November 26, 2015

Yemen: How to get away with murder

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:54 pm

There’s a very popular TV show on ABC right now and it’s called “How to Get Away with Murder”. The plot revolves around a law professor who teaches her students how to be effective defense attorneys. “If you want to get your client off the hook, even for felony charges such as murder,” she instructs her class, “then you always need to establish reasonable doubt first.”

“And how do you do that?” asks a student.

“You find somebody else to blame,” the professor replies. Brilliant! And this same principle also applies to creating effective “war” propaganda too.

Has America’s vicious and bloody empire finally started to unravel at the seams because the rest of the world is finally begining to realize that said empire is a cruel evil inhuman mess based on savagery, state terror and greed? No problem. Just blame someone else for all this viciously spilled blood. Blame Russia. Blame Muslims. Blame immigrants. Blame unions. Blame women.

Are hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children being slaughtered in the Middle East with American weapons right now, in the cruelest way possible, set on fire with napalm, blown up by drones? Blame terrorists. Blame dictators. Blame yo’ mama!

Forget about how American, Turkish, Saudi and Israeli neo-colonialists recruit, fund and train ISIS. Forget that Israeli neo-colonialists are running a brutal gulag in Palestine. Don’t blame the real killers. Follow that TV professor’s advice. Blame the victims. Blame sunspots. Blame termites. Blame camels. Does it even matter who gets blamed — as long as it sways the jury? I think not.

So what if the rulers of Saudi Arabia are happily trying to butcher every man, woman and child in Yemen in order to steal their oil — and that America is supplying the weapons to fry Yemenis alive in their own juices? “It’s not us,” the Saudi princes all cry. “It’s the rebels. It’s the terrorists. It’s the Shias. It’s the goats! Don’t believe those dying Yemenis. Believe us!”
And so now the jury comes back in with its verdict. “The House of Saud, the American weapons industry, the Israeli neo-colonialists, the Turkish dictator-wannabes and their buddies ISIS and al Qaeda are all not guilty!” And once again these inhuman butchers get away with murder by blaming someone else. That law professor was right!

PS: I hereby proclaim next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, to heretofore be the official “SET ASIDE A PLATE FOR THE HOMELESS” Day. Fill a plate with food (including pumpkin pie!) and take it down to the local homeless encampment. We have so much. They have so little.

And if you live in Europe or the Middle East or Africa or Latin America or North America or Asia, then set aside a plate for “war” refugees too. And then thank Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama, Wall Street and War Street for creating them.

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November 22, 2015

A civil defense: Poor people need attorneys too

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:15 pm

“The poor will always be with us,” said Jesus. No they won’t. They’ll be off in some ghetto or slum, out of sight, out of mind. Or else they’ll just be in jail. But we can always take a tour and go visit them — like animals in a zoo.

In America today, money buys power. And freedom. And visibility. No one wants to see poor people. Everyone just wishes they would just go away. No one even wants to watch sit-coms about poor people on TV any more. Gone are the days of Sanford & Son and the Beverly Hillbillies.

And when I pass the bodies of poor people asleep in the doorways of my affluent home town, it is so embarrassing and sad for me to have to explain to my granddaughters that, yes, people who are that poor actually do exist in America these days — lots of them.

So what to do about it? Here’s a suggestion. “Stop making more poor people.” Nah, that will never happen. Just witness the popularity in Washington of the new TTP, also known as NAFTA on steroids, which will instantly create millions of more poor people here in the USA.

Want another suggestion? “Lawyer up.” Now there’s an idea whose time has come.

If every poor person in America had their own personal Harvard Law School graduate on retainer, things would instantly change up a whole lot. “Wanna evict me and make me homeless? Here’s my attorney’s card. Talk to him.” Or her.

Wanna throw non-violent protesters in jail? Wanna unjustly accuse some poor innocent schmuck of murder? Want to beat up on people just because they are poor? Take away their jobs? Deport them illegally? Steal their money through some sleazy bankster con game on their pensions? Then give them the same attorney privileges that Wall Street banksters and Beltway war criminals enjoy. Let’s level the playing field here.

When poor people use marijuana or cocaine, they are locked up as felons and given no legal redress. When rich people use marijuana or cocaine, however, some fancy suit-wearing fast-talking mouthpiece always gets them off.

So let’s spend taxpayers’ money on attorneys for the poor — instead of spending it on building and maintaining even more expensive and ineffective jails. Think of all the money we’ll save — and we’ll even be creating jobs for young lawyers, all those new Harvard Law School graduates desperate to pay off their student debts before they too become one of the poor.

This way, the poor may always be with us — but at least they’ll be represented in court.

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November 19, 2015

No Laughing Matter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 11:16 pm


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When we heard that an effort was being attempted to unionize the workers in the medical marijuana dispensaries in California, we thought that topic would be a good alternative to writing the millionth example of political punditry spawned by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

While trying to track down a source for the unionization topic we wound up talking to Karla Gottschalk who is actively seeking the appointment as the Potentate of Pot and our first question was “How can anybody run a campaign to become a political appointee?”.

Karla responded that a series of informal meet and greets would be her main strategy. She will be at the Sweet Adeline Bakery November 22nd (Sunday ) from approximately one to three P.M. She will be at the literary appreciation meeting at the Cafe Mediterranean in Berkeley on Telegraph  (near world renowned People’s Park) Monday November 23rd  approximately between 7-8 p.m.

An impromptu weekday appearance at Cafe Tazo in San Francisco some afternoon is being discussed.

Since these efforts may spawn some late night talk show hosts snarkiness we asked Karla “Why the hell would anyone want to “run” for that appointed position” to which she responded “I need a government pension”.

She then added, after a brief pause for effect, “Because we need someone who can take the issue seriously regarding medical, legal and social implications.  Medicines should be available to patients who can benefit from them”.

The World’s Laziest Journalist does not mean to diminish the seriousness about the terrorism that occurred in Paris. We are aware that the audience for news may desperately need a change of pace topic.

We will avoid the temptation to give a nostalgia laden detailed description of Karla’s North Beach experiences in the sixties.

Since both Karla and this columnist have heard the Jefferson Airplane perform for free in Golden Gate Park and doubt that many of our readers would be able to exclaim “me, too!”. It wouldn’t do much good at a time when many younger people ask who were the Jefferson Airplane.

Karla  pointed out the interesting urban legends still rampant in the medical marijuana community as David Downs says in his column “Legalize Nation” in this weeks issue of The East Bay Express:

“…”cannabidiol -rich edibles provide anxiety for pain relief during those long holiday visits, but without the giggly psychoactivity of THC”. Shades of Reefer Madness as the first indication of intoxication with cannabis in Madness is uncontrollable laughter.  Have you noticed patients everywhere laughing giggly or otherwise? The propaganda needs to be refuted with research and facts.

