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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lies Surrounding JFK Assassination CAN'T Be Revisited Enough Times ...

February 23, 2012: I just enjoyed another viewing of Oliver Stone's "JFK," and while I've always been suspicious of Oliver Stone because he looks a bit like my evil brother, this is really one hell of a movie.

Of course, at the heart of loving this movie is my adamant and extremely logic-based belief that there was, of course, ABSOLUTELY, without a doubt, an ugly government/military-derived plot to assassinate Kennedy. Only a fool would think otherwise. I believe that with all my heart! And I remain befuddled and disturbingly shocked by the great number of fools who still do.

In years past -- before the movie was made ... before I was charged with perpetually plugging my ebook SPACE CASE (which as you know retails for a mere $2.99 for my Blah-ugh! readers, and $2.99 for everyone else) -- I had a somewhat unique opportunity to twice see and hear a five-hour presentation by a photographic expert who was involved with the SECOND official investigation -- (the one which followed the Warren Commission, and may have been called the "Church Commission," but I'm not absolutely sure and I'm too lazy to look it up).

It was absolutely amazing and jaw-dropping to be taken through the event step by step, to see repeated viewings of the famous "Zapruder film," AND another little-known home movie that was taken from the other side of the street ... to learn the links between key figures involved and their respective ties to organized crime, the CIA, the military, and in some later cases both Watergate and the Iran-Contra Affair ... to be shown how and why certain photographs are faked ... to see with a guided hand exactly why it was ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for Lee Harvey Oswald to have acted alone.

At the time of "JFK"'s release, a lot of people sought to discredit it based on Stone's (perhaps fatuous) inclusion of a nonexistent character whom the chief investigator Jim Garrison (truly, a kind of hero) meets with in Washington. For narrative purposes, it tied a few loose ends up in the movie, but many jumped all over this as reason to discount everything else that was presented. The fact is, the evidence is ridiculously overwhelming that myriad lies were told and reenforced by numerous parties, including the Warren Commission, which handled the first investigation into the assassination.

To begin with, it was physically impossible for one man (Lee Oswald) to even take three shots in the short window of time he was allowed. There is also overwhelming proof that MORE than three shots were taken -- five at least, and more probably six or seven. The damage inflicted on Kennedy and Gov. John Connolly combined simply could not have been done with ONE BULLET, as the Warren Commission claimed. (See Sen. Arlen Spector, if you really want to look at an asshole.) Film of the event also pretty much proves -- I mean, it DOES, for Chri'sakes -- that Kennedy was shot from the FRONT, likely from the famous grassy knoll, where DOZENS of eyewitnesses said they heard shots. (Some even saw smoke, smelled gunpowder there, and witnessed men running from the site.)

The biographies of other individuals involved -- Clay Shaw, David Ferrie, Guy Bannister, and more -- fill in many blanks about how and why such an event would be orchestrated. More importantly, Oswald's links to the military, his covert training, the ease with which he went into and out of living in Moscow and regained his citizenship effortlessly, and his affiliations with all these people, make it abundantly clear that he was involved in government work (though possibly could have been getting set up for many years in advance for just such a fall). The lightning speed with which Oswald was arrested, the fake photograph of him given to Life magazine holding the rifle, and all the propaganda that was immediately put into play on that very same day, are just too unrealistic to take seriously.

Further, the numerous botched arms of the subsequent investigations -- lost documents, destroyed evidence ... and even witnesses gone missing -- all add up to -- if not an outright effort to shield the truth -- a remarkably poor attempt to try and find it.

It's been almost 50 years now, and you may be asking yourself, Who gives a s**t? And that's a good question, and that's the scariest part. Little by little, the terrifying realities surrounding this event have become so familiar, that they're no longer considered dangerous. It's something that happened a long time ago. Even the "bad" people like Spector aren't really that bad, after all, because we got to know them through television and even, perchance a Saturday Night Live appearance, or some such nonsense ...

Oh, our military industrial complex? It's possible they've done some questionable things in recent years, maybe, but it's not like it was, if it ever was ... I mean, they wouldn't do anything like that now, would they? It's not like they had a hand in taking down ... the ... World Trade Center or anything like that, did they? ... Uh ... Did they?!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

How I Cured My Lactose Intolerance and Lived to Tell About It

February 19, 2012: I wanted to share how I've conquered my lactose intolerance, but also put in a plug for my ebook Space Case, which is available at major emotional outlets. (Although judging by the sales, I'm sure those outlets are emotionally unavailable. Still, that's no excuse not to get on this book before the printer runs out of ink, or intel.)

