Saturday, November 14, 2015


I apologize for my pitiful lack of postings of late. Selfish really as I note the repeated and consistent viewings I witness, many coming directly to this blog and not by finding me through a search engine. The majority of readers of this one man blog do not come here by happenstance or accident, but as a deliberate desire, and for that I give you my heartfelt thanks.

The reason for my inaction of late? It is not because I have suddenly become lethargic or uncaring, and not because I have distanced myself from the current political is because I just don't get it anymore. I watch, mostly in horror, the current political goings on and sit blithely by in a stunned silence. I can't believe my eyes...I can't believe my ears. It is like I am watching a massive automobile accident over and over in the slowest of motion. I don't get it.

I watch a major political party apparently led in the polls by the most unprepared candidate for major political office I have seen in my lifetime, and he leads in every political polling. Every one. And armed with this knowledge and fueled by this popularity, he ascends on one political event after another and spouts the most crude and un-nuanced blather ostensibly consisting entirely of his ego-driven boasts, world changing promises that he has no idea how to accomplish, and unending attacks of seemingly every public servant holding office. He even attacks the intelligence of entire American states and world countries, many of which have been our allies since before two world wars. He is unquestionably a bigot (his remarks against Hispanics are well documented), a misogynist who sees women as sexual objects, and a self touted business expert who has filed for bankruptcy no less than three times. He frequently brags about spreading his cash out to politicians from all parties because that's how he gets things done for him. Let's be clear...this is a man so painfully stupid he actually thinks he can deport over thirteen million illegal aliens...and keep them out with a thousand mile long wall which Mexico will pay for...and as ignorant as this all sounds...doesn't he even read a paper? The California Mexico border has more tunnels than an ant hill. There are tunnels with lighting, pumped in air and a friggin tram system. He is a complete bat-shit crazy moron...and it's working.

Surely there is a candidate following closely behind him of some weight, someone worthy of serious consideration for the most powerful position on the face of the earth...but sadly, the answer is no. Second in every political poll of late is a man with zero political experience. Zero. And not only is he a political neophyte, he is a raging lunatic who consistently lies and makes up stories incapable of intelligent consideration...a man who he himself has admitted in his writings to be certifiable. An extremely troubled youth, dyslexic, a pathological liar and someone who has demonstrated on multiple instances uncontrollable fits of rage culminating in going after his own mother with a hammer, hitting a childhood friend with a padlock to the face  and attempting to stab a relative with a knife. Admitted to at least two cases of attempted murder as a child and he is in serious consideration to be President of the United States by a major political party? And a solid second in the polls? Really? A man who seriously thinks the pyramids were built to hold grain??

If this were a movie, no one would believe it. But it is most certainly not...and I don't get it. Good Lord give me the wisdom to understand...

And that's my world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Feckless: lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible

Another month, another mass shooting. This one killing ten in an Oregonian community college, and hardly anyone bats an eye. Welcome to the new normal.

President Obama summed it up distinctly..."Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it ... We have become numb to this,"

Every time a new mass murder is inflicted upon our fellow Americans, the President takes the podium and does what he does best...speaks from the heart. he berates Congress, he berates the powerful gun lobby. He berates our nation in comparison to others...that's right, the leader of the free world...our leader, berates the country that elected him...unheard of. But Obama repeatedly does so after shootings -- saying Britain and Australia, for instance, had passed gun control laws to prevent new massacres.

"We are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people,"  Obama said. "We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months," (editors note: this marks 294 mass murders in the U.S. this year alone) Obama said, and hammered Congress for even blocking the collection of data on shooting incidents. "This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones."
I agree wholeheartedly to his message. Maybe common sense gun controls would not have prevented this tragedy, or the one at Columbine, or Aurora, or Sandy Hood, or Virginia Tech....but if they could have...if they could have and our lawmakers did nothing...they have blood on their hands.
I could understand if Obama has given up. Given up pushing for gun control with a GOP controlled Congress in bed with the powerful gun lobbyists. I get it. You would be flailing away for a fools folly mission that certainly would come to an anticipated early death. But if he could have gained some ground, gained some traction, negotiated some small measure of reform by sending Congress a barrage of bills to change the laws...if he stood by his convictions and pushed legislation towards Congress until their expense accounts bled...if he could have made even a modicum of difference, and gave up...then there is blood on his hands as well.

It's not a matter of intelligence...everyone agrees we need gun reform...common sense gun reform. The problem is Washington progressives have given up. They have lost themselves...lost their ideals, lost their integrity. They have become a feckless, gutless collection of cowards.

And not one of them...not even one of them has the gumption, the convictions or the courage to stand up and scream to the hills that this must stop. The willingness to put it all on the line, stand on the Senate floor that once heard patriots like Douglas, Webster, Lincoln, Calhoun and Clay...and wake that body up. Wake them up with the hard cold fact that the current Congressional inactivity...or apathy towards these mass murders is inexcusable. They sit blithely by while our fellow Americans are gunned down without a tear. Page one today, page two tomorrow, forgotten next week.

I've had enough. I bet you have as well. I'm old enough to know what this country stood for once, and has now become. And Congress sits by scared shitless...that if they so much as suggest that maybe, just maybe we should find out if someone is a felon, on the run from the law or just plain old bat shit crazy before selling someone a weapon...they will lose votes, then I say the hell with you. You feckless, gutless coward.

I urge them to stand up. Stand up for something...hell, stand up for anything...anything other than the people stuffing your pockets full of re-election money for gawd sakes. Pretend you have something inside. Some caring, some empathy for your constituents. Maybe even a muffled voice deep, deep down inside that a human life is worth more than a vote, or a campaign contribution. Many of you claim to be pro is your chance.

If you have had your conscience. I urge you to stand up as well. Voice your dismay. Maybe someone will be listening. I have had about you?

And that's my world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading. Sorry for the shouting.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


I have kept silent over the past few months in regards to the few religious business owners who refuse to have anything to do with gay marriage....conduct the ceremony, make the cake, take the pictures. I get it, it is against your religious beliefs and the core principles that make up the "free to choose" you. I do get it. Shame on you, but I get it.
It's one thing to deny gay couples their rights, it's good fodder for discussions in eighth grade Ethics classes all over the country. It's been going on fact they are the last class of Americans whom the government openly discriminated against, until recently. Until now, it was merely the inconvenience of finding an open minded baker, or photographer, or clergyman.
But if your chosen profession is to carry out the law, if your sworn responsibility is to follow the directives of the courts and the established law of the land...then you don't get to pick and choose which laws you will follow as if you were at a cheap Vegas buffet. No one gives a shit about your religious your sworn duty. Upholding the law does not have a religious preference clause.
So a clerk in a southern state refuses to issue gay marriage permits. That is bad (and illegal) enough, but apparently this clerk is taking her illegal actions to the next level. Reports are coming out that this governmental clerk is now modifying official paperwork rendering gay marriage licenses worthless.

