Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Public Option Weeded Out, Baucus Bill Goes On, Medical Insurance Stocks Rise!

"Follow the money."

----Common Saying



The Public Option part of the Health Care Reform bill has
been cut out and Sen. Baucus is excited to bring his initial,
a reach around for Health Insurance Co's, bill to a vote. The fix
is in and Health Insurance Company stocks across the board
were up today. Baucus gets millions from Health Insurance Co's
every year. To make him the "point man" for any type of reform
is like asking a bank robber to investigate a bank robbery.

If Obama does not refuse Baucus' Bill, which is worse than
where we were previous in Health Care, then he is a shill for
Health Insurance Co's. Just like he was a shill for Goldman
Sachs and UBS....And Obama promised to "change the Political
Culture of DC." "Hope" has dropped its mask and become cold
calculation for stuffing party coffers with banking and health
insurance company money. The Change Obama was discussing
wasn't pocket change! But, he still looks better than Dubya.

Obama is shoring up contributors to the DNC for 2010 and 2012.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Voting Booth Quixotes

"Suffrage(Universal): The summit of political science."

----Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Received Ideas.



To walk into a voting booth in November of any year and think
you are doing your "civic duty" and acting fully "American" is
analogous to Don Quixote thinking, by riding an old roan, hiring
a servant, Sancho, who rides an ass, he is a Knight Errant of the
Chivalric Age doing brave deeds for his Fair Maiden.

The voter's Fair Maiden is "making a difference" and the
heroic deed is the secret vote. The ass groans under the weight
of Chivalric "Civic Duty" and its shopkeeper's idealism. Huge
money interests(lobbies, corporations, etc) behind both of the two
main Political Money Machines are the Windmills the voter must
choose between.

At every polling station a worker is there ready to acclaim
the act with a sticker each voter proudly parades. I "made a
difference"! The voting cattle waddle on with bovinely smiles of
self satisfaction and damn those who refuse to participate in mass
marketed mockeries of universal suffrage-- Where moneyed
interests win every time. The Voting Both Quixotes parade like
brave paladins when the front man or woman for their Money
Machine gets the nod. Here we think of the proud Sancho Panza
being named the Admiral of a landlocked Duchy in Spain.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Beau Lit

"We begin to escape loneliness."

---- Bipedal Isotopes, D. A. Pantikratorius.




It all begins with D--
fat, voluptual,
Belly hanging over
the void

Before seed and fire,
the rest spreads
into a farness
which births
Ellipses.........
Out of breath
Stars at my fingertips.....

My thoughts cannot keep pace
With the restlessness of space

Sheets cover me
with a measure of
inky night
on beds of white

The wake of the spoken
leaves me so lonesome

Why do I run from silence's
Seduction?

It all ends with D---
fat, voluptual,
Belly hanging over
the next line........

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Rhetoric of Reaction and Racism

"They are so natural follies, but so shown,
As even the doers may see, and yet not own."

------Volpone, Prologue, Ben Jonson.



I. The Good Old Days and the Founders

Tea party goers, lobbyists and right wing radio and
TV personalities sing the same song! We are losing
our great nation. Socialism is nigh! We need to go back
to the "good old days". One says we go back to 9-12 when
irrational fears, an understandable reaction, after 9-11
brought us together. Yes, indeed, as one flock fleeced into
sheepishly allowing a complete erosion of Civil Liberties
and also sheep-like acquiescense to a War based on
shocking and awe inspiring lies. Others lament the days
when America was a Virginal Free Market with no fetters!
Yes, let us go back to the USA before Anti-Trust Laws. And
why not go back to those jolly old days when African Americans
were considered 3/5ths of a person and had no real suffrage. Good
old days indeed. Or less further back when they were just denied
equal access to education, suffrage and income. Those were
grand old days!

Kin to this is the Hagiography of the "Founders". Mostly
slaveholders who had just enough irony to write "all men are
created equal" and yet in the same document, with a straight
face, allow for slavery.

There is an undercurrent of Racism in all this Nostalgia.
Obama is the "foreigner". He's not "one of ours". The Birther
movement and the obscene treatment of an elected President as
an enemy of the people by a certain, and very vocal, segment of
society exposes the sad truth: a xenophobic reaction to President
Obama in their Collective Neuroses with absurd and contradictory
fears ranging from, "He's a Marxist, Fascist(Hitler) and a Muslim
secretly sympathizing with his Terrorist brethren".

If only he was more like one of their heroes. Like Reagan, who
sold arms to Iran, a state which funds Hezbollah, for some hostages.
The Reagan who praised Osama Bin Laden as a "Freedom Fighter"
and gave him stinger missiles. And the Reagan who made the US
unilaterally veto an otherwise unanimous vote of the UN to condemn
Iraq for using poison gases against Iran in their war. Talk about a
terrorist sympathizer.

