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LIONEL PODCAST: The Birth & Death of Ragtime Donald Trump

“She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and, you know, you can see there’s blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her … wherever. But in my opinion, she was off-base.”

Debates, what are they good for? Absolutely nothing. Say it again. The first point to be made is that they are not even debates. Debates are defined as formal discussions on a particular topic in a public meeting or arguments about a particular subject in a formal manner. What televised POTUS debates are are an amalgam of professional wrestling meeting a reality housewives show meeting a nescient mainstream media whose sole focus and thrust is ratings. The crowd waits for zingers and gotchas and the rebarbative riposte and touché! moment. That’s it. It has nothing to do with issues, clarity or substance. But I know you knew that.

Who won, who lost? The clear loser was Donald Trump. And the reason for that is that the hype that had been promised throughout the weeks preceding this event could never have materialized. You could also notice immediately the palpable dislike that network higher-ups had for Mr. Trump by virtue of the first question which exposed Trump as a political opportunist who would jump ship and go independent if need be. What Trump must do today and from now is is make himself the Washington outsider, the one the ruling class fears. The only one who can turn the economy around. But, remember, DT doesn’t want to win. he never did. That’s why he actually loved the first question as to going indy. He should have said how the GOP is not the party of Reagan and that if it means saving the country, he’ll embrace any vehicle necessary to bolster American power and burnish her image. This race isn’t about the GOP, it’s about our country, everyone’s country. Dems and Republicans alike. Blah, blah, blah, blah blah.

Hill killed. The clear winner was Hillary Clinton, who was mentioned more last night than Obama – at least that’s the impression. Hill’s fundraising folks love that. She was targeted to the world as the anointed leader of the Dems. Hear that, Biden? Did you catch that, Bernie and Lizzie Warren? Hill’s not out yet. But she will be. Trust me.

The double standard. If ever you had any doubt as to the double standard that we have for equality in this country especially anent women, let the Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly confrontation serve as Exhibit A.

If Trump made a statement that could in any way be interpreted as racist or dismissive of African-Americans or people of color he would have been pilloried and dismissed instanter. The media would have railed against him without surcease and every commentator and politician of note would come out of the woodwork to bury him once and for all.

But if the statement that he made was about women and clearly sexist and misogynistic, which his history of statements are and were, that gets a pass. That’s not as problematic. And it’s showing you again that women are at the bottom of the sensitivity ladder. You can say anything you want about a woman with impunity. You can make fun of her looks, her age or weight and get away with it. When a woman is forthright and ambitious and strong she’s a bitch. When a woman is perceived by a man to be acting temperamentally she’s accused of being in mid-menses. What does Trump’s daughter think of this?

But if you so much as even hint that a person is ineligible from serious consideration based on a factor other than gender, you will be destroyed. And do conservative and Republican women and his supporters ever question for a moment what Donald Trump would do as chief executive when it came to crafting social policy for reproductive rights, women’s work equity and issues that directly apply to being a woman in one of the most sexist countries on the planet. Remember, whatever you think of Hillary Clinton, her biggest obstacle will be that of being a woman. Other countries have expressed not a moment’s hesitation in electing a woman as their leader. Golda Meier, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Angela Merkel, even Benazir Bhutto in a country like Pakistan that has not been known for its gender equality, these women were elected without incessant references to looks, fat thighs or a penchant for pantsuits. Your country had to pass the 19th Amendment to allow women to vote. An afterthought to the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery. Think about that one.

No, make no mistake about it, had Megyn Kelly been an African-American man and Donald Trump either Tweeted or made an off-the-cuff statement as to anything that could be remotely construed as racist, he would have been indicted. But it’s open season on women. They simply don’t count. And if there is one reason to reject Donald Trump for even theoretical consideration as the leader of the free world and commander-in-chief it would be this incredible blind spot. A self-inflicted blind spot.