Would the politicians who send you men and women to war be reluctant to provide medical marijuana for PTSD relief to any members of the military who will no doubt be sent to Syria.

The candidate is searching for an official campaign theme song and seems poised to select “Puff the Magic Dragon”.

(Commissioner-to-be) Karla has selected the campaign slogan which is the old sixties maxim “Don’t knock it If you haven’t tried it”.

The Campaign Headquarters has been swamped by offers to serve as the Chairman of the Quality Control committee. Radio host Norm Goldman may get the nod for that important position as he asked first. Who will ask last?

The Pasha of Pot would consider it an honor if Tommy Chong were to offer his services in quality evaluations.

One citizen pointed out the need to know what was used in growing the medicine and the various chemical additives which may have been added and perhaps even an extensive knowledge of farming and harvesting this specialized crop.

America seems once again poised for a new bout of war fever. To oppose medical marijuana for those who can gain relief from suffering is Draconian.

It seems extremely doubtful than any/many Americans will want to hold a demonstration protesting any American response to the terrorist attacks. Punditry in the United States will become as predictable as tail-gate parties at Super Bowl time.

We will continue our search for worthy topics in the coming weeks but it seems that mind control will inhibit anything but enthusiastic nationalism. We’ll do our best. Stay tuned.

Now the Disc Jockey will play “Puff the Magic Dragon”, The Toys “Smoke Two Joints” and Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It”.

Have a  “throw the radio in the bathtub when White Rabbit peaks” kind of week.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 15, 2015

Yemen, Syria, Palestine & Paris: Gun sales are US!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:04 pm

“We’re Number One!” Americans are always boastfully bragging and, yes, this is true. Of course we’re not Number One with regard to any kind of stuff that actually matters such as education, healthcare, infrastructure or jobs — but America clearly is the Number One manufacturer of weapons in the world today. “Booyah for us!”

And, bless its heart, America certainly knows how to create demand for its grim, awful and inhumane products.

Remember Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity? “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results….” And yet the American military-industrial complex keeps using extreme violence over and over again, even when it constantly fails and fails and fails to keep us safe. But if the American military machine’s goal was to achieve world peace, then Einstein would have been right in this case. The constant use of violence in order to prevent violence is completely insane.

However, if the American military-industrial complex’s real goal is to sell weapons, then the use of more and more violence is totally on point.

When Yemen, Palestine and Syria started burning and Ukraine, Libya and a whole lot of African countries also followed suit (not to mention Afghanistan and Iraq), even more guns were sold. “Booyah!”

And now, with Paris burning, the weapons industry is going to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gear up to advertise its products on an even grander scale. Am I right or what? Just you wait. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

“But how can anyone possibly advertise war?” you might ask. Hey, it’s easy. Almost every segment of every nightly news program we have watched for the past five decades has been just one infomercial after another for America’s Number One product. “Syria is a problem, we’ve got to bomb it, problem solved, no more unsightly stains to remove,” they constantly tell us on TV every night.

“Eastern Ukraine, Palestine and Yemen all need to be obliterated — and possibly Russia!” our nightly TV commercials for war currently inform us. “Blowing up countries is really trending right now. It’s the Call of Duty! Those bad guys deserve it. And please bring a date.” And lucky for us that the American military-industrial complex produces just the very products needed to do the job.

These constant “war” infomercials are deliberately designed to prey on their target audience’s desire for status and the need to feel macho — as well as on our greed, prejudices and fears. Courageous people think for themselves and never get fooled by false advertising. Fearful people just get suckered in by War Street’s public relations guys and head straight for the weapons boutiques. “I’ll take one of those.”

And now we have Paris — offering the best commercial opportunity for escalating the use of violence ev-ah! “We’re going to mobilize and arm every single inch of French soil! And then we’re going to blow up Syria — and Palestine and Iran too. Russia will be attacked. And China. Weapons R Us!” Booyah.

According to one of my current inside sources, “The time-tested Mossad and CIA method has been to infiltrate likely groups such as disaffected French Muslims, and then have their agents encourage these groups to commit attacks ‘for their cause’ – whatever that might be – only of course it’s not their cause that benefits.” Nope. All benefits go to war profiteers.

Selling weaponry is hard work. You can’t eat weapons or even drive them around or brush your teeth with them — so you always gotta create a demand for them. And even though you are now the Number One manufacturer of weapons in the world, you still gotta keep creating demand.

PS: But exactly what is going to happen after the entire Middle East has been carpet-bombed, Africa has become totally dysfunctional, Latin America is a smoldering ruin and all of Europe is in the same mess as Paris? Who the freak will the American military-industrial complex suggest that we bomb after that? Who the freak will even be left?

You and me of course.

And when all these “wars” for profit finally do get to American shores, then we too had better start thinking about where we can flee to, now that we also have become “war” refugees. Mexico? Canada? Mars?

PPS: Malcolm X was right. Chickens do have a tendency to come home to roost. And so, after having blown up the rest of the whole freaking world, it’s only fair that the military-industrial complex should be allowed to sell their weapons to use against us here at home too. We are the ones who originally got the “war” ball rolling. So what if it rolls over us too? If America is to stay Number One in weapons production, then sacrifices have to be made. Get over it.

PPPS: What ever happened to “Moral Mondays,” I keep asking myself. I really miss morality now that it’s gone.

“Morality doesn’t sell weapons, silly.”

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November 14, 2015

California Seeks Cannabis Czar

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 7:28 pm


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A news item on KCBS radio this week inspired the intern to apply to be appointed by the Governor of California as the Pot Czar. Immediately it became apparent that this quest would be more than a mission for Don Quixote with a joint. It seems likely that a tobacco company official with strong political ties will be the most likely candidate.

However, since the intern, Karla Gottschalk, is both a naturopath and lawyer it seems, to this columnist, that a viable alternative choice is available. An executive from the tobacco industry would bring an excess of capitalism and commercialism to the post.  A candidate who has experience in scientific research and experience as a lawyer would be able to bring a “fair and balanced” approach to a highly emotional current topic.

Does pot smoking affect driving and if so is it an adverse effect? Perhaps one of the fine California Universities could be funded to do research on this question as well as their medical schools.

If marijuana is one of the most effective ways to treat PTSD for veterans why would anyone want to deny that potential relief to those who need it?

Would someone who has never indulged in marijuana nor become addicted to tobacco have some predetermined conclusions on the questions? Would they be too prejudiced to effectively serve as the chief of medical regulations for California?

If marijuana is, as expected, legalized in California next year, will prison inmates have a right to access it?

The medical benefit of marijuana for seniors may make this a senior citizens’ issue.  It is reputed to counter Alzheimers, glaucoma, high blood pressure and other age related problems.

Wouldn’t it be natural for the pharmaceutical industry to discourage such a quick and maybe easy treatment rather than permitting them to micromanage potential cures (?) for these conditions?

