America, the ReTHUGlican “precious”

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America_ReTHUGlican Precious

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I made a little visual report while waiting to get my head examined…

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Going Postal

The signs filled my inbox of life all week, spritzed here and there peppering what was otherwise a lovely and eventful Spring Break week remaining at home to clear, cleanse, and create. I socialized with different friends sharing our fidgets and widgets while enjoying various gaieties like swimming, chatting, sangria-drinking, reading, binge-watching someone’s new favorite show…

The first drip began as a gush of information about the Russian connection with the Whitehouse as myriad journalists tried to make sense of the farce governing our country. Then a blip on my radar about Thucydides and a U.S. – China warning of potential conflict titled “Destined for war? China, America and the Thucydides Trap” in the March 30, 2017 Financial Times by Gideon Rachman.  It took me a minute to remember the analogy as I read the title and decided to click on it. “The phrase, a reference to the ancient Greek historian’s observations about the war between Sparta and Athens in the fifth century BC…”  A couple of days later, I was sorting some papers when I found little piece of black paper I had written on with gold ink back in November, the first weekend after the election. I had pulled out my Political Map of World History to make note of the times when a major conflict came about somewhere in the world. It seems that about every 300 years, a major regime change occurs on at least one continent and it includes a bloody war. The piece of paper I found had the words:  “431 – 404  Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens” inscribed upon it.

Hmmm. Interesting that out of all of the historical notes I wrote, this is the one I found.

Another more personal drip came about from a strange dream that included my ex-wife who seemed as though she were still in love with me in the vision of her. I felt the “being taken care of” vibe in my sleep as we walked through a forest together. I’ve been quite pleased with my solo life for these past several years as the alone time allows me all I need to write and do as I please in my daily routine. As I hear the familiar phrase “let me check with my partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife first” when planning events, I smile while thanking the stars that I don’t have that particular albatross to impede my decision-making. But the morning I awoke from that dream, I felt a yearning that I lost long ago. I wondered what my life would be like right now if we had made it to year 18 together. After a few hours to allow myself to soak in the melancholy, I popped back into happy solo me and went about my day. A couple of days later, I decided to bask in the sun out back in the yard behind the apartment building I live in. I took down a book and a glass of iced tea to place on the one piece of furniture I have outside — a colorful,  small, round outdoor table. When I stepped out back, I couldn’t find it at first. Then, I noticed the top of the table leaning against the back wall of the patio. I found the base being used to prop up a large potted plant of my neighbor’s in the garden. They must have thought I don’t use it much. It was one of the cherished wedding presents that I had decided to keep from a group of my friends. We split up our gifts according to whose friends/family gave to us. There it was, separated. One part propping up new life, growing in the sun; the colorful circular top cast aside against a wall.

Continuing in the personal realm, I took out my favorite fountain pen and some thick paper to write a letter to my nephew who has been in jail since November 2014. He killed a man. He has yet to go to trial. I keep up with him through writing frequent letters and filling his commissary account every couple of months. He writes me regularly. He’s a good writer. I’m impressed with his grammar, syntax, punctuation, and creative commentary about life behind bars. I have sent him a few books on screenwriting to help him pass the time. I try to inspire him to write about the characters he meets who come and go, and some who stay, like him, with liberty and justice evading them. It’s called pre-trial detention and it can go on for years.

Since I couldn’t sit in the back yard with my tea on my table, I decided to walk to the post office to drop the letter to my nephew while absorbing some Vitamin D from the sun along the way. I had just dropped the letter into the box when a phone call from my brother buzzed in my back pocket…

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Insular Oblivion

Yes, I like it like that. I’m hearing “That’s the Way of the World” in my head from working on a quick mastering of a  live song version recorded by my students yesterday of “Stuffed”, a great band of musicians in the Bay Area/SF. Their saxophonist, guitarist, and keyboardist provide lead lines in lieu of a vocalist, so the song stayed with me this morning as I wafted about my pad on my first day of Spring Break.

Ahhhh, feels good to relax.

Thank you Charles Stepney, Maurice White and Verdine White for a beautiful song. The lyrics resonate with me this day.

I tried a little a capella verse and chorus of my own:

I’m using Pro Tools with the Focusrite Liquid 56 Saffire audio interface set to a couple of interesting mic preamp emulations. My trusty (and favorite) Audio Technica AT4050 provides the transducer of my voice to electrical signal flow and I’ve wrapped it up in a pretty Waves Abbey Road EMI TG12345 plate reverb with the addition of Schoeps Particles on the master bus.

