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“Never Let Fear Go To Waste” – Corporate Motto

April 18, 2017
Remember when I said that because of the 19 months of intense fear and hysteria deliberately aimed at the American people during the election… it would not be over on election day? By now, it is as clear as a country stream that I was right.
Far too many people allowed themselves to get habituated to the election cycle’s media onslaught of fear, rage, and hysteria and now they just cannot let it go.
They have accepted the fear and rage, they have internalized it. For many Americans, fear and rage are here to stay.
Ever see people who, 25 years after a divorce, still obsess on and on about an ex? That is the condition of many people now. And the whole Russia panic stems from that. Somebody “other” must be to blame because I AM GOOD.
That 19 month orgy of election fear and rage was a calculated, sadistic thing done to Americans for the gain of a small group of people. And if only a small percentage of the public became deranged in the face of this constant barrage of fear and rage, that amounts to millions of people.
We were played.
We were tortured.
We were mind-fucked.
For 19 months.
Prisons are forbidden to do these things to inmates. But corporate media does it to us all. And we are considered “free”.
Corporations make money from fear. Whether they sell us deodorant, guns, or war… fear to them means money in the bank.
“News” ratings (which translate to dollars) skyrocket in war time. You think, knowing that, that media corporations leave war to mere chance?
Yes, America endured a well-coordinated brainwashing for 19 months. And casualties were not just inevitable, they were desired!  Keeping people like this means money. Media barons knew full well that many people cannot walk away from that kind of brainwashing intact. Remember this when you see people who idolize a candidate – and refuse to let go. Saying such insane things as “he” or “she” is THE REAL PRESIDENT.
TV producers and their partners in advertising live to erase reality and replace it with an illusion that benefits their corporations.  And they are highly rewarded for this action.
Why do you suppose someone like Rachel Maddow insists on pushing unproven “reality” theories on her viewers five nights a week? Maddow has 30,000 reasons for doing this – every day.
And she is not alone. We have no idea who writes the things she, and others of her odious ilk, deliver into our homes. We know nothing about these people who continue the fear and rage that was stoked during the election.Nothing except the clear fact that they feed on the fear and rage like vampires feeding on our blood. They live for this. That is their job.

News today has become that guy in the saloon who eggs on two drunks till they beat each other senseless. Nothing ever happens to him, though. Today, international news in American media boils down to that guy saying, “Are you gonna take that from him?”
We desperately need free universal mental health care in this country because we have media corporations dedicated to messing with our minds.
We need it to cope with and repair the damage inflicted by corporate media.
Whether media corporations do this stuff to get us to crave a useless product or they do it to get us to accept the latest war – they are screwing with our minds in an unethical and immoral – but highly profitable way.
And the society we now live in is the result.
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                             OPEN YOUR EYES

Originally published in 1919, this book tells how to SHED FEAR that is planted in our lives by people who seek to control us. Newly edited with a fresh introduction that puts the book in its historical context while showing why it is important even today! If you have any desire to live a life FREE of FEAR, then this classic book is the book to read! Get one for yourself and get some for your friends. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED! And now, thanks to MOJO BROS. CLASSIC EDITIONS, it is back again. And considering the state of the world today, it is here just in time.

There is no reason to live a life of  fear! Wake up to the way orthodox religion & 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 to us today.

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Hallowe’en Books To Ensure a Good… Fright

October 13, 2015

The SCARY season nears… Of course if you regularly watch FOX “news” then you can ignore this because you live in a constant state of fear anyway. And you probably cannot read. So go play with your “Official Good Guy With A Gun Kit®” and have a nice day. Somewhere else.

So as we all know… according to legend, this time of year finds the veil between this world and the next thinning to the point of allowing spirits to more easily reach us. And this is the time to get into some good old MAGICK with a pair of vintage spell books now reissued at popular prices. Originals run into big bucks – and if there is one scare I disapprove of, it is sticker-shock.

Secrets of Ancient and Medieval Black Magick

Black Magick Book

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Now who could resist such a charming book?

“Black Magic, as it has been called, is the expression of the superstitions of primitive men. In all of us, to a greater or less degree, there is a bit of the primitive. As we are able to overcome these instincts, we are inclined to scoff at those who still cling to their superstitious beliefs.” – From The Foreword. A CLASSIC book on the art and beliefs of Black Magic in various cultures. This publication marks the long overdue return of a classic in the field. Concise, well ordered and utterly fascinating, this new volume contains footnotes that reflect the latest developments in the field. A MUST HAVE for any occult library!
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And our next volume of Sweetness and Fright is…..

