War is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength..

We live in a land full of doublespeak, and alternative facts, but what we have in actuality is a president who can’t even use double speak or alternative facts properly.  Yes, there is no true proper way to do things the wrong way, but if you have noticed, whatever question he is asked, he answers it with a non-answer, or starts talking about something completely unrelated. Does he have a clue he is even doing this?  And also, this could be seen as less an evasion tactic as truly a show of what little he knows about anything. If he has no answer, or no conscious thought in relation to the question being asked, instead of saving face and claiming ignorance, or a lack of a real opinion he just opens his mouth and spews whatever happens to be in his head at the moment.

I also have another thought, and that is in relation to violence.  If you are scared of having your rights taken away, and pissed off at alt right asshats, that’s good, because we all should be.  But when we punch people who are spewing hate, but not actually perpetrating any violence with their own hands, their toxic viewpoints shift in the collective consciousness of the masses, and no matter how nonsensical they are, or how disgusting, depraved, and chaotic they may be, the masses will no longer view them with disdain or disgust, and thus your anti-authoritarian stance becomes something that just makes the evil stronger. Just saying. Please be careful, and stay safe out there comrades.

Betsy Devos Wins, and People who uphold the constitution deemed wrong…

Well the travel ban has been halted, and that’s good. Especially good if a large number of people agree that Trump’s comments on the “so-called judge,” are inappropriate as the President of The United States, where Frederick Douglass is definitely not still alive, or he would have  a few choice words to say to Trump and his cronies.   The administration’s “feelings are hurt” by SNL again.  Farce and satire largely exist for political reasons since their creation, so Donald should take a deep breath, or even a well deserved nap and then speak. That’s all I can say.

Lady Gaga performed at the Superbowl and made everyone happy.  Good job.  So intolerance gets once more face-punched.

Betsy Devos won her appointment, so children everywhere can grow up and be dumb butts like her. But even if she completely destroys the education system, I doubt that would be humanly possible. Fingers crossed, as the world watches with bated breath…

I’ve Been Quiet, I know..

I’ve been quiet on here, if anyone might have noticed. But all this hoopla leading to the election, the election itself, the filling of the swamp that was apparently gettting drained, the electoral college and their dumb vote which keeps us from true democracy, Christmas, and being with the ones we love. I just wanted to live peacefully for a bit before the shit started to hit the fan. And Christmas is such a lovely time to spend with loved ones. Unless you are Donald Trump and get visited from three “rude” ghosts, one of which is probably really “yuuge.”  Just be glad 2016 saw such a great punk resurgence from some of the best punk bands that still exist.  The Pixies’ Head Carrier among them, can help us gear up for the fight of a lifetime.  Nazis and White Supremacists will soon inhabit the highest echelons of the American government, which is meant to be by the people, of the people and for the people.  I know the government has never been without its flaws, without its absurd protection of evil corporations as if they were individual people.

I’m sick of all the special snowflake nonsense that keeps floating around.  Our generation continually works their butts off to have their dreams slide down the waterfall and get dashed into pieces on the rocks again and again, without even mentioning the little amount of money that ever ever manages to find its way into our wallet. Sure, our modern world is full of unneeded expenses that previous generations didn’t have, like smartphones, unlimited internet access, social media mind traps, etc.  But the rise of the technology has not only helped make some people too numb to the world, but it has developed a dependence that was unforeseen.  Movies in the cloud, companies updating their info only on their fb pages, and needing the internet to get discovered as an artist anymore. It’s not fair certainly, but it does have its perks sometimes. If the masses can just get their heads out of their new asses known as snapchat for a few minutes, they will no longer be crippled by the technology that has developed a bizarre symbiosis with them.

