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Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Blog, Essays, What's Left | 3 comments

America’s Biggest Problem




What’s America’s biggest problem?

First, let me tell you what it’s not.

It’s not the economy.  It’s not terrorism.  It’s not the increasing scarcity of natural resources.  It’s not any of the typical uncertainties commonly associated with our perilous future.

Our biggest problem goes much deeper than that.

The trouble isn’t that we can’t agree on our problems.  The trouble isn’t that we can’t agree on solutions, either.

America’s biggest problem is this:  We can’t even agree on reality.  Point of fact:  We can’t even agree on what reality is anymore.

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Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Blog, Essays, What's Left | 13 comments

President Obama’s Longest Vacation



At least LBJ tried


See, there’s a humongous difference between liberals and conservatives when it comes to views on how government should work, and what’s to be done by those we elect to be in charge.  We liberals believe in action and activism.  We want our leaders to lead, and to do so daringly.  Conservatives to the contrary, believe in doing nothing — unless it’s waging a war somewhere.  Conservatives are dismissive of Wall Street running wild and letting people, among them the most disadvantaged, to fend for themselves.  Accordingly, they chose to not govern at all.  They abdicate responsibility,  They’re on a perpetual holiday.  Question is — why does President Obama also seem to be on the same long vacation?


The image of agony shown above is one of the most revealing political photographs ever taken.

The iconic 1968 image shows a thoroughly exhausted and frustrated President Lyndon B. Johnson, one of the most gifted American political leaders in this nation’s history, at his physical and mental breaking point.  Here, we see him wiped out.  He’s finished.  Done.  A few weeks after this photo was taken, LBJ announced that he would not seek re-election.

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog, Essays | 6 comments

Will Kenny Rogers Please Learn How to Play Hold’em?


Kenny Rogers

Despite being the game’s most iconic marketeer, apparently Kenny Rogers has no clue how to play Texas Hold’em.


After so many years, one would expect Kenny Rogers to knows how to play Texas Hold’em.

But the singer of “The Gambler” apparently still has no idea Hold’em is a poker game where each player holds two cards.

Not five cards.  Two.

Rogers appears in a Geico (auto insurance) commercial which is quite funny.  He sings the familiar chorus every poker player knows — “You got to know when to hold’em, and when to fold’em….” — much to the annoyance of everyone else sitting at the table who has already heard this croner a thousand times.  Credit the creative writer of the spot, in which Rogers parodies himself for what’s probably a much-needed paycheck after countless divorces all whilst his chicken franchises ended up in the deep fryer.

What’s pull-your-hair-out disturbing about the TV commercial is that — yet once again — whoever filmed the advertisement obviously didn’t know jack shit about poker.  Couldn’t the producer hire a special consultant for a couple of hundred dollars off of Craig’s List to instruct the actors how to properly hold their cards?  Just look at them!  The way these clowns are holding their hands so casually, anyone in the room can peak at the cards and destroy the clueless victim.

Moreover, what’s with five cards being dealt out?  The only major game played in casual circles I can think of there players start with five cards is so far gone that it’s become the dinosaur of poker (I seriously doubt the boys here are playing Triple-Draw Lowball).  Please tell me, who in the hell plays Five-Card Draw these days?  If Rogers is going to sing about knowing “when to hold’em,” shouldn’t that be the game that’s being dealt?

During this fiasco, what did Rogers do while on the set?  Apparently, nothing.  Instead, shouldn’t he have refused to go along with what amounts to a total fucking farce?  Why didn’t Rogers jump up and say, “Hey, my reputation is on the line here — let’s play Hold’em,” since that’s the game I’m singing about.  Not five-card draw which is about a irrelevant as another book by Bill O’Reilly.

But that’s not the worst part of it.  Nothing screams FAKE!!! worse than seeing the clueless Rogers and the other player-actors competing for what amounts to absolutely nothing.  Except for pretzels, perhaps.  Did anyone notice something strange about this game?  Where’s the cash?  Where are the poker chips?  Couldn’t someone from the spoof run over to the nearest CVS before shooting, and buy a $15 set of poker chips?  Where is Rogers’ stack?  He doesn’t even have any chips.  He has pretzels.

