Sunday, August 13, 2017

happiness begins with facing life with a smile and a wink, Key West don't hide your lamp under a bushel Dispensable Church Sunday homily

A Jupiter, Florida amiga reacted to yesterday's post at this hear, ya heah?, website:
Sloan, so cute hope you are keeping all this information on Brenda and hoodoo witch as a chapter in your book actually you sent me two chapters worth of information you could entitle your book Key West lives.
 best to you take care of yourself, best, Virginia

I replied:

Hi, Ginger -

It does seem a book, TV sitcom, Hollywood movie, something, perhaps intergalactic slapstick comedy theater are separately and severally circling me like love-starved turkey buzzards, distant cousins of moths to flame?

Based on how my innards started feeling yesterday afternoon after I put up this post to which you responded, the angels seem inclined to heap a bit more wood on the fire.

I suppose this is where I am supposed to say, 

Stay tuned ...


My last dream before dawn today featured me moving toward a roll in the hay with a naked attractive white female amiga member of the Key West Poetry Guild, who once lived on the 99 percent black-populated Windward Island of the Caribbean nation Dominica with her black Dominican boyfriend. 

Perhaps that was a heads up for 
my erstwhile homeless girlfriend Kari Dangler calling this morning to ask if I'm following the Virginia situation?

Somewhat, I said.

White Supremacist Terrorist reaction to taking down statue of Robert E. Lee. 

I saw online last night that President Trump had said it's very, very sad.

You know, don't you, that it's those people who got Trump elected president? 

Probably, Kari said, but he and his wife spoke against it, he told those people to leave Virginia, go home.

Then good for him and his wife, but does he know it's those people who got him elected?

Kari said she doesn't understand why the statue was taken down.

Because what it represents.

But that was a long time ago.

Yes, and the northern states were buying the southern states' cotton picked by black slaves.

Because of her felony conviction, Kari was not able to vote in 2016 for her candidate, Donald Trump. 

Kari once told me that she had a US Armed Forces black boyfriend in Missouri, where she was born and raised. She got pregnant by him, had an abortion at her parents' insistence. Awful battles were fought in Missouri over slavery: Missourians against Missourians.

Key West was a Confederate city controlled by the Union Army and Navy. The various brick forts on Key West were Union forts built to prevent the Confederacy from importing through Key West what it needed to fight the Union forces.

Today, there remains racial tension between black and whites in Key West, but it tends to simmer beneath the surface. 

I have black native Key West friends, who do not feel they are viewed as "Conchs", which is what white native Key Westers call themselves.

Key West calls itself, "The Conch Republic".
Many Key West residents and the city government hold forth that Key West is the city of
but I don't hear that from my black Conch friends, nor from the city's homeless people, nor from the poor working stiffs in Key West, nor, for that matter, from my white Key West friends. 

As one of them and I discussed just yesterday, One Human Family sounds great, it's good advertising, but it ain't real.

Hardly coincidence, a Key West area amigo commented on yesterday's post at this heah website. 
Wjames Baldwin like a sweet song
A couple of years back I come across a great and wasted friend of mine in the hallway of a recording studio. And while he was reciting some poetry to me that he had written, I saw that he was about a step away from dying, and I couldn't help but wonder why. And the lines of this song occurred to me. I'm happy to say he's no longer wasted, and he's got him a good woman. And I'd like to dedicate this to John and June, who helped showed me how to beat the devil.

