Land of moonshine

The title is a reference to a FNM song called Land of Sunshine, whose lyrics are quite philosophical due to sayings from Chinese fortune cookies and samples of a Scientology questionnaire. This article is about the iconic guitarist whose mind’s inner workings never fail to astonish me. For many years, I thought that he should have written a memoir. Honestly, his observations are on par with another metal legend – Mick Mars (from Mötley Crüe). Coincidentally, Jim Martin wrote an instrumental titled Woodpecker from Mars. In short, he is nothing short of a sage. Faith No More without him is just not as appealing to me. Here is a list of his best musings…



The idea of “getting rich” has overcome the idea of “a way of life”. That is why McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, et al are the choices of convenience. It is why we are becoming so large and dependant.


I have been thinking, one must stay abreast of and try to understand modern cultural trends in order to maintain a valid point of reference. There are no absolutes unless you retreat into the jungle.


A few years ago, people cavorted and had cocktails. Good times. Now they are considered to have suffered from alcoholism.


Water on Mars. Life on Mars. The true interest is how it may complicate human habitation. Earthlings are so arrogant.



“Protect me from myself or I will sue you” – This is the golden era, the alleviation of personal responsibility. The masses are groomed to accept a more “controlled” life. Yet, life is perhaps more dangerous now. I remember when I became aware: the twinkie defense. Those who behave badly are now rewarded.


Put a monkey on top of your ballistic missile and shazam! – you are a space explorer.


The places which I used to go to get away from it – the boonies, the out of the way places, the sticks, the bush, the far away byways…they are all full of police now. There are lots of police everywhere ready to check my papers.


Halloween is fun. Pumpkins, witches, monsters – a confrontation of our own mortality. The idea of death as a horrible miscreant is indulged. The truth is, death unexpected more often than not wears a friendly familiar face.



The curtain has officially been pulled back a number of times in an effort to, quote unquote, educate. We all know that bottled water has been shown to be less desireable than regular tap water under most circumstances. Certainly under the circumstances we are used to here in the bay area. We have been sold a package.


Any woodsman or military could kill everyone on your block with a slingshot and a piece of wire. Only fools and dead men leave women and children unguarded. An ancient lesson forgotten in our selfish and complacent little society. Enjoy your cartoons, pizza and donuts.


Desire created the civilized world; necessity refined it. Greed has already destroyed it several times. Despite our pitifully puny concerns, zero hour approaches. The Doomsday Clock advances silently and relentlessly without judgement.


Slowly a new mentality has evolved. The great liberation of personal responsibility has won over many voters. Sad but true.



Plastic is a product of petroleum. It is reasonable to think some of the oil could be recovered. Remember the tire fire in Tracy, California that released thousands of gallons per hour as it burned. The implications are extreme.


The hallmark of our selfish progressive consumer society – the plastic water bottle. You’ve been sold on it as something good for you, good for your family, good for your dog, as well as encouraged to consume 8 bottles a day. Plastic water bottles are now the most heinous, dirtiest, most polluting single item on the planet.


Some days ago while driving and listening to the news channel on the am radio, I experienced an epiphany. I realized Christmas was not for me, not even for kids, not anyone’s kids. The gross expenditure of capital is used as a gauge to measure the health of the world economy.



In a free society, we can choose to be “bad” if we are bored enough, or “good” if we are bright enough to see beyond today. Psychologists and children call being bad “free expression.”


However, since “bad” is subjective, one who chooses to be “bad” is the epitome of a conformist. Do not allow apathy and resignation to make your decisions.


It is unforgivable to pigeonhole people; it is the thinking of a tyrant.


Every day, you are lied to. Every day, you are taught to be a consumer. Every day, you are bombarded with propaganda. Turn off the TV.



In movies, apprehension causes the character to walk backwards; the result, invariably, is surprise. Beware of walking backwards through life and experiencing things by lamenting over them after they have passed away.


The normally acceptable benchmark is that you may be filmed or photographed whenever you are in public view, and by any person with a camera. In light of recent news, it is becoming clear that the theory this exposure may have become a form of assault is being introduced to the common citizen.


Drama is an indulgence that no one can afford.


For many, the greatest disappointment in a crisis is the lack of drastic action by the authorities.



At the exact moment that we deviate from the one true way is the same moment which we begin to formulate the explanation for our misery.


