I’m not buying the Trump brand. America doesn’t need cheap ties and ugly buildings. Trump brand brings appeal to the 1980’s Izod wearing preppie in a Member’s Only jacket and then sort of got stuck there. His major retort to anyone that disagrees with him is that they are a “loser” or “failing.” It is a throwback to an era of excess, hedonism, and a time before the country-club was over-run by Mexicans. No amount of wish-upon-a-star is taking us back there again. No matter how “great” Donald thinks it was. Perhaps some of the GOP are upset that they have to say these things out in the open rather than wear a pointy white hat that hides their faces. The GOP is in a bit of a quandary itself having to mostly back Trump, but when the chips fall there will be more backwards two-stepping going on than at a country line dance in Texas. That is modern day politics: the art of being spineless but still try and hold your head up. The main exception will be Ted Cruz who sustained an ugly personal attack on his family by the Donald. The GOP attacks on Hillary somehow just keep missing the mark. One has to question if Trump even really wants the job at all or whether this was a publicity stunt gone awry.
“All religions are equally false and equally true, depending on how you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego, or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people. In the service of the Truth, religious teachings represent signposts or maps left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual awakening, that is to say, in becoming free of identification with form.”
When discussing Obamacare, Joshua Flickenstein, the owner of J’s Deli said, “We are tired of Obamacare forcing us to pay for heart disease treatment and medication to employees who eat bacon for breakfast, lunch, or whatever.” People in the Jewish community are getting really frustrated about the new healthcare law also known as Obamacare. The complaints are numerous especially among tea party conservatives. Mr. Flickenstein went on to say, “Ever since Obamacare started they built several new Wendy’s restaurants near my deli. Some of my employees have been whorishly sneaking around at eating Baconators for lunch.” Mr. Flickenstein said his concern is how he can afford to pay for heart transplants for all the people that work for him. “The best part of running a restaurant is paying my employees 2.13 and hour and I still charge them 14.50 for a sandwich.” He says that he doesn’t believe that people should eat bacon because it says not to (eat bacon) in the bible. I asked him where in the bible it says that. He casually tells me, as he places two soup bowls down on the table, that he doesn’t know where it says that, but that is what his Grandma Ruth has always told him that’s what it (the bible) says. He tells me that the soup is his Nana’s famous vegetable soup and has secret ingredients. Mr. Flickenstein laments, “I am afraid that with all the changes and Obamacare that will no longer be able serve Nana’s vegetable soup. They are forcing bacon and communism on us as a people. Why should I pay for heart surgery and all that?” Mr. Flickenstien is afraid after 20 years of business he will be forced to close his doors forever. “The Baconators are too much fat and cholesterol and even the Son of a Baconator isn’t that much better. It isn’t fair,” he continued. “Hopefully, Hobby Lobby will win in the Supreme Court. I want to travel to the courthouse wearing my ‘Eat Mor Matzah Balls’ T-shirt for the verdict.” Well, we will just have to wait and see. Stay tuned.
The Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case is a tragedy that never should have happened. Two people and their families have been forever affected by this. The fact remains that Trayvon was guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. George Zimmerman made a BIG mistake. He racially profiled Trayvon because he was a young black male in a hoodie. Trayvon had not committed a crime that day and unless George Zimmerman had witnessed Trayvon involved in a crime he had no other reason to stop him OTHER than he fit the “profile” of a criminal in that neighborhood. Trayvon was a teenager who walked to the store and was attempting to head home that day. There is no doubt that both Trayvon and George Zimmerman acted in fear that day, but one had a gun and one had a can of soda.
“Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself” – Samuel Butler
Zimmerman’s only way out of this was to “claim” self defense. The details of what happened are only known to Zimmerman and Trayvon. The undeniable factor here is that racial profiling occurred by George Zimmerman and someone lost their life because of that. If Trayvon was beating Zimmerman it was probably was because he feared for his own life. Zimmerman should never have pursued the teen with a gun in his possession. This type of vigilante justice is extremely dangerous for our society. Call the police and give a description and allow the police to handle questioning. Under questioning Trayvon would have been found to have every right to be in that neighborhood that day and two people lives would have returned to normal. George Zimmerman was more of a danger to himself than Trayvon was. If you want to carry a gun at least have the capacity to deescalate a situation without resorting to violence or the threat of violence. You can’t solve violence with more violence just like you can’t solve stupidity with more stupidity. It is far past time to evolve our thinking to a higher level of consciousness because, “Heedfulness is the path to the Deathless. Heedlessness is the path to death. The heedful die not. The heedless are as if dead already.” SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Benghazi. The IRS. PRISM surveillance. It keeps going on and on. Throw in Obamacare, Bradley Manning, and Guantanamo and have a good old fashioned craptastic feeding frenzy. Lets begin to chew our own arms off.