WTF, indeed. If you would’ve told me a year ago that something as trivial and ridiculous as this subject matter would captivate the media, especially when coming from a publicity magnet, who has no intention of either seriously running or winning the presidency, of course I would have believed you without question. We have gone the way of rodeo clown media. Diverting our attention from that which really matters and deflecting our focus. I don’t give a goddamn whether Trump meant Kelly’s nose, eyes or ears. It was a throwaway line that has absolutely no relevance or importance whatsoever. And when talking to my colleagues in international media I’m always asked why is it that Americans are so preoccupied with the unimportant, the trivial and the unnecessary. I respond as best I can by explaining that the really important issues that affect the economy in the world and the future of humankind involve a certain degree of reading and comprehension and interest. The subjects are easy. We have completely confused reality show TV with reality show media. That you are interchangeable. This issue has replaced Cecil the lion and the Confederate flag. If Donald Trump doesn’t receive TIME Magazine’s man of the year, then no one deserves it. He is an absolute genius in attracting and maintaining nonstop attention. And Megyn Kelly is the envy of the industry. You will also note that this presages more of these contrived encounters to come. Don’t think for a moment that this controversy just happened out of nowhere. It was carefully planned and carefully orchestrated. It is professional wrestling. It is a work.

What then? This is a Rorschach test at best. It’s a collective idea and feeling and sense that you have about a candidate. Substance is “Trumped” by form. How did they look? Is Double-C too fat? Does Rand need a new rug? What anxiolytics is Ben Carson stoned on? Would someone tell Jeb Bush what year it is? But the two performances that I thought were quite good, from a merely performance vantage, werer Kasich and Walker. Why? Style, Sparky. Merely style. The blood of Jesus bit is great for a revival but wake up, Elmer Gantry, Americans are not as religious and Christian as you think. And watch the Planned Parenthood yammering. America’s also pro-choice and this shutting down and defunding PP scares folks. But not as much as Margaret Sanger’s own words.

But you knew that. Enjoy.

LIONEL PODCAST: My Interview With A Bona Fide Genius

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Cary Harrison is a genius. Not an exaggeration. Not hyperbole or a well-intended, polite compliment. No unwarranted magnification, puffery or grandiosity here. But there’s more. And he’s more.

He’s a raconteur, radio performer, TV host and American information treasure.

As Henry van Dyke said, “Genius is talent set on fire by courage.” And if you’re in this here alternative news and interpretation biz, you’d better have beaucoup courage and a pair of elephantine, gargantuan,  and Brobdingnagian bawls. All of which, he’s ably and sufficiently possessed.

Enjoy this. Two great friends looking and laughing at the world through the peculiar prism of unmitigated temerity and the aforementioned bawls.

LIONEL PODCAST: There Are Flying Saucers

“There is no doubt in my mind, after 37 years of study and investigation that the evidence is overwhelming that planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles whose origin is extraterrestrial. There are no acceptable arguments against flying saucer reality, only people who either haven’t studied the relevant data or have a strong will not to believe that Earth is at the bottom of the heap sociologically and technologically in our local galactic neighborhood.” — Stanton Friedman, The Case for the Extraterrestrial Origin of Flying Saucers, 1995

It is not subject to debate. The data are everywhere.

“The evidence is overwhelming that the Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth.”

“There are no good arguments to be made against the conclusion that some UFOs are intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth.  Some skeptics may be well intentioned, but they are almost always ignorant of the significant scientific data indicating UFO reality.  They read the newspapers but not the solid information.  They are unaware of the myriad landing-trace cases, the multitude of “critter” reports and Earthling abductions, the numerous large-scale scientific collections of data, the many published scientific studies indicating that trips to nearby stars in our galactic neighborhood are already feasible without violating the laws of physics or invoking science fiction techniques.”

Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist, premier Ufologist and leading UFO researcher, author of several books and numerous articles on UFOs.

I can think of nothing more fascinating and truly awesome! than the notion of life forms vastly superior to those (us) who think they’re vastly superior, swimming about the multiverse, multidimensionally and anti-gravitically, at inconceivable speeds, surrounded and pillowed by their self-contained personal gravity and inertia fields, destroying our hard-wired notions of space travel absolutes. And it’s been going on since man first slogged from the bog.

