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I get up every morning read the papers front to back,
Not missing a single word.
I like the way it feels folding over in my hands.
a relic of the past.
My future is past
The papers sing me stories of things I can’t control or stop,
Swearing it’s from god.
I drink my bitter coffee, conversing with my friend-
My version of the creator.
He’s my favorite god!
And I feel helpless against the tide of liberty’s decay.
I feel helpless against the tide of political betrayal!
But underneath it all are excuses that I tell myself,
The excuses of my story.
My wife she holds the purse and my shame seems to never end,
The shame of my story.
There’s no jobs to be had!
And I feel helpless against the tide of liberty’s decay.
I feel helpless against the tide of political betrayal!
It takes more then a ribbon to show you care,
More then a flag on your chest to be aware.
Serving your country can be done in many ways,
You don’t have to die so other will say.
“He’s a true patriot, god rest his weary soul.
He died on a cross or was it under the sole,
Of a boot still worn by a our butcher of choice.
He gave his life to defend my voice”.
Lord, lift him to heaven, god rest his soul
but his family and his neighbors got to get off the dole……….
Don’t just stand and wait for the American spring,
Don’t just be idle but sing the praises of the free.
Freedom is not the right to be white,
It’s the right of dissension, and the will to fight.
I’m gonna run and find our American spring,
I’m gonna get on my knees and pray for this thing.
I’m gonna find you and dance and sing,
I’m scream and shout our American spring.
You gotta fight for the American spring!
You gotta die for the American spring!
You can’t hide from the American spring!
We all long for the American spring……
There was so much to say before yesterday. I found that in watching the organic nature of the marches, their peacefulness and the magnitude of the movement, I became speechless.
It said more than I ever could on the topic of the occupant of the oval office. It made me proud to be part of the resistance and ashamed that there had to be one. So I will address only my emotions here in this blog, because the specific words have been presented so much more eloquently than I could ever had hoped to do.
This is a missive to my friends and family who voted for the current regime. Things will not be the same, no matter how much you believe to be right or me wrong, you cast your vote for a political coup d’etat. You ignored history. You swallowed the green pill.
You voted as a brown shirt.
You think you were part of a historic movement to right the injustice’s wrought upon you. The taking back of your country. Your country-as if it really belonged to any of you. Taking back what was rightfully yours. But what real injustices did you suffer? Were you pushed to the back of a bus because of your race? Where you passed over promotions because of your sex? Where you tossed off you jobs at the coal mines because coal production became to unsafe for the world in general. Where you denied healthcare because of pre-existing conditions? What happened to make you wear a brown shirt?
No, You’re white, lower middle class Americans who’s grandparents fled oppression in Germany and Russia, and you-in all of your myopic wisdom run-at full speed-back into their arms. You have never suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune-not until now.
You believe in a regime that uses doublespeak. That hinders the free media from reporting. That demonizes all who stands against it. You backed a regime that for years has been tampering with the free voting process by gerrymandering the districts until it was all but impossible to lose seats in the government. You walked with them with your fist raised high.
This is no different that what occurred in Russia during the early 20th century or Germany in the 30’s, central America in the 60’s. Small groups of people controlling larger ones through misinformation and the help of outside governments. We as Americans should know this because we have been party to this for years in other countries.
I wish I was wrong. I pray every day that I’m wrong. But I’m not. You complained that your healthcare was butchered, that your jobs had disappeared all because of a black man. All because when you looked into the mirror of society, what stared back at you was an inevitable future of the great melting pot-the real promise of America……..
and you were scared.
I no longer care if we speak. I no longer care if at the funerals and wedding I ever see you.
I no longer care.
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Saturday January 7th 2017, 8:45
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You know, last blog I said I wasn’t going to go down the negative road. I wasn’t going to preach anymore about these horrible times and just focus on the good.
Fuck that shit now!!!
We have just elected a corporate fascist clone of Il Duce and it’s going to be rough!! We can weather the storm of bad governing-we do it all of the time. We can also weather the storm of partisan politics, we’ve done that as well. But America has never had a true ideologue like Trump in power before, and it is fucking dangerous.
Check it out.
I doesn’t matter if he’s proven wrong on something, it doesn’t matter if he lies and doesn’t care. If he spews hate rhetoric and divisive racist remarks, they have no effect negatively on him. What matters are that his followers-and I say followers because this is now a cult of personality-will do his bidding. They will follow him gladly to the hall of glory, gun in hand singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
He will take us to war with Islam and the whole rest of the non-Christian world. Don’t believe me…just look at who elected him. Looked at who backed him. The “Alt Right”, neo nazis, White people who believe they’ve been done wrong by a world that naturally is coloring. This is passions last dance for them and they are not going to give it up so easily.
Not today, Not tomorrow, but most definitely in his first term.
I realize I sound like an alarmist and my mother would say-listen to my dermatologist everyday will be just like the last. But republicans love war. Republicans love the war machine (and not the dude from Iron Man). It feeds the corporate brotherhood of military-industrial cabals that have suffered during the Obama administration.
