Whom shall we send?

27 October, 2020
By: Contributor

by Robert J Silver Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” —-Isaiah 6:8 Amid the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, an economy in crisis, social unrest unseen in decades, and more, in whom shall our nation now place its trust? The contrast between our two major political parties’ nominees for President of these United States could not be more dramatic. On the one ...

Hiding in Plain Sight

19 October, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Caveat: Don’t Read, Listen to, or Watch…the news I just finished reading the Nov. 2020 issue of Harper’s and now the Atlantic lies open in front of me with more of the same forbidden subheads about the threat to civil life posed by the U.S. government and its corporate masters as well as the Autocrat in Orange. The last two sentences of Andrew Cockburn’s Washington Letter in Harper's says about the president’s secret powers, “The enemies briefcase still holds its list. ...

Searching for the Perfect

27 October, 2020
By: Contributor

By Robert J. Silver As with many of you, my politically progressive friends, Joe Biden was not my first choice to be our national standard bearer. I’d hoped for someone younger, female, a person of color, one with less political baggage, more predictably and passionately progressive, more inspiring, someone quite apart from the unbroken chain of politically center and center-right older men. That said, I am increasingly dismayed by some of my kindred-spirit progressive allies. Purists among them seem bent on allowing their search for the perfect to become the enemy of the good. But as we all know, there are no perfect candidates, just as there are no perfect human beings. Such a quest is clearly doomed. We also know that our’s is a two-party system. The only choice this November will be between another four years of the ...

The Elan Vital of Jean Mayer: (1935-2020)

16 October, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Allez, à l’attaque!A Personal Note On a cool, clear day in November of1966, not unlike today, a bedraggled and depressed college drop-out slipped into the St Bernard, interrupting Jean Mayer, who was busily preparing his hotel for the upcoming ski season. Jean said he didn’t have any openings but “I think we need somebody in the parking lot.” He called up Ernie Blake and discussed hiring an attendant to keep holiday and weekend skiers from invading the environs around base camp at the Hondo, St. Bernard, TSV. So Jean, Ernie, and Ed Pratt agreed to hire this ski bum: free lift ticket from Ernie, lunch from Jean, and Ed Pratt said he’d match Jean’s cost and contribute “Two-dollars a day.” Before I left, Jean told me about an adobe in Valdez that rented for fifteen dollars a month. Though ...

A Comedy of Errors

5 October, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Magical Thinking: Sean Connery, Sean Conley, Peter SellersWhat once was considered “Good Conscience and Bad Faith” or “Cognitive Dissonance,” the syndromes or concepts that describe the paradox of holding contradictory thoughts and acting contrary to an interest in civility or survival or your own beliefs, has been severely challenged by the transcendent conversion to “Magical Thinking,” which ignores commonsensical notions based on a modicum of rationality. As Republican pols and their political progeny celebrated at a Super spreader Rose Garden event that “demonstrates” the “Blind Ambition” of an unmasked Amy Coney Barrett, the judge and mother of seven children, nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, we saw the lie that bespeaks the GOP commitment to life.However inadvertently (?) Barrett jeopardized some of her children at the Rose garden event as several high profile supporters, including President Trump, subsequently came down ...

Karma visits the Hard Edges of the White House.

2 October, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Last night and this morning we hear Nemesis (outbreak), “El Viro,” invades el viro. It’s like a shell game in the West Wing: who’s got the viro? From the oval office to the Capitol in the Capital, the ancient ghosts of Greek Tragedy—Oedipus, Antigone, and Creon—rise up and remind us how Hybris (false pride) is punished by the earth’s natural limits. So the climate erupts inside and expresses outside the effects of obesity and reminds the children of excess and Q that conspiratorial madness is no match for biology. The President and First Lady et al tested positive for Corona, according to a midnight tweet. Who's next?The soft sides of the Briar Patch Prevail as Maye Resists with LoveBill...Still a die-hard on the Plaza....holding what’s left...Stillness Watching the vatos locos still cruising the Plaza, scaring the new ...

Two Points of View: Reason and Unreason

25 September, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Below, these few lines represent the way the left and right (by whatever definition), whether liberal, conservative, or conspirator, view the “other” American in our polis today. Unreason today, nourished primarily by FACEBOOK, has mesmerized and turned part of the electorate into “cultists” or "conspirators" who disbelieve their own participation in the science-techno world ,wherein they spread the rumors of their own existence.The Voters and THE propaganda modelEdward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky formulated a propaganda model hypothesis for analyzing the media which: “attempts to explain the performances of the U.S. media in terms of the basic institutional structures and relationships within which they operate…the media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful society interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media ...

Intimations of an American Elegy

20 September, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

SCOTUS Converts Law to “Banana Power”RBG passes: Autocrats GleefulToday, the Demo Pundits wring their hands, RBG RIP: Civil Rights activists lament her passing. Once, conservatives lamented the passing of Anthony Scalia, the court’s bull-dog right wing deconstructionist. For Scalia and Chief Roberts liberated serial killers, and promoted deregulation, which helped the GOP repress voters, and gave the fire and flood season a boost, while also executing a coup aimed at acquiring power for the right wing war mongers under Bush II. Meanwhile the lives of the poor and, especially children, are sacrificed to Moloch while hundreds and thousands of American die under the Trump regime’s inoperative health, safety, and welfare clause aimed at red states, while fires and floods engulf the earth. (The lady in white sings her scales behind the curtain.) To wit:1. In Bush v. ...

