Cia Dope Calypso

In nineteen hundred forty-nine
China was won by Mao Tse-tung
Chiang Kai Shek’s army ran away
They were waiting there in Thailand yesterday

Supported by the CIA

Pushing junk down Thailand way

First they stole from the Meo Tribes
Up in the hills they started taking bribes
Then they sent their soldiers up to Shan
Collecting opium to send to The Man

Pushing junk in Bangkok yesterday
Supported by the CIA

Brought their jam on mule trains down
To Chiang Mai that’s a railroad town
Sold it next to the police chief’s brain
He took it to town on the choochoo train
Trafficking dope to Bangkok all day
Supported by the CIA

The policeman’s name was Mr. Phao
He peddled dope grand scale and how
Chief of border customs paid
By Central Intelligence’s U.S. aid

The whole operation, Newspapers say
Supported by the CIA

He got so sloppy and peddled so loose
He busted himself and cooked his own goose
Took the reward for the opium load
Seizing his own haul which same he resold

Big time pusher for a decade turned grey
Working for the CIA

Touby Lyfong he worked for the French
A big fat man liked to dine & wench
Prince of the Meos he grew black mud
Till opium flowed through the land like a flood

Communists came and chased the French away
So Touby took a job with the CIA

The whole operation fell in to chaos
Till U.S. intelligence came in to Laos

Mary Azarian/Matt Wuerker I’ll tell you no lie I’m a true American
Our big pusher there was Phoumi Nosavan

All them Princes in a power play
But Phoumi was the man for the CIA

And his best friend General Vang Pao
Ran the Meo army like a sacred cow
Helicopter smugglers filled Long Cheng’s bars
In Xieng Quang province on the Plain of Jars

It started in secret they were fighting yesterday
Clandestine secret army of the CIA

All through the Sixties the dope flew free
Thru Tan Son Nhut Saigon to Marshall Ky
Air America followed through
Transporting comfiture for President Thieu

All these Dealers were decades and yesterday
The Indochinese mob of the U.S. CIA

Operation Haylift Offisir Wm Colby
Saw Marshall Ky fly opium Mr. Mustard told me
Indochina desk he was Chief of Dirty Tricks
“Hitch-hiking” with dope pushers was how he got his fix

Subsidizing the traffickers to drive the Reds away
Till Colby was the head of the CIA           

Allen Ginsberg              

Poll Shows Cruz Vulnerable In 2018…

Could this be a trend. If it becomes one who would be most responsible? Trump or the Republican party?

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) edges out Sen. Ted Cruz in a potential 2018 Senate matchup, a new poll shows.

According to the statewide poll numbers released Wednesday by Texas Lyceum, Castro gets 35 percent support of Texas adults in the potential matchup, while Cruz gets 31 percent.

And in a matchup between Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), the two are tied at 30 percent.

A Democrat hasn’t won a Senate race in Texas in 29 years. Cruz, who came in second in last year’s GOP presidential primary, has long been considered a big favorite.

The poll also found President Trump underwater in job approval, with 54 percent disapproving to 42 percent who approve. {Continue Reading}

Bill O’Reilly To Exit FOX News…

Bill O’Reilly was never particularly liked here, nor was he disliked. While we disagreed with many of his positions he was viewed as being more reasonable and having more substance  than say, Sean Hannity or Judge Judy. At least we could tolerate listening to him for longer than two minutes.

O’Reilly, given his millions of faithful viewers, was obviously a voice worth listening to. There is a reason he was so popular and respected for 21 years. Perhaps if the democratic  party understood why he appealed to so many, and tapped into the feeling and fears of O’Reilly’s viewership, they might have been able to win the 2016 presidential election. But that is water under the dam, and, I digress.

Whatever respect folks like me had for Bill O’Reilly started to evaporated as allegations of sexual harassment became public. Where there is smoke there is usually fire. Given the number of allegations, six, and the subsequent 13 million dollar settlement, it is more likely than not the allegations are true. Apparently that is the same conclusions the Murdochs came to.

From New York

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.

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The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host.

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Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper.

Given the experience FOX has had first with Ailes and now  O’Reilly, the Murdoch organization would be very wise to analyze the corporate culture that allowed these two individuals to feel safe acting as they apparently did.

Full story BENEATH THE FOLD.

UPDATE:

From MEDIA MATTERS

 

Tonight’s Rant…

Sometimes ya just gotta call a spade a spade. Whether it pisses folks off or not really is unimportant. If what’s being said is right and needs to be said, so be it. Or at least so I’m told. Okay, I’ll chuck the bullshit and say it straight out, that’s me saying it’s unimportant if it pisses folks off. This dude understands this as well as anyone. Why do I say this? Because I’ve spent the majority of a lifetime doing things that needed to be done and saying things that needed to be said. All to draw paycheck and move the corporate interests forward.

Being in charge and having responsibility for other people is the perfect place to be in if ya don’t have a major problem with pissing some people off regularly and taking daily abuse by people who frankly may have trouble figuring out which side of the bed to get up from. In short, somebody will always be pissed off about one thing or another.

Oh, and the corporate interest thing, it’s true, officers of a corporation and their managers really do look out for corporate interests, even when they may not completely agree. That’s what they are ultimately paid to do. That’s tough as well. Why? Because when managers express their reservations and disagreements they take hits from above as well as from below. It’s simply the price one pays sometimes.

You may be asking what is the point here. In which case the answer is we’re still trying to figure it out.

Someone, somewhere, is pissed off with their job, their family life, their relationships, and many seem to be always pissed off with politics all the time. Just trying to figure out why it is so difficult for folks to understand it doesn’t have to  be personal and compromise isn’t a bad thing in business, ones personal life, or in politics and government.

Yet here we are and my guess is here we shall remain. Or put another way the more things change the more they stay the same.