This Unholy Mess

If the Ten Commandments don’t really do it for you but you can’t quite stomach Dr. Phil either, then why not dip your mental big toe into This Unholy Mess? I can sound as authoritative as Oprah, as enthusiastic as Joel Osteen, and as esoteric as Ron Hubbard—and I can do it all without the terrible burden of wealth and notoriety that might risk infusing my writing with a bit of legitimacy. Much of what you will find on the blog is political, if only because I am a fan of tragi-comedy; but there are plenty of offensive religious and social topics to disturb just about anyone with a reasonably closed mind, a slight chip on his shoulder, and a desire to confront people belligerently from the safety of a computer keyboard. Enjoy!

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So the battle is over: Measure C went down to a marginal defeat and Napa County must now pick up the pieces. The opponents of C describe the election campaign as “bruising,” and insist that now the two sides should come together. They want discussion, compromise, mutual understanding. Sounds great! But before any of that, first and foremost they need a really good deodorant. Mennen Speed Stick or Arrid Extra Dry just won’t do the job in a case like this. The campaign conducted by “No on C” was not “bruising” so much as it was shockingly cynical and dishonest, a showcase of the rankest sleaze. It was hard to believe anyone would have the nerve to cook up the Trump-like disinformation that was included in the string of “No on C” mailers, but somebody would, and did. It was the locally famous Death Star, Muelrath Public Affairs, which on its website promises to help your well-heeled corporation deal with populist riff-raff who dare to speak up for themselves and their communities. (The website refers to these little people as C.A.V.E.: Citizens Against Virtually Everything. Such wit!) Most shocking is the realization that Muelrath was hired by Napa’s vintners and growers associations, and that those groups must have signed off on the crude trash that was tossed in voters’ faces during the campaign. Is that possible? The great pillars of our community were willing to describe Measure C with garbage sign slogans like “Will Increase Traffic on Hwy 29,” and “Undermines the Ag Preserve”? They gave a green light to a flyer carrying Governor Brown’s picture (with the tiny caption, “This Photo Does Not Imply Endorsement”)? Below the photo was a bullet-point summary of a recent executive order regarding land and forest management that had nothing to do with C, and yet the flyer concluded with the statement “Measure C will undermine the Governor’s Executive Order and will prevent Napa County from protecting itself.” Insert vomit emoji here. So what is the average Napan to think? Having just absorbed this entire river of reeking slime at the hands of our county’s most respected and philanthropic organizations, we must now call it a day, toast some marshmallows, have a sleepover? Now each time we read about the vintners or growers making...   Read more

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