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September 30, 2010

Green Dock

Filed under: Blog, Uncategorized — Michael @ 9:48 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great Island of Nantucket!  So good, as always, to be with you on a rainy, muggy day here in Osterville.  Much is going on around the country, as the 24 hour news cycle never sleeps, and, as such, the pundits are busy falling all over themselves to get the word out to the voting public, in light of the upcoming November 2, 2010 mid-term elections, be it from the far right wing (nut) position, screamed at us by FOX NEWS (pac) and the lunatics that work for them like Glenn Beck, or the far left, the ‘progressive socialist’ side of the equation, a group that is filled with reason, equality, equity, and a real sense of purpose to tackle some HUGE problems not only facing this country, but the world at large–such as GLOBAL WARMING, famine, refugees, natural disasters, real threats from extremists of any kind, and the general black mood of the world, where there seems to be no good news anywhere.  In these PIVOTAL elections a little over a month from today, we will as a nation, literally VOTE for continuing on the course we are taking right NOW, a rather conservative counter approach, and sometimes needed knee jerk reactions, to the devastating policies of George W. Bush, who, if we can break away from the blackberry for a moment and reflect on history made only a few years ago, almost took us over the edge of a cliff, along with the rest of the world, into the abyss, who continued with the “military industrial complex” ideology by engaging in two unfunded wars, one illegal, who continued dismantling the “good parts of government”, such as regulations on energy policy, banking and insurance policy, and environmental/educational policy that protect “the American People”, etcetera so on and so forth.  So much so that, with the “Citizens United” case (a recent Supreme Court ruling, allowing corporations to donate unlimited amounts of monies towards candidates that they hand pick in order to change policy and continue with the rape and pillage of the United States of America) in hand, the new puppets that will be in place if the democrats don’t win, will take us back to the days of Donald Regan, the “man behind the curtain” at the “time”… Therefore, make no mistake about it, we can again, go backwards, backwards I say, to the days of, well, there have yet to be days like the ones that may be coming, for if you listen to the rhetoric on the far right, the tea party nuts who are literally puppets of the Koch brothers, David and Charles and some of their golf buddies from the club (”I’ll guarantee you’ll never be a member here!” credit the cult film classic, Caddyshack, and the late, great Ted Knight) (the billionaire architects of the “tea party movement”, a fake grass roots organization that started 20 months ago, and, because of the brilliant work by misguided strategists working for the republican party and more to the point the corporations, the RTP, or republican tea party, for lack of a better name, have been able to tap into the anger, fear, hate and rage that is a direct result of the economy and the economy is a direct result of the policies of George W. Bush, and that is what these politicians and corporate puppet masters have manipulated the “American People” into voting FOR, the same policies that made you feel all of this PAIN!  Hello, McFly is this thing ON? “So, I put it to you Greg, you can do what you want with us, but we are not going to sit here and listen to you bad mouth real Constitution of the United States of America, Gentlemen!”  (credit the classic film, circa 1978, Animal House, starring the late, great John Belushi, we miss you man!)   Have a great day folks!    PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 29, 2010

Texas Tea

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:06 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Wednesday morning here on Cape, with some sprinkles expected today, along with some mild temperatures, with cooler temperatures just around the corner… The same cannot be said for the hot political games being played out over the airwaves of our great country, as she continues to be hijacked and abused on a daily basis–bill by bill, hour by hour, bought candidate by bought candidate.  My blood began to boil yesterday, while watching my friend Chris Mathews, of “Hardball, with Chris Mathews”, only on MSNBC, (good luck to Lawrence O’Donnell and his new show, “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell”, airing right after “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, all on MSNBC and airing at 10, 9 and 8 p.m., EST, all required viewing, a spokesperson for the White House endorsed both Keith and Rachel yesterday, if you are interested in the truth via FACTS), who spoke of our “friend” Jim DeMint (R-SC) who blocked the attempts of congress to gain subpoena power to bring bp to JUSTICE regarding the Deep Water Horizon criminal oil “spill” in the Gulf that released over 5 million barrels of oil and an undetermined amount of dispersant called Corexit 3500 (banned in the U.K. for over ten years) into the pristine and fragile waters of the Gulf of Mexico, destroying wildlife for years to come, along with countless businesses that will also be affected for generations, perhaps never recovering fully.  This cowardly act by the “Waterloo” politician, deep in the covers with Tony, “gone sailin’, Hayward, was supported by none other than the grand mouse himself, minority “leader” of the Senate, Mitch, “Minnie mouse”, McConnell (R-KY) who vocalized his “concern” over the subpoenas that investigators want in order to bring bp and their executives to Washington, under OATH, to tell the WHOLE TRUTH, and nothing but.  If this does not prove that the republican puppets are in bed with big oil, I don’t know what does.  Why are we such cowards as a nation?  Why are we so quick to give the big, bad corporations a break when they are the very captors that are holding the “American people” hostage?  Why can’t they SEE the Light? FOX NEWS, the propaganda arm, not to mention the campaign fund raising arm, of the right wing (nut) agenda, is one very big reason why.  60 percent of American viewers who watch the news on television, actually watch the crap that Rupert Murdoch and his side kick Roger Ailes put out into the Universe every day via the likes of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and the goof balls at “Fox and Friends”.  Therefore, after watching that mind numbing, brainwashing horsesh$t, circa the film, “1984 , courtesy of the late, great George Orwell, it is no wonder that the hurting “American people” are willing to follow anyone who taps into their frustration, anger and despair, while simultaneously lying to them that things in this country will never improve, thus, making them feel LESS ALONE.  However, it is folly, for these titans of industry, such as the greedy Koch brothers, David and Charles, who are killing off people left and right via their harmful chemicals (596 used in the “fracking” process in the attainment of “natural gas” in 37 states, thus far), care absolutely NOTHING for the plight of the average “American”. In fact, their ultimate goal is to finish the job that they started–creating a plutocracy that only serves that top 2 percent. The top 2 percent that “men” like McConnell, Boehner, DeMint, Barton, Cantor, the list goes on ad infinitum, literally work for and thus, act as puppets for in the bodies of the Legislative branch of the United States government.  Arnold Schwarzenegger, the republican governor of the great state of California spoke to this very point yesterday in a speech in Sacramento.  He spoke of the greedy Koch brothers and Tesoro oil, and the plans to repeal current California law to reduce car emissions by 30 percent by the year 2020.  He spoke of the “black heart” of these oil tycoons and their inability to see beyond the short term profits.  He spoke of their complete and utter disdain for anyone or anything that speaks to GLOBAL WARMING and what impact it IS having on California, as well as the rest of the world, by way of more wildfires, more floods and more droughts.  He spoke to the FACT that we are going to run out of oil soon, and as the emerging and developing countries, such as China, India and Brazil, need more and more oil, and thus, will compete for that dwindling supply, the demand will be ever greater, and thus, as economics 101 would dictate, the price of that oil will continue to spiral upwards, causing more wars, more death and more destruction.  We need, as we all have been saying, a new approach, a new “morning in America”, devoid of special interests who are only interested in their bottom line, not the fate of the Brown Pelican, and a real break from the hostage situation the “American people” have found themselves in.  Most Americans have no idea how dependant they actually are on foreign oil, and thus, are prone to listen to the “pundits” over at FOX NEWS or the like, who fill them with war fever and hate of an entire Faith, a faith that did not even know about the value of Texas Tea until the beginning of the industrial revolution, roughly 120 years ago…not a whole lot of time, historically speaking.  How did we all live without the “snuggy”, or “snooky”, for that matter, in the late 19th century?  Almost everything we taste, touch, feel, smell, or see, at some level, revolves around the use of oil based products.  From bottled water to the gas you put in your BMW, we all depend upon black gold to some degree or another.  The problem we are all facing, although most have their head in the sand, or in the case of the republican party, up their own as$, is that the phenomenon of PEAK OIL, which is nearly upon us, a headline that you will not hear the pundits say, but you will hear said from everyone from ex-oil executives to the highest level scientists who study geology and actually READ books, as opposed to burning them, ALL SAY, “will bring pandemonium to this country if we don’t start looking at alternatives RIGHT NOW.”  We, collectively as a nation, have been had, not only by the puppet show participants like McConnell and Boehner, but by the corporations who have bought all the airwaves, such as that horrible commercial bp keeps airing as they try and weasel their way out of paying anything to clean up their criminal act via paying off politicians, and thus, will have brainwashed the “American people” into believing anything that they are told.  Good dog, good dog…Olbermann and Maddow, bad dog, bad dog…  People of the world need to know these empirical truths about what is really going on in this here ‘U.S. of A’, and realize that we are being held hostage by a small group of very wealthy individuals who are a bit gun shy of being exposed for who and what they are–ruthless thieves who, collectively, have taken this country to a place where it has never been before and created a class war, with the bulk of their “army”, ironically, being the very one’s they are exploiting, all started by men, funded by multi-national corporate interests, like “Dick” Armey of “Freedom Works” the first “tea party” movement started roughly 18-20 months ago–a fake grass roots initiative designed to fool the “American People” into thinking that they were finally with some people who really understood them and were loyal to their needs as the true, “American People…”  Well done, Mike Murphy, Frank Luntz, and Karl Rove, to name a few of the republican “strategists” who work in tandem with the corporate lobbyists who have descended upon Washington like a swarm of angry, poisonous wasps, devouring anything and everything in their path, leaving those same, “American people” to lie dying, without food, water, health care, or a pension, for those “small people”, as the CEO of bp called the fisherman of Louisiana, are not only expendable, but seen as a nuisance and a problem, a problem to be eliminated.  Please, for the LOVE of GOD– VOTE on November 2, 2010, for that is the one thing these criminals have not yet taken away from the “American People”, the right to vote and the fact that one person stills equals one vote…stay tuned.   Despite those aforementioned bastards, have a nice day anyway!    PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 28, 2010

