Monday, December 29, 2008

Would you want me teaching your children?

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man......vol.93
     Just in time for the New Year and just after the end of Chanukah, the ever present idiocy of Israel's foreign policy actions is cemented once again by their bombing of the Gaza Strip in their hopes to rid themselves of the terrorist organization Hamas. If it were only that simple. When will the powers that be realize that this act of violence, mindnumbingly expansive compared to Hamas's mosquito like missiles fired in Israeli settlements, will act to only further the Arabs of the Middle East hatred toward Israel and continue to throw gasoline onto the fire that has been burning there since 1947, when the Zionist movement decided to move in and kick out 750,000 Palestinians who had been living there since the diaspora had been dispersed to all parts of the globe. What would any one expect would happen? Thanks for kicking us out. We love people who foreclose on us because they believe to have a divine right. Were going to be great neighbors from here on out. Peace be unto you.
     I scratch my head at actions like these. Innocent Palestinian and Israeli citizens hurt, maimed and killed as collateral damage because of two neighbors unable to agree on who has the better God. Allah or Jehovah? They both preach tenets of peace but are never so slow to not pick up weapons of war. Whether it be rocks from the street slung shot against tanks or Apache Helicopters firing missiles on mosques or compounds, when will it ever stop?
     It is amazing that 2000 years ago, the St. John of Patmos would write the book of Revelation and would predict the end to come at the town of Megiddo, just outside of Jerusalem, and for this area of the world, because of it's embrace of three major religions would still remain relevant to this day. Is it all just a means to separate us from each other? Why did God have to pick that part of the World for Yahweh to be feared, Jesus to die and be resurrected and Muhammad to ascend to heaven? Is there a shadow group of elites since the dawn of time, that has only continued to propagate these "myths" or "facts" so that they will continue to have a means to divide and conquer the masses? Or maybe I simply think too much?
Until next time, open arms and open minds.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

"God bless Me I'm a free Man, with nowhere free to run." Neko Case

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.92
Personal Update.
It wasn't meant to be, the thoughts in my head,
placing me where I shouldn't be and changing my mind instead.
I now find myself heading on the correct path in the right direction.
A teacher I will become, learning never to cease,
but knowledge will always encompass and I will impart it to my students,
so that it will ever increase.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

If you can think it, it can be done.

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.91
"I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form, come in she said I'll give ya, shelter from the storm." Dylan
 "In the ranks of the so-called learned there is rising up a new order of thinkers, which may best be termed the School of the Worldly Wise Men. After arriving at the astounding conclusion that they are the intellectual salt of the earth, these gentlemen of letters have appointed themselves the final judges of all knowledge, both human and divine. This group affirms that all mystics must have been epileptic and most of the saints neurotic! It declares God to be a fabrication of primitive superstition; the universe to be intended for no particular purpose; immortality to be a figment of the imagination; and an outstanding individuality to be but a fortuitous combination of cells! Pythagoras is asserted to have suffered from a "bean complex"; Socrates was a notorious inebriate; St. Paul was subject to fits; Paracelsus was an infamous quack, the Comte di Cagliostro a mountebank, and the Comte de St.-Germain the outstanding crook of history!
    "What do the lofty concepts of the world's illumined saviors and sages have in common with these stunted, distorted products of the "realism" of this century? All over the world men and women ground down by the soulless cultural systems of today are crying out for a return of the banished age of beauty and enlightenment-for something practical in the highest sense of the word. A few are beginning to realize that so-called civilization in its present form is at the vanishing point; that coldness, heartlessness, commercialism, and material efficiency are impractical, and only that which offers opportunity for the expression of love and ideality is truly worth while. All the world is seeking happiness, but knows not in what direction to search. Men must learn that happiness crowns the soul's quest for understanding. Only through the realization of infinite goodness and infinite accomplishment can the peace of the inner Self be assured. In spite of man's geocentricism, there is something in the human mind that is reaching out to philosophy-- not to this or that philosophic code, but simply to philosophy in the broadest and fullest sense."    Manly P. Hall The Secret Teachings of ALL AGES  (1928)
To be continued, with open arms and open minds.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

"You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." Lennon

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.90
 "There are no problems, only solutions." Lennon     
         "Ignorant of the cause of life, ignorant of the purpose of life, ignorant of what lies beyond the mystery of death, yet possessing within himself the answer to it all, man is willing to sacrifice the beautiful, the true, and the good within and without upon the blood-stained altar of worldly ambition. The world of philosophy-that beautiful garden of thought wherein the sages dwell in the bond of fraternity-fades from view. In its place rises an empire of stone, steel, smoke, and hate-a world in which millions of creatures potentially human scurry to and fro in the desperate effort to exist and at the same time maintain the vast institution which they have erected and which, like some might Juggernaut, is rumbling inevitably towards an unknown end. In this physical empire, which man erects in the vain belief that he can outshine the kingdom of the celestials, everything is changed to stone. Fascinated by the glitter of gain, man gazes at the Medusa-like face of greed and stands petrified.
       In this commercial age science is concerned solely with the classification of physical knowledge and investigation of the temporal and illusionary parts of Nature. Its so-called practical discoveries bind man but more tightly with the bonds of physical limitation. Religion, too, has become materialistic: the beauty and dignity of faith is measured by huge piles of masonry, by tracts of real estate, or by the balance sheet. Philosophy which connects heaven and earth like a mighty ladder, up the rungs of which illumined of all ages have climbed into the living presence of Reality-even philosophy has become a prosaic and heterogeneous mass of conflicting notions. Its beauty, its dignity, its transcendency are no more. Like other branches of human thought, it has been made materialistic-"practical"-and its activities so directionalized that they may also contribute their part to the erection of this modern world of stone and steel."     Manly P. Hall The Secret Teachings of ALL AGES (1928)
To be continued.
Until next time, open arms and open minds.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just Imagine

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol.89
The moon stares witness to the folly of coming night as stars play their masters and children dance on coals.
         "Philosophy bestows life in that it reveals the dignity and purpose of living. Materiality bestows death in that it benumbs or clouds those faculties of the human soul which should be responsive to the enlivening impulses of creative thought of ennobling virtue. How inferior to these standards of remote days are the laws by which men live in the twentieth century! Today man, a sublime creature with infinite capacity for self-improvement, in an effort to be true to false standards, turns from his birthright of understanding---without realizing the consequences--and plunges into the maelstrom of material illusion. The precious span of his earthly years he devotes to the pathetically futile effort to establish himself as an enduring power in a realm of unenduring things. Gradually the memory of his life as a spiritual being vanishes from his objective mind and he focuses all his partly awakened faculties upon the seething beehive of industry which he has come to consider the sole actuality. From the lofty heights of his Selfhood he slowly sinks into the gloomy depths of ephemerality. He falls to the level of the beast, and in brutish fashion mumbles the problems arising from his all too insufficient knowledge of the Divine Plan. Here in the lurid turmoil of a great industrial, political, commercial inferno, men writhe in self-inflicted agony and, reaching out into the swirling mists, strive to clutch and hold the grotesque phantoms of success and power."          Manly P. Hall The Secret Teachings of ALL AGES (1928)
To be continued.
Until then, open arms and open minds.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Can you believe these people?