The night time talk show opening monologues will get plenty of mileage out of the topic of appointing a pot czar for the State of California and the need for a serious approach to the medico-legal aspects should be obvious. (Would you rather Cheech and Chong be appointed?)

When Karla’s quest was revealed to CBCB dispensary in Berkeley they immediately and enthusiastically offered to start a petition to help Governor Brown make his choice.

(We are looking for someone to start an online petition to urge Governor Brown to name Karla Gottschalk as the official California Pot Czar. We encourage our readers to start their own online petitions and post a link in the comments section, if you wish).

Karla’s qualifications include anti-war activity in the mid-sixties and a long roster of friends who were marijuana pioneers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s column may seem frivolous in light of this week’s terrorism in Paris. However, an examination of the full spectrum of the effects that this nomination will have on the citizens of California should make it obvious it is a very serious choice the Governor faces.

The amalgamated conspiracy  theory factory employee association scheduled a showing of the colorized version of Reefer Madness where marijuana cliche’s and references abound. We hope to avoid such a frivolous approach while maintaining a serious political pundit attitude towards this contentious discussion.

While Reefer Madness and a 1968 Dragnet episode “The Big High” may have influenced this columnist’s disdain for the “Assassin of Youth” substance, the citizens of California deserve better.

Since this is an appointment and not an elected position we strongly urge all our readers to become involved and disregard the tsunami of talk show jokes that will surely follow.

It is extremely difficult for a happy-go-lucky columnist to urge readers to take this opportunity for California seriously.  The columnist strongly endorses the candidacy of Karla Gottschalk to this important position and  urges the readers to do what they can to thwart big tobacco and any effort to shanghai this office.

FAX Karla Gottschalk for Chief of The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to Governor’s Office/Appointments Unit  (916)-558-3190

Thank you for your time and attention this week.  Have a Bust Free week!

November 12, 2015

Deadly game show: Playing “Family Feud” with Syrian lives

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:45 am

Who doesn’t like a good game show? Me! I don’t like them at all. “Deal or No Deal” leaves me cold. Vanna White offers no appeal. Steve Harvey? Forget it. And if I really wanted to watch any kind of “Family Feud,” I’d simply reenact my own childhood — or else watch our very own American mainstream media outlets fighting to out-do each other to see who can tell us the biggest lies about Syria.

     And in a recent revival of that old 1950s TV game show “Truth or Consequences,” we now also have a whole bunch of American mainstream media outlets as contestants there as well — and while none of these MSM outlets are telling the truth, none of them seem to be suffering any consequences either.

America’s MSM constantly lies on air or in print these days but no one here seems to be rushing to hand them the consequence of sending them to jail or revoking their FCC licenses either — or even forcing them to add an addendum to their reports stating that “The program you have just watched (or article you have just read) is totally fictional and has absolutely no actual basis in fact.”

For instance, the New York Times recently screamed at us, “As the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, commits horrendous videotaped executions, it might seem to pose the greatest threat to Syrian civilians. In fact, that ignoble distinction belongs to the barrel bombs being dropped by the military of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The Islamic State has distracted us from this deadly reality.”

Barrel bombs are a greater threat to Syria than ISIS? “Wrong answer!”

And is Assad’s armed forces even the ones that are dropping these bombs? No. “Wrong again.” The correct answer here is that ISIS is the one firing these bombs at civilians, and they are composed of old water heaters filled with kerosene and shrapnel and then fired by guns called Hell cannons. Yuck.

Next, “Democracy Now” becomes our contestant, trying hard to win “Truth or Consequences” for the MSM side. We all know what a liberal Amy Goodman is, not like the folks on Fox News who are almost expected to lie — and think they are playing “Truth or Dare” instead. Surely we can trust Democracy Now for the truth? Let us see.

“The group Physicians for Human Rights says there have been more than 300 attacks on health facilities, with the Syrian regime responsible 90 percent of the time,” says Amy Goodman.

“Wrong again.”

According to my on-the-ground source in Aleppo, the correct answer is obviously that ISIS has been committing these attacks. “Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, or let’s say, since the beginning of the organized armed gangs like the FSA, An-Nusra Front, ISIS and Da’esh, they have been competing with each other to see who can demolish more hospitals and schools than the other. Literally hundreds of hospitals had been destroyed in Syria by suicide bombers driving huge vans full with explosives into them, and they recorded their ‘achievements’ and published their videos on YouTube with pride.”

And all this horror has been blamed on the Assad government by the American media.

“No one talked about the doctors, nurses, and patients who had been buried alive under the wreckage of these hospitals,” my friend continues. “Maybe a couple of times Ban Ki Mon was worried or condemned such acts, but that’s it, nothing more than few words from the UN, words that everyone forgets the next day, and goes back to blaming the ‘Assad regime’ of killing its people.”

Moving on. Enough of “Truth or Consequences”. Let’s change channels. Back to “Family Feud,” where our American MSM contestants are still struggling to out-do each other by telling the biggest lies.

CNN steps up to the plate. “Russian airstrike hits Syrian hospital, aid group says.” And then The Guardian in Britain backs up that lie. “At least four hospitals have been bombed by fighter jets in north-western Syria since Russia’s intervention in the war began in late September, doctors and international observers claim.”

But now it turns out that five out of the six hospitals that the MSM claimed that Russia had bombed don’t even exist! And the sixth one is still intact.

And what about all those accusations regarding the use of sarin gas by the Syrian government? Truth? Or just another media “Family Feud”?

“Assad did it!” screamed the New York Times, like some deluded little boy crying wolf — again.

But then Seymour Hersh, a trusted journalist who has been spot-on since reporting America’s many MSM lies about Vietnam back in the 1960s, has just told us that, “A series of chemical weapon attacks in March and April 2013 was investigated over the next few months by a special UN mission to Syria. A person with close knowledge of the UN’s activity in Syria told me that there was evidence linking the Syrian opposition [aka ISIS] to the first gas attack on 19 March in Khan Al-Assal, a village near Aleppo.” Yikes. We’ve been lied to again.

But of course the biggest lie of all is that the American military machine, Congress and Obama all hate ISIS. “Boy do we really hate ISIS!” they all cry out loud. Balderdash. ISIS simply would not exist without American, Turkish, Israeli and Saudi help. Period. End of discussion.

So it’s pretty obvious here that the American mainstream media is pretty much winning its “Family Feud” of lies. But it is the American taxpayers who are clearly losing this “Family Feud”. Again. But, even more important than the trillions of dollars being lost by Americans due to these lies, millions of Syrians have also lost the American MSM’s “Family Feud” as well. Millions of Syrians have lost their homes, their infrastructure and/or their very lives in this stupid game of “No Truth and No Consequences” that the American MSM media plays so well.

