Fact and friction by Bill "damned proud of being modest" Ring

      "I can see clearly now, the reign has come."     

  New for 2011      

      Note: Posts appear in chronological order from top down.

Episode 1:  Duh!  February 25, 2011

    I'm a little late getting started this year because I've been doing my on-line talking on facebook. If you are reading this and not a facebook friend, just look me up under "William Ring" (my government name) and "friend me."

    The title of 2011's first post simply expresses my continuing astonishment that so many people who have been robbed blind, underpaid, and played for suckers by the super rich still blame their economic problems on the poor, unions, illegal immigrants, and other scapegoats featured in the corporate controlled media. It's not just Fox, by the way, it's all of them. Fox tells the lies, and most of the others carefully avoid the truth.

    The super rich trashed the economy, stole billions, committed fraud, and were rewarded with massive bailouts. So of course the solution to our economic problems is to give them a tax cut and deny public sector workers the right to collective bargaining. The top 1% get 24% of the income, so we need to give them a tax break and de-fund Planned Parenthood. US corporations are sitting on a trillion dollars in idle cash, waiting for the economy to tank further so they can get a Republican back in the Whitehouse, so the solution is to cut corporate taxes and demand cuts in social programs ...

As I said, "Duh!"

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Episode 2:  Then they came for me ...  March 5, 2011


    You need to read this:  Bradley Manning's Tale

Fascism - A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
dictator - The imperial presidency (check)
socioeconomic controls - anti-choice legislation, suppression of unions (check)
terror - torture, drone missiles (check)
censorship - threat of death against whistle blowers, "aiding the enemy" charges against anyone who speaks out, de-funding public broadcasting (check)
belligerent nationalism - military occupation of two countries, threats against others, and a military budget that exceeds the rest of the world combined (check)
racism - anti-Muslim hysteria, anti-Hispanic hysteria (check)

    And let's not forget a few things omitted from this definition, like corporate control of government (bailouts, unlimited corporate campaign contributions), elimination of social programs that aid "unproductive" citizens (Headstart, etc.), an unceasing deluge of false propaganda (media in general, Fox leading the pack).

    Question for the day: Is there anyone left to speak out now?

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Fiction and/or Humor

  Flash Paradise

  How To Make a Falafel

  Bill's Poor Almanac

  How Much is that Doggerel in the Window?

 2010 Archive

Episode 1: Starting the Year On Some Positive Notes
Jan 15, 2010

Episode 2: That Is, I Think I Disagree    Feb 28 , 2010

Episode 3: Media bias
Mar 14, 2010

Episode 4: Arizona
June 11, 2010 (rev August 3)

Episode 5: "I am you, and I'm a fool."    October 14 , 2010

Episode 6: Boy, am I glad I was wrong!
October 16 , 2010

 2009 Archive

Episode 1: Turning the Page    Jan 1, 2009

Episode 2: Hey ma, look at me!    Jan 11, 2009

Episode 3: Good-good Bullshit or How To Try In Business Without Really Succeeding    Jan 16, 2009

Episode 4: Future Shocked    April 21, 2009

Episode 5: Back to the Future    May 28, 2009

Episode 6: And Now, For Something Completely Different ...    June 12, 2009

Episode 7: Vere Are Your Papers?  July 11, 2009

Episode 8: Just how crazy are we?  July 26, 2009

Episode 9: What's Wrong With the World, Part 1 Aug 2, 2009

Episode 10: Flash Paradise (Fiction)  Aug 14, 2009

Episode 11: The Affairs of Men, Part 4  Aug 30, 2009

Episode 12: God Told Me To Do It  Sept 9, 2009

Episode 13: The Affairs of Men, Part 5  Sept 26, 2009

Episode 14: Is it really the stupid economy?  Dec 30, 2009

 2008 Archive

Episode 1: Beware the Ides of March

Episode 2: Not Another Dream Sequence?!

Episode 3: What Was That All About?

Episode 4: Everybody's wrong

Episode 5: Politics and Other Bad Jokes

Episode 6: Why are we here?

Episode 7: How Much is that Doggerel in the Window?

Episode 8: The Affairs of Men, Part 1: Beauty and the Beast

Episode 9: I'd Rather Be Neither Right Nor President

Episode 10: I was like no way and he was like way.

Episode 11: When It's Oeuvre, It's Oeuvre. (Confessions of a Hasn't Been)

Episode 12: Something For Everyone

Episode 12.1: Bonus Material

Episode 13:The Ape That Played Golf on the Moon

Episode 14: Invictus

Episode 15: Everything is Relative

Episode 16: Libatives and Conserverals

Episode 17: The Affairs of Men, Part 2

Episode 18: Hot Off the Press

Episode 19: God Bless Hypocrisy

Episode 20: Happy Birthday, USA

Episode 21: Will the real Ralph Nader sit the !@#$% down!

Episode 22: Powdered Wigs and Wooden Teeth

Episode 23: The Affairs of Men (and Women, and Children) Part 3

Episode 24: The Intelligence of Crowds

Episode 25: Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish

Episode 26: So I lied. Some post-election thoughts.