The Ballad of Craven Cliven
"I abide by all of Nevada's state laws. But I don't recognize the United States government as even existing."
10 April 2014
He says this while waving an American flag. Genius.
The loony right wing loves to bitch and wail about the "undeserving poor" getting something for nothing. Why is it, then, that when it's the undeserving rich we're talking about, they're always so quick to come to the plutocracy's defense - and, oh brother, did they ever come!
They set their scopes on the heads of officers who are sworn to uphold the law of the land. A lot of these assholes even had their wives and girlfriends on the scene, daring the lawmen to shoot back if they were fired upon first. The cops wisely backed off. It was a no-win situation. The Tea Party types are declaring what a grand and glorious victory this is over the big, bad gub'ment.
That's right, folks, these fucking spineless cowards put their families in the cross-hairs. Isn't that a scream? They have declared themselves to be in armed revolt against your government. Remember how well that worked out in 1861? Back then it was the Democrats cheering on the rebels. This time it's the Republicans. Life is kinda funny that way, you know?
This is not a bold prediction on my part (in fact it's the easiest call I've ever maded in my life): This is going to end very badly. We're talkin' tragedy here. An extremely ominous precedent has been established in Nevada. Let me explain....
Forget the military might of the federal government; there's the undeniable fact that even your below-average state National Guard worth its weight in dead rocks would easily be able to make rancid mincemeat out of any self-raised army of murderous and armed jackasses trying to show what manly men they are. They have proved to the world (but in reality only to themselves) that they are the omnipotent Angels of Death, marching onto glory in their stupid world of lethal make-believe. For over five years now this twisted view of reality has been reinforced by the right wing media's scream machine. Like Pavlov's dogs salivating at the bells of doom, the mantra has been drilled into their clueless heads by constant repetition and it's only made them crazier with the passing of each month:
"THERE'S AN EVIL, COMMIE NIGGER LIVING IN THE WHITE HOUSE! HE WANTS TO DESTROY THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE! DEFEND YOUR WIFE 'N' CHILDREN! PASS THE LORD AND PRAISE THE AMMUNITION!"
The danger here is not merely the undeniable fact that these folks aren't very bright (that's a given) but that they're armed and - we can deny it no longer - obviously quite dangerous. If you're not seriously alarmed by what transpired this week in Nevada, you've got you've got your head in the sand - or quite possibly you're unfamiliar with the definition of the word, "treason".
I'll say it again: This is going to end very badly. I cannot emphasize that enough. Let's hear it for the National Rifle Association!
And while you're at it, fasten your seat-belts, kiddies!
Yesterday on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart put Cliven Bundy in his rightful place - with the type of brilliant satire that one has come to expect from his program:
As scary as this is, it really is quite funny.
Suffer the Little Children
from "The Rant"
9 April 2013
This little ditty I wrote a little over a year ago dealt with the tragedy of America's incurable appetite for gun violence. Get used to living in a nation in ruins.
Let me end this little tirade of mine on a softer note:
I Only Have Eyes For You
by Art Garfunkel
This song came out around 1976 as I recall. I think it was my first real appreciation of the standards of my parents' youth. My friend, Gerry O'Brien, turned me on to this recording. All these decades later, I still think of her whenever I hear it:
You are here so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you....
Now, wasn't that nice?