Polar Bears “r” US

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:37 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good, as always, to be with you on another warm and windy morning here on Cape.  I pray that you and yours are warm and safe wherever you may be.  The Polar Bear that you see above, adorns a popular gift shop in the middle of Cape Cod proper, as he has sat outside, weather permitting, every day since I moved back to the Cape over 5 years ago.  Sometimes, he is wearing sunglasses, which is appropriate, considering the fact that the, “greatest hoax ever played on the American people”, courtesy of our friend James, “she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes,” Inhofe (R-OK), ever warming climate syndrome (via carbon dioxide, methane emissions globally) is half way through melting the polar ice cap, along with Greenland, huge chunks of the Antarctic, and every glacier, including the Himalayan Glaciers, on planet earth.  As the Polar Bear goes, so goes man…  Of course, this is not even on the republican tea party’s radar screen, as they are busy spreading falsehoods and misinformation to win back the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate in the upcoming mid-term elections this fall.  One of the biggest lies the RTP claims is the one about the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent in this country, where they have positioned themselves into recreating (courtesy of the Texas Board of Education?) sound economic reasoning, via numbers, and we all know, numbers don’t lie, (unless they are made up by republican strategists).  Job creation is ultimately tied to GDP, or gross national product– the money that the country made as a whole over the course of a year.  The “new” Lemon (credit Keith Olbermann for that and the data in today’s commentary) Pledge to America’s, via the republican party, central goal is to freeze the temporary tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, adding close 4.1 trillion dollars to the national debt over the next ten years, and freezing spending on everything from infrastructure to schools, police/fire to social programs, all programs that ADD to the overall economy, not take away FROM it.  The Economic Policy Institute, or EPI, estimates that, if the Bush tax cuts are extended for the wealthiest among us, it would only add 12.2 billion dollars to the overall GDP number.  A literal drop in the bucket, compared to the 700 billion dollars it would drain from the coffers of the nation on whole.  With the spending freeze, except, of course, on defense spending, going BACKWARDS to 2008 levels of spending, a 23 percent cut, the country’s, on whole, GDP would lose 183.2 billion dollars, a net loss of 171 billion dollars…again, that is 171 billion dollars taken right off the top of the GDP of the United States of America.  That is a 1.1 percent drop of next year’s estimated GDP, and if you take the generally agreed upon FACT that 1 percent of the GDP equals 1 million jobs, logic would conclude that, if the republicans win this argument over an immoral tax code serving the richest Americans, this country would lose 1.1 million jobs in the bargain.  Every economist who is worth his grain of salt will tell you that tax cuts for the rich are the worst way to stimulate the economy, as opposed to stimulating from the bottom up, where for every dollar invested, brings a return of $1.75, is actually attained, whereas with the wealthiest, that savings from the tax breaks goes into savings or investments, not normally into the general economy itself.  Who are these republicans trying to fool?  Add to that the fact that the argument about “it will hurt the small businesses out there”, has now been debunked, as those small businesses, it turns out, include hedge fund managers who make upwards of one billion dollars a year, Fortune 100 companies like Bechtel, Koch industries, the Chicago Tribune, and countless other “S” corporations, that qualify as a “small business” only because of the corrupt tax code that only serves that top 2 percent, you have all the ingredients you need to create a TRUE PLUTOCRACY. Want proof, let us look at some history, shall we?  When George W. Bush stole the election, or rather the Supreme Court stole the election away from Al Gore in 2000, the unemployment level was at 3.9 percent.  In June of 2001, when the tax cuts were signed into law, the unemployment number GREW to 5.5 percent, and after the 2003 tax cuts, it grew even higher to 6.3 percent.  Only in 2006, at the height of the housing bubble, did the unemployment number go back down to 4.4 percent, and we all know what happened after the bubble burst… To quote “W” ’s father, “Luke, I am your father…” ooops, wrong movie, “VOODOO economics indeed.” No one with half a brain and a full heart could argue these FACTS with a straight face.  It is just another example of the kind of men and women you, the real “American People”, will be inviting back into your lives, should you choose one of the RTP candidates in the fall.  They are all in lock step with the corporate mantra of “profit over people” and will do anything, including what Sharron “Angle” has called for, “second amendment remedies”, to get their way, and, as with most bullies, they must be called out for who and what they really are– ruthless, sharks (no offense to natural sharks around the world) who care nothing for the well being of the people they were hired to protect and serve.  Taking it a step further, would just as soon slam dunk your head into the cement as look at you.  Trust me, I have some experience with this violent tendency of the right wing (nut) coalition in our fair country.  Look to the motive of these politicians and see who they really work for… “the man behind the curtain.” Have a nice day folks!     PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 27, 2010

Faith Hill KNOWLEGE

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:09 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with on this rainy, foggy morning here in Osterville, and with a torrent of rain coming up the eastern seaboard, New York City is expecting to endure quite a downpour, at 7:28 a.m., EST, any moment now.  NBC News is putting a spotlight on education all this week, with the hosts of “Morning Joe”, on MSNBC every week day starting “way to early” at 5:30 a.m., expecting to get a little wet in the next few minutes… perhaps it will cleanse the misinformation regarding the public education system in this country and how it is falling apart even as I write these words.  Out of 30 developed nations, U.S. students rank 10th in reading skills, 17th in science skills and 24th in math skills.  This translates into not only an overall societal problem in years to come, but, for our republican friends out there in the audience, it also means a big problem for our national security.  Like boats were to the Dutch, and great military power to the British, the 21st century “defense” budget will be, for those who are listening, in the education of the next generation, for the real power lies in KNOWLEDGE, not in bullets and bombs.  This is not a bleeding heart liberal speaking to you over the series of tubes called the “intranets”, this is the voice of reason speaking to you about the paramount importance WE ALL must place upon the nurturing and education of ALL of our children, regardless of station, race, or creed.  Why is it that we cannot connect the dots and realize that our mostly Christian nation, that champions the words of Jesus himself, who I’m pretty sure did not endorse the new and improved version of the 1994 “Contract with America”, called the “Lemon” (credit Keith Olberman of MSNBC) Pledge to America, which, as has been proved via the “video tape” on a recent installment of “The Daily Show”, with John Stewart, where John played a tape of our buddy John, “billy bob’s gone orange”, Boehner (R-OH), perhaps the next Speaker of the House (GOD HELP US) who mirrored his words from 1994 to the letter in 2010, putting to rest any lingering doubt that, if the republicans gain control of the House of Representatives in the fall mid-term elections, the now “republican tea party” or RTP, will turn the clocks backward 30 plus years, destroying our chances as a nation to keep pace with our global competitors such as China, India, Brazil and Germany…again, why can’t these people realize, the people who champion the man who said over 2010 years ago, “what you do to the least of my brethren you do unto me,” why can’t they realize that this IS their opportunity to WALK THE TALK and stand up for the least of us for a change, as opposed to the multi-national, multi-trillion dollar corporations.  I must have missed that part in the Bible where it says, “blessed are those who fight for the rights of corporations everywhere, for, as the Citizens United Case in America proved, corporations are people too.”  Yeah, I must have missed that, though I’m pretty sure I did not.  Education will take the biggest hit, as we continue to embrace the “art of war” via the bullet and the bomb and thus, we will be seen, from the world’s perspective, as a bully nation that is only interested in the continued rape and pillage of the world’s ever dwindling resources via the powerful greedy intentions of multi-national corporations.  The sad truth is this, the fact that most of our inner city children, more than half, don’t graduate from high school, as well as the fact that because of a lack of education, these children will not have access to the TRUTH, and thus, follow the lead of puppets such as Boehner, McConnell, Palin and the like, thus, keeping this country ignorant, poorer (except those at the very top) and more vulnerable to outside forces that will keep them from achieving a first class shot at the “American dream,” and thus, rob them of the future every child in this great country of ours deserves.  I hope, for our children’s sake, as well as the overall well being of this country, that education will not be a bi-partisan, political football, and that the “powers that be” realize a strong educational system is the new national defense and should be funded as such.  Have a wonderful week folks.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 26, 2010

Fying Home

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:43 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Good to be with you on this Sunday morning, the twenty sixth day of September, 2010, while we enjoy a beautiful mid-fall morning here on Cape, with warm temperatures and sunny skies…Indian summer if you will.  The beautiful Osprey’s are flying home for the winter, south, as you might have guessed.  These magnificent sea birds of prey, perhaps the best “fisherman” out there in that sub-set of species, fly as far south as the Amazon river basin and will stay there until the snow begins to melt once again and spring fulfills it’s eternal promise of renewal and rebirth.  The time is 10:21 a.m., EST, and I thought I would take a break from the Sunday morning talk shows, as I just witnessed the coy, dry, cynicism of minority leader of the Senate, Mitch, “the mouse”, McConnell (R-KY) who just appeared on “This Week”, with Christiane Amanpour.  I had not eaten breakfast yet, and I’m not really sure when I will be able to digest anything solid after listening to our “friend” on the, now, extreme far right of this country’s real center speak to the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, the new republican tea party’s, or RTP, “Lemon” Pledge (credit Keith Olberman, MSNBC) to “America”, which should, of course, have been titled, “the right wing (nut) pledge to multi-national corporations and billionaires who have hijacked this country”, and his dodging of some very direct questions from Christiane concerning  Nevada Senate hopeful, republican tea party extraordinaire, Sharron “Angle”, and her rhetoric about “second amendment remedies”…McConnell, when asked by Amanpour, is this a little extreme?, answered, obviously angry, “you know what is scary, the left wing progressive agenda and their out of control spending in Washington D.C…..” the same tired old talking points that one would expect to hear from this out of touch and uncaring minority group in this country who don’t give a damn about, “the American people,” for if they did, they would let the Bush tax cuts expire, thus assuring that the “American tax payer” won’t have to bear the burden of giving the rich, those who make over 1 million dollars a year, an extra $100,000., money that we are borrowing from China and will result in adding 700 billion dollars to our national debt.  Sadly, the democrats have seemed to give up on the whole idea, burdened with tough local elections and having to fight on a daily basis the lies and propaganda that is being put out there by the combination of slick Madison avenue advertising coupled with the prowess and cunning of republican strategists like Frank Luntz and Karl Rove who have tapped into 3 billionaires who are pumping huge amounts of liquid cash into the campaigns of unqualified candidates like Christine O’Donnell running as the tea party “witch” candidate in the great state of Delaware.  Oh my, I think I’m going to be sick.  All I can tell you is that it is imperative that you look at these candidates for who they are really LOYAL to, not what they may say on or off camera.  Follow the money. Have a blessed Sunday folks!    PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 24, 2010

and a whale will rise.

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:22 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Friday morning, with the weather on Cape being a bit breezy and warm, plenty of sunshine and the open roads of the fall season here on lovely Cape Cod and the Islands, come on down and visit us, we will leave the Light on for ya!  How badly does the American public have ADD, or attention deficit disorder, coupled with a lack of historical perspective?  It is not their fault, information and history are not high on the priority list of most people in this United States of ours, and with the increasing volume evident on any “news” channel, pumped up with misinformation and flat out lies, disguised as TRUTH, with a good dose of fear and hate thrown in, it is no wonder the “American People”, as they ponder where they could possibly find a job, are discouraged, disillusioned and in despair that things will ever get better.  In 2005, Citibank, or Citigroup, whatever they are calling themselves today, issued a secret memo that was thankfully leaked to the public, revealing the truth about the real “movement” in this country–a revolution of the largest financial proportions, perhaps not seen since the days of the Roman Empire, a complete takeover of the country by elite corporate interests–plutonomy, rule by the wealthy, started by Donald Regan and the bulls of Wall Street after the overthrow of a very good and decent President who spoke the truth, especially regarding this country’s obsession with “consumption” (sparked by the late 1970’s energy crisis, a forewarning of things to come) and the fact that we must, collectively, as a nation, learn to conserve and re-think our loyalties to ever growing corporations who are only interested in moving product, not moving a country forward.  Donald Regan was the CEO of Meryl Lynch, at that time, the largest stock brokerage firm in the world, and became, after the election of actor Ronald Reagan in 1980, the Secretary of Treasury, a key position that was designed to de-regulate the banking system, turning the keys to the hen house over to the wolves, and thereby giving us the tangled web of a financial system that is literally “too big to fail”.  This was also done by design, for the “powers that be” realized that if they could own the system, that everyone was dependent upon, rig it to their “way” of making huge profits, that only served the very top executives who were on the “inside”, as Michael Douglas, playing Gordon Gecko, from the classic film Wall Street, stated so eloquently when he claimed that, “greed was, for a lack of a better word, good,” they could keep the “American people” hostage to corrupt capitalist system that only rewarded the top 2 percent in this country, while it systematically destroyed the rest of the nation–a financial nuclear bomb, destroying the middle class by destroying the unions and any chance for realizing the “American Dream”.  There is a clip from Wall Street and the famous “bell” that VIP’s ring after every session on the New York stock exchange, where they showed Ronald Reagan giving a small speech and the “man behind the curtain”, at that time, Donald Regan, who was standing right next to Reagan, leaned over and whispered in his ear, not enough so that the microphone could not pick up sound, “speed it up”…  1 percent of the nations’ wealthiest individuals have more money than the lower 95 percent combined, today, in the year 2010, thirty years after Donald Regan took control of our nation’s treasury and it has, as evidenced by that statistic aforementioned, only intensified, as many of the world’s economies begin to resemble one another.  The Grand Canyon between the haves and the have nots is becoming the central issue in this country, and if it is not now, it will be, for if the American people buy into the crap that the republicans are selling, they will soon realize that guys like Paul Ryan don’t give a sh$t about you or your family, he only wants your vote so that he and the rest of his sick Delta buddies can continue with the directive stated in the 2005 memo by Cititgroup, a sentiment felt by the all of the ruling class, or plutocrats as they will hereto for be named.  Average Americans don’t know this, however, because 60 percent of them watch FOX “NEWS” and thus, have most likely already been brainwashed by this right wing propaganda machine, 24/7, whose “hosts”, like brother Glenn Beck, Goldline salesman, better check your better business bureau on that one, stoke the fires of fear, hate, intolerance, exclusion, paranoia, and bigotry, and as they watch these horror shows, they are manipulated into feeling “sorry” for the very captors who are keeping them in squalor, the multi-national corporations such as Wall Mart, who takes out insurance policies, life insurance policies on it’s employees, checking out, actuarially, to see how long they may live, and thus, as was the case with a 26 year old woman who worked in the bakery of some Wall Mart in America.  She had asthma and they knew that, and when she died, it was revealed that Wall Mart received the death benefit as her “beneficiary”.  These modern day slave drivers, the corporations whose CEO’s have increased their overall compensation by 278 percent in the past ten years, as opposed to the average worker who has seen his/her wage remain stagnant, as everything around them, the cost of health care, groceries, gas, heating oil, electricity, cable bills, etc., are going through the roof, are akin to the ancient Vikings, who raped and pillaged at will…is this what John Boehner, “of orange”, speaks of when he speaks for “the American People”, is he on crack?  This is what I mean by a Stockholm Syndrome, where the captives, i.e. the “American People” are literally held hostage by the monopolies that have taken over our democracy, via brutal capitalism, that cares for no man, woman, child or polar bear.  The RTP, or “republican tea party”, is cunning enough to know that the average American has the attention span of a five year old, has no idea, nor wants to know, what a “derivative” is, what the World Trade Organization does, what the World Bank does, or what the republicans really plan to do, should they get power in the Legislative branch of the U.S. government back.  Their “Lemon Pledge” (credit Keith Olberman) to the “American People” is a JOKE, and does not tell the real tale, as they plan to turn over the best social program this country has ever seen, Social Security, over to the wolves of Wall Street, taking 5 percent right off the top, “privatizing it”, and ultimately taking it out of the picture.  Similarly, they will take out medicare and privatize the Veterans Administration, you know, the safety net for our men and women in uniform, turning that 85 percent effective program, with less than 1 percent overhead, over to the same wolves on Wall Street (no offense to natural wolves of the world).  This, all with countless, nonsensical “investigations” into the Kenyan connection and paranoid delusions of old men who hate black people.  You don’t believe me?  You should, for these are ruthless men, who will let nothing stand in their way.  I would like to offer you one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s last “State of the Union” addresses from the White House, as he was ill and could not make it to the Capitol building, and transmitted his speech via radio transmission.  After the speech was concluded, he asked the camera man to come into his office and film the last portion of this message, and, upon watching it today, it is as if a ghost is appearing, screaming at us to wake up before it’s too late… President Roosevelt, if you are listening, or reading this blog, bring back the Spirit of this nation, bring it back to where it should be, for we are lost and need to find our way home… “It has been my custom to deliver this message in person… in our day, certain economic proof have become accepted as self evident.  A second “Bill of Rights”, in which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all, regardless of their station, or race, or creed.  Among these are a right to a useful and remunerative job, the right to earn enough, to buy adequate food and clothing and recreation.  The right of every farmer to raise and sell his product, at a return that will give him and his family a decent living.  The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom, freedom from unfair competition and domination, by monopolies at home or abroad.  The right of every family to a decent home.  The right to adequate medical care, and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.  The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accidents, and unemployment.  The right to a good education.  All of these rights spell security, and after this war is won, we must be prepared to move forward in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well being. For unless there is security, here and at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world.” Amen, Mr. President, Amen…  The whole notion of “security” starts with honesty from our leaders, with their sole intention being creating and maintaining a strong, peaceful nation, for all her citizens, devoid of corruption at the highest levels, i.e., conflicts of interests with special interests groups that outnumber the politicians, 25 to 1, (corporate lobbyists to politicians in Washington D.C.).  We KNOW what the “man behind the curtain” wants to do with the whole concept of the “American Dream”, the 64,000 dollar question is, are WE going to let him?  Have a wonderful week end everybody, be safe out there amongst the English!             PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 23, 2010

