Mitt Romney is back! (Of course, that’s not necessarily a good thing)

Mitt Romney might run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat. Here he comes swaggering in, a glaring symbol of establishment nostalgia. Is any old, stodgy Republican suddenly an ally if they are anti-Trump? Still, no.

Don’t have time to write a full post, but this is just a ponderous attempt at apprehending what Romney means for the political landscape. Trump must find him so detestable to his brand and agenda that he is trying to block the grey hawk from the Senate. Will Romney be the next R-Utah? And what’s up with Senator Hatch expressing his admiration for the Neo-Nazi-in-chief?

Basically, this Republican civil war has devolved from one between fiery insurgents and establishment Republicans, to one of extremists vs. establishment conservatives vs. vaguely establishment conservatives. It’s essentially a three-way. There’s no road sign in the dark to gently nudge these politicians back onto the road. Guess it was more or less a “road to hell” anyway. This is maybe just a shortcut.

Meet Senator Tom Cotton, Trump’s pick for CIA

I’ve had a hard time encapsulating The Trump Age until very recently. To me, it seems like a waiting period. A narrow world waiting to expand to something much more life-altering. Just a few things.

Except that the blender-in-chief put rumors to rest that the antipathy-inspiring Secretary of State isn’t going anywhere (although Trump made a point to mention that he “has the final say”). So, this example and the Flynn thing do a good job of making me doubt labeling this period as “An Anxious Corridor.” Why? Well, we’ve been wondering about Tillerson’s ouster for months (at least, I have). Flynn has had a target painted on his back since not long after the inauguration. Essentially, we’ve waited for the political mushroom cloud to light up the sky, but as of yet nothing.

Maybe Anxious Carousel would be better? Still, sometimes going round and round wears down institutions that keep the status quo. Normally, I don’t care about keeping the status quo, but replacing it with this guy? Or judicial clones of him? Doesn’t seem like a sustainable way to live.

Or what if Father Pence becomes the next POTUS? There are a lot of aspects to think about, which could keep you occupied for days on end, and before you’re done fully contemplating them, more delightful baubles of chaos arrive.

A corridor? A carousel? A fascinating historical tube with no way out? Whichever way you choose to describe it, it’s a consistent opportunity for everyone to exercise a little narcissism.

You’re probably asking “is he going to end this post on a high note?”

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Calls Out Donald “White Sheet” Trump

Look. Let’s get down to brass tax. Let’s “cut the bullshit” as they say. ESPN’s Jemele Hill rightly called out Donald Trump for being a white supremacist (oh, I’m sorry, economic nationalist *smacks head* Hang me by my nostrils, what linguistic folly have I engaged in?!)

Sarah Huckabee “Huck” Sanders said Jemele’s tweets were a “fireable offense.” Does this sound like muzzling of the media to you?

Paragons of journalistic integrity, including The Federalist and Breitbart, have pounced on her tweets like bloated pelicans. It’s very clear what’s going on here. There’s a notion floating around that says that we shouldn’t weigh in on partisan topics. Well, no pun intended, but what’s left to talk about? Seems that that the muzzling of the media so common in authoritarian states is occurring along the channels of corporate cowardice.

What about Trump’s diatribes concerning immigrants, the mocking of disabled people, and being a generally incendiary individual? Shouldn’t his words also be silenced? Shouldn’t he live up to his oath of office? Is there nothing in the world that can constrain him?

I’m done with mincing words here. Someone has to call out this jerkass for what he is. Look at what he has done. He’s taken the torch from the statue of liberty and placed it in the hands of a white supremacist.

“There you go, little guy. Be careful out there!”

Where that little guy will go is anybody’s guess.   But one thing is for certain. America, already a culture thriving off of crude humiliation, is becoming even more of a minefield of exposing hypocrisy and false equivalencies. One must find refuge in the barren, carnage-strewn landscape of social media. That is what the president has done. Yet the corporations, an extension of Trump, have started to silence their employees out of self-interest.

Good luck, America.