Her name is Kim Davis and just look at her. She couldn't possibly have had a good childhood. You can see it. She wasn't voted "most likely to succeed," or danced with the football star at the prom. She wasn't the most popular at school, or any where else for that matter. You can see it in her face. But she, like many others, had the church. And we can now see just how thoroughly devoted and compliant she is to her religion.
Personally I think the lawyers have gotten to her. And religious leaders as well (she is pictured below with Mike Huckabee, erstwhile Presidential candidate and self appointed political religious keeper of the guard) . She is going to have one chance for fame, one chance for respect, one chance for some recognition in her shitty little life, and here it is. And she is going to hold onto the brass ring for dear life.

She has the chance for fame, possibly write a book and make a ton of money, be a hero, go on Oprah...or even better in religious a martyr. Look at the look at her face above...she is being led to believe she is the next Rosa Parks or something. She thinks she has the opportunity to go from trailer park to the history books. But, truth be told, the only place she should be headed is to jail. You can't use your Bible to disobey judges and their orders.
But having said that, does anyone really think jail is a deterrent to her compared to her (perceived) potential rewards? She is an unattractive middle aged nothing clerk in Tennessee and she is married to a man who, when hearing that he is about to be on television...slips into his "good" overalls.
I think three things...jail doesn't mean a damn thing to Kim Davis,  this isn't going away anytime soon and if you are Mike Huckabee and are running for an office which requires an absolute sworn oath to the Constitution of the United States, maybe, just maybe you should stay the hell out of it.
That's my world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I've seen this cycle many times before. It ain't my first political rodeo. Voters typically want what they perceived to be lacking in the previous candidate.
After Richard Nixon...who resigned in disgrace...we got the ultra-clean peace loving Jimmy Carter. How did that work out for us? Not well according to most, although history may soften his legacy.
These days, most...if not all are exceptionally unhappy with any form of government, state or federal. So when an outsider comes in...especially a screaming anti-everything candidate who criticizes every present day movement and politician...he curries favor with the voters.
And Donald Trump certainly fits the bill. He screams at the top of lungs at what is wrong, and that he will certainly fix it...but he lacks a detailed plan, or remedy to fix anything. Just promises to fix everything.
But how, Donald? Give me one nuanced answer...just one detailed plan to fix anything. And stop insulting our...strike intelligence by promising the moon without a space program to get us there.
"I'll build a fence and Mexico will pay for it." How?
"I'll wrangle up four million illegal aliens and deport them." What, are you kidding me? (He is decidedly not)
I understand the voting electorates desire for an outsider to come in on his white horse and save the town...but this ain't the movies, and this ain't my first rodeo.
Eventually the noise will quiet, the field will reduce, and the American people are going to demand more than a circus tent evangelical preacher.
We know what's wrong...what we don't know (and apparently you don't either) how you are going to "fix it."
We are waiting....but we won't wait for long.
In the words of Aaron Sorkin..."these are serious times, and we need a serious candidate---and your fifteen minutes are up."
We are waiting sir.

And that's the world...The "World According to Kimba."
Thanks for reading.

Extra credit? Here are some very un-presidential off the cuff remarks from Mr. Trump...
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
"The U.S. will invite El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord who just escaped prison, to become a U.S. citizen because our "leaders" can't say no!"
"I will build a great wall-and nobody builds a wall like me, believe me...and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall along our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words on that."
"Laziness is a trait in guys counting my money...I hate it!!" "The only guys I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yamakas every day."

Sunday, July 26, 2015


As an unabashed liberal I, like many of you, may be looking at the now 16 GOP candidates...this cornucopia of ignorance, with drooling delight at what will be...which must of the easiest progressive occupations of the White House in 2016 ever in the history of American politics.

But, not so fast my left leaning friend. Do not...and I mean DO NOT underestimate this roster of the most bigoted, war mongering morons ever collected.

As repugnant as their collective political platforms are...the Mexican immigrants are lazy, murderous rapists rant, the poor people should work more philosophy, the welfare recipients are drug addled addicts who will all be tested before getting some relief mandate, not to mention the collective disdain that Obama would actually work towards a nuclear deal with Iran which would take away our ability to engage in yet another Middle Eastern conflict...nonsense all...except...

They are resonating with some Americans. And not just a fringe element of America...a wide swath of people who actually agree with this ridiculous pabulum. And as much as I hate to think that some of this crap actually could capture enough of the hearts, minds and votes of the American voter may just work, if one is to listen to the early polling.

And because of one very real statistic, I am considering joining the ever increasing minority who legitimately feel that this once great nation's best days are behind us...

Donald Trump is leading the pack of GOP candidates for the office of President of these United States...arguably the most powerful position in the world...and a large portion of one of our only two political parties deem him worthy of the position. Holy fuck can you imagine. As if we weren't already a laughing stock globally, we now have to live this down.

I hope and pray this polling data was collected solely from residents of trailer parks. Dear Lord, please don't let these ignorant, bigoted, hate filled positions actually represent the views of anything other than a handful of Americans who hopefully do not own guns or get off their couches to vote.

This nation was once too intelligent, too proud and far too great to stand for, let alone agree with any of the verbiage being spewed forth on the campaign trail over the last few months. Please tell me we above this and clowns like Trump and Walker and Fiorina et al...well, we are only keeping them around for comic relief, and a bit of nostalgia for the days when a VP candidate couldn't name one thing she has read, or as much as one Supreme Court case.

But the truth is, this is a horse of a different nature. This is not stupid. This is pure hate. For other peoples, for minorities, for the poor and indigent, for the gay and transgendered, really for any one other than who they are themselves. And that scares the hell out of me. Please be smarter than this, America. Please.

And that is the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


The political season has just begun and as they say, the field is wide open. Good Lord only knows why some of them run...whether it is fame, ego or a misguided sense that the country needs them, the vast majority of the clown cars on both sides have very little chance of actually being considered...for the office, or being considered as capable of the job.
Last season we almost had a complete moron as our vice president, and that was scary enough, but this year the man who is polling second for the conservatives is as scary as any I have witnessed in my lifetime.
An egotistical bully, an unapologetic bigot (On Mexicans: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”), a buffoon of gigantic proportions...Donald Trump  is actually running second in the polling for the highest office in the land.  And he is getting traction wherever he goes, as terrifying as that is.
Why? Because he has no filter between his brain and his mouth. And as vile as it seems, his views on immigrants, his views on women and his views on the poor resonate with many Americans. So when he travels the country spewing his hate filled, unrehearsed rants on nearly everything, he gains followers.
At first I thought he was an oddity, a clown whose circus side show will certainly be over in short order...may actually be around for a while. And as embarrassing as it seems...the American public...want it that way.
And maybe, just maybe, the GOP wants it that way as well. Because he has the nerve to lay voice to what truly drives the conservative voters. He is a test balloon for the conservatives, who are laying back judging the tolerance of the American people for his vulgar, offensive and across the board insensitive views.
I would hate to think a major American political party would adopt any of views as a portion of their platform, but at least for now, I think Trumps views actually resonate....with the voters, and with his party.

