I see it in the people that do the real work, and what’s sad in a way is that the people that are the most giving, hardworking, and capable of making this world better, usually don’t have the ego and ambition to be a leader. – Celine “Before Sunrise”

2 Feb

 

THE BLOG WHERE i GO AMERICA ALL OVER EVERYBODY’S ASS

What is up kids?

So i’m in a strange mood today, one because i am feeling under the weather BAD.  But also because at the same time i’m feeling a little fired up with the Iowa Caucus that happened yesterday, especially because Bernie Sanders basically tied Hillary Clinton in the vote which is CRAZY!  Then on top of all of that i saw a documentary on Netflix that EVERYONE should see, and by everyone i mean everyone in America.

If you don’t dig documentaries because it’s too much “learning” and “thinking” then i can’t force you to watch it.  But if you do dig documentaries and care about the future of our country and you’re looking for something good to watch on Netflix then check out the Robert Reich documentary “Inequality For All” which is very amazing and depressing and eye opening, and does the best job of trying to explain the mess that our country is currently in today.

And i know many of you hate politics and even want to throw up whenever someone starts talking about the economy but i’m telling you now that you should watch it anyway if only for your own good.  Because trust me, i know being ignorant and/or just saying “It’s all bull$hit!” and avoiding anything to do with Washington or Wall Street or politics in general makes a lot of sense.  And yes i will admit that trying to keep up with all of the horrificness that is politics really affects my mental health.

But it IS important to know what’s going on, even if it’s only in it’s broadest sense.  When you stay ignorant and silent you only end up hurting yourselves.  Did you know that currently there are over 20 states that have ZERO laws protecting LGBT employees and they can get fired just for being gay?  Or that even though abortion has been legal since Roe v Wade that an alarming number of states keep passing and trying to pass new laws that make it tougher and tougher for a woman to have choices over her own body?  If you don’t know this you can choose to stay blind to all of that if you want.  No one says you have to take the red pill and/or put on the pair of sunglasses from “They Live.”

But some of you out there do care about the future and our planet, and some of you do realize this “me against the world” and “only look out for yourself” mentality will doom the human race.  And one person who DEFINITELY believes that way of thinking is wrong is Bernie Sanders, and that is why i am 100% voting for him for President.

And if you don’t know anything about Bernie and just think he’s the crazy old man who is going to lose to Hillary Clinton anyway, or if you are a Republican who thinks that all he wants to do is give free hand outs and free everything to everyone then i’m sure there’s not too much i can say to sway your mind especially if it isn’t open to change.  But someone whose words you should listen to are the aforementioned Robert Reich who recently wrote an article for the Guardian that i am going to repost below.  One because he explains why he supports Bernie better then i ever could, but two because like i said before i’m sick as a dog and i can barely think let alone write! But please check this article out because Robert Reich is intelligent, well spoken, and most importantly he’s the MONEY…

 Want to reverse sky-high inequality? Bernie Sanders is the pragmatic choice. –

The Democratic contest has repeatedly been characterized as a choice between Hillary Clinton’s “pragmatism” and Bernie Sanders’s “idealism” – with the not-so-subtle message that realists choose pragmatism over idealism. But this way of framing the choice ignores the biggest reality of all: the unprecedented, and increasing, concentration of income, wealth and power at the very top, combined with declining real incomes for most and persistent poverty for the bottom fifth.

The real choice isn’t “pragmatism” or “idealism.” It’s either allowing these trends to worsen, or reversing them. Inequality has reached levels last seen in the era of the “robber barons” in the 1890s. The only truly pragmatic way of reversing this state of affairs is through a “political revolution” that mobilizes millions of Americans.

Is such a mobilization possible? One pundit recently warned Democrats that change happens incrementally, by accepting half loaves as being better than none. That may be true, but the full loaf has to be large and bold enough in the first place to make the half loaf meaningful. And not even a half loaf is possible unless or until America wrests back power from the executives of large corporations, Wall Street bankers and billionaires who now control the bakery.

The other day Bill Clinton attacked Sanders’s proposal for a single-payer health plan as unfeasible and a “recipe for gridlock.” But these days, nothing of any significance is politically feasible and every bold idea is a recipe for gridlock. This election is about changing the parameters of what’s feasible and ending the choke hold of big money on our political system. In other words, it’s about power – whether the very wealthy who now have it will keep it, or whether average Americans will get some as well.

How badly is political power concentrated in America among the very wealthy? A study published in the fall of 2014 by two of America’s most respected political scientists, Princeton professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page, suggests it’s extremely concentrated.

Gilens and Page undertook a detailed analysis of 1,799 policy issues, seeking to determine the relative influence on them of economic elites, business groups, mass-based interest groups and average citizens. Their conclusion was dramatic: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically nonsignificant impact upon public policy.” Instead, Gilens and Page found that lawmakers respond almost exclusively to the moneyed interests – those with the most lobbying prowess and deepest pockets to bankroll campaigns.

I find it particularly sobering that Gilens and Page’s data came from the period 1981 to 2002. That was before the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United opinion, which opened the floodgates to big money in politics, and before the explosion of Super Pacs and secretive “dark money” whose sources do not have to be disclosed by campaigns. It stands to reason that if average Americans had a “near-zero” impact on public policy then, the influence of average Americans is now zero.

Most Americans don’t need a detailed empirical study to convince them of this. They feel disenfranchised, and angry toward a political-economic system that seems rigged against them. This was confirmed for me a few months ago when I was on book tour in America’s heartland, and kept hearing from people who said they were trying to make up their minds in the upcoming election between supporting Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump.

