We're being crushed, becoming the mash at the bottom of an oak barrel turning grain into bourbon.

We're willingly flitting about in the light of a flame about to sear our wings and turn us to ash.

We're licking ice cream cones, watching the scenery, laughing our heads off on vacation while our vehicles careen off course to plummet into the depths of an unrelenting sea beneath us.

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My Sunday morning e-mail contained a note from a friend who told me that he believed that Anthony Bourdain took the route of exiting planet Earth because he was about to be outed by a slew of "food service workers who knew him as a predatory, blow-job hunting tempermental chef".

My friend told me that he thought it was easier for him to be remembered as tragic than as something disdainful.

I sent a reply;

I admit to having enjoyed some of his shows.
On the other hand, I would not be surprised to know that he was a philanderer perhaps, tempermental most certainly, and perhaps a slew of other descriptors none of which would qualify him for accolades.

Heroin pickles people. He was an ex-addict by his own admission. I do not believe that there is anything such as an ex-addict. One remains addicted and if Providence allows may become a non-user.

The cult of personality and the righteousness of the behavior police in progressive ranks is worrisome. I think it not different really than any other form of thought control.

I saw a piece by Bill Maher this a.m. I think it was from Friday night. There was a catch phrase, penned of course to be remembered but it got to something I think that is being lost. "Conservatives govern without shame. Liberals shame without governing."

We're dangerously close to a time when turning back will not be possible. The elephant has pushed its front end into the parlor, and if its ass follows there won't be any room left to turn around. 

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How much distraction is enough? How many "Breaking News" stories will it take before we realize we're lost?

Have we all given up, satisfied to be taken away by an Uber driver with a GPS in his pocket?

"No! I said turn left, turn LEFT !!! Okay then make three right turns !! Not that way!! Ok...slow down, now make a U-turn."

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Comment by Rosigami on June 10, 2018 at 9:12am

We ARE lost. 

Those in government who should be stopping this descent of democracy somehow are afraid to do anything. Mueller is taking too long. At some point all the dotted "i"s and crossed "t"s will be irrelevant in the face of the pushback that may well be effective.  The rest of us can protest our asses off but our voices are ignored. 

The world order is changing in ways that are now out of our control and in the hands of a megalomaniac narcissistic excuse for a president who will probably either be re-elected, or cancel the next election entirely for reasons of "national security".

Prior to WWII, there were many people who saw the writing on the wall and left Germany while it was still possible. I believe Canada is currently seeing an unprecedented number of American emigres. This is not surprising.

I wonder when our government will start attempting to stop that hemorrhage?

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 10, 2018 at 10:05am

"We're licking ice cream cones, watching the scenery, laughing our heads off on vacation while our vehicles careen off course to plummet into the depths of an unrelenting sea beneath us."

Vehicles without brakes to stop us safely, it seems to me.

.....

And/or, this is what happens when you move to a pretty tourist town ; )

....

It's not as if we all have our heads in the sand, personally, it is more that we know not what to do when protest doesn't work but we keep protesting because we must, when voting is corrupt but we keep voting because we think that's how we can make a difference even when it's obvious there's other agendas taking over and succeeding and voting doesn't mean a thing (says a despairing mind), when we have no power to stop the train wreck so we either fall into paralyzing despair or we turn toward the beautiful sunset for a minute - for relief.

Unless you have some secret to stopping this the average Joe and Jane can actually do more than protest and vote that I don't know of... then share, please.

I, for one, am no help to anyone if I only live in outward endless despair. 

Instead, I help where I can locally. There is need in each of our communities. Not that that will stop the steamroller....but I don't know how to do that.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on June 10, 2018 at 11:49am

thinking about him is the same as bashing your head into a wall.  but I think we have to = because he needs to be seen and what he does has consequences and it must be looked at and yelled at and we have to wring our hands and get out the vote and do what must be done, whatever the hell that is.

congress should be fired.  he's destroying our country here and abroad, crapping on everything, every alliance, every promise he made to his own base and they just eat it up with a spoon.  I don't get it.  

as bad as the republicans are, the democrats are useless: impotent and lame and pandering and slimy.  except maxine waters.  she gives me hope.  the rest.  fuck em.  I'm glad I'm not a democrat anymore.  

Comment by Foolish Monkey on June 10, 2018 at 11:51am

btw, beautiful writing, aka.  really. 

Comment by Phyllis on June 10, 2018 at 4:08pm

If it helps, the Parkland kids are doing a bus tour this summer to sign up voting age teens to vote. They cannot be apathetic like so many of the Boomers were/are. And the apathetic, selfish, Boomers are going to have to suck it up when the kids take over.

Comment by Ron Powell on June 10, 2018 at 4:35pm

@FM; "...every promise he made to his own base and they just eat it up with a spoon.  I don't get it..."

I have said repeatedly that the first people Trump will screw over will be the very people who made it possible for him to do so:

Comment by alsoknownas on June 10, 2018 at 4:50pm

I'll be back in the morning. Thank you.

Comment by alsoknownas on June 11, 2018 at 6:24am

Rosi,

I came close to fleeing the country during the Vietnam War era but felt it was wrong to do. I stayed and did what I could collectively with others in the street to bring an end to that conflict.

Soon Canada may call for a wall to be built. Who could blame them if they do?

Comment by alsoknownas on June 11, 2018 at 6:26am

Anna,

 

I know it's merely conversation when you ask but no, I don't have any secret means to turn things around. Your "think global, act local" approach is as good as any. In big doses.

Comment by alsoknownas on June 11, 2018 at 6:31am

FM,

I also think there are few and far between in the world of politics who are not "pandering and slimy."

The NoKo summit with Kim is tomorrow. The genius said he wouldn't prepare and would have his answer within the first minute. 

The insipid arrogance and buffoonery of this photo-op only "leader' is gut wrenchingly disgusting.

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