Dispatches from Wolf Country — Hi diddle diddle, file from the middle

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Hi diddle diddle, file from the middle

I think it’s fair to say we all could have done better over the last few hours or last few days in dealing with this situation. — Raz Shah, Assistant Press Secretary, 8 FEB 2018 I think that is the first time I have heard this administration admit a mistake. –Yameesh Alcindor, National Public Radio […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country–What’s with these people?

Dispatches from Wolf Country–What’s with these people?

We are in uncharted territory, in the land of shiny objects. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. — Martin Luther King Without Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange is just another fringe actor who resents what he sees as American hegemonic hubris. — P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, 2009 -2011 […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Old Men Yelling at Clouds

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Old Men Yelling at Clouds

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Old Men Yelling at Clouds The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Merry Christmas Wondering about another one

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Merry Christmas Wondering about another one

Makes iron-arsed old Irish guys from upstate  like me tear up Frenetic activity and absurd levels of impossible expectation The Bits of Sadness, Madness and Joy Remain As an Irish-American Non-believing and Non-believing Catholic, I have had a changing relationship with Christmas. I suppose it was baby-boomer child prosperity that caused us all to have […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Robert E. Lee and Roy Moore

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Robert E. Lee and Roy Moore

 Let them ask What would Lee do? Kind of a dicey relationship with politics Don’t treat Alabama folks like they’re stupid! “Wondering what it’s coming to and how it got this far”–Guy Clark, Texas 1947   We’re here of course because Alabama has had kind of a dicey relationship with politics in recent decades. Luther […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Fifth Monarchy Man

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Fifth Monarchy Man

What force or guile could not subdue  Thro’ many warlike ages,  Is wrought now by a coward few  For hireling traitor’s wages.  The English steel we could disdain,  Secure in valour’s station.  But English gold has been our bane:  Sic a parcel of rogues in a nation!  But, pith and power, till my last hour,  […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country–Maya Angelou and Morning Joe

Dispatches from Wolf Country–Maya Angelou and Morning Joe

Word Press asked, “What’s on your mind” this Black Friday morning?Two things, really: The wealth of premier league Rugby this weekend; and, oddly enough, the intersection between someone who probably have should been nominated as Poet Laureate and a recovering Republican Congressman who’s marrying a blonde, Democratic policy wonk — Maya Angelou and Joe Scarborough. […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Trump, like a kidney stone, will Pass

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Trump, like a kidney stone, will Pass

Anybody else got gallows humor thought about that coffee cup? We always figured that the presidents — from Washington to Obama — had a pretty good idea of what they were supposed to be doing and would try to do it. This guy? Not so much. No unifying theme except his ego, insecurity, greed, and pathological […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Tax Increases for the Middle Class

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Tax Increases for the Middle Class

Reagan, his sane advisers  and possibly Nancy’s astrologer became concerned… Rising tide might lift all boats, but not all boats rise at the same rate I remember waiting for my wife to get out of work on a wet, rainy evening in 1982, sitting in my VW Sirocco in a spring rain at Fort Huachuca, […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Lay me down, in the cold ground

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Lay me down, in the cold ground

(Note At a time and place long ago, I became fascinated by and involved in Neurolinguistic Programming or NLP. It’s still around, and it has a lot of applications so it’s worth familiarizing yourself with it. But it has drawbacks, and people looking for ways to manipulate others should stay away. It can become the […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Old Age Should Rage

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Old Age Should Rage

April may be the cruelest month, but this October has been an absolute nightmare, and I see no reason to hope it’s going to get better. The south continues to be targeted by a succession of hurricanes, and the Republicans are now planning a succession of attempts to lower taxes on the rich. Since Houston, […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not a Christian, bruv

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not a Christian, bruv

  Did he bring the family? What’s the Mother’s name.Mary, oh, I’m so nervous! I read the book today, Mary Hail, Hail Mary. Lenny Bruce, 1967 The problem with people who bring religion to their politics is that they’re obsessed with sex. It’s never “I’m a devout Anglican, therefore I couldn’t possibly vote for a […]

Quick hitters and tears

Quick hitters and tears

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities…Washington Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country: Idiots, Sound, Fury, Go!

