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It’s All One Thing #270: In the Morning Metro

 

“The government has battled brutal drug cartels often taking out their leaders. That
has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increased viscous internecine fighting.”

Even though there was clear evidence at least by mid-1970’s that killing leaders
in drug gangs only spawns wars of succession in both the Drug war and Terror War
(really a war of, by and for terror) both continue these policies of decapitation
targeted killings and now, of course GPS directed drone strikes (thank you Bush
then Obama such a gift for the Generals of Agent Orange head) so here we are
a quarter century later with Agent Orange Head racist-in- chief sitting in the White
House but never seen in Oval Office, the countries nominal Unitary Executive
narcissistic to the point of final fatal Cartesian solipsism blatant racism in front
the Lincoln Monument Memorial native American elder surrounded by white boys
making hatchet hand motions in The Chop the football body language of bashed brains
on the gridiron just been enacted at the American Football Conference Championship
game where the Patriots beat the Chiefs in overtime you can’t help thinking what!
are people thinking when thinking definitely is not in style when the Right to Lifers
supported by a vast media echo chamber of billionaire owned and operated think tanks
and legal (ity) societies and whole newspaper chains and clear channels and TV cable
networks that can instantly amplify any one(s) point of view and never allow the actual
voice at the that flash point where Pocahantas was abducted and raped where Wounded
Knee is still a raw wound where slavery just moved into the prisons where the color
of your skin is everything where where you live is everything where you never have
enough where the Senate is about to approve as new Attorney General (that is Chief
Law Enforcement Officer) the guy who arranged the pardons of the public officials who
were in charge of the Iran-contra operations that began as Reagan (probably represent-
ed by H.W. Bush) encouraged the new Iranian Islamic government to hold hostages
taken when Jimmy Carter allowed the U.S. C.I.A. installed puppet, the Shah, to come
into the U.S. (that is us) for cancer treatment so that Iranian nationalists took the U.S.
embassy in Teheran, and Khomeini, the Great Mullah, only released those hostages
on the very minute of Reagan’s inauguration in order to show everyone Reagan’s big
deal to sell weapons to the Mullah in the war with Iraq, and then, of course, do the same
for Saddam Hussein and take the blood money from the arms deals to buy more arms
for the contras in El Salvador and Guatemala and Honduras to kill public nurses and
teachers in Nicaragua since the Contras were Somoza’s Nicaraguan National Guards
(originally set up by the Marines) from back in the days of United Fruit cum Chiquita
Bananas who the C.I.A. was now sponsoring to overthrow the Nicaraguan Revolution
and in the process igniting revolutions in Guatemala and little El Salvador and counter-
insurgencies, torture, death squads and army mass murder especially in the high lands
where whole villages were massacred by government special forces with officers trained
at the School of the Americas (Ft. Benning ) and when they couldn’t get enough money
to supply the Contras selling weapons and WMD to the Mullahs and Saddam they sold
drugs in the U.S. to buy the guns for the goons making Freeway Ricky a drug lord in L.A.
while Manuel Noriega was skimming the take in Panama another School of the America
graduate C.I.A. asset until he was not and Robert Mueller took care of that case after the
Invasion of Panama then going on to wind up the BCCI scandal which was the conduit
for all that bloody cash (Bank of Commerce and Credit International) in the last days of
H.W. Bush’s reign as William Barr in the last hours of that administration engineered
those pardons of the six indicted co-conspirators of that Iran-contra scandal (how they
love to talk about Watergate and mob controlled Nixon now but nary a word about Iran-
contra since they just made a saint in elaborate hagiography of good old H.W) oh Iran-
contra just an affair now as if Iran and the cCntras had a liaison cohabiting in some
secret love nest somewhere in deliciously undisclosed location when we’re all living
in some undisclosed location where the targeted killings that only cause more killings
go on and on and guess what Agent Orange Head is in the White House and his Hot
Heads and generals run foreign policy and Mueller will be working under Barr again.

 

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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It’s All One Thing #264: Every Time (It Gets Cold)

 

Someone on the train gets up and goes over
To the intercom to question why we’re standing by
And amazing miracle he actually gets an answer
That there is a disabled train downtown that has cars
Waiting at every station and this poor soul, this
Innocent voice of inconvenient inquiry just keeps
Asking why this is happening so finally exasperated
I tell him they spent all the money on tunnels and bridges
(for the cars) and put the debt on the MBTA public
Transit system so we’re riding on worn out rolling stock
Controlled by an ageing switching system and again
The money spent on those tunnels and bridges real
Purpose was not even getting people faster to the airport
But again actually to rewire the financial district so
Boston could be a could be (again) a 21st century city
In global gilded age of mass extinction caused by climate
                         Collapse.

