Posts Tagged ‘bill of rights’

The NRA Wants You To Protest Them…

February 22, 2018

The NRA happily offers crisis management at times like this.
What the NRA desperately wants is for our attention to be focused on them – because they give politicians cover.
Focusing on the NRA is a blunder.
That is exactly what the NRA wants.
They take the heat because there is nothing we can do about them.
Forget the NRA.
We have no influence over the NRA.
They are a private organization.
Concentrating on them is a waste of energies.
We don’t have a constitutional right to oust their board or to even picket their offices.
They are the lightning rod to protect the people we CAN oust and the people we CAN picket: elected officials. We DO have the power of voting.
Go where the power is.
Every two years who do we vote for?
The whole House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate, that is who.
We do NOT vote for NRA leaders. They are not accountable to the People.
he more people focus on the NRA the less we pay attention to the real power: congress.

Why don’t we all vote the NRA board out of office? Oh. We can’t.

Why don’t we go to the NRA offices and picket? Oh. We can’t.

Why don’t we stop the NRA from making in political donations? Oh. We can’t.

We CAN do those those things to elected officials.

And THAT is why the NRA wants all the attention.

To distract people from where the power really is.

And remember: Politicians of ALL kinds pander to gun owners

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February 18, 2018

DO NOT LET THE SYSTEM PLAY YOU

February 9, 2018
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You think flipping Congress will help? Congress has been flipping for over a hundred years. And here we are.
So many people now are totally immersed in the system they claim to despise. Only they don’t see it.
The successful CON counts on the MARKS not knowing they’ve been conned.
When you protest one side of the system you still become a cog in the system. The illusion of change – and the need for change – is how the system eats your life up.
THE SYSTEM DOES NOT CHANGE.
Open your eyes and see that you have MORE THAN TWO CHOICES.
The forced choice and controlled opposition IS HOW THE CON ARTIST WORKS.
DROP OUT OF THE MACHINE. Stop playing their game.
Make your own community of people.
Create a new reality LOCALLY.
The system DOES NOT HAVE AS MUCH POWER AS THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE.
Feeling anger and rage over ONE POLITICIAN WHO ONLY JUST GOT HERE fuels the very system you claim to oppose.
You willingly allow the system to bounce you from CRISIS TO CRISIS every week, like a ping-pong ball in the hands of experts.
And each time you say the same thing: THIS IS IT! HE’S TOAST!
If this is you, then you have let master manipulators play you. 
Let them go. They need you more than you need them.

YOU HAVE THE POWER OF YOUR OWN LIFE.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018

You’re Being Ridiculous

December 13, 2017

This notorious and insulting imprecation – spoken by “comedian” Sarah Silverman – essentially telling people at a convention to shut-up – gives us a perfect example of the kind of trouble people get into when they use the verb TO BE.
For those who don’t recall the moment when a pissed-off comic treated half the democratic party as hecklers, take a look:

“YOU’RE BEING RIDICULOUS,” she said to the very people she and the other Hillary supporters needed to win over.
She used the verb TO BE two times in her insulting, condescending, scolding tirade. 50% of her words.
And it infuriated the progressive wing of the party – which then launched DEMEXIT and helped drive the democrats to the brink of bankruptcy. It has brought the democrats so low, that today they celebrate a victory of 1.5% over a raving religious fanatic and all ’round nincompoop. Any port in a storm, I guess.

What Silverman did came as no surprise to me. The Withers (“I’m With ➔HER”) treat all who differ from them with unveiled smugness and contempt. To this day, they blame the Sanders voters for She Who Must Be Elected losing to a TV gameshow host. But they never wanted them anyway:
So why blame them now as Hillary and her myrmidons consistently do? They do it out of sheer pique and an inability to take responsibility.

