TO THE LOSERS (Late Night Dedication)

In hopes that, whoever they are (Team Trump or Team Mueller), someone will be fitted for orange jump suits before the leaves turn…

And there’s no need to worry folks. We’ll still proceed straight to Tyranny (be it Mueller who triumphs) or Chaos….and then Tyranny (be it otherwise).

The prophet has foretold it…Not so much the Singer as the Guitar Player…

I HAD A DREAM…I HAD AN AWESOME DREAM (Late Night Dedication)

The Security State rats–every last one of them–were trembling in their ratholes, ears to the walls, trying to pretend that wasn’t the crack of doom on some distant radio….

…and then Laura Nyro’s high range set the place on fire and shattered all the glass in the windows and they were forced to break for cover and, as they scurried for the door with their tails smoking and their rat hair singeing, the radio switched songs…

I have funny dreams some times. Often, I don’t even need to fall asleep.

I can only imagine what might happen if I took drugs.

Somehow I’ve never believed those who told me I’d have even more fun.

I mean, I’ll let you in my dream and you don’t even have to let me in yours!

TO THE SECURITY STATE…EVERY LAST RAT IN EVERY LAST RATHOLE (Late Night Dedication)

On the occasion of more “resignations” at FBI (following “demotions” and “firings” that have bled the agency’s top management for months–most at the behest of Obama appointed Inspector General Michael Horowitz), and a Federal Judge rebuking former FBI head Robert Mueller’s team for “lying about the scope of the investigation” into Trump fixer Paul Manafort which, you will be shocked to learn, is not really about Manafort’s ten-year-old fraud cases (which couldn’t have been new news even to Robert Mueller).

The judge, who had previously deemed Manafort a serious flight risk, was also a bit perturbed to discover that Mueller is using a warrant obtained in an FBI counterintelligence operation to pursue criminal prosecutions.

Apparently, that’s a no-no. Abuse of power or something.

What? By a Special Prosecutor who used to head the FBI? Say it ain’t so.

I haven’t quite been able to credit it before–and there’s a long way to go–but the Security State is, for the moment, back on its heels. The Trump administration, boxing from the shadows for a year-and-a-half, has now surpassed Jimmy Carter’s mass firing at Langley in the late 70s, and become the most serious threat to the real government behind the shadow puppets we elect every 2 to 4 years since John Kennedy threatened to smash the CIA in the early 60s.

We all know how it worked out for Kennedy and Carter…And Donald Trump might not be bound by whatever moral or legal constraints those men would have recognized should he, unlike them, emerge victorious.

So I ‘m not dancing a jig. We must all be careful what we wish for and one thing thirty-five years of knowing who’s really in charge has taught me is to trust no one.

But I am watching the dread institutions who must be disbanded before any other progress can be made–CIA, FBI, NSA, DNI, etc.–circle the drain.

As a fan of Liberal Democracy, who does not accept that free people need spy services, secret police forces or star chambers, I’d take a final flushing over Peace in Our Time, 2 percent Real Unemployment, a Balanced Budget, or a 30,000 Dow Average every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

Here’s to you, boys….and to stomping roaches.

 

SLOUCHING TOWARD BETHLEHEM (Late Night Dedication…Special Mid-Afternoon Edition)

At last, someone has captured a perfect example of what people mean when they insist Beltway apparatchiks live “in a bubble.”

The woman in the video below is Caren Z. Turner (not that she’d ever let you forget it). Turner  “resigned last week as a commissioner from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after an investigation was opened into what agency officials would only describe as profoundly disturbing conduct.”

She was also on the board of an ethics commission.

Of course she was…

Turner, 60, a Democratic lobbyist who served as the ethics chair of the powerful bi-state agency, could not be reached for comment Tuesday and the phone number of her Washington public affairs office has been disconnected. No one came to her front door when a reporter knocked on Tuesday.

Tenafly Police Chief Robert Chamberlain said he would let the video speak for itself. The Port Authority, asked for comment, also referred back to the video.

