Tuesday, April 25, 2017

                                              Earth is not unique
So NASA scientists have discovered water on one of Saturn's moons.  And now they're speculating there "just might possibly be some form of life outside of earth".

Of course it could also mean that the earth is simply an integral part of the cosmos.  Which means the earth is but one of many "off-springs" of a "parental" universe, as is the solar system or the galaxy it's part of.

And that, since the earth is also a product of a greater universe, a lot of the elements found on this planet have universal origins.  So, naturally, it stands to reason that, if we have opportunity to explore far enough and long enough, scientists will invariably start finding a lot of "earthly" elements on celestial bodies.  But it doesn't necessarily indicate "potential life forms".

Sure, I believe somewhere in the universe other life forms exist.  But, much like in this galaxy, it'll be in the form of select planets in favorable positions in their given solar systems to produce the intricate type of life forms found on this planet.

I believe that because I think the universe is rigged and structured by intelligent forces unknown.  Who hold the concept of patterns and cosmic protocol to highest esteem.
Hence, earth, our solar system, and our galaxies are bound by the same formats and similar physical laws.  They're not unique, but "one among many of their kind".

Just what these "intelligent forces" are one will never know.  But they're greater than anything the limited concepts of any religion could (or would) ever perceive.

Of course I don't abide the likes of Creationism any more than I ever would any of the Evolution theories.
I think humans and their civilizations and governments have always existed for millenniums, and that humans have always looked and behaved the same way as well.
And that governments have always been pretty much the same as they are now:  despotic republics.  And, much like the present age, each one with their own false fronts.
                                               The real prejudice
In a perfect world everybody goes to the same training camp or gets mentored by those with years of experience in the given field.
That way employers can choose between candidates of equal stature, their main priority being whose personality or demeanor are most preferable to them.

But in the real world there are profound discrepancies in the educational opportunities afforded the children of the different races and social classes.

While the upper echelon offspring are given opportunities for a first-rate comprehensive learning experience, the lower tier offspring are only offered neglected. dilapidated and forsaken public institutions as their token "quota-satisfying" learning centers.

This results in a minority and low-income class who lack all the adequate and essential knowledge needed to break into a lot of industries, businesses, and occupations knowing what they need to know in order to function well enough within these institutions.
And all the "affirmative action" decrees are not enough to alleviate this dilemma if said groups are not afforded the same backgrounds as the more privileged ones.

Employers who either don't want to hire certain minority or low-class applicants, or who lay off a lot of minority or low-class employees after a brief employment---due to their having been found to be unqualified or under-qualified, are not the real bigots.
The real prejudice is the disparity between the educational opportunities offered to the different social classes.
The way it's rigged to keep those from one side of the tracks "lesser" than those from the other side.

CeleBirthdate: Barbra Streisand

Born Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24 1942 in Brooklyn.
She turned 75 yesterday.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Every normal man must, at times, be tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
                                           H    L    Mencken
Essentially, taking offense or being offensive is really not that much of a big deal.
Everything can't be to the liking of any one person, nor can the actions of everyone around us be to our liking.

The problem I have is that the world deems it such an immoral act to "offend another".  It's like the ultimate "sacred cow" to "never offend anyone".
As for those who would ever "butcher the sacred cow", they deserve nothing less than whatever revenge their society deems fit as retaliation for such a grave infraction.
The other guy is always more important than you are.   Their lives matter and yours don't.  Those in authority will always stand behind those who make even the slightest complaint against you (like the "good little 'community hatchet men'" they are).
Why those who file complaints against you also have so much authority and prestige of their own as well, who knows.....
Do they suddenly become "deputized" the minute someone does or says anything they find "offensive"?

Seriously, "being offended" is purely subjective.   It just means someone or something "rubbed you the wrong way" somehow.
It's just a personal reaction to words or deeds that either made you uncomfortable or that you think are inappropriate or destructive to the context in which said words are uttered or said deeds are done.
It's strictly a matter of one's personal perspective, priorities and prejudices more than anything.
It's not the kind of thing that should ever be subject to rule-of-law.

I actually think when a lot of people say something "offended" them, whatever they're talking about probably didn't really bother them that much.  They're simply tyrannical "power-and-control" junkies, exploiting social mores and popular prejudices for the purpose of damaging or destroying someone they feel some sort of animosity toward.
Every normal man must, at times, be tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
                                                                                                             H  L  Mencken
Just what is this fixation the world seems to have with "changing things" constantly?