But back to the irate and heavily medicated Sarah Silverman and YOU ARE BEING RIDICULOUS!
Her words amount to a condescending GOD-LIKE pronouncement of stern judgment. It did not have to happen like this.
Suppose Silverman had used the more clear form of English known as E-PRIME – in which the verb TO BE never gets used. This makes for more personal and responsible communication.
Some examples from THIS LINK

Consider the following paired sets of propositions, in which Standard English alternates with English-Prime (E-Prime):
lA. The electron is a wave.
lB. The electron appears as a wave when measured with instrument-l.
2A. The electron is a particle.
2B. The electron appears as a particle when measured with instrument-2.
3A. John is lethargic and unhappy.
3B. John appears lethargic and unhappy in the office.
4A. John is bright and cheerful.
4B. John appears bright and cheerful on holiday at the beach.
5A. This is the knife the first man used to stab the second man.
5B. The first man appeared to stab the second man with what looked like a knife to me.
6A. The car involved in the hit-and-run accident was a blue Ford.
6B. In memory, I think I recall the car involved in the hit-and-run accident as a blue Ford.
7A. This is a fascist idea.
7B. This seems like a fascist idea to me.
8A. Beethoven is better than Mozart.
8B. In my present mixed state of musical education and ignorance, Beethoven seems better to me than Mozart.
9A. That is a sexist movie.
9B. That seems like a sexist movie to me.
10A. The fetus is a person.
10B. In my system of metaphysics, I classify the fetus as a person.

Get the picture? E-Prime makes us take personal responsibility for the expression of our thoughts. I have written several entire books without ever using the verb TO BE.
Consider: Would the outrage at Silverman’s scolding, reckless, and divisive words perhaps have rolled off the backs of half the party had she said something like:
“It seems to me that you have taken a ridiculous position.”
or
“You strike me as ridiculous.”
or
“I think of your support for Sanders as ridiculous.”
These comments sans the verb TO BE may stir up controversy, but they no longer hit people as an insult; as fighting words. Had she eschewed the verb TO BE, Silverman then expresses – and takes personal responsibility for – her opinion. She no longer speaks as The High and Mighty Arbiter of Thought.
Meaning with E-Prime, Silverman could have started A CONVERSATION by stating how SHE feels. And then others can respond later. Her belligerent pronouncement “You’re Being Ridiculous” stops conversation dead in its tracks.
She spoke in the role of an exasperated parent giving an unruly child a rap on the knuckles. How the hell did she think people would react to that?  
And here we arrive at the key to the whole problem: Clearly, Silverman DID NOT THINK. She shot from the hip.

The most often expressed problem people have with using E-Prime boils down to this: it takes them too long to formulate their thoughts. Yes, speaking in E-Prime forces the speaker to THINK before talking.
Does anyone consider THINKING BEFORE SPEAKING a bad thing?

Perhaps had Silverman, who gets paid huge sums of money to communicate, understood the basics of communication, she would not have alienated the very people she needed on Election Day. And owing to her rash and clumsy dressing down, democrats could not unite behind their flawed candidate who needed every vote out there.

As to Al Franken, standing there simpering and then making the lame excuse that Silverman spoke as a joke, he may not have ended up in a fight for his political survival had the words not come across as an insult. I find it quite clear that democrats have turned against Franken because of his smiling and making excuses for Silverman at this precise moment. Democrats desperately need the Sanders wing to return to the fold. Ousting Franken amounts to a calculated sacrifice made to placate the people he and Silverman insulted in that moment. But the progressive wing of the party will have none of that. The democrats simply cannot un-ring that bell.
And this didn’t have to happen. It only happened because an inept communicator spoke four hostile and judgmental words – half of them… the completely unnecessary verb TO BE.
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I did not kid you about my books. I refused to use the verb TO BE in these three books, except when quoting other people (and once as the punchline to a joke). Thoughts crystalize this way. We no longer pronounce – we explain. Nor have I used the verb TO BE in any of its forms in the introductions to some of the other books available. Take a look. 

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Media Silly Season Again… And Again…

August 16, 2017

No, Trump did not “embolden” the people who protested the removal of a statue of Gen. Lee in Charlottesville.
These are the same people who have, for years, been howling about the Confederate flag.

They have been here, and “emboldened” for decades.
Remember how active they were when Obama was president?

Now a few of them make the news again and people run around in fear and terror all across the nation.
This is just an eruption of something that erupts whenever there is a slow news cycle.
The month of August, as many of you know, is called THE SILLY SEASON by news media because STUPID stories get blown out of proportion.
This is one of them.
No, nazis are not everywhere in our nation running things with impunity (as one person told me)
No, we are not getting invaded by nazis.
SO FAR THIS YEAR:

First everyone was afraid of RUSSIA
Then everyone was afraid of NORTH KOREA
Now everyone is afraid of NAZIS
Soon we will all be told to fear some new DISEASE like, oh… PLAGUE!

