Thursday, October 23, 2014
Pilot Point is a small Texas town set in horse country north of Dallas. I used to drive up regularly for some famous blueberry fruit pies to be found there. It's a wonderful drive through the horse ranches and rural shops lining the highway leading to the turn off that takes you back in time to an old fashioned town square. When scouting for the "Bonnie and Clyde" film so many decades ago the producers were thrilled to find so many rural Texas towns be perfectly preserved.
Pilot Point was never robbed by the Barrow gang in real life - but it was in the movie. So the town elders decided to pick up on that heritage and hold a Bonnie Clyde Days festival every October. I went to the first one but this year had something special: the actual car in which the infamous duo met their fate. That was a mildly shocking claim to me because it was my understanding the car was in a casino in Nevada. Naturally, I had to go check it out.
I asked a woman helping to present the car how they managed to get the car there. "By trailer!" she responded as if I were a bit of a dim bulb. I went on to explain that I wondered how they wrangled the car from the Nevada casino. Then she pointed to a guy next to her, saying, "Oh, he owns it." Well, that was really confusing!
He went on to spin a yarn about a mysterious eccentric millionaire holed up in these parts who had the real ambush car while they had the wrong one at the casino. He also claimed to have some of their guns including the one Bonnie slipped to Clyde at the Waco jail. Mystery millionaire shelled out a couple hundred grand for these items at some point in time but had recently passed away. Now this guy was in possession of all these valuable artifacts. True or not, an interesting tale!
Depression era themes abound and one really cool feature every year is the old farm equipment on display. The early tractors are a hoot, making you want to try them out plowing a field. The peanut threshers are also always there. I caught them in action, looking as if they'd still do just great today. The video below shows how they'd have been harvested back in the day.
Besides the tractors there were the usual booths, classic cars and depression era themed spots all with the backdrop of buildings from that era.
But the highlight is always the "robbing" of the bank. In year one it was staged and filmed by the film school from a university in nearby Denton. Now it's been taken over by the local high school and they put a different twist on it. Instead of staging what would be an actual robbery by the famous duo, they embraced recreating the movie staging of a robbery. All the players were miked up, playing out their parts from a script.
What was unnerving was seeing the Bonnie and Clyde characters as portrayed by the teenagers realizing the actual duo was scarcely older than the high schoolers when they embarked on their spree. It brought home more of the tragedy to me, of realizing wasted youth. The skit they played out was of the film director location scouting with Warren Beatty. There were many sly jokes at the expense of Beatty's well known ego which made me wonder who wrote the script.
The kids were delightful with their youth and enthusiasm. They had a great vibe around them and the whole small town atmosphere of the crowd was like one big family. Actors and audience alike were enjoying themselves. I was really proud of the kids doing the the hardest thing in movies: comedy. Takes a lot of guts to perform in front of your home town like that. Here's a small clip below.
It was nice to be able to step into a bygone era with the safety of time between then and now. The 30's were a horrific decade with much suffering and despair, people scrambling for scraps of hope and finding still less. I liked the change of focus from an actual robbery to movie making. It does more justice to the actual history. It's a really cool event and everyone should go at least once if you get the chance.
Click here to see the entire photo set
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ugh, salt water.
That was my first thought as I regained consciousness with a slap from the ocean spray. The sky was a complete grey gloom of clouds with patches of darkness looming ominously within. The first impression in the drowsiness of my fog was what a magnificent picture of horror this tapestry in the sky, of how I would love to paint this darkness and memorialize for all time. "See what truly lies deep in the ocean!" I'd proclaim.
Then I realized I wasn't safe. The choppiness of the waters had me rising and falling like a roller coaster and if I got too much water in I'd surely sink. This was my first moment of a growing, dreading panic. What was I doing here anyway? The ocean is not my friend when alone.
The storm. There had been a terrible storm on the ship. I hit my head running to safety as I heard the orders to prepare for gale winds. What was it I hit? Did I fall? I can't remember. But how did I end up on this lifeboat? Did the ship go down and I the only survivor? But why save me? And if they were trying to save me then why no provisions here?
Oh, my God. I'm going to die at sea.
I crumpled back down in despair, trying to retrace the timeline, to find the missing piece of information that might save me as the charcoal grey of darkness swallowed me whole, unseen to any eyes human or angelic, sharing the fate of so many ancient mariners. My spine went cold. Should I simply jump overboard and drown now? I must know what happened!
