November 12, 2018

Ted Cruz & election fraud: Leopards don’t change their spots

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:12 pm

People may think that I don’t like the Republican Party — but actually I really am quite a big fan. Why? Because the GOP changed my whole life! Have you ever experienced that special “Come to Jesus” moment when suddenly that new path that your life needs to take suddenly becomes crystal clear? I have. And I owe my entire “Road to Damascus” experience to Republicans.

Remember when George W. Bush stole the 2000 presidential election (we coulda had Al Gore, avoided 9-11 and not lost the “war” on Iraq if only more Americans had protested this fraud)? That is how I became one of the world’s first bloggers — because those dirty election-stealing Repugs actually got me that pissed off. And I currently have over two thousand blog-post articles to prove it. Thank you, Repugs!

And now, 18 years later, the Republicans are still pissing me off — and they are still out there stealing our elections as well.

So? What’s my point here? Let’s just take a look at the logic involved in the recent Senate race in Texas to see where I’m going with this. Beto O’Rourke is an honest likable candidate, a third-generation Texan with a proven track record and a fabulous grassroots campaigner. Ted Cruz looks and acts like Count Chocula, represents the worse interests of Texans, takes millions in Wall Street PAC money, runs a dirty campaign and has a dismal record of being in the pockets of every single lobbyist in DC that you would ever want to hate. Yet Ted Cruz “won” the election. What’s wrong with this picture?

I simply don’t know how Cruz managed to pull off a win. But knowing the history of Republican election “wins” like I do, there has to be some sort of hanky-panky going on. Leopards just don’t change their spots.

Listed below are some of my more popular theories about what happened in Texas on November 6, 2018:

1. Cruz flat-out flipped the vote. Easy to do. We already know that Dallas County was using illegal wi-fi equipment on election premises — the easier to hack voting machines with. Plus Dallas County’s voting chaos on election day looked like something designed by SNL.

2. ES&S voting machines were involved in this election — always a bad sign. They are totally hackable. So easy that even Sheldon Adelson, some unnamed Saudi prince or a 12-year-old kid with a modem can figure it out.

3. Lies. Cruz’s attack ads were horrendous. I would be embarrassed to see children watching these ads. Ugly lies. And Cruz also lied about himself. “Tough for Texans”? Ha. More like “Tough on Texans — but easy on Ted’s bank account”. The guy used to be a DC lobbyist before he suddenly became a “populist”. You do the math.

4. This one is my favorite — and you heard it here first. I think. Beto had thousands of volunteers working on his campaign. School teachers, librarians, millennials, retiree, me. There were thousands of us. Cruz only had 18 (eighteen) paid staff members working for him.

“So how did he run his campaign?” you might ask. He didn’t. Governor Greg Abbott ran it for him. Wha?

Did Cruz and Abbott criminally break the law by using Texas state funds, employees, time and money to try to elect Cruz? Most likely. We already know that Republicans, like petulant two-year-olds, simply cannot resist temptation when it comes to getting their own way. But isn’t something like that criminally illegal? And isn’t anybody but me gonna ask any questions about that?

5. Texas presumes to be a Christian state, right? So no Texan who has ever read (and understood) the Bible and who wants to be a good Christian would ever even think about voting for Cruz — whose Golden Rule seems to be, “What’s mine is mine. And what’s yours is mine too.” So if no true Christians voted for Ted, then who did? What would Jesus do? Chase the money-changers out of the voting booth!

6. How come so many people voted down-ballot for Democrats but still chose to vote up-ballot for Cruz? It just doesn’t make sense unless the voting machines were hacked. Something Baskerville-ish is going on here, Watson. The game is afoot. And apparently the dice are loaded too.

7. Cruz used to be a professional lobbyist. His whole freaking job used to be to manipulate the will of the American people to do his own bidding. Why would he stop now — now, when he so desperately wants to get his hands into the Senate cookie jar (again)?

So. Let’s review. Did Cruz actually steal the 2018 Texas senate election or not? I think yes.

Republicans have proven time and again that they just can’t resist the temptation to tamper with our American election process. Putin is being wrongly accused of hacking our vote. The Republicans did it! Again and again and again. So why would Cruz and his Repug pals change their spots now? There was just too much to lose. “Some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen….”

November 7, 2018

Vote flipping: How come Beto SUDDENLY lost?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 7:53 pm

There we all were, all 5,000 of us, gathered together in Chihuahua stadium in El Paso, Texas — getting ready to celebrate victory for Beto O’Rouke. It seemed like a sure thing. “It’s neck and neck,” the news commentators had just told us, “only with Beto a little bit ahead.”

No problem. The only votes left to be counted came from El Paso, a Democrat stronghold and Beto’s home town. “We got this,” everyone said. Well. Everyone was wrong.

Suddenly, from out of nowhere, Ted Cruz had won! “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you.” How could Texas voters possibly be foolish enough to RE-elect Ted Cruz! It just didn’t make sense.

And Beto is too nice a guy not to concede.

And here’s me, in the crowd, screaming “DEMAND A RECOUNT!!!!” But no one was listening. Everyone was crying too hard. Even me.

Image result for jane stillwater And now I’m completely heartbroken. Six more years of that Addams Family wannabe? The O.G. himself? We’re doomed. Texas is doomed. America is doomed.

If Cruz had lost, he would have shrugged his shoulders and said, “Fine. I’ll just go live in the Caymans and count all those millions I scored from all those lobbyists. Fine.”

But this is never to be. And now myself and all of El Paso are heartbroken. Goodbye cruel world. I’m giving up politics forever. It’s just too painful to watch evil people win and good people lose — again and again and again.

So here’s my next question. Why do Americans allow their elections to be stolen again and again and again? Are they just stoopid — or merely brainwashed? Or don’t they even care?

