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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Moral Totems Should Be Risen To, Not Fallen From?


Please forgive my tardiness with new Soapbox Views. Sometime in April the essays should become weekly again. Ukraine deserves comment but the essays' quality are my first concern. I am aware the issues surrounding Ukraine/Crimea are a fiesta for the world's Chesters pounding their chests for support. And as always your reading The Soapbox View is extremely cherished. - Also this week New York City's Chief of Police publicly voiced his long time support of medical marijuana while expressing a tolerance for this particular facet of the Criminal Enterprise System. Harry Anslinger's Dependents! Society should be ashamed of feelings of superiority not maturing. A sycophantic opinion was also delivered on Meet The Press by California's Governor Jerry Brown who apparently can't live down the shame that his father was defeated for governor by the future President Ronald Reagan whose War on Drugs facilitated the quashing of marijuana smuggling only to be replaced by the more wicked enticements of more expensive but cheaper to smuggle dehumanizing chemicals. Way to pander to the moral rectitude vote, Governor. Also not to jump all over the New York City Police Chief, he's from Boston where the Boston Herald is making a concentrated effort to appear righteous on this issue. In a city where I'd venture to guess crime on alcohol might be regarded as a sacred tradition. 
In Addition, of Consideration
Sunday, April 6, 2014, The New York Times Despite Support in Party, Democratic Governors Resist Legalizing Marijuana, by ADAM NAGOURNEY notes that in her state of the state address this year, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan invoked, "Legalizing marijuana won't help us address our substance use (heroin) challenge," and "Experience and data suggests it will do the opposite."
Except the challenge is being civilized rather than at senseless war with ourselves as prey begun by Harry Anslinger's allies and carried out by the Criminal Enterprise System's dependents. A facet of which was discussed, Saturday, April 5th, on CUNY-TV's Criminal Justice Matters with host Stephen Handelman questioning journalist, Mike Power and the Drug Policy Alliance's Stephanie Jones citing the problem where marijuana is clamped down on tighter, substitute chemicals are more pervasive. Like beating inflation, war won't be over until it's stopped. Or imagine emphasizing the drug war's tragedy through a nationwide boycott on alcohol that would probably just prove getting blasted out of our minds is what the country's addicted to though there are people aware drugs don't mix? 
And here's a tune for this occasion.

Because falling short of virtuous still seems the case for civilization's over-enforcement of morality? 

With sin and vice the fuzzy lines between socially fostered criminality - and a justice that's more than the concept of a day in court that means so many different things all over the world. For example President Putin's recent symbolic Russian pardons that can only be wished meant an even more dynamic solution to corruption's affordability is coming. Sure, justice prevails. And, if nothing else, Russia proves criminal persecution is too much of a game. Okay? Maybe a more moral generation supplants a corrupt one? Except injustice was already done for that purpose by the Soviet Union. So, scapegoats aside, actually solving corruption requires imagination, huh President Putin? Let the lawyers win may be the best chance Earth has? 
Uncorking Political Reality
The Water Commissioner tapped his pipe against his hand and looked at the Police Commissioner. “No sir," he said. "You may know better than I. But if a water tunnel is clogged, unclog it. Perpetual crime is wrong. This incessant violence over bad human habits being pure criminal behavior is useless debris. Plugging the gutter instead of the civic responsibility to unplug it. What overruns cities is playing war with the Criminal Enterprise System."

Adjusting his seat cushion the Chief of Police nodded at the Mayor. Then snapped his rod planting his baited hook exactly where the shade of the big oak touches the river when the sun crosses. Satisfied with his cast, the chief relaxed and said, "You want me to admit it's uncomfortable making personal arrests? No. Fact is it's an honor to protect and serve and that simple. Yep. Crime is money and just so you know, I'm just a Police Chief and you're Water Commissioner. There's a whole wide world of moral indignation to pacify before the righteous shed their shields and armor. A game? Yes. Sometimes clearcut and foggy as you suggest. None the less, the high cost of living requires laying off police. The very public servants whose duty is supervising the broken. The last duty we need pressured and understaffed. It's as if no one's ever read a crime novel. Solving desperation is still the solution to face yet all over the world the job pressure of arrest performance causes great anxiety when the last thing the public needs is adversaries. Thankfully the Justice System regards individual rights but is reluctant to curtail the system's survival taxing the criminal class you define as the Criminal Enterprise System. Yes. Everything can be blamed on Congress. The Political Science of Public Opinion. Enforcing morality is immorally excusing criminal opportunity when the point should really be we're smarter than this. Justice for everyone should be more than just similar to a trip to the casino." 

