Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mort Sahl Redivivus: The Master Speaks

Come Thursday night, a group of addicts assemble round the twitter accounts, or their computers, and listen to a wise political sage, who has been appraising the American political scene for as long as from Jefferson’s Presidency to the assassination of Lincoln. Mort Sahl’s ironic wit seems undulled by time, as, at 88, his mind appears to be as sharp as it was in those halcyon days of the late 50s and early 60s. Listen to Sahl’s album “Live at the Hungry i” from the 60s, then listen to his political observations on this season’s current batch of Babbitts — “miniscule depth of character” is Sahl’s view of these losers as compared to some of those whom Sahl obviously regards as American political heroes: Adlai Stevenson, Gene McCarthy, Jim Garrison, and the murdered President himself. These were men who had depth to their characters, irregardless of their political stance, and who had much perspicacity in summing up the political situations of their day. For example, one day Sahl was driving in Washington D.C. with Stevenson, and as they passed the White House, Stevenson pointed and said, “There’s the tomb of the well-known soldier.”

Sahl went from being a darling of the Left and Liberals when he was poking fun at Eisenhower (who didn’t like him) and Nixon, and writing jokes for Kennedy, to the pariah of the Left when he began to poke fun similarly at the Democrats. That probably put him into a political limbo where he stands today, attacking the phoniness of modern Liberals while telling the truth about people like Reagan and Johnson and their sycophants. He got to know a lot of these people closely — Reagan, Al Haig, Dubbyah Bush, Joseph Kennedy, and the stream of anecdotes he relates are fascinating. General Haig, for example, liked Havana cigars. Once, when he was talking to Sahl and took one out and lit it, Sahl asked him if he didn’t think that was helping Castro. Haig replied that he preferred to think of it as burning Castro’s crops to the ground.

For Sahl’s latest wisdoms on the political issues of the day, one can go to twitter.com/MortSahlsays on Thursday nights at 7p.m. It will be an education.

— Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian

Walter J Palmer: The Lion Murderer Walks Free

Walter J Palmer of Minnesota, the sadistic serial animal-murderer of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, has gotten away yet again with his Crime, as the government of Fascist Dictator Robert Mugabe, which makes a fortune off of letting the country’s animals be butchered for money, said Palmer had done nothing illegal.

If you had a pet cat for thirteen years and somebody shot an arrow into its hip, pursued the suffering animal for 40 hours, and then shot it so that it slowly died, while filming the blood slowing oozing from the mouth of your dying pet — what punishment would you decree for such a person, and what punishment would you decree for a government that says it would be legal? Whatever punishment you’d decree for someone who did that to your pet, that is what Walter J Palmer deserves.

Palmer and his fellow sadistic trophy hunters are the scum of the Human Race. These Human Vermin are a curse on the planet that must be expunged by making hunting illegal, and then jailing the Criminals for Life, or executing them. Since I’m opposed to Capital Punishment, I’d favor the cages.

But equally guilty with Walter J Palmer is Fascist Dictator, Torturer, and Murderer, Robert Mugabe, and the other national governments of the world that permit trophy hunting, or any kind of hunting. Nor is the problem just hunting, but the cruel, sadistic way in which human beings treat animals all over the world.

So it is not only Walter J Palmer who is guilty, although he is the most immediate sadist and the one who has committed these atrocities. Merely because these murderers hide behind the diaphanous skirts of immoral “laws”, it does not make their actions moral. Trophy Hunters, and all hunters, are Nazis to the animals.

But to put the guilt solely on Palmer is to exonerate all the other animal abusers in society, many of them who could not even bring themselves to strike an animal. These are all the meat eaters who put animals through a living hell from the moment they’re born to the moment of their violent murders. Slaughter houses are nothing but mass animal-child murder centers, and they exist throughout the world by the hundreds of thousands, and 98% of the Human Beings don’t say a word against it, or even think about their part in paying to have animals murdered so they can eat their carcasses. They are just as guilty as Palmer.

And then there are the vivisectionists, keeping monkeys in cages for years, torturing them in useless but highly profitable (for them) experiments, and torturing countless mice, rats, cats, dogs, and every kind of primate.

Add to that the zoos, marine parks, dolphin murdering Japan, whale-murdering Japan, whale-murdering Norway and Iceland, American rodeos, horse-racing, the beagle torture facilities in England,the bear-baiters of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and all the single raisers of pigs, goats, sheep, lambs, who murder them themselves on “family” farms throughout the world, the South Korean dogmeat market, where dogs are blow-torched to death to “improve the flavor”, the Chinese Dog-meat festival, where 10,000 dogs were murdered and eaten within three days, fox hunting in both Irelands, and bull fighting in “civilized” France and Spain… this is the record of Man’s depravity in the current “civilized world”.

But there is a counter-wave. In Tel-Aviv last week occurred the largest Animal Welfare demonstration in Israeli history, when an estimated 10,000 marched against animal murder and torture. Last year the number was 5,000. Five years ago it was 50, showing that a dedicated minority can spread Truth as fast as Sam Adams’ “Brushfires of Liberty”.

And each person can do their part by becoming vegan, agitating to outlaw hunting, running for office on an Animal Welfare platform, voting against politicians who are indifferent to, or support, vivisection and hunting, boycotting hunter’s businesses and avoiding any social contact with them, protesting at circuses, and passing legislation outlawing zoos, rodeos, etc. There is a vast amount that can be done.

But the Criminal and Human Garbage, Walter J Palmer of Minnesota will walk free, and live to sadistically murder again, and Robert Mugabe will continue to rake in the dollars in the Zimbabwean hell he has created, because the publics of America, the U.K. Ireland, and Europe will say nothing, and continue to vote in politicians indifferent to animal sadism like Barack Obama, David Cameron, and Angela Merkel.

But in the minds  of millions in the Court of Public Opinion, the murderers and their enablers  will be adjudged “Guilty!”.

As far as Walter J Palmer of MN and the other trophy hunters of the Earth, bringing their horror and misery to every corner of God’s Creation, I wish them as horrible a death as Cecil experienced. They are the dripping anus of the Human Race.

— Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor, 2014

 

Obama Shows President Xi Mt. Rushmore

Don’t know if it’s true, but I heard  President Obama whisked President Xi off to Mt. Rushmore, during his recent visit to America, to show him the wonder.paul 19

As they viewed the monument from their arrow-proof plexiglass bubble (President Xi had been reading about the Sioux Wars on his way over on the boat, and had insisted on one), the President turned to Xi and proudly proclaimed,”Sir, this is how we honor some of our greatest Presidents, by carving their face into the mountain.”

President Xi guffawed. “Pshaw!” (he had also been studying “Common Exclamations of the Missouri Farmer” to endear himself to the American Public, and show that, as head of the most populous country in the world, he was just an average guy), he exclaimed.  “In China, we have such a mountain, though we don’t go bragging about it like you Americans. And our mountain is twice as good as yours.”

At this point, President Obama was getting really bugged, and he injudiciously retorted, “Oh, yeh, wiseguy? How does that work?”

To which President Xi replied, “Well, you see, Mr. President, in China, we are far more honest than you. In America, when you have a great leader, you carve his face into a mountain, but in China, when we have a great leader, we carve both his faces.”