Thursday, June 27, 2013

Candy Coated Bitter Pill

Yes SCOTUS struck down DOMA and Prop 8. It didn't cost them anything, but while all those who've been thrown a bone are whooping and hollering they gutted the Voting Rights Act.
California is back to square one on same sex marriage. DOMA was mostly symbolic about the only thing it prohibited was married same sex couples filing joint income tax, which saved them money. All other marriage laws are handled at the state level.
Meanwhile back in the South it seems that racists passing voting restrictions to keep minorities from having a voice in government is okay just so long as you don't admit under oath that you've sometime in the past you've uttered the "N" word.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Political Bribery

Excerpt from James A. Michener's The Source: Twilight of an Empire
Kaimakam Tabari had one simple rule of administration, and it was understood by all his subjects: In Tobariyeh positively everythingw was for sale. If an Arab youth was summoned for military service it was obvious that there was no possiblility for escape; but if his father paid the kamakam enough, he could escape.... For the issuance of the simplest government paper, an established scale of bribes was in force, and in either the civil court of the qadi or the religious court of the mufti, any decision that was wanted could be had by the paying of the proper baksheesh to the kaimakam....
As a result of this constant drain on the people of Tubariyeh, there was no money left for schools, or sewers, or water supply, or a jail in which a human being could survive. There were no hospitals, no adequate policing, no fire fighting, and no roads.

Is America devolving to a country of corruption and bribery? Do our elected officials charge for every service required like in 1880 Palestine?
We have a different form of baksheesh, more modern and sophisticated: Election campaign warchests. Every representative who is elected either to the national or state legislatures spends 18 months out of the 24 months in office raising the money for re-election. Is it any wonder the Republicans openly disdain the masses who contribute little and fight only for the wealthy and corporations who contribute much? Or that the Democrats talk about helping the middle class, but accomplish so little? Elections have become a way of circulating all that campaign money into a closed set. Corporations give the money to the politicians who then give it to advertising agencies who buy time and space from the media. The corporations who give the money own the agencies and media outlets where the money goes so just like water it gets boiled, evaporates and rains back down. Little of all this money reaches the masses who are brainwashed into buying the political product sold to them.
Since Ronald Reagan became president and forty years of trickle down economics many of the signs Michener mentions showing the cost of corruption are prevalent.

  • Our public schools are being starved of qualified teachers, proper rooms and materials for learning so political cronies can make a fortune coming up with standarized tests that prove absolutely nothing about the state of learning in America. Private schools are not held to this testing standard, but when their test scores are compared with public schools they show little to no improvement. Paul Krugman told Bill Moyers in an interview that replacing the hundreds of thousands of teaching positions lost since 2008 would add an extra 200 billion dollars to the economy which would help out with housing, automobile sales, retail sales, insurance premiums, and increased tax revenue across the economic spectrum. I really wish our politicians would fight as hard about closing schools as they do about closing military bases. The same economic principle applies.
  • Amost all cities are faced with aging sewer systems and waste disposal plants that contaminate our shorelines, our underwater aquifers, land and are repaired only when they break. Add to this polluted air from factories, lakes and rivers from fertilizer runoff, fracking for oil and natural gas and chemical discharges and toxic waste in land fills we are truly soiling our own long term nest for short term profits. The polluting corporations can bribe scientists to refute all claims that they are doing harm or export the toxins to third world countries so their populations are poisoned as well as buy the votes they need to keep sane regulations being placed on them.
  • Privatized prisons are filled with non-violent offenders mostly on marijuana charges in substandard facilities that are poorly staffed due to low wages with little training. The corporations pay the baksheesh to the congress critters and rake in the money with little accountability.
  • The most fought over issue for fifty years is health care and even after the passing of the Affordable Health Care Act in the next twenty years the ever growing poor population (due to austerity measures by the government) millions will die due to lack of being able to get proper medical care until it is too late. Who cares about the millions of people finally getting health care and are not denied because of a pre-existing condition, but horrors of all horrors insurers will have to pay for birth control, the morning after pill and abortions. Employers are appalled that their employees want to control thier own bodies without permission. Fuck you Hobby Lobby. Take your conscience and stick it up your self-righteous ass.
  • It's a no brainer that when the economy goes down and there are few jobs crime rises. So at a time of more criminals; states, towns and cities facing budget problems are laying off police and fire fighters. Neighborhoods are forced to pay extra for fire protection and if a homeowner doesn't pay then the fire fighters stand by and watch it burn down. Baksheesh in action. The entire criminal justice system is swamped because all the money is being siphoned into the profits of private security firms and prisons. Maybe city hall should open up a line for bank robbers. Walk up, hand in a note demanding money, get arrested, plead guilty to the judge sitting next to the clerk and police officer, get sentenced to prison so you don't have to sleep under a bridge in sub-zero temperatures. Isn't that the way corporations like to make everyting an assembly line? Maybe if we create enough prisoners from our surplus population there will be enough money in transporting them to the moon to work as slave laborers extracting minerals for the corporations to invest in such a transportation system. After all there are no more places on earth to set up penal colonies.
  • When America's corporations paid taxes instead getting subsidies, and all citizens paid taxes, not just those who make less than a hundred grand a year, and thanks to the GI Bill college was affordable, the schools that are crumbling today were built, the sewer systems that are breaking were dug, the interstate highway system was stretched all across the continent and this led to high employment, a growing middle class, and the highest standard of living in world history with a small prison population. Schools could afford athletics from elementary through high school with large bands to play and perform at games. Teachers taught their curriculum, not how to take a test with high graduation rates. We were able to pay for the space race, Vietnam war, and create Medicare and Medicaid plus food stamps from the taxes raised from this standard of living. In the last forty years of regressive instead of progressive taxation, deregulation of industry, and outsourcing of employment that produces goods instead of services everything we built is falling apart and crumblind like our roads and highways. What good will all the new fancy cars with fantastic sound systems, hybrid engines, and all the other fancy gadgets imaginable be if the drivers are stalled in traffic because a sewer line burst, roads are being patched intead of repaired ruining suspension systems or you're forced to drive a hundred miles our of your way because a bridge collapsed between Dallas and Denver? Is a toll road from Brownsville, Tx to Minneapolis where every driver has to throw money into a booth every twenty or thirty miles really better than maitaining I-35?
  • Was life ideal, no, before Title IX there was little opportunity for women in athletics outside of cheerleading and pep squads; little was done for the handicapped or mentally impaired; inner city was just as crime ridden and the schools suffered not to mention the problems of segregation and racism but the burst of prosperity led to correcting those problems even if they haven't been eradicated. The future I grew up in was a hell of a lot better than the future my children and grandchildren face today with a shrinking middle class and a policital system sucking all the money out of the economy to enrich .01% of the population. Would it be so hard for the Walton family to take a smaller cut from the profits of Wal-Mart and Sam's club so the employees could make enough money to not need food stamps, medicaid, and be able to rent a two bedroom apartment and buy a decent used car? Not to pick on just the Waltons as the same could be said of almost all international food and retail stores.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Time to move on.

