Monthly Archives: December 2016

Let’s All Get F**ked Up

For 2017 I’m going to try and be briefer in anything I write. That isn’t going to be easy for me to do and still give justice to some issues. Especially, when I write about something I’m very enthusiastic about. Mike Stout’s new CD, “Blue and Green in Black and White” falls in that enthusiastic column.

In songs like, “Terry Greenwood” and “First Responders” Mike Stout captures the spirit, the fight and the ultimate tragedy of working-class heroes. Mike is a vivid narrator and an accomplished musician who gives energy to lives filled with a search for justice. He does this with anything from a blues, jazz, rock and Celtic backdrop. All of Mike’s 20 CD’s have been fitting tributes to everyday people that tried to make this planet a better world. Mike is singing about our unselfish brothers and sisters that lived and died keeping America great for all of us. These are people who acted on their own instead of believing some candidate was going to come along and, “Make America Great Again.” These heroes are the real representatives of the people not some politician who picks up a paycheck being your so called, representative.

With Mike giving voice to these working-class heroes, they rightly become martyrs that death couldn’t even silence. Mike’s songs always seek to unite people in solidarity by emphasizing what we have in common. They also point out things we all can agree with that we don’t want to lose. Those are things like clean air and water and our health. He asks us to think what is best for all of us and not be divided by polarizing people and issues.

Songs like the ones Mike writes go far beyond entertaining because they make you think. The powers that be fear this kind of music because it might make you speak out for peace and justice. That is why you only hear music in the media that tries to keep the 99% upbeat while they lose more and more ground to the 1%. When you turn on the radio you’ll hear a happy Bruno Mars singing, “Uptown funk you up.” You will not hear Mike Stout singing, “Stand Up-The Water’s Running Out.” That is because the 1% feels that kind of song might fuck you up enough to take action.

I say, “Get Fucked up” and purchase Mike Stout’s 13 song CD, Blue and Green in Black and White.”

Contact Mike about a CD here.

Mike Stout: “Terry Greenwood”

“Healthcare is a Human Right”

“The only truth is music.”― Jack Kerouac

 

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Living Small?

You’ve finally made the giant step to downsize.

You’ve gone and bought one of those tiny houses.

The ones you see on those HGTV shows on cable.

They promote these small abodes as “thrifty”

or ultra hip and environmentally conscious.

I find the media portrayal of the cool factor hilarious.

I say that because society and the media have labeled

mobile home dwellers who are trying to be thrifty as “white trash.”

These tiny house owners can afford a regular house

but have made their choice to live with less.

To call them some kind of rugged Earth friendly individualist,

is like calling the person who sleeps outside everyday homeless,

but calling the person who owns a home and does the same, an outdoorsman.

HGTV says, It’s about letting go of accumulated baggage

and living an all together fresh new simpler life.

I’d instead refer to it as being simple-minded.

People ask what is the biggest problem living in a tiny house?

The owners all unanimously agree the major issue is storage.

I’ve heard many say they rent a storage unit or keep things at their parent’s houses.

These tiny home owners don’t count that storage space into their better than thou

200 square foot tiny footprint on the Earth life, so I call bullshit on them.

They are only sleeping and cooking their Quiche in that space.

The alternative to over-consumption and trying to lead an Earth friendly life

is not about living in a 200 square foot space made from reclaimed pallets.

It is about making moralistic choices like veganism, non-violence and social justice.

I guess I could agree with the underlying reason for buying a tiny house.

That would be that it keeps your mother-in-law from visiting.

I’m sure she had a family get together to discuss how you’ve

totally gone off the deep end and dragged her daughter 

and her grandchildren to live in a tiny Hobbit hole.

The family is sure to be planning some kind of intervention.

I’m not sure that the joy of keeping mom-in-law away

overshadows all of the major problems of Lilliputian living.

Things like cooking dinner in a toy sized EZ-Bake oven,

or eating in the kitchen with your elbows and knees in the living room.