Year 6719

The year was 6719
Flower children loved
The scent in the air

Sashbry-Gaight
Was so phenomenal
Truly the citadel of colorful spirals
And popping neon
Wrapping itself in velvety ribbons
Around the rib cage
Of a great fallen consumerist man

We didn’t know much about Vetnam
That equally colorful battlefield
It was a backdrop to Sashbry-Gaight
Our brilliant neighborhood in the sky

The jungle looked very tempting
But we didn’t want to leave civilization just yet
It needed to fall before we can flee

This was very draining
Don’t worry though
Because the sun soaks us up
And the music never stops ringing in our ears
In holy Sashbry-Gaight, the city of melody

Bhff-ter (Horror)

He was in the freezer, so what? He wouldn’t freeze. Everything was obeying the plan. Bhff-ter wouldn’t lie. It had said that Tommy could not be frozen to death. And like clockwork, Tommy was in the freezer shivering but far from shuddering out his last breath.

Bhff-ter emerged from the fog, gripping Tommy’s throat, its hands scalding his throat. Tommy struggled by thrashing his limbs. Bhff-ter didn’t so much as blink. Tommy noticed just then that the thing didn’t have eyelids. It was such a small detail he probably wouldn’t have noticed it if it weren’t for death closing in like white hot headlights.

He took a small icicle forming on the ceiling, and as the beast brought him back to Earth he stabbed it into its left eye. The screams shredded his eardrums, and everything turned black as a woman in a red suit approached. She was nondescript except for the two brilliant antlers on her head.

“You should’ve died from natural causes,” the lady said. She didn’t care to illuminate the consequences.

Tommy was almost glad she didn’t.

President Pence Steps Off a Tainted Carousel

His lips were stretched into a perfect line
Perfect and pious
Straight and flawless

Pence preens his suit
For the inauguration ceremony
Maybe a trim is in order
Everything has to be “just so”

Line up the conspiracy theories
They’re important too
Save the most poetic lines
For a human that’s smooth all over

But behind it all
Behind the glitter and confetti
Stands the shadow of an elephant piercing a lion

“Those nutty puppets peddling their theories”
Though similar structures can’t be ignored
When you place them side by side

Still Defining

You know, it still feels like I am defining this site in some way. Started it a couple months back, thought the domain name was catchy and just sort of winged it, trying to pigeonhole content into a theoretical framework. Well, it’s a learning curve.  Now I have to marry content relevant to the site name. I started with a theory but it would’ve made more sense to conjure a service that captures the attention of an audience than think of a site name.

Now I’ve made things a little bit harder for myself than was necessary. But then, the habit I get stuck in is refining ideas or discarding them in favor of new ones, only to stumble on the execution. The execution. The long hall.

My Achilles’s Heel is pretty worn by now.

What’s in a name? Torment. 

Alex Jones and the River of Fear He Creates

[This is an experiment. Everything in quotes is an experiment in stream-of-consciousness while listening to Alex Jones video on youtube]

“Hi, I’m Alex Jones”
“I’m writing this while listening to Alex Jones”
“I’m writing this bathing in a river of fear.”
“Bathing in the waters…of change”
“Rather have change vs. stagnation.”
“If Trump is taken…down…free speech…is taken down.”

“Create that deep state. Become that deep state.”
“Deep state. Deep dish. Deeper than you’ve ever gone”
“Naked authority is deeper than you”
“Transitioning to authoritarianism”
“Fake authoritarianism”
“Taking the world down, taking the pseud-intellectuals down with the economy.”
“Stunted cosmopolitan people. People from all over the world”
“All of technology came from an ebola-ridden landscape. Some have called it Texas. Some have called it New World Order.”

“They don’t understanding anything. They don’t understand what it means to be intellectual.”
“False alpha male tearing down free speech. False football players don’t know how be trendy and create an establishment. Have some creativity. Create an establishment. Don’t be a false alpha male.”
“Metal was the cool tundra that everyone was skating on. It was the cool thing that everyone was into. Nobody doesn’t want to have fun anymore. Handlebar mustaches are part and parcel of the establishment. Having tattoos doesn’t mean you understand the deeper tapestry of the universe.”

“Globalists want social engineering to preserver so that the starvation houses are stuffed to capacity. Weaponize the fledgling hollywood against the middle belt of America.”

