My America: A Critical Mess

22 Jul

I’ve lived in America all of my eighty five years and my family has lived here much longer.  Back in the day we did all the early American stuff.  Kept slaves, killed Indians, Red Coats, Moslems, Mexicans, Yanks and/or Rebs, Spaniards; you know the list.  We wrote the history books so it all seemed to make good sense; somehow.  It’s just what one did, hereabouts, back in the day.

Closer to my time we started to raise the ante a bit.  That business with Spain gave a taste of what we could be if we were to expand the franchise a tad; maybe more than a tad.  Those pretty, and lucrative, little Spanish islands we took over were tempting us to have more; ever more. Why be stay-at-homes; forget G. Washington!  There’s a big world out there. The entire century, the 20th, was an American  strategic effort with mostly poor results. Insularity exerting itself unbidden; George’s revenge ?  Perhaps.

Enter the coming of age century. The big 21st! Can we handle it?  Grow up at last? Fat chance.  A few guys blow up our stuff. Oh my, tantrum time.  Ongoing, ever ongoing. Wet work all over the place.  Mideast in shambles. Overspending big time.  Domestic pain.  DC  resembling the Pol Pot on steroids.  Half the GDP now in dead or zombie money locked up in midasville until doomsday. Tomorrow?

Then, a national election i.e. the rug being pulled from under a sand castle mounted on lemon jello.  Oops! Didn’t know it might all fall apart.  Should have known about the odds. We were  told of only 17 years of peace in the 241 years since 1776 and hoped maybe 2017 would be the lucky number 18, but no.  In my time I’ve run the gamut of red, white and blue emotions.  Old fashioned patriotism, worry, hope, despair, doubt and pride of country. Now my most solemn emotion seems  to reflect the national scene as it doubtless appears in the eyes of the world …embarrassment.


The Penis Ain’t But a Big, Swollen Clit or/

20 Jun

What Not to Shout Out in a Biker Bar

Here’s an example of another conversation that has probably never occurred in human history. She, wide-eyed and trembling with anticipation, says to him that she has never seen such a wondrous phallus. He replies that it was given him by his mom on his birth day. An acknowledgement or even the understanding of such reality is beyond the capacity of most men. That their prize possession was given them by a woman, OMG!  But then, they often spend half a lifetime trying to give it back

Because our species is mammalian, one segment is capable of taking advantage of a surplus of biological time not available to the other; i.e. the time females spend in menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. These mammalian requirements could, and apparently did, lead to the male segment’s use of this unearned surplus of leisure time to the detriment of the female and ultimately shaped all human destiny.

We have increasingly become aware of FGM, female genital mutilation, and in regions where prevalent it is said to have originated in Africa.  Indeed that apparently is the case.  During the era when Arabs were hunting and capturing Africans for the slave trade, they stumbled upon a tribe in South Africa, the Khoi, also called Hottentot. Those upstanding true believers were stunned by what they found.  The Khoi  women manipulated the genitalia of female infants from birth. In time the clitoris might attain a length of 2, possibly 3 inches and the labia grew accordingly.  The results were threatening enough that the macho Arabs were sore afraid it might influence their women. The rest is history but history twisted so as to have female genital mutilation seen as having sacred aspect and not as being a terrified male invention.

Ten millennia of increasingly complex human behaviors have been superimposed on a primeval, stunted, near crippling imbalance between the sexes. One result is male control, ranging from near to total, over the actions and privileges of females.  In modern terms what has happened to females is known as the Stockholm Syndrome. In it captives acquiesce over time to fondness, even love for their captors. At no major societal level, where input could decide outcome, is the female given equality.

But sadly, this statement or any other expressing similar opinions, receives outright rejection from a huge portion of male society. Males, who on other subjects are receptive, even progressive in their attitudes concerning fairness and balance, cannot accept true equality between the sexes. Therefore we grope about blindly layering more societal complexities on a skewed system with predictable results.

Every human undertaking thus far attempted thrives for a time and then fails.  Nothing lasts and probably nothing will under these biased circumstances. A glance at history should convince anyone that we are not behaving at all as an admirable, wholesome species; we are at best a clever one. Our sincerest efforts fail and the result is to attempt ever more of the same. A species out of balance with its own nature should not expect to be successful.


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7 Jun

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Seventeen Years of Peace/

4 Jun

Equals seven tenths of one percent of our total existence

 Our record as a peace loving nation is not anything like the image we have been led to believe.  According to The Free Thought Project         America has been at war for 224 of the last 241 years since 1776.  If their calculations are accurate, perhaps you are as astounded as I am. This is the most incredible information I have received in years and frankly I don’t know how to handle it.  Is anything I have ever been taught, read about or learned from media been even close to honestly describing my nation’s basic nature in light of this indictment?

The Free Thought Project goes on to say that all wars are bankers’ wars and they profit from both sides. Perhaps this is so but the bankers must have had willing helpers. How did we manage to sleepwalk for two plus centuries with dreams of “the city on a hill”, our “exceptional nation” etc etc and quite freely disparage others for their war making proclivities without getting wise to it all?

  This line from D.H.Lawrence in his graphic novel “Quetzalcoatl” charges Mexico and other governments with encouraging our nefarious actions. “Of course money-lovers will want the United States Government, because it’s the one government that exists simply and solely to protect money.”

These are damning accusations and, if factual, leave most of our current event agonies banal and trivial in comparison.  All future Op Eds should also come with the caveat: {If the Free Thought  Project calculations are incorrect then this opinion is meaningful}

So then, next year for sure; 2018, the big 18. The 18th year without a war since 1776.  Can we do it guys? Will we even try?