So on to my lactose intolerance, which pesters me often when I eat ice cream, or even spill some on my shirt. You see, lactose intolerance (or L.I., as it's known outside the New York metropolitan area) involves the body's inability to properly digest milk sugar (or lactose, which is really a coded word connoting a "lack" of "tose," or "dose," which references LSD droplets left on sugar cubes, which are a form of sugar, and which anyone who's suffered the cramped indignities of L.I. knows is not unlike a bad abdomen-stabbing acid trip).

Anyway, I accidentally stumbled on the perfect cure for L.I. -- I know not how, but it works! It simply involves drinking a lot of water at the time of the milk consumption. It's a modern miracle, when timed right, because you can actually eat a whole bowl of ice cream, or drink a milkshake, and if you (or I, in this case) quickly drink two enormous glasses of water, we won't spend the better part of the next day in the bathroom revisiting our bad judgement.

It's a simple formula, but must be executed with scientific precision in order to maximize colonic results. Start by preparing a large -- preferably clean -- glass with a full measure of room-temperature water. I stress room-temperature because we want to be able to guzzle the stuff in wicked haste, lest the operation go kablooey. Also, you'll need to have at least one other glass-worth of water standing by for transference into that glass, and I like to use filtered water because ... well, that's just the kind of man I like to be in this environmentally unsound age we live in. (I'm not sure what the point of that last statement was, but if someone out there somehow found it funny, it doesn't matter.)

I suggest you don't linger for an excessive amount of time over your frappecino, malted milkshake, or creamy hot cocoa. Certainly enjoy the experience (because in truth, you really shouldn't be trying this every day ... perhaps every three or four days, depending on how fully you consume the sweet, sweet milk of our forefathers. (In my case, I've worked my way up to being able to have three or even four nights in a row of my favorite bran flake/corn flake cereal mix with heavy whipping cream, with and without bananas, but I'm very experienced with this practice and would suggest you begin by limiting yourself to no more than two moderate lactose experiences a week.)

Once you've swallowed the last lactose drop, IMMEDIATELY drink that water -- the entire glass in five second flat, and then pour the other glass and drink as much of that as you can ... By the time another 30 seconds has elapsed, you should probably get done with that second glass. (I'm talking large glasses, by the way, holding at least 2 cups (or as the Indians called them, "pints").

Further, it won't hurt you to drink a shade more even after this, if you're still thirsty enough (although the odds are you won't be thirsty again for at least a week). Understand that you may experience a bit of cramping the following morning, particularly if you don't like your job, but this is normal and will shortly pass.

The important thing is that you won't find yourself repeatedly having to use the bathroom in shameful, acidic regret the next day ...

And you'll no longer have to fear -- nor will your lactose love be compromised by -- your once incomprehensibly demoralizing inability to adequately process the sweet sugar within!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Can't Stop Talking Toilets 2012

February 10, 2012: If this were your homepage, you'd be home now ... And if you haven't purchased your virtual copy of SPACE CASE by now (Amazon or B&N), I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with you, except fervently resent ...

That all said, with numerous topics vying for selection in my muddled, moribund mind -- my email struggles, Indian food, Hermann Hesse, the dangers of synthetic underwear ... Once again, toilets turned out to take top billing here at the Blah-ugh!, for once again I'm moved to revisit and revial my most favorite of holy subjects.

You'd think by now you'd have learned everything you needed to know from me about toilets from previous posts. (, and are just some examples ...) The fact is, however, that we've only just begun to scratch the surface -- or dive deeper, if you will -- regarding this important and yet sadly overlooked element of our overtly disturbing modern human existence.

Today's entry was prompted by my seeing someone pee on the seat at work today. (No, no! I didn't bear witness -- perish the thought!) But I was the unfortunate victim of some selfish moron's thougthless skullduggery and, at the time of my toilet pigrimage, was unfairly forced to view the result of the disturbing actions of what is in essence a modern-day fiend.

Fortunately (for me ... and we all know this is all about ME), this was one visit where the condition of the seat didn't come into play for MY plans, except for the disgust I had to feel in having to gently lift that soiled seat with my foot while watching those skin-creeping neon-yellow dots of vitamin-enriched urine clinging there like so many June bugs ... And while I relieved myself (if you'll forgive the gruesomeness of THAT image), I got to thinking about my own habits where the seat is concerned.

You see, I've long wondered why men are forever implored to "put the seat down." In this enlightened age of equinimity -- (Is that the right word? If not, please don't tell me; I don't WANT to know) -- shouldn't we all be responsible for our own toilets? In other words, if I'm required to LIFT the seat to do MY dirty business, why should a woman not be required to LOWER the seat to do HERS? And yet, time and again, in my codependent efforts to be polite and be a good citizen and to get people to like me in AND out of the bathroom, I will not only raise the seat at the start, but return it to its resting place when I'm complete.

