Lionel Appearing at The Cutting Room NYC

Standup, spoken word and the immaculate twang of bluegrass. Tickets are available online. It makes a great gift and stocking stuffer. Fine for Dad or grad. Did we mention tickets?

I’ve done standup or as I call it outspoken word for years along with playing bluegrass. You might ask, what do bluegrass and standup have in common? What do chicken and waffles have in common? That’s right. Endothelial damage and CAD. But I digress.

Lionel is “[a]n intellectual known for his irreverent political and social humor.” (Newsweek)

“He wears the mantle of Lenny Bruce, with Lenny’s own tropisms: The Oblique, The Irreverent, The Tangential, The Concupiscent, The Polymorphous Perverse, The Arcane, The Numinous. And yet Lionel brings to the table his own savory: A love of the mother tongue and a gonzo vocabulary that puts his logo on all his works, whether talk-show hosting, standup-comic spritzing, or hanging out – with himself a minor art form.” (Jerry Wexler)

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LIONEL PODCAST: Help Me Save Our Country

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” Mitch Hedberg

My simple formula. First and foremost you must vow never to listen, read and/or view anything American as to news for a month. No American mainstream Ted Baxter media. Period.

Next, use the greatest invention of all time the Internet and scour the world for foreign and alternative media, blogs, opinion, anything. And don’t ask where to start. Just start.

Next, reset your values as to what’s best for you and the country. Better yet, take conventional wisdom. And destroy it. Eschew any ideology with a name.

And finally: Think for yourself yourself. Critically think. And that should get you started.

An Open Letter to My Facebook Friends

Entitleist

I penned the following to the sincere yet deluded Facebook friends and I thought it’s an idea that should be shared with you, the less-deluded.

If you’re reading this you’re most probably of the belief that there’s a right and a wrong. A good and an evil. It’s Manichaean, apodictic. You’re certain. And you use the word crazy to dismiss those you disagree with. You cannot dissect pearls of truth from anyone you’ve thrown into the do not listen to pile. You’re pigheaded, closed-minded, historically ignorant and you’re only conversant with pop culture politics. You’ve no ideology or core belief. You’re an empty vessel who sports philosophy like the latest cosmetic suturing or blast of emotion-destroying toxin.

If you’re the Fox News type you want to bomb Iraq or Syria or anyplace you’re told houses ISIS, a group you’ve recently learned of but were unaware were beheading Christians. But ignorance is your middle name. You’re unaware that the US and the West and NATO trained them. But when it comes to saber rattling and your my dick’s bigger than yours blather you’re all in. Because you’re tough and right and Murican! You have a flag fetish, support troops in word only. You’re a walking bumper sticker. You’re an echo chamber who thinks the left wing hates freedom or whatever your latest memorized article of faith is.

If you’re the MSNBC type you’re an Obama acolyte. You possess a diluted support of a vacuous progressive agenda that no one has yet to decipher. You hate the right wing and that’s the extent of your ideology. You’ll decry Bush’s bombing a country but will swoon when your beloved Barry takes out a wedding party in Pakistan with a drone. You think the right are uneducated, uncultured Neanderthals.

In conclusion, you’re probably a great friend but l laugh at you behind your back because your politically nescient and organically clueless. Stick to sports or whatever you’re moderately familiar with because when it comes to how the world and country are run, you’re beyond pathetic.

But I love you. Discuss.

Did someone say left-right paradigm?

LIONEL PODCAST: The Ted Baxter Media Simply Can’t Understand #Ferguson

Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed. It is organically and fundamentally impossible for Americans and the Ted Baxter sockpuppet echo chamber bumper sticker play book mainstream media to digest and distill and parse and analyze the complexity of issues that are Ferguson and ISIS. Critical thinking abilities and skills went the way of ten antimacassar. It’s been reduced to a Manichaean left-right apodictic axiomatic world. And it ain’t so.

The mainstream media have abandoned anything resembling and you must turn to alternative sources who embrace the complexity of the world and moreover question without fear the usual stories as to the relevant players involved.

Herein is my latest indictment against the aforementioned as well as a break down of the salient issues that you must attend to and orient towards. You thrive on complexity. It’s who we are.

LIONEL PODCAST: We’re a Police State and Nobody Gives a Shite!

The hyper-militarization of police brought to you by the Pentagon and the systematic habituation of a sheeple public with no earthly knowledge of historical antecedents.