What strikes me is her utter calm and confidence that she will make the officers pay for their insolence in treating her as they would any other citizen.

Depending on who wins a few elections here and there in the near future–how soon we become a one party state and which party it is–I wouldn’t bet against her being right in the long run.

But, for now, she’s worthy of a rare triple dedication…From the Tenafly PD, of course….

TO THE AGE WHEN FOLKS GOT THEIR NEWS FROM NEWSPAPERS…(Late Night Dedication)

…the way God intended, and, unlike now, when the CIA approves everything first, we were easily deceived:

Oates (Colonel William C.) and Wadell (his adjutant) ate with a family where one of the young women, while expressing her loyalty to the Union, thought that the best way to stop the war would be for the armies to hang both President Lincoln and President Davis. According to the Alabama colonel, the people were “remarkably ignorant” of the causes of the war and thought it a quarrel between “two ambitious men.”

(from High Tide at Gettysburg, Glenn Tucker, 1958)

Thankfully, with the Age of the Internet, we’ve moved beyond that kind of uninformed thinking.

TO THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT (Late Night Dedication)

When one man stands down it might be any number of things. When four men stand down, all at once, it’s policy. My contacts on the ground wish to remain anonymous,–they don’t go around armed so nobody’s afraid of them–but three separate sources have confirmed this is the Department’s official training video:

TO DEVIN NUNES AND ADAM SCHIFF (Late Night Dedication–Special Double Dedication Edition)

Bearing in mind that, if Bernie Sanders had been the Democratic nominee in 2016 (as well might have happened had the system not been inoculated against him) and then beaten the Republican nominee (say, Jeb Bush, as well might have happened had the system been as inoculated against Donald Trump as, down to the last toady and boot-licker, it believed itself to be), who had been granted a 90-plus percent guarantee of victory by the “independent” press and their reliable pollsters (as he would have been), then Nunes and Schiff would, with the fierce conviction of true believers, be making each other’s arguments right now, while everyone who has taken a side in the Twitter-verse along the way (for or against Security State corruption, which must be either believed or disbelieved, rooted out or abetted, according to the needs of the moment, with everyone granting themselves the right to switch sides at a moment’s notice should party loyalty demand it) would be taking the other side with the same vehemence they now hold their current position.

We may have ditched Christianity, but we’ll never ditch Puritanism…or whatever it is in human nature that causes us to believe with all our hearts and minds that anyone who opposes our most carefully guided opinions (the kind Security States specialize in shaping) must be evil or stupid or both.

In that spirit, here’s a couple of dedications from just before the Frozen Silence descended…I’ll let you decide which should be dedicated to who. It’s more fun that way, especially when all the tragedies have turned to farce.

TO THE SPINMEISTERS (Late Night Dedication)

…As reaction to the big news of the day proceeds on wearily familiar lines (the twitter-bonding between war-mongering neocons and the flower children of Hollywood is especially precious), it’s always fun waiting for something to play in your head that will put a smile on your face and inoculate you from what might otherwise be fatal weariness and the undying belief that your fellow citizens are all hopeless morons.

This showed up in mine, unbidden, around an hour ago. And it’s still going strong!

Perhaps it will do the same for you…

 

I KNOW….LET’S DEDICATE A SONG TO FUTURE POSSIBILITIES….

…In this case, the possibility that one of the two major American political parties will find itself on the verge of extinction in the coming year. Sure, there have been promises of such for decades. The party in ascendance is always confident they’ve put the dormant party away for good!

And it never happens.

But this year has begun filled with promise. Heck it’s not even completely out of the question that both parties could be taking on water by November.

And, should that happen, I will renew this dedication with glee.

But just in case these yahoos let met down yet again, I want them to know how I’ll feel, no matter who’s sitting under the gallows come next week or next fall…Trump, Clinton, Mueller…I’m doin’ fine now, without you baby, or any poor sod who had faith in you….whoever you are.