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February 28, 2011

North Truro Sand

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:08 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, the twenty eighth day of February, 2011, here in Osterville, as we anticipate another soaking rain a little later on this morning.  The Oscars were last night, as we all know, and the big winner was the film, “The King’s Speech”, along with it’s star leading man, Colin Firth, winning Best Picture and Best Actor respectively.  Also winning the rather lackluster show was Natalie Portman for her performance in “The Black Swan”, winning for Best Actress, along with two winners for best supporting actor and actress, both starring in the film “The Fighter”.  As was mentioned on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” yesterday, most of the films these days are made for men, with plenty of special effects and explosions, hence the lack of any real cinematic genius that may, God Forbid, involve a little human emotion.  Look to the 2012 Oscars nominating “Transformers V–the rise of the idiots”, as the super elite movie delegation is pressured to offer more for the average American idiot who is far more interested in the upcoming film, “Flintstones III, Fred’s bout with bed bugs”, than he is about some old dead king who overcame a speech impediment during a period in our history where real evil was about to overtake the gentle country of England, along with the rest of the world.  A perfect segway into yesterday’s “Sunday morning talk shows”, where I was, as always, blown away by Christiane Amanpour’s, of “This Week”, on ABC, LIVE reporting from Tripoli, Libya, where she sat down and talked face to face with Moammar Ghaddafi’s sons regarding the soon to be civil war in the newest country to be swept away in the unrest, a word that is now synonymous, more than ever, with the Middle East.  One son was defiant, in denial about what was happening, while the other was in search of a lawyer, as he shocked me by saying, and I am paraphrasing here, “this is not an isolated event, what is happening in the Middle East and North Africa, this is akin to an earthquake, a wave or a wind that will not stop, it is an epidemic, a fever, as the old is ushered out and the new, youthful educated, tech savvy connected, common poor people will continue to rise up and make their voices heard.”  Can someone say Wisconsin? Can someone give it up for the bravery of those 14 state senators who fled in protest from their state, as a bully puppet named Walker continues to jam through the immoral stripping of average worker’s, who work for the good of the public, RIGHTS to a VOICE in the way of collective bargaining, a right that was fought over 125 years ago and has remained intact for all of these years because it represents the last line of defense between the greed and corruption of multinational corporations who are angling themselves to take over this great country, so that they can TAKE every last morsel of what is still left before China does, leaving the middle class to dry up and blow away with the rest of the poor, the disenfranchised and the meek.  On “Meet the Press, with David Gregory”, yesterday, my friend and yours, Lawrence O’Donnell, of “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell”, airing every week night at 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., EST, for all you night owls out there, only on MSNBC, appeared on the ’round table’ and spoke to his shock that only a few moments before, (Governor Scott Walker was being interviewed LIVE on the same show, and Walker DID actually consider sending in ‘trouble makers’, as the fake ‘David Koch’ suggested in the now infamous fake phone call to ‘Mr. Edward Rooney’, I’m sorry, I just can’t get enough of that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie reference, no, from the fake ‘Koch dealer’ to the venerable, not to mention honorable, Scott Walker) yes, spoke to the shock that only moments before was stated, quite clearly, that he, Walker, had rejected that notion.  Translation, it was considered by the Governor, perhaps by sending in some mercenaries from Blackwater, no, I’m sorry, the kinder gentler new Blackwater called Xe, something akin to what Ghaddafi did to his own people in Tripoli, something like that Governor?  The question of state and local governments being “broke” may be true, but let us look at the REASON why they are broke.  It could not have anything to do with the corrupt banking system in this country, an industry that has these puppet politicians wrapped around their little finger, does it?  Where many in this country would attest to the fact that their pension funds and 401(K) plans have lost 40 percent of their value since the crash of 2008, while the big banks continue to hand out massive bonuses, in the form, I assume, of a ’shared sacrifice’ in bizzaro world.  Lawrence pointed out, regarding our national debt and the budget shortfalls across the board in the state and local coffers around the country, he pointed out that it is the outrageous tax code policies that are to blame and they are destroying this nation, as there is no new revenue coming into to federal, state and local treasuries due to the countless loopholes that exist in favor of corporations like Exxon Mobile, GE and the like, who paid nothing in the way of Federal taxes last year, while shark like politicians (my apologies to real sharks everywhere in the world) like Walker cry poor mouth while they simultaneously give huge tax breaks to companies like KOCH INDUSTRIES and offer them no bid contracts on power plants that they are now buying up in bulk.  “Can you say monopoly, can you say breaking anti-trust laws, can you say CORRUPTION?”  Sure, I knew that you could…  Think about it for a moment, is it fair that a teacher, who makes say 35k a year takes an 8 percent cut in her wages, has her voice cut out from under her, along with the rest of the public union employees, who use that collective bargaining chip to ensure that they all don’t work in third world conditions, all while hedge fund managers living in Fairfield, Connecticut, with some making 300 million dollars in one deal, pay the same rate as someone making 250,000 dollars a year?  This is not a fair playing field and is certainly not “shared sacrifice”, and represents the core problem in our nation, as billionaires get away with paying little to nothing in the way of taxes, per the corrupt U.S. tax code, unfair to the extreme, in favor of the top two percent, while the average working man’s salary has remained stagnant since the days of Donald Regan, former Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, as we all know this was the beginning of the end of the middle class in this great country, ‘Of the People, By the People and For the People.’ What a scam.  How is it FAIR and how is it a shared sacrifice when you have say, a UCLA couple, married and both professors, who make a combined income of 250,000. dollars a year, how is that comparable to that same hedge fund manager who is making one hundred million dollars a year, really, how does that square with the words ’shared’ and ’sacrifice’.  Further, how does it square that that same teacher take a huge cut in her relative salary, while also being asked to check her voice and her dignity at the window by giving up her RIGHT to speak her mind regarding her working conditions, her pay, her 40 hour work week, her week ends, and most importantly, her ability to see a real politician of the PEOPLE get elected with the help of those same unions that elected our first black president?  Do you really believe President Barrack Obama would have been elected if Walker’s plan to strip collective bargaining rights from union employees, and moreover,  their ability to organize, collect money and campaign for someone who is not in bed with big banks, big oil, big coal, big gas, big insurance, big retail, big pharma, and the like, had already been stripped, had already stripped those rights away, leaving the big corporations wide open, thanks to Citizens United, to monopolize the airwaves and brainwash even more people than they already do…do you?!!  Some may say, that is exactly the plan and I would have to agree, that IS their plan, yet no one seems to see it, or say anything about it, other than the Huffington Post, The Nation Magazine or seacapecod.net.  So, let us, by all means, continue down the path of slashing ‘discretionary spending’, the 12 percent of the budget that is up for grabs, let us continue to cut spending for education, as we have seen, recently, hundreds of teachers getting the pink slips in New Jersey, let us cut spending on affordable heating oil for seniors and the poor, let us cut our spending on infrastructure, badly needed, as we see more bridges to decay and roads fall into disrepair, let us cut spending on Pell Grants for students who seek a better life through higher education, let us slash funding for green technology, for God knows we can count on that oil from the stable middle east to continue to flow unabated with no increase in cost whatsoever, while we watch our planet melt before our very eyes, you know, leaving that spoiled land and sea to our ‘kids and grand kids’, let us cut spending on social programs such as Michelle Obama’s efforts to help our nation’s youth eat better, as we have seen a dramatic and disturbing rise in obesity, adding to our nation’s health care crisis, in our youth, making them more lethargic and lazy, unable to learn what they need to learn in order to compete in an ever competitive world, doing no favor to our own youngest and most vulnerable citizens, which is ironic, for most of the republican puppet politicians out there are so PRO LIFE, when the baby is in the womb, but have the attitude “you’re on your own” when you reach the ‘real world’, for we, the two percent, did not want you or your poor parents on the planet to begin with.  All of this is done in the name of ‘austerity’, or shared sacrifice, when we all know that is just a bunch of horsh%it.  Be a man about it Walker, tell the truth of who your are, what you stand for and most importantly WHO you really work for, we would have so much more respect for you.  You are a bully and  not fit to be the Governor of such a fine state as Wisconsin.  Where is the shared sacrifice with Exxon Mobile when they paid 0 in Federal corporate income taxes in 2009?  Where is that ’sacrifice’ when they made 26 billion dollars in PROFIT that year alone?  Not to mention the annual government subsidies, better known as corporate welfare, afforded companies like Exxon, KOCH Industries and Halliburton, just to name a few.  No, the only people doing the sacrifice are the real “American people”, whom the republican puppet politicians speak of so often, as if they are close and personal friends with each and every one of them, who work for a living, especially those public employees all across America–people who are your friends and neighbors, people like teachers, policemen, firemen, EMT’s, garbage men, water treatment officials, nurses, among countless others, while the top two percent, along with the corporations, rig the system even more, as they continue to march towards their ultimate goal of a real PLUTOCRACY, frozen in ‘time’.  Again, the real reason for the budget crisis in state and local governments, the initial ‘reason’ for this bill in Wisconsin, cleverly disguised as it was, is simple, Wall Street banks–who stole their money by committing highly unethical white collar crimes that cannot be detected because we took the teeth out of the SEC, the securities exchange commission, along with the EPA, soon to be a real joke, thus, allowing monsters like Goldman Sachs to commit the most heinous of all crimes, betting against their own clients, all while getting the royal treatment from the puppet politicians, recently elected to office thanks to Citizens United, who are in way over their hill billy heads.  Through the sub-prime mortgage predatory lending fiasco, that led to world wide panic and the financial collapse of many markets around the globe, ‘financed’ by the shady credit default swap market, all 600 trillion of them out there, those toxic derivatives that only a few MIT professors can decipher, all done in the dark caves of Wall Street by evil executives like Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, the world’s largest and most powerful investment banking firm, big banks have gained ultimate power in Washington D.C., with no end in sight.  Although they should lose the word ‘investment’ for they don’t really do that sort of thing anymore, as they are more comfortable taking money from the FED at 0 percent and turning around and lending it a 20.  Do you want a picture of the historically correct culprit in this crisis now called the United States of America?  A country at a literal crossroads?  Look no further than the corporate dictated agenda of the Reagan administration, and Mr. Donald Regan, former Merrill Lynch Chair and CEO, who single handily helped the top 1 percent go from earning 10 percent of the nation’s GDP, or gross domestic product, their salary if you will, to 25 percent and rising of said GDP, while the average working man or woman’s wages have remained stagnant, or have declined in many sectors, which has created what I call the GRAND CANYON between the haves and the have nots, a giant chasm that is almost impossible to get across, for as education, the key to getting oneself out of poverty, decreases as an option for so many of our young people, as it goes by way of the good people at the Texas Board of Education, busy re-writing American history for sick, political and ideological reasons, this country will most assuredly slip to fifth or maybe even sixth on the world stage of economic and political world power, as 98 percent of the American people try and live on that 0 percent increase in pay, with the threat of stagflation’ ever looming, while the top two percent continues to see an increase in their already whopping 278 percent increase in overall compensation.  Congratulations Republicans, your legacy will be duly noted for all time and presented for all the world to see, hear and JUDGE.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, you recalcitrant child!  Have a nice day folks and GOD’s continued SPEED to those brave and honorable Wisconsin 14! Don’t listen to talking heads with a hangover like Joe Scarborough, for his ignorance is not bliss.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 27, 2011

A Mighty Wind

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:53 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 Sunday morning, the twenty seventh day of February, 2011, and while I wait for the Sunday “talk” shows to begin presently, “This Week, with Christiane Amanpour”, “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Sunday Morning”, arguably one of the best shows on television, representing the batting order, I thought I would offer a prayer, a song, a poem of sorts to you this morning, for, I’m sure you may agree, this world could sure use some LOVE. Have a wonderful day and please remember that you are as important as anyone else on planet earth… God bless us all.  enjoy….


“As I travel down the backroads, of this home I love so much

with the carpenter and cowboy, and the layman with a crutch,

they’re all talkin’ about a feeling, about a taste that’s in the air

they’re all talkin’ ’bout this mighty wind, that’s blowin’ everywhere…

Oh, a mighty wind is blowin’, it’s kickin’ up the sand,

It’s blowin’ out a message to every woman, child and man.

Yes, a MIGHTY WIND is blowin’, across the land and ‘cross the sea,

it’s blowin’ peace and freedom, it’s blowin’ equality.

From the LIGHTHOUSE in Bar Harbor, to the bridge called Golden Gate,

from the trawler down in Shreveport, to the shore of one Great Lake.

there’s a star on the horizon, and it’s burning like a flame,

It’s lighting up that mighty wind, that’s blowin’ everywhere.

Oh, a mighty wind is blowin’, it’s kickin’ up the sand,

It’s blowin’ out a message to every woman, child and man!

Yes, a mighty wind’s a blowin’, across the land and ‘cross the sea,

it’s blowin’ peace and freedom

it blowin’ EQUALITY.

When the blind man sees the picture

when the deaf man hears the word

when the fisherman stops fishin’

when the hunter SPARES a bird,

we’ll still hear the wondrous story,

in a world where people CARE

this story of this MIGHTY WIND that’s blowin’ everywhere…

Oh, a mighty wind is blowin’,

It’s kickin’ up the sand

It’s blowin’ out a message to every woman, child and man,

Yes, a mighty wind is blowin’, ‘cross the land and ‘cross the sea…

It’s blowin’ peace and freedom, it’s blowin’ equality,’

It’s blowin’ PEACE and FREEDOM,

It’s blowin’ YOU and ME.


