“Information is the currency of the 21st century.” – Lionel, 2010 CE



October 23, 2016 CE

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On October 23, 2016, Lionel of the United States (LOTUS) announces his independent write-in candidacy to be the 45th President of the United States (POTUS). Be a part of the #LOTUS4POTUS revolution. The #LIONELECTIONS! He promises to provide via the magic of raucous (out)spoken word and the immaculate twang of bluegrass a thorough dissection of issues that plague and concern our noble republic. Think Mort Sahl meets Ted Talks. Think Dick Gregory meets Irving R. Levine. Or, think what legendary record producer Jerry Wexler wrote of his friend Lionel: “He wears the mantle of Lenny Bruce, with Lenny’s own tropisms.” And no higher praise exists. Appearing with LOTUS will be his bluegrass trio Lock ‘n Load, with the inimitable and ineffable Bob Harris, flatpicker extraordinaire, and banjo master Bob Sutor. This information was leaked deliberately for your personal reference and enjoyment without the assistance of foreign espionage.

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Lionel on House of Cards Season Four

Netflix Season 4: Episode 11: Chapter 50

Lionel, as talk show host, interviews FLOTUS Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) as to POTUS Frank and FU2016.

Lionel is “[a]n intellectual known for his irreverent political and social humor.” (Newsweek)

“He wears the mantle of Lenny Bruce, with Lenny’s own tropisms: The Oblique, The Irreverent, The Tangential, The Concupiscent, The Polymorphous Perverse, The Arcane, The Numinous. And yet Lionel brings to the table his own savory: A love of the mother tongue and a gonzo vocabulary that puts his logo on all his works, whether talk-show hosting, standup-comic spritzing, or hanging out – with himself a minor art form.” (Jerry Wexler)

Lionel is an Emmy® Award winner and is fond of speaking of himself in the third person.

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LIONEL PODCAST: Assange, WikiLeaks and the Death of Mainstream Media Pretend Journalism

Julian Assange is a planetary hero.

A hero. Of the first stripe. Were it not for Mr. Assange what would we know today? And what would we remain ignorant of still? But what’s more intellectually is how we still fail to understand the relevance of the revelation. And how the media would have been doing heir job by at least reporting on the drops the way it did the Pentagon papers. Proudly, no less. And remember, they were in effect stolen as well. Whither  journalistic curiosity?

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like a series of events during the last couple of days are related.

Before the tweet went out saying his Internet had been cut off, Wikileaks disseminated a series of hash codes which are most likely meant to verify the authenticity of documents contained in “dead man’s switches”, which Assange has previously planted. So if something further happens to Assange, we’ll be able to verify that the documents that eventually get released have not been tampered with. [The Ralph Retort]

LIONEL PODCAST: The Hillary-Trump Media Sexcapades Sideshow and Psycho Circus

In 2014 as he was discussing the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, CNN rodeo clown Don Lemon, reported and reputed to be the stupidest human on television, discussed the chance of something “supernatural” happening and actually asked panelists about the possibility that a black hole was involved. I swear to Gawd.

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. — H. L. Mencken

We repeat and never report. We’re the Ted Baxter sockpuppet echo chamber cookie cutter bumper sticker bought and sold Hillary-controlled mainstream media that sold it soul decades ago but like the planet that has burned out millennia ago, it takes years for the reality to hit you. We’re hear to destroy and grind into pulp Herr Drumpf and he’s making our jobs exceedingly easy. Welcome, my friend, to to show that (unfortunately) never ends. With apologies to Mr. Lake.

Psephology today. The lesson to be learned is how the American people actually respond to political races in general. The biggest mistake that one can make is to assume that deep issues matter. That an electorate does research and knows his history and is up events. On the contrary. Focus not on an idea but, better yet, a feeling. Focus in on a feeling that allows the targeted voter bloc to assume the stance of superiority. Demonize the opponent and his followers. Treat the opposition as a brand. Conflate superiority with factual conversance.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Delusional Voter Turned Her Back on America

Incomprehensible horrors to the republic. Incalculable bellicosity and warmongering as a platform, scheduled and crafter and scripted by necocon think tanks. You will rue this day. You will not be able to reclaim that which you’ve squandered. Behold the media’s infantilism and “journalistic” autonepiophilia. But I digress . . . enjoy this aural selection and amuse-bouche.

LIONEL PODCAST: Wikileaks and the Destruction of the Media

Take a gander infra. Go ahead. This is monumentally amazing for even the mildly sentient. Why? Because the mainstream media have covered absolutely nothing of the matter. A worldwide story of indescribable import and it’s ignored altogether because the information contained therein is embarrassing to the Clinton regime.

“I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans.”

Where’s the LGBT love? The HRC acolyte has labored under the delusion that she was for inter alia gay marriage and the full panoply of LGBTQIA legislation. Well, Sparky, that just ain’t so.

And you thought Billary were in favor of LGBT and same-sex marriage?

And this bit of statistics that indicts the interference mistress Martha Raddatz incredibly. The idea that a moderator should not interfere with the debate and should certainly not participate against one of the parties I would think would be axiomatic. Well, not so fast.

LIONEL PODCAST: Lout vs. Liar — Debate II Waterloo

“Kenneth, what is the frequency?”

The Trump legacy in meme. Add this Trump trope metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony. The #MAGA mayhem. All that counts and all that’s remembered. The holier-than-thou moral certitude of every two bit political hack wannabe spewing and spraying posts with their definitive word on Herr Drumpf. Mindlessly uncomplicated as to an event but too hard for the moral certitude experts to let go. God, I love this country. Hillary Clinton is your next POTUS. Not because of this, but because always bet on the Clintons.

Perspective? It’s a perfect commentary to our inability to compartmentalize critical political issues versus gossip rag stories. The Podesta emails and Hillary’s Goldman Sachs fealty went by without a whimper.

