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Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #061: ENOUGH!

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #061: ENOUGH!

To the best of my recollection, the first time I was embarrassed to be an American was about 40 years ago. There was a severe drought going on in California, and one of their officials proposed we build a pipeline from the Great Lakes to help them out.

Forgot about how Californians would have been reduced to cinders long before such a pipeline could be built and put into service. The United States does not own our vast Inter-Ocean. All that fresh water borders on Canada as well as the States, and much of their population lives within about 20 miles of the live-giving wetness. Even a fairly slight drop in the water level would wreak havoc with the people and the economies of, among other places, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Windsor.

It would severely undermine navigation, traumatize and end navigation on the St. Lawrence Seaway. By the way, it would have a similar effect on the people of, among other places, Detroit, Duluth, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Erie. If you’re unfamiliar with the map — yes, I’m talking to you, my fellow New Yorkers — check it out. The Great Lakes are directly linked to the Mississippi River, part of a network that includes, oh, the Ohio River, the Missouri River, and much of Mark Twain’s work. Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #061: ENOUGH!”

Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mind #044: How Long Can You Live Without A Spine?

Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mind #044: How Long Can You Live Without A Spine?

Back in 1956, a young senator named John F. Kennedy published a book titled Profiles In Courage. Written by Kennedy and (mostly, according to columnist Cecil Adams) Theodore Sorensen, the tome detailed the stories of eight senators who exhibited extraordinary valor by standing up for the right thing.

Profiles in Courage won a Pulitzer the following year, and when JFK became president it became mandatory reading in public schools across the Union states, as well as some within the friendly confines of the Confederacy. It’s worth reading today, but if you’ve got a short attention span you can find out about these eight old white guys on Wiki.

Please note: I said it was worth reading today. If Ted were to come back from the grave to write a sequel, he need not transverse the River Styx. Spit out Charon’s obol, pal, your follow-up would be shorter than this very piece. Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mind #044: How Long Can You Live Without A Spine?”

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #035: The Great American Crossroads

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #035: The Great American Crossroads

Nancy Pelosi has been promoting the position that we should not be seeking the impeachment and conviction of the President of the United States at this time. She makes some good points about how impeachment would be very divisive and will energize — and arguably grow — the President’s so-called base. It is clear that, at this time even if the House votes for impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate will not vote to convict and remove.

But the increasing moral outrage against each new revelations about our President’s lies, manipulation, and outright thuggery shows a growing desire for Congress to do its job and hold hearings that could lead to an impeachment vote, and that if the Republican Senate refuses to convict no matter what the evidence, we should see which ones will go on the record against the laws and values of our nation. That, alone, could give the Democrats control of the Senate a year from January.

That is a dichotomy of Nietzschean proportions. Perhaps it would be a bit easier to wrap ourselves around Pelosi’s position had she revealed the political mathematics behind her position.  Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #035: The Great American Crossroads”

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #024: All The President’s Frauds, Uncle Ruckus, and Dancing and Singing

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #024: All The President’s Frauds, Uncle Ruckus, and Dancing and Singing

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts you can’t remember a single program or policy expressed by any sitting president during his annual State of the Union speech. So I will not put down His Petulance King Donald the Last for spending 82 minutes before the most powerful gathering of humanity in the world without saying a goddamned thing. It’s an American tradition.

However, I am amused with the response to the overall event. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the woman the Rabid Right has long conflated with Lucrezia Borgia, did her job sitting behind the president and awkwardly applauding at the “appropriate” times. The Right said she was condescending. The Queen of Condescending Applause, they muttered on anti-social media.

It’s not as if Leader Pelosi started screaming “you lie!” at even one of the numerous opportunities afforded to her Tuesday night. No. That particular privilege is only granted to white Republican men and thus far only against a black Democratic president. Had Cong. Pelosi just sat there and glowered at our Traitor-in-Chief, those same hypocrites would have slammed her just the same.

Exacerbating my personal amusement, 2016 presidential campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson (who is not presently under indictment) observed the Democratic congresswomen who wore white in tribute to the suffragists who fought to give women the vote 100 years ago were akin to members of the Ku Klux Klan. “The only thing that the Democrats uniform was missing tonight” (sic) Pierson tweeted, “is the matching hood.”