White Jacobins Riot over Race

6 September, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Carson Valley (Minden and Gardnerville), Nevada As a black sheep Taoseno, I am compelled to share the following story from my home town, Gardnerville, Nevada, located in Carson Valley, northern Nevada. The valley was named for Taoseno Kit Carson. In Carson Valley the Sierra Nevada mountains tower over the verdant valley floor, mostly white-faced Hereford Cattle and Horses grazing adjacent to the West and East Forks of the Carson River. The artesian wells flourish, and each evening at six p.m. the six-o’clock dinner whistle blows. This whistle doubles during emergencies as a wake-up call for the volunteer fire department. But the signal was set up originally in the late forties or early fifties to send the local Washo Indians, vamoose out of town. When I was a kid, the Indians were only allowed to drink in bars owned by the Chinese ...

Whom shall we send?

27 October, 2020
By: Contributor

by Robert J Silver Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” —-Isaiah 6:8 Amid the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, an economy in crisis, social unrest unseen in decades, and more, in whom shall our nation now place its trust? The contrast between our two major political parties’ nominees for President of these United States could not be more dramatic. On the one hand, we have Donald Trump, a malignant narcissistic sociopath, who has persistently lied, cheated, stolen and bullied his way into and through the years of a self-serving presidency. He ran for office declaring that he would drain the “swamp.” Yet, he has done the opposite of what he promised. He has not only enlarged and deeprend that swamp, he has ...

Hiding in Plain Sight

19 October, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Caveat: Don’t Read, Listen to, or Watch…the news I just finished reading the Nov. 2020 issue of Harper’s and now the Atlantic lies open in front of me with more of the same forbidden subheads about the threat to civil life posed by the U.S. government and its corporate masters as well as the Autocrat in Orange. The last two sentences of Andrew Cockburn’s Washington Letter in Harper's says about the president’s secret powers, “The enemies briefcase still holds its list. Who knows whose names will be on it.” Cockburn presents a historical list of constitutional violations by presidents from Lincoln to Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. The expansion of secret briefs, passed by Congress re: executive emergency declarations, remains on the books despite expiration dates. The Church Committee in the 70s barely lifted the veil on the intelligence community ...

Eulogy for a Disappeared Neighborhood!

26 September, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

I. Like many news observers, I’ve been caught up by the drama of the slo-mo Trump coup and transformation of North America’s most powerful country and democratic republic into an authoritarian state, subject to the whims of a reality TV star, who hoped for and stumbled into the opportunity to kill the most successful of experiments in self-governing. Well, it upsets me. But unlike middle class Americans, who don’t like controversy, I was born into the checkerboard conundrum, alternately experiencing the pleasure and pain of the briar patch of Taos. But before I was a Taoseno, I believed that shit in the Declaration and U.S. Constitution. My mother didn’t tell me they were lying. Though my history and almost religious belief in America as a possibility inspired me, once the illusion or folly had been confirmed, I lost interest in ...

Reality Check: Gangsters in the White House.

20 August, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Mail Machines in Junk Yards Dead Men Walking Statesman Caveat: Mr. Obama, now out of office, has grown in stature, perhaps in response to that “Angel” on his shoulder, John Lewis, the civil rights leader who marched across the Edmund  Pettus Bridge in Selma and got whacked in the head for causing “good trouble.” At Congressman Lewis’s funeral, former President Obama delivered the eulogy but turned that eulogy into a plea for folks to vote and listed all the ways the feds and the republicans are repressing the historic franchise from which American democracy derives its authority.  It was the first time I heard him speak to specifics in a statesmanlike manner. Perhaps the example of Georgia peanut farmer Jimmy Carter, who also grew immensely after serving as president, as well as John Lewis, inspired Obama.  Further, last night President Obama, like Michelle on the first ...

John Lewis: Rest in Peace, “Bloody Sunday”

18 July, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

The Embodiment of “resenttiment,” a French term, characterizes the resentful and envidia-ridden, who see themselves left behind by the bourgeois or elite and educated classes.  The term peculiarly suits the character of Donald J. Trump, who currently leads the populist uprising of white power, armed and focused on the cult of death in America. Trump, like his GOP colleagues, aims to reverse seventy-five years of liberalism, prompted by FDR’s “New Deal.” Trump policies mix a stew of deceptive and cruel practices that capitalize on racism, as a method of “dividing and conquering” the working classes.   Were the working classes, black, brown and white to combine forces, they would quickly topple the Corporate Capitalists and their overseers, who have, during the last forty years, accelerated the income gap between the lower classes and the upper One Tenth of One Percent. Regardless of armed Trump ...