A long long time ago growing up there was this magazine all boys tried to sneak a peek at. My father never subscribed so it was infrequently at a friend's house when the parents were away that I could actually get to see a centerfold.
 In high school I worked a Christmas rush and the summer after graduation and before going off to college at a drug store. In the men's room the magazine saleman always placed a copy of Playboy and Penthouse as a courtesy. I enjoyed Playboy, thought Penthouse needed to clean their lenses. The first copy of Playboy I purchased was the November 1976 issue with the interview of Jimmy Carter.  I was a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary living alone as ex-wife was back in Albuquerque in the hospital. The marriage didn't last, but I bought every issue of Playboy since that time. In my second and lasting marriaage wifey has never approved, but grew to accept that nothing she said or did would keep me from "my magazine." She still gives me judgemental stares.
When Zinio put it out in digital format I converted because over the years my closet was filling up with past issues. I joined the Cyber Club twelve years ago and downloaded all the pm's, cc's coeds, celebrities, etc available. My external harddrive overfloweth. I also got rid of all but the best of the hard copies.
Then I don't know what happened, PB started skipping issues to save on printing costs, Penthouse went digital exclusively, which would have been a smart move for PB too, but they trimmed down from 12 issues a year to 10. No big deal actually. When PB started the models were the same age as my mother, when I first glimpsed at the centerfolds the models were like older sisters, when I started buying them they were the same age, then they became younger sisters and now they're younger than my daughter. They've also tended to blur over the years, the novelty of new tits and ass has waned. The articles in the magazine still have a few things to catch my interest, but the advice column and the political pages haven't said anything new in thirty years.
Still it was selling the cyber club to an outside group who ruined the whole experience. What replaced the CC is a total pooch screw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. The old standby catagories are out and there's no more Cyber girl of the month or year, Coed of the month or year. The only good aspect is that all shoots are zip filed and you don't have to download them individually, but then you get backlogged in undoing the zips, choosing the pix you want to keep and discarding the many you don't. And when yo do because the catagories are jumbles you discover you already downloaded a number of the files. Much of the joy is gone so I've cancelled my subscriptions. Hef my still be breathing and screwing girls young enough to be his great-great-great-granddaughter and all power to him, but for me it's time to move on.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hip hip hurrah

Glad Obama won, nice that Little Miss Nasty lost again, maybe she's done for in electoral politics, hope hope hope. Four out of five in DC are democrats which is a good thing.
Nice that Colorado joined us in the sea of red on the map. Toke up and be happy in the Rockies.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Psst, quiet it's a secret

Most of you know I'm e-publishing novels and stories on Amazon and Smashwords under my name Patrick Prescott.
Well I ran into a problem. Some of my stories are distressing to my wife, mother and some of the more uptight religious friends, but what can I say, the characters keep taking me into directions they want to go and if that means describing a woman in all the beauty God created her with so be it. Anyway those stories are now published under my Pen Name.
So if you feel up to a little erotica check out stories by Javan Tenebrae at Amazon. com and Smashwords.com. They can also be found at I-books, Barnes and Nobles.
Some of my titles include three anthologies of flash stories;
Flash Stories: Married Love
Erotic Flash Stories
More Erotic Flash Stories

Short Stories:
First Friday: Aug-Oct (Okay this is the one where I went off the deep end and is a littel more PC-17 than the others)
Car Hop
Companion
Companion: Sasha's Story
Super Erotic Bowl I

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sandia Mountain

Sandia Mountain's East side from Paako Ridge Golf Course. The lines you see running up to the top are the ski runs.