The mayor reeled his line in a bit unconcerned with the façade of western decadence. He said, "I'm just a mayor."

So the Water Commissioner said, "Defusing crime is moral. It's time criminal conspiracy was more than a question of profit. Something solved."

"Uh huh," agreed the chief and the mayor knew he'd been teamed. 

"Otherwise," the Water Commissioner said. "Politics is a toy. Politicians and journalists pretending the petty bitterness of the political trade just pops up from time to time instead of every back-stabbing day. Symptoms. That's all journalists get. It's a media circus up north with that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Bridge-gate Scandal. May as well have been his own Public Relations crew. President or next Mike Huckabee? What's the difference? The world is corrupted? Please? What's the difference? Unless tolerance is the point this world's adaptation to circumstances is circumspect at best. Because face it. There's no question the world's success can't be disguised. There's too much progress for just the veneer of wealth. Except the least among us are still thought better off than they ever were. So what? Custom and culture must mature because technology already exists for civilization's perfection. Heck. Bill Gates and friends are plugging up some holes in economic discrepancy. It's just the business of charity hasn't fulfilled capitalism's ultimate aim yet re-making Earth as if this were any rich person's home, basement or boat." 

The Police Chief smiled at his line and Mayor wiped his brow and Water Commissioner went ahead. "Except we have this great noble scapegoat solution for the world's inequities and poverty. Education will save the next generation from second-rate citizenship. How dare anyone not be numbed into believing the best of all possible worlds shouldn't be outright Utopia for a specific some? Especially since the best of all possible world's gets what? 62 per cent in a Marist Poll? 58% Harris? CNN?" 

"Ah," the Mayor spat warning bass away. "Poor people were once commonly thought to get by. Going back to when the whole world was either ruthless or poor. People got by. Plus it's still not thought that bad for the American poor. Even now when we're worried out of our skulls whether the moderately successful can ever survive at these prices?" 

Then of course the Police Chief reeled in a six pounder and their prestige allowed them to call it a good day?
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Oh where oh where have the economics of scale gone?
Soapbox View Economic crises? Soapbox View
Thomas Friedman If I Had a Hammer
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An unnecessary elitist attitude is being dismissive of rescuing animals from pet shelters and preferring factory pedigrees. They're animals civilization domesticated. Not jewelry. It should be better than a law. A custom where owners of bred animals have shelter pets too. 
The New York Times, January 5, 2014
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Everything Is Finance? 
The miracles of this age would appear to people from the 1st or 8th centuries as something called Heaven on Earth. Yet people treat this place like hell? 

It's all imagery? Soapbox View noted moderation had been applied to the stop and frisk policy by the outgoing administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But politics found it necessary to rub the issue in. (Yesterday, when this page was published, the New York City Mayor and Police Commissioner announced stop and frisk has been reduced even lower and acknowledged the previous year's reduction.) The fact is there needs to be a lot more nuance to politicians than their politics require they portray. 
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A nice coincidence is author Thomas Pynchon, in his current novel, Bleeding Edge, and I in The Hammer and Cycle Messenger Service, both wrote the same New York perception meant for readers. Though his specific sentence uses one curse word, I spent time deciding not to use, his use of slang emphasizes the idea's point. Dag gum it. 
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Popularity Requires Sycophants? 

The New York Times, January 5, 2014,  published Senators Differ Sharply on Penalty for Snowden,  by Brian Knowlton. A concise profile of this great secrecy debate's posturing that's hard for people to come down from their principles on. Of course be patriotic. But condemning Edward J. Snowden really does mean the competitively condemned have less recourse against power for its own sake as it exists all over the world. For example: The martyrdoms of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and now Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song-taek haunt the world. Executing our way to whose better world? Teaching injustice is terrorism and proving it is one suggestion. Either this planet develops more examples of objective magnanimity or those samples will become less and less till there are none. Then all jurisprudence rubber stamps whatever the most powerful want done. 

Amnesty because the country needs to move on even while this issue's momentum keeps it serious business for quite a few lawyers a very long time. Perhaps forever? When the last thing the world needs is to be more paranoid. When a world safe even and especially for the cops is the right thing to do. No? The weaponry can always be picked up. It's the grudges that must be laid down.

Also timely packaged and covered by The New York Times 
in Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows is the new book
for a generation that's outgrown J. Edgar Hoover's prejudices, or not? That's one question and power's a bitch isn't an answer.
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Oh, and President Putin? It would be nice if you polished your perspective on this link - 
More than likely in your spheres of influence someone has a subscription to The New York Times. Not that anyone should subscribe to what critics think, but objectivity is more than just thinking what you want. 