Children who are not born yet will have more rights than women will. It will be open season for cops on African-Americans. Cats will sleep with dogs-But the LGBT community will be prevented from marriage and equal rights. Sharia law-or his version of it, will be the law of the land.
We will become everything we hate and we will do it with a smile, wink and a nod.
I said it here, today November 9th 2016.
Selah the rev
I had a vision this past week that I wanted to share. In it, I was in a courtroom as a defendant and the prosecutors were the gods and angels of the heavens and my defense attorneys were the demons and devils of the hells. This shouldn’t surprise me because-well I’m going to the hells and there is no way out of that this time around. luckily like the Air BNB’s it just a short stay until I’m recycled back into form. The gist of the prosecution was that al I speak about in sermons are the evil things that people do, and all that doe is cast more of a shadow on the light. So in order to shorten my stay at the Air BNB from hell this will be my last RANT sermon-and I do so love to rant……..
Bull fucking shit.
There are no binary choices to be made-unless of course you are a computer and as much as we wish we were Mr. Data, we’re more like Mrs. Ricardo. Crazy and unpredictable.
So binary choices….
The political parties would have you believe that it’s a choice between the candidates. That each candidate will determine your future, your kids future and the eventual outcome of the whole world.
On one side, there is the crazy nihilist, racist, Il Duce archetype who believes in the infallible nature of his position.
Infallible! In 4700 hundred years of wandering this earth, the only infallible thing I have ever witnessed was nature. AND she is not running!
On the other side is a career politician that comes with all of the baggage and corruption that one would be expected have during a 30 year tenure in politics. I will ask that if she were a man they would be bitching at her this as much? Maybe…maybe not.
Do I make you Horny baby?????
Binary-Choose one but caveat emptor!!
Fuck you bullshit!!! Look behind the curtain.
Your not just voting for a president-Your voting for a women right to choose,
Your voting for an unbridled corporate welfare system…….yet again,
Your voting for a divided senate and house which will create the same curse of ineffectivness that the current administration has gone through.
Your voting for Social programs. Are we are brothers keepers? The bible says most definitely yes, but you religious fucks say no.
“I will keep my brother only if I don’t have to pay for him, AND he is the same color as me!”
Your voting for a white man, Privliged from birth, but the same person who has held that seat for as long as there has been that seat. (Aside from the current administration).
You voting for a supreme court justice
Your voting for your children’s energy policy
Your voting for war or peace……on the poor, the middle class and the rest of the fucking world.
The election is all about the grey!
The election is not about Pussy hunting, The election is not about dishonest husbands,
The election is not about windbags and dirtbags.
It is about whether you believe we should help our brothers and sisters who need help.
It is about changing the way we think of institutionalize violence currently being used against black people, but most certainly will be upgraded to poor people in general.
It’s about the platform ideologies.
AND I will just say it out loud;
I am fucking terrified by the republican platform ideologies.
They are everything I/we have fought against my whole life.
They are backed by the most aggressive racist contingent ever seen in modern politics in America
It is the king and his guard coming in to change the way America works.
It will no longer be the land of the free. Not if you don’t fit the bill.
It is now, It is upon us.
Look beneath the bed of roses and thorns that the parties are telling us and find your truth. Look beyond the candidates because as we have seen with Obama-it doesn’t matter how progressive you are, if both houses are against you…you and your programs are fucked!
Oh by the way, FUCK the third parties, this is a two party system. I didn’t create it but I accept it, AND it will never change by introducing a third party in major elections.
ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID_DO YOU NOT PAY ATTENTION TO HISTORY??
You want a third party? Start by winning some local shit and go from there.
Show me a green or libertarian governor and I will believe it’s possible. Don’t even bother bring up Independents because they switch for election concerns but still vote with their previous platform beliefs. AND don’t tell me of Sanders, he’s still a democrat.
Many of the folks I know will hate this blog, but fuck you! FUCK you and your form over function conciousness. Fuck you and your upset over taking a knee instead of being upset by the sanctioned slaughter of a community. Fuck you and your Muslim hating friends who have to say ISLAM terrorist. Mexican rapists.
America belongs to me just as much as you and I say out with the fuckers who want to sew up women vaginas! Out with these fuckers who want to put the LGBT folks back in the closet with a few head wounds to make sure they remember where the closet is.
Out with these stupidly rich people thinking they feel our pain. Fuck you. The only thing they know about our pain is the golden dildo they fuck themselves with.
Ge them out-find a supreme court that will vote FOR the people.
Find a senate that will want to WORK together for the betterment of our society
Find a house that you can call home.
Find a leader that will bring you these things.
Damn I’m glad I got that out!!
So I’m not the poster child for the mourning crowd. Never have been, never will be. I believe in the wheel. It carries us from life to life and from moment to moment. It allows us the ability to get through the tough times and reminds us all, that the good pass as well. The wheel turns whether we want it to or not. So my question is;
Do you enjoy spinning?
