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God save the USA (Proper Revisit for Today)

4 Nov

 

GOD SAVE THE USA

by Waldo Tomosky on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:35pm

I just saw an empty man,,

Make an empty speech,

He once said “Yes we can”,

But now he does beseech,

The congressmen and women,

On both sides of the isle,

“Please won’t you come together?”

“So I can save my style?”

“I’ve tried to be ambiguous”,

“I have not made a decision”,

He sold out the Dems in congress,

With sureness and precision.

He made them do the dirty work,

While he smiled and winked at all,

Nancy beguiled by a quirky smirk,

Harry wooed by a Whitehouse call.

Boehner wept with ego and pride,

As the tea party leaders and goats,

Marched, sang and chanted outside,

And The Fed printed bond-notes,

While Gerstner re-figured his taxes,

The Pres took another vacation,

And the Repubs sharpened their axes,

The Hoi Polloi voiced consternation,

“Screw them all, We’ve had enough”,

“I think anarchy may have a point”,

“Let’s all get edgy, smarmy and tough”,

Then they collectively lit up a joint,

And they sadly said “Goodby my lovely USA”,

I’m moving to China or Kazakstan,

Where unions don’t demand high pay,

I’ll have a job and act like a man,

“God save the USA.”

  • © Copyright – Waldo Tomosky

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ATTENTION ALL LAND RECIEVERS AND SHIPS AT SEA

6 Jul

President Morsi of Egypt has been replaced by Edward Snowden from the USA, Hong Kong, King Kong, Hopatkong, Wallagong, Cadosia (NY) and other nether regions of China.

From there President Snowden has travelled to Moscow, Russia.

President Putin was “deeply disturbed and surprised” by Snowden’s new presidential headquarters at the Moscow airport.

Reporters and bloggers the world over have not seen an image, countenance, visage, physiognomy, semblance, mien, presence, silhouette, or appearance of facial features of Snowden since his landing in Moscow.

Putin has since claimed “I don’t believe he was ever in Russia.”

This comment is belied by the fact that Snowden has appointed George Zimmerman as his Vice President.

Senator John McCain has stated “I am shocked at these developments!”

Senators Kirsten Gilligrand and Shuck U. Schumer have shown up at several television stations within the last few hours. (Rush Limbaugh opined ” Did Schumer get hair plugs?”)

The Turkish administration has offered several water cannons to keep the United States “unwashed” under control.

The Obama administration has asked Eric Holder to be the public interface since White House Spokesman Jay Carnal burned out and crashed while attempting to explain the IRS scandal.

The story will be “advanced” as soon as Bill O’reilly gives his permission to

  • Glenn Beck, conservative radio talkshow host, founder of TheBlaze, and former Fox News Channel host
  • Lou Dobbs, former CNN anchor/commentator; periodically appears at least once a month
  • Medea Benjamin, Code Pink co-founder
  • Tammy Bruce, Fox News contributor, author, talk radio host
  • Amanda Carpenter, national political reporter for Townhall.com; appears on Wednesdays
  • Neil Cavuto, Your World with Neil Cavuto host, Fox Business Network anchor, and frequent business advisory guest
  • Alan Colmes, liberal commentator, syndicated radio talk show host and Fox News Channel political contributor; appears on Wednesdays
  • Ann Coulter, conservative commentator and syndicated columnist
  • Monica Crowley, radio and television political commentator; appears on Wednesdays with Colmes
  • Jill Dobson, news & style editor for Star Magazine
  • Steve Doocy, co-anchor of Fox and Friends; appears Tuesdays on “The Great American News Quiz”
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
  • Bernard Goldberg, former CBS correspondent and media analyst, often appears on Mondays
  • Greg Gutfeld, host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
  • Mary Katharine Ham, Internet expert & blogger
  • Marc Lamont Hill, assistant professor of Urban Education at Temple University
  • Margaret Hoover, Republican consultant (often paired with Powers); appears on Mondays; related to former President Herbert Hoover
  • Sonny Hostin, legal expert
  • Juliet Huddy, Fox News fill-in anchor
  • Brit Hume, Senior Political Analyst and former White House correspondent
  • Colonel David Hunt, military adviser
  • Laura Ingraham, talk radio pundit and frequent special guest host; appears on Fridays
  • Alexander Julia, military adviser specializing in Cuban affairs
  • Megyn Kelly, host of America Live with Megyn Kelly; appears Tuesdays
  • Martha MacCallum, co-host of America’s Newsroom; appears Tuesdays on “The Great American News Quiz”
  • Michelle Malkin, conservative commentator, Fox News contributor and frequent special guest host (is currently boycotting the show due to controversy involving remarks made against her by Geraldo Rivera over her position on illegal immigration).[7]
  • Angela McGlowan, Fox News contributor
  • Dennis Miller, comedian; appears on Wednesdays
  • Dick Morris, Fox News political analyst, former advisor to Bill Clinton
  • Wendy Murphy, child advocate
  • Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst
  • Sarah Palin, vice presidential candidate in 2008, former Governor of Alaska, author, and Fox News contributor
  • Kirsten Powers, Democratic strategist, Fox News contributor; often paired with Hoover in segments; appears on Mondays
  • Robert Reich, fill-in host, former Secretary of Labor in President Clinton’s administration
  • Tonya Reiman, certified hypnotist; appears Mondays as a body language expert
  • Karl Rove, former Deputy White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush
  • Geraldo Rivera, Fox News reporter-at-large, host of Geraldo at Large on weekends; appears on Fridays
  • Trent Stamp, president of Charity Navigator
  • John Stossel, Fox Business Network anchor, former co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20
  • Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record
  • Jesse Watters, Factor field producer
  • Lis Wiehl, former federal prosecutor and current Fox News legal analyst; appears Tuesdays (also had co-hosted Wednesdays and Thursdays on O’Reilly’s radio program)
  • Juan Williams, political contributor; appears Mondays (has also served several times as guest host)

