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

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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.

Talk to me About Gun Control

Let me ask you some questions.

What do you mean when you talk about gun control?

Do you mean, that you want to control who has the guns? When governments decide their people cannot have guns, bad things happen (see China, Guatemala, Cambodia, Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, Ottoman Turkey, Native Americans).

Are you saying that no one should be allowed to have them, or just select groups?

Who exactly then, should be allowed to have the guns? Cops? The military? Why is the topic of gun control not brought up when cops kill people? Cops do kill people. It happens all the time, yet, the conversation of gun control isn’t considered when they pump lead into the very people they’re tasked to protect and serve.

Talk to me about gun control when your house is being broken into and you’re scrambling for a rolling pin. Talk to me about gun control when you’re finished watching every single youtube clip of a cop shooting an unarmed homeless person. Talk to me about gun control when your “zombie apocalypse” has come, and you’re trying to harpoon a deer. Talk to me about gun control when the IRS is kicking your door in for a thousand dollars of unpaid taxes.

Yes, there is a problem. People are shooting each other. This is a serious issue. But, for god’s sake, stop letting yourself, and humanity off the hook and pretending like it’s all the fault of guns. Take some fucking responsibility for your species. Saying we need more gun control after a massacre is like saying we should take food away from an obese person.

You can make the biggest, deadliest gun in the world, and nobody would be hurt by it if we weren’t such degenerate pigs.

I’ll talk to you about gun control when you admit that guns don’t kill people. When someone is killed in a car accident, do you call for ‘car-control?”

Here is the typical American thought-process:

Candy makes people fat. No, people eating too much candy make themselves fat.

Drugs kill. No. People who can’t stop doing drugs kill themselves.

Guns kill people. No. You get the point. We love to blame inanimate things instead of taking responsibility for who we are.    This sort of thinking is not indicative of a species poised to thrive. Americans love putting band-aids on a bed sore instead of getting the patient out into the fresh air.

Before we give up the right to defend ourselves against an increasingly hostile, arrogant and ignorant government, let’s talk about ways to make ourselves more peaceful. Let’s talk about ways to stop creating outcasts in our society. Let’s talk about family. Let’s talk about nurturing friendship, building stronger communities and strengthening the ‘good’ in the human spirit as opposed to solving everyone’s problems with drugs. Let’s stop being such pieces of shit to each other.

I have a gun. I have had guns, and I would never harm someone. I have people who love me – people to talk to when I need to vent. Ask yourself what this country would be like if everyone had someone to talk to about their problems, as opposed to taking drugs to cover it all up – as opposed to shooting rooms full of people to seal themselves in history?

Morgan Freeman had this to say about yesterday’s shooting:

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem.”

He’s right. These sick people get something out of it. They win, and the media lets them. And, by watching the “news”, we are part of their victory.

We lose. We lose, and it’s our fault, not a gun’s. Americans are so saturated with their own outward appearance, pop culture, and generalized debauchery, that they can’t even recognize when someone is in need. It’s very likely that some of these killers needed only a community of friends and family to help them through the hard parts of life. In this country, we have replaced compassion with drugs.

So, if you want to talk about gun control, let’s talk about people control, first. Let’s talk about what it’s going to take to get ourselves off the pills. Let’s talk about family. Let’s let go of our individuality for just a second, and do something, as a community, as a country, to help people who are in need.

If I felt like no one loved me, and there was nowhere for me to go in life, I might feel desperate enough to jump off a bridge. I was raised with compassion, though. How many people do you know who were not? How many people do you know who deserve better than what they get?

You have the power to do something about that.

What is the Electoral College?

Will you cast your vote in tomorrow’s Presidential Election like so many others who’ve been divided and conquered? Or will you abstain from voting for either Barack Obama (D) or Mitt Romney (R), two corporate whores?

Many of you are asking: what is the electoral college, as election day rears its irrelevant head on the country. Tomorrow night, there will either be a new president, or an incumbent, and some of you might be surprised to find that your vote means less than a stray piece of shit that makes its way back up to the toilet bowl after it’s been flushed.

What is the electoral college? An excerpt from Archives.gov should help you understand that:

“The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators…”

So, in effect, these are votes cast in place of the millions of votes cast on election day. No, they are not making the decisions for you, but after the 2000 mishap when Al Gore won the 43rd Presidency of the United States it has become increasingly obvious that the whole thing is fucked beyond reason and shouldn’t be trusted.

Add to this the fact that electronic voting is largely programmed/controlled by former and current members of the CIA. From Rense.com:

“Diebold hired Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of San Diego to develop the software security in their voting machines. A majority of officials on SAIC’s board are former members of either the Pentagon or the CIA…”

The short of it: the electoral college is a process by which your votes are funneled into the hands of a few politicians who already have their minds made up. And, whether you like it or not, all the talking heads on the major networks will have it all figured out before it’s even settled, as was the case in 2000 when the networks reported that Gore had won, even though he hadn’t (even though he did).

To make matters worse, you never had a say, since corporations, the pharmaceutical industry, and other select industries control the direction of politics in the United States. Tomorrow, you’ll vote, but the decision was made for you, probably several months ago, by those with money.

So, if anything, have fun tomorrow, November 6th, 2012, when you “select” the next President of the United States. Have fun, because that’s all you’re going to get out of it. If you’re looking for real “change” this year, you’ll have to look under the couch.

For more information on this fucking disaster, please see my other articles:

Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney – Part One 

Corporatocracy is Trying to Talk, Please be Quiet

The Donkey and the Elephant, a Reoccurring Nightmare

 

Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney – Part One

 

I found this picture on the internet. First, it made me laugh. Second, it made me nostalgic. I thought it made more sense than before – that their hair makes more sense switched.

And then I thought, why can’t the loser become Second Place President? Why not have both of these clowns in the same office. What difference would it make? Two farts in church aren’t any worse than one. In fact, the second fart might just help to cover up the smell of the first one.

The bottom line is: nothing gets fixed when someone farts in church. And that’s exactly what we’re going to get when one of these corporate whores gets elected – a smelly problem instead of a pleasant solution.

I can’t be accused of not caring; I supported my candidate until the bitter end. He didn’t make the cut, according to mainstream media, big banks, and corporations. He did, however, receive the most money from members of the armed services. I’m talking about Ron Paul.

No, I don’t agree with all of Paul’s policies, but he was the only remotely sane person running for President. My criteria for ‘sane’ is the fact that he was the only non-war candidate. I figured that was a good place for a candidate to start. You know, ending the wars.

I am too young to be tired. Anymore, I’m too tired to entertain the circus. It drives the nation to drink. Little children are crying because of it. Rotten fruit is rolling in the streets and the people are too disengaged to pick it up.