I was knocked out. The ship was in trouble. They must have placed me in the lifeboat for safekeeping. And then, the ship sank with only me surviving? But someone would have had to detach the craft. Maybe that was the last act of someone before being swept overboard. But if someone had time to release the mechanism they certainly had time to climb aboard. It just doesn't make sense!
Nothing. There's nothing here at all. Wait a minute. What's wrong with this picture? I can't quite grasp it...
I'll have to remember later. My stomach is churning, my mind is paralyzing in fear. Don't give up yet. The horizon! Search the horizon, you fool!
Bouncing on the waves I squint my eyes. I have no sense of direction or where I came from. I find a point and slowly scan, making sure beyond all doubt before moving on. Of course, if the ship has sunk there will be nothing to find. Actually, it had to of since with this would leave them with no lifeboat. It would be insane - and legally negligent - to jettison their one backup. It makes sense now. Something broke. That's how I managed to detach. No other possible explanation.
A strange calmness came over me. Suddenly, a surreal serenity took over, surrendering to the awesome power of nature upon the high sea. I just wanted to be swept away, to stop fighting the flow. How glorious would that be if I could do that and live? If I could just lay down and let Nature guide me to safety. I'd never felt such peace ever in my life as in this most hopeless of all hopeless moments in my life. Was I becoming insane, disconnecting from all reality?
The urge to lay back down and drift was overpowering, to pretend there really is a God who cares, that I really don't have to do everything on my own. Surrender! This is the here and now, no need to understand what can't be known. I have a good guess what happened, just let it go. In the morning light would come clarity. The horizon is blank.
I lay my head down and relaxed. This would be kind of fun if the danger were removed! I felt a strange guilt enjoying it, like some sort of amusement park ride. Still, I don't know how I'll manage to sleep with the hands of doom gripping my neck in a seemingly inescapable choke hold. All I can do is set my mind free; drifting, bouncing, guided by forces over which I have no say...
The transponder is missing! How can that be? I remember the crew explaining it's bolted in as a precaution. No way for it not to be here. I lunged forward to the spot I remembered. The bolt holes were still there. Someone must have...
What the hell is going on??????? What really happened? This can't have been done on purpose! Think! Think! They didn't leave me out here. I just can't fathom...
Wild gyrations fluctuated through my mind, flashing between terror and hell. No, no, no, no, no. They didn't set me adrift. What did I do? Yes, I was an outsider but... Think of a good reason for it being gone. I can't! You're doubting your fellow man. You and your bad attitude again! But nothing else makes sense. See? This is why people bristle with your negativity. Why can't you see the good? I'm only trying to be honest. Isn't that the goal? Hah! Like there's an honest bone in your body. No wonder they dumped you.
Confused, drowning in disbelief, I sat back up, furious to find to some clue - any clue! That's when I saw the speck of light. Those motherfuckers didn't sink after all!
Part of me desperately wanted to cry. What utter rejection. To set me adrift at my most vulnerable moment. Maybe...maybe there's something I haven't thought of...some comforting story to explain away the madness. I didn't have all the facts. Why assume the worst? How did I get into this situation? I must be the greatest fool alive! No one but I could have this happen. Un-fucking-believable. A nightmare to end all nightmares. That is my end.
The loneliness of this moment at the mercy of man and high seas. Abandoned by the universe. My whole life I'd struggled to find deliverance. I've been foolish in my choices. Now I see the sum total of my idiocy. Were they laughing as they unbolted the transponder and released me to my fate? Had I drawn out some urge in them to humiliate me - to death? I'd been what I thought expediently silent on the stupidity of their notions as I thought on such a small ship best not to make waves. I never wanted to suspect treachery like this, though.
To hell with it. I'll go back to my original desire for the morning light. Logically, I had no reason to find hope in that. The water was here. The water was there. The water was everywhere. Game over. Regardless, for once, I'll follow my instincts. And somehow I knew doing that would piss off my betrayers. I would have the last laugh!
Jesus! I must be losing it! How can you expect to have the last laugh, dead man?
Then I noticed something. Can't be! The light is getting brighter. They're heading straight for me! Oh, you fool! You idiot! Always thinking the worst. Remember, when you get back on board never for a moment betray your doubts. Act like you never suspected a thing. Oh, heck maybe they had given in to a sudden impulse of cruelty and were now steaming back in a storm of regret. Forgive them and make peace until you get back on land. Land! I'll never leave goddam land again!
A searchlight beamed out from the bow. I could hear voices. They sounded merry. That's a good sign, right? Happy to get me back. I'll lie my fucking head off. No more honesty for me! I'll have to fake like hell I'm one of them for the next few days - which seems like an eternity at the moment. But certainly not impossible in the course of history of human events.
