It seems as if I wake up almost every night, and there is some vision of Donald Trump inside my head as I slowly struggle to decide whether to go to the bathroom or not. And in the process of waking up, I look at my mental image of this toad residing in the Oval Office, I find myself being more than slightly disgusted. How could I have the POTUS perpetually taking up part of my mind like this? What kind of disgusting…Continue
When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?
John Maynard Keynes
When I post on foreign policy issues, I often make educated guesses about US capabiities, or the capabilties of other countries; and I do so…Continue
Sometimes, you cannot believe what you read in the papers or see on TV. I'll admit that I was as fooled as anyone once I got wind of Donald Trump's aircraft carrier move to just off the Korean Peninsula.
You have to admit, the word "frightening" isn't even close to what the press accounts have been talking about. President T-Rex has…Continue
Those quaint customs of those colorful people
Narration of an anthropological film shown in schools in the 1950s…
You can always expect the worst from the Trump administration, and they will never disappoint you. Racist immigration policy? Check! Build another aircraft carrier for no good reason? Check! Most corrupt, kleptocratic administration in history? Check! We could go through maybe 500 more examples, but we have to cut to the chase. The latest Trump policy proposal that has made my blood boil more than any other thing is the…Continue
Until now, I've held this secret. I was finally pulled out of the closet the other day, and my deepest darkest secret has been revealed. I have an evil twin, and his name is Earl. Earl is a rabid, meat eating, hard core, paleocon conservative, and he subscribes to every right wing blogworld he can stand. Earl is not on my main email account. He is on a totally different email account.…Continue
Before the Republican Convention, I made the joke that Donald Trump would choose Charlie Manson as his vice presidential candidate. Little did I know how close I came to the truth.
The future is never what you think it will be. Take Donald Trump, for example. After Election Day I had visions of the Nazis rolling over…Continue
WITH APOLOGIES TO JONATHAN SWIFT --
Dear President Elect Trump:
I understand that you're having problems lately. Hollywood doesn't like you, and neither does the CIA. You're having troubles understanding how the US government works, and some of your policies already look like they won't float. Cheer up! I was awake all…Continue
Mind you, I am not a football fan under any circumstances, but everyone in my family roots passionately for the Oregon Ducks -- and there I am. As little as I appreciate football though, I have to admit that I have learned a lot about politics from watching Duck games. The fine art of political strategy is equivalent to a coach larding in trick plays at unexpected times. But as far as the title of this blog goes, I want to talk about kickoff returns.
You can tell a lot about how a…Continue
Jeezus! I hate crossing into the US border from Mexico. I've done it hundreds of times, and for everyone it's an extended exercise in humiliation. Millions of people go through this nightare every day from San Diego to Boca Chica, Texas. And I've always said: When I die and go to hell -- I will be stuck for all eternity 300 yards from the US border on that extra hot day in Tijuana in August with no air conditioner…Continue
Ejido Wonderful has always been funny, not ha-ha funny, but strange funny. Once upon a time I was crawling on an art tour of Eugene, and I came upon a refrigerator that had a map on it. It was a map of the world, but it had all of these strange lines criss crossing everywhere. And sometimes these lines would intersect. Some of them intersected at Eugene, and another three sets of lines intersected at Ejido Wonderful.…Continue
One of the previously unknown causes for Donald Trump's victory can be found in the competing algorithms of the Republicans and Democrats. Costing tens of millions of dollars, these operations are funded by the competing super-elites of the country. Like the rest of the information technology industry, megadata has not only twisted and distorted American democracy for its own means, but it represents the greatest…Continue
Internet smchinternet! What the hell is going on with all of this conspiracy crap??? I posted on my Facebook page a piece crafted by the Russians saying that Hillary was planning a false holographic UFO invasion all across America to scare voters on election day. Obviously the IQ of the average American is below 90, because Donald Trump. And if you've seen some of the latest Alex Jones videos, the dude looks like he should be snared up in a butterfly net inside of a rubber room.
"There are the known knowns. These are the things that we know that we know. There are the known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But then there are the unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know what we need to know." Donald Rumsfeld
The fog is slowly lifting, and I can see a little bit clearer today than my last posting. I admit that I got very stoned when I…Continue
This happens from time to time. Perhaps I am some kind of information capacitor, gathering my wandering goat droppings of information as I lurk through the internet. And then these disparate pieces of information conglomerate together to form large pieces of intelligence. This is a major personality defect of mine, and sometimes it's gotten me into hot water.
Have you ever had a laser scope's spotter hit you in the shoulder as you're having a pizza? Or perhaps there's that car of six…Continue
I've been estranged from the local Democratic Party organization this season. It's a long story not worth repeating here. But I will tell you that I finally decided to do political canvassing today for the first time with the coordinated Democratic campaign.
People were glad to see me in action central because I've been away for a long time. Now the way things work, the Ds take computer lists from the county elections division, and they parse them into walking maps with names and…Continue
People need to pay more attention to Mikhail Gorbachev. When he talks about the possibility that America is setting itself on a collision course with Russia over Syria that could lead to World War III, he should be taken seriously. The first stumbling block to our understanding is the incredibly false, misdirected, manipulated spin of not only…Continue
Up until now, as a PhD dropout in American government, my analysis of the current situation has been, "I know absolutely nothing." In this crazy electoral year of 2016, all of the probabilities and rules regarding the conduct of American politics appear to have been thrown out the window.
From the very day that Donald Trump went…Continue
Ordinarilly, I don't pimp for major financial publications, but this was too good to resist. I hereby open up an OPEN CALL on the following three questions:
1) Orderly decline in empire and its management. What is your verdict on Barack Obama in this respect?…Continue
On page 190 of Philip Robin's book Middle East Drugs Bazaar is this quote:
"In short the ability to spot a favorable opportunity and to exploit it on a grand scale has been central to the story of command and…Continue