Speaking of the music biz being the way it is, I will never stop buying records and CDs because the joy isn’t so readily available if I just download anything and everything. The thrill of opening a new cd, putting a newly acquired record under the needle, or the clicking noise a casette makes after it rewinds. The pop and the hiss, the electronic blips that CDs make, the hassle of respooling a messed up tape, beyondthe lyrics, or the sound of the vocals, or the unique sound of the instruments is really what makes listening to music and acquiring music a true joy.  Nobody savors a new single from a favorite band anymore, they just move onto the next new artist and leave it forgotten on the cutting room floor.  Not enough people buying albums or understanding the beauty of listening to it from the first to the last track. We need to increase our attention spans, grow our minds, become the person we have always been, instead of the person we don’t want to ever be just to get by.  Balance your work and your life, get back into music, listen to a new song daily, a favorite album daily, share a favorite band with someone daily. Give a complete stranger a mixtape, regardless of how they look at you.  Our art revolution is fun, and truly improves quality of life as well.

We aren’t robots, and we can’t afford to live in apathy right now.  So *gasp*, open a book, watch a movie more than ten years old, physically hold an album in your hand, do what you like and not what you don’t. Educate yourself against those who would take your rights away from you, so as not to willingly give them up. Learn about climate change, pay attention to the signs. Understand that fracking fracks up everyone’s drinking supply, it is poisoning our own well. Do your best to toss aside intolerant and discriminatory feelings. Empathy is key.  Put yourself in someone else’s shoes if it is the best way for you to see every side to a problem.

Let your voice be heard when you see injustice in all its forms. Don’t be led astray from your own deepest convictions. And if you have a dream, this is definitely the year you should seek it out.  These are the most uncertain times we have yet to experience, so let us experience it not with fear, which is a means to our control, but with hope, which is where true freedom is born….

I’ve Been Back At Work For A Couple Weeks NOW, and let me tell you..

I feel better than I have in months, and not just in the last month where I was suffering with my horrible and larger than it needed to be kidney stone.  That thing had to be lodged up there for a long time if you ask me.  My body acts more like it should, and not only that seems to run better.  I have more drive, more energy, more creative impulses than I’ve had in a while, so brace yourself for amazing things in store.

Took A Walk

Take A Walk- Passion Pit

I ambled down to the library to return some of my items, and I thought about how much I used to love the easy access to the streets of downtown back in Keene at college time, and just how relaxing it was to just wander through different routes and passages all leading to the same places.  I guess it’s true what they say, “All roads lead to home,”  or was it Rome?  Oh well, I’m not one to turn a cliché in a way that may come off as cliché.  If that is cliché to say, well I’m sorry.  I mean I really am not sorry, especially not for dropping that nice little video gem in the midst of my blog.  But anyways, I took my walk and although we live in downtown in a moderately populous city, the air is crisp and clean, and there are trees just about everywhere.  It also seems that almost every street in this part of town intersects, and it is nearly impossible for me to get lost.  I could feel the air, the sun, the early summer breeze in my stylish haircut, and it was nice, all of it.  The busy streets were right there, but on my walking route, it was like I had entered a new and different place.  Everything moved in a loop back to my point of origin.  At no point in my walk, excepting the very end, did I retread my steps.  What was familiar or old hat, was new again.  What was new was amazing.  Like I said, the sunny days really photosynthesize my piece of mind and stimulate my artsy side. Mwahaha, I rhymed without even meaning to.  But that’s really all I have to say.  Taking a walk works wonders for body and soul. Go do it, I guess.

Also Good for What Ails You

So What Does Ted Cruz Dropping Out of The Race Mean?

I really don’t know to be honest.  But I will be talking my possible answers since I posted the question to y’all.  Well, it’s no secret that Ted Cruz is kind of an awful choice of presidential candidates, but 2016 will be known as the year of the awful choices. I was so glad that he had been holding up to Trump much better than initially expected, because as much as I find myself not a fan of the man, I was a fan of his ability to stand up to Trump.  Because at the end of the day there is this difference.  Trump is a bigot, a bully, sexist, xenophobic, racist, rich guy, who has no idea how the world works, but knows enough to know, that his opinions do nothing but create bad blood amongst the people’s of this great land of America, but more than that cause worldwide cringing, tongue-biting, and to some extent fear.  He was funny(in a make fun of him sort of way), fun to heckle, and a “no way in Hell is this real,” sort of candidate, but then he became a front runner, and never stopped.  And from front runner he is now the only candidate running for the nomination by the Good Old Party who hates his guts as well.  Cruz on the other hand, has some pretty crappy ideas, but they are honest to goodness what he believes to be great ideas.  He also lacks a little bit in the tact and diplomacy category,  but Trump doesn’t  have either of those qualities.  Trump is dangerous to our way of thinking, and dangerous to the future of our Republic, regardless of how corrupt many parts of the system already are.  He is a step into regression that we as Americans can’t afford to take.  But there is always the hope that the party will do the right thing and throw the nomination to someone else.

