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 quiet Saturday morning, the eighteenth day of June, 2011, a day that will once again see the rain drops fall on the already lush undergrowth that adorns the forests, glades, rivers and beaches of this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age. Last night, as I may have mentioned, I was at the “Melody Tent”, in Hyannis, here on Cape, for the Chris Isaak concert, that was, in a word, fabulous. The backup singer, whose name escapes me for the moment, however, I will find that information out for you, who played guitar and sang by herself on stage, was equally impressive and her two songs, one entitled “Breeze” and another about “cobblestones” of Boston, were haunting, as they related so well to my upcoming novel, “Taking Fog to Nantucket”, coming out either this month or July–telling the tale of sorrow with a glint of hope and LOVE mixed in perfectly…I promise to get that artist’s name out in my next entry. The night was cool and rainy, as we walked up to the big blue tent surrounded by Niko Blue Hydrangeas, tall scrub pines and ticket takers who always seem glad to see you. ” Wicked Game”, is perhaps Chris’ most notable song and how appropriate in this day and age of cloak and dagger politics going on in Washington D.C., where the right is wrong and the left is too afraid to stand up to them, as their buddies, the Wall Street “thugs”, or better known as “legitimate” mobsters, are always there to push them back down. As Willard “Mitt” Romney, the republican front runner in the 2012 Presidential election, jokes around a coffee shop this past week about the fact that he too is “unemployed”, ha ha Mitt, tell that to the housekeepers, gardeners and other servants who work for you and your family at your water front homes in both California and New Hampshire! We learn more about his start in “creating jobs”, or rather killing jobs in the state of Massachusetts, circa 1984 (paging George Orwell!) where, upon graduating college, started an investment banking firm called “Bain, Inc.”, for the bargain price of 40 million dollars. From there, after taking companies, one by one, swallowing them up, and selling them off piece by piece, making hundreds of millions of dollars in the process, relegated Massachusetts to the 47th position in the United States in job creation–for the simple reason that he DID NOT CREATE JOBS, HE DESTROYED JOBS for his own personal gain! That is the republican way. Did you ever see the movie “Pretty Woman” and the star Richard Gere who played a wealthy man looking for a date with Julia Roberts? Well, in that movie, we learn what “Richard” does, the same thing Mitt does, did, or will–he takes companies that are in trouble, breaks them down, or liquidates the assets, and sells off the valuable pieces one at a time, maximizing profits, minimizing risk and making all of the stock holders happy, meanwhile letting go of the people who counted on that job to live yet another day, people with families just like HIS. The only down side to that wonderful “all American” capitalistic notion is this–people get hurt, countries get hurt, and ultimately YOU, “Mitt”, get hurt, for does it not say in your Book of Mormon that it is easier to pass a camel through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven? I suppose you have an “Angle” for that one too, huh, Mitt? Well, good luck with that one, because the last time I checked, the Pearly Gates don’t take double talk, jibberjabber and they certainly don’t take American Express, even of the Platinum variety. Finally, on this Saturday morn, I would like to congratulate my good friend Mr. Keith Olbermann, whom I recently saw on the Colbert Report, on his announcement that he will be starting a newer and BETTER show, if that is possible, on Current TV, channel 253 on Comcast here in the New England area, one should check local listings for times. Keith’s boss is none other than Al Gore, and my prayers are with this new show of Keith’s–“so go out there and give ‘em hell Rydell and ring the “victory bell, just like we always wanted to.” (credit the classic film Grease and the actor who played the football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, among other hat coach’s, who, during the making of this great film must have been experiencing the same budget cuts that school districts all over this great land are currently feeling) Good Luck my Friend and God’s Speed! Also, a big shout out to Savannah Guthrie who made the leap from MSNBC to the TODAY SHOW on NBC, as one of the co-hosts for that venerable show. Although I don’t know Savannah, her intelligence and beauty shine through the airwaves, making the “news” a little less tough to take, as you know you are getting the ‘real deal’ as opposed to what you could experience over at “Fox and Friends”… Hope you all have a nice Saturday and, as always, ‘be safe out there amongst the English!’ PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
June 18, 2011
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