Laws And Sausage On Crack

The cabinet appointments are funny. They are funny. Tragic, catastrophic, horrible, but utterly hilarious. Treasury Secretary is the best knee-slapper. Just give it to Goldman-Sachs. Say FU to the populist voters with both middle fingers, loud and clear, right away. Outstanding.

We’re doomed. But it’s not as if we haven’t been doomed before. Humanity survives all sorts of things – plague, cold war, Nickleback, maybe even this. But wow. The pendulum swings from reason and science and decency and such things, all the way to retarded bigotry, misogyny, sadism and greed. Did I leave anything out? Yes lots of things. You can’t list all of it in one lifetime. It’s not at all funny at the end, for it likely means immeasurable suffering and loss, destruction, mayhem and death visited upon the land like a biblical shit-tsunami. Oh well.

Years ago I wrote this song, “Laws and Sausage.” It was an overstated spleen-venting about fat cats and pig-dogs, a sort of ska-cartoon Orwellian bad trip that could never resemble actual reality. Or could it? I almost didn’t want to record it, it was so silly, but my band-mates in Stiff Richards dug it and our producer wanted to hit it so we did. Later The Uptones recorded it and Lisa McElroy made this appetizing video.

I don’t think either version ever got released on a CD or anything, due to timing or an attack of common sense. Anyway, it occurred to me as I listened to Democracy Now! this morning that I will miss President Obama very much, and that PT Barnum was right.

Actual photo by Shannon Wheeler
Actual photo by Shannon Wheeler

Please Fellow Bernie Sanders Supporters, Let’s Elect Hillary Clinton and Progressive Democrats Wherever Possible

Bill McKibben calls it a “War On Climate Change” now, in this age of “War On” every little thing. I guess that might get more attention to this single most important subject in the history of everything. From Democracy Now! this morning:

Here’s an excerpt of the part I find most important in RE: how we vote in November:

Bernie refused to concede. He didn’t back down. He didn’t do what everyone told him he should do. He kept in the race through the final meeting about the platform in Orlando two weeks before the convention. And he did that in order to ensure that he’d have leverage in those discussions..

..And as a result, by staring them down, the platform, at the last-minute, turned markedly more progressive. Among other things, there’s a call in there for an emergency climate summit within the first hundred days of a new administration, designed to — and it says this in the platform — mobilize us for something like a World War II approach to climate change. We’ll see if we can hold them to it.

– Bill McKibben

That is one reason I am following through with my support for Bernie Sanders, by voting for the Democratic Party ticket in 2016. And then this year can be over please, thank you.

There is a certain sick entertainment value to having a presidential candidate tweet at 3AM that Miss America is fat. And that many Americans seem determined to elect a boy with no qualifications and every horrible trait a person can have. Charles M. Blow in his NYT column articulates this perfectly. There’s a certain hilarity to the fact that grown persons want to provide a maladjusted toddler with nuclear weapons.

In the race also, are two other candidates. The Libertarian doesn’t know the name of a single foreign leader and he’s a right-wing nut. Yet he’ll pull some votes from right and left, and this too is good for an uneasy chuckle. We also have a Green Party candidate who will pull a significant number of votes away from the sole qualified candidate in the race, Hillary Clinton.

The laughing stops when you realize that most of the unworthy brat’s followers will vote for him, no matter what he says or does. And that many rational people seem to be missing this point, as they prepare to make protest votes for candidates who are not only unqualified, but also have exactly no chance of winning a single state. Thus, the unworthy brat can win. It is not funny.

There was one other qualified candidate in the race, his name is Bernie Sanders. He has endorsed and is campaigning for Hillary Clinton. I agree with him, and I am voting Dem even here in sunny “Blue State” California. Because this election is weird. It’s so weird it makes weird look normal. Anything could happen, and it’s an emergency situation. We must not allow our nation to be led and represented by its most horrible specimen.