The other issue, however, is Hillary beating Bernie.  Which I might add, is a travesty.  Bernie is better liked, and although he has more support from us, the small people as it were,  she has more delegates, because she won the states that have more of them.  If you ask me, it should be decided by how many states you win, not which states you win.  Bernie has more experience than almost all of these crazy people put together, not to mention a stronger compassion for his fellow human beings, and a strange honesty that you don’t get out of many politicians. Trump and Hillary are both funded by SuperPacs, and if you ask me, should no longer be tolerated or allowed to happen.  I would put her on a pedestal so high above Trump, but I am not pleased by having to make such a crazy ass decision.

So in that scenario, isn’t the asshole businessman whose only real goal as president will be to make himself and others like him even richer, the person that these power elites will do everything they can to elect?  The answer is yes.  But don’t lose heart, these are merely shadows of what can be, if we do not get up off of our asses and encourage the rest of America to wake up and do the same.  We can not tolerate someone like Trump even having a fraction of a chance at the highest office in the land.  Remember Dubya?  This will be ten times even more disastrous than those  8 years were.

Stupor Wednesday!

Don’t waste your energy being upset or angry about Trump’s win.  The ignorance and hate that breeds such results should not be your worry.  I’m not surprised anymore, but the sad state of the GOP race is as follows:  Donald Trump is just about as bad as every other guy running for the grand old party, trying to score the nomination.  I honestly don’t know who I’d pick instead were I to waste my vote on their idiotic games and corporation rigged campaigns.  Spend your energy wondering how Bernie, the only really popular candidate in this race is being blocked by this very same money machine that seems to run everything.  Hilarity Clinton is getting all the delegates, and she can’t be trusted to do anything that she promises.  Talk about flip-floppers, she is currently the worst of them.  I mean Cruz, Rubio, Trump, Carson, etc. are all a joke, but as ill informed and horrible so man;y things they say are, and how unconstitutional all of their promises are, monstrous as they may be, we know exactly what they stand for.  That is the first step to securing a win for our first true bi-partisan leader. Have no fear, his grassroots campaign is far from done.  If you think he will step aside and leave it between Trump and Hil, you’ve got another thing coming.  He is not a democrat, he is not a republican.  In his long political career, he has always been a voice for the people and not the establishment.  So what if he doesn’t get the nom?  The game has changed, and his none-corporate run campaign has proven that.  So what if he’s old? he’s only got a few years on Hil and Trump and still very much in control of his faculties, which certainly can’t be said of his opponents.  If he doesn’t get the nom, whether or not he continues to run, if we vote for him, we will not be wasting our time, we will not be throwing our vote away.  The two party system will no longer stand, and this election is truly the final time we will see it implemented in such a way.  If you love America, and you truly want to make a difference, to let your voice be heard, shake up the establishment, write him in, write him in, write him in.  If a true third party can take it this far, and be taken this seriously, let’s take it all the way to the end.

Marching On..

March has “leaped” out from under a day that only exists once every four years, and to turn the old cliche, has certainly come in like a lion, but sort of a lamb-ish lion.  From a totally calm night, out of nowhere we were struck with gale force winds, which caused much creaking in the old house where our apartment is located.  A restless night to say the least, but come morning, a beautiful, calm, clear day awaited us.  Given I didn’t do a whole lot today, it wouldn’t have really mattered what kind of day we were faced with, but this month has been begun by a lamb in lion’s clothing as far as I can tell, plus the unseasonable weather, that is the new normal.  Because climate change is alive and well and can not any longer be ignored, reason enough to choose your Super Tuesday vote wisely.  This is the most important election of the modern age, and businessmen, bigotry and all this talk of building walls, and climate change deniers will no longer be tolerated, in a race for one of the most important jobs in the land.  The fate of the world rests in all our hands, all of them.  I mean, I think Leonardo Dicaprio summed it up pretty nicely in his Oscar speech the other day.

