And now………for something compltetly different

Today I want to share a few quotes and items I picked up over the years. Some from the internet, others from books or other print sources and/or various media. Yes, the heading IS from another old favorite of mine, Monty Python.
First up is one that I first found in late 1971 or early 1972. At the time I had returned from the war in Vietnam and was stationed at Camp LeJeune, which is outside Jacksonville, North Carolina. I used to go into town on most weekends, not just to drink at one of the many beer joints in town, but to often watch a movie and often to eat something other than standard Marine Corps mess hall food. I found a nice little book store just off the main drag in town. They had great variety of books, not a big store, but good selection, cross section of books. There I found the “Hobbit” and the entire “Lord of the Rings” book. I bought all four of them and read them all by June 1972, when my enlistment was over.
One short poem from the “Fellowship of the Ring” struck me and has stayed with me ever since. For various reasons, I really like it. It would be difficult to explain just what it means to me, but whatever meaning I do get from it, no doubt varies with time and what has happened over the years. Any way, enough of my lead up, here it is;

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
(from the Ballantine Books paper back edition page 62. 1969, sixth printing)
I have copies of this and one is posted on my computer desk so I can read it any time I am at the desk.

For what follows, where I know the author, or at least who supposedly said it, I will give the name. Those that were without attribution will be presented here the same way. There is no particular order to any of this, just random things I made note of over the years for various reasons.
First off, this sounds like a total no-brainer, until you see who said it.
“You cannot go around the world and violate the sovereignty of nations by force, coercion, or intimidation.” Sounds very reasonable, right? Now, who said this……Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel said this to China. Pot, kettle, anybody? Or, was Chuck implicating HIS own country in a very rare moment of true honesty? I’d bet it was absolute arrogance of the part of old Chuck. After all, everybody KNOWS that ONLY the US of A can do that and get off scot free, well…………sort of, sometimes.

“No people can be both ignorant and free.” Thomas Jefferson

“The news and the truth are not the same thing.” Walter Lippman

“All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” George Orwell

“The enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do…….and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments.” unknown to me

“Criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democracy.” Robert Taft (R) Ohio

“The chief difference between genius and stupidity is genius has limits.” unknown author

An odd acronym that never caught on, I think it may have come from Paul Craig Roberts, but do not quote me on this. PIGAC PIGAC = Permanent insider government aristocracy class

This I believe was from Mr. P. C. Roberts, though somebody else may have been first.
“American media = Ministry of lies and deceit”

“Laws are cobwebs for the rich and chains for the poor.” August Spies labor activist and Haymarket martyr

“I know your religion isn’t true, the same way you know other people’s isn’t” Mark Twain

“Must helpless man, in ignorance sedated, roll darkling down the torrent of his state?” Samuel Johnson—Oxford Dictionary of Quotes

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But, for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” Stephen Weinburg

“Whenever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed….”
“Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that the science or history, mythology is absurd. When a civilization begins to reinterpret its mythology in this way, the life goes out of it, temples become museums, and the links between the two perspectives becomes dissolved.” Joseph Campbell

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; NO religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” Albert Einstein

Supposedly Einstein also said; “Only two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity, and I am not so certain about the universe.” Good one and true, no matter who first said it.

From some blog post, which blog, I forgot long ago, sorry. “The whole idea mankind was in need of redemption in the first place is based on the belief that a couple of nudists, in the very distant past, took dietary advice from a talking snake. And we wonder why the world is the screwed up mess it is.” This is an absolute KEEPER, my opinion, yours may vary.

“First they ignore you, then they make fun of you, then they fight you, then you win.”
First said by……??? Anybody have an attribution? Lenin? Trotsky? I have no idea.