At first I was incredulous. After all, Sanders and Trump are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. It was only after several discussions that I began to understand the connection. Most of these people said they were incensed by “crony capitalism,” by which they meant political payoffs by big corporations and Wall Street banks that result in special favors such as the Wall Street bailout of 2008.

They wanted to close tax loopholes for the rich, such as the special “carried interest” tax break for hedge-fund and private-equity partners. They wanted to reduce the market power of pharmaceutical companies and big health insurers, which they thought resulted in exorbitant prices. They were angry about trade treaties that they characterized as selling-out American workers while rewarding corporate executives and big investors.

Somewhere in all this I came to see what’s fueling the passions of voters in the 2016 election. If you happen to be one of the tens of millions of Americans who are working harder than ever but getting nowhere, and you feel the system is rigged against you and in favor of the rich and powerful, you will go in one of two directions.

Either you will be attracted to an authoritarian bigot who promises to make America great again by keeping out people different from you and recreating high-paying jobs in America. Someone who sounds like he won’t let anything or anybody stand in his way, and who’s so rich he can’t be bought off.

 RANDOM NONSENSE

So is everyone enjoying the new look of the site so far?  Everything i’ve heard has been mad positive but for real, let me know what you think now that i’ve classed up the joint!  i know i put the “ass” in classy but let me know what your opinion in the comments!

So What’d i Miss???  So apparently big tough guy and the man who said he would take down Russia and ISIS single handedly Mr Donald “A vote for me is a vote for ignorance and hate” Trump isn’t afraid of ANYTHING!! Well except for 100 pound blonde female reporter Megan Kelly who works for Fox news and apparently hurt Donald Trump’s feelings by asking him actual questions.  You know, questions like do you think that it’s okay for the leader of the free world to call women fat disgusting pigs and say things like they look good on their knees?  This apparently was considered WAY too unfair to Donald Trump, who said he refused to do a debate hosted by Megan Kelly because when she is there the sand in his vagina acts up and the burning sensation is so bad that he is unable to think clearly.

So yeah this real tough guy who always says how it is and isn’t afraid to back down to anyone was too scared of a woman Fox news reporter’s questions and just straight up didn’t go to the debate because his pu$$y hurts.  Which is funny because could you imagine how angry the people on the right would get if Obama said he wouldn’t go to a scheduled debate because he was scared of Fox News?  Oh but that’s different because he’s black, got it.

– Alright one last political kind of thing for today, i promise!  Did you all know that Shepard Fairey is the artist who came up with the “OBEY” logo that people still wear today and that it comes from the movie “They Live?”  And did you also know he came up with the idea for iconic Obama “HOPE” poster?

Well he also designed a concert poster for Bernie Sanders that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were headlining and it’s cool as F*CK!  So even if you follow none politics just the fact that Shepard Fairey and the Chilli Peppers support someone money like Bernie should be good enough!  Well that and his policies but hey i’ll take what i can get.

– So i’m late to f*cking EVERYTHING.  For real, i don’t care if it’s work, a wedding, my own funeral, i just CANNOT be on gddamn time!  And it’s getting really bad because now my family and friends just straight up hate me.  It’s even gotten to the point where if there is an event or party that starts at 7:30 my friends will purposely tell me that it starts at… well they don’t even tell me about the party anymore because they are sick of me being late and like i just said they all hate me!

When i set up this joke did you all think that i was going to say an earlier time then 7:30 instead of setting you up for my way more funny and original joke of them just not telling me about it?  That’s how the bit went in my head so hopefully it worked.  If not at least it was original!  Original and unfunny apparently…

– So i f*cking HATE when people stare at me when i’m eating!  Jesus f*cking Christballs everyone i totally get that i’m super attractive to both men and women alike and the thought of even the slightest glance of my beautiful dome piece is enough for all of you to want to stare at my grill nonstop.  But could you PLEASE take a break whenever i’m shoving food down my disgusting gullet?  i don’t know why you find the need to watch me when eating anyway but apparently whenever i do consume food i wear a sign that says “PLEASE STARE AT ME INTENTLY WHILE I’M EATING TO MAKE ME UNCOMFORTABLE AND ALSO PLEASE COMMENT ON HOW FAST I EAT BECAUSE I GIVE A $HIT WHAT YOU THINK!”

A Great Name for a Punk Band! “The By Golly’s”

– So hopefully all of you didn’t hate today’s blog just because i wrote about something like politics that i’m passionate about.  i know most blogs i write about boozing too much or what new fast food items came out today or even about how i pee in the shower, but today i just felt like i had to get down to business and do something important!

Although speaking of that, i know another man who feels the same way and he’s also the next entrant as one of The BEST Album Covers of ALL TIME!   Just like Robert Reich before i’m better off just letting this guy tell you how he feels himself, and even without words all you need is one look to know just how serious he is.  So enjoy today’s album cover with Gary who is straight up “GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS!”

And that’s it for me today kids!  i know i really worked over your thought hole instead of tickling your funny bone for once but let’s be honest you’re probably better off.  i don’t know why knowledge and healthy discussion is so taboo in this celebrity and media driven country but it’s my blog and sometimes i don’t feel like dealing with that garbage.

But i hope you all have a great week, i hope i f’n feel better already and i’ll cya next Tuesday with some all new ha ha’s!  And don’t forget to share this with friends and/or enemies with the cool new share buttons below!

Cya next Tuesday, miguel jose

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