The Government can commit unspeakable atrocities and when someone speaks up about it, they are revealing “classified” information that is “vital” to our security? Let us open the debate. Why is certain information classified and for what purpose? At some point there needs to be transparency. Perhaps that transparency doesn’t need to be realized right away, but after a specific threat has, or has not, materialized. The government needs to stand behind what it chooses to do. People should not be able to hide behind the veil of “sensitive” or “classified” information indefinitely. What is the purpose of hiding civilian casualties in war, military sex crimes, and/or sorting through people’s personal e-mails or telephone conversations? Have we become so overcome with fear that we are willing to give up freedom?
As far as the Bradley Manning case, which is older than the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden situation, Matt Taibbi wrote over at Rolling Stone, “Because in reality, this case does not have anything to do with who Bradley Manning is, or even, really, what his motives were. This case is entirely about the “classified” materials Manning had access to, and whether or not they contained widespread evidence of war crimes. He goes on to say, “This whole thing, this trial, it all comes down to one simple equation. If you can be punished for making public a crime, then the government doing the punishing is itself criminal.” Matt drives home his point when he clearly sates, “Manning, by whatever means, stumbled into a massive archive of evidence of state-sponsored murder and torture, and for whatever reason, he released it. The debate we should be having is over whether as a people we approve of the acts he uncovered that were being done in our names.”
AND STILL we have refused to prosecute people responsible for the economic crisis. All we have is a bunch of Obama Drama and it appears that anything goes and nothing really matters. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Perception. It is everything.
Most of these photos when viewed one by one have pleasing and normal results. However, when viewed side by side and focusing in the middle, strange results occur. It is more like something a caricature artist would portray.
By studying illusions such as these, along with research on memory, vision, and brain science, researchers are starting to understand the boundaries of our capacity to interpret the seemingly endless amounts of input that we try to absorb almost all day long. Sometimes we observe things that are not there and do not see things that are.
In the words of Philip K. Dick, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Republicans and Democrats alike have backed the same failed materialist techno-narcissistic pro-corporate PR-machine policies with “growth at all costs,” debilitating rational selfishness, and a nefarious embracing of a Dukes-of-moral-Hazzard business model. Ethics, behind closed doors, is something you flush down the toilet along with your brains. The whole machine will eventually grind to a halt. It is going to happen piece by piece rather than a big spectacular Hollywood style explosion.
Eric Holder said, “I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy…”
We can’t prosecute Too Big To
Fail Jail institutions even though they broke the law. Matt Taibbi writing about HSBC sated, “For at least half a decade, the storied British colonial banking power helped to wash hundreds of millions of dollars for drug mobs, including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, suspected in tens of thousands of murders just in the past 10 years…The bank also moved money for organizations linked to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, and for Russian gangsters; helped countries like Iran, the Sudan and North Korea evade sanctions; and, in between helping murderers and terrorists and rogue states, aided countless common tax cheats in hiding their cash.” He also notes, “Yes, they issued a fine – $1.9 billion, or about five weeks’ profit – but they didn’t extract so much as one dollar or one day in jail from any individual, despite a decade of stupefying abuses.”
This should be the new definition of insanity.
Chase and the London Whale. UBS and Libor Scandal. Corzine and the MFGlobal scandal. The Raj Rajaratnam scandal. Goldman Sachs thinks everyone but themselves are “muppets” that they can knowingly sell garbage to. And on and on. There isn’t one single adult running the system. These are the largest subsidies in the world and people are complaining that someone bought junk food with food-stamps. You would go to jail longer for stealing a couple boxes of Tide from Wal-mart than people who have screwed around with trillions of dollars and millions of people’s lives. I guess the Steve Miller Band is right, we’ve got nothing better to do.
This here’s a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue
Two young lovers with nothin’ better to do
Than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube
And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose
They headed down to, ooh, old El Paso
That’s where they ran into a great big hassle
Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle
Bobbie Sue took the money and run
Go on take the money and run