Friday, September 26, 2014

Is America Ready For Another Liar in the White House?

I think the record is clear. The only 2 times that George H.W. Bush told the truth was the night he declared that alcoholism and addiction were diseases, undoing the myth that they had to do with character of the addicted person, AND - when he made the famous quote: "Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.”
One son ruined our economy, our national discourse, our faith in government, and pretty much anything he touched, including our faith in anything Republican. He lied to get us into two wars to support his family and friends in the military industrial complex and still thinks it's humorous that we let him get away with it. The humorous part is that so many ignorant and uninformed Americans believe that all of his ills were part of the Obama administration, although they didn't start work in office until 2009, after all those things happened, under the watchful eyes of G.W. Bush. He was elected by the Supreme Court after voter fraud by his brother and the guys who hacked the Florida voting machines failed.
Most of the country quit using Diebold voting machines after the Rove/Bush team got away with hacking them twice, once in 2000 and again in 2004. And the son who was governor of Florida, fighting desperately for his brother to get into the White House, by any means necessary, Jeb Bush. Here are some links explaining what kind of honesty he has:
Jeb Bush Lying:

http://thinkprogress.org/special/2013/03/05/1672941/jeb-bush-disagrees-with-his-own-book-hours-after-its-published/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/jeb-bush-pathway-to-citzenship_n_2810746.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=030513&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FeatureTitle&utm_term=Daily+Brief


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/27/jeb-bush-vatican-embassy_n_4352621.html

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/11/29/jeb-bush-embraces-obama-conspiracy-theory/

Ted Cruz and Ham

We wouldn't buy Ted Cruz and Ham,
Seperately or in a can,

About his reputation he doesn't give a damn,
Delusional he thinks I am,

If he believes that I buy his lies,
He must believe I'm not real wise,

He thinks we are all morons, true,
He believes we care what he wants to do,

He thinks we don't know his only agenda,
Is to obstruct any progress through constant referenda,

His only days in congress should end,
My deepest implorement I wish to send,

To all of you who are voters in Texas,
Recall him before his brain cells form a nexus,

And he figures out like John McCain did,
You can get the job for life - if you act like you're brain dead.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Let's Just Move On

This is in response to the article in "The New Yorker" by Andy Borowitz, entitled, "Largest Climate-Change March in History Unlikely to Convince Idiots", which is, unfortunately, quite true, despite the fact that Mr Borowitz, a very funny writer and author, is making light of the situation.  http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/largest-climate-change-march-history-unlikely-convince-idiots?
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) once said, “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
I contend that the time to allow ignorant people to debate the climate change facts (or for that matter, any facts) is long over. There is no greater proof of the quote by Isaac Asimov about the culture of ignorance in the United States than, the supposed debate over climate change. As I have posted that quote repeatedly whenever I am faced with the wilful ignorance of regressives, and it goes,
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' "
The same people who insist that "Critical thinking is against God's will." need to be ignored and we need to move on.
Here is my suggestion:
We need about 4 states to start with - that go completely green energy so the rest of the nation can see how easy it is and then they will eventually follow suit. The American progressives never before have waited for the stupid of our society to understand. We just went ahead and changed and waited for the dinosaurs that call themselves conservatives (but are actually regressives) to eventually stare at the floor, and instead of admitting they were wrong, sheepishly follow along and then, eventually, try to act like it was their idea all along.
Here is what I have done in the past. I acted like they gave me an idea through misquoting something they said, that was similar to the actual truth. I thanked them for their idea and said I would have never thought of it myself. Then I watched and waited as they returned to their usual smug attitude and acted like they were superior, since that is what they think anyway. But, and this is the point I wish to make here, I didn't wait for them to understand, I just acted like I assumed they already did understand, making them have to regroup in order to keep from admitting they were wrong and losing face in their own minds because that is the whole reason that they about new ideas to begin with, because they think they already have all the answers. It isn't their fault, they have been indoctrinated to believe that and therefore lack critical thinking skills, because if you think you already have all the answers, why would you bother to seek for truth in new and unknown avenues in the world? 