February 26, 2011

February Dusting

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:56 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good to be with you on this Saturday morning, the twenty sixth day of February, 2011, coming to you LIVE from the tiny seaside village of Osterville, a day that dawned with plenty of sunshine and a light dusting of snow that fell overnight after the pummeling weather system that passed through the region yesterday, complete with wicked winds and driving rain, turning, apparently, to snow as a cold front passed on through ushering in colder temperatures and clearing skies.  Did you want to talk about the weather or just make polite chit chat?  More pressing issues are obviously at play on the ‘only day of rest’ for the 24/7 cable news environment we all seem to live with now.  From Charlie Sheen to Moammar Gaddafi, to the venerable, not to mention ‘honorable’, Scott Walker, the good Governor from the great state of Wisconsin, the stories are still out there and deserve at least an honorable mention on this glorious day here on the Cape and Islands.  Tripoli, the capital of Libya, is a ‘no mans land’, as hundreds of expatriates, journalists, tourists, and officials of all stripes were finally safely setting sail… out of that civil war torn country for good, as the now quite insane leader of Libya, Gaddafi, gave one more speech to his ‘people’, another rambling  message and explanation that included hallucinogenic drugs, Al Qaida, and Osama Bin Laden, while he continues the attack on the citizens of that volatile nation, most of whom, have already written him off as a deposed leader in decline, resigning en masse and calling for him to be brought forth on charges of war crimes, hinting that he should be dragged to trial in Holland, Den Hague, putting him in front of an international tribunal that now considers him to be a war criminal.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Wisconsin’s fine governor still has some tricks up his sleeve, such as pulling a midnight vote at the Wisconsin state capitol building early Friday morning, 1 a.m. to be exact, as he, David Koch and the rest of the usual suspects continue their fight to take away the voice of “the American people”, by way of stripping collective bargaining rights for it’s state and local public union workers.  The efforts by the ruling party, the billionaire owners of multi-national corporations, has hit some snags along the way however, as Walker’s real INTENTIONS were exposed earlier this week in that phony phone call to Edward Rooney, I mean, the fake phone call from “David Koch”, via Ian Murphy from buffalobeast.com, to the honorable Governor Scott Walker who spoke to “David” for over twenty minutes telling us everything we need to know about the “man”.  This week end will bring more in the way of protests, peaceful protests, which says a whole lot about the goodness and grace of the people of Wisconsin, more than we can say for it’s ‘honorable’ governor.  Finally today, we have Charlie Sheen, the star of the hit series on CBS, “Two and a half men”, that is off the air at the moment, due to all of the controversy surrounding the actor’s extracurricular activities.  I would say this about that.  Nothing.  If you are not going to help and addict, don’t hurt one, for we live in a rather sick society now, where everything is everyone else’s business, through some kind of strange “entitlement”, created out of a rationalization that because we watch that show, we seem to have given ourselves the ‘right’ to weigh in on the judgement of Mr. Sheen.  TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, E!, and the rest of the tabloid like trash talk shows that make their living off of other people’s suffering is insufferable.  I know I am not alone in my disgust of the whore like media outlets that camp out in front of celebrities homes, hoping against hope, that they will do something ‘wrong’, thus, giving them, and their audience, the red meat they ‘need’ to somehow feel better about themselves.  Get over it and get a Life people!  We have so many problems facing this great nation and the reason the insane intentions of the republican party, better known as REPUBLICORP, do not get the scrutiny they deserve from the ‘American people’ is simple–the very rich individuals who own the airwaves, people like Rupert Murdoch, who owns FOX NEWS and the Wall Street Journal, not to mention those who own the trashy tabloid television shows that expose the pain of addiction in a very public way to victims of it, such as Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen–creates noise and talking points they wish you to buy lock, stock and barrel, brainwashing 101, manufacturing a grand diversion complete with smoke and mirrors, confusing our public and casting a dark cloud on the situation as if to say, “nothing to see here folks, we can’t do anything to fix our crippled country, please go home now and make sure to tune in to FOX and another horrible edition of Bill O’Reilly’s “news” show that is assured to turn you and yours into blithering idiots.” We have become a country of voyeurs, who have the intellectual capacity of a small soap dish, coupled with an attention span of a five year old child.  We have become lazy and lackadaisical, oblivious to anything that takes time and focus to understand, and a complete lack of initiative to do anything good about it.  Whatever that “it” is.  The strategists on the side of the corporations, that are destroying this country, know this, and, as such, respond with more of the same–more carnivals, more fried food, more booze and more commercials, while simultaneously destroying our educational system, our environment, and our fiscal future.  In other words, more of the same, which is the stuff that got us in this mess to begin with–all  starting in the early 80’s with the deregulation of every safety net put in place by great men who have already passed on to a better plane.  Why did this all go down?  Because WE were not paying attention to what really matters, the traits of honesty, hard work and the expectation of reward FOR all of that hard work, not a de-humanizing kick in the pants because you are not the right color or because you don’t live in the right neighborhood.  I pray for celebrities like Charlie and Lindsey, and I condemn the vultures out there who demonize them, because the best way to feel true empathy for another is to put one in their shoes, and for many Americans, whose egos have already made up their mind for them, via a larger an more insidious collective ego, that is impossible, as is seen by the honorable Governor from the great state of Wisconsin, who has already expressed his intentions to “David” Koch, who might as well have been the real David Koch, because the person on the other end of the phone does not matter as much as the words and subsequent deeds that come from the originating receiver of said phone call, and, in this case, it is again, the ‘honorable’ Scott Walker, who does not deserve the title of Governor of the state of Wisconsin.  Have a wonderful day folks and keep on rejecting those wooden nickles, they won’t buy you anything of value, and GOD’S continued SPEED to the heroic Wisconsin 14! Their efforts are YOUR efforts–assuming you don’t own a criminally polluting chemical/oil/natural gas company, hell bent on world domination in the form of profit over people, as it systematically destroys our land, it’s people, the animal kingdom and the beautiful plant life we all enjoy.   PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 25, 2011

Last Lion of the Senate

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:14 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, a very, very wet one here on Cape, Osterville to be precise, expecting over two inches of rain today, with our friends a little north of the sand bar, such as parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine receiving at least foot of heavy, wet snow.  Fifty years ago, the President of the United States was, of course, President Jack Kennedy who lived only a few miles from my home here in Osterville, living in Hyannisport with his beautiful wife Jackie, his children and the rest of his siblings who always called Cape Cod their HOME base…  One of those siblings was his youngest brother Teddy, who was considered, by many, friends and foes alike, as the LAST LION of the Senate.  His lifelong devotion to the working man and woman in this great nation, founded upon the highest ideals known to man, was unparalleled over the years, as he met every challenge by big business who saw the ‘little guy’ as the problem, not part of the solution.  “When does the greed stop?”, was one of his signature moments on the floor of the Senate a few moons back, but it was not so much his words that counted, but his action and dedication to the common man’s plight, giving it a voice, through tireless and thank less action, that made all of the difference.  Today, we have “men” like David and Charles Koch, of KOCH INDUSTRIES, who are destroying our nation not only environmentally, but spiritually as well, as they attempt to take out the voice of the public unions, the last thorn in the side of corrupt multi-national capitalism gone mad, ever chanting their corporate mission statement, “PROFIT OVER PEOPLE”, all transpiring right now on the steps of the Madison, Wisconsin state house.  After Governor Walker gave his hand away, exposing his real INTENTIONS, in the infamous and fantastic fake phone call to Mr. Rooney, I mean, the fake phone call from the creator of Buffalobeast.com, posing as billionaire David Koch, who had a 15 minute conversation with the dishonest Governor regarding the protests in Madison, where, and I quote, Mr. Walker said this in response to who he thought was really David Koch and his question regarding the implementation of “trouble makers” at said rallies, “Well, we thought about it…” . You thought about it?  I wonder what a LION named Teddy Kennedy would have thought of that garbage.  The reason these states and local governments are broke is because they were stupid enough to invest all of their money in the rigged financial games of Wall Street.  We live in a world now, where corporations and governments are actually one in the same, living in a secret world (“Just ask the World Bank, they’ll tell ya, they just bought property on the good side!”-credit Rodney Dangerfield and his epic work in the film Caddyshack, circa 1978) where real policy is made in private, for the public, and thus, the public suffers therein.  Salon.com writer Glenn Greenwald appeared on the “Colbert Report” last night–a show that you never really quite know where the rather milk toast host of said show, Stephen Colbert, is coming from, as he cannot quite get a grip on the insanity of this nation’s real problems in relation to his never dying support for the republican party, as the show is becoming less funny than it is sad–where Glenn spoke to the fact that big law firms in D.C. have teamed up with big corporations to smear journalists who shine a light on their filthy business practices all around the world, creating poverty for billions while pocketing billions for themselves.  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, regardless of what you may think of him personally, has done what seemed impossible to most real journalists out there, exposing who is really running the ’show’, what they are up to, and how they are getting away with it.  Like Keith Olbermann, who made MSNBC what it is today, Assange is facing the headwinds of raw corporate power, who are trying like hell to shut him down, and more importantly his operation that exposes these monstrous corporations for who and what they really are–villains of the highest order.  Assange is appealing to a higher court in England, before they most likely will extradite him to Sweden to face charges that look a little fishy, for if Assange was just an average citizen, do you think they would have gone to all of this trouble for a questionable sex case?  No, this is another attempt to quash the voice of TRUTH, just as Governor Walker’s action against public unions, under the guise of ‘balancing the budget’, is an attempt to wipe the people’s voice from political debate, paving the way for a corporate takeover, a final straw, that will ensure the reality of a PLUTOCRACY, or rule by the wealthy, where the common man will be lucky to make the same wages as his poor brothers in China, India, or any other industrialized nation that is held hostage by large corporate monopolies that now control policy, create legislation, and, for all intents and purpose, run the country, whatever country that may be.  Globalization is a reality, but so is informed citizenry, thanks to social media like Face Book and Twitter, not to mention all of the independent bloggers, columnists and reporters, albeit some rather unorthodox, like Ian Murphy of buffalobeast.com.  We are not helpless to fight back against REPUBLICORP and we should realize that our forefathers went through a similar experience only 236 years ago, when battling tyranny in the form of a King 3000 miles away.  Perhaps they lived in an even scarier time, as they had no connections, instant that is, with the ‘people’, while they faced the stark reality of a very tough life in the late eighteenth century.  I would have been a loyal follower of Teddy Kennedy’s ‘tweets’ if the ‘twitter’ would have been available at his prime.  For we all would have known what is right and what is wrong, as Teddy had no ulterior motives, no hidden agenda’s, no ‘earmarks’ to maintain other than those earmarks that would help the poor, the disenfranchised, and the sick right here in the ‘bay state’ of Massachusetts, not to mention the country and world at large.  I think we can all agree this country, as well as the world, is so far out of whack we may ask ourselves, can this thing be turned around?  Is there any hope left?  Has the darker elements of human nature taken that strong a hold on our overall better angels that represent who we really all are deep down inside?  This is not a bleeding heart liberal question, this is a question for anyone who is interested in the RIGHT thing, ‘all for one, one for all’, those people who are really concerned about our children’s and grandchildren’s well being in the future, for these republican puppets who spout that crap on a daily basis, i.e., our children’s futures, should be taken in back of the wood shed and taught a lesson on honest public discourse, because if they truly believed the lies that come out of their mouths, you know, expressing their deep concern for OUR children’s futures, then they should take a good look at what KOCH INDUSTRIES, along with Halliburton, are doing right NOW to our environment, not to mention the overall effect global warming will have on the planet at large.  For fifty years from now, this world will look far different than what it looks like today.  The polar ice caps will be gone, as well as all of the world’s glaciers, the seas will have risen by 5-10 feet, a conservative number, the crops will fail to grow due to the extreme heat, and the world’s oil supply, the culprit for that disaster to begin with, will have long run out (see peak oil), leaving us with a polluted planet where the talk of the people that survive will be something like, “Why the hell didn’t they do something about this disaster when they had the chance?” I can guarantee one thing it will not be, something like, “I am so glad that Governor Walker destroyed the democratic party by destroying public unions, because it paved, along with the Citizens United case of 2009, the way for the multi national corporations to create what we have today, a country and world where 98 percent of it’s people live on less than a dollar a day, where disease is rampant, where clean drinking water is more valuable than oil once was, where war is a constant and peace a Utopian fantasy. Mankind was not meant to live like this and it is high time someone stand up and ask these republican puppets exactly where they come from or what they actually mean when speaking to us of “our children and our grandchildren futures”.  They are liars and in bed with the enemy (sociopathic greed), and the late, great last LION of the Senate, Teddy Kennedy would have said as much if he were alive today.  Have a great week end everybody and GOD’S SPEED to those Wisconsin 14! They deserve our respect and thanks for a very brave stand on corporate corruption, two words that are infinitely interchangeable.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 24, 2011

Lunch For Two…

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:08 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 Thursday morning, the twenty forth day of February, 2011, a nice, calm sunny morning here in Osterville, midway up the little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age.  What a 24 hours it has been both here in this country and in the northern African country of Libya, where Moammar Ghaddafi, spelled differently three times now by seacapecod.net, as we have that much editorial control, is hunkering down at this moment in the capital city of Tripoli, where he is amassing his forces to strike at unknown civilian targets, with the western part of that country already out of his grasp.  Back here in this country, the fight for the VOICE of the “American people” goes on full throttle in the great state of not only Wisconsin, but now in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and soon, God Forbid, all across this great nation.  Yesterday, a writer from Buffalo, New York made a phone call, a phony phone call to Edward Rooney, no wait, that was the high school dean of students from the classic film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” no, this one was to none other than Scott Walker, the venerated and all round good guy Governor of the ‘people’ from the great state of Wisconsin.  I thought I might add some of the transcribed audio that was left out from most of the news reports you may have heard on the ‘tv’, although the first fake phone call from David Koch was beautiful in it’s own right.  David Koch is one of the two Koch brothers who run the criminally insane polluting oil and gas company known as KOCH INDUSTRIES, a company that is responsible, as it will be known in a few years, for destroying our fresh water supply in this country with their ‘natural gas’ extraction process known as ‘fracking’, where they take high pressured water, combined with 596 chemicals, blast it down into the earth, via air born contaminating well heads placed on private and public property in over 37 states now, yes, blast it into the earth to break the shale rock apart, thus, releasing the ‘natural gas’ from said rock and creating vast wealth for the sociopath corporation that again, is not only killing our citizens, our wildlife and our vegetation, but is also the KEY player in the overall billionaire boys club mission to use their puppet strings to control and DIRECT puppets like Walker and other public office holders into this nation wide effort of destroying collective bargaining rights for public employees from sea to shining sea.  The voice of those workers, moreover, their ability to organize and raise money for candidates who really do care for said, ad nauseum, the American people, represents the last hurdle the republicans must leap before their dream of a plutocracy is reached…and regardless of what Joe Scarborough or FOX NEWS tells you…that is what is really at stake here. The fake phone call from David Koch, Walker’s master, put it all into perspective yesterday, and, as stated before, I wish to bring you some more of that conversation right now, for your ears only however, for I would not want to anger either Walker, whom I fear greatly, or the Koch brothers, David and Charles, because as I am originally from Colorado, I ski, when I can, in Aspen, and desperately want to be invited to their next secret meeting of the various corporate ‘captains of industry’, not to mention Supreme Court Justices, who may give me a break on all of those parking tickets I accumulated in the early 90’s living and working in Boston…  AND ACTION! David Koch: “Scott, I thought I lost you there buddy, stay with me, I am a little concerned with your overall strategy here, you seem to be losing the public debate on this one…” Scott Walker: “No, mien, ah, I mean, no sir, we are doing everything we can, we have Joe Scarborough on our team, muddying up the waters over at ‘morning joe’, we have old Rush doing his part, we have Glenn Beck doing his insane ‘chalk talk’, we have Hannity over at FOX creating fog and confusion, although most FOX viewers would jump off a cliff if you or your brother told them Ronald Reagan thought it would be the patriotic thing to do, and we have the two Michelle’s, Bachmann and Malkin, who always bring the crazy, just what we need right now, did you send that check?“  K: “Forget about that now, and if you bring up extortion again, I’ll have your legs broken,you don’t know who might be listening. Now pay attention, this is all going down and we need you to finish this thing, I don’t care if you use some of Blackwater’s, I mean Xe’s, men, but get those 14 asshol&s back to Wisconsin, I don’t care if you have to blindfold them, tie them up or put a cheese stick up their, just get it done, we are all counting on you.”  W:  “No worries sir, we have it all under control, you know I really love Aspen and so does my wife and kids, do you think we might attend the next secret decoder ring meeting in wherever you may be holding…”  K: “Shut up Walker, that meeting is way above your pay grade, remember, you are only a puppet, a cog in the wheel of a much bigger picture, excuse me for mixing my metaphors, your job is simple, get rid of the unions.  You are the first domino, that will bring down the voice of the American worker forever, for now that we have Citizens United behind us, the EPA, the Department of Education, and unions of any kind will be gone in a few years, paving the way for the ‘free market’ to run the table, turning this once proud country of the ‘people’ into a proud country of the few, the proud, the two percent!” W: Amen, Amen, I won’t let you down and may I say this, I think you have received a bum rap over all of this ‘fracking’ business, but would it be too much to ask that you take down the ‘natural gas’ well that was just built across the street from my house, there is a large black cloud that emanates from the well head, and when prevailing westerly winds blow it towards the yard where my children play, it makes my wife a little nervous, for we all have headaches and pain all throughout our bodies.  Also, our drinking water tastes really funny, and it too, gives me a headache, also, when I was getting a donut the other night, as I could not sleep for some reason, I lit a match to light a candle when I was getting a glass of water from the tap and by golly, the sink just exploded.  Do you think it has something to do with that natural gas well across the street?“  K: “Nothing to worry about son, and that’s a no can do on moving that Koch well, you have to suck it up just like everybody else, and if polluting our rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and other various bodies of water is the price we pay for “American” progress in the free society of the free market of the United States, then, to use the words of billy bob, I mean, ’speaker’ of the House, John Boehner, “so be it.”  W: “Well, sir, it has been an honor speaking to you today and if I can be of any other assistance, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.” K:  “You are my number one Scott, and I, and I…sorry about that, you are like the son I never had and I can assure you there will be a seat at the banquet table of victory after this is all over, the day we take away the voice of the working man and woman in this country forever.” and cut, print and wrap. Not much more to add to that rather disturbing exchange, for we are in the final stages of a thirty year plan of capitalism gone MAD in this country, a country that was not founded upon greed, cunning, subterfuge and deceit.  These “men” are cowards and crooks that would make Richard Nixon look like a boy scout.  WE still have a voice, and WE always will. There is nothing to fear but FEAR itself, Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, one of our greatest Presidents, who stood up to a similar fight with greedy capitalists decades ago, who hated him beyond compare–for fear in the end, is nothing more than a thought, and a thought cannot hurt anybody if you don’t allow it to.  The courage it takes to stand up to tyranny was fought on the fields of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Vermont, 236 years ago in a revolt against King George III, a fight of epic historical proportions taken on by real men like Jefferson, Adams and Washington, with help from Franklin, Lafayette and Paine.  Open up a book, a real book and all will be revealed, but make sure it is not a book from Texas, as the Texas board of ‘Education’ has re-written most of the real history of our nation, turning it into a FICTION, as it took out all of the FACTS, and reduced it to a 140 character ‘tweet’, easily digestible to our ever dumbing downed population and, unfortunately, some of our younger generation, a group that will be easily manipulated by right wing propaganda bullhorns like FOX NEWS, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the phony, baloney puppets of the right wing nut job party, bought and sold, in Washington D.C everyday., of course, not all of those youths will be dumbed down, and they will rise once again and look back at this time as the dark ages of America, where the corporate hijacking of this beautiful, wonderful land almost won the day, but was thwarted by the goodness that shines in the eyes of the new American people, a little wiser for the experience.  Have a nice day folks and GOD’S continued SPEED to the Wisconsin 14! For their efforts are yours in the end, as we all sing the song that also represents a ride at Disneyland, “It’s a small world after all”PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 23, 2011