It was wintertime in Nashville
Down on Music City Row
And I was looking for a place
And to get myself out of the cold
To warm the frozen feeling that was eating at my soul
Keep the chilly wind off my guitar
My thirsty wanted whiskey
But my hunger needed beans
But it had been a month of paydays
Since I'd heard that eagle scream
So with a stomach full of empty
And a pocket full of dreams
I left my pride and stepped inside a bar
Actually I'd guess you'd call it a tavern
Cigarette smoke to the ceiling
And sawdust on the floor
Friendly shadows
I saw that there was just one old man sitting at the bar
And in the mirror I could see him checking me and my guitar
And he turned and said,
Come up here, boy, and show us what you are
I said I'm dry, and he bought me a beer
He nodded at my guitar and said,
It's a tough life, ain't it?
I just looked at him
He said, you ain't making any money, are you?
I said, you been reading my mail
He just smiled and said, let me see that guitar
I got something you ought to hear
And then he laid it on me

If you waste your time a talking

To the people who don't listen
To the things that you are saying
Who do you thinks gonna hear?
And if you should die explaining how
The things that they complain about
Are things they could be changing
Who do you thinks gonna care?
There were other lonely singers
In a world turned deaf and blind
Who were crucified for what they tried to show
And their voices have been scattered by the swirling winds of time
'Cause the truth remains that no one wants to know

Well the old man was a stranger
But I'd heard his song before
Back when failure had me locked out
On the wrong side of the door
When no one stood behind me
But my shadow on the floor
And lonesome was more than a state of mind
You see, the devil haunts a hungry man
If you don't want to join him
You gotta beat him
I ain't saying I beat the devil
But I drank his beer for nothing
Then I stole his song
And you still can hear me singing
To the people who don't listen
To the things that I am saying
Praying someone's gonna hear
And I guess I'll die explaining how
The things that they complain about
Are things they could be changing
Hoping someone's gonna care
I was born a lonely singer
And I'm bound to die the same
But I've gotta feed the hunger in my soul
And if I never have a nickel
I won't ever die ashamed
'Cause I don't believe that no one wants to know
A Key Largo amigo commented on yesterday's post at this heah website:

Christopher-Marc Parenti I just checked out your followers. Most of them are Ladies of the night.

Sloan Bashinsky news to me, I never hear from them, how'd you find that out?

Reader comments under the Trump v. North Korea guest editorial in the current every Friday online Key West the Newspaper ( grew even more harry legs since I included that discussion in yesterday's post at this heah website.

Don’t Trust Trump’s North Korea Bluff, Bluster, and Brinksmanship

A mockup of the Fat Man nuclear device. Wikimedia, U.S. Department of Defense, Public domain

by Thomas L. Knapp…….
US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump’s certainly proving himself  Kim Jong Un’s equal at foreign affairs smack talk.
Is he serious? I believe so. I expect some sort of major military confrontation — possibly even outright war — between the US and North Korea before August ends. Naturally I hope I’m wrong, but matters do seem to be coming to a head.
With that  in mind, it’s worth examining some of the US government’s claims about North Korea and how they stack up against reality.
First, let’s look at what Trump means when he refers to the current set of “threats” from North Korea: On August 7, the Washington Post reports, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho “told diplomats that his country will never negotiate away what he called a rational ‘strategic option’ against the threat of attack from the United States. … Ri said Pyongyang will use nuclear weapons only against the United States or any other country that might join it in military action against North Korea.”
In other words, North Korea is “threatening” to defend itself if attacked, and reserving the right to use nuclear weapons in its defense. Doesn’t sound like much of a “threat,” does it?
Next, the current round of mutual saber-rattling coincides with a convenient and likely Trump-approved leak. The Post cites unnamed officials and an alleged Defense Intelligence Agency assessment to the effect that North Korea “has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles” (the claim last month was that the North now has missiles which can reach the US mainland).
This set of claims doesn’t pass the smell test.
First of all, so far the North has only proven (with detonations) that it can make large, heavy, old-style fission atomic weapons, not bona fide nuclear weapons (hydrogen bombs). Miniaturization? That sounds a lot like “Saddam is stockpiling Weapons of Mass Destruction” (he wasn’t) or “Iran is six months from having nukes” (the latter claim having been renewed every six months from 1996 to 2015).
Secondly, while the North recently tested a rocket that it claims is an intercontinental ballistic missile, there’s reason to be skeptical of that claim and secondarily of the notion that they could reliably produce such rockets in quantity and expect them to work.
Finally, there’s the matter of mating those unlikely nukes to those unlikely rockets and getting them to detonate at the impact end of a fall from space. That’s rocket science of an order the North hasn’t previously displayed a flair for.
Claire Boothe Luce called Franklin Delano Roosevelt “the only American president who ever lied us into a war because he did not have the political courage to lead us into it.” If so, Trump seems bent on following in his illustrious predecessor’s footsteps.
Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in north central Florida.

