You Can’t Control Guns. Stuff Happens.

Posted in arguing with lunatics, current events, guns, politics on October 2, 2015 by furious buddha

Statistics are generally meaningless, so I’ll try to state this without too many numbers. According to CDC estimates that over 99,000 Americans have died by gunshot since Newtown.The combined US combat deaths in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and all the other conflicts since 1945 are less than the gun deaths in the US since December of 2012. 

The reason I don’t have guns in my house is because I am not afraid. I am not weak. I do not tremble in the night. I walk the streets I choose to. I do not worry and fret.

But last night Little Tony slept in our bed between us. Dark lullabies haunted my dreams. This afternoon his mama took him to the movies while I was at work and I was filled with dreadful disquiet until he burst through the door crying, “Papa! I’m home!” Tonight he is sleeping in our bed again.

Now it is the morning. I posted this unfinished last night by mistake.

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, I have so much to say but I just don’t know how much of it is useful.

The thing is that it is possible to have effective gun control that doesn’t completely disarm everyone; the problem is that it requires us to have an adult conversation. That means that we have to stop letting Ted Nugent and other crazy assholes dominate our discourse. I cannot chalk up the pointless murders of ten people to ‘stuff happens‘. We are a creative and free people who have been to the Goddamned Moon. We can figure this out.

I remain hopeful because I must.

defeating self

Posted in philosophy, poetry on September 28, 2015 by furious buddha

in the judgement of the superior moment
self satisfied shameless schadenfreude
masquerading as delighted joy
small victories flushing
happiness out of reach
caught by tides of swelling desires
the mundane pull of gravity
and the mass of ego

victory begins with
defeating self

the ballad of john boehner

Posted in arguing with lunatics, current events, poetry, politics on September 26, 2015 by furious buddha

its so much better
to talk than to yell and curse
he resigned singing

full throated ecstatic cry of joy

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2015 by furious buddha

your pagan birthday
equinox celebration
be your own surprise

North Rona Island, Winter, 1685

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2015 by furious buddha

the scravenging rats
tore at the dry bones, desperate

*And yes, scravenging is a perfectly cromulent word.

Why do you keep believing Alex Jones? #JadeHelm #Truthers #Conspiracy #AlexJones

Posted in arguing with lunatics, current events, politics on September 15, 2015 by furious buddha

Dear Anyone Who Believes Anything Alex Jones Says;

What is it about you that allows you to believe such an obvious fraud as Alex Jones? It’s not simply a matter of raw intelligence, paranoia or a personality flaw. It can’t be.

Is it because you want the world to be more magical than it really is? Is it more exciting to think that the local dry cleaners is a front for an elaborate spy operation or that your grocery store is part of a UN conspiracy to make us docile?

I’m more sympathetic than you think. My mom used to listen to Alex Jones back when he was mostly talking about aliens and ghosts in the wee dark hours of the morning. Then she would come to me with questions about chemtrails, HARP and ley lines. Eventually the act wore thin and she moved on. But many of you didn’t.

So, I’m taking this moment in the fall of 2015 to point out to you that the Jade Helm exercises are over and the American Southwest has not been put under control of the US military and that this is an opportunity to reconsider some of your beliefs. Now, I realize that some of you may be thinking that because Alex Jones alerted the world to Jade Helm and that scared the military into backing down. Stop that. You know it’s not true. You know in your heart of hearts that Alex Jones is an irresponsible bullshitter. .

For the record, he said this: “[The government] needs the police and the military to wipe out the liberty movement, and we wipe them out. […] I estimate in the civil war, 300,000 police will die. I estimate that if the military marches out against the gun owners, half a million dead. Two million dead on the side of the patriots. Won’t matter, we’ll have another 10 million where that came from. But it’ll be a real war once they start it.”

What happened: (crickets chirping)

The thing is that there is enough craziness in the world without wasting so much time and energy on bullshitters who get off on getting attention and feeling important. Stop giving handjobs to Alex Jones’s ego. He is a sad little man crying wolf and being rewarded with millions of dollars for doing it. Splash some water on your face and go read a book that isn’t trying to make you frightened, paranoid, or otherwise delusional.

Much love,

Winston Delgado

a memory of silent awe

Posted in current events, days in the life, god, poetry on September 11, 2015 by furious buddha

a memory of silent awe shared among us all
above a certain age
delivers me to the day century MMC dawned
& the certainty of the last age collapsed in dust
obscuring what had been blue cerulean clarity
& the firemen who ran up the stairs
displaying dedication duty discipline
& the greatest love of all meeting death with silent awe


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