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  • hardie karges 6:26 pm on November 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Religion and Politics, part 1: R.I.P. Amerika, Drowning in Democracy and Conspiracy… 

    img_0996When I got on the plane a week or so ago in Thailand, bound for Amerika, I had a feeling of impending doom that I couldn’t explain, so I begged my wife Tang not to go, assuming that it was about personal doom, and my instinct was to protect her. Now that I know what that feeling was really all about, at least I can rest easier for those I care about. What I can’t do is rest easier about the fate of the USA…

    America is now a Third World country, uneducated and proud. Welcome to Thailand and the tyranny of the majority, who just love a populist peddling pathos . We used to vote for our hopes, now we vote for our fears. We vote for the candidate who appeals to our lowest common denominators, not our highest. We build walls, not bridges. The ideas that inspire us now close doors, not open them. But the Big Winner here was not Donald Trump… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 10:36 am on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Nixon, , , socialism, USA   

    You think 2016 is violent? This is nothing. The peace-loving 60’s were violent… 

    me @Jorge'sThe 60’s took ‘it’ to the streets.  We were young; we were hip.  We knew more than ‘they’ did.  ‘They’ were over-30, therefore suspect of collusion with ‘the man’, ‘pigs’, ‘whitey’, Nixon.  That’s the name that came to be associated with the forces of repression more than any other.  He just looked the part.  The ‘movement’ had its anti-Christ.  It all started innocently enough in the early 60’s with racial integration and affluence.  Here was the strongest country in the world, lecturing the rest of the world on the evils of repressive Communism and Socialism, maintaining a system of apartheid that contradicted its own stated goals and ideals.  This was a country once the symbol of freedom in the world, bathed in the fire of revolution, playing FTSE with some of the most repressive regimes the world has ever seen, i.e. Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, etc.  The symbolism was not to be lost on everyone, certainly not on New York ‘beatniks’ and intellectuals inspired by folk music and high on the ideal of equality.  The US was affluent now; there was money to spare, and therefore money to share.

    JFK was like Mao lighting the fire, inspiring scads of Red Guard freedom rider intellectuals to go down South and show those rednecks what democracy was all about.  Notwithstanding the hypocrisy of northern milk-fed liberals pretending to teach a lesson to their lessers after the New York Draft riots of 1863 and race riots in many Northern cities in the years during and following WWI, still surely the time had come for a change.  Well, give them an inch and they’ll take a mile, of course.  No sooner had the Voting Rights Act been passed in 1965 than the situation got worse than ever, and the word ‘riot’ entered the common vernacular.  But something even bigger was brewing.  A little insignificant country in Southeast Asia was airing its dirty laundry in public and causing a lot of upset nerves to the rest of the world in the process.  Vietnam will do that to you. Cảm ơn bạn. Không có gì.

     (to be continued)

     

     
    • davekingsbury 7:40 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Timely reminder … you guys had the draft, which must have made things more intense … but so many social advances came out of that era.

  • hardie karges 9:30 am on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Takin’ It to the Trumpster: Fake Smiles and the Art of Duh-ceit… 

    “You can only smile when the losers of the world try so hard to put down successful people. Just remember, they all want to be YOU!”–Donald Trump

    Kudos to Rubio (“Little Marco”) for asking his supporters to vote for John Kasich in Ohio. I like it. I don’t like Trump. The only apologies I have for previously referring to him as a ‘disgusting pig’ are to the hardworking barnyard animals of this world. He represents everything that is wrong with America–the arrogance, the stupidity, and the mindless aggression. The fact that so many Americans seem to identify with that a$$hole would seem to indicate that we are a nation of a$$holes. I hope that’s not true… time will tell…

     
  • hardie karges 2:16 pm on December 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ash Carter, , , Obama, , USA   

    The Enemy Within: A Few Things to Like About ISIL… 

    “Losers with keyboards?” Did Ash Carter really say that? Wow, such depth of understanding! Is that really his official ‘take’ on the ‘enemy’? Sounds like Trump.  And I suppose he prefers his losers with tanks and aircraft carriers and AK-47’s? He doesn’t have a clue. The American position is worse than I thought. We’re in denial. America doesn’t have a chance in a war with ISIL. And that may be just fine, because

    1) Gun Control: now that ‘terrorism’ has officially come home to the American nest, there is obviously a silver lining to the clouds on the horizon, i.e. the ease with which a terrorist in America can just walk in a store to buy weapons might just mean a tightening of gun-control measures. How’s that for some cosmic symmetry? (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 6:10 pm on October 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , red herring, USA   

    Gun Control: Do You Like Your Red Herring Smoked or Grilled? 

    Don’t you love how all the gun maniacs want to talk about mental health after every senseless shooting spree?

    “A red herring was originally a herring cured by smoking, a process that imparts a reddish color to its flesh.

    It is not known how red herring came to denote something that diverts the attention of observers or investigators, but the modern meaning may have arisen in connection with the sport of hunting….”.

    Gotta’ love the symmetry…

    That’s like blaming war on income inequalities–wait a minute…

     
  • hardie karges 1:18 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Stalin, USA, , William James   

    Needed ASAP: Western Equivalent of ISIL, Moral Equivalent of War 

    We scratch our heads and wonder what is the big attraction with ISIL, like why would anybody in their right minds go halfway around the world to join this band of misfits and miscreants in their bid to destroy the world by creating it in their image and likeness, especially when it’s white fighters who aren’t—or weren’t—necessarily even Muslims in the first place?

