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Familiarity breeds contempt

October.15. 2018

There’s a saying that familiarity breeds contempt.

For example, perhaps you know someone who you think is a pretty good guy. Then you decide to become roommates with him.

And soon you find that he’s going through your stuff.

He’s leaving the bathroom in a mess every morning, and dishes are piling up in the kitchen sink.

And worst, he doesn’t pay his half of the rent.

That’s the meaning of familiarity breeds contempt.

He’s showing his true colors. The guy you thought you knew never existed.

There is such a person in the public limelight these days.

At first, I thought his abrasive personality was just an act.

I admired his forthrightness, his willingness to call it what it is.

For example, calling the chief instigator of the Iraq war a liar. Nobody had the guts to call out the former commander-in-chief before him.

The lie cost thousands of war dead and tens of thousands maimed for life. According to one military historian, it was the single biggest military blunder since Roman times.

Well, maybe not a blunder, because the hawks overseeing this misadventure knew exactly what they were after and it’s not WMD. (Perhaps something connected to Halliburton?)

Back to my point.

I even liked his policies.

You may have noticed a slight right wing tilt in my writing. I am not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination.

But this guy has turned out to be the biggest low life in public life.

The abrasiveness has turned out not to be an act but a complete disregard and disrespect for other people.

The childish name calling speaks of his insecurity and his constant need to demean and diminish others to make himself appear bigger.

But worst of all, to him, it’s all about enriching himself and filling his family’s coffers.

Many people enter politics to enrich themselves.

I figured this man is already a billionaire (or he claims to be), so he’s not in it for the money.

But how wrong was I!

At 72 years old, how much more money does a man need?

Luckily for the nation, there’re still some good men around. (None of them in the GOP, sadly!)

We’re looking for one particular good man to bring this sad chapter in the nation’s history to a close, actually two.

They say that it’s only during times of crisis that true heroes will emerge.

Well, we have two right now—Mr Rosenstein and Mr Mueller.

These two brave individuals are precisely what make America great.

 

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Women in black

October.13. 2018

The gender war currently raging in the country is missing one important component, and a most critical one at that.

How about the women in black?

You see them in airports and malls in many countries, most of them far from our shores. (Although increasingly, you’re beginning to see them in neighborhoods closer to home.)

Men with a bunch of women in tow, dressed in black from head to toe, herding them around like so much cattle.

The message is clear, these women have no life, they are the possessions of these men.

How in God’s name do you justify this complete domination of one gender by another?

Isn’t this the real scandal of our modern world?

I’m all for the prosecution of men like Cosby and Weinstein who used their power and prestige to prey on women and who deserve their fate and eventual fate, but where’s the outrage concerning this other abuse?

Yes, they can claim that their religion legitimizes it.

Very convenient.

Everyone should be able to indulge in their favorite perversions and claim that God is behind it.

I would argue that any religion that believes in the oppression of one segment of society and reduces them to being the possessions of another human being is not worthy to be called a religion.

(Incidentally, these same people believe in a God who will deliver to them 72 virgins in paradise.)

The fundamental premise of religion is to uplift mankind, not to serve as a pretext to enslave another human being.

So what’s the solution?

Since sanctions have proven to be effective change agents, perhaps they should be enforced here too.

But I wouldn’t be too optimistic about that happening any time soon.

In the corridors of power in our capital, the word ‘geopolitical’ is often used to justify unjust policies and unhealthy alliances.

We all know of course that’s a sham.

The true reason behind many of our policies is money.

(Especially in the current political climate, where one family in particular is laughing all the way to the bank. For example, if you’re a head of state and you’re visiting DC, you already know which hotel you’re going to be staying at. Wink wink)

So while people are getting all hot and worked up about the injustices perpetrated on one gender by another in this country, there is an alternate universe existing out there.

A universe where one gender is completely dominated by another, and it’s all perfectly okay, even decreed by God.

Double-think 2

September.12. 2018

Still on the subject of double-think, today, there was another casualty in the latest witch hunt raging in the nation.

The classic definition of a witch hunt is of course any judicial process by lynch mob.