Deep Pink Sound

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:10 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 frigid morning here in Osterville, the tiny seaside village next door to Hyannisport, home to the late, great President Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife Jackie Onassis Kennedy, who I, for one, wish was here at this “juncture” to bring this country back from the brink of a corporate hijacking of the highest order. While the world waits in great anticipation for the next move by the now quite insane leader of Libya, Moammar Khadaffi, one of the many ways to spell his name, whose country is going up in flames as I write these words, who looks as if he will take his 41 year reign as just another Middle East dictator to the limit, with fears that he may launch a biological attack on the people, his own people, whom he has already opened fire on with guns, tanks, mercenaries and planes loaded with bombs.  Yes, as the “world” waits, i.e. the markets, who else do you think I am speaking of, for the region to simmer down, with the U.S. stock market taking a big dive yesterday fueled, pardon the pun, by fears of oil productivity slipping below the world’s demand, ever increasing, putting the burden squarely on the shoulders of Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest producer of oil, who has great fears of their own, as their neighboring and quite literally connected by a bridge brother to the east, Bahrain, scrambles to meet protesters demands in that Middle Eastern country after a bloody demonstration sparked international outcry and condemnation–as we all wait in great anticipation to what will happen next, we may understand it a little better if we all came to the same conclusion that this is all interrelated. The parallels between the unrest, no, strike that, the explosive fever that is gripping that region, a fever the Middle East has not seen in centuries, over JOBS, food, clean water, and opportunity is playing out right here in our own backyard.  A few years ago, we were not talking about “collective bargaining” or unions, as the country was just hoping, against hope, that the U.S. economy would not go off a cliff, taking the world with it.  Why were we on that cliff in the first place?  Deregulation of Wall Street, combined with the extraction of the EPA’s teeth, a point I will address in a moment, by the BUSH administration, how soon we forget, that began with Ronald Reagan, via then Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, former CEO of Merrill Lynch, in 1980.  For over 30 years now, the right wing political force in this nation has been indistinguishable from their financial bed partners, i.e. the big Wall Street investment banks, big oil, big insurance, big coal, big “natural gas”, big pharma, and big retailers like Walmart, mirroring each other’s every move.  From the 2005 “Halliburton Loophole”, chief architect, Vice President Dick Cheney, where natural gas companies like Halliburton and Koch Industries, whom Cheney was the CEO of prior to becoming the Vice President of the United States, were, for the first time in our nation’s history, allowed to drill for “natural gas”, the poisonous gas extraction process in public lands all across the nation, effectively destroying the environment along the way with the 596 chemicals used in the “fracking” process. This factual, real understanding of our nation’s ugly history, leads us to what the newly elected republican tea party, funded by KOCH INDUSTRIES, among other monstrous corporations, wants for the crippled EPA, environmental protection agency–more teeth extractions.  They want to take away the EPA’s authority to monitor green house gases, or carbon emissions, the cause for global warming, or “climate change”, combined with limiting their ability to do anything about the coming storm of the devastation global warming will ultimately bring, as their funding will be cut, (see republican budget counter proposals) making it nearly impossible for that government agency to do it’s job protecting our national treasures such as the beautiful marsh lands of Louisiana that were decimated by bp’s “Deep Water Horizon” fiasco, not to mention that most pristine national park our kids and our grand kids, as well as all of US, should be able to enjoy, parks like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, in Alaska, an area big oil wants as it’s own personal profits playground, fearing nothing, for if they do spill oil, who will really care anyway?  Certainly not the Polar Bear, the Caribou, or the Arctic Fox. This is only the EPA.  What is transpiring in Wisconsin is a game changer that the “men behind the curtain”, “men” like David and Charles Koch, are responsible for, for they are the masterminds behind this whole hijacking of people’s rights, the fundamental rights of common workers to gather, to organize and to most of all have a voice as to what they will do, where they will work, and in what conditions said work will be performed in.  125 years ago, the ‘Bayview massacre’ occurred in the state of Wisconsin, the birthplace of workers rights, and in that tragedy was born the concept and application of said “collective bargaining rights” that gave us the forty hour work week, week ends, fair wages (minimum wage), clean and safe working environments, and mostly the ability to voice their opposition to greedy management that have now morphed into greedy multi-national corporations that see labor and unions as red meat for new slaves that they can pay third world level wages, while they get richer and richer off of our land, our waters, our people’s backs, and soon to be our children’s backs.  There is a coming storm in this nation, mark my words, and it will not be pretty.  Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has dispatched the National Guard to Madison, as well as other parts of the state, as he gets set to lay off thousands of workers in that state as a punishment to the ‘Wisconsin 14′ who have bravely left the state in protest of Walker’s bill that amounts to nothing more than a corporate hijacking of America.  Walker has, in this age of ’shared sacrifice’, granted huge tax breaks, over 122 million dollars worth, to corporations in that state, such as our friends over at KOCH Industries, the “men” behind this devious plot against ‘collective bargaining’ rights for public employees, for by eliminating that last hurdle, the republican tea party, and more importantly, it’s masters, the people who pull their strings, will take away the VOICE of the people, and moreover, their ability to organize and challenge raw extortion, for if you look up extortion in the dictionary, a few pages from the definition of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, where the captives feel sorry for their captors, you will see a picture of Scott Walker staring right back at you.  A new poll out yesterday revealed that 61 percent of the American public stands on the side of the rights of public employees to bargain for their rights collectively, for it seems AMERICAN does it not?  This is an attack not only on the workers rights, but on education in this nation, for who better to know what their students need than teachers?  But, republicans do not care about real KNOWLEDGE, only attained through the discipline of higher learning, no, they want the American public to be as dumb as they can possibly be, reading fake U.S. history churned out by the likes of the Texas Board of ‘Education’, whose presses are busy at work ‘re-writing’ classic novels by Mark Twain, the country’s best satirical writer, such as Huckleberry Fin, where they literally take out key words that were meant to be ironic and evoke emotional change within the reader. By making the public as dumb as they can can possibly be and still pay for their subscription to Comcast and have the brain power to shop at Walmart, supplemented by the republican corporate owned airwaves, such as FOX NEWS, they will be prime for some real serious brainwashing, the mind controlling propaganda that the republicans hope at least 50 percent of our population will buy hook, line and sinker, thus, creating a rift between the intelligentsia and the coming plutocracy, who will have all of the slave workers it needs to turn this country into a military state that will be controlled by big business interests–a PLUTOCRACY, or ‘rule by the wealthy’. Not a pretty picture is it?  So, pink slips for the common ‘little’ American man, or woman, while the richest nation in the world gets even richer, richer for the top two percent, while the ‘American People’, whom the republican party constantly gushes over with their favorite ‘talking point’ given to them by Frank Luntz, starve to death, with no voice, no leader and no hope.  Egypt, ironically, looks like it will be a freer country than ours in a few years time.  Full circle indeed.  Have a wonderful day folks and GOD’S SPEED to the ‘Wisconsin 14′ and the newly affected workers in the states of Ohio and Indiana…may the Holy Spirit descend upon your cause with great urgency and fierce determination.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 22, 2011

Profile in Courage…

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:19 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good to be with you on this very cold winter morning here on the Cape and Islands, with wind chills reading–at 7:46 a.m., EST, here in Osterville, according to my sophisticated weather satellite system, complete with Doppler radar, well, truth be told I usually just look out my window and read the thermometer–minus 2!  I pray you and yours are safe and warm wherever this message in a bottle may be reaching.  The weather in Wisconsin, as well as all over the Middle East is anything but cool these days.  On two different land masses, worlds apart in so many different ways, working people, ordinary people, young people, are revolting and making their voices be heard.  In Libya, Muammar Ghadaffi, the ruling dictator of that northern African nation, a brutal, unpredictable tyrant, with known terrorist ties and actions, such as the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988, is in big trouble, as one official after another defects, along with military jet pilots, bringing the situation in that oil rich country to a boil.  Reportedly hundreds of people have died as a result of Ghadaffi opening fire against the protesters who are demanding his departure.  This, of course, comes as Tunisia and Egypt have already overthrown their decades old looters, I mean leaders, and as the wave of unrest continues across the region, with Bahrain, Yemen, and many other Arab nations following suit, and as the oil rich nation of Saudi Arabia becomes increasingly nervous, along with the immeasurable world attention to it’s oil reserves, the world’s largest, no one seems to be getting much sleep these days.  The power of Face Book, Twitter, and the world wide web of the Internet in general, combined with the exuberance of youth and education, coupled with a grasp of world politics, finance and corruption, really all one in the same, is exploding and quickening the pace of revolution exponentially and thus, it is no wonder this is all happening NOW.  Transparency does not mix well with covert capitalism or brutal dictatorship does it?  Take Wisconsin for example.  On day 9 of the protests in Madison, the state’s capital, Governor Scott Walker is playing a shell game.  His position on the “budget crisis” in that state is easily refuted by the FACTS, but moreover, by the equally disturbing FACT that the good governor granted over 60 plus million dollars in tax breaks for his puppet master(s), the corporations, you know, the ones feeding him all of his lines, of which he could use a serious “re-write”, pertaining to what his masters really want, choosing Wisconsin,”they” picked as ground zero.  It’s aim?  To destroy the concept and functionality of the collective bargaining rights of workers that represent the only weapon left the “American People” really have against “management” (corporate monopolies) that would just as soon see these men and women go back to the early 1920’s, a time where workers did not have a forty hour work week, where they had no say as to the conditions in which they worked, no say in a fair wage, where they had no organizational power that they could use to gain, by virtue of the strength of their numbers, better health benefits and other common sense working standards, but more importantly, their ability to organize and ELECT politicians who have THEIR best interests in mind, not the greed of the multi-national corporations who give nothing back to our society at all.  Let us review our history shall we?  The average worker’s salary has not risen since 1973, and since 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was elected to the office of President of the United States, a year when the top one percent earned 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, a measure of the nation’s salary if you will, yes, since 1980, here in the year 2011, the top one percent earns 25 percent of the pie, while the average worker’s wages have remained stagnant for what almost 40 years now, with that number expected to sky rocket as the rigged game gets closer to it’s intended fruition, where the common “American person” carries the burden of the nation’s debt and is called to “sacrifice”, while the richest members of our society bask in the glow of earning 10, 15, 20 percent as they park their monies in an offshore account in the Grand Cayman islands. With the demolition of the unions, coupled with the Citizens United ruling, allowing big corporations, both foreign and domestic, to donate as much money (unlimited) as they wish to the puppets, I’m sorry, the candidates of their choice, yes, with the unions gone, with no real power of organization left, and no money left for political ads or the like, the republican party can, as Rachel Maddow put it, run the table, never having to look back, and thus, creating a true PLUTOCRACY that they all wanted, and stated as such in several “memos” I have attained, therefore changing this country from a democracy, “Of the People”, into a corporate, military state, where we may, in the not too distant future, elect a King, an oligarch of some kind, or a Diva, however, I think Palin is past her expiration date, who will rule much like Ghadaffi did, suppressing his people with an iron fist, jailing those who oppose him, and squashing any kind of a people’s revolt via the bomb or the bullet.  It seems we are going backwards and the Middle East is progressing forwards, simple physics and simple reality.  My friends at Koch Industries, “just ask David and Charles Koch, they’ll tell ya, they just bought property on the good side!” (credit the late great Rodney Dangerfield and his contribution to the classic film, circa 1978, Caddyshack), who own numerous pollution producing businesses in that state, donated $43,000 to Walker’s campaign in 2010, and is the chief architect of this little experiment in American history.  Make no mistake about it, this is global, even though it seems local, for if these corporate monsters get their way, the leverage that the “people” once enjoyed, the reason we fought the Revolutionary War to begin with, will be gone, and our people, the “American People” the republicans gush over in their favorite talking point, will become slaves to corporate interests, as the polluters, the Koch brothers and their brethren at Exxon Mobile, Chevron, Shell, bp, among many others, continue to rape and pillage, poison and desecrate our lands, lands that we will “pass on to future generations”, another overly used cliche by the republican Rubicons, who, by their actions, don’t give a damn about said “future generations”, for if they did, they would realize that our grandchildren would be wise to grow fins and develop gills, as the oceans rise and the temperature becomes too hot to sustain life on planet earth.  All for what?  A few extra dollars in some billionaires bank account?  What the republican party fails to realize is this, WE cannot be fooled by YOU.  We have your number and there are more of us than there are of you, and in the end, the intelligence that is evident in our population, coupled with it’s passion, will take this country back by storm, and the days of corporate subsidies, corporate loopholes, corporate bribes, corporate tax shelters, and corporate corruption on such a massive scale will be no more.  Just like Mubarak, your “empire” will come crumbling down upon your heads, and when you challenge “US” to look in the mirror, as in the famous poem and in the lyrics of the song Michael Jackson sang, in effect, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at YOURSELF and make that CHANGE,” you may want to rethink that sentiment, for your logic holds no water and your moral compass is broken beyond repair.  Of course, it is hard to change the mind of a mad man intent on world domination. The actions of the newly elected republican party has been a real profile in courage to witness, as the republican argument comes better into focus these past few months–continuing to chant the mantra, ’shared sacrifice’, showing us all the way with massive tax breaks for the wealthy and their corporate puppeteers, (not a sacrifice) while cutting home heating oil for seniors and asking the working man to live on a wage that does not include the word “living”…  GOD’S continued SPEED to the WISCONSIN 14! May your efforts bring a big mirror to the table of common sense and common values. Have a nice day folks!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 21, 2011

