Monthly Archives: July 2010

LIONEL AUDIO: I’ve Never Met A Bigger Bunch O’ Losers, Nuts, Ne’er-Do-Wells, Misfits, Illiterates, Foul-Mouthed, Close-Minded, Singular, Narcissistic Social Lepers In All My Life

Not you, mind you. But some on Facebook. Let me explain. I started on this “social” network some time back to post stories and pictures, keep the public in touch as to my various professional goings-on and to utilize it as a makeshift website of sorts. For the vast majority of folks that I’ve “met,” I have thoroughly enjoyed their “company.” I’m used quotation marks perhaps too much but that does in fact explain that there are no actual human contacts being made. Facebook is a miniaturized, machine gun, spray paint medium where some negligibly literate sad sacks spew drivel on an abandoned cyber billboard. It’s logorrhea to the extreme. Misfits and social wash-outs with no communication or grammatical skills pecking out Morse Code messages of mind-paralyzing unimportance.

Within this audio disquisition I lay out what I consider to be the most thorough explanation of a certain faction of Facebook users. And the key to understanding this phenomenon is that Facebook potentiates traits or predispositions on the part of some similar to how an allergen triggers sneezing. Perhaps it’s the anonymity of the medium or the security it provides, the fact that actual confrontation is never a risk save a puerile snipe here or there inspires some of the most inhospitable, contumacious and truculent behavior that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other medium or setting. Again, by just a few. I hope.

A psychiatrist friend of mine who wishes not to be mentioned by name, emailed me the following observations about some user-types. I will respect her requests for anonymity.

The patient. Puts way too much personal information on Facebook, partially to get advice, but mostly to generate sympathy and ego-boosting responses.

The expert. Posts with utmost certainty on subjects they are only partially educated about. Usually follows a philosophy that would fit on a bumper sticker.

The avatar. A cyber false flag operation. A character made up so that an individual might post ideas he or she would not want associated with their names, often dealing with sexuality, drugs, prejudicial observations, or idiosyncratic anger triggers.

Because most Americans are such lousy writers, because of our telegraphic speech, our Tweats and texts and thought minimalization, because of the very fact that for most folks, they’ve never had to write or compose a cogent thought EVER, they find that they are miserably devoid of the more rudimentary of communication skills. Short bursts of nonsense and written gibberish don’t cut it.

The problem of many. Rampant Witzelsucht. Leave it to the Germans to come up with so many great words to denote and describe the most complicated of emotions.

Witzelsucht, from the German witzeln, meaning to joke or wisecrack, and sucht meaning addiction or yearning, is a set of rare neurological symptoms characterized by the patient’s uncontrollable tendency to make puns, tell inappropriate jokes and pointless or irrelevant stories at inconvenient moments. The patient nevertheless finds these utterances intensely amusing. It is associated with small lesions of the orbitofrontal cortex.

Throw in malignant paronomasia and there you have it. Facebook provides an unfettered expression forum for the social Ed Gein. Once a “friendship” has been accepted the personality mutants can have their way with whoever crosses their path.

Facebook is a marvelous tool for social networking and promotion. Again, for 99% of its 500M participants, it’s a marvelous medium. But for the socially disjointed, the psychically cloistered and the generically pissed-off and angry, it provides a medium that is so tantalizing their pathologies overtake rational thought. And the nightmare begins.

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LIONEL AUDIO: My View On POTUS On The View

In what may be considered the greatest example of media omphaloskepsis, a variety of media types have been asking the question whether POTUS Barry should have appeared on ABC’s daytime show The View. Simple answer: Yes. Why not? Why not reach a huge constituency? Why not spread the word? And what’s so wrong with The View? If you want to talk inane, look no further than DEMS-NBC “Meager” Brzezinski, the poster child of vapidity. Calvin Coolidge was the first President heard on radio in 1925. It was his inauguration and I’m sure there were some naysayers who tried to talk Mr. Excitement out of having his hallowed vocal countenance broadcast on plebeian radio. FDR was the first Prez to appear on TV in 1939. You can bet the same disagreement was voiced.

