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July 30, 2011

Baby Humpback 2.0

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 5:13 pm

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the foggy island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this spectacular summer morning, the thirtieth day of July, 2011, coming to you LIVE from the southern shores of Cape Cod proper, Osterville to be specific, a morning featuring abundant sunshine, cool temperatures and little to no wind or humidity–a post card if you will, making it all that much clearer why we live, love and laugh on Cape Cod to begin with.  Grateful people are happy people, those who aren’t, aren’t.  The Humpback whale calf, as seen in the image above you, was captured by a Nikon D-200 camera, ancient technology now, in the Stellwagen Bank, a rich feeding ground for the Humpback whales, whales that grow to over 55 feet in length, who migrate to this protected area every summer, traveling thousands of miles from the south, the Caribbean, where they mate, to gain that essential weight they will need for the coming winter months.  The best Whale Watch on Cape Cod was started by Patricia Marsan, of Osterville, and is a must for any visitor to the area, for when one is out on Cape Cod Bay, traveling on the powerful ship that departs from Barnstable harbor and continues on into that Cape Cod Bay, traveling north past Provinctown (the tip of the Cape) and then several more miles into the Stellwagen, one is transported back in “time”, hearkening back to the days when Nantucket reigned supreme in the horrible industry of destroying these great creatures.  Whaling made Nantucket famous around the world, as the new landlords of this land mass called North America, namely the British and, to a lesser degree, the French, joined with the natives on that ‘far away island’ to hunt the great mammals.  The whales that were affected the most were the Northern Right Whale and the Sperm Whale, hunted for their oil, and hunting them but good, as the Right whales are still on the endangered species list, along with the Blue whale, that was also almost taken away from our “children and grandchildren”, but, because of some of those tree huggin’ liberal bastards, are still kicking on this little blue rock we all call home for the moment–the planet earth.  Speaking of planet earth, I would like to know, as would anyone who has half a brain, what the teavangelical right wing nut jobs in the current 112th congress are thinking, as the nation edges ever closer to falling off a 2200 foot cliff, into a territory where NO ONE knows what will really happen at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning, August 3, 2011.  For this country has never, in it’s 238 year history, failed to pay it’s debts, hence the reason why we have a triple A rating on our U.S. Treasury bonds.  Having a AAA rating, by Moody’s or Standard and Poor’s, makes it easier for the country to borrow money to pay for the exorbitant spending spree our former ‘leader’, President George W. Bush, gave US in the form of two unpaid for wars, with a tab coming in at 4.1 trillion, along with an unpaid for sweetheart deal for big pharma, costing close to another trillion, and the kicker, the two Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, tax cuts that began this Miltonean Shock doctrine to destroy America as it once was.  This is not a joke and not a test of the emergency broadcasting system.  The Boehner bill, that simply pushed the can down the road by extending the debt ceiling until Christmas time, and then, when it comes up for hostage negotiations again, will require a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, something that will not happen under the current administration.  It’s funny that the republican party is taking this highly hypocritical stand, however, for to look at it at face value, one would come to the conclusion that either the republican party has lost it’s collective mind, or is truly a sociopathic entity now, hell bent on taking from the poorest of the poor, and extending more to those who have more money than GOD.  “Is this Russia Danny?  no, no, this isn’t Russia”, (credit Chevy Chase and the classic film, Caddyshack, circa 1978), where are we really?  The end game for what is now accurately known as Republicorp of America, is clear.  Grover Norquist, the man with the “no tax pledge” plan, put it best, “I want the kind of government that you could drown in a bathtub…”  Issues!  But, I think you get my drift.  The mind set of the sixty five or so House republicans that are holding a Glock to this country’s head, are employees of the special interests that own Washington D.C., and hence, it’s representatives, representatives, I would remind US all, that are answerable to the PEOPLE, not to corporate profit, the modus operandi that drives the ship now.  This began in earnest thirty years ago under the trickle down theory of pure, free market capitalism handed down from Milton Friedman of the “Chicago School”, in the 1950’s, where that economics professor at the University of Chicago, made history by remaking a socially peaceful nation in South America, Chile, into a brutal capitalist dictatorship, killing thousands of peaceful Chilean citizens, along with it’s President at the time, and sending that country backwards for the next two decades or so.  Ronald Reagan, our fortieth President of the United States, was introduced to this “thinking” in 1981, by Donald Regan, former Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, who became Reagan’s Treasury Secretary.  As the concept of “trickle down”, or “a rising tide raises all boats”, became the norm, as opposed to the exception, the nation began changing in subtle ways, as tax breaks began falling the way of the wealthy, and welfare moms became a dirty word.  This mentality continued under George H. Bush, Reagan’s successor, who vowed to never raise taxes, as he stated so clearly in his 1988 campaign speech, “read my lips, no new taxes”, a Grover Norquist pledge, and failed to live up to that madness, and paid the price by losing his bid to become a second term President to Bill Clinton, who did raise taxes, with the result being very positive for the nation as a WHOLE.  But, as 2000 rolled around, the turn of the century, the toddler, who is now an angry old man, Republicorp, came into it’s  own, bringing that merging of corporate welfare with blind power, wielding a mighty sword of FEAR over it’s people, just to make a buck.  Turns out quite a few bucks, for Halliburton, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s company, of which he was it’s CEO, made out quite well in the Iraq fiasco that left over 4400 of our soldiers dead, along with over 70,000 Iraqi’s, and cost this country upwards, combined with the war in Afghanistan, over 4.1 trillion dollars.  Not bad for a days work Dick!  Thanks for the memories!  This shock of war, combined with the shock of economic collapse, is what gives these tea party nut jobs power over 308 million American citizens, as they use extortion to get their way.  Compromising nothing (stating that simply raising the debt ceiling is compromise enough), in the way of offering new revenues, as social programs, environmental programs, financial safeguard programs, etcetera, get slashed and burned.  For why would they?  Their goal is to ’shrink the government down to the size where they could drown it in a bathtub…’  “Carmine, I don’t think it’s right that you should extort money from the American people like this…” “If you mention the word extortion again, I’ll have your legs broken.”, (credit the classic film Animal House, circa 1978).  These next few days will be highly entertaining and deadly serious, as we all brace for what could be fiscal Armageddon, as fictionally depicted in Naomi’s Kline’s fantastic novel, “The Shock Doctrine”, fiction, but, not really, as her work explains all of this in much more detail, educating US as to the historical origins of where this country IS, in reality, right NOW, and why it, “is what it IS.”  Moreover, it gives hope that it does not, and will not, be this way forever, as more and more people WAKE UP to what is really going on, waking up to the corruption that is rampant and out of control in our nation’s Capitol, Washington D.C., a nation, lest WE forget, that was founded on the simple principal of WE THE PEOPLE, as opposed to the oligarchical cry of profit OVER people.  Stay tuned… same bat time, same bat channel.  Have a wonderful Saturday and Sunday folks, and a big shout out to all of the members of the cast and crew to the new Adam Sandler film “I Hate You Dad” (Happy Madison Productions/Columbia Pictures), that is being shot right here in the little, tiny, tiny town of Osterville, I pray ya’ll have a great week end and look forward to seeing you next week!  Oh, and p.s., a personal thank you to Adam for bringing those laughs and LIGHT into OUR life here on this little old sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age…simply by showing up and choosing to create your movie magic right here on beautiful Cape Cod!  We all love you! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 26, 2011

Castle by the Sea

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:39 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 back with you on this Tuesday morning, the twenty-sixth day of July, 2011, a beautiful one here in Osterville, as you look above at Saint Andrew’s church in Hyannis Port, the next village to the east and former home to the late, great thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, Mr. Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife Jackie, along with the rest of that extraordinary family who saw this country not as hen house to be raided, but as nation that needed a hand up from the people who may have just a little bit more than others…  President Barack Obama sent a clear message to the people of this country last night in a nationally televised speech–the roughly 309 million souls who live and breathe within her borders and consider themselves just as much citizens of this great land as do the likes of Boehner, McConnell and Cantor, not to mention “the brother’s Koch”, (David and Charles Koch of Koch Industries) and their ilk who hide behind smoke and mirrors, employing bright, hypnotizing lights and noise designed to confuse and instill FEAR, as they manipulate public opinion through the likes of an Australian criminal News Corporation enterprise called FOX NEWS.  They consider themselves citizens as much as those who own private jets, three homes, a bank account in Switzerland, and lawyers who dodge taxes via the complicated tax code structured in such a way that you would have to have billions in order to take advantage of the many loopholes available, so many and so wide you could drive a Mack truck through the center with plenty of room to spare.  The President last night in his 15 minute speech asked the American people to stand up and make their voices heard.  Call your congressman or congresswoman and tell them that you don’t think that it is RIGHT to ask that this 14.3 trillion dollar national debt should be carried on the shoulders of the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the crumbling middle class, and the working poor (a debt created by the former Bush administration–i.e., 2 unpaid for wars; tab, 4.1 trillion, 2 tax breaks for the rich; tab, 4.1 trillion, a pharmaceutical give away, more corporate welfare, a credit card that is exceeding 1 trillion or so, as well as the lack of regulation on Wall Street; as greedy investment bankers devised the ’sub-prime’ mortgage fiasco (by way of complicated financial derivatives) that sent this nation into a crisis it has not seen since the Great Depression), all in the name of “shared sacrifice”, by dismantling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, vital social programs that are complete successes, with Social Security solvent for the next thirty years and adding not one penny to the national debt…not to mention the EPA, Planned Parenthood, education, nutrition, head start, health care, the FDA, the FAA, regulators of the financial markets, such as the SEC, and the oversight of financial institutions by protecting consumers from those greedy banks via the ‘fine print’ they use in their contracts that rip off the ‘American people’ on a daily basis.  Last, but certainly not least, Republicorp of America wants to cut out any real regulation on the big corporate POLLUTERS, such as Koch Industries, Halliburton (natural gas), big coal and big oil, who bleed this country dry of it’s natural resources, profiting big time, while it leaves the streams, ponds, rivers, estuaries, bays, sounds and oceans sick and dying, dying because of all the pollutants left behind, be they the 596 deadly chemicals used in the ‘fracking’ process of attaining ‘natural gas’, or the chemicals and consequence of blowing up mountains in West Virginia and other states for coal.  This does not even touch upon big oil and all of the spills that are adding up, as well as all of the carbon emitted from that fossil fuel, warming the earth exponentially, and, when they do spill they add to our waters the deadly dispersant Corexit 3500 (banned in the UK) that is now, combined with all of that bp oil, all 500 million gallons of it, sitting at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, five inches deep, covering thousands of square miles, effectively cutting off oxygen vital for the ‘least among us’, the building blocks of our food chain… and as we all know, a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, and the last time I checked, are you not, Mr. Boehner, and the rest of the knuckleheads over on Capitol Hill with an ‘r’ next to YOUR name, are you not still a part of the human race?  A race you apparently wish to see destroyed by greedy industrialists, who are killing this planet under the modus operandi, PROFIT OVER PEOPLE! Could you not just concede that?  When we start messing with the food chain, you know where that eventually leads…to the top.  Let’s make it clear, Mitch McConnell himself (R-KY, minority leader in the Senate) said recently that his (Republicorp of America) number one goal is to make sure that President Obama is a one term president.  That is the number one goal of the republican party.  Not jobs, not improving this economy by working together and coming to common sense solutions, no, their game is one Machiavelli would be proud of.  For what they really want is to rid the nation of all regulations and laws that prohibit touching programs like social security, Medicare and Medicaid, strip down government to the bare bones, keeping a ’strong defense’ of course, and allowing corporations to completely take over the legislative branch of the United States, no strike that, take over the whole of the United States, the Legislative, the Judicial (perhaps already sewn up for now) and, fingers crossed, the Executive, thus, assuring that a plutocracy arises in the new dawn of the new America, born out of the identity of a mythical republican patron Saint Ronald Reagan, but with none of his liberal ideas, ideas that would not get him elected dog catcher in any republican district anywhere in the USA today.  This is WHY the republican ‘leaders’ are offering up yet another hostage release solution by way of taking more hostages.  For if the republicans wish to force the President, as they want to, to ‘release funds’, to the tune of 1 trillion dollars of spending cuts, for ‘one hostage’, raising the debt ceiling for six months, then, as the 2012 election draws near, six months from now, the republicans will again hold the President, the “American People”, and the world at large, HOSTAGE, via a real sick Stockholm Syndrome (that is beginning to crack under the enormous weight of it’s hypocritical ‘christian’ orthodoxy), demanding that ‘we must cut spending on entitlement programs’ such as Social Security, that, parenthetically, does not add one nickle to the national debt and is solvent, again, for the next thirty years, ‘in order to get our fiscal house in order’, code, rather talking points for what they really want which is to force the President’s hand and put him in a position where  he is damned if he does and damned if he does not.  The only problem with this little game is that the markets are not stupid and will not accept a short term fix thus, will react as if the debt ceiling problem still exists, for it will, sending interest rates soaring and keeping the ‘American People’ (the republicans speak so often about with LOVE and affection, central in their INTENTIONS I’m sure), down and out in Beverly Hills, wondering what the hell just happened.  Just for posterity’s sake, I thought I would share what our pal, John of Orange had to say– Mr. Speaker, what say you? Unfortunately, John is in the can, so here is a look at the bullet points of his also nationally televised response to Obama’s plan, via Harry Reid, the republican “two-step approach to hold President Obama accountable”, no really, that is the name of their ‘plan’…don’t use your plan John, there is still time to come back to the LIGHT!  Here are the finer points of, let’s call it what it IS, Republicorp of America’s plan for 98 percent of the “AMERICAN PEOPLE”… 1.  Cuts that exceed the debt hike (debt ceiling raise), 2. caps to control future spending, 3. Balanced budget Amendment (to the Constitution!- that must be ratified by two thirds of both houses of Congress), 4.  Entitlement ‘reform’ (paul ryan’s pathway to poverty, I mean prosperity) ’savings’, 5. NO TAX HIKES.  No surprise there, the old cut, cap (and crap) and balance, which of course, if you bother to do the math, and who does really?, IS DRACONIAN, as the top one tenth of the top one percent gains more of a foothold on owning this more of this country’s wealth than it ever has in the past, creeping up steadily, shredding one Constitutional vowel and consonant at a time, towards a pure, free market (vicious by definition) capitalistic society, a real PLUTOCRACY, or rule by the wealthy.  This is no secret, as it has been spotted on many manifestos of corporate mission statements viewed in secret meeting places, in secret meetings held by the various ‘men behind the curtain’, or the puppet masters who pull ‘John of Orange’s’ strings, moving his mouth to say just one word, over and over again, bringing life to the bought and sold political hack he IS.  That word, is, of course, when taken in context with the concepts of FAIRNESS, DECENCY, and SHARED SACRIFICE, “no”.  Just for a point of reference on John Boehner and the republican caucus in this sea of doubt, despair and disillusionment, just before last night’s little pep talk to his teavangelical base, ’stopping this runaway spending in Washington’… he appeared on the Rush Limbaugh show to explain his position… RUSH?  That appearance explains more than you think John, in quite clear terms, who the ’speaker’ of the House of the United States of America really works FOR.  Not Rush personally, for he is just a stooge, a poisonous snake of a mouth piece who dribbles on and on, with only one central theme to his insanity, HATE AND FEAR, no, it’s not Rush Boehner works for, it’s Rush’s employers, Republicorp of America, a complicated conglomeration of big business interests in this nation, as well as multi-national interests, whose goal is to, and I use the exact words of Grover Norquist, one of the junior high school bullies you should not be afraid to punch in the nose, “shrink the government down to the size where he (old Grove) could drown it in a bathtub.”  Nice group of Christian soldiers we got going on here wouldn’t you say?  Nice bunch of Christian folk like Michelle Bachmann who really want to ‘take care’ of the ‘American People’–a people that have been getting the shaft but good for the past thirty years under this illusion of “trickle down economics”, or voodoo economics employed thirty years ago by Donald Regan, Reagan’s Treasury Secretary and boss, spinning the lie that we need to lower taxes on the rich because they are the one’s who create the jobs…in the immortal words of Joe Wilson–YOU LIE! Don’t take any wooden nickles from these clowns my brother (and sister)!  You can fool all of the people some of the time.  You can fool some of the people all of the some of time.  But, my dear friends in the republican party, you can’t fool ALL of the people ALL of the time. What republican mad man said that I wonder?  “The American people may have voted for a divided government, but they did not vote for a dysfunctional one…”  Barack Obama    Have a nice day and week ahead folks and please keep those Somalian refugees in your thoughts and prayers…or donate as well to www.savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 24, 2011