Even if things are running smoothly and on cue and everything's working out just fine somebody will get the notion to change the rules, or rearrange the system, or tag on more procedures or more requirements.

Is the idea simply to throw off the personal ecosystem of another, to throw them into a state of total confusion and psycho-disarray?

Is it just another "power trip" on the part of whoever's in charge?
                           The demise of the "private citizen"
These days everyone is committed to some "cause", or have some personal affiliation with a select ideological or political group.

They're "a part of something" and identify themselves with whatever political belief, social causes, or idealistic demographic elements that comprise their "belief system" which they have committed themselves to.
There are so many folks running marathons, marching in the streets, or pitching another "cause", trying to be saviors or crusaders.

I hardly see people ever actually represent themselves.  There doesn't seem anything really intimate about most people.  They seem to be whatever their ancestry, social class, gender or domestic and social background "requires" their persona to be.  And it seems to be what they're "all about" as well.

It's like the average person is more of an "artificial intelligence" than a living, breathing, and FEELING individual.

Would the world be better off if each person minded their own business, just took care of their own life and issues, and stayed within their own boundaries?  Quit having to be "so involved with" society and problems that don't directly concern them?
Just stay home and enjoy their own interests and bobies and tend to their own responsibilities?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

is a two-way street.

If you're transmitting, even at full power, and the receivers can't tune in to the frequency you're broadcasting on, your message is still not going to reach anyone.

If the other person doesn't want to understand what you're trying to say you can shout it in their face at the top of your lungs, every word-for-word explicitly, and all that other person will do is simply "take offense" at your shouting in their face so loud, or accuse you of being hostile and "threatening".

When others misunderstand you it's not always your fault, or because of any lack of effort on your part to get your message across to them.

The problem with it always being "up to you" to get a message across to someone else is that you become too dependent on the other guy's willingness to hear you out and accurately interpret whatever it is you tell them.
                                          The Pop Music Divide
You know how obsessed societies are about the concept of "multiculturalism"?
Wanting to bring together the most irrelevant elements into the same space?

Isn't it ironic that, in contrast, popular music, which at one time used to routinely comprise various elements from diverse sources, would wind up being one area to become so divisive within itself by forming numerous subcategories within each genre?

I grew up in the '60s, when rock n'roll and pop music was still normal, when it was the "catchiest" songs that got promoted on the radio, regardless of style or ethnic origins.

In the '70s is when it started to divide itself: at first into the "progressive/album rock" and "soft rock/singer-songwriter" subgenres.
Less than a decade later there would also be disco, punk rock, and "new wave".

I've since long gotten used to this "divide".
And, also, a lot of the performers in these subgenres had a few "token top-40 singles" of their own, making it easy to merge their signature songs alongside those of the more "mainstream" style performers.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats
Any great words of wisdom ever spoken by the likes of Ronald Reagan or Art Bell can most likely be attributed to Mark Twain, Will Rogers, or the legendary writer/editor Henry Louis Mencken.

That said, let me ask you a question:
If a medical clinic makes an appointment for you with a designated provider months in advance, does it make any sense for their office to call you on the eve of the appointment date and leave a message on your VoiceMail telling you that you need to call their office back to let them know whether or not you want to confirm the appointment or cancel it?

I mean, what happens if you don't call them back?  Do they just take it upon themselves to up and cancel your appointment?

Why should they be putting that onus on you, instead of simply reminding you of your upcoming appointment?

As someone who relies on VoiceMail religiously, one thing I really detest to the hilt are the "Call me back!" messages.
It's recording whatever you say already!  You can say what you need to say while it's recording and I'll be able to hear it later on when I play it back!
That's why God created VoiceMail!  
So that the recipient doesn't have to be present when the call is made because he/she can STILL get the message later!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heaven forbid any society should ever allow itself to fall into any kind of anarchy.

With "no-one in charge" we'd have only the most aggressive/predatory along with all the "pretty people" taking over everything.

Therefore, we need a "rule of law" environment to ensure a more even social climate.  A certain degree of "necessary tyranny" is paramount to creating a reasonably structured social climate.

What's tragic is when the "rule of law" becomes corrupt and starts leaning towards the most favored, popular dogmas, and common prejudices.
When that happens then even the "rule of law" becomes indistinguishable from anarchy.

                            The above is my Musing For Today

Song Analysis: The Big Battle

One of the underappreciated songs by the legendary Johnny Cash, this one from 1962.

