All posts by Thomas Adcock

Posted On Mai 10, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: ‘Enough Already!’

‘Enough Already!’ America’s Disgust with Piggy Plutocrats & Repugnant Pols Payback time comes this November by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America There is a moral force on the rise in the United States that is, at the moment, invisible to conventional political seers on the payrolls of corporate media. Never mind them, and never mind opinion polls insisting that most of us are so delighted with the amalgamated Republican Tea Party that we will elect even more of them to public officeRead More
American Terrorists & Their Cheerleaders ‘If you’re white, you’re all right!’ by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America Had he shouted Black Power! or Allahu Akbar! from the caged backseat of a police cruiser, where he sat cuffed and shackled in the wake of three murders in mid-April outside a Jewish community center and retirement home in suburban Kansas City, the American people might have recognized that something must be done about Frazier Glenn Miller and people like him. As it was, theRead More
Impeach U.S. War Criminals …With help from Hollywood, via ‘Reality TV’ (Better late than never) by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America In Hollywoodspeak, the term “elevator pitch” refers to hasty conversation between Scriptwriter with a hot concept and Studio Executive physically trapped into listening during the minute or so it takes to get from one floor to another. Due to the time constraint, and the famously short attention span of the average studio exec, brevity is the soul of a sale. FromRead More

Posted On März 29, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Off with Their Heads!

Off with Their Heads! Peewees pucker up for the billionaires by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NORTH CHATHAM, N.Y., in America Next Monday, the ring-kissing season of American right-wing presidential politics begins with a pilgrimage to Las Vegas by four little men in search of a Big Man’s golden benediction. After performing their songs and dances in the fleshpot and slot machine capital of Nevada, the minikins will go their separate ways and variously roam the land to shimmy for two others of the opulent set. Oh,Read More
‘Vaginaphobia’ Scourge of America’s Right-Wing Scaredy-Cats by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America  Proudly obsessed with Victorian-era notions of feminine probity, the men of America’s amalgamated Republican Tea Party are hell-bent on siring a new nation of government-enforced misogyny. Evidenced by their rhetoric and legislative conduct, true-believing party men holding public office feel called to noble purpose: as godly guardians of vaginal virtue. Like other unhealthy preoccupations, vaginaphobia dwells in the sweaty darkness of inchoate fear. Reason and rationality do not penetrate the scaredy-catRead More

Posted On März 8, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Who Lies? Who Dies?

 Who Lies? Who Dies? Who pays? Who profits? by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America The tiresome ballet of war is a pas de deux in which opposing sides claim to uphold all that is moral and civilized. First comes the performers’ entrée. Next—the adagio, variations, and coda. Thus goes a deadly dance as old as dirt: Enter the schemers, and their lies. Trumpets announce a parade of the very latest in military arts required to cull the combatant populations of their young menRead More

Posted On März 1, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Let Them Eat Nothing’

 ‘Let Them Eat Nothing’ Three blind mice of callous conduct by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America Like much of the third world, the United States is ruled by a trinity of plutocrats, corporate oligarchs, and political hirelings. As we may conclude from the horrors of history, such confederation is the classic story of three blind mice: an imperious Rodentia unable to envision the consequences of their callous conduct. They blunder forward in simple-minded pursuit of profit and power, to the ultimate detriment ofRead More

Posted On Februar 15, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: They Walk Among Us

They Walk Among Us  Almighty Joker sends ‘Pod People’ to Planet Earth  by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock   NEW YORK, near America Being a rum joker, and semi-fond of mankind, God has given the world Stupidity. Infidels and the faithful alike may agree on my theory: call it Origin of the (Idiot) Species—square one of idiotic impulse, that evident force of human nature beyond anything we know from the laws of physics. In paragraphs to come, let us consider how the theoretical Satus (Plumbeus) Proprius appliesRead More

Posted On Februar 1, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: News Flash!

