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Family Dysfunction Persisted

March 21, 2017

As you may have heard by now, noted literary lion Chelsea Clinton has published a new book.
With a speed of hand that would shame Mickey Spillane or Edgar Wallace, the Great Weird Hope of the Clinton dynasty got a book deal (the favored corporate method for bribing people in political life) and in doing so she inadvertently shows us how untreated child-abuse travels through the generations.

The book bears the name SHE PERSISTED, a PR phrase coined to promote another book deal – that one for the already wealthy Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In the Clinton Clan, persisting has a perverse history.

By now, who doesn’t know the story of Hillary as a 4 year-old getting thrown out of the house by her abusive mother? The child had endured taunting from bullies in the park, as most children do, and so she ran home to her mother for comfort and succor. What did this FOUR YEAR-OLD CHILD get instead? As Hillary compulsively relates it over and over again, even 65 years later, her mother had the love and foresight and compassion to… throw her out of the house.
Mother Rodham blamed little Hillary for the situation, said she “gave up” and called her daughter a coward who she would not welcome in the home until THE BABY dealt with the tormentors.
Slam went the door. Does anyone, other than Hillary, really believe this callous treatment had a salubrious effect on the child?

Hillary Clinton has, for the past 65 years, related that story with pride. She says it shaped her character. Well, yes, it did. But not the way she seems to think. To Hillary Clinton, giving up means losing mother’s love and – more to the point – getting kicked out of the house. One can only imagine the depths of fear and anxiety – Separation Anxiety – this “loving mother” sparked in her infant child.

As Dr. Gabor Maté notes: “In an anecdote related by the former Secretary of State herself as an example of salutary character building, four-year-old Hillary runs into her home to escape neighbourhood bullies. ‘There is no room for cowards in this house,’ says her mother, sending the child out into the street to face her tormentors. The real message was: ‘Do not feel or show your pain. You are on your own.’ Over six decades later the candidate hides her pneumonia even from her doctor and from those closest to her. Repeatedly she has overlooked her husband’s outlandish infidelities, defending him against disgrace— no doubt suppressing her own emotional turmoil in the process.”
(Emphasis added)

Hillary Clinton has never received treatment for this early-childhood trauma – and to me, every single time she relates the story she presents a 4 year-old’s repressed cry for help. To this day, Clinton shows an irrational view of the world as a place populated by “bullies” who she, and she alone, MUST stop. She even cited this as her Raison D’être for seeking the Presidency upon receiving the democratic nomination.

And then, in her own words, spoken in her first speech after losing the election, Hillary Clinton had one strong message:

For Mrs. Clinton, 65 years after her mother terrorized her by throwing her out of the only home she knew, giving up – no matter how useless the fight may be – means the loss of love and home.
Sheer stubbornness has become a virtue in Hillary-Land. What manner of person NEVER concedes loss? Or error? Or understands the pragmatic need for a strategic concession to an opponent? I’ll tell you what manner of person: A DANGEROUS PERSON.

Untreated family abuse wends its way down through the ensuing generations. So it came as no surprise to me to see that Chelsea Clinton, an adult-child who owes everything she ever got to her parents, also carries this mania. And in the aftermath of her mother’s embarrassing election loss to a known “bully” and TV game-show host, it falls upon the adult-child to become the mother Hillary wanted but never had. Thus the topic of Chelsea’s new book fits right into mommy’s mania – as the cover makes crystal clear:

The child taking care of the needs of the mother perverts the natural flow of life. Yet this child – at age 35 – has made a career of just that. Making speeches for mother (and in a subtle way sabotaging her in the process – displaying resentment) and even talking of entering politics herself – a clear attempt by a chile to vindicate the family after repeated losses and scandals. I mean, let’s face it, after seeing the sheer hell that BOTH her parents underwent, what child would say “THAT’S the career for me!”? Would Chuck Wepner, Jr. ever consider boxing? Hell, even the NIXON off-spring knew better…

Does Chelsea really see stubbornness as a virtue? Or has she taken up the call simply to soothe her wounded mother? And for god sake WHY peddle this swill to CHILDREN? Can this adult-child not relate her feelings to grown people? I see it as bad enough when family abuse gets passed on through the generations. But to deliberately pass it on to children one does not even know becomes a form of mass abuse. All to justify a mother who has long had the time and ample financial resources to GET THERAPY and change the warped view of the world she brags about carrying… ONE speech to Wall Street would have paid for Hillary’s therapy and then some.