Golden Boy

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:44 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  It is, as always, so good to be with you on this beautiful morning here on Cape, as we experienced a very windy day yesterday, with cooler temperatures expected soon… The same cannot be said for the political weather in Washington D.C., as it is heating up to be quite the show down in a little less than a month and a half–the November 2nd elections to determine who will hold power in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate…a very important time for this nation (please VOTE), a nation that is at a crossroads both fiscally and morally.  John Boehner said on “Face the Nation” this past week end, that even though only 3 percent of “small businesses” make over 250,000. dollars a year, they make up for over half of “small business” revenues.  That small sliver of honesty, begs the question, how small can these “small businesses” really be?  In typical Orwellian fashion, really, really BIG, that’s how small.  You know, war is peace and up is down…  H&R Block, the tax people, reports that it has 1.5 million businesses, and if the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, meant to be temporary tax cuts, are you listening Mitch, “the mouse”, McConnell (R-KY)?, are allowed to expire, it would only effect one half of one percent of those said, “small businesses.”  According to the “Joint Committee on Taxation”, via the federal government, fewer than 750,000 people, or a quarter of one percent, would be affected by this top rate that was in place during the Clinton years.  Similarly, the House and Ways committee said, in a footnote, literally, this: “According to the Joint Committee on taxation, 94 percent of all small businesses in 2007 were “S” corporations, partnerships, or sold proprietorships-”pass through” business types, used by small business.”  They are called “pass through” companies because they file no taxes, passing through profits to the “owners” who report them on their individual income tax returns instead.  In short, they are considered small, not because they have a small payroll, but because they have a small number of owners.  In the case of S corporations, up to 100 owners.  So, the argument used by the republicans regarding small business is defined as any company that has an “S corp” status next to it’s shingle.  Keith Olberman, of “Countdown, with Keith Olberman,” airing every week night at 8 & 11 p.m., EST, on MSNBC, gave us a real glimpse into what and who these small businesses really are on last night’s show, and here is a list of what John, “billy bob”, Boehner (R-OH) is talking about when he speaks of those poor small businesses… Enterprise Products Partners L.P., 2009 revenues of 25 billion, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co., 2009 revenues of 445 million, the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2009 revenues of 26 billion, The Koch brothers, David and Charles, whose own web site lists partnership after partnership, that make up a business empire of over 70,000 employees–the list goes on and on.  Over 1 million people who admitted over $200,000. in income in 2008 were partnerships and S Corps.  89 percent of those who make more than 10 million a year filed as a partnership or as an S Corp, and in 2008 more than 500,000 “small businesses” had more than 1 million in assets.  In 2005 more than 20,000 individuals made more than 50 million dollars.  You don’t know who these S corporations are, because the IRS does not release individual tax returns, as the companies earnings have been “passed through” to the individual tax “payer”.  “S Corp” is a lobbying group in Washington that includes directors from Ferrellgas, a propane and gas distributor with “small business” revenues of 2 billion in 2009, with over 1 million customers.  Coorstek, another example, of that with 549 million in profits in 2000, Dead River Company, 2009 revenues of over 500 million, and the McIlHenny Co., makers of your favorite Tabasco pepper sauce, and selling it to 160 countries world wide, brought in revenues in 2007 of 250 million, and finally my good friends at Fidelity Investments, here in Boston, who has announced that it was becoming an S corporation, laughed all the way to the “bank” with 2009 revenues totaling 11.5 billion dollars!  And, by becoming an S corporation, saved this “small business” hundreds of millions of dollars.  Like Fidelity, the small town paper called “The Chicago Tribune”, followed that business logic, whose annual revenues were 4.2 billion in 2009, saved an estimated 1.9 billion, by converting to S corp status.  Bechtel, a small business that builds airports, seaports, railroads, oil refineries, nuclear power plants, etc., who also built the Hoover Dam, in 2009 brought in a whopping 31 billion in revenues, and with 49,000 employees, and considered the world’s largest engineering and construction firm, is considered, by the republican party, A SMALL BUSINESS! Keith had, as his guest on last night’s show, David Cay Johnston, the author of “Free Lunch”, who is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor at Syracuse University in upstate New York, who told us that it is much worse than it appears.  Many of these “small businesses” pay no taxes right now at all, sometimes for 10-20 years out, while the “American people” finance their business practices.  It is another example of how the “American People” are being had by this sick ‘Morning in America’ agenda and how the little guy is subsidizing the lifestyle of the rich and famous. It has also been reported that 900 of these “small businesses” paid no taxes at all in 2009, even at the personal level of the owner.  The reason why the tax code is so thick, according to Johnston, having nothing to do with the average tax payer in the U.S., rather, it has everything to do with “favors” bought by campaign contributions, with the implied agreement that those “donations” will provide the policy that keeps the rich RICH and the poor, well, poorer–giving you the overall big picture.  He went on to say that some economic “theories” state that when a nation raises taxes, we have less job creation.  The opposite is the case with these S corps, for they are job killers, not the other way around.  In 1993, Bill Clinton, had congress raise taxes, and eight years later they were cut, and then again, ten years later under President George “W” Bush.  During Bush’s eight years in the White House, 3 million jobs were created, whereas, under President Clinton’s eight years in that same White House, 6 times as many jobs were created, or 21 million jobs, creating a FACT that during Clinton’s reign, more jobs were created during those eight years than in the 20 years of Ronald Reagan and both Bush’s, father and son, combined.  Chris Hayes, senior editor of “The Nation” magazine, stated that, “…this exposes the political economy of the past 30 or 40 years.  We know what the republicans are attempting to do, but what of the “blue dog democrats” who are supposedly really “concerned” about the deficit?”  They are not concerned about the deficit, for extending these Bush tax cuts will only exacerbate the structural economic problem in the United States right now, and, if they were being honest with themselves and “the American People”, would tell you that their only real concern is taking care of the rich, the people who give them lots of money in order for them to get re-elected, and thus, being a bought and sold commodity, are now just another puppet in the anti-Jim Henson Muppet show currently playing on every street corner around the country.  One rich, right wing family funding the GOP, or RTP, “republican tea party”, over and over again, creating, silently, the plutocracy that I have been speaking to for quite some time now–rule by the wealthy.  In other words, it is an infinite loop of corrupt tax codes that only serve the super wealthy and is designed to continue spinning in perpetual motion, for the more money the individual super wealthy families continue to give to the morally bankrupt RTP, the more assured they are of having the status quo remain in place, assuring them further, of more and more revenue and thus, PROFIT. As the poor in this nation continue to get weaker and weaker, sicker and sicker, hungrier and hungrier, they will just stand there and say, “what a shame about those poor people in New Orleans, or Detroit, or the streets of “Anytown USA…” This is no longer a nation, it is a Ponzi scheme of shysters and crooks, a rigged system that rewards corruption, yet speaks of high values and moral imperatives, and as the stench of their hypocrisy continues to drift upwards to the GOD that they lay claim to, the country that they also claim to love is being ripped apart at the seams and sold off to the highest bidder, one Mountain top at a time.  It is a power play by the nation’s plutocrats, as evidenced by the Citizens United Case, that now has the Supreme Court of the United States, the highest court in the land, on the side of these inhuman sharks (no offense to natural sharks).  The flood gates have been opened and, as one democrat on the hill said recently, “we are getting killed with all of the money that is flowing in, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”  Who is the bullhorn, the propaganda machine for this corrupt political animal called the RTP?  FOX NEWS, and moreover, also one of the largest fund raisers for political hacks like Sharron “Angle”, Senate hopeful from the great state of Nevada.  Her favorite stooge is Sean Hannity, of FOX “NEWS”, whose softball show offers you no real questions (or information/answers) and gives you plenty of opportunity to send your checks to “candidates” like the “second amendment remedies” lady, a real nut case, who recently, at a house party, (and was taped), audio provided by the Las Vegas Sun, said this, “But, here’s the deal, when I get a friendly press outlet–not so much the guy interviewing me–it’s their audience I’m trying to reach.  They say, ‘Bill O’Reilly’, you better watch out for that guy, he’s not necessarily a “friendly”, it doesn’t matter.  His audience is friendly.  And if I can get and opportunity to say that at least once on his show (I need money)–when I said it on Sean Hannity’s television show, we made 40,000 dollars before we even got out of the studio in New York, it was just great.”  So, there you have it folks, the real TRUTH, nothing held back, about who the RTP really is, who they stand behind and who butters their bread.  There is no gray area here.  The game has been rigged for the past 30 years or more and it, like Johnston said, is only the tip of the iceberg, for if these tax breaks are extended, when do you think the tide will turn back to sanity?  Will the now rigged Supreme Court save us from these criminals? The way this nation is going, the United States of America as we now know it, will cease to exist, for in 20 or 30 years time, if this trend continues, the poor will look more like the citizens of countries like Haiti, Nigeria, or Sudan.  They will be herded into poor camps and fed the worst of food, with ideas like health care becoming a distant memory and, for the first time in our history, the mindless and soul LESS “leaders” will come to a reckoning, an individual reckoning of monumental proportions, as they look up and realize that this is not what “Christianity” is all about, it IS about PEACE ON EARTH and LOVING EACH OTHER, you know, as Jesus said, “as I have Loved you.”  Have a nice day folks!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 22, 2010

