As I sit here tonight, knowing that all across America people are dying from needless brutality brought about by hatred, I can't help but feel sorry for the future generations of Americans.
If I were a minority, which I'm not, I would be in the streets with them. The only reason I'm not is because I live in the country, nowhere near a large city. Most minorities do not have that luxury, and I consider myself fortunate. But over the years I have had many friends who happened to be black, who invited me into their homes and they into mine. I have heard the racial epithets even as far back as the 70's, some even aimed at me. I have been called a "nigger lover" more than once in my life. I consider that a badge of honor!
But it's not about me tonight. It's about the sad minority that are destroying our country in the name of "Make America Great Again". Oh yes, there were problems to be sure, many of them centuries old. But today's problems have been brought about by the total corruption of our government and the people running it, especially the republican party. They want war, they want to keep people in poverty, they want to keep people dependent so they can shove them further down the rabbit hole of life. They want all the goodies with nothing for you and me except the bare minimum to keep us from revolution.
Well guess what. They just pushed the wrong button and they will lose!
George Floyd, hopefully you did not die in vain and hopefully none of the black men killed by police and vigilantes did not die in vain!
Hopefully this will be the match that lights the fire that cannot be extinguished!
Hopefully enough people have reached a point where they realize the power lies with them! Use it wisely and powerfully! Do not back down again! This country can take no more of your hatred, arrogance, stupidity and ignorance!
It is time for that revolution, but it must come from us as a united people, nothing less. We have tried peaceful methods and gotten stomped on!
NO MORE! I AM TIRED OF ALL THIS BULLSHIT!
i AM READY WHEN YOU ARE!
Hopefully you will find peace tonight. If not, please stay safe !
Like it or not, we are at war!
Not only overseas but here at home. We are in a civil war! They wanted it, they now have it! And by they, I mean the autocrats who own this country.
This particular war started in the 60's with Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement. I know, because I was born in 1947 and went through the whole thing from the time I was 18. The Military-Industrial Complex, that Dwight Eisenhower warned us about, decided after the French couldn't win in Nam, why don't we go in there and kick the shit out of those gooks. We have the weapons, all we need is the muscle.
So they proceed to invoke the draft and send all these young men to be slaughtered so they can make the money! Not people like DJT or politicians sons. Oh hell no, they bought their way out with deferments, but poor slobs just out of high school who had no idea what they were getting into, 53,000 +. Men, women, blacks, whites, all from the lower classes.
That's when this CIVIL war started. The wealthy took over the Republican Party starting with Nixon and Halderman, who vilified the blacks as anarchists and the hippies as druggies.
From that day forward, they have done anything, no matter how vile, to divide this country between whites and anyone who isn't.
We as a country are not only at war with each other, but anyone else who isn't a christian, white nationalist.
We have been at war since the foundation of this country, and where has it gotten us? Our police forces are now para-military units that meet any threat to their authority with brutality and deadly force, especially if you are black and male. All blacks are now met with suspicion, no matter who. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, on the street, in their own back yards while talking on the phone, buildings they own, or walking in a park while bird watching. Arrested, shot, killed, smother in broad daylight in front of cameras and witnesses!
When does it end? When they have all the money and you are scrounging for scraps to feed your family or yourself?
Mankind is sowing the seeds right now of our demise, and it will not be long. So revel in your whiteness, your comfort, your privilege while you still can, because all hell is about to cut loose on you, and quite frankly, you deserve it!
And I am a "white male".
I normally say may you find peace, because I really would love to see a time before I die that man can live in harmony with each other, but I know now that will never be in my lifetime!
This may be a little long, but I had a conversation with myself last night. This is what I hope "45" endures for the next year of his life.
Here is what I think would be fitting for him, considering what he has done to this country and it's people for the past 3 years.
Melania finally has had enough and leaves the White House for good, setting him up with a hooker with syphilis, Barron disowns him, he loses the Supreme Court case on his records, all his mis-dealings come out, Putin disowns him and demands all that he owes in repayment, they put liens on all his properties to pay back taxes and vendors lawsuits, he gets impeached again, Pence gets Covid19 and is hospitalized then dies, trump has a heart attack which does not kill him but requires him to temporarily step down, making Nancy Pelosi temporary president, then he is convicted and loses the presidency, making Pelosi President, he is arrested and convicted by New York State for fraud, money laundering and many other charges, and sent to prison where he is a cell mate to BIG BUBBA, the biggest and meanest black man in the entire prison, where he is forced to have oral and anal sex, and then he contracts Covid 19 and dies and is buried in a common grave because he has no money or family left to bury him because they are all in jail!
