Friday, February 26, 2016

Breaking Old Paradigms

Just a shadow. Hardly that. But audible.
Coming out of the woods, whispering
Happily Ever After.
Even in that light—
stars with the skeletons of animals
and old friends—
to the eye behind the one always
left open on the east side of the house,
downhill. Where the coffee trees
and hemp and the graves of old dogs lie,
buried themselves in leaves and left
to the sputtering wind of memory.

& if that's not enough (he says
to himself in the voice of a black-and-white
actor whose name is a moth that keeps
avoiding the tip of his flaming tongue)
to bring you home, well, there
it is again,
already exhausted
by your efforts to make it
enough to stay. Impatient,
already headed
back down into the woods, whispering
Once Upon A Time . . .
- Paul Grant, "Just Another Paradigm Shift"


FreeThinke said...

_________ The Paradigm Shift _________

To start where everyone would love to go

Exerts a pressure on the one so blest,

Nurtured in privilege, sheltered from the low

And desperate, untoward struggling of the rest.

Foisted on us, guilt at our good luck

Let loose a sense of deep unworthiness

Yielding urges to immerse in muck

Our untried selves, and live on earth with less.

Unravelling the stitches parents sewed

Released a spring propelling downward thrust

Helping once safe havens to implode.

Our heritage betrayed then turned to dust.

Maniacally would our forebears laugh to see

Everything they won lost –– WILLFULLY.

~ FreeThinke

Try to see this as a parable attempting to explain in capsule form the destructive effects misplaced, manufactured guilt has perpetrated on far too many born since –– let us say –– 1950.

Gert said...

No rest for the wicked.

Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid:

Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination.

A memo prepared for the group zeroes in on ballot access as a looming obstacle for any independent candidate, along with actually identifying a viable, widely known contender and coalescing financial support for that person. The two states with the earliest deadlines for independent candidates, Texas and North Carolina, also have some of the highest hurdles for independents to get on the ballot, according to the research.

“All this research has to happen before March 16, when inevitably Trump is the nominee, so that we have a plan in place," a source familiar with the discussions said. March 16 is the day after the GOP primary in Florida, a winner-take-all contest that Marco Rubio supporters have identified as a must-win to stop Trump's early momentum.
“It’s critical some serious attention is given to this,” the source said.

(Actual memo in linked page)

-FJ said...

The RNC needs to form a new party... the irony!

Tea, anyone?

-FJ said...

Entryism has a new face.

FreeThinke said...


February 25, 2016

by Eric Odom

The level of misjudgment and underestimation happening in the GOP, the conservative movement and conservative media as a result of Trump’s rise is astounding. It’s as if they’ve all been asleep for the past 15 years. It’s as if they’ve been hit by a baseball bat in slow motion but somehow never saw it coming.
The very bloggers, party activists, pundits and and Republicans who for nearly two decades have told Americans to “just hold your nose and vote for the guy” are now telling Trump supporters they will not hold their noses. We can’t have the perfect candidate, they say. We can’t win a general election if we’re too conservative, they say. We can’t allow the left to shut down government because we’ll get blamed, they say.

These same people believe George Bush had his faults, but was a great President. These same people believe that while House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t fight Obama the way he was elected to fight (he doesn’t fight at all), he’s at least “safe” and doesn’t get the party in trouble.

These people live in a reality they hope comes about at some point in the future. They have no clue what reality we’re actually in. This reality is one of revolution, not one of choosing politically sound motivation.

Yes, Donald Trump is liberal. No, he is not conservative. And no, he isn’t going to be a champion of conservative causes. Trump’s diehard fans will try and dispute that but doing so is a futile practice. Trump’s rise is in no way related to his political positions. Not past or present.

The establishment and their allies in conservative media have no clue how to deal with Trump. Right now they’re circling the wagons and planning their final stand. Tens of millions of dollars will soon be spent hitting Trump on his liberalism.
And it will all be completely wasted money. It will do absolutely nothing to change the outcome of this election.
Why? Because what Trump represents has nothing to do with issues or political positions. This is why the demographics behind him are so wide ranging and diverse. Christians, atheists, fiscal hawks and social warriors are all engaged in deep rooted support for Trump. They aren’t stupid and shouldn’t be treated as such. Sure, many of them will try and defend Trump when accusations of his liberalism come about, but that’s natural and comes organically for any candidate’s supporters when said candidate is under attack.