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   A 1920s CLASSIC re-issued in a LARGE SIZE facsimile edition with an all new introduction by Internationally known Occult Practitioner Rev. E. M. Camarena, PhD, affectionately known as Rev. Eliot to his fans around the world (in other words… ME!). This book offers a cornucopia of ritual magickal information that deserves to be on the shelf of everyone interested in the Occult Sciences. Among the occult pearls of wisdom in this book you will find methods for the following:

SO NO PERSON WILL DENY ANYTHING TO YOU!
WAY TO CAUSE RETURN OF STOLEN PROPERTY!
TO OPEN LOCKS!
TO MAKE A PERSON DISLIKE GAMBLING!
TO STOP THE BLEEDING OF A WOUND!
TO CITE A WITCH!
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PC is BS. The Right Invented It To Play “Victim”

August 7, 2015


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  The thing about POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – aside from its having been passé since 1989 – is that it is a complete and total myth. PC is a mechanism which allows conservatives to claim that they are victims whenever they victimize others and say something rude, stupid, and nasty.

  As with the equally mythic War On Xmas, the conservatives need to feel victimized to justify their free-floating anger. When somebody says, “Now this is not politically correct, but…” it is always the preface to something rude and offensive. But it makes them seem brave for being boorish. Before the righties invented PC, they would start such odious statements with, “Now, don’t get me wrong but…” which implies a misunderstanding. PC removes the misunderstanding and remakes them into bold, challengers of the status quo – when they call women sluts and say African Americans are just not grateful enough to the white people who freed them. And yes, I have heard this and worse quite often. 

  Outside the minds of the whining conservatives, there is no such thing as PC. The truth behind the invention of PC was exploded a generation ago in the book The Myth of Political Correctness, and there has never been an effective retort.

  Poor Ben Carson!

  Ben Carson, a man so mired in the past that he actually complains about what he calls “Women’s Lib,” based his whole risible presidential campaign on purveying misinformation while claiming any challenge to his utter foolishness was just PC, against which he bravely stands. But, alas, last night in the FOX game-show “Who Wants To Be A Jingoistic Dimwit” the perennially broke Donald Trump stole Carson’s thunder with his own rant about being under attack for not being PC. “What a brave boy am I,” the PC brigade trumpets! At every turn. And then the brave Trump assailed Rosie O’donnell with whom he once had a public feud. This, as any shrink will tell you, is the way a Toxic Narcissist thinks. Once an enemy, always an enemy. Even Trump’s first of many wives (is the sanctity of marriage PC?) says that he never lets go. You can see it in the long suppressed documentary TRUMP: WHAT’S THE DEAL – which was supposed to be on national TV 25 years ago. Its point is: the old Trump is the New Trump – so watch out.

  Along with being opposed to PC, many Trump supporters say they find him refreshing because “he speaks his mind.” Well, hell, so does Fidel Castro – known for delivering three hour speeches. Do you Trump-ettes support CASTRO for speaking his mind?

"Fidel Castro - SAYING WHAT'S ON HIS MIND"

“Fidel Castro – SAYING WHAT’S ON HIS MIND”

  My Uncle Harry always spoke what was on his mind. Unfortunately, he spoke it to lampposts, fire-hydrants, German Shepherds, and to his radio – which he seems to have thought was some sort of intercom. You know who also speaks their mind? People with Tourette Syndrome. Drunks in the corner bar. Folks with no mental filter. If it is such a virtue to say what is on your mind, then how is it that you conservatives get angry when someone speaks what is on their mind about YOU? I mean, if I say to a Trump supporter, “You are a complete ignoramus who knows nothing about politics or the American way of life as codified in the Constitution. You are a dolt who actually believes that Trump is, as he constantly says, ‘really rich.’ Why do you believe it? Because Trump said so? You strike me as the kind of rube who will buy anything with varnish on it.” Are you angry? Well, don’t be! I was just telling you what is on my mind. Isn’t that your guy’s greatest virtue? So why knock me – or Fidel – for doing it?

I’M REALLY RICH!

