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  • 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
    Tags: , , USA   

    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 …)

     
  • hardie karges 11:55 am on May 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , USA   

    R.I.P. Amerika: “They built good roads…” 

    Houston in the broad daylight

    Houston in the broad daylight

    American cities need to lose weight, and waistlines, fat-ass plastic-wrapped white-bread montrosities—monstro-cities—sprawled-out to kingdom come, but kingdom won’t come like this, not on concrete and steel, asphalt and false expectations, extending out to God-only-knows-where there is no limit by statute good taste or common sense just red lights and turning lanes…

    This is democracy gone horribly wrong, one-man one-vote now obsolete one-man one-car the order of the day, red-light districts everywhere now, and no limit to the number of quickie customers just looking for strange anywhere everywhere doing it in the road living lives and dying deaths in mid-lane even homeless people have cars to sleep in the American way, just look for an empty parking-lot and circle the wagons…

    I get it, the new democracy, that is, but I don’t like it: vehiculocracy, vote with your wheels, just drive somewhere else if you don’t like it here; I look at most cities and only see blight, ugliness, the devil’s workshop: truth beauty and goodness selling out to commercial interests and highest bidders, not the city so much but the endless sprawl, America the worst offender reduced to whipping boy for oil interests and poster boy for bank interest, asphalt concrete and steel; lawyers, guns and money-changers…

     
  • hardie karges 11:44 am on April 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dachau, Nazi, Saigon, USA, , , , WWII   

    On this date in History…. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, G-L-O-R-I-A….. 

    70 years ago: Dachau was liberated, the oldest of the Nazi concentration camps, paradigm for them all, and home and cemetery to many, simply for the fact of being a threat to Hitler’s intents and purposes. This was America’s entry upon the world stage as dominant power, rivalled for many years only by the USSR…

    40 years ago: Saigon was falling (if you’re American or South Vietnamese), or being liberated (if you’re Communist or North Vietnamese), Americans and South Viet sympathizers evacuated by helicopter if they hadn’t left already. This was the USA’s first clear defeat in war, and a clear message about the limits of power…

    What kind of animal are we, killing and wasting beyond our immediate needs for food and shelter, killing and torturing for the sake of misplaced doctrines and misunderstood creeds? Why does our need to believe in something become a need for greed and a penchant for destruction? We have the mutant gene; we are the other ones, the gift of consciousness becomes the curse of violence…

     
  • hardie karges 7:29 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , USA   

    Campaign sign in New Mexico desert: “Freedom or Collectivism–It’s your Choice”; now in what warped world-view is that the choice? Oh, yeah, right…

     
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