DeSantis Exploits Churchill Speech in Iowa
June 4, 2023
Early in World War Two, Winston Churchill inspired the people of Europe with his famous "Never Surrender" speech: "We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender . . ."
Now the Governor of Florida goes to Iowa to read a speech somebody wrote for him, which was a farce of an adaptation of Churchill's speech.
Click here to listen to DeSantis desecrate Churchill's speech.
Maybe his supporters are completely unaware of the original rendering of the speech, or if they have heard it before, it makes me wonder if they understand the irony. Like Obama said, World War Two was to protect democracy; the cover DeSantis performed attacks democracy. Open a history book and learn about it unless you think all history books are part of a conspiracy to make people woke, and therefore the enemy.
If you want your children to get a good education, then support your teachers when these brainless idiots harass them. Take a deep breath and count to ten, but please put yourself on the line to defend teachers.
We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender . . .
How Crazy is Too Crazy?
May 18, 2023
You might look at certain politicians these days and scratch your head. How could they be anymore detached from reality? It makes me wonder how they get away with it! Why does any percent of Americans believe their poorly constructed lies? It would bother me more if I had not already done my time in a religious cult. It works like this. Now that you're in our religion, God looks over you personally, and guides you in your life. When God himself sees something wrong, he will send evidence. You just have to have faith because this special day will come when everyone will see the coming of the Lord at the end of the world and it will be known. Everyone will join our religion and we will save the world and go down in history bla bla bla . . . .
We can't control what religious freak syndrome victims will believe, but we can control how we react if we encounter someone like that. Waiting for a plane? In a long line somewhere? A shirttail relative at a reunion? For people who live in Earth One, if you recognize the symptoms of brainwashing, try to see them with pity, since they are being manipulated. They often think it's the end of the world, so everything is an emergency. This explains why they may overlook any flaws in their leaders. People like this are most often gloomy about the future, but I always try to cheer them up and tell them things have always seemed pretty bad here, but there's also a lot of good here.
Republicans Please Notice CNN
May 11, 2023
Republicans, especially Republicans in public office, do you believe in elections? If you don't, that's your right. But if you don't believe in elections, at least don't wreck it for those of us to do. Are you laughing? You know and we know, if the former guy gets the Republican nomination, and does not win the election, it will be an even more organized, more violent overthrow of the government than what happened January 6. Then he will be the king and his sons will be the next kings. Is that the kind of America you want to leave for your children and grandchildren?
On Racial Equality
May 4, 2023
I'm not sure why people judge someone for the tone of their skin. It doesn't make any sense to me. I've heard it tends to run in families. Parents pass along the antiquated belief that people of color are dangerous and want to take over. Lots of Republican officials are against letting black people vote. It's hard for me to face that, since I believed what they said in the Pledge of Allegiance. But it's gotten so obvious lately.
Here at Surrealist.org we want an America where everyone is welcome with liberty and justice for all. That's the dream. Please join us in the peaceful revolution. We can all support each other - all races, religions, ages, straight, LGBTQ, writers, artists, scientists, librarians, everyone run for office. If you can't run, give to good candidates. If you can't give, volunteer. Make sure you have a plan to vote, and support organizations fighting for everyone's right to vote.
A successful minority majority is America's destiny. If you agree, you are welcome to join us. "Expect victory and you make victory." - Preston Bradley (1905-1975)
The Thirteenth Amendment Protects Abortion
April 27, 2023
This 2010 paper from a professor from Northwestern University makes a case for Thirteenth Amendment protection for abortion rights. Read "Forced Labor, Revisited: The Thirteenth Amendment and Abortion": northwestern.edu.
When I think of the government forcing women to keep pregnancies, even unviable pregnancies, it just feels like forced labor. The heavily Fundamentalist Christian side of the government wants to dictate what I'll have to go through over the coming year, and carry the anxiety of the experience the rest of my life. Botched pregnancies or botched abortions can be fatal, or make it impossible to have children, or they leave women and families emotionally scared.
This is the kind of dominance and aggressiveness the Thirteenth Amendment addresses. When oh when will that day come when people get back to this argument. The people with all the money want to control all of us. But too bad.
Read Forced Labor, Revisited: The Thirteenth Amendment and Abortion, by Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University School of Law (2010).northwestern.edu
Supreme Court Justices Need to Step Down
April 25, 2023
Former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned in 1969 for taking money from a rich guy with issues before the Court. Now we have several Supreme Court Justices taking money from rich guys who had business before the Court.
How can the Supreme Court function if Justices are taking money from rich guys?
MAGAs' Attack on America
April 18, 2023
The MAGAs and their beloved guns are killing people all across America. This ramped up after the recent gun conference where they celebrate the idea of two year olds having their own guns.