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Political Epidemic - The Wrong Wing

I wish to address something that I am really feeling tonight, a certain soul sickness that comes from being ignored and watching other people live in a state of oblivion or willful ignorance. I live in the state of Arizona (hence my psuedonym) where many people are SO SICK OF not sick from, our news service whose name wreaks of the idiocy one might call dog whistle political language. One of the main reasons other states consider us insane in Arizona, is because of the way our newspaper tries to "Frame The Issues" that are vital to this country. The name is "The Arizona Republic". They also own several other news sources including on the web, such as AZCentral.com .
This news paper (advocacy journalism under the guise of editorial, instead of actual news), for God's sake, endorses John McCain every midterm, over and over, despite the fact that he has been wrong repeatedly.
They might as well go back to the original name, which was, The Arizona Republican. That was Mr. Pulliam. Let me give you a little history for those of you who are not old natives like myself, and/or haven't followed the paper's political history.
From their own website, "...Debuting May 19, 1890, as The Arizona Republican, the newspaper was created as a sounding board to challenge the biased political beliefs of the established Arizona newspapers.  (They have always been extreme Right Wing Advocacy News, not reporting what we say, but telling us what to think.) Because of political challenges, Governor Lewis Wolfley and his attorney general, Clark Churchill, supported the creation of a newspaper providing a balance of political viewpoints and ideals. (NO they didn't! Wolfley spent so much time infighting for Republican extremism, it led to his resignation. Read the Wikipedia profile on him, from the link above.)
The Republican brought news of a busy, changing world to the Arizona Territory and covered the founding of Phoenix as the third and permanent capital of the Arizona Territory in 1889. From infancy to adulthood, Phoenix and The Republic matured together to establish a standard for community, commercial and political support and involvement.
From the beginning, the focus of the newspaper was to make the Arizona Territory a better place to live. (For rich people and corporations.) The fight for statehood, achieved in 1912, was one of the newspaper's greatest victories.
Since 1915, the newspaper has been the largest-circulation newspaper in Arizona. 
(The name change:) The Arizona Republican ceased to exist when it was renamed The Arizona Republic on Nov. 11, 1930. Six days later, its owners bought the Phoenix Evening Gazette (later named The Phoenix Gazette) and the Arizona Weekly Gazette (now the Arizona Business Gazette).
(Then the real Republican strong arming begins.)
Pulliam buys the newspapers
On Oct. 25, 1946, Eugene C. Pulliam, one of the last of the self-made newspaper publishers, bought The Arizona Republic, The Phoenix Gazette and the Arizona Weekly Gazette for $4 million. Pulliam then organized the three newspapers into Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., a subsidiary of Central Newspapers, Inc., based in Indianapolis, Ind.
(I met some of the old Linotype operators who were coming to me to learn lithographic printing press operation in the eighties. They said Pulliam would meet face to face with his employees 2 times a year. He would walk up and shake their hands, slipping them a crisp new 50 dollar bill as their Christmas Bonus. The other time was election day, when he would shake their hand as they went out the door to walk to the polls downtown and told each one of them to vote Republican.) 
During the 1960s, The Republic continued its focus on improving Arizona when the newspaper fought for clean air. In the 1970s, the newspaper exposed fraud in the sale of desert land by people connected to organized crime.
Recently, the Republic, once again, endorse John McCain for Senate.  This is a senator who has been consistently wrong on every issue since I can remember, and when he is proved wrong, he changes sides, and instead of apologizing for being wrong, he goes right ahead as if the wrong position was always what he was against and keeps stating the right position as if that was what he said all along. 
Years ago, during the days of the late Reverend James Falwell, I started calling his flock that called themselves the "Religious Right" what they truly are, "the religious wrong".
Today I wish to ask you all to continue the trend that is sweeping (exaggeration there) Facebook (maybe slowly), and instead of calling those on the right "The Right Wing", I suggest we continue with the new term that will degrade and perhaps make them quit using apples and oranges terms to describe fearfulness, hate, and bigotry, and call them what they truly have become, "The Wrong Wing".
Thank You, and...
Have a wonderful day, night, or anytime,
Arizona Mildman

