Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Christms miracle: a Democrat wins in Alabama, sanity reigns!

 [It is hard to get too intoxicated by a slim victory over an atrocious candidate, a suspected sexual abuser with bigoted politics, but Alabama, the Senate and the nation will be a whole lot better off with Mr. Jones than with Roy Moore. Alabama's deep-red politics argued against Mr. Jones's chances.]

[If the result was a huge embarrassment for the President it was a similar blow for his former strategist, Steve Bannon, who had become one of Mr Moore’s most outspoken supporters and who was hoping to use what he believed would be a victory in Alabama, to drive the momentum for similar so-called insurgent campaigns in 2018.]

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Neil Young/Promise of the Real: "Big Box Store," "Alabama"

Damn, I hate big box stores, those which have driven my local hardware stores out of business.  Thankfully, my local Ace hardware store in Orlando bought out and built upon the decades of good will and reputation of Branneky Hardware on South Orange Avenue.  It lies right by a Target where I have shopped at for foodstuffs and cheaper clothes

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – sometimes referred to as POTR – is an American rock group based in California.[1] The band consists of Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass), and Tato Melgar (percussion). Lukas is a son of country music legend Willie Nelson.
The band backed Canadian musician Neil Young on his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years, and the tour which followed.

And damnit, Neil wrote in his autobiography that he received American citizenship.  HE'S AN AMERICAN. 

A Modern Prophet, The Nightwatchman: "The Iron Wheel"

Imagine that, a rock artist writes songs with a deep knowledge of biblical prophecy and absolute compassion for poor and downtrodden among us.

Tom Morello does not have to do this.  He could, as a seminal member of acts such as Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, sit back and count fat stacks of cash. Instead, he uses his guitar and voice to advocate for social change, to advocate for the poor.

Do you really think President Dump gives a shit about the poor, the homeless man who camps out in front of his palatial Trump Towers?

I think not.

Yet the current occupant of the White House stands not alone but as a symbol of the plutocrats who run our country.  They feed off greed and suck the very marrow from the bones of the working class.  People deeply understand this and perhaps this very resentment and and led a small fraction of voters in key states to give the  Electoral College: an undemocratic institution if ever there were one.

Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million; three million more souls voted for the female candidate than the male bully and braggart, the malignant narcisist

Those in the land with streets “paved with gold” who exploit workers to create their pseudo-paradise, and then choose not to share their wealth with the poor and needy, must realize God befriends the vulnerable. Ironically, this positive image from Revelation (“the street of the city is pure gold” [Rev 21.21]), a book concerned with socio-economic injustices (see e.g., 6.6), serves to identify those responsible for those very abuses.

6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for day’s wages,[b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages,[d] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”  Revelations 6:6      
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.  Revelations 21:21 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day

On this day in 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a tactically brilliant attack on the United States Pacific Fleet at dawn on Sunday morning, catching the American fleet completely by surprise.

American text books will usually describe the attack as a "sneak" or surprise attack.  The first description plays into the ethnic depiction of Asians as sneaky and untrustworthy.  Nevertheless, it also shows the danger of making decisions in a vacuum or without considering capabilities of opposing forces.  The Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration took as WWII approached a series of actions designed to keep the natural resources required for waging war: rubber, oil, and iron.

Japan, as an island nation, needed to import all resources necessary for war and viewed the actions of FDR as tantamount to a declaration of war.  So when the US ceased oil and gasoline exports to Japan in July 1941.  This and US refusal to meet diplomatic terms led the Japanese led to the Japanese fleet setting sail towards Hawaii.  Save for the fact American aircraft carriers had already sailed out on maneuvers, the Japanese might have won a strategic as well tactical victory.

By the same token, modern US leaders like President Dump overestimate the reach of American power and underestimate the possibility of adverse consequences known as "blowback") (Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire .)  Thus. moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem paints a target on every Americans' back across the world: bases, embassies, ships, and civilians.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tax Plan Might not Prove that Generous to Middle Class

Tax Reform has many authors if you make bank form it; none if your taxes go up.  Most middle class taxes will go up when the provisions of this bill expire.
For families with children, another big provision comes into play: the child tax credit. The Senate bill would double that credit to $2,000 per child. As a result, families with children would generally get a bigger tax cut, although the benefits start to phase out above a certain income — that’s why the cuts are smaller for families higher up on the earnings ladder. (This analysis is based on an interpretation of the tax bill that is being used by the Joint Committee on Taxation and many other economists. The bill is ambiguous, however, and there is an alternative interpretation that would be much less generous to lower-income parents.)
Following this lovely paragraph comes the most important words:People who pay a lot in state and
local taxes could see big tax increases.  (Emphasis in original.)