Responses to “Don’t Trust Trump’s North Korea Bluff, Bluster, and Brinksmanship”

  1. Lyndon Johnson did not “lie us into” the Vietnam War?
    George W. Bush did not “lie us into” the war with Iraq?
    His father did not “lie us into” the first war with Iraq?
    One day in the Unitarian Church in Key West, in 2005, in a “seekers group” that met once a week, a man who lived in Key West said he was in the CIA and was in Vietnam back when the French were trying to retake Vietnam, which they had lost to the Japanese during WW II. Publicly, America was backing France in its effort to retake Vietnam, but his outfit’s covert mission was to do all they could to help Ho Chi Minh beat France, because America wanted to replace France in Vietnam, which had a big rubber tree industry. Ho was not a communist, he wanted to do business with America, but it asked for too much. Not caring for China, Ho went to Russia for help.
    As I read history, the first President Bush’s Ambassador to Iraq, to somewhere over there, told Saddam Hussein that America had no problem with him taking part of Kuwait. Hussein had been an American ally against Iran. Hussein was an American asset. Imagine Hussein’s sentiments to realize he had been bait-and-switched. Imagine Islam’s sentiments about that, and to hear that President Bush say on national US television that he could not let the American way of life be threatened, he had to save Kuwait’s oil from Iraq.
    What weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
    What did G.W. Bush hope to achieve in Afghanistan that the much closer Soviet Union had not accomplished there? The British had gotten beat there before that.
    America already lost Iraq and Afghanistan wars and keeps trying to come back from the dead.
    Let’s leave Syria out of this, for now.
    Roosevelt knew the Japanese were headed to Pearl Harbor and let it happen to incite Americans to switch from staying out of WW II to getting into it.
    I seriously doubt American can sanely trust anything any American president says to justify America going to war. General Eisenhower summed it up when he was leaving the White House: Beware of the military-industrial complex.
    Trump, however, brings what looks to me like a different brand of lying to the war games room. Lying seems to be his basic nature. That’s what it looked like to me in during last year’s president race, and ever since. ( I felt the same about Hillary Clinton.)
    Trump also has “little hands syndrome”, evidenced by his addiction to playing mine’s bigger than yours, even with women, as if his very life depends on it.
    Weave that into the tapestry of facing a midget despot in a midget country that lost its own war to rule the entire Korean peninsular and had to be bailed out by China and has been pissed off at its own little hands ever since.
    Weave that into the tapestry of the most powerful country in this history of this planet having lost a string of wars in third-world countries.
    Weave that into the tapestry of most Americans, at heart, I wager, itching for America to finally win a war.
    Would not surprise me if Trump’s mind works this way: I beat the shit out of North Korea, reduce it to rubble, Americans will love me more than God; they won’t care about anything else it’s being said I did wrong; they might even demand I be made KING!
    Would not surprise me if many Americans want to do just that already.

    • For now:
      1) France begged the USA to take over for them in Vietnam.
      2) Although Bush made one of the biggest blunders in history by invading Iraq, Saddam had repeatedly broken the cease fire agreement.
      3) EXACTLY what has President Trump lied about? And, keep in mind that he often speaks in generalities – not specific, exact numbers. He sees problem areas that need correcting – which in fact do need to be corrected, but even so some analyze his comments with a magnifying glass just to say GOTCHA!

