The Best Revenge

Every since I returned to the US, following a 7-month stay in beautiful Gouna, Egypt, it’s been one thing after another.

The list is endless, and it’s only been 2 months.  And now this.


I truly feel bad for Liberal America today.

We once freely enjoyed what so many around the world would give almost anything to have — freedom from tyranny — and then somehow we relinquished it, partly because enough of us thought voting for Jill Stein, Gary Johnson or Bernie was a good idea, and partly because enough stayed home, because we thought there was no difference between The Donald and Hillary.

 [The ban is] “harrowing” and “motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.” ~ from Justice Sotomayor’s blistering dissent

And now, as the country lurches forward on the path to becoming a full-fledged, white racist theocracy, with pronounced Fascist tonalities- — a government of unjust laws and unfairly conducted elections and stacked courts that tilt the pinball machine —  we suddenly realize the consequences of what we’ve allowed to happen: America has become nearly everything it once said it stood against. and abandoned almost everything that set it apart from the rest of the world.

It looks pretty hopeless right now.

For your sakes, I really hope you remember to do the right thing on Nov 6.

As for me (and my better half), well, looks like it’s time to hang out with Sandy… again. Impending exit visas will soon be on the way.

They say living well is the best revenge.

They ain’t lying.

As they say in Gouna, who needs this a’raf?

PS: to faithful readers of, I’m working on something at the moment, which I have to finish by the end of July.  So there will not be much by way of posts in the month ahead, as I really do have to focus on watching the World Cup, sorry, completing this exciting project.

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American Expat Ethos

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The thinking American expat no longer cares about any particular country; he cares only that the country he is currently in is a safe haven.

The thinking American expat know that America’s economic and political system is nothing more than Capitalism on crank, a mortal addiction for which there is no effective 12 step program.

The thinking American expat laughs at his countrymen’s unending obsession with national leaders, fascist or otherwise, fairly elected, or not.

The thinking American expat knows that many Americans will stop at nothing to get money, sex, and power, and so chooses to avoid most, for he detests primitivist alpha whatever vulgarity.

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The thinking American expat knows that America has been massively enfeebled if not mortally wounded by the Nov ’16 election, but that playing chamber music on the deck of the Titanic is a stupid option: let someone else be the sacrificial martyr on the altar of presumed freedom; it’s all a fool’s game anyway.

The thinking American expat knows that around 40 per cent of the American population are ignorant, dangerous boors.  He can choose to fight them by any means necessary (yawn), or simply move somewhere else where he does not have to interact with such rubes.

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The thinking American expat puts family and clan above all else. It is the Bedouin ethos; nothing else matters.

The thinking American expat knows all naked ambition is meaningless, full of sound and fury, and signifying nothing.

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The thinking American expat knows that fantasies about a Scarface or Quaddafi type of conclusion to the current state of affairs is a lamentable waste of time; enjoying beautiful sunsets in places as far away from America as possible is the smart move, any day of the week.

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