I know I left out a lot, but what the hell, it's only a fantasy!
Peace be with you and may you remain safe!
Why is it in a capitalistic society like ours that it's always the people who have the least that are the ones who bail out the ones who have the most?
Why do we not require large companies and banks to be capitalized to a point that they can survive without bailouts from taxpayers? Actually they are, but it's all overseas in tax havens! Let stockholders bear the brunt of recessions, not the general public. We do not gain by their investments, why should we suffer for them? Everyone is supposed to save money for a rainy day or retirement, why is big business any different?
At least in the crisis of "08" , the Obama administration made the automakers go through bankruptcy and then bailed them out with stock purchases, making them pay it all back with interest!
You will never see that in a Republican administration! Tax breaks in the billions and bailouts in the multi-billions! I'll say it again, they don't give two shits about you and your family!
Now they want to send people back into the factories and processing plants to die, just so they can say they did a "great job" getting everything open again. Let me explain to those who think this is right. If the last 2 months haven't taught you how to survive on minimal supplies, then you will learn nothing from this disease!
But then, there are many of you that will not survive this pandemic because you are too unwilling to do the right thing.
I gotta have a haircut! I gotta go to the bar! I gotta go to the beach! I gotta go to a restaurant! Bullshit to all of it!
Until they get this under control, you will do nothing but spread it to many others. How many have to die needlessly because you can't stay away from your favorite things for awhile? Welcome to life in the modern age! It's only going to get worse for awhile, get used to it and adapt!
As always, may you find peace and tranquility!
Here we are on April 22nd, almost 4 months into this debacle, with no end in sight, deaths still rising every day and the Republican/Cheat/Governor of Georgia wants to open massage parlors and dine in restaurants and tattoo parlors. What could possibly go wrong with that? After all, Georgia IS in the Bible Belt!
And now the Mayor of Las Vegas wants in on the game! Don't these people care about the fact that first of all, the airline industry has 2/3 of it's capacity parked on the ground in various places around the world, so you can't get there right now anyway, and secondly, bringing all those people together to be dispersed all over the states when they leave, spreading the virus, because this time it doesn't stay in Vegas!
MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because that's what we all amount to, MONEY. Care not about whether your life is grand --- or miserable. It's all about money and greed. They have it, you don't!
By the way, as I write this, I am enjoying one of the only perks of this lock-down, freshly bottled homemade blackberry wine!
Now, back to my tirade.
I get the fact that this is probably the first time in their lives that people don't have any security, are afraid of where their next meal is coming from.
I get the fact that people are becoming more fearful of their position in life, because without the continuity of our financial status, everything we have is worthless. If you can't drink it, smoke it or eat it, it's worthless!
But realize this! Our country, or what's left of it, will go on for several reasons. The first is that all wealthy people cannot be that way without you, your are their modern day indentured servants! You build things for them to sell and make a handsome profit. Do you see that profit? I thought not!,
But secondly, and most importantly, many more people are going to die before this is over, whether it be by COVID, whether it be by hunger or stress, or whether it be by civil uprisings because the food chain has broken down (and it may) and people with guns (you remember, those pieces of steel that shoot people) are killing for a morsel of food or water.
If this is not handled properly (and I guaranty it will not be), this could be the biggest disaster this country has ever faced. It already is. The dominoes are already falling and I wonder if we can stop them without too much more damage.
I end this with very mixed feelings about our planet and it's inhabitants. We have an opportunity to change much, and start with a new slate. Let's not squander the chance!
As always and especially now, may you find peace and stay safe.
Imagine yourself going back to a previous time in history, the year 1929. The stock market was going gangbusters, the people were nearing the end of the "Roaring Twenties", And all was "peachy keen".
Next thing you know, all hell breaks loose! The stock market crashes, bringing about the loss of millions of jobs, millions of destitute Americans in bread or soup lines, hoping to get at least a little to eat!
