Both “sun,” and ‘son,’ could work here. That’s up to you. Another break from politics. So intense these days. We NEED a break!
Graveyards mean a lot to me. Other than working for family friends, my first job was at a cemetery, and when I went to college I started grave digging. The economy was tough in the early 70s and the one place job hungry masses rarely went to find work was a graveyard.
by Ken Carman
I could make some lame joke that they probably thought job opportunities there may have seemed dead, but I won’t do that.
Clever, ain’t I?
When I started touring with my shows I would practice in cemeteries. One year I was practicing for my yearly hometown show in Old Forge, NY. I had to stop practicing because I recognized too many names. Either I knew them, or my family had talked about them. I knew that below me were many family friends, people we cared deeply for, teachers, neighbors and a few I may not even be here without them; like my grandparents. And I also realized when I was very young, lived near New York City, some of that may have been true when I worked at that cemetery too. Read more
Why did this happen? It happened because something has been changing: our attitudes. It happened because we don’t respect lines anymore: lines no one should cross.
by Ken Carman
People didn’t suddenly become mentally ill. They were ill before. We have always had mental illness. They didn’t shoot people to this extent. It would be hard for a song like Harry Chapin’s Sniper about the 60s Texas Tower mass murderer to stand out now. There are so many mass murderers: sometimes in a single week.
We have had a gun culture for a long, long time. I grew up in one. I bought guns through the mail when it was legal. Regulations have come and gone, but we didn’t have this.
Video games, drag queens, open borders? We’ve had these things, more and/or less, for many years. We didn’t have this. Read more
Rick Wilson’s third cousin, ten times removed by an otter, Andrew Wilson. Nah, ‘Supreme Beef:’ Luke Wilson’s older brother.
A lot of movie moment refs here, even an ad.
I understand: what I am venting about here, if solved, might put me out of the column business that has made me so rich and famous… sarcasm noted. So I suppose the major takeaway here might be a mea culpa. When I write one of these ‘smack down’-style editions am I merely mimicking the very prose I criticize?
So how close with our rhetoric, how absent of true content will we get, to becoming an Idiocracy? How much closer to everyone trying to outdo the flame throwing talents of Supreme Beef?
by Ken Carman
To say I enjoyed Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson: long time Republican strategist and a Never Trumper, would be like saying I enjoy Don Rickles-like politics. Don was very talented at what he did, I’ve just never was a fan of gratuitous insult humor, except a roast or two, at best. And a good roast requires the roast-ie be in on the joke and able to roast back.
I understand I am in the minority here: not the first time. And perhaps that’s part of my point. Today’s society is moving towards being too much of an Idiocracy version of Don Rickles for my taste.
Rick Wilson might be a great person to be the object of a roast, even better as a roaster. Rick has mastered clever insult politics as well as Rickles mastered comedic insult. Comparing his words to the pathetic invective of our Insult-in Chief, Trump is the 6th grade bully held back 5X, Rick would be the great orator…if insult humor and politics could be defined as “great.” I understand. Too often I do it too. It’s hard when sometimes politics makes the worst behavior in the WWE seem almost genteel.
Yes, it’s fun, but… later. Read more
Historically this analogy is imperfect, even given the fact all historical analogies are imperfect. But the core of the analogy is the radical change to America that dumps into history’s septic tank everything the country was supposed to stand for. I understand our high ideals at times were as substantive as “the carnage stops HERE!!!!” …but I mean even the illusion of those ideals, the claim to hold those ideals, are part this massive Trump dump… the image of Trump on a toilet comes to mind.
by Ken Carman
Since most land that even marginally can be occupied has been occupied, perhaps the new Caesars will “send us back” by populating the poles? Trump does claim to have a plan to go to Mars, as substantive as any planning in Trump’s head ever is. Those who continue to steer the election ship into the rocks, despite their hyper erratic boss, are unfortunately very good at taking advantage of the infrastructure of corruption they took command of. More on that in a moment.
The worst of the Roman Empire was built out of what was, marginally, a free state. There were considered representatives of the people, but they were appointed, or ‘elected’ by men of high stature. You never would have found the 6 mile long lines to the polls like you’d find at a non-Republican voting black district. Read more
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.
”We have been here before.”
by Ken Carman
”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