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Blinded by Bright Lights

This post is a song inspired by Weird Al Yankovich. We all grew up with his humor. The song is sung to the tune. “I want to see the bright lights tonight” by Richard Thompson


I categorically do not support Donald Trump. 

words by the author of this blog and R.T. rights reserved. Open source ok

Blinded by Bright Lights

I’m so tired of hearing about Donald Trump all day

The media stupidly reports everything he says

If you got half a mind mister you’ll do all right

Donald Trump is blinding me with his bright lights


There’s crazy Trump supporters running all over town

Now their armed and dangerous marching up and down

The GOP has shredded and it ain’t tight

Trump is blinding me with his bright lights



Meet me at the station don’t be late

I need to go to Cleveland and Demonstrate

Trump is a fraud and weak man, by all rights

He’s got his patsy’s blinding us with them bright lights


A couple of drunken Hicks rolling on the floor

Is just the kind of mess Trump is spoiling for

Those white boys are all itching for a fight

Trump is blinding all of them with his bright lights


Meet me at the station don’t be late

I need to go to Cleveland and Demonstrate

Trump is a fraud and weak man, by all rights

He’s got his patsy’s blinding us with them bright lights


Trump is a fraud and weak man, by all rights

He’s got his patsy’s blinding us with them bright lights

  • Hope Hicks is Donald Trumps spokeswoman. Referenced here as Hicks a play on words for  Trump supporters

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“What he thinks, What he says”

What he thinks and what he says is a curiosity for many doubters of Donald Trump. The true believer may consider the mind of Donald Trump to be sound but then consider the following satire. As a believer anything coming from this man just sets you on fire. Yes, the angrier the better of course. So where does Donald Trump come up with his precious simple message? Let’s take a look into the mind of Donald Trump and his beloved rhetoric.

This piece is an assemblage of quotes “What he thinks,” from “Naked Lunch” by William Burroughs and the assemblage of quotes “What he says,” by Donald Trump as reported by Noah Bierman of Tribune Washington Bureau. March 14, 2016 Text reference Noah Bierman

What he thinks: Referring to his claim of protesters he contends are linked to Bernie Sanders and suggest his supporters would be judged differently.”These citizens have engaged the services of a Brooklyn Jew who passes himself off as the second coming of Mohammed.”

What he says:  “You go to one of these rallies? “Oh, you’ll be in trouble, They’ll lock you up for the rest of your life. They’ll give you the electric chair.”

What he thinks: Referring again to protesters at his rallies. “I recall we was doing an Impersonation Act–very high class too in Sodom, and that is one cheap town…Strictly from hunger… Well, this citizen, this fucking Philistine wandered in from Podunk Baal or some place, called me a fucking fruit right on the floor.”

What he says:  “Sometimes we talk a little tough, When I see somebody out swinging his fists, I say,’Get’em the hell out of here.” We’re a little rough.”

What he thinks:  Referring to John Kasich assertion that he was not watching Trump’ rallies or news coverage of them. “Oh Christ what a scene is this! Can tongue or pen accommodate these scandals?”

What he says:  “I don’t want a guy that watches the Golf Channel and nothing else.”

What he thinks: Referring to unverified news sources when he repeated that a man who rushed the stage at one of his events in Ohio had ties to the Islamic State militants.”A beastly young hooligan has gouged out the eye of his confrere and fuck him in the brain. “This brain atrophy already, and dry as grandmother’s c..t.” PC police…

What he says: “All I know is what’s on the Internet”

What he thinks: Referring to his justification that he would pay legal fees for supporters who roughed up protesters. “A contingent of howling simopaths swing from chandeliers, balconies and trees, shitting and pissing on passers-by. ( A simopath-technical name for this disorder escapes me-is a citizen convinced he is an ape or other simian. It is a disorder peculiar to the army, and discharge cures it.)”

What he says: “If you get hit in the face with a tomato, let me tell you, with somebody with a strong arm, at least, let me tell you, it can be very damaging.”

What he thinks: Referring to a supporter who wore a homemade T-shirt that read “legal immigrants for Trump.” Trump invited the man to join him on stage. Then he pointed to the Secret Service officers who were guarding him. “What a boy hasta put up with in this business, Gawd! The propositions I get you wouldn’t believe it…They wanta play Latah, they wanta merge with my protoplasm, they wanta replica cutting, they wanta suck my orgones, they wanta take over my past experience and leave old memories that disgust me….”

What he says: “He knows if he makes a move, he’s going to get clobbered by these guys. Did you see these guys take the guy down yesterday? Man, they took him down.”





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Once Upon a Time

Like once upon a time there was this place called main street. On it were shops and crowds of shoppers. People want to bring it back. Hollywood could reproduce main street like right now down to the last crack in the sidewalk. Because main street is fictional it hasn’t existed for 50 years and it isn’t coming  back. We got malls to replace main street. Oh and they aren’t doing so well either. People know things are real bad in this country. Ask me.