And speaking of Oscars, who else thought The Martian was totally snubbed, not to mention  amazing pictures like Star Wars? And Mad Max winning one award?  Sure. But four or five?  No.  I’ve never seen it so I might change my tune when I get around to seeing it, but probably not.  And movies worth your attention should include the new biopic of true Olympic underdog Eddie Edwards, “Eddie The Eagle” starring Taron Edgerton, who delivers a performance just as perfect as his performance in Kingsman, two very different movies, very different characters, and one very talented young Brit.  Keep your eyes on this one.  One day let’s hope he wins all the awards.

One final note on climate change, please stop acting all surprised when the weather is “weird.”  It’s the new normal guys, and we can no longer afford to be apathetic about it.  Sure we can’t prevent it, and it may even be too late to slow some of the effects down, but if we all do our part, we can at the very least live with our consequences.  But let us never lose hope, and don’t think we can just ignore it and have it fix itself, because  it won’t.  And let’s keep lobbying companies and corporations to make everything less disposable, and let’s reuse reuse reuse, whenever possible.  Composting, recycling, reading, researching, listening, paying attention, and generally caring for other living things will all be valid contributions to the fight for our world, and for our and it’s future.  it really is a beautiful place after all.

 

We will March Forward with our hearts in our hands, our eyes on the skies, and our ears turned toward the concerns of each other.  Oh and as an afterthought:  Donald Trump, you are FIRED!

Someone posted

an amazing picture on the internet today of a person holding a picket sign bearing the words:  “Trump is a Nickelback fan,” I’d say it would be enough to encourage his voters to reconsider, but seeing as all five of them are probably the remaining fans of said band it’s hard to tell.  But then again, I think they might be Canadian, and Trump supporters hate Canadians because Ted Cruz is Canadian himself. Oops.  Btw Canada is an amazing place full of great, friendly people, clean air, lots of trees, and at least a few people that speak French.  Visit it, you’ll be glad you did.

Strange Days indeed…

Well, the Deadpool movie finally came out?  Yeah, here I go stating a fact everyone knows.  Was it actually good?  Yes.  Was it crass, irreverent, offensive and tugging at the heart-strings, and tickling to the funny bone?  You bet.  Anyone who was offended really did it to themselves.  If you know a single thing about the “merc with a mouth,”you are most likely aware of his potty humor, or his capacity to tear off his own limbs to make a mistake.  You got exactly what you paid for.  But there are a lot of people that will not bat an eye to my dear friend Mr. Wade Wilson, one of the most interesting comic book characters of the nineties and 2000’s.  But real flesh and blood people, like Trump, or Ted Cruz will say a whole bunch of monstrous things, and someone will say, “Well at least he speaks his mind.”  And believe me when I say, if Deadpool was a real person, he’d be a more viable candidate for presidency.  And seeing as Deadpool is Canadian, just like Ted Cruz, he could totally be allowed to run as well, based on whatever rule allows Ted to run.  And here is another point to pay attention to.  Why can someone live the majority of their life in this country, be a citizen from childhood or their adolescence on, and not be allowed a crack at the most important job in the country?  If you ask me, that’s complete and utter bullshit.  To become a citizen, you have to answer questions that we probably never even learned the answers to in school?  How many presidents do you know the names of?  And even if you can name a lot of them, how many of them can you tell me info about?  I know you can’t really answer this except in a lovely comment down below, but like my aforementioned comic book friend, I believe in busting down the fourth wall very strongly.  Also, whenever your respective state has its primary, go ahead and vote for the only candidate that has a platform beneficial to all, or for whomsoever you wish,  but just remember Bernie points out actual problems, while Donald and folks like him stand on a platform promising to bring more problems to America.  That is all I have to say on that…

Mic Drop!