PS: I just got my Notary Public certificate renewed, so if anyone in the American MSM wants to come to Berkeley (or pay my airfare to go to them) in order to swear a Jurat that they are telling the truth, I will take their sworn statements for free — just so there will be a record of their perjury should they all, hopefully, go to trial.


November 8, 2015

Dying (and publishing) made easy — or hard

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:52 pm

I’m currently working on getting another book published — yes, I have actually written a novel. And having a book published is like opening a huge can of worms. I’ve been flat-out rejected by at least twenty publishers so far. Their loss. This is a very important book, you fools!

So I have decided to self-publish my book. I did it before with my non-fiction books — and that proved to be a huge bunch of work but with very few tangible results (not to mention the huge lack of sales).

And then there’s that huge editing process. In almost every book ever written (probably even the Bible), the first thing most authors acknowledge is their editor (even before acknowledging their hubby, wife and/or cat) . Where the freak can I too find such a fabulous editor? And, even more important, one who will do it for free?

And then there’s the huge problem of figuring out which literary classification my new novel should be filed under. Literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? Fiction for young adults? I don’t have a clue. “Is the book about teenagers?” asked my local librarian. Not exactly. “Then it shouldn’t be classified as a YA.” But there are at least three teenage heroes involved. Does that count? Probably not.

So then, would it be considered science fiction? “Is any space travel, extraterrestrial aliens or predicting the future involved?” I certainly got that one covered. Hell, the title alone says it all. “Pictures of a Future World.” But does anyone actually read sci-fi these days? And for that matter, does anyone even read novels any more? I myself read only murder-mysteries. Well, there certainly is a lot of killing in my new book.

A few years ago I went to a famous writing conference and actually paid to have some hot-shot sci-fi author take a look at my book. The result? Two years later he published his own book, using my basic plot and even one of my character’s names. And so from that experience I have obviously learned that my book will definitely fit into the sci-fi niche.

And there certainly are a lot of graphic death scenes in my novel as well — and I have an excerpt from my new book to prove it, wherein the moment of death itself is discussed. Here it is, for those of you who are curious to know what the actual human death experience really involves:

Later that evening, Wan Tai and the Shaman discussed what it actually means to die. “What does it feel like? How does it happen? What are the mechanics of death?” Wan Tai asked.

“During the course of a normal human death, dying is like going to sleep. You fight it or you drop off into it, but in either case, you don’t really know where life or wakefulness ends and where death or sleep begins. When you wake up the next morning, can you really remember the exact moment you actually fell asleep? No. And it is the same way with death.”

“But during a violent death,” Wan Tai said, “the whole human process of dying is thrown completely off balance. That is why a violent death is so repulsive and cruel.” The Shaman agreed.

“After a man or woman is violently and mortally injured, the dying person knows exactly when his or her moment of death occurs — because an instant before that process begins, there is one split second of pure, stark terror in the dying person’s brain when he or she actually realizes what is happening.”

“And it is this split second of terror that I object to because the dying person is literally robbed of his or her peaceful transition,” said Wan Tai. “It is that sense of leaving this life behind while in an extreme state of terror which I find so hard to accept. And this is why I am so outraged by killing, murder and war.”

So, thanks to my new novel, you now know what it is like to die. And soon you will also have the benefit of knowing what it will be like to buy my new book. Hopefully. And, hopefully, your own death will be an easy one too.


November 3, 2015

One hundred MORE years of chaos in the Middle East?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:25 pm

For the last 65 years, most Americans have been blatantly and consistently lied to about what is really going on in the Middle East. But for those of us who have actually gone to all the trouble and pain to seek out the truth about what is really happening over there, we have constantly been forced to live and breath the tragic reality of the myriad gross injustices in the Middle East brought on by American, Israeli, European, Turkish and Saudi neo-colonialists who are happily looking to get a greedy leg up at any cost.

And this toxic nightmare of murder, theft and propaganda never seems to be going to stop.

Will our grandchildren still be hearing the same grisly tales about how the American war machine and its “allies” have happily fostered chaos in the Middle East for over the past hundred years? In order to sell more weapons and steal more oil? Or will there be nothing but neo-colonialists, oil tycoons, dictators and skeletons left in the Middle East by then.

To combat the huge flood of propaganda being aimed at we Americans daily, however, there have been several excellent articles written recently about how American forces and their partners in crime have aided and abetted ISIS in Syria.

For instance, expert blogger “Moon of Alabama” writes, “During the last several days, a large attack on the Syrian government supply line to Aleppo city was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra (aka al-Qaeda in Syria) and the Islamic State, seemingly in coordination with the U.S. military.

“During September, the U.S. anti-ISIS coalition carried out an average of 4.2 airstrikes on ISIS in predominately east Syria. This after an average of 6.8 per day in August. The rate in October was about the same as in September until Thursday October 22. Then, according to the U.S. Military Times, the strike rate decreased markedly. The Islamic State used the lull in airstrikes in east Syria to move hundreds of fighters and heavy equipment towards the supply line that connects Damascus with the government held areas (green) of Aleppo.

And then Mike Whitney writes, “Why is John Kerry so eager to convene an emergency summit on Syria now when the war has been dragging on for four and a half years? Is he worried that Russia’s air campaign is wiping out too many US-backed jihadis and sabotaging Washington’s plan to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad? You bet, he is.

“No one who’s been following events in Syria for the last three weeks should have any doubt about what’s really going on. Russia has been methodically wiping out Washington’s mercenaries on the ground while recapturing large swathes of land that had been lost to the terrorists.”
And then there’s this eye-witness report from a friend of mine in Aleppo itself (always good to have eyes on the ground, Amy Goodman, not just lying Syrian wannabees living safely in NYC on the CIA dollar).

My friend in Aleppo writes, “We now have limited goods to consume, with limited resources of fuel and water. Prices are jumping higher for almost everything. I hope that situation to end soon. It’s getting worse day after day since roughly the 23rd or 24th of October. Prices of everything are getting higher and higher day after day. The generators that used to supply houses with power for 10 hours a day, are now supplying us with 6.5 hours for the same price of 10 hours. Blackmailing in markets for all goods is taking place. We are under siege since then. ‘Crisis Merchants’ are squeezing the pockets of the people to the last penny.” Sucks to be Syrian for real, Amy.

“I’m optimistic that it shouldn’t take a longer time,” my friend continues, “but people over here are pretty passive, and some are saying that it could get worse or go on for months. I think the city had more tougher times in the last years, and hopefully we will come out of that hard situation soon. Jets are bombarding terrorist areas more often, and the terrorists are shelling residential areas as well. Take care, wish us luck.”

PS: A Russian civilian airliner was just shot down over Sinai. ISIS claims the kill — but who supplied ISIS with the missile in the first place? ISIS doesn’t manufacture missiles. Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon do. In the style of MH17. Or else perhaps it was a bomb that blew up the plane — in the grand old style of the CIA. Dirty pool. Dirty hands. Disgusting.


