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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Okay, America. I have to ask the heavy question: Who is responsible for hitting the big national snooze button when the alarm about Russian hacking of our elections went off, yea, nearly a year ago? Sure, you can put a lot of the blame where it’s due, right on the grotesquely-coiffed head of our Mattress-Salesman-in-Chief, pointing to his consistent Putin sphincter-kissing (much better targeted than his tax breaks), his refusal to impose further sanctions even after they were passed by overwhelming majorities in Congress, and his insistence on blurring the distinction between the inquiry into whether his team colluded with Russian agents in the election process and the fact that there WAS, in truth, interference in his favor. And who can forget the administration’s helpful idea last July to work cooperatively with Russia on the issue of cyber security? Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of Standup Comedy. Hilarious. All of these have served to keep the president’s mouth-breathing supporters from grasping exactly what happened—if they indeed have the mental equivalent of opposable thumbs and are capable of getting a grip. But what about the other institutions that might speak up? Congress? You’ll find more backbone in a Jello salad. On the contrary, not only are the vast majority of Republican lawmakers not willing to call out Mr. Trump on the ease with which he places his knee-jerk self-preservation ahead of the nation’s welfare and security, some are even willing to flirt with outright treason by deliberately creating distractions to blur the hard outlines of the danger. I’m looking at you, Devin Nunes. You, a member of Trump’s transition team, the guy who recused himself from the House Russia investigation on April 6th of last year because you are under investigation by the House Ethics Panel for disclosure of classified information. You and your famous “memo.” The best you can hope for is a spot in the Craven Stool Pigeon Hall of Fame. Consider further fun facts: the Senate Intelligence Committee, charged with looking into the election interference, had only 7 staffers working on the issue in mid-2017. By contrast, there were 20 staffers who worked on the “enhanced interrogation/torture” controversy during George W. Bush’s administration; there were 88 staff members involved in the study of the intelligence lapse surrounding Saddam...   Read more