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August 27, 2008 Dems Not Critical Enough?
The talking head pundits proclaim that the Democrats are too tame, and that they do not criticize McCain and the GOP enough. I will take the lead here, and I do not think I am exaggerating when I say: "There are people currently in our government who should be impeached and tried for crimes against humanity, as well as war crimes." Okay, it is all out in the open now. Party on! We do not have to be critical. We are not bullies, we are strong people who can win with honor.
August 29, 2008
Jim - I am one of the little spiders that hangs out with you in conspiracy corner. JFK? (LBJ, Nixon, Bush Sr.) 9/11? (Cheney, Rusmfeld, Rove, Silverstein, Giuliani.) Election integrity? Worry about our safety? our rights? Barack's safety and his family. . . . ? Instead of worry, think of the best thing that could happen in a situation. What is the lesson humanity needs to learn? We are rising to a higher plane where lies are certainly exposed (eventually) and honesty is back in style. The Internet is speeding up this process. It is time to save the world now. Like Al Gore said, it is an opportunity.
Peace Pilgrim, an American peace activist during the McCarthy era, walked across the country to spread the message of love and faith. Here are some quotes from her books.
Your imaginary friend, Nori
If you have a negative thought about a world situation, dwell upon the best that could happen in that situation. - Peace Pilgrim
When societies are out of harmony, problems develop within the society—collective problems. Their purpose is to push the whole society toward harmony. - Peace Pilgrim
When we hear a prediction of some disaster we need to throw the entire weight of our positive thought in the opposite direction! - Peace Pilgrim
Collective problems must be solved by all of us, collectively, and no one finds inner peace who avoids doing his or her share in the solving of collective problems. - Peace Pilgrim
August 30, 2008 Hi Stephanie, I believe they picked Sarah Palin because she is a [rhymes with witch] who will stir up trouble with Democratic women—and men. She will say airhead, stupid, right-wing religious nut case things that will get everyone mad. Then the r-wingers will pout and say, "The Democrats are beating up on Sarah," and get a lot of mileage out of that. Therefore, let's pre-empt their plan and see through Sara Palin. She is a militant r-winger out for trouble. They got her to throw red meat to the r-wing religious wackos. We will win the election in an honest way. Humanity needs to be redeemed. This election will do it. Even the idea of this election has already lifted humanity up. We just have to be open to being lifted up, instead of remaining in a reactionary, victimized stance. Let us try to understand the fear and confusion that makes she-devils like Sarah Palin tick. - Nori
August 28, 2008 Characteristics of Bullies
Today in the ol' reading stack, an article from The American Journal of Family Therapy (Volume 36, Number 1, January-February 2008), "Bullying: A Family and School System Treatment Model," by John L. Butler VI and Rhi Anna Lynn Platt, Purdue University.
The reason I bring this up is that although the article says "bullying is more frequent among 10-14 year olds and decreases proportionately with age (p. 19)," we find that many in the mainstream media and government are still bullies into their fourth, fifth, and sixth decades, and beyond—with no hope for recovery. Note the mainstream media's insistence that Hillary and Bill's speeches last night were less than adequate. Bullies! Liars! The authors of this article point out that bullying behavior is a form of aggression that can be physical or verbal, and can entail calling names, provoking, making threats, making faces, and spreading slander.
The authors describe the typical profile of families who produce bully children. Perhaps some of this hits home for the bullies in our media and government:
"Bullies perceive their fathers as having more power than their mothers. Children who bully tend to have more lenient mothers, and fathers who act hostile and violent when punishing. Bullies are also more likely to be raised in homes of authoritarian parents, characterized as high in demandingness and low in responsiveness. Consequently, parents of bullies tend to be punitive, harsh, and 'obedience-or-else' oriented toward their children (pp. 19-20)."
Bullies also tend to grow up into adult criminals. The therapists' job is to help set clear boundaries in the family, so that children learn adaptive behavior. For example, if the therapist observes the children interrupting their parents, trying to dominate the parents, the therapist teaches the parents how to interrupt the children and gain back control of the situation. They teach the children how to solve their problems using intelligence, instead of force. As a society, we need better boundaries. The bullies must stop their childish behavior and behave like grown ups. The article concludes that we need more research on bullying and how to stop it. Yes, it would be great to live in a world where people in adult bodies act like adults.
Aug. 30, 2008
Remarkable about Garmatz* . . . he was about as subtle as a falling anvil.
Republican strategy always seems to aim at benefiting an elite minority of super rich, military/industrial etc. interests and to eliminate the middle class entirely and reduce the country to themselves, The Haves and the rest of us, The Have Nots. The selfishness of it is so transparent that I'm surprised they can get people to vote for them against their own best interests. Obama is the voice of Reason but it's amazing how many irrational, deluded folks are too Thick to hear the Truth in it. Very perverse. We'll have to hope that clear thinking prevails over irrational fear and greed.
Yes, the Greene Line attorney (I think it was William Kohler) warned my dad that Garmatz would ask a bribe. He advised my father to say no, because it would go from $5,000 to $10,000 the next time.
re. Republicans. You nailed it.
re. stupid voters. I was in a religious cult for ten years, so I know about stupid.
Peace Pilgrim, an American peace activist during the McCarthy era, walked across the country to spread the message of love and faith. Here are some quotes from her books.
If you have a negative thought about a world situation, dwell upon the best that could happen in that situation. - Peace Pilgrim
When societies are out of harmony, problems develop within the society—collective problems. Their purpose is to push the whole society toward harmony. - Peace Pilgrim
When we hear a prediction of some disaster we need to throw the entire weight of our positive thought in the opposite direction! - Peace Pilgrim
Collective problems must be solved by all of us, collectively, and no one finds inner peace who avoids doing his or her share in the solving of collective problems. - Peace Pilgrim
Sept. 3, 2008 Spinners of Illusion
Enjoying the magic show this week? I have put in less time than I did last week, but am listening to Giuliani. His only point is that McCain was a POW. The rest is all lies. He lies and he lies and he lies, as easily as George W. Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the 9/11 "we didn't do it" gang.
Here is a funny clip going around the Internet today:
If this video does not show, you can watch it at Youtube. Transcription by MoveOn.org:
Mike Murphy, former McCain advisor: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor work. Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. And these guys, this is all like how you want too (inaudible) this race. You know, just run it up. And it's not gonna work.
Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter: It's over.
Murphy: Still, McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.
NBC's Chuck Todd: Don't you think the Palin pick was insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too (inaudible)
Noonan: I saw Kay this morning.
Murphy: They're all bummed out.
Todd: I mean, is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?
Noonan: The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political [B.S.] about narratives and (inaudible) the picture.
Murphy: I totally agree.
Noonan: Every time the Republicans do that because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at and they blow it.
Murphy: You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical.
Todd: And as you called it, gimmicky.
Yeah, thanks guys!
All right, see you later.
Sept. 4, 2008 Buffalo Chip Campaign
Last night was scary. Not only left-wing liberals like me were left feeling disturbed, but there must be some honest Republicans who were left asking themselves questions like, What could happen to our country if that person were put in control? Do we really need another shallow leader who says god wanted them to run for office? Also, did McCain bungle this decision? What about Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, Olympia Snow, and Elizabeth Dole? There are many good women around of both parties. McCain has served side-by-side with women in the Senate. Why did he pick a woman who appears to be little more than a sexy cheerleader?
Someone on the radio today postulated that what Sarah Palin lacks in actual qualifications, she makes up for in her willingness to lie. She is a willing cult follower, who was just promoted to a cult leader last night.
Well, those are my complaints for the day.
I heard on the radio today that John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone before the law that granted American citizenship there. The caller said the law was not retroactive. What about that, there should be a way to research that if it is a fact.
By the way, the Republican convention was a frightening spectacle of extremism. If we handle this correctly, we can turn it in our favor. While I am trying to find a seed of compassion for women like Sarah Palin, more people will be finding their ire for her, which is as it should be. She appears as a lying hypocrite who deserves to be exposed. Her appeal is limited to horny men and Republican lesbians. (No kidding, I ran into a Republican lesbian couple last night and they LOVED Sarah Palin.)
Sept. 8, 2008 Is the Republican Ticket Terrifying?
Absolutely—it is a spectacle, like a ghost parade out of hell. Yes, extremism is terrifying. We feel helpless, like abused children. What are we to do? Here is one idea. Let the fear run through you. Ask the fear what it wants, why it is here. Recognize it as part of your own shadow. Send love to it. Work with your fear feelings until Sept. 11.
Then, on Sept. 11, pull yourself together. Throw your fear away. Vow to save this country from the Republican right wing religious extremists. Open your heart to the possibility that we save the earth. Like water finds its own level, we will start to use the new technology we have. We can retool Detroit to mass produce our own hybrid cars. They will be cheap, and may look like a shoe-box, but everyone will be able to afford one. We will dramatically reduce our dependence on oil. We will wake up to the dangers of chemicals and chemical processes. All of this will happen.
To get there, we must first grieve. We are almost finished with our grieving over the betrayal of 9/11. This anniversary may be the completion of our recovery. This year on 9/11 we have stopped being frightened. We see that our dear leaders have used 9/11 to manipulate us into a useless war, they have drained our military, our treasury, our confidence, our reputation, and everything. That is sad. We have a right to be depressed. Like tai chi masters, we must pull the anger toward us, then make it go past us. Pull it toward you until Thursday. Take a good, hard look at what is happening, what these infantile people want for us, and why we must stand up as the mature party in this struggle. We will.
"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day." - Thomas Jefferson
Sept. 10, 2008 Correspondence with a Friend
Unfortunately for me, today I found out that this couple I know (old high school friends) are Independent / leaning toward McCain Palin. It made me so angry I can barely think straight. Here is our latest email exchange. Tell me what you think. I have probably gone overboard. Sorry!
Me: Among the media that you watch, does that include Fox News?
My friend: I watch Fox and CNN equally. Sometimes i switch to MSNBC, but their anchors have already been chastised by their bosses for being too liberal. . . . don't get me wrong—I hate Bush. But I see McCain as different. He is independent—but he needed to run on the Republican ticket to win. Independents don't win.
Me: We live in a society where being "too liberal" is punishable. Okay, I will toe the party line. I will say what they want me to say. I will stop being so uppity. Now you know what it is like to live in a cult. In fact, I wrote a newspaper for the cult and my job was to "counteract" the "karmi" media that went around saying bad things about our cult. I did it for ten years, I am ready and willing to do it again to keep the peace with people like you. No matter what they say to make me or my opinions look bad, I will keep them to myself. I will never say Sarah Palin is just a pig with lipstick. She is a bulldog with lipstick. Okay? I am on message now. She said that herself. Worship Goddess Palin. Okay? I am on board. Hari rama.
