With Friends Like These….

“The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.” – former president Obama

Yeah, well President Obama, I guess that whole “Hope & Change” thing doesn’t fly so much now that you’re a very rich man.

“The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug,” Biden said. “It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it.” – former vice president Biden

Mr. Biden – stupid is as stupid does. There have been more than enough studies to show that marijuana in and of itself is not a gateway drug. It could be considered a gateway drug only because of its illegal status, because when they were out of pot, dealers were known to offer other alternatives. That won’t happen in a legalized pot shop.

American Liberals have not moved “too far to the left” as these two entrenched members of the establishment want us to think.

The Democratic Party has moved too far to the right.

Legalized Weed May Save Us

Laugh if you want. But I think about the 1960’s, which was the decade of change, and I remember that among the most significant features regarding that turbulent era was how college kids started smoking more marijuana.

Opponents of marijuana like to imply that pot smokers are dumb, but my experience has proven the exact opposite to be true. Pot smokers are more aware and “awake” than non-pot smokers. Pot smokers better understand the value of honesty and karmic retribution. They can literally see things that the non-pot smokers can’t—things that are essentially invisible, but real, like systems of politics, economics, finance, and war.

It didn’t take long for the pot smokers to realize that the Vietnam War was a bunch of bullshit. The non-pot smokers, however, thought it was a war worth fighting, and many believe so to this very day. Can you imagine how stupid, blind, or deluded a person has to be in order to believe that now?

Cops are usually among the most hostile critics of legalized weed, which unfortunately gives us another reason to lose respect for cops. And among the most paranoid of the critics of legalized weed, I sometimes hear “You know what? They can lace that weed with funny stuff.”

To which I say, “Oh really? Like they did with beer and booze and cigarettes and prescription drugs?” The “they” that we have to worry about is not so much the government as the unregulated industries who treat humans like cattle. Sugars, salts, and fats are hands-down the worst forms of “funny stuff” that are being injected into our diets, and done so on a daily basis.

I’m not saying that I’m 100% sure that some kind of “mind control” thing can’t happen. I mean who can? Isn’t that what television was for?

But I do know that weed has a signature taste and a unique quality all its own, and any deviation from that would probably be found out rather quickly. Just as there are professionals who can tell you a hundred things about a glass of wine, there are similar professionals in the pot world who can tell you all about a given sample of weed after one toke. And those people will know if it has been adulterated.

Add to the fact that, if so inclined, you could grow a plant of your own and smoke both the leaves and buds of that plant exclusively, then you would know with 100% certainty that it was not contaminated by any outside agents.

Legalized weed might be the lifesaving force our world needs so desperately now. Look how crazy things have become! Trump has almost single-handedly turned the world upside down. This can not be emphasized enough.

We have people like Nikki Haley telling us that she thinks Trump is an honest man after he has been documented with over thirteen thousand lies since his election. We see a White House constantly obstructing justice and withholding witnesses without consequence. We have 600 billionaires bellyaching about a two-cent tax on every dollar they get over $50 million. We’ve got Fox News and dozens of right-wing “news” outlets telling lies and conspiracy theories to millions of people every stinking day of the week. We’ve got a Republican party that has more in common with a bunch of mobsters than it does with duly elected representatives.

The GOP is literally arguing that it is their Constitutional right to spread lies on Facebook!

We’re standing at a tipping point in history, and the odds are 50-50 we’ll get out of this for the better. Again, I couldn’t be more serious. It’s out of my hands, so I’ve shifted into the detached perspective of survival mode, because the shit’s going to go down one way or the other and there ain’t nothing I can do to stop it.

No amount of money in the world is going to change that for now. No amount of education or disinformation will sway one side to the other.

About the only thing we can hope for is that some diehard Trump supporters start smoking marijuana. They’ll start smoking out of curiosity, since it’s legal, and maybe one night they’ll be sitting in front of their television sets, naturally watching Fox News, having a smoke, and with a Zen-like flash of insight, they’ll finally wake up and realize “Wow! That’s bullshit!”

