LEFT OF THE "LEFT"
News from the Undead
The Rude-imentary Truth
Published in the United States of Mohawkia,
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and PNOC: the Project for a New Orwellian Century.
One Critic’s Journal of Fact & Opinion.
Telling Truth, via First Person politics,
in a Culture of Lies. The Gadfly in Everyone's
Ointment, a Wayseer.
ISSUE #665 APRIL 2012
by Mark S. Tucker,
provocateur, hector, meta-anarchist
“Have pen, will poison.”
ASKING THE UNASKABLE, SAYING THE UNSAYABLE, REMOVING THE "LEFT'S" ARTIFACTS.
Slice, dice, saute, braise, cook over high heat, serve with toxic garni, shake vigorously, then throw in the trash. (The V.V. recipe for consuming conservative and "Left" radio.)
While it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people...it is true that most stupid people are conservative. - John Stuart Mill
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy
Social-lites receive awards from groups because of their activism; Socialists get expelled from groups because of their activism. - Mike Alewitz
Up yours. Up mine. But, up everybody's? That takes time! - 10CC
The German Conservative Party is to the left of the American Democratic Party. - Steven Hill
Truth offends worse than falsehood. - Jack Vance
I'm on the right side with the wrong people. - Ian Masters
All I have is a voice / To undo the folded lie. - W.H. Auden
Everyone lies. - Gregory House
Je pense donc je suis…dangereux. - Descartes (updated, politicized - you knew it as 'Cogito ergo sum')
In journalism, reactionary and liberal alike, the function of "slanting" is to permit reader and writer to ooze virtue without paying for it. - Eric Bentley
First they fight you, then they backstab you, then they just gripe, then they sit sullenly, and finally they call you prophetic. They're wrong in all cases. - The MiSFiT
Veritas Vampirus' patron saint: Sarasvati
THE HOLY TRINITY OF DOCTRINE:
With the intestines of the last priest, let us strangle the last businessman.
When you see the mouth of a conservative, Republican, businessman, priest, or politician open, what you're hearing are lies.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. In fact, never underestimate the stupidity of ANY group.
The two irreducible basics of Leftism: 1) No religion, 2) No capitalism. Lacking conviction in those, you can't possibly be a Leftie. End of story.
THIS ISSUE: Keep in mind throughout the "Kall, Idiot" series that the entire spectrum of "Leftie" infauxtainers zealously hides the fact that it operates on Right air. I won’t belabor the point, I’ve already done so in the past, but it’s becoming increasingly clear exactly what that means as “Left” talk jock freneticism notably increases as they fall off the ladder one by one. Like Bill Clinton, each and every one is presently jockeying for position in rarefied television venues. Listen to them, judge their words and tenor by that yardstick, and much becomes evident. Hartmann finally made it, joining faux Lefties Maddow and Schultz - and God only knows how many others - and that lesson has not been lost on any of them. This series shows, though, how shallow that brotherhood is, here as embodied in a person they protect like a fragile egg. Words fail.
Here are links to some of my last-few-months CD reviews on the FAME website:
Some radio talk show is not going to make the difference. - John B. Wells, Coast 2 Coast, 4/21/12
A PRELUDE TO "ROB KALL, IDIOT"
The Friend of My Enemy and the Rest of the “Left”
By Mark S. Tucker
Here's a question for the writers and readers concerned about my 'over-concentration' on "Left" venues versus Right (of which there aren't many and with whom I essentially am not quibbling but nonetheless think they're indulging stilted ideation): Whom, gents and ladies, would *you* investigate as "journalists"? Rush Limbaugh or some other Rightie for doing precisely what you'd expect said asshole to do, which is spout insanity, or would you look into some "Left" figure for ceaselessly weaseling his or her way into fading as far Right as possible because his or her concern isn't news or ideology but only a paycheck every Friday from whatever source will provide it? Which is a more basic journalistic and human concern: scribing about the Right moron doing 100% his brainless beloved schtick or watching as the "Left" persistently violates every principle it claims to observe? It's a very basic inquiry. This is something Journalism 101 fears like the plague, the question "What and where is the motivation?", something the "Left" cannot bear to face. So I’ll ask the “Left” as well: Is all this dodgeball crap, this middle of the road nonsense, this milquetoast gabble you spew daily, carefully heeding reams of taboos, really what you’re all about? And ya needn't answer, as I already know your reply. Silence. Go back to your Captain Crunch.