Path to Prosperity

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!  So good to be with you on this Sunday morning here in Osterville, the tiny, tiny, seaside village a mere football toss to the town of Hyannis Port, former home of our thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, Jack Kennedy, his beautiful wife Jackie and that extraordinary family whose ‘modus operandi’, life mission if you will, was to help those who could not help themselves…  A vanishing species these days, much like the many species of plants and animals that are exiting this planet by way of extinction, as mankind’s blatant disregard for this planet by way of pollution and the never ending encroachment on the wilderness is now threatening his own kind.  The gripping heat that has descended upon this country should give at least surrender to some CURIOSITY about WHY we are having such extreme weather–but hey, what could men of science know about it, moreover, why should we listen when we have such fine leaders in Washington D.C. who obviously have such a firm grasp on reality?  The talks regarding the deficit, and raising that all important ‘debt ceiling’, broke down over the week end, only to be picked back up again by Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House and ‘lady leader’ of the Democrat party, Harry Reid, the fine Senator from Searchlight, Nevada, John Boehner, current Speaker of the House, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader in the Senate, hailing from the great state of Kentucky, who were still speaking when I went to bed last night, at the White House, trying to hammer out a deal before we, as a nation, default on our obligations to the world, our senior citizens, our soldiers, and last, but certainly not least, let us not fail to mention, ‘the American People’… It is hard to imagine what this country would be like if we had reasonable, sane, generous, kind, modest, and intelligent individuals running the show in D.C., as opposed to the puppet show now playing on Capitol Hill.  “We’ll be here all week folks, don’t forget to tip your waitresses!” With so many ‘agendas’ out there, it is hard to keep them all straight, with lobbyists outnumbering lawmakers by a large number (just like Blackwater–sorry Xe, the softer, more feminine side of that machine gun hand–mercenaries now outnumbering the 50,000 ‘regular’ soldiers in Iraq) and it seems that none of these ‘agendas’ have anything to do with improving the lives of 98 percent of the human beings who live within the man made geographical ‘lines’ that divide our world into ‘US’ and ‘them’…  Stay tuned, for today will be an interesting one for sure, as the Asian markets have already expressed concern, as well as the ratings agencies, and I don’t use that term lightly–turning this crisis from a one alarm fire to a five alarm barn burner.  One thing IS for sure, “The American People” are going to WAKE UP to the TRUTH as to what is really going on with big corporate interests that compete directly with the interests of the crumbling middle class, the working poor, the elderly, the children who were not born with a silver spoon in their collective mouths, minorities, women to a large degree, the disabled, the indigent and soldiers coming home from wars they didn’t really ’sign up for’, badly wounded, both physically and mentally, with many living on the streets because “we have a spending problem in Washington D.C…” NO, Mr. Speaker, we have a staffing problem in D.C., where our priorities have become so far out of whack that I believe Jesus himself may just come down from ‘on high’ on August 6, and say a few choice words–arriving in Texas at Rick Perry’s (Governor of Texas and possibly running for the highest office in the land, God help us) Prayer whatever being held at some football stadium–bringing the crazy with all sorts of “Christian” folks who, when leaving that prayer fest of hypocrisy, will be accosted by one of ‘the least of us’, coming in the form of a homeless man, possibly Jesus?, asking for a buck to buy some bread, and then scorned, rejected and repudiated, as they take their high and mighty road/cause to the bank, donating only to “WORTHY” causes such as Rick Perry’s “super pac”, whose mission statement reads like the back of a typical Fortune 100 corporate annual report.  Looking forward to hearing you speak for Jesus Rick, but remember this–WHAT YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF ME YOU DO UNTO ME. The tragedy in Norway has grown over the past twenty four hours, with 92 people, mostly young campers, dead–gunned down in cold blood by some right wing fundamentalist whose motive is still unclear.  In Oslo itself, the massive bomb that went off downtown took 7 lives, presumably an attempt on the Prime Minister’s life as the blast was centered on the government building, the Prime Minister being a member of the Labor party, and left that Scandinavian city looking like a war zone.  The attack, the most loss of life since World War II in Norway, was carried out by one man, as reported thus far, although there is speculation that more may have been involved.  The man, a member of an extremist right wing faction of Norway’s political spider web, dressed up as a police man, heavily armed with automatic pistols, and began firing away at innocent children at an exclusive island camp for young political minds, teenagers, attending an annual labor party camp for intellectual thought and discussion, taking out ninety of the reported 350 or so attendees, as survivors of the ordeal explain the two hour massacre as hell on earth.  There are no words to try and explain this horror away and make some sense of it–for hate seems to have no political affiliation and should not be categorized as such.  However, we should all take pause and remember the Tuscon tragedy that occurred only a few months ago in this country, and remember that it is nice to be important, but it is far more important to be NICE.  Be nice to one another, love and cherish one another and just let go of the hate, for in the end, it is only the LOVE you make that you take–all IS LOVE, and LOVE IS ALL.  Have a nice day folks and keep the refugees on the Somalian/Kenya border in your thoughts and prayers, if you wish to donate to their FAMINE relief, please visit www.savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 23, 2011

Light of Chatham

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:03 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the super island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this hot Saturday morning, the twenty-third day of July, 2011, and as we await the mid-ninety temperatures, along with searing sunshine, as Boston hit 103 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, tying a record for the second hottest day since they began recording weather in the latter part of the 19th century, I thought I might get a word in edge wise…  New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., as well as the whole mid-section of the nation, has been caught in a Bermuda like High pressure system that has pushed the cooler air to the north of us, far to the north of us, that much farther away, baking the country in record heat that has killed dozens of people all across the nation, due mostly to heat strokes and the complications therein.  Please do yourself and your neighbors, especially the elderly if you know of any, a favor, drink plenty of WATER, because most people do not know they are dehydrated until they are well past the point of no return.  Global warming’s a bi#ch, huh?  The day in Washington D.C. ended with a bang yesterday as President Obama led a press (high spirited) news conference after John Boehner, Speaker of the House, decided to cut off any more discussion about raising the U.S. national debt ceiling, a feat that has been accomplished 74 times since the days of President Ronald Reagan, usually without incident or issue.  The political football game freshman members of the House, all republicans, are currently playing has nothing to do with football and is NOT a game.  This really is a poorly executed attempt at keeping the “American People” hostage once again by the republican establishment and their handlers.  In an extraordinary pattern of constant and blatant abuse of political power and numerous conflicts of interest, all up for later historical review and assessment, they (the G.O.P., keep up the good work boys~!), via a real life Stockholm Syndrome, continue their BLIND march towards plutocracy.  Unbeknownst, of course, to a great majority of the “American People” (they speak so often of and with such fake, nauseating reverence).  Ironically, the very corporations that placed most of these puppets in power to begin with, are seeing their plan backfire on them, as they can’t seem to put the genie back in the bottle.  Rogue, bat $hit lunatics like Republican front runner for PRESIDENT, Michelle Bachmann, are poisoning the well as Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s and other ratings agencies are about to downgrade the U.S. Treasury bonds from a AAA to a AA, which means the car is about to go off the cliff–bye Thelma, bye Louise, we tried to warn you about those interest rates and the like, but you would not have any of it!  Oh, and p.s., you are not the only one’s who are committing financial suicide here, WE all are, the whole of the country and the world, just at the right time too, when we have so many REAL problems at hand that need our attention.  Like a five year old throwing a temper tantrum at the Stop and Shop, screaming at the top of his lungs when denied that bag of delicious Koch brothers’ “Frackers” (snacking fun for the whole family–as ya’ll try ‘n figure out which of the 596 deadly chemicals used in the fracking process of attaining ‘natural gas’ you are currently ingesting, breathing or otherwise allowing into your organic, carbon based being–oh, deadly trimesitylborane, is there nothing you can’t do?), the republican freshman want the rest of the country to drink the Kool Aid they themselves are addicted to, and who can blame them, am I right?, yes, like that recalcitrant child from hell you try and avoid at the grocery store by going down a different aisle, the freshman teavangelists are showing us all why Citizens United was such a bad U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2009, for it proved that just because you see something on television, does not mean that it is true, and the republican strategists, who work with Madison Avenue wizards, KNOW that most American people are not going to get off the couch, turn off ‘Swamp People’ or ‘Real Housewives of fill in the blank, U.S.A’, jeez, and do some real ‘time’ consuming research in order to get at the TRUTH, for do you think that the likes of a Karl Rove, one of the premier minds of the republican party, are going to offer you an avenue to discover that TRUTH?  Further, knowing that Rove works for Murdoch, do you believe that one of the many News Corporation entities like FOX NEWS are going to offer you any of it either?  Of course not, they are going to send you in the opposite direction of the TRUTH, confusing you as you go with their bimbo hosts and bright shiny objects, as the dull guests bring in their smoke and mirrors, designed to get you all worked up and in FEAR, effectively paralyzing you into IN action, and offering you more of the same in the way of candidates whose only difference from the previous disaster of an administration, is the clear and defined nastiness of an uncompromising, arrogant, dangerous and exclusion based origin–for if you don’t look like one of them, talk like one of them, or act like one of them, then like a duck, you probably ‘ain’t one of them, and for that you can thank your lucky stars.  Amen. Have a nice day folks and, seeing that it is the week end, could you say two prayers today?  One for the people of Somalia, who are caught up in a civil unrest of sorts, caught between a terrorist Al Qaeda like faction of armed guerrilla’s who are not allowing food and medicine aid into the country, hence the mass exodus to Kenya, just to the south, as a real FAMINE is taking place and aid is desperately needed for those refugees that are pouring over the borders of many East Africa countries.  Should you wish to help, please visit www.savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you. Also, keep Oslo, Norway in your heart, for they, a country I have visited for extended time periods, and for the record, is one of the most beautiful places on planet earth, with a warm and generous people, were attacked by a mad bomber and gunman, terrorizing a country that is normally off the terror hit list.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 22, 2011

Dowses’ smallest bird

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:06 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the hot, hazy and humid island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Friday morning here in Osterville, coming to you LIVE at 8 a.m., EDT, as I suppose we do every morning here on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age.  Yes, on this twenty-second day of July, 2011, we can all take a deep breath and come to the realization that in ten days we may be facing a world-wide financial disaster of our own making.  READY?!  “I say, keep playing, I don’t think the heavy stuff is going to come down for quite a while.”  “You may be right son, anyways, the good Lord would never interrupt the greatest game of my life…” (Scene: A wild, wind driven rain and lightening storm on the 9th hole on a private generic U.S. country club golf course, a twosome, a caddy and a bishop).  A big round of applause to Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, both of the SNL fame that began their illustrious careers, for that gift coming in the form of the classic movie,“Caddyshack, circa 1978, a must see quasi-documentary about life in America in the late 1970’s that explains everything going on in the world of politics today (for in this world, LIFE and politics are rarely separated).  The character Rodney Dangerfield plays and the story of his eventual attempted banishment from a private country club by it’s ‘leader’, played brilliantly by the late, great Ted Knight (plutocracy) speaks volumes to this country’s Grand Canyon Syndrome blooming in the year 2011. It speaks to the problems with labor (the caddies being replaced by golf carts, or, in today’s terms, jobs shipped overseas), to the issues of fidelity (sex scandals galore), class status/warfare (tighter voter registration, tax code favoring the top two percent, gated communities, literally and figuratively), zen philosophy (the GREAT AWAKENING), and finally wildlife (GLOBAL WARMING and the vanishing species on planet earth), coming in the form of a gopher, whose ‘attack’ on the member’s daily golfing lives, by way of destroying the precious golf course via intricate tunnels and such, sends our friend Carl Spackler, played by Bill Murray,“assistant greens keeper”, to the rescue (a hapless, lovable idiot, again, played by the incomparable Bill Murray), to do the deed of ridding ‘Bushwood’ (the Plutocracy) of it’s only apparent ‘problem’ (98 percent of the ‘American People’), a furry little rodent that ‘must have tunneled in from the construction sight over yonder’, (immigration and that ‘dang fence McCain has always complained about) as noted by the ‘head greens keeper’, ‘Sandy’, who proceeds to tell his ‘employee’ and our friend Carl, ‘I want to to kill every golpher on the course,’ to which Bill responds, ‘correct me if I’m wrong Sandy, but if we kill all of the golfers on the course, they’ll lock me up and throw away the key…” ‘Sandy’, the Scottish greens keeper who speaks broken, barely discernible English (outsourced call centers around the world), clearly upset, shouts back at ‘Carl’, ‘not the golfers, the gowlfers, the little brown furry rodents that are running around.” Carl then states after he is slapped upside the head by the angry Scot, “it’s not my fault no one can understand what you’re saying…” (the American worker).  and cut, print and wrap. The majority of the American people do not understand what the hell Washington D.C. is saying, doing or thinking.  Nor does the majority of the world, whom we are now an integral part of, whether you like that FACT or not.  The United States of America has an obligation to pay it’s bills, bills that were already signed off on, and yet, we have a whole bunch of morons in the House of Representatives who are on the same pay grade as old Carl in our example here.  Even the Governor of Virginia, Bob Macdonald, who was once on the Carl side of the IQ curve, stating only a few months back that raising, or not raising, the debt ceiling would not be that big a deal, changed his tune, but quick, when he realized that if ratings agencies like Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s, etc., began the action of driving the car off of the proverbial cliff via downgrading U.S. Treasury bonds from a stellar AAA to a AAa, or the like, HIS state would be one of the first, one of five states, to go down, to be downgraded but good, causing immense pain to the tens of thousands of government workers, the majority of whom are employed by former President Bush’s matrix of “Homeland Security” operations that have sprung up since the attacks of 9/11, spending an ENORMOUS amount of tax payer dollars on a ‘top secret’ American cottage industry, an industry that no one knows anything about, money that could have been spent on education or infrastructure for ours and future generation’s benefit, but spent this way to ‘keep America safe’.  Safe from what?  People like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? This “Top Secret America”–including private killers employed by the evil that IS the world’s largest, most powerful mercenary army, Blackwater, or the new more ‘feminine’ name of Xe (whose ‘employees’ now outnumber the soldiers in Iraq and soon Afghanistan, gee, I wonder what those guys are up too?), you know, the softer side of that machine gun hand–that has sprung up around the Washington D.C. beltway since September 11, 2001, or since “pre-9/11 ‘thinking’”, along with all of the other companies that are somehow affiliated with government to some degree or another, especially the one’s who spy on ‘terrorists’, what’s your excuse David and Charles Koch?, is apparently not on the chopping block, because that would take away from the Corporate welfare system, something ‘they’ don’t want you to know about, yet can hold the rest of the country hostage in a very real Stockholm Syndrome manipulating many in this nation to feel sorry for them, but most certainly FEAR them, while they take away pennies from grandma’s fixed income check to pay for it…  Yes, Old Macdonald, ‘who HAD a farm’, was LIVE yesterday, in a panic mode, on television stating that WE MUST raise the debt ceiling or the whole of the nation’s economy would suffer (his state in particular), along with interest rates going through the roof and, possibly, permanently damaging our credit rating around the world, pushing us further down the global economic scale, with some likening US to the country of Greece, not a real comparison, as the U.S. economy is much, much larger and more diverse, however, still making it more difficult for us to borrow money, money we are currently paying off at very low interest rates.  Should the Carl Spacklers’ of the world win, as in the recalcitrant junior high school moronic bullies they really are–man-like children who call themselves U.S. congressmen–who are holding a gun to their own Speaker’s head if they don’t get the candy they want from the penny store?, should they bully their way into a stale mate, this republic is in big trouble.  I, and many others much brighter than I, have spoken at length about all of this, especially in the past week or so on seacapecod.net, and there is little more that I can add to the debate save this–what is the republican party’s end game?  What is the vision of the republican/tea party/evangelical/Republicorp future… really? Come on, let’s be honest!  Do they want a country that is bigoted, homophobic, historically fictional, and willfully blind to the very REAL problems every day AMERICAN PEOPLE face?  Or do they wish to polish that skill of willful blindness to the point that it begins ruining ALL of our lives in earnest, just for a political point, a point, that in the end, will bury them in their own hypocritical horse$hit rhetoric, as Rodney Dangerfield drops a big anchor on the deck of their pretty little sleuth, leaving “Judge Smails” crying on that deck, looking down at the giant hole (created by not raising the U.S. debt ceiling) that is slowly sinking his precious boat.  Stunned and looking ‘out there’ for someone to blame, he barks at his son “Spaulding”, “Don’t just stand there, go and get some GLUE!” Glue will not fix a broken WORLD TRUST, nor will it feed the bellies of OUR poor around the world, and it certainly won’t get you into the Heaven you all claim to know and LOVE so much, a Heaven that excludes the poor, the elderly, the children, the sick, the disabled, the veterans, the crumbling middle class, homosexuals, certain talk show hosts and bloggers, African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims, (excluding the Royal family of Saudi Arabia and other dignitaries from oil rich nations)–for the teavangelical movement does not take in the homeless, nor does it take American Express, oh, wait a moment, I’ve been told that the plutocrats just signed a deal with said credit card company so, yes, the official statement that will be made on August 6th, 2011–besides the fact that we will still exclude all of those aforementioned ‘other’ folks, ‘god bless ‘em’–at a giant football stadium prayer rally somewhere in Texas for Jesus and Rick, a prayer rally hosted by Presidential possible hopeful, fingers crossed, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, with that official statement being whatever ‘God’ ‘commands of us’, we will do. All coming ‘together’ where ‘WE’ will pray for God’s help in solving all of these ‘problems’ we face in this beautiful country of ours…  I can’t wait Rick, I just can’t wait.  Have a wonderful week end folks and be sure to catch FOX and FRIENDS this week end, where they will be selling you the Brooklyn Bridge, some gold coins and a whole lot of horse$hit, bring your hip waders and a shovel, for it will be high and DEEP!   Please keep the poorest of the poor in your thoughts and prayers this week end (Somalian refugees on the Kenyan border, all 3.5 million of them, currently starving to death, a real world wide crisis of FAMINE), to help, please dial into www.savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 21, 2011