Well written analysis from Deepak Chopra:
Obama and The Palin Effect From: Deepak Chopra | Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2008
Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week.
On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin's pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.
She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the other."
For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don't want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.)
I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin's message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.
Look at what she stands for:
- Small town values—a denial of America's global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.
- Ignorance of world affairs—a repudiation of the need to repair America's image abroad.
- Family values—a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don't need to be heeded.
- Rigid stands on guns and abortion—a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.
- Patriotism—the usual fallback in a failed war.
- "Reform"—an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn't fit your ideology.
Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from "us" pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat.
The radical right marches under the banners of "I'm all right, Jack," and "Why change? Everything's OK as it is." The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.
Obama's call for higher ideals in politics can't be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow—we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict.
The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.
Sept. 11, 2008 A Busy Day of Remembrance
Lunch with family, other appointments, then an evening with Jesse Ventura. Saw him last night at the local indi bookstore, Changing Hands, but he said we had to go see him tonight to hear him talk about 9/11. Once he started to talk about his 9/11 realizations, he said, "I'm preaching to the choir, I can see." He realized that he was face to face with the formidable Phoenix 9/11 Truth movement. We have about five hundred 9/11-truthers here. There are a lot that I did not see tonight, so there are more. However, Phoenix LOVES Jesse Ventura. We were honored to have him here on 9/11.
Ended the evening by watching the Service Nation Summit at Columbia University in New York. Loved Barack Obama's part of the discussion. He has well formed ideas about how to improve America's situation and he articulated his ideas well. Made me want to learn a new language and join the foreign service. As far as John McCain, he supports Barack's ideas, but his ideas were either less vivid, or more difficult for him to discuss. He also got agitated at the interviewers a few times, and let them lead the discussion most of the time. When they talked to Barack Obama, on the other hand, it was more like they were interviewing him to find out more about his vision. Barack Obama led the discussion, with the interviewers learning from him.
Editor's note: I did not listen to Sarah Pailin's interview with Charles Gibson, but heard a lot about it on the news 11/12.
Sept. 13, 2008 Which is Most Offensive?
One of the big complaints about liberals is that we are always picking fights. A bit of projection going on, but they see it in us instead of themselves. They say things like, "It is offensive to attack Sarah Palin's religion." Or, "They sent reporters to dig up dirt on her."
The problem is that religious people who are taken in by a charlatan will do anything—including starting wars or killing in the name of god. We just want to find out if Palin is a fanatic. It is an issue that we must be concerned about, especially with the possibility that she could become our president (god forbid—double sign of the cross).
Be nice to your conservative friends. Pray that they mature to the level of a twenty-two year old. Pray that they be old enough to recognize when they are getting involved with a dangerous religious cult. That is where I am projecting, since it was at age twenty-two that I joined ISKCON and went to dedicate my life to the guru. Granted, I did not kill anybody, but I typed the press releases for the organization when other people killed somebody. What is the difference? I had my ways of rationalizing it.
Sept. 15, 2008 Gloria Steinem Checks In
This just got to my email box, but apparently eleven days ago, Gloria Steinem wrote the following (excerpts):
Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing—the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party—are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women—and to many men too—who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.
But here is even better news: It won't work. This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.
Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Clinton. Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for—and that Barack Obama's still does. To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."
This is not to beat up on Palin. I defend her right to be wrong, even on issues that matter most to me. I regret that people say she can't do the job because she has children in need of care, especially if they wouldn't say the same about a father. I get no plea sure from imagining her in the spotlight on national and foreign policy issues about which she has zero background, with one month to learn to compete with Sen. Joe Biden's 37 years' experience.
Palin has been honest about what she doesn't know. When asked last month about the vice presidency, she said, "I still can't answer that question until someone answers for me: What is it exactly that the VP does every day?" When asked about Iraq, she said, "I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."
She was elected governor largely because the incumbent was unpopular, and she's won over Alaskans mostly by using unprecedented oil wealth to give a $1,200 rebate to every resident. Now she is being praised by McCain's campaign as a tax cutter, despite the fact that Alaska has no state income or sales tax. Perhaps McCain has opposed affirmative action for so long that he doesn't know it's about inviting more people to meet standards, not lowering them. Or perhaps Mc Cain is following the Bush administration habit, as in the Justice Department, of putting a job candidate's views on "God, guns and gays" ahead of competence. The difference is that McCain is filling a job one 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency.
So let's be clear: The culprit is John McCain. He may have chosen Palin out of change-envy, or a belief that women can't tell the difference between form and content, but the main motive was to please right-wing ideologues; the same ones who nixed anyone who is now or ever has been a supporter of reproductive freedom. If that were not the case, McCain could have chosen a woman who knows what a vice president does and who has thought about Iraq; someone like Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. McCain could have taken a baby step away from right-wing patriarchs who determine his actions, right down to opposing the Violence Against Women Act.
Palin's value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women's wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves "abstinence-only" programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers' millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn't spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.
I don't doubt her sincerity. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn., she doesn't just support killing animals from helicopters, she does it herself. She doesn't just talk about increasing the use of fossil fuels but puts a coal-burning power plant in her own small town. She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child. She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child.
. . .
Being a hope-a-holic, however, I can see two long-term bipartisan gains from this contest.
Republicans may learn they can't appeal to ri ght-wing patriarchs and most women at the same time. A loss in November could cause the centrist majority of Republicans to take back their party, which was the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment and should be the last to want to invite government into the wombs of women.
. . .
Gloria Steinem is an author, feminist organizer and co-founder of the Women's Media Center. She supported Hillary Clinton and is now supporting Barack Obama.
Sept. 15, 2008 Another Woman's Opinion
Editor's Note: Here is another opinion, written Sept. 13, which just reached my inbox:
Sarah Palin does not represent anything that I stand for. I am a 47 year old married woman with 4 teenage daughters. I consider myself to be a devout Roman Catholic with traditional values. I have nothing in common with a woman who is against gun control, has no compassion for young girls who need sex education in order to understand the facts of life that thier parents never told them, and wants other people to conform to her religious beliefs. I am against abortion- for myself and my family, it is a matter of faith and it is against my religion. I would encourage other people to consider alternatives to abortion as well. I also understand that there are circumstances I cannot possibly relate to that could lead a peson to make this choice and I don't think it is Christian to condemn them for it.
I resent Sarah Palin's sarcasm when referring to anyone who doesn't share her beliefs. How does this unite people? Her attitude reminds me of bullying.
I want this election to get back to the platforms that each candidate stands for and stop hearing about Sarah Palins family. They seem o.k. to me- I have no problem with them but they are not running for election! I am looking forward to the debates between all 4 candidates so we can get back to the facts.
Sept. 21, 2008 Letter from a Friend in Hawaii
My take on the Palin is that she is a cheap fireworks rocket sent up by McCain's people to make lots of pretty patterns and light of the sky and go sizzle, whizzle, BANG, BOOM, and completely distract the voters. Those who would vote for McCain anyway like the eye candy and the Miss American Pie show of the whole business. Those who would vote for Obama are wasting their energy and thoughts on hating and deriding this women, taking her seriously, as if she mattered, which she doesn't. But, she is sure keeping them busy. What if all of the energy that has gone into writing and circulating diatribes against Palin had gone into raising funds for Obama or educating the public about his qualities, strengths, plans? I see the putting up of Palin, so patently unsuited and unsuitable, as a smoke screen and diversion, nothing more.
Sept. 17, 2008 Where Money Goes When It Disappears
When money "disappears" during a financial meltdown, where does it really go? Some of it went to people who sold their homes at the peak of the market in 2005. However, if they bought another house, their gains went to the next seller. The rest of the money falls through the cracks and lands in the underground economy. That is why point number two in my peace plan to end the war on terror is to "out the underground economy." Click here to access the Surrealist.org Peace Plan to End the War on Terror.
Sept. 16, 2008 Last Word on Palin
A friend from L.A. wrote to me today:
the less the dems say about palin, the better. they should go straight for mccain and only speak when spoken to about palin. mccain's choosing her, however, is a valid point i think. can't imagine a more cynical political move than that. straight out of rove.
Sept. 16, 2008 Overfishing: Don't ignore the warning signs
Check out this petition: [now offline]. The environmental movement will be successful when you learn to talk in positive terms. Okay? When you say, "Overfishing: Don't ignore the warning signs," you have four negatives, so this is a quadrupel negative statement. "overfishing" is negative, "don't" is negative, "ignore" is negative, and warning signs" is negative because it is the thing we do not want. Here are some examples of straightforward, positive language: Protect the oceans, sustainable fishing, protect ocean diversity. We will win the issue when we can see it in a positive light, instead of being against something we do not like.
Sept. 24, 2008 In the Inbox
People are forwarding me interesting stuff—from channeled higher beings who confirm humankind's progress to Anne Lamott begging people to be kind and to visualize a better future. This is my favorite. Not sure who wrote it, but a liberal friend in Texas sent it in:
To all my friends who have had enough—
I want to make two specific requests (discussion follows):
It dawned on me that many of us are getting caught in the fear orgy the Republicans love to create because most of their policies are based in fear. They even fail to recognize that the opposite of fear is not hope, but trust and expectation. So eliminating fear requires practicing trust and expectation. Fearing the Republicans is just more fear and feeds their cause. They want us to be afraid, even if all we're afraid of is them. I don't expect us to never experience fearful thoughts, but realizing that we are is a good time to think "President Obama." and experience the pleasure that this reality brings.
When I first thought of this I anticipated that some, me included,would react with, "well just thinking about it won't do it. Way too 'airy-fairy' What we need is to be in action." Interesting thought,but aligning our thoughts with what we want never hurts, and imagining what we want never precludes getting into action. In fact, imagining "President Obama" is more likely to inspire those actions that will create this wonderful outcome. Not to mention, if a whole bunch of us are feeling good, instead of afraid, resigned and helpless, then we will probably get a whole lot more done. Practice this thought and notice that it makes you feel good and certainly more resourceful. The decision to send this email came to me last night after deciding to practice this thought myself yesterday. "President Obama" Aaaaah. Happy and relieved. Like taking off a shoe that's too tight (or in this case, maybe a noose).
I did the math and if each of sends this to ten others and only five send it on then in 13 rounds this email will reach over 244 Million people. Probably less because of repeats. If we send it to more and let's say 10 send it on then in 9 rounds 1 billion emails will be sent. (okay, my math may be lousy, but it would be a lot of folks) Staggering and no-one is asking you to send any money anywhere or informing you that you have inherited money from a long lost relative.
1) 3 times a day (more is better) I suggest you say or just think to yourself "President Obama," and when you do, imagine it being true right now and feeling all the comfort that goes with this thought.