Feelin’ fine.

Hearts of fire creates love desire
Take you high and higher to the world you belong
Hearts of fire creates love desire
High and higher to your place on the throne
We come together on this special day
Sing our message loud and clear
Looking back, we’ve touched on sorrowful days
Future pass, they disappear
You will find peace of mind
If you look way down in your heart and soul
Don’t hesitate ’cause the world seems cold
Stay young at heart, ’cause you’re never, never old
That’s the way of the world
Plant your flower and you grow a pearl
Child is born with a heart of gold
Way of the world makes his heart so cold
Hearts of fire create love desire take you
High and higher to the world you belong
Hearts of fire love desire
High and higher, yeah yeah yeah
Hearts of
REST IN PEACE, MAURICE WHITE
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Ignorance is bliss

until you die from it, or you kill others because of it.

Every one of the past 59 days reveal a dissection of the American mindset that expands further with each new proclamation of 45 and his S.S. Two Stephens (Bannon and Miller) both present cruel and devious minds that seek to shock American liberalism into oblivion. The child king gleefully enriches himself and his children while signing executive orders drawn up by his white supremacist, nationalist S.S.

While the majority of us suffer from daily fits of rage coupled with a tightened stomach filled with distress, there exist a minority who swoon at his every action seeing only a protector in him. Even when they hear the words that will destroy what they have, they cannot comprehend any true meaning, but rather blurt out repeated right-wing marketing memes from Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News, and Infowars. Just take a look at the hyperlinked infowars site. I could only stomach summoning one for your displeasure. Look at the headlines and see what the people who are cloaked in their incomprehensible bliss take for real news while deluding themselves that mainstream journalism and science is fake.

This type of disdain for reality will not sustain itself, but by the time those who need the hand of government the most wake up from their hallucinations, everything will be gone. We take for granted the clean air that we breathe that just a few decades ago before the EPA started to regulate industrial expulsions caused a brown, toxic haze in many of our cities. Besides the poor residents of Flint, Michigan, most of us have access to unpolluted water that feeds the food we grow and quenches our thirst. This is because it has been at the forefront of regulatory action by the EPA since 1972 when the Clean Water Act became law.

“As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). The 1972 amendments: Established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States. Gave EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry.”

This is America of the 1970’s.    1970's Toxic America

Are we going to sit and watch while the ignorant who blissfully reject this abject truth allow it come to pass? This is insanity multiplied by the power of 10. As long as the brand name associated with 45 continues in global promotion, he nor his family give a damn about the toxic mess they will leave behind. With the S.S. in the Whitehouse, we cannot wait for 2018 with the hope that democracy prevails.

 

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Sound Healing (It’s different than you might expect.)

Yesterday I was awoken from a nap by the sound of a man grunting loudly as if he was charging up a hill in battle and running a bayonet through someone. It was timed in intervals and showed no signs of stopping. I was annoyed, but turned it into something creative as I grabbed my handy Zoom H4N recorder and headed across the street. I pushed record on my way there so that I could capture the sound for a future student project whereby one needed loud and painful grunts to sound design a war scene. As I approached, I discovered that the grunts were coming from the tennis courts!

I stood by the chain-link fence with my recorder out and the players stopped to stare at me wondering, I’m sure, what on earth I was doing. So, I introduced myself and told them that I teach audio at CCSF in the BEMA department and I wanted the sound of the grunting for a future television or film project for my students. They both laughed aloud when they heard that I had likened them to shouts on a battlefield. Unfortunately, they were wrapping up but they did one more round just for me.  These grunts were 50% of what I had heard previously, but they still worked for my recording.

This is what I captured! I call it Sound Healing because I turned my annoyance into something positive and I’m sure that the grunter finds his shouts healing for himself. I mean, who doesn’t wake up every morning in this Brave New World of 45 and his tribe and not want to swat a ball around and grunt loudly?

Inner Game of Tennis     Inner Game of Tennis SHOUT

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Of Interest: 45’s Fascist Agenda

From the NewsMax website via a link to an article to entertain a subscription from new readers:

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Top talker Rush Limbaugh is urging YOU to get the #1 bestseller since Trump was inaugurated.

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The media is not out to just stop Trump. They want to destroy him.

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He says the war between Trump and the progressive left has just started.