Cape Coalition

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:40 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the foggy island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Thursday morning, the twenty-first day of July, 2011, another hot one on Cape and the islands, as the massive high pressure system that still stubbornly sits on top of the United States mid-section continues to send temperatures and tempers soaring, a blanket of heat that is slowly moving eastward as big cities on the east coast such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and even Boston will see abnormally high heat indexes that could top out at well over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit.   An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out yesterday revealed the TRUE majority viewpoint of said, ad nauseum, “The American People”, when asked about the looming debt ceiling crisis that our country faces, a crisis that would make the crisis of 2008 look like a walk in the park.  In that poll, 58 percent of Americans favor a balanced approach (mixing spending cuts while increasing REVENUES by way of reforming the tax code, closing some loop holes, etc.), while 62 percent of Americans believe the G.O.P. should agree to raising taxes on the most wealthy among US.  This so called ‘Gang of Six’ (a bi-partisan committee charged with coming up with a balanced approach to this 14.3 trillion dollar debt where we borrow 41 cents on every dollar we spend) plan, endorsed by President Obama, has raised the red flags for many of my colleagues on the left, and for good reason, for where is the fairness in putting our national debt problem on the backs of the poor, the working poor, once known as the middle class, the elderly, the children (by way of education cuts and cuts to nutrition programs), municipal workers, such as police and fire, teachers and janitors, not to mention the SYSTEM at large, that rewards, by way of it’s structure, the top earners who are on the ‘inside’, while the working man or woman has seen their collective wages over the past thirty years rise by 1 percent, with their counterparts on the flip side of the same coin have seen their take home pay increase by 278 percent!  The President knows all of this, but is willing to gamble, for by exposing these tough choices, he is the ONLY one who looks reasonable and compassionate to both sides of that U.S. political coin, while also knowing that the recalcitrant, ignorant CHILDREN in the U.S. House of Representatives with an ‘r’ next to their name would never, ever vote for (even if it was good for the country) a “grand bargain” that would include ANY tax increases, loopholes or not.  With this in mind, Senator Harry Reid, from Searchlight, Nevada, hello Searchlight!, a democrat and majority leader in the Senate is working with Mitch McConnell (R-KY), minority leader in the Senate, to construct a ‘plan b’ if you will, giving the President the authority to raise the debt ceiling, with a symbolic non binding “disapproval vote” by House republicans, along with some trillion dollars in spending cuts, leaving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone for the time being.  High political drama at play this week in Washington, with the nation’s and indeed, world’s economies hanging in the balance.  A Pew Research poll recently concluded that the majority of Americans do not want these programs touched in the first place, even if it means not reducing the federal deficit–numbers like 50 percent of registered republicans, 53 percent of independents and 72 percent of democrat voters.  Begging the oft asked question here at seacapecod.net, “Who are these American People that Speaker Boehner, Eric, ‘you go girl’, Cantor, Mitch McConnell and the rest of that 112th republican caucus speaking of and to?”  The handed down talking points from ‘on high’, towering above the ‘little people’, sipping tea in the corporate ivory towers, have become tired old cliches the “American People” are not buying any longer… Talking points handed down to little men of little conviction or vision, whose arms and mouths must be tired from all of the exercise they endure every day at the hands of their master puppeteers, who hide behind a grand curtain, impenetrable, by design, and truly embodying the Frank Baum vision of “the man behind the curtain”, coming in the form of a wizard who is, after all, just an ordinary man once you take away the loud, scary noises, the blinding lights and the confusion of the dark fog meant to intimidate and interrogate simultaneously.  Do those aforementioned statesmen really have a clue as to what is REALLY going on around the country?  Do they see the economic pain suffered by so many?  Do they then truly stand by this never ending goal of GREED and the modus operandi of Republicorp of America ( creating a lasting “U.S.” plutocracy), while their constituents go hungry, get sick and remain uneducated with the only hope for their children coming in the form a degree at Hesser College?  (What, in law enforcement? or becoming a dental hygienist? earning a ‘degree’ so that your kids can either flip burgers for the rich, guard the gated communities of the rich, or work on the wealthy’s teeth, because no one else can afford your children’s services, services created by the fine, for profit on-line ‘higher educational universites’, such as Hesser ‘college’ or ITT Tech). I think WE all know the answer to that one.  That same research and poll company also let go of another number when it asked the “American People”, sorry, I just can’t help myself, which reflected that when asked what is GOOD about this country, 87 percent of those polled stated Social Security, with 88 percent stating Medicare.  So stay tuned, for as long as the crazy bat $hit congressman and woman (Michelle Bachmann) with an ‘r’ next to their name “believe”, or rather their over inflated EGOS believe collectively, that to not raise the debt ceiling is OK, there is still a danger it won’t get passed in time, and then, my friends, we will ALL SEE just how stupid and ignorant this teavangelist grouping of under qualified congress people really ARE, as hoards of ‘American people’ descend upon D.C. with torches and pitch forks, demanding their collective head.  Chanting out the immortal words of one Donald Trump–’you’re fired!”  Again, on a ‘lighter note’, Rupert Murdoch is still under the microscope of international investigations, from the British secret service and the Houses of Parliament, to the FBI here in this nation, as they look into whether or not Murdoch and his massive 40 billion dollar corporation, News Corp., broke any U.S. laws such as hacking into the phone lines of 9/11 victims, as well as illegal pay-offs coming in the form of bribes to police officers working at Scotland Yard (London Police headquarters) in Britain, other pay-offs, corporate espionage, and computer hacking of British and other nationals work on climate change, something I will touch on in just a moment–breaking these laws falls under the U.S. strict LAW of ‘the foreign corrupt practices act’ News Corporation is a U.S. company, and thus, falls under U.S. legal jurisdiction, therefore, even with the fishing expedition of grilling a master like Murdoch over for now, the old man of the sea will have a tough time explaining this LAW away, for it clearly states that American companies are prohibited from paying people off to gain an advantage. I think we can all conclude that happened in Great Britain and thus, would be a violation of U.S. law.  Would we all not also concede that WE live in a nation of laws, not personalities that border on the sociopath?  Senator’s Barbara Boxer from California and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have sent a letter to the Dow Jones Company, an independent sub-committee if you will, that was set up by the founders of that fine paper, before Murdoch bought it, in hopes of retaining it’s entrenched traditions of honesty, integrity and journalistic excellence, asking for the TRUTH as to Murdoch’s business practices, helping the ongoing investigation to get to the bottom of this man’s incredible reach around the globe, and, moreover, to what extent has that “reach” been compromised by illegal and immoral ‘journalism’?  The most disturbing hacking provided by the old shark and his motley crew was accomplished in 2009, with the hacking of computer files on a number of professors at East Anglia University in the U.K., where scientists from around the world are studying the effects of mankind’s activities on planet earth, namely, why are the earth’s temperatures rising so radically and what will that mean to our entire global weather systems, our animals and plant life, and our lives as human beings in general–how will those activities (such as the release of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day) ultimately lay claim to our polar ice caps, glaciers, and regions like Greenland, a solid sheet of ice, as they continue melting at exponentially alarming rates?  This business of hacking into these credible and, most would agree, BEST scientists (and their work) we have in the WORLD, who are working diligently on this HUGE problem on our behalf, for political and economic gain, is, perhaps, the greatest crime against humanity Mr. Murdoch WILL face.  For he muddied the waters enough that even the lame ‘cap and trade’ bill that died in congress a few years ago, had his finger prints all over it, allowing his puppet brigade over at FOX NEWS to all say at the same time that ‘global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American people.’ Keeping the majority of the ‘American People’ in the dark about the real dangers of global warming and the chief cause of it, mankind’s insistence on the continuation of carbon dioxide output en masse–this is not only irresponsible, but immoral and insane.  But, to accomplish this by illegally HACKING into the very private scientific documents and emails of prominent scientists from all over the world, threatening them in some instances, is more than over the top, it must be investigated and handed down to REAL AUTHORITY for the proper punishment.  Our children will look back on this time period and say, as they look out into the open ocean that is now the top of the world, the old ‘North Pole’, as Santa had to move to gig to Stockholm, and say, “our parent’s and their friends must have really believed that old wind bag Rupert Murdoch and his television news stations, as well as his news papers, as they all were claiming, years ago, that global warming was not real?  Are you kidding me?  And, with all of that information, did nothing to stop it’s destructive progress?  Wow, I guess that is what they mean by WILLFUL BLINDNESS.”  I wonder if the kids in Iowa today think ‘global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American people’, well to be fair, if they are in one of those ‘creationism’ charter schools, they just might.  Not only did Murdoch hack into these systems of TRUTH, but proceeded to manipulate it to make it appear there was some kind of disagreement between the preeminent scientific community that deals, by definition, with REALITY, adding to his long list of dubious credits that will dog him for the rest of his days.  So, aside from paying off police to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, using them in so many double agent scenarios, giving rise to questions about the POLICE in general, with two heads rolling already, the top two officers at Scotland Yard in London, hacking into little girls’ cell phone, deleting messages from a girl they already knew was dead, hacking into the Royal families phone lines, celebrity phone lines, hacking into the phone lines of victims of the London 77 terrorists bombings and the families of dead British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and paying for the legal fees of fired journalists for the “News of the World”, whose fees were paid for via the commanded silence of said ex-employee, who may have just told the whole ball of wax to the world about what a real scum bag Murdoch certainly seems to be, yeah, so aside from all of that, I’m sure Rupert Murdoch did not know a bloody thing.  I also have some swamp land in Florida I will let you have for a song.  All of this coupled with the HUGE settlements (1 million pounds or 2 million U.S. dollars given to one individual who must have had quite a lot of dirt on the old Wallaby) offered to victims of the hacking, in exchange for their silence.  Rupert Murdoch represents everything that is wrong with the world of Journalism today, and hence, reflects the world at large in that way, an alternate reality if you will, forcing the media into a black hole of ignorance, betrayal and theft, portraying the world as ‘they’ see it, not as it TRULY IS.  By manipulating the truth, men like Murdoch can sway elections (owning the politicians, via a Machiavellian design, and carrying them around in his pocket like so many nickles and dimes)  because he can sway the electorate, or at least he used to be able to, brainwashing them into believing anything that comes out of his crooked mouth–orders that are designed for HIS gain, not the nation(s) at large.  I don’t buy into this “I don’t know nothin’” routine, right out of the classic film, “The Godfather”, and I pray that the FBI does not believe it either, for if this is truly ‘the HOME of the BRAVE and Land of the Free’, is it not reasonable to ask that the ego of Rupert Murdoch be stopped, as it has hurt enough lives already wouldn’t you say?  Rupert Murdoch has no claim on the TRUTH, in fact, he is quite scared of it right now, and it WILL CATCH UP with him and his 40 billion dollar ‘news’ organization, that as a whole (News Corporation) offers less with it’s entire history of programming than one hour of a FRONTLINE documentary on PBS. Have a wonderful day folks and may GOD please be with the 3.5 million Somalian refugees who are streaming into Kenya, East Africa, where a real FAMINE is taking place as I write these words.  Please offer a prayer if you will, and should you like to donate, please dial into www.savethechildren.org or care.org. There has never been a greater human need than this one! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 20, 2011

