All posts by Thomas Adcock

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

Posted On Mai 18, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumne

Thomas Adcock: Two Shades of Evil in the U.S.A.

Thomas Adcock untersucht in seinem Essay den Unterschied zwischen „Evildoers“ und „Evildoers“, also zwischen Übeltätern und Übeltätern. Da gibt es schon welche … EVILDOERS & EVILDOERS. Clockwise, from top left: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombings; gun monger Wayne LaPierre; Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, confessed terrorist; George W. Bush, public face of the Cheney administration; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza “Mushroom Cloud” Rice; Halliburton honcho & former Vice President Dick Cheney. Two Shades of Evil in the U.S.A. Respectable & Repugnant by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 Thomas AdcockRead More

Posted On April 27, 2013By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, Kolumnen und Themen

Thomas Adcock: The Party of Mass Murder

Unser USA-Korrespondent Thomas Adcock fährt mit seiner Analyse der amerikanischen Gesellschaft fort  und kümmert sich um die Realien, die für die Kriminalliteratur grundlegend sind: Gewalt & Tod The next president of the United States: Wayne LaPierre?   The Party of Mass Murder G.O.P. = Guns Over People by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2013 Thomas Adcock NORTH CHATHAM, N.Y. Regarding the Republican Party and the support of its leadership for perpetual gun carnage in the United States, permit me to be as blunt as bullets: the once admirable Grand Old Party,Read More
Citizen-Stranger in a Strange Land: On Being a Foreign Correspondent at Home  By Thomas Adcock NEW YORK, near America In days of yore, when people used stamps and stationery and fountain pens to communicate via public post, my dear friend Gisbert Haefs addressed letters to me in care of a place he christened “New York, near America.” He was confident that mail from Bonn would accordingly reach me, here in my ugly-beautiful city along the eastern coast of the United States. It always did. Thus did Herr Haefs, my comradeRead More
Lesen Sie heute den zweiten Teil (zu Teil 1) von Thomas Adcocks Reflexionen über die Hinrichtungspraxis in den USA – und dazu ein kleines, korrektes Narrativ: Der Fall von Joseph Amrine! Execution, American-Style ‘Tectonic Shift’ in Execution Policy By Thomas Adcock By October 2009, the frequency of death sentences began a clear plunging trend, even in the execution-friendly South. That month as well, the American Law Institute disavowed its fifty-year-old policy framework addressing executions—the Model Penal Code of 1962. The policy was deemed a failure “in light of the currentRead More
Einer der eher unangenehmen Aspekte der USA ist die Neigung, Leute hinzurichten. Unser USA-Korrespondent Thomas Adcock beschäftigt sich im Zuge seiner präzisen USA-Analysen heute und in der nächsten CrimeMag-Ausgabe mit dieser Art staatlicher Gewalt – historisch, aktuell und im internationalen Kontext. Execution, American-Style How the Government Commits Pre-Meditated Homicide By Thomas Adcock THACA, N.Y. The American experience in capital punishment is a kaleidoscope of legislative vogue, adaptive judicial wisdom, religion (stern and merciful), political passion and race—played out against the backdrop of “evolving standards of decency,” a debatable progressive impulseRead More