Friday, June 17, 2016

My Review Of LA Fitness On Bell Road in Glendale

Let me preface this with, "I am probably not considered normal for a gym member."  I used to lift weights with serious body builders and power lifters, BUT, can't do everything I did anymore because of an injury coupled with my age (stuff doesn't heal like it used to). I am used to gyms with weights and benches and guys, with the exception of a few ladies, where they get done WHILE having a conversation (not standing around even when exercising or stopping to talk) and so I am spoiled. I should mention here that many big public "membership" commercial gyms are the same way. I am used to going in, getting my routine done, then relax and chill out in the sauna afterwards. I guess I have a certain idea of what a gym is. It isn't a place to visit, pickup someone, hang out talking for hours, or do anything but a planned set of exercises and get a shower and go home. I listen to music without letting it interrupt my workout. I don't carry my cell phone with me while working out.
I am somewhat "disgruntled" and I know it, because,... I am one of the castaways from the merger/sell out of 24 Hour Fitness with LA Fitness.
We were told nothing would change. Then they changed our hours. Then they closed our gym. Those are big monumental changes. That also means we were lied to. We had a nice gym that was kind of crowded during certain hours but you didn't have to go during the busy time because they were open 24 hours. I LIKED THAT.
I have to drive only about a mile further, BUT, now there are two gyms worth of people crammed into one gym because you can't come in late, so they are all in each other's way most of the afternoon/evening. There is no time limit on equipment as there is in many gyms, so there are people there who 1) don't really come to exercise (they pick one machine or piece of equipment and set it with almost no weight and use it for hours - because they think not really exercising or pretending to try is cool, while everyone else waits to use that machine) , 2) can't really exercise because they are too out of shape and need to stop eating as much as well as work their way up by riding a bicycle or go on the lifecycle or eliptical (cardio) before using weight machines, or 3) people who are new to exercise and can't understand that your phone/mp3 player adjustments shouldn't interrupt your machine usage time WHILE PEOPLE ARE WAITING IN LINE.
Some people are just selfish pigs, then you have the ignorant and loud people (usually the same egomaniacs) who have to yell at each other from one to two feet away like someone who is overly intoxicated, partially deaf, or just stupid. NO matter what the reason it is just rude, not cool. Most serious people doing exercise like to concentrate, not listen to someone make noise unnecessarily, and we know they are insecure and crave attention, SO,  they should go to a bar. Bars are full of people like that.
Some people can easily see that they have a whole place full of equipment but they would rather exercise on the stairs, the middle of the aisle where everyone is trying to walk. or use the machines as a gathering/chatting place/ or leaning post/stool OR to do calisthenics that they should actually be doing at home - while people wait in line to get done with their exercise routine. They actually have 2 large mats at this gym, in areas big enough for everyone who wants to do calisthenics to do so, but they would rather impress people by stopping their routine, while blocking the floor area walkway, and taking time away from using the machine we are all waiting for. This type also, usually spends about a half hour to 45 minutes 'admiring themselves in the mirror' in the locker room, also.
I know this is hard to believe but, ...
The really stupid people use a blow dryer meant for people's hair to dry off instead of using a towel. (What an a**hole!) It causes their own personal flood zone on the floor that all of us have to walk on, and wastes time, making excessive noise.
I like to relax when I get through working out, but there is always someone in the spa area who either thinks the spa is for exercising (when there is a whole gym out there), making all the wood benches creak and groan constantly or someone listening to music that doesn't seem to realize the rest of us can't hear it, and that his/her drumming on the wood benches (while trying to relax in the heat) is vibrating through everyone else's butt and feet and it isn't musical, it is just AGGRAVATING AND ANNOYING!
A gym isn't where people are supposed to go to hook up - it is where you go to exercise and go home. If you meet someone of the opposite sex or want to stand/sit around bulls**ting, go to Starbucks or a singles bar, they are designed for that purpose.
I have been to U-Fit and one of the best things they have there is their target training exercise room with a timer that tells you to move on. The time limit on machines (not free weights) in most gyms, is supposed to be 20 MINUTES, MAXIMUM. That doesn't mean that you are supposed to show up with a group of 3 to four people and monopolize the machines/weights (The dumbass excuse, "But we each get twenty minutes, right?"), that is bullying and ego maniacal 'Only Guy On Earth Syndrome'.
And while I am on the subject of exercise machine etiquette, if you walk away from a machine for several minutes, then, you can't walk up to whoever is actually trying to work out and go home, and say, "I was using that," because OBVIOUSLY, you weren't, you were standing around bull**ting or using other equipment, which means you moved on. Here is the bottom line on that, ...
etc. don't save your place on a machine you already left. Just like in the supermarket, the people who think putting their cart in line, telling the person behind them to save their place, while they finish their shopping, is waiting their turn, and IT ISN'T, YOU SELFISH A**HOLE!
But LA Fitness wants to market themselves as a meeting place (Meat Market) where they have classes and personalized trainers for a fee, and everyone else is on their own with no rules or discipline. Therefore, it has become a point of interest for the rude and selfish egomaniacs.
ONE MORE THING, When you go to a gym, the more noise you make while exercising is annoying, there is a thing called concentration and if you are groaning, screaming, moaning, or yelling at your friends or the pain of trying to exercise with too much weight, there is no one keeping score, so you don't extra "exercise points" or sound like someone who accomplished something/is trying harder, You are merely an obviously insecure person, like most loud people, begging for attention. STFU!
And we pay for the privilege to be treated like this! (SMH) And whistling in the locker room because you never went to gym class in school, and are trying to act like you aren't nervous getting undressed/naked in front of other men/women is REALLY OBVIOUS as well as annoying. Are you that overjoyed to see another person naked? IF NOT, STFU, PLEASE! 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Reaction To the Recent Orlando Shootings