“What a useful religion this Christianity is– the people oppress themselves” Unknown author

A made look at the “big three” religions from their own view points;
Christian…..Islam and Judaism are wrong.
Jew……Christianity and Islam are wrong.
Muslim……Judaism and Christianity are wrong.
atheist……you are ALL correct!
another favorite of mine, of course

“Faith isn’t a virtue; it is a glorification of a voluntary ignorance.” Anonymous

“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” Nietzsche

“It could probably be shown by facts that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Mark Twain.

Until next time, PLEASE try and be good to each other.
Treat everybody you come in contact with the same way you want to be treated. We just could make this world a nicer place for us all. Give it a try, an honest try. You may like it.

Only in Louisiana

 

 

Today I have some items to share with any who stop by here about the state I live in. I moved here in April of 2000 after living in southern California for 41 years. OK, I did spend over two years outside California during that time. My tour in Vietnam, 1970-71 and then my last duty station was in North Carolina, September 1971 until the end of my enlistment in June 1972. Basically though, I was a resident of California from 1959 until 2000.

Enough of the background information. Early on in my time here, Louisiana, I was told that in this state, politics IS a contact sport. Yes, this is where Huey Long reigned as the closest thing the US of A has ever known as a dictator. While he was behind many various nasty things, he did do a lot of good for the common people. He did get bridges built, roads paved and free hospitals for ALL people, regardless of skin color. He provided, state money of course, for ALL school children to have books, paper, and pencils. Yes, this was all done with state funds, but, it was still way more than any other governor had done for the common, working class and poor people of this state.

Those who were alive during his life either love him or hate him. He was and still is that polarizing. In my opinion, the best biography of the man was done by T. Harry Williams. It is titled, simply; “Huey Long”. In my opinion, it is the only biography of Huey Long that is basically neutral. He points out the bad things he was responsible for, graft, greed, corruption, etc. He also tells the good he did for the common people.In short, a fair look at the man and his life.

Now, to recent events in this state. First off is a must read article some of you may have read by now. It was posted at the web site Think Progress. Yes, I know, some of my regular readers do not care much for this site for various reasons. I have not been a visitor to it for over a year myself as I got a bit tired of the slant some of the main authors seemed to have. We all have our own look on things and our own prejudices, big deal, that is life and we are all human. This article though needs to be read in my opinion.