Upon seeing the announcement of this book, I got hit with a wave of sadness. I hoped that Chelsea’s children don’t face similar horrendous abuse. Considering that the abuse has gotten mythologized as “character building,” will Chelsea take the chance to throw her own children out of the house at age 4? Will she do as her grandmother did, and make a mother’s love conditional

If Chelsea sees the delusion of stubbornness as a virtue, and sees it as good enough to spread to countless unknown children through her book – I wonder how she sees her own children? And their children after her? Where does it end. When she has a son, will she name him SUE?

Well, that comprises the problem which the Clintons must one day face. OUR problem, I see as more alarming: We as a nation must learn to stop electing to positions of power those damaged people who still suffer under the weight of untreated childhood abuse. But because of the alarming rate of abuse in America, such wounded and deluded people resonate with the bulk of our neighbors. Possibly even you… or me.

CRONY CAPITALISM

March 5, 2016
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President B

“He was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” – Ann Richards on “W”

Ms. Richards was talking about “W,” but she was also describing the worst, most corrupt, part of today’s America: CRONY CAPITALISM.
Working hard and succeeding on merit is the myth we teach our children, but for some children, the reality is Crony Capitalism. They “succeeded” not from their own efforts, but from the source of sperm and egg.
And it’s not just about Bushes. Crony Capitalism is how Hillary Clinton got handed millions of dollars for delivering a series of short speeches to Wall Street, and it’s how a pisher like Chelsea Clinton, a woman with no commensurate work or life experience, manages to sit on multiple corporate Boards of Directors.  Did you know about this? Few do, for when proud parents Bill and Hillary gush about their daughter in campaign speeches, they somehow never mention her being on Boards of Directors.  All we hear of is… Chelsea’s child who was, yes, born on third base.
Look: Chelsea Clinton sits on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the “Of Many Institute” at NYU.
She’s also on the board of a conglomerate called IAC meaning she’s a Director of:
About.com
Ask.com
Vimeo
The Daily Beast (which covers mommy’s campaign)
Price Runner
…Among many other companies.

And Chelsea’s “experience”? As IAC notes in her corporate profile:
“Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital.  As Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea is a tireless advocate for the work of the Foundation.”
Then they list her college degrees.
Curiously missing from this rather skimpy resumé is any mention of Chelsea’s $600,000 a year no-show job with MSNBC.
Do the people who denounce Senator Bernie Sanders for having “no experience” hold a well-connected lightweight like Chelsea Clinton to the same standard?
As far as experience goes, I am willing to bet that…
MORE THAN HALF THE PEOPLE ON MY FACEBOOK FRIEND LIST HAVE SUPERIOR, MORE IMPRESSIVE, MORE ACCOMPLISHED WORK HISTORIES.
Are they on a laundry list of corporate Boards?

Is America a Meritocracy? 

Hardly.
Privileged Persons like Chelsea Clinton bear witness to the 
scandalous truth: We live in an aristocratic kleptocracy. Most people work their asses off for little reward (51% of us make less than $30k) while a few have it made for no justifiable reason. In exchange for attending just a few meetings per year and signing, here and there, a few documents they rarely even read, Board members pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from each board they sit on. And “sit” is what they do for the rest of the time, by the pool, on a horse, or on a yacht, as the checks come rolling in…
 
Lolling Off Sardinia with Hedge Fund Hubby in a Much Needed Break From The Toils of CRONY CAPITALISM

Chelsea Lolling on a Yacht, Off Sardinia, with Her Hedge Fund Hubby During a Needed Break From The Tough Toils of CRONY CAPITALISM

The men and women of the New York City’s Sanitation Department, dedicated workers who toil day in, day out collecting the City’s trash… people who perform one of the most important and dangerous jobs in any city… make less money in a whole year of backbreaking labor than Hillary Clinton scooped up for 20 minutes of palaver in front of Goldman Sachs executives. When Hillary served as Secretary of State, Crony Capitalism went into over-drive as Bill Clinton’s speaking fees tripled, and their daughter suddenly – miraculously! – became the Board Room’s newest “must-have” accessory. To this day, Chelsea Clinton remains the fuzzy dice of Wall Street. Why? What’s she done in life to merit this?