American Oyster Catcher

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:45 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good, as always to be with you on this Wednesday morning here in Osterville, formerly known, a hundred years ago, as “Oysterville”.  Above, you will see a very rare shore bird, image taken at Dowses Beach, right here in Osterville, whose distinctive orange beak and long legs will bring you a clue of recognition should you ever stumble upon one of these magnificent examples of why I write this blog every day.  Nature is the ultimate cleanser, as it sweeps out the old, stagnant thoughts and replaces them with the here and now, the present moment and the fact that we are all in this together, whether we like it or not.  Yesterday, was a good example of that in Washington D.C., as the republican party, soon to the the RTP, or “republican tea party”, a dying breed of older white males who are hell bent on staying put in the 20th century, and perhaps taking us backwards to the days before Abraham Lincoln brought about the first real attempt at gaining Civil Rights in this country with the abolition of slavery, via the Civil War, that ended a little over half way through that century, with over 550,000 dead Americans, American brothers, dead.  The U.S. congress yesterday, with the help of the republicans and a few misguided democrats like Blanche Lincoln, irony, I know, successfully filibustered the Defense Authorization Bill, that, at it’s core, and the reason it was filibustered in the first place, was due to the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, an outdated 17 year old policy designed specifically to pacify people who have the dis “ease” of homophobia, and the general angst the republican party has against gay people in general–the “homosexual agenda”, as they like to call it.  Whether or not the aging republican party knows it or not, the universe in expanding and evolving and they just don’t seem to get it, that, if they continue putting their head in the sand concerning this issue among others, like GLOBAL WARMING, they will be left in the dust, literally and figuratively, for within the next generation, the now “white majority” in this nation of immigrants, will be just another “minority” in a very diverse and culturally rich nation.  Change is scary and people who have been set in their ways for decades are going to have to wake up to the reality that oil, and all of the products that come from this most efficient form of energy known to mankind at present, not just oil to heat our homes and fuel our cars, planes, boats, etc., but also in 80 percent of the products we buy, from the packaging of celery in the grocery store, to cosmetics, to water bottles and beyond, is going to reach the top of the bell curve and as the supply begins it’s decent, the price, via economics 101, will go up, big time. We use petroleum in almost everything we see, touch, taste, feel and sometimes smell–thanks bp, thanks for the memories, we won’t forget you Tony, “gone sailin’ Hayward”, I will see you on the high seas, and so, it may be difficult to imagine such a scenario, but try you must, for this is very real indeed.  This is a subject that few bring up, let alone discuss at any great Length.  Imagine, if you will, as we gobble up 11 million barrels a day, in this country alone, of the black gold, imagine if the supply was to suddenly run out?  What would happen?  Pandemonium. We rely so heavily on fossil fuels, that the country would literally go into a giant panic and there would be great suffering, especially in the largest of cities, that rely on fossil fuel, gasoline, for the countless 18 wheelers that drive into, say Los Angeles, every day to fill up the 3 day supply of food in the greater Los Angeles basin, to feed over 25 million people, if you count Orange County in the mix.  If the oil and gas suddenly began to run out, and as our own national “supply” dwindles down to a trickle like the Colorado River reaching the ocean, a whole other issue, water, the massive shortage would strike at the very heart of humanity, food.  It is estimated that L.A. has a three day supply of food, and as most of the food that we eat comes from places as far away as Chile, we would, in all essence, be starving for some answers.  Why wait for panic and chaos?  Why not tackle the problem BEFORE it becomes a problem?  Realizing that peak oil, just like GLOBAL WARMING, is a reality and therefore, and I’m talking to you p.o.h.n./tea party movement puppets and to the “man behind the curtain”, why wouldn’t WE all want to put our heads together for the next generation, you know, the FUTURE of MANKIND? What kind of a global leader are we if only concerned with petty politics and power struggles?  Where is the nobility is in that?  Real leaders, who will emerge, have only one thing in mind, saving the humans from themselves, before they destroy what creative intelligence created to begin with– this world, all of it’s people, animals and plant life–including them.  I feel as if the whole country has reverted, mentally, spiritually and physically, back to junior high school, for the seriousness of the message, sounds as if it is coming from the clicks that formed in the halls of those junior high schools you may be able to remember, filled with immaturity and teenage rebellion, not fitting for a United States Senator, for as we systematically rip apart the fabric of this nation with constant hate and fear, paranoia and flat out lies, misinformation and innuendo (via the hostile multi-national corporate takeover), we will see that our competitors, our siblings if you will, such as China, India, Brazil, Germany and all of Scandinavia, have passed us by and are sailing on, with Stockholm, Sweden as the best example, as they are on a very realistic path of being fossil fuel free by the year 2020.  We must realize that “time” is of the essence and all of this partisan bickering is doing nothing to help anyone in this country, save the special interests, the puppets themselves and the multi-national corporations, who must be shamed into stopping their horrible business practices, such as the scumbag corporation called Halliburton, who have, along with the Koch brothers, poured 596 chemicals into tens of thousands of private homesteads across 37 states, thus far, via the “hydraulic fracturing” of shale in order to release the “natural gas”…making so many poor families extremely sick, with some deaths reported,  with no one knowing what the long term effects will be, not to mention the dying wildlife in the rivers, streams and estuaries, where these villainous companies run a muck, with no consequences.  For “Dick” Cheney solved that liberal problem in 2005 with the “Halliburton Loophole”, that effectively made the Environmental Protection Agency, just the ‘Environment Agency’, a toothless organization, “nothing to look at here folks”, as the once formidable agency turns a blind eye to these very real upcoming disasters in the manmaking–coming very soon to the Hudson River and the 18 million New Yorkers who depend upon the waters that originate in upstate New York, where Halliburton and other “natural gas” companies plan on “fracking” this upcoming year (contracts have been signed), pouring those same 596 chemicals into MOTHER EARTH and thus, into the water supply and soon into your bloodstream…not a pleasant thought, but the republican party is counting on that sentiment as well as apathy on behalf of a country that suffers from ‘attention deficit disorder’, is overweight, lethargic, and brainwashed by the corporate media outlets like FOX NEWS, a propaganda machine for powerful corporate industries that span the globe, and thus control, at least, this time around anyway, 51 percent of the voting public, assuring their victory in the fall and turning this country backwards, bringing forth more of the same soul crushing sentiment that goes against the very nature of who we all are, children of GOD.  Have a wonderful day folks!     PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 21, 2010

Footprints

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:29 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  It is good to be with you on this very sunny, cool day here on Cape, as we, the residents of this little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice Age 11,500 years ago, enjoy, perhaps, the best time of the year for the Cape and Islands, fall.   You see, the Cape’s population, exponentially on the islands, increases ten fold during the summer months, and thus, getting around, enjoying the beaches, etc., is not as fun as it is right now, so come on down and visit us!  We’ll leave the Light on for YA!  Living in England during the second part of my high school career and my first year of college, I developed an intense love for the poetry of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, whose irreverent satirical humor towards the political establishment of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Great Britain, gave way to a new weapon against hypocritical rule by the wealthy establishment and was a precursor to our best form of defense to the “witchcraft” of our friends of the p.o.h.n./tea party movement.   Keith Olberman, of MSNBC and “Countdown, with Keith Olberman”, airing every week night at 8 & 11 p.m., EST, sang a nice song for Christine O’Donnell on last night’s show.  O’Donnell is the republican senate hopeful for the great state of Delaware in the upcoming fall elections– propelled there by the out-of-state funds provided by a pot of money in California, ear marked for such radical right wing (nut) job candidates that will do and say whatever the corporate puppet masters tell them to…it was a ballad by the late, great Frank Sinatra entitled, “Witchcraft”, as it was revealed over the week end that Christine apparently had a few dates with witches in 1999 and, thus, has some questions to answer regarding turning actor and comedian John Cleese into a “newt”.  In a written statement on Monday, a  spokesman for Mr. Cleese said in London, “He got better…” Yes, it has become a spooky world of ghosts and goblins from days gone by, and much like the film, Back to the Future, we are seeing the old, real “Newts” come back onto the national stage, bringing their outdated “Contract with America”, circa 1994, back to life once again.  Nothing changes if nothing changes, and the republican party has seen enough “changes” to last a lifetime, just ask Pat Buchanan.  Take, for example, the DDNT, or “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the military, for, you guessed it, the past 17 years, and the general consensus to repeal it, as 80 percent of the U.S. population believes that it is outdated and irrelevant, as most in the military, whose average age is 20, do not care if one of the members of their platoon is gay or straight.  Moreover, this gets at our national security, as we have discharged thousands of soldiers in the Air Force, Marines, Army and Navy for being gay, many of whom were beloved by their fellow soldiers and were an integral part of the success of the units’ mission.  In that long list of soldiers who have been “relieved” of duty, include strategically important Arabic interpreters, naval and air force aviators and other high ranking officers who, according to all who speak of them, were critical assets in whatever mission they were currently engaged in.  This is just one of many examples that the “party of hell no”, soon to be the RTP, the “republican tea party”, will be offering “the American People” in the upcoming, possible, shift in power within the House of Representatives, for, if these revisionists take power this fall, you will see what real gridlock looks like in this country, worse than it is now, for they have threatened to “shut the federal government down” just like they did in 1994.  You will see countless nonsensical inquiries into President Obama himself, re-opening the flood gates to every crazy, bigoted, homophobic and dangerous zealot, hell bent on those “second amendment remedies”–who will attempt to force the hand of this administration into repealing the newly formed health care LAW that now outlaws insurance companies from denying coverage to children, denying lifetime “caps” on coverage, dis-allowing an insurance carrier from denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and making it illegal to deny claims for policy holders if they get sick.  That’s just for starters, as they steam roll the financial reform LAW, especially the newly formed consumer protection agency, designed to keep banks from ripping off customers with astonomical late fees, hidden fees and sideways fees, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, Social Security, Medicare, abolishing abortions, even those pregnancies coming as the result of rape or incest, attempting to make homosexuality “illegal”, demonizing immigrants, and destroying our environment with the ‘Halliburton Loophole’, courtesy of “Dick” Cheney circa 2005, where it is now impossible to study the effects of the 596 chemicals that are being leaked into our water supply in 37 states due to unregulated and dangerous practices of the oil and gas industry, specifically the “natural gas” industry, an industry that is literally killing many of our fellow Americans every day with their “wells” on private property that emit those 596 unregulated chemicals into the ground, and thus, the water supply, where children, families and animals live and play every day–it is akin to what Chevron did to Ecuador with oil and Shell did in Nigeria, just ask “Dick”, he’ll tell you about the death squads that were sent out to kill environmentalists who opposed the aggressive and criminal business practices of big international oil in their country–as woman and children bathed and washed clothes in the poisonous aftermath of the oil extraction.  Hell, we don’t even bother anymore to hide it, as this country turns more and more into the likeness of a third world nation.  Witchcraft indeed.  The message is clear in the fall– if you liked the policies of George W. Bush, then by all means vote republican, but remember, at least George had a college degree from Yale and did not run his household, or pay his employees with the monies that he received from campaign contributions for his upcoming election.  The newly transformed republican animal is a frightening prospect, evolving every day, although republicans would deny this, as they don’t believe in evolution, a FACT that will someday come back and bite them, and thus, will become something much different and more dangerous than what we experienced under the “leadership” of “W”.  Have a great day everybody!    PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 20, 2010

