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Crusader AXE of the Lost Causes
On the edge of the desert, just outside of Barstow...
Soldier, scholar, guitarist and business executive--only the first by choice.
Interests: History, government, military affairs, sports, popular culture, music and literature.
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Nobody really has to listen to what you want in government; it's all fungible. You don't really have any privacy or the ability to just phone it in; when you do, something happens. When you get it wrong, people will notice. Smart people, with long memories, and not all that interested in trusting a con artist, poseur and hype-artist. People way smarter than you who remember insults and slights just as malevolently as you do, but wait for the proper time to get even. How much might Lindsay Graham or Ted Cruz enjoy casting the vote that impeaches his President and casts him out into darkness? Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
You are kidding on that one, friend. True German Beer made according to the Reich's Rheinheitsgebot of 1516 as amended to require only natural ingredients is the best beer in the world. Not the stuff in the big cities like Munich and Frankfurt or Hamburg. But Thurn und Taxis, various Klosterbraus and stuff from deep in the mountains...
Jingoistic internationalism or Jingoistic xenophobia don't really differ that much. John McCain had the "Straight Talk Express" in 2000 and it created a symbol he has had problems living up to. Boris Johnson had his Brexit Bus in 2015, and he has had no problem living down to what that has symbolized. If you strip the grace notes -- or ill-notes in Trump's case -- from the 2016 campaign, delete the fantasty and the follies from both parties' rhetoric, there's not that much to choose between them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
Donald Trump just moved me to a musicology piece and it's neither VOUR Deep, Deep River or They're Coming to take me away. Ray Price, actually... So, for a celebration of Honky Tonk Music, Nudie Suits and...Donald Trump http://www.veteranstodaynews.com/2017/03/05/dispatches-for-wolf-country-honky-tonk-orangutan/ Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
Sessions seeming stupid always struck me as Sessions being stupid because he was a couple of monkeys short of a monastery as they say in Gadsden. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
Why we should consider Nazi punching but only when they are doing Nazi things...like flashing White Power Gang Signs on Meet the Press with gratuitous Crispin Nazi Punching shout out, Pastor Niemoller axion, description of hate crimes as data points,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
But what the hell, man? Do you have nothing new to say? Why don't you just go to Malibu and read the Torah and Lovecraft naked on the beach surrounded by naked sorority girls and drinking carrot juice and vodka tonics if this is what you've got? Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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They took my small cottage apart, stone by stone. They surveyed all of us and we nearly died. I am sending, child, Very fast Irish food from my evicted great grandmother. -- Thomas McCarthy Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
New piece at New Veterans Today News Home. My colleagues remain a mix of odd characters...oddly, the more anti-Semitic, the more pro-Trump which means what exactly about the alt-right and critical thinking? Deals with the inaugural and the whole false... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
One of Crispin's talents is finding the obscure and unjustly overlooked, and his own anti-totalitarian tendencies make it possible for him to see the value in Fondane's insights as an Existentialist while his own work is more rooted these days in 19th and 20th Century American thought. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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I don’t know what to say here except there’s something for everyone, I supose. And that includes these hand-crafted Cthulhu sex toys by Necronomicox. How did these things come to be, you might ask? According to Necronomicox: “I saw a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
New post. I went to bed last night thinking Sarah Palin was the Head of the VA...she still may be, and that will make for some fun writing for us...she understands Vets, her son came home and threatened his girlfriend... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
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New vets posts. Gratuitous Prince Tribute. Hamilton speech. Favorite Dylan. Alec Baldwin as Trump...Siri, how do I kill ISIS? Steroids. Putin. http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2016/11/21/gratitude-at-a-rolling-roil/ He begins to sense the walls closing in, his options limited, his power constrained. He wants to fly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
I'm not sure where Trump is going to rank on the lunatic-sociopath-psychopath-schizophrenic-bi-polar autocrat scale. I'm thinking of equating him with God in the theory that God is 80% malevolent but only 20% effective. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
I always considered Kevin Spacey a door stop. Still do. Since Donald Trump passed away after being hit in the back of the head by an errant drive on the 16th hole of one of his deserted golf courses in Scotland in 2013 and what we are currently faced with is an automaton enriched by hypnosis, the campaign is really an exercise in performance art. I suspect he will continue to run until the batteries run down, in 2037.
The latest round in the fabulous adventures of Gaius Tiberius Trump is probably going to confuse, mystify, anger and amuse people for generations to come. Does the private behavior of a despot indicate anything on his ability to serve the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
"Between the handjobs, cocaine and kissing ass and all..." Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
New Vets News Network Today Post. -- Lots of music ranging from a Ani di Franco Cover of Woodie Guthrie to Steve Earle and Dukes and Duchesses doing Hillbilly Highway to Gary Allan's remaster Juarez...to the horns of Hattin and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
.understand you can say whatever you want to now about whatever you want to say, so long as it is in classic Greek with stones in your mouth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
You know, you're making the same mistake as Trump. The president rides a unicycle yoked to the unicycles ridden by the Legislative Branch and the Supreme Court. In the Newt Gingrich-Karl Rove Republican political structure, the vision is that if in opposition, act like the Knesset; if in support of the President, act like North Korean Parliament. If you remember Tom Delay's great all time quote that "The most important thing you have to do in a war is lower taxes" you can see the fallacy for itself. Reality doesn't intrude that much. So, Gingrich leads his revolution and Clinton has to triangulate so that he can govern. Bush starts off with an edge in the house and Senate, and when necessary, the house and senate go along without shutting down the government. Despite squeaking out a win in 2004, Bush faces a different House and Senate. Pelosi and Reed get things done. In 2009, things change as the racist Southern Strategy and continued demonization of the president that started with Bill picks up steam. And, the Congress doesn't do a goddamned thing for six of eight years except try to repeal Obama care... My own thought is that Franklin is after 200 and 30 or so years getting the answer to his unstated question when he was asked, "Mr. Franklin, what sort of government do we have?" He replied, " A Republic if you can keep it." The power of faction and fanaticism that Hamilton, Monroe, Jefferson, Washington and everyone else warned against is finally here...
If Hume awakened Kant from his doctrinal slumbers, perhaps this can rescue country western music from it lyrical and musical doldrums. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
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When the opportunity arises to link Donald Trump with Macus Antoninus, Damian Lewis, Tom Morello, Ani de Franco, Woodie Guthrie and Shakespeare, how can you expect me to resist? And, you get to see another shoot of Big Donnie's Doppelganger,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
An actual job with a pay check can really fuck up your life. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
Would you want to have your children's future depend on the equivalent of a '58 Citroen? Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!
One of Guy's best known songs is "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train" which I've played three times. For my father, my mother and now for Guy Clark. I hate that goddamned song, and I don't like to cry. But if three people in my life have influenced me profoundly, they have and the tears are memories and greeting cards... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at cheese it, the cops!