Homeless people abound! Mass migrations westward!
Little food because of poor farming habits destroying the soil. Dust storms so big you thought they would never end!
If you got sick, you died!
GET THE PICTURE?
We now have a lunatic running the country and a Cabinet filled with people qualified for 2 things: Destroying the department they are assigned to and KISSING DONALD JOHN tRUMPS ASS!
We don't have dust storms, we have a deadly virus.
The stock market will be bailed out (again), all big business will be bailed out, but those people without connections, you're fucked!
Enjoy those mile long lines at the food pantry, until the food runs out! Then what? Spend that $1200 check they gave you, while the millionaires and billionaires rake 80% off the top?
So you couldn't put away a rainy day fund because you just had to have that new Iphone, and of course pantries today are only large enough to store maybe a weeks groceries, but that's OK, I can just run to the store and buy more (toilet paper).
And whatever you do, don't get sick! You had better be on deaths doorstep before you enter a hospital today, because you will either come out in a body-bag or bankrupt, take your choice!
So how many years is it going to take to right this ship (if even possible and bring some sanity back to life?
OK, you tried this experiment and it didn't work. Now go back in your fucking caves and don't come out again for another hundred years like the locusts you are!
As always, may peace be among you!
I have wanted to write about strong women for quite some time, I have just never gotten to it.
For many reasons, many men seem to be intimidated by strong women. I'm not one of them!
I married a strong woman, mainly because of her independence. She doesn't just need me, she wants me, because I treat her as an equal, with respect.
Seeing the women who marched in DC and around the world, who have been elected to Congress, who ran for president, who are in our nations military, who fight on the front lines of disease, who keep our families strong, I can't help but feel that this world would be a better place if we put reasonable minded women in charge. I'm not saying there aren't bad strong women, just nowhere near where the men are. Be thankful instead of denigrating them!
To the women out there who have the strength to fight these battles, I salute you. To the ones who don't or are struggling, have faith in yourselves. Don't let life beat you.
As always, may peace be with you.
I truly believe that we are in the middle of the 4th Reich! The parallels are clear! We have a corrupt executive branch, a corrupt Senate, a corrupt DoJ and a corrupt election system.
We are separating families at our borders that are simply doing what immigrants have been doing for millenia, seeking a better life for themselves. We are breaking up and deporting families that have been here for years. We are deporting military veterans who have fought in our wars, risked their lives only to be told to go home to a country that is foreign to them. We now have the Brownshirts of ICE going in illegally to sanctuary cities to round up people without papers. Sound familiar?
We already have the concentration camps, run by our own Congressmen in some cases, charging our government for first class accommodations while giving nothing but detention in return.
We have Nazis in waiting, simply waiting for the signal to proceed, and believe me, they are waiting!
The White Nationalists would love nothing better than to see a race war among our people!
3 people, 3, Bezos, Buffet and Gates, own more wealth than the entire lower half of our country. How much longer can we survive the inequality before it crushes us? How many billions does one person need? I know I live well on SS and savings, having paid off all my debt years ago while I was in the work force. People can't do that today. They are fortunate if they have the money to pay rent and not be homeless because of an illness. We are a sick society and getting sicker by the day.
I realize I, as only one person, can't really change much, but I must continue to try. And you must too, or we are lost! We must stand together against the onslaught against our society!
As always, may you find peace in your world.
Today I want to talk about decency, civility and respect so sorely missing in the society of today.
As you all probably know, I recently lost my best friend to cancer. Today, I don't necessarily want to talk about him, but what he represented. He was the epitome of what a person should be.
He overcame a humble beginning to become what I considered to be a great man. He wasn't a wealthy man by any means, but he was rich. He had hundreds of friends and family who mourned his passing, he was loved by most who met him. I know, because he was loved by me for what he was, a decent person and a brother.
We as a country have a long day to go to ever become what we should be again. When I compare the decency of one man against the humanity of today, I am disgusted! This man always had a kind word, a hand up to someone who needed it, a joke, laughter. In 47 years,I never had a cross word with him. Why can we not learn from people like him?
