coda (or The Carpe diem Challenge)

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I’d like you to try something. The next time you have to go to work, call in sick instead. Okay? Spend the rest of the day today thinking about what you will do tomorrow. If after you’ve listened to me you still don’t have the cajones to call in sick tomorrow then at least do the neighborly thing and send this on to your friends because they need the permission to call in sick because they are depressed and they need to change radically and dramatically and flamboyantly and they need to change now.

Not you… you’re okay. Everything’s fine with you. You just go to work. Everything’s okay.

It wasn’t always this way. You were young once. You were 18– the world was your oyster. You were going to move into a city and sit in a cafe and mingle with other people who were going to change the world; talking about big things.

Okay, okay… If you’re a teenager and you’re watching this the world is your oyster. But– before you go out and crack that shell, go hug your parents. Thank them. Okay, teenagers so after you hug your parents, I don’t want you to call in sick or play hooky. I want you to go school and when you’re at school I want you to seek out your best teacher, look them in the eye and ask them say the following: I want you to tell them that they’re full of shit, and that they’ve been perpetuating a lie to you since– well, kindergarten.

I want you to ask them why schools are set up to reward obedience, submissiveness, and a blind respect for authority. Tell them that you think that if the cultural indoctrination machine that is your school taught people to think freely instead of rewarding students for being submissive, that perhaps we wouldn’t be in a situation where we are giving tax breaks to the rich, we are financing illegal, expensive and immoral wars of aggression

And then shut your mouth and listen, you little snot-nosed punk, okay? A lot of your teachers are pretty damned smart and you might learn something if you just shut up and listen. You just presented them with an opportunity to something much more interesting than whatever they had planned. And don’t be so hard on them; they just work in a suffocating system, okay? Hey, props to the teachers.

Back to adults, the working wounded. You’ve read the statistics: each generation that passes sees more and more of us mired in depression.

But not you. You’re okay. Go to work. Sit under the florescent bulbs. Answer all your emails. Acquiesce silently. Everything’s okay.

For everyone else: tomorrow- or Monday, call in sick.

And then what? Any of these ideas would have a positive butterfly effect on the world.
You could see an afternoon movie. Or you could fire off an email to Barack Obama. Or you can get sloppy drunk and call your high school sweetheart.

Do yoga. Wrap your naked self in cellophane and surprise your spouse with flowers. Or pass a binding resolution, for once in a way.

Start your novel. I mean, stop researching the damn thing and just start it. Or kiss a stranger. Apologize, cuz, we are all wrong once in a while.

Give $100 to a homeless person. Or come out of the closet. Or quit your comfortable and well paying job, adopt an alias and make videos in your basement for a couple of years.

Do something that does not fall under the category of “just keeping on to keep on.”

But you won’t do this. I’m sure that if you just keep going on with your regular routine, everything will be fine.

I mean, you read the papers, right?

Everything’s fine.


Rand Paul Headstomper Just the Latest Violent Right-Winger

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by Davis Fleetwood

Tim Proffitt, an angry white guy with back problems, who until a few days ago would have been hard to pick out at any Ayn Randian Regressive Racist, tea bagging event seeing as how he is indistinguishable from the multitudinous middle aged macho Archie Bunkers that populate these events, can now enjoy his fifteen minutes of fame. Congratulations, Tim, when you die people will remember you as that guy who stepped not once, but twice on the back of a 23 year old woman after she was tackled to the ground in a violent attack that left the woman, Lauren Valle, with a concussion and other medical problems.

But Mr. Proffitt was not done.
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Juan Williams: “NPR is worse that Nixon”

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The Juan Williams NPR firing Fox hiring debacle just will not go away, and once again, and I hate to say this, but it is the extreme right wing end of the argument that is winning the spin game.

It all started when Bill O’Reilly went on The View and well, take a look:

Whoopi and Joy, you could have said, yes, Bill, it is a fact that Muslim’s killed us on 9/11. Because, well it is a fact. But is only the most recent chapter in a long history of US meddling (let me clarify that term)-murdering innocent civilians — innocent civilians in the middle east, many of them Muslim’s and all perilously close to the Muslim holy city of Mecca and the Hyper-capitalist holy grail of foreign cheap oil.