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November 5, 2018

My report from El Paso: Beto’s grassroots campaign is AMAZING!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:49 am

Yesterday I probably walked at least ten freaking miles, all over freaking El Paso, arguably the friendliest city in America. Here’s me, out campaigning for Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate, all looking as chic as a Kardashian in my new “Beto for Texas” T-shirt. But what impressed me most here is the height, width and depth of this campaign. Beto’s volunteers must have knocked on every single door and talked with every single voter in Texas. At least twice.

Good grief, I surely do hope that Beto wins this election. Why? Because the alternative is just too ghastly to even contemplate — six more years of Ted Cruz in the Senate. The O.G. himself, wheeling and dealing his little heart out to make sure that our grandchildren will become extinct. Yikes!

Old Gangsta Cruz is running a dirty campaign here. You should see his commercials! “Tough for Texas!” Yeah, right. At one point Cruz even actually accuses Beto of liking Bernie Sanders! Heaven forbid. And, like Trump, Cruz happily dog-whistles to his base — which apparently consists of old fossils, old dinosaurs and his fellow OGs who don’t seem to realize that the world as we think we know it has already come to an end and that all we can do now is evolve or die.

That’s serious stuff, Ted.

Arse-kissing billionaires just isn’t enough any more, Ted.

Time for Texas to get off the dinosaur train and vote for Beto O’Rourke!

PS: Here are some possible campaign slogans for Beto that I thought up all by my self.

“Ted Cruz is tough on Texans — but easy on billionaires in New York and DC.”

“Beto O’Rourke stands up for the hard-working men and women of Texas. Ted Cruz only stands up for billionaires on Wall Street and war profiteers in DC.”

PPS: Now if only Beto would actually man up and buck the horrifying riptide of Israeli neo-con AIPAC influence on our elections, he’d be just about perfect in my eyes. But, hey, no American politician ever does that. Sigh.

PPPS: I walked over to Juarez yesterday — and have the T-shirt to prove it!


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November 1, 2018

Pittsburgh & Gaza vs. the Holocaust industry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:17 pm

Author’s note: I started writing this article on the Nazi Holocaust industry over a month ago, long before the tragic horror of the Pittsburgh synagogue hate crime stunned our nation. I’m not sure where to take it from here. From Auschwitz to Gaza to Pittsburgh, I just keep getting more and more horrified by man’s inhumanity to man.

There’s a very famous Nazi Holocaust museum in Washington DC right now. There’s an excellent Nazi Holocaust museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, of all places. There’s one in St. Petersburg, Florida. There’s a Nazi Holocaust center and a Nazi Holocaust memorial in San Francisco too.

There’s also a Nazi Holocaust museum in New York City, El Paso, Tucson, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, Ann Arbor, Boston, Maine, Mississippi, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Portland, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Virginia. There’s even one here in my own home town.

And it seems like approximately every tenth film made in Hollywood involves a Nazi Holocaust story. And PBS seems to feature at least one Nazi Holocaust-themed program a week.

However, members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh never needed a memorial to the grim Nazi Holocaust to remind them of what it is like to be a refugee, a victim of persecution, a stranger in a strange land. They only had to remember what happened to their own parents or grandparents back in Nazi Germany — or what happened in their very own synagogue last week.

Members of the Tree of Life Synagogue have created their very own Nazi Holocaust memorial — in their hearts.

These observant Jews weren’t just satisfied with honoring past Nazi Holocaust victims. They also wanted to help people who are currently trapped in their own modern-day Holocausts as well. “Never forget.” And they haven’t.

By helping living refugees from today’s modern Holocausts find a better, safer way of life, they have memorialized the past by honoring the present and the future.

And for their humane and compassionate perspective regarding the plight of victims of the world’s many new Holocausts, some neo-Nazi madman gunned 11 of them down in cold blood.

But over in Israel, things are quite different. The whole idea of compassion and of holding out a helping hand to victims of mass murder and genocide? That idea apparently came to a total dead stop back in 1946. Far too many Israelis today seem to have totally forgotten what it was like during the Nazi Holocaust — even despite all the museums, books, movies and hype. Israelis, even though they have become the top CEOs of the current Holocaust industry, seem to be the ones who have forgotten the Nazi Holocaust most.

“Never forget.” Never forget what it was like to be hunted, slaughtered, worked to death, starved to death, thrown into concentration camps, gassed and buried in mass unmarked graves. Yet in Israel, all that stuff has already been completely forgotten. And the American military-industrial complex also supports building and maintaining as many Nazi Holocaust museums as possible over here too — but never, ever supports the true spirit of preventing rabid Holocausts in the future

Let’s take the current bloody and inhuman Holocaust in Gaza for example. The only real difference between the past chilling Nazi Holocaust at Auschwitz and the current chilling Israeli Holocaust at Gaza is that the Nazis who murdered Jews by the thousands did it with gas chambers — and then hauled their victims’ dead bodies off to mass unmarked graves.

Victims of the Gaza Holocaust, however, are mostly slaughtered by bombs dropped from 10,000 feet in the air. Israelis don’t even have to get their hands dirty with burying the dead.

How easily it appears to be for so many Americans and Israelis these days to forget what it was like to be actual victims of the horrors of mass extermination — even despite all their Nazi Holocaust films and museums. The people of Gaza, however, are never being allowed to forget.

So. Now let’s get philosophical here for a moment, okay? What exactly is the point of having governments anyway? To constantly create even more and better genocidal Holocausts and to turn its citizens into madmen and killing machines? I think not.

The philosopher Aristotle once stated that the purpose of government is to create broad opportunities that allow every one of its citizens to have every chance to live up to their fullest potential.