In fact, in Big Agenda he reveals that Obama is already planning a “government-in-exile” to undermine Trump every step of the way.

Horowitz warns that the enraged Democrats will never accept defeat.

They will lie, cheat and steal to delegitimize Trump’s presidency. They have already started!

Now Rush and other leading conservatives are urging you to arm yourself with Big Agenda.

Rush calls it a “winning agenda” and the only “road map” you need in the days ahead.

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Dinesh D’Souza:

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“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”
In his timely and provocative new book, Big Agenda, David Horowitz reveals Trump’s winning battle plan for his first 100 days and beyond.

“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”

It has been hammered out behind closed doors, with little media attention.

But David has the inside scoop.

In Big Agenda Horowitz shows how Trump will defeat the left’s destructive agenda and rollback Obama’s nightmare policies of Obamacare, massive regulations – even his war on God!

But it won’t be easy, Horowitz says.

“The election battle may be over, but many more battles lie ahead for President Trump and conservatives,” Horowitz writes.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz says it’s time to take the gloves off. It’s time to go for the jugular. It’s time to beat the Democrats once and for all.

And Donald Trump is the president to do it.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz unveils the left’s true nature, their hidden methods and motivations, and the dirty, underhanded tricks they use to advance their goal of total control over our lives.

Horowitz also reveals Trump’s secret plan and his winning strategies to thump the liberals in his first 100 days.

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll discover in Big Agenda:

The fatal flaw running through the GOP that has allowed Obama’s socialist agenda to flourish. Trump won’t make their mistake! See page 7.
Trump’s plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ abroad — putting China in its place, Iran on notice and backing friends like Israel.
Trump’s coming war with ISIS and how it will change the Mid-East forever.
Sticks and stones! Why the Republicans fold all the time and how Trump will turn the tables on the media. Page 11.
How “socialist” Democrats are mainstreaming into America. What you must watch out for . . . on page 28.
Trump’s plan to end the racial divide and Democratic ownership of the Black vote — he really has a plan. Why the left applauds this. The grim details start on page 50.
The 9 words Obama removed from the Oath of Allegiance to the United States (it’s bad) — and why Trump will fix it soon. Read about it on page 57.
The end of the public unions! This is a key cornerstone of Trump’s plan — and it will create a political revolution in America.
Why the Iran deal is bad for America . . . and the completely legal strategy Trump will use to restore America’s sovereignty. See page 56.
The Achilles’ heel of the Democrats and how Trump will use his “New Deal” to exploit it. The Democrats may never win another presidential election. Details on page 86.
The one theme that can unite America: Trump’s 3-step strategy to end the Democrats’ assault on American values. You must read page 141.
The 7 actions Donald Trump will take in his first 100 days to protect American workers (he’s already started!) Find out on page 154.
The 20 executive orders President Trump will sign in his first 100 days to decimate Obama’s illegal governance through fiat. Page 158.
Education overall: Trump’s new plan to make America great again through our classrooms — and end student indoctrination!
And so much more!
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President Trump faces a dangerous global dis-order which flourished in the last eight years of Obama’s appeasement policy. Trump will have to deal with a turbulent Middle East, a power-hungry China, a belligerent Russia, a crazy North Korea, a brutal Syrian civil war, ISIS, and the growing threat of cyberattacks. What will the Trump New World Order look like?

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Top talker Rush Limbaugh is urging YOU to get the #1 bestseller since Trump was inaugurated.

It’s called Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America by David Horowitz.

The media is not out to just stop Trump. They want to destroy him.

So argues David Horowitz in Big Agenda. David is one of America’s leading conservative thinkers and a mentor to Trump’s top advisers.

He says the war between Trump and the progressive left has just started.

In fact, in Big Agenda he reveals that Obama is already planning a “government-in-exile” to undermine Trump every step of the way.

Horowitz warns that the enraged Democrats will never accept defeat.

They will lie, cheat and steal to delegitimize Trump’s presidency. They have already started!

Now Rush and other leading conservatives are urging you to arm yourself with Big Agenda.

Rush calls it a “winning agenda” and the only “road map” you need in the days ahead.

Rush, Coulter LOVE This Book!
Rush Limbaugh:

Rush Limbaugh
“David Horowitz provides a road map for a winning agenda — and Donald Trump and his team should embrace!”
Ann Coulter:

Ann Coulter
“Every conservative should arm themselves with this brilliant battle plan for beating them back and winning the war.”
Dinesh D’Souza:

Dinesh D’Souza
“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”
In his timely and provocative new book, Big Agenda, David Horowitz reveals Trump’s winning battle plan for his first 100 days and beyond.