So why was my stomach sinking at the very point of my salvation? Fuck you and your goddam integrity. It's going to get me killed. I'll be honest again when I'm safe back on land. What's the point of being honest and dead? Live to fight another day!
Still, my stomach sank and my mind revolted at the return of the ship. Keep under control! Here it is!
Everyone was on the edge facing me. They had drinks raised high, laughing at my position, hailing in mockery, "Bon voyage!" I wished I'd had the spirit to lash back at them but I was too dumbstruck to even twitch my open mouth. This pleased them, as if proving them to be in the right. I was so overwhelmed at this point I was swayed to believe them. Part of me too believed I deserved this.
As they swooshed on through the waves yelling out "Bye-bye!" I saw a crewman holding up the transponder in victory. "Good riddance, you ..." What he said after was garbled by the waves. Shattered, I fell back down, gripping my seat. So this is me. Should I give in to their judgement? Wasn't I just being self-serving to believe any different? Part of me was sure I was better than they thought - the rest of me was sure I was left to die at sea come what may.
How could I fight back? I've never been so frustrated and outraged in my life!! Should I just let it go like I was before? I couldn't. I felt too much like an idiot - plus I wanted to fight back in righteous anger! "I'm going to break your fucking necks if I get a hold of you!" And I wanted to point out they had no lifeboat now if they hit the reef. Take that! And another thing...
Oh, who am I kidding? I'm going to die and they will go on to live unpunished lives as the world is wont to do. Man, I just can't believe this planet. I'm certainly no angel. I just wish reason would be given a chance. Don't the bad guys ever pay a price? Doesn't the insanity have to end sometime? Certainly, if I had sold my soul to be a CEO I wouldn't be in the position I am now.
The night sky was shades of grey from a hidden moon. The water was calmer now. In one sense it was the perfect backdrop to do some thinking - and I certainly have a lot to think about. Wow. Just wow. Did all that really just happen? Is this a dream? I've had dreams like this before. Were those monsters simply carrying out Nature's orders to destroy me? The hatred in my heart pleaded for revenge.
That, of course, was impossible. They were pouring drinks and carrying on and fucking into the night. All I could think of was limiting their laughter. No way was I going to spend days at sea roasting under the sun with no water, my mind going mad oscillating between a hopeless hope and complete despair. "Cling to life, you moron!" I could hear them jeer. "Extend your misery!" I sat up and stared down at the silky, black waters so innocently at peace.
You'll be giving into anger. Remember how you said you didn't want to do that anymore? But this is different! Who wouldn't be angry? I mean, if anger were ever justified, this is it! Consider your heart. How does your heart feel? It feels bad but so what? I'm dead anyway. You really want me to believe this good feeling I have of just floating along here is really going to lead to something? That's all I've done my whole fucking wasted life is place faith in impossible dreams. Certainly it's high time I grew up and faced the facts!
My heart kept speaking but it was drowned out by the sound of the laughing ship in my mind. If I die now I can end the suffering. Nothing has ever worked out for me before. Helluva time to think it would start now! Even God must be shaking Her head at this fool. End your misery. God doesn't want you to suffer. You've never had faith before. Time to try before the end. Have the courage to quickly and decidedly drown in the cold waters.
A single tear dropped in the ocean from my overhung face. The longer I stared, the weaker I got, wanting to stay on. Time to face reality.
News reports told of a ship that had foolishly strayed right into the heart of a storm, sinking with all aboard. The route of her final hours made no sense and most likely the crew was not familiar with the path through the reef coming from the direction they did. Unexplained was why the lifeboat was not deployed.
Unreported was the story of a dingy washing up ashore that morning on an island inhabited by natives, a popular destination point for tourists. The boy who found it claimed he maybe saw footsteps leading away but the ensuing crowd trampled away any evidence. How could anyone make it there alive? It was not a lifeboat, it had no transponder. Most probably any occupants died at sea.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Don't even write it without a suit on!
Churches are suspending Communion traditions and encouraging congregants not to hold hands or kiss. New York Giants football players are second-guessing whether their wives should accompany them on a road trip to play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Arlington.
And at the State Fair of Texas, even Big Tex is urging visitors to wash their hands. Dallas has seen only three cases of Ebola, but it’s top of mind for almost everyone.