Listen to me, America. And listen good. If you don’t get it through your collective thick heads that the world of media is changing seismically, you’re doomed. I heard that windbag Pennsylvania Gov Ed Rendell, the subject of countless breathless hypersalivating homoerotic paeans from Chris Matthews, suggest that it was bad form for Obama to appear with The View chickies. Rendell is a paid football analyst on Comcast. Oh, that’s classy. Speaking of the Sultan of Spit, remember his billet doux to the moribund Fred Thompson? “Can you smell the English leather on this guy, the Aqua Velva, the sort of mature man’s shaving cream, or whatever, you know, after he shaved? Do you smell that sort of — a little bit of cigar smoke? You know, whatever.” Wow. Get a room!

Back at the ranch, the idea that Obama demeans his office by speaking to countless millions in a medium and forum that, to use the wrestling term, puts him over is beyond absurd. It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely retarded — yeah, RETARDED! — some folks in the media are about accepting new media as valid. I watch a certain local show on theater and am amazed at how a portion of each week’s show is devoted to critics lamenting the fact that patrons Tweat and Facebook and share opinions about various shows in this new-fangled medium. Who Tweats today, one incredulous antediluvian critic asked? Who? The world, you schmuck. And, while I’m on the subject, if ever there was a useless profession next to joke writer for Hodding Carter, it’s an anything critic. Brooks Atkinson’s dead. Get over it.

So mind-boggling is the stupidity of refusing to identify the proliferation and utility of new media delivery systems that anyone even uttering a disparaging reference to it should be hog-tied and horse-whipped. It’s not the future. It’s now. REPEAT: It’s here and now. Not to mention the fact that TV news programming is becoming more and more isolated, diffuse, vacuous and unwatchable. Put simply, Obama haters will remain so, his fans will likewise. This is the chance for him to address and reach a faction of his potential voter base who still fall for the rock star countenance and image. The Obamaphiles whose eyes fluttered at the mention of his name have all but disappeared. The youthful and pathetically jejune Obama blogger babies have long since returned to the dark recesses of their parents’ basement. Those lighting quick cyber storm troopers have long since vanished. This is sheer brilliance on Obama’s part to constantly repeat the brainwashing mantra about the war on terror and miscellaneous Shi’ite that he spews like a parrot, strictly adhering to the script along with his trained dancing bear Biden.

‘Nuff said.

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LIONEL AUDIO: Litmus Tests In Ideological Categorizations, Critical Thinking, Conspiracy Theories, Israel & The Search For The Most Complicated Blog Title

This was inspired by a comment on Facebook about my support of Israel. The commenter noted that how could I support anything Israel and retain my membership status in ____. It’s that elusive category of inclusion that this fellow thought I was a part of and I’m not sure why. And support of Israel is inconsistent with membership in that group. What group? Who sets the agenda for membership and inclusion in said group? Ah, my point exactly.

Anent Israel, I support its existence and strategic and critical importance in the Middle East. Israel I support; its leadership may not always enjoy my approval. I don’t follow a mindless, Pavlovian obeisance to whatever Israeli leadership promotes. Gee, imagine that. There exist earned dissent and disagreement as is seen daily in the pages of Israeli newspapers. Furthermore, I don’t subscribe to the notion that having a well-reasoned ideological disagreement with, say, the Knessed or Netanyahu renders you ant-Semitic. But, funny, I never hear anyone discuss the transgressions committed by Hamas in Gaza. Enough, with that. Knowledge of the horrors committed by Hamas is for the mot part overlooked or ignored altogether.

The folks who believe that rejection of all that is Israel are contained under the poorly-defined and most inaccurate rubric of “conspiracy theorists.” Don’t ask me what that appellation has to do with Israel, but if I am forced to come up with a shorthand moniker, it’s the Alex Jones crew. Jones provides a critical service in providing an awareness of news sources that are ofttimes missed or altogether rejected and ignored by MSM. Jones is a proponent of the idea of 9/11 being an inside job, he’s the consummate birther (these labels!), anti-globalist and loather of all that is New World Order, etc. While I have scoured thoroughly for years all that has been written by 9/11 skeptics, there has not been one piece of evidence or indicium of an inside job, viz. one within our own government, ever presented. That doesn’t mean that the record is replete with “official findings” that are mind-boggling and in need of reexamination. But there are selective points adduced and averred by Mr. Jones that I find most interesting and always piquant.

