Well it’s a bright sunny Sunday here on the Gulf coast of Florida with a touch of “fall” in the air. The day time highs are down into the mid-80s and the humidity is down as well which makes for a noticeable difference from high Summer. The heavy rainy season is over and the skies are bright blue.
And I haven’t got a clue as to what to write about today. It’s depressing.
It’s not that I don’t know what to write about; it’s that there is so damn much that deserves scorn I simply don’t know where to begin.
This morning on the “news” shows I saw one of the Koch brothers, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. What a line up. These are the kind of regulars for which the viewing audience is just clamoring. So much for MSM.
The Koch on this morning (I forget which one; does it make a difference?) is one of those nice affable mid-western guys. You know. Just folk. Just like you and me. I can see him sharing a cup o’joe at the local diner along with some truckers and small shop keepers.
“Are you trying to buy power?”
Why of course not! I want government to be much smaller; to be less powerful! I want to free the American people from the special interests! “I’m a classic liberal!”
“Do you fear the deluge of “dark” money into politics?”
“Well, some contributors don’t want their names known. I have received death threats you know. I never expected the amount of abuse I’m getting from the left”.
Dr. Ben, the neurosurgeon, was on spouting his right wing politics.
The Oregon shooting might not have been so bad if the students were carrying guns. He neglected to mention that Oregon permits licensed guns on campus to those with a concealed weapons permit.
And the Holocaust might not have been so bad if Jews had guns. I guess he never heard of the Warsaw uprising. He taps into the pipe dreams of the right that an armed citizenry can fight off “gummit” troops. Right.
He knows his audience. Oregonians protested Obama’s visit last week; don’t want no background checks.
The county where the shooting occurred has a 25% unemployment rate; the town is dependent on logging – thus the presence of older students in a community college. That’s not important so long as we keep our guns.
What Carson doesn’t realize is that those gun toting folks wouldn’t vote for any black man for President no matter how much he panders to them. And pander he does.
And how quickly he has forgotten from whence he came and those who worked so hard so that he could benefit and enjoy a successful life. Carson entered Yale in 1967; graduated from Yale in 1971. He attended on scholarship because he was a poor black man.
I was 30 years old in 1971. Does Ben Carson think he got to Yale in 1967 on his own? If so, he has learned nothing. Too many marched and died to get Ben Carson into Yale. Now he panders to the same right wing that would have kept him in a segregated school. In that regard he is no different than Clarence Thomas. Time to pay it forward Ben.
Donald Trump was well, Donald Trump. He’s ready to round up 11 million illegals and “humanely” deport them. He’s a little short on specifics. Maybe we can hold them in “camps” while they receive due process. Or shall we just march them to the border at rifle point without any legal niceties? Not to worry. Donald’s got it all figured out.
Hillary changed her mind on the Trans Pacific Partnership this week. Now she’s against it after being for it. She once called it the “gold standard” of trade agreements. I guess she is feeling Bernie’s hot breath.
She will not however support reimposing the Glass-Steagall Act; she called it a “depression era” legislative fix. She ignores the fact that it worked for decades. On the other hand it was her husband Bill who repealed it, going along with the banksters and corporate Republicans. As will she. Oh well. It was his signature achievement.
Russian planes are attacking Assad’s enemies and ISIS is moving into the territory they previously occupied. We continue to wring our hands, whine and stamp our feet.
Meanwhile we attack ISIS while Saudi Arabia and the gulf states support it. Iranians are helping out the Iraqi Shia while the national Iraqi army can’t fight it’s way out of a paper bag after tens of billions in “training”. The Sunni Shia civil war expands into Yemen with the Saudis attacking the Iranian proxy Houthi. Our policies are laughable.
ISIS has occupied territory for two years and the longer it is “governing” the more credibility it has. Meanwhile it continues to ethnically cleanse it’s territory of those who aren’t Sunni enough, Shia, Yazids, Christians, Kurds, atheists, homosexuals, monuments, statues, antiquities; bringing back slavery, child brides, stoning, beheading. I guess it wants a clean Sunni desert heartland.
I’ve been thinking – is there any significant difference between ISIS and Saudi Arabia?
All the while the Syrian people walk away from their homeland carrying their children.
This week Doctors Without Borders learned that we can bomb without consequences. You don’t think anyone will be convicted of a war crime do you? It was reported yesterday that we will pay “compensation” to the families of the victims. Money. You aren’t surprised are you?
Two weeks ago I wrote about the scumbag of the year, Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of a life saving drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill. In light of the furious backlash he promised to address the issue of lowering the price somewhat “in the near future”. He hasn’t said how much or when. I guessed he would wait until the fury blows over. He hasn’t done a thing and my guess is he won’t Americans don’t remember anything after two weeks. Bastard is smiling all the way to the bank.
Notice how quickly the Oregon murders have passed from the media?
Time to move on.
Same old shit. Different day.