To abandon the Democratic Party nominee in the general election would be to render all the efforts we made behind Bernie Sanders a complete waste. Please don’t do that. Please vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, support her campaign in whatever ways you can, and encourage others to do so. After that business is done, we can address everything else, but first we must put a grown-up in the White House. And hopefully bury the GOP down the entire ticket for ever subjecting us to this shameful display.

The World Moves And It Bounces And Hops

Policies. We all have them. Here are mine, for this bizarre election season: I will not mention the name of, nor discuss the orange ugliness-dispenser. Others do a fine job of discussing that horror. I strongly disagree with my friends at MoveOn who seem to encourage people to go and protest at the Ugliness rallies. Dumb. Plays into the hands of captain Ugly. The child wants attention. Don’t provide it. Instead, focus on the remaining viable political party that has some interest in public service. That would be the Democratic Party. I will speak and write their names gladly. Go Bernie. Yay Elizabeth Warren for speaking up, I hope she’s president in 2020. I’ll support Bernie Sanders through the convention. On the day of the convention, my support will switch to the nominee. If it’s Clinton, so be it. The Dem platform has been moved significantly into less horrible directions by Sanders’ massive influence. That influence is fueled by the millions of us who have made his campaign YUGE! There still remains the possibility that Bernie will get the nomination. It’s the policy of the establishment within the Dem party, and the corporate news media, to declare this over. That is because they want us to stop pushing for Bernie and give up like good little complacent puppies. Well. Bernie supporters don’t seem to adhere to that policy. The coronation of the DNC’s appointee, Clinton, has been made complicated by the presence of an actual life-long progressive opponent. It’s inconvenient for the established powers, all this citizen participation! And that is good. It is my policy not to rethink and edit this down or organize it into neat paragraphs. I am angry that we have closed primaries. I am appalled that New York voters, most of whom who didn’t even know who Bernie was until recent months, had to be registered six months before the primary, in order to vote for him! That is the definition of “rigged.” It means a grassroots upset candidate like Bernie, has little chance against an already well-known and established candidate like Hillary. It’s disgraceful that the Dem party leadership is basically Clinton’s campaign team, rather than an unbiased facilitator of a primary election process. It’s ridiculous that there were not more Dem’s willing to oppose the designated appointee, and contribute to a real policy debate to create a well-informed platform! The list of un-democratic policies in the Democratic Party is endless. It is my policy to stop ranting now and get on about another day on this oh so beautiful and improbable sphere.

Pic by Shannon Wheeler.
Pic by Shannon Wheeler.

Coffee, Bernie, Sunshine, New York, California, and Nina Hagen. Yes.

It’s actually a coincidence that I’m drinking coffee from a #FeelTheBern mug, and wearing my Bernie For President T-shirt, as I listen to Democracy Now!’s coverage of Bernie’s big win in the Wisconsin primary.

It’s been great to watch the Bernie Sanders campaign gain momentum, and to see his message get out there, against the wishes of the Democratic Party establishment and corporate media. I’m proud to have supported Bernie’s run from the day he announced.

As we approach the very important New York primary, I’m just going to repeat my main reason for supporting Bernie Sanders: it is simply that I agree with him on almost every issue he has addressed in his long career. I strongly encourage anyone who is undecided, or unclear on Bernie’s policy positions and voting record, to take a look through this site:

feelthebern.org – Where does Bernie Sanders stand on the issues?

There’s a lot more there than just the main issues he is campaigning on.

As for Clinton, my reasons for opposing her candidacy are these: she changes her positions on major issues for political expediency. Often. Routinely. Except, in the area of foreign policy! Where she is consistently an extreme hawk. How any progressive can support her in the primary, knowing that, is beyond my comprehension. But you know, I’ll vote for her if she gets the nom’, yada yada etc. yawn

On the “other side!” A wingbat crazypants loonyclown show of sadism, that celebrates every foul trait humans are capable of. I wont print the names of their so-called candidates. They are beneath contempt. It’s not a question of conservative politics anymore, it’s a mass public meltdown of bigotry and stupid violence. It’s one big hate-crime, masquerading as a political party. It is the worst things you can say about it, only it’s even worse than that! As Van Jones said on Democracy Now! today:

We are now adapting to absurdity. The idea of complete racial hostility — no dog whistles; megaphones! — has now been normalized. That is dangerous. Now, we cannot rely, as progressives, on stupidity and strife in the Republican Party to stop this. The next guy will be smarter. The next woman will be smarter. And then what are we going to do?