To quote a great Texas philosopher commenting on the act of rape, "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it." That's the kind of spirit we need in the face of adversity! If you can't beat the virus, join it! Dallas is ground zero for Ebola infections and we're standing up quite well, thank you. Haz mat uniforms are flying off the shelves, schools are emptying and hospitals send patients home undiagnosed because we ain't afraid of no fever!
Take that, Ebola bitch!
In honor of our fighting Texas spirit, of our new state motto "Remember the Ebola!", and the wisdom of relaxing in and enjoying your haz mat uniform, I present to you this song:
Hysteria comes from Liberia,
Where you get a disease just from ordering
You walk in the street get an itch in your pants;
I went to the doctor and asked what it was,
He said Ebola;
E-B-O-L-A Ebola! La-la-la Ebola;
Well, I'm not the world's most intelligent guy,
But I know when I'm scared and so scared I am
Well, I'm a redneck who can't understand
Why damn Obama did infect the land
La-la-la Ebola La-la-la Ebola;
La-la-la Ebola La-la-la Ebola;
I stay inside I'm so full of fright,
Sleeping in my suit at night;
Liberal bias says I am unhinged:
This is Obama's African revenge!
Well, I'm not the world's most relevant guy,
But I still want to see the sky without breathing air
La-la-la- Ebola! la-la-la- Ebola!
Ebola! la-la-la Ebola la-la-la Ebola!
I'm running away
To live on the moon;
The only safe place
Without President Doom;
If that don't work I'll find an asteroid!
Well, that's the place where I wanted to stay,
But I know one day even there I'll find damn
Planet will die with none left to cry;
It's a fucked up muddled up terrified world with
Well, I got a raise this week before,
Exxon Mobile making me their high paid whore;
But then I got this fucking disease,
And money's no good when you gotta wheeze!
Well, I'm not the world's most sensitive man,
But I know when I die I'll not die like a man
With my Ebola;
La-la-la Ebola, la-la-la Ebola;
Ebola la-la-la Ebola la-la-la Ebola!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
America trusts the greed scorpion
The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."
The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"
Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."
So we get the story today that American corporations at some level have begun to grasp first grade math. And people say we need to reform education! Seems a light went on somewhere that companies who sell things need - drum roll, please - customers! A little late to the game but better late than never (maybe).
It's not just middle-class America that is feeling the crunch of dismal wages and stubborn unemployment levels. Even the corporations that sign the paychecks say workers aren't making enough money.
Sixty-eight percent of the top 100 retail companies in the U.S. -- a group that includes, Walmart, Apple, McDonald's and J.C. Penney -- say the country's stagnant wages pose a major threat to their bottom lines, according to a new report by the Center For American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
Researchers analyzed the most recent SEC 10-K filings of the largest 100 retailers in the country and found that more than two-thirds of these corporations issued warnings to investors that profits could be hampered by flat wages, high unemployment and low consumer spending. The trend is hammering companies that target high-income customers, like Whole Foods and Dillard's, and those that market to low-income shoppers, like Dollar General and T.J. Maxx, according to the report.
The researchers pointed out that only half as many top 100 retailers identified flat wages as a business risk in 2006, the year before the Great Recession.
"Both corporate America and our relentlessly squeezed middle class are stuck in a vicious cycle of low wages and low demand, an economic crisis that trickle-down solutions can never fix," wrote Brendan V. Duke and Ike Lee, authors of the CAP report.
Guess not every industry can have their endless and relentless greed subsidized by the greatest mandated shift of wealth in history. Even with a thoroughly bought and cowered Congress the laws of physics still apply: suck all the blood out of your victim and your victim dies. Over and over every day I hear people claim that the concept of cause and effect is "negative thinking" and "closed-minded". They claim it's impossible to foresee the consequences of one's actions! In the end, they will share the fate of a cockroach who refuses to move from under an oncoming shoe.
In the meantime, we're stuck living with cockroaches in all their misery. And the cockroaches rule the roost for the moment. Our culture of greed worship has perversed our perceptions of reality. Workers who stand up for their rights are labeled greedy. Greedy CEO's are to be ungrudgingly regarded as "achievers". And generally we don't want to hear we're on the path to ruin and therefore must, gasp, change. We're the good guys - just ask us!
I don't believe it when people say we aren't a democracy. We most certainly are. If it were our wish we could elect honest people to each and every office in the land. Once you stop lying to yourself, no one else can lie to you, either. Simple as that. But if we continue to naively trust in the nature of greed then we are as doomed as the stubborn cockroach who refuses to see the oncoming danger of his position.