2) Please forward this email to all your friends who you know for a fact are voting for Obama and will be thrilled when he wins, encouraging them to send it on to their friends.
When I first heard Barak Obama speak in 2004 at the convention, I thought 'This man could be President someday." I like many others are inspired by him and know that behind his inspiring words is a strong, thoughtful and courageous intelligence. Let's join together to make "President Obama" (Aaaaaah) a reality by imagining together that it already is. Thanks for your help.
Sept. 25, 2008 Bush Admin Organized Crime
The thing the Democrats (and especially the Republicans) do not get is that the Bush people are thiefs who are stealing our money. We must stop them. We must get back what they have already stolen.
Sept. 27, 2008 Debate Advice
Barack Obama did extremely well against the old horny goat last night. However, he will do even better in the next debate if we see more of that confidence, even jesting, that he displays on the campaign trail. All that "not going to the debate" b.s. could have been McCain's Rovian military tactics to throw the opponent off guard; same for the angry, contentious, not looking at his opponent style.
Sept. 29, 2008 Pelosi's Speech and all That
Nancy Pelosi apparently stuck her finger in some Republican's eyes today, forcing them to take their ball and go home. Now we have to grow up and do something that everyone can agree upon without criticizing each others' presidents. America has been going downhill for too long. We need to pull ourselves together.
Sept. 30, 2008 Barack Obama Shares My Concerns
I want a president who can think rationally, who has studied history and current events. When I went to BarackObama.com today, they asked me to rate which of the following are my most important issues, but they are all important to me:
equality / civil rights civil liberties / privacy peace & social justice foreign policy / security economic fairness / security environment / conservation smart energy policy public infrastructure / transportation good government / ethics electoral reform affordable health care education
Sept. 30, 2008 We Need a Deal, but a Fair Deal
Last night on TV, Paul Krugman rattled off a reasonable framework for a good plan to help the American economy. When our legislators come up with a good plan, it will pass. Here's someone who makes sense to me:
Sept. 29, 2008 Peace on Earth
Surrealist.org has a plan to award companies and people who have worked to protect the environment. Steamboats.com is creating an award for hardware store products that are petroleum-free, such as paints, solvents, glues, cleaning agents, herbicides, pesticides, adhesives, etc.
We will also create an award for petroleum-free health care products, such as soaps, deodorants, lotions, dyes, medicine, and cosmetics.
We also consult with companies to help them get the petroleum by-products out.
Oct. 2, 2008 Supreme Court Decision I Like the Least
My least favorite Supreme Court Decision (aside from Bush v. Gore) is the Dred Scott decision. That should be a universally reviled decision. It would be a safe choice for me to discuss because usually the first Supreme Court decision that comes to mind is the best one to discuss. Plus, that one has so much to dislike.
Oct. 1, 2008 In the Inbox on the Financial Bailout
Editor's Note: This came to my email inbox today:
Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke should be indicted for treason. Remove them from the situation immediately as a first step toward protecting our country. No bailouts for criminals. Not one penny. Pass legislation that will resolve the short-term crisis with long term stability:
1) Abolish the Federal Reserve System and establish publicly-owned banks. 2) Transfer all assets held by the "Federal" Reserve to a new agency, exclusively controlled by the US government and staffed by loyal US citizens that have no vested interests in the private sector. 3) Establish a government-owned lending institution with authority to issue credit to qualified borrowers. 4) Freeze all foreclosures and reschedule loans for victims of mortgage fraud at reasonable fixed interest rates for thirty years. 5) Return stolen homes or compensate victims of foreclosure fraud with reparations paid by the perpetrators ~ not the taxpayers. If necessary, freeze the assets of perpetrators. 6) Amend the bankruptcy laws to allow courts to provide relief to victims of usury and fraud. 7) Repeal the Commodities Futures Modernization Act. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act and every other regulation that protected public assets from Wall Street speculators. Impose strict regulations on the financial industry. 8) Investigate systemic financial fraud and indict criminals. 9) Allow institutions to fail that willingly participated in Ponzi schemes. No taxpayer bailouts. 10) Replace the "fractional" reserve banking system with a genuine reserve system. 11) Break up monopolies and separate financial sectors. The Federal Reserve System is not federal and has no reserves. It is a privately-owned bank consortium that deliberately engineers bubbles and depressions by arbitrarily expanding and contracting its credit. It has devastated the public's purchasing power by steadily inflating its worthless fiat "notes." The cycles of economic chaos and despair will continue until this private debt monopoly is banished.
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced HR 2755 to repeal the Federal Reserve Act and to abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve banks. This is the most important legislation of our lifetime. With the whole nation braced for catastrophe, this is the moment to reform of our monetary system. As one unified field of consciousness we can change our destiny by bringing this bill to the floor right now and passing this historic legislation.
ACT NOW to reclaim our financial sovereignty and create a genuine legacy of freedom for future generations ~ a new monetary system wholly owned by the People of the United States.
Oct. 3, 2008 Palin Has a Small Brain
She can talk a blue streak, but what's behind it? Nothing. Nothing she says is very important, she does not really understand issues. She lies, she blusters, she mangles sentences. Is she not just a George W. Bush with lipstick?
Spoonamore Reveals the Plan to Steal Election September 29, 2008
Here, in this shattering new interview, Stephen Spoonamore goes into harrowing detail about the Bush regime's election fraud, past, present and—if we don't spread the word right now—to come. Since he's the only whistle-blower out there who knows the perps themselves, and how they operate, we have to send this new piece far and wide.
He also talks about the major role played by the Christianist far right in the electronic rigging of the vote.
And he defines our electronic voting system as a major threat to US national security, calling for it to be junked ASAP, in favor of hand-counted paper ballots.
Since Spoon is a Republican and erstwhile McCain supporter, as well as a noted specialist in nosing out computer fraud, his testimony is essential—not only for its expertise, but, no less, for the impact that his views will surely have on those Republicans who have been loath to see what Bush & Co. has done to our election system.
That whole story's just about to break. In fact, tomorrow there will be a number of articles appearing, on a recent breakthrough in the lawsuit that Spoon's testimony has enabled, and on other aspects of that all-important case.
9/26/08: New Spoonamore Interview—E-voting Machines are a National Security Threat
Last week, VR interviewed GOP Cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore about the upcoming election and his testimony in the new Ohio litigation to take depositions of Karl Rove and others.
The video is posted in full below with ten short clips for You Tube viewing. This interview is so important and explosive that we urge everyone to watch it.
Spoonamore says that the GOP wanted e-voting to steal elections but now foreign governments will be hacking and the winner will be determined by the best hackers. He says that if the GOP wins the hacking competition, McCain will win 51.2 percent with three electoral votes over Obama, and it will be a stolen election.
Spoon also makes a crucial point about the people who have been implicated in much of the election theft: "They are religious extremists." He names those who know about stolen elections, and he insists that the only way to protect this election is with paper ballots, hand-counted.
Jean Hudon, the global visionary of the Earth Rainbow Network* in Canada, sent out the following peace meditation for today. His emails go out all over the world, so if you contemplate these ideas, you add your positive thoughts to a network of people worldwide who are determined to lift the weight of karma on this planet. The message says:
Over the past several days, your planet has been experiencing what can be described as a fear-inducing experience that has been fostered in great part by the hidden hand of the few elite controllers of your economic system in a bid to create the conditions that would allow them to further implement their world domination plans. Although it may seem that they have reached their goal, in truth they have only precipitated a growing awareness of the ruthless and unconscionable imbalance in wealth distribution that has been perpetuated for far too long and for the sole benefit of a tiny clique of people. Insofar as their plans for greater control are concerned, they have failed and the burgeoning determination of people worldwide to bring an end to this mad slide into ever more inequity will now become an unstoppable force that will ultimately tear down the walls of oppression-economic, political, military, or otherwise.
Yet the forces that have been unleashed through their intentional degradation of the financial bastions of market manipulation will now trigger increasing disturbances and open the door to situations that will require an ever greater level of cool-headedness and spiritual compassion on the part of all humans to collectively and cooperatively mitigate the consequences of these disturbances and set in motion the establishment of a whole new way of exchanging one's work and creative abilities for the means necessary to live a fulfilling and balanced life experience. At the root of this new economy that will gradually rise is an essential universal principle and quality that will be the very foundation of the new era that is now exponentially growing from the fertile breeding ground of the learning experiences now enriching your newfound awareness of Life's vital intrinsic interdependent harmony... Love is the best word you have to describe this omniversal Force at the very origin of All That Is, now shaping your world in preparation for the dimensional shift that is transpiring on Earth and throughout much of this universe.
You are being called to be of assistance, as a participant to these ongoing global healing meditations, through adding the unique and yet indispensable vibration of your soul's Love to the growing chorus of Light now enfolding this field of existence and transmuting all into a higher expression of the innate perfection of All That You Are, as individualized manifestations of the One Prime Originator of it all. The unique ability you have to bless all with the redeeming force of Love is the necessary ferment that will guide, as a dazzling beacon of hope, all efforts and initiatives to establish a new era of Peace, Love and Harmony of Earth and beyond. Assistance from all Lighted realms and powerful allies from highly advanced civilizations is at the ready to help tilt the balance towards this bright future that is NOW taking shape with every choice of Love over fear, with every act of surrender to the Higher Will of the Light Source in us all, and with every further realization of the Oneness we all are, and you shall succeed for the Highest Good of All... as One.
"I would offer a very simple message. It is this. All that is truly is one. By this I mean, any sense of isolation,separation and aloneness you perceive is temporary and illusory. And you are now increasingly being offered opportunity to raise your eyes from that illusion and see your connectedness with all else... with Prime Creator. And from that understanding flows for the simple truth that "what you do to another you do to yourself". So go out and express love and kindness to each other. I would also like to say to you that your sense that some beings are "bad" and others are "good" is very very myopic. All beings in your system are sometimes bad and sometimes good and which one of those they are will depend on the perspective of the one offering the judgement. So cease all the judgements of each other. It only drags your own soul down. Instead learn to look at beings with love. You may decide not to interact with someone because that being is choosing to engage with destructive behaviour in that moment. That is fine. But do not then adjudge that being as not worthy of love."
Oct. 9, 2008 Surrealist Take on Economic Crisis
All day I have been asking myself why why why. Here's what I think: the powers that be decided there is a good chance Barack Obama will win. This is their way of saying welcome to the White House. But we can make it. We will solve this the right way once and for all. We will make it through this. Actually, the powers that be do not control this and it will hit them harder than it will hit the rest of them. Everything they send out will come back to them.
Oct. 12, 2008 Conspiracy Theory Central
Okay, go ahead and call Surrealist.org "conspiracy theory central." We take all the blame as the number one, pyramid-hat-wearing, hippy granola-crunching conspiracy theorist. I take all the blame, thank you. Now my question to you: why are we so bad at busting things we see as possible conspiracies? It is because we do not believe in them. If we accept the reality that it is possible for criminals to cover their tracks in conspiracy with one another, then maybe we will start to see them.
