Isaiah 45:71

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
—Isaiah 45:71

July 18, 2017

infantilism

"...Our greatest historian, Charles Beard, wrote in 1939:
The destiny of Europe and Asia has not been committed, under God, to the keeping of the United States; and only conceit, dreams of grandeur, vain imaginings, lust for power, or a desire to escape from our domestic perils and obligations could possibly make us suppose that Providence has appointed us his chosen people for the pacification of the earth.
Those Americans who refuse to plunge blindly into the maelstrom of European and Asiatic politics are not defeatist or neurotic. They are giving evidence of sanity, not cowardice, of adult thinking as distinguished from infantilism. They intend to preserve and defend the Republic. America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America."
Copyright © by Gore Vidal


Born in Louisville, Kentucky to a middle class family, Thompson had a turbulent youth after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 days after abetting a robbery. He subsequently joined the United States Air Force before moving into journalism. He traveled frequently, including stints in Puerto Rico and Brazil, before settling in Aspen, Colorado in the early 1960s.
Thompson became internationally known with the publication of Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967), for which he had spent a year living and riding with the Angels, experiencing their lives and hearing their stories first hand. Previously a relatively conventional journalist, with the publication in 1970 of "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" he became a counter cultural figure, with his own brand of New Journalism he termed "Gonzo", an experimental style of journalism where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. The work he remains best known for is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), a rumination on the failure of the 1960s counterculture movement. It was first serialized in Rolling Stone, a magazine with which Thompson would be long associated, and was released as a film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam in 1998.
Politically minded, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, in 1970, on the Freak Power ticket. He was well known for his inveterate hatred of Richard Nixon, who he claimed represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character"[5] and whom he characterized in what many consider to be his greatest contribution to American literature, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. Thompson's output notably declined from the mid-1970s, as he struggled with the consequences of fame, and he complained that he could no longer merely report on events as he was too easily recognized. He was also known for his lifelong use of alcohol and illegal drugs; his love of firearms, and his iconoclastic contempt for authoritarianism, and remarked that, "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
While suffering a bout of health problems, Thompson committed suicide at the age of 67. As per his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend, Johnny Depp, and attended by a host of friends including then Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson. Hari Kunzru wrote that, "the true voice of Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist ... one who often makes himself ugly to expose the ugliness he sees around him."










April 29, 2017

Julius Marx's Daughter video link

Julius Marx's daughter Malinda sings!


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http://illfolks.blogspot.com/2006/03/grouchos-sullen-daughter.html 

January 22, 2017







November 16, 2015

WHAT IS TRUE



It has been incredibly confusing for this amateur to get a hold on the actual nature of what it is that U.S. combat operations anywhere in the Middle East hope to accomplish—This interview with 3 star Gen. Michael Flynn, who strikes me as the same sort of person Lt. Col. L. Fletcher Prouty was, who spoke openly about his military service in the fifties and early sixties about how operational control of these important,vital matters has not been 100% under Pentagon control; that military experts re often vetoed by other agency with direct ties to the Executive branch of government. JFK gave instructions to the Head of the joint Chiefs of Staff that he as president regarded their advice as the final word, a policy reversed by LBJ two days after Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas.

CIA, NSA input into military operations, and the amount of money disbursed to private sector corporate players have so muddied the waters of what it is we are expecting of our sons and daughters when we send them into a shooting war, without Congress declaring war, which is the obligation conferred on Congress by the U.S. Constitution, that these police actions since WWII have no clear goal of victory.

It is also apparent that since the first Gulf War, limited journalists are allowed in combat zones in contradiction of the First Amendment; scribes are vetted by the Pentagon, CIA or who knows? The American people get very little truth, or any real awareness of what is going on overseas, certainly not the breath of information that brought the curtain down on our engagement in S.E. Asia.

Now S.W. Asia operations have languished longer than the VietNam effort that was questionable from its inception as to its final stated and/or unstated goal. President Eisenhower stated he would never send U.S. ground forces to the mainland of Asia (see: Pentagon Papers Chapter 2).

While I do not subscribe to any old conspiracy theory, the Military Industrial Complex does hold ultimate sway over the funds supplied by taxpayers and this is sad, especially when the counsel of good men and women in the uniform of our nation are not heeded.



President Eisenhower—his invention of the term Military Industrial Complex


CONSPIRACY SCOPE: Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS



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