Does anyone seriously believe Chelsea Clinton EARNED her way into these highly-lucrative sinecures?
Will the Sanitation workers see such a future for their own daughters?

Is This The America We Want or Need?
CRONY CAPITALISM is THE issue of our time.
All injustices of the system stem from this callous looting of The American Dream. 
Don’t let the very people who benefit from rigging the system masquerade as populists every four years to get your vote – even as they steal the future from your children and hand it to theirs on a silver salver, not as a reward for accomplishment or hard work but as a “royal” birthright.

Do not buy their over-the-top scare tactics about terrorism or about how your life will immediately collapse if they themselves cannot be johnny-on-the-spot to nominate “caring,” “progressive” Supreme Court Justices. Other than as a tool of manipulation, they don’t give a damn about the Court – and if you don’t think SCOTUS is a crony capitalism whore-house look into their “vacations” and their spouse’s vocations.
And aside from the court, what are we to expect from the corporatist Crony Capitalist’s choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? EPA? The Education Department? These appointments have a greater effect on our day-to-day life than the Supreme Court does. Crony Capitalism is what poisoned the water in Flint. 

Clearly, CRONY CAPITALISM is THE issue of our time.

Remember this when Hillary Clinton’s campaign talks about “breaking down economic barriers” or equality and opportunities for “the children.”  Does she mean YOUR children?  Will your children have people lining up to offer them no-show 6-figure income jobs? Even as their daddy rakes in a taxpayer funded pension of $450,000 a year?

Don’t elect anybody from any party who’s in it for the sake of building a dynasty – even if it’s a dynasty gussied up as a “foundation.”

Look for candidates who live by the same rules you live by. 

America is supposed to belong to all of us, not just the entitled scions of a few money-grubbing families who have no goddamn idea what life is really like in modern America.

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

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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!
This is from the original 1940’s Ad:

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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:

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WAY TO CAUSE RETURN OF STOLEN PROPERTY!
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Wall Street Eats Its Own

October 3, 2015

NY Times reports on the deluge of suicides and mental breakdowns among Wall Street hot-shots.
Headline is: 

DEATHS DRAW ATTENTION TO WALL  STREET’S GRUELING PACE

and it is quite wrong.

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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Coming Soon: The Next Big FEAR!

February 21, 2015

Why is it that the American people bounce from one dire fear to another with the sheer velocity of a steel marble in a pinball machine? Our neighbors (not you and me, right?) spend their lives encased in an amniotic sack of terror. Be it commies, or drug-crazed hippies, or psycho-veterans home from ‘Nam, or China, or Iraq or Ebola or you name it – we always seem to be facing “the greatest threat ever” to our existence.

Remember the hysteria over Ebola Fever? Two people contracted that in America last summer. Two. People feared elevators, subways, theaters, SNEEZES… and today people STILL fear Ebola Fever. When that peaked… right on cue, came ISIS: “Americans believe that Isis poses the most serious threat to the United States in the next decade, according to a poll,” says the story. Last year almost nobody in the country even heard of ISIS. President Obama publicly dismissed them as the “Junior Varsity” of threats. But then along came the military industrial complex’s fear machine and now ISIS has replaced Ebola Fever as the greatest threat EVER to Americans. Even though ISIS has no interest in coming here, has no air force to get it here, and is getting its ass kicked around the middle east, America stands poised to go to war against them. Why? Because people are afraid. Just like the commies scared their parents and grandparents, Americans now fear, dread, and cower at the thought of ISIS. Home of he Brave? Yeah, right. This is the pattern. Something you never heard of before suddenly pops up as our greatest threat. And, well, does “Hook, Line, and Sinker” ring a bell? Behold the hysteria:

Combining two sets of fear tactics, Congressman Michael McCaul, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, said that ISIS is the “greatest national security threat since 9/11.” 