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News exists TO SCARE US.
It is that simple.
When we are scared, people don’t think. And that fear makes us ADDICTED to the news.

Now About Charlottesville:

There are so few of these reactionaries who fetishize the Civil War that THEY PROTEST OUT OF FRUSTRATION at having no power.
People who have power do not MARCH IN PROTEST.
That is what made THIS from CONGRESSMEMBERS so goddamn stupid:

The most powerful people in America – hold a protest…

Members of congress are among the most powerful people in America. They don’t need to have PROTESTS.
Do Hedge-Fund managers protest?
Do Insurance Company CEOs protest?
Does Big Pharma protest?
Doe the Defense Contractors protest?
Does The NY Stock Exchange protest?
Do Bankers protest?
Do News Media Executives protest?
Does Jeff Bezos protest?

Do Hospital CEOs protest?
Do Lobbyists protest?
Do the Koch Brothers march in the streets?
Does Henry Kissinger pretest?
Get the picture?
ALWAYS REMEMBER: The people who march and demonstrate WHATEVER THE CAUSE are doing so because they lack power. This is a way to try to assert power and gain more. The real power sits back and dreams of new ways to control you and me. And as we see, it works very well for them.
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btw: THIS is the original flag of the Confederate State of America.

There were two more flags, none of which are are the one the enraged POWERLESS people fight over.

THIS is  The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia…

 FIGHT FEAR!

SO: When you suddenly find yourself afraid of something that didn’t scare you a week ago ask:

1) WHO PUT THIS FEAR INTO YOUR MIND?
2) WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM?

You will keep your sanity that way…

Do not let your fears become your thoughts…

There is nothing new about the Power Structure keeping people in fear.
It is the basis of almost all advertising.
It is what MEDIA does to make sure you keep tuning in.
They LIVE to whip up hysteria.
Long ago, a book was written about this and it is back!

Click this Image To Read About The Book

This 1919 book is now reissued with new introductions by… ME.
There is no reason to live your life in fear!
Wake up to the way orthodox religion, the corporate media and Other “Powers That Be” control the population THROUGH FEAR!
An invaluable treatise, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to lead a free, independent life. A life WITHOUT FEAR! While some people will no doubt be offended and shocked by this book’s stance against organized religion seeking to control our lives, while those who use fear themselves will attempt to squelch this book, by misrepresenting the contents and belittling it, this book bravely exposes the way the manipulators of fear seek to hold onto power by any means necessary. 
Beware of those who would mislead you about this!
Fear is all they have and they will use fear to stop YOU from reading this liberating book.
The new introduction puts the book in its historical context and shows why it is still relevant today.
UNMASKING FEAR! Click HERE!

 

Remember…

May 23, 2017

“Access” To Insurance Is NOT The Answer

May 3, 2017

I will go against the flow now.
Jimmy Kimmel.
He is a trained actor who is in the pay of a major corporation. His job is to get viewers to do things.
See a specific movie.
Watch a new TV show.
Buy the Swimsuit Issue.
Support the ACA.
For all its pulling at the heartstrings, that monologue of his touting the glories of the ACA amounts to corporate propaganda against Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare.
Nothing works better in marketing than helping children. And that is what this man did.
If his corporate bosses didn’t want you to see this, you would not have seen it.
So at this critical juncture, a corporate millionaire makes a tear-stained plea for the ACA.
No mention of Single-Payer?
It was all about ACCESS to health insurance.
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”
With this talk, Kimmel became an insurance salesman.
And he used the standard tricks of the trade, including THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
Look: If you think the only choice is the ACA or Paul Ryan’s plan, then you have been successfully sold.
Kimmel and the other performers did their job.
We need Universal Healthcare.
Not “access” to insurance.

1955’s TRIAL… Nothing New Under The Sun

February 18, 2017

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This post concerns a rarely seen film. A powerful film; which may explain why it rarely got shown since its release in 1955. New to home video, it dealt with a topical subject when made. And, sadly, the raw ugly truth it conveys about American life remains topical over 60 years later.

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As noted thousands of years ago “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Specific issues may change, but society always remains the same, explosive powder keg awaiting a match, often applied by the very people who trick us into believing they want to help us or lead us. Left and Right will mean nothing if the powder keg blows up. And someone always profits from the blast.

In the film TRIAL, each extreme gets revealed as equally deadly when a town becomes a pressure cooker of conflict over a seeming murder.