    The answer is simple, of course: people are looking for something in their lives, something besides SNL and MDMA, which is about the best that the West has to offer: America, at least. Or, as Mel Gibson’s character in ‘Air America’ said: “I was fighting to defend… chicken BBQs and weinee roasts, and Ray Charles songs and drinkin’ Southern Comfort till you passed out behind the bar.”

    There you go. He said it better than I. That’s what we’re trying to cram down the rest of the world’s throat—weenies—lest they mistake unleavened (pita) bread and other Mideast specialties as the food of prophets, with the strict understanding that unless they change their ‘evil ways’, then the wrath of God will be visited upon them, many kilotons of wrath. Unfortunately for some of us, that just is not enough. Weenies are wretched food, a desecration of all that is sacred and holy, and Southern Comfort isn’t much better. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 12:21 pm on September 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Catholic, gluttony, Il Papa, , , USA   

    Il Papa Got a Brand-New Bag (and it’s not Gucci)… 

    popeEven if you’re not Catholic, it’s hard not to enjoy the Pope’s current visit to the good ol’ USA, home of Original Sin, the more original the better. The fact that we don’t even know that speaks volumes. The fact that the most righteous church-goers are the worst offenders speaks even louder. After all, our national ‘tude is the least holy of all the developed countries, and most of the undeveloped ones, too…

    On the one hand we shoot up happiness into the main vein, like something from the corner drug store, available in pill form or capsule, cherry-flavored or chocolate surprise, the “pursuit of happiness” enshrined in our national Constitution, while the lesser happiness of pursuit goes unnoticed, the striving and the challenge inherent to survival superior in every way to the actual engorgement of carbohydrates and hydrocarbons into systems limited by design… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 10:55 am on September 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Carly Fiorina, , FLOTUS, POTUS, , Topo Gigio, USA   

    What Donald Trump Didn’t Say… 

    Image result for carly fiorina…is that not only is Carly Fiorina cute, but she might be TOO cute.  Cuteness does NOT imply belligerence, and that is currency for the Donald, his Trump card, if you will.  Margaret Thatcher wasn’t cute, ditto Indira Gandhi.  Angela (pronounced with a hard ‘G’–NOT soft) Merkel is not cute.  Corazon Aquino was only slightly cute, age appropriate, and Hillary–meh, not so much any more.  The ex-PM of Thailand, Yinglak Shinawatra, little sister of another banished former PM, Big Bro Taksin–now SHE was cute, and popular.  Maybe that’s what Donald fears.  So iCarly is basically being punished for being attractive…

    What he didn’t say is that she’s not only cute, but she’s Italian Mouse cute, as in Topo Gigio of another era.  Some of us even find it hard not to flash on little Topo every time we see iCarly, with her prominent upturned nose and lopsided grin.  Italian mice don’t run countries.  Italian mice cower in fear at the over-sized chin of Ed Sullivan.  The irony, of course, is that Fiorina is her surname by marriage, nee Sneed; doesn’t sound very Italian to me…

    Image result for topo gigioWhat Trump didn’t say is that he has women issues, and his own nude-model wife only underscores that. To use his own words, substituting FLOTUS for POTUS: “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next (fill in the blank)…?” I think we can all agree that the Donald goes too far in his insulting behavior.  But what did iCarly herself mean when she told Megyn Kelley, “Honestly, Megyn, I’m not going to spend a single cycle wondering what Donald Trump means.”  I mean: what kind of cycle are we talking about here?  Nevertheless, I vote No-Trump…

    (The preceding is intended as satire and comedy ONLY; please don’t sue me. I’m broke.)

     
  • hardie karges 12:10 pm on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cars, , USA,   

    R.I.P. Amerika… “of wounds self-inflicted” 

    Image result for gun picPro-gun lobbyists in the USA like to say: If guns are illegal, then only the criminals will have them.  I say: If guns are legal, then everyone will have to have one.  Who’s right?  Blame it on the fences, or lack thereof.  Why bother when you can just buy a gun, and use it like a laser-pointing fence? We’re victims of our rural British-Irish background beyond the Pale, beyond the gates of civilized society…

    Likewise if cars are the norm, then ditto…  If everyone has one, then so do you—have to have one, that is.  In an automobile society, everyone has to have one, and the rest is history, global warming and Lindbergh barn-storming… God forgive us; we are a simple people…

     
  • hardie karges 6:28 pm on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Politics 101: Welcome to Amerika, Last Bastion of Communism 

    Pyongyang, North Korea: City without cars…

    If it seems unbelievable at first, that the bastion of Capitalism is really not much different from Communism, then consider the following: freedom is illusory and our lives are largely programmed. Most American cities have been reduced to hulking shells of their former selves, vast and brooding, devoid of any life, or not much, anyway. The fact that this is by and large a civilicide sui generis accomplished by volunteer transmigration to suburbs and gated communities is irrelevant in my humble opinion. Suicide is no better than homicide.

    The typical American city resembles nothing so much as the typical Communist city, with broad avenues and pompous statues, monuments to nothing so much as collective national ego. There are few if any people in the parks, few if any tacos on the streets. You can see this today in many a leftover satellite of the USSR like Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as easily as you can see it in many a leftover satellite of the USA like Shreveport, Alabama (yeah, I know; I’m making a point). (More …)

     
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