Lucy, what happened? Simple, Ricky. 1033, that’s what. And as is usually the case the public has nary a clue of what’s happening. The ACLU reported that 80% of SWAT raids are in conducting search warrants. And with public support for the mysterious and fictive War on Drugs at an all time low the police are using militarized techniques in connection with a war that’s been long lost.

And the NDAA is to blame. Again.

Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

The ACLU provides a most thorough review of the horrors. War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Police – Report

And let’s not forget the oft-forgot, little known posse comitatus hat I commend to you for review. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, still in effect, was passed to prevent U.S. military personnel from acting as law enforcement agents on U.S. soil. Today, Posse Comitatus has taken on a different meaning from the one that it had in 1878 but the basic and precepts remain intact. No longer associated with Reconstruction, “it is a useful way to prevent the U.S. armed forces from directing their efforts against U.S. dissident groups. Public sentiment in favor of the Posse Comitatus Act is so strong that a 2006 law permitting an exception to the Act in cases of public disasters (in response to Hurricane Katrina) was repealed a year later.” [Source]

The text of the Posse Comitatus Act, which is still in effect (as 18 U.S.C. Section 1385), reads:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

This isn’t arcane history. This is real and happening before our very eyes.

Controlled Chaos: The Deliberate Destruction of Order

Hell in a handbasket. Systematic control. the subjugation of a citizenry. The hyper-militarization of the police inter alia. It’s been a theme of mine forever. And while we certainly know of out of control cops that have appeared throughout history we see them now in inordinate numbers. Why? What happened?

Do I make myself clear?

And on a tangential note, that phrase. Going to hell in a handbasket. What’s the etymology of that? I’m glad you asked. This is a great source that I commend you to. And you’re welcome.

 

The Lionel Message: What a Week for Media

This week I appeared on George Noory‘s radio colossus Coast to Coast AM and you may hear the show here. Three hours without interruption and without hesitation. It was such a wonderful time; I enjoyed it thoroughly. He let’s you speak and think and talk. And — get this — about fascinating subjects replete with facts and data.

And of course this. My good friend, Alex Jones on Infowars invited me for a return visit this week and the conversation and confab were wonderful. It’s unfettered unedited unexpurgated unplugged truth. Gawd, how I love it!

LIONEL PODCAST: Why Did Robin Williams Hang Himself?

The most stupid yet oft asked question of the day. Truly amazing if you think of it. Let me clear this up. NOBODY KNOWS! There was no note and even if there was, suicide is not susceptible to rational explication because by definition it’s a direct and unnatural violation of the instinct of self-preservation and that doesn’t mean crazy, America’s favorite word for anything we can’t understand, grasp or explain. Thought and destructive thought can be potentiated by alcohol, drugs, depression, mania and various lethal tinctures thereof. There’s no apodictic explanation. Nothing black and white. There’s a multiplicity of gray. Manichaean dualistic cosmology doesn’t exist. You can’t apportion right or wrong or the sinful or pure. Lose the numinous appraisal. Suicide is awful and horrible and those who must live in a home where a loved one died and stiffened and decomposed is inexplicable. Accept the complexity of it. Embrace it.

Depression is a quaint term for mental hijacking. It’s a misnomer. Imagine inertia, being stuck, no happiness, sourceless despair, fugacious moments of just normal. Anhedonia. Serotonin and dopamine askew. Vicissitudinal emotion. You’re a prisoner of your brain. And what word do we use? Depression. The term used when the Mets lose. Sad. Down in the dumps. That doesn’t even approximate the hell the clinically depressed experience.

Everything you think and feel is brought to you synaptically through a series of carbon-based neurotransmitters. Everything. And with that comes the concomitant concern that Big Pharma and its SSRIs and psychmed witches brew, admittedly a life savior to so many, may tamper with and tweak the critically sensitive balance of the mind. After all, why is there literature that warns against suicide in cases where people seek the very medication to stave off and prevent suicide? Can you say irony?

If you ever doubted Twitter, Monday night should have dispelled such. It was a nuclear blast of data. Plain and simple. And by the time the Ted Baxter sockpuppet media even cobbled together their first inane response of schmaltzy graphic or package, the world was already off and reading and reacting and digesting the loss. And that’s why, as Mubarak proved, Twitter will be the first to be shut down in the case of societal calamity and revolution. Gawd forbid.

LIONEL PODCAST: Aren’t We the Good Guys?

The genius of daring to buck convention.

it’s anything but logolalia. In this my latest audio disquisition I wax prophetic and vatic as to the vagaries and idiosyncrasies and vicissitudes that make this insane salad bowl we live in even more insane. One must know when to be the microscope and when to be a telescope. When to focus in and close, when to back up and get the full picture. The depths of social media narcissism have been potentiated through the seemingly innocuous self-absorption spectacle known as the selfie. It’s a reintroduction of us to and with our infantile self.