I’m talking about a history that goes back to at least 1953 when the CIA overthrew Iran’s democracy and the more recent history of the first gulf war, and the subsequent sanctions that killed at least 1/2 million Iraq children while leaving US boots on the ground in the middle east.

Then a few radical Muslims-from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia it seems, aided and abetted by an ignorance or a come on over wink wink nudge nudge say no more attitude that went all the way up to the White House flew a few planes into a copula buildings, killing thousands of Americans.

So what do we do? We launch a viscous and brutal war against the defenseless country of Iraq that killed at least 1 million innocent civilians and created untold numbers of orphans at least a few of which, I am certain, will grow into radicalized Muslim’s prepared to martyr themselves.

So when, days later, Juan Williams says in a debate with Bill O’Reilly that he does a double take when he is on a plane and he sees people who self identify as Muslims, this is understandable. Muslims, like Christians, are batshit crazy to begin with, what with their irrational belief in an all knowing creator of the universe that wrote a book of laws for them to live by (and a confusing book at that, preaching peace on the one hand and commanding you to kill the infidels on the other). Juan’s fear is also understandable in the context of the oil and flame combination of these batshit crazy religious people being incited by the unbelievable amount of their blood shed by American hands.

Where Juan’s fear is not justifiable is in the context of statistics. The overwhelming majority of Muslims just want to eat, work, and play in peace. Williams himself made this point, but it was to late, because NPR has shown itself incapable of any sophisticated debate or discussion about the holy war we are waging in this world.

We know that the randian regressive christian conservative tea bagging fox news network wielding a blunt instrument in the merry go round of the 24 hour partisan feeding frenzy, but NPR, in explaining Juan Williams firing stooped to suggesting that Williams “keep his comments between him and his therapist”.

Fox news, not missing a PR beat, reached into their pockets and has snatched up Williams, offering him a $2 million contract. Sarah Palin, without a mis spelled word or malaprops in sight, wrote:  “If NPR is unable to tolerate an honest debate about an issue as important as Islamic terrorism, then it’s time for ‘National Public Radio’ to become ‘National Private Radio,’” she wrote. “It’s time for Congress to defund this organization…President Obama should make clear his commitment to free and honest discussion of the jihadist threat in our public debates – and Congress should make clear that unless NPR provides that public service, not one more dime.”

And Juan Williams wrote on Fox News.com “Daniel Schorr, my fellow NPR commentator who died earlier this year, used to talk about the initial shock of finding himself on President Nixon’s enemies list. I can only imagine Dan’s revulsion to realize that today NPR treats a journalist who has worked for them for ten years with less regard, less respect for the value of independence of thought and embrace of real debate across political lines, than Nixon ever displayed.”

When you get a card carrying liberal like Juan Williams to place a standard bearer of the liberal elite like NPR below tricky Dick Nixon, then I am left tipping my cap to my regressive counterparts on the right. They simply are better at spin. Their victory is our loss.

Again.

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The 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: a socialist plot to subvert capitalism and take over the world.

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by Davis Fleetwood
Are you ready for some football???

“For the last six months all we’ve seen is U.S.-England,” said Landon Donovan Wednesday. “And so, if you were a casual sports fan at home, you might think that this was the World Cup final, U.S. vs. England.”

Actually Landon, the casual sport fan in the U.S., after they say, “Landon who?” Is more likely to be saying “Soccer, please God no. Give me badminton, give me curling, give me single A Baseball- gives me the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Vs. the Winston Salem Cancer Sticks. No, you know what, give me avant-garde French cinema. Give me Un Chien andalou and put that scene with the razor blades over they eyeball on repeat for the entire month give me anything but don’t give me soccer- and don’t you dare call it football. Football is for men and steeped in war metaphor with bombs and blitzes and aerial attacks. Football is American. Soccer is for commies!!!