Sunshine on my shoulders

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:41 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Monday morning, a rather rainy Monday at that, with Osterville, Chatham and Nantucket reporting light rain and a stiff northeasterly wind coming off the cooling waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  The leaves on Cape and the islands are the last ones to change in New England, as the northern mountains, the Green and the White Mountains of Vermont, where I went to college, New Hampshire and Maine, begin to change right about now, in fact they have been changing for the past few weeks.  We have seen the last of the tourists for this year and, therefore, the roads are all open again to “biking without fear”, although some of the residents of Osterville, who are getting up there in years (GOD BLESS them), may need a road widening system, or a cut back on mind altering prescription medications–pick a lane!  Speaking of picking a lane, NBC and ABC did an outstanding job on the Sunday talk shows this week and I was particularly impressed with David Gregory’s interviews with Colin Powell, former Secretary of Defense under the Bush administration, and former President Bill Clinton, who both gave us a glimpse into two presidencies, connected on so many different levels, taking us back in “time” to the simpler days of 1992-2008, roughly 16 years of politics in a one hour interview– that’s a lot of water under the bridge.  Colin Powell, in a separate interview, was first on the program, as he spoke to issues ranging from the ‘tea party movement’, as he referred to it as, to the war in Afghanistan, education and the U.S. economy.  His thoughts on the tea party were not favorable, but stopped shy of calling them, what some in the republican establishment have called them, the rag tag group of “carpet baggers” whose Californian’ funding of corporate monies have brought to the forefront the utter chaos that is going on as I write these words, in a fight for who will control the House of Representatives in the fall elections this year.  As for Bill Clinton, I would like to quote his words verbatim, for I think they speak volumes to what this radical fringe of the right wing plans to do with health care, which has become a huge issue in this country, with an estimated 52 million people living without any kind of coverage whatsoever, add that FACT to the growing number of people in this country who are at or below the poverty line, now one in seven of “the American People” are in poverty and hungry and it will only get worse if the republicans take over in the fall–by seeing this, you can see the real dilemma, moral dilemma, facing this great country…President Bill Clinton, “The reason why the interest groups want to repeal, not fix, health care is that they like it the way it’s going right now.  They’re dumping people every year and making the government pick them up.  We are spending 17.2 percent of our income on health care, none of our wealthy competitors spend more than 10.5 percent.  Yet, our infant mortality rate is higher than there’s, our age expectancy is lower than there’s, we don’t have to spot our competitors every year for a health system that doesn’t work that well (unless you are an insurance company).”  Think about it for a moment, for I speak from the advantage of experience, having worked for three of the largest brokerage firms in the world, as well as two of the largest insurance carriers in the world, in New York, Detroit, Denver, San Francisco and Boston, so when I tell you that the system is rigged and the only thing that these HUGE companies are concerned with is PROFIT–to the tune of a 26 percent rise in 2009 alone, I am NOT lying!  Bill goes on to say, “…With the trillion dollars, all that money, they can use it to spread MISINFORMATION,” fogging the issue to the point that it has become victim to yet another Stockholm Syndrome, where the “hostages” are the policyholders who must continue to pay the ever rising premiums for fear that, if they don’t, they will lose coverage forever.  For the insurance companies have cornered the market, with many states only having two, or in many cases only one, insurance company open for business, setting rates and thus, setting the rules, i.e., not paying claims, and this, therefore, ultimately hurts the average, “American People”, puts them in a box where they have to decide on whether to feed their kids or pay the health “insurance” premiums.  Continuing with the interview, Clinton goes on to say, “…You ask me about the politics, no one ever wants to talk about the FACTS. Why do they want to repeal health care?  Because there is a requirement in the newly formed LAW that states, with no miscommunication here, that 85 percent of the premiums collected by said insurance companies must go to actual HEALTH CARE! (and not to the bonuses I KNOW they pay out to their most senior executives). We need to fix health care by way of putting more cost containment policies in place, (especially with Medicare fraud), and NOT repeal it. Obama has saved the financial system, reformed the education system (although more work needs to be done, such as in New Orleans), reformed college loans (so that we can climb back out of 12th place in the world for college graduates), all while they are trying to create this atmosphere of ‘attention deficit disorder’, and not look at what really happened.  We have stopped the digging and stopped the hemorrhaging of job loss, and in an independent study just concluded, it states that saving the financial system, keeping the interset rates at near 0 by the FED, and the stimulus in general (although most economists agree it should have been MORE not less) has left the U.S. in better shape than if those things would not have been done.  It is estimated that 8 million more people would have been out of work, if the stimulus had not passed.  The problem is that people just don’t FEEL any better, and the democrats need to do a better job of explaining where we have been, in other words, what happened, what we have done, and what we are going to do.  What are the republicans REALLY going to do?  What is their plan, if they have one, I haven’t seen it yet.”  Well, folks, there you have it, from a man who has nothing to gain by telling Americans the TRUTH, and what CHOICE we all have in the upcoming fall elections. The reality of the tea party movement is this–it is a knee jerk reaction to the policies and practices of the republican party for the past 30 years, as evidenced by any credible economic data that you can google on your computer.  The fact of the matter has always been this, the republican party, or whatever we will end up calling itself after it’s interesting metamorphosis, has, and seemingly always will be, for limited government, when they are not in charge, but when they are, you will see more unfunded wars, more deregulation that will cause another financial meltdown, more tax breaks for the wealthy, more pollution into our environment, more denying the very REAL threat of GLOBAL WARMING, a continued blind eye to the poor and downtrodden, a repeal of a health care “start” that has been attempted by 5 presidents in the past 70 years, and a carte blanche given to the multi-national corporations that go around the world raping and pillaging, keeping the masses locked in a massive “Stockholm Syndrome”, where they are “grateful” for their $68. per week job at a Panasonic factory in Tijuana, Mexico, all while being exposed to massive amounts of lead in the factory, as well as all of the waste that was left behind, poisoning the water and the children, destroying LIFE, one village at a time, only one of thousands of examples of corporate malfeasance, and ultimately playing out the “final struggle” by way of a very real chess match for the remaining natural resources (OIL) left on this struggling little blue rock we all call home for the moment, EARTH. Have a nice day folks!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 19, 2010

The Marsh Lands

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:34 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good, as always, to be with you on this Sunday, the nineteenth day of September, 2010, and as we all ease into our Sunday morning routines, whatever those may be, I hope you have a wonderful day.  My routine, being watching the Sunday morning talk shows, where the “pundits” are ripe with knowledge and innuendo, mixed with a hint of cynical sarcasm.  With some, they will be bringing on full fledged, blatant lies and serve the corporate interests via the flood gates of misinformation designed to keep the general public in a state of constant fear, depression, paranoia and disillusionment…nice way to spend a Sunday huh?  Even on week ends where I sing in my choir at the little seaside chapel by the name of “Our Lady of the Assumption”, here in Osterville, singing because I love music and I believe it heals like no other source of healing, I tape these shows, NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week” only, for even the thought of taping FOX NEWS SUNDAY makes me a little nauseous, and study them for clues as to what the TRUTH really is, who is telling it, and where is the conversation going.  I am not the only one, of course, who does this on a “religious” basis, but I do know one thing for sure, most Americans do NOT watch these shows, or any variance therein, and live in a world created for them by big media, you know, the “man behind the curtain.” Think about it for a moment.  Comcast, Verizon, Dish satellite, etc., are just like big oil, big insurance and big banking, they own their respective “airwaves” (cornered the market) and thus, can do or say anything they wish, bringing that mind numbing, thoughtless provoking nonsense to your living room every day and every night.  It is no wonder that the “corporate manufactured tea party”, the bane of this country’s existence, partially created by the billionaire Koch brothers, David and Charles, of Koch Industries, manufacturers and distributors of hazardous chemicals, 596 of them to be exact, that they poison our countryside with via “hydraulic fracturing” of shale rock that is underneath the feet of millions of the “American People” by way of the “natural gas” wells that Koch and other insidious companies like Halliburton (credit: “Dick” Cheney) buy the rights to, from private citizens, and thus, set up these extremely hazardous wells, on their own land, and kill them with the chemicals that leak into the water source–has hoodwinked so many of our citizens in this country, and what’s more, they don’t even know that they have been duped.  If you really want to know who the “tea party” really is, who funds them, who created them, who stands to GAIN if they have any success, you need look no further than a non-fiction book authored by Frank Schaeffer called, “Crazy for God.” This was once a evangelical preacher who was caught up in the whole bulls$it right wing (nut) evangelical movement in the early 1990’s, where he saw what was REALLY going on with politicians and the “word of God” being intermixed with the nation’s business at hand.  Here are just a few of the quotes I wrote down yesterday, as my jaw hit the table, “These tea party leaders are raising money to stoke the flames of hate. It’s disgusting, these people are flakes (Christine O’Donnell being the primary target of this man’s anger), I know, I used to be one of them.  The “tea party” is nothing more than a fund raising operation. The religious right is nothing more than a fund raising operation for a much larger corporate agenda as well as their very powerful special interests groups such as “focus on the family”. The republican party must stand up to these very dangerous, far right extremists, who are often violent, or they will be held accountable.”  What really made this man angry was the fact that these hurtful and hateful words coming from the ignorance of the darker part of ourselves is harming our young men and women in uniform, who are there to “protect” our nation, but are instead being put further at risk, because of the hateful, xenophobic crusaders who are demonizing an entire faith for political purposes, all in the name of Jesus Christ himself.  I contend that if and when Jesus ever returns, and listens to all of the crap being said in His name, he would probably never stop throwing up.  The “tea party” movement is a joke and a scam, a money making, fund raising, brainwashing dangerous organization that is headed by the likes of IDIOTS such as “Dick” Armey, a man, that if you listen to him long enough, on one of these Sunday morning talk shows, you would swear to yourself that you have heard this guy at some BBQ on some Sunday long ago– some old, drunken hack who sounds like he belongs at some insurance seminar while he goes on and on for days about the evils of socialism and finally reveals his sick and demented theories about our very good and decent President of the United States, Barrack Obama–it is time to call these bums out and reveal to the world who and what they are–flakes, snake oil salesmen, haters, and the ultimate hypocrites alive on this little planet today.  May you have a blessed Sunday folks.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 18, 2010

Rising Sun

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 5:35 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  I awoke very early this morning, walked out to my deck, sat down and looked up at the blackness of the night sky, blanketed by countless stars that never seemed to have shined brighter, and listened to the deafening silence of silence itself.  Silence devoid of any rumblings of man and his inventions.  Silence offering only the equally loud thoughts in my own head, and upon listening to them, realizing that they are just that, merely thoughts, thoughts that have no hold on me any longer, the thoughts that I thought were so important, only to be drowned out by the symphony of silence mirrored by the power of thousands of twinkling lights, traveling millions of Light years just to reach my eyes in little Osterville, Massachusetts, a little village on little old Cape Cod, a little hamlet tucked away in this little nation called the United States of America, only one of many nations on this little blue rock we ALL call home for the moment, and after all, the moment is all we really have…  Having caught the “Values Voters Summit” recently, I wonder if that impressive group, including Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and newly minted tea party poster child, Christine O’Donnell, whose “nutty” (source: Karl Rove only a few days ago) prose and behavior exemplifies the whole of the “movement”, really believe all of the bullsh$t that comes out of their mouths?  Case in point, our buddy from Arkansas, and former Governor, Michael Huckabee, who went on stage at the “no dogs allowed” summit and began to speak to the newly minted health care LAW and one of the upcoming benefits from that law being the concept of “pre-existing” conditions and their dismantling, starting with children first.  You know, like the little boy out in California who had a rare form of cancer and died only a few days ago because of his pre-existing condition, for “Health America”, his insurance company, would not pay for his “experimental drugs” that had been approved in Europe for years.  Huckabee opened up his trap, blasted the concept of eliminating pre-existing conditions from the arsenal of underwriting weapons at “insurance companies”, whose whole purpose is to shore up profit and NOT pay claims, and thus, proceeded to lose the possibility of becoming the next President of the United States–remember, this is a man who was once morbidly obese, who lost 110 pounds, and is a “Christian”, a prerequsite for attending the “Values Voters Summit”.  Therefore, I would contend, that Michael Huckabee is a double hypocrite, like a double agent, but without the girls and the helicopters, and as he began his rant, I swear I could hear the sound of Abraham Lincoln rolling over in his grave.  Mike said of pre-existing conditions, almost as if it were a script and he was being paid by the insurance company “Health America” to demonize the concept of “pre-existing” conditions and how eliminating that fine print underwriting clause would hurt their bottom line, he began offer an analogy, comparing real life human beings who may have some pre-existing condition to buying fire insurance on a business after the business already burned to the ground, drawing a parallel from the burned out building to the ailments of a real live human being, someone who IS just like you, regardless of his skin color, which is only skin deep after all.  Is it not enough for these “values” politicians to ease up on the hypocrisy for one night?  REALLY, come on, you have so much time to inundate us with your theories and schemes that prove to us, again, that you have two faces, but do you have to soil the grounds on the Holiest of nights, the “Values Voters Conference?”  “We cherish this event and when you show your cards like that Mike, proving to the world we are nothing more than a bunch of rich assholes who use the masses to pass our bullsh$t legislation that benefits the wealthiest 2 percent in this country, while it takes a big dump on the rest of “the American People”, you make us look bad…we have this in the bag, man, we don’t need you to give outlets like MSNBC any more ammunition, for the less the rabble, even our own rabble, knows, the more secure our ultimate plan is, to turn this country over to the multi-national corporations, via the lobbyists who outnumber the politicians 25 to 1 in Washington D.C., turning this nation into a neat, orderly and cohesive military unit, um, er, ahhh, I mean nation,” said the loud and menacing voice behind the curtain at the dark event.  We all know, the ones who have been paying attention, what is really going on here, what is at stake and who the “players” are.  The question we are all asking is, if the p.o.h.n./tea party movement does not get their way, like the rantings of an insolent 5 year old with a gun, are you going to follow the insane words of Sharron “Angle” and employ “second amendment” remedies?  Well, are ya punk? Have a wonderful Saturday folks!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 17, 2010