President’s snow day

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:42 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 snowy Monday morning, George Washington’s real birthday being tomorrow, and Lincoln’s birthday being on the 12th of this month, thus, the all size fits all solution for everything in this country, “Presidents’ Day”, a day where America can just sit back, drink beer, eat fried and over processed “food” stuffs and bask in their great KNOWLEDGE of the real history of our great Presidents, and thus, understanding the lessons therein…as noted by a recent Gallup poll that asked the American people who they considered to be our greatest President–coming in at number one, drum roll please, was Ronald Reagan, with 19 percent of the vote!  Followed up by Abraham Lincoln with 14 percent and John F. Kennedy at 11.  Happy President’s Day! When asked by Bill Maher of HBO’s hit series, “REAL TIME, with Bill Maher”, when asked, ‘why, like with guys like Michael Milken and the rest of the crew involved in the Savings and Loan scadal of the 1980’s, why have not more Wall Street bankers seen a similar fate and been put in jail?’, Matt Taibbi, senior editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, and frequent guest of Bill’s show, responded with, “How much drug enforcement do you think would get done if the top narcs had a 2,000,000. dollar a year job waiting for them with the drug cartels?” Bill then asked, “Why do they belong in jail?” Taibbi:  “Broadly, all the banks were involved (in the 2008 world wide economic meltdown, prompting the current ‘Great Recession’ which ‘ended’ in 2009) in a criminal fraud scheme that involved setting mismatched mortgage backed securities, these were crappy, toxic sub-prime mortgages that they were waving a brush of phony, baloney math over, and then selling them off to pension funds and insurance companies and banks in China, Holland, and Iceland, etc., all as triple A rated securities.  It’s a straight drug scam, it’s selling oregano and pretending that it’s weed, it’s basically what they have been doing on a massive, massive scale, billions and billions of dollars.” Bill: “If Lloyd Blankfein (CEO of Goldman Sachs, largest and most profitable investment banking firm in the world, located in New York, New York) had one six month as& pounding prison term, all this bullsh&t would end.” T:  “That’s exactly right.” B: “I listened to Katie Couric of CBS NEWS and heard her say of Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme, that it was the biggest financial fraud in the history of the United States, and I thought that Matt would probably take exception to that.” T: “Yeah, even his colleagues in the financial service industries far outdid Madoff, Bernie Madoff was just doing and age old ponzi scheme, which was invented back in the 20’s, this is old hat.  The other guys on Wall Street were doing it on a much, much larger scale and were effecting far more people.” B: “You’re article on Goldman Sachs and I’m going to quote this, which has been quoted everywhere, I’ve read this quote, I mean when you wrote this you know you wrote a hit, “Goldman Sachs, the world’s most powerful investment bank, is a great Vampire Squid, wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming it’s blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” (applause on set)  B: “And there is such a thing as a Vampire Squid.” T: “Yes, it’s actually a small, kind animal about this big (holding his hand out about 6 inches).”  So our collective apologies to real Vampire Squid everywhere in the oceans across the planet.  Bill then brought up the fact that Mubarak, Egypt’s former dictator, may have his money or assets frozen, as the Egyptian people lay claim to his corrupt financial practices over the past thirty years.  However, when it comes to people who have looted us, i.e. the big banks of Wall Street, what gives?  Taibbi: “They got away scott free, it’s amazing, there are a million people in foreclosure right now in this country, and the guys that sold them those predatory loans are still living like Pablo Escobar, I mean, they got to keep all that money.  And the worst case scenario, Andrea Mosilo, (sp?) from Countrywide Insurance Company, he was the only guy who got punished in that whole universe, yet he got to keep three quarters of his net worth, so crime does pay in this country.” B: “So who are the Mubarak level looters that you would say, I mean I would like to mention the guy from Lehman Brothers, as the audience knows, I lost most of my savings at Lehman brothers, and I never miss an opportunity to look straight into the camera and say “thanks as$holes!” Dick Fuld, what a Dick Fuld, and I think he’s worth over 500 million dollars?” Taibbi: “500 million dollars.” B: “500 million dollars he got away with…” T: “Right, he cashed out because he probably knew something was going on, he told happy investors like you that everything was cool and you kept your money with Lehman brothers and that’s how they…” B: “And what about Alan Greenspan?  You’re a big fan?” Taibbi: “Actually, I have a whole chapter in my book entitled, ‘biggest as*hole in the Universe,’ about Alan Greenspan, look, the FED plays an enormous role, Alan Greenspan played a huge role in the bubbles that went on, the tech bubble in the 90’s, the mortgage bubble we just went through, basically any time Wall Street screws up, they get to go to the FED and borrow a whole bunch of money for free, and start the game all over again.  These guys get to go to the FED, borrow money at zero, and then they lend it out to us at 5, 10, I mean, how much are you paying for your credit card, say 20 percent? and that’s free money.  It’s essentially a giant subsidy system (corporate welfare, it’s not just for breakfast anymore).”  B: “And then they blame the teacher’s union.” Taibbi:  “Exactly.” B: “You know, it’s all about the math teacher in Oshkosh, whose making 35k a year, why can’t people see through this?  I mean I know people are dumb, but there’s gotta be more than something to it than that?” T: “It’s unbelievable that people can’t connect the dots.  These pension funds that those state workers have, these were the people that were the VICTIMS of those mortgage backed securities schemes, these were the places where these banks were selling these toxic, sub-prime mortgages that eventually blew up, the pension funds lost all their money, now the states have to pay these pensions and they’re broke, and they’re blaming the teachers, they’re blaming the firemen, they’re blaming the policemen, when in fact, they were all defrauded by these banks on Wall Street.  It’s an incredible situation.” Perhaps the best simple summation you will ever ‘hear’ regarding the raw TRUTH of what is really going on in our very connected world, a world that has been infected, no, strike that, in a world that is under attack by an out of control GREED, a sickness displayed by a few individuals, destroying the world we once knew, where men and women who served their country in public office with honor and distinction, would not be caught dead in bed with the wicked, crooked financial geniuses scheme, huddled in the dark caves of Wall Street, where these mathematical wizards devise clever, impossible to understand financial instruments out of whole cloth, slapping a triple A rating on them, making bets against them, all while encouraging their clients to purchase said securities, thus, duping and defrauding their own clients, not to mention the public trust, using predatory and misleading sales tactics against mostly lower middle class and even poor candidates, designed to lure in their prey into a sticky spider web that ensnares it’s victim for later consumption in the form of complicated fine print and robo foreclosures, (illegal practices by large banks such as Bank of America), that one would need a law degree from Harvard Law School to understand, not to mention the MIT degree in quantum physics and mathematics also required to decipher, decode and ultimately unravel the mysteries of the credit default swaps, all 600 trillion of them out there, better known as the derivatives market.  Yet, with all of this factual information, we can still cling to the good news that 51 percent of the registered republicans in this country believe that Barrack Obama, our President here in the good ‘ole US of A, is not in fact, a citizen of this great country…that’s something right?  Have a wonderful day folks and GOD’S SPEED to the Wisconsin 14! and the teachers’ unions of that great state, have Faith, for WE all know what is truly going down here, you represent the ‘fall guy’ to these tea party republicans, who represent big business more than the old guard GOP, who would have a hard time electing someone like their own patron Saint, Ronald Reagan.  Big business sees the unions in this nation as the last hurdle to the political domination of the country at large.  It is that simple and if you don’t believe me, you soon will. GOD BLESS the little guy. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 20, 2011

Morning Star

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:43 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 Sunday morning, the twentieth day of February, 2011, a rather cold one here in the little, tiny, tiny seaside village of Osterville, as we experienced quite a windy day yesterday, with some wind gusts on the eastern seaboard reaching top speeds of 74 miles per hour.  Looking ahead to the Sunday morning talk shows scheduled to begin in roughly two hours, I anticipate the punditry and politicians alike to voice their starkly opposing opinions loudly and clearly, especially regarding what has been transpiring all week, spilling over into the President’s week end, in the great state of Wisconsin, where an estimated 70,000 public union employees, along with their friends and family, state a public outcry to republican Governor Scott Walker’s demand, as ordered by the “men behind the curtain,” to break apart unions forever, by taking away collective bargaining rights of said workers to keep working conditions humane, work hours reasonable, health benefits to remain in tact,  wages remain fair and balanced, and last, but certainly not least, for this is the real reason for this exercise to begin with–to stop unions from organizing fund raising and organizing efforts for upcoming elections, thus, supporting the candidates of their choice, i.e. democrats, for people in Wisconsin are waking up to the fact that corporations don’t have feelings, nor do they care if your kids go hungry.  This, as I mentioned quite emphatically yesterday, is the beginning, “ground zero”, if you will, for the systematic destruction of unions all over this great nation, starting, ironically, in the very state where unions began, in the later part of the nineteenth century.  The question we are all asking ourselves this morning is the same question Teddy Kennedy, the last LION of the Senate, asked his fellow colleagues on the Senate floor years ago, “when does the GREED stop?” Of course, Teddy was screaming it, face flush, bright red, with his eyes flashing that Kennedy Light, as if to say, “you want a piece of me?, I will eat you for breakfast!” Unfortunately, at the moment, we have no Senator on the team that will stand up to these corporate monsters, such as KOCH INDUSTRIES, or their architects, David and Charles Koch, no one, at the moment, to stand up to this corporate hijacking of real American rights, fought and paid for over the decades, and it is emblematic of the real dilemma this nation is facing–the literal destruction of the American way of life.  How much more does the one percent want? Would it make them happy if all of the poor children died of malnutrition?  Would it warm their heart to know that poor seniors are freezing to death due to the fact that republican spending cuts took away affordable heating oil?  Would it make them happy to know that our educational system is falling to third world country levels?  Would it bring them joy to know that the environment is being destroyed every day, via “natural gas” wells that, by using the “fracking” fluids that contain 596 deadly chemicals, are seeping poisons into the fresh water drinking sources in over 37 states now, making people sick, children sick, animals sick and plant life sick, all in the name of the Almighty dollar?  In the immortal words of Charles Grodin in the classic film, “Midnight Run”, also starring Robert De Niro, as he (Grodin) is about to be handed over to a gangster from Chicago (by De Niro), the same gangster that De Niro dealt with in that same city, a gangster who ran him out of the Chicago police force, effectively taking away his family, his home and his way of life–“I hope it’s a nice coffee shop Jack.” Eventually the “American People” will wake up and see what the republican party, now a joke, truly represents and who they really are.  They represent a FRONT for fraudulent and scandalous corporations that care nothing for the little children, the elderly, the poor, the sick, the disenfranchised, the weak, the hungry, the homeless, and the ever growing members of our society that are slipping through the cracks.  They are puppets of a larger cause who are gifted in window dressing, armed with the wizards of Madison avenue and the strategists who would sell their grandmother down the river, just to make a deal and, moreover, ever ready to make an appearance on “Meet the Press”.  I pray every day for this country, although sometimes I feel that no one is listening.  The right wing philosophy does not have a monopoly on GOD and I can assure you that the man who is at the center of the Evangelical movement, a politically tainted movement, if and when he comes back, will have a few words for the few, very rich men who are destroying this nation–”men” who threw their brothers and sisters, fellow Christians and countrymen, under the bus, while collecting very large sums of money along the way, spouting their praises of Jesus himself, while children, grandmothers, grandfathers, men, women, animals and plants are dying in order to keep that never ending void of theirs filled to the brim.  What they fail to realize is this–it will never be filled with worldly things, only the HOLY SPIRIT can do that job.  Have a nice day and don’t take any wooden nickles, should you care to watch, “This Week”, “Meet the Press”, “Face the Nation”, or god forbid, anything on FOX NEWS. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 19, 2011

February Dawn

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 1:38 pm

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 late Saturday morning, the nineteenth day of February, 2011, and with the dawning of a new day here in the good ‘ole US of A, what can you really say, as it is ‘a day of rest’ for the cable news networks after a tumultuous week of insanity centered around the chaotic 40,000 soul strong public union standoff in Wisconsin, where 14, the “Wisconsin 14″, I salute you, yes, 14 state senators from that great state of Wisconsin are camped out in some hotel right now, most likely right over the Illinois/Wisconsin border…what a country, huh?  After watching this mini-version of the epic overthrow of a corrupt and brutal dictator of over 30 years in Egypt, hour after agonizing hour, i.e. the union busting disguised as “balancing the budget” in the great state of Wisconsin–after the Wisconsin budget had already been balanced, but was rendered ‘unbalanced’ after the good Governor, Scott Brown, a red meat tea party puppet, elected to office via dirty money created from the UNJUST Citizens United case, thus prompting said puppet to return the favor to, again, said corporations in the way of coincidentally granting tax breaks in the exact amount of monies that were present in the first place as surplus monies–I thought today I would take a break, honoring the sabbath if you will. But then I watched this morning’s DVR recordings of what transpired last night, as Ed Shultz, of The ED SHOW, airing every weeknight, save Friday, at 10 p.m., only on MSNBC, brought the juice and, as Ed would say, “got me all fired up.” Ed was out there in Madison for two nights, airing our shameful national laundry LIVE on the steps of the Capitol building in Madison.  The “thugs” as FOX NEWS calls them, are, in actuality, teachers, social workers, city and country workers, who have been peacefully protesting hand in hand for over 8 days now, protesting along with their family, friends and the students that they teach, help and live with everyday. Looking out onto the crowd I could feel, even over the airwaves, a real sense of community, and after all, is that not what this country is all about to begin with? These are our neighbors, our fellow citizens, our brothers and sisters.  The real INTENTION here, in Madison, spreading to every republican dominated state in the union, is to break unions forever, thus, crippling the democrat party’s final power play to elect it’s leaders–the strength of unions to organize people, to rally them, to collect campaign donations, and ultimately to do the hard door to door campaigning for real candidates that work for the PEOPLE, not the GREED and CORRUPTION that is represented by multi-national corporations that are only about two things–money and power. The middle class is the final hurdle for these monsters and how best break and bankrupt the middle class?  Break their overall ability to organize, organize for fair wages, health care, vacation days, a forty hour work week, clean and safe conditions in which to work, and most of all, the ability to stand up to management and DEMAND that common sense conditions are met, or “management” won’t have labor available to make profit for said company.  Don’t you see folks, this is an all out culture war that will not stop until the elections are unwinnable for democrats who, for the most part, believe in creating a society where we are not constantly at war, where women, and the doctors that treat them, don’t live in fear for their lives as they defend their rights to their own bodies, where little children are not starving because we cut off food banks to save a few nickles so that the top two percent can maintain their BUSH era tax breaks, while the rest of the 98 percent lose their homes, because they can’t buy a job (because they have all been outsourced overseas), where we don’t cut off heating oil to the poor and the elderly, where the environment does not become a barren wasteland filled with 596 poisonous chemicals being dumped into our drinking water sources by monstrous companies like KOCH INDUSTRIES, whose chief operating officers and owners, David and Charles Koch, are actually behind this union busting business, and finally where we live and work with the FACTS of what is really going on globally in our ever warming planetary situation, for satellite images (the polar ice cap melting, along with Greenland, Antarctica, and every glacier on the planet) do not lie, nor do numbers, for when the best credible scientists in the world are telling us that the rapid increases of carbon emissions into our atmosphere, due to the industrial revolution, technology and an ever increasing demand for energy (fossil fuels) on a planet that will grow to 9 billion people by the year 2050, is the only thing to blame for this ever increasing threat that will make World War II look like a walk in the park, we might want to listen–evidence mirrored in the proof of ancient ice that is drilled by those experts, exposing the TRUTH as to what the levels of carbon were in the past and what they are NOW, rapidly, exponentially, going northward, as the twentieth century proceeded and the twenty first century first dawned and continues to proceed, the earth is seeing it’s hottest recorded temperatures EVER, with stronger storms, rising sea levels, disappearing species, drought, and out of control wild fires across the giant land masses en masse, where we finally admit and accept the TRUTH of what we, collectively as a species, are really doing to Mother Earth–yes, if REPUBLICORP succeeds in doing that, first by allowing corporations, both foreign and domestic, to contribute vast, unheard of, “off the charts”, amounts of monies into the coffers of men, and women, who will do their master’s bidding in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate and hopefully, for the republicans, the United States Presidency, and then, by destroying the only last voice of the true American people, from a campaign contribution standpoint, i.e. the public union system at large, then again, this country has a big problem on it’s hands and if we thought Egypt was something to behold, wait until the “American People” discover the REAL TRUTH about what is really going on.  The simple fact of the matter is–SOMETHING STINKS IN DENMARK, and you need look no further than the Koch brothers and their friends, who meet bi-yearly in Aspen, Colorado or Palm Springs, California, to find the answers to all of our problems in this country–it is all interconnected, “too big to fail”, if you will, as the brainwashing of “the American People” continues for many, sadly…brainwashing brought to you today by, countless corporations, FOX NEWS and the republican “tea” party, better known as REPUBLICORP.  Have a nice day everybody and GOD’S SPEED to the ‘Wisconsin 14′, very brave souls indeed.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 18, 2011