      • Well, he keeps citing North Korean “threats.”
        The North Korean regime’s “threat” is that if it is attacked it will defend itself, and that it intends to keep its nuclear deterrent available for just such a case.
        How does that differ in any way from the US position versus any and all possible adversaries, and how is it a “threat?”

        • First off, incredibly the UN voted 16-0 (including Russia and China) in siding with the USA on this N. Korea issue. The EU also agreed to impose sanctions on N. Korea, so it’s not like we’re alone on this.
          N. Korea is not supposed to be testing missiles like they have and boasting of doing harm to the USA. They are directly threatening us and our cities with nuclear destruction, as well as putting our allies in harm’s way – for no reason except to keep the USA alive as a perceived enemy of N. Korea.

          • Yes, the North Koreans are directly threatening the US with nuclear destruction. Just like the US has been directly threatening everyone else with nuclear destruction since 1945, after twice actually DOING it.
      • The way the alleged ex-CIA guy told it in the Unitarian church that day, his outfit was actively and covertly helping Ho Chi Minh beat France in Vietnam, while outwardly, America was saying it was behind the French retaking Vietnam. But I already wrote that the first time.
        Trump is a loose cannon. He did not become that after he was elected. It was obvious during last year’s run up to the election. Who the hell knows what’s gonna happen with North Korea. Trump doesn’t know. Does North Korea even know?

        • No, no one knows what will happen, but in 1999 then private citizen Donald Trump said something should be done to curtail N. Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
          Yes, President Trump is a loose cannon, and during the GOP debates I couldn’t stand the way he handled himself. His methods put him on the map, though, thanks in part to the debate formats and Cruz and Rubio – because those 3 dominated the debates so much that no one else could hardly get a word in – especially my guy, Two-term Ohio Governor John Kasich – the sensible choice, imo, who unfortunately did not resonate with voters as being too mild or polite, I guess. Regardless, Gov. Kasich was leading Hillary Clinton in “polls” by as much as 8-9 points while Trump was behind. But, I changed my mind about President Trump and believe he is the only man in America who has the guts to clean up past messes left behind.
          Coming back to Iraq and the Bushes, the reason Saddam gave for the Kuwait invasion was that he claimed Kuwait was actually a “stolen” part of Iraq, so he wanted it back.
          Bush’s Iraq invasion because of WMD’s was backed up in print by Mansoor Ijaz who claimed that insider information from dark and shadowy sources, was that there was WMD’s – but for some reason this information disappeared after only a day or so on the internet. I’m not saying I believe this, just sayin’.
          On Page 2 of ‘The Miami Herald’ some time after Bush’s Iraq invasion was over, a short article appeared that stated that Saddam wanted to leave Iraq for sanctuary before the hostilities began, but Arab League countries would not let him. Never heard another word about this anywhere. So, what does that mean? Possibly it was not necessarily that the USA used Israeli intel to be convinced of WMD’s, as some have suggested, but instead the Arabs wanted Saddam out. BTW, I saved the newspaper clipping of the Arab League article in case there is any doubt about my words.
          • Do ya remember Bush later laughing about WMD in Iraq?
            i agree with you, kinda, about Trump. He’s taking America where it needed to go to get its bell rung faster than anyone else could have done it.
            Looked to me that Trumpet and Hillary wuz the two worst possible candidates America could field in that whose the ugliest contest.
            If I wuz running China, given I’m living right next door to N. Korea, I would make N. Korea an offer it can’t refuse.
            But then, maybe if I wuz running China, I would be using N. Korea to do for me what I can’t let the public see I’m doing. After all, China did save N. Korea’s bacon in the Korean war.
            Who’s gonna save America’s bacon?
            Might be the only sane way for Americans to watch this super nova reality TV show play out is to view it as just that: a super nova reality TV show.
            America is the super nova. Korea is a midget side show distraction.

