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Unto The Breech

I can't help myself. I'm getting excited. It is a daily struggle to keep myself from getting hopeful. I've felt this way before, shortly before having the proverbial rug yanked out from under me. To say I am cautious at this point would be like saying Groucho Marx was mildly entertaining.

It seems, and I underscore/bold/italic the word "seems", that Donald Trump might actually be the genuine article. To rehearse my past comments during the 2014-2016 election, I am NOT a wild-eyed Trump supporter. I don't trust the Republican party as far as I can toss a 1-ton block of concrete. I think the US government is corrupt from the ground up and has been since at least the Franklin Roosevelt days, and probably since Abraham Lincoln. I think the only viable fix for that country is to literally tear down Washington DC and start over in Omaha, Nebraska. So when I say I am getting hopeful, this is a big deal.

With those caveats in mind, I state that I can almost make out a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I am, however, standing very close to the tunnel's entrance should that light turn out to be a thundering locomotive bearing down on me at break-neck speed.

I am not on the Trump bandwagon. I don't follow groups. I have seen groups turn authoritarian many times in my life, and I have paid some terrible prices for going head-to-head with authoritarians. My first big stand against group-think was in grad school, and I have never stopped the fight. Whenever someone tells me how to act or what to believe, I bristle even when I agree with what they are saying.

I don't think Trump is willing to pay the price for his rhetoric. They bastards he is up against will not just give up and go peacefully to the noose. Perhaps I underestimate him, but I get the impression that he is not used to getting hit in a real fight.

Despite all the Zacks and Qs and bubbly optimism from the Jerome Corseys, I still think Trump will run yelping when he sees what price he must pay to fight authoritarians. The true evil he is ostensibly fighting will not stop at his family and fortune, they will slice him to bits and dance on the bloody remains, but only after they have collapsed his world.

What I see now in the US is eerily similar to the early Kennedy days. A new wave of optimism was sweeping the country. I charismatic and intelligent (yes, Trump is very intelligent) president was making great strides in cleaning up the graft and corruption in Washington, along with his bookend brother in the DOJ. At the moment of peak exuberance, they shot him in a most public and horrific way, and have successfully swept it under the rug for 50 years. Not one single person who committed that crime has ever paid a price. You don't fight that kind of evil with a few memos and some captured texts.

The evil will cut off a few unnecessary bits, like a lizard dropping its tail, in order to save the vast infrastructure they have built up over the past century. Throw 'em a Comey or a McCabe or a Rosenstein and the whole thing will blow over and it's back to business on Monday morning. If it goes as high as Hillary Clinton, you are getting awful close to the real power and things will get real nasty in return.

After a year of watching, I still believe Trump is naive. Sure, he's been through some tough Board Room scraps in his time, but those are gentlemen slaps compared to the fight he's picking right now. Notice none of his top people are standing next to him. They are ALL keeping an overly respectful distance to stay out of the line of fire. They know he's smoking next to the gas pump and they want a good seat for the fireworks, but well away from the burn zone.

Needless to say, I maintain a position of hope that at the 11th hour, America has produced a real champion that somehow lives a charmed life and who can take on a Den of Depravity so profound that most of us would wretch our guts out if we knew just a tiny fraction of what's hidden there. But I honestly think that the vast majority of Americans can't handle the truth and will turn - not against the perpetrator but against the person who made them look at the car wreck carnage.

I'll be the first one cheering any heads that roll among the authoritarian mob running that country, but I know that the coming fight is far worse than anyone can imagine. Think of what "doctors" do to cancer patients - taking them to death's door in the hopes the cancer will die first - and then inflate that metaphor hundreds of times over.

I'm all for folks getting excited and ready to fight, but DO NOT underestimate the evil we are up against. The fight WILL hurt and it will hurt bad. We will all pay a terrible price, no matter who wins. It's better to march into the fray knowing this, than to sail in on fairy dust and gossamer pillows.

The ugly is just beginning. Let's hope Trump is the man the world needed to pull back from the brink. More importantly, we need to remember that we don't need leaders to fight; they only serve the purpose of firing up the troops.

Off in the distance, methinks I hear the sound of plowshares being beaten into swords. The question is which side is doing it?