October 27, 2015

Supernatural: The ghosts of Raleigh, North Carolina

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:47 pm

Did you know that there is a Confederate cemetery in Raleigh that is rumored to be haunted? And right down the road from that, in Durham, is an institute that scientifically studies paranormal activity? I’ve been to both places recently — and still have almost no idea what to think about ghosts. Do they really exist or not?

I do know that the ghost of Jimi Hendrix used to haunt my former home in Berkeley, CA, but then, hey, we all know that Jimi is capable of anything — so being haunted by his ghost doesn’t really count.

At the Rhine Research Center in Durham, I went on a tour to see what is what in the world of parapsychology. “No X-Files type of stuff here. We’re scientists,” said the Center’s tour guide. “It’s the scientific study of interaction between living organisms and their external environment that seems to transcend the known physical laws of nature.” Then I was shown various psi-measuring machines and started to take notes.

“We study telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, precognition and ESP. These are all perceptive abilities. Psychokinesis is when mind and matter interact.” True or not? All I know is that during the tour, three of my pens stopped writing even though they were not out of ink — and on the drive back to Raleigh, our GPS failed, our cell phones all stopped working and we ended up back in Durham. Freaky. And just in time for Halloween.

Next I toured the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, originally established when all of the dead Confederate solders buried in the local national cemetery were dug up and thrown out into the street. “The decaying bodies were stacked up like cordwood outside the cemetery gates and the women of Raleigh came and re-buried them all here, in some land that they purchased from a local farmer.” But of course the newly-created cemetery was segregated.

Several graves at Oakwood stood out. One of them was the really ugly monument erected over Elizabeth Edwards’ grave. “It cost $86,000,” I was told. Ms. Edwards’ ghost should demand her money back.

Another grave belonged to a Cherokee woman whose husband had to fight like crazy to have her body buried here. I guess that saying, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” doesn’t apply to Southern cemeteries — where even the dead ones are prejudiced against. My great-grandmother was a Cherokee — but this woman wasn’t her. But she could have been. My great-grandmother had been stuck out in Oklahoma as a result of the infamous Trail of Tears, which started in North Carolina. Cherokees rightfully shoulda been Tar Heels. Now there’s a haunting thought.

Then I walked back to my motel room in the warm twilight air, past lovely old Raleigh homes flying American flags and also past one of the original Krispy Kreme donut shops, where I purchased a cream-filled chocolate-covered donut — whose ghost came back to haunt my stomach later that night.

But are there really such things as paranormal activity and ghosts? I really don’t know — except for the one thing that I do know. Even though I am just a normal American person, living a typical American life, with nothing unusual about myself, over two thousand times I have woken up in the morning with an idea in my head for yet another political article that is so clear, so accurate and so correctly predictive that it’s almost like it had been typed into my brain by ghosts overnight. Now that’s spooky!

And, like the ancient Greek legend of what happened to Cassandra, no one ever really believes what I predict either — until it’s too late. Just like almost no one believed me when I wrote, back in 2006, that Madame Jane was predicting the great economic crash of 2008.

Or else when almost no one believed me after I predicted, back in early 2003, that any war on Iraq would end as badly for us American taxpayers as it had for the USSR in Afghanistan — even though Time Magazine published my statement. “Is it possible that Iraq will be to America what Afghanistan was to the U.S.S.R.? The similarities are chilling.” And just look at us now, with all our money for schools and infrastructure having been poured down that rat hole connecting us to the pockets of war profiteers.

And how many times have I both whispered and screamed about the dangers of corporate greed and corporate planetary pollution? And of course about the number-one polluter of all — endless war. My voice gets hoarse just thinking about that. And yet no one has heeded that warning either. We all will probably be dead by 2028 if we don’t eliminate “war” and fossil fuel consumption by then. Don’t say that you’ve never been warned.

And most Americans still don’t believe me, even after I have constantly warned them for years that their very own military-industrial complex is training, aiding, abetting and financing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as supplying weapons to al Qaeda in Libya and financing the brutal lynchings of Palestinians in apartheid Israel. Just like Cassandra. Humph.

PS: Speaking of weird stuff, there is also the legend of the 36 righteous men — who wander the world doing good deeds. But guess what? You don’t even have to be dead to be one of them. All you have to do is be moral. Of course that eliminates ISIS, the NRA, Bibi Netanyahu’s entire government, Bush, Obama, banksters, weapons manufacturers, child molesters, most of the Republican party and half of the Dems in Congress today. But you and I might still qualify. Hopefully.

PPS: I did play the role of a really scary ghost on the Reelz TV show “Behind the Screams” recently. I was so scary and ghostly that I even scared myself! Does that count?


October 22, 2015

ISIS’s new air force: Even more chicanery in Syria by our very own American Greed Machine

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 7:59 pm

I’m not even supposed to be posting stuff like this on my blog. I’m supposed to be writing about my wonderful North Carolina experience. But oh well. This is just too bizarre to pass up. The American Greed Machine is so completely determined to overthrow Assad in Syria and take over Syria’s pipelines and oilfields that it’s now going to totally insane extremes. Will these creeps stop at nothing? Apparently not.

Just received this e-mail from my eye-witness friend in Aleppo: “The US coalition is actually the air force of the terrorists.” America is acting as the air force for ISIS? Wow. Just wow.

“It seems that American planes prevented the Syrian air force from targeting ISIS in many areas, therefore the Russians thought to do the job themselves and to see who would dare to down their air force. But now the US is helping its terrorists by supplying them with TOW missiles. And the US is also ‘helping the Syrian people’ in Aleppo by targeting the infrastructure as well: So I’m ‘thankful’ to the US government and for its ‘good deeds’…….indeed!”

A little humor through tears from my friend.

But you do gotta admit that those freaks in the American military complex are determined little bastards. Exactly how far will they go to depose Assad and take over Syria’s oil? Obviously all the way to the gates of Hell, to sign a deal with the devil. Or else to take over the devil’s own job for themselves.

And we lucky American taxpayers get the foot the bill for all this chicanery, greed and evil obsession. Lucky us.

PS: Apparently the American Greed Machine has also had some help from its allies as well. This just in:

“Iraqi security and popular forces held captive an Israeli colonel from the Golani Brigade along with a number of ISIL terrorists. ‘The security and popular forces have held captive an Israeli colonel,’ a commander of Iraq’s popular mobilization forces said on Thursday. ‘The Zionist officer is ranked colonel and had participated in the Takfiri ISIL group’s terrorist operations,’ he added.

“Noting that he was arrested along with a number of ISIL terrorists, the commander said, ‘The Israeli colonel’s name is Yusi Oulen Shahak and is ranked colonel in Golani Brigade of the Zionist regime’s army with the security and military code of Re34356578765az231434.’”

