11.11.14

It’s your patriotic duty to make the tribe uncomfortable on phony holidays

Posted in Bombing Paupers, Culture of Lickspittle at 3:47 pm by George Smith

From the New York Times, over the weekend, an appropriate quote for the end of Veteran’s Day:

Air power needs to be applied like a thunderstorm, and so far we’ve only witnessed a drizzle,” said David A. Deptula, a retired three-star Air Force general who planned the American air campaigns in 2001 in Afghanistan and in the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

The campaign has averaged fewer than five airstrikes a day in both Iraq and in Syria. In contrast, the NATO air war against Libya in 2011 carried out about 50 strikes a day in its first two months. The air campaigns in Afghanistan in 2001 averaged 85 daily airstrikes, and the Iraq war in 2003 about 800 strikes a day…

Oh for the days of Rolling Thunder, Operation Linebacker and free-fire zones. Nothing changes.

Also today, posted to my Facebook timeline, where only one of my very white friends liked it, the drummer who played the snappy march.

The National Anthem — the song that actually should now be the national anthem.

Much of the tribe uncomfortable with their role in WhiteManistan are always ready to clutch their pearls over something published at the New York Times or from some name from the left. But acknowledge something that makes them feel uncomfortable on a day like today?

You’d have more luck trying to get a cat to eat a small dish of Brussels sprouts.

11.08.14

The Revenge of WhiteManistan

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, WhiteManistan at 12:53 pm by George Smith

Tuesday, everywhere but in California, just about every reason for the existence of this blog came true. White American snapped out and stuck it to the black man in the White House the only way they knew how, by voting for the lunatics, fascists and science-deniers of the Old White Purity party.

Everyone else stayed home, even in California, actually, where turn-out was a record low 29 percent. (The advantage here is that the election of Jerry Brown, combined with the years of hating the California GOP put on everyone not-white here virtually destroyed the local tribe of WhiteManistan.)

And I can’t say it wasn’t expected. Outside of the President, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders (an independent) and our governor, the Democratic Party has no bench. Hillary Clinton is a special case, merely this party’s counterpart to the Bush family phenomenon.

For example, the only rational response to the world’s superpower putting a science-denier, James Inhofe, in charge of a Senate committee that will influence science and the world environment is bleak, knowing laughter.

For two years things will now get worse, incrementally. It’s a good strategy for the GOP. It works.

Make the civilian population so despondent or furious with more squeezing, paralysis and reward for the wealthy, they have an even chance of being able to run smallpox for the White House in 2016 by creating more disengagement and more virulent revenge voting against the outgoing man.

The cold Second Civil War was won, decisively, by Dixie on Tuesday.

Not in California, though.

The state is rapidly freeing itself from the radioactive rage of WhiteManistan. This is seen most remarkably in the passage of Proposition 45, a voter referendum that immediately reduced arrests for simple drug possession for personal use to misdemeanors.

It was a solid signal that California is sick of WhiteManistan’s War On Drugs. We’ve finally figured out that permanently ruining the lives of tens of thousands of people, disproportionately not white, and stuffing them into over-crowded inhumane prisons isn’t a quality of a reasoning and merciful civilization.

However, that leaves the other 49 states. And if things go the way I think they might, changing demographics be damned, the GOP party might be able to get smallpox into the White House. Look at what they’ll be facing.

America’s queen? Someone who feels the entitlement of having been there once as the call of destiny? Really.

Today at Salon, one person wrote:

Such an unstable context, where a large majority of the population mistrusts both parties and their leaders, all branches of government and most other supposed pillars of civil society, is not far from what Lenin called a “revolutionary situation,” primed for civil war or conquest …

Collapse and widespread violent unrest are not entirely unreasonable expectations.

Consider again an excerpt, one I’ve used before, from William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:

I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state … It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that notwithstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’s inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a steady diet over the years of falsification and distortions made a certain impression on one’s mind and often misled it. No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and incessant propaganda. Often in a German home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a beer hall, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious that they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers. Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was to try to even make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.

The United States is not Nazi Germany. But no one can say now that its civilization can’t fail in a way unique to its own history and nature.

We live in a corporate dictatorship and the minds of close to half the populace, maybe more, are in much the same poor shape as those described by William Shirer as a correspondent in Nazi Germany prior to World War II.

America’s alleged democracy is every bit as weak and unstable as the social democracy of Germany before the Third Reich.

And this country has never dealt with its central problem: What is to be done with WhiteManistan?

11.05.14

Puta

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll at 3:35 pm by George Smith

Here’s another teaser from Loud Folk Live. And it would seem elliptically appropriate to the entire Democratic Party today. Unlike the Old White Purity party, they don’t blow the right kind of folks, or when they do, they’re just not as good at it.

And if you’re given a choice between committed whores and half-assed ones, you take the former. And they did.

Puta!

And while you’re there, stick around for The National Anthem, which is up to a big 81 listens!

“We’ve got a lot of crazy people!” Perfect.

Remember, copies of Loud Folk Live can be had for name your price, although ten bucks seems to now be the going average. Or not. Just saying.





11.03.14

Excuses

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund at 12:21 pm by George Smith

Lack of blog action, two reasons: Depression over general state of affairs and hassles with WordPress/web hosting.

For the past couple weeks web hosting has been beset by problems, across all platforms, technical faults of unexplained nature described only by “500 — Internal server error” messages.

It was so bad over the weekend the blog database couldn’t even be administrated.

After a decade of this I’m so sick of talking to information technology workers at help desks I just walked away. As a class they’re worse than the flu virus, which is something you at least can be immunized against. They’re corporate job apparently requires them to give up being thinking human beings, to be something on the end of the line that will make you think you’re talking to an automated phone menu with only two options, hang up/give up or consult on-line documentation, which is not supported and/or not relevant to the current problem.

These people are so dysfunctional that accepted business practice is to either actively hide contact pages or purposely disarm or push them into default when trouble is breaking out, as it was all along the hosting network. And it was not a problem that came upon the network in one day; it had been building for weeks.

But we’ve all seen this coming. It’s the model of the American corporation. Extract automatic monthly fees for substandard or virtually non-existent service. Refuse to communicate to anyone with which you have a business relationship except through “announcements” edict or notifications that payment is overdue.

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