This song makes the point of emphasizing that the biggest part of any battle or conflict is the aftermath itself.
The after-affects and consequences that have to be dealt with when the main conflicts are finally over are battles in and of themselves.

Not just damage assessments, but also the psychological effects on loved ones that linger on for the remainder of their lives.  The  grief and trauma of losing a beloved husband, brother, or son.

Although the effects on the surviving ex-soldiers don't get overtly mentioned in the lyrics, "the part that has blackened the sun" might collectively encompass that aspect figuratively.

Remember, this was 1962, and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome was not yet acknowledged, let alone regarded a clinical diagnosis, at this point in time.
However, it was still instinctively and subconsciously sensed by those who experienced intense traumatic situations---sometimes referred to as "shell shock".

Song Analysis: Lonely Island

An underappreciated early Sam Cooke classic (1958), this song describes MY "love life" to a tee.

You feel "removed" and relegated to the position of "just being an observer" while everyone else around you gets to "live life to its fullest".

Another song in this category is O' FALLING STAR by The Four Knights (out of 1956)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Song Analysis: Riki Tiki Tavi

This tongue-in-cheek song by Donovan, from the summer of 1970, essentially stresses the importance of one figuring out how to attain as much self-reliance as is possible for one to attain
...the notion being that a lot of the facilities people routinely depend upon are not sufficient or reliable enough to adequately meet one's needs.

The government agencies, the businesses and industries, the public and corporate services, the charities, the churches, the hospitals
...are, more often than not, plagued by incompetence, corruption, or their systems are too inadequate to always be effective enough.

With brief reference to elements of Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK as metaphors, this song stresses the need for self-sufficiency, alongside having self-knowledge to go along with it.

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                                    Burned-out on blogging?
Is it just my imagination, or are a lot of bloggers becoming more and more lax, posting less and less frequently?

Maybe everyone's run out of things to say.
That anything of significance worth pointing out has already "been said and done" dozens of times already.  Either "by now you get it or you don't".  That there is, for the most part, "no more to say".

Anymore most of the cerebral blog sites one comes across seem to be focusing on political dystopia and the eternally ongoing "Hatfields vs. McCoys" type relationships between the different races, nationalities, political partisan factions, and men and women.

I'm hoping "the art of blogging" doesn't end up "burning out" on itself.
All my life I've heard "You can't say that on the radio" and "You can't do that on television".
The censors always ruled when it came to the written, spoken, or staged.

Now there's a vague threat of that same thing happening to the Internet.
The internet has long been the refuge of those who seek unbridled and unrestrained self-expression of their deeper passions, attitudes, prejudices, and revelations of things most consider delusional, improper and inappropriate, or not in line with common beliefs and assumptions.
Unlike television, radio or magazines the internet always had this subtle "anything goes" demeanor about itself.

But a dark threat is looming around the corner.  That the time will finally come when everyone will say "You can't post that on the internet".
When the censors will finally also take over cyberspace and the internet will become like everything else in society:



Another bastion of "correct thinking and behaving", where anything eccentric or unorthodox is looked upon as being "inappropriate" or "offensive"

Another area dominated by the most popular and most privileged and influential

Hidebound and over-regulated by anal-minded laws

               The above is my Musing For Today

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Song Analysis: Child Of Clay

I think this was the final single hit for pop singer  Jimmie Rodgers, released on the A&M label in late 1967.

This song summarizes the life of a man who had the bad luck of being the offspring of an immature and irresponsible couple who were always so caught up in their own personal issues they had no time to pay attention to their own son.  And who were so unworldly themselves there wasn't much they could have taught him anyway.

When he needed answers to the deeper and more personal and spiritual longings and questions in life there was nowhere for him to turn.

Desperate for some kind of enlightenment he sought knowledge from those around him.  But, growing up in a roughneck low-income environment, most encounters he had were with those who either were totally unenlightened or who were conspiring and full of ulterior motives.  Superficial and malicious types.  And who took advantage of his naivety to either mess with him or misguide him.   Those who couldn't care less about the more meaningful aspects of life.  They're in it just to "play games with each other and with other people's lives".

The influences on him growing up in this type of social climate eventually culminates in a cynical "What's the use?" demeanor that jades his own personality and character, resulting in his just being another "loser" and quintessential "no count" who winds up "never amounting to anything in life".