News Flash! Rich get richer, poor get poorer By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock UNITED NATIONS, New York They are in every city and every village of the world: live bodies fallen to a field scattered with dead-ended souls. It hurts us to look at them, and so we have made them invisible. We are nimble in sidestepping these men and women and children with nowhere to go for the simplest of privacies. We hold our breath, discreetly, as we pass them by; we mean no offense,Read More
Bluto for President?  by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near New Jersey Christopher James Christie, the bully-boy governor of New Jersey and potential Republican Tea Party presidential candidate built like a pink refrigerator that learned how to walk, is mired in a swamp of criminal suspicion that could land him in the Graybar Hotel for a number of years. Accordingly, Mr. Christie has retained a legendary Manhattan mouthpiece, about which I shall more to say herein. Prior to current scandals on the front pages ofRead More
DISGUST with the execrable U.S. House of Representatives, presided over by Republican Tea Party Congressman John Boehner, was caricatured in the New York Daily News cover page of October 1, 2013. The cynicism of Boehner-era Washington is likened to a bitter roman à clef—the popular television series “House of Cards.” ‘We won’t wait. We’ll do it now.’ Happy New Year! Exit the ‘Raw Deal’ in 2014 by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America According to my calendar, prognostications are in order for life inRead More

Posted On Januar 11, 2014By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Who’s Afraid of a PAF?

Who’s Afraid of a PAF? Dead End for the Red Bogeyman by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America Among the first card-carrying communists of my acquaintance was Arvo Kustaa Halberg—better known as Gus Hall, a name he was obliged to invent after being blacklisted from gainful employment due to his role in a bloody general strike by workers in Minneapolis during the spring and summer of 1934, a struggle that forced the city’s corporate establishment and its brutal police force to recognize labor unions.Read More

Posted On Dezember 7, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Dangerous People

RED ALERT! Determined to summon the better angels of our nature, clockwise from top left: Bill de Blasio, alleged socialist as mayor-elect of New York City; Kshama Sawant, proudly socialist city councilwoman-elect of Seattle, by way of Mumbai; Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Christian trouble-maker, aka Pope Francis of Rome; Bernie Sanders, beloved socialist U.S. senator from Vermont, probable presidential candidate in 2016; Ty Moore, socialist trouble-maker of Minneapolis; and ‘Reverend Billy’ of the “Church of Stop Shopping.” Dangerous People  At the vanguard of times a-changin’ in America by Thomas Adcock CopyrightRead More

Posted On November 23, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Amerikanische Schadenfreude

THIS MAN is an unrepentant alcoholic crack-head from a family of drug dealers who has issued at least one death threat, knocked down a granny, and who consorts with the Toronto demimonde. Naturally, he seeks stardom in the world of “reality TV.” Amerikanische Schadenfreude? Toronto’s mayor is not an American—thank heavens Canada’s own Tea Party problem, eh? by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near Canada In the United States—home to so many of the world’s determinedly stupid and obnoxious public officials—we may now look northRead More
Darkness Lifted Bum’s rush for the spawn of Ronald Reagan At long last—really & truly— ‘Morning in America’ By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America Months after his inauguration in January 1981 as fortieth president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan made a state tour of Latin America. His itinerary included Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico. On his return to Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, under cover of night, the new president—a grandfather with boyish pompadour and Hollywood teeth—was metRead More

Posted On November 2, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: So Leave, Already!

ACHTUNG, BIGOTS! Out-of-uniform Ku Klux Klan oafs unfurl the stars-and-bars flag of the Confederate States of America during a 1957 demonstration against racial integration of public schools in Nashville, Tennessee. So Leave, Already! The modern case for Southern secession By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock Seven score and four years ago, as Abraham Lincoln might say were he alive by some trick of time, the Confederate States of America was quashed in a nineteenth-century civil war that pitted the abolitionist, industrial North against an agrarian plutocracy ofRead More
The Racketeer & the Christian Taliban By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock   NEW YORK, near America In two hundred-plus years of national history, we Americans have not witnessed anything quite like the conjoining of two iniquitous forces now shadowing the United States. Their names are Ted Cruz, a freshman U.S. senator from the state of Texas whose father is a failed entrepreneur turned multi-millionaire religious grifter, and what should be properly called the American Christian Taliban. As the world saw during the past few weeks ofRead More

Posted On September 28, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Another Day, Another Massacre

Another Day, Another Massacre Gun industry shills to America: ‘Ho-hum’  By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America Here’s what happened the other day to two motorists engaged in a tiff over traffic etiquette in a small town of the Middle West, a region of the United States that enjoys touting itself as chock full of dear hearts and gentle people: each man drew a pistol from his belt and commenced blasting. What might have been merely a pair of punched noses are instead twoRead More

Posted On September 18, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Kolumnen und Themen, Litmag

