Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 07/21/2017

 

Been a while… lots going on!

 

Good Evening, Mishpocheh!

Oh, my goodness but it’s been quite a while, and the Daily Rant has been ridiculously absent…

Thank you for your patience, and I beg your indulgence, as we’ve been working so very hard to acquire this lovely house in NW Albuquerque, about a block south from the Rio Rancho city limit…

And, it is now not just a house, but our forever home, and I am deeply in love with the home we have named “Idyllwild.”  And my lovely wife and I could never be happier than we are at this moment.  We have a beautiful home in a very hip city, I have my own music studio set up in one of the 4 bedrooms, my gorgeous lady has another for her art studio, and there’s one more bedroom reserved for the presence of anyone of goodwill who knocks on our door.

This has been the impediment, if such it is, to blogging much more than the occasional comment on someone else’s blog, and the reason for my being so very silent lately on this blog I’ve chosen to do, and mea maxima culpa for my absence, but it’s been worth it.

Trump is still an asshole, his supporters are still so very blind, and nothing much has changed, and nothing at all has changed for the better… My offline real life has been so very much more appealing..

But I’ve arrogated the responsibility, in my own small way, for commenting on the current state of affairs, and I shall resume being the gadfly again, over the next few days.

We are now, for the first time in years, in a situation to say that we are home and at home, so my rants shall resume.

Politics and the ridiculous clown parade in DC have taken a back seat to real life… And, when all’s said and done, real life is much, much more appealing than current events about which I really don’t believe I make much of a difference…

But, so it is, and I’m somewhat returned…

I’ll consolidate my thoughts over the next couple of days, and will attempt to be more regular…

Suffice it to say, though, at present, it’s obvious that Mr. Trump’s statement regarding that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and it wouldn’t cost him any support is likely the only honest statement the bastard has made in his pampered, entitled life…

Once again, I find myself asking just what the hell it would take for his die-hard supporters to have a waitaminnit moment…

I suspect that, for many, it’s an ego problem… they know they screwed up with their abject support for the jerk, but deeply resent anyone saying, “I told ya so.”

G-d forbid, were I to have voted for the fool, and, seeing the results of such, I’d own it, but that’s just me.

There was one in one of my circles of life, decades ago, whom I asked if there was even the barest possibility that that person might just have any of the package of “stuff” to which was subscribed in any way wrong…

The vehemence of the “No!!!!!” I received said volumes… and this was really a Tea Partier, a couple of decades before there was such  thing…

Once again, I’m gobsmacked, and have to ask once again…

Just what in the bleeding hell would it take for any one of those people to admit that the current situation is not good, and that it might just be necessary to get over the fear of admitting error in any way, and work with folks like me to try to fix this fiasco?

What the hell would it take?

Nevertheless, as always, dear mishpocheh, with Shalom Aleichem wished to you, one and all,

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s “Daily” Rant for 05/15/2017

Good morning, my friends and mishpocheh…

I know it’s been a while, but buying a house in Albuquerque and getting our aching old asses out of Texas in general and El Paso specifically has consumed a lot of time and energy and has been a priority.

Just wanted to share with you a posting I made on a particular FB group regarding Mother’s Day, the antics of the presumed “First Family” and what seems important in that very strange family.

On another FB page a thread from some Trumpeteer lauding the folks inhabiting the WH and Trump Tower simultaneously, there have been some discussions on what has become a grand and a half of comments. Lots of folks slut-shaming Ms. Trump, and some just being really foul…

That said, I don’t pity the woman, as I have used the old fable as an analogy…

A frog gave a scorpion a ride across a river, only to be stung to death reaching the other shore… All the scorpion said as the frog was painfully dying was “What did you expect? I’m a scorpion, and you knew what I was when you picked me up.”

Let she or he who has ears to hear think about that for a moment.

I’ll grant that the woman has likely been having thoughts about just what the hell she got herself into, but she got herself into this thing… Obviously she has no interest in any of the sort of things the spouse of the sitting President usually does… She likely figures that this “President” thing is his thing, and she wants no part of it… Can’t blame her for that, but perhaps growing up in a former Soviet bloc country inspired greed for lucre… She has to know that she’s merely eye-candy and a trophy wife for an orange bombast who only loves himself, and what he can get out of things.