Dude says he can make America Great again. I haven’t met someone who knows how that is going to happen. It’s like saying. Dude, I’m bringing back main street. It’s going to be spectacular. I bet. I can picture it now. A few more Detroit’s and Gary’s. The dude has been yanking your chain. Angry are we? So if so, don’t you know, it’s a long time coming. And a long time maybe, if never, before some dude could ever sway the U.S. Government from the office of the presidency to do the shit that the dude says he will do. If it came to pass that any of the shit even remotely promised comes to the eyes and ears of the people the dude will find himself behind bars. Do you think that it is prudent for you to vote to put the dude in the white house? Put another way. Do you want to be an asshole? The dude has called many people just that. Assholes. Agreeing with the dude is your choice, a bad choice. The dude is lying like a steaming turd just ready to imbed his stinking shit into your soul. Or at least the soul of your shoe.

Judgements are standard fair on the right wing circuit. Alex Jones for one has a loud mouth spewing more vitriol per second than I believe possible. You got to watch a few minutes so you can judge for yourself the blather people are hearing on the right. Scary shit. Conspiracy shit. Rumors start somewhere. We have heard more hate from the dude than anyone person in an English speaking country. Maybe Hitler spoke with the same rhetoric? I don’t know. I can’t read or speak German. About that conspiracy theory. The dude is a shill for the Vice-Presidential candidate of his choice. Could it be his wife Melania? Then when he falls ill. She takes over the office only to be usurped by the speaker of the house. I like it. Believe it because you read it here.

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Ron the Wino or Donald Trump 5 questions

What we know about Donald Trump, Presidential Candidate, is pretty much what he wants us to know. So why do so many people like Trump if all they know is the press coverage? What is it about HIM that he can count on those people who might vote for Trump to actually like HIM without knowing him. These five questions attempt to challenge your Trump knowledge to answer  based on what you know about Trump. To keep you guessing I want to introduce someone I know, a Wino called “Ron”, who is in his own way a lot like HIM. Can you guess who it is Don or Ron?

1. When he walks into a bank the people call him by his first name?

2. He has a driver take him wherever he wants to go in the city?

3. Prefers younger women?

4. Bully’s his rivals in negotiations?

5. Privately disdains anyone other than whites?

Here’s your answers. All of the above are Ron the Wino. And if you think voting for Trump is better than voting for Ron the Wino you don’t know Ron. Either way you loose.

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The Third Way

The last week of March 2015 in the United States of America could be a scene from a movie called the “Rebirth of a Nation” for one Indiana Governor. The citizens of the state of Indiana were divided by legislatures and their fundamentalist bed partners with passage of a bigoted Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In doing so the best and worse intentions are playing out as April 2015 kicks off over the fight for the base Republican vote.  One week in the spotlight of social media both business and politics have wielded on one another, the center of outrage in the stomach churning events of the RFRA bill,  is the Governor of Indiana Mike Pence. Public appearances by the Governor in the week behind us have been cringe worthy. This is a man who cannot see there is a third way to resolution for many people. Mr. Pence may see only two options in that his own religious beliefs have instilled. Option one is to convert others to your beliefs. Option two is to put a bullet into your own head Mr. Pence if you can’t convert the heathens. Mr. Pence there is a third way. Option three is to not judge where it is no crime to love and no time to hate.  When will reflection enter the mind and soul for Pence as he has called out to Hoosiers and the nation for healing? He has failed the fundamentalist brethren whose ideology is at the heart of his beliefs. He has failed in his job while standing up for his beliefs and betrayed the citizens of Indiana and our nation. Mr. Pence is hurting right now. He is no doubt praying.

The public image of Mr. Pence is captured in many news worthy appearances and has dumbfounded reason as he brought disdain upon himself. One video clip is disturbing in that Mr. Pence is breathing heavily for many seconds before he makes his verbal address. The sound of his breaths are much like gasp of a dying man. The politics this man suffers is at the core of his beliefs and is reaching out more than his advisers and the public know. Mortal men as we are Pence is near the edge of mental instability. He has been called out for his capacity to govern. Maybe it is time to look at the third way Mr. Pence. Option one is no longer an option, you have not made any converts and Option two would be such a waste since your religion does not accept suicide and make martyrs saints. The third way is for Mr. Pence to step down and relinquish his elected office and get mental health care.  Call it being re-born again Mr. Pence and do it this time in the name of the Lord in the name of Love.

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BooM and BusT

Read this passage in your mind with the voice of a Southern Baptist preacher with a booming baritone and periodic pause with long ending inflections

Intended as parody.