Until now, we’ve been focusing on the impact of the Senate bill on people’s taxes in 2018, when most households would get at least a small tax cut. But the situation would look very different a decade from now. That’s because in order to reduce the cost of the bill, its authors set essentially all of the individual tax cuts — the doubled standard deduction, the more generous child credit, the lower tax rates — to expire after 2025. But one provision that’s bad for taxpayers — changing the measure of inflation used for many tax calculations — would not expire. As a result, two-thirds of middle-class households would get a tax increase in 2027, and none — zero percent — would get a tax cut. (That’s what’s shown in the left-hand chart above.) 
Those figures, however, consider only how the bill would affect personal income taxes. Starting in 2019, the bill would also cut taxes on businesses. Unlike the personal tax provisions, the business tax cuts would not expire.
Edition for today of making complicated things simple; the rich get richer and the rest get poorer.

Republicans suck.

PS: "...many would pay more under the Senate bill."  (From article linked above.)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Taylor Swift, Get Married...

get married and have babies, or else you stand for what others want to perceive as Bad.

Really, why should people and the media care what her personal/political views are.  Really, if her songs make us wanna dance or tug at our heartstrings, what else matters?

Confessin: have never knowingly listened to Swift song.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bloodshed (Updated)

But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood in my sight on the earth. 
- 1 Chronicles 22:8

3 guesses as to modern nation which closely models that described above?  Perhaps a great country built on bloodied backs of kidnapped slaves?

Could we say 'tis the country which unleashed the nuclear sword on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which although dread and terrible probably still killed less than the original sin of slavery?

Could we use the example of a country which fought 2 land wars in Asia: 1 which has not ended on the Korean peninsula and another where our Vietnamese allies became abandoned, the latter where US experts told politicians we could not win.

Or could we use the example of country which declared a global war on terror which will last for generations since we can't kill an idea?  This war recently claimed the lives of 4 American patriots in some homeless, misbegotten jungle.  Our leaders claim the right to blow anyone anywhere to bits, even Americana.

Whither our cival rights?  Whither the Constitution?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Primer on History and Communication

Way back when--when humans invented language or God created the first modern human (Homo Sapien) from Cro Magnon stock--we had to walk over to another to talk.

Then we domesticated animals and could ride over a distance and speak or deliver a message. This took some thought prior as one had to think of what to say or transcribe said message.

Men still invariably said the wrong thing to women or their mates yet still the human race survived.

With the harnessing of electricity, came the invention of the telegraph, and messages could get sent over greater distances which took some thought, more if having to write the message if for giving it to the telegraph operator--less if sent by telegraphists to each other, which latter state allowed the operators to shoot the fecal matter over greater distances which still took some reflection even to communicate "wassup" to the receiver on the other end, also allowing first recorded LOL message.

Then came the invention of the telephone, which enabled communication with no thought other than dialing some numbers: "Wassup?  Blah, Blah, Blah."

This gave us the ability to initiate communication over longer distances, with less thought except perhaps thinking of what to say on  "break up calls" if done caringly rather than coldly, the latter usually done by men; yet still the race survived even after "white supremacists" got invented to codify slavery.  One wonders whether this electronic invention advanced the species or detracted from it.

Then came the accursed invention of the computer and then progeny: ICBMS, messageboards, email,  hook-ups, intertubes, web pages, laptops (the latter 2 which allow dissemination of stupidity, obnoxious crap, and wry drollery such as mine over the whole wide world and even outer space.

One shudders and hopes and prays humans will survive and civilizations thrive even as we fear the whole damn thing will burst into flames made by ourselves.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I Hate...


This turns a noun and turns it into a verb.

Not that i'm a grammar nerd--too many things to point to--but please leave a noun a noun instead of obfuscating English to sound educated and well-spoken but instead bastarding a fine language.

Happy almost Halloween.  When do Christmas lights come into play?