Remember when it was good? Terrestrial and conventional spoken word and talk are the constant subject of industry investigation and analysis. Consultants make collective millions nationally dissecting and parsing the minutiae of stop sets, inventory, commercial and spot loads but never talk about the vapid product itself. The need for a revitalized, reenergized excitement to the medium. I’ve been fascinating by the notion of how to get millennials to the show. The one subject that’s oft-forgotten: exciting talk radio.

What fascinates me is what scares you. Herein I provide another disquisition and journey into the parallel universe that most news and talk and information media never venture in our towards, in a medium of podcasting that I’ve been at for lo these seemingly many years. And that now, as you can see, is invariably more available and profitable. Enjoy within reason.

C-SPAN and Richard Gage: The Glaring Inconsistencies and Impossibilities of the 9/11 Official Story

History was made this week. Mainstream media dared broach the subject of 9/11 examination. Not by and from truthers or conspiratoids but esteemed experts. My heart leapt; my soul wept. Could this mean that finally, at long last, we’d be willing to scrap the official story and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and take our time and carefully exact and parse the truth.

 What’s wrong with the official story? It’s official, right? Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard anyone question the official story of 9/11, viz. that three steel structures imploded into their own footprints at freefall speed, all falling symmetrically and perfectly, mimicking a controlled demolition that we’ve seen so many times. And don’t feel bad if you’re not really use what the official story is. Join the proverbial club.

It’s magic. How was it that WTC 7 or Building 7 likewise fell perfectly, symmetrically and into its own footprint when it wasn’t hit by anything but allegedly collapsed via fire alone? You’ve heard folks immediately make excuses when challenged as to this. My favorite: The “debris” of the other towers caused structural integrity. This is a common reflex. When folks are challenged as to their beliefs they pull hypotheses and conjecture and theories out if their civilian arses. You hear this all the time.

Science asks questions, remember? These questions were asked by Richard Gage and AE911Truth and 2219 architects, engineers, structural engineers, physicists, metallurgists, demolitions experts, just to name a few. All with significant pedigrees and an impeccable provenance. And while they never reach or seek to reach any conclusion as to who was behind this horror, who benefited and the like, they merely asked the question of how could this have happened as NIST suggested.

Your NIST is on my list. And what was the most critical of this event is that mainstream media and a respected institution such as C-SPAN dared and deigned to invite Mr. Gage to speak. He was allowed to present his case cogently and clearly while the moderator, Peter Sien, the host of Washington Journal, presented the NIST perspective whilst citing with particularity its findings and refutations. Callers weighed in and with unanimity applauded Mr. Gage for asking those questions — again, only as to the physical evidence.

We distort, you decide. There was not the obligatory lip service to the dread conspiracy theory. Remember, as I importune you: be a conspiracy analyst, not theorist. In my almost 13 years of obsessive study as to that horrible day, this aspect of the official story is but a part of the endless questions that have been raised by countless experts and civilians and citizen journalists alike and remain heretofore unanswered.

I’ve never been harmed by the truth. The lies will kill me. I will never apologize to or ask permission to inquire as to what happened on that day. Five specific events (North Tower, South Tower, Shanksville, Pentagon – and Building 7) occurred that day and as is usually the case the American people trusted their government and media to ask every pertinent question and only give it the coast’s clear when all valid inquiry was made.

Nothing to see here, move on. But the Ted Baxter media never cared or cares about the truth. They don’t want to make waves or ruffle feathers. They want to play it safe and dumb. No hits, no runs, no errors. Watch the ratings and revenue. The truth sleeps during sweeps. Quiet, kids. Jiggle the car keys in front of the crying baby. Talk about Cronuts and the latest viral video of a duck playing the piano. Keep ‘em sedated and glued. Win the quarter hour. Watch the competition and mimic and mirror. Woodward and Bernstein are dead. So’s Murrow.

The brave new world of the truth vigilantes. Enter citizen journalism and the like. The new breed of information gatherers. There’s no need for J-School degrees. As one media said, you only need a license to cut hair. And with C-SPAN and the great Brian Lamb stewarding the helm, there’s hope. Because nothing’s more fascinating and profitable and wonderful as truth. Brave, intrepid and ballsy truth.

Carry on. Remember: Never be afraid to ask questions. Never apologize for your skepticism and believe nothing until it’s officially denied.