The upcoming generations don't care about the "Left" precisely because the “Left” doesn't care about them. Radio is a dimension dying with the Boomers because it's been controlled by conservatism - even on the true and quasi-True Left (“Howz it hangin’, KPFK?”) - for far too long. All media is now completely in the grips of business, which is to say: conservatism, as, if you're a conservative, a capitalist, or any of a handful of other sins, you're by any sane definition a conservative. And while you and yours, o media angels, were busy frantically ignoring the mountain of shite piling up daily in your back yard, Gen X, Y, Z, whatever you call them, was just rolling its eyes and moving on. You were nothing more than simulacra of their parents. Expected. Ignored. Boring. Moreover, you probably are their parents. This is why, despite Ernest Canning’s fleering idiocies otherwise, OWS, as just one example, could care less about he and Brad Friedman, as has been well demonstrated save where Friedman could winnow out a hanger-on here and there for face time that both interviewer and interviewee could soft-soap as “vital interest”, "human interest", whatever the buzz phrase is. It wasn't an ideological concern – Friedman being an ardent capitalist has almost nothing in common with the OWS spirit – but a branding exercise. Not that Brad’s the only guilty one, not at all, far from it. So is Malloy an accomplice. His decoy is an OWS guy named ‘Sanchez’. I know Sanchez, he knows me, not directly but we were two of a double handful of callers who used to be regulars on The Red Eye Express, Doug MacIntyre’s show on KABC here in L.A. I got on a lot of other shows as well (Lee Klein’s, Rabbi Mentz’s, Larry Elder’s, Marc Germain’s, Al Rantel’s, a long laundry list of Centrists and Righties I'd usually either fight with [Elder] or debate [the rest]), Sanchez usually wouldn’t, though he’d appear here and there. Good guy, very well meaning, but kind of a one trick pony, and his alliance with Malloy is a trifle unsettling. When Air America turned up, I deserted all those old haunts. Ironically, though, where all the “Leftie” infauxtainers hate my guts and damn me to hell, hilariously call me a "fascist" (Malloy's word), the Centrist/Right guys would defend me on air against detractors, speaking well of my presence in whatever colloquy was under way. I have it on tape. Funny world, no? Then AirAm showed its true colors, KPFK went loony, and I’m now a listener without a station. That’s OWS’ position as well, despite all the remonstrations of the Dems like Malloy, Miller, Rhodes, Hartmann, Friedman et al that the movement is a Democratic one. It ain’t. OWS is a democratic movement while the corporation known as the Democratic Party is not at all democratic, not in the least. If you don’t understand the difference, look first to its ruling elite and then thank Thom Hartmann.
One of the reasons Hartmann confuses semantics continually is because that’s what a Bernaysian does as a life’s profession. Thom persistently speaks in terms of ‘small d democracy’ and ‘big D democracy’ because he can’t bear to face the exceedingly simple fact: there.s neither. It’s a fallacious dichotomy, democracy is a matter of people directly ruling themselves and that’s it. There is no other condition for the condition. If it isn’t a direct arrangement and only a direct arrangement, it’s something other than democracy. Notice, as I’ve expounded endlessly, that in a democracy, there's no external rule, no singled out individuals, no representatives, just the will of the people and nothing else. The most you’d have would be a completely transparent implementational bureaucracy with no lawmaking powers whatsoever. No Congress, no House of Representatives, no President, no more of the rich continuing their reign of unbroken thousands of years of predation via postures of a faux populism that has never existed in America. Ever.
50% + 1 vote would decide in a democracy, and a true democracy would be one in which there is no option not to vote. You'd have to vote - the very condition makes it incumbent, else how could the people (which cannot mean anything other than all the people) rule? - or be fined in some fashion (money, community service, a term of horror such exile to Republicanlandia, something). This is precisely what the rulers fear most, this and nothing else, because they know their long rule of privilege and abuse would disappear almost overnight, in a month at the most. “Lefties” and Lefties have shown for years, though "Lefties" immediately slough responsibility for following out the fact, that the country is actually quite more inclined to progressivism and pure democracy. The present ruling class, Repub and Dem alike, does not under any circumstances want to see that eventuate; thus, ladies and gentlemen, Democrats, so-called Progressive Democrats included, are Republicans. It cannot be otherwise.
Everything they advocate is Republicanism, including our strange representativism called “democracy”. Why, you may ask, would someone like, for instance, Hartmann do this? He seems a nice enough guy, and in fact is, as far as that goes, but the answer is simple: he and almost all the “Left” infauxtainers are members of the 1% and can be expected to defend their class interests at every turn. It’s just the way it is. Nothing could be more plain. The ones who aren’t quite there – Malloy, Friedman, etc. – desire with all their hearts and souls to arrive, which is why they embrace capitalism, as we saw in my colloquy with Friedman-Canning Inc. (Ernie’s now the official “senior legal counsel” or some damn thing over at BradBlog, as Friedman is newly touting him, good grief!), why they love it. It is and has always been solely the provenance of the 1%. They all love it, decidedly Republican emotion, and have a hundred names to gloss the fact: regulated capitalism, humane capitalism, democratic socialism, socialized democracy, Malloy socialism, velvet revolutionism, blah, blah, blah. Those who dwell in the middle class and think they're capitalists aren't seeing things very clearly: small businesses, by and large, are just the management system for funneling money to the rich. Even my high school students understand that much. But an adult? Give him a title ("entrepreneur") and pat him on the head, and you have a very willing slave.