I can understand two things about this. Some people are going to say that guns are the problem but I believe that is a simplification of the truth. I never thought I would say this but in that instance, the gun used was not the problem, the shooter was.
The problem for me is simply this, discrimination is discrimination. Bigotry, even wrapped in prayer and a stack of bibles, is still bigotry. The fact that religious and political leaders use hate speech to demonize an enemy that they have scapegoated, is right in line with the agenda of any type of fascist right wing society. Anyone who continues to do that, in my opinion, should be rounded up and charged with conspiring to commit hate crimes and being complicit in homicide previous to the fact and therefore instigating murder. When they are all sitting in jail and facing public ridicule while being told by a judge that they are just as guilty as any other accomplice in the killings, legally, then, and only then will this kind of stuff stop, even if only temporarily.

When one uses critical thinking and actually studies fascism and authoritarian rule, we see that they are the same thing. They are used by two main factions, religion and government.

The fourteen defining characteristics of fascism can be found here:

I dare anyone of them to find one that they haven't seen used in our society at present. The ones I am pointing at presently are numbers 2, 3, and 8.

They are stated as; "...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.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions."

Donald Trump is being blamed for "using these things to manipulate the uninformed voter who runs on fear and hate" but Donald Trump's campaign is just the symptom of the disease. This infection has been spread by politicians and religious leaders for power over people, membership insurance, and votes since men first made public speeches. The problem is our society and the people who run it. The idea that one guy is the problem makes me laugh. He is not the ideology and that started LONG before. When racism becomes a national health problem like any other mental delusion, and people are treated for it, several things will happen. Some people will be forced to learn that hate isn't a relevant force to men who can use dialogue and intelligence. Others will be put in some form of rehab until they realize that wanting to be superior to other humans is a myth, while others will eventually be given up on, as if rehabilitation is impossible for them - and they will then be institutionalized to protect society. I don't understand why this hasn't happened here in the U.S. yet.

This idea isn't extreme or fantastic, it is already in place in several countries. People need to come together as one and that means the ideas of exclusivity and superiority have to be deprogrammed from us. This isn't a request or ideal, it is an imperative if our society is going to survive. We, as a society, used to believe that burning witches was necessary, also. There has always been an enemy or enemies to be the scapegoats. The fact that there are people who willingly accept that in order to feel better about themselves, shows that our society and especially the delusionally religious, are sick and need professional help.

Part of the Orlando situation that I haven't heard anyone mention is that the police hesitated because mainly, some of them weren't anxious to save the members of the public that were being shot and bleeding to death, because they have been taught that those people are "sinners or evil" and that means they are looked at by many as "deserving the treatment they get" from a self righteous nutcase. I am not assigning blame, I am merely stating the logical diagnosis of this problem. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Letter to President Obama 05/11/2016

