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“Donald Trump should be treated like a very, very bad child in a preschool. Like the kid in preschool who really wants attention, so he throws his excrement against the wall? That’s Trump on Twitter. . . . He has no policies or theories, just a desperate, endless need for attention.”

— Susan Mulcahy, quoted by Lucia Graves in “A Gossip Columnist’s Guide to Outwitting Trump” in The 12-1-17 Guardian

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BOOTLICKING, ger.  A popular American mass participation sport which is rapidly displacing baseball as the national pastime.

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– definition (not photo) from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, by Chaz Bufe, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

American Heretic's Dictionary revised and expanded by Chaz Bufe, front cover


(For the last few months we’ve been running the best posts from years past, posts that will be new to most of our subscribers. This one is from 2015. We’ll be posting more blasts from the past for the next several months, and will intersperse them with new material.)

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There’s a story in today’s Guardian on a dispute in Denver over volunteers handing out informational flyers about jury nullification in front of the courthouse. The district attorney has charged two activists with felony jury tampering (!) for handing out the flyers, while the city attorney has directed the cops to stop arresting people for handing out flyers, because such arrests are an obvious violation of the right of free speech.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, jury nullification consists of juries refusing to convict defendants either because they believe that the law in question is unjust or because they believe that defendants had good reason for breaking the law in question.

Most people believe that juries are bound to follow judges’ instructions and convict defendants regardless of whether jurors consider a law unjust or that defendants are justified in breaking it. There is no such obligation. Juries can find defendants not guilty in such circumstances, and there’s not a thing judges or prosecutors can do to them because of it.

Over the years, there have been many horrendous miscarriages of justice resulting from juries being unaware of this, and prosecutors want to keep it that way.

So, what the activists handing out flyers at the Denver courthouse were and are doing is not only courageous, but important. If enough people become aware that jury nullification is possible, it would put a brake on the power of the state to steamroller political activists.

The best source of information on jury nullification is the Fully Informed Jury Association. Check ’em out, please.


Since I had nothing better to do, I bought a 12-er of Bud Light (the official beer of Tucson)  and toddled on over to one of my neighbor’s places tonight.

His two 80-or-90 pound  mutts threatened me when I walked through the gate, until I said, “Knock off the shit, motherfuckers” and put my hand down toward them, fingers curled back, so they could sniff me. They were fine after that.

There were only the three of us tonight — yours truly, my neighbor, and his gay nephew — a really nice guy I’ve known for years.

This is how much things have been changing: my neighbor’s nephew (early 40s) is very open about being gay, and that ain’t all that unusual around here anymore. It’s “fine, whatever…” Nobody gives a shit.

But his boyfriend, from Hermosillo, keeps it all a secret. Up here, not so much. Down there, yeah, a secret. A shameful secret.

One hopes that the more tolerant attitudes up here along the border will seep down. Maybe. Probably.

One other really weird thing we talked about was one of my ex-GFs, a Texan from Houston. She’s a barely disguised racist — against Mexicans — not that she’ll admit it — but is fine with black people.

Weird, yeah. I know.

I think my neighbors were kind of disgusted that I’d have anything to do with — let alone have sex with — such an asshole, but didn’t want to say anything about it.

Go figure. Needless to say, that’s over with.

And this is over with for now: another tale from the hood.

Stay tuned.

(More utterly depressing pictures from out my front door shortly.)

 


Yep, what Louis C.k. did was pretty gross.  Pretty obnoxious. And it leaves you wondering, WHY? What on earth why did he do it? He had all the money and fame in the world, and could have gotten laid any time he wanted. (Don’t deny it — a lot of women will flock to fame and fortune. As an early episode of the best sci-fi comedy ever, Red Dwarf, put it, “”With that kind of money, anybody will spread their legs.”)

How could that type of degradation possibly gratify anyone? Especially a progressive type like Louis C.K., who seems to take delight in skewering that type of sickness, and in being ruthlessly honest about male-female relationships?.

(Trump’s golden showers at least seem to have the point of being grossly misogynistic, grossly degrading to women, allowing him to feel like the alpha male — a species which should be shot on sight,  or  preferably gelded.)

Well, the explanation is pretty damn straight forward: Louis had power. It changed him. And hence he abused it.

He’s admitted what he did. There was little if any coercion, and he misbehaved horribly. He’s admitted it. That’s much better than “pussy grabber” Trump. And it’s way  better than pedophile “Christian Conservative” Roy Moore. At least Louis is honest.

Once Louis apologizes to the women he offended — still waiting for that–it”ll be time to forgive and forget. but not until he apologizes; and I think he’s big enough to do this

In the meantime, nothing will change as long as some people have power over others.

Male, female, it doesn’t matter. As long as some have power over others, they’ll abuse them.


Willie Edwards, "Everlastin' Tears"

Police state on the rise

By the same old guys

With the same old lies

Comes as no surprise

Well it’s very plain to see

They want your liberty

Police state

Police state

Police state

Police state . . . . .

We’re trying to get Willie down here (from Vermont)  to do some live performing and to record a new album later this winter.

We’ll keep you posted about the new label.

The band is back up, and we’re doing a bunch of mostly (so far) unrecorded blistering political blues, most prominently “Private Prison Blues,” and will record two new full CDs of original material — some political, some just funny and self-mocking — over the next few months. It’ll mostly be blues, but also blues-rock, latin rock, blues-jazz, straight jazz,  New Orleans funk-blues, country rock, funk rock, straight country, and western swing. In other words, it’ll be what Gatemouth Brown, refusing to be pigeonholed, called “American Music.”

We hope to get Willie Edwards down here to record at least one new CD, and maybe two, as a way to launch the new label, along with new CDs by the Pinche Blues Band, Al Perry, Brian Hullfish, and one or two other local bands.

 

For now, check out the Pinche Blues Band site where we have all of the songs from the first two EPs up as free mp3s.

Enjoy. And stay tuned.


(For the last few months we’ve been running the best posts from years past, posts that will be new to most of our subscribers. This one is from 2014. We’ll be posting more blasts from the past for the next several months, and will intersperse them with new material.)

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English: A simple binary tree diagram illustra...

English: A simple binary tree diagram illustrating the hierarchical structure of a multi-level marketing compensation plan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The easiest way to lose supposed friends is, of course, to loan them money. As little as fifty or a hundred bucks will generally do the trick, and being rid of them is a bargain at the price. As a bonus, the minority who pay you back in a timely manner are almost always real friends.

The second easiest way is to flatly turn down a supposed friend who’s involved in a multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme — Amway, Herbalife, etc. My close friends are neither naive enough nor unethical enough to involve themselves in such pyramid scheme-like crap, but every once in a while someone I’m not especially close to will hit me up to buy overpriced MLM junk, playing the “friend” card. I simply tell them, “Don’t take it personally. I like you, but I never buy from multi-level marketers.” To date, almost every single one of them has immediately vanished. (The one in a hundred who’ll stick around is probably an actual friend, just naive. In my case I can only think of one exception.)

Try refusing the next time a “friend” tries to take advantage of you via an MLM scam. I have a strong hunch your experience will be the same as mine.