It all boils down to just one thing: money. Fuck ideals, screw justice, trash fairness, just gimme da money, bub. Waddaya want me to say, I’ll say it; wadda ya want me to do, I’ll do it. Gimme…da…money...dammit!!!
Every generation is supposed to rebel against its progenitors, that's what evolution is, a dissatisfaction with the way of things and then change, but the Baby Boomers have anally held on to power instead of passing it. Yep, just like their parents, and so: all the so-called wisdom?, the concerns?, the questionable ethicality and vaunted "journalism”? What has that brought the later generations? Not much, perhaps absolutely nothing that can…no, hold on a second, I take that back: it's brought decadence and retrogression.
Take a look at the job market, at what kids have to now settle for, if they can get any job at all, and at what the prospects are for their lives for quite some time to come, maybe the entirety of their existence. None of that future misery is their fault, it's ours. Thanks, Democrats, liberals, progressives, velvet revolutionaries. While you were busy looking the other way, kissing the Masters' fetid sphincter, stabbing everyone in sight in the back for a promotion and a smidgeon of air time, having the maid or the in-laws raise the progeny, trotting from one patroned event to the next, one circus of the rich to another for face time in building a media career, they've been on the receiving end, and they’re starting to understand what that means. They may not say so, and thus you’re warm in your cocoon for a little while longer, but they know or are very very close to it. God help you and the regime when they wake up…as we, most of us anyway, did not.
And many of us are so wrapped up in our own bullshit that we think they're ungrateful. We don't see the rather well defined photograph of our fathers and mothers when we look in the mirror. We haven’t the faintest of how horrifically we've become like mere and pere, or how our children are our long-lost selves inveighing against a generation of zombies, corporate robots, capitalist vampires, the unhumans who long ago sold their parental souls for a company dollar - us. We lie to ourselves that we haven't done any of that, but we know damn well that that itself is The Big Lie. Our children know us better than we do. And we look to the "Left" for succor? Don't make me laugh. They wnat to keep it going...just tinker with it a trifle...so that certain of the "deserving" get a leg up a little better.
Here's why I hack the "Left": they not only deserve it, they need it. For about a decade now, starting in OEN, I was warning of what was coming. It's now here. It was the plainest writing on the wall I'd ever seen in my life, but the “Left” was completely blind to it. The one and only stab at a vaguely decent forum, Air America, was a shithole of horrifically bad business management from the founders, the Drobnys, and a landscape the “Left” could've…well, if not rescued, then at least brought under scrutiny and to task in order not have it collapse entirely, yet not a syllable was uttered. For love of money, and only for that, “Lefties” brought down their own empire by doing exactly nothing, turning a blind eye at every given contravention of sound policy, at every criminality (lot of that going on), at every betrayal of ethicality and rectitude.
For revealing all this, I and others were peripheralized. Not unexpectedly, but we were. Where once we earned the accolades of these idiots, we were now ostracized, dangerous to the security of Paycheck Friday. In our "audacity", we’d pulled up the rug and shown what was being swept under. After first hearing warmly from all of ‘em - Rhodes, Maddow, Schultz (via idiot bun boy James Holme), Jones, Malloy, Friedman, on and on and on and on - I and confreres were persona non grata...thank Christ. We’d breached the taboo: the front offices, any front offices (incl. Rob Kall and OEN), were untouchable, and so backs turned in unison, fearful. For me, the separation began early on when, baffled as to what was going on, I asked various infauxtainers for whatever data they might have about this Kall guy, 'cause the environment I was operating within was getting weirder and more toxic by the day. I needed a bit of their so-called "journalism", their ballyhooed "Leftie" willingness to help out, their sense of honor.
You know what I got in return.
Here's something you mightn’t understand, though: I'm not complaining, I'm really not, I'm just reporting…in the first person, something radio "Lefties" tends to eschew unless it’s to brand themselves. I was there - on the edges, sure, but there. It was necessary to go through events in order to truly see what was what. I could no more have avoided it than breath air. Unlike the radio gaggle, however, I stuck to principles and received the consequences amid a sea of weasels. I wasn't going to become one of them or at one with them. Never going to happen; thus, the succeeding events were entirely proper. They couldn’t possibly have been otherwise because the "Left" is what it is. I received a crash course in that reality. I'm actually appreciative, thankful, the imbroglio saved a hell of a lot of the time it would have taken to come to the understanding had I remained in situ as, like them, a potentially useful tool for the Democrat Party.
