THE END OF BROWSING.......
Since Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com has announced that soon drones will deliver our Christmas gifts and GOOGLE allows every person with a 6th grade education to actually enact a formidable argument on FACEBOOK, the ART of BROWSING seems to have disappeared. The days of skimming through an encyclopedia in the privacy of your den allowing one to gain an insatiable knowledge of trivia are gone. GOOGLING is not the same as BROWSING. For with the former, you have know what you are looking for . . . much like window shopping. You must know what you want before you go on amazon.com. And as such our minds are becoming predictable and affected by an outpouring of synthetic impulses, many from Corporate America. When we stop browsing with our minds, we are programmed. My favorite recollections from undergraduate school were nights sitting in the basement of the library scanning books of which, I had no knowledge or initially, any interest. Yet, when you are on your fourth draft of a history paper on the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, you need breaks. And thus one browses. You struggle with learning and finding new avenues of thought. Nothing is black or white or gray. It is a mixed bag of terribly complex matter which is confronted every minute of every day of one’s life. And part of the good journey is to browse. An art which is dying here in America and as such, we scramble to the mall on BLACK FRIDAY or lay immobile on the sofa pretending we could still play football like those on television, dressed in our college colors, attempting to recapture the days of actual brain activity. www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE END OF BROWSING.......
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.....STOP THIS MADNESS!!!
Perhaps it is the FACT I am a MEDICARE MOOCHER but it seems like this country is going crazy?? I am sure my parents looked at my generation’s long hair, free sex, new drugs and peace protests (all of which I missed in Vietnam) and thought much the same. Yet, when you read 45 dead, another 112 injured on BLACK FRIDAY by just going shopping AND a person killed after a football game in KANSAS CITY after the Chiefs lost to the Broncos, YOU BEGIN TO wonder what the hell we are doing in this country??? And this is only in the past three days?? There is something culturally wrong with America when folks have to go shopping for Christmas presents on Thanksgiving. I am sorry but is is wrong and stupid. And when you have to use a taser on someone to get the last flat screen television, you need professional help. And when you find the need to kill someone because they happen to be for an opponent in a NFL game, you are also in need of prison time and mental assistance. I am sorry. It is time we stood up to these bullies and stopped this. If our legislators can not mandate BLACK FRIDAY store hours and protection and/or police football game drinking and tail gate parties, we need to take action. I am reminded of one single mother in Texas who, after her daughter was killed by a drunk daughter, started a crusade that changed every law in this country in regard to drinking and driving. M.A.D.D. worked because someone got pissed off and changed things. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH . . . now is the time. www.carladdisonswanson.com
OUR WAR ON DRUGS......MERELY DISCRIMINATION IN DISGUISE???
While it was Richard Nixon, 1971, who declared the WAR ON DRUGS, while he was losing the Vietnam War, his administration also repealed mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana. Nixon, who was elected on a “tough on crime” platform, was merely retaliating against the HIPPIES who had embarrassed him with their protests in Washington from Kent State. He was also appealing to his MORAL MAJORITY who, nonsensically, were afraid of their kids smoking pot. As a result, thousands of recreational STONERS were thrown in jail for long periods of time for possession of small amounts of weed. This began the expansion of our present day prison system which is BIG BUSINESS. To make matters worse, President Reagan and the Newt Gingrich run CONGRESS in 1986, enacted the 100 to 1 sentencing disparity between trafficking CRACK versus that of POWDER COCAINE. At that time, most BLACKS were known to be using CRACK while the upper crust YUPPIES used powder cocaine. As a direct result, many BLACKS ended up in jail. It has became so bad that 50% of all BLACK MALES, ages 20-30, now reside within prison walls. And thus we see a true pattern of discrimination and a newly created BUSINESS MODEL that assists the economy of small towns across AMERICA where they have positioned many of these prisons along with prison jobs. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quakes like a duck, it is what it is. Blatant discrimination. www.carladdisonswanson.com
NRA'S BEST FRIEND: PRESIDENT OBAMA. WTF???
