Random Thoughts

tom degan at abbey roadI’m a bit burned-out this evening. I have been up for almost 24 hours, and I’m not even close to a decent night’s sleep. There is so much to say – and not nearly enough time to say it. I’m not in any condition to put it all down here. To quote Mr. Lennon, “Strange days indeed”. I am of the opinion that what is about to happen to this once-great nation is too  horrible to articulate. I may need a few days, at the very least, to come to grips with it all. Goodnight, America.

In the mean time, here are a few assorted observations that I had scribbled in my notebook, or posted on other naughty, left-wing websites (including Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive). This is nothing more than a cut-and-paste job. I’m not trying to portray myself as an astute observer of the human tragedy. This is merely what I feel at this particular moment in our weird and twisted history. Happy reading, folks!

The Keith Richards Memoirs
Not Fade Away….I always loved the Stones – and Richards was always my favorite. I met Mick Jagger in 1985. I would gladly trade that opportunity to have met “Keef”.

But it has to be stated – with all due respect to the man – that the Stones pretty much died decades ago. For the last 20 years they have been merely a nostalgia band – nothing more. The last recording of theirs that made any impact on me was Harlem Shuffle, and that was back in the eighties! Their last LP of any merit (and mind you, this is only my humble opinion) was “Emotional Rescue” nearly three decades ago.

In 1970, the Beatles broke up leaving the world wanting more. Begging for more in fact. The Rolling Stones just faded away. Sad.

keith richardsThe “Controversy” Regarding That Other Keith
So, Keith Olbermann donated some cash to a couple of Democratic candidates? I am shocked. SHOCKED!

Conflict of interest? Please. He should have donated to the candidacies of Michelle Bachmann or Rand Paul. Now THAT would have constituted a conflict of interest!

Could it be that the suits at MSNBC thought they had finally found the excuse they needed in order to silence the most lethal progressive voice broadcasting in the main stream media today? Remember, that network didn’t “go left” a few years ago out of any ideological conviction. It was purely a business decision on their part. After all, they had one time given a forum to Michael Wiener Savage among other people…

“Alan Keyes Is Making Sense”. Remember that little early evening atrocity from about a decade ago?

“Watch It with Laura Ingram”. Who among us can forget that monumental, televised train wreck?

MSNBC eventually realized that they couldn’t outfox FOX Noise so they went to the left out of sheer desperation. It turned out to be a damned good move on their part. Maybe they thought they could finally afford to dump the most visible thorn in the side of the right wing plutocracy. The joke is on them They couldn’t! Nyah!

More Memoirs: George W. Bush
So, George W. Bush has written his memoirs, huh? One could only expect a pop-up book from this knucklehead.

At one point in the new book Bush tells us that in 2004 he considered removing Cheney from the ticket to prove that he was the one in charge. I suspect he changed his mind when the vice-president told him not to.

Recently I received an e-mail from the Bush/Cheney Alumni Association. Yeah, I admit it – I subscribe. It is an amusing thing indeed to watch these nitwits try to rewrite history. I suggest you all subscribe. There is so much entertainment value to be gotten from this site – and SCADS of unintentional humor!

The e-mail contained a link to a video of Dubyah promoting his new book. When I attempted to click it on, instead of the Bush’s image, the following words appeared on the screen:

“An Unexpected Error Has Occurred”

Those are the only true words I have ever received from the Bush/Cheney Alumni Association.

Potshots
DISCLAIMER: I don’t smoke pot. Nor do I advocate its usage. I haven’t touched the stuff since my nineteenth birthday – August 16, 1977 – which, coincidentally, was the day that Elvis Presley died. I always tell people that Elvis and I quit drugs at the very same time, the only difference being that I did so voluntarily.

Having said that, let me say this:

Nearly three-quarters-of-a-century after it was made illegal; half-a-century after it was proven to be practically harmless – why is it still a crime to possess and smoke marijuana?

Here is a list of ten famous people – heavy smokers all – who died of lung cancer:

  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Edward R. Murrow
  • Nat King Cole
  • George Harrison
  • John Huston
  • Noel Coward
  • Betty Grable
  • Walt Disney
  • Gary Cooper
  • Peter Jennings

Here is another list. Ten famous alcoholics who drank themselves to death:

  • W.C. Fields
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Truman Capote
  • Robert Benchley
  • Keith Moon
  • Bix Beiderbecke
  • Montgomery Clift
  • Dylan Thomas
  • John Barrymore
  • Errol Flynn

sarah palin blows kissNow I’m going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass.

Go on, I’m waiting…..

You couldn’t do it, could you? Don’t feel bad. Neither could I. Not only have I never heard of anyone dying in that matter, I am not aware of it happening in all recorded human history! How could it possibly be that in 2010, are we still having this stupid conversation?

Is it a “gateway drug” as they never tire of reminding us? Yeah, it probably is. But so is Miller High Life – the Champagne of Bottled Beer . Let’s get a grip here, okay?

The Party’s Over
The 20th century was the American Century. The 21st will be the Chinese Century. Our representatives (from both sides of the aisle) will see to that. Get used to the idea.

tom deganAnd Finally My Favorite Subject
Regarding Sarah Plain: To paraphrase the late, great Molly Ivins in a slightly different context:

If that woman’s IQ slips any lower we’re gonna have to start watering her twice a day.

Cheerio! Pip! Pip!

Tom Degan

Afterthought
The photograph at the top of this piece is of little ol’ me. It was taken on May 18 of this year inside Studio Three at the Abbey Road recording facility in London, England. At the moment the photo was taken, I was listening to the master tape of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in surround sound. What can I tell you? It was one of those mountaintop moments.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood [and sisterhood] of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

Goddammit, I miss John Lennon.

Published by the LA Progressive on November 19, 2010
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About Tom Degan

Tom Degan is a fifty-four-year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714

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