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.88
I have the golden ticket. I have the golden ticket, and I want to make some money off of it. There is no way I am handing it over without first receiving some cash down payment at least. These are hard times. Everyone needs every buck they can get.
I mean, there it is, an open seat in the senate and I can appoint anyone I see fit, and along with that, let's get rid of some of those creatures that slithered out from under the scum of the Earth on the editorial board at the Chicago Tribune while were at it.
Nice work. Corruption has no partisan ideology. The actions of the Governor of Illinois have once again made that abundantly clear. What makes these people tick? Who do these people think they are? Do they not have a moral compass? Is there no sense of right or wrong anymore? And how do people like this, get to where they are in the first place? Were they using the same tactics in the first place? Amazing. They promise a lot and give very little. The world we live in. Wow.
And does anybody realize that we are still in a War in Iraq? Weird.
Now, Mr. Obama, where is the break from the politics of the past and where is the act of real change and reaching across party lines? Everyone in your cabinet is step and fetch Democrats except for Mr. Gates, and maybe that is because were never going to be out of Iraq, or maybe I'm just crazy. I can live with it. Mr. Obama, where is the taxing of big oil and their huge revenues?
People, everyone gets their feet to the flame.
Sorry, I saw Milk on Saturday afternoon and I say flame on. It was only the second film I have seen in the theater, where, at the end of it, the audience applauded. The first being the classic The Usual Suspects. Gay is the new Black. Wow, how do gay black men do it? That's a hard one. No pun intended. Or wait, maybe a black lesbian. First you're female, and then you're black and on top of that, you're gay. Three strikes and you're out. Not in my book. Equal right for everyone. If you're not hurting anyone physically and not hurting yourself, then so be it.
Go Wanda Sykes!!  Sorry. Anyhow, Sean Penn just maybe Daniel Day Lewis's equal. Up next is Frost/Nixon and then Slumdog Millionaire. I love the winter Oscar season warm up and not to forget 7 Pounds and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Good films are on the way once again. "I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!!"
Does anyone know this? That during the Stock market crash of 1929, the stock market didn't regain it's highs of 1927 until 1954!!!! 1954!! I know that it is cyclical and that every generation looks back on the one before and thinks, yeah, but that was different, and these kids today?? What's with them and there crazy clothes and music? Is it all just a little bit of history repeating?
I hope that we can learn from our mistakes.
Lastly, you can better your life by learning to adopt and adapt to things you dream. What you have problems with, dream them and defeat them in your dreams and you will see the residual effects on your waking life. Call me crazy, I can live with it.
Until next time. Open arms and open minds.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Song Everyone Should Listen to....

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man..........vol.87
At least once, and then again.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

"It's not he or she or them or it that you belong to......."

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.........vol.86
Good morning and good afternoon ladies and gents.
I would have written sooner but I accidentally shot myself in the leg with a handgun I was carrying while drinking bottles full of bub at a night club on Friday night.
Just kidding.
I'm not Plaxico Burress and my life isn't under duress.
I am however not choosing the gym over church, although I probably should, but then again, I'm not our newly elected commander in chief and I don't have to deal with any dog issues other than spending time with the ones that I've got.
Shout out to Lucie and Rufus, my city dog and my country dog, and cannot forget Shima and Lu-Dog. 
What what.
Citigroup gets a bailout because it's too big to fail.
It's as if all of these financial institutions were acting like they were a part of the former administration, where ineptitude was rewarded. I know I know, cheapshots.
But, you have to admit, Brownie did one helluva job in Katrina.
Bremer, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and on Donner, and Blitzen.
Sorry sorry sorry, I can get carried away. Tis the season.
Me myself and I share the blame for the financial mess as well.
We all do.
We all were spending beyond our means and now it's time to pay the piper.
Responsibilty is growing up.
It's not fun, but it is necessary.
That plasma flat screen cable t.v is just going to have to wait.
Reading a book sounds great, or maybe just taking a walk outside.
No head phones, no Ipod.
Nothing to listen to except to myself, and I think way too much.
I know Karla. I hear ya.
Time to embrace what have, instead of reaching for things we want, instead of for things we need.
"Just because it is, doesn't mean it should be." Lady Sarah Ashley Australia.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

How low can we go?

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol.85
With the economy spinning out of control and unemployment climbing to heights not seen in my lifetime, I have lately been finding myself thinking of the Dow Jones and S&P 500 as a limbo party on board a cruise ship, where the destination is unknown, because we have no captain, no map or course to chart. I see us continually dancing along, hands waving in the air and some, some of us falling to our knees, tears streaming down our cheeks and praying for whatever it is, to come, to spare us and lift us far far away from here. Meanwhile, others go along without a care not wanting to face the mirror that has become our feeble existence.
Maybe it will bring the revival of simplicity. A rebirth to the ways of myth and legend. A life where we find meaning and hope in what we do and in our everyday life occurrences without question. Seeing the wonder and the divine in the most mundane circumstances. Try brushing your teeth with your other hand.
Maybe the revelations of realisation that we should only want we've already got or been given will return to our natural tendencies, and only making purchases in the extreme necessity would somehow bring us back to reason.
I see the assumption of greed in billionaire Mark Cuban who wanted to save an extra seven hundred and fifty thousand, selling stock of a company that was yet to go public.
I ask myself, when are going to get to the bottom of this crisis?
Maybe that is not for us to know? Maybe this is all necessary?
The fact that maybe, if individuals become fiscally responsible it would destroy our trembling economy. We are now at the season of spending, or so I'm told continuously by the powers that be, but will not be for long. When they tell us that it is very necessary for us to consume and feed like the sloven pigs we have become or is it all just a gateway to the One World Currency?
Senator Harry Reid said, "no one should be overly concerned" about Congress not reaching an agreement to lend twenty five billion to the life support of slowly dying big three American Automakers. Tell that to the families on whose paychecks they depend.
Maybe it's all created fear and hysteria? Maybe what we should be doing is packing our things and violently storming the gates of our nation's Capital and demanding that the seven hundred and fifty billion that we've loaned to the soon to be nationalized financial institutions be given back to it's rightly owner, the American People. Maybe we should be more outraged and be asking what the.......?
Well, at least tomorrow will be the last game for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Metrodome.
I hope we will still have baseball to watch in the Spring of 2010. I would like to see a game in our new stadium.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wow, that was good, I think?