As news aggregators are awash with catchy headlines to lure the public reader into side alleyways to contemplate the moment, the next passing thought and to the affairs which the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the more immediate effect on the public reader is confusion and disillusion, rage and rampage, stomping brain cells flat-out like a puppy in a barn under the hoof of a Clydesdale leaving contusions of the mind to absorb the shock until there is nothing left of the muscle to regenerate an original thought, because the drone of public opinion has become nothing more than white noise playing in the background as, the soundtrack for a boom and bust world, whereas the natural world never before had such report, what was built, the record is lost of the builder, but what was killed in the name of the Lord is legend giving us the Holy Bible, the word, God in the image of man, who can be found in Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly in a string of Killing titles, to substantiate the new-found obsession with the violence we once associated with gangs and drugs, to the more biblical and garden variety more or less derived from The Titicut Follies that play out by mental cases and the authorities who shoot back or shoot first, whatever, shooting is involved, unlike at Bridgewater where neglect and physical restraint were the method for killing inmates, much different with true crime is the erasure of human instinct or to throw out all learned behavior from our environment so who wouldn’t be feeling like trash to pull a gun on some cops only to be gunned down in the process, if replacing gang on gang murder with the domestic psycho variety is booming in these United States, the insane are acting on their lethal tendencies, if people have any other options than to look for a cure or is that impossible, will this boom turn out to be a bust with over reporting, frightening us to the extent we need to isolate the public who won’t conceal and carry from those that do, protection from ourselves can be harmful in and of itself, do we all need to have ammunition at the ready for insurance against an angry family member and is this our modern species giving in to the loudest and most dangerous voices giving killing the household equivalent of Kleenex that changed everything we know in such a short time frame, what follows can’t come soon enough but, what that might be could be far worse than the killing boom times we now have.

The title BooM and BusT make note of the syllable sounds oo+us

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This being a blog about bicycles got off to a fast start in late 2010. Posting was often and the writing, well the writing evolved into a word count for many post. The subject matter veered off the wall, post were not very well-edited and were viewed by a few readers. I started writing as an exercise to do something creative and to express my passion for bicycling and love of photography. In April of 2014 after close to two years of sporadic posting I just quit writing. Well I’m back today with a post. I have strayed and played, and truth be known, the winter time is a good opportunity to start-up fresh.

The past couple years in my life have had no great shake ups. I’m settled in work and life in Duluth Minnesota. Same as two years ago. Family and friends are doing well, we are healthy! What has changed in my life could be described as a point where my future doesn’t just depend on me. It also depends on a whole lot of other people. And those people will in turn depend on me. A community of people connecting might be one way of looking at it but, this is not what I mean. I mean people depending on one another for the future to have an outcome that is their vision and not some other vision.

Special interest in this country are protecting the strong from the weak as elections ramp up and the economy stagnates. Now is the time to seek out good men and women who are ready to take this country forward in 2016. The Republican and Democratic leadership are all in the bag. They all owe someone.  Our leaders are clichés. Following the money is pretty easy these days. Koch Brothers and Davos! Great leadership will stay away from the money. Blogs and Twitter are free! The news aggregators that eventually pick up the buzz are free too! What I see in my world is a counter attack on the daily local and regional newspapers that have a narrow agenda.  These sources of news influence and divide citizens along patriotic and christian lines. You are either pro this or anti that. What if we thought of others like the characters in “The Interview” who said, “You hate us because you ain’t us?” Really shallow thinking for those that only want to be ourselves and nobody else. The time to depend on people who do what they say they will do is more important now than in recent memory. The big slide and divide has made it so.

It’s a wonderful thing to be charged about the fucked up situation in America, poor pay, student debt, foreign fear, civil rights, women’s rights, and any topic on the Jon Stewart Show. Where are those among us that can tear themselves away from the price of gas and the threat of weather? Take a step back. Write yourself an IOU. That is like IOmE. Because when you PAY attention to yourself and the shit around you, once and for all depending on people who are depending on you too. How do you know the camp you are in has a chance in hell to make right some of the shit going down in our country? Here are the 10 ways you know those in your camp. 1. You would vote to legalize pot now in your state if put to a vote. 2. A woman can get an abortion for whatever reason. 3. Mostly you identify as yourself. 4. War is not the answer. 5. You question authority. 6. You are fired up rather than fearful. 7. Big special interest are dangerous. 8. You know bull shit when you hear it. 9. Religion is no biggy. 10. Your aren’t trying to change anyone.

The momentum is here for our camp. The missing key is ambitious individuals that don’t turn out to be assholes that can lead this camp. We have unfortunate leaders in both parties at every level of government. It is our task to get involved with our candidates and let them know what we want. If they can’t deliver the goods let’s get them out of office. It may be a very interesting election cycle ahead. Let’s get involved now! You owe it to yourself and the ones you love.

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