Category: America Descending

Contradiction and the Cultist

There is no human being more singularly identified with Donald Trump’s rise from kook fringe primary candidate to viable Republican frontrunner than Steve Bannon. In fact, one could make the case that no one is more responsible for that rise — or more to blame, depending on how you judge the matter — than Bannon. Bannon himself, however, quickly became somewhat estranged from...

Two Thoughts on the Police (and One Glimmer of Life)

In the current American climate, any white police officer knows perfectly well that if he harms a black person in any context other than a genuine life-or-death shootout, or is even perceived to have done so, his normal life, his family’s safety, probably his career, and certainly his future privacy and sense of self-determination, are over. In such a climate, and with such...

Through a Glass, Blurrily

This week’s celebrity Republican in the mainstream media is John Boehner, who has dragged himself out of his drunken stupor long enough to slur his way through some sort of memoir in which he aggrandizes himself and begs for media love by taking potshots at every other prominent Republican from his musty corner, as the loudmouth bum at the end of the bar...

My Boycott

Boycotting is a perfectly legitimate form of behavior within a democratic political structure. A group of individuals strongly object to the way a business or other entity is using its profits or its public profile to promote ends of which that group disapproves. Knowing that this entity is able to exert public sway, or to influence public opinion, precisely because, or to the...

The Silent Revolution

Last week, I noted that the made-up “anti-Asian hate crime” mantra being manufactured by the American media in the aftermath of a local crime story involving a sick young man in Atlanta has thus far failed to gain any traction in the general population. Today, after a week to get organized and really make a statement, I read this new remarkable headline at...

Joe Biden’s First Press Conference

Joe Biden has conducted his first press conference as President of the United States. I did not watch it, and I have not listened to clips from it, read any summaries of it, or come across any “takeaway” soundbites from it. I promise you, and myself, that I will make every effort never to become aware of a single thing he said or...

Random Thoughts on Upside Down Things

After a second mass shooting within a week, the propaganda servers inform me that, “Celebrities react to Boulder shooting, call for gun legislation.” And this is news because “celebrities” — professional fakers, pretenders, generally empty-headed people of little or no talent who (poorly) entertain others for a living because they never learned how to do anything adult or serious with their lives —...

Notes On Popular Culture

I just read the following headline: “11 things we learned from Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview.” I have been inundated with headlines about this alleged interview between the quasi-royal nobodies for days now, and I have yet to see a single one that did not refer to the alleged interview as “explosive” or a “bombshell.” Could Oprah Winfrey, the onion-peeling billionaire queen of...

Tribalism Today

Republican senator Ron Johnson, apparently eager to demonstrate the extremes to which a human mind may be reduced by cult idolatry and tribal allegiance, told a radio interviewer this week that he was not frightened of the rioters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, because — wrap what is left of your rational mind around this one — “I knew those were...

The Bigly Lie

Donald Trump, a humiliated little girl who still cannot understand, let alone accept, that he was only president in the first place because the Republican Party establishment anointed him as its (highly effective) blunt instrument with which to destroy their hated Tea Party grassroots opposition, is now out there simpering to his cult from their shared alternative universe — Soreloserdom, let us officially...