Wisconsin Solidarity

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:58 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 here in Osterville, the eighteenth day of February, 2011, a day that will feature warm temperatures, 50’s expected, as we look to the image above for “Hope springs eternal”… However, for our friends in Wisconsin, the wintry blues just keep on coming, ahhh, the humanity.  Ground zero IS Wisconsin, for the dismantling of the ever smaller voice of the American people, by way of destroying public unions, all happening right NOW in that great state in the heart land of our great nation.  This is EPIC and all important if you care anything about the ‘little people’ in this great country–the ones that do 98 percent of the living and dying in this beautiful land–for everyone should take heed and realize what is taking place.  If you don’t believe me, you soon will, as this country turns from a fair and free society, to a land that is ruled by those who have the gold, making the rules concerning everything from women’s reproductive rights, to food and water safety, to the countries that we “have to go to war with.” Republican strategists, such as Karl Rove, who heads up two political action committees, notably “American Crossroads/GPS”, have gathered the coming storm cloud consisting of oil and other industry billionaires, to effectively “take out” the one remaining stumbling block to ultimate power, and thus, ultimate ruin for the average American worker, namely, public employee unions, whose campaign donations and grass roots efforts helped launch then Senator Barrack Obama’s presidential bid into a winning number, a winning formula that would finally give the real American people a true voice in the wilderness of today’s turbo charged political environment.  On “The Rachel Maddow Show”, a most excellent source of TRUTH, airing every week night at 9 p.m. EST, only on MSNBC, this past evening, this fact was spelled out under no uncertain terms.  Rachel simply revealed some numbers and as we all know, numbers do not lie.  Money and politics, like peanut butter and chocolate, go together swimmingly, and when one has the advantage of enormous corporate treasuries, political action groups such as Rove’s ‘American Crossroads‘, who pools 91 percent of billionaire oil money for example, for one specific purpose, and that being the destruction of public unions, save the police, fire and state troopers of Wisconsin, who supported the puppet Scott Walker posing as the “Governor”, can go to work for the purpose of taking away the power of the union’s political influence regarding upcoming elections, yes, when one has all of those ingredients in place, we’ve go a problem HOUSTON! In 2008 the largest contributors to campaign coffers were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Freedom’s Watch (right wing), the NRA, (National Rifle Association), Service Employee International Union, and the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees Union.  Post Citizens United, in 2010, 7 out of 10 outside spending groups were all right wing.  Number one was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, followed by Rove’s “Crossroads/GPS”, an ironic name if I have ever heard one, American Futures Fund, and America’s For Job Security, while the likes of SEIU, AFSME (public employees union) and the NEA (teacher’s union) fall to numbers 5, 6 and 9 respectively on that top ten list.  “Unions are the only competition we have in electoral politics,” Rachel commented, “post Citizens United, the republicans look at this and they smell blood.  Without unions, essentially big money in politics would be right wing money, all of it.”  This truly decides who wins elections and who loses them.  Rachel continued, “If republicans can use public policy to destroy their only competition, for big political money, if they can use public policy to destroy the only major institutions that help democrats get elected at election time, then republicans can run the table. Beyond just the money though, a move like this destroys the ‘get out the vote’ organization capacity of unions, which makes a big difference on elections.”  Just ask Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate majority leader, in his victory over the quite insane Sharron ‘Angle’ of ’second amendment remedies’ fame, “He’ll tell ya…” (credit the late, great Rodney Dangerfield from the classic film Caddyshack), who might well have use Ted Knight’s line in that same film for this fiasco, “Well, don’t just stand there, go and get some glue!” This is all about democrats versus republicans, nothing to do with the Wisconsin state budget that was actually one of the only states in the union with a surplus (131 million in the black), and is in arrears only due to the fact that Scott Walker gave huge tax breaks to corporations in his state, the same corporations that pull his itsy, bistsy strings that move his mouth, his hands, his feet and most likely his spirit as well, making the argument that the republicans are making, “we’re broke” moot for all intents and purposes– yes, this IS all about the philosophies of democrats and republicans at large, as one wants a good life for all it’s brothers and sisters, the other wishes for a PLUTOCRACY, or rule by the wealthy, effectively turning this country into a slave ship.  This move was foreshadowed by the demise of A.C.O.R.N., an organization that once helped poor and minority groups in every state in the nation, providing mostly housing, food and health care solutions to the nation’s disenfranchised, giving them HOPE when there was no place left to go–a group where republicans discovered that ACORN was helping register the poor and minorities in mostly urban areas of the country to vote, who overwhelmingly voted for democrats come election time.  If you recall, the republican party destroyed that vital link for the disenfranchised and now wishes to do the same with public employee unions in general, across the board, taking away the final stumbling block for the wealthy in this country to claim victory over bleeding heart liberals like the late, great, LAST LION of the Senate, Teddy Kennedy (D-MA), who championed the ‘little people’ his entire remarkable political career.  As Rachel put it so eloquently, “This is an existential fight for the democratic party.” The INTENT of the republican party is to break public employee unions, having them go by the way of ACORN, as they will attempt to do what they are currently doing in Wisconsin all across this great land of ours.  Yes, they will take this ‘dog and pony show’ all across the nation, while back in Washington D.C., as$holes like the ‘Speaker’ of the House, Mr. John, “so be it”, Boehner pats himself on the back for a job well done, where he and his cohorts revel in the fact that millions of real American people will continue to suffer for many years to come from blind, corporate, raw, unadulterated GREED run amuck, systematically altering what this country really is now–a free for all for corporations to continue to rape and pillage our land for it’s natural resources, giving nothing back to it’s PEOPLE, while it takes away common sense rules of the road designed to disallow single individuals, very rich people, to gain all of the POWER, while the majority of the country suffers greatly.  As you turn to Rupert Murdoch’s new “app” called the “Daily”, a “news” paper, in the form of a Blackberry or the like, that feeds the masses bullsh&t, you will see no story on this one, save the slanted viewpoint you may witness every day on FOX NEWS, the media propaganda arm of the republican party, better known as REPUBLICORP, brainwashing the “American People” into believing these MONSTERS have your best interests in mind.  “Bake sales versus Billionaires indeed.” WAKE UP AMERICA and smell the proverbial coffee.  You are being had, and if Wisconsin is the barometer for what is to come, be prepared, for we are on the verge of being hijacked and placed into a very real STOCKHOLM SYNDROME, where the republicans hope that the majority–by way of brainwashing instruments like “The Daily” and FOX NEWS–of Americans will side with their captors, i.e. vicious corporate interests, that could not give two sh&ts about you or me.  You can take these words to the bank, preferably not a U.S. bank however.  Please offer a prayer for the good and honest real American people today living in Wisconsin as well as the nation as a whole, and if you are one of them, my prayers are with you and yours today, tomorrow and for all time. Have a nice day folks and an even nicer week end!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 17, 2011

Children of Osterville

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 3:40 pm

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 sunny and much warmer day, now afternoon, here in the great seaside village of Osterville, and I bid you and yours a healthy and happy adieu.  Day seven of the protests in, what?, is that a typo? Wisconsin?  Scott Walker, the newly elected Governor of the great state of Wisconsin and willing bed partner with big corporate interests everywhere, has created the initial epicenter in this country for rolling labor bashing, along with the bashing of the unions that protect them.  Teachers, police, firefighters, garbage men, social workers, really all Federal, state and local employees of all stripes within that state are going to have their wages cut by 8-10 percent, as the newly emerging Republicorp systematically takes away collective bargaining from hard working public employees in order to “get their fiscal house in order.”  Ed Shultz, of “The ED Show”, airing every week night at 10 p.m., EST, only on MSNBC, who is a true champion of the people, has been way out on front on this one, as we look to our television screens and witness over 30,000 protesters descend upon the capital building in Madison, packed with ordinary citizens who now out number the protesters in the island nation of Bahrain, a country so far away, nestled in between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden’s waters unable to cool the growing fury over corruption and oppression that is mirrored now right here in the good ‘ole US of A.  Union busting is nothing new to this country, but after the Citizens United case ruling by the suspect Supreme Court, it has taken on a whole new meaning.  Individual governors, emboldened by the big bank rolls of multi-national corporations, feel comfortable in slashing state and local governments because they know their corporate masters will bail them out in the end, at least until they make a mistake.  Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Michelle Bachmann and Speaker of the House, John, “So be it”, Boehner, otherwise known as ‘billy bob’, have all jumped aboard the union bashing bandwagon, villainizing hard working men and women who represent  the very notion of the overly used cliched statement, “the American people”, the backbone of our society at large.  As Ed put it on his show last night, “There is no fiscal crisis in Wisconsin, and Scott Walker is just cooking the books on this one.”  Public employees, on average, make less than their private sector counterparts, and the negotiated salaries of these workers was set in stone long ago.  Take New Jersey for example, many of the pensions of these workers have been ransacked over the years, as have many other state and local budgets and none of these public employees salaries or pensions have anything to do with this nation’s real deficit crisis. Do you want the real culprits?  Look to the darkened hallows of Wall Street and the previous administration’s systematic dismantling of decades old regulations, put in place to PROTECT the American people, by removing the teeth that once belonged to regulatory agencies such as the SEC, securities exchange commission, or the EPA, the environmental protection agency.  Thirty years of republican policies are the true villains in this nightmare facing the hard working real American people that make up 98 percent of the population here in the United States of America.  In 1907, congress passed the Tillman Act, that effectively curbed the influence of corporations and their “mission statements”, the unstated ones, towards the American public, the American economy and the health of the nation at large, and it worked quite well for roughly 70 years or so.  Flash forward to the year 1980, and the election of Ronald Reagan to the White House.  If you go back in “time”, look over some tape of the President at a closing bell ceremony on Wall Street.  With Reagan that day was Donald Regan, the appointed Treasury Secretary, former Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, and if you look closely at the tape, you can make out the member of Reagan’s cabinet mouth the words, “wrap it up”, or hurry it up, telling you all you need to know about what really happened and what would happen in years to come.  This is when the crisis began, in it’s infancy, for we in this country, never had these monumental problems after the Tillman Act was implemented into LAW, as the nation suffered through two World Wars, The Great Depression, an assassination of one of our best and most popular Presidents and the Cuban Missile Crisis, spurred on by the Bay of Pigs, which almost ended life on planet earth as we now know it.  By the year 1982, the dominoes began to fall, as the destruction of that act became apparent to both it’s detractors and it’s proponents.  Slowly over the course of the past thirty years, the big banks, big insurance, big coal, big oil, big pharma and the rest of the usual suspects began buying politicians and thus, U.S. legislative powers, creating the laws that we all live by, giving these corporations a carte blache to do anything they want, and what they want now, the final piece to the puzzle if you will, is to destroy the collective bargaining power that unions currently maintain as the last bastion of hope for the average worker who has seen his or her wages stagnate over the past thirty years while the top two percent have seen their income go up by 278 percent during that same time period…in other words, the game has been fixed in favor of the coming plutocracy, the plan all along.  These monstrous multi-national corporate entities have only one goal in mind–PROFIT over the people, the environment and education, for if we keep the people sick and hungry, poor and destitute, they will have no will or strength to rally and fight for their GOD given rights to free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom from tyranny–something the Egyptian people already revolted against just a few days ago.  The multinationals are creating the PLUTOCRACY that they always wanted, rule by the wealthy, and to hell with the rest of them, effectively turning this country into a slave state.  The Last Great LION of the Senate, the late, great, Teddy Kennedy (D-MA), said this on the Senate floor a few years before his passing...”What is the PRICE, we ask the other side, what is  the price that you want from working men and women?  What cost?  How much more do we have to give to the private sector and to business?  How many billion dollars more?  Are you asking, are you requesting?  When does the greed stop?!!” As Ed said, “This is ground zero for labor, the reason why republicans are trying to steal money from the poor and destroying the unions is very simple, if they undercut labor, it will undercut everyone in this country who makes a pay check.  Labor sets the bar for wages and don’t think they don’t.”  David versus Goliath indeed. Fortunately, we all know how that turned out.  And it will once again. This truly is a battle for the very soul of this country and the seditious manner in which these faceless, many times nameless, blood sucking predators, who are only pieces of paper, not real people as the Supreme Court seems to think, yet are considered ‘people’ by said suspect Supreme Court, these monsters, who are obviously run by monsters, are going after our friends, our neighbors and our family members–this will not stand in the end–to quote Mr. Jeff Bridges in the classic film “The Big Lebowski”… “This aggression won’t STAND MAN!” Like the unrest in the Middle East, a rolling revolution, a youth inspired revolution of epic proportions, this anti-union bill proposed by a puppet politician, a cookie made from the “man behind the curtain’s” master cookie cutter, named Scott Walker, or assh$le if you prefer, will spread throughout the country, inspired by REPUBLICORP’s assertion that “we’re broke”, while we all know that it is NOT because of the hard working true American people, such as teachers, policemen, firemen, social workers, and the like, no, it is because of what occurred directly after Ronald Reagan was elected to the highest office in the land, whereby he was directed by a group of sharks on Wall Street to begin the dismantling of proven methods that disallows corporations, both foreign and domestic, to run rough shod over the KEY principal this country was founded upon–“WE THE PEOPLE!!!” Have a wonderful day everyone and say a little prayer for our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin. They could use all the help they can get.   PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 16, 2011

