Sunday, July 20, 2014

speed & serpents


Is there a correlation between methamphetamine production and religion in the US? 
Almost.
Here's a map (source: Gallup) that shows the intensity of religious practices in the US. The two most religious states are Mississippi (#1) & Utah (#2), but forget Utah -- it's an anomaly, unlike anywhere else. Instead, lay a straightedge across the top of Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, & Noth Kalina. You've walled off the Old Confederacy, (minus Florida & Virginia) as well as the most religiously intense part of the country.

 


 Now check out the DEA's meth map, which shows #'s of meth labs & dump sites by state.



You'll notice immediately that the epicenter of the plague is where top producer Missouri & #2 Tennessee meet Illinois, Indiana, & Kentucky near Cairo (Karo), IL. It doesn't correlate with the Old South, but most of the labs appear to be near the line running from OK to he east coast via N. Kalina. The meth plague is a rural, heartland phenomenon, driven by rednecks & hillbillies. 
Finally, just for giggles & defecations, here's a map (Gallup) showing the percentages of non-
religious Americans by state, really just a negative of map #1. This group includes atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, the vaguely "spiritual," & people who don't think about it much.



As you can see, if you don't want 2 B near a meth lab or people who roll around among the pews at churchNew England or the Pacific Northwest R the places 4 U. & If U like speed & don't mind living among the rollers, I'd suggest Mississippi. Look at its number on the blue map, compare it with those of the states close by, and it's hard to determine whether øle Miss has a bigger law enforcement problem than its meth problem. Now that would be a place to wake up Sunday morning, snort a few lines, then go to church. Just remember to pick up your snake at the door on your way in.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

almost there




                                           

Out on the Salish Sea where the spirits spoke 2 me;
Out on the Salish Sea,  let it roll...


Any people that doesn´t turn away from torture in horror and disgust isn´t worthy of the name "people."


I know we´ve been doing it more and more since thet leetle dust-up in Veetnam started, but until Darth Cheney was appointed de facto Torturemaster, we were ashamed enough to keep it hid.


Gotta give old Darth credit for one thing: he always brazened it out, and let us know eggs ackley what he was doing. He's impervious to reason, proud of his blood-drenched record, and has already testified against himself in many TV appearances, during which he would snarl while extolling the virtues of waterboarding. There is sufficient evidence to convict him of war crimes on video recordings of them.


You know, we got thru WWII without doing any of what the Germans did to others, or the Japanese did to us. Our leaders back in those were wise enouh to know that if we tortured, we would have no grounds for objecting when the screws were put on our boys. They also had possession of a moral sense, and in that were different from your average neocon.


We let the architects of Vietnam off the hook, but the architects of Iraqghanistan will be brought to book. It won´t be soon, but as Guantanamo bumps & grinds toward closure, we will be reminded by the reappearance of torture porn in the media retrospective that accompanies it, that crimes of the neocons cast a very long shadow.

#30#

Friday, July 04, 2014

4th of July

As Americans prepare to celebrate the 238th birthday of our country later today by fire roasting large chunks of cattle and poultry and blowing stuff up, we need to reflect on the nature of revolution and our declaration of it. What does it mean, this document written 238 years ago by Jefferson et. al.?

As we look at today´s headlines, we are struck by the amount of unrest in our society, focused mainly today on women & homosexuals. Just as it ocurred in 1776, in 1863, and 1965, today, this disturbance is about is extending the rights formerly limited to aristocrats and royalty to everyone.


We´ve see a lot of whining in the papers & on the internet these days about gay people´s demands.  But because they are human, ...they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Women today, by the same principle, are demanding full equality with men, & to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men People, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

There are much wider implications than gay rights and female emancipation that are driving the current phase of revolution, however. Today the US government´s power to rule has been usurped by the .01% of citizens rich enough to buy it, in violation of all the principles laid down in the declaration, & whenever any 
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the 
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Not all revolutions require war & death, and let's hope this phase of our ongoing experiment in self-government does not cause a lot of blood 2 B spilled. But it's naive to think our oligarchic masters will relinquish their autocracy without resorting 2 violence. Now it's 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

lobby 4 my hobby

This is certainty the mot du jour on all the lefty & righty Blogs 2day.