  And as to the Trump refrain about being rich – which will be put to the test once he actually mounts a campaign – please keep this in mind, for it is an exact parallel:

  You want to vote for Fredo? Go for it. Personally, I support a Trump/Palin ticket. Why? Because with those two crackpots in the White House we will finally achieve the long-sought dream of a Nuclear Free America. Within days of their election, the rest of the world will unite to see to it. And the world will be a much safer place.
TS patriotic peace

  And this brings us to the main thing about today’s conservatives. As was quite clear last night, they subsist on fear. And they will manufacture fear where it does not exist:
AMERICANS DON’T WIN ANYMORE! Trump childishly bleats.
SOCIAL SECURITY IS BROKEN!  cries Huckabee, 
falsely.
WE NEED TO STAND UP TO OUR ENEMIES! hollers Canadian Rapheal Cruz – who won’t even use his real name

  Judging from the respective sizes of Trump, Huckabee and Cristie, they seemingly photosynthesize on fear. Fear is a tool that is used to stop people from thinking. This is why they whip up fear at every turn. People in a state of fear will be in FIGHT/FLIGHT mode and they will not think. This is what Meredith Willson showed in The Music Man when a flimflam artiste had a whole town in an uproar over an utterly innocuous pool table. That scene is now the conservative play-book in its entirety.

   Today’s conservatives lack ideas (have they offered any?). They lack substance. All they can do is attempt to spread fear. Interestingly, The Music Man is set in middle America in the year 1919. In that year a book came out detailing how the grip of fear is exploited to control people. 1919 was a grim year indeed! The book is UNMASKING FEAR by Lloyd Kenyon Jones. 1919 was the year of hysteria called The Palmer Raids. It was the year of many “Race Riots” – which in those days meant white people killing black people wholesale. It was a horrible time, as I note in my introduction to a new edition of this valuable book.

   To know the present, we must study the past. The people on the game-show “debate” stage last night are as old as history. They are Iago in the age of mass media, allowing them to do millions of times more damage. FEAR is their weapon of choice. It lies back of everything they do. Read this valuable book to get a historical perspective on these thugs. Yes, thugs. For that is what they are.

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Bryan’s Last Speech – Facsimile Edition

July 16, 2015
COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!

This is the famous Last Speech which William Jennings Bryan planned to give at the end of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial”

Defense lawyer Clarence Darrow outmaneuvered Bryan by electing not to give his own summation; thus Bryan was barred from delivering this oration. The trial was an early “media sensation” and Bryan wanted to address the world via the new invention: radio.

If you only know Bryan from the movie/play Inherit The Wind, then you do not know the real man. The playwrights never meant the work to be a documentary. They were writing about INTOLERANCE and used the infamous trial as a back-drop.

Bryan had definite fears about how people would use evolution to hurt and exploit the weaker folks among us. Was he right?

Bryan never lived to give the speech. In 1925 it was posthumously published.

Now you can read his last speech and see if you agree with him – or not.

This edition is a facsimile of a 1925 book obtained by the publisher and scrupulously cleaned up for reprint after 90 years.

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HUNCHES Have No Business In Law Enforcement!

March 4, 2015
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The NYPD loud-mouth Pat Lynch is furious (again) that new NYPD guidelines – as delivered from an American court of law – prohibit cops from arresting or frisking people based upon a hunch.  Find the story HERE
What the fool Lynch does not get is that hunches belong at the race-track, not in the American justice system. In America, the Founders were explicit about curbing the power of the police. They knew full well the injustices of the Royal Constabulary and wanted none of it in the new nation they were building.  Thus CAUSE is the basis for arrests. Reasonable cause. If he can do it without moving his lips, Lynch may wish to read a little thing called THE BILL OF RIGHTS. He will find nothing in there about government by hunch. He will find this: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

So what does that mean; “unreasonable”?
Unreasonable means, without a stated reason.
“It just seemed reasonable to arrest him,” is NOT what that means. “Reasonable” means based upon a reason; a solid articulated reason. Just like a jury acquittal must be based on REASONABLE doubt – being a doubt that has a reason – rather than a gut feeling that the defendant is innocent. The government and agents of the government need reasons when they do things under official color. Over the years, the word has lost its meaning. “Gee, seven bucks for a whole pizza sure sounds reasonable,” is not what the word means. In legal terms REASONABLE cause depends on having a reason which can be articulated and described. Hunches, by their very nature, are not in any way, shape, or form, based upon a reason. Here is how my dictionary defines a hunch:noun: a feeling or guess based on intuition rather than known facts.”