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol.84
With the world crumbling, tumbling and falling down all around us, a good cup of coffee in the morning is one of the simplest ways to combat the descent. Whether it be opening the paper or turning on the t.v. or listening to the radio, or surfing the web,
we are caught in a endless display of bad news getting worse, day after day.
It's hard to remain to struggle against the opposition and stay positive. To keep fighting the good fight.
Keeping your eyes on the prize and to glorious horizon in the distance.
We find ourselves in the midst of a global economic crisis and the on going war in IRAQ seems to no longer exist. We find ourselves living in Orwell's 1984, where Big Brother has manipulated us into war after never ending war, and eventually we cannot remember who we are fighting against.
Now, it doesn't seem too far fetched.
I hope that the world leaders of the G20 that are meeting in Washington today can iron out the wrinkled patterns of the landscape we call everyday reality and find some common solutions. Then again, maybe they already have and this is only a mirage to get us to accept a Global Dictator?
What we have in America today is the costliest enterprise that our country has ever done, besides the on going, ever increasing balance of the price of war in IRAQ. What we've spent as a country, on the economic bailouts,  is more than what we spent as a country during World War II, adjusted for inflation. And we've only been doing this for the last two months. Or have we??
We are teetering on the precipice. Well, that's what they've been telling us everyday and every night.
They've given a bailout for people to get back into their houses; but what good is that going to do when they don't have a job?
Gas prices are getting lower right now, so people can drive to jobs they don't have. I'm sorry, it's getting contagious out there.
Remember to get your flu shot.
Someone slap me.
Maybe we need a gigantic shift. A drastic change.
It was only 150 years ago that as a nation and a world we were leaving the Agricultural society (business and farming don't mix) and beginning the Industrial revolution (man and machine don't mix??).
Maybe now, we are going through the "birth pangs" the prophets had spoken of thousands of years ago.
People, the age of Aquariuous is ending and a new age is beginning.
For, without pain, there is no growth.
So lets not go jumping out of windows and declaring that the sky is falling just yet.
2012 is still some years away.
Or maybe that is all a part of what we are moving towards?
We as a people, use only 10% of our brains.
That's scientific fact, and you can't stop science.
Maybe these drastic measures are pushing our subconscious to use more than the normal 10%.
Maybe we'll all be able to become the image that is God, in ourselves.
We were made in it's image, and maybe finally, we will begin to start using it for the better of mankind.
For that, I am hopeful, and I keep my eyes on the horizon.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Do you believe in Miracles???

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man......vol.83
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
Now, let's get out of Iraq.
Remember, Hitler too was charismatic.
Let's not give blind faith and stop questioning.
Let's get to work.
Let's love one another no matter what.
What a great country we live in.
God Bless America.

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Let's not climax too soon...

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man....vol.82
Call me crazy, but how can you call it a win, at 8:30pm central standard time, a victory for Obama in the state of Ohio, when only 3% of precincts are reporting?
Do we not remember 2000?
Let's not count our chickens too soon. As Reverend Wright said, "They may come home to roost."

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Devil's Advocate

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man........vol.81
What if Obama doesn't win? What if by not winning, the million or so people in Grant Park, Chicago decided to vent their frustration by doing what college hockey fans do in the state of Minnesota, ala looting and burning in downtown Dinkytown??
So far, the winds of change that are blowing outside are hopefully ushering in a new era. America can have it's first Black President and no, I'm not talking about Bill Clinton, and if so, Obama should be giving a great big hug to George W. Bush.
The Republican Party may have to do some soul searching after tonight. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will be chomping at the bit. I think it's only fair. Eight years of W. We should get at least four from Obama.
God Bless America.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

"Been to the mountain top..."

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man..........vol.80
Historic times are we a part of. An historic election is only a day away. I hope that Obama is victorious, if for the only reason being that he would get us out of Iraq, but then who are we kidding. The money that we've been sending there will only be sent then to Afghanistan. It will never end. Or will it?
So, tomorrow get out and do your part, or else you cannot complain.
It's only been 40 years since the Civil Rights era has passed and sadly I do not see an America where George W. Bush has won the last two elections, an America that is smart enough and ready for a black President, with a last name that rhymes with Osama. But I hope. I hope.
Old man Mccain may win, but it's going to be close.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Billy Corgan was telling the Truth

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man................Vol.79
The Autumnal call of the World Series has ended, and with it, has brought the sounds of College Football, and the NFL once again has meaning.
The Autumnal call has also brought with it, Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative.  I read it as an appeasement, and for the age old adage, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." That's why I watch Fox News.
But seriously, He asks the question, "Are we maximizing Freedom?" No. Are we allowing State's rights to govern themselves? No.
Barry Goldwater suggested that corporations and unions should not be allowed to contribute to political campaigns.
It is no more evident than our current Political atmosphere where half a billion dollars is needed to get your viewpoint expressed.
I agree with him on this, and I also agree with him that we as a country and as a people should abolish the graduated income taxes, and instead have a flat tax rate, equal for all. 
However, I also believe that if you are a Goldwater conservative, who believes in the true and unfettered freedom that all men and women inherit and posses and that the Federal Government should stay as far away as possible from our personal lives and our right to privacy, then a woman's right to be Pro-Choice would ultimately be a conservative stance. Would it not?
I will leave you to ponder that.
Now, let me focus my attention on the recent ads against Al Franken. If I understand them correctly, Al Franken "humiliates minorities, believes child abuse to be a joke, writes pornography, demeans women and laughs at the disabled." The only thing they leave out is that "he drowns puppies in garbage cans filled with dirty water."
Wow. Good thing Norm Coleman went positive.
Maybe we all should have the knowledge like Michelle Bachmann that we "are right in our hearts", and "embrace Freedom and Liberty".
If you could get more generalized than that, let me know.
Which leads me finally to Barack Obama's Wednesday the 29th of October 2008, 30 minute propagandadvertisement on three major networks. How do you compete with that?
I mean, I'm voting for the man, but honestly, have not the powers that be and the unseen hands already placed the mantle upon his head?
And 4 years ago, nobody knew his name and he was a junior senator from Illinois that simply gave one of the best speeches at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston.
I just hope he delivers on what he has been promising, because if I remember correctly, George H. W. Bush, in 1988 said "No new taxes." And what did he do? Raise taxes.
No wonder William Jefferson Clinton is such a good friend of his.
Oh how we are fooled into believing that there is a difference between the two parties.
Freedom is a choice between the lesser of two evils once every 4 years. But then again, maybe I'm too cynical? 
Maybe we only have a little over three years left until a shift in cosmic consciousness comes along to change us for the better? Or worse? December 22, 2012.
I will state it again, that if I'm wrong I will be the first to admit it.
However, you'll have to admit that we are inching ever closer to a one world economy and a one world government would you not?
The Global Economic crisis is necessary for the tip toe to totalitarianism. We've already begun socializing our financial institutions.
They don't just let things happen without a reason. The ends justify their means. 9/11?? Bam. The Patriot Act. War on Terror?? A War that will never end.
Just keep on keepin on, and trying to pay the bills.
"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
So get out and vote. That's entertainment.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Music for the Fall