What about the Reagan who bailed out S&L's with a larger sum
of public money than President Obama used to bail out the banks and
lending institutions? Well, he was white and "one of ours".

II. Attacking the Criminal Acts of Our Intelligence Agencies or the
Military Is Un-Patriotic and Helps the Enemy

An American murdering someone in a city in the US does
not, in any way, embarass every American, or would make any foreigner
think every American was a murderer. The same principle holds for
crimes committed by people who serve in the Military or the Intelligence
Agencies. These agencies abide by the law and have even more stringent
rules to protect themselves and our interests, as well as other Americans.
They have to operate with a higher professionalism and greater adherence
to rules because of the incredible sensitivity and importance of their work.
The rule of law holds for them. If we do not hold those who protect us responsible
for adhering to laws we basically allow rogue state conditions. Where free
lancers, agents and even military personnel, whose salaries are paid by the
US Taxpayer, feel they can act as they see fit and overrun Law and their own
agency standards in the name of "success". The "successes" born from such
failures to abide by US and International Laws become greater failures.

Not every military servicemen or CIA operative is a criminal. To clear their
good name and honor the service they provide it is imperative we vigorously
prosecute those who tarnish their honor through murder, torture and other
violations of US and International Law. If we allow them impunity what's to stop
a justification for the FBI to torture US Citizens? If they can argue the "success"
of their criminal act. A bankrobber can't brag to the judge, "Hey. I paid my bills
and got a new car with the money I stole."

Besides, ever since the dawn of Torture as a means of gathering truth, many
experts agree, including most in US Intelligence Agencies(DOD, CIA and
the NSA), that torture only gathers a confession of truths you want. In the purges
of Stalin the Soviets only tortured to get information they wanted, not the truth.
Torture has never been an instrument for truth gathering. It has only been used
as a means to break down the accused and to get them to admit what authorities
desire them to admit. For instance, the US Intelligence operatives in Afghanistan
waterboarded Khaled Sheikh Mohammed numerous times. After about 9 episodes
of such torture he admitted there was a connection between Saddam and
Al Qaeda. Not one respectable Intelligence Operative in the world believes or
believed this was true. It was a confession the US Intelligence Agencies wanted to
give the State Department and the Bush White House as more support for the
dwindling and absurd argument for war against Iraq.


Reaction is exacerbated when a leader calls for change.
When the leader happens to be half black using racist tropes to
defeat the desired change can be justified when it is "successful".
All's fair in reaction and torture. They utilize the same "ends justifies
the means" herring to stupify the masses. "Free" market fideists
cannot help bowing to every "success".

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Strung Out, Abandoned, in Paris, 2012

I took a lit Novena. A petition
to cool the furnace that was Paris, August, 2012.
---a mistake Les Bonnes never forgave

She smoked my last bag of hash as I visited
friends in Montmartre. She packed her bags
sans a farewell taste of her Lethean sex.

Not a trace. Not even a whisper of fragrance...

I would have liked to finger fuck her once more,
keeping the scent on my fingers. I would not have
washed my hands for days. Accosting strangers
with an antic élan, "Yes! She broke my heart, but her
mons veneris smelled so dulcet! Here!", thrusting my
finger under their noses, "Smell!"

Parisians are led by the nose. Americans by
the belly and eyes.

Disparate integers came into my head as I attempted
to create an Algorithm for the invasive scents of the
Metro at 3 A.M.. Logic failed me and the equation never
came. She is still gone, along with the embodied
musk which twists an imaginary vine round my left
index finger.

Leave the girls and study mathematics.

My prick weeps as I laugh.

A terrible current is running through me and fuses
with the piss-tinted street lights of Paris. Across from
the Place de la Bastille a beggar shouts at me in Serbian.

How did I know?

One solution: My prick is a sail tacking this
fragile bark towards Champs Elysées. Paralleled trees
line the street and walkways, neat as a discovered equation.
The floral tides tickling my nose tell me Tuileries
are near.

Paris has no mercy. I took a train south and watched
her disintegrate, Seurat style, into pointlessness.






Saturday, September 12, 2009

An Apology Is Only the Recognition of a Love for Doom

"Your hair was wild....
and you were in a rage...
but I don't blame you..."

---"I Don't Blame You", Cat Power.




Anna, my cousin my spouse, I tell the world
from the roof of every house:


I am sorry for my cozenage.