Take It Like a Man

Nationalist troops escorting a group of captured Republican troops on the Samosierra front during the Spanish Civil War. Most of those men were tortured & murdered.

Been having a rough time of it lately, for about three weeks now. This goes wrong, that goes wrong. A $200 bill pops up, followed by a $95 bill, followed by $271.

I can live with that, mostly, when I see the bills coming. When they pop up out of nowhere, and you have to fight like a dog to either fix them or at least figure out what’s going on, that takes a toll on me.

Pretty much all of America is like that, pretty much all the time.


Under the guidance of conman Donald Trump and his greedy, sycophantic echo chamber otherwise known as the GOP, the United States has devolved in what can truly be described as a state of proto-fascism.

All of the hallmarks are there, and I am seriously worried, as every run of the mill working class man and woman should be.

If the GOP gets voted out in 2020, simple votes alone may not be enough to remove them from office.

If by some miracle, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election, I think there is a serious possibility that the GOP and all of the extremists therein will launch a coup in order to “save the country.”

Once they reach that point, there’s no turning back. The GOP will start arresting people, torturing opponents, and killing opposition leaders. And the average Trump supporter won’t lose a minute of sleep over it.

We’ve seen it happen too many times, in just this century alone. Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Pinochet…and at least a dozen times by lesser despots from smaller countries all over Africa and Central & South America.

I wish I could do something to fix it, but the dumbass Trump supporters—the 40% of our country who are perfect idiots—don’t foresee it as a problem.

Hell…they may even want it to happen.

The Freedom to Lie

Funny people, those Republicans. All this talk about possibly censoring political ads on Facebook has them crying foul and comparing liberals to communist China.

“China censors, too!” they bellow.

Well, that’s obviously true, but here is thee salient difference.

China censors those who print unflattering truths about China.

But the Republicans are claiming that their First Amendment rights have guaranteed them the freedom to lie, because they are knowingly spreading verifiable lies in their political ads on Facebook, and they don’t want Facebook to do anything about it.

How about we try this?

The GOP is free to pay for and post as many lies on Facebook as they can afford, provided the opposition is allowed to refute those lies on the same Facebook page free of charge.

Or does that sound like Communism?

I’m so disgusted by this false equivalence that I’ve lost my sense of humor.

Where Lies are Lore

“China’s Fascist Govt.”

The lies just never stop at old “fair & balanced” Fox News.

I couldn’t find the graphic, but I do recall seeing this segment of Tucker’s show where the little banner at the bottom of the screen said something like “Liberal NBA Caves to Fascist China.” I’m almost certain it said something to that effect, but the image above will suffice for now.

It is dangerous to live in a country where a major, mainstream cable news channel can lie so egregiously—on a daily basis—and suffer no consequences whatsoever.

Tucker is twisting reality to imply that it is the liberal mindset that caused this cave-in to China, and not the conservative corporate thirst for China’s gargantuan, untapped market.

This is why we have Trump. Thanks to the daily manipulation of reality on the part of Fox and other right-wing media, millions of Americans honestly believe that Trump is more honest than Obama.

It goes without saying that China is not “fascist.” China’s economy is hopefully communist while its government is hopelessly authoritarian. The Chinese government is so pathetically thin-skinned that it cannot bear even the slightest, most harmless of criticisms from anyone, ever, about anything.

Secondly, the NBA is far from “liberal” as are almost all major league sports franchises. It is corporate to the core of its being and lives for only one thing: profits.

But behold how quickly Fox News will shuffle the deck of reality to suit its corporate narrative. Something’s wrong, so blame the libs.

Somewhere along the line, truth has lost its value in America. Now, truth is just considered an alternative opinion. How did we get here? Did the predominance of the advertising mentality play a role? I tend to think yes, but there must be other reasons, too.

Like the concentration of wealth and the consolidation of power, and how the opinion of one billionaire has become more important than that of a billion people combined.