All it needs is an accuser and a mob, and the accused is guilty beyond doubt.

No evidence needed, no cross examination.

The latest national exercise in mass hysteria was triggered by a couple of real sleazeball types who used their position to perpetrate their crimes on their victims.

But their guilt, especially the one that was actually tried in a real court of law should not be an excuse for the current assault on our justice system.

Because things are not always in black and white.

There’re a huge variety of factors, not to mention human deviousness, that can come into play.

I have written about the Potiphar’s wife principle, where the victim actually became the accused.

But there’s also the factor of sex as currency, which I have detailed earlier.

People are all too willing to use whatever assets they have to try to get what they want, and woe befall those who are the targets of their intentions and did not deliver.

And if they do deliver, as in the case of a famous morning talk show host and his sidekick, well, it’s a happy story of a workplace romance that worked out!

As someone commented, a metoo that worked out!

In the meantime, while sex is being peddled everywhere—you don’t have to go far, just turn on the TV, or go to a concert, or a ballgame—this self-righteous indignant witch hunt rages on.

Which reminds me of the poor bishop who had to apologize recently for unwittingly “groping” someone.

The first question any rational person would ask is, why would a sane person try to grope someone in front of live television and millions of viewers?

Shouldn’t the explanation of an accidental touching suffice?

Perhaps it says more about the accusers than the accused in this case.

People with one-track minds only see what they want to see.

If their minds are filled with sex, every act is interpreted in that light.

I know a thing or two about unhappy accidents.

With the current vogue in ultra low cleavages, I must admit it can be hard to know where to look these days. One thing I’ve learned is never to drop your gaze these days. You can look up or sideways but never down.

It’s the same double-think.

On the one hand, wear revealing attire to attract attention to yourself by showing off your physical assets, and on the other hand, crying foul if someone accidentally happens to look your way!

It’s that same one-track mind too.

Just because you have sex on your mind doesn’t mean that everyone else have sex on their minds too!

Double-think

September.11. 2018

When it comes to double-think, Americans do it better than anybody else. (As usual)

What is double-think?

It’s like double-speak, except you do it in your thinking.

Take for example, sex.

Sex is the major currency in America. You might say it’s the only currency in town. In America, that’s all you see and hear.

The reason is simple–America is about money and nothing sells better than sex.

But because it’s double-think, you have to be subtle about it, mustn’t be too obvious.

So what do skimpily clad girls have to do with ball games? They call them cheerleaders but why do you have to be clad in bikinis to cheer on the game?

Everywhere it seems, the message is clear.

Appeal to the basest instincts of man to sell and make more money. From cars to movies to music and ballparks and stadiums, even to automobile spare parts, you see the same marketing strategy at work–which is to peddle the charms of a certain gender group to get your attention.

I once told a friend that to stand out as a performer, you have to do something special and what did he say?

“Pull down your pants.”

Sure he meant it as a joke, but that’s exactly what everyone’s doing to make a buck.

And so I’m completely mystified at the current outcry about the objectification of a particular gender.

Objectification?

You must be kidding me.

It’s ALL about objectification.

Objectification is the name of the game.

Why else do you think people put on red lipstick, and strut around and wear skimpy clothes?

It’s classic double-think.

On the one hand, doing everything they can to present themselves as objects of desire, on the other hand, objecting to being seen as objects of desire.

If we’re really serious about not objectifying the gentle gender, perhaps a good place to start is in the ballgame. Take out those silly dancing girls who add absolutely nothing to the game except to distract.

To do anything else is to indulge in the biggest sport of all—double-think.

The differences

August.27. 2018

The differences couldn’t be more stark.

One is a war hero, one a draft dodger.

One is a truth teller, one a liar.

One protects his country from its enemies, one protects the enemy from his country.

The Siberian candidate

August.19. 2018

Interesting that someone finally came out and said the unsayable—we have a Russian Asset in the White House.

You might call him the Siberian Candidate.

It explains the frenzied twitter feeds, the attempts to de-legitimize the law enforcement apparatus of the country and sabotage an ongoing investigation.

All this points to one thing—the man is guilty as sin.

