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"Two for Vickie"

Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

“Ballad for the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department Victoria 'Fuck the E.U.' Nuland”

By blj, 2014

 

We don’t know where you’re taking us,

Miss Vickie. Is it to war with Russia?

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2014 Drought Ballad #1

Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The 2014 Drought Ballad  #1

-blj


When rain and snow don’t fall out West

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Bat's philosophy

Submitted: Dec 24, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

  

Well, Innumerable Readers, the end of another year arrives. We can’t wish you Merry Christmas or even Happy Holidays anymore, since those terms have been forever sullied by religious sectarianism. Even though History is Dead and High-Tech/Bio-Tech Growth remains the Only Faith of the One Voice of Merced, home to a new UC campus, built where rain will never more percolate into the city’s aquifer, there is still Philosophy. So, we offer for the end of the year, a few insights by that great American philosopher, William Barkley “Bat” Masterson, 1853-1921, Buffalo hunter, cowtown sheriff, gunfighter, gambler, and sports writer:

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Truth, by Yip Harburg

Submitted: Dec 05, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Truth

by Yip Harburg, Rhymes for the irreverent, FFRF, Inc. Madison, WI, and The Yip Harburg Foundation, 2006

 

Truth is a foreigner

Under every dome,

Truth is a refugee

Looking for a home.

Without flag or passport,

Hounded, plagued, and banned,

Truth must be smuggled in --

It has no fatherland!


Truth is a subversive,

A super counterspy

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"There was never any more ... than there is now"

Submitted: Nov 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"...There was never any more inception than there is now,

Nor any more youth or age than there is now,

And will never be any more perfection than there is now,

Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now ..." 

 

Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself," (1855)

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..in the Disastrous rhythm...

Submitted: Nov 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“Rearmament”

 

By Robinson Jeffers (1934)

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Learn to remember

Submitted: Nov 01, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

    

"I am the people, the mob"

Carl Sandburg

 

 

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New UC President Janet Napolitano visits UC Merced

Submitted: Oct 04, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"Janet N Is Comin' To Town"


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"Mais ou sont les Snowdens d'antan?" -- Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The nattering nabobs of National Security have been at Ed Snowden, who leaked the material about the NSA domestic spying ("all legal, all legal the nabors say) by insult and invective. They have called his behavior traitorous and treasonous and everything else bad that they can possibly imagine.

But the worst thing they have said about Ed Snowden is that he is a high school dropout. 

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT?

May the Millennial Diety that still rules our scrambled official psyche strike him dead, over there in Hong Kong!!

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT!!!

It reminded one Badlands Journal editor of a topless dancer joint barker on Broadway in San Francisco who some years ago made his pitch thus: "We got six college coeds and A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT."

Perhaps Mme. Sen. Dianne Feinstein also heard that immortal barker in the local politics phase of her career, back when her hearing was a little better.

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT!!

There is something "sinful and lewd" about a high school dropout. You just try to say the term without a sneer, every so slight, that reflects your ontempt for anyone who the lacks the formal American education and academic credentials.

Certainly no one of that class ought to have had such enormous responsibilities. A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT, fer Chrissake!!! 

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The "Morning Joe Show"

Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The historical descent from Country Joe and the Fish to Morning Joe, Mika and Willie has been dizzying, to put it politely.

But, this morning at least they let Glenn Greenwald talk longer than they have any guest in the history of their show without blowhard interruptions to interpret the remarks of intelligent people down to the level of a ditto head. 

But, fortunately, Greenwald has answered the question posed by one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time, Catch-22, which asked, "Mais ou sont les Snowdens d'antan?"

Snowden returned if only to leave us with a prophesy: that without the whistleblowers so loathed by the neocon national security state crowd, America is headed straight for "turnkey tyranny."

-- blj

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