No, Trump’s support comes from a desperate need to burn it all to the ground.

What comes out on the other side is of lesser concern over whether or not it can all be burned down to begin with. In the minds of many, nuking the entire machine is step 1. Period.


FreeThinke said...


February 25, 2016

by Eric Odom

Is Marco Rubio going to accomplish that? Nope. Would Mitt Romney? Absolutely not. John McCain? come on now. George Bush? Not a chance. Paul Ryan? Get real.

Rubio, Romney, McCain, Bush and Ryan are the very kinds of people who brought about a government that completely ignores the will of the people. And the same pundits, bloggers and analysts now crying about Trump’s rise are the people who enabled them.

You see, it’s not just that Trump’s supporters disagree with and get agitated by the voices now opposing them, it’s also that these supporters blame those very voices for the situation they now find themselves in without a choice.

Our federal government was initially established to protect rights and defend our borders from foreign invasion. Since then it has been allowed to violate our rights, open our borders and allow every decision we make to be blocked by a massive government who uses our money to dictate what we can and cannot do.

This is not a government for and by the people. This is a rogue government standing in opposition of the people. A rogue government enabled by those now panicked about Trump’s rise to power.

Donald Trump isn’t a conservative. Donald Trump is a weapon. A powerful weapon in a time when people feel powerless and disarmed.

Arguing on Donald Trump’s conservatism is naive and silly. That’s not what this is all about. And those making such an argument prove they are disconnected from the reality of the times.

The message coming from the Trump alliance is simple. Burn it all to the ground. Any counter argument to that suggests to Trump’s supporters that you want to save the political machine that seeks to ruin us all. In their minds it’s one or the other. The machine survives and continues governing us into oblivion, or the machine is burned down and we all figure out what gets built in its place.

Those are the two options of our time. The rest is just noise.

Gert said...

These same people believe George Bush had his faults, but was a great President.

Except that people like Eric Odom (who???) and libertynews would also have been on the barricades denouncing any critics of the Chimperor as suffering from 'Bush Derangement Syndrome'.

But it's remarkable that Teflon Donald can get away with such heresies. 'RINO' hagiographers must be running to the hills or the nearest sensory deprivation tank. After Bill O'Lielly defecated on the memory of Saint Raygun, steam must by now be coming out of their ears...

Gert said...

Me? I'm luvvin' it! ;-)

-FJ said...

Me 3!

Gert said...

That was just mean, FJ. I don't like u when ur mean. ;-)

beamish said...

The Road to Trumpdom

-FJ said...


-FJ said...

Fegelein, FEGELEIN!

FreeThinke said...

Ah jess don' DIG dem crazy paraDIGms.

Da troof is da troof is da TROOF, an' NUFFIN aoin' never gonna change it no way no how no time.

Mental masterbayshun don' produce nuffin any mo' dan de hand to gland kind do.

Thersites said...

I've been reading Eichmann in Jerusalem, FT. It's certainly a "pair-of-digems" shifter. I'm on Ch X. :)

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Gert said...

Clinton not keen on providing transcripts of peachy speeches made to Wall Street.

beamish said...

we're not the droids you're looking for.

beamish said...
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-FJ said...

Gee, I can't imagine why Ms. Clinton could care about speeches she's made to bankers... or why Mr. Trump now promises to do ALL his shopping at WalMart...

If only the Bernie and Cruz people could find a little common ground... like Pat Buchanan and Ezola Foster.

Gert said...

Look, if Mr Trump is now pledging to forego the use of Damast embossed bog rolls, then surely that shouldn't be held against him? You're just being MEAN again!

Those peachy speeches must have been a real neat form of sponsorship. The Masters of the Universe must have been half-listening, totally bored and thinking, "look Hillz, we're giving you loadzamoney, now keep it short because I've got a high class hooker to bonk in 15 minutes!"

-FJ said...

I'm afraid that the Tea Leaves are now forecasting four years (min) of Damask embossed bog rolls....

FreeThinke said...

Something I said yesterday was removed. Why?

All I said was, "I don't DIG these paraDIGms. ..." and I forget what all else.