The song's implication being that most people, at birth, have some kind of potential.  But that, unless essential elements are in place for proper development, such potential can end up lost and go eternally unrecognized.

Song Analysis: Angie Baby

The metaphysical meets bubblegum meets soft pop/adult contemporary in this 1974 top-ten hit by Helen Reddy.

It's a brief tale of an extremely socially withdrawn adolescent girl who's obsessed with top-40 radio and songs who can't seem to positively connect to the outside world or with most in it ("autism spectrum" syndrome?)

In her mind she fantasizes having a secret lover with whom she can share her "top-40" utopia with.

But there's another character in the song:  A sexually deviant neighborhood boy who's been "eyeing" Angie for some time.
Cunningly he comes around when her parents are out and about, and, taking advantage of her loneliness and naivety, offers to "show her a good time", with totally ulterior motives all the way.

However, it seems Angie has a few "desires" of her own, and magical powers that far supersede any physical strengths that neighborhood boy may have.
The music from her radio paralyzes and hypnotizes him and, then, when she turns the volume down on her radio he gets socked into her little transistor.  This would-be sex offender winds up getting "owned" by a girl he's been stalking.
He, instead, ends up being Angie's "secret boyfriend", a guarantee her own lustful desires and pleasures will always be met anytime she feels the urge.

And, apparently, the boy more than gets what he was after as well.
And the searching party never turns up a trace of him, eventually giving him up for "dead".

Song Analysis: My Mind's Eye

The late 1960s saw the British Invasion merging with the emerging Psychedelic styles:   The Yardbirds;  The Spencer Davis Group;  The Status Quo;  Cream;  The Move;  The Moody Blues;  early Pink Floyd;  Procol Harum;  the latter-day Beatles (Revolver/Sgt. Pepper's and beyond) ...
...The Small Faces as well.

Essentially, this song by The Small Faces is an anthem of spiritual self-discovery.  Of cerebral revelations and enlightenment.  Of a greater awareness of the nuances and essences of life itself.  Only to be found within oneself and one's connection to all things eternal.

And of the new-found inability of someone who's experienced such to relate to all the "average" people around them, or to continue relationships with friends, family, lovers and acquaintances.
Suddenly everything about oneself is too deep for most anyone else to be able to relate to.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

                               The numbers DO add up
Some of you may or may not remember bits and pieces of the "new math" being taught to 7th and 8th graders in public schools in the late '60s.

14+-20.   It equals -6.

But ... does anything less than 0 exist?

Actually, YES!
Let's say you have $150.  You purchase an item for $210.    150+-210=-60.
That's the amount you're in debt to your purchase:  $60.
Then you come by an extra $100.   Are you $100 ahead?
-60+100.   NO!   You're ahead by $40 (or +40).

It's kind of an abstract twist on the "basic arithmetic" you learned in grade school.
And one that makes perfect sense in this day and age of credit cards and on-line shopping.

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Song Analysis: Songbird

Not the 1987 instrumental hit by Kenny G.
The 1978 vocal hit by Barbra Streisand.

This song focuses on a woman who's a healer of sorts.  When someone's in distress or broken in spirit she's called upon to sing her special song, which seems to have a metaphysical effect of calming that person down and restoring their strength, faith, and emotional stamina.

However, when she's the one who needs restoring and reassurance she finds herself all alone with no-one there to help, assist, or guide her.
She ends up having to completely carry her own weight.  The "wizard" can't seem to work the same "magic" on herself with that "special song" of hers.

Song Analysis: The Weight

One take on this 1968 single by The Band:
The importance of pulling one's own weight.
Not neglecting  the things that need to be done.
And not to destroy or vandalize.

Whatever you neglect someone else will have to take care of, sooner or later.
And any mess you make someone else will have to to, sooner or later, clean up.
Whatever you destroy someone else will have to, sooner or later, replace.
Whatever you break someone else will, sooner or later, have to fix.

Another take on it:
If you take it upon yourself to be the one who "does favors for others" or who's "always offering to help or assist", a lot of those "others" will try to take advantage of your generosity (being that there are so many "desperate" types in need of "shedding their excess baggage"), often to the point of overwhelming you so-much-so you won't have time and energy left over to deal with your own personal issues.

Plus, a lot of times those same individuals are unwilling to return the favor and help you out when you're the one in need. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I still have a bunch of coupons laying on my kitchen table.
Don't know if I'll use even half of them or not.