Horrifying stuff.

The conspiracy theory I like best is the one that says this is all just elaborate theater, calculated to make Clinton look good by comparison. It’s nonsense, but it seems to have that effect on some voters nonetheless. I hear the argument often, “I agree with Bernie, but I’m supporting Hillary because the repub’s can’t be allowed to win!” This despite numerous polls which show Sanders winning a general election by a significantly larger margin than Clinton. Logic is out of fashion.

Incredible, though. We have, until January 20th of next year, a truly great president. Following the single worst. I only agree with President Obama on issues about 70% of the time, but I always like and respect him. Because, duh, what the hell are people missing about this guy? He’s a class act in a field rife with brutes. We wont see another like him. I helped elect and re-elect him, and I’d do it again today. Many said he could never win. I always answered the same way: “Do you want him to win? Then let’s make it happen.”

One thing is clear about the 2016 race. No one knows what is going to happen. Predicting and second-guessing is pointless. The thing to do is support the candidate you most agree with. The one who will best serve your interests. For a vast majority of American citizens, the choice is a no-brainer. It’s Bernie Sanders. Let’s make sure he wins New York and California, my coastal friends. It’s going to be up to us. Throw money. Make some calls. Do you want him to win? Then let’s make it happen.

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It’s sunny and warm here like summer suddenly. Bye now. Love you. Here’s some Nina Hagen.

Bitter Gertrude Weighs In On HRC/Bernie

A good read:

“I’ll Never Vote for Hillary!” Yeah, OK.

and I’m posting it because I agree with a lot of her points. Also, how can I not love a blog called Bitter Gertrude?

My opposition to Clinton is mainly due to her preference for lobbing bombs at people at every opportunity. Sanders is certainly not a pacifist either (voted for invading Afghanistan, for example), but, he correctly voted against the Iraq disaster, and he has a long history of opposing the lobbing of bombs whenever it is unnecessary and completely stupid. A study of Clinton’s record distinguishes her as a “Hawk,” and that is my main disagreement with her. I don’t think any American president has been a pacifist. We haven’t evolved to that point and perhaps we never will. It sucks and the world is bad. Oh well, whatever. I prefer a commander-in-chief who lobs less bombs, and one who didn’t believe the fiction about “WMD’s” when even my cat knew they were lying.

That said! There’s a LOT of BS being said about Clinton, and yes some of it is sexist, and yes some of it is counter-productive, and NO I’m not abstaining from the general election if my candidate doesn’t win!

Why? Because a post-Obama GOP presidency would be like Bush/Cheney on crack. It’s unthinkable. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to the world, to prevent that.

Thanks Bitter Gertrude, for the good food for thought this morning.

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Rant

I don’t think I’m actually signing any petitions demanding that congress do its job re: Supreme Court nomination. We don’t sign petitions demanding anyone else do their job, do we? You pay them and they fix the sink or whatever and that’s it. I’d like that – plumber comes over, sits down, says “I refuse to even hear your arguments about that leaky faucet. Fuck off and die. Oh, and pay me.”

I’ll miss President Obama. I don’t agree with him on everything of course, but that’s not the point. He’s a great president. In harsh contrast to his predecessor, and most who scramble to replace him, Barack Obama is highly qualified for that office, while most persons simply are not.

