Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MAB: What's Really Happening in Washington

At the daily press briefing, Sarah Huckaby Sanders responded to a reporter’s assertion President Trump’s decision to end DACA was “cold hearted”. Ms. Sanders responded, “It’s not cold hearted for the president to uphold the law. We’re a nation of law and order. And the day that we start to ignore the fact that we are that, then we throw away everything that gives these people a reason to come to our country….”

With respect to Ms. Sanders, that car has left the showroom. America has long ceased to be a “nation of law and order”, morphing into a nation of selectively applied laws with enforcement depending on class, income, race, sexual orientation, political agenda or special interest group.One look at Clinton, Clapper, Comey, Koskinen, Lerner, Lynch, Holder, Abedin, Brazille, Podesta, Rice, Waters, Sharpton, the Clinton Foundation – all roaming the country freely, some getting new, high-paying jobs and the continued adoration of the MSM. A “nation of law and order” or a nation of Special Rules for Special People? That’s a tough one.

With the Constitution, a judiciary and countless laws still in tact, how could this be? How do otherwise sentient beings with a knowledge of the law, some having taken an oath to uphold and defend it, publicly exhibit on-the-job apathy, ignorance, and dereliction of duty every day? MSM anchors and pundits, newspaper columnists and Editorial writers squander countless broadcast hours and ink parsing, dissecting, musing, trying to read the tea leaves.

Meanwhile, the answer has been hiding in plain sight.

Even poor students of International Strategy and other insanities of the 20th century will fondly remember the quasi-brilliant “Mutually Assured Destruction” that conveniently came with the perfect acronym: MAD. How comforting it was back then, knowing one false move by some sociopathic President, Premier or Tyrant with a Funny Hat could turn us all into crispy critters. Conversely, it was mildly reassuring to know even crackpot dictators preferred Life over the alternative.

What if the same MAD principle in practice now explains the confounding insanity that has consumed every action emanating from the Great Dismal Swamp for decades?

Thanks to the heavy lifting of some in various parts of the established, alternative and social media, it is an irrefutable fact NSA has every phone call, email, post and Tweet made by every American. From a recent LRC piece, friend and colleague, FOX News Senior Judicial analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano:

“So beginning in 2005, then-President George W. Bush permitted the NSA to interpret President Ronald Reagan’s executive order 12333 so as to allow all spying on everyone in the U.S., all the time. …Where does all this leave us? It leaves us with a public recognition that we are the most spied-upon people in world history and that the president himself has been a victim.”

I suggest it leaves us in a worse spot. 20th century MAD has been replaced with 21st Century MAB – Mutually Assured Blackmail. As Judge Napolitano noted: “… we are the most spied-upon people in world history and that the president himself has been a victim.” Considering the players and the stakes, is it not logical to conclude the Vice President, Attorney General, Cabinet, SCOTUS and the entire Congressional contingent have all been similarly surveilled by the so-called Intelligence Community to control with blackmail and extortion all aspects of what was formerly known as Constitutionally limited representative governance? How better to manipulate the Deep State’s policies and programs that advance their vision and purpose for America?

Doesn’t MAB quite simply explain the lack of prosecution of the Protected Class of Government “Celebrities”? Wouldn’t MAB point to the remarkable failure of Congress to repeal Obamacare? Stall tax reform? Or the monumentally stupid “agreement” to continue sacrificing American blood and treasure in a sandbox that doesn’t threaten National Security? How easy would it be to finesse at least a stalemate between both Parties? Different Departments? Warring Agencies? Personality Wars?

Yet many continue to channel their inner Alexander the Great confronting the Gordian knot trying to find the loophole that explains the absence of reason, the application of the Rule of Law, or even basic Common Sense inside the Logic Free Zone.

Consider:

- Chief Justice John Roberts’ tortured Obamacare Supreme Court ruling: “…he invented out of whole cloth a new definition of taxation that contravenes long-standing precedent… Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices… but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.” (Emphasis added) (Forbes Magazine)

But why the change? The Forbes piece throws a lot of theories against the wall, but it takes serious naiveté to make any stick. Rumors of “irregularities” in the adoption of Roberts’ two children requiring their return were promptly poo-pooed by the MSM. What a surprise.

At the time (2014/2015) few seriously considered it even a possibility. Like 9/11, cognitive dissonance among the Slightly Informed and Barely Educated has been the Deep State’s BFF. But today, after months of blazing headlines, frothing network anchors reveling over White House “wire taps”, trying desperately to make a Trump-Russia Love Connection or pounce on anyone considered a threat to the Regime, is it still so hard to believe?

Remember Bill Binny, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and a crowd of other whistleblowers? Have you read how the Senate Intelligence [sick] Committee wants to treat Julian Assange’s Wikileaks?

From John Rappaport’s Blog:

“The present war in Washington isn’t for the faint of heart, or the nice people who want everybody to get along, or the suburbanites who want all participants to be awarded trophies. Washington is Crime Central and the knives are out in full view. It’s a fashion parade in the devil’s cave. To paraphrase Harry Truman, both the CIA and NSA have been spying on officials in Washington and other prominent Americans for a long time. These agencies hold secrets as well. If you can’t stand the overflowing toilets, get out of the bathroom…

Blackmail, extortion. It’s not the only game in town, but it’s the big one. It lurks around every corner, it sits in every conference room, it weaves its way through legislation, policy, and judicial decision."