The problem is, as President Putin probably perceives, is it's an impossible fortune to finance an uncorrupt system. The ruthlessness of law enforcement notwithstanding. America lays off police it can't afford after the great leap forward in the nineteen-seventies spawned the competitive less-corrupt 6-figure bureaucrat salary that today's still just a bucket-spit compared to the free market packages government influence assures. Because the absense of real reform isn't just something in President Putin's lap? Or do we really know how this money gets spread around?
The Soapbox View Satirical Twist pursuing the 
Twin Legacies Andy Rooney and I.F. Stone?
Everyone Has Real Choices?
Fictionalized Biography

Friday, June 13, 2014

THE PATRONAGE SYSTEM?

Is Not Criminal Enterprise?

Since fortune was always a sovereign's purview?
Before royalty became less pervasive?
Individual toeholds bartered footholds that begat 
Quid pro quo corrupt status quo? 

So handling immorality must be morality's obligation? 
As decipherable from the kind executive tolerance Afforded FIFA officials and common criminal alike? 

As for the full weight of the law not sufficing? 
It's the full weight of revenge for behavior,
That's not really human after all behind it?

So in this curious vein wondering if incentives for ruthlessness are irrevocable? 

This inevitable quote jumped out from New York City's Mayor Ed Koch in CITY FOR SALE by Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett
Mayor Koch: 
"Most people don't realize that this administration is pretty unique in running a city without using patronage." 

The gist being political necessity required his administration's ignoring their compatriotsdevious abuse of commercial networking that warps any business. But the authors in no way insinuate Mayor Koch accepted a corrupt nickel in his pursuit to remain politically framed

Slapstick (1977) by Kurt Vonnegut, page 32: They were fabulously well-to-do, and descended from Americans who had all but wrecked the planet with a form of Idiot's Delight - obsessively turning money into power, and then power back into money again, and then money back into power again. 

But Caleb and Letitia were harmless themselves. ...

Page 50: Elected representatives, hence, could be expected to become members of the famous and powerful family of elected representatives - which would, perfectly naturally, make them wary and squeamish and stingy with respect to all the other sorts of families which, again, perfectly naturally, subdivided mankind.

Page 164: I was impressed. I realized that nations could never acknowledge their own wars as tragedies, but that families not only could but had to. 
    Bully for them!
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Conundrums made meeting in bars preferable for convenient exist. Rather than the boat where our alibi was fishing and being bored with the excitement of waiting for fish. It was work to arrange that thought for them so I waited for him to speak.

"A man came to see me," the Mayor said and tipped the server which was unusual. Then said, "The man said he has jobs up the ying-yang. Its impossible for our town to prosper without him.'"

Of course I assumed Sanitation since the mayor last week admitted there's another brother-in-law landing there. And now again though, he even said the same thing. "What's more important is loyalty." 

Then even more importantly? His Honor shifted his weight and lit a cigar inside as if outside wasn't the norm for exposing the innocent to unhealthy tobacco smoke. And of course the first ring of smoke came at me while he smiled. 

I said, "So why are we here?"

"Because," he said, "Police and Water Commissions must approve the lake skyrises. All projects take on a momentum that if you lose it, the project loses. You see, they're right, you know. To relieve city congestion and not destroy nature expanding the city limits. We must build downtown. You can't hold back progress and their factory by the river could float anywhere downstream and plant anywhere. Then where would we be?"

I said, "Self-sufficient" and we both scoffed. Then, "Where's your money?"

He said, "Same place as yours." 

And I looked out the window wondering how Mayor Potter wasn't more diversified? He didn't care? His job was just coordination? It's Water Commissioners that get their hands wet.

I looked at the Police Commissioner's grin before he said, "The people in those new buildings will be best. We'll know what they're up to so they're no problem. They're an asset."  

What a guy. Heart of gold. Well, what's left? I said, "They'll ruin the view and location's atmosphere except as an enclave. Closing off that exact location will detract from the enjoyment of the long shoreline." I even asked, "No one should own the view?"

But the Mayor said, "I told you. This project has momentum and city money in it. If we don't expand by accommodating the prosperous, there won't be money to run this town. Government is not a charity like healthy forests." And he winked.

Right. I looked out the window because nothing was discussed to fight about. I'd just cut my purse strings. 

