Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Guest Editorial"


I feel the need to drop a little truth on y'all. So buckle up...I'm about to be politically incorrect.
We don't need to take America back.

No one stole it.

It's right're sitting in it. Chillax.

Mexico isn't going to pay for the wall and we're not going to deport millions of people and break up families. If you think either one is a good idea, you're not smart and probably not a person I want to hang out with.

We don't live in a democracy.

Technically we are a Federal Republic. But in reality we are ruled by an oligarchy. If you don't know what that is, look it up. Reading will do you good. You probably need to do more of it.

FoxNews, CNN, and MSNBC have an agenda and are not "fair and balanced" or in any way unbiased. I'll more. Read newspapers (even online ones). Read lots of opinions and sources and then (stay with me here), THINK! Form your own opinion based on as many facts as your can brain can tolerate.

Speaking of facts...there actually is a difference between facts, opinions, and propaganda. You should learn the difference. (Another opportunity to show off your mad reading skills.)

Science is real.

We know things because of science. Don't be afraid of it. You have an iPhone and Facebook because of science. It's your friend.

Global warming or "climate change" as the cool kids call it IS REAL.

Anyone who tells you it's not real is not a smart person and probably should not be dressing themselves or caring for children.

Racism exists.

And you are probably a little racist and should work on that. Seriously.

 American Christians are not under attack.

We are not being persecuted. We wield so much power in this country that politicians pretend to be Christian just so we will vote for them. No one is trying to take your bible away from you. The gay people are not destroying our families—we don't need any help from them, thank you. We do a fine job of that by ourselves. So stop saying we are persecuted. You sound stupid.

Poor people need help.

If you're not helping them but complaining about how the government helps them with your money you are not a nice person.

Be nice to the people who teach your children.

Don't send them nasty emails or yell at them. Their job is 10,000 times harder than your stupid job. You are not a professional educator so just shut your mouth and be thankful someone is willing to teach your offspring.
You don't know what Common Core is. You think you do, but you don't unless you're a teacher. So stop complaining about math problem memes on Facebook. You can't do the math anyway.

ISIS is not an existential threat to the United States.

We do not need to rebuild our military. Our military is the strongest, scariest, most badass killing machine the world has ever seen. So stop being afraid and stop letting politicians and pundits scare you.

Guns do in fact kill people.

That's what they are designed to do. If you feel you need a gun to protect yourself in America, you are probably living in the wrong neighborhood and should move before you go out and buy a gun. There are like a billion places to live where you won't need a gun, or even need to lock your front door.

If you do own a gun, then make sure you know how to use it really, really, really well. Seriously...get some training because you still don't know how to record stuff with your DVR. Go to the gun range and shoot the thing a lot. Learn how to clean it properly and be able to disassemble it and reassemble it with your eyes closed. It's a freaking gun and it deserves that level of care, proficiency and respect.

And for God's sake, keep it locked up and away from your kids.
If you are even a little bit crazy, sad, or pissed shouldn't have a gun. And the Founding Fathers would totally agree with me.

Stop being suspicious of American Muslims.

 I guarantee the guy sitting next to you in the cubicle at work is probably more of a threat to you than any Muslim. He has to listen to your uninformed ranting day after day and has probably already imagined very colorful and creative ways to end you.

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and all the rest are ENTERTAINERS! Stop getting your opinions from them. (Here's where that reading thing can really be an advantage.)

Stop sharing Facebook memes that tell me to share or else Jesus won't bless me with a laundry basket full of cash. That's not how prayer works. And I don't want money delivered (even from God) in a laundry basket. Nobody ever washes those things out and they just keep putting nasty dirty clothes in them. Yuck!

We are the United States of America and we can afford to house every homeless veteran, feed every child, and take in every refugee and still have money left over for Starbucks and a bucket of KFC.

Unless you can trace your family line back to someone who made deerskin pants look stylish and could field dress a buffalo, you are a descendent of an immigrant. Please stop saying that immigrants are ruining our country.

Such comments are like a giant verbal burrito stuffed with historical ignorance, latent racism, and xenophobia all wrapped in a fascist tortilla.

That's all for now. I feel better.

LaMonte M. Fowler

*( Yeah that the old 15 Star U.S. flag at the top. I just likes it is all.)


  1. Great guest editorial! Huzza Huzza

  2. "And you are probably a little racist and should work on that. Seriously."

    I'm not sure how one works on it. Like I said before, I've been thinking about it a lot lately. In this country we have a sort of invisible apartheid cyclone fence made of psychic razor wire. You may not see it, but if you walk into it you can sure feel it. I know it's just in my head, but it's in a lot of other people's heads too; it's a collective evil hallucination with just as much reality as we give it. How do we go about dismantling this fucker, starting - I suppose - with ourselves?

    I've been thinking about it a lot lately, because that boy I'm so gleefully obsessed with is a gypsy, and in Europe at any rate gypsies are often really nastily discriminated against - something I hadn't properly grokked until I started reading up on the topic. I want no walls, no psychic cyclone fences between me and him, or anyone else so delightful whom I may have the good fortune to encounter (yes please!).

    The late great guitarist Paco de Lucia, who was a Spanish gypsy, remarked in one of his last interviews that in his forays into the world of classical music he found the artists he encountered there to be quite racist. Whereas apparently he had no such problems when collaborating with jazz-inflected colleagues like John McGlaughlin and Al DiMeola - nor of course when playing in a flamenco ensemble. How can I be more like a jazz or flamenco musician and not like some neurotic uptight fool who is alienated from those he loves?


  3. Ya work is cut out for you old friend.

    First pay attention to Science which has shown us that "Race" in the way most think of it "DOES NOT EXIST".

    Sort of like the Earth ain't flat, and the peanut butter side of the bread will always land on the kitchen floor.

    Just realities of the multiverse.

    Once that's shoved into the stupid murderous heads of the sweaty gleeful masses we might start getting some where.

    After science we need to fuck get stoned with cook make music, and generally hang out with everybody of all the colors orientations, and zip codes possible.

    From my youth I learned that once you've been intimate, and vulnerable with another it's never the same again. You've more than're bleeping it or not.

    In my first daze in radio I did all of the above with the gang I still hang with...all colors orientations the works.

    We're still family...going on near 40 years.

    Heck we're bleeping burying each other now. See what I mean. The "razor-wire" is more than's an impossibility. Once you're intimate on whatever levels you're stuck with each other.

    I guess that's what marriage was supposed to be. ...but that's a whole other story.

  4. Thanks for your thoughts Sidney. This is much food for thought and I want mull it for a while. But I should do a fact correction. I've just determined that Paco de Lucia was *not* a gypsy - though he did hang out a lot with gypsies and worked with many, and he did make that remark about the classical music world.

    I'll follow up about all this later on.


  5. Yeah, I need to review that science. I've heard about it of course, but I'd like to fix some of the relevant data points in memory.

    It makes complete sense, what you say about being close with people. I can see that a big part of my problem is that I haven't formed a network of close friends. I only have very few. I'm thoroughly alienated from the society in which I live - I think you can probably guess why. You're actually quite lucky to have what appears to be a second family, one that you chose long ago. I don't think I'm going to be able to do that in this society; if it were going to happen here, it would have done a long time ago. I think I'm going to have to become part of some other society during whatever remains of my life in order to have much in the way of human connections at all. Unless, of course, I prefer to remain in the state of alienation in which I exist now - I won't call it living. But I don't think that's what I really prefer, at all.