MORE from the if one run of the mill dirt bag in the race wasn't more than our stomachs could tolerate, here comes one genuine bottom feeder named Scott Walker...check out this quote from Walker...instead of disdaining the ridiculous rhetoric coming from the trump camp, here comes Governor Walker...

“Donald Trump has grabbed a lot of headlines over the past few weeks by spewing bigotry and venom,” Walker told an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. “I want to make it clear that when it comes to those things, I take a back seat to no one.”

Saturday, March 21, 2015


As Dennis Miller would say, "I'm not going to go off on a rant here, but..."
These pictures were both taken in the year of my birth, 1956.
I have lived 58 years and I have seen many incredible things in my lifetime...computers have gone from room size to the size of a watch, we have gone from volumes of encyclopedias to internet searches unlimited in their abilities to quickly disseminate information and we put a man on the moon. We have gone from having to get up off the couch to change the channel on the television to wireless everything and we have, or are so close to curing diseases today which would have carried death sentences in the beginning of my lifetime.

But when it comes to race relations and the elimination of bigotry, we have done so very little. Oh sure we no longer have separate but equal and we even elected a black president. But in the heart of hearts of many the true hearts of many Americans...these pictures symbolize the good old days.

We have progressed as a society in so many other ways, but lately I have to wonder if we have progressed at all. Pick up a newspaper, any newspaper and you will see one abhorrent, needless death after another. Some say they are not race related at all, but the numbers speak for themselves. And they are scattered all over our once great nation...these are not regional at all...and they are increasing in frequency. What's more, Lady justice is more than blind to it, she is deaf as well.

Should I be surprised? After all, it took until my twelfth birthday for the nation to pass a voting rights bill. No, I am not surprised...I am appalled and ashamed. And seeing these pictures make me uncontrollably sad. Because as a human being I can't help but put myself in their places and feel at least a modicum of what they must have felt. It's inhuman and beneath a modern people that should be more evolved than this.
So many many needless acts of violence. Ferguson, Florida and on and on. We are failing as a nation in many ways...and we are failing as rational, thinking, feeling human beings in so many others. Will it ever go away? Will bigotry ever be a thing of the past? I am afraid it won' least not in my lifetime. It's incomprehensible that we as a nation will fail to treat everyone equally in at least the first 250 years of what we used to call the greatest nation on the face of the planet. Some democracy.

I stumbled upon these pictures and they made me sad. And appalled. And ashamed.
God bless America...and God forgive us Americans...for we, the great democracy...are failing to offer the most basic of human rights...and our beliefs go against the very foundation of the Bible...that all men and women are descendants of a higher power and worthy of human dignity and respect, and equality. Not in my lifetime, and that is very sad.

That's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading. I bid you peace.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


I understand the GOP's reticence towards entering into a nuclear agreement with Iran, I really do. They have shown a repeated pattern of behavior unworthy of trust or respect when it comes to their defense capabilities. Trust but verify will certainly be warranted, and that should go towards trusting  the sitting President (and the State Department's) ability to negotiate an agreement.  After all, the current effort to negotiate the easing of sanctions in return of the elimination of Iran's efforts to becoming a nuclear power is a multi-national effort. But I get it...caution must be taken.
However, the GOP never shows
 caution, or diplomacy, or statesmanship for that matter. They rush to judgment, they rush to action and they frequently look foolish when they do. But never and I mean never in my forty plus years of following current events have I seen two efforts so poorly conceived or carried out as the invitation of the Israeli Prime Minister to address Congress (who blatantly used the Republican leaders as a last ditch effort to save his job), and the incredibly insipid and inaccurate sending of a cautionary letter to the leaders of Iran involving the negotiation process.
They have made world wide laughing stocks of themselves again.
John McCain said it was rushed because another snowstorm was headed their way and the 47 signers wanted to hurry up and get home. Ridiculous. Ridiculous invitation, ridiculous letter and a ridiculous excuse. And they wonder why they get no respect from the electorate....they embarrassed me and the entire nation. Good job.
And that is the world...the World According to Kimba. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


"Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.…[T]his much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul. For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all."     Robert F. Kennedy  1968

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures and a core aspect of various religious traditions and secular worldviews, though the concept of "others" toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions.
Altruism, once an integral part of the American culture is now all but a distant memory. The principal was inter-woven into America's culture with threads of "one nation under God" and "E Pluribus Unum," out of many, one.
We have become a fragmented society, a nation of haves and have nots, and the government has responded...not with calls for a renewed social society, but with attempts to silence the have nots. Never before has this movement been so apparent. Videos of law enforcement wielding its power and force upon the less fortunate in a manner once attributed to communist countries are surfacing on a daily basis. And the calls for justice have largely gone unnoticed or unheeded.
Modern movements have been made not to empower the lower classes or lift them up, but to take away their votes, to keep them down financially with an unlivable minimum wage and the reduction in funding for social programs; temporary programs established to insure every citizen has enough to eat and can afford a place to live.
While the American people were voicing out about the uber-rich, the government has been quietly and consistently been inching its way towards a new class of Americans--the uber poor.
It is understandable when various factions of people succumb to their base human emotions of selfishness and a lack of empathy for others. However, when the government itself...elected officials responsible for representing and fighting for the best interests of their districts entire populous not only look the other way on their less fortunate but ratify and codify attempts to deepen their lots in life, society as a whole suffers.
This was the battle cry of the conservatives recently and the results of the election were voiced loud and clear. This philosophy is now its majority voice...or at least the majority of people voting.
This nation needs everyone to succeed for the economy to survive. The economy needs full employment, needs a vibrant and growing middle class and depends on everyone pulling together to produce for its common good.
And when an entire class of people are marginalized and left to their own resources, it creates a Darwinian nightmare formally seen only in the reddest of countries...the countries we used to abhor and criticize. That's what we are becoming. A nation on edge. A nation of individuals rather than a united group of individuals with common goals and morals. Can Marshall law and riot gear be far behind in order to quell the demonstrations and unrest that will inevitably follow?
We are no longer a "united" nation...we are no longer the greatest example to the world of what a democracy can be..."one nation under God, with individual with liberty and justice for all."
We have become a nation of selfish hypocrites, at once waving the flag and the constitution for all to see, while Uncle Sam has his size thirteens' clearly on the necks of the less fortunate keeping them down in order to create a new culture and economic class with no future and very little opportunity to improve themselves. We have created the uber poor. And so it goes.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Rarely if ever these days do I agree wholeheartedly with any political person in the Beltway. I look incredulously at the stagnation, the obstructionist maneuvers and the vitriolic agendas that prevent us as a nation from becoming what we should be.
These elected representatives operate in the very bodies where true and great leaders once operated. Mitchell, Byrd, Clay, Kennedy, Webster and Calhoun. These men took the well of the Senate and worked tirelessly to solve the problems and issues of the day. They made oration an art form. And while they vehemently disagreed at times, they worked together to find an acceptable middle ground, all the while treating each other with the respect accorded and demanded of a United States Senator.
What I see now would be laughable...if it were not for the devastatingly negative effect it is having on a once great nation.
As a youth I considered making politics my life passion, so I majored in political science in college, which I thought was the appropriate place to start. A political career these days does not require any knowledge of political requires a double major in communications and theatre.
Because what we have now are not leaders, they are actors. Flame throwing artists of the half truth, hateful, hurtful purveyors of hate. They seek not to come together to form a common ground to improve the nation, but to tell their constituents two things and two things only...what to be afraid of, and who is to blame for it.
And all of this has resulted in strict party lines of voting, strict scripted attacks on each other and vengeful investigations and lawsuits that do nothing but shift the focus away from what they should be doing, and squandering the citizens precious monetary resources, most of the time in efforts they already know are nothing more than a public grandstanding waste of time.
And while Rep. Issa and Speaker Boehner mount their trusted steads in an attempt to lead us nowhere, one man has publically chastised their efforts as the boon doggles they truly are...and I leave you with his Facebook posted letter to the Speaker.....along with one mans thanks and a "Bravo!!"
We need more men like this to come forward and question the direction our government is headed, so that our course may be righted before they spin their wheels accomplishing nothing until the next election cycle...before they spend another four years sitting blithely by while our nations issues continue and worse yet, multiply. Here is the letter...and thanks for reading. Kimba

