Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 30, 2019



Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 27, 2019


Can you say Psychopath?

Freedom of Speech


Czar Donic

Yes, the first Amendment is under attack.

When the country was founded, Franklin was asked “What kind of government do we have?”

He replied “A Republic, if we can keep it.”

The first ten amendments were not in the original Constitution, but the governor of one state would not sign it unless he was promised these amendments. Jefferson kept that promise. Unusual, but not in those days. The framers were after all trying to insure what the Colonial power of the Kingdom had done to them under occupation.

One of the framers said words to the effect “If I had to choose between a free press and a Democracy, I’d choose the free press. Today, the press has pretty much been occupied by corporations, but the amendment still stands.

During the witch hunt of the McCarthy era, most of those under attack stook under the fifth Ammendment, the right not to testify against yourself. This is meant to make torture and forced confessions illegal.

One, however, stood behind the First Amendment: Pete Seeger, the folk singer, activist, and so on who also had a background in journalism. See, the first Amendment also guarantees freedom of assembly, the right to gather together for political and other purposes. So, may he did sing in front of some Socialist groups. He had a right to. He offered to sing the song to the House of Un-American Activities Committee, but they passed on it. He went free.

Many journalists, people such as John Pilger, an Australian journalist, I believe, publishes here because of the right to free speech. Otherwise, he would be sued. Our own prosecution of Assange is very dangerous and an attack on freedom of speech, not some espionage deal. And does anyone remember Lenny Bruce? A very popular and profitable radio personality, Dan Sorkin, whith whom I spoke on several occasions, left Chicago because of Mayor Daley’s attempts of censorship of his show, mainly playing any Lenny Bruce recordings. Not only would he be fired, but the engineer who put the recording on the turntable and played it for him would be fired. He left for San Francisco and loved it there. He went on to be popular there as well.

Anyway, it is not Assange who is being attacked here – it is the First Amendment. Here is an interview about that from what is left of free speech. I’d read it all, long as this edition is, but take your time with it. I am getting tired of this situation and publishing this does no good anyway. The only reason I continue from time to time is that I just can’t help it:

n an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents were leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917 has never been used to prosecute a journalist or media outlet. The new charges come just over a month after British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he took asylum in 2012. Initially the Trump administration indicted Assange on a single count of helping Manning hack a government computer, but Assange faces up to 170 additional years in prison under the new charges—10 years for each count of violating the Espionage Act. We speak with Jennifer Robinson, an attorney for Julian Assange. “It is a grave threat to press freedom and should be cause for concern for journalists and publishers everywhere,” Robinson says.

The About and Abouter — Paul Duncan

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 23, 2019

The About and Abouter — Paul Duncan

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 23, 2019

The Absurd Times Gaza Again and Running for President.

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 7, 2019

Gaza Again and Running for President.

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 7, 2019

Venezuela and Ignorance

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 2, 2019


Nixon: “We are all Keynesians.”

Venezuela and Ignorance

Or Fear and Loathing, May, 2019


Czar Donic

We have done a tremendous feat and keeping people as ignorant as they are. In fact, it is good business and good capitalism. So long as the people are unaware of what is being done to them, on their behalf, all is well with the wealthy and powerful and damn the rest of the world’s population.

What about “free and fair” elections in Venezuela? Is that what we have here? Is that why the improbably Donald Trump is there in the White House or the nearest golf course instead of Bernie Sanders? But that’s no going to get us anywhere. So we go back to Venezuela. The puppet we want to put in power got zero votes for President. Maduro over six million. Six million, just to be clear, is more than zero.

We talk a great deal, or hear a great deal from corporate media, about military action in the country and the psychopathic John Bolton and his crew complaining about not enough military strategy from the Generals. Times are strange when Generals make more sense than our civilian government, but that is the situation. After all, the final sane advisor in the Trump Administration was called “Mad Dog". That will give you an idea.

OK. So forget about military intervention. If we try to invade the country, we wind up with a situation than found in Viet Nam. Generals at least have a memory. We are not hearing a word about the vast forests down there. “Whet, you ask, what forest is in Venezuela?”

“The Goddamn Amazon forest, that’s what.”

“What? I thought that was down in Brazil and we own that now.”

What can you tell these people? What the hell do they learn about geography? Mark Twain once observed that “War is God’s way of teaching us geography," and it turn out he was right. There is far more forest available for Venezuela to launch Guerra-type action than was ever in Vietnam and how many lives that did one cost us?

Well, the truth is that it doesn’t matter. Our would be puppet, Guido, has promised to “privatize" the oil fields, in other words, make them available to corporations which, as we all know, have our best interests at heart. It is the same crowd that Castro kicked out of Cuba.