When you rich folks go home to your mini-mansions, to your fancy cars and boats and what have you, are you really happy, or do you worry someone else may try to take it from you? Do you raise selfish brats like yourselves, or do you teach them to do unto others what they would want done to them?
To you low-information or no information voters, who base your vote on a person's looks or maybe something that you feel they said that you agree with, remember one thing, they don't care about you, all they want is your vote, and they will convince you in any way they can to get it, whether it be lies or propaganda. You're being brainwashed!
So I go back to my main point and that is decency. When we again can treat each other with respect and decency, we may survive. But if we continue on the same path we are on, the decline of our society will rapidly increase! Civility and decency will cease to exist and our experiment in democracy will fail. As always, may peace be with you.
So where to begin on a day like today. The orange shit-gibbon gets acquitted for basically treason by all but 1 GOP Senator, he gives a Medal of Freedom to a vile piece of shit like Limbaugh, who has done more in his life to belittle minorities and cause the LOSS of freedom for many, while a 100 year old BLACK Tuskegee Airman who risked his life for HIS country in WW2 sits in the audience. Sort of tells you that most Republicans are cowards and traitors themselves, at least in the Congress! And you idiots that continue to defend him and vote for him don't care that we are losing The UNITED States of America and the planet Earth.
It is obvious that you will never learn, until you have to crawl back under the rocks you called home before this asshole came along and brainwashed your feeble brains.
We have, IN THIS COUNTRY, the highest rate of incarceration in the world, we have the most fucked-up medical system in the modern world, we have concentration camps where children are dying, we have the most screwed up tax system that is heavily weighted to the top 1% and corporations that pay no taxes on billions in profit, we have student LUNCH DEBT, whereby if you owe money or can't pay you get a sandwich, we have white supremacists who believe they are better than all others, yet we are supposedly the richest country in the free world. I CALL BULLSHIT!
How much longer? We are killing the planet and all it's inhabitants with chemical poisons that will never go away, yet expect to be able to walk down the aisle of a grocery sore and just pick up what we want, while others starve, and we don't CARE! We have OURS! To hell with the pollinators and IMMIGRANTS who pick that food, they're expendable, a cost of doing business!
We were once a great country, based in shared prosperity for all. We are now basically a third world country run by an ego-maniacal traitor. and backed by a Congress filled wit sycophants who are so afraid of losing their seats and lifetime benefits that even though they agree he's guilty, they won't convict and remove him. Never thought I'd see that day in my life.
You can do what you feel necessary to survive, but I will start freeze-drying food for the future. Best of luck to you!
May you someday, before it's too late, come to your senses.
I have come to realize that our differences, our individual uniqueness, our viewpoints on life and our fellow humans will eventually destroy us as a species.
I awoke this morning thinking about the circumstances of my birth and the experiences I went through growing up. These are what formed me as an adult.
We have no choice of who we are born to or the life we are born into. Some will be born into poverty or abuse, neglect or just plainly not ideal circumstances. Others will be born into wealth and all the advantages of life. Because of these factors, our way of treating others is determined. Whether you are rich or poor, you look at the world from different perspectives.
If you are born into the lower classes of life, you begin at a definite disadvantage. You develop anger, despair, frustration, or just plain hopelessness. Your education level is diminished, your earning potential is less, your pathway in life is a lot more like growing up on a road full of potholes and crumbling pavement.
On the other hand, being born into the upper class affords you the luxury of all the opposites of poverty. You attend better funded schools, you dress better, you can afford cars and luxuries others don't have, thereby giving you a much better chance at a better life.
Which brings me to my point. Because of, let's say 1000 people of the ultra rich, who own 98% of the wealth in this world, we are set upon each other to destroy ourselves, while they sit in their castles and laugh. We are our own worst enemy to ourselves. This country and the world are split 50/50 among the haves and have-nots.
I was born into the have-not category, but with a very bright mind and 2 wonderful women who taught me empathy, Sure, I was bullied for that. Pansy, 4 eyes, etc. but I learned how to care about others even less fortunate than me. I also learned how to deal with the rich brats. We are all a variation of our environment growing up. At the age of 18, I had taken enough and my anger finally spilled out. I finally confronted one of the bullies of my life, and I had so much anger built up inside of me if I had so much as touched him, I probably would have killed him. But I didn't. Scared the shit out of him, but I didn't harm him. That taught me a lesson I never forgot. You are going to meet these people all your life, learn to adjust and live with it and try to change their views. That's all you can do.