to “advance” the story.

Noam Chomsky has delved into the situation by warning that all vowels, consonants, altruisms, allusions, verbs, nouns, predicates, subjects, adverbs, slights of speech, figments of imagination, references, mentions, implications, insinuations, innuendos, suggestions, indications, hints, intimations, citations, quotations, attributions, illustrations, illusions and instances may give a “rightest” twist to the story.

Bill Maher has made a statement (read that as SCREAMED IN AN ALMOST FEMININE VOICE; “Where was Captain Kangaroo when all this was going on?”

President Obama has departed for a three week tour of Scranton, Pennsylvania to “Establish International Relationships.”

God save the USA

25 Mar

 

GOD SAVE THE USA

by Waldo Tomosky on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:35pm

I just saw an empty man,,

Make an empty speech,

He once said “Yes we can”,

But now he does beseech,

The congressmen and women,

On both sides of the isle,

“Please won’t you come together?”

“So I can save my style?”

“I’ve tried to be ambiguous”,

“I have not made a decision”,

He sold out the Dems in congress,

With sureness and precision.

He made them do the dirty work,

While he smiled and winked at all,

Nancy beguiled by a quirky smirk,

Harry wooed by a Whitehouse call.

Boehner wept with ego and pride,

As the tea party leaders and goats,

Marched, sang and chanted outside,

And Bernanke printed C-notes,

While Gerstner re-figured his taxes,

The Pres took another vacation,

And the Repubs sharpened their axes,

The Hoi Polloi voiced consternation,

“Screw them all, We’ve had enough”,

“I think anarchy may have a point”,

“Let’s all get edgy, smarmy and tough”,

Then they collectively lit up a joint,

And they sadly said “Goodby my lovely USA”,

I’m moving to China or Kazakstan,

Where unions don’t demand high pay,

I’ll have a job and act like a man,

“God save the USA.”

    • © Copyright – Waldo Tomosky

The Town Tweeker

29 Jan

July 24, 2009                               THE TOWN TWEAKER

By Waldo J. Tomosky

The following experience occurred in the middle of a thunderstorm. Unfortunately I was sitting on an old log in the North Woods of New York State. My previously lit cigarette was soaked and useless. I am not normally concerned about lightening and thunder; however, the storm was extremely active that day. I was out in the open with my fishing rod acting as a lightning rod. I decided to lay it flat on the ground.

This is a story about a man of tomorrow. A man whose job it is to keep a town operating; and not simply operating but at its most efficient.  Long ago, when this piece was originally written, he would have been a political hack. But in today’s world he is a technician with no political ambitions (and probably no ambitions in any field of endeavor). And he has no knowledge of graft. Forgive my excursion in thought and allow me to take you back sixty-five years ago (where I had started my story about the thunderstorm in the North Woods).

I had not seen a single fisherman on the Chateaugay River that stormy morning. To my surprise (and through the fog, rain and trees) I spied a figure hurrying amid the downpour toward me. He was a man at least twenty years my senior. Apparently he had seen the same stand of hemlocks that I was taking shelter in.

“May I join you?” he asked.

“Sure” I responded. “Please sit down on my sofa.” I said motioning toward the horizontal log.

He took a pack of smokes out of his shirt pocket, looked at the soggy cigarette that hung from my lips, and then returned the pack where it had come from.

“Hell of a storm” he hollered above the din as rain drops beat the hemlock needles to a pulp before streaming down his face.

“It is” I answered. “I’m glad New York State hasn’t decided to tax a nice rain storm the way they have taxed fishing.

The statement about the state taxing fishing and rain was a bad error on my part. I had simply wanted to offer a conversation opener but it opened a flood-gate instead. The middle-aged gentleman sitting beside me went into a rant. His opinions (not to mention the strength of his arguments) made Frederic Nietzsche’s polemics look like a Goldie Locks story.

My new companion fretted about several advances in technology. This made me believe that he was simply an older man who had not been able to program his DVR. The more he spoke the less I was sure about my first impression. He surely was not unaware of technology. In fact he introduced me to a few concepts that I was unaware of.