Mike Rogers, chair of the Intelligence Committee, said ISIS, “has the capability to tap people with Western passports to send them back to Europe and the United States for terrorist activity…” adding “This is as dangerous as it gets.

Senator Lindsey Graham said about the president, “I’m disappointed in the commander in chief for not addressing the threat that ISIL presents to the United States.” Of course to Graham everything that casts a shadow on his closet door is a threat. But you see how it works? Today, FEAR is the life-blood of American politics. It is how people are controlled. 

NEXT BIG THREAT

Eventually all the manufactured fears fade away, as evanescent as the bubbles in a bottle of cheap domestic champagne. Then out of nowhere, seemingly without warning, comes the Next Big Threat – and off we go again! So, what is poised to be the next threat? By next summer the next threat, I predict, will meld several old threats: Communism. Cuba. AIDS. Just as America stands ready to end the senseless and anachronistic embargo inflicted upon the teeny island of Cuba, we get THE CUBAN AIDS SUPERBUG!

“Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba: HIV to AIDS in three years”
That’s what the article screams. And it is picking up steam, sure to become the newest, latest, biggest single-biggest threat to America we have ever seen. And it will happen just in time to scare people away from that Cuban vacation so long denied the denizens of The Land of The Free. Just watch. It will be the terror of the Summer of 2015. And then it will morph into an actual war-threat: Commies from Cuba paid by ISIS will sneak across he borders on tippy-toes as they start a campaign of bedding down our wholesome American virgins. And what will Lindsey Graham say: “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.” Right on cue.

SO WHAT SHOULD WE FEAR?

Fear seems to be a deep-seated need in humans. Our senses developed to notice sudden moves that could be deadly predators. Like saber-toothed tigers. So we once needed these fears to stay alive. We spend fortunes on scary movies and scary rides in “amusement” parks. Those who whip up fake fears know this and use it to control us. When we fear we don’t think. We get into fight/flight. And i goes without saying that the last thing most politicians want is a public that thinks. So they manufacture fears.
So to feed the need for fear, and to “vaccinate” you against the parade of faux fears which will certainly continue unabated, I herewith give you a real fear, free of charge. If you crave something to be afraid of, try this out for size: As I have watched the fears come and go over the decades, I have often wondered why people fail to recognize the real threats. Why do they fear something like Ebola, which has killed one person here (and he contracted it elsewhere) or the Soviet Union – yet they do not fear the biggest killer in all human history. In a nutshell: WHY DON’T AMERICANS FEAR DRIVING?
The latest numbers show that traffic “accidents” kill 92 Americans PER DAY. We have a staggering 11,000,000 traffic accidents per year. We’re talking 32,000 accidents PER DAY. Yet who thinks twice about pulling into traffic? Last year people were terrified to get into an elevator, lest they contract Ebola Fever – which was an impossibility. Remember, only two people contracted the disease in America, and both were healthcare workers who tended people who had the illness. Both survived. Yet people panicked and – based on nothing but fear – decided that the risk of getting Ebola Fever in a commuter train was so terrifying that they DROVE THEIR CARS INSTEAD, which is demonstrably a HUGE risk to life and limb. Hell, damn near everyone knows someone who was killed or injured by a car. I have known several – including a tailor who was crushed when a car crashed through the wall of the building in which she sat sewing. So why don’t people fear the REAL threat, traffic? Because to fear traffic would impoverish too many rich people. So we are sold cars as a) giving us freedom and b) giving us love. Look at the way cars are advertised. Cars crush people, operating them enrages people, they pollute the air, the fuel they burn causes international wars, and people go into massive debt just to own one when most people do not even need one. Millions of people each day clog the roads with cars schlepping one person from here to there. And nearly 100 a day, every day, will die because of them. But we don’t fear them. Does this make sense?

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Of course not! Yet the fact remains that irrational fears come and go, driven by a media that exists and thrives on selling these fears. But we never get drilled in fearing cars. Car sales run the economy. Their ads contribute billions to the corporate media. Over $665 per car is spent on advertising. Through ads, car driving gives the illusion of freedom even though THEY ARE THE BIGGEST DAILY THREAT WE FACE. And we face this threat without a second thought. Think about that, and ask yourself why we fear something that is no threat to us, like Ebola or ISIS or Iran, yet we give no thought to the biggest threat we face every single day. Who is doing this to you and why do they do it?