I don’t know what can be done about it, but something needs to change before long or we’re in trouble. But here I am being hopeful again, because it’s probably too late.

The Market Mentality

Gotta hand it to the South Park guys. Two shows in to their wildly unpredictable 23rd season, and they’re making a stand. I’m behind them all the way.

The first show—Mexican Joker—touched on the “marketing” strategies of crony capitalism in regards to legalized marijuana. Unlike wine or beer, cannabis is ridiculously easy to grow, and the Wall Street pigs, out for every greedy cent of profit, will do everything they can to prohibit people from cultivating their own herb.

The tragedy is that in light of how our our system works, there’s a good chance big biz will get away with it. By way of government regulations (which they claim to wholeheartedly despise), big biz will “support” (read “pay off”) key politicians to pass needless laws and require onerous licensing fees, safety rules, and other bullshit hurdles to the point where it will just be easier to buy their product off the shelf rather than grow your own.

And it won’t end there. Not only will they make it ridiculously expensive to grow your own, but they’ll make damn sure you can’t distribute any of it without a friendly visit from your local DEA and the threat of an onerous jail sentence.

In all likelihood, it’s gonna happen.

The last thing most marijuana users want to see is the big corporate takeover of the industry, as we’ve seen with beer producers. We do not want to see a Budweiser or Coors of the cannabis world…but Wall Street sure as hell does.

Most marijuana smokers would rather see 900 millionaires, all competing and adding to the experimental diversity of the newborn, legalized cannabis world. Instead, as legalized marijuana grows more mainstream, what we’re likely to see is one or two families, each worth $900 million dollars, who control 80% of the weed market.

Mexican Joker also had a scene where Kyle converted a group of kids in a detention camp to Judaism, which was spot on but probably made a lot of people scratch their heads…and that fully deserves a critique all its own, but maybe not here and now.

I don’t want to minimize the importance of this issue: detaining children in prisoncamp conditions, away from their parents. I feel bad for focusing more on the weed story than the obviously more serious problem of separating children from their parents and locking them up (which I’m dead set against).

It’s just that…it’s so obviously wrong…that it’s kind of sad that anyone in our country thinks it’s a good idea. Kind of sad? God damned tragic.

In the second episode, Band in China—and this was disturbing—Trey and Matt revealed the leverage that China now has on our American markets, in particular our entertainment sector.

Only days after that episode, a gaming company fired an employee for supporting the Hong Kong protests, and a basketball mogul bent over backwards to appease the thin-skinned Communist kelptocrats — proving that Trey and Matt were dead right.

It’s funny how the mostly conservative “free market” Wall Street types are all for government deregulation until that market happens to be China. Suddenly, everything changes where there’s profit to be had. Suddenly it’s all “rules are rules” and “Hey, what are you gonna do?”

Wall Street is effectively carrying out Communist China’s dictates for the sake of market access. Go figure.

I don’t know how many seasons South Park has left. They can probably go for another ten seasons, or until they just finally burn out. The show has been everything from a kiddie cavalcade of fart, vomit, and poop jokes, to a serialized melodrama regarding everything from militant PC culture to the many pros and cons of the internet.

But however long Matt and Trey last, I hope they keep throwing punches till the end.

And I’ll be standing in their corner all the way.

Trump Has Lost His Mind

Been watching Trump today for as long as I could stomach him, which wasn’t long, only a few minutes at a time.

The guy is clearly off the rails. He’s denying the validity of information that he himself provided to congress.

He’s making up lies as he goes along.

Is the GOP truly so bereft of integrity that they can stand by idly and watch this happen? Are they truly that spineless, or are they out of touch with reality, or in some bizarre way, do they like this?

Does the GOP like how Trump is flaunting every convention that our country was built upon? Is this how the ultra-rich tell the world to fuck off, and laugh about it?

Pretty Much Screwed

It pains me to say this, but I think the human race is pretty much screwed. All of the things that we need to start doing, right now, in order to save the world as we know it…simply are not going to happen because a few thousand ultra-rich assholes are afraid to lose some money in the process.