It would behoove everyone to at least reference the citations he provides to news stories from international sources that might be overlooked here. So-called Truthers usually swear fealty to all that is anti-Israel. Fine. Count me out of that group or any group that requires allegiance to a specific set of doctrinal beliefs.

There are ideas and philosophies that I believe make intuitive sense and those ideas are shared by a host of “labeled” concerns that I’m not necessarily a member of: gun rights, a robust suspicion of anthropogenic global warming causation models,  a steadfast belief that all drugs should be made legal via decriminalization and medicalization, medical marijuana use, pro-choice yet with a very serious problem as to the legal validity of Roe. I support an audit of the Fed and believe in gay marriage — total and absolutely hetero-comparable, intragender marriage with all attendant rights. I’m an ardent opponent of the death penalty but will reconsider it in the case of Carrot Top. Now, if you can find a name that clearly and succinctly defines my belief system and political worldview, knock yourself out. I say there is no label, there is no club.

Labels interrupt critical thinking and the IRAC process: Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion. Labels constrict worldview into a predetermined range of belief systems. They stifle analysis and certainly reconsideration. Certain political groupings and ideological camps take on an almost cult-like status with membership along with a free T-shirt. And all share the dreaded litmus test.

So, there I am. Nonpareil, sui generis and perforce ineffable.

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LIONEL AUDIO: Faux Nuns, WikiLeaks Hyperbole, Internet Policing & Rangel’s Conscription Plans Inter Alia

A bogus nun is the subject of a New York Post story. Imagine that! Someone claiming a religious status falsely to dupe the unsuspecting into parting with their bucks. That never happens, right? There are some serious First Amendment considerations here, believe it or not. Aside from there being no orphanage per se, it gets dicey if this were taken further to proscribe all false claims made by those in the religious world seeking funding. But, more importantly, read this this great line from the story.

Investigators are seeking testimony from both LeGrand — who for more than a decade has walked city streets pretending to be a nun in order to prey on the public’s sympathies — as well as her “church,” an organization founded by Devernon LeGrand, a convicted rapist and serial killer to whom she’s related by marriage. [E.S.]

And that pedigree and provenance will be appended to every story anent her from now on. But as I discuss, New York is replete with one phony story and street con after another. The question I have is how much of caveat emptor still applies today? Sure, she’s a phony as are the legions of “homeless advocates” on the streets, but if you give these folks a dime, you’re a Grade A schmuck. That simple. The same goes for astrologers, psychics, faith healers and life coaches. It’s all a work, and if you donate, you’re a schmuck. And a putz. (Why do Yiddish penile references connote stupidity?) Case closed.

Next, a discussion of the continuing story of WikiLeaks and how the story stinks to high heaven for a variety of reasons. First, the 90,000 plus “pages” were actually digital files that are notoriously subject to alteration and whose authenticity may be in very serious question. But the American sheeple never ask about such things. That takes thinking. Also, WikiLeaks in this case decided to dump them on the media first for “vetting.” That’s contrary to their usual M.O. of letting the public see the data first. This may serve to benefit the White House greatly in that it can now use the Pakistan/ISI connection to bolster support for more money and mindless obeisance on the part of the public. After all, it fights terror, right? It can also serve as further indicia of the need for the government to tighten the reins on Internet freedoms. This is a plus-plus for Obama and his globalist pals. More war, more debt more Shi’ite.

The Guardian reports . . . that’s right, another “foreign” publication with more information available than most of our pathetic snooze sources . . . that the utility of the data released may prove to be anything but a treasure trove.