But the people are starving, I hear. Yes, but few mention why. We, the U.S. has launched an enormous blockade of the country, not allowing them to import the needed medical supplies nor food of any type. The only food approved has USA stamped on it and labeled as “Humanitarian." aid. Somehow, the United Nations still considers Morales as the ruler of the country. “But the International Community doesn’t," I hear.

Well, the so-called “International Community, as defined in our corporate press and news media, can be quite accurately defined as the United States and whatever other countries we can force to agree with us. With countries all over the world being taken over slowly by fascist interests, that community is growing and will continue to grow.

You may have heard, although it is only a slight possibility, that sympathetic citizens of this country, mostly women by the way, are currently holding the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. The question, of course, becomes “why did the country leave the embassy, and the answer is that they cut ties with us some time ago over these crippling and inhumane sanctions. I’ll try to join them, although it is a very long car drive from here.

Another lie that spread was that Maduro was going to flee the country until the Russians stopped him. Hey, the Russians are not much better than us. They have no interest in having more oil on the market either.

A few other notes: Eliot Abrams in now running things for Trump. Now, the Late George Bush, ex-CIA Director, [yes, the same guy who promised never to expand Nato eastward
to fat old drunk
Yeltson] pardoned him, Eliot, for his part in helping ship arms to Iran and money to Honduras. This was illegally done to overthrow the government in Nicaragua. Ollie North, who testified under immunity, orchestrated the deal out of the Reagen White House basement. Ollie is now spokesman for the NTA but have a power struggle with wigged out Wayne.

Never mind. Here is some documentation on Venezuela and also on the hate campaign against Ilhan Omar, duly elected representative from Minnesota who, by the way, got more votes than any other representative elected this time (at last, I can’t think of an exception).

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is claiming to have defeated a coup attempt launched by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly. On Tuesday morning, Guaidó appeared in an online video standing among heavily armed soldiers, calling for the military to back what he called the “final phase” of an effort to topple Maduro’s government. Guiadó appeared alongside Leopoldo López, a longtime opposition leader, who was reportedly released from house arrest by renegade officers. Guaidó has been attempting to topple the Venezuelan government since January, when he declared himself to be Venezuela’s interim president. The Trump administration, as well as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and others, openly supported the coup attempt. Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox Business that military action in Venezuela is possible, “if that’s what is required.” We speak to Miguel Tinker Salas, Venezuelan historian and professor at Pomona College.

Venezuela and Ignorance

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 2, 2019


Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on April 24, 2019


See, Darwin really wasn’t wrong. Survival of the fittest means domination of and by the mediocre.

Living in Amerika


Franz Kafka

Recently, I have noticed what moves the fools in the Trumpnik wing of the political spectrum. This arose from an exchange over social media with one of them in particular, but with observation of many others. The majority of their opinions are second hand, derived from media such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and others who relentlessly push their own version of reality, those once referred to as “rabble-rousers”.

I was impressed not so much by the falsity of their “facts,” but by the selection. For example, one of them directly insulted, or tried to insult me, as insane or something like that. I was not sure as to whether he thought he was making an actual diagnosis or merely asserting his manhood or a similar adolesent foible. I learned, finally, that he simply had been handed selected items and connected the dots (or had them connected for him), and been first firghtened and then determined to fight to defend himself, his country, his savior, and so on.

For example, there is a persistant fear that Moslems are going to institute Sharia Law in this country, even though many Republican values seem to reflect it (relegation of women to second-class citizens, fear of the non-christian (vs. non-Moslem), hatred of sexual identiy isues, desire to curb free speech (once Trump wanted the freedom to sue the press), and so on. Our Constitution is fairly clear on the separation of church and state, perhaps inspired by a memory our founding fathers had of Oliver Cromwell (who actually made a few good points, btw.). No, they can rest easy. Sharia Law will not be instituted in this country.

The recent bombings were listed as examples of how Moslems are attacking Christians. Putting aside the fact that the Koran honors both Judasm and Christianity, those who did attack the churches in Sri Lanka were Islamic State-inspired, and now claimed by the group as their own work. They, however, can hardly be thought of as Moslem. Such behavior as witnessed in the earlier days of ISIS can hardly be credited as Islamic, just as much of what is done here in the name of Christ can hardly be claimed as “Christian”. Furthermore, ISIS said the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the attacks on Mosques in New Zealand. Attacks here on Synagogues in Pittsburgh could hardly be called Christian. The list becomes endless and one finally comes to the conclusion that we are living in the midst of psychopaths.