“Dear Speaker Boehner: Yay…you got the votes needed to pass a resolution authorizing you to sue the President. Just what we need…more acrimony, petty politics and ridiculous media spectacles. Mr. Speaker, by all accounts, you have been advised that the chances of getting your lawsuit in to a court are about zero. And, if you could find a partisan judge to hear your case, the chances of prevailing? Let’s just say we have a better chance of seeing pigs fly.
So let’s see how suing the President fits in to the grand scheme of things:
1. We have an unaddressed full-blown humanitarian crisis on our borders;
2. The Middle East is literally and figuratively on fire;
3. The Russians are shooting passenger jets out of the sky and seizing the lands of independent nations by force;
4. Our economy is fragile and ailing (I’m being generous here);
5. Our Veterans are being denied the basic promises we made to them; and
6. The rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer.
Unfortunately, sir, this is a short list of the many profound issues facing our exceptional nation and you believe, as the 3rd most powerful person in our alleged leadership that the #1 priority should be to pursue a futile lawsuit?
An appalling, sad and a monumental embarrassment for our nation.
Mr. Speaker, feel free to pursue your folly but please understand that this registered Republican won’t send a dime to or cast a vote for any candidate that endorses this travesty.”  Robb Olsen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Get over it, it's time for every school to be patrolled by law enforcement. This will help to secure our schools and give our children the opportunity to get to know their local law enforcement as human beings and not the enemy. Students must feel safe attending our schools. These tragedies must end. To do sit blithely by and watch tragedy after tragedy unfold in our watch this epidemic of violence continue in our schools while doing nothing is unacceptable.
That silence you hear is our Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


The ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is just another case of a decorated veteran getting screwed over by the system.
The VA is a massive bureaucracy that cannot be controlled by one man. To hold Shinseki up to shame and public ridicule over the criminal actions of others in VA Phoenix is misguided and utterly unfair. Do they really think his forced resignation will help one iota?
Good luck finding someone to take his place. The VA has problems for decades now. Decades. These problems have been exasperated because so many veterans are coming home since President Obama is drawing the two decades long wars to a close.
And with Congress unable and unwilling to fully fund the system despite a huge influx of patients, the new VA director better keep their resume close and updated.


I don't mind people standing up and voicing their opinions as to who should, or should not be our next President...I mind them standing on the graves of dead Americans to do it. I mind them using the tragedy at Benghazi as a political opportunity.

Where were they went we experienced THIRTEEN attacks on our embassies during the Bush years? I know where they were...cowered up in the fetal positions not saying shit. And they now are using the attack on Benghazi as a political opportunity, and I'm saying that is un-American and yellow.

Just in case anyone has forgotten these attacks....
Jan. 22, 2002: Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Attacks Indian U.S. Consulate
June 14, 2002: Suicide Car-Bomb Outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi
Oct. 12, 2002: String Of Bali Bombings Included U.S. Consulate
Feb. 28, 2003: Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Attacked For the Second Time in One Year
May 12, 2003: 36 People Including 9 Americans Die After Terrorists Storm U.S. Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
July 30, 2004: Islamist Attacks U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Dec. 6, 2004: Five Staff and Four Security Guards Die in U.S. consulate attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
March 2, 2006: Third Attack on Karachi U.S. Consulate Killed U.S. Diplomat
Sept. 12, 2006: Four Gunmen Stormed the U.S. compound in Damascus, Syria
Jan. 12, 2007: Greek Terrorists Fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade at the U.S. Embassy
March 18, 2008: A Mortar is Fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
July 9, 2008: Three Turkish Policemen were Killed When Gunman Fired on the U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey
Sept. 17, 2008: 16 People Including 2 Americans Die in an Orchestrated Attack on the U.S. Embassy Sana’a, Yemen

And no one....NO ONE called for the resignation of the REPUBLICAN Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. To say she was directly responsible; to stymie Congress with an endless procession of hearings and political attacks would have been counter productive. But look at what is going on today. And that is the difference between our two parties...the difference is one is based on political maneuvers and an agenda solely based on political wins and vitriol.
And that is my world. The "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


The concept was simple. It was fair, equitable and designed to bring all of its citizens into the process. One man, one vote...majority rules...what concepts....that every citizen would have an equal vote, an equal voice and an equal choice in the leaders that govern FOR them.
This grand experiment..."democracy," was the pride of an emerging nation, and the envy of the world. A grand experiment which, while admittedly not pretty at times, extolled freedom and quality of representation as the tenets of the land.
Alas, that form of government, at least in the United States of America...has died. Stolen really. Stolen by the rich and affluent. Bought and paid for by powerful entities, empowered and enabled by the legislative and judicial branches of the country they bought with their power, their money and their gluttony.
According to a new study by Princeton University, we can no longer call ourselves a democracy. The scales of freedom and justice for now officially an oligarchy. An oligarchic form of government for the rich and powerful to seize and run. The less rich, the less powerful now have very little say in the day to day running of the country. They have gone from having a voice and a vote, albeit watered down as the country having everything dictated to them. And for the most part, every effort, every initiative takes the benefit of the rich and the powerful corporations first and foremost into consideration, and the average Joe's welfare last, if at all.
Quoting from the study, please consider the following...