And that’s the God’s truth. That’s pretty much the only thing holding us back. We have the know-how, and to a large extent, as a global culture, we even have the will. But the richest among us, the people who ultimately call the shots whether we like it or not, aren’t going to do shit.

So, we’re fucked.

I wish I had the magic words to change things, but I don’t. Apparently nobody does.

I don’t know what’s going to happen over the course of the next 500 years, but it doesn’t look good. The rich will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth and power, and if that means sitting back on a private island and watching the world burn, so be it.

Maybe it’s time for us all to learn how to fiddle….

Deep Sigh

The world’s still crazy. Too crazy to even encapsulate here.

Tucker Carson called John Bolton a “leftist.”


John Bolton is to leftism what Godzilla is to Bambi.

Trump rolled back water protections. Everybody knows how pesky clean water regulations are to corporate profits.

Trump’s supporters are flaunting “Trump 2024” fliers, which would be a third term for the conman in chief, and Trump Tweeted the image approvingly.

Republicans act like it’s just a joke, but I’m pretty sure they’re not joking. Trump literally posted a picture of it on his Twitter account.

Putin, too, Trump’s best pal, was elected president of Russia around the year 2000…and he never left office.

These are serious red flags.

There is not one agency in our government that will do shit about it. Such has money corrupted our self-rule.

As a wise man once said, “Government should stand between wealth and power, not for it.”

Trump attacked the National Weather Service for contradicting him about the path of a hurricane. Seriously?

Trump is now denying the very fact of weather as measured by meteorological professionals around the world? Threatening to fire them if they don’t fudge the numbers in Trump’s favor?

Sound crazy? It is! And it’s happening now!

If Sanders or Warren beats Trump in the election of 2020, those GOP assholes will not lie down and die. Guarantee it. In fact, in all likelihood they’ll use the loss of the election to justify some pretty violent and unprecedented bullshit, just as Chile saw in 1973.

Prepare yourself, peaceful warriors.

We’re past the point of fucking around.

Labor Day is a New, New Year

I think there are two “New Years” starting points in every 12-month period: the first being New Year’s Eve, of course, and the second being Labor Day, the herald of the year’s end.

Year’s end? Yeah, basically. The last lap. Every beginning is preceded by an end.

Interestingly, Labor Day is traditionally celebrated in September, the ninth month, just like a human’s gestation period…basically….though some say ten months is more accurate…the martinets.

You can feel it. Something about the fall air saturated with sage, the V-formations of geese flying south, and especially the scent of fallen leaves, with all its dear decay…it symbolizes a new beginning, somehow, watching the world die a bit.

Death must portend a new beginning. If nothing ever died, we’d still be crocodiles.

Renewal in September has been bred into us by way of custom, an annual routine the world over, especially since it’s the beginning of a school year when everyone advances a grade in reality and rises a step on the ladder symbolically. Come September, the 10-year-old fifth grader morphs into the 10-year-old sixth grader. Our civilization relies heavily on routines, schedules, and boring traditions, both long-term and short.

It doesn’t bother most people, but sometimes the daily grind bugs the hell out of me.

I hate the routine of a 40-hour week. It killed me, as I think it kills most people. Up, shower, feed, drive, work-work-work, lunch, work-work-work, drive home. Capitalism at its finest: a soul-sucking regimen, a tiresome routine that will assassinate our souls. That said, just as a bad routine will kill us, a good routine will save our lives.

A good routine is a strength.

A good routine helps you get things done. It’s because even though your mind isn’t in the mood, your body—like a well-trained horse—will just walk the route anyway, because it simply doesn’t feel right until the routine is completed. Most animals are that way. Man is an animal.

Strive to invent your own routine. In so doing, you can reinvent yourself.

And relax. If you’ve got nowhere to go, and no place where you’ve gotta be, then count yourself blessed. You’re right where you should be.

It’s what rich people dream of.