Summer Escape

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:25 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the beautiful island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Wednesday morning, the twentieth day of July, 2011, another hot, hazy and humid one out there, as many look to Chatham’s cool bays for a little relief from the oppressive heat wave that has gripped most of the nation.  In Washington D.C. this morning, you may hear of the three debt ceiling proposals out there, one option very draconian, and I will not waste the ‘ink’ to write about the republican plan to ’starve the beast’, bringing us to the next plan, endorsed by the President as a balanced approach to our growing national debt, while broadening the tax base, a non-starter for the House republicans who bow to Grover Norquist and his “no new tax pledge” that has been put in place to destroy this nation from the inside out, bringing forth the plutocratic vision of ‘men’ like David and Charles Koch.  The third option is the fabled ‘plan b’, that will give the President the power to raise the debt ceiling on this own, with no tax increases and no spending cuts to the big three, namely Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  This third option will most likely be utilized at the 11th second of the eleventh hour, averting disaster in this country and around the world.  To get some kind of historical grip on this confusing ‘debt ceiling’, one could go back in time, roughly a little under thirty years ago, (September 26, 1987 to be exact) and review a speech given by then President Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of the republican effort here on planet earth, or wherever they are really from.  A speech that brings to light all of the lies, horse$hit and hypocrisy the G.O.P. have been spoon feeding it’s audience on FOX NEWS or the like for all of these years… and action! Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Mr. Ronald Reagan–”Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing it’s responsibility.  This brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits.  Interest rates skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets (worldwide), and the Federal deficit would soar.  The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet it’s obligations.  It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility–two things that set us apart from much of the world.”  The American people have been polled yet once again, breaking news, and 55 percent now believe that not raising the debt ceiling would be a bad thing.  A giant leap forward, as the President has done a fine job of educating those “American People” as to the lies being promoted by the polluters among us, and YA’LL know who you are! On a lighter note, I suppose it’s lighter, if you believe switching the subject from saboteurs to corrupt media moguls who own politicians, the press and institutions is moving in that general direction of ‘lightness’, however, I’ll give it my best shot.  Rupert Murdoch appeared yesterday in front of a sub-committee at the House of Commons, I suppose the U.K. version of a congressional hearing, a much anticipated event that this reporter watched from start to finish, as even I jumped a little bit when the pie in the face bit took place in the middle of Murdoch’s testimony, appearing with his son James, Murdoch’s ‘number two’ if you will, with both men giving a strong performance, using his age of eighty years to his advantage, as he could not seem to remember a bloody thing–prompting many journalists around the world to chuckle just a little bit I imagine, although not all, especially those on ‘the take’, such as employees of FOX or even an occasional MSNBC reporter such as Joe Scarborough, who opened up his mouth once again this morning and took away any doubt as to his own credibility, insulting a fellow reporter from the same station, Mr. Martin Bashir, who has covered this story exhaustively and has, perhaps, a little DEEPER view than old Joe.  Martin Bashir appeared on “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell” (airing every week night at 8 and 11 p.m., EDT, only on MSNBC) and gave us all a better idea of what this whole thing is all about.  Said Bashir of Murdoch’s performance yesterday, “…what he could not remember were small things like dates and times, he couldn’t remember payments (huge settlements, some upwards of a million British pounds)  he couldn’t remember individual staff members, what we have here is this powerful media mogul, reduced to a frail, old man who could not remember a single thing.  But he could ASSERT two things–one, that he knew absolutely nothing about the illegal phone hacking, he knew nothing about paying settlements, he knew nothing about private investigators stealing private medical records of politicians and private individuals, he knew nothing about bribes accepted by the POLICE, (much like Sgt. Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes, “I see ‘nos-sing Hogan!”), yes, he knew nothing about it, he was adamant.  Second, he made it clear that he is not for resigning, he believes he should stay at the helm of this company (while independent investment analysts conclude that News corp. stock would rise by 50 percent without Murdoch), and, in his own words, ‘re-establish it’s moral under pinnings’... But, I have to say that one of the things that came across today was something of a shock for British Society, collectively asking the question, ‘have we had Institutions (Houses of Parliament, police, politicians, the press, all corralled and controlled by this gargantuan media mogul?’.  So it was disturbing and dramatic even without the ‘humble pie’.  Murdoch’s power and control was particular and specific.  He talked for example, in fact, that last year now Prime Minister David Cameron built a coalition government in May of 2010, and that he, Rupert Murdoch, was one of the first visitors to 10 Downing Street (home/office of the Prime Minister of England), he ‘entered through the back door’…now I remember reading Alistair Campbell’s diaries, Alistair Campbell being the former press secretary for then Prime Minister Tony Blair, and said in those diaries, ‘we ushered in Rupert Murdoch through the back door at number 10′. This was a man who had full and free access to the most senior individuals elected in the United Kingdom.  And, he had close relationships with the editors of his newspapers, for example Pierce Morgan, who had been editor for the “News of the World” for 18 months, in his own recollection writes, “Rupert Murdoch spoke to him at least once a week…for 18 months!”.  So here we have this vast contrast between a man who is sitting before a committee of the House of Commons, incapable of remembering anything, and yet, individuals who interacted with him remember absolutely everything.  Is it really possible that Rupert Murdoch knew nothing?  Absolutely 0.  And remember he had newspapers under his control, that were delivering the most spectacular stories, stories about members of the Royal family, asking 500,000 pounds to allow people access to Prince Andrew.  Another fine story he delivered was a smear campaign on Members of Parliament that he did not like, writing story after story of what MP was in bed with with what woman.  These are the kind of stories his news papers were delivering,  that is the kind of detail that Rupert Murdoch provided, and yet, we’re supposed to believe, after yesterday, that he knew nothing, and can’t remember anything of the criminality.”  If you don’t believe that this kind of underhanded journalism goes on here in the good ‘ole US of A, please reconsider your position.  This is systemic, this is real and this is the new reality of much of what goes for JOURNALISM these days–simply put…unadulterated horse$hit! Have a nice day folks and please keep the poorest of the poor in your thoughts and prayers today, those refugees on the Somalian/Kenyan border.  They could use all the help you can give.  Should you wish to donate, please go to www.savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 19, 2011


Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:38 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Wonderful to be with you on this Tuesday morning, the nineteenth day of July, 2011, another hot, hazy and humid one out there on the beaches of this little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice age over 11,500 years ago–from the tip of Cape Cod proper in Provincetown, as seen above in the symbol of the Pilgrim Monument, the tallest granite structure in America today, to the sometimes foggy island of Nantucket, an island once called, ‘the faraway island’ by native American Indians whose influence is still felt in this mystical region of this great country of ours, where, and I quote my friend Don Henley, “the old world shadows hang heavy in the air…” Speaking of old world shadows, an Australian news mogul by the name of Rupert, “arrrrgghhh matie!”, Murdoch, the Chairman and CEO and part owner of News Corporation, arguably one of the most influential corporations on planet earth, will be facing the fire in London in forty five minutes or so (you can watch it LIVE on Current TV with the Dean of modern day journalism, Mr. Keith Olbermann), as the old man of the sea has been ‘invited for tea?’ to the Houses of Parliament to answer questions ranging from ‘how much did you know about the vicious and illegal telephone and computer hacking (4000 cases thus far) of members of the Royal family, victims of the London terrorists attacks (77), families of dead service members, as well as a little girl who was missing and later found dead.  This does not even begin to delve into the cozy relationship Murdoch had with not only Members of Parliament, but with Scotland Yard, London’s premier police/security force, whose commissioner and number two recently tendered their resignations (based on the tremendous shame of numerous cases of bribery partaken in by not only cops on the beat, but senior police officials as well), with more to follow, casting a dark shadow on present British Prime Minister David Cameron, who not only employed senior executives from now defunct “News of the World”, but many believe was owned by Murdoch, as so many British (and possibly American, right FBI?) politicians were right along with him, driven by FEAR, as he carried them around in his pocket ‘like so many nickles and dimes’. Questions also now are raised here in the U.S., especially regarding Rupert Murdoch’s possible involvement of hacking into phone lines of the victims after the attacks on 9/11–conservative papers such as the Wall Street Journal (owned by Murdoch) announced, in a very suspicious and defensive position yesterday on it’s editorial page, just how put upon that poor paper is, how innocent it is, how TRUSTWORTHY it is…really?  Seriously?  No one, no serious, intelligent person, can tell US that Murdoch, who was more akin to corrupt mobsters, portrayed so well by Marlon Brando in the classic film “The Godfather”, than he was to the credible “news man” he claimed to be.  He has blindly, to date, denied everything, stating that he did not know about the hacking, when it is far more likely that he knew ALL of it, and most would conclude that he probably ORDERED it.  Think about FOX NEWS for just a moment.  Where is the fair? Where is the balance? Those adjectives, or virtues, do not compute in the world of Rupert Murdoch just based on the FACT that most of these politicians were AFRAID of him, much like David and Charles Koch would like to have it in this nation.  Thus, one must be at least mildly interested in the goings on over at FOX, for if the old adage is true, “the fish stinks from the head down”, then Rupert Murdoch is going to need a stiff drink after this day is through.  Please keep the refugees on the Somalian/Kenyan border in your thoughts and prayers, and should you wish to donate, please dial into www.savethechildren.org or care.org, your donations will go a long way in saving a LIFE! Have a nice day.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 18, 2011

A Hoy!!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:25 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the foggy island of Nantucket!  So good to be with you on this Monday morning, the eighteenth day of July, 2011, a cloudy, warm day here on Cape, with expected thunderstorms, possibly severe, expected later on in the day.  The giant high pressure system that sits over the middle section of the nation, sending temperatures soaring yesterday from Texas to Montana, slides a little to the east today, bringing the heat to Washington D.C., New York City and even Boston, while WE all wait out this oppressive weather–comforted by remembering the famous words of that maniac Senator (the world’s worst pilot) from the great state of Oklahoma, say it with me, Mr. James, ’she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes’, Inhofe who said a little while back, “…global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American people.” Thank the Lord God that we have such bright, compassionate and socially conscious ‘leaders’ in ‘charge’ in Washington, for they offer light when all seems lost, bringing us slave wages, a rigged financial system that rewards the rich, and dirty drinking water (thanks to the FRACKING process of pouring 596 deadly chemicals into the earth, drilling for profit on others pain, in order to gain “natural gas”–polluting the ‘American People’s’ backyards since 2005!  Brought to you by… the evil corporations of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and David and Charles Koch’s, KOCH INDUSTRIES) that compliments the dirty air (heavy on the carbon dioxide, thank you very much) that is slowly melting the planet earth, as one more species vanishes from it’s face forever.  My compliments to you Senator Inhofe, you will be remembered well!!  That little thing called GLOBAL WARMING is, of course, not even on the radar screen for what’s on the docket this week, as the whole focus of our looming debt crisis is still front and center, with the bat $hit, brainwashed, puppet brigade, coming in the form of the House Republicans, still ‘holding to their ‘young guns” (how are the book sales boys?), making it very clear they will never raise taxes on the rich or corporations, really one and the same, and further, and much more disturbing, holding firm to that foothold of mindless nonsense, provided by the likes of a Michelle Bachmann for example, of not paying our obligations that come in the form of promises current and former administrations made to our soldiers, our seniors, and our bond holders, as well as a whole host of other outstanding bills, yes, sticking to the notion of cutting one’s nose off despite one’s face, is, somehow, a good idea, (a group that has clearly LOST it’s way and mind) holding the whole country in a Stockholm Syndrome, making a bad U.S. economy worse, much worse than it was before.  Ah, the G.O.P., f%cking up this country and the majority of it’s people since at least the days of Ronald Regan, I mean, Ronald Reagan. The republican party is simply not interested in making the economy better, why would they?  The interests of Rebublicorp are much more Machiavellian, unable to communicate with simple human compassion, Love and kindness, words that are as foreign to say, a puppet like Eric, ‘you go girl’, Cantor, as a day of hard labor is to his lily white hands, manicured hands at that.  There is not a man among the republicans who can look this reporter in the eye and say that he is doing right by this country, his God and his soul.  The use of the words by these low life’s, “The American People”, should be banned and replaced by “The American Corporation”, who now, thanks to Citizens United, has a voice that is much louder, powerful and vicious than the whole of the American electorate put together, and just as all the money is flowing to the top, so is the political power, for how can we truly call this country a true Democracy, when 400 of the richest people in this nation control 50 percent of the wealth, or the combined wealth of roughly 150 million people?  Who do YOU think is calling the shots in Washington and owns the airwaves to tell ‘ya’ll’ that everything will be just fine if we lower tax rates, cut spending and fire the black guy?  Why don’t we ask Murdoch, or better yet, we’ll ask one of his puppets, oh, wait, we can’t, because the chief of police in London, the head of Scotland Yard, resigned over the week end, over allegations of corruption and bribery, on his watch, casting a dark shadow over ‘authority’ figures in Britain, that could eventually implicate Prime Minister David Cameron himself, as he will be hosting News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday with all the other Members of Parliament in London, in an attempt to explain away the over 4000 hacking incidents, illegal and immoral, that his now defunct “News of the World” took part in over the past ten years or so, with many in this nation wondering, again, just how far the apple fell from the tree, as in FOX NEWS, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. Some, in this country, such as Pat Buchanan, a lovable old republican throw back and contributor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, are crying, “there are people in this country that are going to pile on Murdoch, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,”, oooops, I’m sorry Pat, I must have fallen asleep while you were jawboning, what was that?  You don’t want people like me to go after someone who hacked into a little girl’s cell phone line, giving their parent’s hope she was still alive?  Or someone hacking into fallen soldier’s families emails and phones lines?  Or someone hacking into the Royal families phones?  Or hacking into public figures such as the Prime Minister himself, then Gordon Brown, all while your boy becomes cozy with the new PM, whom he helped get elected?  Are you kidding me Pat?  I think it may be time to think about retirement old boy.  I suppose it makes sense though, as you must be smarting still after all of these years, what with your backing a losing horse like tricky Dick and all.  Get used to it pal, because in the world of total transparency and disclosure, even the ‘powerful’ POLICE will now be under a microscope, as we all learn the lesson of ‘the fish stinks from the head down’ for the one thousandth time.  Have a nice day and week ahead folks, and please, for the LOVE OF GOD, say a prayer or donate to the humanitarian efforts happening right NOW on the Somalian/Kenyan border, as 10 million plus refugees are pouring into Kenya everyday, escaping one of the worst droughts in the history of the world, with woman and children, dying of hunger, thirst and general famine in front of our very eyes.  To donate, please dial into www.savethechilren.org or www.care.org, two highly reputable organizations who will do their best to help as many people who have less than nothing survive yet another day in the blazing equatorial sun of Kenya.  Thank you for your support. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 17, 2011