Dispatches from Wolf Country: Idiots, Sound, Fury, Go!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.–MacBeth. Act 5. Scene 2 “That was some weird shit.” GWB, 20 Jan 2017 Chair-leg biting, glossolalia-styled, pointless […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — What Would Lee Do?

Dispatches from Wolf Country — What Would Lee Do?

So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interests of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this, as regards Virginia especially, that I would cheerfully have lost all I have lost by the war, and have […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Ozymandias Cometh

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Ozymandias Cometh

One of the oddities of the past couple of years is the election of a “Builder” president whose wealth is derived not so much from Building as from branding based on family capital derived from boarding houses, bordellos, racial profiling and being a slum lord. He delights in slapping gold facing on things and chiseling […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Dulce et Decorum

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Dulce et Decorum

  Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country – Hooah!

Dispatches from Wolf Country – Hooah!

I am not here because I am a great soldier. I am here because I served with great soldiers. This piece says more about why those of us who were Soldiers, or Sailors, or Marines or Airmen were as good as we were — not because we were great but because we served surrounded by […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Feel the Joy

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Feel the Joy

I could go on for pages about the G20 and the sad and shameful performance of the President/Manatee for Life, but why would I want to? The meeting with Putin and the orchestration of it so successfully by Lavrov and Putin to keep the competent out and the naifs in, the absurd fawning posture of […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — The Beat Goes On

Dispatches from Wolf Country — The Beat Goes On

One man’s road is another man’s rut, one man’s if is another man’s but One man’s treasure is another man’s trash, one man’s landin’ is another man’s crash One man’s word is another man’s lie, one man’s dirt is another man’s sky One man’s skin is another man’s color, one man’s killer is another man’s […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Is this for real?

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Is this for real?

There’s been a lot happening, and I have been not writing because I really haven’t wanted to. This is turning into a META-time; so much happening that we need to look at the underlying issues and try to see trends rather than just reacting. And then, the Trump situation blows up on another front, or the same front, or multiple fronts.

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Time to Get Angry

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Time to Get Angry

We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America!  — John McCain, MSNBC, May 17, 2017 Trump no more about making America Great Again than Twin Peaks is a quirky Noir — Farrell This is actually kind of meta especially in light of the withdrawal from Paris Climate deal. Trump […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not a particularly bright future

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not a particularly bright future

We’re still seeing a lot of the same activity that we were seeing years ago from the Taliban. They are still scattering IEDs everywhere,” the general said, referring to improvised explosive devices. “They still kind of indiscriminately target people. They arrest people, they put them in jails, and they extort their families and they extort […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Henry VIII or Johnny Lackland?

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Henry VIII or Johnny Lackland?

The reporting indicates that Trump was driven to do this out of grievance-laden rage at Comey for failing to make the Russia probe disappear (Comey isn’t supposed to do that at Trump’s behest, and firing him isn’t going to do it either). So this was rooted in crazy, and didn’t have to happen. — Greg Sargent, The […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — You Wanna Do What?

Dispatches from Wolf Country — You Wanna Do What?

Now a Ramblin’ Jack Elliot said: I got these lines in my face Tryin’ to straighten out the wrinkles in my life When I think of all the fools I’ve been It’s a wonder that I’ve sailed this many miles… He said, “I recall a time I set my soul on fire just for show […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Quick Hitters

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Quick Hitters

Wait what the hell just happened! Obama tells Trump “Don’t make Flynn NSA Chief!”so He did! A bitter Hilarity ensues! Fifty Years of Blonde on Blonde! Irish Taliban Investigates Stephen Fry for Blasphemy ! You really can’t make this shit up! Well, that’s one debate settled. America and Great Britain are both largely populated by […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Stop Being Dicks to Each Other

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Stop Being Dicks to Each Other

Trump & Tories — Souls of Greed, Hypocrisy and deep-seated Meanness Interesting article about Britain, English folk music and tradition, and in a way, about us. Stick in the Wheel is a relatively new English Folk Group, and started to wonder about the roots of English traditional music. Nicola Keary and Ian Carter are two members […]

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