His first comments regarded the installation of high-speed cameras that snapped photos of drivers who went through red lights. He seemed concerned about his privacy rights. I countered with the cost savings that would be reaped by not having a police officer sitting in his car watching for scofflaws. My new-found friend held his index finger aloft as if to say “Wait a minute, there’s more.”

He then reminded me of the “Quick-Pass” tags that are attached to autos for non-stops at toll booths. The amount of the toll was simply deducted from the “Quick-Pass” ID balance.

He asked “Why would it not be logical for the state to escalate the process? All registered automobiles could then be required to have a ‘quick-pass-like’ ID.” I quickly realized what he was getting at. This would be stealth registration; IDs could be tracked anywhere.

“That way” he continued “the state could argue that there was a cost savings by eliminating the camera equipment at intersections.” He also argued for the state as a devil’s advocate. He declared “The consolidation of services between the motor vehicle registration department and the turnpike authority could easily be sold as ‘cost savings’.”

“You see” he stated “it is really a matter of ‘creeping incrementalism’ but I call it the slow death of human freedom.

When I asked why his viewpoint was so radical he made the following points;

Ø  First he expanded his refutation of the registration/quick pass concept

Ø  Then he spoke of the ubiquity of GPS responders such as On-Star

Ø  Security tags on store bought items (alarm trippers) could be used to track anyone anywhere once the customer departed the store

Ø  Smart electric meters that will know not only how much energy you used but also would know when you used it to take a shower, wash cloths, make toast, etc.

Ø  Personal data records showing which internet sites you visited, which cable programs you watch, which satellite radio stations you listen to, what library books you borrow and which other ones you bought on-line or at the store.

Ø  Blood and DNA swab samples taken from babies at birth would record their genetic make-up and allow for future DNA comparison by government agencies and insurance companies

Ø  The tendency of the federal administration to level the incomes of all constituents (and its end result of killing the incentive to exceed) would have access to these files

Ø  Finally, and infinitely more common place, congress could pass a law allowing pervasive and unavoidable tracking of its citizens. An ID chip would be mandatory in all electronic equipment. This, supposedly, would help monitor “carbon footprints.” These chips would allow “signal-over-electric line” pulses to monitor your every preference; from toast at 9 A.M., to right wing radio at noon, to soft porn at 9 P.M.

Ø  The raveling and crocheting of all the information collected by the above, together in one place, would render the personality, preferences, and physical make-up of all humans to be, shall we say, “well known.”

This listing of real and imagined dangers takes us away from that damp conversation I had with the opinionated fisherman. That was sixty years ago. The technical changes mentioned above became interfused with each other. The interstitial bonding of this technology with everyday life made it appear as common and useful as the bonding of carbon and iron to form steel.

Data banks grew in vastness as the cost of computer memory plunged. Organic memory could be grown instead of manufactured. The totality of this “data capture” came of age and resulted in identifying individuals completely. It was as if people were being filmed and recorded, digitized, compressed, organized and sorted. Individuals were concatenated into neighborhoods, neighborhoods into districts, districts into towns. The reverse engineering could also be completed; towns divided into districts, districts into neighborhoods, neighborhoods into individuals.

Algorithms of matrix algebra allowed the synthesizing and organizing of individualized human preferences, attitudes, aptitudes and limitations. These human parameters were programmed into predetermined options for the “greater good.”  Whose greater good we are still attempting to determine. This era was when the concept of “Town Tweaker” became a reality.

The Town Tweaker’s  job is to watch the town data much like the power plant controller watches boiler data, chilled water temperature, flow, and electrical usage. Not unlike the power plant technician opening and closing valves, the Town Tweaker moves people in and out of jobs, neighborhoods, marriages and even towns.

There are no complaints about what the Town Tweaker does because it is all for the greater good. Everyone is well fed, healthy and quite predictable. Political parties are a thing of the past. Competition is spoken of like we, sixty years ago, once spoke of prostitution; in hushed tones and only when you knew who you were speaking to.

The word “capitalism” is not used in everyday life (and if it were, it would have the same connotation that “colonialism” once had). References are often made to capitalism in college textbooks and classrooms; however, there exists no valid concept of it (or need of it either).

Housing, child care and nourishment are all accomplished in the “Obamakomfin”, a communal house based on “Sovremennaia Arkhitektura” which can be found in our current manifesto “An Archaeology of Socialism” written by Buchli in 1999. The clear description of life within socialism had been ignored for over a half-century before Buchli clarified it (and another half-century before it was rediscovered).

Renderings of “The Beautiful Life” (Krasivaia Zhizn) hang in each apartment in the Obamakomfin. The cultural workers have found a way to disengage from the material world. All people have some type of “meaningful work” that does not result in the crass consumption (or collection of) “power based” items. Cultural dupes and capitalistic puppets are a thing of the past.

Within the stark walls of the Obamakomfin each apartment  has, opposite the hanging picture of “Krasivaia Zhizn”, an Obama Corner. We meet there as a unit to discuss the blessings that “The Great Rhetorictitian” has bestowed upon us. He no longer lives in a corpulent manner but his essence is found as we recite “Change We Can Believe In”; the prayer for tomorrow.

    • © Copyright – Waldo Tomosky