“I’ll see your two pretzels, and raise you a Slim Jim.”

Obviously, poor Kenny Rogers apparently doesn’t know when to hold’em, nor when to fold’em.  Nevertheless, here’s some solid advice:  He should just walk away.  And, he should run.



Where are the chips?



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Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Personal, Rants and Raves | 3 comments

Why Does America Celebrate the Chinese Fourth of July?




Note:  It’s July 4th.  Time for my annual rant against fireworks.  Parts of this article appeared in last year’s rant.


I’ve had it with fireworks.  I don’t like them.

What’s the fucking point of igniting a bunch of cheap toys that whistle, crack, and pop?  What sick joker creams his pants over that, other an some goofy infant?  I just don’t get it.

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 3 comments

What a “Sexy” Mugshot Reveals




There are times when a mugshot reveals something sinister about a criminal suspect.  Who among us doesn’t see the disturbing image of a dangerous man above capable of murderous acts of madness?

However, a mugshot taken recently that’s now circulating online exposes a far more dangerous sickness.  Not about him.  But about us.

You might have seen the criminal mugshot taken of a punk with tattoos who’s linked to gangs.  He’s the slime with the pretty blue eyes.  Well, his mugshot has inexplicably received 86,000 “likes” on Facebook.  Apparently, that’s the new currency of the rhelm within this superficial society.  Being “liked” by thousands of strangers now amounts to social acceptance.

Based on the comments and discussion, thousands of viewers expressed their opinion that the gang member in the mugshot looked rather cute.  “Hot” and “sexy” were a few of the words used to describe the repeat felon from Stockton, California.  STORY LINK HERE

Gee, I wonder.  How “hot” and “sexy” would that piece of shit look while he’s raping your grandmother?  How hot and sexy would that be?

Of course, superficiality is nothing new in the age of Karashians, where lip-synching pop queens top the music charts, where the most popular Italian restaurant in the country is Olive Garden, and where the average attention span of the masses is measured in seconds rather than minutes.

Just as with our television shows and music, as well as our restaurant choices and online habits, it’s the same with criminals and convicts.  We used to say — “If it feels good, do it.”  Now it’s — “Iif it looks good, embrace it.”

We’re obsessed with style at the cost of subtance.  This goes for all facets of society.  We judge those who we elect based on their appearances.  We listen to music based on what the performer looks like.  We watch televisions shows with pretty people in them.  Meanwhile, newspapers are folding.  Publication houses are shutting down.  This all happens while an 18-year-old androngenous Internet sensation commands a six-figure deal just for eating Taco Bell on camera.  It’s fucking lunacy.

Where are we headed?  The answer is frightening.  There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t be elected today.  Probably the same goes for FDR and LBJ, as well.  Take a look at each of our recent presidents — all considered by most to be above average-looking.  As though that has anything at all to do with running a country.

We’re going to pay a price for all this.  Indeed, we’re already paying for it.  It’s called dumbing down.  America is in decline in every single meaningful category, except for gun deaths, wars, and income inequality.  Half the kids in school can’t find Mexico on a map.

And so it doesn’t matter what the creeps do anymore.  Whether they rape or steal or commit acts of senseless violence — it’s what they look like that matters.  Now, the scum in the mugshot has even reportedly been offered a modeling job.  What next?  A music video?  A TV show?  A run for office?  Would anyone be surprised?

We already have plenty of teachers screwing their students.  Big deal, so long as the offender it cute.  We don’t seem to care much about the crime so long as the people commiting these acts are sexy.  You tell me the difference between a female teacher who seduces a minor and what Jerry Sandusky did.  The hottie becomes a latenight talk show punchline, and we whistle and laugh.  Meanwhile, Sandusky is a pervert who goes to jail for life.  The only difference between the crimes the face in the mugshot.  One is pretty.  The other isn’t.

A generation ago, many vulnerable women thought that a certain man of about 30 years old was hot-looking.  Indeed, after he was finally arrested and convicted, all reports were that he was a real charmer.  He was charismatic.  He could have been a model, too.  Sadly, none of his 30 victims knew the real side of this serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who first assaulted and then carved up numerous young women during the 1970s and 1980s.

His name was Ted Bundy.  He was sexy, too.


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