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Truly Entitled"

I just saw a meme on Facebook which I immediately wish to give the author and poster, credit for, this wasn't my idea but I want to explain in my own words, for anyone who doesn't understand, just what it means to me. Here is the Header and Meme:



First, for those who aren't aware completely what the term fascism really means, then, I would defer to the writing "The Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism" by Dr. Lawrence Britt, and please read the first  three closely, as it refers to the Meme's intent posted above. They are,
"...1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc."
which all are rampant in Republican campaign speak, read it yourself, all the time they spend trying to say (Number 3) that the president or anyone else they oppose isn't "the right kind" of person, eligible through birth, etc. (While backing Ted Cruz who isn't eligible to be president through the Natural Born Citizens Act.), like them, to represent them because they want to get reelected, so they champion themselves as the defenders of the constitution while tramping all over it, trying to deny half the population the right to vote. The polite term is disenfranchised, but the correct term is "screwed over by corrupt legislators".
AND, does anyone remember the stink they raised the first time Barack Obama stepped onto the national stage and wasn't wearing an American Flag Lapel Pin? (See number one.)
That is truly what the "entitlement" programs are and they are for the ones who consider themselves "aristocracy" and entitled, while calling anyone with an education that doesn't buy their bullshit, "the elite".
As I said to someone who asked recently, they are SELF DELUSIONAL. They delude themselves into believing that they are truly more than human (They believe this because they are told that they are "the right kind of" religion, skin color, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. by leaders of the "aristocracy societies".)  instead of what they say, which is that others are less than human. And, as we all know by now, what delusional means... de·lu·sion·al [dih-loo-zhuh-nl] adjective maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness (Which means the present form of "conservatism" is a form of mental illness and there is no treatment for that illness that doesn't require that they, the sick ones, be confronted on their sickness instead of allowed to continue being crazy by using the rationalization that "They are entitled to their opinion" because hate and loathing are emotional responses, not opinions. Just like the diseases of alcoholism and addiction, being able to function and becoming successful in their own community, doesn't keep one from being ill. The disease knows no boundaries.) Then they repeat completely ignorant ideas and smile and act like they expect everyone to smile and nod agreement while most of us are shaking our heads and wondering what the hell they are thinking.
The supposed conservative news stations and conservative editorialists are nothing more than news trolls who spread hate and loathing and unrest in the United States for their own profit's sake. Remember, the next time you hear your crazy neighbor or relative spouting this stupidity, let them know in no uncertain terms, "That isn't opinion, that is hate and loathing."
Thank You,
Have a wonderful day,
The Arizona Mildman

Friday, August 15, 2014

Superstition and Ignorance

Today I am asking something new of everyone who reads this. Please educate yourself in what is going on in the world and decide what effects you. Please, from a standpoint of being knowledgeable, make informed decisions based on your own research. And the second part of this is, DO NOT let other people who believe in superstition and fear let their thinking have even the slightest bit of respect being shown by you because when you do, you are condoning ignorance and superstition and right now we can't let ourselves allow that. We must insist on education of everything in science and nature to be a matter of public record and not allow anything to distract from that. 
In the spectrum of everyone else's lives, we must deal with all societies and the evolution of knowledge. A society, as defined in the dictionary, is: "... an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes."  That is where psychologists and sociologists differ. Only one of them takes into account that a society is not the giant microcosm of people on the planet but is a small organized group. So, we live in a mixture of many societies that all supposedly have to live, as it also says in another part of the dictionary, as "...a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members" (as in American society.).
I refer once again to the quote from Isaac Asimov, the science fiction writer and philosopher (See what Ayn Rand started?) that goes: "“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
What Asimov didn't define was what types of ignorance that he was talking about. I contend that in our lives, we have to be the ones to live this life to the best of our abilities and that would include the parts about "community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for it's members." 
In order to do that successfully we must become a national entity and that is intolerable about ignorance being touted as something worthwhile or to respect. We must wipe the ignorant while dangerous quote from our vocabulary that says,  "You have a right to your opinion." Ignorant opinions can kill. But some people imply that opinion and knowledge are the same thing. That myth must be debunked. That is incorrect because if your opinion is based on ignorance or superstitions (no matter if the superstitions are supported by numbers of people) instead of knowledge, then it is worthless. That implies that any society contains members who unanimously agree on everything and that is incorrect, as well. So, how do we define the proper way to look at things? What is the bottom line?
Ignorance and superstitions, of any kind, are not worthy of being respected as opinions for that exact reason.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