The generation who learned their standard of justice and moral behavior from television and media programming is now officially here. Cultural diversity is under attack, history is re-written, the government backed media has quietly gained control. In the land of television and consumer agony, It is the lies we tell that shape our misery.


Misguided and self serving relief efforts staged by celebrities put more money and power into the hands of tyrants. The starving masses are “inconvenient.”


Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people who I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.



Beer is the white man’s coconut.


A decent person, when confronted, has a tendency to retreat to a position that is easily explained (defended). Prepare yourself, and stand up to the siege.


With fuel on the verge of topping 4 dollars, who thinks the unemployment numbers will drop? Furthermore, who is prepared to pay 5 dollars for a cup of coffee?


The human voice is meant for healing and singing. When we use it for communication, we tend to circle around with less meaningful and less spiritual conversation.



We have become incredibly self indulgent. We place ourselves above the others; the vicious, the crude, the brutal. This is the turning point. We are now above the rest of humanity.


With the unrelenting upward pressure on fuel prices, I am again considering socialism as the target objective. Bring the citizens to their knees and make them ask the government for relief.


Pride is easiest to swallow as soon as the opportunity. Humility provides becomes unavoidable. The difficulty increases exponentially thereafter.


Knowledge is a gift rooted in understanding. When one holds it, he may try to pass it to others. The ability to accept this gift is limited by the ability to understand its profound depths.



The stupidity is mind numbing day in and day out. this is no revelation, this is a point of clarity.


We live linearly. One thing follows another incrementally no matter how fractional.


The paradox of life – the things which we complain about are valuable; without them, the things we enjoy would not be as sweet.


The planet has reached capacity. It’s about herd management. You are part of the herd.



Think of your pride as a turd. Think of Humility as Chocolate. Your pride is encased in humility. To your horror, denial causes your pride to swell. Humility cracks and falls off creating a pile of humiliation. You are now left with a turd to deal with and shit is all over your face.


If you say you do not know the best way, everyone will tell you. If you say you do know, everyone will tell you how wrong you are.


Everything costs something. The question comes to mind – “Is it worth it?”


Recycling is part of the marketing. Truth is much of it is shipped to Asia to be burned. 



The things that allow so many to live at the same time make each individual vulnerable.


Do not worry; Obama is a passing fad like Saturday Night Fever and Angel Flights. Like a worn-out doll, he will be forgotten when the Chinese Candidate is announced. Hope and change is gone. Everyone working together is gone. Your president hates you. He always did think you were an idiot, and you are. Your President bailed out the banks and large corporations with your money.


That which we are totally dependant on has allowed us to grow to unmanageable multitudes. Those who study such things point to war as a way of exterminating excessive people, thus lessening the competition. As you can see, we must kill many more to ease the pressures on the “limited” resources we must fight for. It is you who wants this to happen. Hillary Clinton does it for you.


It is suggested bottled water is unnecessary. It is suggested bottled water users have been duped with promises of safe “healthy” drinking water. It has been alluded that bottled water may be the biggest consumer scam of all time.



After 20 something years of intense popularity, the authorities are pointing out the problems of bottled water. Anything from contamination to tooth decay, carbon footprint and on to the great floating garbage raft in the pacific – the unnecessary and relatively large monetary consequences to individuals who subscribe to the church of bottled water.


My grandparents were immigrants as well. Lawfully became US citizens. There was a lot of pride in having the ability to vote.


Democracy falls when the voters discover they can vote themselves entitlements from the public treasury. It is always followed by tyranny.


With over 500 Public Agencies supporting over 1.6 million public employees, with health benefits approaching 6 billion dollars annually and retirement benefits approaching 11 billion annually (all funded by the California taxpayer), how can Gerry Brown say the only thing left to cut is Public Safety and Education?



Californians did not vote for “change” at the mid-terms like the rest of the country. We kept the old guard and resurrected a dead body. They used the housekeeper in the worse possible way; they showed she would do anything for money and paid her less. I heard other reps say “California is beyond our help. They deserve what the get.”


I heard rumblings of increasing the age of retirement benefits and renegotiations of agreements of state employees. Well, it has to go to the voters. Gerry thinks if he shows you the boogie man, he can manipulate your vote. His sales ploy is increased taxes and cut spending. History shows once the Taxes increase the politicians find a way to spend it.