"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."

"Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policy making is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

"In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it."

As someone who was born in the 1950's I have witnessed many incredible feats and events in America's history....civil rights initiatives adopted for many classes, putting a man on the moon, the tear down of the Berlin wall and on and on....unfortunately I can now add another event to the list...our country is now run by the ultra rich.
They control the government, they control the Supreme Court (how else can you explain the Citizen's Unite ruling?) and they control the election process (and the continuing initiatives to take away votes from the former electorate...voter ID initiatives and gerrymandering election districts to insure political outcomes).
This is a sad day confirmed by the Princeton study...a study that merely confirms what intelligent, aware political minds have known all the long...we have lost our country for the most part. Eroded away with each court ruling, with each legislative initiative, and eroded away with each Americans intellectual sloth and apathy.
We have watched the countries balance of power slip away from one man one vote, to a for sale sign. And the purchase has been made. The country was put in escrow and the new owners have taken over.
The grand experiment is over. It failed and there is no going back now. The 1% have won, and while our lives will, in all meaningful ways to most, be the same...we will never be the same.
Oh sure, the government will occasionally throw us a bone to keep us relatively satisfied, relatively peaceful and relatively happy. The country has now been taken away from us. It is no longer within our reach. The powerful oligarchs no longer have to pretend to care for us, or even care about us.
Through this slowly eroding of our democracy, this slow eroding of our consciousness and our mean intelligence as a nation, this slow eroding of our collective ability to give a shit....has given them victory...and the control of a once great nation.
And that is the world...the "World According to Kimba."
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


As you can see from the dates of this, and my previous post, it has been quite a while since I have visited my own blog (sorry to all those who frequent this blog on occasion).

It was never that I had lost interest in the political scene or lost my perspective...time just got away from me and I have been focusing on other endeavors.

To those who have been consistently generous with their attentions of my one man show...let me sum up my observations and vent a little...

Not everything is a damn crisis...this is merely a money word for the media to attempt to garner viewership.

Let's not overstate Mr. Putin's actions of late...he is doing what we would do if we were in similar circumstances...protect our interests. Crimea holds one of his most important military bases, his only warm weather base, which is situated on the Black Sea. Knowledgeable observers saw this coming a mile away.

Why is it that our immediate response to damn near everything in the world is to ratchet up the troops, at least it is our number one response considered...

Voices who are wondering what is next in the Putin troop occupation (primarily a spread of his occupation into neighboring lands) would be best served by remembering that this question is what got us into Vietnam.

Many of us liberals are very interested in Californian investigations into so-called "dark money" campaign donations through a series of hands (non-profits) in an attempt to disguise the donors. These investigations' reportedly involve the Koch Brothers, although if the right are doing it, certainly they are being mimicked by the left...

If the Democrats do lose the next election, please let it be to a moderate like Jon Huntsman and not flame throwing tea partiers like Paul or Cruz....

Having spent a few hours on CSPAN listening to conservative after conservative at CPAC, my fervent hope is for the GOP to change from a party of hope and change and less of the party of "here is what / who we hate." Leaders are for something...losers focus primarily on what they are against. Effective leaders know their own vision of where the nation should go and know how to get there.

Recent reductions in the SNAP program (you may know it as "food stamps"), while maintaining massive subsidies of many industries, including the banking and petrochemical industries, is one of the most heartless political moves in my lifetime.

The Obama administration is, and will continue to be, primarily in a reactive posture until the end of their second term, and that is a shame.

Having been an active participant in the social media, including serving as a beta tester of Google +, I am sick to death of the vitriolic comments, the inflammatory rhetoric (frequently from conservatives towards liberals), the utter lack of knowledge, the complete lack of awareness, and the lack of any nuanced analysis towards any current event that I used to enjoy in years gone by. Most voices consist of a picture with insulting rhetoric added to it.

Who ever came up with the phase "the dumbing down of America" years ago was a true visionary.

And that is my world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I am so tired of the vitriol shown to our President and the liberals in general by the conservatives. They criticize everything President Obama has ever uttered and anything his pen has ever touched....across the board.
The conservatives have used previous congressional rules to filibuster against and block bills attempting to improve and judicial appointees who would reduce the judicial logjams we current experience. Anything...anything this president has attempted to do as part of his vision-the exact same vision that the majority of this countries citizens voted to approve-they have blocked.
But the truth is, if this was a conservative government in the Oval office with the exact same record as President Obama, they would be bragging about it as conservative victories....victories such as,
increasing jobs and reducing the unemployment rate
avoided a second great depression
cutting into our national debt and deficits
college student tax cuts
ended "enhanced interrogation" methods
created 4.5 million private sector jobs in 2010 alone
collected over 10 billion in fines levied to the oil/coal industries
fined BP 4.5 billion for the oil spill in the gulf
banned BPA in our plastics
levied severe fines to the financial sectors for mortgage fraud
required foreign banks to disclose American accounts and taxed them accordingly
abolished don't ask don't tell and ended the ban on females in combat
cut prescription drug costs by 50% for Medicare recipients
economy now growing and the stock market at record highs
saved the US auto industry
reformed student loan program
tax cuts for 3.5 small businesses
HealthCare for millions without coverage
no penalty for pre-existing conditions
children under 25 can stay on parents health plans
7 million homes with solar panels
green industry loans and cuts to spur on business starts
chemical agreement with Syria who is destroying weapons
nuclear agreement with Iran including inspections
and on and on....
The worst President ever? If there were a conservative President in office, they would be touting this record as one of the best records ever. And if the liberals in congress had the same record as the conservatives over the past two terms, the conservatives would be screaming bloody murder.
 Lib-tards my ass. Go screw yourselves. You aren't fooling anybody.
And that's the world...the World According to Kimba.
Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Subsidies to companies who pay sub-standard, non-living wages to their employees who are forced to turn around and apply for government subsidies so they can afford to pay rent, heat their place of residence and can somehow manage to feed their families?
Subsidies to mega-corporations who rake in billions in profits? Why? The very corporations that refuse to assist working Americans who toil all day, and at the end of the day cannot afford to feed their own families?
We need to audit where our money goes. Audit and make transparent where our money is being spent. In layman's terms. So everyone can understand the illogic of it all. And then we need to place the blame on whomever is responsible for it.
We need to end this ridiculous notion that all those on food stamps are eating lobster and swilling fine wine on the government tit.
We need to end the bigoted notion that food stamps are going to lazy minorities. We need to change the picture in the minds of many Americans that food stamp recipients are lazy men wearing wife beaters sitting on their porches, gut protruding, drinking a Colt 45, smoking a Newport and watching their 8 dirty kids play in their filthy yards.
We are the richest country in the world, and many...millions in fact, struggle to feed their families. We are the richest country in the world, and many of our children go to bed hungry at night. Can't sleep because they see the struggle their parent(s) go through daily in trying to make ends meet. Trying to cope with the failure they feel when dinner is a cup of Top Ramen. Trying to cope with the failure that comes when they cannot afford health insurance for their children....or cannot afford proper clothing for their children...or cannot find a decent job that will match financially their willingness to work.
And for many, these parents go to sleep with the knowledge that the taxes they pay from their meager wages are returned in subsidies to the very corporations they work for...the very corporations that refuse to pay living wages.
Talk about irony. The irony of working for a huge billion dollar corporation, toiling to prepare food for thousands of customers only to get off work unable to afford the very food they have prepared all a billion dollar corporation that is at the very vortex of the financial spiral they struggle to cope with on a daily basis.
We need to raise the minimum wage. We must guarantee that everyone who is willing to work will receive a living wage...not lobster money, but enough for a nutritious meal, a decent place to live and a chance to recapture the ultimate human right...the right to a little dignity and a sense of self worth.
We are the richest nation on earth...a nation too rich to leave anyone left behind. A place where no one gets left behind.
It's time to fight the war against poverty rather than fighting a war against poor people. Because they are Americans...the sick, the unemployed, the elderly, they are our veterans and yes, our children. And they are hungry and live in the richest nation on earth. They need not be left hungry, alone....and behind. E pluribus Unum...out of One nation, under God...indivisible with liberty and justice for all....and if I might, I would like to insert dignity. These people deserve our help, and a little dignity along with a decent hot meal from time to time. And anyone who objects is a selfish bastard. We can easily do this.
And that's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


