Monday, January 6, 2014

Within The Covers of the Rolling Stone...

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Well, we're big rock singers
We've got golden fingers
And we're loved everywhere we go (that sounds like us)
We sing about beauty and we sing about truth
For ten-thousand dollars a show (right)
We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we've never known
Is the thrill that'll get ya when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone
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(Rolling Stone) Wanna see my picture on the cover
(Stone)Wanna buy five copies for my mother (yeah)
(Stone)Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone...
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-- Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, 1972
.the economic hellhole our parents have handed us.
In an outstanding display of selective perception, a guy (a self-professed Socialist) writing for Rolling Stone Magazine has decided that Millennials need to focus their attention on what's 'unfair' about their lives and to do something about it.

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Oddly enough President Obama's name (Barack "Hey-the-buck-never-got-here" Obama) never appears in the post as having anything to do with the unfairness.  As the author states in his problematic piece, the problem with America as he sees it is this...

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"economic hellhole our parents have handed us."

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Oh.  Poor baby.  But um, didn't Millennials vote in mass for El Presidente?  In fact, didn't they flock to him as moths to a swamp-gas flame?
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Yup, they did, and now the author has a solution to that which ails 'them' - them Millennials who want to blame their parents for the ruination which they themselves brought upon this country...
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From his original article found in Rolling Stone Magazine, January 3, 2014

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It's a new year, but one thing hasn't changed: The economy still blows. Five years after Wall Street crashed, America's banker-gamblers have only gotten richer, while huge swaths of the country are still drowning in personal debt, tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed – and the new jobs being created are largely low-wage, sub-contracted, part-time grunt work.  

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Here are a few things we might want to start fighting for, pronto, if we want to grow old in a just, fair society, rather than the economic hellhole our parents have handed us...


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  1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody
  2. Social Security for All
  3. Take Back the Land
  4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody
  5. A Public Bank In Every State
  6. Make Mint Chip Ice Cream Free (Oops, got carried away, this last one's mine - but wouldn't THAT make for a perfect America?)


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His solutions?

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His article has 'detailed recommendations' but, I'm not Copying and Pasting them here.  If you want the gory, nonsensical details, click the link above to read his article as it appears online at Rolling Stone.  Besides the two of us, that'll make about 17 people who have read what he's written thus far.   

In summary, Jesse A. Myerson believes that young people need to 'rise up', 'make the economy not blow so much any more', and, 'get everything (for everyone) pretty much... for free'. 

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Yeah.  Great Plan.  You kids go with THAT.  After all, those "Occupy Wall Street" outtings a few years back were so beneficial to the clueless, the Anarchists, the Marxists / Socialists, listless, emotionally stunted, and Lunatic Left, in general.  It was really poignant and extremely well-thought out up until the point at which it got cold (in spite of Global Warming) and everyone got chilly and had to move back home to live in their parents' basements.  
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Yup, you guys and gals accomplished just about what the rest of us expected you to...

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Nothing at all.  
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I do have a question for the author.  How could you leave President Obama out of a post which could have been written by...  the man himself?  Seriously, this guy HATES Capitalism, runs the country, and yet is surprisingly absent from your detailed Socialism Thesis.
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You appear to be operating under the impression that the President of the United States and Congress has nothing to do with our current economic 'Blowiness' in which Millennials find themselves.  
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Just so you Millennials don't feel completely left out, the last time we had a President as skilled as BHO, we called him, Jimmy Carter - he brought America a deep and entrenched national 'Malaise', which I believe fairly equates to things for you kids today 'blowing' in general.
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According to Jesse (the 'author' of the article), the economy 'blows' because of bankers, private property rights, Capitalism, and a general lack of interest by Millennials to take everything in America for themselves (again, for FREE).  I guess when you are a generation bereft of hope, after electing a leader who PROMISED 'Hope' (with a healthy dollup of 'Change') and then more than five years later - he doesn't pony up the goods, your only recourse is to...

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Take other people's stuff?  Because you can't (or don't know how to) earn it on your own?