II don't know how or why people would expend so many pixels (at least theyre not killing all those trees Any more) on such a simple case.

The Supremes have decided, or at least 5/9ths of em have, that the US does have a religion (Christianity) that's favored in some circumstances & that one of the tenets of that faith that should be respected is that women may not have unauthorized sexytime.

At least 4/9ths of the court did not sign on to such specious, quaint, clanking, antique notions.

Wher thar's life, Ma, they say ther's hope.

whose refugees?

Monday, June 30, 2014

2 my friend solfeggio


Sofeggio, maybe your Jesus is a nice Jewish boy. Mine based on what little we know of him, was a dangerous radical who made a big enough ripple to get himself picked up and executed.

The Jewish Hierarchy didnt like him at all. He was always creating disturbances by bending the rules, inviting all manner of inappropriate people to his endless dinners, incuding (shudder) women and (gasp) people with skin problems. It seems his ministry involved a lot of time banqueting, for he has every appearance of what his unlettered & rude companions would call "a party animal."


They must have carefully marked his progress toward JERUSALEM, followed by a horde of wretched proles and ordinary working people. First thing when he gets to town is he leads this enormous crowd up the hill and pulls that business at the temple. That was what sealed his fate, for even though the high priests didn´t know what to think, he let them know what HE thought of THEM with that little escapade.


After that it was pretty much standard operating procedure. So the head guy goes to Pilate, who´s been portayed as hesitant because of the obvious innocence of the man brought before him. The real Pontiffs Pilate didn´t give a damn about that, and probably signed the death warrant without reading it. Caiphas brought him some crackpot rabble rouser, and Pilate´s m.o. was to nip all and any problems of that sort in the bud, and in a way that would insure they were never heard from any more.
The Christians´ God was a social revolutionary. His earthly  
revolution was extremely short, but his shadow proved very long.


                                               Jeziz, smokin a cig & drinkin a brew.                                              



Sunday, June 22, 2014

president former resident

                 
Apparently one of the hosts on Foxist News Network is asking whether the lost e-Mails will lead to Obama's resignation. I can answer that.


No, they will not.




This has been another segmrent in the ongoing series, "Simple answers to stupid questions."


This is really just another ODS fantasy. And the teacher asks, "Why do some people appear to be afflicted with an irrational & all-consuming hatred of Barack Obama?


"Oooooooh, I know. I know. Call on me!"
It's time for America´s backward elements, aka the dirty one-third, to make the big switch from irrationnal and obsessive negrophobia to an even more primal fear -- that of being swallowed up by Hillary Clinton´s big lesbo vagina.


Most of them are so practiced I´ll bet they´ll be able to do so without missing a stroke.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

strange bunkmates

Proving once again that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," The Iranians on Thursday sent in a couple thousand fighters to help the US and the Iraqi Shi'a try to get  a handle on the Sunni/ISIS insurgency. 


The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence.


In Iran, Rouhani raised the prospect of Teheran cooperating with its old enemy Washington to defeat the Sunni insurgent group – which is attempting to ignite a sectarian war beyond Iraq's borders.


The Guardian story calls this "a fragile alliance," & will have heads spinnng in the  US considering the 1984-like change of Iranian fortune. For the Iranians, who have had two US Navy carrier groups parked on their front doorstep in the Persian Gulf for years, it's an opportunity to reset the global pecking order. 


It will also bring back Iranian memories of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, in which Saddam Hussein, at the urging of the Reagan administration, invaded Iran and set off a fire he couldn´t control. The US lost close to 5,000 troops killed in the 8 years of our Iraq War; Iran lost 300,000 dead and 5,000 dead for them was a bad day, not a bad decade.


It´ll be fun to see the reactions of the guilty. For example, that insufferable twit, Tony Blair is all over the news this morning loudly proclaiming that the current Sunni offensive has nothing -- but absolutely nothing -- to do with Bush's (and Tiny Blair's) 2003 invasion of Iraq.