Wednesday, 16 August 2017

When Using a 'Name-Brand'

With all this Nazi talk in recent days, I thought it might be useful to pull out the 1932 political platform for the Nationalist Socialist Party of Germany.  While some folks go full turbo on the Aryan Nation business....to be a true Nazi....you also need to be socialist.  So, this is the platform statement, in English, in modern-day language:

1.  Undertaking a government requirement to establish all citizens the right to adequate employment opportunities and an adequate living standard.  Hint, this means the $15 an hour wage, and the government supervising your employment opportunities in some fashion.

2. The needs of the overall community should outweigh the needs of the individual. Hint, your personal needs don't matter.

3.  The commercial running of the nation should be regulated in such a way, that profits of the rich or corporate nature.....should be shared and distributed to the citizens....not by the wealthy or elite. Hint, you can only make X-amount of money, and the rest will be redistributed.

4.  The welfare of the senior citizens should be attended to by the government, who will ensure a provision exists for their "protection".  Hint, part of the redistribution of wealth will go toward senior citizens....one way or another.

5.  The nation will ensure regulations exist to control state and federal property to the degree required, which will be determined by the highest authority of the government. If necessary, confiscation of excess property or wealth will be exercised, for the greater good of the community.  Hint, they will seize property and wealth, as required.

6.  Interest rates and mortgage situations will be regulated by the government to ensure the lowest possible financial requirement upon the citizens.  Hint, the banks won't set rates....the government will.

7.  A national farming bill/law will be pushed to help improve and comfort the rural farming environment and ensure national food requirements are met, with good cheap prices for everyone in the market. Hint, the government will set prices and farming profits.

8.  Rent control and regulation will be exercised as necessary, to prevent profits. Hint, rent will be a government run operation....you the owner, will not determine how much you can charge.

9.  Regulation will be created to prevent speculation of land and property.

10.  The federal government will work to ensure the culture of all ethnic groups of society is respected and honored.

11.   The science of citizenship will be developed and exercised as appropriately viewed by the community, state and federal government. This science will be developed into common teaching requirements and utilized for lesson plans as necessary.

12.  Children with skill and capability, no matter what class of their parents, shall be educated at the cost of the government, no matter where they live or what the eventual higher education will cost. In essence, free college for all.

13.  It will be the absolute priority of the nation to help raise the standards of national health by providing adequate hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses, and care.

14.  It will be the national cause to help stop and hinder unnecessary juvenile labor.

15.  It will be a national priority to help increase physical fitness and dietary requirements of the public, to help make society at large better and healthier. Regulation will be utilized as much as necessary.

16.  The overall goal of the nation.....will be the common good....before the individual good. The nation will stand against materialistic spirits which create unfair wealth and class divisions.

So, if you were hyped up to use the brand-name Nazi....and you just weren't that much into socialism or the entanglements.....then you've picked the wrong core group.

Course, there are some other folks who'd like these political platforms, who might not be considered alt-right.

Just something to think about.  Note, all of these come from 1932 text of the political platform used for the party in that year's election in Germany.

The Real McCain

Nothing to get excited about....but in 2013....Senator John McCain who clearly says today that he hates racists and Nazis....openly met with Oleh Tyanhnybok, who is head of the political party in the Ukraine and absolutely a Nazi.

What did McCain do?  He spoke of kind words over Tyanhnybok and his party.

Yeah, McCain....either crazy at the flip of a switch or absolutely in full control of his destiny.  Your decision.

The Lost Damsel Story

For several days, I've been following this story out of central Alabama....near the Highway 82 area between Union Springs and Eufaula.  On the map, this is just east of Montgomery....by 30-odd minutes of driving.

The story goes....about a month ago, this young damsel (Lisa Theris) had accompanied two young gentlemen on a burglary adventure.  Their target was a hunting cabin out in the rural aspects of the region.

What we are told is that Lisa gets all nervous at the cabin area....worried about the 'law' or maybe the two guys (they were both arrested later), and she runs off into the woods.