The link follows http://www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/03/3478445/republican-judge-in-louisiana-breaks-marriage-equality
As I read this, it struck me as this. Of course! The guy was appointed by “saint” Ronnie, so what else would you expect? Yeah, I AM very cynical as well as being sarcastic.
Even the Supreme Court refused to say that marriage equality is illegal or unconstitutional. BUT, by shopping for a pliable judge, the Reich wingers found one. Where? Why in Louisiana, where else? You might be thinking about Mississippi or even Alabama. Well, they may have been next on the list for these “shoppers” I didn’t see that in the article. Yeah, I know, I need to go and read it again, closer. Probably will, but it just got me so damn angry I needed to post this rant NOW. As the old saying goes; strike while the iron is hot. Well, even if the outdoor temperature was 40 below zero, I’d still be damn hot about this clown.
I do not care one bit what you think of marriage equality. That is for you to decide. I will say now and any time, that while I am not gay, I DO believe that any two people who care about each other enough to want to get married should be able to do so legally. Look around this world we live in today. See all those damn fool wars going on all over the globe? See all those fellow human beings having NO access to safe, clean drinking water? See all those fellow human beings doing without proper diet? See all those fellow human beings with NO homes to live in? (Many of the homeless in the US of A are US military veterans. What ever happened to the bullshit slogan; “Support the troops”? Just WHAT “support” do those homeless vets get from the gummint that is supposed to provide them with decent treatment from the VA?) Think about those fellow human beings around the globe who live on less than $2.00 US per DAY, a great many of them survive, if you can call it that, on about $1.00 per DAY!
NOW, tell me after a few moments thinking about that last paragraph and tell me that this world does NOT need all the caring, loving people it can get. Come on, I dare you to. Hell, I double DOG dare you to do so. IF any two human beings give their mutual consent to enter into a marriage, they should be encouraged to do so, no matter if they are the same sex. Marriage does not only exist to produce offspring. As far as that goes, just look here in the US of A at the huge number of unwed mothers. Yeah, how’s THAT for your marriage is all about having children doing? Now, tell me again that this world does NOT need ALL the love, caring, happy marriages it can get. Remember, I DARE you to tell me that gay marriage should NOT be allowed. Well, screw that shit. ALL human beings have the absolute RIGHT to be happy and if two of them consent to get married, nobody should even think about blocking them, as long as they are of legal age and both consent. Two gay people being married does NOT in any way at all threaten me or make me less secure in any way. What harm does it do to you if two people of the same sex get married and live as happy as they are able to? How in hell could that ever harm you? IF you object to gay marriage, do NOT enter into one. See how bloody simple it is?
For my next point of this rant, please check CB Forgotston and his post of 4 September 2014.
This is part of an ongoing “saga” on the amendment to a bill in the state legislature on the last day of the session. It is a rider that increases, unconstitutionally, the retirement pay of the commander of the Louisiana State Police and one other retired trooper.
While this has been going on for some weeks now in Louisiana, very well covered by both CB Forgotston and Tow Aswell at “Louisiana Voice” web site (both are in the links on this page), the post today by CB was a stunner. The attorneys for the board told the board members to ignore the law. This amounts to criminal malfeasance according to CB. I emailed him, as I often do after reading his daily posts, to ask if attorneys are actually officers of the court as they are in most states. I had to ask him as Louisiana state law is NOT based on English Common Law as most of the US of A is, but on the Napoleonic Code. So, I asked him, while also telling him how angry it made me, to clarify that point. His reply was, YES, even in Louisiana attorneys ARE officers of the court.
Now, can anybody actually imagine an officer of the court saying to you; “Go ahead and break this law.” Or; “Go ahead and just ignore this law”? IF any court officer told me this, after the shock wore off, the first thing I’d be asking is OK bud, now IF/when I get in trouble for this, will you back me up? I’ll bet the whole bloody farm that said attorney will be nowhere to be found when I get caught. He/she will claim to never have heard of me ever, no matter how many times we’d been photographed in meetings, face-to-face, in public.
Just my opinion, not even worth the proverbial 2 cents now days is. these attorneys are guilty of a crime now.
What a state we have here in Louisiana. And some people think old Huey was bad. Well, lil’ Booby Jindal looks to take not just the cake, but the whole bloody damn bakery. Oh, by the way, Herr Jindal still “thinks” he can be president of the US of A. And, one more downer, it IS true that diaper Dave Vitter IS running for governor of Louisiana in 2015.

p.s. Rude pundit (link on this page) also gives his take on “judge” Feldman and his “decision” on marriage. Read at your own risk, Rude pundit does NOT mince his words.
OK, until next time, please try and be good to each other. This old world DOES need ALL the love it can get.

US of A “exceptionalism”

By now, 22 August, 2014, I am certain that very few people alive in the world today have not heard the US of A described as an “exceptional” country. It has also self-described as “indispensable”.  The very few who have not heard these terms to describe the US of A either are very young and have not had any access to any sort of media, print, or electronic. Also, these very young may not be old enough to have acquired language skills yet. One other possible reason that a human being alive today has not heard these terms is they have little to no access to any media and live in some remote place that has not (yet, but wait, your turn will be coming) been the object of attention from the US of A.

Well folks, I am here today to tell you that I am 100% certain that this bullshit must stop, NOW. Yes, I did call these terms bullshit. I am certain that it IS pure bullshit to describe ANY country in either of those terms.

