Archive for October, 2011

Ideologue David Brooks wags the dog

October 23, 2011

Does David Brooks know something we don’t about an impending war with Iran? Is he just suggesting one?

It certainly feels that way.

In his weekly analysis for PBS this Friday, David Brooks, the ideologue who argued vehemently for the urgent invasion of Iraq, laid out in sketchy prints the grounds for an attack on Iran ever so subtly. The fact that all of his arguments for the war in Iraq were discredited did not deter the self-proclaimed pure moralist in the least. Nor did it deter PBS, or the NYT for that matter, from continuously providing him with the pulpit to propagate lies necessary for his ideological agenda.

In his signature sneaky way, he suggested Iran is a rogue state that not only the neocons view as very dangerous, but also the whole Western world.

Now combine this with his claim, in that same PBS segment, of the relevancy of foreign policy in deciding presidential elections, a view he himself used not to believe in. Add to that his assertion that “somehow the middle east is going to come back in September or October next year”. Now consider the fact that Obama’s reelection prospects  are looking dimmer and dimmer, and a picture starts to emerge.

I hope I am wrong but it feels like a “wag-the-dog” scenario is being promoted here.



Kick the Pharisees out of the temple

October 19, 2011

They have literally bought the White House and the Congress.

They have turned what used to be a representative democracy into a bazar.

 They have given bank robbery a whole new meaning, and they have robbed every one of us, literally.

Lets kick those pharisees out of the temple.

Long live “Occupy Wall Street” movement!




This is my slogan for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.


Islam and the housing bubble

October 16, 2011

“Unprecedented global emergency ” we’re being warned.  Everyone  should be on code red alert! Islam is posing an existential threat to the West.

This is not coming from a raving lunatic of the tea-party variety. It is being spewed out by our intellectual elites who got their education at our elite institutions.

You get the sense that every problem from running away health care cost, to the vast inequality gap afflicting us, to the tax cuts for the rich, to the burst of the housing bubble, or even the filibuster rule in the senate, are somehow caused by Islam.

The West has caused enough existential threats to the whole world including itself. It does not need the help of Islam in that department.  The latest threat  is still unfolding in front of our eyes in the form of massive economic  meltdown all over the globe. You have to admit this is good old greed and hegemony of the Western culture  variety, among other esteemed Western values.

Islam did not wage the crusades against the holly places in Europe.

Islam did not start the inquisitions nor did it cause the religious wars in Europe.

Islam did not cause World War I, the Great Depression, World War II. Nor did it drop two atomic bombs on Japan.

Islam did not cause the holocaust.

Islam did not start the Vietnam war.

Islam surely is not responsible for the record level of children living in poverty in the US. Nor is it responsible for the obscene bonuses raked in by our elite bankers, and most certainly it did not bail out Wall Street and cause the unemployment to jump to 10%.

Scapegoating can only take you so far.


Beethoven’s Romance No. 2, a cello, and two blonds

October 9, 2011

She hugged her cello passionately may be like a lover, may be like a mother, as if it was her first, or may be her last hug.

She swooned.  Her head waved ever so slightly, as Beethoven’s divine revelations lifted her soul to magical zones few of her audience ever visited.

She shut her eyes tightly to see farther (deep blue eyes shaded with layers of heavenly melodies revealed by Gods with troubled souls) as she  felt the sign of the conductor. Her silky strings of gold, cascading down her right shoulder, sparkled as her impish fingers gracefully caressed her cello’s strings.

The blond in front of my seat started  curling a wisp of her shoulder-length hair with her index finger.  And…… Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 had never been more magical; I’d never been so close to God that I  actually felt him in my tears.

At Saint Joseph symphony’s opening night,   Gods murmured, muses whispered,  and it was a divine pleasure for the senses.  Corners in my soul I never knew existed had awakened. The blonds and the cello were etched in the leaves of my heart.

As I walked out of the theater, I wondered: Could people in this country, in their drive for ill-targeted budget cuts, zeal to fund wars and other imperial enterprises, and the capitulation to the lizard part of their brains, let one of our race’s finest and most humanistic legacies die?

The blonds and the cello fill me with hope that the answer is pleasantly magical!