“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”

It has been hammered out behind closed doors, with little media attention.

But David has the inside scoop.

In Big Agenda Horowitz shows how Trump will defeat the left’s destructive agenda and rollback Obama’s nightmare policies of Obamacare, massive regulations – even his war on God!

But it won’t be easy, Horowitz says.

“The election battle may be over, but many more battles lie ahead for President Trump and conservatives,” Horowitz writes.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz says it’s time to take the gloves off. It’s time to go for the jugular. It’s time to beat the Democrats once and for all.

And Donald Trump is the president to do it.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz unveils the left’s true nature, their hidden methods and motivations, and the dirty, underhanded tricks they use to advance their goal of total control over our lives.

Horowitz also reveals Trump’s secret plan and his winning strategies to thump the liberals in his first 100 days.

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll discover in Big Agenda:

The fatal flaw running through the GOP that has allowed Obama’s socialist agenda to flourish. Trump won’t make their mistake! See page 7.
Trump’s plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ abroad — putting China in its place, Iran on notice and backing friends like Israel.
Trump’s coming war with ISIS and how it will change the Mid-East forever.
Sticks and stones! Why the Republicans fold all the time and how Trump will turn the tables on the media. Page 11.
How “socialist” Democrats are mainstreaming into America. What you must watch out for . . . on page 28.
Trump’s plan to end the racial divide and Democratic ownership of the Black vote — he really has a plan. Why the left applauds this. The grim details start on page 50.
The 9 words Obama removed from the Oath of Allegiance to the United States (it’s bad) — and why Trump will fix it soon. Read about it on page 57.
The end of the public unions! This is a key cornerstone of Trump’s plan — and it will create a political revolution in America.
Why the Iran deal is bad for America . . . and the completely legal strategy Trump will use to restore America’s sovereignty. See page 56.
The Achilles’ heel of the Democrats and how Trump will use his “New Deal” to exploit it. The Democrats may never win another presidential election. Details on page 86.
The one theme that can unite America: Trump’s 3-step strategy to end the Democrats’ assault on American values. You must read page 141.
The 7 actions Donald Trump will take in his first 100 days to protect American workers (he’s already started!) Find out on page 154.
The 20 executive orders President Trump will sign in his first 100 days to decimate Obama’s illegal governance through fiat. Page 158.
Education overall: Trump’s new plan to make America great again through our classrooms — and end student indoctrination!
And so much more!
Get Big Agenda With FREE Offer!

Get 3 Incredible Bonus Items Worth $67 FREE!

David Horowitz’s Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America is available on Amazon and at bookstores everywhere
It retails for almost $27.

But you can get it free with 3 great bonuses when you subscribe to Newsmax magazine for just $9.95.

That’s a savings of $30 off the regular price for one of America’s most popular magazines.

Donald Trump even says “I love Newsmax” — and we think you will too!

In the months ahead, you’ll want to stay on top of Trump’s Big Agenda as it unfolds from a news source you can trust.

Because you know the mainstream media will distort and attack every decision of the new Trump administration.

Newsmax magazine is one of America’s largest independent monthlies. The New York Times calls Newsmax “a potent force” and Forbes magazine says it’s a “news powerhouse.

With Newsmax magazine, you’ll get the unvarnished truth you deserve.

For instance, Newsmax was one of the only magazines to cover how Trump could beat Hillary . . . to warn of the rise of a Godless America that’s putting Christians in the crosshairs . . . to report on the new immigration crisis at the border . . . and other current and controversial issues important to conservatives, but ignored by the leftist media.

And no one will cover the Trump administration with more honesty and accuracy than Newsmax.

Each month Newsmax magazine features special commentaries from George Will, Michael Reagan, Ben Stein, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, David Limbaugh, Christopher Ruddy, and many others.

Plus enjoy the latest dispatches from the world of science and technology . . . healthy living . . . managing and investing your money . . . the best books to read . . . and so much more.

Dr. Ben Carson, best-selling author and commentator, tells America: “Each month I look for Newsmax magazine to give me the news I can’t get elsewhere, you should too.”

So order today while this incredible offer still stands, and get these incredible gifts . . .