Travis AFB

October 18, 2015

Spartacus in Jerusalem: Israel’s got a slave revolt on its hands

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 9:21 pm

You’d never even guess it after watching today’s news, but there really is a huge difference between the monsters who run ISIS and the heroes who defend Palestine.

For one thing, ISIS is being armed, trained and financed by none other than the brutal neo-colonialists who currently own and control America, Turkey, Israel and Arabia. And if you still don’t believe that these four slimy neo-colonialist powers are solely responsible for ISIS, well, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention. Please keep up.

The next really big difference between Palestinians and ISIS is that ISIS is composed of jihadi “foreign fighters” and mercenaries who are in it for the bucks — and, yes, for the raping and pillaging aspect too. On the other hand, Palestinians have spent the last 65 years protesting against their own enslavement and genocide by a neo-colonialist power with no heart. “If force doesn’t work, use more force,” is the current policy of Israeli neo-colonialists.

For the past 65 years, Palestinians have been brutalized, robbed and enslaved by Zionist neo-colonialists armed to the teeth with panzer divisions, gestapos, concentration camps, blitzkriegs, chemical weapons and storm troopers. And now Palestinians are fighting back with stones, knives and their bare hands — just like back when the slave Spartacus finally told the Romans, “Enough!”

“What did you think, the Palestinians would sit still indefinitely?” says Gideon Levy’s latest article in Haaretz. “Did you really think Israel would continue on its course and they’d just bow their heads in submission? Jerusalem has become the capital of apartheid. No other city so discriminates and dispossesses or is so violent. Gun-toting Mayor Nir Barkat, who’s largely responsible for the discrimination and dispossession in his city, incites against a third of its population — an unbelievable phenomenon in its own right. And you thought 300,000 people would acquiesce?”

“But aren’t Palestinians being anti-Semitic?” you might ask me at this point. Yes and no. Yes, there is a Spartacus-like slave rebellion taking place in Jerusalem right now, against a supposedly Jewish state. So on the face of things, this rebellion does actually look kind of anti-Semitic.

But, no, the current Palestinian rebellion isn’t anti-Semitic at all — because the self-styled “Chosen People” master-race wannabees who currently control Israel have poisoned what used to be the shining ideal of a Jewish State and now, under these oligarchs’ thumb, Israel has degenerated into just one more dying slave-state carcass whose ideals have been compromised. Israel today is no more a Jewish state than the greedy oligarchs who viciously put down Spartacus’s rebellion were supporters of the ideal of a shining Roman democracy.

Don’t believe me? Go rent Spartacus the Movie! Let Kirk Douglas set you straight.

“But aren’t the Palestinians all just a bunch of terrorists who go around knifing Israeli soldiers?” you might finally ask me in desperation. Knifing soldiers? Really? You are complaining that Palestinians are now using kitchen knives to defend their families against fully-armored storm troopers and panzer divisions who kill their children, enslave their adults and steal their land? Really?

Hell, Spartacus used a knife to rebel against slavery too. I rest my case.


Let your Freak Flag Fly, ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 2:11 pm


By Belle Starr, Outlawyer, as told to Bob Patterson

The Prankster Pundits
As the former official counsel (attorney) for OccupySF and as a few years have now passed it seemed time to expand our repertoire into the field of punditry.

Disclaimer: The Outlawyer has committed the most grievous crime of being contra stereotypical and refusing fame for being one of the first transsexuals in the world since 1974 (even being on television with the iconic Christine Jorgensen) but not capitalizing on it.

This has flummoxed the San Francisco counter-culture into the continuing hate crime of prior censorship and denial of Belle’s write-in candidacy this year for Mayor of SF and her pivotal role in the formation and continuation of Occupy San Francisco. This is a hate crime under today’s standards since we are all supposed to be equal, loving and accepting…but aren’t.

The Dark Age of Fear
Presenting Nightside-After Dark America and the lurkers in the shadows. Is it true that vampires are now real? Only an in depth search for America can answer this and other burning questions. Only a modest nighttime ghost can successfully penetrate the shadows and answer the questions of paranormal, alienage or what makes humans so dumb as to be fooled into war after war. Bring garlic and cannabis as you follow the antics of a hippie trying to sell out or sell something since there is no pension for under the table cafes and speakeasies.

Decade of Fear – what is most important and where to start? That is the fear expressed by a nice young man in his twenties which rather shocked me. Fear in a twenty something? Frozen by too many things needing to be done that he doesn’t know where to start? or what to actually do-panic, protest or get a job or stoned?

Ponderosa Pine ( hippie who laid down his life for the redwoods and won by stopping the lumber trucks…try that now and “roadkill” probably) said I was coming of age in a time of peak confidence. Now I am oldish and being told of fear in the youth. Have to reverse this trend. Remember the Fearless Seventies after the Psychedelic Sixties? Fear no more.

Blazing Saddles: Has political correctness crossed back into the dreaded category of ultra hipness? When the jewish indian (Mel Brooks) won’t kill the settlor it is quite racist but we all laughed. The sheriff was racist and made fun of himself and Gov. Pettibone was a horney rascal. What happened to humor? We can’t even make fun of our foibles any longer. Watch it and you will know what I mean- even to Lily von Schtuck’s comments about the sheriff. Dj cue up De camp town ladies and I get no kick from champagne….

Carlos Hathcock (White Feather) took down a Vietnamese General at two miles. Politically incorrect awesomeness.

Co-operate with your own Karma
PTSD from Bed Bugs? I have real fear of being attacked at any time by bedbugs. A new diagnosis of hyper alert for PTSD Cilex mania. They attack at night when this sentry slumps into fitful sleep awakening to the terror of days of periodic intense itches and mountainous bite bumps. Horrible to contemplate. Add to that legislation passed but not yet working or affective so that these enemy bug troops (starship troopers report) keep infesting as mattresses are left for people to take home rather than burned.

If you are in subsidized housing (Slang:SRO for single room occupancy) you get to pay for disposal or, as with all the poverty challenged, simply put outdoors when no one is looking. Public health is losing, legislation is like hitting a tar baby and implementation is according to the tortoise not the hare.



This is a picture of the Xtracycle. The Suburban Mom’s mini-van. It was cool to talk to a young mother who said she could take it on the bus and put the children in when riding on the bike and no parking problems. It was her min-van she said.

I have it on good authority that this Outlawyer is Too different (beyond the border). I dispute that. I am just avant guard and point out that in California one can demand to die but cannot get experimental drugs if they are terminal. Where is MY right to life legislation? I want the best medicine not just The Gong Show. (WLJ—Belle is the point-person in a heroic effort to revive automatic writing as l’nouveau perre UBU roi – Goggle It).