But for all their eye-popping details, the intelligence files, which are mostly collated by junior officers relying on informants and Afghan officials, fail to provide a convincing smoking gun for ISI complicity. Most of the reports are vague, filled with incongruent detail, or crudely fabricated. The same characters – famous Taliban commanders, well-known ISI officials – and scenarios repeatedly pop up. And few of the events predicted in the reports subsequently occurred.

A retired senior American officer said ground-level reports were considered to be a mixture of “rumours, bullshit and second-hand information” and were weeded out as they passed up the chain of command. “As someone who had to sift through thousands of these reports, I can say that the chances of finding any real information are pretty slim,” said the officer, who has years of experience in the region.

Andrew Breitbart, whose blog is the bane of everyone’s existence it seems, remains in the news. I admire the hell out of this guy. First, he’s as much a journalist as I’m a center for the Knicks. But what this dude did was to hoodwink everyone including POTUS, the White House and the NAACP! Ol’ Andy must have thought “There’s no way these folks are going to take anything I say at face value” but they did. He’s now even more famous, the right couldn’t care less about being right (as in correct) and all the left cares about is being snookered. This is fabulous.

And finally, poor Charlie, seen infra beached on a beach. The man’s toast and serves as an electoral impediment to the Dems who need him as much as “Meager” Brzezinski needs vapidity lessons. Charlie, as you may recall, was pushing for a reintroduction of conscription. Here’s a most interesting perspective on the subject that I absolute object to, though I’m partial to service by young folks. (And to Mr. Jones’s staff, it’s “Rangel.”)

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LIONEL AUDIO: And The Race (Palaver) Is On! Post-Sherrod Soul-Searching & The Illusive “Conversation” on Race

I almost puked this morn listening to a bunch of syrupy, self-serving maudlin babies talking about how we should all have a “conversation” about race. I mean if ever ER docs need to induce emesis in me and there’s no Ipecac available, just have me listening to about of racially sensitive twits who’ve cornered the market on racial sensitivity and sentience. And then run.

What’s actually the case is anything but a full-fledged, full-tilt discussion of race. No, the discussion is about the discussion of race. When white talk hosts can wring their hands and utter the words of that great American, the human piñata Rodney King “Can’t we just get along?” then that’s the discussion. It’s a competition among schmaltzmeisters to see who’s the most feeling, caring and aware. And I want to wax projectile emetic. I think I’ve made myself clear.

What’s excruciatingly obvious to me is a dialogue on race is the last thing that folks want. We’re children, the lot of us. Oh, just listen.

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LIONEL AUDIO: Now You Care About Afghanistan?!

The news today is the 90,00 plus pages of leaked Afghanistan bad news. This is good in that at least someone’s paying attention. For now. Keep in mind the collective ADD of our nation when it comes to any news story, war or otherwise.

A marvelous compilation of unknown war facts has been provided — by alternative media, I must add —  and I’m surprised they could  limit the number to only six  facts. The official narrative of America’s longest war is replete with misstatements, obfuscations, distortions and downright lies. Perhaps with Obama as POTUS and the absolutely unyielding and seething enmity towards him by many rightsters, a rational reassessment of the “war on terror” will be initiated and encouraged now that their guy’s out. But that’s wishful thinking. There’s still a sadistic fetish that chickenhawks enjoy when it comes to war. So long as they or their kids don’t have to fight it.

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LIONEL AUDIO: A Mélange, Multitude and Multiplicity of Myriad Miscellany

Try explaining scat to Ella. Nothing sums up my outlook better than this most profound thought: Everything is interesting. To me. And what’s fascinating is when we invert the telescope and look at what we actually do. And herein, that’s exactly what I do. I had a radio PD once refer to myriad subject matter (radio scat or graffiti) as veering. Veering? I prefer desultory, but that’s me. No, I tried to explain, it’s stream of consciousness. It’s fluid, continuous. To no avail.