How can a person so mean be that stupid? She was joined by the Pastor Darrell C. Scott, who worked on the usurper’s presidential transition team as the liaison between the team and black pastors. He tweeted “I see the Dems have their Klan colors on tonight!” Wow. How can a preacher so stupid be that mean?

And they have the audacity to criticize those deeply troubled Virginia democrats who donned blackface and Klan kostumes. Hypocrites and fellow travelers, the bunch of them.

Scott reminds me of Uncle Ruckus of Aaron McGruder’s no-longer-retired comic strip The Boondocks. The strip has returned to public life, with the assistance of Boondocks’ animator Seung Kim. Last year, Berkeley Breathed did much the same thing when he resurrected Bloom County online on a more-often-than-not basis. I missed the strip and McGruder’s insightful (and inciteful) social and political commentary. And, yes, Uncle Ruckus is part of the relaunch.

Am I grateful to His Petulance for inspiring the return of The Boondocks? Well, no, it’s impossible for me to possess any gratitude towards a treasonous president who hangs out with the likes of Darrell Scott and Katrina Pierson, and, for that matter, who employs megaton-level liars like angry-yet-prissy Sarah Sanders. But, to be fair, the piece of shit in the oval office has inspired greatness from people such as Steven Colbert, Seth Myers, and now Aaron McGruder.

As Eric Idle wrote and sang, “If life seems jolly rotten / There’s something you’ve forgotten / And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.”

Amen, Mr. Idle. Now more than ever.

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #023:  And Trump Can Fart Rainbows Too!

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #023:  And Trump Can Fart Rainbows Too!

It appears the reason behind His Petulance’s capitulation last weekend that ended the Trump-O’Connell government shutdown, perhaps temporarily, was not the devastating report from the Air Traffic Controllers Association telling the world that the longer the shutdown lasts, the more likely it is that there will be a major air catastrophe… and nobody could predict when that might happen., but it could happen at any time.

Nope. It was the ever-increasing possibility that there will be a major air catastrophe during Super Bowl weekend, which pretty much started a couple days ago. As they say in the business, that would make for real bad optics. And, also, a lot of dead bodies. Possibly dead bodies of extremely wealthy, tax-break-giddy Republicans. As nobody knows better than a hustler who is maxed-out with his mark, that could be bad for Trump’s business.

Not to mention Putin’s.

Of course, you wouldn’t know that from listening to King Donald the Last. On any given day our grifter-in-chief generates more spin than a Maytag repairman’s wet dream. About one-third of the electorate, give or take and depending upon the position of the moon, believes everything this lying asshole has to say. If President Second Coming says he can fart rainbows, these people – with whom we share the planet – will tell their children that Donald Second Coming can fart rainbows.  Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #023:  And Trump Can Fart Rainbows Too!”

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #020: Yeah. Just Another Brick, by Mike Gold

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #020: Yeah. Just Another Brick, by Mike Gold

Tuesday night His Petulance delivered an over-rehearsed message to America about the need to build his wall. This time it’s not only to halt the terrorists that haven’t been coming in on foot over the border, it’s also to halt the heroin traffic that the refugees haven’t been bringing into the United States.

For his effort, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he received a 28.1 household rating. This was according to the overnight numbers generated by ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN and Fox News – but not MSNBC. Conventional wisdom has it that MSNBC isn’t His Petulance’s best audience anyway.

His lies immediately were followed by a response from Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Broadcast-wise, neither would have done well in the Kennedy-Nixon Debate. Both looked very, very tired, as if to say “Crap, we’ve still got to be polite?”

Nonetheless, the Democratic Party rebuttal outperformed His Petulance, receiving a 29.3 overnight rating from these same venues. And conventional wisdom has it the uncounted MSNBC audience is more likely to be sympathetic to the Pelosi-Schumer less-than-Dynamic Duo.

Jeez. How many popular votes can the Donald lose before he realizes on his best day he’s an also-ran?  Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #020: Yeah. Just Another Brick, by Mike Gold”