Baleen Art

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:51 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  On a rainy Friday morning here in Osterville, I bid you and yours a fair and fond adieu.  The weather is changing here in New England, as the trees begin to turn, rather the leaves begin to turn, turning those deep reds, golds, and oranges, with cooler days and even cooler nights gently turning the summer into Autumn.  It is one of the key moments I missed when I lived in California during the mid-90’s, as there is nothing in the world like the change in the seasons.  Something about the end of one cycle and the ushering in of a new one, brings one full circle, on so many different levels, and bringing about closure and a new depth, a new growth, to bring one closer to one’s destiny and reason for being here in the first place… I’m sure that is missed on the grumblings going on in Washington D.C., where no flowery poetry has a place, let alone a deeper look into one’s own soul and rooting out the sickness therein.  Speaking of sickness, it seems that there has been a kink in the armor of the republican “strategists” play book, as evidenced by Karl Rove, “Bush’s Brain,” a senior consultant during the Bush administration, who “helped” our former President out in making tough decisions like starting an unprovoked war in the Middle East, unfunded, bringing forth huge tax breaks for the wealthy in 2001 and 2003, and deregulating the rest of industry in the United States, especially Wall Street, where he watched the economy go off a cliff under his own watch–for this sickness is being played out in the upstart manufactured corporate “tea party express” movement and it’s radical vision for the equally sick United States of America.   This was brought to the forefront on Tuesday, when Christine O’Donnell won the primary race in the great state of Delaware against Mike Castle, a 30 plus year incumbent republican congressman, putting her in a position to win the Senate seat once held by the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.  On Tuesday, Rove blasted O’Donnell, questioning her character, as it appears that she has been a professional candidate for either the Senate or some other position for the past five years, using campaign contributions to pay her rent, gotta give her an A for capitalistic ingenuity…  One of her former staffers went so far as to say that she is a “fraud” and has stiffed many of the people that have worked for her, among other accusations, and Rove added, on FOX NEWS, where he is a consultant, “that she is probably not electable and has many issues as to her past that she will have to answer.”  Rove made a complete 180 degree turn on Thursday, complete with a twist and tuck, as he splashed back down into the reality of the corporate GOP world of intimidation, fear mongering and paranoia.  I can just imagine the conversation now in Roger Ailes office, in downtown Manhattan, perhaps sometime on Wednesday afternoon…  AND ACTION: Rove: “Hey, sorry about the whole O’Donnell thing the other day, I was just so pissed off that clown one the primary, as it is my job to get as many republicans elected as possible this fall. It’s just that she’s such an amateur and the media will eat her alive, as her credibility is nil, and moreover, every time I look at Sarah Palin and her on a split screen, I think about the film, “Single White Female,” because they look eerily the same to me…”  Ailes:  “Christ, Karl, could you have given MSNBC any more ammunition, let alone all of the G$D DAMN bloggers out there who get on their high horse and write all kinds of prose filled with facts and the TRUTH about what is really going on in this country?  We are at war with these people and it is not your place to f#ck that up with a ‘holier than tho’ attitude.  These tea partiers are just the fuel needed to get the House and possibly the Senate back, and when we do so, we are going to take this country over, giving it back over to the banks, the oil companies, the coal companies, the natural gas companies, and the insurance companies.  We are going to continue to sh$t on the poor and “99′ers” until they either leave or die of starvation and a lack of health care.  Then, we are going to launch investigations into the credibility of President Barrack “Hussein” Obama’s Presidency, bringing this country to a halt, forcing the hand, via the pocketbook, of these liberals to do what they are told by the coming revolution called the plutomic takeover of what we used to call the United States of America.”  Karl:  “Gee, Roger, when you put it like that, I’m not sure I want to live in the United States any longer, are you sure you want to…uh, on the other hand, I know what the answer is already, so I will just say that I am deeply sorry for my moment of truth and clarity the other day, it won’t happen again…”  Ailes:  “It better not, because we can replace you with a monkey if we have to. Nielsen tv ratings results actually prove that most FOX NEWS viewers would rather watch a monkey than listen to your thoughtful reflection on the primary win of a evangelical knucklehead like Christine O’Donnell, is that clear??”  Rove:  “Yes, your eminence, your holiness, your almighty egoic master of the art of deception.”  Ailes:  “That’s better, now go out there and create some more innuendo, and fact less rhetoric for me, won’t you?  Your my number one, Karl, my number one, yes, yes, yes….” (credit: the original film Batman and the acting genius of Jack Nicholson and his portrayal of “the Joker”.) With a reversal of conviction like that, provided by a very smart man by the name of Karl Rove, even if his motives are creepy, you know that the “man behind the curtain,” was disturbed and demonstrates just how short a leash these corporate entities have over the likes of a once very powerful man by the name of Bush’s Brain, Karl Rove.  Get the word out, we, anyone interested in keeping the United in the United States of America, need you to VOTE in the upcoming November elections to stop the madness and give these great programs passed by Obama a real chance to continue the healing process that is already going on.  Remember, Obama did not get us into this mess, he is the one cleaning it UP.  Have a nice week end everybody!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 16, 2010

Ti amo

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:24 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Good, as always to be with you on this Thursday morning here in Osterville, as the sun did rise once again, and we are experiencing some spectacular weather, with cool temperatures and sunny skies…come on down and visit us, we will leave the LIGHT on for YA!  The primary political races in the northeast, Delaware in particular, have many eyebrows raised in the republican main stream, as the tea party express rolls on in and over anybody that stands in it’s way.  I don’t think all of the “official members” of the now illustrious “tea party” really know what these self proclaimed “young guns”, such as Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, are up too, and what they plan to do with the progress that has been made in Washington D.C., starting with the debate over the unpaid for Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.  The fact of the matter is this, if we extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent in this country, we will add 700 billion dollars to the national debt, borrowed money from foreign investors, such as China.  The central argument is that it will affect small businesses, of which 97 percent of don’t make over $250,000. a year.  But, the republican’s argument is that of the 3 percent that do make over that tax line drawn in the sand, they make up almost half of the tax revenue generated from small businesses…however, taking a closer look at those “businesses”, it has been revealed that they are made up largely of hedge fund managers, law firms and Fortune 100 companies, that don’t employ that many workers.  In fact, these successful “small businesses” employ next to no workers, nor do they have plans on extending their labor force, for really, how many employees do you need to rob grandma’s 401 (k) plan?  The whole argument that the “young guns” have is weak and full of holes, along with a boat load of hypocrisy.  How can the p.o.h.n./tea party movement, with it’s central message being one of fiscal responsibility, go to “the American People” and say, “we are fiscally conservative only when it comes to helping the poor and the people who have been affected by Cheney/Bush fiscal policies, “trickle down economics”, with the emphasis on the word “trickle”, i.e. the shipping of most JOBS in America overseas, for tax reasons as well as labor laws…to sum up, we don’t plan to help them in any way shape or form.”  Would that not be refreshing?  The TRUTH? Young guns, hey, I’ve got and idea, instead of tax breaks, why don’t we just buy everybody a gun, so that when the rapture arrives, we can just blow Jesus away–you know, “second amendment remedies”… Disclaimer:  “We don’t, here at seacapecod.net, encourage any violence of any kind, and wrote that last comment in jest only.”  A disclaimer that perhaps, the republican party would be wise to embrace, for in the end, we are all ONE, and inclusion is the name of the game, the opposite of the p.o.h.n./tea party movement’s central message:  “if you don’t look like us, talk like us, and think like us, you are not welcome in our party..!”  Have a nice day everybody!      PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 15, 2010