At this point in time, however, both America and Israel seem to be creating more than their fair share of opportunities to create even bigger and more horrid Holocausts like the ones in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Afghanistan, Congo, Chile and Yemen — and also to breed more and more violent bigots.

In Israel, its citizens are strongly encouraged to become violent bigots — while Palestinians are being offered only two choices. Either they can become obsequious slaves to the state until they die alone and afraid — or else be forced to rebel.

And here in America as well, the fine art of creating fully-realized human beings appears to be the very least of our corporate-owned government’s goals. Instead, America’s goal right now seems to be the enthusiastic creation of even more haters, greedy bastards with no souls, ruthless imperialists, pipe bombers, mass shooters and fascists.

And what is even worse is that both Israel’s and America’s Holocaust industries are somehow managing to claim that the Pittsburgh tragedy and the Gaza Holocaust are all about the minor inconveniences suffered by the actual creators of these horrors — and not about its true victims.

PS: On a lighter note, here’s link to a video showing a U.S. Army general about to cream his jeans at the mere thought of finally being allowed to play with all his war toys here on American soil.

Not since the Civil War have so many armed men been set loose to run berserk through the American countryside. With this level of craziness afoot, things are bound to turn ugly. And pond-scum like the Pittsburgh shooter are just gonna love it.

PPS: I’m actually going to be in El Paso when all this stupid shite actually goes down. Should make for some hecka interesting sight-seeing.

October 27, 2018

Commuter nightmare: Three (3) torturous hours stuck in gridlock!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:49 am

“Someone just gave me two free tickets to a photography class at one of those huge computer mega-campuses in Silicon Valley tomorrow,” said a friend. “Wanna come along and be my plus-one?”

At Google? Apple? FaceBook? Sounds intriguing. “Sure!”

The campus was huge and beautiful and chic. I got some great photography advice. End of story? I wish. I still had to drive back home to Berkeley in rush-hour traffic.

It took me three (3) freaking hours to drive merely 40 miles — all that distance and yet never getting out of second gear even once? Hell, I hardly ever got out of first gear. Three (3) nightmare hours of my life that I will never get back. My knees still ache from all that clutch and brake activity, and my poor sweet 1990 Toyota Tercel may never be the same.

A nice cop in San Francisco even let me cut into line at the Bay Bridge entrance ramp because I was crying so hard.

I will never ever ever get stuck in urban rush-hour traffic ever again!

And yet for far-too-many of my fellow Americans, being stuck in three (3) horrid hours of gridlock urban rush-hour traffic twice a day, day in and day out, has become an actual way of life for them. All these thousands of cars on the road at rush-hour every weekday don’t come from nowhere.

And what is even worse is that Big Oil has screwed our environment for life and slaughtered over a million civilians in the Middle East just so American commuters can continue to have the phony privilege of wasting six hours of their lives five days a week — six hours a day that they will never get back. Really? Can’t anybody out there think up a better way to spend our time and money? Apparently not.

Right now, the U.S. stock market is rocketing downward at the rate of 500 points a day — but perhaps the one good thing that might come out of this looming disaster might be that urban Americans would no long be able to afford so many freaking cars.

But still.

You won’t ever again catch me anywhere near any kind of urban freeway between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on a weekday. Never ever again. Once was more than enough. Thank goodness for public transit!

Halloween comes only once a year for most of us — but apparently urban commuters are being forced by economic reality to re-live this singular Halloween commuter trick (with no treat) at least twice a day, five days a week. What kind of a life is that?

PS: I almost didn’t get home in time to watch “Survivor” — a program that, after my recent nightmarish experience with gridlock, almost makes living on a primitive (car-less) tropical island start to look good.

October 23, 2018

An election reminder: Bad things happen on the Republicans’ watch…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:48 pm

Holy sheep dookie! 8000 angry Hondurans are currently marching toward America’s borders with torches and pitchforks! This is something that could only happen on the Republicans’ watch. The White House, Congress and the Supreme Court are all currently dominated by Republicans — and yet DC is gonna blame these marching Hondurans on Bernie Sanders or perhaps even the ghost of FDR? Yeah right.

9-11 happened on the Republicans’ watch. We are currently 21 trillion dollars in debt due to the bloody and insane Repub “wars” on Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc. And even the Great Depression of 1929 occurred with Republicans in charge — not to mention that 2008 housing-bubble disaster that sent so many of us Americans off to the poorhouse.

No one in the Green Party is currently trying to steal our civil rights, our MediCare, our voting rights and our Social Security. That’s a Republican thing.

The nuclear Doomsday Clock is currently getting scary-close to Midnight. Reagan’s trickle-down theory refused to trickle down — and his policies in Central America only created death squads and unhappy campers who are now trying to camp out up here instead of down there. And as for the climate catastrophe coming our way? The whole human race may be eliminated on the Republicans’ watch — could be their biggest triumph yet!

Plus we have had to put up with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Richard “I’m not a crook” Nixon and Stormy Daniels too. Yuck!

PS: Sometimes the Democrats suck eggs as well. Remember Pearl Harbor? Hiroshima? Libya, Syria, Korea and Vietnam? Hell, both of these money-grubbing parties are all in bed together — and yet we’re the ones who end up getting bedbugs. When both Republicans and Democrats turn out their lights at night, they both seem to dream only of “war” profiteering — and how to get us gullible peons to pay for it.

And even worse is when we think that we are voting for Democratic candidates who will protect and support the interests of America’s salt-of-the-earth working class — and then Boom! We get stuck with Repub wannabes like Johnson, Clinton and Obama. Jokers and Penguins cleverly disguised as Batman. Humph.