Yes, I realize there are all sorts of intellectual and political and other arguments disconnected from reality on how everything is going to be just peachy! People can pretty much convince themselves of anything. But it won't make that shoe any less lethal when your head explodes! History will not be kind to us and will laugh at our ready made excuses we so readily accept now, one idiot congratulating another on the cleverness of his idiocy. This is the bed we have made.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Celebrating not living on minimum wage.
Finishing up my trilogy on O-Man (because things happen in threes), today we're going to talk about the coming rebirth of a political career unprecedented in American history - that or of a failed Gong show contestant. Seems those "pragmatic" and "necessarily unprincipled" political decisions made by the Democrap brain trust have not played out as these geniuses had expected! Imagine that! To paraphrase one of those visionary minds: One must jump off a high cliff onto sharp rocks in order to find out what happens. Indeed!
In other words, the midterms look like shit with a low voter turnout from an unenthused base. This has rattled the Man Without A Plan and said brain trust into action - or what passes for action in their minds. Time for some hard, take-no-prisoner stands, some MLK-sounding sermons on the mounts because after all, that's who Mr. Hope(less) and Change(ling) is. So we see comments on taking a firm stance for net neutrality and also a definite "serious pondering" on the closing of Gitmo by Presidential decree. The Democraps must have worn out their calculators figuring this stuff out.
Surprisingly, wild cheers and spontaneous rallies have not popped up in response to these I-have-a-dream like statements. Too many damn cynics and perfectionists seeing them as more Johnny-come-lately ploys of hollow rhetoric. What's wrong with you people? Where's the praise? Where are the tears of joy steaming down awe-struck faces? If only you'd believe in miracles, so would I! Luckily, there's a real genius around *cough* that can solve this situation with a deft political dim mak.
Wanna rally the base? Easy. Step one: Unilaterally remove marijuana from Schedule 1 classification. Make it known anyone standing in opposition to this rendering of justice will be standing in the unemployment line. Want to be known for ending wars? Ending the longest and stupidest war of all would truly be historic. Fox News will declare the President is trying to stick a joint in the mouth of every kid in America. But that should be no problem to a person of faith in truth prevailing in the end.
Secondly, declare you were wrong to protect the banks and Wall Street. Lament how it was myopically expedient and irrational to let these crooks continue to run the show. The outcome can only be total and utter annihilation of the American economy. (If you think we've been cured of greed, you will be educated the hard way!) Point out that the amount of money printed to prop up "Wall Steer" amounts to the same as giving $57,000 to every American family. Simply announce the bond buyback money will now go directly to the public and that Alan Greenspan belongs in Gitmo as a true terrorist and mental Mongoloid.
Lastly, show some passion! Why does Biden always get to play the loose cannon? "Accidentally" let slip a "gaffe" of honest emotion, e.g. "That asshole Boehner can suck my big black dick!" The howls of both laughter and phony outrage would be heard from coast to coast. Trust me, lines would form around the block to the voting booths in a Republicant nightmare. We're tired of calculated replies and half-measures. No one votes for someone who does nothing but take shit all the time! There's some political pragmatism for ya!
Alas, the end has already been written. America's 21st century Presidents will be seen as faceless, feckless enablers of destruction just as the final Roman emperors are. There will be many faux movements to "restore America's former glory" just as there were during Rome's decline. Sycophants of soul-less saviors will rally from one to the next as each one is exposed. Ptolemy and Caesar, my ass! President Pathetic is no better or worse than most people. But it is one's obligation to at least be self-aware enough not to run for positions of power when so sorely unsuited.
The dream is over.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
"Nothing can come of nothing"
So longtime Washington stooge Leon "The Professional" Panetta has been charged with, gasp, "disloyalty." Sadly, we live in a world where loyalty is defined as mindless agreement as opposed to say, Gandhi, who openly stated that as a friend he'd tell you things you don't want to hear. No person deserves blind loyalty. Only the truth qualifies for that honor. (See: Lear, King)
Apparently the motto in the White House is the cowering phrase "Don't do dumb stuff." Not a bad idea at all - if one were in paradise. But like my man Will said: "Nothing can come of nothing". Ergo, we must do something while the house is on fire. But sadly again, we live in times where we let the house burn down in order to be "politically pragmatic" so as to not hurt the feelings of the arsonists. And God forbid we should ever charge them with a crime! Sometimes, there just ain't no grey: put out the flames or die.
Mend your speech a little,
Lest you may mar your fortunes.
