Quote of the Day

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.-- George Orwell

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Do You Know Baseball?

Two great teams, two excellent managers.

Ought to be entertaining, though I, in my waning years have lost touch with the game overall.

How the Cubs were created.

How Cleveland crawled out of the slime. (Ha!)


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mysterious Aches

Awoke in the middle of the night with bad right-shoulder pain. WTF?

I took a long walk yesterday, but WTF?  How does that mild exercise translate?  Sore calves, knees, thighs I get, but my shoulder?

Did I take too many jump shots from the top of the key?  Uh, no...

Did I sleep on it improperly or make a bad move?  Who knows, I was asleep until I wasn't.

I think I preferred life ten, twenty, thirty years ago...


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Over the Top

I know of at least one former Chicagoan who is beyond himself.

CL is ecstatic, but never content. Not until the Cubs win it all.

Quite a story.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Excellent Piece

LEER, South Sudan -- There it is again. That sickening smell. I’m standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home. Its footprint is all that’s left. In the ruins sits a bulbous little silver teakettle -- metal, softly rounded, charred but otherwise perfect, save for two punctures. Something tore through it and ruined it, just as something tore through this home and ruined it, just as something tore through this town and left it a dusty, wasted ruin. 

This, truth be told, is no longer a town, not even a razed one. It’s a killing field, a place where human remains lie unburied, whose residents have long since fled, while its few remaining inhabitants are mostly refugees from similarly ravaged villages.--NT

From one of America's best young journalists.


Here We Are

"I saw them, the wheels that move the meanest perversion of virtuous Political Machinery that the worst tools ever wrought.  Despicable trickery at elections; underhanded tampering with public officers; cowardly attacks upon opponents, with scurrilous newspapers for shields, and hired pens for daggers."

Charles Dickens, American Notes


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What's New?

"You pompously call yourselves Republicans and Democrats.  There is no Republican Party.  There is no Democratic Party.  There are no Republicans or Democrats in this House.  You are lick-spittlers and panderers, the creatures of the Plutocracy."

Jack London, The Iron Heel

Rather than absorb tonight's political nonsense, watch this.

Catch Part II as well.


Freak Show Tonight!

The phrase “debt and entitlements” reflects a misguided, inside-the-Beltway financial mindset. Economist Dean Baker had the same reaction I did: why tie debt to “entitlements” (Social Security and Medicare), rather than defense or other government spending – especially when Social Security is forbidden by law from contributing to federal deficits?

This is not the first time Social Security has been badly served in this year’s debates. The third most popular question submitted for October 9’s so-called “town hall” debate was, “Do you support expanding, and not cutting, Social Security’s modest benefits?” It became even more timely after this week’s announcement that Social Security’s next cost of living adjustment will be a “measly” 0.3 percent, an average monthly increase of only $5 per month, despite the fact that drug prices and other medical costs have soared.

But that question was never asked. And Wallace’s “debt and entitlements” phrasing suggests that he’ll use the moderator’s role to misinform viewers about Social Security, much as Martha Raddatz did in the 2012 vice-presidential debate.

As for the other subjects: “Foreign hot spots” is an odd phrase. Why this penchant for euphemisms? Why not say “military concerns,” or “armed conflicts,” or simply “war”? That topic certainly warrants more debate. And asking these two candidates about “fitness to be president” is just an invitation to trade insults – which, in this race, is about as necessary as encouraging 1964’s Muhammad Ali to insult Sonny Liston.--RE

A clear and concise view of what happens tonight, which is why I have no interest in watching or listening to the bullshit.


Autumn Abstract

I kinda like this one.

I hope I'm not unknowingly torturing anyone.  You don't have to listen, but if you do bring your empathy.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Speak Out

Hillary Shmirrillary

A most disagreeable oligarch.

Good luck, America!


Pure Music, Man

Still messin' around.

Not quite right, but close.  Plus my Finale drops out inconveniently for several measures, usually about two-thirds into the composition. Mmm...



But if his art finally fulfilled his inner striving, his outer life was fraught with anxiety: two uneasy marriages (the second, longer one producing two children), deep quarrels with old friends, a bitter resentment toward emerging younger artists, festering dissatisfactions. In addition, he was concerned about keeping his art from Philistine eyes. “I have a deep sense of responsibility for the life my pictures will lead out in the art world,” he wrote to one museum director, refusing participation in a show.

The concern was famously exhibited in 1958 when he agreed to do a series of murals for the swank new restaurant, The Four Seasons, in the highly acclaimed new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Despite extensive preparatory work, Rothko returned the money advanced him, angrily declaring after viewing the site, “Anyone who will eat that kind of food for those kinds of prices will never look at a picture of mine.”--GG (LARB)

When depression becomes a dangerous time.


Monday, October 17, 2016


Bill Clinton transformed the Democratic Party into the Republican Party. He pushed the Republican Party so far to the right it became insane. Hillary Clinton is Mitt Romney in drag. She and the Democratic Party embrace policies—endless war, the security and surveillance state, neoliberalism, austerity, deregulation, new trade agreements and deindustrialization—that are embraced by the Republican elites. Clinton in office will continue the neoliberal assault on the poor and the working poor, and increasingly the middle class, that has defined the corporate state since the Reagan administration. She will do so while speaking in the cloying and hypocritical rhetoric of compassion that masks the cruelty of corporate capitalism.--CH

Chris Hedges delivers the goods again.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Don't Be a Traitor!

Don't be a fool.  Give to CounterPunch.

A rich CP supporter is matching every $100 or more contribution.  Do it.

Imagine that.  Giving to CP rather than Hillary.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where We Are


Attacking artists is one of the things fascists do so well.