Brandt Point Light

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:14 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, the sixteenth day of February, 2011, fresh back from a trip to my favorite island, Nantucket, as seen above, a business trip, well, if you consider photography a “business” trip.  The lighthouse you see in that image is one of Nantucket’s signature houses of LIGHT, dating back to the Revolutionary War, Brandt Point, named after the Brandt geese that adorn our waters here on the Cape and Islands, and has also been named, “the lighthouse with nine lives,” as it has been blown down by storm after storm over the centuries, only to be rebuilt, better than ever.  It also holds a special place in the hearts and minds of true Nantucketers, who remember the stories that have been passed down through the generations, regarding the importance of this particular light, as it steered it’s seagoing brothers and sisters away from danger when entering a harbor that has not always been kind to vessels attempting to navigate around treacherous rocks and sand bars that have destroyed many a ship over the years.  Nine seems to be the number today, as new evidence seems to indicate that the Supreme Court and more to the point, Justice Clarence Thomas may be “on the take”…“can you say conflict of interest?  Sure I knew that you could.” (credit the late, great Fred Rogers of PBS) The Supreme Court, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in particular, is now suspect on the highest order.  Special interests groups should not be on the dinner menu for these sacredly appointed members of the highest court in the land, but that is what drove the “Citizens United” case, a case that is now determining our future in this country, very quietly, I submit, but determining it nonetheless, as the 5-4 decision favoring the corporate lobbies now allows those corporations, such as Koch Industries, a major polluter, to donate as much money as they wish to candidates of their choice, 96% of them republican, thereby navigating legislation, via the now bought puppet politicians, dressed up in their new ‘tea party’ $99 dollar suits bought off the rack at the nearest Men’s Warehouse, and thus, policy and “progress” in a nation that seems to be going backwards.  On the “Rachel Maddow Show”, airing every week night at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., only on MSNBC, last night, news broke that major ethics issues may have been violated via ‘conflicts of interests’ committed by Justices Thomas and Antonin Scalia, exposed via the FACT that Justice Thomas, as well as Scalia, attended, not as a previously reported ‘drop by’, but attended several secret corporate retreats, one for four days, all expenses paid by the Koch brothers, who hosted the events in both Palm Springs and Aspen, Colorado.  This highly unethical move on Thomas’ part came right before the historic vote, infamously known now as the “Citizens United case”–going down as the single largest contributor to the ongoing corporate takeover, hijacking really, and the possible ultimate demise of the United States of America.  As Rachel put it, “The Supreme Court, as an institution, has very few rules that govern it, because they are expected to have good judgement enough to not need them.  Our whole system of having a Supreme Court that cannot be appealed, at the pinnacle of our Judiciary, depends on us, as Americans, to believing in the integrity of that court.  What do we do if the court just decides they don’t care if they’re seen as biased?”  Bob Edgar, President and CEO of “Common Cause”, appeared on TRMS, and is petitioning the Supreme Court for some kind of an explanation, as well as the Justice Department, for some answers…take it away BOB!  “I think there’s an arrogance in the Supreme Court right now.  When foreign diplomats have diplomatic immunity, they’re not tried, I think the nine members, Scalia and Thomas in particular, think they have an ‘ethical immunity’, that they think the American people won’t see what they’ve done.  ‘Common Cause’ has decided to call them out, to shine some LIGHT on it, to ask the Attorney General to specifically look, that there have been two judges who go in ‘07 and ‘08, to a very secretive meeting of the Koch brothers, (David and Charles) they come back to the Supreme Court, in ‘09, they do an extra-ordinary thing, they hold off the Citizens United v. FEC, for a whole new term, they come back in September, as the Supreme Court normally comes back in October, they come back in September, have an extra-ordinary session, then, a year ago, when they come out with their decision, a 5-4 decision, they take a very narrow issue and they BROADEN it, and they give corporations and labor unions the ability to dip into their corporate treasury.  Justice Thomas’ wife sets up something called ‘Liberty Central’ (not to be confused with Comedy Central for if this was not so sad it would be funny) and automatically benefits from what has been provided.”  Rachel:  “Benefited from?”  Bob:  “She’s benefited by taking corporate money for the first time in our history, where corporations that were surrounding conservative political ideologies, were now able to use that money in independent expenditures.  The KOCH BROTHERS, for example, would give legal contributions to a candidate, maybe 3,4 or 5 thousand dollars, and then spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to trash their opponents in independent expenditures. ‘Common Cause’ believes that it is time for the nine members of the Supreme Court to disclose their conflicts of interests, to have openness and transparency (not too much to ask from our highest court in the land), we think the Judiciary committee of both the House and the Senate ought to investigate, we think the Attorney General ought to figure out whether there is real conflict of interest, and by accident we discovered Justice Thomas not filling out a very simple form, and he surprised all of us when he said, “it’s too complicated”, when it was simply a box to check.  We are going to stay on top of it, we will let you know what the Attorney General says, we’ll also keep the pressure on, because, there are a lot of issues like health care, and environmental issues that are going to come before the Supreme Court, over the next year, and it is really, really important that we have a real sense, as Americans, conservative, moderate or liberal, that these judgements are being made in the best interest our our nation, not in the best interest of corporations.” I could not have put it better myself sir.  May the forces of creative intelligence be with you on this quest for REAL JUSTICE, before it is too late for this country.  Before insidious companies like KOCH INDUSTRIES, famous for ‘fracking’ it’s way into the blood streams of millions of American citizens by way of the 596 poisonous chemicals they use in their extraction of “natural gas”–destroying sources of fresh, clean drinking water, while they simultaneously pollute the very fabric of our 236 year old institution called the Supreme Court of the Untied States of America.  Wake up America to the FACT that, for the most part, the republican party has become a dirty little word with many, many dirty little secrets, designed to create the Plutocracy the corporate milieu desires, while it de-humanizes the poor, the disenfranchised, and the disappearing middle class, the backbone of our society.  If something is not done to change this vicious tide of down right deceit and moral bankruptcy on the behalf of several Justices that hold our highest TRUST, the concept of “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” will only be available to “persons” who don’t actually breathe in the air, drink the water or eat the food, and our rights as citizens will disappear in this country faster than the thousands of glaciers that are melting right before our very eyes.  Have a wonderful day folks and may GOD bless you and yours today, tomorrow and on into the setting sun.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 15, 2011

“Faith Hill”

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:55 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 Tuesday morning, the fifteenth day of February, 2011, a very windy day here in Osterville, as the howling northeasterly gale forces blew into town overnight, making one very grateful that one is indoors, warm and safe, as ALL human beings should be in such a rich and diverse nation such as the United States of America.  However, that is not always the case, as outlined in President Obama’s recent Federal Budget of 2012.  Let us dissect the giant blue book value shall we?  In all fairness to the President, he is working with only 15 percent of the budget, discretionary spending if you will, therefore, not touching the political third rails of defense spending, roughly 700 billion dollars, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  What was left on the table were some pathetic cuts that only stoke the TRUTH to what the GOP really has in mind for “The American People”, a phrase that is used more than the word “thank you” at a Mississippi BBQ.  Whenever I hear that phrase uttered by a member of the GOP, I ask myself, “who are these American people they speak of?”  It’s like a bad version of the late, great Phil Hartman’s character, (SNL fame), “The unfrozen caveman lawyer”, who said statements like, “your words are foreign to me, I’m just a caveman, I know nothing of your world, your poverty, your sickness, your destitution, again, I’m just a caveman…” In this recently submitted Federal “budget”, social programs such as student aid for millions of underprivileged children, in the form of Pell Grants, will be slashed, heating oil programs for the poor will be cut, investments in badly needed infrastructure projects will be dissolved, as well as countless other important social programs that amount to a hill of beans, compared to the enormity of the say, the defense budget, will be eliminated–programs that are proven to help those in the greatest NEED in this nation, a nation that is seeing the middle class disappear before our very eyes.  The republican party is truly a JOKE and transparent as hell, if you take a closer look at who they are in bed with and who they REALLY speak for.  For it is not the 98 percent of the “American People”, they speak to the 2 percent who already received their huge tax breaks for the fiscal year of 2011, as well as the corporations that they hold so dear to their hearts, you know, the ones that offer them jobs as lobbyists when the American people throw them out of office.  Take for example, the funding for the SEC, the securities exchange commission, who has been devoid of any teeth for a decade now.  The GOP will attempt to defund this regulatory commission to the point where they will have no real authority to regulate the derivatives market that was the big bad wolf in the housing market collapse that eventually led to a world wide economic melt down.  Further, the regulatory commissions on say, the environment, something WE all should get behind, will be defunded as well, allowing companies such as Halliburton and KOCH Industries to continue to rape and pillage our lands, poisoning our fresh drinking water, contaminating the air and ultimately causing sickness and death to our fellow American citizens–all in the name of  the Almighty dollar. It is disgraceful and un American.  Lawrence O’Donnell, of “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell”, airing every week night at 8 p.m. and midnight, only on MSNBC, added another home run to his mantle last night when his famous “re-writes” took on narcissist Bill O’Reilly, of FOX NEWS and his shameful interview with the President of the United States prior to Superbowl XXXXV.  In the rewrite, Lawrence noted that Bill said, on his show recently, that MSNBC is “un-American”.  Really Billo?  Can I call you Billo or just clown?  I, like Lawrence, am Irish, for the most part, and although I did not grow up on the mean streets of Boston’s south side, or, on the avenues of East Boston, I have had my licks in that fair city.  I have met Irish tough guys, and worked, for a short spell, with “southies” in South Boston, demoing three story tenements, as I could not find any other work, and let me tell you this, those guys are TOUGH.  You, “Mr. Billo the clown”, are no Irish tough guy.  You are a bully, yes, but tough guy?  NO.  You,“Billo the clown”, as Keith Olbermann so rightly coined you years ago, could not survive one night in the cold, dark streets of Boston, with nothing, hell, you could not survive your show without your makeup girl and a shot of Jameson’s.  Take away your fat salary, your house, your producer, that snake Jesse Watters, your alcohol, your “colleagues” and your LIES, and what do you have?  A fat, out of shape “faux Irish tough guy” who bullies people, as you most likely did in junior high school, into “thinking” along the same illogical, insane and irresponsible lines that your puppet masters wish you to–moreover, could not wipe his bottom without permission from his even crazier boss Roger Ailes.  FOX NEWS IS an arm of the GOP, and acts, very shrewdly, as a propaganda machine that, as one FOX NEWS insider put it, “makes stuff up as they go along.” Not really all that surprising to those of us who work in the real world of journalism, where we expose frauds like Bill O’Reilly, Dave and Charles Koch, and bp’s former chairman Tony, “gone sailin’” Hayward everyday.  Perhaps that is why Anne Coulter, or “Coultergeist”, as Mr. Olbermann so brilliantly put it, again, years ago, said this at the recent CPAC, “conservative political action conference”, the other night, “I think we should throw more journalists in jail…” That is the ultimate goal of the republican party, eternally joined at the hip with their corporate masters, the real subversive power that is ruining this country, the “men behind the curtain”, whose ultimate goal, once again, is to dumb down the “American people” with misinformation, paranoia and fear, coupled with the hate that is so transparent within their own hearts.  Never before in this country’s history have we had such a great divide between not only the haves and have nots, but also the great divide between those in the KNOW and those in the dark caverns of the cave Plato described in his work, “The Republic”, where people lived in darkness, never venturing out into the LIGHT, all while thinking that the shadows were real, and that anyone who tried to tell them differently were “enemies” and should be treated as such.  I am updating that ancient text, written long before the birth of Christ, but I believe that it could not be more applicable than it is right now in the good ‘ole US of A.  Sticking it to the poor will not solve this nation’s ever growing problems, as we continue to act as this world’s police force, with no money to do so, ever building the “military industrial complex”, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about before President Kennedy was elected in 1960.  As mother’s, daughters, sons, fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers, struggle to make ends meet–while living in a dumbed down America where the source of “news” is nothing more than a commercial for bp, Koch Industries or Goldman Sachs, with a little Walmart and McDonald’s thrown in for good measure, courtesy of FOX NEWS, therefore living in a world where the new text books hot off the presses from the Texas Board of Education have effectively “rewritten” our entire history–it is no wonder that a focus group in Iowa recently, headed by, who else, Mr. Frank Luntz, of word doctors.com and acting king of political spin spawned from the dark rooms of republican strategists just like him, concluded that they truly believe that our President is not a U.S. citizen.  This is how far it has gone.  The nation is split in two, on the one hand, you have fear mongering hostage takers, whose demand is a country where there is only one “state television station”, presumably FOX, more tax breaks for the wealthy, deep cuts to programs helping the nation’s ever growing poor, and the “rewriting” of this nation’s great history, where wing-nuts can take the immortal words of our greatest political satirist, Mr. Mark Twain, and replace his words with the word “slave”–on the other, you have men and women standing up for what is right and pointing out those who are WRONG.  Appropriate in only one way, unbeknownst to them, most Americans who watch that load of horsesh$t propaganda are becoming a slave to the way they THINK, and therefore, are becoming true slaves to it’s intended mind controlling propaganda–chalk full of LIES, innuendo and sometimes violent, fear stoking rhetoric that creates a war within the country that we claim to all love so much.  The Stockholm Syndrome is going full throttle now, as “leaders” such as Mitch, “the mouse”, McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House, John, “billy bob”, Boehner, along with Eric, “you go girl”, Cantor, House majority “leader”, misinform the “American people”, take them hostage, in their thinking and pocketbook, effectively brainwashing them, while disallowing for any independent thought to arise, moreover, and in a much more seditious way, lead them into “feeling sorry” for the big banks, big coal, big insurance, big oil, big retailers, well pretty much any big “industry”, that gives NOTHING back to this country or it’s people, rather, enslaves them into a life of poverty and despair, while offering them 7 bucks an hour to perform a truly slave like job in a slave like  working atmosphere, and telling them to not complain or they will lose that job and all of the “benefits” they glean from a position that has been demonstrably proven to take years from their lives.  If this country were serious about solving it’s problems, the first thing we would do would be to tackle the unfair tax code, filled with corporate loop holes, designed, effectively, to allow companies like GE or Exxon Mobile to pay nothing in the way of Federal income taxes.  We would also take a good hard look at the budget of an insane military spending spree that has gone on now for the past 50 years, not making the world any safer than it stands today.  We would tax the rich FAIRLY, asking them to put out their fair share so that they may sleep better at night knowing that the food banks and the homeless shelters are being supported, as many of those people are in that predicament through no fault of their own.  We would offer blanket health care coverage to the whole of society, in regards to real HEALTH CARE, as opposed to “heath insurance”, where most of the premiums go towards the companies bottom line and not to the delivery of said real health care, saving money and saving lives, as they do in every other, save Switzerland, progressive industrialized country in the world.  We would tackle the monsters of industry that are creating a sewer out of our marshes, our rolling plains, our mountains and our bodies of water, punishing those who pollute to the point where they would lose their businesses should they continue to do so.  We would take it upon ourselves as a nation to seriously tackle the educational gap between US and countries like China, India, the rest of Europe and soon to be Latin America.  For, as we as a nation get dumber, the world is getting smarter, and if Egypt is any indication of what may happen here in the United States, the hostage takers would be wise to take warning, for your practices, devoid of any “corporate etiquette”, are now, and forever will be, on WATCH, for we live in a transparent world, where LIES are easily rebuked and the TRUTH is all that really matters in the end.  So drink up Billo!  You are not only not a tough guy, but are truly a JOKE and your bully mentality does not scare me one Iota, nor does it scare anyone with some muscle, half a brain and a strong CONSTITUTION. Have a nice day everybody and remember, don’t take any wooden nickels! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 14, 2011