Town Plays Defense Against Invasive Species

2 July, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Town Throws up Barricades: No Mask, No Service  PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY By Proclamation of Civil Emergency by the Mayor of the Town of Taos And Town Council Emergency Resolutions 20-10 and 20-27 And Public Health Order of the Governor and Health Secretary of the State of New Mexico FACE MASKS OR COVERINGS REQUIRED All persons, age 4 and older, shall be required to wear face masks or coverings when in a public place; including stores, restaurants, offices, all for-profit and non-profit organizations, churches, medical facilities, streets, parks, playgrounds, schools, and public and private gatherings. This order shall apply to all businesses and their employees, all customers, tourists, and any person outside of their own home, dwelling or permanent or temporary residential residence, regardless of whether they are full-time, part-time, out of state or out of town residents. PHYSICAL DISTANCING REQUIRED All employers and all owners of any facility ...

Readers Comment on “Emergency Action Required”

27 June, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

Red State Death Cult Re-enacts “Heavens Gate.” From Wales: “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” —Dylan Thomas From Taos Pueblo, sign at gas station: No Shirt, No Mask, No Service From Taos: I agree with you completely and am asking for the same. (Town Councilor, Darien Fernandez From Colorado: “Every plane from Dallas to Aspen is completely full through July 7 ! We’re screwed!” From Nevada 1. Such a sad state of affairs ... NV governor put mandatory mask restrictions in effect today - 50% of citizens conforming at most (“no one is going to tell me what to do....”). I find myself constantly trying to explain the logic (without using the dirty “science” word) to the people, I cross paths with — tool belts, cowboy hats, “native” Nevadan’s, to no avail. Pathetic frustrating strategy. Try to see your breath (respiratory droplets) on ...

Emergency Action Required:Contact Elected Officials.

26 June, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

To whom it may concern: So far I believe Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s responsible supervision of the Covid-19 pandemic in New Mexico deserves kudos. She has exceeded other states and governors in her concern for the health, safety, and public welfare of New Mexicans. Unfortunately, neither Texas nor Arizona has joined in recognizing the dangers of the pandemic. During the last two weeks I have seen the acceleration of visitors from out-of-state, particularly the number of Texas license plates and the unorthodox behavior of visitors—unmasked and non-social distancing— at convenience stores, gas stations, and in public on the Plaza. I believe the sky-rocketing rates of confirmed Covid-19 in our neighboring states require emergency action. Just before the shut-down on March 13th, I witnessed irresponsible attitudes of said Texans at TSV just as I see it now with summer visitors. I support testing, quarantines, ...

John Koch 1944 – 2020: A Man who Matched the Mountains

17 June, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

“Koch was high above on the slopes, pop-out snappers and blasting caps in hand, dropping bombs and trying to get the upper hand on the mountain. Yes, Koch’s job today takes ten men and several howitzers.” (Gringo Lessons) JOHN KOCH 1944 – 2020 John Koch died June 12 at his home in Aspen after a short illness. John was born September 2, 1944, in Madison, Wisconsin. When asked where he was from, John said, “the west”. He lived in Montana, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Colorado. He loved all the things the west had to offer, most especially hiking and skiing. He attended college in Fort Collins, Boulder and Albuquerque. While in New Mexico, he ski patrolled at Taos Ski Valley and helped construct the tram at Sandia Peak in Albuquerque. (Aspen Times) Single-handed, John Koch, opened up the mountain, fleeing from ...

Friction Candidates in Local Primary

31 May, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

In the District 3 County Commission race, Talpa, Ranchos, Llano area, Darlene Vigil,former County Assessor, is an outstanding candidate, whose experience in County Government means she will hit the ground running. Friction Endorsement Reminders In the District 4 race, El Prado, Arroyo Hondo, Arroyo Seco areas, Willie Cordova, like Darlene brings experience to the job. County Clerk candidate Dolores Lujan also brings years of experience to the job as a veteran of the office For District Judge Melissa Kennelly has the background, experience, and outstanding credentials, credentials endorsed by the selection committee of the state, who appointed her, and praised by numerous judges (Caldwell, Nelson, McElroy, retired) and attorneys in the community “Keep Judge Kennelly.” For District Attorney Marcus Montoya deserves your consideration. He’s fair minded and believes in resolving cases in favor of justice, not in favor of personal animus or political persecutions. Keep Sara ...

Plus ca Change, plus c’est la meme chose

21 May, 2020
By: Bill Whaley

(The more things change; the more things remain the same.) Introduction Let us hope that we can take advantage of the pronounced changes society will undergo during the next weeks, months, years. Regardless of the direct causes, illustrated by the pandemic, changes will continue as globalism, pandemics, and climate change accelerate. We must think locally in order to defend ourselves against the chaos of what Naomi Klein calls the predatory corporate “Shock Doctrine,” wherein elites exploit vulnerable populations. The “factionalism,” feared by the founders of the American experiment, has migrated from Europe and the world to embroil America, driven by propaganda and public relations campaigns, promoted by “divide and conquer techniques” pitting sub-cultures against each other. Philosophy, religion, science, the arts, education, commerce, and culture have been politicized, trivialized, and muddled. The victory of the lingua franca or common language of conventional thinking casts ...