Now ...does it make any sense for the stores to send me a coupon for 40% off an item I just bought a couple days ago?
And the coupon expires in two weeks?
Like, I should just go ahead and start stockpiling a plethora of this one particular item just to "take advantage of" the 40% off?
An item I don't even use that often but still keep stocked for the occasions I do?  When right now I have enough packages of this item to probably last me a good year or so?  When there are plenty of other items I would need more often and more desperately?

I buy anything---even one time---and it shows up on the company's computer network.  And, suddenly, I'm getting "special offers" for it on a weekly or monthly basis.

These merchants need to permanently delete the "algorithm" program from their automation systems.

            The above is my Musing For Today

Just don't call it "Immigration" (revisited)

My stand on all this "immigration" controversy?

Simple:  If someone from another country wants to become a U.S. citizen they need to follow all the written protocols and stipulations laid down by this government which pertain to the acquisition of legal citizenship for said individual.  And with such applications subject to approval by the U.S. government.

And, if applying for temporary residency, individual must meet all clinical legal requirements necessary for approval by U.S. government.

And that those who are visiting the U.S. be subject to the scrutiny of Customs and Immigration officials, with no guarantee or promise of being allowed entry.

This is the way it is for most countries.

As for the U.S. officials:  Keep religion and race/ancestry out of your judgment calls when determining eligibility for entering the U.S..
Judge only by individual and legal merits.
And, yes, if someone has a criminal record, or lacks sufficient funds and support, or is deemed "not adaptable enough" to U.S. culture, it is perfectly reasonable for Customs and Immigration to turn said individual-in-question away and send them back to their home country (or current country of residence).

R.I.P. Chuck Berry

Well, it finally happened!
All these years we kept wondering how long Charles Edward Anderson Berry was going to still be with us.

Well, this is it!
Chuck Berry died yesterday at his home in Wentzville Missouri (on the outskirts of St. Louis).

We all knew it was inevitable.   It was simply a question of "WHEN, exactly?".

He was 90-years-old, and leaves quite a cultural/subcultural legacy behind.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Song Analysis: Make Your Own Kind Of Music

This 1969 hit by Mama Cass is, essentially, a statement about how most people don't really embrace the notion of individuality.

That if you ARE true to who you really are and accept your idiosyncrasies and uniqueness you'll have better self-awareness, for sure.
But the world itself, for the most part, will never have much in the way of any kind of appreciation for anyone who's a little "different" in any way.

If you're too much of an individual you stand to be blasphemed as being some kind of "freak" or "weirdo" or even a "sociopath".

Song Analysis: You Gave Me A Mountain

Frankie Laine is best known for his hits from the 1940s and 1950s, like MULE TRAIN and MOONLIGHT GAMBLER---and others like those.

But he was still alive and well and still active well into the 1960s, and still making the occasional "cameo appearance" on the mainstream singles charts, "slipping one in", from time-to-time.

In early 1969 he had a minor/moderate single hit with YOU GAVE ME A MOUNTAIN (a song written by Marty Robins.  Hence, the first line "Born in the heat of the desert").

This song, essentially, is an anthem about your quintessential "loser".  The type of guy for whom anything that's either normal, or that most people have no problem attaining, he has to strain himself and go out of his way to acquire the same.

When his wife leaves him, and he loses custody of and visitation rights to his only son whom he loves dearly, he (more or  less) cries out to God "That's the last straw!  All my life you put one obstacle after another in my way, but I made it through somehow.  But this one will break me for sure!  There'll be no recuperating from THIS divine atrocity!"
   The Trump Administration:  full-frontal Social Rank Fascism
It isn't like the Trump Administration is actually doing anything all that unique in its propensity towards social rank fascism.
Governments, essentially, have always been about favoritism towards the privileged and the aristocratic.
But, in times past, it's always been a tradition for governments to be rather covert about this aspect of ruling.   To often do sporadic token "favors" for the "average Joe and Jane" (you know, sort of like "Throw the dog a bone to keep him happy", or "Give the baby a pacifier and maybe he'll stop crying").
In the 1930s we had The New Deal
In the 1960s we had The Civil Rights Act
In the 1920s women finally got the right to also vote
...examples of such political "red herrings", no?