How to tell the truth or which lie should I tell- guided by voices: Am I the new Unrealist? (Hi Mr. Krassner, nice to meet you, can I use this spoof on the realist? hahah i just did). The voices in rock and roll songs, I was told by a coma returnee, have all the secrets but I have trouble deciphering lyrics. If they have a beat and I can finger pop to them, that’s all I need.

After rescuing the laziest pundit (no old folks home for me…catch me if you can) isn’t it Time for elder breakout rescue teams to liberate those trapped in bored and careless homes? (WLJ— Belle during the Summer of the great NY prison break wonders if there is a market for selling the services of an extraction team to inmates of the old folks home of the bored and careless kind. Some of the wretched trapped elderly would probably sign over all their worldly goods for hope of escape. If a supper of peanut butter and jelly sandwich with rice soup sounds acceptable to the reader we are willing to wager you couldn’t maintain that existence for a week and keep your sanity(“dear God, I’ll do anything you want if you only get me out of here)).

We, at least, could periodically invade with smiles and happiness to cheer up those stuck there. Do we always need to be paid for kindness? NO, and we are going to prove this point with The Last Love-in.

How many members f the Dave Clark 5 can you name?

Cue up a more politically incorrect “Hair” (Listen to the whole album ), Break on Through (to the other side ) by the doors and out with The Who “Magic Bus” and “My Gen Gen Generation”.

Have a revelation and write in your votes. Jobs for counters and legitimize your ballots.
Power to the People!
If elected a lava lamp in every window.

Contact: you can’t get there from here but I can write directions that will get you to the ragged edge. Inquiries invited – do not expect a reply.


October 17, 2015

Totally off-topic: East North Carolina BBQ

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 9:37 am

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” And, sadly, so do I. Practically everything there is to write about these days somehow involves absolutely cosmic Dumpsters full of evil and injustice lurking in the hearts of the various bad men currently in control of our lives.

Since George W. Bush stole the presidential election in 2000, I’ve written approximately 2,146 articles on the subject of greed, hypocrisy, injustice, malice and evil, both at home and abroad. Unfortunately, it looks like all these ugly human flaws will always be with us — but good BBQ, on the other hand, could slip through our fingers at any moment.

And so here I am in Raleigh, North Carolina, home of what has been rumored to be the world’s very best BBQ. Let’s go and find out.

“Clyde Cooper’s makes the best BBQ in the city,” I was told by one resident of Raleigh after another. “You simply must try it!” So I did. And was shocked. Frankly, Cooper’s chopped meat was horrible. Dry and sort of gray-looking even.

“Where’s the sauce?” I desperately asked my waitress. She then brought me something in a paper cup that tasted pretty much like vinegar. Dry chopped meat, spiked with vinegar, on a dry bun? It looked and tasted like something they might have served Yankee prisoners at Andersonville.

I live in Berkeley, California, home of really great BBQ. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled. “But how did great BBQ end up in Berkeley?” you might ask. That’s easy. During World War II, many African-American women from the Deep South migrated to northern California to work in the local shipyards as Black Rosies. In the Richmond, CA, shipyards, these heroic women turned out a whole new battleship every four days.

But on the exact day that World War II ended, Henry J. Kaiser fired all of his Black Rosies — letting them all go with no severance pay and kicking them out of their homes.

With no money to get back to the Deep South where they originally came from, many of the Black Rosies settled in Berkeley instead — and started selling and buying BBQ. Delicious! Juicy, covered with a deep red sauce. That’s what I had been expecting to find in Raleigh. BBQ like Everett & Jones.

“But have you tried The Pit over on Davies Street?” another fan of East North Carolina BBQ asked me. No. But while The Pit’s “sides” were amazing — biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and hush puppies — their meat was also really dry and lacked that deep rust-colored tomato-based BBQ sauce that I love. Rats.

Finally some local Raleigh BBQ connoisseur took me aside and said, “Jane, get over it. East North Carolina BBQ just isn’t the same as Louisiana, St. Louis or Texas BBQ. We have our own style here. Forget about Everett & Jones.” It seems that East North Carolina BBQ was developed over 400 years ago, back when tomatoes were considered to be poisonous and vinegar was used to preserve meat that had been slow-cooked in a pit. “Hey, our chopped meat BBQ style is historic!”

And that’s how I learned to like (or at least tolerate) dry chopped meat here in Raleigh. My apologies to Clyde Cooper’s and The Pit. I just didn’t know. Plus I just found out that you can get East North Carolina BBQ in Berkeley too — at Smokey J’s, just four blocks from my home.

However, I don’t think that I will ever learn to tolerate (let alone like) injustice, hypocrisy, mendacity, greed or just plain evil. At least I hope that I never will.

PS: It looks like I’m being forced to go back on-topic here after all. Still can’t resist writing about injustice — especially since yet another whole Dumpster full of it has just turned up and has been practically shoved in my face by the cable television news in my cheap motel here in Raleigh. Who the freak would ever pay actual money to get cable TV at home?

On cable TV, I am constantly being told that our wonderful American armed forces are doing everything that they possibly can to fight al Qaeda and ISIS over in the Middle East these days. Not true at all.

Every single day, even more information keeps coming to light that the American war machine is actually supporting ISIS and al Qaeda in the Middle East. And why not? The goal of the American war machine is to sell weapons — and what better way to sell them than to start wars and keep them going?

And who is better at keeping wars going than al Qaeda and ISIS? It’s a match made in heaven. I can just see their internet dating-site advertisement now. “Evil men seek like-minded evil men, must be fond of killing women and babies for fun and profit.”


October 16, 2015

Punditry Doldrums

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 2:27 pm

crop of Balcony for FB



Dissension at the Amalgamated Conspiracy Theory Factory
Gonzo Vagabondoing

Bob Patterson as told to Belle Starr, Merry Prankster, Esquire

Animosity, rancor and professional hubris has reared it’s ugly head at The Amalgamated Conspiracy Theory Factory. The columnist summer intern is expressing a desire to skip over the long and arduous process of writing a column every week and wants to proceed to doing a weekly cable TV program chronicling the adventures of a charter member of the Flower Childe generation seeking everything that is commendable and honorable in America today (i.e. truth, justice and the American way).

The honorable outlawyer has noted with displeasure that many conservative media stars augment their paycheck with a vast assortment of money making auxiliary schemes. (Count us in!)

If Edward R. Murrow were alive and broadcasting on CBS Evening News he would have an online store where various items would be available for purchase. Especially since the intern found out how pundits write for free and websites take money to stay up not even dribbling coffee money to the pundit.

In the spirit of On the Road the intern is proposing to travel by van and chronicle the adventure via weekly postings on Youtube (Unless Lonely Planet has a better offer).