Cape Love

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 Monday morning, the fourteenth day of February, 2011, VALENTINE’S DAY!, and I wish to offer you this Valentine from the tiny, tiny seaside village of Osterville, in the heart of Cape Cod proper. May your day be filled with a sense of LOVE, with a heart wide open to receive the LOVE that IS all around you.  Sometimes it is hard to recognize that fact, as we all have had our share of broken hearts, and that old saying, when your heart is in disrepair, “It is better to Love once, than to never have loved at all,” just doesn’t seem to cut the mustard.  I recall a few Valentine’s Days where the whole world seemed to be falling apart, as was appropriate, for my world was.  When the world seems a cold and unloving universe of constant pain and dread, of mundane and heavy rain pouring down from the Heavens, a heaven that seemingly abandoned you, resolve yourself to KNOW that, “This too shall pass”, for I can tell you from experience that it does.  I can honestly say that I have had my heart broken in Boston, Denver, and London, England, where I attended high school and never quite got over my first love, well, at least in high school anyway, Petra K., who was from Holland.  Issues!  Well, it’s really not all that bad, for obviously I did get over those broken, seemingly broken shards of my heart being smashed over the rocks, but it all came down to forgiveness and remembering why I loved them to begin with.  Everyone on planet earth with a pulse has broken heart stories, and some, live to tell the tale and tell another tale, one where, as Woody Allen put it in one of his classic films, “Hannah and her Sisters,” “The heart is an amazingly resilient muscle…” It has the capacity to heal, both physically and spiritually, bringing one full circle, allowing for one to LOVE unconditionally once again, without all of the baggage associated with harboring resentments or anger, that, in the end, only hurt you.  In a world where we are so “connected”, yet isolated at the same time, constantly on the Blackberry, twitter, Facebook, email, Internet in general, or, God Forbid, the gaming fields of ‘no where’s ville’, ironic I know, we have lost the ability to just walk out one’s door, follow one’s bliss and find LOVE in the last place you might look for it, Bismore Park for example. So, on this day of LOVE, I wish to shout out to all of those people I have loved and say “Happy Valentine’s Day”, and, moreover, say the same to people that I currently LOVE, here on the Cape, as well as across the world, living and those living in the world of the spirit, for to me, they are all ONE in the same.  LOVE cannot be exclusive, it must be inclusive for it to reach it’s true potential.  “LOVE one another, as I have Loved you,” a man who walked this earth over 2011 years ago once said, and I, for one, am in no position to argue with him.  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day everybody and may the GRACE of GOD, creative intelligence or the power of LOVE be with you today, tomorrow and forever.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 13, 2011

Sunday LIGHT

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:11 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 Sunday morning, coming to you LIVE at 6:15 a.m. from the tiny, tiny seaside village of Osterville, Massachusetts, a mere football toss to Hyannisport, the town that is home to one of our greatest President’s to ever hold office, President Jack Kennedy, where he lived with his wife Jackie, and the rest of that remarkable family that did so much for this nation fifty years ago, a relative blink of the eye in relative cosmic terms.  On perhaps Lawrence O’Donnell’s best show yet, “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell”, airing every week night at 8 p.m. and midnight, only on MSNBC, Lawrence’s segment called “Tonight’s rewrite”, a segment I appreciate as a writer, touched on perhaps this country’s darkest side–the abusive and criminal lobbying power of the National Rifle Association, or the better known as the “NRA”.  At this past week’s “CPAC” meeting, the “Conservative Political Action Conference”, the largest republican event of the year, NRA spokesman Wayne Lapierre addressed the crowd, armed, if you will, with a video of one of Lawrence’s “re-writes” from a previous show, where he spoke to the fact that President Obama might fail to mention guns at all in his most recent “State of the Union” address, where many felt he missed an opportunity, in wake of the Tuscon massacre, to speak to the “merchants of death”, the gun and ammunition manufacturers, who have profited from the lifting, by the BUSH administration, of the federal ban on automatic weapons and extended magazines for, by way of example, Glock nine millimeter hand guns, like the one used (a 31 bullet magazine as opposed to the once standard 10 bullet clip that was the only clip available prior to the ban) to shoot one of our congresswomen, a federal judge and a nine year old girl a little over a month and a half ago.  I would like, at this juncture, in LIGHT of what we all witnessed Friday night in Egypt, an historic peaceful, non-violent, overthrow of a tyrannical, criminal dictatorship, where one man ruled with an iron fist, for over thirty years, yes, in a REVOLUTION where the “agitators” needed no extended magazines or “assault rifles” to free their people, yes, in LIGHT of that, I wish to bring you Lawrence’s “re-write” LIVE from the shores of Cape Cod, verbatim, so that some of us here in the good ‘ole US of A might wake up to our insane and dangerous policies towards gun control–a nation that has 278 million guns, that we know about, almost as many guns as the population of our great country, currently standing at 308 million souls,  enjoy… AND ACTION! Mr. O’Donnell:  “In Washington, during the “Conservative Political Action Conference”, otherwise known as “CPAC”, I actually made an appearance, of sorts.  It happened while Washington’s lobbyists in favor of murderers rights, to always use the gun of their choice, Wayne Lapierre, the executive Vice President of the NRA, was speaking about the calls for gun and ammunition control in the aftermath of the Tuscon massacre.  (flash to the CPAC stage and old Wayne at the podium, a big bully of a man who looks like he’d shoot you, just as soon as look at you)…  Wayne:  “Predictably, the political opportunists rush to advance their legislative agendas, you all know what I’m talking about, watch this video clip here…” (suddenly a giant projection of Lawrence O’Donnell appears before the now dwarf sized members of CPAC, almost as if it were something right out of an old episode of “Star Trek”, where Lawrence then speaks to the angry crowd, who is obviously agitated by the haunting vision of a man who speaks the TRUTH and common sense, via FACT, as opposed to fiction and fear mongering)  Mr. O’Donnell:  “On the eve of President Obama’s “State of the Union” address, he is facing mounting pressure to grab onto one of this nation’s third rails in tomorrow’s speech, gun control.  In those first few days after the Tuscon massacre, the call for reform started right here, on this network.  If the President follows republican and democratic tradition tomorrow night and says not a word about gun or ammunition control, then I, for one, will become disappointed in him for the first time.  (flash back to old Wayne at the podium and his boorish speech to the crowd)  Wayne:  “I want to be clear, that the tragedy in Tuscon was a terrible crime and my heart, and I know yours does too, goes out to all the victims and their loved ones.  It’s time for some frank talk, it’s a discussion you sure won’t hear on MSNBC, and you’re not going to read about it in the New York Times, (these people are literate?) because they won’t admit the truth (what, that you are a merchant of death?), they tell you that a government ban on certain firearms and magazines will make you safe…don’t you buy it, not for one second,” (However, I do have a nice piece of property in the Florida swamps I can let you have for a song, just flag me down a little later in the bar after the rest of the presenters fill you up with their crap).  Lawrence, LIVE now on his show, “re-writes” this gem of a retort, “You just heard the NRA’s lie, now some FACT. A Justice Department study on the Federal assault weapons ban, which was a law for ten years, concluded that gun murders were down 10.3 percent in states without pre-existing assault weapons bans.  10.3 percent! Another study by the Justice Department in 2004 stated that if the ban was lifted, gun and magazine manufacturers may reintroduce assault weapon models and large capacity magazines, perhaps in substantial numbers, and that is exactly what the merchants of death did, reintroduce assault weapons and high capacity magazines that Jared Loughner used to take 31 shots, 31, before he had to stop and reload.  On the NRA’s website, gun violence cheerleader Wayne Lapierre said, “It’s time we acknowledge in our hearts what we know to be true, that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun.” (I wonder if he is friends with James, “she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes,” Inhofe (R-OK) who we all remember via his famous quote, an oldie but a goodie, “global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the “American people.”?)  Wayne, there was a good guy, on the scene that day, in Tuscon, with a gun.  But there wasn’t anything he could do, it was too dangerous to fire, he could have hit an innocent bystander.  A good guy with a gun did not stop Jared Loughner.  It was the moment where Loughner had to reload that he BECAME stoppable, and he was stopped by a sixty one year old woman, who wrestled another high capacity magazine out of his hands as he tried to reload, and an unarmed seventy four year old man, who had already been glazed by one of Loughner’s bullets.  The second, the second, Jared Loughner had to stop and reload, he became an unarmed man.  Wayne Lapierre wants that reloading to come after crazed gunmen fire as many shots as the designers of high capacity magazines will allow them to.  If Jared Loughner had tried to do this in 2003, when those magazines were illegal, he would have had to reload after firing ten bullets.  That means he would have been stopped, stopped after firing ten bullets and Tuscon would have had fewer funerals.  People in Tuscon were shot and killed thanks to the relentless lobbying work of Wayne Lapierre and his blood drenched organization.  Wayne Lapierre has devoted his adult life, every day of his adult life since 1977, to everyday, to making sure mad men in America can fire as many bullets as they want without having to stop and reload.  Wayne Lapierre runs an organization that is devoted to expanding the profits of the ‘merchants of death’, gun manufacturers pay his salary, so he can pretend to be representing the rights of hunters who have absolutely no use for the kind of high capacity magazine that Jared Loughner used.  Wayne Lapierre is not one of your run of the mill lobbyists…oh no, no.  Most lobbyists are good and decent people in fact, some are just as sleazy as you might imagine, and some are criminals, like Jack Abramoff.  But none, none, have done more to harm America than Wayne Lapierre. He more than any individual law maker is responsible for this country’s insane gun laws, to allow insane people to mow down congresswomen and nine year old girls, in Safeway parking lots…Wayne Lapierre is morally guilty of being an accessory before the fact of Jared Loughner’s shooting spree in Tuscon, and any member of congress that welcomes him into their office for a little lobbying session, is taking one step closer to the Devil.” and cut, print, wrap. The Peace and JOY we witnessed in Egypt, only a few hours ago, is the polar opposite of what transpired in Tuscon, it’s anti-thesis as it were, for it displayed the SENSELESS violence that is only too easily available in a society that is constantly, 24/7, stoked by fear mongers who claim that a gun will bring you security and, therefore, peace, when it has been demonstrably proven, by the people of Egypt, that FREEDOM can be achieved and ultimately given forever ONLY through peaceable means, peaceable means that do not include high capacity magazines brought to you by the sleazy, horrible lobby and it’s “leader” Wayne Lapierre of the NRA.  May GOD continue to grace and inspire the people of Egypt and may WE in this nation, come to believe that violence is never, ever the way, only an avenue to the darkest avenues of the human heart.  Have a wonderful Sunday folks and God bless you and yours. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 12, 2011

Egypt is Free!!!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:12 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 Saturday morning, the twelfth day of February, 2011, and with the dawning of a new and cold day here on the little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice Age 11,500 years ago, a new day has also dawned on the ancient country of Egypt, a country with over 8,000 years of history in it’s own right, a country that has been ruled by Pharaoh’s, Kings and strongmen for countless generations, and yet, yesterday, after 18 days of popular revolution by the PEOPLE, the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak fell and the people wept with JOY. WE, the world at large, have never witnessed a Revolution quite like this one–sparked in Tunisia, a little over two months ago, with a street merchant being slapped in the face, followed by the symbolism of a single man setting himself on fire.  The remarkable fashion in which  this PEACEFUL revolution unfolded is stunning, for it took no guns, no bullets, no lives, save the lives of the martyrs who gave their life for a cause that can be summed up in one word–FREEDOM! For over thirty years the people of Egypt, many young and poor, yet educated and tech savvy, have lived under the auspices of fear and violence promulgated via the brutal dictatorship of Mubarak, many daring not attempt to upset the secret police that have kept the masses under tight control for these past three decades, imprisoning many, torturing more, while keeping an ever watchful eye on any dissidents or ‘agitators’, who may have caused them trouble in the past or might have caused them trouble in the future–all while many in the country live on less than two dollars a day.  The faces of the protesters last night said it all.  Tahrir Square erupted in a frenzy of JOY, LOVE and PEACE after the announcement was made that this hated man, President Mubarak, would not return to Cairo again, after he had fled earlier in the day for a resort to the south, and that he had, indeed, stepped down from his hold on the Egyptian people forever.  As the news of this sank in– whereas 24 hours ago it had been dashed away by the image of that same man vowing to hold on to power–the mood in the square, filled with hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of people, could be bottled and sold as pure, unadulterated bliss, accompanied by that uncontainable JOY, as Muslims, Christians, soldiers, men, women, children, young people, merchants, doctors, lawyers and perhaps the spirits themselves hugged, kissed and danced in the streets until the wee hours of the night, waving their Egyptian flags proudly, as well they should, and shooting off fireworks as they all chanted, “Egypt is free, Egypt is free, Egypt is FREE! As a man holding his little girl said so profoundly yesterday, as he held her tight in his arms trying to hold back tears and a smile that could light up the whole of the earth, “This day will be remembered forever, my little girl will read about this in books when she grows up.” Another man put it wonderfully when he said, “We all said to each other, there will be no blood, as we all chanted PEACE, PEACE, PEACE!” How can this remarkable event be put into words–other than there has been a tectonic shift, a shift of consciousness–where the world, perhaps by being more connected to their fellow human beings around the globe, has witnessed and felt, perhaps for the first time, a real revolution, from the bottom up, comprised not of lead bullets, or lead by politicians, but orchestrated by the WILL of the people, where the use of violence was NOT an option–other than the few days where they needed to defend themselves from the mindless thuggery, symbolic of the previous administration’s tactics–rather, it’s WILL employed the SPIRIT of the People’s persistence and the fierce urgency of NOW, embracing the hopes and dreams of the FUTURE and, if need be, die trying.  What the world witnessed yesterday and is comprehending today, is a milestone in our human history, for we know now that REVOLUTION can occur peaceably, without the needless, endless call to arms, that acts only as an accelerate, a catalyst, towards the destructive and useless action of violence.  Never before in my life have I seen such tears of joy stream down every face I saw on the television screen in a country that seems so far away, and yet, is not really, for do we not ALL, as members of the human race, feel a great sense of relief for our suppressed brothers and sisters in that far away land?  Do we not feel a real kinship to their cause and their plight?  We, as a nation, have only been around for 236 years, not a long time in the grand scheme of things, when you put it in geological perspective, or from the perspective of human civilization at large, for the people that we see on our television screens are descendants of a people that have been around for over 8000 years, and this event marks the first time this generation will see it’s children not suffer under the same fate as they did.  The United States of America, a nation that has been around for so little “time”, should not presume to know all of the answers to what comes next, for this week end, should be set aside for celebration.  Like our forefathers before us, who suffered under brutal dictatorship themselves and fought the oppression with their lives at stake to create a more perfect union, a democratic “idea”, whose concepts have now reached the river Nile and have taken root in the hearts and minds of the Egyptian people…somehow, somewhere, Mr. Thomas Jefferson is smiling down upon us right now, yes, like our forefathers before us, these common, yet very uncommon Egyptian people deserve the same credit as men like Jefferson, Adams and Franklin, for they passed the 18 day test that will go down as one of the greatest achievements in the name of Freedom ever witnessed by the whole of mankind living on planet earth.  My continued prayers to the people of Egypt, that your triumph over tyranny may gain ever more footing and that you reach, especially the young people of that great nation, rise and meet your potential, bringing peace, stability and grace to your lives and the lives of everyone you touch. Have a nice week end everybody!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 11, 2011

