Monthly Archives: September 2015

GERALD HERE…..AGAIN

I know it’s been a long time since I spoke to all of you, but I’ve been real busy with a lot of issues including some health concerns. Right now, however, I’m just seething over the latest shenanigans going on in the “esteemed” halls of Congress, and I needed a place to vent. So once again, our mutual friend has agreed to let me use his blog to get all the anger out of my system. And this time without his usual boring preamble. So let’s get down to it.

I see that, once again, you fucking morons in Congress are threatening to shut down the government come October 1 because of some cock-a-mamie excuse like funding Planned Parenthood. Unbelievable. You idiots are like serial killers that taunt police by sending them notes saying-“Stop me before I kill again.” You guys just can’t help yourselves. It’s like shutting down the government is in your DNA. So either by not approving new appropriations for the next fiscal year, or by not raising the debt ceiling, our government goes out of business in the next 10 days. And over what? A $500 million outlay to Planned Parenthood? Are you fucking, kidding me. A half billion dollars out of a total annual budget of some $3.6 trillion. You can take that half billion out of the petty cash accounts of most government departments. You can take that half billion out of the DOD’s coffee fund.

Yeah, yeah, I know you’re all riled up over this abortion thing, but shuttering the government is really the height of myopic stupidity. What about the people that depend on government funds for their very lives. What about people on Medicare or Medicaid or who receive disability payments. I assume you’ll put out a notice to them saying-“Please avoid getting sick while the government is closed.” I mean, who does this. Not a single country in the world, from first tier to a fourth rate banana republic does this, even if their parliaments can’t get their acts together. I get it that all you Republicans are hugely pissed off at Obama, first for the Iranian nuclear deal and now over this Planned Parenthood thingy. But look at it this way. The nuke deal with Iran is a bad accord, but it’s better than nothing. Without it, an unrestrained Iran would just plow ahead on their own and build a nuclear arsenal anyway. With the accord, it might slow them down to some extent. And denying Planned Parenthood its chump change isn’t going to do away with abortions in this country. Wake up all you willfully blind bible-thumpers-abortion is here to stay, one way or another.

Anyway, you have the Missus all agitated that we’re not going to get our monthly benefits like Social Security. You know how she worries. She already goes around saying that in order to get elected to Congress you have to have “shit for brains.” Shutting the government down will only reinforce her notions, although I imagine that no matter what, they can’t get much worse. And what about my proclivities. Just imagine how upset Sid and the boys that run the craps tables at Caesars will be, if I fail to come down and make my weekly donations. I would never be forgiven. You Republicans have already lost the black, Hispanic, Asian and any other minority voters, as well most young people. Now you’re going to piss off us older white guys, your one remaining core constituency? Smart. Really smart.

To make matters even worse, you Republicans seem hellbent on making an egotistical prick like Donald Trump your nominee for president. Trump, whose ego is larger than the Grand Canyon, figures he can just bully his way into the presidency. And I know a bully when I see one, from my experiences growing up in the rough neighborhoods of the Bronx, where failure to be tough was not an option. At least not if you wanted to see adulthood. While Trump grew up pampered in a huge penthouse on Park Avenue, and then inherited an extensive real estate empire that was built by his father.  And now he’s browbeating the asses off the Republican spineless wonders that are supposedly trying to win the nomination.

A good example was in the second debate when Trump was suddenly giving discourse on autism and any role that vaccines may play in this tragic affliction. If I had been up on that podium, I would have immediately stated something like-“Well, Doctor Trump, please do enlighten us as to your impressive medical credentials that allows you to pontificate on such a deadly serious biological matter.”  Yet not one of the other candidates had the balls for such a confrontation. Maybe Carly Fiorina has a valid excuse, but what about all the men up there.

Anyway, getting back to Congressional machinations, maybe the morons in the hallowed halls will pull a rabbit out-of-the-hat at the last minute, and do the right thing. Nobody knows, least of all, the Congressional idiots themselves. But they should know that most people are getting real tired of these foibles, and putting an end to them is long overdue. Well I guess I do feel better by venting, so I’ll sign off now before I get in any more hot water. As always I’m: Respectfully yours, Gerald P.