For instance, right here in my own California assembly district? Buffy Wicks is running on a platform of affordable housing and all that liberal stuff — but is actually funded by a Republican PAC looking for another Brett Kavanaugh.–Becky-O-Malley

And then there are all those neo-con Israelis and dictatorial Saudis. No one, either Democrat or Republican, ever goes to Washington these days without Bibi Netanyahu or Prince What’s His Name packed away in his or her suitcase.


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October 21, 2018

Money Money Money: Only rich people can afford to report on America’s “wars”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:26 pm

Thank goodness for FaceBook. If it weren’t for Mr. Zukerman’s reluctant invention, we would never have any idea at all regarding what is actually going on in the world right now, even in “war” zones. Thanks to FB, however, we have easy access to over a billion on-the-scene eye witnesses located in almost every nook and cranny on the globe.

Or at least we used to.

But please be aware that things are run a hecka lot differently in the mainstream media. There’s never any local citizens on FB covering the news for the MSM in all those trumped-up war zones that Washington and Lockheed-Martin seem to love so much. Only reporters hired by rich people can afford to report stuff on mainstream media news feeds from there. And because only rich people can afford to hire MSM war correspondents, we only get rich people’s accounts of what’s going on in these so-called “wars”. Nobody else can afford it.

Take me for example. I would immediately run off to such hot-spots and/or hell-holes as Libya, Afghanistan, Honduras or Yemen and report nothing but the truth back to you — but to do that, I would have to win the lottery first.

And not just any lottery either. It’s gotta be the mega-million-dollar PowerBall SuperLotto jackpot if I am ever going to have even a tiny chance of reporting back to you from Benghazi or Gaza. You simply can’t get an accurate news-feed from Aleppo or Kabul for free these days.

For instance, when I was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2007, I was totally stuck in the so-called Green Zone of Baghdad — where absolutely nothing was going on and there weren’t even any Iraqis to talk to. “But I want to go out and report on the rest of Baghdad too,” I complained to my official US Army minder there.

“Of course you can go out into the Red Zone,” my babysitter replied, “but you’ll be dead within 15 minutes of crossing that bridge over the Tigris — unless you can afford eight thousands dollars to hire a platoon of mercenaries and a tank.” Er, no.

Being a “war” correspondent is simply too expensive for me.

And another thing that I would just love to report on? What the freak is going on with the Saudis? Why have they suddenly dropped their alliance with America and ISIS and become BFFs with the Russians instead? Could it possibly be that they are starting to think that America might be planning to do unto them what America has already done to Libya, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Indonesia and Afghanistan? To most of the world’s oil-bearing nations? And is hoping to do to Iran, Russia and Venezuela too? Is there a pattern here or what?

And it’s not too hard to imagine that, at this rate, Big Oil will eventually gain a monopoly on every single drop of oil currently left in the world. But then what happens? Do you honestly think that the price of gas in America will suddenly start to drop after that? With a Big Oil monopoly firmly in place? Yeah right.

And as for that Washington Post journalist who just got hacked to death by the Saudis? Face it, guys. It’s been decades since America has ever given a shite about freedom of speech or even the lives of any journalists — or even about Saudi terrorism in Yemen or at the World Trade Center either. You can just bet that Money Money Money is somehow involved here too.

And if I win the lottery, I’m gonna go to Saudi Arabia (again) and find out just what.

PS: There are also lots of places closer to home, right here in the belly of the Beast itself, that I can afford to go report on. For instance, there’s that “war on drugs” zone in El Paso/Juarez. Or I could report on that war zone in Washington DC where Congress is fighting hard to steal our Social Security. Or the war zone in Georgia where Black people, even after 400 years, are still fighting for their right to vote. Or the war zone in South Dakota where Native Americans are fighting for the right to have drinkable water. Or ditto that war zone in Flint.

Or I could even report on that war zone right here in Berkeley where we are desperately fighting for affordable housing and the prevention of climate catastrophe — and also fighting for our right to not have the corporate-owned White House, Congress and Supreme Court continuously stomp on our dreams.


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October 16, 2018

Immigrants: Indians are finally taking back America?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:28 pm

Well, what do you know? The buffalo are gone from the Great Plains, 100 million Native Americans are dead, Lakota lands are now being stolen by oil companies, most A.I.M. leaders are either murdered or wrongfully in jail, and Chief Joseph will fight no more forever. The Indian Wars are truly over.

Or are they?

There appears to be a new breed of Native American that has started the Indian Wars all over again — reluctant warriors.

Was it Sitting Bull who traveled to Washington DC, saw how many White men there were back there and said, “Holy cow! These white-eyes are everywhere! We’re never going to get our lands back!” And although Sitting Bull defended his Lakota family with all his heart and soul, it was no use. There were just too many White men grabbing up his homeland.

But now the tide appears to have turned — as a whole new group of Native Americans are currently pouring into the USA in great numbers, thousands a day, coming up from the south to reclaim Native lands.

“Who me?” say the immigrants. “I’m only just looking for a job here. Whatda ya got?” Stoop labor? Meat packing? Trench diggers and roofers? Nannies and maids? “Count me in.”

Who knew that our red-skinned brothers from the south would come here to right a great wrong, to take back stolen lands?

“Not me,” say the immigrants. And yet the thing speaks for itself. So what’s the story here? Do unto others as you would have others do unto you? Nope. “What goes around comes around.”

But it really doesn’t have to be like this — all this “us versus them” bull dookie, yet another unnecessary repeat of America’s infamous genocidal policy modeled after George Armstrong Custer and Hitler’s rantings in Mein Kampf.

There is a better way.

We can all learn from each other.

It has been scientifically proven that wherever cultures and races interact nicely, we can always see new talents, insights, solutions and ideas being born. To quote one of America’s greatest philosophers, “Please won’t you be my neighbor….”

