I guess it’s that weekend, huh?
Don’t really matter much to me.
I figure most people care because they get that extra day off work, Monday.
Hey, that’s great.
For the lucky few, those typically in government jobs, it means you get paid as well.
If you’re a poor bastard with little education (or maybe a lot) then you might be doing a service industry-style job, however, and that could mean you’re busier than usual.
I remember when I was working in restaurants in Missoula back in the early- to mid-2000s.
Holiday weekends were always busier. It’s kind of like as a nation we realize we have to take this extra time and go out and…spend money.
Hey, that’s what a lot of holidays are about – spending money.
For the not-so-commercialized holidays like Memorial Day it means eating out, going to the theatre, taking road trips, and of course the ol’ standby, shopping.
If you can do that with family, even better – more people means more money spent.
So it’s your typical American holiday weekend upon us.
For me it’s work as usual.
I like working.
Maybe that’s because I do what I love.
According to Martin Kidston over at the Missoula Current, that’s attacking people on social media.
I have to admit, I do enjoy that too…I enjoy it a lot.
In that regard I’m a lot like Trump.
I’m also damn self-promotional, have you noticed?
Anyways, I was thrilled to see that House District 99 race profiled by Kidston like that.
I’m happy that an extra 147 people will read about me.
Oh, I'm just guessin' - it could be more. I’m just going off what I think it might be...based on Alexa’s rankings and my own knowledge of Montana website traffic.
Ranking Montana’s Political Websites
So if you want to rank Montana political blogs by traffic, which is based off of page views and unique visits, then you get this order:
- MT Cowturd
- Last Best News
- Big Sky Words
- Missoula Current
- Flathead Memo
- Intelligent Discontent
- Montana Free Press
Those last two get so few visits that they’re not even ranking in America anymore, and you know that no one overseas is reading them.
So they’re pretty much done, traffic-wise.
And when it comes to websites, traffic is money, attention, and a sign that you’re winning.
I am damn surprised to see Missoula Current at the #4 spot already.
Wow – good job!
That site has only been up and running for about 4 months yet it’s ranking very well.
Maybe that’ll help it get a few more advertising dollars, stay in business a little longer.
Really, when the Missoulian folds – as it inevitably will – we can get back to a real golden age of reporting…the citizen journalist.
Right now we just have corporate messages assaulting us daily.
We Are Not Our Enemy
Both Hillary and Trump have met with convicted war criminal Henry Kissinger.
Trump begged the bastard for the meeting.
It’s that man and that lackey of his you see above – yes, Cheney is a puppet as well, a low on the totem pole one – that are the real enemies.
Bernie Sanders is talking about the bankers, and sometimes Trump does too.
Those people are the enemy, not Trump and Bernie and Hillary supporters.
- It’s the people that make money off of the debt we have, always raising that interest rate from 0% to 16.9% or 24.9% or whatever their small print allows.
- It’s the people living up on the hill and in the gated community and driving the fancy BMWs and Escalades that are the enemy, not those poor people living under the bridge or in their car in the Walmart parking lot.
- It’s the people that profit off our foreign wars by loaning us the money for the weapons while they also loan the other side money for their weapons as well.
- It’s the people telling us to fight each other so we ignore them.
That’s the enemy in this country.
If Tea Party members and progressives and libertarians and Green Parry types and our patriot movement ever get together, wow, that would be a force to reckon with.
Trump is drawing many of those elements together now, as well as the disaffected of the Dems and GOP.
Don’t be surprised if our war criminals and their lackeys try and take Trump out.
What does getting better mean?
I guess the goal is to get an education, get a good job, buy a house, pay it off, and then get enough saved away for retirement.
Why is that the goal…and is it making us happy?
Hey, I’d love to have a home that I own and tons of money socked away in the bank.
Most people want that, yet we know full well that most can’t afford a $400 emergency.
That’s the headline the Washington Post gave us on May 25, yet we heard the same last June, and again in January.
Well, in January the amount we couldn’t afford went up to $500 and then in May we were told that most of us couldn’t afford $1,000.
Then the damn Post had to come along and put us down to $400 – sheesh!
We were doing such a good job fooling ourselves that our lives were working.
Then the damn Post comes along. Those bastards in D.C. – always trying to screw the working man. The truth, however, is that we’re already screwed.
It’s no secret in my household that $400 would be a real fucking catastrophe.
I guess we could take out a credit card, and oh how the global elite would love that – more interest payments to them!
What about those families that have done that already, maybe a few times, so much so that every card is maxed-out and now they’re thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in debt?
Welcome to America, and it’s been that way for decades.
Don’t think it’s just poor bastards like me. We know that 75% of people like me can’t afford $1,000.
When the household income is between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, however, 67% do not have $1,000 in cash lying around.
My God we’re pathetic.
Is this our fault?
Again, why are we blaming each other…why are we even blaming ourselves?
- We need to blame the rich bankers, the corporate media, and the large corporations.
- We need to blame our bought-and-paid-for politicians in D.C., nary a one of which is not on the take from PACs or other dark money groups.
- We need to blame the marketing and media agencies that brainwashed us with their propaganda into believing that we always must spend, spend, spend lest we not achieve happiness.
These people are the death of us, and we need to rid ourselves of their taint.
A good place to start is with your pocketbook.
Do not spend money with huge corporations that do not care about you.
How about Coca-cola? Do they care about you, and how much do they spend on lobbying and media?
For what…some sugared water that’s not good for you and makes you use up most of your retirement savings for medical care that you could have avoided had you just avoided that company’s product?
There are hundreds of examples of things like this in your life…should you care to look.
How about that TV? We know that 95% of American households have one, how about just turning it off from time to time?
Try to go from 30 hours a week to 20, and then maybe 10.
We do zero in our home, because we don’t have a TV.
Hell, why do you think I can write so much each day and each month and put out so many books?
I don’t watch TV!
Think about these things, and about change.
Do you really want it, or do you just like the sound of it?
It’s easy to sit on that couch or in that chair, but is it really easy to get up and do the work necessary to make this country better?
- I knock on doors – it’s work.
- Gathering signatures for ballot initiatives is work.
- Talking with friends and neighbors about the state of this country is work…and sometimes a scary prospect.
We don’t want to offend, but Goddamn it, we must offend if we want things to get better, and offending our sensibilities is a wonderful place to start.
If you can’t change the person that’s looking in the mirror, how are you going to change anything on your block or on your street or in your neighborhood or town or city or state or in this country?
So I hope you’ll think about some of these things this holiday weekend.
We know most Americans aren’t, but then you’re not ‘most Americans’, now are you?
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