.I wrote this on Sunday, November 22, 2009 and I'm reprinting the post because it still holds true. Thanks for a reader from Iowa for going into the archives and pulling this out......


One month into the Obama administration, SOS Hillary Clinton gave the following quote when asked of the U.S. role in Chinese affairs...."human rights should not interfere with other issues in a bilateral relationship." And as repugnant as that is to say, I had hoped that this would mark some semblance of reality in U.S. relations around the world. Obviously, we are counting on China to continue to prop up our economy through the purchase of US bonds, and in doing so we are entering into a deal with the devil; the price of which is our lack of power or ability to criticize China for their human rights stances.
As a nation, we have long taken on the role of the world's watch dog and the world's policeman of sorts. We have toppled dictators, and we have propped up others. In the case of Saddam Hussein, we have done both, until we finally took him down.
Our role in the Middle East has less to do with 9/11 than with the Bush administrations desire to achieve regime change in no less than four Middle eastern countries (the now famous Rumsfeld white paper). But where has this involvement gotten us? Do we feel safer now than ever? There has been no subsequent 9/11-like attacks, but is this a direct result of our fighting two civil wars?
What it has done is killed our armed forces, divided our country and helped to put our own economy in a very precarious footing, to say the very least.
Sometimes, our views and foreign actions make no sense whatsoever...we do business with China with its human rights violations, but continue to embargo Cuba for its human rights action which has not achieved a regime change, but has seriously hurt the day to day standard of living to most Cubans.
President Obama ran on a "change" platform, let's see some. He ran on the promise to end our involvement (and vast money drain) in the Middle East, let's see it. Let's see some of the promises fulfilled. Let's see a change to our hypocrisy, let's see a less dictatorial foreign affairs stance, and a more humanitarian overview.
We need to stop the bleeding in Iraq and Afghanistan (literally and figuratively), we need to decide what to do with Gitmo, and we need to open up relations with Cuba by years end. And we need to turn a less blind eye towards our own peoples need before squandering our resources outside of the country. Do I support a new Monroe Doctrine? Of sorts. we need to roll up our borders to immigration, we need to raise import fees, and we need to force Americans to buy American. We need to tell the world we will not fight the good fight all over the world while they sit blithely by. We need to stop helping the expense of not being able to help ourselves; and if that sounds Lou Dobbsian, so be it. When our economy eventually rebounds, we can rethink our foreign affairs posture, until then, we need to focus our attentions domestically for the good of the people.
And that is the world....."the World According to Kimba"...then and now.
Thanks for reading (or listening).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

According to a CNN report, over 50% of all fast food workers rely on public assistance due to a lack of full time hours and low pay. McDonalds, the corporation with a heart came to the rescue...with the sample budget so their hard working employees can exist on their $8.50 an hour, and have established a help line.
"McResource" is a help line (supported by franchises), which endeavors to help their employees  securing public assistance for food stamps, heating bills, medical expenses, transportation, child care and education, all on the public backs.
What a gesture...can't afford to pay them full time hours with benefits, can't afford to pay out a living wage, but can afford pathetic gestures like the ones described. All the while reaping in enormous profits year after year after year.
Look at the budget above...two salaries, rent $ insurance $20....heating 0 (good news workers in Chicago)....and car payment $150 a month. What is this budget based on...1970? What an insult.
This is just one of many corporations (Walmart, et al) that should be held accountable for their employees that have no option but to apply for public assistance despite being employed. How ironic....hire a bunch of hard working Americans, pay them too little to afford to feed their families...and have them make food all day long.
Hey McDonalds....the next time you tell ME I deserve a break today...pull your corporate heads out of your arses and take a look at your workforce...THEY deserve a break everyday.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Technically it's called McCutcheon vs. the FEC, but sane people are calling it Citizens United 2. What it is is the biggest assault on the value of your vote and on the democratic election process, in the history of the republic.
It is a Supreme Court case seeking to eliminate caps on political spending, limitations on someone's ability to give to any one candidate. Presently capped out at $123,200.00, this case, left in the hands of the conservative dominated court could very well raise this to $3.5 million.
Influence for sale....bought and paid for. They can buy ad times, control the content, frame decisions and discussions, control the candidates and otherwise become so powerful that you can buy the seat at the table, push their agenda and shape the entire background of politics...who runs, who gets elected, what they vote for and against, the sky's the limit. So bring your bag o' cash to the Beltway, because pretty soon, democracy will be for sale.
Citizens United 2...if you didn't see this coming, you just weren't paying attention.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


So here we go folks....Congressional foolishness part two. The last time they did this it ended in our countries credit rating going down, costing us a fortune. And they are at it again. Foolishly using an appropriations bill, and soon a vote to increase the debt limit....which BTW does not increase our spending, but pledging that we as a country will pay back the admittedly enormous amount of money we (they) have already a political bargaining chip.

A bill which will raise the limit and help put our creditors at ease that we will pay off our bloated credit card bill, has become a tool to hammer each other with....a bill which has been used to tack on additions against abortion and women's health, as well as delaying the starting date of a healthcare bill, now law for at least one year, if not altogether.

Increases in the debt limit have gone on for decades....a true bi-partisan history which have gone on through all of the modern administrations. So what's different now? The Tea Party...the so called "Suicide" fringe, enabled and emboldened by congressional Gerry-rigging to ensure they will get easily much so most of them run unopposed by the minority political party.