PS: I’ll be going to El Paso in early November to work on the Beto O’Rourke campaign (who in their right mind would even consider voting for sleazy Ted Cruz?) And does anyone know the location of any I.C.E. slave-labor camps down there that I can picket while I’m in El Paso? In the spirit of Crazy Horse?

I know that there is a grossly-huge tent-city concentration camp for young Native American children at Tormillo but don’t know how to get down there. Would Uber give me a Lyft? These camps are truly horrid — but the good news is that all those useless white tents that were left over surplus from the “war” on Iraq can now be happily sold to us gullible taxpayers (again).

I also plan to visit Juarez while I’m down there. Any hot tips on the best taco places to visit in Juarez? And does Juarez have a Yelp site these days?

October 8, 2018

Wasteland: How our Good Ole Boy network is taking America down

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:05 am

Hey, you! Yes, you. The person in front of me right now — sitting at your computer or punching buttons on your SmartPhone. Are you happy with your life as it currently is? “Sure.”

But what will you think about it ten years from now? After ten more grim and static years of endless “war,” corrupt judges, climate catastrophe, job outsourcing, growing homelessness and allowing the Good Ole Boy network to run our country?

What chance for a happy life will you have then? Frankly? It will suck to be you.

The wealthy old farts who run America now? They have no vision. For them it is only and always just “grab and go”. How long, exactly, do you think that will last? How long before they grab and run with your own life as well, mess with it, steal all the nutrients out of it, suck it dry — until you will be lucky to score even some low-life job at the Walmart or be cannon fodder in some bug-infested jungle somewhere? Or be pole-dancing at some exclusive hunting lodge in Texas? Or eating cat food out of a jar? Or….

Are you getting my point here yet? That America’s good ole boy network, with its Super PACs and its lobbyists in the White House and Congress and its power over our judicial system? These good ole boys simply do not know how to create. They only know how to destroy. And just exactly how long do you honestly think that America (and you) will survive with these misanthropes and cavemen at the helm, slashing and burning like the pirates they are?

Seriously? Would you really want to be alive ten years from now? In a world where creativity is the enemy, where freedom is frowned upon and where dirty old men hold the future of our world in their small-minded, greedy, uncalloused and blood-stained hands? Where America has become a non-productive wasteland?

We outsiders, we millennials, we women and Blacks and immigrants and children and grandmothers? We have been burned in the past. We are being burned right now. But are we truly going to stand by and get burned in the future as well?

October 6, 2018

R-E-S-P-C-T: No one’s gonna take the Supreme Court seriously any more

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 5:51 pm

Sadly, Aretha Franklin is dead. And, sadly, the Supreme Court’s reputation is gonna be dead too — when Brett Kavanaugh becomes one of its justices. There’s only so many times that the Supremes can viciously “sock it to” American democracy and still even pretend to be a respected and venerable organization.

To paraphrase the Queen of Soul herself, several Supreme Court justices have already become “no-good heart breakers, liars and cheats” after illegally handing over the White House to George W. Bush in 2000 and then handing America over to carpetbaggers after the “Citizens United” decision. Not to mention the Clarence Thomas scandal. Nah, let’s go ahead and mention it! Anita Hill was right.

Allowing someone like visibly-unhinged Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court is only going be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Here is a man who not only went ballistic in full public view but, in just one short paragraph of his speech before the Senate judicial committee, used the I-word nine different times. As they say, the word T-E-A-M has no “I” in it — and neither does the word R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We’re screwed.

To quote the immortal Aretha again, “I get tired, keep on tryin’ — you’re runnin’ out of foolin’ and I ain’t lyin’.” Kavanagh lied to us under oath? This perjurer is gonna make the perfect next link in that “Chain of Fools” already on the Supreme Court.

America needs to “Think” about what, exactly, it expects from our highest court — and then demand only “Do-right-all-night” judges. Otherwise there “Ain’t no way” that our Supreme Court will ever get any respect from decent Americans again — and that’s just sad.

PS: I also got no respect for elected representatives who take big bucks from lobbyists, government heads of state who lie through their teeth (Bibi Netanyahu immediately comes to mind — but who else?), FBI agents who lied about Leonard Peltier, propagandists who try to make us hate Syria/Russia/Yemen/immigrant children/Black people for fun and profit, any man who doesn’t “make me feel like a natural woman” — and all of those greedy bastards in Washington. I’ve “Never loved a man” who put greed above morality.

Isn’t it time for us to stop tolerating all these lies and corruption, demand some core virtues from our leaders and take the “Freeway of Love” instead?

PPS: The USA has just spent hundreds of billions of dollars on an airplane that doesn’t even work? Wow, just wow. How many thousands of squandered dollars per US taxpayer is that? Math is not my strong point — but even I can figure out that it has been money totally wasted. They shoulda spent some of that money on vetting future Supreme Court justices instead.

And America’s closest ally in the Arab world is currently in danger of becoming a failed state due to its own legendary corruption. Ultimately, no human being anywhere has any R-E-S-P-E-C-T for corruption in government — either at home or abroad. “Every chain has got a weak link.” And with all its own moral corruption, America itself could possibly become the next failed state.

September 30, 2018

Let’s take our European grand tour now — while we still can

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:58 pm

Being friends with America is sometimes a lot of hard work. For instance, Saddam Hussein used to be America’s BFF and just look what happened to him. America also “friended” all those Jihadi freaks and warlords in Afghanistan — and Afghans are still paying the price.

Kissinger befriended a dictator in Chile but torches and pitchforks eventually nailed Pinochet. Johnson befriended a dictator in Vietnam and we all know what happened to Diem. Reagan befriended Noriega in Panama — and then turned on him too. Obama befriended Al Qaeda “rebels” in Syria and Libya and also those gross neo-Nazis in Ukraine — and now even though Trump also tweets in their favor, bin Ladin’s next generation is still violently hated by Syrians, Libyans and Ukrainians. Various American presidents have also befriended Haiti, Yemen, Honduras and Palestine — and with friends like that, who needs enemies.