How so you may say. Just read any good history book for proof. How many countries and empires have risen and then fallen in recorded human history? No, I do not have a count, but I can give a few examples from memory. We had the Mongol Empire, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire the Holy Roman Empire, and of course the British Empire. They all rose to a high point then fell. Well, the US Empire is now in decline and in my opinion, it cannot decline fast enough. Before you say the US of A is not an empire, ask yourself then why is it that “we” have over 1,000 military bases in nearly every country of the world. What does a “democracy”(which the US of A never has been) need with all those bases in foreign countries?  Once upon a time, the US of A was a Constitutional Republic, or so we were taught in high school civics class, I was, but that was back in 1965-66, yeah, ages ago.

Why does a “Constitutional Republic” need all those military bases across the globe? Well, it does not need them. An empire does however. That is what empires do, how they operate, just read a good history book. Yeah, I know, books, reading them even. OK, do an internet search then. The information on the history of empires is out there, free for the asking, check it out. Then, remember what an administration aide told a US reporter during the reign of W. Shrub. To paraphrase; he said about the US of A; “we’re an empire now, we make our own reality”. Yeah, some senior aide to president W. Shrub admitted that the US of A IS and empire.

Look up what Madeline Albright said about the 500,000 Iraqi children who died as a result of the sanctions put on Iraq by the Clinton presidency. She said, on national TV that those deaths were “worth it”.  Yes, a senior member of that administration thought that half a million dead children was “worth it”! And yet senior gummint officials have the goddamn balls to still talk about the US of A as “exceptional”? Oh hell yes, the US of A IS “exceptional” for sure. Exceptional in its absolute arrogance, hubris, and lying bullshitting of any who are foolish enough to buy the bullshit they spew on us. Exceptional? The US of A? My dead ass! NO nation has ever been, nor ever will be “exceptional” or “indispensable” until every country stops the damn fool, idiotic wars of choice and begins to treat ALL people as they want to be treated. When ALL nations learn to live in peace with other people, then and only then will there be real, lasting peace on this planet.

Until next time, be nice to each other. Try, really try to treat all people the way you want to be treated. It will make a difference, honest, it will.

 

Hi-Larry shows her colors and most likely IS running for president in 2016.

OK, I know, the article was posted at the “Atlantic” web site on 10 August. I even had it saved as one to read. Well, I finally got around to it today. Yeah, I know eleven days late. Does that old saying, “better late than never” cover me here? No, I am not looking for an excuse, just asking a question, of myself mostly.

This Hi-Larry critter is something else folks. Her comments on the current massacre in Gaza are amazing. Is this Hi-Larry critter really human? Seriously, she comes across to me as a totally uncaring thing. She has no compassion at all for the people of Gaza. Of course, she “sees” this latest shit storm as totally the fault of Hamas. Well sure, when you are completely owned by AIPAC and the zionist entity, you “know” without even the slightest of slight doubt that the entity is NEVER to be blamed for any nasty stuff, ever. Why, to do so would be “anti-Semitic” or if one is Jewish, to be labeled a “self hating Jew”.  Yes sir, that AIPAC and the zionist entity’s Hasbara clowns sure have got the US mainstream media under control.

It used to be said that congress was “AIPAC/zionist entity occupied territory”. Well folks, that was then. Now, congress is a wholly OWNED AIPAC/zionist entity territory.  In my opinion, it is not a very big step from being an occupied territory to being a wholly owned territory.

If you have not read this article, actually it is an interview that Jeffrey Goldberg did with Hi-Larry Clintstone on 10 August, 2014. Here is the link; http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/08/hillary-clinton-failure-to-help-syrian-rebels-led-to-the-rise-of-isis/375832

Until next time, be nice to each other. The world WILL be a better place if we all treat everybody we meet each day the way we want to be treated.

My comments on Ferguson, Missouri

One reader of this blog asked my by email to comment on the mess in Ferguson, MO.

Wow, what to say about this sad mess? What can I possibly add that has not been said by now?

Well, my own opinion is all I have to add, for what it may or may not be worth.

