Thunder on the Mountain

November 19, 2016

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thunder-mountainThe Wall Street Journal is being “cautiously optimistic” here about the installation of a Leninist in the White House —but while hope may spring eternal so does reality.

“I’m a Leninist,” Bannon told a profiler for the Daily Beast, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

“Brietbart publishes offensive items, but we doubt the site will inform the State of the Union Address.”

“Brietbart will need to persuade the public…”

Those last two statements are particularly startling given the first one. Is the idea that Trump will have to persuade the public that Bannon is not a Leninist in the sense Bannon himself described Lenin? And will that persuasion have the color of the persuasion that characterized Trump’s campaign rhetoric, filled with falsehood and implicit violence, but muted, coded?

The WSJ in wrapping up says (as if to blithely gloss over 60 years or so of Soviet rule) that it didn’t work out well for Lenin. Well, Jesus! it didn’t work out well for the Russian people either, even the ones who initially followed him thinking they’d finally had a leader they could trust.

As Nobel winner Dylan has written, “The writing’s on the wall, come read it, come see what it say.” —Thunder on the Mountain

 


Jim Culleny
11/19/16

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On Growing Up

November 17, 2016

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There’s been a lot of talk lately of losers being whiners and that the left should just “grow up”, but when “growing up” means buying into the leadership of a man who has, in so many ways, run against the grain of common decency, against minorities and women throughout his business career and life, continuing through his campaign and now up to this moment by choosing as his chief strategist Steve Bannon who from the bottom of his apparently rage-filled heart has said things like:

“In fact, the women that would lead this country … would not be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England.”

Or who has sanctioned headlines at his Breitbart News such as:

BIRTH CONTROL MAKES WOMAN UNATTRACTIVE AND CRAZY 

and

THERE’S NO HIRING BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN TECH, THEY JUST SUCK AT INTERVIEWS

and

THE SOLUTION TO ONLINE HARASSMENT IS SIMPLE: WOMEN SHOULD JUST LOG OFF

and

WOULD YOU RATHER YOUR CHILD HAD FEMINISM OR CANCER

Or who ran a headline calling Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew.”

Or who’s ex-wife has testified, “…the biggest problem he (Bannon) had with Archer (school) is the number of Jews that attend. He said that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”

Or who is praised by the Klu Klux Klan as being an “excellent” choice as strategist (I wonder, what would Bannon’s racial strategy be if he’s thought well of by the KKK?)

Or who ran a Breitbart article that “depicts an invasion of France and the white Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees, characterized as horrific and uncivilized ‘monsters.’”

Breitbart news has, of course, been characterized as being racist, white ethno-nationalist, misogynist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic.

If “growing up” is another way of saying, “Accept the leadership of Trump, Bannon and the entire Republican leadership,” I’m not in. In fact, I believe that accepting that leadership is itself a sign of arrested development, not to mention closeted bigotry. I believe that accepting that leadership is the first step on the path to the terminal decline of what was the idea of “America”.
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Jim Culleny
11/17/16

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This is a problem: the ease religion takes in reducing hard questions to simple answers (just like politics).

It’s said that god made the world and we see that this world is spectacularly complex and nuanced, we see that it changes without cessation from moment to moment yet scriptures, held up as the “word of god”, are said to be immutable. But the universe itself may fairly be considered the word of god, a word that predates anything coming from the pen or mouth of Man.

We invented religion, so it reflects our small thoughts and minds. “God” (for want of a better identifier) is just too big to be reduced to scripture and dogma. Religion in the hearts of the good will be good, in the hearts of the evil it’ll be evil.

 



Religion and scripture: gospels and surahs,

Qurans, Hadiths, Bibles and Torahs
may be tools like any other,
used to injure or uplift
—in this they are not sacred,
but are as practical as plowshares, 
swords and word tricks
(as of the earth as fauna and flora)
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Jim
11/6/16