FREE YOURSELF FROM FEAR

Whipping up fear to manipulate people, and milk them for all they are worth, is nothing new. It was the basis of the “lighthearted” show The Music Man. I often point out one show stopping number from that show to illustrate all we need to know about politics today. Take 4 minutes to see how it works:

Fun, right?
LISTEN: You do not need to live in a state of fear, and certainly not a series of never-ending fears instilled in you by people who will profit from that fear, as we saw in that movie clip. Learn how to break the shackles of fear. Almost 100 years ago, in 1919 during the time of the Bolshevik Panic that swept America, a book appeared. UNMASKING FEAR details the grip in which fear holds us and what we can do about it. History shows us that FEAR is still a prime method of control. If you suddenly fear something that you never heard of, ask yourself why? How did you come to fear this? Who told you to? What is in it for them? And read this book. I wrote the new introduction which puts it into historical context. As we go from fear to fear every few months, who can people be expected to relax and dwell on the historical precedents from 100 years ago? If you have had enough… If you don’t want to be victimized by an unending stream of irrational fears, this is the book for you. One warning: Don’t let anyone scare you away from this book. They try. Don’t let them succeed. Click the image to get a copy of this small, yet liberating volume.

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You Can Live Forever…

November 30, 2014
The Return of a Classic!

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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!

What Is A Coward? WHO Is A Coward?

August 14, 2014

RB500xlWith  the “news” that Robin Williams had gotten a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, we are sure to see an uptick in television conservatives calling Williams a coward. I will deal with Mr. WIlliams and cowardice in a moment, but first, what about these conservatives? With an average of 108 recognized suicides a day in America, why has this one gotten their goat? Rich people killing themselves places a spotlight on the deficiencies of capitalism. These things prove that money does not necessarily solve all our problems. Nevertheless, wealth and fame are the new American dream, replacing the simple home, job and family. People with no shot at attaining either wealth or fame, still waste their lives chasing them. So when people who do have wealth and fame kill themselves, it seriously deranges those who worship those twin goals. To them, the act is at once incomprehensible and threatening to everything they hold dear. They don’t see that people like Robin Williams or Phillip Seymour Hoffman are just people like anyone else. They happen to have a bit more money and many folks knew who they were… But they are/were just people.
Now: What is the NUMBER ONE FEAR of the American people? Public speaking. Needless to say, Robin Williams, like all comedians, conquered that one. He may have had jitters. He may have even experienced stage-fright. But the point is HE DID IT ANYWAY. Courage does not lie in being fearless. That is foolhardy. Courage, the opposite of cowardice, is displayed when you do anyway that which you fear. Williams starred in many Hollywood movies and TV shows. His résumé is a huge list. When he worked, millions upon millions of dollars and THOUSANDS of jobs hung in the balance. And he always showed up. He did the work. That shows more than just courage. That also proves RESPONSIBILITY. 
Comedians are like the heavyweight boxers of show business. That’s how Uncle DIrty describes it. You stand there alone, you and the audience, and you fight it out. You. Alone. Nobody to help you. Just YOU and a room full of people saying SHOW ME WHAT YOU’VE GOT! Think you can do that night after night, year in year out? Especially in the beginning of your career when, let’s face it, you suck at it? Even boxers don’t endure the onslaught of failure that a comic must face in order to learn the craft. That brutal learning period can go on for many years. You think Shepherd Smith of FOX “news” can do that? Hardly. Yet he called Williams a coward and then lacked the courage to say, “Yeah, I did that. I called him that. So?” Instead Smith copped out by saying he didn’t mean it and, employing the all-purpose dodge of the conservative who gets caught, he whined: “my comment was taken out of context.” Robin Williams DEAD has more courage than Shepherd Smith alive. 
Comedians are, by definition, brave. We, who populated the comedy scene when it was hot, knew one comic who, on the way to the laundry, ran into a burning building to rescue people. Another, traveling to a gig, was in a train that derailed. Thrown from the train, he rushed back to help pull people out of the twisted wreckage. Would the junkie Rush Limbaugh do that? Ha! He doesn’t even have the guts to stick out a marriage. Williams married twice and both were long-term relationships. Limbaugh couldn’t make it more than a few years for HALF his marriages… And Williams is “a quitter”? A “Coward”? No. What he was and continues to be, is a self-actualized person who lived on his own terms, And THAT scares the hell out of the rigid, conformist, “OBEY OR ELSE!” wing of the conservative community. They are the cowards. Need more proof? Show me any one of them who called Williams a coward WHILE WILLIAMS WAS ALIVE and did so to his face. Good luck with that. I spit on these vultures. And I would do it in person, too, because that is easy. I was a stand-up comic in New York CIty and friends, that takes guts.
LATE UPDATE: Reports have come in that Rush Limbaugh is retracting his comments denouncing Williams. Well OF COURSE he’s retracting the comments. They served their purpose. He got media attention. And that is all it was about. He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Williams. His comments were a way to latch on to a story that’s world-wide news and tear off a bit of that attention for himself. He doesn’t mean ANYTHING he says. He’s all about regaining his audience so he can get sponsors to come back and so he says anything that will focus attention on his big fat deaf head. He is in the shit-house and will soon be off radio. And he knows it.