The most telling incident was with Mike Malloy. He'd subscribed to V.V. from Day One and sent more than one e-mail telling me how much he "fucking loved Veritas Vampirus!!!!!!!!!! [exclamatory emphasis his]", proof of which I still have in the e-roster should he or any care to dispute this. It was sent while I was tearing into the entire AirAm fiasco. He was loving it. I was saying shit he didn't dare, and he wanted to forward some info so I could keep doing his job for him, first relaying his personal phone number. If you doubt, just ask him. We agreed on a time to talk. I called, we chatted, he gave me some quite good data and, pushing my luck, I asked "Hey, Mike, what’s the deal with Rob Kall. What do you know of him?"
"Nothing," came the suddenly bland reply, "haven’t a clue who the guy is."
"Hmmmm, well he's running a quote from you lauding him and his publication on his masthead."
"Yeah, I’d heard about that. The only thing I can guess is that I must've commented positively on some article he ran on his site. I get that all the time. Lots of people run quotes from me."
"You don't have any data otherwise?"
"No, sorry, pal, I don't. Hey, I gotta go! I have Kathy and Molly in the car, and I gotta take the next turn-off to get to [wherever it was]. It's been nice talking to you. Take care. Bye."
Unfortunately for Mike, he wasn't the only infauxtainer helping me expose AirAm - and I've since been reliably informed that I'm on quite a few prominent "Lefties" black lists for that series. More, a certain individual he knows very well warned me at the time that I needed to "dig a little deeper. Malloy is most definitely very very very aware of OEN. He is in fact a staff member".
OUCH!! Hoisted on my own petard! But she was right. I hadn't done my homework completely. I hadn't checked what probably should have been obvious. I hadn't asked the Where? question: Where else was Malloy appearing? Was he in any way involved with OEN? And, of course, he was. He was a staff member and columnist, had already written quite a few articles, with me, blush!, completely unaware. Kathy was involved as well. Hoo boy, was my face crimson! It just didn't occur to me, and it should've. The most immediate excuse I could offer was that, frankly, I’d read almost nothing in OEN even while I was writing there. The fare was just too horribly ill-written, most prominently Kall’s. I mean, when an idiot like Andrew “Bard” Schmookler is one of the crown royals, you know you're on a really questionable cruise. If anything was originally published in OEN, I avoided it.
I made no mystery to Kall or to any that I was not a staff member, would not contribute money, and did not care for much of what was written there. That kind of honesty doesn't earn friends, but I wasn't out to become friends with anyone there, most definitely not Kall. Mike and he could play grab-ass all they wanted, I quickly learned what a schmoe the publisher was and avoided the simple-ass bastard the best I could. I just wanted a forum, he liked my writing, I brought him a lot of readers, I imagined I could operate without interference when he gave me the absolute top clearance possible to write as I pleased without editorial oversight, so I settled for that. I know he says otherwise now in order to cover his ass, but no one's checked the record - when they to do so, all my accusations in every respect will be immediately validated.
What, in essence, was the upshot of it all, then? I learned that the "Left" radio cadre is just what it should, and can't help but, be: employees, nothing more,nothing less, functionaries for the paymaster. That's all they ever are, that's all they ever have been, that's all they ever will be. Worse, that's all they want to be: good little employees getting the scheduled checks, the scheduled raises, the scheduled promotions, etc. God help the individual who comes between them and their provenance.
And they're anyone's idols?
NEXT: Part 1 of "Rob Kall, Idiot".
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Mark S. Tucker is a writer, editor, graphic artist, Commercial Jetliner Systems Analyst (747), martial arts quasi-trainer, paralegal, and holistic medicine interne-practitioner, among myriad other pursuits. He’s been published nationally in i/e, Progression, Expose, Sound Choice, E/I (founding co-editor), OPtion, Signal to Noise, Camera Obscura, and other magazines. On the Net, he intermittently critiques music and conducts musician interviews for Perfect Sound Forever and reviews CDs for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME) and The Buzz About. As well as being a decade-long past member of Rowrbrazzle, a cartoonists / animators / writers society, he was also published at OpEdNews.com - a sickness, granted, but he’s now better, though his 116 articles there were destroyed by the publisher, Rightie-in-hiding Rob Kall. Nonetheless, thousands of his articles and reviews have appeared over the last two decades, often formulated to piss someone off..........you, perhaps?
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