Unlike many, I do not blame (or claim to blame) our current President for the mess in the Middle East. The flames belong to our previous President just like any crime is forever attached to the criminal who wrought it. It's time to take our medicine and pay the piper. No politician will admit this in public even though without such admission they forever bar themselves from the gates of heaven. Like fools, we wasted the treasure of our blood and diverted precious resources from healing our own wounds, all in order to stave off the inevitable day of reckoning. And I do mean waste.
- Me, as I watched the statue of Saddam being pulled down after the invasion.
So we do our feckless bomb strikes in the name of outrage and the need to seem to be doing something. The snakes are hissing wildly now, using the devil's sword of guilt. "We broke it, we must fix it. Send in the troops!" sayeth the clowns. You see it's not just the foreign terrorists who want to drag us into war, it's also the domestic terrorists - many of whom are actually elected to power! Will bad things come of ISIS's continuing rampage? You betcha! Guess what? Gotta live with it.
Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.
The future is not unforeseeable as many credit card defaulters claim. You make a charge and sooner or later you have to pay. The longer you wait the worse it gets. "I didn't know I'd have to pay," they falsify, "The truth is subjective!" So who knew when we raped a country with our pillager's heart that ill would come of it? Our military is invincible, a Get-out-of-karma-free card. (Makes you wonder where all the bullies in our society get their ideas.) But realizing our limits is what "taking responsibility" means.
America taking responsibility
The disloyal demon Leon had this to say: The President has "lost his way." He "avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities." He has a "frustrating reticence to engage his opponents and rally support for his cause". Are these the words of an enemy or a friend? I report - I decide! I do believe there is absolute truth in those words, not that I think he ever had "a way" to lose, just an election and a soul. He knows there are many who will buy his story of Christ-like martyrdom at the hands of the evil and all-powerful Republicans.
And that's the story he hopes to sell to history with that sloppy slogan. "Gosh, folks, he really wanted to do the right thing they just wouldn't let him - not that he gave truth a chance." A man more sinned against than sinning, no doubt!
Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops
Got 'tween asleep and wake?
What "Don't do dumb stuff" really means is "Don't let me be exposed as a fraud who betrays the very convictions he espouses." Not that he wouldn't have tens of millions of company on that count. If we're lucky, we'll get a good dose of suffering and torment from the ISIS beast we created, it will smart - but make us smart - as we learn not to raid countries and lay waste to their foundations. And as we also learn actions have inescapable consequences that require us to think before we act if we want to avoid ensuing misery.
What a field day it is for cheap shop artists, lying profiteers and the willfully naive. It would be refreshing for us to show some moral resolve for once but I think we know how this script turns out.
Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty
According to my bond; no more nor less.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.
Boy, do they know how to have fun in the Middle East or what? Blowing up kids for kicks and political profit. To be fair, we don't know if these brats were doing their homework or not so maybe they had it coming. Spare the rod and all that rot!
ISIS mauls and mutilates its way through the countryside with seemingly little hindrance. How can this be? The number of the opposition is over ten times their numbers. Wha goin' on here??
What would happen here if someone bombed an elementary school? It can certainly be done. But you know why it hasn't? Because there's no moral support for it. Never say never in a world in decline but everyone needs to feel they have a constituency before they act. Whatever your rationale professed for attacking kids here would be rejected wholesale. Yet in some parts of the world, bombs can always be excused on some level.
Next, outside of a war zone, this is the most dangerous place on earth, San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras, at the crossroads of drug shipments from South America to the United States.
More than 1,200 people were killed in the city last year, more than 7,000 in the country. Thanks to those ongoing drug wars, it has the highest per capita murder rate in the world.
Don't forget enslaved prostitution and literally do-or-die recruitment into the gangs!
Rubble in paradise
Yes. You only shoot them once, then bury them [alive]. Then they will drown in their own blood in the ground.
The gangs are trying to rehabilitate their image, and the authorities seem keen to help them. They allow Marcus out of jail for the day. He’s come to an old people’s home to deliver a gift of 50 beds.
Yup, when you bury people alive you most certainly need to rehabilitate your image. Mattress delivery more than makes up for that, though. And the authorities are helping them?? WTF? Why would they help the bad guys?
But why isn't everyplace like these places if these forces are so unstoppable?
There's been heated debate recently on what we should do about the terrorists du jour, ISIS. Need boots on the ground. Occupy! Occupy! They can't help themselves.
But there's also another group of terrorists, far more lethal than the pansies described above. They play for all the marbles, out to destroy the lives of tens of millions. These monsters, in essence, are out to end what we know as civilization. Can't we occupy these maniacs too??