Three Amazing Discoveries / or

30 May


How All This Mess Got Started

It seems reasonable to assume any major species that has survived intact for, say, a million years has followed and obeyed whatever life pathways it was designed for.  This must include suitable environment, food sources, predation defense and reproduction matters. If no other factors were present would we not presume the human species was subject to the same forces and limits throughout our early development?

So what happened?  How did a species spend millennia behaving as all others must do and then become in a few thousand years the scourge of an entire planet?  Perhaps the single factor that precipitated us towards what we have become was a new possibility offered our kind that tipped the scale.  We were as a species, during prior ages, subject to limitations suffered by most residents of earth which is basically living a hand to mouth existence.

At some point during what is called the Late Bronze Age great changes occurred testing our species as never before happened with any other. We began to have a surplus of food.  Actually there were three forms of  discovery; two new and one quite ancient. In the deserts and on the vast steppes, mankind had developed animal husbandry, keeping and breeding of other animals for food and draft use. .

At about the same time in the deltas and river valleys where suitable soils were found, agriculture was begun. These two propitious additions to human life were in addition to another ancient discovery that accrued to only one segment of the species. This third discovery when added to the two newer ones, produced the possibility of great imbalance in human affairs if abused.  With the food supply mostly assured, the uncertain future came closer to human control, but this presented a world class ethical dilemma.

Because our species is mammalian, one segment is capable of taking advantage of a  surplus of biological time not available to the other, i.e. the time females spend in menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. These mammalian requirements could, and apparently did, lead to the male segment’s use of this unearned surplus of leisure time to the detriment of the female and ultimately shaped all human destiny thereafter.

We are vaguely made aware through ancient mythology of the beginnings of this human villainy. We since have read of all the smiting and smoting, the sacking and seizing and the human slavery that was instituted. Scores were kept of the tribes that won; the ones that lost.  Towns and settlements destroyed or ravaged; details of this sort of thing were duly recorded.  What does not appear in the record is at what point females too, were added to the trophy.  All of them, an entire gender was taken as de facto  hostage.

In modern terminology what has been happening since to the feminine segment is known as the Stockholm Syndrome.  In it captives acquiesce over time to fondness, even love for their captors. Is that where we are today? Do males indeed rule the entire planet? A glance around the known world would suggest it is so. Is one gender then subject to the will of the other?

To dispel any doubts, ascertain the degree of input from the feminine half of humankind that went into the decision making of any of these major human preoccupations.

The Big Photo Op Gone Wrong

27 May
Three widely circulated photos will do more to unite the militant Takfiri Islamic factions than anything that has happened in the last 500 years.
Picture#1. The Trump women appearing with heads boldly uncovered in Saudi Arabia.
Followed soon after by Picture # 2., Trump in yarmulke praying in Jerusalem at the Western Wall
and then Picture # 3, the Trump women with the Pope, heads dutifully covered, at the Vatican.
For spice, throw in Picture #4,  the Trump sword dance and every jihadi on earth will be grinding his teeth.
Our guy has really done it now. Those pictures will henceforth adorn a million walls as jihad icons.
That the Presidential Party could  be so oblivious to the consequences of these colossal blunders is astounding.
My advice. Invade Pakistan tomorrow, seize all the nukes and break the mold.  Apologize and leave a check. The alternative is to spend the next decade waiting for the shoe to drop.


S.H.I.T. Happens!

22 May

Self. Hatred. Impugning. Trump.  Happens!

Projection of such an incredible amount of animus directed at one individual must be an indicator of  a huge lacking in our culture.  Common decency aside, the simple repetition of such hostility must be masking other ills. If this is indeed what lies beneath the surface in contemporary life are we not fortunate that this exposure reveals a mindset that hitherto has only been expressed in negative actions at home and especially abroad? We should be grateful that the persona of one individual has been the litmus we have lacked for several decades.  A golden opportunity for national introspection is at the horizon. We simply cannot afford to overlook it.

Why is it so hard for some people to understand that DJT is us? All our dreams and aspirations were his as well. You always wanted to be a big TV star; be honest now.  And a few million in hand was always in the back of your mind; truth now. Sure, sure you wouldn’t want his job for two seconds but…maybe Senator or SCOTUS, yeah.  You’d make a good judge; you’re pretty sure of that.

He’s bigly, he’s richly, he’s a celebrity and he TWEETS!, every day.  Can’t get any more American than that. Why would anyone doubt his bonafides?  Need to talk to the head guy in Kapowistan; no problem. He’s knows him. Did a deal once. An ARTful deal, of course. Need an overnight in South Badwasser: he’s got a place there, actually two: you have comps! What other President has done business in half the world or would even know where Kapowistan is? Tell me that!

Is Donald Trump considered to be in apostasy by his multitude of detractors? Is that what is behind the sudden manifestation of a home grown Red Guard sprung up to defend the faithful? Is this then a quasi-religious uprising cloaked in the sacred mantle of old time Americanism? If so, perhaps we need an old time exorcism to cast demons from the guardsmen before they tear the temple down.

Remember, it was only an election folks, we’ve had them before. Sometimes you lose.  That is no excuse for rioting, looting and assault on opponents. You could try to help instead. If you have something to offer the apostate to guide him through his new journey perhaps you should come forward. He could use your help even if it fills you with loathing being in the presence. Courage. You will have another chance in four short years.