But now the current administration seems to be outright blatantly flaunting this leaning towards such favoritisms unabashedly, with no attempts made at any kind of pretense otherwise.  It's like:  "You're right.  All your worst suspicions about society are true.   Overprivileged and aristocrats are, indeed, the only people who matter.   Society really DOES wish all you second-tier and third-tier individuals would quit reproducing and just dig a hole, crawl into it, and die.   Just get out of our world once and for all".
The effect of this level of bluntness on a lot of us being similar to that of a relative or acquaintance coming out and finally telling you what they really think of you.

The phoney baloney "health care" bill the present administration is currently drafting to replace the (somewhat inadequate) ACA is but an epitome of where us "average" and "sub par" citizens stand with society at large.

The word "compunction" is nowhere to be found in the vocabulary of this present administration.
In fact, they seem to be openly delighting in and relishing their embracement of all manners of social rank fascisms.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Song Analysis: Is That All There Is?

"Once you've seen the Grand Canyon you've 'seen all there is to see'."
"It's the worst thing one could ever experience.  It can ruin your whole life, in fact."
"It's the one experience everyone should have.  Once you've had it, it'll change your life forever.  You'll never be the same afterwards."

The way certain things in this world are sensationalized and overly hyped by the general consensus
...but then, when you actually find yourself face-to-face with the situation or with the subject itself, it's never anywhere near as exciting, thrilling, or tragic as you anticipated.

It may affect you profoundly enough, but it ultimately ends up being "just another experience you had in your life".
You still go on being the same person you've always been, and your overall world views pretty much stay intact.

This 1969 hit by singer Peggy Lee summarizes this aspect of life quite impeccably. 

Song Analysis: Taxi

This 1972 hit by singer/songwriter Harry Chapin emphasizes the notion that it's just not "in the cards" for certain individuals to ever have their innermost aspirations in life realized.

That some people will just have to resign themselves to suffering the indignant rigors of mediocrity their whole life through.  Their lifetime will only be one of dreaming.

Chapin craftily and cunningly waxes poetic the inner frustrations of this ongoing chronic non-fulfillment.

This underlying theme is one similar to that of Paul Simon's SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY and The Statler Brothers' CLASS OF '57.
                                                    Adage For Today
Law enforcement only exists to expose and advertise all the warts of "the unwanted" and "the undesirables" for the whole world to see.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Song Analysis: Rainbow Connection

Jim Henson's Muppets are already a synergy of themselves with the most imaginative of minds to begin with.

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and others are, for all practical purposes of judgement, literally "dolls come to life".

But imagination, when allowed to travel anywhere it wants totally unfettered, will invariably eventually travel into the realm of the spiritual and even the metaphysical.

And this song does all these and more.  It focuses on the fact that there has to be more than just the meaningless routines of everyday life and normal interpersonal interactions.

That communication goes beyond verbal cliches and mere exchanges of essential information.
That it's the subconscious silent communications between the terrestrial mortal and the cosmic overseers (who understand the importance of the intimate and of the concepts of stewardship---unlike the mortal terrestrial overlord "leaders" who only desire obedience and worship).

The idea we all should be living primarily to be entitled to discovering the wonders and secrets of the world and of the universe we all exist in. 

Song Analysis: Mr. Businessman

This 1968 hit by singer/songwriter Ray Stevens marked a departure from the "novelty song" mode he (at the time) has been stuck in for the longest time.

Ray Stevens apparently figured that along with a switch to another record label (Monument) he should also do a "reinvention" of himself into that of a "poet laureate" type singer/songwriter.

And this song does have some classic lines:
Do you ever stop to smell the fragrance of the roses growing in your yard?
And did you stop to hear the laughter of your children as they play?
Do you find it great to be alive, or are the limits of your senses such as only "to survive"?
You can "wheel and deal" the best of them and steal it from the rest of them.
You know the score.
Their ethics are a bore.

Unfortunately songs like UNWIND and MR. BUSINESSMAN were not among his bestselling singles (even though they did make the top-40 as "minor" hits)
So, the following year, he made a return to the "AHAB THE ARAB mode" with GITARZAN, trading the desert for the jungle.
                                    On Freedom and Liberty
In my personal experience any time I ever have any freedom or liberties is when I'm in the company of those who are either accepting of me, comfortable with me, or have some kind of affinity towards me.

And that any time I'm being oppressed and restricted is when I'm in the company of those who are either hateful or contemptuous toward me, or paranoid and dubious of me.

The presence and existence of a Constitution or Bill of Rights has never had any bearing one way or another on the level of freedom I'm allowed to experience.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

                                     The truth be known ...
No practical-minded person really cares anything about the gender, race, of belief systems of whoever's in charge.