Nobody should be stopped by the police, investigated, or arrested because someone in power has a “feeling.” That is, on its face, an unreasonable stop. What Lynch, in his supreme ignorance, does not know, is that cops have NEVER been allowed to stop people based on a hunch. The fact that they were doing it anyway and getting away with it was, as the court rightly ruled, illegal, unconstitutional, and UN-AMERICAN. Period. If this punk Lynch wants to stop innocent people based on intuition, ruin lives based on vague feelings, let him move to an oppressive dictatorship which routinely rounds up people for no articulated reason. Under our Constitution, Americans have the freedom to be safe from police abuse. We also have the freedom to get the hell out of the country and renounce our citizenship, if we, as is the case with the execrable Lynch, so deeply hate the U.S. Constitution and the rights it codifies. Get lost, Lynch. Grab a plane and go. You will have plenty of company.

Is There A Place For Hunches?

Hell yes! Hunches DO have a place in life – just on a personal level, not in terms of government intrusion into our lives. The person who cleans up at the track based on hunches, for instance, is a well known phenomenon. Having a hunch about an investment, or a hunch about walking down a certain street for no reason then finding something important – these all happen. Many years ago, a book about hunches detailed some stupendous, verifiable instances of amazing things happening to people as a result of hunches.  Hunches that pay off are so common in our personal lives that there must be something happening. While that does not raise them to the Constitutional level of justification for legal action, hunches in our daily lives may be an indication of untapped psychic abilities waiting to get developed. The book I refer to is called, appropriately, HUNCHES and it was out of print for decades until MoJo Bros Publishing recently re-issued it. I am glad it is back in print! This is the single best book I have ever read on the subject of recognizing and developing personal psychic abilities. It tells of the various forms of ability – clairvoyance, clairaudience, prophetic dreaming, and more. It even includes a DREAM BOOK listing the traditional meanings of things we see in dreams. As well as exercises for developing the skills needed.
Prolific early 20th Century writer Lloyd Kenyon Jones really hit one out of the park with this book! MoJo Bros. asked me to write an all-new introduction to the new, illustrated version of this classic – but after reading it, I declined to do so. The book as written is total and complete, and there was nothing I could possibly add to what Mr. Jones wrote.
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Hey “JOKERS”… God Says Yer Nuts!

February 27, 2015

For a new project I am working on, I have spent the last month delving into the world of Old-Time Radio (OTR). The project deals with visualization because, alas, in this age when people are bombarded by images at every turn (even TV sets in elevators!) our imaginations have atrophied. Experts say we are subjected to 300 ads per day! In this climate, the drama and comedy of OTR becomes an excellent stimulant to the imagination – to our ability to make images in the mind’s eye.

The suspense shows like THE SHADOW, LIGHTS OUT, SUSPENSE, and THE WHISTLER really burst into the mind with “special effects” that cost nothing and are all our own. Comedies like THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM to it brilliantly as well.

Back in the days of the great Radio comedian Fred Allen, his popular show ALLEN’S ALLEY featured a bloviating caricature of a Southern politician named “Senator Claghorn.” The blustery Claghorn would spout the most tortured “logic” and then grandly announce “IT’S A JOKE, SON!” 

In 1947, Senator Claghorn made a brief foray into the movies...

In 1947, Senator Claghorn made a brief foray into the movies…

Claghorn, as played by the brilliant actor Kenny Delmar (a graduate of Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theater”) became something of a national fad and was himself caricatured in Warner Bros. cartoons as the bellicose chicken FOGHORN LEGHORN, who may be more familiar to current comedy fans. The effort sorely taxed the vocal cords of voice artist Mel Blanc, who really through himself into the role.

Foghorn Leghorn

Foghorn Leghorn

That was then…
Today we have an outbreak of REAL Claghorns and Leghorns infesting politics.

Behold Ben Carson!

Six months ago I predicted that once Tea Party sock-puppet Ben Carson begins to get coverage outside his little group of hateful, ignoramus admirers, the world would immediately see how utterly stupid he is. With his barely coherent diatribes against what he calls “Women’s Lib,” as though this were 1972, his bizarre religious notions, and those patently fake stories about his childhood, Carson has reached a new low in empty rhetoric. But recently Carson outdid himself when he went on to suggest that gay couples should not “force” good christians – like himself – to make wedding cakes for them because… these god-fearing saintly people can easily poison the cake. Poison!

Carson caught so much flak over that one that he used his tried and true defense when he says something stupid: “I was only joking.”

“IT’S A JOKE, SON!”

And then hot on the heels of Carson’s sickening remark, came another bible-thumper xian taliban republican so minor that I won’t bother to name him (Ok, it was some yutz named David Moore, a Montana Republican). This bonehead went on a rampage about yoga pants. Seriously. He wanted to arrest women who wore yoga pants in public. And when he became a world-wide object of ridicule guess what he said? “I was only joking.”

