Join Hands in War

Let’s go to war based on circumstantial evidence, because last time (Iraq) it worked out great. Look how well things are going in Iraq. Shia and Sunni are one big happy family now, thanks to Uncle Sam. Now let’s bring that brand of Freedom to Syria.

9% of Americans support intervention in Syria, yet the US government is sending our money and soldiers anyway. It’s not a matter of Republican and Democrat, or which side of the aisle Obama came from. One need only look at the attached image to get a sense of silly the whole thing has become, or has always been. The real title beneath this image should be “Obama Enlists War-Hawks on Syria”, not the overused, exaggerative expression “allies.” These men are united only by their need to fill the coffers of whoever will get the contracts to wage war in Syria.

A friend of mine aptly pointed out after viewing this picture that these politically opposed clowns are happy to join efforts when it comes to waging war, but in the cases of education, healthcare, civil rights and poverty, there can never be a compromise.

If it’s not a government by the people and for the people, then what is it? If the United States takes unilateral action against the Assad regime, it will be another illegal war. A crime, and in any crime, when determining who’s to blame, the first thing we must determine is who stands to gain.

Those who stand to gain from an offensive in Syria are the rebels (Al Qaeda), and the numerous politicians and government figures who have vested interests in the defense corporations and weapons firms who will receive lucrative contracts.

The voices of American constituents don’t matter. Those who stand to gain have made up their minds. That includes John McCain, who instead of listening to the testimony at the Syria hearings, plays poker on his iPhone.

2004 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony In New York - Show

Tyranny, Patriots, Plots, Lobby, Corporatocracy

2004 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony In New York - Show

The result of the last thirty-forty years of policy, Democrat and Republican, has been the unintentional birth and breeding of a new class of American Patriots, not deemed to stir up trouble, but to butt up against the lack of integrity in government.

Senators and Congressmen are directed by flowing policy, which is directed by money or corporation. All lines trace back to money. After connecting the dots, the picture becomes clear; it’s not about policy, it’s about which policies have money behind them.

Whether you’re red or blue, donkey-elephant, it doesn’t matter. There’s a reason nothing has changed and that problems eliminated are replaced by other problems. Politicians are smart, but they are people. Politics is largely based on threats and incentives, when the pureness-phase passes.

The pureness-phase in America  is over. It’s a Corporatocracy. Mainstream media uses the word “patriot” mostly to define possible terrorists and whackos. Doublespeak in fruition. When corporations and financial entities get their way, we get what we have now, which is better defined as Corporatocracy, not capitalism. Capitalism suggests a free market, which is something completely foreign the Untied States, when big money is concerned. Policy is directed by a powerful lobby class, and lo, pharmaceutical, medical, big food, energy and other entities end up with room to shake and bake, while the rest of the country deals with their massive gains, and possible harms to the community, region, planet.

Things aren’t like they were.

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

– Thomas Jefferson



Birthday Letter 2012: No Doomsday

I always wondered if I’d live to be 32. Turns out all those ancient civilizations were wrong, and I will indeed enjoy my 32nd year. After all, the Mayans never said the world would end; their calendar ended. It was one of many calendars they used.

I’ve made a habit of writing a birthday letter to the world, and here’s another one.

I’d like to set the stage with a balance. A balance of thank you, and go away. I’ll start with the go away.

Go away religious extremists; all you’ve done is cause us harm. Perhaps ‘your people’ have benefited from whatever teachings you’re promulgating, but many others have suffered, died and been silenced because of it. I’m happy that you’ve found your god, now let me find mine.

Go away political extremists. It’s likely that, if you identify with one political party or another, you are one of these. You are unwilling to listen. You vote based on a nonexistent party-line. You are concerned with being right more than you are with figuring out the problem. You, because you are devoted to partisanship, miss the point: humanity has nothing to do with partisanship. Our species is inclined to thrive, not to fight. Once you understand that our differences should bring us together, and not tear us apart, we will all be better off.

Go away corporate music labels. You are ruining our culture. You have already ruined our culture. You are more concerned with money than building a compassionate species.

Go away faux artists. You are not a photographer because you have a digital camera and post to facebook. You are not a poet because you ‘construct’ a poem every now and then. You are not a dancer because you dance in nightclub. You are not a musician because you can strum a chord. There was a day, not long ago, when, to be an artist meant you must endure an apprenticeship. You must study the history of your craft – the ancient conversation between the artists that leads to the present. Artists were required to understand their craft. They were required to be steeped in its history. I’m not talking about MFAs here. I’m talking simply about a lifetime of commitment to a craft. School isn’t required for this. No, everything is not art.

Go away Bilderberg Group, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and Club of Rome. In many cases, you are violating laws, and, we already have governments. Stop meddling in the affairs of the human race. It will come back to bite you.

Go away mainstream media. CNN, NBC, CBS, AP, Reuters, etc. You will suffer at the results of your own devotion to ignorance, soon enough.

Go away Age of Pisces. Aquarius has got to be better than that.

Thank you, Age of Pisces. Humanity can’t know good if it doesn’t sit in a pile of shit, first.

Thank you, Mayans, Hopi, et al for making some of us feel afraid that the world was going to end. Sometimes, you don’t know what you got until you think it’s almost gone. It’s December 22nd.

Thank you mother, for bringing me into this world, for better or worse. To this day, I can still say that each time I talk to you, I feel better about the world. I have you to thank for my patience, my compassion, and most of all, my love for family. I see now that we were supposed to treat everyone this way, even people we’re not related to.

Thank you Congressman Ron Paul, for your steadfast adherence to the Constitution, and your commitment to the individual freedom of Americans. While we didn’t always agree, I knew that you would never vote for a law that forced me to. Enjoy your retirement.

Thank you baby niece, for being born. Thank you brother and sister-in-law for bringing her to the world. She has half my DNA. Even though we never see each other, I know she is out there, being a part of my family. Some days, that is enough to make me forget about everything else.

Thank you Detroit for reminding me of home, and also becoming it. It’s hard to imagine looking out my window and not seeing the ‘golden tower of the Fisher Building.’

For your art, thank you James Horner, Howard Shore, Peter Jackson, Alan Hovhaness, Michael Garguilo, for filling my year with fine art.

Thank you Detroit Institute of Arts. I have a second home. A place where I can meditate. It was surprising. It always is.

Thank you, girlfriend, for being tirelessly devoted to me. I am a terrible and difficult human being. I can’t imagine. You will forever have all of my love.

I could keep going, but by this point, it’s not important. You get the point. I wouldn’t be here without all of you.