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The story seems deceptively simple: A sheltered law professor with no experience beyond a classroom gets caught up in the real world – and learns that he knows almost nothing about the real practice of law.  If you think America today with its political opportunists who say one thing but do another, who spread racism for profit in new – this film from 1955 (though set in 1947) will show you that nothing has changed. Including those “tolerant liberals” who, inside, harbor just as much prejudice as any klansman.

All sorts of people get involved in a racially charged murder case for all manner of personal profit. We gradually discover that each character has a personal axe to grind: Holding on to a law professor job. Running for governor. Keeping real estate values high. Remaining police chief. Proving himself above racism. And, most deadly, changing society at any cost. As the story unfolds, each character willingly – eagerly! – turns up the heat under the pressure cooker to further his own needs.

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This tension creates a crackling, powerful film about extremists of all sorts. Some elements in the film will seem quaint now, but substitute modern groups like the DNC – who want their way regardless of the consequences – and it still works. What kind of a group will gladly cause horrific damage just so they can proclaim “WE TOLD YOU SO” in order to raise money for themselves?
See what I mean? Still works today.

Opportunists willing to destroy everything and anyone to promote themselves have always operated freely among us. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they get opposed successfully. But first we must know them when we encounter them; something not always so easy to see.  When our passions get roused, when we believe that we can clearly tell the “good” people from the “bad,” then we make ourselves ripe for the picking. We blindly give those with ulterior motives the power to manipulate us.

As the lead character says early on: “I learned a long time ago that when someone says ‘decide right now’ that that’s the time to take your time.” He knows this. Does he do it?

Fundamentally, this film presents a cautionary tale about the difference between knowing the right thing and doing the right thing. Passion and certainty cloud the mind. Whether in the courtroom or the bedroom. This film could easily get set in today’s America, using any “populist” movement in place of that shown from the 1940s. As one character slyly notes, “never trust anyone”. Especially those you consider leaders. You may not really know what goals they have dedicated themselves to.

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Little wonder TRIAL never made it to home video till 2014. It says things which even today most people just refuse to hear.

Over the years, Mark Robson proved himself a serious film director and the novelist/screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, son of Herman, had solid credentials as well. Mankiewicz lived a long life, till 2015, so he must have seen the situations in his story played out over and over and over.

TRAIL deceives. This film looks like one thing (another courtroom drama, though an excellent, realistic one) yet, like the events depicted, TRIAL really shows another thing. Glenn Ford performs at his best here as the Ivory Tower lawyer who gets, reluctantly, a taste of the real world. Katy Jurado again plays her patented “suffering Mexican mother,” Rafael Campos appears as the young man who might have… or perhaps not…
Of particular note to me: The cinematography of Robert Surtees. It heightens the proceedings with some genuine surprises. Juano Hernandez as the judge performs up to his usual high standards and excels as a man who faces heat from all sides. Arthur Kennedy snared an Oscar® nomination for playing the smartest man in the room. Perhaps too damn smart…

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I consider TRIAL worth seeing to understand much of today’s events, for it presents a warning against extremism when it comes cloaked in virtue. Don’t all extremists believe they alone know the “truth”?

Always question. Always look deeper. Never call anything true for no other reason than it comforts you or reinforces your beliefs.

Do so, and you likely don’t know any more than the people who pull the strings on the puppets want you to know. Consider instead the very real possibility that you, yourself, represent the main puppet.

Keep your eye on the prize and you’ll always lose sight of everything else.

 

Gullible People, Rise Up!

January 29, 2017
The 19 month election was a fear-con. We were given nothing but NAZI! FASCIST! WE’RE GONNA DIE! over and over.
People were scared and angry.
People are still scared and angry.
Angry, frightened people are very easy to con.
For instance, how many of us believed the story that Trump’s travel ban excluded nations he does business with?
His ban only mentions one nation: SYRIA. The others are “nations of concern” as listed in a law signed by Pres. Obama.
Remember the protest when that happened?
Neither do I.
You may wish to educate yourself HERE
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But fear and anger is what led people to buy, without question, the fake story about Trump’s business interests. As if he really has any!
Fooling people by making them scared and angry is such an old technique that there was a Broadway show about exactly this technique.
So if you believed that Trump specifically named 7 countries and excluded those he does business with, then you were played as easily as the corn-fed jays in Iowa.