But this ongoing journey of self-discovery has led me to experiment a bit and -- depending on my mood, level of self-confidence, sense of self-esteem, and memory -- I sometimes will and sometimes WON'T put down the bloody seat.

(To be honest, at home I tend to always put it down, for various reasons. As a rule I think one is much more comfortable handling their OWN toilet seat. Despite all the rumors about urine's sterility and the argument that sexually transmitted diseases can't be thusly tranferred -- and why should we believe THAT anyway? -- handling public seats opens a clean man such as myself up to all kinds of disturbing, disgusting and potentially dangerous possibilities.)

Anyway, what really struck my mind -- and you have to understand, this was all unfolding in that short window I took to pee -- was how hostile a gesture it was to pee on a seat. Leaving the seat up is one thing, but by actually PEEING on the seat, you're sending a clear message of contempt -- and dare I say MISOGYNISTIC contempt -- to anyone and everyone who tries to use that soiled toilet after you. And this is what I REALLY found worrisome -- that there was some dirty, vitamin-fueled misogynist running around my place of work -- peeing at will, like a rabid fox terrier, leaving his supposedly sterile mark on our sacred toilet seats, ruthlessly laughing in the face of everything that's decent about urinating ...

At the end of the day, I'm not a woman -- not in any literal sense -- so it doesn't concern me too much. But again, I'm reminded how we, as a society in the 21st century, must not lose sight of the importance of our toilet culture.

We've come light years as an enlightened and spiritual species. We can't regress now. Let's not forget that kindness, caring, community, and even love begin when we first settle down to not just TAKE our piss, but MAKE IT ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

More Answers Than Questions

February 1, 2012: It's a week later, and I'm still coughing like a smoker. People say that at this point I should get some antibiotics, but I'm not going to let their negative vibrations influence the coalescence of my mind-body healing process, no matter how much it pains them. (Frankly, I'll hack myself dead before I kowtow to the insanity of their short-sighted aleopathic healing, especially without insurance!)

Still, as you can plainly see, I carry on -- through thick and thin, through hack and tickle, through green phlegm and yellow ...

This episode -- perhaps in celebration of Groundhog's Day, and perhaps not -- I thought you might enjoy hearing the abbreviated responses to some of the more pressing questions being importunately posed by you -- the loyal Blah-ugh! reader and often inebriated fan. Writing the Blah-ugh! has given me something akin to celebrity status -- (of course, authoring that dynamic new humorous e-novel SPACE CASE, which is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, has also helped spread my juices, especially in the Bible Belt). People are constantly asking me questions -- some related to past Blah-ugh! entries, some related to my beliefs and dislikes, still others referencing the size and description of my genitalia in relation to my first name, (which as you all know from a previous Blah-ugh! entry ( translates to mean "Ye who wields an enormous spear of justice").

I thought I'd address a few, contingent on my precarious ability to keep sitting upright in my chair. For starters, someone asked why, in my recent list of my Top 40 Favorite Songs (, the Rolling Stones weren't represented. This was largely because of all the crap they've recorded, but also because I tend to grow tired of even their many great hits. Of course, I do adore many of them very much, including "Emotional Rescue" and "Under My Thumb." Asked to name a favorite, it would probably be "Ruby Tuesday," but "Paint It Black" is close behind.

Another question I've been asked is why I don't write/print some of my poetry in my Blah-ugh! As many of you know, I'm first and foremost a Poet -- even before I was cutting lawns and handing out sale flyers, I was capturing the colorful rhythms of this good earth with my textural, tantalizing quatrains. My verse is not only exquisitely whittled, stark and potent, in many cases it also rhymes. And yes, the day will soon come when I post some of my better, more enduring works -- particularly those I couldn't publish anywhere else. For now, I can only share with you a teaser to tempt your temporal lobe -- it's called ...

"Poem 69"

Smell the flower
Sweet and sour

Another question that keeps coming up involves why I eat such large meals right before I go to bed, especially when I'm sick. I really don't have an answer for this, except to acknowledge my primal gluttony. Part of my sick healing, however, involves not antibiotics, but the conscious satisfaction of obscure food cravings, which I feel expedite the healing process. Tonight, I was absolutely sure I needed an eggplant parmegian sandwich, and while there remains a good chance I'll vomit it up all over my pillow tonight during what has become a regular 3 a.m. coughing fit, I don't regret a thing.

But I have to go now and try to make myself throw up properly, before bed. Goodnight, my Darlings! I'll be thinking of you ...