There Isn't An Immigration Debate

OK, there really isn't a real debate over illegal aliens because the only people who actually make the law who talk about it are LYING. As long as this state is run by the GOP it will NOT EVER CHANGE and even though the Latino population is in the majority here, they are either afraid or too lazy to vote. They aren't the only ones too lazy to vote. In 2010, when President Obama was first looking that the second year his first term, voted in by YOUNG PEOPLE who didn't understand how laws are made. Those same young people didn't get off their asses and vote during the midterms because they didn't realize that voting for a progressive president only works when you vote for progressive legislators AS WELL. 
First, I love being the one to say this time, Arizona is NOT the craziest state in the United States. They are crazy but that is because the voters here sit on their asses. Some of the laws and the subsequent LAW MAKERS who legislated that nonsense ARE or WERE CRAZY. Why? Because Arizonans voted a bunch of morons into office because of their campaign promises on issues which we now know are non-issues? Only partially, the main reason is that the people who don't want crazy running the state, didn't bother to go vote. That begs the question, where is the real debate on "Immigration"? Which also begs to be answered, "Only in an election year and it is only another non-issue that politicians can't do anything about without being an IDIOT." 
Another thing is, this question: "When did breaking the law become acceptable?" Activists have done that for ages, but only when the law was so unfair that they knew they would get a group of fans who wouldn't let them stay in jail. For instance, the Civil Rights movement and the Freedom Marchers who went to jail, had dogs and firehouses turned on them, some of them were hanged, but they knew they were right and finally the country caved. They broke NO LAWS or even presented a violent defense against these atrocities, knowing that someday, their ancestors wouldn't have to live in the anti-humane manner most of them had been treated like. 
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862used to go to jail every year because the state of Massachusetts wouldn't abolish slavery. He was the first American active tax strike activist towards his own government. He was also the local school teacher. Every year the townspeople would pay his taxes, he would be released from jail, and he would yell at them for paying the taxes, asking them in earnest, "Don't you realize that I am trying to make a statement?"  
He wrote that he found it humorous that he was being fed, clothed, and housed in a stone cubicle, all paid for by other people's taxes, for not being responsible enough to pay HIS taxes. He was protesting against something that was unfair and was willing to suffer for it. Eventually the majority agreed and slavery was abolished but that was a long while and a civil war afterwards. 
The solution? When you see something that is unfair, change the law. How do you do that? Write to your politicians and tell them to change it. If they don't change it, elect new politicians when their term is over OR just recall them. BUT, if you are smart, you will make sure you are asking for something that is doable and not just some whiny one issue problem that you have championed and that isn't a matter of it being a political hoax that some politicians toss around at election time, like "family values" and "right to life", that those same politicians never really do anything about but use to get elected every end of their term. 
I would also hasten to mention that in ANY country in the world, if you show up a refugee, then, they have laws and departments to deal with you when you are fleeing oppression or torture. But, if you try to illegally enter without permission and a visa, you are thrown in jail, if you live through the arrest by the border patrol. I mention that last part because if you drive past the border towns in Mexico, which most people don't, they will see that there is a checkpoint guarded by the Federales. IF you don't have a visa, they will tell you to turn around. If you resist they just kill you. Yes, shoot you to death. BUT, when they escape into our country illegally, some have started saying because some poet named Emma Lazarus wrote a poem entitled the "Other Colossus" about the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island that was auctioned off merely to pay for the stand the plaque, sanctioned by the "Arts Commission" of New York could be placed on the statue. In other words, it wasn't even legally put there by anyone but the Art Commission and has NOTHING TO DO WITH United Stated immigration laws, SO STOP BRINGING IT UP AS AN EXCUSE TO BREAK THE LAW. This law, I might add is something that we have developed whole departments to enforce (ICE, Homeland Security, Customs and Immigration, etc.). 