Beach Day

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:04 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the fantastic island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Sunday morning, the seventeenth day of July, 2011, a gorgeous one here in Osterville, as the Cape and islands get geared up for yet another summer day at the beach.  I don’t believe one could pack more into the Sunday morning talk shows peppering the airwaves all over the world this mid summers morn, what with the looming debt ceiling crisis, the News Corporation scandal, the human emergency on the Kenyan/Somalian border, the jobless problem in the U.S., the state of the U.S. economy, the many culture wars roaring in the U.S., along with a whole host of other issues, yes, I would say the good folks at ABC, NBC, CBS, and yes, even FOX NEWS, will have plenty to talk about in about two hours or so.  I once had a political scientist explain in a lecture when I was in college at the University of Vermont, that, in essence, ‘the world’s problems are sometimes just too big for man to wrap his small brain around,’ prompting the question, ‘yes, but if they are problems made by man, can they not be solved by man?’.  I suppose it takes a whole host of intelligent, awake and reasonable human beings to accomplish that, and when you have MONEY involved, to any degree, normally altruism and good will go out the window.  No one on their death bed said they wished they had spent more “time” at the office.  Perhaps that is truly the rub, for as WE all work harder for less, here in this great country called America, while the majority suffer in a rigged system of corruption and rampant runaway greed, the world has become sicker, both physically and spiritually, for in the end, it is only LOVE that we take.  Who we loved, not who loved us back, and in that knowingness, in that moment when you become AWARE of your true reality, a state of LOVE without fear, all the dull bullies in the world can beat you, mock you and kill you, but they cannot take the one thing they are so desperate to find, yet know not they seek it–the eternal LOVE you are and will always be. “So, we got that going for US, which is nice.” (credit Bill Murray and the classic film circa 1978–Caddyshack).  Have a wonderful Sunday folks and please keep, should you wish to, the refugees of Somalia in your prayers, all 3.5 million of them.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 16, 2011

Osterville’s early LIGHT

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 3:04 pm

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the wonderful island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Saturday morning, the sixteenth day of July, 2011, the slowest news/entertainment day of the week, unless you have some kind of a Sky satellite hookup, discovering what Rupert Murdoch may have consumed for breakfast, let’s see, ‘I’ll have the Wallabee stew, a twelve pack of Foster’s (Australian for beer, mate) and David Cameron on a spit!’ I just returned from an amazing walk at Joshua’s pond here in Osterville, as that great spot is known and loved around these here parts, only a few steps out my front door, an interconnected system of paths that takes one around the ridge of two ancient kettle ponds, Joshua’s and Mike’s, nestled in a forest of oak, scrub and white pine, and maple, populated with animals of all species, from Coyote and Fox, to Red Tail Hawk and the Great Horned Owl, not to mention the Cardinal, the Blue Jay, the Woodpecker, the Baltimore Oriole, the Goldfinch, ah, the list goes on forever.  At the end of one of the paths, you come into a clearing where a small beach greets you to jump into Mike’s pond, which I did just a short while ago, and when you do, you will remember why you came to Cape Cod to begin with.  The water is cool, crystal clear and very deep, as kettle ponds tend to be, carved from the retreat of the Great Ice sheet over 11,500 years ago, an age of ice that created Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and that super island of Nantucket.  This is why I live on Cape Cod. To quote my friend and yours, Bill Murray from the classic film Caddyshack, also starring Chevy Chase, “You got a pool over ‘der?” Chevy:  “We ‘got’ a pool, and a pond…pond would be good for you.” Bill:  “Pond, pool, bubbling springs, anything at this juncture, really.” So come on down and visit us, ‘we’ll leave the LIGHT on for ya!’. The stunning developments yesterday in London, as well as in New York, regarding Rupert Murdoch’s now embattled News Corporation, were, in a word, extraordinary.  Les Hinton, publisher of the prestigious crown jewel of the Murdoch evil empire, the Wall Street Journal and chairman of that Dow Jones company, was fired yesterday, along with Murdoch’s Rebekah Brooks, who led News International, the parent company of now defunct tabloid, the world’s largest selling English speaking paper, News of the World, who shut down operations after 168 years in business.  This comes, of course, after it leaked out that over 4000 illegal and sometimes inhuman wire taps were performed by the paper, attempting, presumably, to glean dirt on victims of not only abduction cases and subsequent murders, but also families of the victims of recent terrorists attacks in Britain, families of soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, celebrities, members of the Royal family, and quite possibly victims of the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.  Murdoch’s reach went all the way to 10 Downing Street in the U.K. (home of the British PM) and the Prime Minister of England himself, then Gordon Brown, whose phone was tapped as well, again, in an attempt to get information about his infant son’s health condition.  To make matters worse, the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, was very, very cozy with the old pirate and his motley crew, arrrgghhh!, bringing forth more in the way of questions than there are answers to satisfy the growing rash of queries.  Shouldn’t we call the police?  If you do, don’t bother calling the head of Scotland Yard, London/U.K. police headquarters, for he is in hot water of his own, answering questions about at least 100,000 dollars worth of bribes that were taken by police officers in exchange for releasing sensitive PRIVATE information, information that has deeply wounded many lives, so many that next week Rupert Murdoch will appear in front of the Houses of Parliament to make his case, something that should be very interesting to witness.  Should you like the whole inside story, please tune in to a special edition of “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, only on Current TV, check your local listings, on Tuesday morning, probably around 8 or 9 a.m., EDT, to witness the taking down of a Goliath in the news business–(a business that has been tainted by this “Murdoch… Australian for news mate!”), as the British parliament begins taking down corruption and criminal behavior, not to mention the enormous power that Murdoch wielded over his political “friends”, as he pulled their strings to do his bidding–by one stone, the stone of TRUTH. After Rupert is through with the MP’s, he will be facing the FBI in this country, as the Justice Department gets involved in this scandal in a big way, for if the victims of 9/11 were wire tapped by any of Rupert’s people, the future for the likes of FOX NEWS, at least under the leadership of Murdoch, will be in doubt.  It has been fascinating to watch all the mouth pieces over at my favorite news source recently, as all are hush hush and hunkered down this week end, having not spoken about the mega story for TWO WEEKS!  Think about that for a moment, not only has FOX been mum about the whole, “scandal, what scandal?”, so has the Wall Street Journal, whose paper will have a difficult time explaining why they haven’t written a bloody word about what everyone else already knows, namely that their publisher was involved in, to a great degree, illegal and highly immoral acts of hacking into the phone lines of all sorts of high end targets, as well as ordinary citizens, when he ran Murdoch’s News International, and did not mention it once in a paper that KNOWS everything!  A headline that might have gone something like, “Looking for Publisher”must enjoy Foster’s (Australian for beer mate!), ’shrimp on the barbie’ and be handy at tapping phone lines.  Please see the pirate and his parrot inside the booth for more details, no liberal, tree huggin’ liberals need apply.  Arrrggghhh, matie!”. There is one thing that is for sure, social media outlets, and their popular usage throughout the world, such as Facebook, Twitter, and technology in general, have made this world a much more transparent place–which can either be hell or Heaven, depending upon how many secrets you keep from not only yourself, but from the world, for total exposure is the only way to be totally free, for the old adage is true, “we are only as sick as our secrets.” It is one thing to make up stories in a crappy tabloid, nonsense that no one takes seriously anyway, it is quite another to go into people’s personal lives, via physically hacking into secure, presumably phone and computer lines, in an attempt to gain private information just to make a buck.  It is not only disgraceful, but truly shocking, for who would believe that people would stoop that low?  Hope you have a wonderful Saturday folks and remember, don’t take any of those wooden nickles from the daffy folks over at FOX and FRIENDS, they are not smart enough to be foxes and they are certainly not your friends! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 15, 2011

Dear Dad, I Hate You!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:34 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good to be with you on this Friday morning, a stellar one out there in Osterville today, as a big Canadian high pressure system came in yesterday and cleared out all of that horrible humidity, ushering in lower temperatures and clear skies, oh, “I’m sorry did you want to talk about the weather or did you just want to chit chat?”… (credit the classic Bill Murray film, Groundhog Day).  I’m sure all of that is good news for Adam Sandler, a whole host of comedians and actors from Saturday Night Live, Susan Sarandon , James Caan, and several other notables, as they continue filming just down the street from my house here in this little, tiny, tiny town a mere football toss away from our thirty-fifth President of the United States of American, Mr. Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife Jackie, who, along with the rest of that incredibly gifted and generous family, CHANGED the course of this nation’s destiny, opening up avenues of fairness and balance that had previously been mired in the corporate culture of greed and corruption that we see so often today in our nation’s Capitol, as our politicians attempt to mask their TRUE INTENTIONS by acting like a hoard of junior high school creeps who enjoy bullying  weaker (and less vicious) kids out of their collective lunch monies.  As Adam films the above mentioned title to this new comedy he is creating, I have to say it once again so I believe it myself, in Osterville, our “Daddy”, the ‘leaders’ in Washington–’parents’ who hold the keys to this nation either thriving as one, or falling away as separate, to either creating a more perfect UNION, or demolishing the principals this nation was founded upon via Republicorp’s modus operandi PROFIT OVER PEOPLE, namely, FREEDOM, JUSTICE and the pursuit of HAPPINESS–will be ‘back at work’ today, as President Barack Obama pushes this all important Friday deadline to the max.  I put it to you Eric,“you go girl”, Cantor, the House republican leader, “how is a nation of so called ‘free’ people able to pursue JUSTICE and Happiness when the system is rigged in favor of the richest among US?” (as in the wealthiest 400 individuals in this country owning 50 percent of the wealth, or roughly 150 million people!), whose profit margins and way of life DEPEND on the poor, middle class and minorities doing poorly, taking away rights afforded by unions for example, keeping the poor down (along with the middle class, hence the FACT that NO jobs bills, that have been presented the members of the House, have seen the light of day), while ‘voodoo economics’ or ‘trickle down’ or ‘free market capitalism’ continues unabated and uncontested, for the most part, an evil process started, in earnest, thirty years ago under then President Ronald Reagan (under the direction of then Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, a former Merrill Lynch CEO), a process of writing legislation that would eventually enhance corporate powers inside the beltway, thus, effectively controlling all three branches of government–the Judicial, the Executive and the Legislative–continuing the vicious downward cycle of the working poor (wages have risen by 1 percent in the past thirty years while the top two percent have gone up 278 percent), while increasing the wealth and POWER of the multi-national corporate conglomerates, who meet, in secret, in exotic locals such as Aspen, Colorado, Palm Beach, Florida, etcetera, to discuss STRATEGY to keep the grift alive and kicking.  The big losers, it turns out to the surprise of many of FOX NEWS viewers, is them.  For the last time I checked, red necks are not allowed in five star restaurants at the top of Aspen Mountain, hell, most red necks don’t even know where Aspen is on a map.  Yet, three quarters of FOX NEWS viewers are dumber than a fifth grader (don’t blame me, they have a tv show that PROVES IT) and are thus, easily manipulated with bright, shiny lights, and objects, simple to understand talking points that leave the ‘thinking’ up to republican strategists such as Karl Rove or Frank Luntz.  In the end, unfortunate men like Rupert Murdoch, a man who knows everything about every aspect of his vast news empire, News Corporation, on both sides of the Atlantic, and indeed, all over the world, get away with it–or do they? It seems to all of those in the world with IQ’s above 70, that Murdoch KNEW about the wire taps on that poor murdered little girl, terrorist victims in the UK (very possibly here in the U.S., as in the victims of 9/11) as well as Members of Parliament, going all the way up to the Prime Minister of England, then PM Gordan Brown, hacked for information about his infant son’s health condition, not to mention celebrities, members of the Royal family, and countless others yet to be named, where POLICE at Scotland Yard, have been accused of taking BRIBES from Murdoch’s minions, releasing sensitive information that has severely damaged many lives–so many that it would take an equal number for Murdoch to utilize for all of the apologies he would surely have to make, looking a whole lot like the evil magician in the Christmas tale ‘Frosty the Snowman’, where Santa eventually catches up with said ‘magician’ and demands satisfaction–effectively destroying any semblance of TRUST in journalism, a business that has become disturbingly commercialized and compromised over the years, succumbing to the temptation of crossing over sacred lines of human decency, where TRUST has become a very rare commodity indeed.  The head and publisher of the Wall Street Journal (one of the three large news sources owned by Murdoch in this country, the others being FOX NEWS and the New York Post) Les Hinton (The Wall Street Journal being Murdoch’s most ‘trusted’, high end market valued and prestigious newspapers in the world), yes, Mr. Les Hinton, also chief executive of Dow Jones, was, during this flurry of illegal activity and police investigations, that is just now coming out, Chairman of News International, Murdoch’s powerful and profitable holding group of London papers and tabloids, including the Times of London, and is implicated in the cover-ups of illegal wire taps that have effected hundreds of British citizens, from the highest to the lowest, and thus, effectively bringing the chickens home to roost in this nation, a chicken soup that I imagine might just be good for Rupert, ‘arrrrgghhhh matie’, Murdoch’s soul. If it has not already been claimed by “somebody” else already.  The power that Murdoch HAD in the U.K., spilling over into the ‘colonies’, was unmatched and unprecedented.  His ability to sway elections and manipulate public discourse and policy gets at the very core of the problem with corporate owned airwaves and the reason most people in this nation, as well as in most parts of the world, live in a cave, with the only source of LIGHT coming from the dimly lit flat screen television sets, and their endless Blackberry messages, intruding upon their living rooms and lives, with a giant head attached to say, Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly’s body, shouting out exactly what Rupert, “Dear Dad, I Hate You”, Murdoch’s mouth and twisted mind wants you, the British/American public/world public, to think, say, and do.  Why is it that the New York Post, a real piece of crap, makes so much profit for the old pirate?  Because it violates the most basic blockades set up to protect innocent people’s PRIVACY, and in a world of sensationalism, sex, scandal and all around mayhem, the juicier the story the better, as all forms of common decent human behavior go out the window, all for a quick quid, or a buck if you live in the U.S.–say it with me folks, it will set you FREE–Who’s your daddy? Just turn on that stupid television set you have in various geographical points in your home.  As soon as your mind is taken over by the likes of a “Billo the clown” (credit Keith Olbermann of “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, airing every week night at 8, 11 p.m., EDT, only on Current TV), or Sean Hannity, God help you, you have been tainted by some of Murdoch’s cancerous offering to the human race–or, if you are a horseman, ‘unadulterated horse$hit’–stuff, if you knew the source and, moreover, the real intentions and feelings towards the 98 percent of say, the American people, these people really have, you would throw said flat screen television set into the Nantucket Sound, assuming you lived on Cape Cod, and join the fight to take AMERICA back from the thieves, war criminals and thugs that have bullied their way into power and are positioning themselves to continue the rape and pillage of our environment (I’m looking at you BROTHERS KOCH and HALLIBURTON, go FRACK yourselves with your own deadly poisonous 596 chemicals!  Chemicals you plan to pour into the deep water sources of our nation, via the hydraulic ‘fracking’ of shale rock, profiting from ‘natural gas’, while destroying our drinking water forever, in over 37 states now, one of them being upstate New York.  Corrupt and immoral activities that WILL eventually poison New York city drinking water, affecting 18 million people) our economy and eventually the very core principals this nation was founded upon–making the United States of America into a laughing stock all around the world as nation after nation pulls past us and into the future, not tethered by bigoted, outdated and dangerous national, state and local policies that did not work in the past, and realizing the importance of taking care of their own people, by way of better education, better infrastructure, better health care, better nutrition, and better JOBS, a priority the republican party campaigned upon during the elections held in 2010, a year, that, last time I checked, WAS ONLY A YEAR AGO!  Who’s your Daddy now FOX NEWS?  To quote my good friend Mr. Keith Olbermann, “Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs?” Have a nice week end folks and please remember the folks on the Kenyan/Somalia border, all 3.5 million of them, they are in great need and a little prayer goes a LONG WAY. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 14, 2011