Take it from me. Yes, conspiracies exit. People get sent to an early death so their money and resources can flow to heirs or interlopers; buildings get blown up by government officials (oh were you thinking of 9/11? that is not the only false flag operation in history).
When Americans wake up and realize there is a gigantic conspiracy theory where about two hundred and fifty people are benefitting, with the rest of the world thrown to the wolves . . . oh never-mind.
Oct. 17, 2008 Texas Travel Notes
Over the last few days, driving around Texas in my little rental car, I have had some thoughts about war and peace, debates, Joe the Plumber, and other things. Now holed up in the convention hotel, with a view of beautiful downtown Houston, I now have a connection to the outside world (wireless Internet), and I would like to share my thoughts.
First, we need peace so that we can concentrate on creating a sustainable climate. Second, I want one of those green collar jobs. As a loyal American, I will stand on an assembly line or push paper, or do whatever simple work they ask of me, as long as I am doing something for the climate. Let's open a nano-solar manufacturing plant in Tempe or Chandler, then install nano-solar on the tops of all public buildings, beginning in Arizona, and moving out to California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. We could provide enough solar energy for the whole country. My green collar job riveting widgets (or whatever they tell me to do), will give me a paycheck and the satisfaction of knowing that I am helping to move the planet toward energy independence. (As you recall, I am a writer who worked part-time in retail, then got a real estate license. At this point, I am looking for a career change.)
Regarding the debate and the Al Smith dinner: awesome, watched in Austin with my good friend who is a fellow liberal. Regarding Joe the Plumber. Although Joe Plumber is probably a Republican plant, have compassion for boneheaded right-wingers in your sphere of influence. At this moment, our country is filled with right wing talk show host cult followers who are questioning their faith. Offer them a few kind words of wisdom and let them think about it. Many of them may come around; it takes a lot of courage to admit that you have been lied to by someone you trust. Regarding A.C.O.R.N.: this is the Republicans' pre-emptive spin for the no-paper ballot treason machines that helped the current president win elections. Fortunately, pressure is coming to look into the attorney firing scandal to stop these treasonist scoundrels who would steal the American People's right to choose their leaders. Regarding the economic crisis. Like I said, please give me a green collar job—and fast!
Oct. 7, 2008 What is Most Important?
The debate tonight, the economic situation? What is the most important issue at this time? I vote for the Save the Delta Queen Campaign. Yesterday in response to America's economic collapse, a Truthout.org pick ("Field of Ruins," by Mario Roy, La Presse, Oct. 1) stated: "The United States' only intact power today remains its culture. But for how much longer?"
I can answer that question: November 1, 2008. Unless the House and Senate act this month, we will lose one of the most American of all American cultural icons: the Delta Queen Steamboat. Please call your elected officials in Washington and urge them to save the Delta Queen (Ask your two Senators to support Senate bill S. 3498; ask your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 3852).
Forty-two years ago, my father (Bill Muster) helped to win the first exemption from the "Safety at Sea" law, which would have killed the Delta Queen. Aside from the battle of 1970 with a dishonest U.S. Congressman, the Delta Queen has easily won an estimated six to nine additional exemptions. Please visit my other website, Steamboats.com, to learn more about American culture, and why the Delta Queen is threatened with extinction.
New slogans from the radio this morning (10/7): "If you like the Corvair and the Pinto, you'll love the Maverick" and "John McCain: Unsafe at any speed."
October 20, 2008 It IS All Your Fault
If the liars take over with their lies about Barack Obama (robo calls, weird videos, etc.), then it is all your fault. If you fall for the fear (again), you are an idiot and deserve to be abused. If you fall for the fear about the fear, you are even stupider than an idiot. You are the victim of idiots. So if you feel afraid right now, you are adding to the fear that is sinking the planet. You deserve the scary thing you imagine because you call it to you on a daily basis. Let the abusers abuse you. You are asking for it. Maybe what we need to do is embrace our fear. Pet it, coddle it, ask it what it wants from you.
Justice Department Targets ACORN but Ignores GOP Voter Suppression Truthout Link "With Election Day less than two weeks away, proponents of more tightly regulating the voting process—this time led by congressional Republicans—have gotten their desired response from the nation's guardian of civil rights' laws: an FBI investigation into ACORN, the low-income advocacy coalition that registered 1.3 million new voters in 2008."
From Keith Olbermann 10/28/2008:
The most frightening words in the English language: "I'm George Bush and I'm here to help."
Dear Barack Obama: Please tell us you want to end wars in the Middle East and balance the checkbook. Please give us a sign that you want peace. That will bring the independents to you like metal filings to a magnet. Give humanitarian help to poor countries and they will have less reasons to hate us.
Well, two days before the election, while there are serious matters at hand (caused mostly by your own paranoia), I want to tell you a story. Adelle Davis (see bio at Wikipedia) was born the same year as my grandmother, 1904. While my grandmother cooked the traditional German fare of meat, gravy, and lard, Adelle Davis was eating fruit, home-grown vegetables, raw milk, and a cereal she made from oatmeal, almonds, and wheat germ. No kidding. That just shows how two people can live in the exact same world, but have completely different lives.
That works to a certain extent, and I apologize for Bush—he must have been a figment of my imagination gone wild. No kidding, just like some people feel responsible for an earthquake or other natural disaster, I feel like Bush was a bad game I started somehow. Whatever the heck that was, I am ready to fold it up and throw it away. Things must get better. Focus on the relief you might feel if the world was once again okay. Remember what it was like before 9/11? Remember what it was like before the election of 2000? Before Y2K?
Picture it now then wake up in forty-eight hours to find out it is true. What to do until the election? Get extra rest, clean out a closet, settle a feud, help a friend in need, pray. What not to do: get depressed, frightened, suicidal, whiney, or pesky.
Nov. 2, 2008 Straw Man Stereotypes in this Election?
A friend just sent me this bull-crap chain letter based on a study attributed to John Mayer, professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire. It is extrapolated from his study into a really, really stupid phony projection of what a liberal is. I will now deconstruct it:
Liberals: 1. View social inequities and preferred groups as unjust and requiring reform. 2. Prefer atheists, tattoos, foreign films and poetry. 3. Endorse gay unions, welfare, universal health care, feminism and environmentalism. 4. Exhibit creativity, which entails the capacity to see solutions to problems, and empathy toward others. 5. Tolerate complexity and ambiguity. 6. Are influenced by their work as judges, social workers, professors and other careers for which an appreciation of opposing points of view is required.
Stereotype of Liberals: 1. View social inequities this is true, liberals do not want to live under an aristocracy and preferred groups this is true, we do not want preferred groups, such as the oil companies other and multi-national corporations to write our laws and dictate our economy as unjust and requiring reform. Okay, point one is good, but it must be qualified. We are right about this and more people should listen to us. 2. Prefer atheists, tattoos, foreign films and poetry. This is an absolute stereotype and untrue. I am a liberal, I believe in god, pray every day, do not have tattoos (do not even care for them in others very much), have probably watched fewer foreign films than most Republicans I know, and I do not care for poetry particularly. So that blows your theory all to pieces. Further, I do not like to be lumped in as an atheist, tattoo bearing, foreign film crunching poet. 3. Endorse gay unions, welfare, universal health care, feminism and environmentalism. Wrong on nearly every point. I say live and let live, but do they always have to make waves right before an important election? In that sense, I think the gays are trying to sway the elections toward Republicans because everyone knows that issue will bring voters out. As for welfare, I think it is unfortunate that our society has so much unemployment, there should be a better way to deal with poverty in America. As for universal health care: I disagree with the current health care system. First you eat crappy food, then you get sick, then you breathe petroleum pollution, then you get sicker. Then you get really, really sick and finally go to a doctor, then all the doctor can do is give you a prescription or an operation. This health care sucks. We need to get the petro-chemicals out of our food, water, and air. That will reduce the amount of expensive health care we need, then health care will be available to all cheap. Feminism—it did not work out. I believe in equality, but still like men. Let's just put feminism on the shelf for now and work toward equality in the workplace. Environmentalism. Okay, you got me there. I am a liberal who is in favor of saving the environment. But most conservatives used to be in favor of the environment until the 1980s. Okay point number three is a farce, except for environmentalism. But again, liberals are absolutely right on that point. 4. Exhibit creativity, which entails the capacity to see solutions to problems, and empathy toward others. Okay, I will give you point four. 5. Tolerate complexity and ambiguity. Okay, I will give you this one, but let me tell you—conservatives have pushed us to the limit of what we can tolerate and pretty soon you might have something like the French Revolution on your hands. Of course, compassionate intellectuals that we are, we will do it without shedding any blood. 6. Are influenced by their work as judges, social workers, professors and other careers for which an appreciation of opposing points of view is required. Ditto on that.
For anybody who wants my critique on the conservative stereotypes, here it is. - editor
Conservatives: 1. Willing to defend current social inequities and preferred groups as justifiable or necessary. 2. Prefer prayer, religious people and SUVs. 3. Endorse the U.S. government, the military, the state they live in, big corporations and most Americans. 4. Are more likely to be a first-born, who identify more with their parents, predisposing them to a greater investment in authority and a preference for conservatism. 5. Have a fear of death, reflecting an enhanced need for security. 6. Are conscientious about the ability to exert personal self-control to the effect of meeting one's own and others' demands, and maintaining personal coherence. 7. Need simplicity, clarity and certainty.
Conservatives: 1. Willing to defend current social inequities and preferred groups as justifiable or necessary. Afraid to change, used to being dominated by the oil companies and other overlords. Why is it necessary? Sure it would be messy to change, but if we do it one step at a time, the twenty-first century could see the end of human slavery, child abuse, torture, and global warming. These are good goals. Please join us. 2. Prefer prayer, religious people and SUVs. This is not necessarily true. My parents are Republican. My stepdad believes in god, but my mother is an atheist. They prefer driving their Volvo to their SUV. So there. My mother listens to Rush Limbaugh and they both watch all the required Fox News shows. They are card carrying Republicans who defeat your stereotype like a an anvil killing a fly. 3. Endorse the U.S. government, the military, the state they live in, big corporations and most Americans. This is true, but only because their party has run the government for the last eight years. If the Democrats win control, they will go back to saying the government is too big and should be drowned in a bathtub. 4. Are more likely to be a first-born, who identify more with their parents, predisposing them to a greater investment in authority and a preference for conservatism. I am not sure that all Republicans tend to be first-born. What about families where all the kids turn out Republican? It is true they are more authoritarian, but this is a mark of immaturity. The authoritarian system has been proven again and again to cause abuse because the whole thing is structured around keeping secrets for the leaders (parents). 5. Have a fear of death, reflecting an enhanced need for security. Again, another sign of immaturity. We need to become mature adults, with the ability to handle risk. 6. Are conscientious about the ability to exert personal self-control to the effect of meeting one's own and others' demands, and maintaining personal coherence. Many liberals feel conscientious and confident about meeting their own needs. Why only conservatives? That is a stereotype. 7. Need simplicity, clarity and certainty. Another sign of immaturity. The world is a complex place. It is irrational to think it can be simple, clear and certain at all times.