We also learn biases. The wealthy are predominately white, therefore a majority look down upon people of color because of learned biases, while people of color have biases in the opposite direction, jealousy, envy, etc. Can you imagine if the world were more evenly divided, that each person had the same advantages?
Whites believe they are losing those advantages due to changing demographics, and they don't like it, so their politics go the way of greed and anger. We are at constant war, fought by the lower classes over oil and munitions. We no longer are a species but rather 2, burning opposite ends of the candle, which sooner or later, presumably sooner, we will destroy ourselves through stupidity.
I truly feel sorry for the upcoming generations, as we are rapidly destroying any chance of them having a decent chance at a decent life. We have already destroyed our home planet, and believe me, we are already beyond the point of being able to save it. But Earth will adapt and survive, after man is gone. It's too bad we didn't learn soon enough!
May peace be with you the rest of your journey!
I know that people lose loved ones every single day, whether it be through tragedy, health, whatever reason, it's never easy, and I wish it didn't have to be that way, but we all have an expiration date stamped on our butts by the person who delivers us into the world.
I lost my best friend and brother of 47 years last week, and Faye and I say periodically "I can't believe he's really gone".
I went through mostly good times with him, maple sugaring, fishing, hunting, camping and whatever else came along. We were brothers of different mothers. I haven't thought too much about it this past week, but today was different. I can't go visit to talk or play cribbage or cuss at him!
For those that never met Lucien, I wish you had. He was one hell of a good person. He loved all who passed his way and didn't have a mean bone in his body. He was gentle but firm. He taught everything to his children, his grandchildren, and was starting on his great grandchildren.
He lived to be 80, which is a good long life, just never long enough. I and all who knew him will miss him greatly, but he will live forever in our hearts.
Lou, we will always love you!
May peace be with you.
I direct this at Republican voters because I would like some answers to many questions.
Why is it that whenever a politician is accused of sexual assault, graft, corruption, stupid statements that are completely and morally laughable, 99% of the time it's a Republican? I don't understand. Is this how you think or process your world, or is it that you are so tied to your beliefs that you can't see anything but your own world view. Are you so determined that your view is the correct one, that you can't entertain anything other than that? Can you not tell the the difference between lies and facts? Or do you simply not care?
I could not live my life by those standards! My mind is always open for a "discussion" about life decisions and their consequences. Why aren't yours?
The people involved in the running of our government are a criminal syndicate, formed over the past 40 years or so and started by the election of Ronald Reagan, who summarily began the dismantling and crippling of our system of governance, instead directing all the benefits to the upper class. Donald John Trump is a mob boss, nothing more. And his syndicate consists of the people he put in charge to destroy our country. Are YOU good with this? If so, why?
This will continue until one of two things happen. Either we as a people come together in peace and destroy them from their evil ways, or we become completely subservient to the ruling class! It's really your choice! Do you continue to listen to the purveyors of lies and extremism on Faux News, or do you actually use your brain for something other than a storage depot for what others want you to think.
You can change, but it takes a willingness and an awakening to be able to do this. Are you capable of listening to your inner soul or are you going to continue to be a sheep in the flock of fools.
It's your choice, choose wisely!
Peace be with you.
I too often hear the words "climate change is a hoax". That it is either a natural cycle or not caused by man. Think about that!
We as a world have, in the past 100 years, utilized fossil fuels (which by the way are all carbon based) to fuel the industrial revolution. We today are driven to be a consumer society by the ruling class and the Earth be damned, we need a new iPhone every year. We no longer wear things out, we throw them out, not realizing or caring how they are disposed of.
We spray deadly chemicals on our foods so the insects will not eat them, but in the process we are killing ourselves too. We are poisoning our soils forever, non-reversible, along with the waterways that soil drains into. Many areas of our country are so badly poisoned that people have been dying for years because of it, yet we sell water rights for short term gain in local budgets to corporations just so they can sell it back to us in plastic bottles. Where is the sense in that?