Bonus Gift #1: David Horowitz’s Big Agenda — Value of $27, FREE
This book offers the first details of President Trump’s secret plan to rollback Barack Obama’s leftist agenda — and to make America great again.

Big Agenda will show you how Trump can defeat the angry left once and for all. It’s the first book written covering the first 100 days of the new Trump presidency . . . and a must-read for every American concerned about the future of our country.

Get your copy first — and share with friends and family. You can help Trump change America forever!

Bonus Gift #2: Special Digital Report: Trump’s First 100 Days — Value $5, FREE
Donald Trump, in the greatest upset in modern political history, rewrote the rules of American politics. His new job as president is challenging — revive the economy for America’s middle class and working families, restore America’s sovereignty by shoring up her borders and dealing with foreign threats grown bold over the past eight years. To do that, he will have to take on Washington’s entrenched, establishment of bureaucrats, politicos and special interests. What campaign promises can he keep . . . and which ones may be in peril?

With Trump facing one of the shortest honeymoon periods of any president and the media eager to savage him, just how much can he accomplish to make America great again? Find out in this special report.

Bonus Gift #3: Special Digital Report: Trump’s ‘America First’ and the New World Order — Value $5, FREE
President Trump faces a dangerous global dis-order which flourished in the last eight years of Obama’s appeasement policy. Trump will have to deal with a turbulent Middle East, a power-hungry China, a belligerent Russia, a crazy North Korea, a brutal Syrian civil war, ISIS, and the growing threat of cyberattacks. What will the Trump New World Order look like?

Discover if Trump’s pragmatic business approach will work on the world stage as new and dangerous hotspots erupt nearly every day. In this in-depth special report, international security, intelligence and policy experts reveal the extent of these very real threats and the realistic approach Trump will take in his foreign policy.

Big Agenda and these Bonus Special Reports are yours FREE! So don’t wait.

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The Trumpashianization of America

Behold the myriad ways to ponder how we arrived at this particular time of commercialization in America. Corporations have capitalized on merchandizing, marketing, profit-making, and commodifying everything: Hollywood, Disneyland, sports, toys, food, cigarettes, booze, (add your list here), and people.

Take a look at a few web pages that I culled together for us. This one contains a lecture with zero visual appeal, but makes several points to keep in mind. Go ahead and  skim it. You’ll still ingest the information. 

Americans find ourselves with this particular President after witnessing a decade of a splashy family laid before us via every medium possible to showcase their nothing-in-particularness save for the fact that they were/are wealthy. We have commodified people to the point where after ingesting billions of bytes of product placement through rigorous ad campaigns, we elected an inhumane product. What else can you say about the Trump name but that it’s a brand. That’s what the family calls it and they have placed their own value on it. Trump claimed on his financial disclosure statement in 2015 that he was worth “MORE THAN TEN BILLION DOLLARS” and valued his brand alone at $3.3B. But is there a human in that body somewhere?

Kardashians are a family obsessed with fame and money. Check out this bizarre story on how and why they became famous. It’s interesting to note how people continued to watch them even as they showed no particular talent for anything other than having money. Trump and his boys are obsessed with fame and money. What’s worse is that Daddy has a narcissist complex in need of a regular diet of applause.

Here’s a telling article from 2015 that begins: “Donald Trump is to me the American version of Vladimir Putin,” says Jerome Tuccille, the best-selling author of the very first biography—1985’s Trump—of the billionaire developer. Between his bullying rhetorical style, barely contained xenophobia, and scurrilous comments about Mexican immigrants, Tuccille says Trump “is appealing to the worst elements in our society.”  Indeed!

I am aware that this is not solely an American quandary. Take the Swedish YouTube star “PewDiePie” who does nothing more than play video games as the camera rolls. By the summer of 2015, he was earning millions with over 9 billion viewers. The world is far more obsessed with his earnings than he is, mind you, but this tells us something about the human craving to watch people with money.

Every day, America witnesses a “billionaire” President with his billionaire cabinet topple agencies, exploit the law, lie, cheat, bend rules, and deregulate important safeguards for the average American citizen.  To quote my friend David from an FB post he made today: “This new administration has set about undoing every good thing government has done for us, one vile rescission after another. And they do it with a righteous glee that sickens me. They do it with logic that is not logic, using facts that are not facts. And they’re cheered on by people who are likely to be among their worst victims.

It’s hellish.”

 

commodification (image borrowed from http://www.socialist.ca/node/2453)

 

 

 

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