Karma, Man

Coupla months back I wrote about an unethical downtown merchant pissing me off, and one of the roomies saying she’d call after the first of the year. Roomie called the other day, as promised, bearing the news that the boutique is no more and that she and her sister have taken over the whole place and are eager to get Amethyst’s stuff in there. We’ve got to meet with them to see if we can arrive at agreeable terms, but I imagine we’ll find most anything they might offer that’s short of abusive to be agreeable enough.

I tried not to indulge my tendency for schadenfreude but failed. I, of all people, understand and appreciate the ballistic nature of life’s arc so can’t really hold it against that one that fate chose for her to be a cunt, but I got hurled into a trajectory of my own, too, and can’t help but feel a sense of affirmation in this turn of events.

I know that seems irrational, implying as it does that I believe I live in a world that is good to good people and bad to bad people despite all evidence being to the contrary, but I’ll argue that the only reason the bitch failed is that she’s a bad person.

Several months ago, the shopkeeper somehow found reason to tell Amethyst that most of the boutiques she follows in social media had gone out of business in the last couple of years, “but I’m still here!”. That’s the day I knew she was a goner. I had had my suspicions before, based upon the sort of merchandise she stocked and the way she conducted herself, but that statement alone, in isolation, is all the evidence one might need to know that the woman had a very unhealthy dose of narcissism to contend with. She was reporting that her very own business model was one being decimated throughout the country by our collapsed economy, and she saw in that cause for celebration and public ego masturbation.

Somehow or other the shopkeeper, in the run-up to the holiday retail season, looked upon her stagnant retail inventory and responded by investing heavily in new inventory, and also fucking over consignment vendors. Because narcissism makes people blind — they see the world in terms of what gratifies their egos, what threatens their egos, and the irrelevant rest. There being no room in her psyche for self-doubt, she responded to proof that she didn’t understand the market by going on a buying spree.

The lunatic buying spree isn’t what killed the business, it was just the big bang at the end. She’s oblivious to market signals, because narcissism blinded her. So being a bad person is why her business failed. I like it when every now and then life just randomly makes sense. It restores my faith in the organic compounds.

Let’s do a thing with a string

I got a string attached to my thing…

… I can do my thing like I oughta.

2016 has been a real stinker and 2017 is shaping up to be even stinkier, so I propose that we carefully select a soundtrack for the last day of the year that will send an irresistible happy wiggle from the brain stem to the booty. Here’s my contribution — have you got one, too?

Obama’s Legacy: Racist

On Saturday I randomly encountered my acquaintance the capital-D Democrat who surprised me at the caucus by voting for Bernie Sanders. He did not surprise me at all on Saturday — he behaved as the loyal apparatchik, as though he wasn’t sitting just two seats away and looking right at me when I addressed the Democratic Party caucus several months ago. I was feeling grotesquely disrespected by the son of a bitch standing their preaching party gospel at me knowing my publicly stated views, but feeling fatigued at the time I opted to ignore the personal for the moment and explain, briefly, why I disrespect his beloved establishment. I told him, also, to watch the Sunday news out of Standing Rock.

The veterans got to Standing Rock and the government surrendered. The only new fact of the matter is the introduction into the path of violence of a class of citizens who cannot be scapegoated, so it’s settled: Our celebrated first black president is a racist, and that will be his legacy. It was perfectly okay to bring state violence to bear on behalf of a corporation breaking federal law as long as it was just Indians and renegades suffering it, but as soon as it was someone who couldn’t be scapegoated the US Army Corps of Engineers, of which Obama is commander in chief, did the right thing and ended the violence.

The truth, as they say, speaks for itself.

I like smart chicks

Jill Stein has got vote recounts going in one or more Rust Belt states that might alter our recent past and our future history, too… The recounts could be seen as good for democracy, a thing the US Constitution was never itself intended to be and so will soon enough be revised to prevent these grotesque outbreaks of it.

 

Remember the Shillary who thought her coronation her fate who proudly spouted rhetoric about being “a progressive who gets things done” and “fighting hard for the hard-working people of America”? If the Green Party’s fight for fair elections lands her in the White House, she’ll arrive as the representative of an establishment she has completely discredited by her own actions over the course of decades and of a party that has abandoned her and is distancing itself from her as it adopts a posture for the next election cycle. She’s already been shredded by a corporate media turned hostile and bitingly critical since judging her a loser, and the people have just seen that she won’t even fight for herself after seeing the same data that set Jill Stein into action because something smelled fishy. If she’s elected in this way, and doesn’t resign, her choice will be between just sitting there awaiting the further humiliation of impeachment and removal from office, or becoming the Hillary Clinton she never wanted or intended to be so has no idea how to be, the president of the people.

Most importantly, though, look at what just happened: An otherwise irrelevant kinda socialist chick saw what looked a lot like a won presidential election just lying there forfeit on the table, and said hey, Hillary, I think this is yours, you must have forgotten it. If the recounts change the outcome, the Democratic Party is dead because the only thing that prevented them from abandoning us to Needledick Donny was Jill Stein making Hillary take the office to which she’d been properly and fairly elected by the American people. If the recount changes the electoral college vote count but not the outcome, the Democratic Party is still shown as having not even tried even when Needledick was our fate because of it.

It seems safe to say that Jill Stein is the smartest politician in America today.