For a month....yes, four weeks, she is out in the woods.

A couple of days ago....some driver is driving down Highway 82 and notices something that looks not right.  Normally, you'd see cows, fence posts, pines, and farms.  Here on the side of the road is a naked gal....Lisa.  They take her to the hospital.

So, Lisa's story.   She says she ran off into the woods....got lost, and then survived off creek water, her own urine, mushrooms, and berries.  She has lost roughly 50 pounds, or so the hospital does claim. She is insect-bit (heavily), and appears awful brown (as in suntanned).

Folks are amazed at her survival and admire the whole story.  It does sound pretty nifty.

I paused over this, and frankly....it's fairly fake.

First, if you gaze at a map of the region.....if you pick even the more rural of the territory, you'd only have to walk two miles in one single direction to reach a dirt or paved road.  It'd take roughly an hour, and you'd hit civilization.  Folks would like to think it's really all forested and rough territory, but the map shows otherwise.

Second, naked? Generally, folks that get naked these days....do it because they are on flakka (the drug).  Otherwise, you really don't have any reason to rip your clothing off.

Third, snakes.  Generally, if you told me you were out in some woods for four weeks....just rambling around....especially in Alabama....it means you would come across a snake about every thirty minutes.  The odds of surviving?  Zero chance.

My impression?  She was at the robbery site, and at some point had access to a fair amount of flakka.  Maybe it belonged to the two guys....maybe it was from the cabin itself....who knows.  But she spent most of the four weeks doing the drug situation and simply lucked out to have walked to Highway 82 and been found.

But here's the thing.....in Alabama, we need stories like this to be entertained by.  Folks will sit for weeks talking about the lost damsel, and how they would have handled this if they were lost.

2018

I'm thinking about writing a book.  So I've thrown around this plot:

Winston Jackson is a regular guy, who sips Pabst Blue Ribbon...drives a 12-year-old Chevy....just wrapped up his second divorce....pays a hefty amount on taxes, and leans toward moderate conservatism.  He lives in Oceania, Mississippi.

Winston uses Google, Twitter, Facebook and various social media platforms....and wakes up one day to realize that they are all in some mode of watching him and his activities.  They track his cookies and know his slant on life.

Winston has come to notice that there's all these new phrases thrown around....that don't seem to mean anything but it keeps getting hyped to him via Newsweek, the Washington Post, NY Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Fox News, CBS, and NBC....that these things are important.  Winston questions this.

Winston notices that even the folks in authority (sitting in Washington) tend to get hyped up over these things.  One day, Winston is told that there is evil fake news out there, and he needs to be vigilant....and stay mostly with only the authorized news folks because they know whats fake and what's not.

Winston starts to think that it's ALL fake.  Not just the fake news, but Washington, politics, taxation, racism, etc.  Winston chats about this on social media....which draws up the attention of the media-watchers, and they are aware of his behavioral change.

Winston feels oppressed and frustrated.  His political party is in decay.  His view of news is drawn to question everything.  He is a skeptic of virtually everything he is told.  He starts to have random thoughts of running off to Argentina, or buying a ranch in Utah, or voting for some McMuffin-guy just to send some message.

Winston starts to hate his political party, and the fake leadership.  One day....there is some loud-mouthed guy who actually talks at the level and perception like Winston.  In a way, this guy is like Winston.  The guy says he can drain-the-swamp....which no one believes possible.

Winston starts to chat and write over social media of his enthusiasm for this change....this new leader...and this is all viewed as 'radical'.

One day, Winston bumps into a gal at the Piggly Wiggly.  She's provocative, seductive, sensual, voluptuous, and hints that she might be like him.  The fact that he gets this way only after a seven-minute conversation by the beer aisle suggests that maybe Winston has some serious secondary problems....but lets not get into this detail.  Her name? Binky.  On social media, she goes by 'bodacious_babe_for_Trump'.