“IT’S A JOKE, SON!”

It took decades, but conservative politicians have finally shown who they are and they are… a 1940s humorous, grotesque stereotype.

But here is the best part:

The vile, cake-poisoning Dr. Carson claims he likes to read. He says he especially reads the Bible, which he avers gives him all the answers to life and those pesky policy positions he needs to bone up on. Why bother to think about an issue when an archaic book can tell you just what to do? And of the books of the bible, Ben Carson has a favorite: “Every morning I read from the Bible. The book of Proverbs, written by King Solomon, is my favorite. (Perhaps this it is not surprising, given that my middle name is Solomon.)”

Don’t you just love his egocentric reason for reading Proverbs? Thank god his middle name is not “Karl” or today Carson would be the world’s stupidest communist. Be the as it may, as soon as I read of his love of Proverbs, I knew Carson was either lying, or he is too goddamn stupid to understand his favorite book. Why do I say this? Because the very action of saying something horrible and then claiming it is a joke… IS DENOUNCED RIGHT SMACK IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS:

“Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!'”
That is from Proverbs 26: 18

Keep in mind that this dimwit “believes that the Bible is the true, inspired word of God given to men and women, containing God’s plan of salvation and offering timeless wisdom and counsel that is always relevant, and he reads the Bible every day.”

Well, there it is, IN GOD’S PLAN! Anyone who deceives people and says IT’S A JOKE is a deadly maniac. God said that. God herself thinks that Carson and the Yoga Pants nut are BAD people. God explicitly denounced the very actions these xian talibaners engage in. As punishment, while they will most likely burn in hell forever, they should go right now and stand in the corner and flagellate themselves to whip this offensive behavior out of their sinning souls. Or, since Carson’s name is allegedly, Solomon, he should lock himself in a room and read The Song of Solomon (“A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts”) until his testicles explode.

Hey, I don’t wish him harm. I’m only joking…

Torture: Wrong AND Useless

December 28, 2014

Friends,
I write these words not as a priest, nor as an American. I write this as a Human Being.

When people torture people or animals, they have committed a crime. When Governments torture prisoners, they have committed a human rights crime. When governments torture prisoners of war, they have committed a war crime.

And yet right now people ardently support the torturing of POWs – one of the most heinous crimes on the books – and they have even suggested that doing so is good, right and proper. Media people, such as the simplistically stupid Joe Scarborough; the senile closest-case Chris (Look at W’s bulge!) Matthews, the entire platoon of peroxided harpies on FOX “news” all publicly have argued that “if” torture works, it is something we must do. In fact, say these twisted people, it is an obligation. “IF” it works.

And this is how they have deftly changed the debate from acknowledging that torture is one of the worst crime on the books, to a mere debate of its efficacy. All the while they scream that the Senate report on torture should – MUST! – remain secret. Torture is good but… we don’t want people to know we did it? Sounds like way down deep, they know the truth. They know. But they, like the sociopath Cheney and his puppet “W,” believe that the ends justify the means. They have said so over and over again. You know who espoused precisely that belief? A fellow named Leon Trotsky. Is he the model of the New America? If so, then Welcome to the New USA… It is now the USSR.

Well let us discuss this issue that these criminals and their ardent defenders raise. Does torture work? No. History clearly shows that torture is designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to get a false confession out of someone. In fact, the records now reveal that this is how the Cheney/Bush people got their highly coveted “information” about WMD. They got it by torturing people until somebody who could not take the agony said just what the torturers wanted to hear. And the world is still paying for it today.

Need more proof? Ask Senator John McCain, no “Dove” by any stretch of the imagination. We all know that McCain was tortured by those horrible North Vietnamese. And we know they are horrible because… they torture people. As “commies” they even went so far as believe that… the ends justify the means. Well, today Ho Chi Minh could host a show on FOX or any of the TV networks that have the gall to even hint that torture is a legitimate interrogation tool.

Yes, we all know that McCain was tortured. But what most people do not know is that under torture, McCain cracked. He broke. He gave in. John McCain signed false confessions, admitting to crimes and he even allowed himself to be filmed making false admissions. To end the agonizing torture, John McCain did what people invariably do: he lied through his teeth to stop the pain. McCain has freely admitted this. And there is no shame in what he did. Could you stand up to torture, day in and day out? McCain did exactly what thousands of people did when the Catholic Church – followers of the “Prince of Peace” – tortured them under the tutelage of the Spanish Inquisition. Under torture, people confessed to having made bargains with a totally fictitious entity called “Satan.”