Book Publication TAROT READING SPECIAL!!! Price SLASHED BY A THIRD!!

May 27, 2014

book and disc copy

To celebrate the publication of my new
Tarot Book/CD set,
I am SLASHING THE PRICE OF A FULL READING
(up to 30 minutes!) by ONE THIRD!

This book presents a look at the Tarot complete with a CD of actual LIVE tarot readings.
Told in an informal, humorous style that is my trademark, the book delves into the nuts & bolts of Tarot Card reading. Along with my original text, this large sized paperback includes two classic works on the Tarot.

This book offers a unique insight into the world of Tarot. What it is. How it works.
What it can do for you… How to become a reader yourself.
Signed by The Author! Fully Illustrated!

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It’s Official! 51% of Americans are Idiots!

November 18, 2013

The whole idea of America being a Christian nation is floating around again. Never mind the Constitution (see shocking numbers below) and forget the famous Treaty of Tripoli which says, in part,  “…the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”.  The religious nuts are at it again.

Treaty_of_Tripoli_as_communicated_to_Congress_1797

Folks… the last time thousands of religious people got together to form a utopian christian society… we got Jonestown. 

These christers  are deluded and dangerous. They are not kind, loving people by and large; they are scared angry people who think there is a dead rabbi coming to kill all the nonbelievers. They are without doubt the American Taliban.

The SOFA Study

Here is what triggered this: Did you know that a recent study by the First Amendment Center found, among other things, that 51% of Americans truly believe that the Constitution says we are a Christian nation? They don’t know what is in the Constitution; they BELIEVE what they think should be there. Contrary to  what these dimwits believe, our Constitution is not a faith-based scrap of paper. We are talking about people so ignorant and lazy that they don’t know the constitution separates church and state (which was a radical innovation in its day), and even says, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Lest you think that these 51% are conservative, a notoriously stupid and willfully ignorant crowd, the study shows that 67% percent of conservatives, 49% of moderates and 33% of liberals agree that the Constitution established a Christian nation. Liberals! A third of them!

We, the sane people of the world, need to do something about the deluded ignorant saps who live among us. They are ruining the world for the rest of us. Christians are supposed to HEAL sick people, not take away healthcare or make a profit from medicines while bankrupting people. Christians are supposed to FEED poor people, not slash food stamps to let people starve to death while bailing out the rich. Would a christian nation allow the Federal Reserve to GIVE Wall Street $85 Billion a month??? No, and here is proof: According to the Acts of the Apostles, Christians are supposed to be COMMUNISTS sharing everything to people according to their need, not money-grubbing capitalists who would throw you out of your home for a dollar (see post below if you don’t believe me.) Christians are supposed to love people, not love SHOOTING and BOMBING people and invade nations with drone guided missiles. Christians are not supposed to hate… Well, this is the reality of American christers today. They are greedy, selfish, cruel, violent people who slash benefits for poor people and do so with a grin. So by America’s actions alone, it is as clear as a country stream that America is NOT a Christian nation. Given the actions of christers, I say… thank god!