Great Blue Heron

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:09 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 rainy Thursday morning here in Osterville, the fourteenth day of July, 2011, as you look up at one of our most stunning birds here on Cape and the Islands, the Great Blue Heron, whose wing span reaches over 6-8 feet when flying above this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age, looking more like a teradactyl than a big, blue mysterious bird that adorns our shores and, perhaps, awakens US all to what is really important in this LIFE we all share…I wonder if Washington D.C. ever received that message?  Eric, ‘you go girl’, Cantor, the U.S. House of Representative’s majority whip obviously has not, as he now seems to have claimed the leadership position in that embattled people’s House, working for the “teavangelists”, a combination of the craziest elements of the tea party and the radical evangelical movement, hell bent on destroying the real definition of this immigrant nation, and all of it’s forward movements, EVOLUTION (if you will, and I know you won’t), at any cost, as the debt ceiling deadline looms in the far off distance, a distance that is closing ground even as I write these words, with the President of the United States getting ready at this 7 a.m. hour to do battle once again with a group of people whose main mission is to make him a one term President.  “Would you like juice with your pancakes this morning sir, or would you just prefer an aspirin?”  We here at seacapecod.net offer our support to the strategy employed, as does the Wall Street Journal, who wrote this yesterday regarding this epic battle of wills, and I quote, “…the President’s strategy all along:  Take the debt limit talks behind closed doors, make major spending cuts seem possible in the early days, but then hammer Republicans publicly as the deadline nears for refusing to raise taxes on business and ‘the rich’.”  Rupert Murdoch’s paper goes on to say, “The hotter precincts of the blogosphere were calling this a sell out yesterday, though they might want to think before they shout.  The debt ceiling is going to be increased one way or another, and the only question has been what if anything the Republicans could get in return.  If Mr. Obama insists on a tax increase, and Republicans won’t vote for one, then what’s the alternative to Mr. McConnell’s maneuver?  And finally, a LOVE note from big Wall Street, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a letter from over 400 American CEO’s, you know, MONEY and real power, to House Republican freshman:  “The polls that now find that voters oppose a debt ceiling increase will turn on a dime when Americans start learning that they won’t get Social Security checks.”  Stop with the talking points Mr. Cantor, no one, especially your puppet masters, are listening and, moreover, are growing tired of this embarrassingly corrupt transparency.  You are here to forth banned from using the term, “American People”, in a sentence, a paragraph or a picture you drew with your new crayon set (as well as banned from the all white, Christian club house for a while, just ’till things blow over), or refer to them in any way, you sir, have lost that privilege, for you never did speak for the AMERICAN PEOPLE, as you blocked job bill after job bill in this 112th congressional session, poisoning the water time and time again with 596 chemically tainted (Koch Industries) corporate sponsored and handed down talking points that just as well might have come from a man who hacks into murder victims phone lines, terrorist victims on both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention Members of Parliament in the U.K. (while police took in bribes, nice) and, you would know better than I, perhaps even your phone, for I can think of no other reason for this shameful display of brinkmanship, when so much is at stake for the U.S. economy, it’s people’s futures, and the world markets at large–you, Eric Cantor, are way out of your league and are about to be corrected, but GOOD!  Have a pleasant day folks and may GOD continue to bless this world, especially those on the Somalian/Kenyan border, for that is where His help is most assuredly needed the MOST. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 13, 2011

Dawn at Dowses

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:35 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sunny island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Wednesday morning, the thirteenth day of July, 2011, another hot, hazy and humid one here on Cape, as the whole of the country is, as you are most likely well aware, experiencing record setting temperatures, with no end in sight, as a giant high pressure system sits over the mid section of the nation (coupled with the fact that the polar ice caps are almost fifty percent melted), sending the whole of the nation into a dangerous heat wave (stay hydrated!).  But have no fear, we always have the immortal words of Senator James, “she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes,” Inhofe (R-OK), who famously offered US these words only a few years ago, “…global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American people.” So well stated Senator, you maniac pilot you!  The only problem with your little theory is, putting aside all of that FACTUAL science stuff, it not only is the greatest hoax played on the “American People”, but is also a hoax being played out all over the world.  It is the same hoax that is CURRENTLY affecting 3.5 million people on the Somalia/Kenyan border, human beings fleeing Somalia, due to one of the most severe droughts to ever hit the area, dying of hunger and thirst, while the world watches and wonders who is going to help them, let alone change policies globally to curb this growing problem of our planet slowly MELTING due to our continued blindness to carbon emmissions!  Back in Washington D.C., the tide has finally turned–the gig is finally up–so to speak, on the whole hostage taking attempt (Stockholm Syndrome) of not only the good and sometimes gullible American People, but also of the U.S. and world economies at large by an ideological terrorist group better known as Republicorp.  Yesterday in a stunning press conference, Mitch, “the mouse”, McConnell (R-KY), made it clear that they have basically surrendered to the FACT that the debt ceiling MUST be raised, or the republican establishment in this country would be damaged beyond all recognition, without any hope of recovering fully, never really having regained the ‘American People’s’ TRUST.  Since the days of my favorite President, our thirty-fifth, Jack Kennedy, the national debt ceiling has been raised 74 times, 7 times during the Bush administration alone, raised for illegal wars, unproductive tax breaks, an unlimited credit card for big pharma, you get the picture, and thus, raising it has been just a matter of course.  In a perfect world, WE would all put our egos aside and make our best attempt to get our collective heads and hands around very serious spending issues (U.S. military) and the tax inequality problem (tax code reform), irresponsible and irrevocable policies that have led to this huge national debt, as we look to the Heavens to fulfill OUR collective need for an adult congress to tackle these mounting problems, we hope that they would do so, without, of course, continuing to harm every day working Americans, whose collective PAIN is only benefiting their corporate master’s bottom line profit margins, as they are most certainly doing NOW–a job clearly not for the 112th.  What McConnell and the rest of the republican leaders are betting on is this–they will agree to a clean bill on raising the debt ceiling by ‘disagreeing with the premise of raising it’, but will go along with raising it anyway, with no spending cuts and no tax or REVENUE increases, ’saving face’ by, again, betting on the economy continuing to stall (by not passing any of the numerous jobs bills that have already been submitted on the House floor) for the rest of this fiscal year and going into the election year of 2012, thus, positioning themselves as the credible ‘fiscal consevatives’ in the choice of who is better served to run this nation and get our “American People” back to work.  Yes, Mitch, it must be Republicorp, the men who have brought down the middle class, created culture wars against women, minorities, gay people, ah, the list goes on ad infinitum.  The President of the United States, Barack Obama, deserves a whole lot of credit in dealing with guys like McConnell and Cantor, and putting to ACTION a strategy that holds these clown accountable for their ACTIONS and more importantly, their intentions. Exposing Republicorp for what it IS, by exposing their, when you get the hang of it, glaringly transparent attempts to hijack this country for the plutocratic goals of a few bad apple corporations, well, perhaps I’m being too generous, there are clearly more than a few bad actor corporate entities out there that will, eventually, in this day and age of full disclosure via social media, be outed as the criminal polluting extortionists that they are, but putting that aside for just a moment, the whole point of this exercise is the FACT that you begin to see the belly of beast.  When the belly of beast is exposed, such as in the case of Rupert Murdoch, the news mogul and Chairman/majority owner of News Corporation, under fire for misdeeds and a disgusting abuse of power that is unmatched now in the world of journalism, we learn the TRUTH, lose the fear, and to quote my good friends over at MSNBC, ‘we move forward’… When the fear is gone, so is the power of the abuser, and thus, the abuser no longer exists and everything changes.  That is exactly what happened yesterday when McConnell went before the world and waved the white flag–as Rachel Maddow displayed so well on her venerable show last night, “The Rachel Maddow Show”, airing every week night at 9 p.m., EDT, only on MSNBC–the minority leader of the Senate looking a little pasty and nervous himself, not so smug, for it seems that some of the boys on Wall Street may have had a few words with him, as business leaders, not only on Wall Street, but from around the country, are standing up and making their voices heard, as many even in the republican party are beginning to look at these guys, scratch their heads and say to themselves, “whose side are these guys really on? It sure doesn’t feel like mine.” Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat channel, not to be confused with the bat $hit station over at FOX NEWS, where they will tell you all about Michelle Bachmann, her “Marriage Vow” (to big business and a bigoted agenda), and the fact that hypocrisy is not just for breakfast anymore, “it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long…” (credit Christmas Vacation, starring Randy Quaid and Chevy Chase).  Have a nice day!  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 12, 2011

Nantucket Sound Bliss

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 1:23 pm

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 Tuesday morning, the twelfth day of July, 2011, high noon, a rather humid one at that, as the warm winds are whipping up the Sound, seen above, on the south shore of Cape Cod, the little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice age over 11,500 years ago, a blip in “time” really, considering the earth has been around for billions of years, with human beings only coming on the stage of THE creative intelligence latest LIFE form experiment roughly 100,000 years ago, with recorded history and civilizations historically coming into focus only 5000 years or so before the most famous man, at least from the West’s perspective, to ever walk this earth, Jesus Christ, whose death marked the end of one “time” period, as in B.C., ‘before Christ’, and A.D., or ‘after death, namely his’, came on the scene and changed this world, it’s ‘beliefs’ and the way we interact with each other, forever.  Whether for the good, or for the bad, for the words of Jesus can be manipulated, like an electorate, for one’s own personal “Angle”.  Want proof?  Look no further than a country that was born only 237 years ago, the United States of America, and the country that it broke off from in 1776 A.D., England.   This United States of America to many in this day and age, SEEMS like it has been around for a very long time, but, compared to the larger picture, it might as well be a toddler–a country that was created out of the necessity for freedom from the tyrannical rule of one man.  Independence that was fought for bravely by men–many of whom were once an integral part of that British society, prominent land holders, lawyers, doctors, politicians and the like–who were originally sent by King George the third of England, to colonize this ‘new world’ and thereby expand the British Empire farther than it had ever been, men who risked their very lives for the divinely inspired text called “The Declaration of Independence”, prompting, of course the Revolutionary War and the creation of this great experiment called Democracy in the form of a united group of independent states, whose ties to the whole are equal to the sum of its parts.  This revolutionary idea that ‘all men are created equal’, men and women, ALL having equal access to the principals of LIBERTY, JUSTICE, FREEDOM and the right to pursue HAPPINESS, should, by now, be self evident to everyone.  But, alas, it is not.  For the grouping of ‘blue meanies’ (credit the rock and roll band of our lifetime, The Beatles), whose battle colors are bright red, have not come to the table of negotiations, in this eleventh hour, in good faith, nor have they EVER considered their chosen religion and looked into the laughable hypocrisy many of the display shamelessly on a daily basis, as they continue to claim the mantle and speak for–in those nauseating talking points, the worst of them being Senate minority leader Mitch, “the mouse”, McConnell (R-KY)--”The American People”, while they simultaneously steal their collective wallet and help them all look high and low for it…with the 24/7/365 aid of the good folks over at Rupert Murdoch’s FOX NEWS, whose poisonous Kool-Aid has misinformed, dangerously, and dumbed down the American people to the point where many have no clue as to what kind of consequences await every one of them if this great country, built on the above mentioned PRINCIPALS, not personalities, does not step up to the plate and pay it’s bills.  The reality of the situation can be summed up in the mousy words of old Mitch, when he states very clearly, and into all of the world’s microphones, that his number one goal, repeatedly stated, his “number one goal is to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections”, and, therefore, it is my deep conviction, that the republican party, and the people that pull the strings (multi-national corporations and media moguls like Murdoch) of said political sell outs of the ‘American People’, the republican party, is hopelessly lost in the mire of muck that is greed, corruption, and extortion, not to mention their complete loss of a moral compass, taking them into an oblivion they wish upon said, ad nauseum–The American people, at least those who have been hoodwinked into believing their horse$hit rhetoric. A party that has no problem selling grandma and grandpa down the river without a paddle, with just enough money, via a lousy $8,000 voucher (to replace Medicare) to pay for two or three days in the hospital, effectively destroying Medicare as we now know it, as they attempt to raise the retirement age on Social Security, destroy Medicaid, via the concept of state block grants given to crooked governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Scott of Florida, or well, take your pick of 10 or so others, and, for the final SHOCK therapy, as per ordered by the Milton Friedmanites of the world and the ‘Chicago School’ of the 1950’s (credit Naomi Kline and her fine Novel, ‘The Shock Doctrine’), voting against raising the debt ceiling, effectively pushing the economy off a cliff, sending interest rates sky high, pushing up our debt even further, sending world markets into chaos, and crippling our economy, as credit, already tight, evaporates like a Nantucket fog bank, sending more people out of work, and, like a vicious cycle, propelling this nation into perhaps a real depression, the likes of which, have never really been seen.  An economic disaster that it may never recover fully from, a plan designed so that the republican party, the party of LINCOLN, now REPUBLICORP (credit moveon.org), can fully implement it’s grand ‘vision’ for America as it takes over the White House, maintains a majority in the House, while claiming a competitive edge in the Senate.  That grand vision, a real nightmare, will include the final chapter in this systematic attack on the United States Constitution, or better yet, it’s interpretation (see Citizens United, Supreme Court decision of 2009) of that document that, like the words of Jesus, has been manipulated for political/cultural ends for decades now, cunningly so, manipulated and presented by deep Machiavellian republican strategists like Karl Rove and Frank Luntz, presented to the saturation point where most in this nation are so battered by the decade of war, a declining middle class and culture wars that scream negativity 24/7, that many, if not most have just given up on the concept of HOPE and real change, for it seems to them, 98 percent of them anyway, that the game is up, it’s rigged, it’s over, the rat race that is, and you know what, they’re right–the rats won.  Or did they?  For they only won a battle, not the war, for the greatest thing about this country is the resiliency and HONESTY of it’s DIVERSE people, and if we can all concede to the fact that the plutocrats, who have been trying to buy and control this country and enslave it’s people for their own narrow minded, often times insane, ideological positions, poisoning them along the way with 596 chemicals daily from the Brother’s Koch and Dick Cheney’s Halliburton’s ‘natural gas wells’, two of the most evil corporations to ever exist on this planet, since the 1950’s, when Milton Friedman, a little known economics professor at the University of Chicago, began this march towards Plutocracy with the ‘Chilean experiment’ (something I highly recommend you Google–a brutal military takeover of the that free government of Chile back in the 50’s, and with the help of the U.S. government, killed the then President of that sovereign nation, proving once again how merciless and brutal pure capitalism can be) that is now being played out in the streets of America’s cities from sea to shining sea–cities like Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Boston–take your pick.  This debt ceiling debate will not be over until the fat lady sings and we can all rest assured FOX NEWS will be there to cover it in a ‘fair and balanced way’, for I can think of no one better suited to inform our people than some of Rupert, ‘arrrgggghhhh matie!’, Murdoch’s children over at FOX and FRIENDS, those kooky kids.  If you look really hard, you can see the strings that move the arms and mouth of Steve Ducey, a puppet, like some of the members of the Houses of Parliament and indeed, I’m sure, some of the members of the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and someday, once again, perhaps even the White House, bringing King George back full circle once again, as Republicorp, like their “Vow on Marriage”, believes wholeheartedly in the concept of economic slavery, while that gap represented by the Grand Canyon grows ever wider between the haves and the have nots in this nation and indeed, around the world, for as we all NOW live in a global society, one would have to be blind not to see how far down the scale some men’s greed can take a nation, living in a world that grows hotter by the day, as we continue taking a big dump on MOTHER EARTH, the only home we have at PRESENT.  Have a wonderful day folks and please say a prayer, should you wish, for the refugees on the Somalia/Kenyan border, all 3.5 million of them, they are dying and need the world to WAKE UP and help! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 11, 2011