Think if it this way. Mother Earth is 4.5B years old. Or 4500M years old. If another planet were 4501M years, they’d have a Mil on us. From 1903 to 1969 we went from Kitty Hawk and the Brothers Wright to Neil Armstrong and his small step for man. In 66 years! Think what a planet can do with 1000 millennia under its belt.

LIONEL PODCAST: America Needs to Grow a Huge Set of C.O. Jones

We’ve become impuissant. Castrated. Geldings the lot of us. Orchiectomied invertebrates. No hits, no runs, no errors. Play it safe. Watch what you say. Get along, move along. Curse the maverick. Chide the revolutionary. Don’t make waves. Pray, be obsequious and obeisant. Be scared and timorous. And vote. Pretend it matters. Know your shibboleths and pat, trite phrases. Disregard history, make it up as you go. Learn the two sides of the coin. The left-right paradigm. The illusion of choice. The perception of option. Your lone voice matters, right? Watch what you say. Offend no one. Blessed be the troublemakers. Here’s to you, Ms. Rivers. You inspire pissed off in so many colors. Join the ranks of Messrs. Bruce, Carlin, Gregory and Hicks. Just don’t bother us. Leave us to our Facebook where we chronicle our oblivion and tag the unsuspecting hostages. Leave us alone on Labor Day to barbecue our charred carcinogenic animal carcasses and flesh slabs. Let us bake melanomas into our flesh. Just leave us alone. We’re busy being busy. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” (Albert “Big Al” Einstein)

LIONEL PODCAST: We’re Living In The Twilight Zone

Barney Fife: “All I’m saying is that there are some things beyond the ken of mortal man that shouldn’t be tampered with. We don’t know everything, Andy. There’s plenty goin’ on right now in the Twilight Zone that we don’t know anything about and I think we oughta stay clear.” “The Andy Griffith Show: The Haunted House (#4.2)” (1963)

Adios, Sheriff Andy. I’ll take Barney over this growing crop of lunatics any day of the week. And I’m tired of hearing the cop apologists weigh in with their drivel about how we citizens don’t understand the necessity of gunning gown the innocent every now and then. I’m a lawyer yet I understand the frustrations people have with the profession. I’m not an apologist. I dig their perspective. I understand the horrors you’ve experienced in the system. I don’t bore you with stories of how you’re unable to understand the big picture or that your take on jurisprudence is de minimis because you’re a civilian. Cops had better wake up, especially their superiors. Because there are more of us than you. You work for us. You’re a public servant. A peace officer. When we insult you or fail to evince the proper scared fealty to you, you have to do what we do. Live with it or join the military which is really what you seem to want to be. A soldier versus a law enforcement professional.

LIONEL PODCAST: Help Me Save Our Country

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” Mitch Hedberg

My simple formula. First and foremost you must vow never to listen, read and/or view anything American as to news for a month. No American mainstream Ted Baxter media. Period.

Next, use the greatest invention of all time the Internet and scour the world for foreign and alternative media, blogs, opinion, anything. And don’t ask where to start. Just start.

Next, reset your values as to what’s best for you and the country. Better yet, take conventional wisdom. And destroy it. Eschew any ideology with a name.

And finally: Think for yourself yourself. Critically think. And that should get you started.

An Open Letter to My Facebook Friends

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I penned the following to the sincere yet deluded Facebook friends and I thought it’s an idea that should be shared with you, the less-deluded.

If you’re reading this you’re most probably of the belief that there’s a right and a wrong. A good and an evil. It’s Manichaean, apodictic. You’re certain. And you use the word crazy to dismiss those you disagree with. You cannot dissect pearls of truth from anyone you’ve thrown into the do not listen to pile. You’re pigheaded, closed-minded, historically ignorant and you’re only conversant with pop culture politics. You’ve no ideology or core belief. You’re an empty vessel who sports philosophy like the latest cosmetic suturing or blast of emotion-destroying toxin.