No, gun nuts, President Obama really doesn’t want to take your guns away. After the Newtown murders, he would like to see background checks and maybe a limitation on bullet clips and assault weapons. But prior to the Connecticut tragedy, President Obama might have been the National Rifle Association’s best friend. During his first two years in office, our 44th President repealed more gun controls than had his predecessor, George W. Bush, did in his eight year tenure. He was graded “F” in nearly every rating by the BRADY COMMISSION ON GUNS. Yet, that is NOT what you heard from SARAH PALIN or GLENN BECK or RUSH LIMBAUGH or NRA head LAPIERRE. Instead, all they did was tell YOU that President Obama was anti-gun and wanted to take your guns away from you. As a result, GUN SALES went up, NRA membership increased and the approval ratings of President Obama went down. And as such, you witness the very careful manipulation of the CONSERVATIVE wing of the Republican party. We LIBERALS wish we were that clever but we really have more important things to be concerned about? Like fixing a website. www.carladdisonswanson.com
W'S BIGGEST SIN.......
On this Black Friday, I had lunch at the Black Duck in Westport which, hopefully, added to the stagnant economy and my way of filling my gut and fulfilling the consumerism mania of today’s culture. It was a festive group with many parents of Staples Wreckers football players dating back fifteen years. I am an adopted member due to my lady’s godson’s playing days. At the end of the table was a 60-something step-father of a former running back who now has PARKINSON’S disease. He is dying. The once manly macho man is reduced to barely able to feed himself and communication is nearly nil. In August of 2001, President George W. Bush, via the Dickey-Wicker Amendment suspended all Parkinson research that “prohibits research in a human embryo or embryos are destroyed.” The human crusade of our ’43, the born again Christian and former drunk, was to prevent the destruction of embryos in order to foster EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS (ESC). As well publicized by Michael J. Fox, a Parkinson victim and spokesman, ESC is critical to the cure for PARKINSON DISEASE. While the university academia made some great strides with ESC during the Bush years, all federal funding was halted during the Bush tenure. This was a critical time for such individuals, like my luncheon companion, whose years are running out. With the election of President Obama, federal funds were opened up for ESC but have still found road blocks in the federal courts including a most recent Circuit Court ruling. It seems rather moronic to ban research that might just save people’s lives based only that it utilizes live cells to perform such research. A BLACK BLEMISH ON AMERICA’S BLACK FRIDAY. www.carladdisonswanson.com
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO THE GREATEST NATION......WTF??
As we sit down to our overabundance of food after watching NFL football on our oversized flat screens in over stuffed lounge chairs, we can find some solace that some FOLKS ARE LIVING BETTER THAN US? Yes, despite 33% of us are obese and 50% living below the poverty line and 48 million of us are on food stamps while 48% of us get a check from our federal government, we remain NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD IN SELF-ESTEEM. To steal a few words from Adam Sorkin: “The United States is ranked 7th in literacy in the world, 22% in math, 27th in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median income, 4th in labor force and 4th in exports. The only thing THE UNITED STATES IS NUMBER ONE in the world is in number of prisoners, believers in angels and defense spending. PART OF THE PROLBEM IS RECOGNIZING THERE IS A PROBLEM.” Sorkin at his best. But WE CAN BE BETTER. So for the 172,000+ troops who will be away from home for THANKSGIVING and the some 685,000+ HOMELESS in this country, WE CAN BE THANKFUL THIS YEAR that we can be better. SOON, WE HOPE. www.carladdisonswanson.com
TELEVISION NEWS GONE MENTALLY BANKRUPT??In 1920, the Congress of the United States first allowed our private citizens to use our country’s air waves. The radio soon appeared and in 1939, the television. Instrumental in this lobbying effort was CBS head William Paley and RCA’s David Sarnoff. While the innocent Congress, unknowing of the potential success of both networks, agreed, that, with television, free air time would be given to the various networks in exchange for one hour of the information. Or as it became known, the evening news. The naïve Congress never thought about prohibiting advertising to the various telecasts and so began, our news department vying for the almighty advertising revenue. To gage such monies, ratings came in to play to estimate the amount of consumers who were watching the various different telecasts. And this is where our 4th visual estate went to hell in a hand basket. Instead of merely reporting news of the day, they attempted to manipulate the current events to their prospective viewers. Much later in this line of toilet training, the news departments became part of the entertainment division and a result, we have news to please. If one ever gets a chance to see Canadian television, you would be enlightened not to witness 1 shooting report, 1 fire and one mass collusion on the turnpike. Instead, you watch actual news of bills being passed in the legislature or a problem with surfacing a new road. And the weather is merely one minute of chatting about how it may turn out tomorrow. NO SCARE tactics, no invasion of the body snatchers or potential hurricane from East Africa. News that has content. Without bias. I choose NOT to watch this rubbish for “my eyes are connected to my brain.” www.carladdisonswanson.com
JUDGE JUDY ON MEN.......