On Wed, 11/5/08, Gina Catena wrote: From: Gina Catena Subject: Re: evviva To: "Milena" Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 8:33 AM Mille Grazie, cara mia, for your kind words!
You are typically kind to reach out to me today.. you understand how emotional and personal this election is. It is important to share profound experiences with our loved ones. Remember how you felt when l'italia won the world cup? That's how I felt about Obama's win! Last evening I sat with a brilliant girlfriend, a high level administrator in the education field; she happens to be mixed ethnicity. She daily battles the lack of educational funding for population-dense "problem" schools, while I battle the same in women's and children's health care. My friend's biracial children are bilingual also (rare here). I made my nonna's pasta sauce with ravioli, we split a bottle of chianti. We were prepared to drink in celebration of success, or drink to drown our sorrows while planning an eventual exodus from North America (if McCain had won).
The McCain-Palin campaign frightened me ... they applied the cult methods that you and I worked so hard to recover from.
To my eyes, McCain-Palin presented divisive rhetoric, lack of direct information, condescending attitudes and pretense at control. I do not want to associate with a population that accepts such tactics as qualifications for the highest office of our land. For years, the American GOP successfully applied manipulative tactics to keep wealthy corporate interests in comfort, at the expense of safety for the average working class person (safety to me = quality education and access to adequate health care.. the basics provided by other civilized governments).
While Obama is no diety—he has a keen analytical mind. He took the high road in his campaign by addressing issues rather than resorting to continual direct attacks to McCain and Palin—and there was a plenty to criticize! He played the campaign as the determined diplomat that this country needs. Obama's diplomatic skills will serve him well to navigate the current international crises, etc.
USA polices of the last 8+ years have driven us to the brink of disaster, as we pulled the global economy down with us. Frightening! Obama's keen intellect, international upbringing—partially raised in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country—his background with mixed ethnicity and personal history of poverty, will allow him to navigate the complex waters of these times with profound awareness, compassion and diplomacy. His oratorial skill enables him to mobilize the required social support for progress. He and we have a tough road ahead!
If Obama is assassinated, Biden is qualified to step up and continue the work. Thank heavens!
Yesterday, I was anxious all day—afraid to the core that McCain might win. A McCain presidency would've functioned in the dark ages of war, supporting advantages to the wealthy corporate funders. McCain could've had a recurrence of his cancer, leaving us with Palin—a national and global fate too awful to imagine!
Stories of rigged elections abounded. My friends and family abroad did not receive their mail-in ballots in a timely manner, so their votes did not count.
So, I AM immensely grateful to see that the US population CAN think!.. can see and listen to a brilliant man without being threatened by his skin color, ecclectic upbringing, nor a direct analysis of painful issues. My faith is renewed.
Now... let's cross our fingers (or pray or whatever) that the litigation for my property takes a positive turn next week.. I'm pulling the case together, because my attorney is prepared to concede. What a system! Like the USA economy, personally I cannot financially survive another 'hit' by losing this case.
Carisima mia.. ti voglio tanto bene. Hugs, appreciation, baci and laughter with you! xoxox g :)
On Wed, 11/5/08, Milena wrote:
From: Milena Subject: evviva To: "Gina Catena Catena" Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 12:11 AM Allora cara, I ma very happy for the americans with Obama. First thing we did this morning with the sleeping dust in our eyes was to switch on BBc world and hear the results. Anything that brings change is welcome. And I like the fact that is the first not white in the White house. I wish Us is becoming with this president more human and a peasant country to visit again. Tell me your impression of the day.
Kiss of good morning America good morning Gina with a new handsome and loving president, hummingbird Milena ( that is how Thomas recently calls me
Nov. 6, 2008 Count the Votes
Four Senate races are too close to call. Minnesota: Al Franken and Norm Coleman will be recounted automatically because the state provides for a recount in close races. They are only five hundred votes apart. Coleman was tapped to run by Cheney and Rove after Senator Paul Wellstone died in a small plane crash in 2002. Georgia will probably hold a run-off between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. Chambliss came to office after running offensive commercials comparing Vietnam war hero Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden. The other two races in question are Alaska, where convicted criminal Ted Stevens is running again, but is only 3,400 votes ahead of Mark Begich. In Oregon, Republican incumbent Gordon Smith only has a slight lead over Jeff Merkley, with many votes still uncounted.
In my conspiracy-centric world, the Republican election fraud people gave up trying to control the presidential race, but focused on the Senate instead, to prevent a veto-proof "Democrat" majority. I would like to find out what type of voting equipment they use in these four states and who counts the votes (Republicans? bi-partisan volunteers? Republican-controlled corporations?). All for now, but this is America again. Let us hope that our elections are fair. We still have to work on making things fair.
Nov. 4, 2008 America once again a Lighthouse to the world
America's beacon shines bright again. Thank you and congratulations, President Elect Barack Obama and everyone concerned. There are still people who "hate" America, but a LOT LESS.
November 12, 2008 -Bush causes havoc for eight years, then Barack Obama gets elected and eight days later Barack Obama is to blame for everything. That goes to prove that no good dead goes unpunished. We are hanging by a prayer thread eighty-nine percent of the time. Why do they want to make things worse? Everybody stop rocking the boat, please.
A reminder from Pray for Peace: a lot less people hate America now. Although we must be diligent for our safety in this world of risk, our risk has lowered, and our karma has lightened. The people who "hate" us worst are the ones who feel left out: the r-wing pundits and pols, and their cronies.
November 17, 2008 Where Did America's Money Go?
Why do banks have no money to lend? We can thank the Bush administration for all the deregulation and corporate socialism that allowed them and their cronies to take America to the ATM at gunpoint and rob us of every last nickel we can withdraw. Now where has the money gone? It has gone to the underground economy. That is why one of the points of our Peace Plan to end the war on terror is to out the underground economy. Read the full peace plan at this site: click here.
Here's another metaphor if you want one. Suppose you play Monopoly and the people who control the bank slip all the cash into their own pockets. That is what has happened. Dishonest, treasonous players have stolen our money. We need to investigate. Maybe we can recover chunks of it. Every little bit helps.
November 15, 2008 Celebrate a Miracle
It was a miracle that we elected Barack Obama. The future has its challenges, but the weight of bad karma is now lifted. People in other countries like us again. They want to work with us to create a sustainable human footprint and heal the planet. America is getting a second chance. This time let's get good leaders, instead of crooks and treasonists.
What gets me is that the Universe always holds the potential for a miracle such as this, but we were so hopeless at times. If only we could have kept faith that justice would be done. God (destiny) has the power to heal our wounds. We are witnesses to the greatest miracle in history. It is a full circle for America, which at its founding allowed the exploitation of slaves. Yet now, in America's hour of need (our times!), a black man has come forward to heal and unite us as a people. Whatever hardships we face as Americans now, we must remember that life has a way of righting itself, and that justice is inevitable.
November 26, 2008 Auto Manufacturers Deserve our Prayers
Banks are great, but they do not "make" anything. They simply push paper. Car companies actually make something and they are one of the few industries still making products in this country. What has become of us? Everything else has moved out of the country in search of cheap labor and less environmental regulation. That's no way to run a country. We need our manufacturing base back. Our country acts like a trust baby—do nothing, just expect the checks to keep coming in.
Thanksgiving November 27, 2008 Thankful Bush Era is Ending
In a guest column at the Huffington Post yesterday*, LewDan pointed out:
"For forty years the GOP acquired power by demonizing their opponents, promoting an us-versus-them mentality and an unswerving loyalty to the Republican brand, as if it were the "home team." It should have surprised no one that Republican candidates who see the country as us-versus-them, once elected, feel no need to represent us. That their only loyalty is to themselves."
Editor's Note: If we want to get out of the cult, then we have to play fair. We must refuse to put up with "business as usual," and that is what we are doing. Finally.
November 24, 2008 Veils of Maya Lifting
Here are some excerpts from "Healing's Twelve Keys of Spiritual Activism," from HumanityHealing.net. News of the magic Keys arrived ten days ago in a newsletter from global visionary Jean Hudon, EarthRainbowNetwork.com.
1. All Action MUST be Based on Compassion 2. Compassion Flows from the Understanding of the Connection Between All Living Beings 3. Compassion Must Be Applied With Wisdom 4. Apply Synergy and Teamwork to Accomplish Goals 5. Spiritual Activism is the Pursuit of Service for the Good of All, Notfor the Advancement or Benefit of Individuals or Selected Communities 6. Pursue Integrity, Honesty and Dignity in the Conduct of Your Actions 7. Do not Defame Your Detractors or Those Who Doubt You 8. Raising Another Up Raises You Up As Well 9. Learn to Listen to Your Heart and Not Your Mind 10. Search Out Viable and Sustainable Solutions 11. Do Not Judge Yourself Simply By The Results Of Your Actions 12. Let Metta [loving kindness] Be The Motivation For Your Actions
Editor's note: Each point comes with a lengthy explanation. Let me elaborate only on points six, seven, and eight. You can research the rest at their website, HumanityHealing.net (linked above.)
They say that point six is to think about how your actions may be perceived by others. Dishonest strategies, like those Machiavelli wrote about in "The Prince," have no place in Spiritual Activism. We are to practice "spiritual transparency." As a writer, I try to do that. Suppose I do something dishonest or just cut a corner somewhere and it comes out—my reputation as a writer is at stake. Even if I am mean to a clerk, they could later find my book and think, "What an a-hole." Previous to that, when I used to dress in a sari, I realized that all my actions would reflect back on the organization.
It is not just religious people and writers who must be transparent—the veils of maya are lifting. It is much easier for the truth to come out now, mostly thanks to the Internet. More about the paradigm change later, but people who can act transparently now will survive better in the post Internet world.
Point seven should be self-evident. To be spiritual people, we must fight fair. Make your points and let the other person make their points. Whoever has the best ideas should "win." It is useless to make the other person feel bad.
Point eight explains that when you help someone else, you help yourself. We may think our anger and hatred toward others will get us somewhere good, but that is not true. Like, this morning, I am angry at the insurance adjuster who has not settled my water damage claim after two months. I want to move back into my place. In fact, I am a total wreck. You never know how something like this will affect you. However, being angry at the adjuster does not help. The anger spills over to loved ones—my mate slipped out to take a walk after enduring a few minutes in the same room with me and my anger.