MAB - Mutually Assured Blackmail - makes everything crystal clear. And quite ugly.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Watercolor Experience

Writing my first “novel” (technically a “novella”) (more technically a “memoir”) has been an eye-opening experience (technically both eyes).

My first eye saw how difficult it was to write something I had actually lived. Just relating an experience - how hard could that be? As usual, the devil is in the details. Just typing words describing a series of events: no too difficult. Revealing personal thoughts and feelings to an audience of (mostly) strangers: very difficult. Think about it for a second. Do you have the guts to pull off something like that? Many don’t and wouldn’t want to under any circumstances. After all, there is that “privacy” thing. And, like your virginity, once lost, it’s gone forever. Maybe “integrity” would be a better example; there’s no upside to losing that. But 50 years of revealing bits and pieces of personal and political philosophy to broadcast and print media audiences around the country neutralized the occasional self-doubt.

But I digress…

The other eye saw something totally unexpected: the response from men who read the story. My presumption was more women would get into the plot faster and easier than most guys I know. And they did. But one by one, men of all ages wrote to me about their “Lauren” experience. Granted, none had gone as far my “Watercolor Memories” pursuits, but the emotional results were remarkably the same. As the Martian gender, we men are not inclined to casually chat about such things; the John Wayne gene is still strong in most of us not identifying as Snowflakes.

(Man or Woman, if you haven’t read the book, take a peek on Amazon or the Facebook page)



Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Right-Wing Asshole

Here is an interesting piece. It presents a true, real-life situation with which you may identify. Or not. Either way, it's a compelling read about a perspective within a situaution that is more prevalent than many may realize.


Hi Andrew,

I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics. I’m more or less a liberal democrat with very progressive values and I know that people like my dad are going to destroy us all. I don’t have any good times with him anymore. All we do is argue. When I try to spend time with him without talking politics or discussing any current events, there’s still an underlying tension that makes it really uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love him no matter what, but how do I explain to him that his politics are turning him into a monster, destroying the environment, and pushing away the people who care about him?


Thanks for your help,
Son of A Right-Winger

Read the compelling, insightful and useful answer here.

My repsonse:

"Andrew" had me right up to this:


"No matter how bad someone may appear, they are truly no worse than us. Our beliefs and behavior don’t make us fundamentally better than others, no matter how satisfying it is to believe otherwise. We must be tireless in our efforts to see things from the point of view we most disagree with. We must make endless efforts to try and understand the people we least relate to. And we must at all times force ourselves to love the people we dislike the most. Not because it’s nice or because they deserve it, but because our own sanity and survival depends on it. And if we do find ourselves pushed into a corner where we must kill others in order to survive, we must fully accept that we are killing people just as fully human as ourselves, and not some evil abstract creatures."

Taking the author at face value, I suggest most individuals are quite "fundamentally better" than a Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Manson, Gacy and other sociopaths. How does one "see things from" their "point of view? Only a few good courses in Abnormal Psych might help me "understand" the twisted mind that wants to kill me because of my race, religion or food preference. My "sanity" depends on clear, rational, objective, analysis about the people and circumstances I am facing - if my "survival" has any chance of surviving. Otherwise, it was a damn fine response.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fish Are The Last To Notice The Water

By now it should be obvious to the people of the West that they’re being held in a primitive bondage. And fortunately, more eyes are opening to this than ever before.

But still, most people are so used to this particular “water” and have so long acclimated themselves to it, that they haven’t recognized it. There’s nothing inherently wrong with most of these people; they just haven’t stepped back far enough to see the obvious.

More here

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Now For Something Really Different...

Despite all those decades on radio and TV (5!) and all the crazy crap I had to do for Stations to promote the show, it was always my least favorite part of the job. Idealistically, I believed if the show was good enough, the audience would come and grow "organically". Saying how great it was in a :30 sec TV spot seemed obvious, hooray-for-me egotistical and way less attractive.

Turns out, the shows did quite ratings-wise, thank you. But was that because the Station spent thousands on TV production and giveaways? Or because, from day to day, the show was just that unique, compelling and damn good? Listeners would have to work that out for themselves.

Now comes this book, Watercolor Memories, The Story of Lauren. The title alone should be sufficient to reveal this isn't another political screed I've been writing for awhile. As noted on the back cover:

It's that old high school love story told anew: Boy meets Girl. Boy loses Girl. Boy finds Girl. But this time, it takes 15 years, two proms, college, marriage, divorce, kids, careers, over 10,000 miles, a chess-playing cop and some strange guy with a beard. Even then,  the ending is a surprise and a shock. Or maybe it isn't.

So far, all 3 or 4 people who have read it say "It's got a pretty cover".

Well...

Take a look. There's a sample page on the Amazon site. Who knows? You may get hooked enough to read all of it! If you do, when you've finished please post your unvarnished thoughts on the Amazon page. The more comments, the more chances I have of having it made into a movie!

Thanks.
BW

Monday, May 8, 2017

Quote Without Comment

"My take on the "political morass" - actually "political more ass"?

Redundant. Predictable. Anathema to Liberty and Freedom. There is no area of human existence that is not in irreversible decline - except for those who never progressed past the Crusades anyway.