You Ain't Him

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You know what really pisses me off? Bourgeois #Bumbledicks who spout off their overfed pie-holes about how they hate "white" culture and think "White" culture should be torn down. These puffed-up, sophmoric shit-wits sit in their protective arm chairs in New York or Los Angeles and complain about something they've never experienced. Nor has anyone else, for that matter.

I've been to 59 countries (and counting), many of them in Europe and North America, which are the supposed centers of "white" culture, and I have yet to encounter "white" culture.

I have greatly enjoyed Irish culture, German culture, Italian culture, Spanish culture, Portuguese culture, French culture, Dutch culture, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, even British culture. I have even experienced Swiss culture, which despite being composed of three distinct cultures, is nevertheless distinct in and of itself. And yes, even poor old Canada has a unique culture.

Russia and Greece have wonderfully distinct cultures even though they both use Cyrillic alphabets. I don't think anyone would argue that Israel has its own culture, despite being based on war, death and suffering.

I have been to 48 of the 50 US states, and each one of them has a very distinct culture.

South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have completely unique cultures.

Just where, exactly, is this "white" culture the Bumbledicks keep railing against? Apparently, they don't get out much. This is the problem with lard-butt boneheads who look at a couple of travel sites on the internet and think they've experienced culture. These dim-bulbs have more than likely never been to an art museum, opera or symphony, so they wouldn't know culture if it bit them on their over-protected posteriors.

When you listen to these uneducated blowhards talk, it's always in gross generalizations - black culture, white culture, hispanic culture. Hell, they barely speak English, much less Spanish or Portuguese, and wouldn't know Hispania if it slapped them across the face and rubbed their swollen noses in it.

These Bumbledicks talk about Native Americans with the wave of a hand in the general direction of North America, forgetting that there were/are hundreds of distinct cultures, and forgetting that America also applies to Central and South.

These disgusting, small-minded Bumbledicks want to put the world in tidy little boxes and label them according to which way the wind in blowing that day. They are so terrified of leaving their isolated, echo chamber compounds that they really have no idea what the world is really like. They spend their entire lives watching echo-chamber programming and spouting their slogans on echo-chamber social media that they don't have time to actually go out and subject their senses to real culture.

I get attacked all the time by these effluvium-encrusted snake tits all the time. They say I can't possibly understand the plight of the (insert box du jour), and that I belong to the "privileged white" box and should be punished. They never bother to notice I live in Indonesia, one of five countries I have lived in, speak 17 languages, am an artist, and have been around the world several times the hard way (not flying). In fact, I'm not even "white" - I'm pinkish-red with multi-colored spots. None of that, including my two non-white wives, disqualifies me from "white" privilege boxes or "white" culture boxes. None of that fits their tidy little categories that enable their hate and bile.

Somehow these lunatics earned a weekend furlough from the asylum and never went back. Unfortunately, the guards too overpaid and under-motivated to go find them. They weaselled their way into areas with microphones and started broadcasting their insanity to a nonplussed world. It's a sad but true fact that we must all live with that mistake we sane folk can take the microphones away from them.

The heart of the matter is that us sane folks believe that everyone deserves a chance to express their opinion. It's called free speach, and we consider it a valueable natural right that no one can abridge. However, these stoop-headed boat anchors want to spew their sputum all over us, while denying us the right to shower off afterwards. Don't know about you. but this doesn't fly in my cabin.

Sorry, Bumbledicks, it's time to put you down. You have gotten out of hand and you are now a danger to polite society. Your minions think violence againe person and property is a good idea. Your minions think that gagging reasonable voices is just hunky-dory. Your minions are choking out the good grass with weeds. This cannot be tolerated, even by exceedingly tolerant people. You get to speak, but you aren't allowed to hush. Your right to live is based entirely on your willingness to let live.

Take your hateful, segregationist, privileged rubbish and go crawl back into the cave you slithered out of. The clear thinkers are retaking the asylum and Bumbledicks aren't allowed to roam freely. The way you should have dont it was to express your opinion, let others do the same, and argue based on facts. You blithering fools dove off some deep end the rest of us cannot and will not follow.

Diversity includes everyone or it includes no one. That's how it works.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, and you ain't him/her/it/them/xim/xer.