That's why I am saying—we think it is something outside that makes us angry, but the anger is inside. It is a mood, a feeling, a place inside where we go when we do not get what we want, or we feel someone is trying to cheat us. In my case, this anger is a very ugly and frightening place. I let ISKCON people walk all over me for ten years, so yes, I have a lot of repressed anger. The key to solving the anger problem is to realize that anger is a signal to us that someone or something has crossed our boundaries. We need to repair the boundary (or build one if none existed) and stop the encroachment. As soon as we realize what the problem is and what to do about it, anger can cease. Then we go about fixing the problem. That's all. That's the future. Our world is forced to grow up now. We have problems to fix, so let's get to it.
November 29, 2008 Language and How we Manifest Reality
I believe we need a new word to describe global warming. If we say, "Fight global warming," it is a double negative. "Fight" is negative and "global warming" is negative. It is totally unclear what the solution is when you have a double negative.
A positive way to say it is "Sustainable Human Footprint." That describes the same situation, but includes the goal and how to solve it.
One name that has a good positive message is "9/11 Truth." It does not complain, like if the slogan had been "Fight 9/11 Lies." 9/11 Truth is positive. I believe that the name itself will solve the problem. Every time we call the problem "9/11 Truth," we are calling for the answer.
If we call our problem "Sustainable Human Footprint," it will be a constant reminder of what we are aiming for. "Election Integrity" is another one. Put the words "sustainable" and "integrity" with every problem and you will get the answers: sustainable economy, government integrity, justice department integrity, sustainable foreign policy, foreign policy integrity, etc.
December 2, 2008 Fundamentalism is the Threat
Following are excerpts from an article called, "The rising tide of narrow fundamentalism," New Straits Times, December 1, 2008, by David Lavoie:
Recent events in Mumbai make it stunningly clear; the man we all need to fear is the armed fundamentalist of whatever ilk.
It matters little whether he is Muslim or Christian or Jew or Sikh or any of the other ways of knowing an infinite God. The danger of extreme fundamentalist thinking is this: believing himself in direct communication with God, and therefore God's appointed agent, the fundamentalist can, in his own mind, never be wrong. Doubt has no validity; anyone who believes differently from him must be in need of correction. What else is possible?
This narrowness in religious belief has no single home, but has appeared many times in many cultures. Always it has brought suffering and death with it. Among the worst cases in history were the dreaded Inquisitions in Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries, when thousands of people—Muslims, Christians and Jews—were tortured and publicly burned alive for their beliefs by narrow-thinking Inquisitors. In Portugal alone, 1,175 people died in flames at the stake.
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In his terrifying book Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the world's largest mercenary army. At any given time, Blackwater has 20,000 soldiers ready for hire. This private army is run by a multimillionaire Christian conservative, Erik Prince, an important financial supporter of outgoing President George W. Bush, himself a born-again Christian who believes he is on a direct mission from God.
The president surrounded himself with supporters like General William Boykin, head of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Boykin, a frequent speaker at evangelical Christian meetings, once described the war on terror as a fight against Satan. He has also told a Somali warlord that "my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol".
When people who think as rigidly as this outsource to an organisation like Blackwater, the result is potentially disastrous. The warriors of Blackwater are often better armed and infinitely more ruthless than their regular army counterparts and are not subject to the Geneva Conventions. They are notorious for, among other things, the massacre at Fallujah in Iraq. Blackwater is also present in Afghanistan.
When Blackwater faces off with the Taliban, what horrors will ensue?
Editor's Note: We agree, see next article. Who is funding the fundamentalists? Nations after empire often fund both sides of warring factions. "Divide and conquer" is a standard ploy; giving weapons to both sides is another standard ploy.
A Note from the Pray for Peace Editor:
Up until July 2008, the Pray for Peace Archive at Surrealist.org consisted of twelve years of unedited journal entries (the equivalent of 1,500 printed pages). Now it is off line and I have started the process of editing this material into a book that will be called, "Pray for Peace Notebook."
Over the next year, while working on this manuscript, I will continue to post my thoughts on this page for a day or two, then pull them offline and throw them in the mix. The book will contain peaceful, but realistic ideas for creating peace in our culture, in our time. Bookmark this page and come back soon. I will continue to post a couple times a week, as usual.
Here is my Three Point Plan for fixing health care: Prevention, Detoxification, and Lifestyle Improvement (revised)
Our food causes most of our diseases. Improve the food supply to include more organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and so on; offer free nutrition clinics and cooking classes in hospitals, schools, and other public buildings. The classes are free, plus give incentives to attract people to attend, like a free exam or consultation.
Lack of exercise causes many aches and pains, as well as serious disease. Provide exercise training clinics in hospitals, schools, and public buildings. Give incentives for people to attend and work out.
Chemicals in our air, food, and water cause many common diseases. Offer incentives to corporations and individuals to develop alternative glues, solvents, lubricants, paints, plastics, prescription drugs, organic farming methods, etc. Set a goal to eliminate all carcinogens; wipe out cancer in one generation.
Until we have redced chemicals in the environment, provide detox clinics to people using available methods of detoxification, such as colonic irrigation, detox foot pads, herbs, mega-vitamin therapy, lymph system massage therapy, chlorella and cilantro metal detox supplements, and other naturopathic treatments. Detoxification is one of the best ways to prevent cancer and heart disease.
Many health care issues arise from accidents and crimes. Improving our moral outlook and self-image as a country will reduce crime.
Many health care issues come from stress. Offering more abundant behavioral health services will help with prevention and reduction of stress-related disease.
If we were healthier people, our health care costs would go down. Then we could afford to insure everyone.
December 4, 2008 Liars Beware: Veils of Illusion are Lifting
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (aka CPWMDPT "World at Risk"), headed by Bob Graham and Jim Tallent, predicts a nuclear or biological attack will be waged within the next five years. Surrealist.org predicts that peace will break out within five years and that the false flag attacks will stop because of the transparency we are installing in this area of the space-time continuum. No longer will warmongers be able to blame innocent people (or whole countries) for the acts of terror they themselves perpetrate. They say that only they can keep you safe, but they are like firemen who light wildfires so they can keep their jobs. It is destructive and often they get caught.
Look for more clarity coming soon from Surrealist.org and those who support our views. Anybody who wants peace and prosperity is invited to see through the lies of those who are REALLY behind the attacks. All you have to do is open your eyes and see—try it!
December 1, 2008 Who is Responsible for Mumbai Terror?
Billions of the dollars handed over to Halliburton in no-bid contracts has gone missing. Whoever has that money could have found some skilled terrorists (trained in the School of the Americas?), and said, "Here's a billion dollars, go cause some havoc in Mumbai. Keep the change." Simple as that!
We cannot say automatically that it was Pakistani Moslems fighting over Kashmir, or whatever people are saying. Why? Because the Taj Mahal (namesake of one of the hotels) is Moslem. If it was a rowdy band of Moslems, they certainly could have found a Hindu hotel to attack. So, once again, the real terrorists are probably the same people who claim they are the ones who can protect us.
Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam? Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo and it's worth fighting for. - Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
December 10, 2008 Imperfect Nature of this World
Problem solving is difficult in this world. The framing is slapped together, just like a movie set. Everything has a flaw if you look for it. That is a curse and a blessing. For one thing, if everything has a flaw, we need not always search for it. For example, if you go to a restaurant and enjoy a good meal, you need not pry into the management, the accounting, the personnel records, and so on. You can have a good meal even if the place is here today, gone tomorrow. Right? So that's why we have the famous truism: "don't sweat the small stuff."
However, if the flaw happens to be a maniacal plot to monger money and war, it is not "small stuff" to be ignored. If there is a "Goldfinger" out for control of the world, causing the major storms in our economic system, then—YES—we must find out what is known. We must test the theories and see if this could be true.
Another example is child abuse. If you suspect child abuse, or you are a victim of ongoing abuse, that is big. You must do something. It's like a fire. It's an dangerous situation. It's not small stuff.
The object is is to learn to love the small things in your life that make this world so baffling and wonderful. Then, if you see a fire, do what you have to do.
Here at Surrealist.org, we love these homemade 9/11 plush toys by Johnny and Jenny Ryan. These pieces of art provide a powerful catharsis for our betrayal by the Bush people, including Larry Silverstein, Rudi Giuliani, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney, the people we identify as the architects of 9/11. Here's a plush toy in your face, gentlemen!
You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder what GWB knew about 9/11 and when he knew it. If this video does not show, you can see it at Youtube.
GWB talks about explosives in the WTC towers. If this video does not show, you can see it at Youtube.
Bishop Richard Williamson speaks from the pulpit on 9/11 Truth. If this video does not show, you can see it at Youtube.
Here is a banned interview with Bush that explains everything about where we are today. If this video does not show, you can see it at Youtube.
December 30, 2008 Robert Novak Called 9/11 "an Inside Job"
"Columnist Robert Novak among first to link 9-11 and 'inside job,' " was reported this week in a December 27, 2008 diary entry at opednews by Peter Duveen*.Here is the excerpt he quoted:
"Beyond Pearl Harbor" by Robert D. Novak New York Post September 13, 2001, page 59
Security experts and airline officials agree privately that the simultaneous hijacking of four jetliners was an "inside job," probably indicating complicity beyond malfeasance. . . .
In the rage and mourning following Tuesday's disaster, few officials wanted to dwell on how a 10-year hiatus of airline hijackings in this country could be followed by four in one hour. At a minimum, the blame can be put on ill-trained, incompetent personnel performing the screening of passengers. At the worst, security experts fear collusion with terrorists, possibly even extending to the cockpit. This is a subject that the airlines are loathe to discuss. . . .
[from last paragraph] Stratfor.com, the private intelligence company, reported Tuesday, "The big winner today, intentionally or not, is the state of Israel."
Editor's Note: If anybody should know, it would be Novak, since he is a longtime Mockingbird operative. Perhaps he had inside information or perhaps the government wanted to terrorize us further by trying to implicate the president and vice-president. Well, we get it! We're terrorized by 9/11, no matter who did it!!!
This latest missive from the right wing now has a new ending, written by me! The letter, received today from a r-wing friend, said:
In a few short days, an African American man will move from his private residence into a much larger and infinitely more expensive one owned not by him but by the taxpayers. A vast lawn, a perimeter fence and many well trained security specialists will insulate him from the rest of us but the mere fact that this man will be residing in this house should make us all stop and count our blessings—because it proves that we live in a nation where anything is possible.