The remark was hardly a model of trenchant wit, I know, but neither was it in any way "OFFENSIVE" either.

If I'd said, "Gert behaves like a typical mockey," (which he does by the way o-:) I might have understood the impetus to censor the remark, but I didn't say that, because I'm much too civilized and too restrained by Old World Rules of Propriety and Good Form to say such things in public, so what gives?

Gert said...

I'm afraid that the Tea Leaves are now forecasting four years (min) of Damask embossed bog rolls....

As far as pessimists go, you're even worse than me.

Gert said...


[...] because I'm much too civilized and too restrained by Old World Rules of Propriety and Good Form to say such things in public, so what gives?

Baloney. Reread some of your comments at Lisa's Smut Hut or your regular hyperbolic attacks on Ducky, for example.

But if you want to insult me here? Go right ahead, no problemo.

Thersites said...

What I took (slight) offense to was: Mental masterbayshun don' produce nuffin any mo' dan de hand to gland kind do.

Because I spend a lot of time researching and trying to understand the Left, and I don't consider this time to have been spent doing "mental masturbation". Arendt was once much derided by the Left, but they have found some "usefulness" in her work. I have likewise of late found much use in Hegel and Zizek (I have always found Freud useful).

As the old Sufi saying about coffee goes, "He who tastes, knows."

Thersites said...

As far as pessimists go, you're even worse than me.

Numbers don't lie... :(

FreeThinke said...

A simple statement of fact, however unflattering or unpalatable, should not be deemed an insult.

You are what you are. You, apparently, can't help it. I can't help it either, so it's entirely your problem.

If you behaved decently, you'd be treated decently.

If it were up to me, I'd prefer not to treat you at all.

Thersites said...

...only the conclusions you draw from them, do. ;)

FreeThinke said...

Sorry, Thersites, but an utterly humorless atmosphere filled with acres of turgid prose brings out what-I-now-realize-you -regard-as the worst in me.

By the way, I hope you realize the statement immediately above this was not directed at you, or FJ, or Joe Conservative, or Speedy Gonzales, anyone else who represents you in the blogosphere?

Also, the mental masterbayshun remark was directed more to the abysmal sparring, or whatever you want to call it, between you and Gert. You both write in a language unfamiliar to me. Where I come from it is considered rude to converse in a foreign tongue in front of mixed company. It's not only rude, it's downright exclusionary.

But no matter. Perhaps I should absent myself from these premises until the air clears sometime down the road. In fact I am sorely tempted to leave the blogosphere forever. It's little but a desert in the most inhospitable of climates, or a bottomless pit of ill will, mindless spite and vituperation.

This place had been a pleasant oasis till you-know-who came along and polluted the waters.

Gert said...

Arendt was once much derided by the Left, but they have found some "usefulness" in her work.

I don't recall it that way but it's possible. Prior to the 1967 war, Israel was the darling of the Left. 'Underdogs' (NOT), 'Socialist Utopia' (NOT)... what not to like ;-) ?

But 1967 changed everything and we started to see it as a neocolonial project. Emerging evidence about 'Plan Dalet' made it impossible to stay pro-Zionist.

Since then Israel has never disappointed in providing evidence for that new thesis. And the Settler bloc is totally open about Greater Israel as a Divine intention.

Gert said...

As regards 'the numbers', I don't quite see it that way but the contours of our bet are beginning to become clear!

Gert said...

Regards Arendt (from Brenner, p.112):

In December 1948, on the occasion of his first visit to the United States, Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, Sidney Hook and others sent a letter to the New York Times exposing [Menachem] Begin’s politics. Given the record of his movement and his intimate associations with the openly Fascist elements of pre-war Revisionism, their evaluation of Begin's ideological commitment bears quotation:

***Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our time is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the 'Freedom Party' (Tnuat HaHerut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties… They have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism and racial superiority… they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model… In the light of the forgoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin's efforts. (257)***

This fascist leaning Revisionist Zionist faction was much more than just a flirtation. Those who sought allegiance with Mussolini (until his allegiance with Hitler) were about as influential as the Marxist-oriented streak in Zionism at that time.

Thersites said...

I love founding "crimes". I'm not surprised that Israel has a few. They started in the Old Testament. ;)