How about Salem, Massachusetts? There too, under a delightful system called “crushing,” women falsely confessed that they were witches. False confessions came spewing forth just as they did from John McCain when he was tortured beyond all endurance.

This month, the United States Senate released its report on torture, and McCain’s conservative pals fought tooth and nail to cover up the illuminating document, which reveals the very things they claim America had every right to do. Have you ever heard of a politician, proud of his actions, hiding the light of his or her proud accomplishments under a basket? In this case they did. “What we did was right,” they say. “But we cannot let people KNOW about it or… they will think that America does these things.” Classic insane “logic.”

In response to this outbreak of wailing and gnashing of teeth, John McCain took to the senate floor and spoke in favor of releasing the torture report, and he also spoke about torture in general. I predict that McCain’s speech, his Stain On Our National Honor speech, will go down in history along side the Gettysburg Address and FDR’s Four Freedoms speech as one of the great orations in American History. If you have not heard this remarkable presentation, please take 12 minutes to do so now. McCain’s moving words, spoken from the heart and soul, will be remembered long after we are gone.

So we know that torture does not produce any workable results. In fact, we know that people died because of torture. Under the unimaginable pain and terrors of what the CIA calls “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” a craven and spineless euphemism if ever there was one, people popped out with any names they could think of to gain even momentary surcease from the agony inflicted upon them. Documentation shows that the CIA’s torture victims turned in innocent neighbors and acquaintances; just as people hundreds of years earlier claimed that they had seen neighbors with witches or the mythical “Satan.”

For some reason, in his festive season, all of this rang a very familiar bell with me. After a few moments of reflection, it hit me. This time of year, Christmas Time, millions of people enjoy a movie that actually shows the fallacy of torture as an effective tool. We all watch this film as a Holiday Ritual to celebrate the birth of a non-violent rabbi born two millennia ago. The movie is… “A Christmas Story,” and the torture victim who breaks and then names an innocent friend as the offender is none other than cute little Ralphie Parker.

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We all remember the scene: At one point, innocently and out of sheer frustration, 9 year-old Ralphie says the word to end all words: he says “fuck” – only the filmmakers substitute the word “fudge,” just as the CIA says E.I.T. in place of “torture.” Hearing this attack on their values, Ralphie’s parents react with horror and shame and outrage! As the narration by grown Ralph relates it to the viewer, “I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!” Ralphie immediately fears the repercussions, and even dreads a form of waterboarding! “It was all over,” grown Ralphie recalls in the narration. “I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child’s play compared to what surely awaited me.”

In high dudgeon, Ralphie’s parents demand to know where he heard that vile word. Under interrogation, Ralphie finds himself in a bind. He has heard the word every day of his life from his father (who hypocritically claims one set of values while living another set). But Ralphie cannot tell his parents this without revealing their two-facedness. In this bind, Ralphie experiences pure separation anxiety, for without his parents a small child will die. But Ralphie cannot or will not say a bad word about his dad. This early childhood anxiety sometimes never leaves a person and it forms the root of all knee-jerk, unthinking, no exceptions patriotism.

And so, to get to the truth… Ralphie’s parents apply torture. Until he tells his parents what they want to hear, the little child is forced to sit in isolation with a bar of soap in his mouth. And not just any soap, mind you! The filmmakers go out of their way to impress upon the viewer that this is Lifebuoy Soap. We may not recall it now, but back in the 1940s, Lifebuoy was the very first deodorant soap on the market, and it was, at the time, made with Carbolic Acid. In order to force the truth out of him, Ralphie is poisoned by his parents. And they do it deliberately, for out of all the soaps available to them, they select this one – and Ralphie knows what awaits him for, reviewing the selection, he thinks, “Lifebuoy, on the other hand… YECCHH!” Clearly they had tried other soaps in the past and found this one works to their satisfaction.

The symptoms of Carbolic Acid poisoning are horrific. They include, but are not limited to: severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea, nausea and bloody vomiting, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, deep rapid breathing, wheezing.

Under this torture, Ralphie does as all torture victims do; as John McCain did and as the 17th-century nuns at Louden did: Ralphie lies. Under pressure, Ralphie names an innocent friend as the culprit just so the torture will stop. Ralphie’s “Father Grandier” turns out to be his friend Schwartz who promptly gets an undeserved beating so harsh and so revolting that even Ralphie’s mother cannot stand to hear it. As Schwartz’s screams mount in intensity, Mom simply hangs up the phone and turns away – as the conservatives of today are doing when they attempt to hide American torture.