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man........vol.78
With the rain dropping down upon the newly fallen leaves brown, yellow and green, I think of proper music to fill the spaces in between the drops, and so appropriately I will be discussing some new music for the season.
I would like to first begin with a group that has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. Ever since I was introduced to them by a lazy eyed woman in Duluth named Valerie, in the Fall of 95'. Kinger and Hoium, you know who I'm talking about. The Champagne Supernova of Brit Pop. The best band in the world. Oasis.
Their new album "Dig out your soul", is fist pumping good stuff with only one slow song. The rest is pure rock'n'roll genius.
Turn up the volume to kick start the jam which begins with "Bag it Up" and crack open a Newcastle and light a cigarette, because the ship is taking off. 11 songs, with only one I could live without.
Not bad for some working class blokes from Manchester. See ya at the Target Center December 10th. Righteous.
The second album I would like to discuss is Rachael Yamagata's second album, titled "Elephants.....Teeth sinking into Heart". An album that is suited for a day like today. A day filled with grey clouds and rain. So light some candles and go through old scrapbooks.
Loves' lost and loves' remembered for the better, although you may have felt worse than the current state of the economy. Remembering, we can't always get what we want. We just have to learn to deal with what has been given to us and hopefully some of us will be giving back too. 
Some of you ladies out there may want to make sure a bottle of wine is nearby along with fresh box of kleenex.
I'm not joking. I take my music and politics very seriously.
Phenomenal stuff and I am waiting for her to swing back around to the Twin Cities and play a larger venue than the Fine Line.
The next is by She & Him...vol.1. That is Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward's collaboration, which is much happier than Yamagata's angst filled album, but brilliant all the same for it's simplicity.
Zooey reminds me of a young Linda Ronstadt, the hot version. And those in the know, know what I'm talking about. Zooey and M's album could be placed in the mid to late 60's or early 70's.
Either playing the Grand Ole' Opry or Fillmore East. The whole album, all 13 tracks, and yes there is a hidden one.
It's good driving music and for getting dressed in the morning music to start out the day. 
They too I am waiting for to come back around. An August show at First Avenue during a weeknight just wasn't feasible. 
Hindsight is always 20/20.  
Next up, is the getting ever popular singer songwriter Ray Lamontagne's third album, "Gossip in the Grain". It may be the most complete of his albums so far.
It include's an ode to White Stripe's drummer Meg White which is a favorite. Because, who doesn't like Meg White? If you don't, you may need to seek serious help.
I've pretty much been saying all along that Ray is great so, I will say no more. Just, that I'm waiting for the next Damien Rice album. You know whay I'm saying.
Finally and not least, the red headed cutie Jenny Lewis's second album, "Acid Tongue".
Oh the memories.
Dutch and I in the backseat of my blue m&m Plymouth Sundance, his smiling face like he knew what was going on, and Jeff Olsen behind the wheel.
I remember I couldn't figure out how to get into the house in Spooner. We watched U-Turn twice in a row.
Wow. "Purple Haze all in my mind".
Anyhow, if you like her other band Rilo Kiley you cannot go wrong. Minus the Watson twins, it's still good good stuff.
Put her together with Zooey and M.Ward and I would say we'd have one helluva a time.
Fernando, she plays a song with your name on it and it's a lot better than Abba's. That I guarantee.
So, with that said. Do yourselves a favor and get on You Tube and look them up before you download them to your Ipods'.
So, grab a favorite beverage and your favorite girl or guy, and put both feet on the coffee table and turn down the lights and turn up the volume and lock the doors from the neighbors and please, please, shut off the TV.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A work of Fiction

A Work of small parts.
The light of the full moon through the kitchen window is telling me that I'm hungry, and one doesn't argue with nature. She can be quite the bitch.
Man, I can hardly remember the last time. Was it last month? Or was it just last week?
I don't know. I don't think that I am starting to care anymore. I think I am starting to like it. It's sick I know.
Nothing. Go back to bed.
You have a big day ahead of you. Meetings, lunch with your sister and then picking the kids up from soccer practice. You need your sleep.
We all do these days.
I'll be in, in a few minutes. K.
Julie doesn't need to worry about me, and especially the kids. They don't have to know. They shouldn't know. They can't know and neither can she. Ever. It would kill them.
But it's just the taste, it's hard to remember or put a finger on it. It's almost like I need it. What it means I have no idea.
I mean, I've watched enough scary movies to kind of guess, but nothing like this. Not now. Ya know.
But lately, there has been a thrill in it. The chase and almost surreal hangover that lifts like the morning fog. Feeling rejuvenated. Energized. Without Gatorade or an aspirin.
More than human.
I've read somewhere that in certain areas of the world, they would consider it a delicacy. They would consider it a form of initiation, a rite of passage if you will.
The gift of immortality. The beating heart of man is nothing but a shadow of a glimpse of what he truly can become. Or so I thought. 
I just remember being blindsided. The stirring in the bushes and the low thud of, it's hard to explain. Waking up in the cold wet grass of an early morning in late August. Naked. Covered in blood. Bits of grass and hair, underneath my fingernails and in dire need of a toothpick to get whatever it was out of my teeth. Spit. Out. Like really tough beef jerky. But Jack Links doesn't make anything like that.
The news said it was a mugging that turned into murder. But he didn't look like he would have any cash. It's hard to tell these days. Spending vast amounts of money on torn jeans and the look of trying not to care. The bed head.
Who knows. No motive. No reason. No witnesses. A lifetime petty criminal. Splattered about like paint. A child's idea of a gift for mommy.
Brief remains here and there. I guess they identified him by what was left of his teeth, poor bastard.
I guess he shouldn't have been out that night.  