And now America is trying really hard to upgrade the European Union to its “close friend” status too. If I was Europe right now, I’d run like hell! And if I was the average American tourist right now, I’d be taking the traditional European grand tour ASAP. Go see Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis and the Colosseum — while you still can.

According to journalist Rostislav Ishchenko, America now has plans to thwart China’s big move to establish a New Silk Road trade route from China to Europe. But how, exactly, does America plan to hijack China’s new trade route? Apparently by eliminating Europe as an effective trade partner at the end of the Silk Road.

America’s recent attempts at “The chaosization of Europe” would just about do that, right?

For instance, all of America’s brutal unjust neo-colonial “wars” on the Middle East have sent millions of refugees out on various involuntary road trips. “Crap! America just bombed my home, murdered my wife and daughter and slaughtered my camel!” cry America’s victims. “What the freak should I do now!” Go to Germany of course. Or Sweden. Or Britain. Or Italy. Anywhere but Baghdad or Benghazi.

Then there was the recent destabilization of Eastern Europe after America armed almost anyone there who could shoot straight — and also lots of folks who clearly could not.

Next came Trump’s policy of getting Europe to pay for NATO. “Gotta buy guns! Gotta buy guns!” shout the Europeans. “No money left over to run to the dollar store!”

And don’t forget that America’s whacked policies in the Middle East have created all kinds of terrorism in the EU as well. Blowing up stuff in Belgium, France, Spain and England can be unsettling to say the least. And economic terrorism sucks eggs too. Just ask the Greeks.

But why should all this geopolitical weirdness on the other side of the globe of concern to you and me too? We live safely on the other side of the Atlantic, right? But it’s like I said. If you wanna float down the Danube to waltz tunes, lie on a beach in sunny Spain or see Stonehenge by moonlight, you had better do it now — before America gets any more friendly with Europe than it already is.

PS: Why does China have so many more friends on FaceBook than America has? Two reasons. First, when China sends out a “Friend” request to other nations, it offers that recipient nation definite rewards and perks. However, when America sends out a “Friend” request to other nations, it’s usually in the form of a missile attack or brutal economic sanctions or the CIA tampering with local elections.

Second, China also has a ten-year plan, a fifty-year plan and a hundred-year plan. Americans are lucky if our military-industrial complex looks ahead for even a week or two.

PPS: America seems to be totally out of touch when it comes to “friending” its women as well. It’s not like we are living in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan — and yet our president, judges and old-fart legislators treat us like we should either be locked up in purdah or act like glorified blow-up dolls.

Have you been watching “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix? We will never know what made the difference between Dr. Ford’s and Hannah Baker’s (fictionalized but nevertheless highly plausible) responses after both had been badly bullied — but fortunately Dr. Ford did not allow herself to become just one more suicide statistic too.

September 28, 2018

One word describes Brett Kavanaugh: “BULLY”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:48 pm

He even tried to bully Senator Feinstein. Guess he hasn’t learned anything in all these 36-odd years after all. And he also ruled in favor of torture. Don’t bullies start out by torturing frogs? And Kavanaugh sniffed his way through his entire hearing. Isn’t that something cocaine users do? And the American Bar Association hasn’t exactly friended Kavanaugh either.

Kavanaugh seems to be a prime example of the privileged-spoiled-rich-kid, of the type once made famous by Bob Dylan. Yuck.

Once a bully, always a bully apparently. And once a misogynist always a misogynist too? Only acting judicially instead of physically? This is a person that we want to represent America’s best and brightest? And most just? Really?

PS: Remember Hannah from the TV show 13 Reasons Why? She too was bullied — and then committed suicide. What if bullying had driven Dr. Ford to suicide as well? Dr. Ford would have become just another statistic that we would never have heard about. How sad — tragic — is that.

September 23, 2018

God Save Texas from Ted Cruz (by voting for Beto O’Rourke)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:40 am

     I just finished watching an online television debate between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz.  Both are running for a Senate seat in Texas.  During the debate, Ted went out of his way to scare Texans by hitting every single possible “dog whistle” note of fear, false patriotism, racism, sky-high taxes, socialism and the right to brandish automatic weapons that he possibly could.  Ted even lied outright — but in a friendly down-home good-ole-boy sort of way that Texans, I’m afraid, just might eat right up.

     Beto O’Rourke, however, did not back down.  Like Davey Crockett at the Alamo, O’Rourke stood up for his pro-human principles and refused to say anything phony just to get elected. 
     During the debate, Ted tried mightily to defend tax cuts for the rich, defend Donald Trump and defend America’s current miserable war-mongering quagmire status quo — while also trying to associate Beto with wetbacks, cop-killers, George Soros and Hillary Clinton.  Oh crap.  Who won that debate?  Hard to say.  O’Rourke gave a really passionate wind-up speech but I’m still worried.  Who the freak wants to see Ted Cruz’s hypocritical and insincere mug on TV for another six years?  Or possibly in the White House in 2020?  Please, Texas!  Wake up!  Vote for Beto.
     “Cruz voted for a massive giveaway to corporate interests.  He’s not working for the people of Texas,” said O’Rourke.
     “Socialized medicine is a mistake that would hurt Texas,” said Cruz.  Ted even accused Beto of liking Bernie Sanders!  Heaven forbid.  “He’s advocating socialism and for putting every illegal in America on MediCare!”  Huh?
     Beto then countered with the sorry fact that America is now twenty-one trillion dollars in debt on Cruz’s watch — whereas Beto, when he was on the El Paso city council, balanced El Paso’s budget.  Touché. 
     How can America have the chutzpah to call itself a Superpower when it has practically self-sanctioned itself to death, let its infrastructure crumple and allowed its citizens to go hungry in order to fight endless, immoral and stupid “wars” to just to keep Halliburtin, Blackwater, Exxon and Lockheed happy?      IMHO, Texans would get a lot more soul-satisfying jobs fixing the state’s infrastructure and going solar than slaving away in the immoral “war” industry and bringing on climate catastrophe while making oil billionaires even richer.  Humph.