 Sandia Mountain's North West face as seen from Santa Ana Golf Course in Bernalillo
Sandia Mountain's most famous West face from Albuquerque. Taken from Aroyo Del Oso Golf Course



Thursday, October 04, 2012

Math and Science

On last nights policital debate and the hype that this would be a game changer for Romeny. Come on, the only televised political debate that decided an election was in 1960 and that was because Nixon's face melted on TV, everyone who heard it on radio felt Nixon won. This election hinges not on debates but blind faith over reason and reality -- lies vs facts. Two thoughts to make my point:

  1. On the morning news they showed Obama repeating Clinton's point that the Republican plan of further reductions in Billionaire taxes plus closing loopholes will ballance the budget, and the arithmatic doesn't add up. (Paul Krugman's been saying this ever since it came out)
  2. Bruce has a post about Oklahoma Baptist University hiring as head of its religion department a guy who is a "Young Earth" theologian and the ongoing fight with religious right dunderheads who keep advocating Creation Science or Intellegent Design over Astronomy, Geology, Biology, Zoology, Antrhopology, Achaeology and a host of other ologies.
Christian fundamentalists have been fighting against science from the beginning. Charles Darwin's Origen of Species and Descent of Man and the theory of evolution started the war against science which is ongoing and will never cease as long as Christian fundamentalists continue in their idiotic insistence on a literal interpretation of books in the Bible like Genesis and Revelation that were purposely written metaphorically and symbolically.
Science is at its bedrock mathematics. All science is a numbers game, they simply add empiricism (scientific method) to their particular discipline. So why do so many Christian fundamentalists have a problem understanding that the Republican plan doesn't add up? They've been brainwashed by their preachers and professors and home schooled or private religious schools to be skeptical of math. They've been taught that Carbon 14 dating, which relies on the same math that produced the atomic bomb is wrong, so trust their preachers and what they say about the origens of the universe based on the Bible. When Romney and the Republicans say "Trust me" they've been brainwashed to place their faith in God's political party instead of arithmatic. Their preachers said so.

The religious right does use math, and Blind Faith in their childish literal interpretation of the Bible to do great harm to education and our country. Why do these morons still insist that the universe is only 6,000 years old. The basis for this is the computations of Bishop Ussher a17th century theologian who added up all the ages of the patriarchs listed in Genesis until Abraham. He then calculated back from the birth of Jesus and settled on creation happening in 4004 BC.
This theory of creation was refuted by many theologians but I like this one written in 1890 by Professor William Henry Green in his Biblioteca Sacra:
We conclude that the Scriptures furnish no data for a chronological computation prior to the life of Abraham; and that the Mosaic records do not fix and were not intended to fix the precise date either of the Flood or of the creation of the world.
For those who insist "God said, I believe it, that settles it" guess what, God never said he created the universe in 4004BC or that those ages added together meant anything; Bishop Ussher did. Do you believe God or Bishop Ussher?
There is no scriptural or common sense reasoning to support the mathematical calculations of Ussher that God created the universe only 6,000 years ago even if you believe as I do that He did. Many Christians believe both the Bible and science. To us evolution is how God did it and is continuing to work His creation. There is no conflict between faith and reality or between the Bible and science because we interpret the scriptures metaphorically and symbolically like the reasoning beings we are:
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. I Corinthian 13:1 NASV.
Only children and the feeble minded interpret everything litterally. Think of Abbot and Costello's classic comedy routine "Who's on first" why is it so funny? Because Costello can't get past his literal interpretation of the word 'who' to figure out that it's the players name.

Ultimately this war on science is doing irreparable harm.

  • It weakens the message of Christ by limiting His power. Who are we to say He had to create the universe in only this way and at only this time?
  • It limits the Bible to only one possible way to read it limiting the power of the Bible for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16b NASV
  • It separates all Christians in the eyes of our culture and country and weakens our witness about the saving power of Jesus to change people lives, because the lost see us as out of touch with reality.
  • Insisting on adding creationism or intellegent design to public school curriculums paints all Christians as childish or stupid and anti-science, anti-education, and no sane person would believe a word any Christian says about salvation destroying our witness.
  • It is making generations of our children intellectually retarded and unable to think for themselves.
  • Fundamentalist Christians are being used by greedy preachers and politicians in an unholy alliance in the Republican party to squeeze more and more money out of our economy and because they have been brainwashed that evolution is evil and science is of the devil they have their minds made up so don't confuse them with facts.
Romney and Ryan can lie over and over again on the campaign trail, in their advertisements and in the debates and the Fundies will eat their words like cotton candy. Unfortunately if Romney gets elected all of us will get stuck with tooth decay.