The one that has my sympathy is the young 10 or 11 year old, Barron.

He didn’t ask for the particular family in which he was born, and I will grant that, from all I’ve seen, Ms. Trump seems to dote on her son… Trump obviously doesn’t give a half a shit, apart from the occasional photo op…

And did the orange bastard bother to spend any time with any of the 3 women who bore him children? Nope… he was out on his Trump National thing in Virginia… playing golf…

It was Mother’s Day, fercryinoutloud… I would have loved to have spent the entire day with my lovely wife and my late mother… The former was a given, and it was a lovely and gentle day… The latter, I so deeply regret that it’s not possible, as Mama passed in March of 2015… But I damned sure wouldn’t be out with the fellas playing golf (I don’t play golf but would like to learn), or as is more likely, out in some bar without my wife, blowing my sax… It ain’t that kind of a day, and whether or not anyone thinks it’s a fake holiday, it’s been a thing since the 1850’s, and I so wish I could have spent the day with my Mama…

Trump is, has always been, and always will be, until his taste for greasy potato chips and Big Macs gives his flabby heart a waitaminnit moment, a selfish and self-centered bastard… May such be soon and drastic, BTW.  At this point, though be forewarned that that statement may be seen as hateful to some…

Not sorry, though, and “Frankly my dears, I don’t give a damn.”  (h/t the late Clark Gable)

I’ve had a few people that seem to be members of that rapidly shrinking Cult of Trump who have made snide comments, and some whose hair seems to be permanently on fire…

But, y’know… most people, even amongst those who voted for the schmuck are having second thoughts…

Soon… well… y’know that toxic sludge left in the coffee pot after it’s been left on all night? That is, to me, an apt comparison to what are the epitome of Trump’s statement during the primaries that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and he’d still have yuuge support…

So, as always, my mishpocheh, but now more than ever,

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 04/10/2017

Just a few personal Pesach (Passover) reflections

Good Day, my mishpocheh!

My lovely wife and I are enduring jitters, awaiting word regarding the house we have chosen as our forever-home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I stated in a comment on my Facebook wall that we are seriously done with the state of Texas, and, while there may be some that will comment “good riddance,” to those, I have offered that the feeling is mutual.

I also stated, as a statement to which I willingly bind myself, that for our true friends, the door will always be open.

Now, on to business…

There are those, amongst my acquaintances, friends, and other relationships, that have no understanding of Judaism, nor the vast landscape of such faith’s adherents…

A clue for some… The Jewish faith is not the same thing as the Likud Party of Mr. Netanyahu, nor is it a carte blanche for kicking people off the lands they and their ancestors have occupied for untold generations.

The season of Pesach (Passover), as well as the Christian observance of “Holy Week” is an observance that the Hebrews were strangers in a strange land, and were slaves in another country, whether or not the actual history matches the Tanakh…

We remember that we were, and have been for more than 3,000 years, seen as “foreigners” in the lands in which we were born… Even in comparatively recent history, we Jews were seen as aliens in the lands in which we took birth…

Yet, we’ve elected a bombastic, pugnacious and cocky jerk, who somehow found it necessary to appoint those with nothing better to offer than so-called “white supremacism,” papering it over by seeming to say that his son-in-law, Mr. Kushner, is one of the “good ones.”

Let’s also remember, my mishpocheh, that a certain insane and bizarre Austrian corporal depended on a Jewish physician to keep him up on amphetamines, pain-killers, and other meds… Some Jews are useful to even their sworn enemies…

We, or in our name, have blown a few holes in the Syrian desert, with half-a-C-note of Tomahawk missiles, with the Syrian airfield being back up and operational within 24 hours, and that makes this jerk seem to be “presidential.”

Weapons of mass-distraction, anyone?

Yet, none of the children living in abject terror  will be considered for admission as refugees to our shores, as, as Amb. Haley said, their parents have to come with, and gee… maybe they harbor some animosity against their attackers. (You, me, and all of us here in this nation)

I’ll remind you once more, then close out for the day, that the Hebrews, per the Torah, were strangers in a strange land, and were commanded to welcome the stranger, as they were such themselves.