If you ordered a large pizza you’d have to eat it outside.

Then again it might be nice to fry and egg while lying in bed.

Having a table double as a bed could be tough on your back.

Some of these beds are up in a loft with a ceiling three inches from your nose.

While your home insurance would be cheap,

your health insurance would be high,

to pay for all of the goosebumps to your

noggin accumulated every morning.

When I see a bed so close to the ceiling

I realize your favorite Kama Sutra position

is a major construction decision when you are

determining the height of your loft.

I’ve seen TV shows where these tiny house owners have kids.

Your kids do not want to live that close to you, or to each other.

And where is the parent’s sexy time when the kids are sleeping

on a small sleeper sofa one foot away from the parent’s loft?

There is no damn way the kids aren’t hearing their parent’s busy time.

I’m thinking years of loss innocence for any tiny house kids.

Have you ever enjoyed reading a book while you soak in a bubble bath?

Tiny house owners have to hover over their toilet while showering.

Do you presently fight with your kids to take out the garbage?

Well, wait until you tell them to empty the compost toilet.

Most tiny houses I’ve seen do not have bathrooms sinks.

Therefore, if you want to shave, you will shave in the kitchen sink.

That’s face, legs, pits and crotch if you shave it.

I’d hate the fact that the front door and the backdoor are the same door.

The door mat would only be big enough to say, “Well.”

It would bother me that there was no room to change your mind.

On the plus side, a hand towel would work as wall to wall carpet.

A tiny home would be easy to maintain for us unskilled handymen.

We wouldn’t need many tools or parts except a jack and spare tire.

I’d worry if even one family member came down sick with the flu

as it would spread through the whole house in about four seconds.

I saw one episode of “Tiny House” where the owner had his outhouse sized home

piled with tons of books in every square inch with little room for anything else.

Had he never heard of eBooks or reading books on your iPad?

At least this is one HGTV show without couples wanting kitchens with granite countertops.

The fact is that a granite counter top would weigh more than any tiny house.

Most of the “House Hunting” TV couples want a large kitchen as they love to entertain. 

Owning a tiny house tells your family and friends that you are not an entertainer.

Imagine your wife saying to you, “Sweetheart let’s visit Peggy, Frank and their kids

in their remote 300 square-foot house sometime this weekend.”

Peggy and Frank think their house is a magical whimsical place

but to you it is a Ukrainian yurt torture chamber.

So you reply, “No honey I rather stay home and clean the whole house top to bottom.”

You know that would be a step in a better direction then visiting Peggy and Frank’s place,

where you have to hold your breath the whole time because it smells like a cat litter box.

Never mind the cat, think about the husband or wife after a take home Taco Bell meal.

After such a dinner the tiny house could suffer the deuce-evacuation type of gas

that could conceivably destroy the house, the contents and the marriage.

I saw a tiny house owner saying he was a conservative, rugged individualist

 and a trained survivalist that doesn’t need the government.

The truth is he has fallen for all of the recent media propaganda,

from all of those cable DIY and  HGTV “Tiny House” shows.

He has forgotten that he and the 99% are the real government of these United States.

He has rolled over and accepted the agenda of the 1% that is trying to buy our government.

The middle-class and the 99% have been shrinking economically for decades.

The 1%ers want us to be gullible and blindly accept their propaganda

about how cool, hip and joyful we will be when we are all tiny house dwellers.

This while they laugh at us from their penthouses and summer ocean front mansions.

That is the future we face if we let them control our political and economic system.

If you think I am acting like a conspiracy freak that is OK with me.

But there is still plenty of reasons to reject tiny house living.

After all, having your house broken into is one thing.

Coming home and finding your home stolen is quite another thing.

 My biggest fear is that the big bad wolf would huff and puff

and blow my tiny 200 square foot house down.

 

RIP Leon Russell: “This One’s for You”

“Tight Rope”

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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