Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for 12/08/2017

Good Day, my friends and mishpocheh!

OK… not as “daily” as should be, but, please, no disses regarding “truth in advertising.”  I’m getting there… just the old engine seems to require more maintenance these days… I’m getting there… <chuckle>

I happened upon a friend’s wall, whereon the person was expressing his anger at those that, admittedly, do seem to be aping the Republicans in their defense of Al Franken as he has tendered his resignation from the Senate…

I wrote the following in answer, with some additions, amplifications and edits for this, my own blog…

… Maybe it works for you, maybe I’m talking out my ass, as I have been known to do occasionally, my friends.

Big difference, my friends, is that whenever it’s a Democrat, that person generally does the right thing, as Mr. Franken is doing…

The Republicans circle the wagons, elect whichever bastard, as long as said prick is not a Democrat, and it’s all about party over principle…

Saying that both parties are identical, and they all suck is a cheap and easy answer, and quite simplistic, as it seems some commenters across the web are asserting…

Both parties are not alike, dammit, and the Orange Julius Caesar, his minions, and the rest of the crap prove that out…

The Republicans count on the fact that those to their left are always willing to eat their own, and thereby, clearing the playing field to install such buffoons as they have, in order to advance their obsession with obtaining power and authority, at the expence of decency, comity, caring, and heart… It’s all about authoritarianism on steroids… Please see, if you’re not already aware, Prof Altemeyer’s wonderful work on authoritarian leaders and followers, as well as Dr. Shmuel (Sam) Vaknin’s works on toxic and malignant narcissism.

Prof. Bob Altemeyer’s “The Authoritarians”

Sam Vaknin’s Site

The questions are easy, as are the accusations… the answers take a while, and those that are all about instant political gratification forget that at the peril of all of us.

While we are busy beating our breasts and trying not to be assholes, they are doing their thing, and damn the cost.
And, while we can sit out here and bemoan the evident fact that the default situation of our country is that there are realistically only 2 viable parties, it is what it is. 3rd-party purity or sitting on one’s ass as a statement of “a pox on all their houses” contributed to the situation in which we now find ourselves.

There are lots of “well, it would be great” instances, but we live in this reality, and, while doing our damndest to make positive changes, we also have to deal with the situation as it is presently, and, if one has some wisdom, trying to figure out ways to throw sand and monkey-wrenches in the gears without landing in prison, or just hand-wringing over how much things suck…

I’m no spring chicken… I’ll be 61 in February, but if this weird old autistic, major depressive, long-haired, bearded, Jewish hippie was willing to put my bod on the line in uniform, and is perfectly willing to lay it down again, so can you… Just takes a lot more thinking and a lot less bitching.

As always, my friends and mishpocheh, it’s not my intent to piss off anyone who doesn’t deserve to be pissed off at me, but such as it is.

May what is supposed to be a season of joy, peace, cameraderie, love and generosity find all those things in you, regardless of the framework of a faith path in which you try to live it out.

It may be more difficult to find, these days, but it still is a pretty cool world, and there is still some love and joy to be found… just that it takes a little more work to find it, and entirely too many folks would rather not expend the effort…

May neither you nor I be among those I described…  I’m willing to ask the questions of myself.

Are you?

And, as always, dear ones:

Keep Resisting!

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Uncle Paul’s Daily Rant for December 1st, 2017

Good Day, friends and mishpocheh!

It’s been a very long time, but we’ve been really busy around here getting settled in our new home in Albuquerque, NM!

Had the time and energy this morning to write this as a long post on FB, but realized in a “Doh!” moment that my humble little home away from home here still exists!

 

Sorry… I’ll try to do better….
Scrolling across FB this morning, it’s obvious that the right-wing propaganda has been working… Didn’t really start until Reagan, kicked in, full force, during Bill Clinton’s term (e.g., Rush Limbaugh’s infamous “America Held Hostage” countdown, among so much else), and then FNC, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Breitbart, RedState and all the rest that goose-stepped convincing the precisely 1/2 of our nation that is below average, and the 1/3 that is willfully ignorant and functionally stupid, regardless of formal education, but always miseducated…
This nation is nowhere near the one in which I grew up, served in the military, and have watched decline for more than 40 years…
I was 17 when Nixon resigned, I was a few months too young to see service in the jungle, but count as a VN-era vet… I was outraged by the Reagan admin’s criminality, and the Shrub administration’s mind-boggling rapaciousness… So I’m no damned Pollyanna…
This shit, and the very loud and incoherent voices among the supporters of the orange asshole, have risen to a level none have ever seen…
The 1800’s had their own weirdnesses and horrors, as well as the willfully ignorant, else Mark Twain wouldn’t have had so much fun mocking them…
But this? We’ve got a likely senile asshole presuming to lead, with every utterance being more unhinged, insulting and outrageous than the last… Now remember, this is the guy with the military officer always in the room, or marching 3 steps behind and to the left, with a certain big briefcase cuffed to her/his wrist…
We have the next in line being a dyed-in-the-wool Assemblies of God dominionist, converting from an at least reasonable RC background… while seemingly otherwise sane, he will be the one with the officer…
Going down the line of succession, can anyone point to anyone on that list who would be acceptable in any way?
Fortunately, with Flynn having pled guilty to lying to the FBI (with such a comparatively minor charge, no doubt he offered Mr. Mueller, esq.’s team some really juicy information), I think this is about to the a rare instance where shit is actually flowing upward…. and me just about out of popcorn and no beer yet… but the day is young… *smile*
As always and ever, my friends and mishpoche,

Keep Resisting!

(obviously it’s working, although the cretins are bringing themselves down by their own words and deeds)

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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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