And now, I cannot see Christmas Story without thinking of Schwartz and McCain and victims of torture through the ages. The victims and the sick, demented people who supported torture hover over this film.

History is unequivocal and explicit on these points: Torture is a crime. Torture is useless. Torture is Un-American. Torture is even cited by the bloodthirsty neocons as one of the crimes of the dreaded Sadaam Hussein, and they cited it often as a justification for their war of choice on the people of Iraq.

Out of fear and insane patriotism, America hypocritically did it exactly what we convicted WW2 soldiers for doing: waterboarding. We tried, convicted and hung enemy military for waterboarding Americans. The torturers died for what they did. Yet here, in the New America, now, today, people go on TV to say, as the feculent Dick Cheney did, “I’d do it again in a minute.” The words of an earlier CIA criminal, Howard Hunt, referring to Richard Nixon, genuinely apply to Cheney: “He’s the darkness… reaching out for the darkness.”

The whole world agrees that torture is a crime. The world agrees that torture provides no useful information. The world agrees that torturers should be put to an ignominious death. But Cheney would do it in a minute. Chris Mathews defends it. People who denounce it are treated like criminals. The only person in jail over this is the whistle-blower who revealed it all.

So thanks to Cheney and his criminal cohorts for turning the USA into the very people we were trained to hate: Sadaam Hussein and Leon Trotsky.

And thanks for ruining one of the sweetest and funniest movies to come down the pike in years.

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All that was needed for the government to violate international law was… FEAR. Fear is the tyrant’s greatest tool. When people are scared they cede all power in their cowardice. And what is the media of today for if not to scare you? Just turn to the fake Ebola horror. Some Americans are STILL scared that they will die of this disease. Just as I hear from people who still fear the now gone USSR. Or they fear Cuba. Just this evening, I saw a middle-aged person saying on social media that America is moving “one step closer to communism.” Communism! It still scares many people. This is a demonstrably irrational fear that some people, warped by constant childhood brainwashing, now willingly submit themselves to.

In the early 20th Century, a book appeared which delved into the issue. That book is UNMASKING FEAR.
If anything, in the nearly 100 years since this book appeared, it has gotten worse. In the days before the invention of corporate controlled mass communications media, who could have envisioned people going into hysteria over a radio broadcast dramatizing a Martian invasion? When Orson Welles turned out the radio show The War of the Worlds in 1938, you can bet your bottom dollar that the power structure took notice. Here, at last, was the Shepherd’s Crook needed to keep people in line: Mass media!

That classic 1919 book is now reissued with new introductions (by me!) which put this important work in historical context. There is no reason to live your life in fear! Beware of those who would mislead you about this book! Fear is all they have and they will use fear to stop YOU from reading this liberating volume. The new introduction puts the book in its historical context and shows why it is still relevant today. CLICK HERE or on the image to see this book at Amazon.com

You Can Live Forever…

November 30, 2014
The Return of a Classic!

The Return of a Classic! CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE MORE!

For many among us, this is a very rough time of year. This is the time of year that gets many people down. We associate this season with past happiness and also with past sorrow. Memories of childhood, both good and bad, can overwhelm us.

Also, as the year ends, I hear from many people who just feel as though they could have – or “should have” – done more in the past months. As one year passes and another begins, a sense of loss is not uncommon. Even though years, and months or days, are arbitrary divisions, we have been trained to give them meaning. The end of the year is especially endowed with meaning and ritual. And of course, perhaps the most demeaning ritual ever devised now comes into play: The New Year Resolution List. Mostly, this list becomes a litany of things we dislike about ourselves and things which we “failed” to fix in the past 12 months. To me, this list is about as masochistic as it gets. A self-flagellation that would do a dark-ages monk proud.  

Add to that, the unrelenting pressure put upon us by retailers shoving product after product at us… making people feel less than whole if we lack certain items – items that never even existed a short time ago! – or don’t have the money to buy them now. It is a terrible crime, to instill continuous wants and desires in people to the point where they become deranged with cravings. Witness the spectacles of people bursting into the malls after Thanksgiving Day. It is not any specific product they crave in their mob frenzy. It is happiness. They just want happiness. Well happiness is not going to come to you from anything companies spend a billion dollar to promote. That is what we know as the Post-Holiday Blues. You got what you craved, but you are still just… you. Even though being YOU is the biggest gift you can have. We are trained to think otherwise. No mall sells happiness. They sell transitory elation, but that is about it. It fades pretty fast, as we all have seen.