These minority members of the House are holding the government and the American economy and the American people and their own House leader (John Boehner)...hostage.  They are using this government shut down to make a statement about spending, and it has made this country a laughing stock again (as depicted by the magazine cover above).

Instead of the political blather and vitriol we are hearing coming out of the Beltway these days, do you know what we should be hearing? An apology.

An apology for putting hard working government workers out of work. An apology for a governmental representative body which has been rendered impotent. And an apology for the money...our money which they have squandered, and are now threatening to not pay off.

We deserve an apology, or they deserve to be shutdown as well. Because at the end of the day, we are the American people...and we vote. You work for us, and you'd better get your collective shit together, because another election is coming down the tracks, and we don't like what you have been doing. We vote, and if we paid for performance, you wouldn't get a paycheck, you would get bills.

Bills for making a mockery out of a once proud nation. A bill for ignorantly trying to balance a budget on the backs of the poor (remember when we fought wars on poverty (Food Stamps aka SNAP)  instead fighting wars on the impoverished?). And a bill for taking away the one currency we have always counted on...pride in the government of what was once, the greatest country in the world. You get a up assholes. You can start by axing the additions to the debt limit bill and passing it on a bi-partisan basis like we have for decades now, regardless of which party was in power.

Then you can apologize, hat in hand, for destroying our government by waging political penis size contests.

And that is the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


The only way we will bomb Syria will be with the support (and Congressional votes) of the GOP. It's a political reality that has the conservatives in a tailspin....interesting political can they vote for it and still blame him for it?
In my opinion, we need to end this Rumsfeld originated American manifest destiny when it comes to the Middle East.....hell bent on occupation and regime change. It's time we re-read the Monroe Doctrine and turned the tables...on ourselves.
And that is the world...the "World According to Kimba."

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Mr. President,
Whereas we are already in the throws of not one but two wars.
Whereas any jackass can see we got absolutely nothing out of either one except American deaths.
Whereas you campaigned on the ignorance of the wars (remember--you did not authorize them).
Whereas you promised to get us out of both wars.
Whereas you claimed to be the anti-meddling President.
Whereas our economy is just starting to come back around.
Whereas our mucking around in another Middle Eastern country seeking regime change would be abhorrent to most, if not all of the civilized world....
We hereby request that we sit back as a nation and let them kill each other for a change.

Seriously, here is the text of the letter President Obama sent to Speaker Boehner and the President of the Senate; and will be up to debate upon their return from summer vacation....

Whereas, on August 21, 2013, the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, killing more than 1,000 innocent Syrians;
Whereas these flagrant actions were in violation of international norms and the laws of war;
Whereas the United States and 188 other countries comprising 98 percent of the world's population are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons;
Whereas, in the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Congress found that Syria's acquisition of weapons of mass destruction threatens the security of the Middle East and the national security interests of the United States;
Whereas the United Nations Security Council, in Resolution 1540 (2004), affirmed that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons constitutes a threat to international peace and security;
Whereas, the objective of the United States' use of military force in connection with this authorization should be to deter, disrupt, prevent, and degrade the potential for, future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction;
Whereas, the conflict in Syria will only be resolved through a negotiated political settlement, and Congress calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to participate urgently and constructively in the Geneva process; and
Whereas, unified action by the legislative and executive branches will send a clear signal of American resolve.
(a) Authorization. -- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria in order to --
(1) prevent or deter the use or proliferation (including the transfer to terrorist groups or other state or non-state actors), within, to or from Syria, of any weapons of mass destruction, including chemical or biological weapons or components of or materials used in such weapons; or
(2) protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons.
(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements. --
(1) Specific Statutory Authorization. -- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.
(2) Applicability of other requirements. -- Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


Here's the ugly secret...Americans...the vast majority of Americans actually like socialism. Admittedly, most don't know what it is, but they count on Social Security and Medicare, appreciate unemployment insurance, are willing to pay for food stamps for the truly indigent and the like.
We are not as unhappy with how much you spend (the deficit is too abstract for most) as it is what you spend our money on.
If you have traveled oversees, you see governments that are completely able to extend socialized medicine benefits, extensive vacation periods, educational systems that seem to work, high speed rail, subways.... infrastructures in general that are much, much better than ours.
But we don't have any of that...our return on our financial investment....the taxes we pay, is next to nothing. And it's because we spend our money on wars, a vast defense department, missile defenses, oil subsidies and tax credits, foreign aid, farm subsidies, and bridges to nowhere.....not to mention reducing our revenue with tax cuts for corporations and the affluent.
And this doesn't even mention the idiotic things...millions of dollars in ridiculous studies that make the news every year....studies on topics ranging from the mating habits of fruit flies to the dangerous lifestyles of male prostitutes in Vietnam (actual studies).  $76 million on an effort to round up wild have undoubtedly heard about many of these over the, you can spend money, if we get something to show for it, but we rarely do.
And having said all of that, let me tell you what we taxpayers really become enraged at...your stupidity costing us money. $3.3 billion lost in paying off fraudulent unemployment claims, $4.5 billion paying off improper food stamp claims, $30 billion on a Medicaid audit system that costs more than it saves, $11 billion in faulty IRS payments.....if a business ran this ineptly they would be out of business by Wednesday. That's a lot of money spent because we (you) are stupid.
Maybe if the budget wasn't 400 pages, our government officials would actually read it and some of this would end. And in doing so, maybe, just maybe, they would start to get it.
And that's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


What's and white Skittles?
I hate how money seeps into everything American.
Having said that, I only know two things...when it comes to racism, both Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Martin were no angels ("pussy assed cracker'), and as much as I initially thought the President's remarks were uncalled for and untimely...I have locked my car doors in the exact manner the President described... not just for approaching blacks, but people of all colors I deemed a threat.
I hadn't realized people approaching my vehicle could hear it, nor did I consider how it would feel if they did.  We are all works in progress.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


A bill that passed committee and is heading to the House that has yet to reach public attention, but I predict will be the major story next month, is H.R.1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Here are the basic tenets of the bill.

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion except in conformity with this Act's requirements.  Requires the physician to first determine the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child, or reasonably rely upon such a determination made by another physician, by making inquiries of the pregnant woman and performing such medical examinations and tests as a reasonably prudent physician would consider necessary.
Prohibits the abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater, except: (1) where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, excluding psychological or emotional conditions; or (2) where the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the result of incest against a minor, if the rape has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency, or if the incest has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency or to a government agency legally authorized to act on reports of child abuse or neglect.

Twenty weeks....seems reasonable to me. I'm pro-choice and it seems excessive to me. 5 months to be tested and determine if you are pregnant. 5 months to determine if you have a living human being developing in your body. Long enough to detect......but more importantly, long enough to go from the "potential for life" status to human life itself....capable of feeling pain, capable of being called "viable" by any standards (as much as I hate that term).