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Into the Mystic......

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.........vol.77
Performed by the Swell Season.......hopefully each and everyone of us will be able to do the same.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

"People say I'm crazy, dreaming my life away..." John Lennon

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man........vol.76
     Hello my friends. My friends, I am here to state that which is obvious to me, but may be less than obscure for some. My friends. My friends, are we not heading on a collision course towards a one world currency, which would be supported by a one world government? My friends. Okay enough of that Mccain speak. Let's be clear. Let's be clear about my opponent. Enough Obama too. Hell, I'm not going to yell "Kill him!!" at a rally, make no mistake, but I will let you know that I am as much afraid of Barack Obama as I am of John Mccain. Maybe I'll vote for myself as President, wait, I can't yet. I'm not 36 years old. You have to be at least 36 years old and an American citizen. So, please wait until 2012 to vote for me and my good friend as Vice President and new father again, Jeff "Arnie" Olson. Congrats. I'm still waiting on that BBQ invite. Ha. Just kidding. Seriously.
     Has not this current economic crisis got you at least a little concerned? Problem, Reaction, Solution. That's how they operate. They create a problem, wait for the public's reaction and then wheel out the solution. That's how the Patriot Act got passed so quickly. How else would you get the American public to give up their civil liberties? Tell them that it's necessary in order to stop terrorism. We don't want "the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Now they have a reason to wheel out their steps towards a one world currency. Create a problem that would affect the world's economies, wait for the public to react in a frenzy of panic and fear, and then say wait, we've got the solution right here; let's just have everyone back at zero and playing on the same level. Taa-daaa. You may be laughing to yourselves and saying "Scharber, he's crazy. He's paranoid. He's finally lost it." But is it paranoia when it comes true?
People, check out Alex Jones website,, or David Icke or Texx Marrs or Noam Chomsky for that matter. We are being led down a slippery path towards socialism. The United States Government is taking control of our banks. We are handing over our "free" markets to the G-7. But then again, would you have expected anything less from these blood suckers. They are vampires that feed on the fear that they create. Only blood sucking vampires would say that it's crazy and utopian to dream of peace. We need to get a grip and get educated. Be ready. Get ready. Remember, December 22nd, 2012. And if I'm wrong and that day comes and goes without a sound or a hiccup, I will bother you no more. I promise.
But hey, at least we still have football on Sundays.
May peace, love and happiness be granted to all.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

When the Deal goes Down......

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man........vol.75
They did it. It is done. It's finished. Signed and sealed and hopefully it will deliver us from the brink of extinction. Although, I still plan to get eyeglasses as soon as possible, because when it all falls apart in the end and the players are left watching the house of cards that they've built come crashing down, it's not going to be easy to get saline solution and disinfectant for contact lenses when there is widespread looting and murder over fossil fuels at the gas pumps. What we've seen in the just the last 8 years is right on schedule with a end date of December 22, 2012. We've witnessed 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, The Mortgage boom and bust and now the credit crisis. What they told us was $700 billion, will probably cost us $5-$10 trillion. Of course they are going to low-ball us. Why not? The average American is clueless anyhow. So, we now have Henry Paulson, who was once head of the investment firm, Goldman Sachs, to be the lone man in charge of pricing and buying the bad debt. The man who was partly in charge of creating those exotic mortgage backed securities known as collaterallized debt obligations, is now going to be the one to help "bail" us out. That's right. We're all in jail, we're all enslaved and only a few of us know it. I have to believe that Goldman Sachs will be one of the first firms with their hands out to get "bail" out money. Just a hunch. It is the fox guarding the chicken coop. Nice. And people, the Federal Reserve is not a government entity. It is not controlled by the Federal Government in any shape or form. What we should've done is nationalize the Fed and thus kick that group of private bankers out and back to the rocks from which they slithered out from. JFK once tried to nationalize the Fed and look what happened to him. Seriously. Look it up. So instead of doing that, what we've done is created a fourth branch of government. A branch of government in the hands of one man. Hank Paulson. Let's hope he does a good job. Wink wink, nudge nudge.
On a much lighter note, I plead everyone to go and check out the band, Fleet Foxes. If you like the fall and the changing colors of the leaves, then you'll love the Fleet Foxes. My Morning Jacket meets Neil Young and Nick Drake out in the woods and they decide to jam on some wooden stumps. Good good stuff. Right up there with Lamontagne. See ya tonight Ray at the State Theatre. Awesome.
Much peace, love and happiness to all.
"I will make them famous, you will know their names." John "The original Maverick" Mccain

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"We need oversight"

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man...............vol. 74
Hope everyone got a chance to use their economic stimulus check when they had the chance. Can you hear the knocking at your front door, yep that's right, now the government wants it back so it can bail out the "too big to fail" companies on Wall Street and also to put a stop to the 10,000 foreclosures that are happening every day. The US Government wants every dime we can spare so it can set up another regulatory body creating a system that with each passing day looks more and more like a form of socialism. That's right, the US Government swallowed up AIG, Fannie Mae and her brother Freddie Mac, and Bear Stearns, to the lump sum of $700 billion dollars. Coming to roughly, $2300 per tax payer. Thanks again for that economic stimulus check. That was sure a good idea. All we will have to do is fire up the printing press and get some more dollars into the market, or else people will actually realize that the dollar isn't worth much anymore. It has to backed by the full faith and credit of the US Government. How much faith and credit do we have anymore? I ask you that.
Oh, and it's a good thing for John Mccain that Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinijead supports Obama. That should get Mccain some more votes from the bible belt. Didn't Bin Laden release a tape endorsing John Kerry before the 2004 election? Kind of sounds familiar doesn't it. Deja vu all over again.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

On the Road again.....