Path to Peace

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:08 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, a very cold and early one here in Osterville, as you gaze upon a simple path to the water at Dowses Beach on a chilly winter’s ‘morn.  At this hour, roughly 5:41 a.m., the people’s revolution taking place throughout Egypt right NOW has grown into the largest protest yet, with millions around the country expected to join in to the heart of the uprising, now on day 18, that began in Tahrir Square, Liberation Square if you please, in downtown Cairo.  The giant crowd that awaited President Mubarak’s speech last night, falsely thinking that he was going to resign, erupted in anger and defiance, displaying their shoes, en masse, and chanting, “Mubarak must go”, over and over again.  The real game changer came yesterday, as labor unions, across the board, have struck, including professionals, doctors and lawyers.  From the Suez canal in the east, where highly paid employees of the vital Suez canal stopped working, to the northern city of Alexandria where workers of all stripes left their posts and joined in the ever growing chorus of dissent, the people, from all walks of life in this ancient land, are finding their voice and giving it some exercise.  The morning prayers are just about to be concluded, as it is seven hours later in this day, the 11th day of February, 2011, a day you might want to write down as a pivotal day in this world’s history, for although this phenomenon is not new, popular revolt, as we all know this country’s, the United States, history is ever entwined in that notion, it is unique in the sense that we see no real leader emerging and certainly no figure that represents what the west is afraid of, as well as Israel, and that, of course, being a radical religious zealot, or an out of date Islamic state directly opposed to the people’s will, such as what we currently have in Iran.  It seems to me, that these gentle people wish only for what they see and hear on the interconnected world of the new media, where the world has become smaller than the cliched song from the popular ride at Disneyland, “It’s a small world after all…”, and as the young people, who will eventually win this fight, rise to the calling of their souls, demanding human rights, fair wages and an end to the eternal corruption and abuse of power, we will see the first of many, I pray, non-violent revolutions that will make this world a more humane and honest place to live, work, love, and pray–to any GOD one may wish to consult. There is no doubt that the powers of good and LIGHT triumph in the end, for the human spirit is not something that can be dissected or explained by traditional science.  It is eternal and thus, ongoing, ever evolving into reaching it’s true potential, and, upon reaching it, wants more, because once you get on that train, you just can’t get off.  May GOD, eternal LOVE, creative intelligence or whatever you wish to call that unseen force be with the good and gentle people of Egypt this day and always, bringing the process of democracy to bear fruit for this generation and many generations to come. Have a wonderful week end folks!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 10, 2011

…To Shining Sea

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:48 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 Thursday morning, the tenth day of February, 2011, coming to you LIVE from the one of the shining seas, Nantucket Sound, Osterville to be precise, as you look out onto the sound above you, image taken only a few days ago, looking south to both the islands of Nantucket as well as Martha’s Vineyard.  The winter’s clear air, combined with the solitude one finds on the Cape and islands this time of year cannot be matched anywhere in the world.  I have always maintained that if one wishes to get some rest, one only need look so far as either Provo, Utah, not too far from Robert Redford’s ranch, where they roll up the streets around 5 p.m., or take in Cape Cod and the Islands in the winter, for not only will you see abundant wildlife, spectacular solar lighting, amazing geographical scenery, incredible architecture dating back to the 1600’s, fantastic sea food, and real Cape Codders going about their daily New England lives, but you will feel a real sense of peace and tranquility that is very rare in this day and age of constant on line connectivity that impedes our need as human beings to SLOW it down and smell the roses, “gathering those rose buds while ye may”, a little Robert Herrick this morning if you will, and truly seizing the dayfor today is all we really have anyway. The crisis in Egypt, or rather the popular revolution, has now gone viral, as protests are now being waged all over the country, from smaller towns in the south, to the northern port of Alexandria, east to Suez, and in the capital city of Cairo itself, where the heart of the protest, the now tent city that has emerged in the center of Tahrir Square, has seen more than 250,000 protesters yesterday, with that number expected to grow to over a million after Friday prayers conclude.  The problem the Mubarak contingency faces is this–with the ever growing union and labor strikes, the state will not be able to sustain itself if the oil and gas industry shuts down, if tourism continues to be non-existent, and if the Suez canal is affected.  The viral nature of the people’s revolt against this dictator spells out the reality on the ground in Egypt, as the people have obviously not taken Mubarak and his military cohorts at their word, and for good reason.  Mubarak has been known to gather dissidents, drag them to secret prisons and torture them for decades now.  The “orderly transition” that Mubarak and even the United States now endorse seems to be a smoke screen designed to offer a carrot when the people know that after the ‘revolt’ has been squashed, the stick will be introduced and will be used to punish those who opposed the “status quo” of the current “constitution”.  That is precisely why the citizens of Egypt feel the fierce urgency of NOW and will not quit until the whole regime has been removed from power.  This is a sovereign country and the United States of America should have learned it’s lesson by now, that fooling around in the Middle East is a risky venture at best, as our efforts to “place” a Shah, Iran’s U.S. stooge puppet, circa 1953, for example, in that volatile country, ended badly for the United States, and the Shah, for that matter, who was ousted in 1979 by a real Islamic revolution, and with the rise of an extreme version of Islamic rule, now a thorn in the side of the United States and world for that matter, as Iran continues to develop a nuclear capability, the U.S. should tread lightly on this one.  The simple answer to this is sticking by OUR own principals and lead by example through our democratic process–emphasizing the nature and purpose of the lower case “d” in the equation.  We have no idea what the Egyptian people need, “just look at Iraq, and the lack of electricity for most of the people living in that war torn country, they’ll tell ya!”, (credit Rodney Dangerfield) and should not assume to know.  In an increasingly digital and thus, virtual world, where tweets, instant messaging, e-mails, and the Internet have replaced the written word, where professors at many colleges here in America will not assign more than one “less than 200 page book”, a semester to their students, for it seems that no one reads anymore because they don’t have the “time”, yes, as a nation possessing the collective attention span of a bunch of five year olds, we should not jump to any conclusions such as our friend Glenn Beck would suggest, such as a “caliphate”, an Islamic ‘takeover’ of the world, where the ‘uber left’ and the ‘Islamists’ are in cahoots with each other, scheming and planning the demise of the “American way of life”… What “American way of life” do you speak about Glenn?  The “American way of life” where we allow the “big five” banks to continue to steal, where oil and gas companies can rape and pillage our land at will, with no consequence, where insurance companies can profit on sick people, where coal companies can destroy entire mountain ranges up and down the Appalachians, destroying entire eco-systems forever, where our educational system continues to fail our children and is falling behind every other progressive country in the world, falling behind quickly, where the middle class is quickly turning into the class of the working poor, where the poor and disenfranchised are secularized, dehumanized and left for dead, where more and more families are losing their homes, where children are going to bed hungry, where the corporations can literally buy elections and thus write U.S. law and therefore, guide it’s policy, foreign and domestic, where the infrastructure is going the way of a third world nation at best, awaiting the next bridge to fall, or the constant fear, paranoia and increasing hatred that is being stoked in this country, spurred on by incessant right wingnut rhetoric on certain radio and television stations, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, that borders on the insane, filled with misinformation and down right lies, filling the hearts of our people with dread thinking, falsely of course, that their president is really a “secret Muslim”–is that the America that you speak of SIR? Well, at least WE had two pieces of good news from yesterday. The lunch meeting with the republican leaders of the House and the President yesterday was followed up by a blistering loss for the republicans, as the “Patriot Act bill”, that was on the floor, was shockingly struck down, begging all kinds of questions from who is really in charge of this conflicted party to again, who now heads the “do nothing congress”?  Really, that’s only one question is it not?  Come on folks, the 112th congress of the United States!  Give it up everybody!  They’re doing hell of a job thus far, don’t you think?  And, I apologize for using the word “job”, as we all know now, via your ACTIONS, that jobs are really your number on goal, and I did not mean to bring up such a sore subject, my apologies Mr. Eric Cantor, you go girl!  The second piece of good news is that Gabby Giffords, the congresswoman from Arizona, who was shot, a little more than a month ago, in the head, by a deranged gunman carrying what should have been an illegal 31 bullet magazine, designed for that horrible Glock nine millimeter hand gun, is speaking at her Houston rehab, making significant progress everyday, asking for some toast yesterday morning…if that does not make you smile, then nothing will.  GOD’s Speed Gabby, we are all pulling for you!  My prayers are with the PEOPLE of Egypt this morning, for as ALL nations go, we go–we live in an increasingly connected world, even if it does not seem so, as we continue blindly into the virtual world, to be so consumed by the digital “presents” that rob us of the PRESENT. Have a wonderful day folks and GOD BLESS US ALL. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

February 9, 2011

Saint Peter’s

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:56 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, the ninth day of February, 2011, and with the dawning of a new day here in Osterville, I bid you and yours a fair and fine adieu.  The 112th congress is no longer encapsulated by the cliched definition, embodied by republican members of the 111th congress, “the party of hell no”, rather, it has devolved into the “do nothing congress,” where the members now take a week off from work, called a “constituent work week“, for every two they are actually in D.C….  The light GOP schedule is a joke, as we remember their vow in the 2010 campaign season to “roll up their shirt sleeves” and get “America back to work”, while they, ironically, have produced no new ideas, no inspiring rhetoric, and have put forth NO real SOLUTIONS to the country’s problems.  Instead, have redoubled  focusing their attention on the “culture war” issues that have been the bread and butter of the republican party since the days of John Birch and now Glenn Beck.  It is a tried and true avenue for the “conservative, small government, war cry” to begin chipping away at the socially progressive winners that have made this country a more palatable place to live within.  Winners such as the 1964 Civil RIGHTS act, Roe v. Wade, Gay rights, DADT, the Clean Drinking Water Act, and, well, the list just goes on and on.  Take, for example, the number one republican agenda right NOW on Capitol Hill, ABORTION.  H.R. 3, the “No tax payer funding for abortions Act,” one of three abortion, ‘pro-life’, or anti-abortion bills that are currently in play not only in Washington, but in states like Wyoming, where the party that now believes in less government, the “keep your damn hands off my Medicare!” crowd, now wants to keep tabs on every pregnancy in the United States, outlawing abortions for even those women who have been a victim of rape or incest.  This is what a culture war IS. Taking radical steps to tell the “free” American people what they should be doing with their own bodies.  Of course, that is assuming those republicans in question truly consider poor women to be on an equal footing with powerful members of the House of Representatives, or their brethren over at the United States Senate.  Eric Cantor, who, along with the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, will be meeting with the President today discussing the upcoming budget battle, where the brave newly elected majority in the House has presented a whopping 31 billion dollar cut to the federal budget projections for this upcoming fiscal year, much less than the promised 100 billion dollar budget cut, is way out on front with this one–a brave and foolish move on his behalf.  Cantor, the House majority leader, tweeted this gem a day and a half ago, “Today’s job report reveals far too many people remain out of work, that’s why all of our efforts are centered around jobs…”  Really Eric?  Your rigorous schedule, and that of your fellow republicans, does not reflect that wish, or fantasy, and your actions, while you are in session, don’t either. What did your old mentor, “W”, used to say?… “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, well, you just can’t get fooled again…” The bottom line is this, the republican party IS for new jobs–new jobs for Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Chilean, and South Korean workers, as those corporations pay those poor workers much less than their American counterparts, for those jobs help the bottom line of Fortune 100 companies, now global, with no national ties, no jingoistic loyalties, and it is the WILL of those companies, and the drive for PROFIT over PEOPLE, that fuel the agenda of the pro-business environment that IS the republican party. Culture wars?  They don’t see it as a war, but, as the new American path, the new American MORALITY, where the “little people” are not only expendable, but are literally in the way of “progress”–for who really cares about the cowboy in Colorado, a cattle rancher, several generations in, whom I mentioned yesterday, a man whose land has been poisoned forever by the monsters at Halliburton and KOCH Industries, who have raped and pillaged Wyoming public lands with 596 chemicals left over from the ‘fracking’ process, in order to attain “natural gas”, turning fresh drinking water into a stew of what they call “processed water”, chalk full of those deadly chemicals that are currently seeping into our vital water supply, killing our citizens, our wildlife and our precious mountain meadows, streams and lakes–destroying them, en masse, in over 37 states now, in a country that was so aptly named “Gas Land” by the creators of the HBO documentary of the same name.  I pray that someone wakes up to this two prong attack on the “American people”, a cliche the republicans so clearly love to say, where they, on the one hand, want a “smaller government” (while they tell women, especially poor women, what the can and can’t do with their own bodies) and yet, on the other, want the luxury of “big government” when it comes to engaging in illegal wars, such as Iraq, where, all in the name of paranoia and oil, the BUSH era administration racked up unprecedented deficits, that are still being felt, via the Afghanistan war, the longest war in American history, a war that has lost sight of it’s initial intention, where we are spending 2 billion dollars a week waging war, a war we are LOSING by the way.  The system is broken, as the deregulation of Wall Street, that has evolved over the past 30 years, prompted the 2008 collapse of the world financial markets, scapegoated through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and those damn poor people who should not have taken the bait of those predatory loans that were developed by shady investment banking firms, such as Goldman Sachs, in the form of ‘credit default swaps’, or derivatives, bundled and then re-bundled, bet on and counter betted on, building a house of cards that, when it fell, fell to the “little people” to lend a hand in bailing the bums out.  I wonder what the pure members of the tea party think of all of this nonsense the republicans, they put in power, are actively spewing?   A true funnel of HORSESH$T! The republican message is so full of holes it would sink in the Nantucket Sound.  I would have so much more respect for a “man” like Cantor if he stood up and just told the TRUTH, something like, “Hi, I’m Eric Cantor, I would just like to come clean and tell you all that we don’t give a damn about anyone who is not in the game, for the poor and the hungry merely represent speed bumps to our real mission, and that is to maximize corporate profits, to the detriment of our people, our environment and our conscience.  We don’t care about social issues, because we don’t care about the “American people”, well, 98 percent of  them anyway.  We do want them to continue to pay taxes however, but we will ask that they respect our “religion” of “Christianity” when we tell the women out there, as this is our number one culture war issue now, that they no longer have rights to their bodies, and although we believe in smaller government, we will use the power of the federal government to stop those women, especially the poor and disenfranchised, from getting an abortion, because, thanks to the blank check, in 2002, to the NSA and 10 other top secret agencies, huddled in some secret location in Maryland, we now know everything about your pregnancy, and as your ‘big brother’, we will tell you what to think, say, do and who you should BELIEVE IN. Thank you for listening and don’t forget to tip your waitresses.”  The “do nothing congress”–sort of has a ring to it, does it not?  Stay tuned everybody… same bat station, same bat channel.  Have a wonderful day folks!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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