Many believed this day would never come. Most of us hoped and prayed that it would, but few of us actually believed we would live to see it. Racism is an ugly thing in all of its forms and there is little doubt that if this man had moved into this house fifteen years ago, there would have been a great outcry—possibly even rioting in the streets.
Today, we can all be both grateful and proud that no such mayhem will take place. when this man takes up residency in this house.
This man, moving into this house at this time in our nation's history is much more than a simple change of addresses for him—it is proof of a change in our attitude as a nation. It is an amends of sorts—the righting of a great wrong. It is a symbol of our growth, and of our willingness to "judge a man, not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character".
There can be little doubt now that the vast majority of us truly believe that this man has earned both his place in history and his new address. His time in this house will not be easy—it will be fraught with danger and he will face many challenges. I am sure there will be many times when he asks himself how in the world he ended up here and like all who have gone before him, the experience will age him greatly.
But I for one will not waste an ounce of worry for his sake—because in every way a man can, he asked for this. His whole life for the past fifteen years appears to have been inexorably leading this man toward this house. It is highly probable that in the past, despite all of his actions, racism would have kept this man out of this house. Today, I thank the lord above that I am an American and that I live in a nation where wrongs are righted, where justice matters and where truly anything is possible.
Who is this man? you ask. You think you know, don't you? See below.
New ending by Nori Muster, editor at Surrealist.org: Yes! It is Barack Obama!! Thanks for noticing!
Dear President-Elect Barack Obama: Thank you for everything. Thank you for staying in contact and giving me a way to contact you. I'm from the far left and have never felt listened to or included in so-called "liberal" politics. You seem like you are open to hearing my voice too, so I will continue to post my ideas to your transition websites. Go Barack!
January 29, 2008 Why Surrealist Writes Less Frequently
Lately, I have not posted as frequently. For one thing, people are starting to "get it," so do not need a tongue lashing from me. Other possible reasons: I have less to gripe about. So bask in the good fortune of not having to be scolded by me as often.
Latest realization: The Golden Rule is in effect. Further, if you were incompetent, you would probably want to be relieved of your position. If you were acting dishonestly, you would probably want somebody to stop you. Therefore, if we remove incompetent people and reprimand dishonest people, we are doing unto others as we would have others do unto us.
"My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right!" - Carl Schurz (1829-1906)*
January 24, 2009 News from Old News
Today I am consolidating information on a hard drive to make more room. Now for you today, retrieved from the hard drive, an essay I wrote for a job interview August 30, 2007, with the University of Phoenix. Cannot say that I even heard back from them, but now, brought to you—resurrected for posterity—and to get my two cents worth out in the open, here is, "Know Your Bill of Rights," by me.
Know Your Bill of Rights
We are fortunate to live in America, where our Constitution and Bill of Rights protect our freedoms. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, limits the federal government's power over citizens. According to a series of United States Supreme Court decisions, the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that these essential constitutional rights apply to all citizens living in the many states. The Bill of Rights is a remarkable document, so let us examine it in more detail.
In the debate over ratification of the Constitution in the fall and winter of 1787-1788, concerned Anti-Federalists like Samuel Adams and John Hancock asked for protections from what they feared was an overly powerful federal government. Thomas Jefferson explained to James Madison (a Federalist and later fourth American president), "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest upon inferences." The delegates at the Massachusetts Convention negotiated a far-reaching compromise that included a Bill of Rights and voted to ratify the Constitution on February 6, 1788.
The Bill of Rights remains the most vital document protecting Americans' freedom. Although we have guaranteed rights, we must still act within certain boundaries. A rule of thumb is that we have the right to do what we want, as long as it does not infringe on other people's rights. However, this is a controversial issue, since civil liberties attorneys must constantly fight for individuals' rights when the federal government oversteps its bounds.
The First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The first phrase is called the "Establishment Clause," which prohibits the government from passing any law to establish a state religion. It also guarantees people the right to practice (or not practice) religion as they choose. The second part of this Amendment grants the rights of free speech, through the spoken and printed word. The third part protects the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully and ask the government to change things that it may be doing wrong.
The Second Amendment provides that, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Although the founders probably intended this Amendment to protect the states' rights to maintain a militia, courts have found that it also protects individual citizens' rights to own firearms. Courts have found that in some situations, government may limited the types and numbers of firearms citizens may own.
The Third Amendment states, "No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law." The founders drafted this Amendment to prevent situations like the one they had during the British occupation. Prior to the Revolutionary War, colonists had to offer lodging to the British occupying forces. This Amendment is not applicable today, but would protect us if America was under federal occupation, for example if the federal government declared Martial Law.
The Fourth Amendment states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." This Amendment guarantees the protection of "Probable Cause," which states that agents of the government must provide a good reason and obtain a warrant before they can legally invade a citizen's privacy.
The Fifth Amendment states: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
This Amendment guarantees Americans fair treatment under the law. It contains the "Double Jeopardy" clause, which protects citizens from having to stand trial more than once for any one crime. It also relieves Americans from the humiliation of having to testify against themselves. It contains the "Due Process" clause, which guarantees fair legal processes, and states that the government may only take private property for public use under specific circumstances and after paying a fair price for it.
The Sixth Amendment states: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
This Amendment sets down more specific instructions for fair legal processes, including a "speedy and public trial." Although "speedy" is not specific, courts have interpreted this clause to protect the public from unfair and prolonged detention without a trial. The Sixth Amendment also guarantees that Americans have a right to know the accusations against them, confront their accusers, and gather witnesses to defend them. They have the right to an attorney who will defend them.
According to the Seventh Amendment, "In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." This Amendment offers further rights in the legal system, most notably the right to appeal to a higher court if there was a mistake in the original trial.
The Eight Amendment says: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." This Amendment offers further legal rights and contains the "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" clause, guaranteeing that American citizens have the right to be free from excessive punishment.
The Ninth Amendment says, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." This Amendment confirms the right of citizens to have these freedoms and prevents the federal government from using the Constitution to take away any common rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution or its Amendments.
The Tenth Amendment states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." This further restricts the federal government from taking away rights guaranteed within individual states.
Along with freedom comes responsibility. We have rights on paper, but it is up to us to keep them alive. We must stay informed and learn where political candidates stand on the issues. As citizens, we have the right to vote; choosing who will represent us in the government is our primary responsibility. Another duty is to serve on a jury when called, to make sure that justice is carried out in our courts. Our city, state, and federal governments enact laws to protect our rights and freedoms, so they expect us to act within the laws and respect the rights of others.
Email Spam Exchange
This message came in today from K.B.'s new site WINGS.
. . . . The shifting and crashing will continue on for four more years until December of 2012. Obama's destiny was to be present at the helm during this time. . . .
On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM, Nori wrote:
I hate s--- like this. Who gave K.B. a crystal ball?
On Jan 24, 2009, at 11:04 PM, T.S. wrote:
k.b. did. she thinks highly of herself. economy will be down for years though.
On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:11 PM, Nori wrote:
Yeah, but it does not take a very cleaver person to predict doom, then make it a mantra, an affirmation.
January 20, 2009 Congratulations to Barack Obama and America
This day is a star spangled banner day in history. We have a new president; the old one and his wife and people left on a helicopter to Texas. We have waited for this day forever and it is finally here. We have a chance to start over and strive to be an honest country. Let's take the opportunity. To all my conservative friends: come on along because an honest and true America has room for all of us.
January 18, 2009 Put this in Your Pipe and Smoke It
Grand Maya Itza Council Speaks About 2012 November, 2008
To the caring Women and Men of the World:
Below you will find a greeting and explanation from the Grand Maya Its Council regarding 2012. I agreed with Council members to do everything I canto get this word out to the World.
It is simply this:
1) Their calendars do not END in 2012—soon after 2012 we, on planet earth, will experience the return to the astronomical configurations present when one of the calendars was begun 26,000 years ago ......and we simply experience that day and move on into a new cycle.....of another 26,000 years......
2) Others have mis-calculated dates, but the Grand Maya Its Council does not want to point fingers. There is no healing in that.
3) The only way for Human Consciousness that has been pushed SO LOW is for those of a higher mind to do as they suggest, below—Concentrate with high intent on each of 52 sacred sites—designated here—and ask the caretakers of those sites to activate the positive energies available from each site......and by the end of 52 months—December 28, 2012, the entire planet will have the sacred-site grid re-activated and 'alight'.
Someone said tome, "Gee, I wish 'them' luck!"
'THEM'? 'THEM' is US! There is no difference between the souls of human beings except for the energies collected up through negative or positive thinking. . . .
We MUST counter-act the negativity surrounding December 21, 2012—and UNDO what has been cast upon humanity as a 'truth' when, indeed it is not!
In lak'ech, Shoshanna
Editor's Note: This was included in the latest Up! Newsletter sent to me by Frazer Clark. For information about positive thinking, please read my book, Dreaming Peace: The History of Positive Thinking and What It Means in the Post-Truth Era.
February 2, 2009 Groundhog Day: The Movie
"I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be gray, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life." - Bill Murray
I am happy about President Obama, but sad about the helplessness I sense in practically everyone I meet. Maybe remembering Groundhog Day will cheer you up. In the movie, after hundreds of practice sessions, Bill Murray finally lives a day where he saves a kid falling out of a tree, gives a choking man the Heimlich Maneuver saving his life, learns French, learns piano, buys life insurance, and gets the woman of his dreams. Before that pefect day, he lives hundreds of days of confusion, rejection, isolation, frustration, and mistakes. So, maybe we are somewhere in the beginners area of reality this time.
If you are afraid of fear itself today, join the crowd! There is a cold, gray chill over the country as our fate hangs in the balance. Lower your voice, do something to cancel out some bad karma if you can. "Don't drive angry! Don't drive angry!"
The history is that greedy people did things they should not have done, they betrayed their country. It never should have happened.
What's the healthiest, holiest rebellion you could launch, Aquarius? What would be the most constructive way to channel your longing to live in a more perfect world? How might you overthrow the status quo in ways that would so thoroughly enhance the greater good that even the people bent on preserving the status quo would benefit? Given the fact that you are in a phase when your trouble-making skills are dovetailing very nicely with your ability to bestow blessings, these are excellent questions for you to consider.
February 9, 2009 What to Call the Financial Situation
Do you call it "stimulus bill"? Do you call it "financial meltdown"? "Armageddon?" No, let's think of a name for it that suggests the solution. How about "Sustainable Economy Building"?
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February 18, 2009 Joe Brewer on "Tax Cuts"
Today's mailing from Truthout included an article by Joe Brewer of the Rock Ridge Institute about tax cuts, see original: http://www.truthout.org/021709R Excerpt: "It's time to tell the truth about tax cuts. This phrase dominates political discourse and is coughed out every time a conservative public figure opens his mouth. It is treated like the basis of sound reasoning, yet no one points out what should be obvious—that 'tax relief' and 'tax cuts' are just code words for destroying the capacity of government to serve the public."