But, yeah… let’s go bomb some brown people who call G-d by the same name that Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians call him…

A blessed Pesach to those of my faith, and a memorable and reflective Easter to my Christian friends, as well as a blessed Ostara to those of the faith of my lovely wife.

No matter what, though, my mishpocheh, I, as always, will remind you to

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 04/02/2017

Damn, people… what the hell would it take???!!!

Yes, I know… I seem to ask that question quite often… but, since no one’s given me an answer, I’ll keep asking…

Good evening, mishpocheh!  Yer ol’ Unk is pretty gobsmacked…

I clearly recall a long-ago conversation I had with someone within my circle of life at the time, where I asked said person if there’s any way she could see even the barest possibility that she might have had a particular vibe wrong… The vehemence of the “NO!!!!” I received said volumes…

So here we are, with a disturbingly huge number of our fellow citizens who are of the same cloth… only, now, they’ve added, to the specifically American-style Evangelical Protestantism referred to in the previous paragraph, not merely Republican Party sensibilities, but the specific, extremely narrow interpretation which, to them, is the only correct worldview that seems to have every one of those folks of my knowledge or acquaintance terrified that they may just have made a very huge mistake, in their abject and undying admiration for the strange bombast who’s been married 3 times, cheated with each succeeding spouse on her predecessor, couldn’t give an accurate Bible quote if his life depended on it, and has given no evidence that his internal life has ever been devoted to anything other than receiving praise and adulation from other people, and materially enriching himself… yet equally terrified that any alternative is “deluded, deceived, or downright demonic.”

Was it because he opportunistically decided, after a life of touting himself as “pro-choice,” to make all the right noises (“the best words,” in his parlance) against reproductive rights?  Is it because a certain so-called “news” organization gave him months and months of free and friendly coverage?  Perhaps a certain former governor of Arkansas along with the nowhere near his father’s quality son of a evangelical preacher decided to hitch their wagons to him?

Is it that these folks have so deeply imbibed at the fountain of crap that insists that, no matter how faulty, venal, evil and ridiculous the hard-right-wing has shown itself to be, that those of us to their left, or anyone who doesn’t grant carte-blanche adulation to the vibes just have to be orders of magnitude worse?

I don’t freaking get it.

I really don’t… At least some of my personal knowledge seem to be otherwise quite intelligent people… So why this cultish adulation of a bombastic narcissist whose entire life is a repudiation of what they, at least presumably, consider worthwhile?

The evidence regarding the venality and rapacious nature of Mr. Trump is irrefutable, to anyone that doesn’t consider WND, Fox, Breitbart, RedState and the rest as the only fonts of truth.

Anything that doesn’t fit the narrative is “fake news?”  Seriously?  Yet for 8 years, the previous occupant of the big chair, his family, and, since the 90’s, the lady who ran for the same chair, have been subjected to the most hair-on-fire conspiracy-freak crap, with no more credible evidence than an internet chain-letter or so…

I’m sorry, mishpocheh, but all I can muster for such people is deep contempt and disgust, and I’m damned sick and tired of trying to play nice, and buying into their “both sides do it” nonsense.

Both sides don’t do it, fools… For cryin’ out loud, even the paranoid old shit, Nixon, believed he was acting in the best interest of the nation… rather than his bank account, and those of his associates, for the most part…

Can anyone possibly believe that if the tiniest fraction of the things, for which there is actionable evidence, were to have taken place under the previous administration, that the attitude would be “Bygones… let’s look forward,” or “Fake news” or any of the other bullshit?

Please…

So, once again, I quite wearily find myself just doing as I can, and offering to all that we all must

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 03/30/2017

Again, what would it take?

The hits just keep rolling in… far from “libtards” like me would it be to try to bring this neo-fascist regime down… They need no help from such I, a reasonably humble old sax player and writer who is never and nowhere near as smart as I think I am…

The Russia debacle will not be denied, even as #45 insists that mere meetings amongst other officers of state do not equate to secret meetings with Russian business people who have also extensive dossiers as Russian intelligence agents…

Our Tweeter-in-Chief can shout all he wants that anything positive about him is the real deal, while anything negative is “fake news.”  Of course, the former tend to be such from Breitbart, Stormfront, National Enquirer, World Net Daily, etc., and the latter tends to come from those who actually are legitimate journalists… Every time Mr. Trump tweets about his characterization of the NYT as “the failing New York Times,” their paid subscriptions grow by orders of magnitude.