Come party with us at the Brick and Mortar this Saturday August 27th starting at 8 pm. It’s my way to say goodbye to those who have passed and hello to those yet to come. LordRifa will be welcoming some new members and new songs. We will be joined by our friends the High Card Drifters as well.
It will be a rocking night of NEW AMERICANA!
Hey, I realize that it’s been about 600 hundred years or so since I’ve had a birthday party. The last one in 1430 didn’t end so well for my friend Joan, so I have stayed out of the party business for a while…Just to keep it safe!
But here it is, the 21st century and I look good for almost 5k! So let’s party!!
Advance Tickets: http://brickandmortarmusic.com/event.cfm?id=229908&cart
See y’all there!!
Halloween is over but the most frightening day in the San Francisco calendar year is now upon us,
Election day or as I like to think of it “Electoween!”
Yup, this is where our elected officials get all dressed up in their best costumes and lie through their teeth at us. It’s never trick or treat, but always trick or trickier.
This year there are many important issues on the ballot, but a few that should be closest to the hearts of San Franciscans.
Prop D-the new wall on the waterfront
Prop F-Curbing the lightly restricted Air BnB market
Prop I-Suspension of market rate development in the mission
There are a whole lot of lies flying around the media about these propositions. The powers that Be (TPTB)- want you to believe that voting for these measures will be a death knell for affordable housing, for green space in the mission and worst of all your right to privacy will be taken.
Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit!!!!!
Don’t believe a word they say, because you need to FOLLOW THE MONEY. Who is paying for these ads? Who will benefit from the defeat of these propositions.
Let’s take this apart just enough for y’all to look for yourselves before Electoween.
It’s all in the wording
“Shall the City increase the height limit for 10 of the 28 acres of the Mission Rock site from one story to height limits ranging from 40 to 240 feet and make it City policy to encourage the development on the Mission Rock site provided that it includes eight acres of parks and open space and housing of which at least 33% is affordable for low- and middle-income households?”
Let’s parse this- The first thing they ask for is to change the height limit of up to 28 acres of YOUR coastline, from one story to up to 24 stories, and they say no wall on the waterfront! Are these going to be the affordable homes? I doubt it. They will sit close enough to AT&T Park and along Terry Francois Blvd to make them outrageously expensive. For use of the ultra wealthy and corporate headquarters.
Maybe THIS is the beginning of Trump’s wall? Except instead of blocking out illegal Mexicans, it blocks middle class and poor folk from coming into SF? The second flag in this statement is the word “encourage”. Not demand, Not make mandatory, but encourage, urge, promote, foster.
“Sir, may I have more pudding?”
Do you actually think these folks will be encouraged for anything other than plunder? They are not being forced to add park lands, nor middle class housing, only encouraged.
The Fundamental question is why should we believe them now when all along they have been screwing us? Are they going to change? Builders ( Who actually donate so much money and add so much into the tax coffers, are running the vision of this city). Are they all of a sudden going to care about the middle class or the poor?
They care about making money. As much and as fast as possible.
This one is the biggest scream fest of them all. Not because it’s does worse things to SF than the others, but because of it’s bald faced pandering, lying and fear mongering to the public.
They say it will invade your privacy and cause millions of dollars on false lawsuits. It will pit neighbor against neighbor in a cage match that can only end in death!!!!
IT seeks only to regulate a market that has become out of control and a source of contention in the city. A market that has been abused by developers.
Here’s the wording-Read and Believe
Shall the City limit short-term rentals of a housing unit to 75 days per year regardless of whether the rental is hosted or unhosted; require owners to provide proof that they authorize the unit as a short-term rental; require residents who offer short-term rentals to submit quarterly reports on the number of days they live in the unit and the number of days the unit is rented; prohibit short-term rentals of in-law units; allow interested parties to sue hosting platforms; and make it a misdemeanor for a hosting platform to unlawfully list a unit as a short-term rental?
Who should we ask is funding this anti-privacy campaign? Air BnB of Course.
Follow the MONEY!!
This one scares the piss out of our public servants so much that they are banding together to save their financial interests.
All this measure does is say wait, take a breath and let’s not lose ourselves in the feeding frenzy of development. It does not stop low and middle income housing projects, I does seek to prevent PDR business from being tossed out of the city-even if it is for only 18 months.
18 months!!!! that’s all-and just in the mission. Why not breathe? Why not wait?
Because like great con men, TPTB want to confuse you and move your attention away from the real issues. Their pursuit of wealth.
Here’s the text;
Shall the City suspend the issuance of permits on certain types of housing and business development projects in the Mission District for at least 18 months; and develop a Neighborhood Stabilization Plan for the Mission District by January 31, 2017?
Breathe, Wait, Think, Decide….. as a city, not behind closed doors (Even though they are supposedly open). Not as a business interest and not as a crazed bunch of lawmakers in the middle of a drunken feeding frenzy that reminds one of a Bacchanalian orgy rather than a thoughtful group of elected representatives!
It all comes down to the MONEY and what are you going to do about it. This is your city, my city, but not Their city. Like locusts they will come and eat all of our crops until there is nothing left, and then will move on to a better feeding ground.