And, Action!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:45 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good to be with you on this Monday morning, the eleventh day of July, 2011, and as you can see via the image above you, Osterville will be, for the rest of the month of July, Hollywood, as Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon and James Caan get down to the business of filming a new movie entitled, “Dear Dad, I Hate You”, which, parenthetically, is the sentiment on both sides of the aisle in Washington D.C. these days, as politicians in our nation’s capitol continue to hen peck each other over raising the all important debt ceiling, with each side wondering ‘who their daddy really is’–is it the ‘American People’, as the republicans claim as a mantle, while they demand ’shared sacrifice’ by way of cutting Medicare and Social Security, while keeping the tax levels criminally high for the top wage earners and corporations in this country, a country that has seen it’s average wage in the past thirty years rise by only one percent, while corporate profits have risen by 88 percent, is that who their daddy is really?  Or, is it the polar opposite?  For on the other side of that infamous aisle, you have democrats, who will not condone any cuts to very popular social programs, while also demanding that corporate loopholes and tax subsidies to big oil and their brethren be eliminated, simultaneously hinting at restructuring the U.S. tax code.  The divide between them is akin to the Grand Canyon metaphor I utilize occasionally to describe the growing gap between the rich and the poor in this nation, in that both sides of American leadership seem to be unaware of what is really going on in this beautiful country of ours.  People are literally going hungry every night, as most cannot buy a job, have low moral, and don’t see a way out…feeling like those poor souls who survived Katrina, who were left stranded in a major U.S. city with no food, no water and no hope, bussed off like so many cattle to another major U.S. metropolitan area, Houston, and told, ‘good luck, and, welcome to your new home…’  There are no easy answers, however, the solution will come when both sides are more transparent and answer that 64,000 dollar question, “who’s your daddy?”, and, oh, by the way, “I hate you”, present company excluded of course, giving us all that 20/20 vision of what these guys really stand for and what they do not.  I will leave that up to your imagination to decide who is on the right and wrong side of human history in this race to the finish, August 2, 2011, a day that will be remembered for either common sense and coming together as a country, or common greed and sabotage, for in the end, it will be too easy to see who was really on the side of said, ad nauseum, “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”, and who was most clearly not.  Have a great week and don’t take any of those filthy wooden nickles from the likes of, say it with me, Rupert, “arrgggghhhh matie”, Murdoch’s, the nastiest pirate of the international news barge, FOX NEWS, for how far does the apple really fall from the apple tree?  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 10, 2011

Hyannis Port Grace

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:56 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  So good, as always, to be with you on this Sunday morning, the tenth day of July, 2011, a glorious morning here in Osterville, the little seaside village on the south shore of Cape proper, a mere football toss from the former home to our thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife, Jackie, as well as Bobby, Teddy, Eunice, Joe Senior, Rose, and all of the rest of that incredible family, a family that rose above the noise and misguided ‘vision’ of others to make a stand for what is RIGHT and what is most clearly WRONG in this great country of ours.  Today is an important day, they all are, as the President in this day and age, Barack Obama, will be meeting with the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to discuss a possible deal to raise the debt ceiling, bills that have come due for all of the programs and commitments we, as a nation, already agreed to–you know, like the 2.2 trillion dollar Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that now ring in at 4.1 trillion, the big pharmaceutical give away to that same drug industry, a credit card if you will, another trillion or so, as well as a military that has tripled in size since the year 1998, 780 billion dollar budget for 2010 alone!  Those are just on George W. Bush’s tab, the other tabs are for our seniors, who, apparently, must carry that talking point of SHARED SACRIFICE, when 80 percent of the “American People” see it as anything BUT shared and know that they, as well as their family and friends, are doing all of the sacrifice, as the gap between the HAVES and the have nots continues to widen.  I was watching some footage this morning of that Grand Canyon, a place I have visited before, and my God is it beautiful, breath taking, and bountiful.  As I watched it though, I began to feel sad, for I imagined all of the people in this country who are on one side of the canyon, struggling to make ends meet, find decent education for their children, find some form of health care for their families, find shelter and put food on the table, food that has not been contaminated by e coli or some other bacteria strain that antibiotics are useless against, water that is not laced with David and Charles Koch’s–of Koch Industries, an oil/gas/chemical corporate monster–596 deadly chemicals used in the ‘fracking’ process of extracting ‘natural gas’ from our private and public lands, destroying water sources forever, and being told that they are LESS THAN–because they can’t buy a job, and have become poor, perhaps, for the first time in their lives.  Poorer in the purse and in spirit, through no fault of their own, and, well, quite frankly, because people who use Jesus to their own ends are not quite spiritually fit enough to give LOVE to those who are less fortunate than they…a lesson they will learn in the next lifetime.  For those on the other side of the Canyon, not all, but most, will SEEM to have everything, but in the end will realize, with real eyes, they have nothing, for the Kingdom of Heaven is in your brothers and your sisters. They are the ones who reflect your very salvation.  Ironic, no?   So, as we watch the Sunday morning talk shows and marvel at the depth of our ‘problems’ on planet earth, we might do well to take a step out in the world of nature and remember what peace may be found in silence… walking in the woods and connecting with that you are infinitely connected to, LIFE!  That deafening silence that is all too rare in this world, a world of chaos, noise and competing interests for your attention.  Only in silent meditation will the answers that are already in you come into focus and fruition.  I wonder if Washington D.C. got that memo?  Have a great Sunday folks and May the gift of Love, Light and Frogs, again, gift you already have, become all that more clear to you, today, tomorrow and beyond. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 8, 2011

Coming Home

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:22 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the foggy island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Friday morning, a very early one at that here on the eastern seaboard of the United States, roughly 4:33 a.m., EDT, the eighth day of July, 2011, and you may be asking yourself, ‘Michael, why are you up so early’, or perhaps that thought never occurred to you, however, I will tell you, if you really want to know.  I am just so darned worried about Rupert Murdoch and the big hacking scandal going on in Great Britain, my former home, as Captain Hook recently pulled the plug on “News of the World”, a piece of crap tabloid that had reached over 2 million plus subscribers around the world and was recently indicted by that same world in an apparent hacking scheme where phone lines of murder victims, terrorist victims and various celebrities and Members of Parliament had been hacked into, some with help of the POLICE, with intense investigations now ongoing in Scotland Yard, prompting a world wide outcry and casting a long shadow on old “Long Shanks”, the old pirate of the news barge.  Say it for me Murdoch, “Argghhhhh, matie!! I’m awful upset about me family being split up like this, and even with the hackin’, we stick together as one, because there’s a reason why they call me the best puppeteer in London, and David Cameron knows ‘dat all to well, tanks for the memories Sun Valley, arrgghhh, arrggghh matie!”  Thank you Rupert, I’m sure all of the knuckleheads over at the U.S. television equivalent of “News of the World”, FOX NEWS, will be happy to know that big corporate brainwashing will go on as planned, with 20 percent raises expected for the end of the year.  I’m sure that none of that criminal, morally bankrupt hacking ever takes place in the United States of America, what, with the top secret NSA and, oh, I don’t know, all of the other top secret agencies that have sprung up since 9/11, on the job, providing us all with that “post, pre-9/11 thinking”, a euphemism that recently replaced, since the death of bin Laden, “9/11 thinking”.  Secret, newly formed agencies the Bush administration gave a blank check to, all under the auspices of the newly formed “Homeland Security”, the catalyst effectively forming all of these top secret agencies to spy on not only our ‘enemies’, some real, most boogie men, but on our own citizens, and if you think for one minute that powerful news moguls like Murdoch are not privy to sensitive information, think again.  David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, had a very cozy relationship with Andy Coulson, who was the editor of ‘News of the World’, and is expected to be arrested today in London.  What does that say to you?  Manipulation is one word that comes to mind.  Ask yourself this, if you wish, ‘how is it that roughly 80 percent of Americans recently polled, a multitude of credible, independent polls, not affiliated with “The News of the World”, stated that they do not want Washington to cut any benefits to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, while that same number reflects the percentage of Americans who want to INCREASE taxes on the top 2 percent, those making over 250,000. dollars a year, yet, because of the likes of Murdoch’s FOX NEWS here in the good ‘ole US of A, most Americans, simultaneously, do not want to raise the debt ceiling–a ceiling that all responsible and sane ADULTS agree MUST be raised, a debt that came almost exclusively from the previous administration.  Why do over 59 percent of Americans think this way?  Because they are BRAINWASHED into thinking, via Murdoch’s FOX NEWS, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, that “raising the debt ceiling” is more of this “tax and spend, liberal, Hippy, horse hockey, hooey” (credit Homer Simpson’s neighbor Ted Flanders, a registered republican) and actually believe the likes of some slick congressman from whatever state claims him, Mr. Eric, “you go girl”, Cantor, one of the so called, according to a recent book the ‘gang’ published, “young guns”, who acts as the whip in the House under Speaker Boehner, when he refuses to even speak of tax increases for the wealthy, refuses to talk about the numerous, countless really, loopholes you and your tax attorney could drive a Mack truck through the center of, refuses to let up on attacking a solvent, highly popular government program such as Social Security, that has a 2 trillion dollar surplus and is solvent for the next 26 years, a program designed during the “New Deal” of then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who proposed this as a secure retirement plan for all Americans, especially the poor and middle class, you know, 98 percent of “The American People”, a program where people pay into, along with their employer, and when one reaches the age of 65, one can retire on the fixed income they, the republicans, want to play around with.  This has, of course, outraged many progressives, not to mention main stream democrats, independents and some republicans, rich or poor, for they, as Warren Buffet put it so well, do not see the SHARED SACRIFICE of nickle and diming to death grandma who lives on a REAL fixed income, when millionaires and billionaires are getting all of the breaks, with more to come.  The big shock came yesterday, however, when President Obama hinted that he was willing to make those small, to some, but large to others, cuts to social programs that are not only solvent, but, moreover, efficient, better than the “free market” by a long shot (check out private health care premium increases of 7.7 percent in 2010 vs. medicare increases of less than 5 percent, and that’s a government program!).  So much for concept of the free market correcting all ERRORS, errors actually created by the free market, such as the insurance industry in this nation, a real pyramid scheme, as far as the employee/employer structure is concerned, not to mention claims issues, a model for the country don’t you think?  The outrage is summed up in words that the President said in 2008, as well as the fact that this is not CHANGE, this is more of the same old corporate crap, excuse the tone Mr. President, and you, above all people, should be able to see that.  This is the classic Stockholm Syndrome that it seems our own President has fallen victim to.  Stockholm Syndrome is defined as the captives–i.e. the ‘American People’, captives I might add that live in fear, by design, and are trained to please their captors, for they feel if they are ‘nice’ to them (employees at Walmart, for example), they (management at Walmart), won’t abuse them any longer–being abused by various forms of shock therapy, via the dark secrets discovered by the CIA in the 1950’s at Mcgill University in Montreal, Quebec, learning from a true Frankenstein psychiatrist what shock, torture and sensory deprivation can do to a human being, expressed to the masses via the shock of war and manufactured economic crisis-es, etc., yes, all designed to manipulate the captives into feeling sorry for their captors (corporate plutocracy mindset/republican party or Republicorp, really all the same thing).  However, they are sadly mistaken, for they are not playing the same game, and are taught, via the “Chicago School” and Milton Friedman, to not care, and thus, are on a totally different wave length.  In this syndrome, victims become increasingly benevolent and sometimes even sympathetic to their captors, beginning to think that the whole thing is somehow THEIR fault, insane a thought as that IS, and thus, surrender and give in, as Obama did this past December when he caved and gave the 2 Bush tax cuts, unpaid for tax cuts, just like the two wars, the prescription big pharma give away, an extension, money that WE borrowed from China so that old Ted can put a new cover on his 50,000 dollar sail he just purchased because he, unlike you, just received a HUGE tax refund.  When the captives, the ‘in the dark at all times American public’, by, again, design, or U.S. citizens, who are easily manipulated, coupled with a short attention span and few avenues to discover the TRUTH by way of journalism, give in, as ‘they’, or Republicorp, ‘resets’ the, cross your fingers, majority mind set, such as “9/11 thinking”, which has become the collective mindset of the American people, convincing them that, “taxes bad, spending bad, government bad, republican good”, the plutocrats smell blood and, eventually, “at the end of the day” are successful in breaking down the captives collective resistance to their insane and undemocratic demands–demands of true blue ideological terrorists.  Tough pill to swallow, but wouldn’t you rather KNOW the TRUTH than live the rest of your life in the dark, feeling sorry for a radical grouping of “Milton Friedmanites” or whatever those crazy kids are calling themselves these days, who all believe in this sanctimonious horse$hit, coming down from “on high”, as if GOD himself is really “on their side”–are you for real?  Over the course of the past thirty years, incomes for average wage earners has risen by less than one percent, while the top two percent has seen their income rise by over 278 percent!  The top 400 wage earners in this nation, the billionaire elite, earn more than 50 percent of the American people COMBINED, or roughly 150 million people!  “Where is all the money going?”, is the most common question asked these days and it can be answered by simply looking at the numbers–and numbers, as we all know, don’t LIE!  It begs the question, who is really pulling the strings in Washington D.C., on this issue any way?  For President Barack Obama to actually put a program that did NOTHING to raise the debt in this nation, on the chopping block, along with another extremely popular and effective, not to mention MORAL program, Medicare, and last, but certainly not least, Medicaid, a program designed to help the “least of us”, is a step backwards.  You know, the ‘least of us’ or those who have the fewest physical, personal possessions, possessions, that, we all know, can possess you if you are not too careful.  It’s funny, because for such a devoted group of people, a large group, to the words and deeds of a man who walked this earth over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, who spoke of the importance of LOVE, kindness, charity, forgiveness, compassion, empathy, and even sympathy and mercy, they really missed the boat when Christ uttered these “What you do to the least of me, you do unto me…” Seems like the republican party, when they all arrive at the Pearly Gates to speak with Saint Peter, might just …have some ’splainin’ to do, because Heaven does not take in hypocrites, and it sure as heck fire does not take American Express!  Have a wonderful week end folks and please keep the refugees on the Somalia/Kenyan border in your prayers, they can use all the help WE can send. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 7, 2011