Reading further in the Rock Ridge Institute website* I found this logical explanation of what the government spends (or would be nice if they spent) our tax money on: "America's government has at least two fundamental functions, protection and empowerment. Protection includes the police, firefighters, emergency services, public health, the military, and so on. Empowerment includes the infrastructure needed for business and everyday life: roads, communications systems, water supplies, public education, the banking system for loans and economic stability, the SEC for the stock market, the courts for enforcing contracts, air traffic control, support for basic science, our national parks and public buildings, and more."*
He also said, "We are usually aware of protection. But the empowerment infrastructure, provided by taxes, is usually taken for granted, hidden, or ignored. Yet it is absolutely crucial, a fundamental truth about America and why America provides opportunity." Here at Surrealist, we are waiting for people to "get it" and start to see what's really going on here. The Republicans lobbied to bog down the Reinvestment Act with larded up tax cuts for the top wealthy families, then they didn't even vote for it. These Republicans are part of the problem, in my opinion.
February 15, 2009 Honesty at Issue
Money leaves a paper trail. We need a few good financial slooths to rattle property and SEC records. It would be valuable to find where our money left the legitimate economy and entered the underground economy. Uncle Same is calling us. We do not need a professional license or a press pass. Most of what we need is probably available in the public records.
I found an article that explains what I am writing to you about today, in regards to the threat of nationalizing the banks. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=a3e_k0Gedi9k&refer=home From the article:
Of course, nationalization or seizure of a bank could wipe out common and preferred stockholders and lead to a restructuring of debt. That could result in big losses for trust preferreds. ItŐs questionable, though, whether the government would risk hurting debt holders. This might cause credit markets to again freeze, something the government wants to avoid. The government may even be leery of hurting preferred stockholders since the decision to eliminate preferred dividends at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac led to widespread market dislocation.
PLEASE I am begging you, find out where the corruption is. Money leaves a paper trail. We can find out where the money went without shutting the banks' doors. We just need the will to do it. If you nationalize the banks, or force them into bankruptcy, people like me on a fixed income will be ruined. You will see a lot of middle aged baby boomers living on the street and picking food out of garbage bins while we talk about how great life was back in the sixties. You do not want to live through that nightmare dreamscape. There are more baby boomers than you think.
February 19, 2009 Peace to America
Watching last night's news this evening, I am disturbed and frightened by the New York Post cartoon. I had heard about it on the radio, but seeing it made it horrible for me. God help us. I am sorry. This country is a nation of immature and brutal hypocrites. We must come to terms with that. We must get through this. We have to grow up now.
Feb. 20, 2009 astro report http://www.freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/aquarius.html Aquarius: I feel much better. Today I underwent plastic surgery for the first time. An intervention specialist over at the Consumer Counseling Center removed 40 percent of my credit cards from my wallet. She then cut them in half and burned them, releasing fumes that sent me spiraling into an altered state of consciousness that revealed to me the steps I must take to upgrade my approach to money. In that state I was also able to have psychic visions about the nature of your financial karma. What I saw is that you too would benefit right now from expanding your mind and changing your habits in all matters related to earning, spending, and saving money.
The Basic Meaning of the Seven of Diamonds http://7thunders.com/ The Seven of Diamonds is one of the spiritual money cards. When it appears we are always confronted with how attached we are to our money and given an opportunity to experience the real prosperity that comes with an attitude of gratitude.
Whether it is about money, plans to make money, or love, situations will present themselves that test our faith in the abundance of the universe. By realizing and then releasing our fears, we can transform our attachment into total fearlessness and personal freedom.
Last word on the New York Post cartoon: do you think it is a good idea to portray images of shooting politicians? Do we want a spate of violence like we saw from the anti-abortion camp after they publicized doctors' addresses—in their cult-speak "abortionists" monsters—to be shot by devout followers? Is there not some law, or some ethical line, that is breached when media organizations publish images and words that directly threaten the president (or other public figures)?
Letter to Recovery.gov March 2, 2009
I am a proud Realtor in a suburb of Phoenix. At this time people seem interested in buying again, but small business owners like me need part-time work to supplement our incomes. Our metro area has a huge number of unemployed and under-employed professionals. Would you please open a solar panel factory here so people like me could work full-time, temporarily, or part-time to save the earth? I for one would glady spend eight hours doing repetitive work on an assembly line if it would help. Until real estate picks up, I have plenty of time on my hands. Many people are in a similar situation.
You could power America with solar power produced in Phoenix alone. Build the hardware here so it does not have to be shipped, thus reducing the carbon footprint. Use existing buildings (we have a high vacancy rate in commercial real estate) thus reducing the carbon footprint even more. Nearly all businesses and homeowners here would put solar panels on their roofs and add electricity to the grid if the government helped in a meaningful way. I could lead that campaign if you need somebody. Some of the plants here could manufacture nano solar, a technology currently only available to industrial-size power plants. We have the technology to make inexpensive, more powerful solar collectors. We have the political will. Time to go before it is too late and the climate change too much. And time to save the American worker
Feb. 28, 2009 Wake Up People or We're All Dead
This is a momentous time, outstanding in importance, and with unparalleled significance compared to any other time in our lives. Probably the only exception would be somebody seventy-five or older who remembers the worldwide depression, Holocaust, wars, and other events of the 1930s-40s.
If human life on earth survives in tact as the earth changes, future generations will always look back on us during the 1900/2000 century transition. They will study our time as a pivotal time when humanity pulled together as one to change the energy paradigm. For example, we could pour our money into developing solar, wind, and conservation methods, instead of giving tax subsidies to oil companies. All we need is the will to do it.
If we fail, there will be nobody left who wants to study history. The people who survive will be fighting too much to open a book or listen to a story.
You all feel it. We must change. We must let go of the grievances, burdens, and bad habits that have held us down this last eight years (and longer). I want you to join me in building a vision of what we want for the future.
I spent four years after 9/11 writing a book called "Dreaming Peace" where I outline a good way to get to the future. It is a short read and is posted free click here—at this site. I also wrote a peace plan for the war on terror, which addresses our financial crisis click here—at this site.
If any feedback for me, please write back.
March 9, 2009 Senator McCain and other hard-nosed conservatives want big banks to fail because that was their plan all along. Or rather, Plan B. If the banks fail it will be more difficult to find out what went wrong. I say get honest leaders for the banks and start to follow the paper trail that money leaves. Find out how much was really in those derivatives and how much was simply stolen and laundered, saying it went missing in derivatives.
That is my two cents worth. I am an under-employed Realtor who wants a part-time assembly line job in a solar panel factory.
March 3, 2009 How to Heal the Economy and Reduce Fear
Our economy can work honestly, including our banks and "Wall Street"—a place in our collective psyche, as well as a physical street in New York City. Please read the four points of the Pray for Peace plan for ending the war on terror. It is posted at this site—click here.
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March 11, 2009—letter to Recovery.gov Single payer health care. We already have it, we just need to make it more efficient. Right now, people can walk into an emergency ward and get services. Everybody pays for it already. If we could just put more funding into public hospitals and free clinics in poor areas, the whole problem would be solved.
March 13, 2009 Happy Friday the 13th
Lucky or unlucky? In our family it was lucky because that was my mother's birthday and she said it is lucky. Well, I read my I Ching (at this website) and here is what it said:
Your symbol is Hexagram 38, opposition. Although alienation and general unhappiness have gradually taken over, working on one thing at a time will eventually cure the whole system.
The first line, yang, shows one who looses horses but trusts that they will return on their own. Meanwhile, one can learn from the mistakes of evil men that it is best to be honest.
The second line, yang, shows one who sees his/her teacher in an unlikely place like an alley. Greeting the teacher in a friendly manner, the subject realizes s/he must be on the correct path.
The third line, yin, shows one who has gone against the ways of heaven. His/her carriage is dragged backward and s/he is punished, but later [s]he gets on the right course and his/her efforts are successful.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who tries to maintain harmony in a tumultuous situation. This person meets the person of the first line who lost horses. Blended together, their faithful and steadfast attitudes will get them through the current situation.
The fifth line, yin, shows that in many situations the laws of society carry out the will of God. Because society can perform the needed corrections, people can go on peacefully with their lives.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who maintains harmony in a tumultuous situation. This person meets with the person of the third line, whose carriage was dragged backward. At first this person sees a carriage full of ghosts, and thus takes up his bow, but then realizes it is a dear relative. All doubts are cleared.
To the reader: In all of the hexagrams, at least one of the lines may predict bad results, but that does NOT mean you are destined to get that result. The meaning is that you need to study the action-reaction to see what could go wrong.
From there, focus on the positive outcomes in other lines. Study how different attitudes lead to better outcomes.
Your future is in your hands. Consult the I Ching for ideas that lead to clear thinking and positive mental attitude. The I Ching teaches you to flow with changes. Create positive change from the inside through conscious living. Take the time to reflect on your attitudes and ideas.
Pray for Peace Writings, selected entries from the Pray for Peace Notebook, 2000 to 2009, will be published in this space soon.
March 9, 2008 109 Million People Victimized by USA Drug War
There are 109 million people in Mexico now threatened by escalating drug gang wars, and their drug war front may be moving into our country soon. Before Mexico collapses, we must legalize and regulate all drugs. Here is why:
1) The underground economy has grown exponentially due to lawlessness and the looting of our treasury under the Bush Administration, and the continuing war on our financial systems by people who want to see America fail.*
2) Drugs could bring needed revenue into the legitimate economy, in the form of taxes and an increase in economic activity. Legalizing drugs would shut down revenue streams to drug gangs and terrorists.
3) Drugs could be regulated like alcohol and tobacco. Soft drugs (i.e. pot) could be sold to adults over the age of twenty-one, similar to alcohol. Hard drugs (everything else) could be dispensed through medical clinics and pharmacies. Patients would go through treatment programs supervised by doctors to help them control their drug use and resolve their addictions. Drug addiction, like alcoholism, is a disease.
Here at Surrealist.org and Pray for Peace, we have harangued you about the need for ending the drug war for more than twelve years. Now the time has come. Let's go. The world is waiting.
A Note from the Pray for Peace Editor:
Up until July 2008, the Pray for Peace Archive at Surrealist.org consisted of twelve years of unedited journal entries (the equivalent of 1,500 printed pages). Now it is off line and I have started the process of editing this material into a book that will be called, "Pray for Peace Notebook."
Over the next year, while working on this manuscript, I will continue to post my thoughts on this page for a day or two, then pull them offline and throw them in the mix. The book will contain peaceful, progressive ideas for creating peace in our culture, in our time. Bookmark this page and come back soon. I will continue to post a couple times a week, as usual.