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.........vol.73
Lipstick on a pig. How about that? Lipstick on a pig is today's catchphrase. I was at the State Fair this year and I didn't notice any booth that was offering that kind of deal. I was too heavily focused on finding the freak show down in the Midway or was I sipping on my nice tall glass of Stella Artois at the time? I forget. Where is that booth? It may have been out by the Minneapolis International Airport and nearby Sen. Larry Craig's favorite bathroom stall. Can't you just hear the foot tapping? To the beat of a different drummer. No pun intended. Seriously, no offense. Getting off track once again. My apologies. This kind of stuff comes around once in a lifetime. Maybe the mud of the pigs' is America, and listen how we squeal.
Thanks a lot for those economic stimulus checks. Oh, what's this now? You want them back to bailout companies that are "too big to fail". It's nice to know that average citizen doesn't have a safety net as neat and tidy as the Federal Government does for Wall Street big businesses. I know that if the federal government didn't step up to the plate and beg for more money to stave off another Depression we would all be going for each other's throats and looting and burning whatever cash we do have on hand, because we'd realize once and for all that not only is our country morally bankrupt but financially as well. How else can anyone explain "Hole in the Wall?'". 700 Billion dollars on top of the 10 billion that we are spending every month in Iraq. Who would want to be President of the United States? Look what they are going to inherit. Ouch. But at least the President has been telling us that our Economy has been "fundamentally sound." Whew, that is a relief. I almost thought we may be in trouble here. I mean how much is our dollar really worth when all we do is print more and send more out into the marketplace when we know in our heart of hearts that we are never going to pay off our national debt. Never. Then again, if the world is going to end or whatever changes might occur by December 22, 2012, this is kind of leading us down that thorny path. Can't you just smell the roses? You know what you need for nice flowers to grow? Bull. Yep, you guessed it. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the filth.

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Friday, September 12, 2008


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Sunday, August 31, 2008

"The hardest things to leave are the things you need the least." Dylan

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man...........vol.72
Wow!! What a Democratic National Convention. What a scene. What a crowd. What a response. 40 million people tuned in on Thursday night to watch Barack Obama speak to 75,000 people at Invesco Field and get them fired up and inspired for the future, to take America back, or at least on a completely different path, and then, John Mccain names Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate and a little bit of the wind was let out of the Democratic Party's sails. I think Hillary Clinton must have been biting her lip in some closed door hotel room with secret service agents standing guard just outside and punching Bill in the gut or kicking him somewhere else. Use your imagination. It was a week to remember in Denver. Now we turn our focus to New Orleans once again and to St. Paul for the first time since professional hockey returned to the state of Minnesota. Thanks in large part to Norm Green. Not Norm Coleman, or Tim Pawlenty or Al Franken, despite what they will tell you. And who knows, we may see the same thing in the next couple of years if we don't succomb to Zigi and help finance a new stadium for the Vikings. But, if I know Minnesotans, we will scream and holler about taxes and why should we have to pay for something like that and we will probably watch them leave and then be kicking ourselves for letting them leave and have to shell out even more money to get them back. That's only if I know Minnesotans. Just a thought. Where was I? I'm sorry for speeding recklessly off of the path of least resistance. Got to splash some water on the face and take a long look into the mirror. Back to reality. I have to get a grip. Whew. Okay then. Back to New Orleans and the people who decided to move back there after Katrina. People who obviously are as much of a dreamer as I. Either they had too much optimism or not enough reality or too many hallucinogens. Please no comment from the peanut gallery. It's just a little bit of "history repeating". Sad sad scene it may turn out to be. Get out your kleenex. Personally, I think they need to move New Orleans about 100 miles north. Just a thought. And maybe move St. Paul 10 miles closer to Minneapolis, because nobody in the major media can tell the difference between the two anyway. And nobody from Minneapolis seems to venture over to our other city anyhow. I know. I'm a redheaded stepchild myself. Back to the coming storm, not the RNC, but Gustav may be a blessing in disguise for the GOP, since they now will not have W or Darth Vader in St. Paul on Monday. I know. I would have liked to see the protestors getting a chance to really turn up the heat on Labor day and land some stink bombs or buckets of urine onto the two war criminals. But that's just me. What can I say. Instead the GOP will be seen as the party of responsibility and equality, just so long as you don't want to have an abortion even if you've been raped from a complete stranger or from an overly loving father or father-in-law, and you believe in God to the extent that you firmly believe it all started with Adam and Eve. Why not follow the custom of the middle east and banish and shun the rape victims because they brought shame upon themselves and their families? Fanaticism can be both Christian and Islamic. There can be no deviation from that. None. Remember, Guantamo is still open. We have places to put you people. Salt of the earth people. But we must remain vigilant. We must remain on guard. The terrorists will never stop. Ever. Just like the "Terminator". It should be a pretty interesting week.
Finally, to all of those U of M alumni, we've matched last season's win total. How about that for progress?
Happy Labor day. Abundant peace, love and happiness to all of you, wherever you are, whoever you are and whoever you vote for.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

If only people could be more like lions....

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man...........vol.71

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A song for the hungover Saturday mornings....

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man .......vol70.
Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. State Fair is right around the corner. Halloween before you know it and then Thanksgiving. Anyhow, Vikings Superbowl?

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man......happy birthday Bob, 67 years young!!!

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man......vol. 69
The drumbeats of propaganda for war against Iran are getting louder and louder like hooves pounding the oncoming stampede.
We have a presidential campaign, an historic campaign, where only money can buy influence, but is anyone covering the issues? Is the Media asking important questions? Instead we see slow pitch softballs lobbed at the candidates and were not even at Be-Bops.
Did anyone know that there was a supposed suicide of the D.C Madam in her jail cell? You are probably asking yourself, who is the D.C madam? She was only the Heidi Fleiss of Washington D.C. She must have had some very important customers if not even a word of her death was given a moments attention by the major media outlets. Maybe someone on that list of her's needed it kept out of the spotlight for some time to come. Yeah, she committed suicide in her jail cell. Yeah. Right.
I may no longer believe that there was a great conspiracy to kill JFK, but I ain't buying that. Or the moon landing. Stanley Kubrick helped NASA film the moon landing shots. He was sworn to secrecy. He was paranoid. His last movie was "Eyes Wide Shut". Because the world had their eyes open but couldn't see the lie. How does the flag blow in the wind on the moon when there is no atmosphere? I could go on, but I won't.
The word of the year is Super delegate. Democracy is great when it's decided by 400 Super delegates. YAAAAAAY!!!
Finally for now, we do have some good news. Some pure news. Innocence with hooves. We have Big Brown and his busted ankle trying to be the first horse in thirty years to win the triple crown at the upcoming Belmont Stakes. It is a great thing to watch and cheer for. However, I urge all of you to watch and cry like I did to Secretariat at the 73' Belmont Stakes..
Who says the divine doesn't exist?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Last night I knew ya, tonight I don't"