Judith Sheindin is 71 years old and has been “JUDGE JUDY” on television since 1996 when she took over from Judge Wappner. JUDY was born in Brooklyn, been married twice and makes a whopping 47 million bucks a year on television. She is twice married, divorced from her current husband but remarried and together for 38 years to Jerry Sheindin, also a lawyer and wannabe TV Judge. JUDGE JUDY IS opinionated (“Beauty is a fad, dumb is for good”), gutsy and makes for good television. Her recent interview with DOCTOR OZ, was revealing on her image of men: ” WOMEN LIKE TO NEST. They like to own their nest. MEN LIKE TO RENT THEIR NEST, thinking that they possibly can get a better deal in a week or so. WOMEN HAVE a shelve life. After 50, forget about it. It is sad for me to see beautiful 40 year olds wasting their time with some bozo. FIND A GOOD MAN, stick with him.” Judy used to live in Westchester, where we shared the same stockbroker, but now lives in FLORIDA where she never eats fatty foods and never eats anything after 5:30 p.m. “IT IS CALLED DUNCH, down there in Florida. Some eat dinner at 4:00 p.m.” JUDGE JUDY is living proof to go to a female attorney if in need. They are always prepared for court and their egos don’t get in the way of their mouth. www.carladdisonswanson.com
BLACK FRIDAY isn’t even here yet and I am sick of the holidays. Of course, the frigid weather here doesn’t help matters much to my thin blood, but it does seem over kill with the constant barrage of commercials for “stuff” to buy at discount. HAS ANYONE OUT THERE EVER GOT A CAR FOR CHRISTMAS??? Stop it already. People buy cars in the summer and fall when they can actually test drive them without fear of a snow plow. Perhaps it is also because I am now a MEDICARE “MOOCHER” but the holidays seem artificial and fake now. As a kid, I loved Halloween, Thanksgiving (more for the football and days off than my mother’s overcooked turkey) and Christmas. I was the one in the household who put up the Christmas lights outside, made wreaths for the doors and bugged my father to go buy us a tree. Now it seems just one more item on the “TO DO LIST OF LIFE.” The holidays are for kids. Somehow CORPORATE AMERICA has expanded their consumer base to include every age group, every demographic, everybody!!! WE HAVE LOST our way on the holidays as we have on many other aspects of our way of life. BAH HUMBUG. WHITE FRIDAY. AND GET A HAM FOR THANKSGIVING. www.carladdisonswanson.com
THE WONDERFUL MIND OF MALCOLM GLADWELL......
Gladwell, a British born writer, educated in Canada, is out with a new book, exposed tonight on “60 Minutes.” The new book, among many others dealing with bizarre science-social issues, deals with the myth of David and Goliath duel. Gladwell, through his various sources, showed that DAVID could propel his rock at the speed of nearly that of .45 caliber gun. Goliath had no chance and Gladwell expands that the UNDERDOG is often really the favorite. He cites his alumni, University of Toronto, has an example. The university costs 6,000$ a year compared with 60,000$ at Harvard. “Do you get six times better of an education at Harvard? I don’t think so,” says the writer. He also thinks for many, the underdog at Harvard may be hurt by finishing low on the totem pole compared with his smart classmates. “Finishing last in your class at Harvard does not mean you are dumb but it may seem like that to a 22 year old kid.” And such is Gladwell’s world. He makes millions of his various books but lives in a minimalistic loft in Greenwich Village and rides a bike to and from his non-office, which is mostly internet cafes or libraries. He is a self-appointed “NERD” and proud of it. His mother told it is GOOD TO BE BORED FOR ITS RESTS YOUR BRAIN. Hear that TIGER MOM? Sometimes thinking outside of the box is exactly what we need. www.carladdisonswanson.com