When most people think climate change, they think of local conditions that they can see, not the overall picture. Climate change, drought in particular, dries out the vegetation and land to the point where it can no longer sustain life and becomes tinder-dry, which of course leads to massive burns that obliterate everything in it's path.
Climate change is real, whether you wish to believe it or not, and it is caused by man and his habits. Take for example the drought conditions in Australia and our own western states. The entire continent of Australia is afire, with upwards of a billion animals lost to it, entire species being obliterated. The Koala's are now driven to the edge of extinction due to the lack of breeding pairs, because of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef is dying due to the warming of the oceans. Plankton, the food of many species of oceanic life, is dying. We have over-fished our oceans to the point of depletion of the fisheries. Yet man in general does not care, because according to them it does not exist. I am not a scientist, but I have lived during the fifties and sixties when this was actually started. We could almost set our clocks by the afternoon rain showers coming off the Gulf of Mexico. Today that does not exist, because we have covered the entire Earth with asphalt and concrete, thereby gathering solar heat all day long and heating the atmosphere to the point where normal storms are completely out of control. Is this what you want for future generations? Because if it is, we will have no future generations. Mankind itself is on the brink of extinction.
I have a 7 year old great grandson, who I showed the pictures of Australia to. He was actually scared to the point of crying because he thought it was here. Is this what you want for your future?
I know my words are a tiny blip in the scheme of things, but if enough people get involved right now, you might have a chance of saving it. But I doubt that will happen. I personally believe we are already beyond the tipping point, it's only a matter of time.
May peace be with you.
My observations of what this world has become are not that of the average person, for I have had a lifetime of insight that most people do not.
Donald John Trump is a very sick mentally disturbed individual, but he is really not the main problem. The main problem lies within each and every one of us, for many reasons.
The average individual, depending on their circumstances, has no idea how the rest of the world lives, nor do they care. The average individual is so concerned about their own well being that they have no time to even consider the rest of the world. Most people don't even know their neighbor, let alone other cultures, and they have no need to see others as they really are. We all go through the same trials and tribulations, we just don't take the time to get to know others.
We blame everyone else for our failure to progress and succeed, yet don't realize that we collectively are not the real problem.
We are failing to invest in the future of our planet, our home in the universe, so diverse, yet blindly following the Elites who continue to hold everyone else down, hoard all the value, keep the population dumb so they won't rebel, make them think that everyone else is the source of your woes.
Keep the lower classes ignorant and poor. blame other ethnicity's, other religions, other cultures as being the root of their problems, yet all the while stealing you blind. And the sad thing is, you don't wish to see it. You continue on with your hatred and ignorance, your blind allegiance, because to question it would mean for once you must face reality and the truth about yourselves.
I have lived 73 years on this Earth and during that time I have met many wonderful, diverse people, simply because I refuse to criticize someone I know nothing about until they reveal themselves to me, whether through talk or actions. My philosophy has always been and always will be that your life is a puzzle, each person entering your life for any reason, good or bad, is a piece of that puzzle. If you outright refuse someone based upon your ideas of what they should or should not be, you have lost a piece of your puzzle and will never be complete. How difficult is it for you to simply give peace a chance, instead of the wars we are carrying out in our minds. Do you really hate someone simply because you perceive them to be inferior to you, not worthy of consideration. I know many of you do and I really find that disturbing. How hollow you must be, how insecure in yourself that you must degrade others to feel good about yourself. You are being taken for the worst ride of your life and you don't see it, nor do you even want to. I truly feel sorry for you, because you are missing the best part of being alive. My biggest problem is you are taking me along with you on that ride and it's not where I want to go.
Get one thing through your heads, there are about 1,000 people who own this planet, and you are not one of them.
People like Bezos, Zuckerberg, Trump. They could not care less about whether you live or die. Actually, they would prefer you die! Then they would have it all, except the one fault in that is that they would have no one to look down upon, to do their dirty work. Slavery is still very much alive and 99% of the people are bound to it through class or monetary means, and that includes you!
Wake up and recognize that you are not perfect, far from it. We are all weak in some way, but do you have to blindly follow that weakness? I don't and I won't! I am stronger than you and I will fight injustice wherever I see it. Maybe you should try it sometime.
May peace be upon all of you and may you realize soon that you are wrong.