What one really cares about is that whatever policies are put forth are those that benefit them somehow.

Or, if not benefit them, at least not interfere with or destroy whatever's already in place that works for them ( "...if you can't lend a hand then get out of the way...".  Where have I heard that line before?  Or one like it?).

Who really cares about race, male or female, liberal or conservative, or any silly religions, so long as we're still allowed to have our own lives?
                                              Adages For Today

         Without entertainment and amusements all that's left in life are the sowing and reaping.

People are okay with you so long as you recognize they're in charge and whatever they say goes.
But the minute you let it be known you "want a few things yourself", or ask for them to compromise, they "have a problem with you".


                             William "Smokey" Robinson turned 77 on Sunday.
Among his many hit songs was MORE LOVE (with the Miracles), from The Summer Of Love (1967).

                          And, speaking of The Summer Of Love:
          It Was 50 Years Ago Today, Sir Paul Made The Band Change It's Name
We can chant that ditty this coming June, the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

                                               Musing For Today
Any time there's a disaster, catastrophe or a tragedy, the first thing the analysts do is try to find a causation.

The one single factor, event, individual or group who or that  singlehandedly brought about a negative set of events.

Problem is, there never really is just any one factor that leads up to an ultimate consequence.  Everything and everyone is integral, interwoven, and interactive.
What happens and whatever ends up being or becoming is always a result of ongoing chain-reaction events and factors mixing together to create the overall environment at any given moment in time.

This is why blaming any one single person, group, or isolated event as being "the cause of" is so foolhardy.
But societies do it all the time.
And, notice:  None of our issues ever get resolved.

If you've had hernia surgery between 2009 and 2012, and suffered pain and personal injury as a result, you may be entitled to a large cash settlement.

Jackson & Jackson, makers of a wire mesh used in common surgical procedures to fix hernias, has recalled all their products manufactured between 2009 and 2012 due to a tendency of the fabric to split and fracture.  This could lead to fragments getting embedded in the surrounding tissue as well as sharp edges piercing the front lining of the intestines.

If you or a loved one experienced such an injury or episode as a result of hernia surgery performed between 2009 and 2012, contact the injury law firm of Amber, Lance & Chaser.
We've settled claims such as these for as much as 3 million dollars.

                                       The law offices of
                                            Amber, Lance & Chaser

Because logic dictates that the only way to ensure medical providers and clinics provide and perform the best services possible is to sue the bastards into bankruptcy.
That'll teach them a thing or two.

CeleBirthdate: Carole King

                                             Carole Klein turned 75 on Thursday

                                              Among her classic songs:

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
One Fine Day
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Sometime In The Morning
He's In Town
Don't Bring Me Down
Just Once In My Life
Take Good Care Of My Baby
Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby
Keep Your Hands Off Of My Baby
The Locomotion
I'm Into Something Good
Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

...oh, and from the early '70s on she started writing songs for herself as well.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

                                                       First Lady duties
I understand one of the first issues Melania Trump plans to take on as "First Lady" is addressing the problem of CyberBullying.

Well, she could begin on the homefront itself, starting with her husband's erratic Twitter rants ...
                                                    Musing For Today
Life is like entering a movie theater with the featured film already in progress, then having to leave before it's over.
Hence, you don't really know how the feature began or how it's going to end.

Just Don't Call It "Immigration" (Revisited)

Who ARE all these refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and three other countries who, apparently subsidized by secret organizations unknown, keep flooding into the U.S. on a daily basis?

Who's paying their way?  Who's providing the passports and visas? 
They're supposed to be refugees, yet they seem somewhat "already well-off" enough to afford the air fare for trips abroad.

I'm not much on President Trump or on his administration and staff of blowhard aristocrats and ultra-partisan demagogues.  I don't see how such types could ever have the best interests of the "average Joe/Jane" in mind as they're of an entirely different breed of humanity altogether.

However, I'm all in agreement with the "travel ban" and can't understand all these "trophy bastard" protesters obstructing normal functions at some of this nation's busiest airports.   And in support of "the rights of" outsiders to randomly stroll right into our territory like it's a "second home" to them.

I also can't understand what these outsiders see in the U.S..  It's a country run by a perpetual police state, street gangs and the mafia.  The average person just gets fleeced by industries and corporations when overpaying for shoddy merchandise and products while getting bogged down by oppressive overkill laws.