It was small of me and yet smaller still the failure
to sing sufficiently the sadness your absence makes
me feel. A soggy blanket black clouded haze smothers
my eyes. And I, like a grey day which greedily
holds every raindrop, cannot weep.


I ask for the grace your beauty sings. Forgive
and ford the gulf separating you from me. Stop me
from being a Satellite no longer spinning true.
A sphere which has lost its tune.

Has the moon turned you? Your Werefox spirit
coats you a refugee? Are you lost too?

Friendship brings laughter but is no laughing
matter. The trust and time invested makes us all
miserly of kindness, warm as any hearth-fire.


End the exile and come home to these eyes. Speak
so that I may see you again. My Doom in every sense,
a domain of light and articulated beauty, I beg to return.

I cast these pearls on the run. Hoping they borrow
fire from the Sun and find favor in your eyes, ebon.(not blue)




HONY SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Children's Crusade



I


The Virgin called upon
Einhard in the vale,
Her voice swathed
His shaking limbs


A sack and a staff
He carried through town.
In his pledged heart
Her hand moves...



II


Paupers with hair blonde
As noon in cloudless summer,
Boys high as reeds
With thistle tops

(Thistles they playfully killed
With imaginary swords
On gilded spring days.)
Shared his taking of the Cross.

"To Jerusalem!" he cried.
Starvation took its breath,
Rivers their limbs,
And God gathered His jewels

Scattering them cross heaven
To make the black sky run
A silver streaming deep blue
Our Virgin's crystal tears.






Thursday, September 10, 2009

Flowing




An engine rumbles softly as tires kick up mist from the
rainwashed asphalt. Pop lullabies tickle my ear. Artificial
Paradises accompanied by flashers and billboards. They tell
us everything goes towards something greater than all the
Stars. Mobility intoxicates me into believing the stillness I
overtake has flown away. The heart swells. My eyes digest.
The double movement of a world that refuses to rest.
Mists quench the cool wind rustling dust from the
porches of my ears. Blowing a sweet "once was" as
the bass of an engine carries it past.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Luz y Suena




Watch me walk,
a Spanish Grandee,
with teeth white as
impossibility



In the heart
it curls in heat, a foetus,
filling heavens that
beat us


There's a song
which empties
this dazzling sky's
limpid lees


We stride,
proud and noble, in
sinuous ebon sheen.
Arabian.


Don't cry, yet stay,
and stare longingly into
this womb that withers
you.

Flushing the Douche(ca. 1999)

"To laugh at something is always to deride it, and the life which,
according to Bergson, in laughter breaks through the barrier,
is actually an invading barbaric life, self-assertion prepared to
parade its liberation from any scruple when social occasion
arises. Such laughter is a parody of humanism."

-------Adorno and Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment.




Let us imagine a bored man. A man addicted to the self serving chuckle
of a neutrality which disparages all others to exalt oneself. In this fence
sitting Inertopia he reigns. The belly laugh of cravenness is the flourish
announcing his presence. In an Age of Hyper-Consumption, where adjuration
is preached as the holiest of holies, such a man appears wise. Even those who
rankle at his ludicrousness cannot disavow the essence of his up-chuckled
cosmogony.

We can almost see him posturing as he says: "My destiny has been cast
among cocksure women.". A nervous laugh bursts up like the rising sun
after the shame dawns upon him. He calls this effacing. Just as the child
makes its egotism a life and death issue. Yes, folks, the Coup de Fou occurs
afterwards. It was all in jest. He trembles at the threshold of being meaningful.
So, with a straight face, he turns this crippling inability into something
beyond meaning. And then crowns himself with a diadem fashioned from fool's
gold.

Those who fail to accept this Chucklocracy lack, ipso facto, a sense of
humor. Many of us have Uncles who never forgive the brazen inhumanity of
those who do not laugh at their jokes. In this person such a grudge is distilled
into an Ontological Reproach. A sub specie aeterni call for the entire Cosmos
to lighten up and chuckle along! It's the best way to live! Yes! Being a fellow
chuckler suddenly becomes the summum bonum! The dull wit of a timorous,
bored, Paterfamilias becomes the pinnacle of human wisdom. And that, indeed,
is laughable.



Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Ode to Erin Burnett

Non olet.
----Vespasian.



Dark eyes draw
to a luxuriant night
of hair
falling to
the soft light
of shoulder's
day,

Shoulders and face
white
as sails
or a speculator's
ideal space.


The Delphic ticker
rolls below,
oracles Captains
follow
to set sail
or stay.


Pixie mouthed
Priestess,
you smirk
truths---

The dollar is
a sacrifice.

A gesture of surplus
swallowed up
by Saturnine
Gentlemen.