Earlier in life, Belle has worked for the Peace Corps in Ethiopia , hitchhiked coast to coast at age fifteen, lived in London and Amsterdam where Belle hosted a weekly radio show on DFM radio televisie (DFMrtv) and produced free concerts (PeaceQuake and radio transmitted from Peoples park, the greek theater and just about anywhere). Live from Berkeley Eshelman Hall with KALX (FM).

That was a good start but now at retirement approaching, this outlawyer is the world’s laziest vagabond and has it down. The proposed TV series would be in the spirit of Neal Cassidy mentoring a beatnik wanna-be who wants to go on the road after graduating from college.

Theoretically, the program will include such auxiliary field trips (perhaps an episode or 2 filmed live in Havana (did you know Jack Paar took the Tonight Show to Havana after the revolution there and interviewed Fidel?  How many people wonder if it is safe to drive through Mexico? (Stay Tuned))).

I dare you, Outlawyer to cross post this as your first post on Daily Kos.

Earlier in Life, the world’s laziest journalist has helped friends achieve their goal in life. So when the summer intern proposed the effort to land a gig somewhere on cable TV (Lonely Planet?) we agreed immediately and threw ourselves into the project with full force.

Cable TV is still evolving and may still be ripe for innovative programming (Netflix specials?)

Literature has a long history of books concerning a quest in America. Jack London wrote several installments for this category. Ernie Pyle was paid to travel around the United States to uncover interesting feature stories. Jack Kerouac kept extensive notes about his vagabonding experiences and produced at least one American classic in the genre. Hunter Thompson burst on the literary scene already a legend with his book about the Hell’s Angels. A columnist could do a scholarly book about the topic of roaming writers. (Many of those writers seem to have had ties to the San Francisco Bay Area)

Why is the genre limited to books? Why can’t a writer do a cable TV series chronicling his nomadic experiences?

We heard a report on CBS news radio this week that Playboy magazine will revamp their format. We can only hope this signals a return  to the days when Playboy cultivated and nurtured untried writers.  they helped the careers of many talented young inexperienced writers. Let’s hope the new and revitalized Playboy will again do this.

A year from now many of the countries best paid pundits will be trying to observe analyze and comment on the presidential election. Unfortunately, a year of intelligent insights about a triple dead heat race (Hillary, Trump, Jeb) is going to get very boring. (Oh well) So we expect to have some time to devote to helping summer intern pitch the idea of an ‘On the Road’ type show for cable TV.

Belle has speculated that show topics would be a visit to the site where the Altamont concert was held (the outlawyer was there for the Stones concert) and  a profile of Slab City. Since America never seems to tire of the saga of Venice Beach, a program set there seems to be a given for at least an episode (or opening).

The world’s laziest journalist would love to be the Ed McMahon for such a TV series. If, however, Belle finds that a younger person riding shotgun would help attract the younger demographic audience we will understand. (Playful summer pundit votes for Bob to come along!)

Closing quote: Andy Goudy to Chef Teddy Owen on his birthday “Let’s take you up to Las Vegas and get you some new scars”.

Now the Disc Jockey will play Phil Harris’ “Get out of here with that bumpdabump”, “I’m sticking to the Union” (Are Getty and Armstrong dues paying union members or scab labor?) and Marty Robbins “El Paso” sequel song (probably on youtube).

And now, we wish you Happy Trails!  Have a stick a thumb out and see what happens type week.


October 4, 2015

Just received this e-mail from a friend in Aleppo, Syria:

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:38 pm

“As for your question, mostly everyone I met over here and everyone one I know online, in other Syrian provinces or in the diaspora, support the Russians and their coalition with Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanese Resistance against the terrorists.

“I wish to see the end of that nightmare before the end of the year. The dream is closer now, thanks to the Russians, who are targeting the real bases of terrorists, not claiming doing so like the U.S. Coalition. Only now, terrorists in Idleb are fleeing to Turkey, and the ones in Reqqa are fleeing to Iraq.

“Some comments are afraid that it could be a new trap for the Russians, as what happened to them in Afghanistan back in the 1970s and 1980s. However I guess they learned their lessons and won’t make the mistake again.

“I’m waiting for the Russian interfering in Aleppo. So far nothing happened over here. But they are preparing the arena for it.”

Are you coming to the Last Love-in?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 3:40 pm


crop of Lolita glasses notched neg

Journalism does the Cheshire Cat Schtik
By Bob Patterson as told to Belle Starr, Flower Child.

Rehearsal for D-Day
more allied soldiers were killed when a dress rehearsal went awry than were killed in action on D-day itself. Very few books about WWII mention this tragedy. Some details are available if you Google “Operation Tiger”.

Hitler’s personality and social skills
There seems to be an unwritten law that an author writes about Hitler’s personality he must be described in extreme terms such as lunatic and madman. However, in a book about women war correspondents one of the writers said Hitler was a very good reconteur and could do a spot-on imitation of Goering. Unfortunately, sources for fact checking this allegation are disappearing rapidly.

Berkeley Balcony tragedy
Six students died.  Will any serve Jail time?

Who sold airlines short on 9/11?
Has any of our readers ever come across a news report stating who profited by short selling airline stock when 9/11 occurred.

Sources tell us in country music that the next big thing is  Mo Pitney ( check on youtube and watch out for his sister too).

Trends: Baby Boomers in pharmaceutical  handcuffs and false imprisonment in old folks home. (A Bump, blown away, high five to Jane!)

Red Star … is  cannabis allowed in the old folks homes in legal states ?
With marijuana becoming more legally available we wonder what the policy will be in board and care and/or old age retirement homes.

A fringe benefit of journalism is that you have the freedom to publicize friends enterprises, such as Castle Cadillac Restorations, Michael Parenti’s books and The Last Love-in Store on Cafe Press.

What is a Love-in and who are those people trying to make a world record cuddle puddle?
The last Love-In organization committee is calling for an example of mental telepathy and harmonic resonance which will levitate Levi Stadium during the football game (Further details will follow in subsequent columns).

Lucid music camp will be held in Santa Barbara and Treasure Island is having a music fest this month. Hat Tip: Brian Dixon (is folk music resurging?).

Alex Jones recently posted unflattering photos of Hillary Clinton and made the assertion she was in poor health (and you think the worlds’s laziest journalist has slipshod journalistic standards?).

No end to being bugged….bed bugs are a problem in Berkeley and disposal of infested mattresses is a tar baby problem. We have it on good authority that a scion of the Todd Family Country Singers is working on a ditty titled, “Bed Bug Blues”.

We scooped the BBC with the story of Pasqualama and the Gold Mining scheme being conducted in that South American location. Google Hint : Pasqualama (Has the New York Times caught up to us or the BBC stunt?).

The Wasteland of being offended…
Has Lenny Bruce’s legacy transmogrified into the current pop culture meme “That offends me”?

DJ will spin BJ the DJ, The Eve of Destruction and Randy Newman’s “Political Science”.

Have a stop the *******  presses sort of week. Aloha!

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