The rules of construction. Described herein is the plot of this podcast. To wit:

  1. Why this is Trump’s Waterloo as to women.
  2. The Higgs Field and Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940) analogy.
  3. The facts mean nothing.
  4. The RNC fallout and Pence’s reconsideration.
  5. The effect of Friday’s release on a nation with the attention span of a gnat.
  6. Easy to address issues are the preferred concern of Americans.
  7. Trump never wanted to win in the first place.
  8. Don’t expect parity with Bill Clinton’s rape allegations.
  9. There’s no statute of limitations on certain issues.
  10. The B-roll effect. Audio changes everything.
  11. Never count the Clintons out.
  12. What strategies Trump possibly can use to salvage the undecided voter.
  13. Robert De Niro’s last minute eleventh hour address.

Raging Bullshit

LIONEL PODCAST: Mindless Debates Meet Corrupt Mainstream Media

And complicit in such is the bought and sold corporate media in the bag and tank for Madame Hillary. It’s far from an exaggeration, it’s true. Absolutely true. It’s discussed herein.

Lionel on Radio New Zealand. Get a load of this beaut. The Nights programme. (Note the hip Kiwi spelling.)

The VP Debates. Usually titular and theoretical, Tuesday’s event may have some traction. Especially n the case of Kaine, taking into account Hillary’s dubious health. It’s discussed herein.

In 2006, then-Rep. Pence told 100 of his fellow Republicans that he supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings. Or as Pence put it, supported “God’s plan” in the face of the destruction of civilization. “Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” Wow.


“I am boring.” — Tim Kaine

LIONEL PODCAST: The Fix Is In —Trump’s Throwing It

He’s throwing the election. You know it. And so do I. With an opponent as horrid and profoundly corrupt as Hillary Clinton with the steamer trunk baggage that she has, you mean to tell me Trump’s resorted to his petulant and juvenescent brand of fat shaming name-calling as a legitimate vehicle of campaigning? No, Sparky, he’s throwing the election. The fix is in.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Trap of the American Vote

This mesmerizes me. The perfect allegory and metaphor for the voting process. We’re lured by its promise as was this now very dead and bloated and decomposing New York Hell’s Kitchen rat. We’re hungry for not change but improvement and we’re being baited and tempted by an inviting promise. Look, someone has left food for me. Look, they are asking me for my opinion, my vote. They care about what I think and believe. I have a say; my input matters! This system invites for my input and my perception and my desires and worldview. And no matter how many times I am warned that my opinion in the scheme of things does not really matter, I fall for the same trick every time. I fall for it hook line and sinker. I trusted you. As for Mr. Rat, his primitive brain did not allow him a moment the suspicion as to why this contraption mysteriously provided a wonderful mélange a rodent victuals. Behold the American voter. Suckered again.

LIONEL PODCAST: Spiraling Into Insanity

You’re kidding. To think, Hillary surrogate Howard Dean, a seasoned professional and actual medical doctor actually accused Donald Trump of snorting coke by virtue of his incessant sniffling during his first debate. A man who has stated publicly and emphatically that he has not had a sip of alcohol or indulged in any type of illicit drug especially in view of his own family’s personal history anent substance abuse. But that didn’t seem to bother or affect Dr. Dean. It’s not only shameful, it’s unbelievable.

Tell us. Dean appeared the day after the debate on MSNBC, where he’s a contributor and where he elaborated on his hypothesis. CNN reported thusly.

Dean, a medical doctor, began the interview by saying he would “never” diagnose someone over television.

“But (Trump) has some interesting — that is actually a signature of people who use cocaine,” he said.

“I’m not suggesting that Trump does.”

MSNBC anchor Kate Snow cut him off, pointing out that Dean did suggest that with his tweet on Monday night. Dean said he was only “suggesting that we think about it.”

“Here’s the interesting constellation,” Dean said. “So, he sniffs during the presentation, which is something that users do. He also has grandiosity, which is something that accompanies that problem.

He has delusions. I’m not talking about being crazy, but for example, when he told everybody it was very smart not to pay taxes and then denied he said it, after he said it in front of 100 million people. It’s not that he’s delusionary about it; it’s that he thinks somehow he’s going to not get caught. That is delusional. He has trouble with pressured speech. He interrupted Hillary Clinton 29 times. He couldn’t keep himself together.”

He added, “So, look, do I think at 70 years old he has a cocaine habit? Probably not. But, you know, it something that — I think it would be interesting to ask him and see if he ever had a problem with that.”

Par for the course. The recurring theme of this election cycle collectively has been the introduction of one insane accusation after another. Mindless and incomprehensible accusations and charges that apparently habituate the public to becoming used to more irrelevance and cosmic insanity.

Why? Well, look at what’s not being discussed.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Psychology and Psychopathy of Psephology — Inside the Idiocy of the American Voter

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Voting? Did you say something about voting?  Others did and have and will. Masturbatory musings as we came a beeline for oblivion. Make way for Mr. & Mrs. Nobody. The pageantry of the putz. And debates are cotillions and debutante balls for the illusion of involvement. But, I digress. Enjoy this podcast of the psychology of the vote.

  • “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — President John Quincy Adams.
  • “People who bowl vote. Bowlers are not the cultural elite.” — Vice President Dan Quayle at a bowling alley in Las Vegas in June 1992.
  • “Every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” — H.L. Mencken in “Prejudices: First Series,” published 1919.
  • “I never voted for anybody. I always voted against” — W.C. Fields.
  • “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user” — Commonly attributed to President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • ”It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill, on the floor of Parliament in November 1947.
  • “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” — Charles Bukowski
  • “Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.” — Friedrich August von Hayek

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Commonly attributed to anarchist Emma Goldman.