Many wonder why people can be so disturbed with this situation (and we will return to it, don’t worry). Well, perhaps your parents, even your grandparents, perhaps some of you, can remember when the President of the United States was JFK and the Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (Bobby). Once evening while campaigning Bobby Kennedy was in Indianapolis when he was tolk that MLK (Martin Luther King) has been assassinated, no doubt for speaking out about the war of the time, and announced the fact to his campaign crowd, mixed race to be sure, and quoted the words of the Greek Dramatist Aeschylus. It was the one large city in the entire United States that did not erupt into a race riot.

Today the President is Donald Trump and the Attorney General who replaced the closet Confederate Jeff Sessions, is William Barr. The last sane personell near to Presidency were Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State who called Trump a “Fucking Idiot” after a meeting about nuclear warheads, John Kelley who said he had the job as a “punishment for past sins,” and Secretary of State “Mad-Dog” who told his staff after a crazy order to assassinate President Assad of Syria “We’re no goinna do any of that shit.” They are now gone. To paraphrase an old line from a comic: “What does it prove? Darwin was wrong!”

So, we have the religious feuds that are mainly used to excuse other modes of discrimination and violence. Do we really need to go into all the ways that religions are abused? No, we’ve done enough of that except we have not yet picked on the Buddhists. That religion supposedly believes that God is in everything, especially within onself. When shown the insanity of the Islamist activity in destroying old and valuable Bhuddist statues, the Dali Lama said, while giggling a bit, “they could still have been useful for tourism”! Hardly a call to arms. However, attacks on Moslems in what was once Burma was done in the name of religion. Hardly an act of meditation. And that woman sitting in her spacious dwelling and who once was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize did nothing to intervene. The military acted, on assumes on orders from Buddha?

Christian money makers on TV claim hurricanes are sent by God to punish states for homosexuality. Glory to God. Give us a break. What passes for Islam in most Christian afficianodos is not ISLAM, but rather Wahabbism. Some guy named Wahabbi, back in the 18th Century, decided to re-interpret Islam and that is what passes for it today (At the time, both his father and his brother thought he was wacked out, but accounts differ and details, as usual, are fuzzy.)

So now we have the current mass of candidates for the Democratic nomination. Any of them would be better than Trump and that is a given. You do have to admire the guts of Sanders on voting rights. He did say that everyone should be allowed to vote, in or out of jail. Yes, even the Boston Bomber. In fact, that is about all anyone is quoting about that. Fortunately, I saw the entire thing. The rationale: the rule should be that everyone of voting age should be entitled to vote, no matter what. If we start chipping away at that principle, there is no way to stop it. Now this is me: for example, it was once fashionable to ban Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, aka Schickelgruber. Well, then what next? Lolita, yes! Encourage pedophilia? No way. Huckleberry Finn, of course, usus the “N” word. How about the Bible? Why not? Lots of begetting and begatting in that! So, back to Sanders. Once they start to chip away at a right, they keep chipping awwy until there is nearly nothing left.

Student Loans

Well, we might as well get onto that. People are surprised when I told them I could put myself though University by playing semi-pro baseball during the summer. However, during that time, most all of the tuition is paid by the state. In Chicago, it was all paid for by the state and City. Then, they atarted to chip away at that. Today, hardly any of the tuition is paid for by the State, even in a State College or University. Why? We can’t afford it? Bullshit.

The last balanced budget submitted was the last one Clinton left with Bush II. Well, georgie saw that and said, “oh boy, we can have a war, make lots of my people happy.” So much for fiscal conservatism. Today, we are trillions in debt and Trump decides to cut taxes. Never mind that the top three families in the country own as much as the lower 50% of the population, they need a tax break. The money free higher education and loan forgiveness would cost would eliminate the kind of indentured servitude we have in this country. Most countries in Europe already have free higher education except Finland, where people are given a salary to go to University.


The decline can be seen with stand-up comedians. Some may remember Shelley Berman. He last appeared on BOSTON LEGAL as a doddering judge and also in the FOCKERS as a judge who let Peter DeNiro out of jail because Dustin Hoffman’s wife, Barbara Streisand, a sex therepist, had improved his (the judge’s, sex life. Deniro was a CIA agent who invented his own circle of trust and did DNA tests on prospective husbands and also invented a plastic breast to be filled with his wife’s breast milk so he could bring up his child properly according to CIA standards.

Well, in the past, he was able to do a very funny and successful stand-up routine called Franz Kafka on the telephone. Who in the audience these days would know who the hell Franz Kafka was and what he meant or that he depicted the Statue of Liberty in his novel AMERIKA as holding a giant sword, not a light? How funny would a modern audience find a lecture on the Universe with someone who combined Wittgenstein and Xeno into it? Who the hell were they, you ask? Well, never mind. If you have to ask, never mind.

So, welcome to the age of Fat Donnie, our current President, from the party of Abraham Lincoln.


Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on April 24, 2019
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