Humpback Tail

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:22 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good, as always, to be with you on this beautiful Wednesday morning here on Cape Cod.  The air outside is cool and the sun is out in full force, as I just witnessed a Peregrine Falcon in my back yard being hassled by some crows, sounds like campaign season to me…  Election results from last night’s tally in the primary races around the east coast states and Wisconsin provided some interesting clues as to what to expect in the upcoming November elections.  The first and most interesting race took place in the great state of Delaware yesterday, with a young “tea party” candidate Ms. O’Donnell, taking out another “establishment” candidate Mike Castle, who, as a republican congressman, a respected one at that, lost by 7 percentage points, and thus, put yet another corporate Californian funded “tea party” candidate in the running to win a Senate seat in a heavily conservative stronghold like the state of Delaware.  These “candidates”, like our friend in Nevada, our very worrisome and perhaps insane friend in the great state of Nevada, Sharron “Angle”, the Brawny paper towel salesman, Joe Miller in Alaska and now Ms. O’Donnell in Delaware, force this election to reflect the new tide of monies that will be pouring into the campaign season via the Citizens United decision whereby corporations can donate as much money as they wish, and be treated as if they were a live human being, to a campaign with no questions asked.  Be it head on with no shame, or hiding it in all sorts of smoke and mirror parlors where no one who isn’t a political junkie would ever find it, let alone question it’s validity, morality, or Constitutional merit.  When this country was first formed, over 235 years ago, we, as a nation, owe a big debt to a French General by the name of Gilbert de Lafayette.  George Washington considered Lafayette to be the son he never had, and thus, the famous French leader had a very intimate connection in the drafting of the Constitution of the United States, where the principals that he developed in France, i.e. basic civil rights as the bedrock on which a society should be built and maintained while stretching its roots to grow, providing the wings to fly, were applied to the United States Constitution and were heralded and expanded upon by Thomas Jefferson, who was an ambassador to France at the time.  The famous quote by Lafayette, regarding the victory of the French and American forces in the Revolutionary War, is relevant, especially in this day and age, as it speaks to our confusion and lack of clarity as to where we should be headed as a nation, a quote that has somehow been lost in  translation… “Humanity has won its battle.  Liberty now has a country.” Liberty is an interesting word, for it means so many different things to so many different people.  To some, it means that we should have no government, no FEMA, no Department of Education, no Environmental Protection Agency, no Social Security, no Medicare, no regulatory agencies of any kind–a basic framework, very spartan, of government that is unseen and unobtrusive.  Are these the ones complaining the loudest about Liberty and the loss of it because of the current administration’s actions over the past two years?  The large corporations who funnel millions, soon to be billions, into the halls of congress, selling their “ideas” (for their particular special interests) to congressman and Senators, whom their companies helped get them elected, ARE the very ones who TAKE Liberty from the mouths of our citizens–it is the best definition of “Stockholm Syndrome” you can muster up.  The “tea partiers” are the fuel for these corporations, and the pawns who feel sorry for the company (bp, for example), and by voting for their “hidden candidate”, thinking they are “just like them”, they, therefore, put people like Ms. O’Donnell into a position where she could become a U.S. Senator–where companies, like Koch industries, can USE them to their political business advantage, getting the “Senator” to vote this way or that, in some future Senatorial Legislative fight, getting the contract or whatever their bottom line was looking for to begin with–for this is what it is all about, getting back to BUSINESS as it was done under the BUSH regime. Do you think, for even one moment, that these men in suits care for the average “American” on Main street?  If they did, they would embrace every move Obama has made and say that he did not do enough on health care, financial reform, cleaning up the MMS, bolstering tax breaks for the middle class and eliminating the tax breaks, signed into law as a temporary measure ten years ago, unfunded to the tune of 700 billion dollars, for the wealthiest two percent in this nation–a measure that the rising tide of the p.o.h.n./tea party movement vehemently opposes.  Yes, the “tree of Liberty must be waterered…”, but not in the way of the corporate mindset, that has taken the dull and the ignorant hostage in the form of brainwashing 101, courtesy of FOX NEWS and the powers that be that direct the “message”, a message that is uniform and resolute, and will, if they win, take this country in a direction that it does not want to go, a direction that goes back to the “free market solves all problems” philosophy of the early 1980’s, whereby the republican establishment began to dismantle the regulatory agencies one by one, allowing the complete takeover of this country by international corporate interests.  The Koch brothers, David and Charles, of Koch Industries, “bringing 596 chemicals to a river, stream or estuary near you soon, via “hydraulic fracturing” of shale rock, to gain the “natural gas” on your front lawn”, have become very successful silent partners on this tea party express train of madness, taking everybody who follows it down a rabbit hole, akin to the experience of “Alice” in Alice in Wonderland, complete with the “Mad Hatter”, Mitch, “the mouse”, McConnell, and the Cheshire cat, John, “of Orange”, Boehner, who, like the cat, smiles widely, while making no sense, and DOES NOT have your best interests in mind… This manufactured “party” has done wonders for the dim and the unknown, such as Sarah Palin, who has no business in politics of any kind, for it does not matter who the puppets are in the puppet show, all that matters is that they do what they are told.  An establishment candidate like Mike Castle would not take orders from the likes of Sarah Palin, nor should he.  This ruse has been deliberately created by various corporate entities, such as the oil and gas industry, and these powerful organizations have the will and control over the candidates that they seemingly create out of thin air, turning this whole election season into the wild west and represents the deep, deep power struggle for what is left of the United States of America.  The rules no longer apply.  Gone are the days of common decency and decorum.  We have launched into a very de-civilized national conversation, devoid of cooler heads, who are really ONLY interested in what is good for “WE THE PEOPLE”, not the special interests, which these “tea party” candidates speak for, while ironically, claiming that they speak for the people that voted them into office.  They, the tea party/corporate mandate have hoodwinked “the American People”, who don’t even know they have been fooled.  There are so many reasons to not vote for one of these “candidates” in the fall, but consider the most important of them all–a vote for a “tea party” candidate, a manufactured, carefully selected “PAWN”, whose only goal is to get into either the House or Senate and vote along the corporate policy line, is a vote for the corporations that shipped your job overseas, started two unfunded wars, created tax breaks for the rich, on borrowed money from China, all while squawking about fiscal conservative “values”, wishes to eliminate social security, medicare and any program that is designed to help the poor in this nation, and creating a society that is ruled by the wealthy, i.e. plutonomy, and thus, destroying the very fabric of what this nation is all about–“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, written and directed by Thomas Jefferson, and the ideals of General Lafayette.  A vote for the tea party is a vote against Liberty, for the idea of one man, one vote, is no longer relevant, as corporations take control of the ballot box, with mind numbing ads designed to fool and instill fear into the general electorate, believing anything, as predicted, the ads say, over and over and over again…Thank you Charles and David Koch, you are real patriots and have taken the word “irony” to a new level, for what the real tea party did in Boston over 200 years ago is what WE should be doing to you and your filthy corporation (s) that are polluting this beautiful country of ours, to the tune of 596  chemicals daily.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Have a nice day everybody.  Peace~M

September 14, 2010

Road to Dowses

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:59 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Good to be with you on this Tuesday morning here on Cape, with the weather here in Osterville reflecting a cloudy and cool pattern, as it has been, cool, for the past few days, allowing for some real enjoyment of Dowses Beach, as seen in the image above, a long, winding road leading up to “Faith Hill”, where the beaches are wide open allowing for some clear reflection and clarity, a nice change of pace from the summer crowds, believe me… It seems that President Obama has identified a man who may become Speaker of the House after the November 2 elections, where the reigns of power may shift towards the right (wrong) and thus, create a mirror image of our economy, stagnation, in the already stagnant Legislative branch of the United States government.  John, “I just talked to George Hamilton after the David Hasselhoff roast on Comedy Central and he is insisting that you return his fake tan,” Boehner (R-OH) has become the poster boy for the “party of hell no”, the p.o.h.n. if you will, attached at the hip to the corporate tea party movement, and has drawn the fire of the leftist, socialist, progressive members of society who have finally found a voice in this epic fight for the survival of what we once knew of the United States of America, it’s people, it’s wildlife and it’s overall standing in the world at large.  The reality of the p.o.h.n./corporate tea party movement is this–they want to take the country back to the days of Ronald Reagan and moreover, allow the corporations to completely take this country over, from regulatory issues to repealing the new health care LAW and subsequent financial reform LAW.  More frightening is the prospect of the p.o.h.n. privatizing social security, abolishing medicare and medicaid, “taking out” the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, taking a “hard look” at the Civil Rights LAW enacted in 1964, repealing Roe v. Wade, demonizing “others” religious freedoms, their sexual orientation, their ethnic background and so much more…  Yes, the point man in this fight for what is right and what is so clearly WRONG is Mr. John, “don’t call me billy bob”, Boehner, who, most likely, believes in “second amendment remedies”, who he might begin to utilize against bloggers like myself, “taking out” anyone who doesn’t agree with him.  I have to ask these crazy bastards like Sharron “Angle”, who began the whole conversation about guns and the concept of “second amendment remedies” in a direct correlation with Senator Harry Reid of the great state of Nevada, making every indication that she meant what she said when she subliminally requested that somebody, “take Harry Reid out”– who the hell are you people and more to the point, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There are plenty of crazy followers within the p.o.h.n./tea party movement and as the elections get closer, would it not stand to reason that one of these crazy people might take Sharron up on her call for arms and literally shoot someone?  It is not that far out of the realm of possibilities?  What in GOD’S name has this country come to?  I will tell you what it has come down to, some very wealthy “Americans” have decided to pull a coup on the U.S. government and because of some irresponsible words from the former Speaker of the House, “She turned me into a Newt”, Gingrich, “I got better”… (credit Monty Python’s Flying Circus), who said only a few days ago, that President Obama was a con man, a “Kenyan con man” who pulled off the greatest scam ever to become the President of the United States and is taking this country down a road towards the Muslim faith, etcetera and so forth, ad nauseum, the real crazy people that follow this nonesense might just do, GOD FORBID, the unthinkable.  This type of vitriolic rhetoric is borderline criminal, as it is being done deliberately by some very sick people, hell bent on winning in the upcoming election and thus, recreating this country in the image of Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobile, Halliburton, McDonald’s and any other Fortune 100 company that plans to get aboard the CTM band wagon, i.e. the corporate tea party train ride straight into hell.  Gone are the days of caring for our citizens, for, as I said yesterday, according to the p.o.h.n., “they are on their own.”  The reality of the situation is much grimmer than it seems even now, for as the climate continues to warm, bringing catastrophic damage to ALL of us, but mostly the poor, and as “Peak OIL” becomes a reality on the ground, massive energy shortages bringing about even more pain and suffering to the citizens of this country, the pain in this nation will be of historic proportions, as we watch this country rip itself apart at the seams.  Only a few  will be with clean water, healthy food and a warm house to live in, and that, of course, will be the wealthiest two percent of the population.  That is the “big” fight right now, the 2 percent and the tax breaks that they have been receiving for the past 10 years courtesy of their pal George W. Bush.  Those tax breaks of 2001 and 2003 were meant to expire on December 31, 2010 and yet, that is what Boehner, McConnell, Gingrich, Palin, the Koch brothers and the countless other corporate interests, who are a bit more shy but rule with an iron fist, want more than anything else…MONEY and POWER, and therefore NEED to keep those tax breaks in place, not for “the American People”, but for themselves; their rich friends in the corporate world and their political aspirations.  There is no doubt in my mind that if the President bends on this one, his next two years will not have as much power as it will if he stands up to these monsterous lobbyists who have ruined Washington D.C., as well as the political process as we once knew it.  The great divide between the right (wrong) and left (right) in this county has never been greater.  It almost seems as if we live in Israel.  Depending on whose “side” you are on, you may feel as if you are an Israeli, who feels insecure and lives in fear of his neighbors, such as Iran, Syria, and the Palestinian State that exists within the borders of Israel itself.  Living in this fear and doubt, not understanding your neighbor, it would behoove you to realize that you DO live with the Palestinians and therefore, you must find a way to live WITH them, without killing them.  It seems to me, that the republican party never wanted a very big tent, and thus, are now feeling the effects of having such a narrow and bigoted point of view.  Poor people are not contagious, they are your brothers and your sisters and as you head on over to your King James Bible study, remember the very real words of Jesus Christ himself, “what you do to the least of me, you do unto ME.”  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Have a nice day everybody.  Peace~M