First off, here is a link to an article at World Socialist Web Site that gives the results of the latest autopsy of Michael Brownhttp://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/auto-a19.html

This article states that Mr. Brown was shot SIX times. The last two were head shots, with at least one a direct shot to the TOP of his head. that would NOT have been a survivable wound.

In short, his killing WAS an execution style killing.

OK, yes, it does state that Mr. Brown was six foot five inches tall (6′ 5″). He was NOT a small human being. OK, so what. He still WAS a human being AND he was NOT armed. From the fatal head wound, the two pathologists concluded that it was delivered as Mr. Brown was kneeling and not standing upright. In other words, he was being passive, as in surrendering to the police officer(s) when he was executed.

Now, think about that for a moment, at least. Where did this take place? Gaza? The West Bank? Syria? Iraq? Afghanistan? Yemen? Somalia? Mali? Libya? Some other country where the US/NATO has unleashed violent jihadi terrorists? Some ISIS fanatics? Maybe the old Taliban? Or was it the “dreaded” Al-Qaeda? Nope, none of those places at all. It took place in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, United States of America. Yep, right here, in the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave”. The country where, once upon a time the US Constitution was the law of the land. A country where the Bill of Rights were respected by the majority.

Oh, but wait a minuet. Remember, dear reader, 9/11 “changed everything”. Yeah boy, it sure as hell DID. And while this was happening in Ferguson, MO. the politicians in D.C. keep telling us that the NSA snooping into our cell phone calls, emails, farcebook comments, tweets (for those who use twitter-I do not) and even our snail mail makes us all so much

“safer”. Well, I doubt that bullshit will fly very well in Ferguson, MO. today. To possibly put myself out on a limb, I’d go so far as to say that since the execution in Ferguson, MO. that line of craploa will NOT fly in many towns/cities/villages in the US of A today.

Why do the local police need a MRAP? What do they really need an APC for? Why are the local police looking more and more like some sort of military/Blackwater gang instead of police officers? Is there any real need for this?

The worst thing about the Ferguson killing is this; it is NOT the first time this sort of thing has happened in the US of A. I am not going to bring up the bad old days of the early civil rights marches in the US South. The main reason I won’t is, I did not live in the South at the time. I only knew what was in the news, no internet back then folks. I saw what was shown on the TV news and read the papers, but I did not see it first hand and am not in a position to comment seriously on that. Yes, I was in favor of equal civil rights for ALL citizens, then and now, and for the rest of my life.

What I DID live through were the Watts riots in Los Angeles. I was in school then and Dad’s house was about 45 miles East of LA. It WAS on all the local TV stations and every newspaper covered those riots. I also lived through the riots after the first trial after the Rodney King beating. My wife and I had a home in Ontario, California, about 60 miles East of LA.

This latest killing just shows me that as a country, we seemed to have learned nothing at all from our own recent past.

I know I rant on and on about how Americans tend to be very ignorant of world history and rant even more on how Americans are even ignorant of US history, but this not learning from our own nation’s recent past just takes the whole goddamn fucking cake. Just how fucking, goddamn STUPID are Americans? Will “we” as a nation ever finally learn the most basic of human values? Will this ever be a nation where the NORM is to treat ALL people the way you want to be treated?

It does NOT take any religion to get to that point. All it takes is for every single one of you, us, for ALL of us, to try our best to treat ALL our fellow human beings the same way we want to be treated. Trust me people, it is NOT hard to do at all. It WILL make this entire country a much, much better place for ALL of us.

So, what do you say? Are you willing to just give it a shot? Come on, TRY it. You just may enjoy doing so. Not only will you make another person feel good, it WILL make you feel so much better as well.

Until next time, come on people, TRY, really try and be nice to each other. We CAN make this world a better place for ALL of us, but not unless we TRY.

P.S. I need to add a late addition to this rant. The link here is to a very good, excellent article by Bill Quigley on the mess in Ferguson. It is the best I have read so far. It is a MUST read.http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2014/08/ten-facts-about-police-violence-in-ferguson-sunday-night-2/