Thomas Adcock: Left Turn in the Big Apple

Die Demokraten haben in ihrer Vorwahl klar für den linken Kandidaten Bill de Blasio gestimmt, er dürfte der nächste Bürgermeister werden. Und unser US-Amerikakorrespondent Thomas Adcock freut sich: Der amerikanische Liberalismus ist zurück in “Big Apple”. Left Turn in the Big Apple  ‘Start Spreading the news…’  By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America A working-class Italian-American guy from Brooklyn—married for twenty years to an African American social activist, poet, former lesbian, and mother of the couple’s two teenagers—put his faith in the better angelsRead More

Posted On September 7, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: The Lone Ranger Rides Again

The Lone Ranger Rides Again  ‘Heigh-ho the derry-o, the Cheese Stands Alone’ By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America As a young boy in Detroit, once a grand city and a programming pioneer at the dawn of television, I was enthralled by broadcasts via station WXYZ of a weekly show called “The Lone Ranger,” which is not to be confused with this summer’s Hollywood flop movie of the same title. In the TV version of my early youth—the series ran from 1949 to 1957—anRead More
Send in the Clowns Republican Genius on Parade By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America Two decades ago, I worked for a mordantly wise and very wealthy man named Jasper R. That which he taught me I hereby pass along to you, dear Reader: lessons to help us grasp meaning from a fresh cycle of political flapdoodle now commenced—namely, a new cotillion of Republican Party clowns campaigning for presidency of the United States, never mind that the election is three years from happening. While stillRead More

Posted On August 17, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: Thrown-Away City

‘MOTOWN’ THEN and NOW, clockwise from top left: John F. Kennedy, Democratic Party candidate for president, campaigns in Detroit on Labor Day 1960; Diana Ross (center) and The Supremes—Detroit girls who sang “Motown” to the world; Martin Luther King, Jr. (left) and labor leader Walter Reuther; a burned out house on Detroit’s west side; a neighborhood ablaze during the “race riot” of July 1967; Governor Rick Snyder, the venture capitalist who abolished democracy in all five of Michigan’s majority African American cities; an abandoned factory, somewhere in a thrown-away quarterRead More

Posted On August 10, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: The Law is a Ass—a Idiot!

NATIONAL SHAME (clockwise, from top left): Kimberly McCarthy, homicidal nurse sent “home to Jesus” on June 26 by the homicidal state of Texas; Rick Perry, the “Christian” governor of Texas, heir to a hunting club called “Niggerhead”; a lynched corpse in Alabama, circa 1930—a a frequent public display advising southern blacks to forget about voting; John Roberts, chief “justice” of the U.S. Supreme Court, ringleader of a judicial wrecking crew that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965—meant to guarantee voting rights for African Americans.  ‘The Law is a Ass—aRead More
AMERICAN IDIOTS (clockwise, from top left): Louie Gohmert, hands-down dumbest member of Congress; Texas physician and Congressman Michael Burgess says male fetuses can masturbate; Michele Bachmann, contender for the presidency in 2012 is next-dumbest member of Congress; wigged & winded Donald Trump, fake billionaire and would-be hangman; pasty-faced Illinois Republican honcho Jim Allen says brown-skinned Miss America of 2003 is a “street walker”; Texas legislator Jodie Laubenberg says rape kits “clean out” zygotes. This Week’s Crazy Talk in the “Hew-Hess-Hay” By Thomas Adcock opyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock NEWRead More
LEAKERS & PROFITEERS (clockwise, from top left): Daniel Ellsberg, former military analyst, gave classified “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times in 1971; Bradley Manning, imprisoned U.S. Army private, provided secret Iraq War documents to WikiLeaks in 2010; Edward J. Snowden, computer geek hiding in Hong Kong, provided National Security Agency documents for newspaper exposés this June; “Bumblehive,” code name for the N.S.A.’s gigantic “Utah Data Center,” opening in September; Keith Alexander, U.S. Army general and director of the N.S.A., aka “Dr. Strangelove.” Annals of American Panic, Paranoia & ProfiteeringRead More

Posted On Juni 8, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: The F-Words

The F-Words „F**r“of F***ism by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 – Thomas Adcock HUDSON, New York Back in the day, ordinary Americans feared less and questioned more. In that time, an unknown graffitist of Jeffersonian sensibility etched a wise epigram into the chunky wooden leg of a picnic table in People’s Park, the legendary free-speech venue adjacent to the Berkeley campus of the University of California. The year was 1969. When last I visited Berkeley, in 1997, the epigram was still there. Although faded, the lettering remained clear: “Open yourRead More