 

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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It’s All One Thing #263: The Deep State – Organized Crime

 

Everywhere at once two clandestine wings
black site global torture detention
and free trade zone shadow banking
black market guns, drugs and sex
kidnapping death squads in 172 countries
autocrat dictators and kleptocrat kings
Dons, capos, crime head bosses
Murder Incorporated Union Gangsters
Payday Loans and loan sharking
money laundering condo casinos
Reason Magazine Family Research Council
Pro-life Death Penalty Movement
astro turf organized buses for them
Occupy gets pepper sprayed in the face
and shot in the head with tear gas canister
(thank you Barack Obama, old Obama
who helped put a new generation of nukes
in the hands of Agent Orange Head in the White House
as he sabotaged efforts to create binding contracts
on Green House gases as his Secretary of State
went around Earth selling hydro fracking
ICE deports two and one half million people
back to countries controlled by warlords
created by 7 decades of military coups
and USA USA backed regime changes)

and of course Nixon/Reagans/Clintons
Bushes/Obama’s ruthless war on drugs
to go with Drone Ranger’s Killer Tuesdays
all one thing, ALL ONE THING
mobster gangsta crime family
evangelical way theocrats
gansta banks fund global Ponzi schemes
free market libertarian guns, drugs, sex
deep state terror techno bureaucrats
endless occupations and counter-insurgency
(for the insurgencies caused by the occupations)
17 combined oxymoron intelligence agencies
that keep telling us the Russians did it
(in the Trump Russian Investigation):
“the Russians hacked the election”
where the Repugs strip and flip enough voters
so they can make it close enough
so they can steal the election
and, there it is, not a failure of democracy
but the complete absence of democracy
the competing frantic contending wings
of the old clandestine operations
funded by drug dealing and
spies in alliance with criminal gang
insurgent ethnic cleansing, racial putsches
encircling the poor Earth in one final
Awful Act of Enclosure

 

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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It’s All One Thing #202: 9/11(Like Synchronicity) Strikes Again

 

As I flip channels to escape ads (or try to) I keep seeing the image
of the Falling Man who the History Channel claims has been identified
by his family and they are African American and they say he was one
of those whose love of life lifted everyone but cannot keep him crashing
to Earth to escape the flames that turned the towers to plumes of dust.

Interspersed with the image of this young man are shots of first the one
struck sky-scraper and then the second plane crashing again and again
into the second tower and then one and then the other tower collapsing
over and over as the spreading cloud of dust then rushes right at all of us.

Meanwhile 16 years later it is almost 16 years since the U.S. (that is us)
invaded Afghanistan and more than 14 years since the U.S. (that is us)
invaded Iraq and the U.S. just doubled down with a new Afghan surge
(as it did at the time of Obama’s first year) and still has thousands of troops
in Iraq after a series of battles in cities taken in the original invasion 2003-04
in Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul where tens of thousands more Iraqis were killed
caught between U.S. bombs and artillery and (ISIS) Islamic State snipers.

Civilian casualties increased in Afghanistan every year since Obama’s surge
there (which, of course, really began under the Bush regime in ’08) so the “U.S.
bombed Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia in 2016”.*

So over and over I see the upside down fleeting image of the falling man hurtling
to Earth head first as we all went to endless war as the bipartisan war parties
signed off on the Patriot Act, and total surveillance, and the funding for the wars
actually a giant, indeed unbounded slush fund for the privatized occupations
created specifically so corporations like Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) and Blackwater
could operate outside accountability, beyond any rule of law, outsourcing torture,
outsourcing assassination, paying bribes to and arming the very forces we were fighting
and created the Islamic State in Syria in Iraq in the Iraqi detention camps set up by the U.S.
from those who rose to power as the U.S. systematically assassinated the Al Qaeda leaders
above them. And the most horrible part of the whole bleeding ulcer mess thing is to see
that poor soul young African American beloved man still hurtling head first to Earth. Again.

*NBC News headline in Glenn Greenwald Intercept piece on how Hillary’s war-mongering effected the 2016 election.

 

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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It’s All One Thing #190: Coming Back

 

going away all they could talk about
was the failure to pass “repeal of Obamacare”
coming back all they could talk about
was the passage in the House of Representatives
of a bill to defund Obamacare by voiding
the tax that funds its insurance subsidies
and “pay for” this tax break for the rich
by taking funds from Medicaid of the amount
given back to the rich and then meanwhile
I knew about the 59 cruise missiles launched
at Syrian airbase and the biggest bomb ever
unleashed at last on Southern Afghanistan
and the “Armada” setting course for N. Korea
that ended up being in exercises near Australia
but I didn’t find out until much, much later
that everyone (in the lamestream media) decided
Donald J. Trump was really president when they
saw how beautiful those missiles looked blasting off
ships with the U.S.A. U.S.A. flag flying in foreground

 

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.

 

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Bamboozled No More! The Trump Drama

 

Am I the only person in the room wearing glasses? There was a time (months ago) when the news/social media challenged Trump. Now, I have this unsettling feeling that the media is backing down.

Recently, when Trump accused former President Obama of eavesdropping, there was little mention about the reports about Trump’s near obsession with listening in on the conversations of his staff, employees and guests.

Perhaps I have watched too many TV crime show on TV, shows but now when I hear a Trump accusation about eavesdropping, two words come to mind: opportunity and motive.

Other times, I just sigh and smile. Perhaps The Donald simply forgot who did what, when and where!

But…am I really the only person in the room wearing glasses?

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers… a lot. Her column now appears weekly at Oddball Magazine.