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THE UNRAVELING OF CIVILIZED SOCIETY

A woman at a recent campaign rally holds up a huge sign that says-“Thank You Lord Jesus for Donald Trump.” Now Trump may be many things, but the one thing he’s not is a bible-thumper.  Yet, the rather large evangelical community of Christian zealots in this country do appear to be solidly in the Donald’s corner. Hmmnn. Strangely, religious fanaticism and Trump seem to fit together like hand in glove. On the opposite side, a noted Wall Street Journal columnist recently called out Trump for his demagoguery, and compared him to the late tyrannical dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who ran his country’s economy into the ground before dying of cancer in 2013. In terms of belligerence, bellicosity, and bullying, there are definite similarities between the two men. But I would more likely compare Trump to Vladimir Putin, who runs Russia mafia-style, with himself as the godfather, or boss of bosses. Those on the right who think Trump will have any respect for the U.S. Constitution, or the traditions and practices of U.S. government operations, once he reaches the Oval Office, are in for a rude awakening. Both Chavez and Putin came to power largely through the democratic process, similar to the one we practice in this country. Once in power, however, both men casually tossed aside any semblance of democracy, and became dictators for life. And now we seem to be traveling down this same road.

Of course, the unravelling of American society pales in comparison to the horrors being perpetrated in much of the rest of the world. In the Mid-East, Islamic fascist terrorism is destroying the societies of countries such as Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, thereby creating a huge humanitarian crises. Hundreds of thousands have already been slaughtered by tyrants such as Hafaz Assad in Syria, or by Islamo-Fascist terror organizations such as ISIS or Al-Qaeda. Hundreds of thousands more, trying to escape a similar fate, have attempted to flood into Europe, the nearest port of entry that’s supposedly safe. Thousands have already drowned at sea trying to cross the Mediterranean and reach the shores of Greece, a country, by the way, that itself is drowning under the burden of unaffordable economic debt. The irony is all too transparent. From Greece, the plan for most of these refugees is to move north into the more prosperous nations of Germany and France. But the problem is that most of these European countries are relatively small, and can ill-afford to absorb the tens or hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants pouring into their boundaries. The prime minister of Hungry has decried this huge Muslim influx, saying that it will change the very core of Christian prevalence over the European continent. And it probably will. Political battles are going on in virtually every European nation as to whether to admit these desperate immigrants, and if so, how many.

What’s at play here is an unravelling of civilized society as we have known it. When a vacuum is created, evil appears to inevitably move in to fill that vacuum, and those opposing that evil are merely jailed or executed. That vacuum came into existence by the withdrawal of NATO from policing world affairs, primarily in Europe and North Africa. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which was created originally to counter the aggressive ambitions of the old Soviet empire, consisted of military forces from primarily the U.S., but also from European countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the rest of Europe. But with the disintegration of the USSR, NATO began to wither on the vine, if it even exists today, other than on some parchment.

With huge budgetary debt piling up throughout most of Europe, as well as in the U.S., it has become expedient to attempt to achieve savings by cutting back on military hardware and troops. The military resources of virtually every European country is now just a shadow of its former self, and there has been significant decrease in this country as well. Which makes it a prime opportunity for the bad guys to move in and fill the vacuum left by the hollowed forces of the good guys. An opportunity too ripe to pass up. Thus, the Mid-East is in a process of steady disintegration, Europe is being overwhelmed by waves of desperate refugees fleeing for their lives to a continent ill-equipped to absorb them, and the U.S. is pretty much observing from a safe distance, but doing nothing.

Perhaps it’s in the very fabric of the human condition to eventually end up on a course of self-destruction. Winston Churchill once said that a lie travels half way around the world while truth is putting its boots on. The same exact thought could be made about the forces of good and evil. In the late 1930s, the good guys pretty much twiddled their thumbs while Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan nearly destroyed the world. The price paid for late entry into world events was merely in excess of 60 million human lives. Today the U.S. and its allies fiddle while the Mid-East burns. Of course, such conditions create fertile soil for demagogues like Donald Trump to plant the seeds of fear and anger on his quest to be the most powerful person in the world. Reacting out of fear or anger is a sure-fire route for those on the road to perdition. I wonder how Jesus feels, being thanked for the rise of this snake oil salesman.

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