I hope Bernie Sanders wins, and I’m doing what I can to help make that happen. But much of America is deep in a self-destructive kick. To say economically disadvantaged people often vote against their own interests is a whopping understatement. On the one hand, they’re nominating a belligerent fascist buffoon. On the other, maybe a dedicated servant of Wall Street, the Incarceration For Profit Industry, and the Department Of Lobbing Bombs At People. She’s rational. And reasonable. In comparison to the raving, psychotic idiots of doom. And that’s the deal. We’re supposed to be happy with the lesser evil in this context.

There’s no need for satire anymore. Reality has replaced satire.

There is exactly one candidate for president in 2016 whose positions align with the interests of most Americans, and not with the entrenched corporate forces of greed and devastation. His name is Bernie Sanders.

If you, like many Bernie supporters, are discouraged by yesterdays not-so-super-Tuesday results, have a look at this optimistic assessment for a morale-boost and reality check:

Bernie Sanders Had a Phenomenal Night — Here’s Why

And that’s it, I have nothing more. Donate to Bernie’s campaign if you agree and are so inclined. Phone bank etc. if you have time. We can win, but key word is “we.”

Oh, and I’m playing a gig Friday! With the amazing and beautiful Pollyana Bush, and her amazing and beautiful band! It will be amazing, and beautiful. Info here.

Here are some rabbits.

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Bernie Sanders Remains Best Candidate By Far For President

I’ve found myself at a loss for words to address the escalating madness around this election. But I have found a couple of articles that reflect some of my thoughts, so I’ll share them below with my own brief comments.

1. On the subject of the “presumptive Democratic nominee” as the media keeps calling her, and why I am convinced her campaign can easily find a way to lose the general election should she become nominated, read this article in Daily Kos. It’s longish and it turns into a plea to support Sanders, but I post it for the “1 Week, 6 Hillary Clinton Lies” part. It’s beyond me why she’d say those things, that are so obviously wrong, and so easily dis-proven, and offensive. That’s the maddening part. Why? I don’t get it.

2. On the subject of the lumpy orange demagogue and his screeching minions: please, do not adopt their tactics against them. If people show up at the foulmouthed bigot’s events, and go in and disrupt them, the foulmouthed bigot benefits greatly from that. For details, and suggested better tactics, please read this article in counterpunch.org. Thank you.

3. On the eve of a potentially YUUUUGE Tuesday primary day, I repeat and re-emphasize my support for Bernie Sanders. His campaign has been consistent with everything he’s ever stood for and fought for and voted for in his whole career. Whomever you may support, I urge you to examine “Where does Bernie Sanders stand on the issues?” at feelthebern.org. Even Bernie supporters will likely learn something new there, and that may help you to convince others.

Bernie Sanders for President!

I decided to start fundraising for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, so I created a page at ActBlue.

It’s called, of course, “Eric’s Virtual Bernie Sanders Fundraising Bus!

You can donate directly to his campaign through my page, or make your own and spread the word even further.

Goal Thermometer

I set an initial goal of 100 people, and 8 of us came up with over $250 in 3 days! Thanks friends!!

I agree with Bernie Sanders’ policy positions. I also favor him because rather than change course with the political winds, Bernie has been singing the same tune for his entire career.

The number of contributors is important. A thousand $3.00 contributions means more, in some ways, than one $3,000 donation. The whole point is that the Bernie campaign runs on people, not corporations. That’s why Bernie is the ONLY presidential candidate in the 2016 race so far with significant and growing momentum.

I’m on the bus. Hope you’ll join me!

Update, Dec. 3 2016:
We tried, we did good. The campaign was stopped by the Dem Party who clearly thought they knew better than the VERY PROCESS AND IDEA OF DEMOCRACY ITSELF, YOU SELF-ABSORBED MYOPIC TWITS!! Ahem. My little ActBlue page there with the Bernie Bus raised over $3,300 for the Sanders campaign (THANKS, FRIENDS!!) and we would have almost certainly won the general election. Now we’re doomed. Thank you DNC, thank you 3rd party “protest” voters, thank you apathetic lazy stay-homers and, apologies to polar bears and all life on earth. Whoopsiedaisy