The protesters will argue that "the United States has always been a nation of immigrants" (Not true!  It was a nation of Native Americans who were forced into "refugee camps" by the first European invaders from the 16th century to the 19th century), and that America is "a land of opportunity" (also not true.  Automation is taking over everything, plus the U.S. has always also been a land of ghettos---which are simply "refugee camps" for the unsuccessful).

I hope the Travel Ban gets reinstated.  I don't think it's right for random foreign outsiders to be "more important than" or to "matter more than" those of us who were actually born and raised in this country.

Friday, February 3, 2017

                                 My argument against partisanship
is, simply, that the problem one finds with any kind of partisanship is that each faction insists ALL practices and beliefs they embrace to be ultimate panaceas.

With ANY faction, be it liberal, conservative, religious, gender related, racial, lifestyle, crusaders, or what-have-you, you're liable to find that about half of their agenda and beliefs are quite sound and make sense enough.
But there'll also be other beliefs of theirs that are a bit over-the-top or too presumptive to ever be resolute about.

But each faction, no matter who they are, demands unconditional loyalty to all the practices and belief systems they embrace from those who would consider themselves to be members.

This is why I stay within the moderate/centrist mode with my thinking.
Whatever makes sense to me I'll gravitate toward.  Whatever I think is absurd or ludicrous I'll try to avoid.
                                              Beatlesque Debonair
I recently watched an hour-long special on The Beatles, and during the early portion of it they showed film clips of some of their live performances during the early days of their career, and I noted that after each one of their performances they would bow to the audience in appreciation of their patronage.

Such was 1964.  It was still a world of civility and orderliness at that point of time in modern history.

Of course the 1960s wouldn't let out without becoming a bit narcissistic and rag-tag, with the advent of the hippies, anti-war demonstrators, psychedelic, and the infusion of the "drug culture" into the mainstream consciousness.

For sure, in due time "rock and rollers" would not be characterized by gestures of humble appreciation or by basic social etiquette.  Ostentatiousness, bizzare antics, and "trailer park dreg" persona would become more the norm.
However, one can always appreciate the few who still come across as being more human than the "average" celebrity.

The "Climate Change" Dilemma

People are STILL jostling around with this subject?

Seems like they've been on this subject FOREVER doesn't it?
And, like always, continue to be extremely partisan over it as well.   Either you believe that modern civilization's desecration of the planet is the primary cause of all the extreme weather patterns and environmental decay, or you contend it's just another planetary cycle that's behind any unexpected changes in the environment.

Meanwhile there are (still) no concerted efforts by any impartial or independent and non-affiliated scientific communities to engage in any kind of legitimate research into the matter.

I, myself, am one who neither denies or embraces any climate change theories.
This issue, to me, has enough angles to it so as to render it quite ambiguous in nature---hence, there are two or more ways to argue this subject.
But no-one wants to debate it.  They only want the world to affirm their myopic viewpoints on it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

                                    You can't fool ME!!!!!
I know you were trying to rape the side of that garage!!!!!
    Did you know that there are at least a couple of states, right here in the good ol' U S of A, where "public urination" is actually a "sex offense" by law?

So-o-o-o-o ...if one has the misfortune of getting caught red-handed pissing in the bushes or on the side of a building on their way home from the bar or late-night coffee house because their bladder just couldn't wait long enough for them to make it home, society has the perfect legal right to incarcerate them, assassinate their character, defame them, and all-around destroy their life.  All in the name of morality, decency, and "community safety".
Although, in all fairness, public urination COULD be considered biological contamination.  But, then again, so is hawking phlegm onto a public sidewalk.

Since it is such a crime to "expose one's 'wee-wee' in public", especially in the presence (or potential presence) of minors, what about those public restrooms where there are two or more urinals side-by-side with no dividing wall between them?

If a dad has his "little Johnny" with him, lifting him up in front of the urinal to give "little Johnny" the experience of "using a urinal the same way the big boys do", and you walk into the restroom on them, having to "piss like a racehorse", what do you do?   
I guess hope no-one's in the stall and use THAT toilet instead to avoid possible social/legal disaster.
And another thing:  Could the dad himself possibly stand to be accused of "negligent entrapment"?
Or does "entrapment" have to be deliberate as opposed to purely circumstantial?
Which means that whatever happens is still going to be solely your responsibility?

I tell you ...living in a western society is complicated.
It's not like one can simply use common sense and reason to get by.