But I am not like most Americans Landon. I have not been so excited for a sporting event since my 9-year-old football travel team, the Sachem Redskins, played for the Suffolk County Championship. Our coaches whipped us into a frenzy by having us sing this song on the bus to the game- imagine a group full of 9 year boys frothing at the mouth and singing:

Blood on the saddle
Blood on the ground
Great big puddles of blood all around
Pity on Wyandanch, isn’t it sad?
Great big Sachem stomped on their heads!
U! U! U! U! U!
UPSIDE THEIR HEADS!
U! U! U! U! U!
UPSIDE THEIR HEADS!

Yeah. American youth football culture is all kinds of fucked up.

Why is the America the lone holdout in the entire world to hold real football in disdain? Cuz we are Cowboys. We are Hypercapitalist war mongering Cowboys.

Listen: It is not only a side effect but also an object of American Football to hurt your players. Embedded in both our pop and youth culture, it prepares us for war. In Soccer- or real football – they trade jerseys after the game.
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(update) Father of Indonesian baby on 40 cigarettes a day speaks out

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The family of the 2 year old Indonesian baby who become an overnight internet sensation after several international news organizations ran stories showing the boy reclining with a cigarette in his mouth are now laughing all the way to the bank. – DF


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Sarah Palin: ‘We’re All Arizonans Now’

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Calls for an economic boycott of Arizona continue to heat up, and the latest group to boycott the state is a girl’s high school basketball team from Chicago. They are refusing to attend a girls’ basketball tournament in Arizona because of concerns over the new law.


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In Support of Graduation Day Anti-War Campus Protests

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An Open Letter to the Class of 2010: The Student Challenge 2.0

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop….
- Mario Savio

Dear Class of 2010:

Whether you are in college, graduate school or high school, you are about to enjoy a well-earned right of passage: your graduation ceremony.

Congratulations.

Unfortunately for you, Baby boomers like my parents and generation x’res like me – despite the heroic efforts of a handful of individuals and organizations- have failed to stop the slide into neofuedalism and the iron clad grip held by the military industrial complex over our two duopoly in Washington.

I’d like you to consider using the opportunity of your graduation ceremony to do something heroic: disrupt the ceremony. If you your graduation speaker is a politician of the Republican or Democratic variety, they have more blood on their hands than a Lady Macbeth if it were to be directed by Quentin Tarentino. Let them, and the hungry eyes of the press, know about it. Do it creatively. The methods you will use to protest and stop the illegal, immoral, and very expensive war being waged with the tax dollars of your great great grandchildren have not been invented yet.


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BREAKING: Large Air Spill at Wind Farm. A defiant Sarah Palin says “Blow, Baby, Blow!”

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H/T: R-Legit for breaking this story first
by Davis Fleetwood.

One of the Nations largest wind farms continues to struggle with an air spill raging out of control with no end in sight. The air spill has tripled in size over the last three days and it could be as much as one month before the air spill is under control.

Despite the breakdown, residents near the accident site claim no noticeable disruption to their lives. Some even claim to enjoy the offshore breezes.

President Barack Obama visited the disaster site over the weekend and reiterated his support for wind power saying, “I continue to believe that domestic wind production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security.”

Even stronger voices came from the right wing.

Sarah Palin dubbed the air spill “very tragic” but added: “I want our country to be able to trust the Wind Farm industry.”

Speaking to a republican crowd over the weekend, Palin said the “U.S. must wean itself from foreign oil in order to be truly free.”
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Mayweather Vs. Mosley

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by Davis Fleetwood

Boxers are like poets.

As imagination bodies forth
the forms of things unknown, the poets pen
turns them into shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

Boxers turn their opponents brains into sloppy Joe mix.

Okay, so boxers are not like poets.

Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather meet in the ring May 1 in Las Vegas, the latest in a happy pared of modern-day gladiators committing simultaneous suicide and homicide for our entertainment. I mean, the human race stopped dragging our knuckles how long ago and we still get our rocks off watching two men try to hit each other so hard that their opponent’s brain rattles around inside their skull enough to cause a loss of consciousness?

I know, as a male writer, I am supposed to drink and brawl and worship men in the ring. But you can take that Norman Mailer and Hemingway shit and throw it out with the fucking cold war. It is 2010, you goddamned barbarians. Being a man does not mean cheering for, or participating in, the physical destruction of other human beings.
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