  2. “Yes, the North Koreans are directly threatening the US with nuclear destruction. Just like the US has been directly threatening everyone else with nuclear destruction since 1945, after twice actually DOING it.” – Thomas L. Knapp
    You know why the USA used nukes.The USA used nukes twice at the end of WW2 in an attempt to end the war and save an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 American and its allies’ lives in an invasion of Japan to end the war. You also know that in a futile and desperation effort Japan’s kamikazes had been sinking American Navy ships – and while doing so should have been aware that any chance of winning the war was over.
    This does not parallel the current situation with N. Korea in any way, and there is no controversy over whether Japan would have used nukes if they had them as without question they would have – as would Germany and Russia if they had them at that time.

    • Japan had been trying to negotiate a surrender for two months at the time the atom bombs were dropped. The US dropped them in an attempt to cow the Russians.

      • I believe the Japanese could have wanted to surrender with concessions, but the USA wanted an unconditional surrender.

        • Yes, the US wanted unconditional surrender — and murdered 100-200k civilians in two of the largest terrorist attacks in history to get it.
          • Back in 2004,as I recall, I read an article in a US national magazine, LIFE reincarnated, perhaps, in which a photo copy from an entry in President Harry Truman’s personal handwritten diary was centerpiece. Truman wrote that he did not drop the A-bombs to end the war; the Japanese were trying to surrender. He dropped the A-bombs to intimidate the Russians.
            I did some digging online and learned that the Russians were coming down from the north, intending to grab as much of Japan as they could. They did grab a little of the upper Japanese Islands, and still have them, I think.

  3. Semper Fi,
    Japanese code broken, FDR knew of the impending attack on Pear Harbor; he let it happen so USA could declare war on the Axis Powers and the American People would go along within his decision… Maybe… The Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy is considered to be a fringe theory and is rejected by most historians (Wikipedia).[11][12][13]
    Brother Thomas, you either surrender or you don’t. Particularly, after you’ve launched a “sneak attack” on the thousands of American servicemen, women, children and innocent civilians murdered during the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor.
    Now, after our country and other nations are forced to repel the Japanese aggression throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia, via many thousands of their Armed Forces being brutally killed and savagely murdered…And let’s not forget the War Crimes and Atrocities committed by the Japanese during the Bataan Death March and occupation of Manila… Now we the American People, are to wait for the Japanese to allegedly negotiate and present a conditional surrender… Really, Thomas…
    Prior to the Pear Harbor killings, Japanese envoy’s and ambassador were at the White House feigning innocence and peaceful intentions.
    The Japanese God, The Emperor, and their Military Industrial Complex manned by a fanatical upper echelon, were reluctant to surrender without an American Invasion of the Islands.
    President Truman had enough of the Slaughter. He was told that the “Bomb” needed to be tested before it was deployed. Japan refused to “surrender unconditionally”… A land assault was being planned to invade Japan, President Truman said: “Test it on Them”.
    Blessings & Respect

    • “you either surrender or you don’t”
      History is full of conditional surrenders, from the surrender of Great Britain to the US in the Treaty of Paris (1783) to the surrender of the US to North Vietnam in the Paris Peace Accords (1973).
      “Prior to the Pear Harbor killings, Japanese envoy’s and ambassador were at the White House feigning innocence and peaceful intentions.”
      Nope. The Japanese ambassador was SUPPOSED to be at the White House right before the attack began in order to deliver Japan’s declaration of war, but didn’t get the message in time.
      • Mr, Knapp, as we often hear, the truth is stranger than fiction, which (fiction) tends to be so much easier to swallow. My friend John Donnelly was a US Marine combat vet, serious bad shit combat, in Vietnam. A war still alleged in some American circles to have been fought for noble reasons. I personally don’t think that war was worth even one dead or wounded or PTSD American or Vietnamese soldier. Nor any American war since then. That doesn’t address the N. Korean situation, but it does give me pause to wonder what really is going on behind those scenes, which I don’t expect the people who actually know to put into the bright sunlight.
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