     In order to help Texans See the Light, I’m  actually going down to El Paso in November (with a side-trip to Juarez of course) — to knock on doors during the week before the 2018 elections and get down on my knees and beg voters to vote for Beto because not only is Texas’s future is at stake here.  America’s future is too.  To quote Lyle Lovett, “Texas wants [me] anyway.”  Better dust off my cowboy boots.

     And you too can help also — by donating to Beto’s campaign fund.  Please!  Do it for me!  Don’t make me have to see Ted Cruz on TV ever again!  Or the face of that war-mongering swamp-loving guy in the White House either.

PS:  If you want to know more about Texas, the second-biggest state in America, then please read Lawrence Wright’s excellent book “God Save Texas” — and, God, while you’re busy saving Texas, please save Texas from Ted Cruz too.

PPS:  Bret Kavanaugh has been accused of attempting to rape a 15-year-old girl back when he was a teenager.  That’s not the whole story as far as I’m concerned.  Kavanaugh performed an act of misogamy back then — and he continues to perform acts of judicial misogamy to this day.  Do we women really want or need yet another misogamist on the Supreme Court?  
        And what about Ted Cruz?  How many misogynistic laws has he voted for?  Shite, the guy has even come out in favor of hitting five-year-old girls!  The women of Texas are strong descendants of strong pioneer stock.  It’s time that they took a stronger stand against machismo drugstore cowboys like Cruz.  Vote for Beto O’Rourke.

September 21, 2018

Leonard Peltier vs. J. Edgar Hoover: Still haunted by the ghost of COINTELPRO

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 7:31 pm

You should see my fabulous new “Free Leonard Peltier” T-shirt! It’s the best souvenir of Florida that I could possibly find. Long story.

Leonard’s tragic saga first began back in 1924 — when that un-American rat-fink J. Edgar Hoover became the first director of the FBI and began turning his new-found powers to the Dark Side. Even now, even 46 years after J. Edgar’s death, we are still discovering more and more info regarding all the dirty tricks Hoover played on America’s working class, justice-seekers, intellectuals and people of color. Trust me, this guy was bad news — the proud father of the FBI’s duplicitous, divisive, perfidious, sneaky, unjust and subversive reputation, one that the FBI still struggles with to this day.

By the 1960s and ’70s, Hoover and his infamous COINTELPRO goon squad consistently declared war on Blacks, immigrants, Native Americans, Vietnam protesters, gays, unions, rock ‘n’ roll and basically just about anyone who wasn’t either a Stepford Wife or a body snatcher. I was there. It really was that bad.

Several people, however, did stand up against J. Edgar and his minions back then — even though it was both dangerous and hard. Martin Luther King, JFK and Bobby Kennedy, to name a few. And also Mumia abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier.

Back in 1975, the FBI had illegally invaded the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, on Lakota land. Back then, even though Hoover had finally died, his poisonous and hateful policies still lingered on. Back in 1975, it was like playing cowboys and Indians on the rez — only the Indians weren’t allowed to fight back. Those who did try to defend themselves and their families soon found themselves to be dead. An estimated 300 Native Americans died that way.

But then Leonard Peltier and other A.I.M. organizers began to rally the Lakota for a protest at Wounded Knee — at the cost of making themselves visible to the FBI. So when two gun-toting hot-shot FBI cowboy-wannabes (who should never have been on the reservation in the first place) turned up dead at Pine Ridge, the finger of blame pointed to Leonard. A scapegoat was needed and a scapegoat was found.

But don’t take my word for it. Get the full story of the FBI’s brutality, lies and betrayals yourself, as meticulously documented by author Peter Matthiessen in his well-researched book, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.

And 44 years later, Leonard Peltier is still stuck in jail for a crime he didn’t commit — and people are still wearing their “Free Leonard” T-shirts.

Peltier is now 76 years old. He is incarcerated in a high-security federal prison in Coleman, Florida, just outside of Tampa.

At the book convention I attended in St. Petersburg/Tampa area recently, I asked author Tim Dorsey if he had named his infamous fictional character after the notorious Coleman prison. “No,” Dorsey said. Oh.

Leonard, fortunately, is now incarcerated in the elderly unit at Coleman and no longer has to worry (much) about getting beat up by gangs (again). He teaches art to the convicts and also paints stirring portraits of “traditional” Pine Ridge Native Americans in his spare time.

Leonard’s health is failing. He is not now a danger to himself or society — and he never was. Isn’t it time that our government finally frees Leonard Peltier from the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover? Peltier is one of the last of the heroes who stood up to Hoover’s COINTELPRO gang of lame-asses, putting Leonard in the same class as MLK and JFK. We should be giving Peltier a homecoming parade instead of keeping him locked up in some dungeon for the rest of his life for a crime that he didn’t commit.

PS: Wanna buy your very own ultra-chic “Free Leonard” T-shirt just like mine? You don’t have to visit Tampa like I did. You can just order it online.

PPS: I forgot to mention about those four brave Freedom Riders who left Mankato MN on horseback 55 days ago, and have ridden their horses all the way to Florida to go see Leonard at Coleman prison. On horseback! They are almost there. What a heroic trek! Say hello to Leonard for me when you get there, okay?