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Really?  That's the plan?
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Once again, it's not my plan, but J.A.'s personal Manifesto for the 137 readers of Rolling Stone (most of which are 60+ year old tie-dye clad Math Teachers at high schools in the 'burbs' scattered across America).  

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So I got to wondering, who is this guy, where did he come from, and what, if anything do we know about him?  
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Why?  Because if someone's going to bad-mouth our Nation's Capitalistic under-pinnings, I want to make sure that he knows what he's doing, versus just making stuff up as he goes along.  

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[Spoiler Alert:  You know how this one's going to end already, don't you?  Yeah, he's pretty much free-styling on this one.]

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The following is from Jesse's Twitter Account:
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If you can't read the details in the photo above due to its size or your device's resolution, let me help you out here by typing a few salient items from the above...

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Co-host, @Dis_Con.  Communications gun for hire.  
Uptown supremacist, pumping breaks like I'm skidding in a jalopy.
#FULL COMMUNISM
Quisqueyana Heights, NYC - jamyerson.com

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From a purely grammatical perspective, I feel the need to point out that if he's, 'pumping breaks' like he's 'skidding in a jalopy', he's probably more actually 'pumping BRAKES', but I guess when the stream of consciousness-thing takes over, just go with it, right, J.A.?
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I also checked out his website for some additional background information on Jesse, you know, just because I was curious about why someone would believe / write as he does 'out loud' and 'in public'.  
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I was neither disappointed, nor surprised by what I found.
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About J.A.
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Product of the New York City public school system. Encyclopedia of pop music. Polemicist, debater. Musician, theater director, teacher of children. 
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Fundamentalist in defense of free speech. Graduate of Bard College. Adherent to Frederick Douglass’s philosophy of reform. Vigorous Shakespeare enthusiast. 
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Socialite, socialist. Fan of wordplay, losing sports teams and British television comedies.
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A product of the NYC public school system, 'teacher of children' (yikes they offer MAT teaching programs - yet another really good reason to home-school your kids), Graduate of Bard College (yes, teaching facilities located in NYC and...  Russia), socialite, socialist, fan of losing sports teams (losers, are, after all, prime candidates for Socialism), and British TV. 
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Well, we both share an affection for British TV (Top Gear comes to mind) but other than this, well, no, not too much in common with yours truly.
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Yes, I know I shouldn't be writing about this guy because once I post this thing online maybe another 14 - 21 people will visit his article then the folks at Rolling Stone will begin to think that they've got a HUGE WINNER on their hands, next he'll get more writing gigs, and you know, he might think that people are actually 'feeling the love' on the lunacy he wrote of in his vapid piece of literary detritus.
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If anyone from Rolling Stone picks up on my little bloggie, please continue reading because I am very soon coming to the point...
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In reality, more people will slow down to watch a car accident than will assist an elderly woman attempt to change her own tire at the edge of the highway.  
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America loves a good car wreck and J.A. Myerson, provides the grammatical equivalent of a 57-car pile-up on a snowy January day.  (One car for each State in the Union...)
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I also found the following artwork on J.A.'s site:

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Has anyone ever seen it before?

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Just wondering if it has deeper meaning than that of your basic 'Angry Bird'...

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The kid's lost, like so many others in his generation he's been lied to by the very people he trusted.  Worst yet, he doesn't blame THEM for his condition, he blames the country for not doing enough to protect himself from people just like HIM.  
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Maybe one day he'll figure out that he's in this mess because people like him got what they wanted - 'Hope' and 'Change' in the form of a huge and rudderless ship called the USS Obama.  He doesn't like being tossed around directionless with no one on deck to tell him why things went so terribly wrong.

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The hard lesson to learn, of course, is that as in days of old, there are still points on Maps which warn, "Here there be monsters". 

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No one gave this kid a Map OR a Clue.

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Now he's teaching some one else's kids everything he knows.

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Yeah, Monsters - are real.  

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They do their best work below the surface of the sea out of the view of watchful eyes.  But if you look hard into the foam sometimes you can see their baleful red eyes reflecting back up at you.  
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And monsters are always hungry.

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They want more.

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You don't have to feed them - they'll take what they need.      

 

 

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