The unfortunate reality is the over $1.6 trillion of taxpayer funds were used as a political power grab, providing our leaders the ability to reward their constituents via payback for loyalty.


Does the fact that inflation is now cresting the horizon or the potential downgrading of the country’s credit rating have anything to do with it? Does he think you forgot? Does he think you do not notice his finger pointing? Does he think you are paying attention?



Our “leaders” are actually our employees. It is our responsibility to guide them.


Loneliness comes into stark relief when falling from a ladder.


Social status, high regard, and influence are earned by a few through hard work, luck, or genius. For some it is just reward, for others it is difficult and annoying.


While talk may be able to confuse the truth, it is incapable of altering it.



Our current patterns confirm our CEO’s belief that it is necessary to assert and expand authority because we the people are not enlightened enough to know what is in our best interests.


The polarity in this country is illustrated by wealth. Some think of it as providing freedom from uncertainty; others think of it as merely something to fritter away.


I can’t agree with you unless I can understand you. You are “working class”; what exactly are the “serious flaws” that are “very very unfair” and that you have been subjected to by the U.S. government?


The vast brutalities inflicted by the Japanese on their conquered and colonized peoples of China, Korea, the Philippines, and throughout their “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” was a hideously depraved horror. They were willing to fight to the death to defend it.



It is convenient for you to feel helpless; it alleviates you of responsibility.


I keep my eye to the bushes because that is where trouble hides, waiting for an opportunity.


By far the single best way to improve your appearance and improve your life is to listen. Just when you feel you must make a point, it is the right time to remain quiet.


We seem to be programmed to think of horror and death in a detached way, perhaps a primordial survival trait that keeps us isolated from our own mortality. Hitler’s insight and inhuman treatment of human beings is a visible study; carefully and painstakingly documented, therefore easily accessible and easy to substantiate.



Every day there is denial, excuses, selfishness and whining. Reasons are given to explain nonsense. History is rewritten. Where there is only beauty, ugliness is described.


When I look around and see the children, and see the happiness their freshness brings and I wonder what is so captivating about youth. then I consider the ability to ignore death; for youth need not give it anything yet.


The misery of prolonged illness is one of the honing stones of wisdom. I don’t think being a woman trapped in a man’s body counts.


Someone in denial may seek abuse as penance.



Failure is a self serving state of mind. However it serves the self, it remains a thing of the imagination.


Only the last man alive gets to say the final word about the future of the planet.


The only really good thing about this Facebook is the time stamp.


All sensitivity training has been commandeered – Hillary shipped it off to Afghanistan.



Your leaders are not very smart anymore. The CDC is playing word games with Ebola. They proclaim it can be transmitted only through direct contact with an infected person and it is not airborne. This flyer from the CDC website says it can be spread just as the common cold, flu, and HIV. the virus remains present in the body for 3 months after contracting the disease.


Some day people will be arrested for sneezing on groceries.


Haven’t you heard? Your civil rights are in jeopardy. Did hear about the fish and game guy who is being crucified for hunting in Idaho?


It is best not to mess with the puddle when you don’t really know how deep the water is.



With increasing rapidity, we are losing our individuality. We are absorbed into the “global village” as Earth’s leaders encourage us to become one mind. The individual is isolated to it’s cell, so agrees to be monitored and controlled with greater detail. Incremental loss is acceptable as long as it isn’t “me” and “I” can still get to Starbucks. Sheer numbers completely reliant on mass production for survival and a meaningful existence accelerate the degradation of our basic natural resources essential for life. Technology is the only thing that can save us now.



I was watching the “World at War” series that came out in the sixties. One of the first steps to seizing total control over the German populace was eliminating the unions. Hitler went on to restrict civil liberties and raise prices of food and fuel making the people dependant on the government. Some people who lived it said it all happened without them really knowing. It was described as “a leaking faucet.”



I heard on the government propaganda channel today that the different chemicals produced inside the human body in response to emotions (stress, fear, love, etc.) are regulated by individual DNA. This was actually offered as an explanation of the different responses of individuals to. This is a step toward in alleviating us from responsibility of certain stressful events.



Editor’s note: In the eighth photo, you will see the drummer and bassist wearing clothes which moshers will associate with James Hetfield. The drummer is wearing a Mr. Bubble T-shirt whereas Jim is wearing an F.S.U. top. The acronym is not a band but a saying which can only be read in fine print because of the cussing.

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