.”

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