If you are feeling that sense of loss and experiencing the feeling that you don’t matter, or that you missed the mark last year, then I strongly recommend this book: YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER. This long out of print book examines how people touch each other in more ways than may be instantly visible. Especially when our vision is bedimmed by the fog of memories and self-doubt. Look at this:

“You, yourself, who are reading this, have an influence unknown to you. What you do is unique; you are the only person who has your qualities of mind and heart, soul and body. You are an individual; therefore you are important even though you may not know many people. You will leave something behind you, not merely goods and chattels, but an impression, an influence, which will remain perhaps to the end of time!”

Original 1940s Ad!

Original 1940s Ad!

That is from this book. Every life is valuable, unique, NEEDED, and that includes you! Everything we do influences others and indeed our actions, be they humble or writ large, change the world. This book celebrates the individual! If the season has you doubting yourself – if you are starting to feel isolated and alone – please read this inspiring volume. After decades out of print, this work of uplifting stories is back to show us – when we need it most – that life is a CIRCLE and that all we are and all that we do travels out into the universe.

Take look at the ad, which is the original ad for this book. Of course, the price is more than one dollar now, but adjusted for inflation the cost of the book today is about the same as it was in the mid-1940s. That is how the publisher wanted it. This book is too important to miss out on. Through its inspiring pages, this helpful work can help you to open the door to a more serene life of contentment and happiness. True happiness.

When the people at Mojo Bros. Classics asked me to write a forward for this new edition, I read the book and decided that I could not add anything to it. Author John Berry Cavan examines lives of famed persons as well as everyday people to show how each and everyone of us is indeed important and influential. Although I do not share some of his religious views, that is no reason to scorn the book. There are many belief systems in the world, and in the end, this author’s system is one of understanding. 

Please consider reading this book. It has so very much to offer. Just click HERE or click on either image above to go to amazon.com to see how to get your copy.

And always remember: You are important!

Why It Happened…

November 12, 2014
Don't Say We Were Not Warned

Don’t Say We Were Not Warned

If you are at sea over the recent mid-term elections, I suggest you reach back to 1996 and re-read this book by Al Franken, now Senator Franken, to see the process of the dumbing down of the electorate right back at the start.
As Franken notes – and which should have horrified everyone – the people who get their information from conservative “news” shows think of themselves as highly informed, but they are actually THE MOST IGNORANT of all voters.
Read this again and ask yourself if we were not adequately warned…

Catholics Have Agreed With Evolution For Decades

November 7, 2014

oddyssey

WIth all the media hype over this new pope uttering words of support for the Darwinian Evolution concept, one could be forgiven for popping the champagne corks to celebrate the end of the dark ages. One flaw: The ignorant mass of media “reporters” do not know that the Catholic church and its popes have spoken support for evolution since at least 1950. The media people, mostly actors who play journalists on TV shows designed to simulate a news broadcast, are confusing the protestant strain of fundamentalist with the Catholics, who have never taken the bible, which they stole from the Hebrews in order to invent their “backstory”, literally.
So why the movie poster?
Here is the citation awarded to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by the National Catholic Office For Motion Pictures back in 1968:

THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC OFFICE
FOR MOTION PICTURES
PRESENTS
ITS 1968 AWARD
BEST FILM OF EDUCATIONAL VALUE
TO
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
WHICH, BY THE SCOPE OF ITS IMAGINATIVE VISION OF MAN –
HIS ORIGINS,
HIS CREATIVE ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNIVERSE
AND HIS UNFATHOMED POTENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE –
IMMERSES THE EYE, THE EAR, AND THE INTUITIVE RESPONSES
OF THE VIEWER IN A UNIQUELY STIMULATING HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Did you catch that? They LAUDED the film’s vision of the origins of human beings. Fundamentalists would have burned down the theater for what Kubrick shows. But the Catholic film office CELEBRATES this depiction of not just natural evolution but… evolution stimulated by ETs!

And they are not alone in their understanding of science. As I noted several posts back, ancient Jewish Kabbalists set the age of the universe to just what the scientists of today say… only they did it CENTURIES AGO! See that post here AT THIS LINK.

So remember, just because someone is on television telling you things, do not take them at their word. Remember, they are merely performers who seek to get ahead, not in the news business, but in the entertainment business. And look into things for yourself.

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