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol. 68
Happy birthday Bard. Happy birthday to you and your rapier wit.
The father of English literature.
The writings of which all else are to be measured by.
Happy birthday to you William, who on the same date, some 52 years later, would die mysteriously.
Here is to all of the great plays and lines of rhyme and meter you composed.
Thank you for your symphony of words that brought imaginations to life in the Middle Ages and for the year that followed. 
Thank you Mr. Shakespeare.
For we are all just players on the stage of our lives'.
And, congratulations to you Hillary on your win in Pennsylvania. Now what do you do?
The Republicans unknowingly or unwittingly have now successfully divided the Democratic party and are ready to conquer as old white man Mccain can sit idly back with his feet on his ottoman hands around a martini, at his favorite country club and watch the festivities.
How could the Democrats, after Iraq, Katrina and the sub-prime mortgage meltdown be in the situation they are currently in?
Karl Rove couldn't have written a more Machiavellian outcome.
Oh, by the way, Happy post Earth Day.
Can anyone really afford to save the planet? It's so expensive. We have to dispose of those light bulbs really carefully.
I mean they are filled with mercury. 
It's such a nuisance.
But then again, so is clean air.
Did anyone else hear about the 3rd graders in Georgia, that were plotting to kill their teacher. 3rd graders!!!
Plotting to kill their teacher?! 3rd graders!!!
They were assigning fellow students tasks, such as who's going to bring the broken steaknife and who's in charge of watching the door and closing the windows.
3rd graders!!!
What's the price of a barrel of oil going to end at today? $120? $130?
Mahmud Ahmadinijaed says $115 is way too low, and it probably is too.
I predict that we will be paying about $5 for a gallon of gas by the end of the summer of 08' in the US.
But, when compared with England's $8 a gallon, and they have to pay $50 a day, just to drive their car into downtown London(which is a really good idea), doesn't seem so bad.
We will finally be able to point the finger at China and India and Southeast Asia as the ones who need to clean up their act.
Too bad we don't have a finely tuned mass transit infrastructure throughout the US.
We better start building one quick or build a lot more hybrid buses.
Finally I would like to end on a celebratory and positive note. 
On April 8th of this year, a native son of our great state of Minnesota and from the small Iron Range town of Hibbing, near Duluth, won a long deserving honorary Pulitzer Prize.
Robert Zimmerman has been writing and recording great music and art since 1961 and is still going strong.
From "Freewheelin" to "Highway 61 Revisited" to "Blonde on Blonde" to "Nashville Skyline" to "Blood on the Tracks" and "Desire" to "Time out of Mind" and "Modern Times", he still searching for and producing that "mercurial sound".
The former U of M student still performs 200-250 shows a year. The most influential musician of the 20th century.
Not bad for being a card carrying AARP member. 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Another Spring has sprung a leak.....

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man......vol.67

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
I apologize for the long delay between messages and it will probably happen again, but hopefully not as spaced out as they appear or myself seem to be.
I am back and ready to report the news.
The truth with consequences.
A couple of Sunday evenings ago, I had the chance to catch an episode of 60 Minutes and on that evening's episode they were detailing a new Active Denial System that is being developed by the Pentagon to help combat crowd control.
The system is a ray gun.
Yes, this isn't science fiction, a ray gun that emits an intense stream of heat and energy up to a 300 yards away which without serious harm to it's targets, will cause them to run like hell.
I got to believe Tim Pawlenty is going to want that around in St. Paul for the upcoming Republican National Convention.
This is true.
Maybe not the Pawlenty remark but check it out.
I saw it on the television.

The two headed monster that is the Democratic Party could hopefully end up being a dream ticket instead of the nightmare that it is developing into.
If Hillary and Obama keep this up, we may be looking at 4 more years of a Republican in the White House.
The Republican Party, the party that abolished slavery.
Can you believe that? I'm not making this stuff up.
Maybe Superhero Al Gore needs to step in between Hillary and Obama and for the greater good of the United States of America and declare himself the Party's nominee for President.
That would be awesome.
Or else we're going to end up with a very old white man in the oval office singing "Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran."

March 3rd, 2007, Oil was at $60.00 a barrel.
March 5th, 2008, Oil was at $104.52 a barrel.
OPEC says bite me.
Guess who's over the barrel now.
Yeah, were looking into renewable sources of energy. Yeah. That's a good one.

Just like the economic stimulus package the President signed is going to really help Middle Class America. For about a week.

Client number 9? Number 9? Number 9. Number 9? Client Number 9.
That was a Beatles White Album Reference for those needing help.

Okay okay.
I will bet a Mr. Thompson that is a good friend of mine will be glad to see this next comment and know that it has been a long time coming.
Not one Muslim Cleric has issued a Fatwa against Osama Bin Laden for his role in 9/11. Not one.
An for those who don't know, a Fatwa is a verbal death warrant.
In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a Fatwa against Islamic author Salman Rushdie for his novel "The Satanic Verses" because he took liberties with his fictional portrayal of the prophet Mohammed.
The hypocrisy and stupidity of radical Islamic terrorists is simply amazing.
A man writes a book. Let's kill him.
A man helps to kill 3,000 people and nothing. Silence.
You can hear crickets chirping.
And this is supposed to be a "religion of peace." Well, that may be so, but it has been hijacked by sick and twisted idiots.
I know that not all Muslim's are terrorists and not all Christians want to convert by way of military force, but come on people.
Where is the common sense and decency in the world today? It sure in the hell isn't in the majority or helps sell newspapers or get television ratings.

Will someone let the monks have Tibet? Please.
China, you can do the right thing and stop buying oil from Darfur, a government that is condoning genocide, and give the Dalai Llama what he wants, a Free Tibet.
You can keep Taiwan and have the Olympics.

Well at least we have the housing market fixed. Ha.
Adjustable rate morons.
Sorry about that ladies and gentlemen.
I helped with the whole crisis.
Giving mortgages to people who couldn't afford them.

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"The whole world is a very narrow bridge. And the most important thing is to not be afraid." Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

"Children, Wake up"