Then the mayor stood and said, "Next week then. We'll appraise this and discuss how it turns out, fishing. ... 
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Crime is vast. For example, Among The Barbarians by Paul Sheehan provides scope to understand just how really vast and channelled criminal enterprise is. And how incredulous this compromise of relying on enforcement sustains our suffering from vice as an inevitable tax enforcement, inevitably exploiting ourselves at war with ourselves?Compassionandunderstanding are more than words solving social idiosyncrasies. They're the key. I'll even conjecture however easy or necessary it is to criticize the U.S. Government for exchanging prisoners with Afghan Taliban, it's also necessary to remember all the participants need reminding to do humane things. _____________________
And now. In the Interest of Perspective. A short snippet from, How To Get Ahead In Advertising+ documentary, The Censoring of Bill Hicks (Comedy) and Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own by Neil Sanders "The Culture Industry" - "dumbing down" But, if a President of the United States can bicycle state-of-the-art, why can't the world?Come on. Corporations are people too?  Political Momentum - Fix The Sidewalks Party    
Quinoa The healthy grits
Jen Reviews - Spicy Quinoa Recipe

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WHY HASN’T A FOUNDATION OF PEACEFUL GENERATIONS REPLACED THIS HATEFUL ONE?

Храп, Хропіння, Snork, Hona, כראָפּען, Chwyrnu, Gërhij, شخير, Խռմփացնել, Xoruldamaq, Zurrungaka, Храп, নাক ডাকা, Хъркане, Ronc, Mohagok, 打鼾, Hrkanje, Chrápat, Snorke, Snurken, Ronkas, Kuorsata, Ronflement, Roncar, Schnarchen, Ροχαλητό, Ronfle, Yi minshari, לנחור, खर्राटे, Ua qaj, Horkolás, Ikwoura, Mendengkur, いびき, Ngorok, ಗೊರಕೆ ಹೊಡೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ, រសមុក។, 코 고는, Snoring, Stertere, 'Рчи, Berdengkur, Auina, घोरणे, Хурхирах, निद्रामा घुर्नु।, خروپف, Chrapanie, Roncar, ਘੁਰਾੜੇ, Sforăit, Храп, Хрче, Chrápať, Kuurin, Ronquido, Koromo, కాబడింది, กรน, Sıkıcı, خرراٹی بھرتے, Ngáy.

Bore-domWar's on every pageSnore. People instinctually follow though there's half-a-chance the planet is split apart by extremely self-serving shallownessReligions even preach the wisdom of Solomon while homelands tear apart? 

So, maybe after all, based on the irresponsibility of civilization, I pray Lord God Allah, end our unworthy mortal feuds far too beneath our Creator?

Unless by some miracle everyone stops acting-out, and dreams on the adage - Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men. Coined when cultural custom disrespected women as still happens today. A decidedly fateful mistake all civilization is responsible for. Centuries of female compromise chipping away at exploitive custom for their actual status cultures claimed were - given them. Still sleeping in The Dark Ages? When Women have not been done unto as one would have done to themselves. A fact. And the clearer the point of women's independence is, the clearer customs can be idolized without losing the ability to critically understand humanity is too intelligent for such incredibly selfish incentives to hate? 
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WHY HAVEN’T  PEACEFUL GENERATIONS 
REPLACED THIS HATEFUL ONE?

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Even dreaming, feuds are stressful. 
Lamenting this generation's tagging -
Hateful when hatred was outgrown generations ago - 
Until again the next one influences this one to hate as well. 

And so it goes, countless generations have reflected on Civilization's not growing up from our hatred-fueled pasts. 
But if truly honest with ourselves we'd know these Misunderstandings for what they really are - Hobbies.
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Seriously. The world is too hysterical. 
"Nobody's right, if everybody's wrong."
Power to the holiest just can't be what an omnipotent judge, Allah/God would want fought over when all humanity's sleep is fitful over things like the following retired filmmaker Peter Shapiro noticed before me. Though it's always special when real people populate dreams. Watching British journalist Jon Snow recall the scene at Gaza's al-Shifa hospital where doctors struggled to treat wounded adults and children was real. As in perpetually not facing the results of living on hate?

EDITORIAL

GAZA AND THE LOSS OF CIVILIZATION


Then, because nightmares grow more paranoid:
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, August 1, 2014, 
cited editorial guidelines to censor this Twitter copy. Because no one's listening. Squabbling over prejudices mishandled long before any of us were even born.
Some hallucination, huh? Considering there's trombones
The Mechanical 4 Trombones Quartet

So to be direct, I support Israel but not feuding with the two states of Palestine, etc. An absurdity in the name of one loving Allah/God of all? As it's preposterous to think our Creator condones any holy war at all?