NOW, when Joe Arpaio enforces our immigration laws, he isn't being an asshole, he is being a sheriff. He is enforcing the laws of Arizona that Arizona citizens seem to approve of because they voted for the people who wrote them. IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE LAW, THEY NEED TO HAVE IT CHANGED, YOU DON'T JUST BITCH AT THE GUY THAT YOU HIRED, WHOSE JOB IT IS TO ENFORCE THE LAW. 
AND WHEN IT COMES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS, They are NOT immigrants. Immigrants MIGRATE into other countries through the use of immigration laws and application for citizenship. And the media magic rationalizing term some use (made up by lawyers for the press), UNDOCUMENTED, is nonsense. They didn't lose their paperwork. They were born in undesirable conditions and thought they would be better off illegally crossing into the United States. Most of them, despite the rhetoric of most politicians and slave labor traffickers, don't want to become American citizens, they just want to work or steal here and then send the money home, tax free. For those of you who want to argue that YOU BELIEVE they are paying income taxes, I have two things to say, beyond just the fact that you are GULLIBLE.
A) I have talked to many of them and they are the ones who don't care about laws. They were raised in a land where whatever you want to do ILLEGAL is okay as long as you pay the police before you break the law. So they expect to act the same way here. THEY KNEW THEY WERE COMMITTING AN INTERNATIONAL FELONY WHEN THEY CAME HERE AND DECIDED TO BE A FELON. To those of you want that here, let them live in your house, in your neighborhood, etc. for two weeks and I guarantee most of you will change your minds.
B) Any of them could have applied for immigration status and become citizens legally. Ronald Reagan even provided a gateway for amnesty for hundreds of thousands (who would have been able to help bring more in) and they REFUSED to go the legal route. And the other myths about them wanting to be a citizen: They don't take jobs no one else wants. I have worked in those jobs myself for years (everything from picking fruit to construction in the Arizona) and they take those jobs because they can and they don't get charged income taxes. To do that one has to have a Social Security Number and they can't get one of those without committing Identity Theft, another felony. 
So, if you want open borders with every low life, drug trafficker, human trafficker, and terrorist walking straight into the U.S. to do more damage on us than we already have, change the law. But I don't think the majority of Americans, given the real circumstances that are laid out by reality and history, are going to go along with it. You aren't the champion of civil and human rights violations, you are the rationalizing agents of Felons. Congratulations, you finally got suckered by someone smarter than you, and they are the illegal trafficking business outlying community. They are the lawyers, the traffickers, and the people (including contractors) who illegally hire these people for shit wages, basically conducting a slave trade. They play both sides of the law so they don't get arrested. They get the most liberal minded part of our society to look the other way on their illegal slave trade and trafficking for that trade, while whining that they are being put upon for providing refuge for these poor "immigrants". They pocket the money, praying every second that you never listen and change the law, because if you did, several things would happen. All the worst elements would come through the border and the people who they are now able to control would legally have to right to work for a decent wage with benefits. Some of the worst elements of our society would move next door to them and they REALLY after all those years of dealing with "those people" don't want that. And the main reason they don't want that, IS ... that it would cut them out of the picture altogether.
And YOU aren't being liberal when you ask for amnesty and open borders, you are being a dupe and making real liberals look stupid.