If you’re the Fox News type you want to bomb Iraq or Syria or anyplace you’re told houses ISIS, a group you’ve recently learned of but were unaware were beheading Christians. But ignorance is your middle name. You’re unaware that the US and the West and NATO trained them. But when it comes to saber rattling and your my dick’s bigger than yours blather you’re all in. Because you’re tough and right and Murican! You have a flag fetish, support troops in word only. You’re a walking bumper sticker. You’re an echo chamber who thinks the left wing hates freedom or whatever your latest memorized article of faith is.

If you’re the MSNBC type you’re an Obama acolyte. You possess a diluted support of a vacuous progressive agenda that no one has yet to decipher. You hate the right wing and that’s the extent of your ideology. You’ll decry Bush’s bombing a country but will swoon when your beloved Barry takes out a wedding party in Pakistan with a drone. You think the right are uneducated, uncultured Neanderthals.

In conclusion, you’re probably a great friend but l laugh at you behind your back because your politically nescient and organically clueless. Stick to sports or whatever you’re moderately familiar with because when it comes to how the world and country are run, you’re beyond pathetic.

But I love you. Discuss.

Did someone say left-right paradigm?

LIONEL PODCAST: The Ted Baxter Media Simply Can’t Understand #Ferguson

Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed. It is organically and fundamentally impossible for Americans and the Ted Baxter sockpuppet echo chamber bumper sticker play book mainstream media to digest and distill and parse and analyze the complexity of issues that are Ferguson and ISIS. Critical thinking abilities and skills went the way of ten antimacassar. It’s been reduced to a Manichaean left-right apodictic axiomatic world. And it ain’t so.

The mainstream media have abandoned anything resembling and you must turn to alternative sources who embrace the complexity of the world and moreover question without fear the usual stories as to the relevant players involved.

Herein is my latest indictment against the aforementioned as well as a break down of the salient issues that you must attend to and orient towards. You thrive on complexity. It’s who we are.

LIONEL PODCAST: We’re a Police State and Nobody Gives a Shite!

The hyper-militarization of police brought to you by the Pentagon and the systematic habituation of a sheeple public with no earthly knowledge of historical antecedents.

Lucy, what happened? Simple, Ricky. 1033, that’s what. And as is usually the case the public has nary a clue of what’s happening. The ACLU reported that 80% of SWAT raids are in conducting search warrants. And with public support for the mysterious and fictive War on Drugs at an all time low the police are using militarized techniques in connection with a war that’s been long lost.

And the NDAA is to blame. Again.

Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

The ACLU provides a most thorough review of the horrors. War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Police – Report

And let’s not forget the oft-forgot, little known posse comitatus hat I commend to you for review. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, still in effect, was passed to prevent U.S. military personnel from acting as law enforcement agents on U.S. soil. Today, Posse Comitatus has taken on a different meaning from the one that it had in 1878 but the basic and precepts remain intact. No longer associated with Reconstruction, “it is a useful way to prevent the U.S. armed forces from directing their efforts against U.S. dissident groups. Public sentiment in favor of the Posse Comitatus Act is so strong that a 2006 law permitting an exception to the Act in cases of public disasters (in response to Hurricane Katrina) was repealed a year later.” [Source]

The text of the Posse Comitatus Act, which is still in effect (as 18 U.S.C. Section 1385), reads:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

This isn’t arcane history. This is real and happening before our very eyes.

Controlled Chaos: The Deliberate Destruction of Order

Hell in a handbasket. Systematic control. the subjugation of a citizenry. The hyper-militarization of the police inter alia. It’s been a theme of mine forever. And while we certainly know of out of control cops that have appeared throughout history we see them now in inordinate numbers. Why? What happened?

Do I make myself clear?

And on a tangential note, that phrase. Going to hell in a handbasket. What’s the etymology of that? I’m glad you asked. This is a great source that I commend you to. And you’re welcome.