What I Like about Biden
April 15, 2023
There's a lot to like about President Biden but my favorite thing about him lately . . . besides being a kind person with faith in America . . . Biden has been around a long time. He was here when Republicans worked with the Democrats in good faith.
Happy Easter, Ramadan, and Passover
April 9, 2023
This is a joyous Easter for me, because somehow the stars and planets decided we would have all these celebrations overlapping this day. I find it an honor and a blessing for humankind. Considering the problems we've had lately with all the discrimination and all the death threats, and shootings. When I say a blessing for humankind, I mean let's send the blessings to the people who are suffering because of losing someone to gun violence, people who are harassed with name-calling, death threats. This is not good. People who go for that bully type of behavior need to wake up and act normal. Democrats do not eat babies. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Okay?
Display of Racism in Tennessee
April 7, 2023
Yesterday the Republican majority in the Tennessee State House voted 72-25 to overturn the election of Rep. Justin Jones (D) of a district in Nashville, and 69-26 to overturn the election of Rep. Justin Pearson (D) of Memphis. Both of these men are black and both are young. They protested with white school children to stop school shootings. Republicans also voted to remove Rep. Gloria Johnson (D), a white woman who also took part in the protest. However, they didn't have the votes to overturn her election. The media asked her why she survived the vote and she said it must be the color of our skin.
The lesson here is if you don't like black people, and you don't want them in elected office; if you love guns and you don't mind mass shootings in schools, then you are a true Republican. If you have empathy for children and people of color, stop voting for Republicans. It's not your father's Republican party anymore.
Notes to the Future
April 5, 2023
Yesterday they arrested and arraigned Donald Trump in Manhattan. It will take a year to bring to court, but in the meantime several more cases are coming to a head, as well as several lawsuits.
Because of Trump's Teflon, we thought he would never get consequences for his crimes. But it did happen. He had felony counts for the crimes and felony counts for the cover-up. Covering up crimes is a crime. Laundering his hush money as legal fees and running that through his taxes is another crime. We have a lot of clean-up to do.
News from the Sky
March 8, 2023
My god cousin who is an astrologer sent me this nice news:
On Mar 3, 2023, at 3:30 PM, Trina wrote:
Not sure if the astrology has anything to do with it, but it does seem tides are changing.
Ethical Questions about Abortion
February 26, 2023
What is the difference between a wanted and unwanted pregnancy? An example of a wanted pregnancy is when people get married and then find out they're pregnant. Or if someone who thought they couldn't become pregnant finds she can have a baby. Lots of women can't wait to raise their own children and pass along all the love and support they got when they were groing up. There are other reasons to have a baby, and that is to carry on the family line, to provide grandchildren and to make the world a better place.
An unwanted pregnancy is when a woman is raped or conned, and becomes pregnant. Why not end the pregnancy as soon as possible and move on? She can get pregnant again later, when she's ready. Another example of an unwanted pregnancy involves the medical risks. Carrying a baby is no piece of cake. Things can go wrong and the mother can die. Abortion prevents death - of the mother. In most cases she can try again.
We already have a high maternal mortality rate in America, but making abortion illegal it will just get worse.
The average American woman of the 21st century has two children in her lifetime. Women should have a say over their plans for when to have their children. While it's sad to have an unwanted pregnancy, but it's a violation of our rights for the government to force a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy and then after all that work, give up the baby. The anti-abortion platform is extreme right wing religious propaganda. They aren't helping anything, just making it worse for all women, especially women who want to start a family.
Who Works for Russia?
February 19, 2023
A lot of Trump supporters might be working for Russia, sharing Putin's goal of destroying American democracy. According to MSNBC Chief Terrorism Analyst Malcolm Nance, there is a ladder, a chain of steps, to working for Russia:
Useful Idiot - you spread propaganda for a ruthless source without understanding the consequences.
Fellow Traveler - you understand the consequences and become sympathetic to Russian propaganda, so you knowingly spread racist lies, election lies, and fake news.
Unwilling Asset - Russian agents spy on you.
Willing Asset - they spy on you and you cooperate by giving them information.
Russian Agent - you become a person who does things for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, FSB, and/or the Foreign Intelligence Service, SVR. Tools to elicit your cooperation may include money (bribes), blackmail, threats of psychological/financial/physical abuse, or death threats to you or your family.
Good luck to the useful idiots on social media, but remember, once you start aiding Russia, your are on the path as a traitor to your country.
Child Abuse Symptoms
February 14, 2023
If we could raise one generation free of abuse, they would grow up and bring world peace in their lifetimes.
This philosophy is based on the belief child abuse spoils a child, and can spoil a child's entire life if there is no intervention. Abuse victims often hold anger for what happened to them, especially if nobody helps them with ongoing abuse. They may grow up to hold the anger inside, causing depression or other negative emotional issues. Or they may turn the anger outward and become bullies. Many of history's worst bullies were likely victims first.