You do not have to pro-life to be for this bill. You don't have to be a Republican, be labeled  conservative or be God fearing to be for this bill. All you have to be is a human being capable of empathy and respectful for others and capable of rational thought.

Twenty weeks is where they want to draw a line in the sand? Fine. Anything after 5 months is a reasonable definition for late term abortions and should be considered repugnant if not out and out murder.

This bill has all the exemptions pro-choicer insist on...incest, the mother's health, rape and child abuse. This is not...repeat not....the opening salvo to the overturning of Roe v. Wade (the current talking point for liberals). This is a common sense approach to an age old debate....when do you go from the respect for a mother's body, to respect for a viable fetuses body.

Twenty weeks? Sounds more than reasonable to me. Sounds like a bill that should be passed on a bi-partisan basis....given that the voters have half a heart, half a brain and the ability to vote their conscience. I recommend its passage in both Congressional bodies. It is appropriately named in my opinion..the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It is a human response that neither infringes greatly on a woman's right to choose, or sets unreasonable boundaries or expectations on the birth mother or health care provider. It is the response of what we are, or should be....a highly evolved species with the respect for human life.

And that's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading...and thinking.

Monday, May 20, 2013


My heart goes out to all those in the path of this monster.
I hope you all came out safe and in the arms of your loved ones.
God bless you and God bless America in its time(s) of need.

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.

You can't hear anything else these days on the news shows, or anywhere around the Beltway. Washington is focused solely on the attack on Benghazi. Despite numerous issues they can do something about, Washington is apoplectic about Benghazi to the point of paralysis let's talk about Benghazi.
Some say it was a cover-up dwarfing Watergate...well, if it was,what was the war in Iraq? A search for WMD's that U.N. inspector Karl Blix denied based on his recent inspections? Where were the outcry...where were the subpoenas? Where was the rhetoric about executive testimonies and accountability then?
 Let's get real about Benghazi...they were attacked by forces and an arsenal very few if any embassies could repel. Where is the logic, where is the intelligence that cries out for force depletion reports on all of our foreign embassies based on the scale and scope of the attack on Benghazi? I won't say "sitting ducks,"but the analogy is fitting in many cases....
In true Washington fashion,this is less of a preventative investigation and more of a political witch hunt against a future Democratic Presidential candidate.
Yes, Susan Rice came out with something stupid....she tried to connect the attack on a bigoted video coming out of one in their right mind believed it. It was chaotic and she never should have made a press conference. So, condemn her. Haul her ass before Congress. Fine.
Investigate whether or not the Ambassador requested to leave the country (with his subordinates) prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack,and who turned it down. Fine.
But you called the SOS before the Issa committee and absolutely no one believed she was the least bit uncaring (or culpable at her level) about the attack and the resulting deaths. In true leadership fashion, she fell on the sword. Blame me, she said, in emotional terms. I'm in charge, blame me.
This morning, John McCain, the Armed Forces Committee Chairman turned yellow and charged that she didn't care. "Who cares?" he quoted her as saying. Who cares...
Well you gutless piece of shit, you small measure of a man, you mindless puppet of the GOP - incapable of individual thought, here is the ENTIRE quote from Hillary....

"With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans," Clinton said angrily as she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a month because of her ill health.
"Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?" she said, making chopping motions with her hands for emphasis.
"It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again."

Does this sound like a leader who did not care? Does this sound like someone you gutlessly referred to as having the "Benghazi flu?" Or does this sound like a leader attempting in vein to get your committee to focus on protecting the embassies from this point forward?
There was a time when you would have stood up to this kind of yellow rhetoric in a GOP orchestrated attempt to  distort the truth...there was a time when you were a "maverick." Those days are over, Senator.
This was one of a dozen attacks on our foreign assets over the past two what is so special about Benghazi? Hillary Clinton. You would need to take a bottle of Viagra to replicate the enormity of the hard-on Washington (GOP) has over the Clintons. Let's talk about that.
We have a defense budget equal to roughly 50% of our total expenditures...more than the next 12 countries in the world combined, 11 of which are our allies.....and Congress voted to cut the embassies budgets. You cut the embassies budgets. Let's talk about that.

 Here is a quote from a real leader, someone whose opinion is valued so highly when he testified that Iraq had WMD's....almost everyone jumped on board and we went to war...Colin Powell

“I think she’s had a distinguished record…And I don’t think that this one incident—which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night … I don’t think it’s a blot on her record.”
— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Jan. 13

Congress needs to stop attacking and start governing....they need to stop trying to change and create untrue public perceptions and focus on reality. They need to get into the facts and stop holding sessions solely intended to sully the reputations of your perceived political enemies. We the people are counting on you...

And that's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to abundance of those who have much; it is if we provide enough for those who have too little."
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)

 "If by a Liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'Liberal,' then I'm proud to say I'm a Liberal.” ( John F. Kennedy)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I have no words for the senseless and brutal events at the Boston Marathon yesterday....except welcome to the new normal. Welcome to the constant possibility that some cowardly fool will pack a backpack full of explosives, ball bearings, fish hooks...whatever will injury and maim as many innocents as possible and slip it amongst the largest crowd he / she / they can find. Unfortunately, we now know what it is like to live in Israeli, under the constant fear of the next terrorist act.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Although it may be wise to plug in some throwaways that you will be more than willing to cut in negotiations.... but....raising the minimum wage, funding "no child left behind" and raising cigarette taxes by a dollar a pack? Boehner must be turning three shades of red (from his usual burnt orange). At least they submitted a budget, but this one won't even be considered by the conservatives...gridlock anyone?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I can't think of a more universal credo for the world today than the picture taken above from our friends at Nike. Winning takes care of conscience, no morality.....the perfect slogan from the company who advised you to "Just Do It."
Tiger steps out on your wife and in doing so ruins his marriage, he causes her prolonged emotional pain as each day a new woman steps forward with carnal knowledge of her problem, go win a golf tournament and everything will be OK.
Just keep saying it, TW..."winning takes care of everything" when your kids come home from school in tears and tells you another kid at school made fun of them because their father stepped out with every stripper/ slut / cocktail waitress and bar hag you could get your hands on......just tell them "don't cry children, Daddy's going to win the John Deere Open for you next week and everything will be alright."
I can't believe the unmitigated gall of Woods, who no doubt signed off on it, and Nike for coming up with the slogan. You know what takes care of everything, Tiger? Being a man. You should try it sometime.
And that's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Boehner & Ryan and Reid & Pelosi need to stop using the Obama crutch...and be leaders & get a passable budget done within Congress. No one delegates up. Oh,both house majorities have come up with budgets....budgets everyone knows do not have a snowballs chance in hell of passing.
Since when does Congress sit around waiting for the President to act? Negotiate a budget and send it up....any budget negotiated that can stand the voting scrutiny of both houses will not be vetoed. Frigging get it done, leadership.

Saturday, March 16, 2013