I am reading
my way through Salman Rushdie’s new book, Two
Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights (a thousand and one nights.) I don’t know if I will finish the book; his
books usually tell Eastern metaphysical stories that I find difficult to follow
– and sometimes my interest in the outcome fades; but his thoughts, his
sentence structure, his jewels of complex reason keep me coming back.
in this his new book crept into my mind like a song or melody you just can’t get
“We are all
stories within stories.”
A parallel universe of stories.
There is a
story of me; a story of my family, a story of my birth family, a story of my
family tree, a story of my race, nation, my place in the world, the cosmos, and
all possible branches from each of those possibilities – and in each story I
take a lesser and lesser roll until I am minuscule.
We are each
a story within a story; but the only story that matters to our egocentric id is
the personal story of ourselves – because beyond that we matter less and less,
until we find ourselves totally unimportant.
Thanksgiving Day and I turn on the TV to find the big balloon parade, the
Kennel Club Dog Show and MSNBC running Lock Up all day (a show about idiots who
are housed by the penal system.)
understand what the fascination is watching sub-intelligent incarcerated
inmates acting out their antisocial behavior; and yet according to Rachel
Maddow the prison shows are the highest rated shows on the MSNBC network.
Now to add
insult to stupidity, as I channel checked through they were advertising a virtual
reality program with hi-def. glasses that will allow you to become a part of
the prison community – live in the midst – it’s like actually being in prison.
It makes you
wonder what type of person is the viewer of prison shows, and wants to go that
one step further and experience being a part of prison population?
I have been running Windows 8.1 that came with the desktop computer I bought a year ago ($380 at Walmart - yes Walmart) - a good buy with 8 GB ram and 1 TB hard drive.
I have been getting reminders to upgrade to Windows 10, but wanted to wait until Microsoft has had time to work some of the bugs out.
Well, today I decided to take the step.
The conversion took about two hours all total, but went through without a hitch. I just needed to be available to click Next a couple of times and to allow a restart, and the program did the rest.
I am a manual person and not a tinkerer so before downloading I went to Barns and Nobles and bought Teach Yourself Visually Windows 10. However, there are a number of Windows 10 clips on YouTube that are helpful in understanding the system.
If you are thinking about an upgrade it is free until June of 2016.
The world is
in chaos because of religions, while at the same time liberals stoically defend
the freedom of religion. Liberals
constantly cry that it is not the Islamic religion that is a problem but ‘religious
extremist’ that are committing the senseless mass killings performed by ISIS
and other groups.
liberal bubble we see the world as we would like it to be; which is as removed
from reality as the Fox News Network.
religion is a barbaric sixth century religion and its tenants are being acted
out all over the world.
Violence is the nature of that religion and
only pie in the sky liberals are willing to defend it in order to be politically
correct and not offend the millions of Muslims that practice and believe its misogynistic
and bloodletting philosophy.
At the same
time we must call out the Christian religion as totally ridiculous in its
beliefs and philosophy.
percentage of the Christians in this country would see our nation declared a
Christian theocracy; a religious state that criminalizes abortions, persecutes
gay citizens, denies science and teaches its two millennium old dogma in our
It is only the First Amendment to the
Constitution that has protected us thus far, and that is slowly eroding as religious
conviction is becoming a test for Presidential candidates.
That same First Amendment protects a personal
right to practice a religion; but that should not preclude us from decrying tenants
of religions that are violent, bigoted and ridiculously ignorant in the
twenty-first century – and that includes Christianity.
The only excuse
you can give for the far right of the Republican Party is to say that they are bat
shit crazy; but the far left of the Democratic Party – Liberals – while not
crazy in the same comparison as the far right, have been smelling too many
need to step out of their bubble of rainbows and stop defend all religious
beliefs. Liberals need to take a step
back into the real world, as they have become part of the problem.
I could not find the segment clip on the Rachel Maddow show that dealt with the 'Kill the Gays" conference that was attended by Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindil, so I have had to post the entire show from 11/9/15. The gay rant starts from Pastor Kevin Swanson at about the six minute mark. This represents a considerable percentage of the base of the Republican Party. Not all Republicans are fundamentalist, homophobic, racist, extremist that are bat shit crazy; but if you are a fundamentalist, homophobic, racist, bat shit crazy extremist, there is a prominent place for you in the Republican party.
Unbelievable in the 21st Century. This is what religion does to you. the Ol'Buzzard
It is off
season, off track voting day here in western Maine. My wife and I were talking about it last
night. Young people tend not to vote: they
are too busy and not particularly interested.
For the young, voting falls someplace beneath getting laid, getting drunk,
getting married, having kids, working to make ends meet…
I hate to admit it but I didn’t vote until I
was almost forty…getting laid, drinking, hell raising, military deployments… and my wife was almost thirty before she
voted: just living life seemed too complicated to worry about politics – which everyone
knows you can do nothing about anyway.
now. It comes with age. Though I am still not convinced that it
solves any problems. I always vote for
the less objectionable politician. (Obama
was the exception: I really liked him).
But, the government is so packed with politicians whose only aspirations
is to remain in office at all cost – that the best you can do is to hope that
the less objectionable party remains in control.
spend the majority of their time raising money to finance their campaigns to
convince you to vote for them. Their
allegiance is to the wealthy donors, and not to the voters. The title Senator and Congressperson is as
close to a royalty class as there is in this country – and politicians will say
anything and vote anything in order to secure their position.
government has always been an oligarchy disguised as capitalism and run by the
wealthy overlords, and it will always remain an oligarchy.
People” (us) are only duped into believing that we have some control on the
outcomes.Bush became President, though
he did not win the popular vote.Congress is full of gerrymandered Congress Persons.To say the system is rigged is a fair
parties vie for control by placating and manipulating their selected demographics.
Then when they get in office the party
serves the overlords and the politicians live to secure their own positions.
“Of the people, for the people and by the people” can only exist in a utopian socialist
world. Of course, true socialism can’t exist because
the people in charge would vie for power and fuck it up.
I will go down
and vote today, because that gives me the right to complain.