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol.66
Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
I want each and everyone of you to check out this video of the band the Arcade Fire from the month of April 2006, before they became tied for the best band in the world with Radiohead. David Bowie as special guest, was pleased enough to join them on stage. Please watch and like the caption says, if you are not moved, then check yourself for a pulse, you may already be dead.
It was nice to see the crowd by the end of the show, rocking along, as were you, hopefully.
Now for some news.
The proverbial sky is falling on the heads of investment bankers. The bubble has burst on house flippers and struggling home owners. I hate to say I told you so, but when has a one story rambler in Columbia Heights ever been worth $210,000. Please. One bedroom condos in downtown for $160,000. What??? If the lower and the middle class do what they should do with their soon to be received rebate check from good ol' Uncle Sam, which is to save it instead of spend it, then our economy just like our image of foreign policy will go right down the toilet along with our sense of complacent entitlement.
But don't worry, because our lame duck President wants us to be safe. He is very concerned for our safety. Just tell that to the victims of Katrina. He didn't realize that gas could hit $4 a gallon. He hadn't heard that. Too busy playing mad libs. George is begging Congress for a law to remain permanent that would give the federal government permission to eavesdrop on supposed enemy combatants without warrants. It does make sense. I mean you have nothing to hide unless your up to something evil. Right. But then again, Big Brother takes one more step into our living rooms. Next February, we will all need digital TV's. Why??? So they can manipulate our thoughts with some cold war tested mind control? Mk-Ultra baby. But don't worry. Governments can always be trusted to do the right thing.
Germans thought so too.
Currently I am reading "The World is Flat" by Thomas Freidman. Great book. I'm a little late on the ball on this one. But, he speaks the truth. And the truth is that the technology of the 21st century will spread Democracy and free thought to all countries, for one will not be able to stop the inherent human need to consume what is the next exciting new thing and they will be blanketed by free trade, because that sure as hell beats the slave trade, and Capitalism will give it them, whether they like it or not. You have been warned Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia.  But it will also trigger what may be the last of all wars. Because totalitarian regimes in the Middle East and due north will not allow their control to slip so easily through their fingers and they will then need a scapegoat to point their meaty war machines at. Everybody needs an opponent. Life is duality.
The steamroller that is growing momentum heading down the hill toward November and may be usurping the "inevitable" candidate is a feeling we call "Obama." I just hope that who may be the first ever Black President doesn't find his way into a bullet from a crazed lone gunmen. It wouldn't surprise me if he did. Or if he turns out to be the Anti-Christ. 20,000 people everywhere he goes, to listen to him speak. What has he really done? Then again, what have I done? Hopefully he is not just another in a long list of false prophets.
Finally, I urge you ladies and gentlemen to give a listen to an artist called Bon Iver. French for good winter. His album "For Emma, Forever Ago" is stark, simple and brilliant. It is the feeling of a winter cabin with a glowing fire place. If you like Van Morrison, Ray Lamontagne, Nick Drake or Damien Rice and even Bob Dylan, give Bon Iver a listen.
That is all for now. Much love peace and happiness.  

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Monday, January 21, 2008

We are a sub-prime society

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man....vol.65
"I look at people, and I see nothing worth liking." Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) There will be Blood. My pick for Best Picture, Best Actor, Cinematography and Director for 2007.
Good morning. In honor of Dr. King and all that he did for the cause of civil and human rights I give thanks. I would love to remain overtly optimistic and positive, but because of the times we live in and despite his achievements and successes, I cannot because I've come to realize that despite the pleas for differentiation of Republican and Democrat nominees for president, which is the longest job interview of all, is that the power that controls them, is a power that we, the voter have no control over, unless, you're an old white male board member of a fortune 500 Company. Because in the end, we'll most likely be in Iran, fighting the modern day crusades of Christianity vs. Islam.
2008  is looking a lot like 1992 all over again. A Bush will be leaving office, we will be leaving a mess in Iraq and the economy is tanking and quite possibly a Clinton will be living in the Oval Office. A little bit of history repeating.
Meanwhile our good friend Israel is test firing long range nuclear missiles to the dismay of Iran. Only a week after after George W. had left the region, talking of peace and co-existence between Israel and the Arab nations. But I guess being on the receiving end of a holocaust gives a nation a free pass.
Has anybody been paying attention??? It's the economy stupid!! Recession??? We could be heading into a depression. The Bond insurers that have backed the banks that have backed the subprime loans now may be going in default and may be unable to pay the insurance to the banks that have made those loans. What that simply means, that if you're bank can get paid, you're not going to get paid. The federal government needs to step in and buy MBIA and AMBAC, or else, we will slide back into the 1800's. But I'm crazy. 

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Advice from a Good Friend

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man........Vol.64

Good morning ladies and gentlemen on this grey Sunday morning, the 13th of January 2008. It's been a long time coming since my words have reached this outlet of the 21st century.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am writing this from the advice of a good friend. I am writing this because sometimes it takes others to tell you what you need to do, because you can't see the forest from the trees.

This is all original material that I've been compiling since the last time. So hopefully it will have been well worth the wait.

If some of you are confused, at least it is minus the hate.

I am writing this morning to push the blankets of the bed and the dirty sheets aside with the kindling of a fire stoked within my belly, amid the outside temperature of the barely hovering above freezing.

I am writing to inform the uninformed of the bitter sweet pain of being unable to grab the wrist and to draw her to you, as she sits indian style right in front of you, reading a book much too young for her age, as you imagine a young Audrey Hepburn reading "Harry Potter", giggling as she's whispering to her father.

She has the bare shoulders of a woman who has needed to be restrained in the past. The tilt of her neck gives an attitude of indifference and underlying anger. She is a beautiful woman that has had ugly things happen to her and she's been fed up for far too long. She is the fanaticism generated by the accumulation of wealth within the stock market that may be nearing a collapse. Sucking like an ocean's wave everybody in, and then crash. Lying stranded ashore. Alone on a barren beach. She is the opening of the window on the morning bus ride into work that helps cool my feverish mind of the having the obligation of attending the mid week Wednesday, but being reminded that it's all down hill from there.
I have an invisible shield around me that silently forces the oncoming passengers to never sit in the same seat next to me for I am protected from their negativity.

Meanwhile a woman, no more older older than 26 drives a $40k BMW SUV through a neighborhood where her vehicle or symbol of worth is more than people's yearly salary, or at least mine. Where are the children of Darfur on her mind?
It is the joy of the first time. Sitting atop of a neighbor's white suburban garage under the moonlight of a weekend and the parents are out of town.

It is every morning's bus ride with her that is another first date.
It is the street musician serenading the passers by with "Walk the Line" being played upon a flute. It is daring the audience to find the song within their absence of attention.
It is the bus ride through Northeast Minneapolis as we would talk about castles and Loch Ness. It is traveling through England and touring the Guinness brewery. It is if we are getting to know each other better, than someday we'll go together.

As if possibly we've already been and with each other would like to go again.
It is a woman that smells of grape bubble gum with an engagement ring, as she talks of hope for the future and things that will come. It is a tortuous soul, a woman in the coat the color of my car, showing enough leg and nylon to the dangerous men who are no longer boys, and I am reading of coincidences and Beethoven, the influence of novelties and fortuities grace.

She looks my way. It is the idea that her name should be Sunny Rosewater. Cursed to meet a woman I cannot get inside of without having to deal with an itch that can never be cured by a scratch.
It is being blessed by a morning of rainbows, the first of 2008 from across an ocean with a smile and a warm cup or coffee.

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