September 13, 2010

Blue Dune

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:19 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good, as always, to be with you on this Monday morning, here in Osterville, with cooler temperatures being served up on this little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice Age over 11,500 years ago… The week end news cycle offered up quite a lot, but no report more interesting and sad than one provided by some credible scientists who have discovered what happened to all of that OIL that was “spilled” into the Gulf of Mexico, via bp’s Deep Water Horizon drilling platform that exploded in the spring of this year, dumping 5 million barrels of oil, at least, along with millions of gallons of dispersant, the internationally banned substance called Corexit 3500, a chemical compound that made environmentalists cringe whenever the name was brought up.  The reason why the oil never made it to the surface was due to the Corexit mixing with the oil, breaking it up into smaller particles, almost invisible to the naked eye, and as officials from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration told us all, a few weeks ago, that the 75 percent of the oil had either been scooped out of the Gulf, evaporated or had been broken down by bacteria, we all shook our heads and wondered what the real truth was, and IS. It has been reported that the huge underwater “plumes” of oil that were widely reported a few months ago, have sunk, and on the ocean floor, lies the TRUTH, the indisputable TRUTH as to where the bp oil went.  As far as 70 miles out, and everywhere in between, oil lies at the bottom of the Gulf’s watery floor, 3 inches deep, stifling life wherever it makes it’s presence known.  That means a couple of things.  One, no life, not even a worm, lives at the bottom of the Gulf sea bed, and thus, the microscopic animals that once lived their, the building blocks for our food chain, are no longer available, and thus, will affect the larger animals that depend on them for sustenance, destroying a large section of fish, that will effect the even larger animals, such as dolphins and whales, and eventually man himself.  This is the BIG picture that neither bp, the weakened government agencies like NOAA, the EPA and others, nor the government at large want you to know about.  WHY?  If the truth came out, the whole premise of using Corexit would be damaged, and should cause outrage, and thus, the old and proven adage “out of sight, out of mind,” applies here in a big way.  Imagine the Gulf as a big Persian rug, and you just spilled a bunch of potting soil on your nice hard wood floors.  Instead of picking up the dirt with the traditional broom and dustpan, you opt for the easier, softer way, and simply brush the dirt under the rug…problem solved.  With this analogy, however, you don’t have the problem of toxicity, nor do you have anything, presumably, living under your rug, but, with “sweeping” the oil under the sea, and leaving it there forever, keeping the public off your back, and thus, limit your liability, i.e. money saved, while you put up deceiving ads designed to make you out to be the “good guy” who really cares for the environment, when in reality, you are actually a criminal, who has damaged one of the largest fisheries in the United States, possibly forever, and walked away from the scene of the crime with a smirk on your face, along with the up and coming apologetic power’s that be, i.e. the p.o.h.n./tea party movement, backing you up 220 percent–is that not right Tony, “gone sailin’ Hayward?  That is what I am talking about here.  The republican party, if they take power in the House of Representatives in the fall, and thus, take control of the Legislative branch of the United States government, taking the country back to the days of Ronald Reagan, where we will see less regulation and more of these types of environmental disasters, all while the average American citizen becomes as poor as members of third world nations, will prove to us all that they are really a bought and sold corporate entity, owned and directed by the likes of “men” such as David and Charles Koch.  That it is all about the corporation and their ability to make as much money as possible, irregardless of the human toll, the environmental toll, and the toll to our psyche as a nation, a nation that is on the edge.  So many people are hurting out there and the republican party has proven itself to be the party that cares nothing for the average American citizen.  Just ask my pal John, “billy bob”, Boehner (R-OH) and soon to become leader of the House, GOD HELP US, whose double speak is so glaringly obvious that he needs no interpreter now, for he has become so transparent in his treachery that we no longer need someone to point out his hypocrisy, his lies and his obvious hatred for anyone with a compassionate bone in his body, you know, one of them “elite east coast liberals.” We will be taking this country back to the stone ages, billy bob might as well have said, for the “American people”, whom I speak for, feel that they have not had ENOUGH pain, they want more, and as we sell this country off, piece by piece, to the highest bidder, “how much for the Gulf of Mexico?, you can’t fish there anymore, but I’ll bet there is still some Texas Tea down there somewhere!”, leaving a wake of hungry, confused, sick and desperate Americans wondering what just what the hell went wrong.  We all have a stake in this fiasco called the November elections, and if the party of hell no, combined with the fake, grass roots tea party created by the Koch brothers, the third richest family in the United States, steeped in the oil and gas industry, that, as evidenced, is killing off our population of animals, marsh lands and people by the thousands, takes over control of the law creating arm of the United States government, GOD HELP US! We will have placed in power, a homophobic, racially challenged, rabid group of men and women who are literally employees of David and Charles Koch, the new “kings” of the country, and thus, the wave towards plutocracy will have taken the beaches, wiped them out, and replaced them with a true caste system, where private security firms will keep the wealthy safe from the gathering marauders that will be looking for food, shelter and hope, hope that was bought and sold by the corporate wolves who still cry the mantra and modus of their operandi, “profit over people, profit over people, profit over people…”  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 12, 2010

The Other Wave

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:02 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket. In the immortal words of late, great comedian, not in the physical form, Dennis Miller, of SNL fame, “hi there folks, what can I tell ya’…” Dennis’s comedic career ended when he became a frequent commentator on FOX NEWS, where it must be difficult to be a comedian, for the only way it’s really funny is if you are looking at it from the proper perspective, i.e. from the sane point of view, although I have to admit, I met one of the nicest couples on the whale watcher, the best whale watch boat you can catch out of Barnstable Harbor every summer and early fall day, at noon, the sunset tour at 4, one of whom worked for FOX in New York and he could not have been nicer, a very wise man, and she was a wonderful person as well, so there, I’m human after all.  Yesterday, of course, was 9/11.  It was chilling to watch the video tape of the haunting images of the two towers falling from the sky line of Manhattan. Many interesting points along the journey back in time, remembering exactly where I was, Denver, Colorado, and watching the whole thing Live, just as it “appeared” I was watching it yesterday. That kind of time travel is only available to you, seemingly, if you pay attention to it. There is no doubt in my mind that dangers exist in this world…and if you listen to any news lately, it would seem that it comes from the sky– Chicken Little Syndrome. I think the fear factor, the real life series, started directly after the attacks on the towers and continued for the next nine years, and if you buy into fear mongering, you too can live the rest of your life in fear. Not a pleasant way to look at it, you know, this miracle called LIFE. I can only say this, if we want, as a nation, to go backwards and relive that misery, that constant “vigilance” of the unknown, as if monsters existed under our collective beds, by all means vote republican in the fall. If you want to visit the prospect of privatizing social security, in other words, giving the bankers, the crooked, dishonest, thieving bankers, the keys to your safety deposit box, raid it, by becoming the middle man, with “egg transfer fees applying”, and gambling, literally gambling with your money, and possibly losing it to another predicted financial crisis in this country, then, again, by all means, vote republican in the fall. If you want to see more oil spills in the Gulf, Alaska, and points not even on the map yet, with unregulated “fracking” going on (hydraulic fracturing of shale rock going on in 37 states to obtain “natural gas”, not regulated, via the 2005 Halliburton Loophole, pouring 596 chemicals into the earth, thus the water, affecting tens of thousands of wells, rivers, inlets, i.e. drinking water, all over the country, causing all sorts of health issues), please vote republican in the fall. If you want to see “second amendment remedies” go into effect, i.e. crazy fools taking their guns and following the phony politicians’ words literally, like they wanted them too, and “taking out” members of Congress like Harry Reid, then, again, vote republican in the fall. If you want to see the repeal of the health care LAW, that has been attempted, and now passed, for 70 years by 5 different Presidents, then vote p.o.h.n./tea party in the fall. If you want to see more exclusion, a reduction in Civil Rights, a reduction in women’s rights, gay rights, and a complete breakdown of our environment, from continued pollution to the very real threat and reality of GLOBAL WARMING…then, please, pretty please with sugar on top, VOTE FOR THE GOP in the fall! I am so excited to hear what the “pundits” have to say this morning on the Sunday talk shows, although the moderators of both ABC and NBC, Christiane Amanpour and David Gregory, are doing a splendid job, bringing some LIGHT to the table, getting at the truth behind so much FOG. It is fun to watch the talking points roll off of the Senators’ tongues, one after the other, it is as if you were stranded on a desert island, like Tom Hanks was in the movie, “Cast Away”, and the antique record player that you just happened to have on your airplane, along with some vintage LP’s and “45’s”, made it to shore with you, intact. The good news is that the record player works, the bad news is that your record selection is limited to one record, a ‘45, that contains the magical words of the late, great Ronald Reagan, who goes on and on about how social security is a communist plot, or something to the like, and as you listen to it, over and over again, searching around for a gun to kill yourself, an epiphany takes you over. You realize that every single talking point uttered by the politicians of the right wing in this nation all speak the same jargon, over and over again, like a montra of some kind. Brainwashing 101, and thus, I implore you, even if you are a republican, to LISTEN to the words, and understand that behind the words is the real message, “we want to take this country over, abolish the rules that don’t apply to the gaining plutocracy, i.e. rule by the wealthy, and tell the rest of the population, you are all on your own. Then, by gaining the power, all of the work done by great men of the past, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the late great Teddy Kennedy, will have gone to waste. The spirit of this great country does not lie in it’s capital wealth, i.e., money, it lies in the people themselves and the words and values of the founders of this country, that ring of true freedom that translates into expression and thought, and the right to live in peace. The words of our fathers spoke of compassion and Love for our fellow man, not the raping and pillaging of our people, our environment and our sovereign spirit. We were destined to all be here, and we better make the most of it while we are here, for if not, we commit the greatest “sin” of all, not reaching our greatest potential. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

September 11, 2010

Dowses Glow

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 4:57 pm

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! On this somber day, September the 11th, 2010, we look back nine years ago, to the tragic, historic turn this country took on that fateful day. It was a devastating attack, and it left an indelible mark on this nation, it’s people, it’s view of the world, and it’s view of one another. We have endured nine long years of war in far off lands, fighting an “enemy” that does not seem to tread the familiar lines of the “red shirts”, the “communists”, or the “Nazis”. It is much deeper than that, for it has become main stream now, via fundamentalism, to condemn our “enemy”, now defined, fundamentally, by the right, as the Faith of Islam itself, where only a few short years ago, then President George W. Bush, told this nation that under no uncertain terms should we condemn our brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith, that we should honor the Constitutional right of every American citizen to practice the religion of their choice, regardless of what extremists within their religion do. What this country NEEDS right now, is less intolerance and more acceptance, a massive strive towards KNOWLEDGE of the true meaning behind a religion, not the egoic misinterpretation of that religion. Knowing death, war, poverty and struggle, we can also KNOW peace, prosperity, joy and LOVE once again, putting that past behind us and learning that two wrongs don’t make a right…recreating our “enemy” in the likeness of our own hatred is not the words of our so called chosen faith in this country, Christianity, whereby Jesus himself said, under no uncertain terms, “Love thine enemies, what credit is it to you to love those who love you? Love those who persecute you, love those who hate and curse you, love those who would wish you harm. For what you measure out, is measured out unto you.” Hate less, Love more…    PRESEVERE THE WILDERNESS. Peace~M

September 10, 2010

East Bay Dock

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:33 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  It is good to be with you, as always, on this Friday morning here in Osterville, as we look forward to a week end that will feature wide open beaches, no traffic, and lots of whales.  Today, I will be out on the Atomic II, a whale observation craft, accompanied by one of the founders of the first whale watch boat here on Cape Cod, specifically Barnstable Harbor, where the speedy, hearty ship pulls out of the small harbor, boat wise, and steams into Cape Cod Bay and beyond to the Stellwagen Bank, a rich fish sanctuary where the great Humpbacks, Finbacks, Greys, and sometimes even a Sperm whale come up to feed on the tiny shrimp that sustain these great sea creatures, these great mammals of the deep, until they head back to the Caribbean to mate.  I have been out only once on the Atomic II, and it is quite the experience, bringing the whole concept of nature that much closer to our collective surface, far away from the subconscious mind of ignorance, fear and a disconnection with the living things around us everyday…  As of last night, the Quran book burning at the “Dove Church” in Gainesville, Florida, that was scheduled for this Saturday, September 11th, that has brought about world wide attention, has been “suspended”, but not cancelled.  Perhaps it was the phone call from U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mr. Gates, who phoned the pastor, Terry Jones, and told him the irrevocable damage that such an act would cause the men in women in uniform all over the world, let alone the millions of Americans living overseas, as I once did.  It is scary to think that some hick “preacher” who may, or may not, have been working on this “plan” for who knows how long and with whom, could claim to the world, via the attention it received from a hungry media, that he planned to literally burn the Holy book of Quran, just as HOLY as the Bible to billions of people, in order to “get even” with the “51 Park Place” Mosque that is being built no where within eyesight of “ground zero”, the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City, lower Manhattan– that will be a place of civic activity, such as cooking classes, babysitting, a swimming pool, a community center, much like those “evil” community center mosques that exist all over the world, as well as all over this country.  It is ridiculous to draw a parallel between the two, as no parallel exists.  Burning a book that is the symbol of the Islamic faith is an act of violence.  Building a building that will be created to promote peace and goodwill to one’s neighbors, making the Islamic faith a little less scary for the average American, is an act of LOVE. This country was based on some fairly easy to understand principals, such as FREEDOM of religion, one of the most important and, indeed, one of the catalysts that created this great country, as the first settlers in this nation, that was not even a nation yet, left the shores of England, and the tyranny of King George, because of religious intolerance.  How dim must you be if you cannot even get that FACT right?  As of this moment, the country may have dodged a bullet, for this would have been bad for everyone, such as the fellow Americans traveling abroad, for there is now a warning from the State Department, as to beware of what is going on here at home, and to be watchful of any repercussions due to this maniac’s view of the world; along with the very, very, very, very, very, narrow view of the “party of hell no”, or p.o.h.n./tea party movement–”the number one supplier of hate, bigotry, fear mongering, paranoia, and an inhuman lack of compassion”, coming soon in a very big way to Washington D.C., bringing misery to the general population of the United States of America, just like we always knew they would.  Is that not accurate John, “Billy Bob” Boehner?  We love ya!  GOD’S SPEED to the GULF, all of the people of the Bayou, the SEA TURTLES, DOLPHINS, WHALES, BROWN PELICANS and marsh lands therein… may creative intelligence take care of that Corexit 3500! Have a wonderful week end folks!  Peace~M

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