To learn more about child abuse, the symptoms, and how to cope if you have related issues, go here: surrealist.org/gurukula/abusesymptoms.html
I wrote this page in 1998, and it used to come up on the first page of a search until people finally acknowledged child abuse happens. Now all the pockets of systemic child abuse are coming out in the open, and there's lots of information. I still like my page best, and thought I would share it for Saint Valentine's Day. Here are the first two articles on the page:
Traits of Families that Tolerate Child Abuse
Sexual child abuse is just one of a number of abuses taking place within an abusive system. There may also be a history of family violence, substance abuse, and other criminal activity.
Duplicity, deceit, collective secrets
The incest family hides its embarrassing secrets.
Rigid and tightly controlled
Incest families have rigid rules to prevent revelation of their secrets.
Demand for blind, absolute loyalty
Incest families usually have a domineering head of household who rules the family through force.
Disrespect for each others' privacy, rights, and individuality is common in incest families.
Parents immature and inexperienced in life
Parents of incest families usually never become fully mature adults.
Conflictual marriage or troubled divorce
In incest families, this may refer to situations where children are pushed into the drama between a conflicted mother and father.
No childhood for the children
Incest families are somber and strict places, where the authority figure (usually one of the parents) dictates behavior for everyone else. Rather than let children run around and play, they force children into a regimented routine.
Chaotic situations, traumatic stress
Incest often takes place in chaotic households, with unstable roots. These families may move often and lack connections to any one community.
Low level of appropriate touch
In the most toxic incest families all touching is considered taboo. Parents do not hug, caress, or cuddle their children, as normal families do. This is perhaps the most telling symptom of incest.
Compensating veneer of religiosity
Incest perpetrators often hide behind an external show of religion.
Traits of Healthy Families
1. Individuality is respected.
2. Differences are tolerated.
3. Boundaries and roles are clearly defined.
4. Problem solving is open and valued.
5. Communication is responsive and accepting.
6. Strong marital bond between parents.
7. Strong ties to extended family, community.
8. Healthy humor, play, fun.
9. Shared spiritual life.
January 29, 2023
On January 7, Memphis police pulled Tyre Nichols over for a confrontation. They dragged him from his car, shot pepper spray in his face, chased and caught him, then kicked and punched him in the head, and struck him on the back with a baton. He spent three days in the hospital in critical condition and died January 10.
Videos of the beating came out Friday January 27 and it's been impossible to come to terms with the brutality.
We need federal laws to stop Qualified Immunity that makes police think they are above the law. Second, stop training police to think black and brown people are inherently dangerous. It's just simply not true.
Rest in peace Tyre Nichols.
Lunar New Year Update
January 22, 2023
My annual predictions for 2023 are published in the Sedona Journal of Emergence. Most of the articles in that journal are channeled, which is fine with me. I believe channelers reach deeply into their own subconscious, and collective unconscious, to bring new ideas to the conversation. I appreciate channeled information, but I do not channel my writing. I study stuff and write about it.
The I Ching is an ancient Chinese oracle still known throughout the world as a relevant treatise on human behavior. It focuses on the stadards of morality for effective leadership. I believe the knowledge contained in the I Ching still has the power to reverse the march toward tyranny we've witnessed over the past five years - or five centuries - depending on your perspective.
We can make the future better. That's the bottom line, and most of the Sedona Journal channelers agree 2023 is a time for spiritual growth, and advancing to higher levels of consciousness.
The Best Attitudes for 2023 From the I Ching, by Nori Muster; Sedona Journal of Emergence, Predictions 2023 issue
January 6, 2023:
Biden awards Presidential Citizens Medals on Anniversary of Capitol Attack
Here are those who were honored:
Brian Sicknick (Capitol Police Officer / posthumus)
Howard Liebengood (Capitol Police officer / posthumus)
Jeffrey L. Smith (Metropolitan Police Department Officer / posthumus)
Harry Dunn (Capitol Police officer)
Caroline Edwards (Capitol Police officer)
Aquilino Gonell (Capitol Police sergeant)
Eugene Goodman (Capitol Police officer)
Michael Fanone (was Metropolitan Police Department Officer)
Daniel Hodges (Metropolitan Police Department Officer)
Jocelyn Benson (Michigan secretary of state during the 2020 election)
Rusty Bowers (Arizona speaker of the house during the 2020 election)
Shaye Moss (former election staff in Fulton County, Georgia)
Ruby Freeman (election worker in Fulton County, Georgia)
Al Schmidt (Philadelphia city commissioner during the 2020 election)
God bless the honest, good Americans, and God save our democracy.
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