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 7, 2011
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