A man who is afraid of perjury traps is obviously filled with lies.

As he likes to say—it’s very sad, very sad day for the country.

One and half years of nothing to show except a massive one billion dollar tax cut for himself and his kids.

And yes, fulfilling the wishes of his Siberian masters, or maybe just One Master.

Swamp master

August.5. 2018

It looks like the endgame is close at hand for my favorite no-collusion guy on Twitter.

And as I said before, he’ll regret he ever decided to star in the greatest reality show on earth.

Sure, the adulation of the crowds, the constant coverage of the press, being at the center of attention wherever you go–all that may make it all seem very worthwhile, until Mr Müller comes calling.

All very sad, especially since I liked the message.

For a while I even liked the messenger.

Until his true colors started showing and I realized it’s all a sham, a big con. The man who would drain the swamp is the greatest swamp master of all.

Sad.

The Way

May.7. 2018

Many years ago, a wise man said, ‘I am the Way, the truth, and the life.’

Echoing the words from another wise man who referred to the Way as ‘the mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonder.’

My mother, a wise woman in her own right, used to tell me, ‘You have to catch the Way,’ a principle I have applied to everything in life.

The Way is truly the door to all wisdom.

I see it as the key that unlocks life’s mysteries.

And the world’s luckiest people are those who have found the Way (or Ways, because there are myriad Ways.)

As I mentioned, I have spent most of my adult life trying to find the Way.

Especially in my pursuits to soothe the demons in my soul—like trying to develop the most perfect guitar technique.

Or searching for that perfect expressive touch.

But like most things, sometimes the Way could be right at your fingertips, literally and figuratively, and you’re still unable to see it.

Until the day you lose it.

And then you realize what a treasure you had.

Some may see it as a negative thing, but I see losing the Way as a positive thing. It makes you appreciate how precious the Way is.

And of course, if you put your mind to it, you will always find it again.

As one of my friends said, ‘Never say die.’

I prefer to think of it as ‘Never give up.’

I have over twenty translations in my library on what the Way means. All academic exercises in pomposity.

You don’t need tomes of philosophical tracts to understand the Way.

The Way is simply the Way.

Like the Way to cook a half boiled egg.

Or the Way to play a perfect tremolo on the guitar.

Or the Way to build a life of your dreams.

Or the Way to repair a broken toilet.

Or the Way to San Jose.

And of course, there is no one Way to do all these things.

Which is why the Old Master said, ‘The Way that can be spoken is not the Way.’

As one of my current heroes, Mr Avenatti, would say, ‘It’s uncomplicated.’

 

King of the swamp

April.10. 2018

Who knew!

The guy who was going to drain the swamp is actually the King of the swamp.

Some might call it buyer’s remorse.

I call it stuck between a known quantity and an unknown quantity.

What are you supposed to do if you knew the contest was between a known Queen of the swamp and someone who might actually drain it.

That it turned out otherwise is perhaps not surprising.

Politics is about who is sleazier. And the sleazier guy usually wins.

Who was it who coined that phrase “the engineer hoist with his own petard?”

In any case, the gremlins are all out of the bag with the raid yesterday.

No amount of firing this or that guy will put them back into the bag.

The PR man aka the buffoon aka the King of the swamp is probably regretting his decision to star in the greatest reality show on earth.

Just karma for someone who likes winning all the time.

As I wrote a while back, all winners are losers in the end.

A chess game

February.27. 2018

I’ve been watching the chess game currently unfolding in Washington.

A week ago, I thought Mueller was going to be checkmated. But looks like no one can underestimate the skill of this seasoned pro.

Thirteen indictments and a plea deal and the big hoo-hah about the memos is all but forgotten.

If I remember correctly, there was a similar case of a law enforcement officer who was investigating a high government official in another country.

The law enforcement guy ended up in an oil drum.

Fortunately, in this great country of ours, where law and order reign supreme, that outcome is unlikely to happen any time soon.

(Besides, and this is just a hypothetical, where can you find an oil drum big enough for Mueller?)

Which is just as well. Especially when the game is just now getting nail biting exciting to watch.