Author Archives: Ken Carman

Inspection- What They Should Have Said: the Squad

 This is a matter of framing. I think they said a lot of good things, most of which will just blow over the ever zero attention span afflicted heads of the media and the nation. All that will last is Trump’s inane responses. Sometimes more impact is called for: we need more of a Ted Kennedy, in your face, “When does the greed stop?” moment. This goes to what they call themselves too. I also propose a new name: “Real American Patriots Squad,” just to piss off magas and their extremely fallible deity.

Inspection

by Ken Carman

 ”We have been here before.”
 ”Do we really need to answer an accusation worse than, ‘Are you or have you ever been a Communist?’ This from someone who knows nothing about showing the dignity of his office, or cares anything about that dignity. This from someone who constantly accuses others of perpetuating a ‘witch hunt.’ Apparently, while accusing others of a with hunt, he no problems declaring others all kinds of names; essentially witches. And he has no problem with inspiring acts of violence. He even declares he will pay for their defense.”
 ”We have been here before.” Read more

Inspection- Lady Justice is a Lady of the Night

Marissa Alexanger

 The Epstein case is so typical of our injustice system…
Inspection

by Ken Carman

 I almost chose a few more volatile words (starting with “p” and “s”) but it’s really not her fault. Baby Justice was born to a new nation already compromised: some residents were, at best, 3/5ths citizens, but citizens only to enable their master’s efforts to oppress them. Other residents were mostly destined to be outright exterminated. While some of us came in wanting to be good neighbors (a precious few), most of us came in as “this land is now OUR land” conquerors.
 Take that, Woody Guthrie.
 From the very start Lady Justice was pimped out: forced to spend her time on the corner in black lace, red shorts, heavy lipstick and mile high makeup. She was there to service the rich, the Brits, and when they were gone, non-slaves, non-natives, slave owners, the new gentry. After that more just the rich, the influential. Oh, attempts were made to dress her like some willing Barbie doll: give her an image upgraded from black lace, shorts… but we’ve never had that much success with that. We still drag her by the hair out to the corner of 42nd and force her to sell herself for the benefit of the powers that be.
 Jeffery Epstein, Donald Trump, Alex Acosta, Bill Clinton, OJ… the list is long and I would push back on the last two a little, only in that attempts to get them were more successful and sometimes stupidly relentless: especially OJ. Seems double jeopardy isn’t double jeopardy as long as we re-label the attempt “civil.” As much as I believe some people probably deserve it (OJ), I have always felt the legal system in this nation should be overseen to the point that once the basic point behind litigation has been directed to criminal or civil that should be it. That’s not fair in all cases, but it’s more fair than having to live a life being hunted by whatever means. The justice system can be relentless, especially when the target isn’t influential, rich, well connected… or belonging to some unofficial inferior class. Read more

Inspection- Broken


Inspection

by Ken Carman

 So we are half way through yet another wasted year. “Wasted” because we argue about what Hillary could have done, didn’t do, how much she was disliked, how the party screwed Bernie, how Bernie people screwed Hillary, how the party sucks, how we have to appeal to the Trump base or we’ll lose , how we have to appeal to moderates or we’ll lose , how we have to appeal to progressives or we’ll lose, and how every candidate except maybe… doesn’t come up to snuff.
 Blah.
Blah.
BLAH.
 All these ‘reasons:” no matter how accurate, or not, are insignificant, minor, tiny, microscopic, infinitesimally small. Read more

Inspection- Of the Great (?) Duel and Rhetorical Judo (Part 1)


by Ken Carman

 I must admit: there are days I wish the Republican Party and the Democratic Party would have a duel and both hit their mark. Maybe we could Inspectionclear the stage and start anew, start better. But then I ask myself, a big believer in the worst aspects of the Butterfly Effect, what would replace them? I doubt anything better. Libertarians against Greens? Fine, until the theists and the woos-es attached themselves, then the NRA, then the Occupiers, then the…
 More than likely we’d end up with the same old, same old, or WORSE. If I were to guess: worse. Read more

Inspection- Of the Great (?) Duel and Rhetorical Judo (Part 2)


by Ken Carman

 Now the rhetorical pistols have fired let’s see what carnage they have Inspectionwrought. Wait. No, that’s not right. We only had a few actual pistols, no one’s dead, well ‘out of the race… And all the other ‘pistols’ were pop guns softly shooting out a sign that reads, “Bang!”
  Bernie and Kamala ruled the day, while Mayor Pete lingered slightly behind with a slightly softer “bang.” If I had to pick one winner then it would be Bernie, because rhetorically he was an unstoppable force. Oh, the others tried but it was kind of like walking down a railroad tracks: they had to move over every time the express rolled through.
 Pete was the intellectual, which with Trump as an opponent that could be a BIG problem. Biden spent a lot of time on the defensive and still seemed almost insignificant. Questioned by Kamala the second train on the tracks he shrunk.
  We need no pop guns in 2020. That was almost all the other candidates, and for some: not their fault. They simply don’t have the rhetorical skills needed to meet 2020.
  Here’s the problem. Read more

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