All Aboard!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 11:11 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the super island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Thursday morning, the seventh day of July, 2011, another beauty here on Cape, as you look above at the Grey Lady II, a high speed ferry run by Hyline out of Hyannis, heading over to the wonderful island of Nantucket, a place that must be visited to believe, for it is, perhaps, the most unique and “far away island” in the continental U.S., for when one goes there, one is lost in the “old world shadows, that hang heavy in the air…” (credit the great band, “The Eagles” and my friend Don Henley).  As the budget talks continue, strike that, as the budget talks to raise the debt ceiling (a must) continue in a holding pattern above, or below, the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., with the democrats on one hand, bending over again for republican demands for spending cuts that will effect only the middle class and the working poor, while the republicans hold fast to their plutocratic principal of the Grover Norquist pledge of not raising taxes on anyone, i.e., the rich and the large corporations, along with all the various subsidies to oil and gas companies for example, you can see why the current Washington D.C. political system is BROKEN–putting the country at risk for a default that would make the melt down of 2008 look like a proverbial ‘walk in the park’, proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the republican party consists of a bunch of extortionists.  I believe we have heard this kind of thing before, yes, I remember now, going back twenty years to my days at the University of Vermont, class of ‘87, I overheard a conversation between a certain “Dean Wormer” and a “Mayor Carmichael” and I believe it went something like this…  and, ACTION! Mayor Carmichael: “I don’t care where the money comes from, perhaps a nice honorarium from the student fund?  (American tax payers) And another thing, I want you to keep a lid on that zoo fraternity of yours (the “American People”), I don’t want no drunken riots in my town.”  Dean Wormer: “Carmichael, I don’t think it’s right that you should extort money from the college like that (Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “pathway to poverty, I mean prosperity plan” –a republican effort to destroy Medicare with a ‘voucher program’), and as far as that fraternity goes, I’ve got ‘em right where I want ‘em (Blackwater, I mean, “Xe”, the softer side of private, paramilitary, mercenary killers).”  Mayor Carmichael:  “Good, and another thing, if you mention the word extortion again, I’ll have your legs broken (again, employing our finest mercenary men, Mr. Prince’s Blackwater, or, again, if you prefer their new Madison Avenue invented name, Xe, ‘carrying out illicit acts for wealthy plutocrats since 1996′). and cut, print and wrap. Movie scenes borrowed from the classic film starring the late, great John Belushi, “Animal House”.  Kudos to the President, Barack Obama, yesterday in his first ever, and first ever nationally televised broadcast of what was coined, a “Twitter town hall meeting”, where he received tweets from people from all over the country asking some basic questions that revolved, primarily, around jobs.  Something that the beltway press does not really address in any depth at all, choosing the multitude of conflict instead, while also choosing to ignore all of the jobs bills the House and Senate have either held up or voted down in the past year or so.  To quote my friend Mr. Keith Olbermann of “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, airing every week night at 8, 11p.m. and 2 a.m., EDT, only on Current TV,“Where are the jobs Mr. Speaker?” Leaving that embarrassing FACT aside for a moment, I was happy to hear him say the words, “…holding a gun to the head of the American people”, a statement made in relation to the looming debt ceiling crisis, for the republicans know, as well as you or I, that to not raise this all important promise to pay America’s debt, is to down grade the most trusted and secure bond on the planet, and as we all know that markets are now interconnected world wide, we must also now recognize that a down grade in our treasury notes would send interest rates sky high, squeezing credit, hence, shattering confidence and sending James Dean’s new friend’s car off a cliff (a metaphor borrowed from the classic film “A Rebel Without a Cause”), playing out a very literal game of ‘chicken’, resulting in a fiery crash that could have been avoided if the Grand Old Party only had a heart. Speaking of the President, double kudos for reaching out to the families of soldiers who have taken their own lives as a result of multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom suffer from the devastating and under reported invisible and paralyzing disease called PTSD, where returning soldiers from the shock of war feel isolated and alone, their minds running a mile a minute through scenarios that happened months and sometimes years before, living the same horror over and over again in that tortured mind, when, finally, they can’t take any more, with some, tragically, deciding to end their own life.  These are the horrors of war and should not be swept under the rug.  We, as WE all claim to love and support the troops, should do a hell of a lot better job of SHOWING it, for that fraternity represents only 1-2 percent of our nation’s population, thus, prompting the problem they face of being a group that, many feel, is best served being out of sight, out of mind, as they fight wars no one is interested in any longer, fighting it in their head, coming home to a place that does not understand what they went through, and thus, many times, turn to alcohol or drugs just in order to cope and ‘get through another day…’  God’s speed gentle soldiers, God’s speed! Turning now to the Yellowstone River and it’s relationship with big oil, Exxon-Mobile in particular, we are all aware of one of their oil pipelines, 5-8 feet, or 12 feet below the river itself, depending on what lying official of Exxon-Mobile is speaking with you, bursting under the river near the city of Billings, Montana a few days ago, spilling 42,000 gallons of a crude, chemical cocktail into one of the most pristine rivers in the world, the Yellowstone, a swollen snow melted stream, sorry for the alliteration, running at a 7 m.p.h. clip, of oily water that is now feared to be threatening lakes as far east as North Dakota, yes, this “world’s most profitable corporation” LIED to  U.S., the EPA and the residents of Montana in particular about their state-of-the-art ‘emergency response plan’, a ‘ready-to-go-on-a-moments notice plan’, yeah, all the way from Utah, Utah?, where they finally got a boat from? and “got it in the water”? to, we presume, deploy those “all effective” plastic “booms” that do such a good job of catching all of that oil, “oh yeah, we’re perfectly safe”, and act more as an eye sore than as an effective counter measure to the devastating environmental impact represented by oil soaked Pelicans and turtles, whose images have been circulated through the “illegal media”, yes, fish and fowl alike were not spared from the oily wrath of big oil and it’s loathing of government regulations, while residents on the river itself complained of nausea (are you sure you weren’t listening to one of Mitch McConnell’s speeches recently?, Sir?), headaches, dizziness and body aches.  Yes, this all happening right now in one of the most pristine natural wonders America still has on her mantle.  Shameful indeed.  These bastards lied to U.S. about how long a period of time elapsed between when the pipes burst and when they were shut off, as the initial report was six minutes, then twenty, then thirty something, when, in ACTUALITY, they were not shut off for almost an entire hour.  Who knows if they lied about the 42,000 gallons?  They lied about how far the oil got, with initial reports stating minimal exposure, sound familiar? bp?, anyone?  “Is this thing on?  Hello… McFly?, think McFly! ” (credit the classic film, “Back to the Future”, circa 1985).  What are you guys in some kind of a fraternity or something?  To add to their fibs, they admitted that the oil had traveled 10 miles down stream, with new REAL estimates coming in that the oil has traveled at least 240 miles downstream…yes, these parasitic corporate monsters, sorry, was that over the top?, it was one of Shaw’s, George Bernard Shaw’s that is, have been LYING to U.S. all along as they utilize their state-of-the-art Bounty paper towels, their out of shape workers on their hands and knees, and their moral compass to blot out the oil covering the tender grasses on the banks of the Yellowstone River, one of our national gems, yes folks, take a good look at those pictures, if you can find them, images of grown men with over-sized diapers, grasping the large, white 2×2 paper napkins, Bounty’s newest “quicker picker up ‘er”, designed, specifically, by highly paid Exxon-Mobile porcelain engineers in the ‘emergency response team’ department, located somewhere in the mountains of Utah, who have created a clean up napkin that is not only the antithesis of quicker, but lacks the foresight to pick up a damn thing, thus, leaving the mess to just another one of our corporate raided, bankrupted states, who are broke and chained to these pillagers and polluters for the little they get in the way of jobs, subsidies and reinvestment in the community–for, after all, let’s face it, Exxon-Mobile could not care any less about the fish and fowl along the Yellowstone River, than bp cared about the 500 million gallons of crude oil they polluted OUR waters with, an oil/Corexit 3500 (banned in the U.K.) dispersant mixture that now sits at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, five inches deep, killing the basic building blocks of our eco-system and destroying a fishing industry for generations to come–you know, legitimized extortion stuff!  Have a wonderful day folks and look to the sky if you are an airport employee in the great state of Oklahoma, or any other state for that matter, for James, ’she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes’, Inhofe (R-OK) is gunning for you with his new “Pilot’s Bill of Rights” nonsense being offered in the Senate, as he is still smarting from the fact that a few people are still a little peeved when he tried to land his plane on a closed run way recently, almost running over workers on the ground… perhaps he mistook them for “American People”, isn’t that right Senator?  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

July 6, 2011

One Fish, Two Fish?

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 2:25 pm

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Good, as always, to be with you on this Wednesday morning here in the little, tiny, tiny town of Osterville, a town that seems more like a city these days, as I have never seen so many people in this seaside hamlet on a 4th of July week end as I did over the course of the last couple of days.  Yesterday, roughly ten movie trailers pulled into town and were set up in anticipation of the upcoming new Adam Sandler film, “Dear Dad, I Hate You,” starring, of course, Adam Sandler, along with James Caan and Susan Sarandon, a comedy based on the premise of a young man about to be married, with the only caveat being his disagreeable father whom he lives with…  Along with the big name stars, a whole crew of SNL, actors and comedians, will also lend a hand to this endeavor, and we here at seacapecod.net would be remiss if we did not extend a big welcome to Adam and his crew, encouraging them all to enjoy the fruits of Cape Cod and the island of MV and Nantucket!  Welcome Adam and company!  The filming will not begin until next week, so stay tuned, it should be a fun summer.  Our all important environment took another hit a few days ago when Exxon-Mobile, the most profitable corporation EVER on planet earth, ignored those pesky government regulators regarding out dated pipe lines under the Yellowstone River and as a result of high water pressure due to the melting of heavy snow pack and pounding rain in the area recently, the pipes burst, sending 42,000 gallons of that thick, nasty crude oil into the pristine river, enough to, and I quote a local resident, “gag a maggot”, referring, I presume, to the odor coming from the toxic spill that is now traveling at 7 miles per hour down stream from Billings, approximately, 100 miles to the east, all the way to the Missouri River, merging with it.  As the river recedes from the high water of a few days ago, one can see, smell, and taste that nasty stain on the banks of the Yellowstone, home to some of the greatest fly fishing in the world, leaving dead animals and soiled plant life dying on the banks of said river.  Reviewing Exxon-Mobile’s safety record, dismal, and their emergency response “plan”, one harkins back to the good old days of other oil disasters, such as a little over a year ago when bp destroyed an entire ecosystem, a FACT no one talks about anymore, as it is all ‘out of sight, out of mind’, yes, no one talks about the fact that those 500 million gallons that spilled out of the Deep Water Horizon well, gushing into the equally pristine waters of the Gulf, now, thanks to slick LIABILITY response, the only thing that really matters in their game, in other words, covering their OWN a$$’s, coupled with the Corexit 3500 dispersant (banned in the U.K.), that oil now sits at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, robbing the cradle of the food chain of any oxygen, thus, destroying the link between one celled animals at the bottom of said chain, and those at the top, and one of those, I believe, is man.  If you have ever seen the movie “A River Runs Through It”, a Robert Redford film, you may have caught a glimpse of the amazing beauty that IS the Rocky Mountain range, offering stunning vistas and rivers that are as pristine and beautiful as they are precious.  We are insane as a nation if we don’t stand up to big oil, and the puppet politicians that cow tow to them, and demand that the subsidies WE provide them, by way of actual monies, end.   Yes, tax payer monies that are actually given to these mega successful corporations, that are simultaneously destroying our ENVIRONMENT, and cuts to vital social programs will not stand the test of logic or morality any longer.  This is what I speak of when talking about CORPORATIONS raping and pillaging our land for THEIR profit.  Make no mistake about it, THEIR profit, at YOUR expense. The big oil companies, over the course of the past decade, have made over one TRILLION dollars in PROFIT, none of which was reinvested in our nation, in fact, quite the opposite, as they continue to buy one politician puppet after another, effectively buying their souls, as they look to deregulating the industry further, coming forward with their emergency safety ‘plans’ for say, the Gulf of Mexico, bathing Walrus’s that are covered in a thick coat of nasty Exxon-Mobile oil, except now, they have to contend with a raging river filled with their product, resorting to that sacred emergency ‘plan’ that includes the “all effective” booms you may have seen in the bp debacle, combined with over sized Bounty paper towels, ’cause YA know, “Bounty is, after all, the quicker picker up ‘er”… Thanks Sarah, you ought to know.  This is, of course, just a microcosm of the real problem in America today–the corrupt nature of Washington D.C., as the folly of the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision (that corporations have the same “rights” as any other U.S. citizen, and thus, can contribute unlimited monies to political candidates of their choice, you know candidates that would relax say, regulations on the oil and gas industry, an industry that is the primary culprit in the never ending shame of polluting our rivers and streams to the point of no return) Citizens United has opened up a Pandora’s box, allowing those big, untouchable corporations to BUY elections with stealth precision, as they swoop in with their bags full of money to purchase a congressman here and a Governor there, and, like Pavlov’s dog, the puppets salivate and do their master’s bidding, all while the “American People” suffer needlessly, barley hanging on as they work their bodies to the bone,  beginning to actually believe what these mobsters in power, at the moment, are truly doing to the very fabric of why we have all come together as a nation to begin with.  How many more lessons do we need to learn before WE wake up, collectively, as a real nation, a nation WE still are the last time I checked, and stood up for our RIGHTS? Sanders.senate.gov is a good place to start, as the great Senator from Vermont, an Independent, has put together a letter for your signature DEMANDING an end to the madness.  For how can we square it with our maker that we spurned the elderly and the poor, not to mention the children, while we gave more to the top one tenth of the top one percent, such as the 400 richest Americans who own more than the bottom 50 percent combined, or 150 million people!  How can we call this a democracy when in looks more and more like an oligarchy or emerging plutocracy?  Corporations have become rich BECAUSE of the “American People”, not the other way around, using the loopholes that you could drive a Mack truck through to CHEAT the “American People” out of revenue that would pay for social programs “Christian” republicans, by virtue of their religion, should be FOR (The “American People”, the republicans so often talk about in their nauseating talking points, talking points designed to trick those American people into believing anything they say, and, moreover, feeling SORRY for them, a classic ‘Stockholm Syndrome’), robbing them all out of a decent wage, a decent educational system, and a decent environment for themselves and their children for generations to come.  I believe that most Americans have no clue as to what is REALLY going on, and thus, stay in a kind of cave, Plato’s Republic Cave if you will, too afraid of the LIGHT to venture out into the TRUTH that will set them FREE.  We have become a nation that is split, staking everything on a position as opposed to a principal, so clearly stated as our guiding LIGHT in the Declaration of Independence, a document written before the Revolutionary War by Thomas Jefferson, a man who avoided the initial revolutionary limelight, but had the gift of a great mind and a great pen.  In that document, were the words we have heard so often, but one phrase in particular should be noted for posterity’s sake, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and, as Benjamin Franklin put it so well, LIFE, LIBERTY and the pursuit of Happiness are rights we all SHARE universally, and if that pure right is tainted, as it is now with corporate GREED and corruption in Washington D.C. this nation will not be a nation much longer.  Tainted via pay offs and bribes coming from all “Angles” by way of professional lobbyists from every industry imaginable, effectively buying politicians via giant troughs of monies that now come anonymously from mindless, savage corporations, foreign and domestic, whose only purpose for being in existence is to make money for it’s share holders, you know, the top one percent, or better yet, the top of the pyramid scheme, the top one tenth of the top one percent, a grand Amway model that is destroying this nation and making it into a real joke around the world, yet no one is laughing as we place more Blackwater, sorry, Xe private killers out in the streets of Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq.  Who knows what will happen with raising the debt ceiling, however, one thing is clear, if it is not raised, all hell will break loose and the people you can look to for blame will be those ‘men’ and women with an “r” next to their soiled names.  Have a nice day folks and please keep the folks on the Somalia/Kenya border in your prayers, they are dying and need help in any form you can give. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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