PPPS: Don’t let the ghost of J. Edgar go on laughing at Leonard from inside his special-agent crypt in Hell. Instead, write to President Trump (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 20500) and ask him to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier (who is much more deserving of clemency than Paul Manafort, BTW). And Trump just might do it too — considering what Trump himself currently thinks (and tweets) about the FBI!

September 15, 2018

Hail from the thieves: I.C.E freezes our money in Florida

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:39 pm

Good grief! For decades now, America has been the unwitting victim of various sleazy government contractors who shamelessly pick our pockets for all the valuables they can find there — using the time-honored ruse of distracting our attention with fears of “war” while they move in for the snatch. It’s like the Artful Dodger or even Fagan himself has seized control of America’s treasury.

Since 9-11, these shady pickpockets have upped their game to the point where it’s not even safe for Americans to carry a wallet on the subway any more. Since 9-11, we have been so royally fleeced by these so-called “war” contractors that you would think there was nothing even left to steal. But no. Apparently there is still a bit more moolah left to lift. Now these sleazy moochers have discovered an even newer and better way to slip their sneaky hands back into our pockets again.

Now ICE has come up with yet another evil scheme to snatch our purses and run — whatever little is left in them, that is. “Stop! Thief!” When our current climate catastrophe hit the eastern seaboard recently, it was soon discovered that ICE’s sticky fingers have stolen millions of dollars of our FEMA money and then used it to kidnap children instead of helping out disaster victims in North Carolina. Has ICE become the new Fagan? And has ICE, like Fagan, started running a new school for pickpockets too? It certainly looks that way, right?

We Americans appear to be the ultimate gullible marks, stuck on a crowded bus to nowhere while “war” profiteers and ICE profiteers easily dip into our pockets and steal our wallets — and with absolutely no fear of ever getting caught.

ICE contractors are now getting paid $750 per day per child for every single child that they can kidnap at the border. Hell, the kiddies could be staying in a five-star hotel for that price!

According to a recent article in The Guardian, what we are getting for our $750 a day is definitely not The Ritz. “All day and night they listened to the wailing of hungry children. Here, in a freezing immigration detention facility somewhere in the Rio Grande valley of south Texas, adults and children alike were fainting from dehydration and lack of food. Sleep was almost impossible; the lights were left on, they had just a thin metallic sheet to protect against the cold and there was nothing to lie down on but the hard floor.”

Would you pay $750 a night for this ICE version of Oliver Twist’s orphanage? Ask your captors for “more, sir”? Give it a good review on Trip Advisor? Uh, no.

While I was in St. Petersburg last week, I took part in an anti-ICE demonstration against the owner of The Birchwood Inn. Its owner, Chuck Prather, claimed to be just a small businessman in a sweet Florida tourist town — and yet apparently he is currently renting out five (5) different buildings in the St. Pete area to ICE. Five of them. In a tourist town? Who the freak needs five (5) ICE buildings in St. Petersburg? It makes you stop and wonder, doesn’t it. There goes our money. Sticky fingers again.

Also at the anti-ICE demonstration, I learned about even more Dickensian behavior taking place at the US-Mexico border where apparently some Border Patrol officers hunt down and murder asylum-seekers for sport. The Ghost of Christmas Past is not gonna like that!

All this rash of pickpocket theft by various government contractors since 9-11 has made me truly stop and wonder just how much money is left in America right now for the rest of us. “What’s in your wallet?” Probably not much.

September 12, 2018

Guilty pleasure: How I actually liked visiting Flora-duh

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 9:14 am

After hearing so much of this state’s bad press over the years regarding Jeb Bush, Rick Scott, Florida’s hellish foster-care system, the violent Trump rallies, the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, the climate catastrophe and all the other horror tales about Flora-duh, I was totally dreading my trip to St. Petersburg — but still had to go there. Had an important book conference to attend at the historic Vinoy Hotel.

But guess what? I actually liked St. Petersburg. Everything there was so green and balmy and lush. They had great public transportation. The Cuban hot-pressed sandwiches were almost biblically delicious. I totally went off my health-food diet and ate Key Lime pie in an actual diner. I walked around in the swamps, er, wetlands. I got caught in the tail-end of Tropical Storm Gordon (not Gordon Ramsey, BTW, but it was definitely a bit like being in Hell’s kitchen). I visited two excellent libraries. I stayed in a trailer. I had a fabulous time and came home with an actual suntan and 40 pounds of free books!

I also talked with a social worker there who said that, yes, there was a problem with the foster-care system. “Some retirees supplement their income by taking in foster kids, receiving $500 a month from the state, feeding their wards on rice and beans and then pocketing the rest. And some of the charter schools here are atrocious too.” Okay. So those rumors are true.

But geez Louise. The beaches, the balmy night air around midnight, the kindness of strangers and the fact that everywhere you look you see tropically green plants smiling back at you. Just imagine what this place looked like before 1492!

PS: Another big reason that I had such a great time in Flora-duh is that I had just finished reading a rather scary article in Dissident Voice about how it is totally possible that the human race may become extinct as soon as 2026 — and that’s only eight years from now! So I’d better start trying to “live fast, die young”? Too late for that! But at least I will die knowing that I’d been to almost-paradise.

According to this article, “There is a group of courageous and prominent climate scientists who offer compelling climate science evidence that human beings, along with millions of other species, will be extinct by 2026 (and perhaps as early as 2021) in response to a projected 10 degree celsius increase in global temperatures above the pre-industrial level by that date.”


PPS: And please be aware that the major Number One cause of climate catastrophe today is “war”. America’s war profiteers may not be dropping bombs on our own neighborhoods like they do on Syrian, Yemeni, Afghan and Palestinian neighborhoods — but nevertheless War Street is also murdering us too (only slower and with fewer Technicolor special effects).

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