Remember during Vietnam getting some measure of laughter and relief from M.A.S.H.? Remember recently when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were the only ones on ubiquitous corporate TV
What’s funny is obviously true, but you aren’t supposed to say so. We laughed at their barbs because they fit. Meanwhile, what our comedians lampooned has persisted and grown even more ominous. Funny doesn’t fix it and it isn’t fun.
Not to worry – corporate media is “covering” the news:
“This emergency” includes Hurricane Michael, the strongest ever there, with nary a mention of global warming on the corporate news even as the IPCC announces we have only 12 years to stop making global warming worse. Corals dying off at a massive rate, the Arctic melting and releasing old anthrax along with even more methane to “positively” reinforce that process, a gyre of plastic waste twice the size of Texas – all these are being addressed by
You’d think all humanity would join in the noble cause and “live simply that others might simply live” (as Gandhi put it). Ingenuity and ethics could play into everything we do.
We are poised at a place in history where humanity’s needs could be universally and fairly satisfied in ways that augment Life rather than exploit and exhaust it, but our current leadership and the enabling media will anticipate and create scarcity, strife, and stress instead. We lack
Did you get Donald Trump’s intrusive text last week, showing the nation he can show up on every phone, supposedly for our security? Do any of you get the daily email from the White House? I do. It blatantly twists every reference and
Money laundering, pornography, even chumming up with the world’s new murderous dictators (
But not to the evangelical, Catholic, and Zionist religionists who prop him up. If this is religion, it shows how sick religions can be and are. They are the snakes in our Garden, the subtle deceivers who fool us into believing their phony advice as to just what is right or wrong.
What were the twin causes of the right-wing, white racist nationalists who provoked the rally that resulted in a car being deliberately driven into innocents? Prayer and Patriotism. Does no one see the danger of bowing our heads and
Well, that’s my meager attempt at coping with another week of Making America Great Again. (As in the Great Satan perhaps, what Brother Louis Farrakhan called “white devils,” the same sort of mentality that decimated the natives, bison, and parakeets of this continent, the same mentality that praised Christopher Colombus without acknowledging much less regretting what a murderer he was?) Another week of the decline of America as Republicans, conservatives, and reactionaries keep us distracted, ignorant
Remember the preposterous reports of JFK’s murder, evading the obvious, ominous involvement of the mob and right-wingers in our own government? Remember the cover-up explanations of 9-11, with Building 7 (housing police and intelligence agencies) collapsing for almost no reason, the unlikely recovery of a hijacker passport, and the decades-old relations between the Bushes and Saudi Arabia, specifically the Bin
I remember. Being hurried during the Kavanaugh confirmation seemed a familiar con.
What’s their hurry?
Beyond evading numerous charges of drunken sexual harassment of women, Kavanaugh came out the wronged victim. It wasn’t a criminal trial, with a presumption of innocence; it was a confirmation hearing where such probing questions should have been asked. Nor was 90% of his era of lawyering for Bush (including months of haranguing Clinton for his sex indiscretions) allowed to be considered. It went ignored, hidden, and forgotten. The FBI “report” of brief interviews with only four people, with neither Kavanaugh under oath nor his main accuser, and then confined to a secret and highly controlled showing to some senators, only shows how contrived this farce was. Hardly a mention of Republican blatant refusal to let Obama’s Merritt Garland’s nomination go to a vote (a year of denial and blatant obstruction) as they rushed their puppy dog with conservative judicial rabies into lifelong power. We’re to be hurried at ensconcing a Supreme Court Justice to lifelong power?
Republicans are good at what they do, but what they do isn’t good. It isn’t good for us, our government, our environment, or world relations, but there it is, in our name and thrust in our face. They win; we whine. They
It’d be funny if it weren’t the betrayal of our former civil and just America and the pillaging of our environment. I wish I had another joke to end this, but the joke is on us and our future, and it’s not funny.