Weeks pass with passion pumping hard between Winston and Binky.  They talk hot politics....twenty-four-seven.  Even at the Quicky-Lube while waiting for his oil change....he's on the phone and talking of a change coming to politics.

A guy comes up on social media and wants to chat with Winston.  The guy infers that he's like Winston.  He wants change too.  The guy?  Marvin.

Marvin says that he's part of a secretive union that is bound to bring real change to the land.  Days later, Marvin says that it's really a secretive league (something related to baseball probably).  Then days pass, and Marvin says that it's really a secretive clique...making Winston think that it's something French-like in nature.  Then days pass, and Marvin says it's really a secretive confederacy (suggesting it might be southern and related to the Civil War).

At various points in these secretive chats....Winston should have realized that Marvin was either a schizophrenic, a nut-case, or someone trying to use people for some political agenda.

Marvin keeps hyping up Winston on correctness, facts, accuracy in news, etc.

Winston starts to filling overwhelmed by Binky and Marvin.  Everything is complex.  Politics doesn't make sense.  Even the act of some marginal NFL quarterback sitting during the national anthem.....doesn't seem to be that significant to be chatted about for weeks and weeks on social media.

One day, Marvin comes up and says that it's either all-in for the political message, or all-in for some trailer-park bimbo (meaning Binky).

Winston thinks about it, and adds up the facts.  Binky wears tube-tops....flip-flops....and gets him all aroused by sipping off the foam on his glass of Pabst-Blue-Ribbon.  Winston dumps Marvin as a 'friend' from his social media platforms.

Days later, Winston wakes up to realize that Binky does live in a trailer-park....uses opioids.....dates another guy named Otis....has spent six months in a Tallahassee jail for bad-check-writing....and is actually the daughter of Marvin.

This becomes too much for Winston, and he moves to Colorado where he runs a Marijuana shop called 'Dark Desires'.  He traded in his Red-Wing boots for Birkenstocks.  He wears Hawaii-style shirts 365 days out of the year now.  He dropped all news networks from his cable-plan.  He doesn't interest himself in any political chatter, NFL talk, or discussions on religion.

Winston is finally at peace with himself.

As for Binky?  She ended up marrying some geeky electrical engineer...doing four months of detox...and is today a registered Democrat.

Marvin?  He's heading up a new league or clique to get folks enticed back into politics.  He's onto this idea of statue-yanking.  He says it'll go big in 2020.

Statue-Yanking

A lot of political infighting is simply scripted out....like an episode of WWE-wrestling where they know the bad guy for this four-month period, and how some good-guy will arrive to displace the bad-guy.

If you go and review DC news....the park service had to go and review damage done to the Lincoln Memorial....red paint written piece...."F*** Law" written into the stone.  Review says it occurred around 4:30AM yesterday.

So I sat and pondered over this whole anti-statue theme.

My gut feeling on the statue-yanking?

By the end of this year...most civil war statues in the south will have been yanked (either in a civil fashion by the city government, or by protest groups just simply reacting on their own).  By some point in the spring of 2018...I expect some reaction to occur where a Union Army statue (from a northern state) will be yanked down by alt-right (paid protesters).

Weekly statue-yanking expeditions will occur on state, public, and even federal property.  Gettysburg park rangers will be pulling around the clock guard-duty to ensure various statues on their park grounds aren't yanked.

The news media will react and be shocked.....a couple of weeks will pass, and another Union Army statue will be yanked down.

Then several artistic statues....Revolutionary War statues....WW II statues....etc, will go through a yanking period (probably up to 2020 and the election).

All of this will be set to some type of insurrection script with paid provocateurs on both sides. At some point, the FBI will stumble across the pay-to-provoke scheme and try to make sense why both sides are getting money, and who would be this 'crazy'?

It'll be one of those mass media moments when all the journalists are now looking at each other, and wondering if they were led around in a media-provocateur episode as well.

Lack of trust?  This is the ultimate moment of this whole script....the bulk of the American public will give up on most all news media devices, and refuse to believe any of them.