There are some of my acquaintance, and some having been or are in my circles of life, in some way or another… These folks voted for Mr. Trump, as, whether or not they like his style, they’ve so deeply imbibed of the dogma that, however horrid the modern-day Republican Party may be, those of us to their left, even if only slightly, are deceived, deluded, demonic, and future residents of the Lake of Fire.

So, we’ve got a thrice-married, bombastic blowhard that these people would rather cut their throats than disavow the Republican Party and it’s very bizarre standard bearer…

I’ll not share any links, as I’d rather this evening’s rant stand or fall on its own merits…

Just that this weird old Jewish, Masonic, liberal hippie is disgusted with a pretty sizable number of my fellow citizens…

For some, I thought I knew you better than that… obviously, I was quite mistaken.

I also, lest I be seen as a complete misanthrope, recognize and laud the also huge number of my fellow citizens who didn’t check their brains at the door… So I’m making only rhetorical blanket statements, as shorthand for the whole package of stuff in my head…

Suffice it to say that I’d wear out my fingers, and as a documented 66-wpm typist, you’d knock out before I’d be able to finish.

So it is, my mishpocheh, that I wish you well, I’ll attempt to be more “daily,” but there’s a lot of life off-line at present, so I’m given to late-night musings over a cold one…

I’d ask you all to do as I commit myself:

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 03/26/2017

Good Sunday, my mishpocheh!

Deep apologies for being so out of touch… Lots of life going on, including all the work acquiring our dream and forever home in Albuquerque, NM (gorgeous place… quite affordable, and just, damn!  <lol>)

Plus, without going on, ad nauseam, had a couple of medical issues that turned out great, but am still dealing with… there’s an end to it, and it’s a good end… these too shall pass…

So… on with what’s going on…

The current administration, and their sycophants, have suffered a bit of a loss, in the so-called “Trumpcare” AHCA punitive plan going down in flames…

The Republican “Freedom Caucus” (aka Tea Party) in the House voted against it as giving too much to the needy…

The moderates (and yes, surprisingly enough, there are some in the House… who knew?) are horrified that it seems that every campaign “promise” Mr. Trump made pre-inauguration, he actually meant… They seem to be shocked that the broad and sweeping “policies” affect more than those “other people” but their actual living, breathing constituents.

Add to this that, relating to a Facebook conversation in which I’ve been engaging with both a gentleman I’ve known since he was in 4th grade and I in 7th or 8th, and a new friend…

This is the 8th weekend Mr. Trump has retreated to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, ($200,000 membership fee and patience for an opening, no matter whom one is), at a cost of at least 3 million dollars, US, and adding the cost of flying Ms. Melania Trump down from Trump Tower for a photo-op, then the retreat back to NYC, all the security involved, an Unsecure location (speaking as a guy who held a TS/Crypto clearance and knew that certain unsecured locations were verboten), and then all the cost to businesses in the city of Palm Beach, who are barely above water due to the tourism fall-off on these weekends…

I remind you, my mishpocheh, that these are people, up to the guy they either voted for, or enabled by butt-voting or doing some sort of “conscience,” 3rd-party, Don Quixote gesture, who have spent 8 years scrutinizing every moment of free time the previous occupant, Pres. Barack Obama, took… They screamed, every time the man took off for a round of golf, before getting back to the work at hand… They shouted whenever Pres. Obama made an annual trip to the state of his birth, Hawaii (yes, he was born there, birthers)…

So Mr. Trump, in the time since Jan. 20th, has cost the American taxpayers more, for his frivolities, as well as apparent marital difficulties (Ms. Trump must be asking, “Oh, hell… what the hell did I get myself into?), than the entire Obama family cost in 8 years…

The hits seem to keep coming, yet Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters (some among my acquaintances) insist on rationalizing and justifying every single utterance, every single action, and every future projection this charlatan proposes, and his staff tries to explain.