“French philosophers say that we should get back to the roots and trust the Amish. Trust the Amish to make cheese.”
“The vehicle of desiccation is stuffed with the stench…mania…of warfare…people don’t want to admit that warfare was created by manic chemicals put into the water.”
“Trump is the pendulum swinging against the walls of a stagnant society.”
“You have to create your own reality. You have to build creation.”
“What we’ve created is opposed by tyrants. Our reality is being assaulted by tyrants. But they don’t understand that people die in China. They just don’t understand.”

“People are cuckolded by the fact that misery loves company.”
“If Trump is miserable, his betrayal is subconscious.”
“Businessmen often have subconscious machinations that set the bedrock for betrayal.”
“But this is fear caused by the deep state. By the perception that the deep state is going to overthrow reality.”
“I’m a cold-blooded person. An objective person. It takes a real sociopath to see reality as it is. To see reality that is created consensus reality. You can’t understand the reality that you’ve created unless you are a cold-blooded person.”
“We’re going back to the wild west. Going back to an age of political incorrectness and progress.”
“Consumers believe that not getting vaccines is healthy.”
“He didn’t sell you out. He’s trying to tear down the curtains of the establishment.”
“He didn’t flip on 5 core promises. We’re not about taking things about the context. Republicans aren’t interested in using a population as cheap labor. Democrats are elitists trying to attack high interest rates.”
“I’m Alex Jones. Thank you.”

[Wow. That was very exhausting. I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.]

Blogging and Poetry

A word or two
A regular drip in the mornings
Something to occupy and sustain the mind
A little blogging never hurt anyone
The old adage comes home to roost

Blogging, where individuality
Expands to infinity
There isn’t enough room for no one
Just one more blog
The world needs another teardrop
Of the micro-fish

It swims upstream
Telling stories
Entertaining schools
From different planes of existence

“Another word” is the thin dividing line
Between obscurity and phosphorescent identity
Step into your blog
Step into another dimension

As a micro-fish
Become the sea
Absorb the sea

 

Blogging and its “Seven Holy Topics”

Smartblogger wrote an interesting article on, you guessed it, blogging. One of the bullets points they covered was the “seven major topics” that generate the most traffic. These are: social media, finance, self-improvement, parenting, gadgets, news, and business. These topics take up the crux of attention given to blogs, and the article goes on to say that writing in a niche that’s reasonably matured is your best bet. A common thread linking social media to parenting to news is that these topics will be eternal in their popularity.

It’s important to pick a niche that is broad enough and allows for maximum creativity and interest from you. The “holy seven” is a map that is easy enough to navigate. You simply have to think about the constellation of interests that form your personality and juxtapose them alongside the major topics that people are most interested in. Doing this will give you a holistic sense of what will and what won’t work in the long-term. Once this process has matured, you’ll be able to write about something that resonates with a particular group of people but that has staying power. You’ll be building a loyal following that is interested in the same topic as you, which will only fuel your own interests, giving a larger knowledge base and generating even more interest in your blog.

In other words, you’ll be building an audience, and as a prospective successful blogger, that’s invaluable. You simply won’t be able to reach everyone with your writing style and interests, so it makes sense to winnow those possibilities to something that is interesting to you but appeals to a particular group of people. Something with “staying power.”

So, you’ve built an audience. What now? Once you’ve truly settled on a subject and are generating a loyal audience, the rest will fall into place. If your audience is giving you permission to offer them updates via email on information that is relevant to them and their lives, your job just got several thousand percent easier. You won’t be fighting to get people noticed in what you have to say. It will happen naturally. They’ll want to hear your advice.

To boil it down:

  • Pick from one of the seven major topics available
  • Find your niche. Stick with it.
  • Let your audience build (this step requires no effort on your part)
  • Send them regular email updates

If you’re doing the above steps correctly, (and combining these steps with healthy and robust SEO practices, which deserve multiple separate posts), followers and search engine traffic should come to you. A firm principle to keep in mind is to see your potential adherents as having the same aspirations as you. They are combing the internet trying to find information relevant to their very individual experiences, and are most likely looking for something very specific. That is where you come in, to provide them with highly specific information that will keep them loyal and interested while generating streams of new traffic. Blogging is very much an exercise in self-exploration. You start to realize that you aren’t so different from other people, and that they require the same things as you do. You write for yourself. You write for them. Soon you’ll start to see the untainted fruits of your labor.