Don’t try this at home. But in this forum and form I provide you a disquisition on the following: (1) foreign languages and xenophobia; (2) cab drivers, their medallions and the insufferable and interminable receipt machines; (3) the truth behind “conspiracy”; (4) MSNBC’s latest bout of inanity; (4) gyms, gays, core and irksome behavior; (5) salmonella. (Or was it Sal Mineo?); (6) middle-age health, virtual scans, calcium scoring, colonoscopies and hard living ; and (7) the satanic references of Elena Verdugo.

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LIONEL AUDIO: Sherrodgate, Keith Olbermann Has Lost His Mind, Glenn Beck Nails His Insanity, The End of Journalism & Just How Stupid Is the Obama Adminisitration in Not Checking Out Breitbart

The facts, ma’am. Shirley Sherrod was canned by Obama via USDA Poo Bah Vilsack and denounced by NAACP Panjandrum Benjamin (I swear to Gawd) Jealous after a video was released by right wing blogger Andrew Breitbart. Andrew Breitbart! You know by now that the video was released and commented on not in its entirety but anent a facet of its totality. Details, details. Even after he went on Fox and slimed Sherrod. There is ostensibly absent from all of the aforementioned the slightest instinctual tripwire that might have made them stop for just a second and review extremely carefully the allegations made before an African-American woman was booted to the curb. (Cue Belushi) But noooooooo!

Enter Mr. Nutso. Before the DSM-V hits the bookstores in 2013, quick, someone add Olbermann’s Syndrome. It should detail the sneering, fire-breathing, snarky, venomous and seething affect and countenance that this very troubled man exhibits whenever called upon to bless his subjects with his rapier wit and mind-boggling sentience as to all that truly matters. Glenn Beck’s riposte and retort to KO’s “special comment” is, I must say, spot on. A 12:15 one at that. That’s akin to a ten-page editorial. Brevity, Keith! Brevity.

When in doubt, reference the 19th century. The man’s hubris is interminable. He returned from his vacation and appeared before his panting subjects “as promised” to deliver the truth as only he could do by referencing the 19th century Dreyfus Affair, certainly top on most people’s list for historical metaphor. See for yourself Captain Blowhard and Speck the Wonder Chimp in action. (Article) KO is his usual self-righteous seething self. Standing up to racism. Defending all that is right and just. Puh-leeze.

The greatest form of flattery. No reference to KO would be complete without a reprise of Ben Affleck’s brilliant portrayal of the bombast himself. Let me also add the equally nimble presentation of the Prince of Pretense.

LIONEL AUDIO: Keith Olbermann Has Lost His Mind, Glenn Beck Nails His Insanity, The End of Journalism & Just How Stupid Is the Obama Administration in Not Checking Out Breitbart’s Video (30:30)

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LIONEL AUDIO: The Locus of Control, Why We Believe (Hope) & The Scam of the Life Coach

The beautifully complex and utterly fascinating human mind employs a hardwired theme: locus of control, the degree to which one believes that he can control, predict and understand events that affect him. It is the foundation of our belief system and is as inherent a behavior as, say, the patellar reflex. It is perhaps one of the most human of predilections and propensities that we enjoy next to an almost universal aversion to Carrot Top.

LIONEL AUDIO: The Locus of Control, Why We Believe (Hope) & The Scam of the Life Coach (32:06)

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LIONEL AUDIO: Nude Body Scanners, Kiddie Porn & We The Sheeple Nodding in Pavlovian Obeisance

New York airports will now have full body scanners the media report. There are cancer concerns over the devices as the Telegraph reports.

Dr David Brenner, head of the centre for radiological research at Columbia University in New York, said Government scientists had not taken into account the concentration of the radiation on the skin. He said it raised concerns about a potentially greater risk of cancer than previously realised.

And the vast majority of Americans are per usual nescient, clueless and with nary a concern. All that has to be mentioned is the shibboleth “9/11” and We the Sheeple go into a trance signing over full control to our government who, of course, has nothing but our best interest in mind. And guess what, Cochise, scanner images through an inversion process can be colorized to provide a pretty spiffy nudie shot. Wallet size available. See infra.

LIONEL AUDIO: Nude Body Scanners, Kiddie Porn & We The Sheeple Nodding in Pavlovian Obeisance (16:12)

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