It may sound disgusting (and I’ve been accused of having a “vile imagination” by a commenter on another blog… Meh… is as it is…), but I’m convinced that Mr. Trump could devour a live kitten, washing it down with baby’s blood, on camera with full hi-def video and audio, and his supporters would figure out a way to justify, rationalize, or explain what had happened…

His continued retreats to Palm Beach engendered a question from a friend, who asked “Can’t he stay in D.C.?”

My answer:

Or, like all other Presidents before him, a break at an already secure location as Camp David.

The only requirement for membership at Mar-a-Lago is $200,000 and patience to wait for admission. The only requirement for leasing a suite or 2 in Trump Tower is whatever exorbitant fee is asked… hence, where the surveillance on the place came from… There were Russian “businessmen” leasing space… Is it the Intel. Community’s fault that there were folks like Flynn and others actively taking part in the phone conversations?

It’s hypocrisy at its finest, considering the past 8 years of obstructionism… But folks want us to just smile and say “Bygones… let’s move forward and forget the past.”

2 things…

Paraphrased from Santayana’s thoughts, those that forget history are condemned to repeat it.

It will do the country no good if continuing to move forward sends us off a cliff.”

 

This is a symptom of the dysfunctional travesty and fiasco taking place within the Beltway of Washington, D.C.

Again, I ask… What the hell would it take for anyone among the Orange Julius Caesar’s devoted followers to have an at least “waitaminnit” moment?

Are people like me so “deluded, deceived and maybe downright demonic” that such folks would be terrified of looking outside the tent?

I don’t know… I have no real answers that would be perhaps workable… I’m not a politician… just an old musician and composer that has dreams of acquiring a J.D. with a minor in Political Science…

But damn… All I, at present, can do is as I suggest to you, my readers, with every blog posting…

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 03/20/2017

Hiya Mispocheh!  Back amongst the family!

Everything’s fine… had throat surgery, as previously stated, a few weeks ago, and the old baritone’s coming back gradually… We went house-hunting in Albuquerque (or, as I prefer, “Albuquirky”  ) and found our forever home that we’re pursuing the purchase…

Then I had to go in for a procedure that, while attempting to avoid being gross, should have been done 10 years ago… one of my birth issues was an intestinal obstruction, which the correction enabled me to be in 1957 medical records as a survivor of the procedure… Last time I had a colonoscopy done,  I was 12 or 13, and the scope looked like a stainless-steel bazooka… Fortunately, the technology has improved greatly, and if you have a really hip anaesthesiologist with a great understanding of Propofol to knock you out while they insert this object, I assure you that you will find that life is good, Baruch ha-Shem!

Please, my mishpocheh… especially if you’re 50+, it’s painless, good drugs, and a happy after-glow when the nurse wakes you up… and you never know…

I apparently had some sort of benign polyp, and within 4-5 weeks, I’ll be assured of either “You’re fine” or “Get your affairs in order”

I’m confident that it will be the former. I’m tough as hell to kill, trust me…

And then today I had to be a citizen and report for jury duty… since it was a drug-related homicide case, I’m so damned grateful to have the judge say that I was free to go…

Any way…

On to business…

I’ve asked this question of others in the past 18 months or so… just what in the hell it would take for them to at least have a “waitaminnit” moment… to at least pause and reflect on what and whom it is that they think they are supporting…

For the American-style Evangelical Protestants among us, who insist on also using the qualifier of “very” before their descriptions of “Conservative Republican,” this is a guy who’s been married 3 times, who seems to trade the previous model on a new one, 5 kids in total, who couldn’t make an accurate Bible quote if his life depended on it. Yet the Democratic Party and those of us who proudly claim the label of “liberal” have been so effectively demonized as “anti-life,” “communist,” “Marxist,” or otherwise deluded, deceived and downright demonic, to be unnecessarily alliterative about it…

We seem to be inundated with an inordinately large number of folks who have been convinced that, no matter how corrupt, batcrap, insane, and vicious the Republicans are, because “pastor” or other pundicts have convinced them, unshakeably, that we to their left are orders of magnitude worse…

I’ve no links to share with you, my friends, at least not this evening… just delighted to be among you once again, and wanted to share my thoughts.

Love Y’all, and always remember:

Keep Resisting!

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