Extrapolate Mahatma Gandhi Into Every Context and See Violence Makes No Sense.
Transition Who Can't Afford? 
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Of course nothing was biting now. The mayor's interest was cocktails. But I'd gotten a hook in early enough for a tardy tourist who'd apparently missed lunch and bit for exercise or something. I threw her back. 

The mayor clomped across his boat dock, past me, to his chaise lounge his wife charged to the city on donated time she spent on what he said she said was theirs while the city profited from his confidences. Opportunity's Reality.

"Open the book?" He asked picking the binder up from the table, offering it like a gift again.

I'd said I'd look but didn't. It was a can of worms and he had the horse's mouth

I said, "I don't want that printed in my head in stone. Exploiting the natural instinct to believe what I see." 

Sitting back the mayor gazed across the water. Taking in his mansion across the lake. His classic move when waiting for the Police Commissioner to serve his drink. 

He sighed. I cast and looked too. But behind us, at the last of the huge tractor shovels lining the road this side of the lake. 

The Mayor said, "Give it a rest. Nothing happens without power. Resolve to accomplish and get things done. That dossier won't harm me. No one's naive enough to believe politics works without grease. Politics is just craftsmanship and outsiders have no place telling us what to do." 

Then the Police Commissioner served saying, as always, "First one's best." 

There was nothing the mayor wouldn't enjoy. Our Three Martini leader who'd just as soon pretend to get tight on beer if the occasion required. A man of the people. I'd worked with them ten years, but the Police Commissioner went back with him to when they ruled grammar school. 

"And to think," his honor said. "We're alive when so much power derives from every little thing. Marvelous. Life," he said, stretching his arms in anticipation of his next drink. "Luxury is not for the average living in the margins. Now is it?" ...  
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How deep are people sleeping?

For White People's Perspective.








James Garner 
James Scott Bumgarner 
April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014 
V. P. of the Screen Actors' Guild 
under its' President Ronald Reagan.



And now, D. L. Hughley   
Reflects on Immigration


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So?
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York week-end traveled to Israel to demonstrate solid support without time to visit Palestine. Until, of course, a more strategic invitation could be made. As a political animal time couldn't be made on this short token-ly scheduled, presidential looking, trip to meet Israel's Prime Minister. Stroking the situation for bigger invitations to look even more presidential and capable of representing the Presidency of the United States. The whole process of influencing Americans is a long drawn out cycle of creating event-worthy reputations. Fine theater. Sincere performances. Image Is Everything.

Governor Cuomo, currently, of course, from his particular political position of a pedestal, is also enforcing morality by restricting legalized non-smokable marijuana for patients in New York. Insisting on promulgating the farce of the preposterously long American Culture Drug War. Exploiting President George Washington's weed. Politicians elected cultural warriors enable(d) this country's Criminal Enterprise System.

Am I still sleeping? A decade back or so, before becoming New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, (I voted for), I was on the sidewalk just west of the northwest 21st Street corner of Sixth Avenue, reading outside what was the old Barnes and Noble's, when he parked alone. Traveling as a civilian, which I thought was humble knowing his political ascent and importance was assured. Then after shutting his door, he scowled at my grin on his way to a 5th Avenue Parade that began at ten. And now whisked everywhere by limousine relieved of the burden of scowling at the riff-raff. 
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Also brought to my attention concerning the plight of New York City working people, is Professional Drivers feel persecuted by a Police Ticketing Crackdown on vehicles immediately after lowering Speed Limits to 25 and less. Plus cycling organizations these past weeks have warned cyclists to be careful of police cruisers following them in order to pounce once they've ran the traditionally observed, but technically run STOP sign and Traffic Light. Professional delivery drivers note that careless drivers make up a minority of the unsafe at any speed drivers. And the children who've been hit shouldn't have been running out in traffic. Plus, "What about pedestrians constantly breaking the rules?" 

Because everyone in general wasn't more courteous when stretching the rules. And the police themselves are constrained to the revenue stream of the Criminal Enterprise System?
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And finally? People are kidding, right? Bloomberg's Legacy reduced to New York City buildings granted separate entrances for lower-income housing - in the same building?Separating amenities like swimming because the sharks know their less fortunate can't afford luxuries. Fools. It's all about the kids of course. Controlling their environments. Gated Communities For Everybody! Well. Until ghettos are polished from the bottom up, good intentions are overdrawn by the hype, mile and yard.