I will give you an example. Henry Kissinger's quote released by Wikileaks, "The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer," likely brought a smile to his legions of elite media, government, corporate and high society admirers. .
I grew up during the Vietnam era. You are honoring the "Butcher of Cambodia" and my respect for you just went down by several notches. You should have asked Joe Biden, not Hillary Clinton, on who to trust and listen to. This black mark will follow your administration's legacy forever. What's next? Are you going to honor Dick Cheney? How about Donald Rumsfeld? We could also see if there are any Nazis left in Columbia or Brazil to let you honor them, also. I want to tell you something. When I saw you walking around the White House on the news with George W. Bush, my heart sank because I could see on your face in those photographs that you were listening. He is a master of lies and playing stupid. He learned that from his father, the master of ceremonies at the Carlyle Group round table of defense contractors and basically what we call the Military Industrial Complex, who was another con man who ruled the world through the military. The day G.W. Bush, his son, got up at the podium on television and said, 'You can't fight terrorism with conventional warfare!" and then set about getting congress to let him lie us into two wars by lying to them, I knew that sometimes the president's job is to be the front man for criminals, if he chooses to. You aren't part of that administration (LBJ through Nixon) and the idea that war for profit while sending young men and women into a meat grinder when technology like you have used instead of boots on the ground, works just fine.
One of the main reasons I hate Hillary Clinton now, is the people she chooses to hang out with.  One of them is Henry Kissinger and the other Madeleine Albright. She takes advice from the former on being Secretary of State and from the latter on financial things. It should have been the opposite since Kissinger is highly invested (corruption wise) in both the Military Industrial Complex and Israel. Quit sending them millions of dollars a day and see what happens over there. You are screwing the American people on the advice of a war criminal and letting Wall Street run amok based on advice from a hedge fund manager. You are an extreme disappointment to me and millions of Americans who defended you, as we did Bill Clinton, when he signed our futures away to Wall Street and foreign labor through NAFTA and the repeal of Glass Steagall.
If you are another Republican in sheep’s clothing then I am also disgusted in myself for not seeing it coming.
Goodbye, Mr. Sellout.
Now I feel stupid for voting for you twice.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Let's Call It What It Is, PLEASE!

I want to preface this by saying I wrote this as a response to the inane raving article written by Chez Pazienza at
I posted a comment twice as long as this and they won't allow anything I write on this website, evidently because my ArizonaMildman comment doesn't appear there.
"I believe this incident was staged because I have realized that Clintons use the same Karl Rove style dirty tricks that all Republicans do, by hiring their same campaign strategists and propagandists, like David Brock, who says he will deliver the election for Clinton. If you don't believe he said that, here: That is why I think of them as Republicans. They can't win if they don't cheat. The sign that man was holding at the Clinton rally was about the never ending war that the Clinton regime wants us thrown into against our wills - to help the media and the Military Industrial Complex make huge profits but I see the author of this post doesn't mention one word about the issues in this article. 
You want expletives? Good, here is one for you. I call BULLSHIT on this entire article and the never ending VICTIM SCENARIO that all the "Clinton-istas", as many of the mainstream media has dubbed them, like this blogger is obviously, keep trying to paint the primary with. 
One more angry expletive remark is that Clinton isn't being targeted because she is either a woman, a victim, weak, or someone precious, she is being outed for being what she is, an angry, deceptive, evasive, lying asshole and a war hawk who converses with, regularly, and admires Henry Kissinger (Who most people who were alive in that time period, consider a worse war criminal than Dick Cheney, and she has become an oligarch who has turned her political career from being a Goldwater bigot into a high finance "foundation" owner, whose stance on Wall Street criminals is to hang out with them, including Madeleine Albright who is now a hedge fund manager. 
Then there is her daughter who is already making millions for being born a Clinton (Yeah, she is your average kid next door, right.). 
Put all that in your article next time for some reality check talking points."

Final point here, they "edited out" my comment since it would have been all the truth and would have made their victim narrative sound as silly and immature sounding as it is.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

"A Man Can’t Ride You Unless Your Back Is Bent"

Some people seem upset with me because I care about the political spectrum in this country. I don't really care about politicians or their business ventures that much, I care about people and our future. That is what is at stake. When I hear someone complaining about the constant politi-speak going on on Facebook, I want to ask if they care about the future of this country.
As long as no one discusses the issues, not the candidates and what they and their families wear, and such, we will never learn. I turned my television off years ago and when Pew Institute did a study, a few years back, on "Knowledge of American Issues", I took the test of over a hundred questions, I got 98 percent correct. They stated that I knew more than 68 percent of Americans about the real issues.
As long as the popular vote doesn't matter in Elections, over half of the eligible voters don't bother BECAUSE, it isn't just a presumption - THAT ACTUALLY MEANS it is rigged towards party insiders and people with money and power. Poor people, as has been mentioned recently, don't turn out to vote because they don't believe in a system that is rigged and gives them the candidate that they know they voted against, no matter how many of them turn out.
The electoral college system was developed by the same people who thought only rich white land owners were "knowledgeable enough" to have a say, because they KNEW HOW the country should be run.
I have NEVER in my life, seen a petition that was spread by the people of the United States to actually use the popular vote in all elections, Federal and State because, in my opinion, some people think those guys who rigged the electoral college was correct and if we actually did what the people want, we would screw things up.
That means that the majority of people in the United States believe that the majority of people in the United States are too stupid to know what is right. (Including themselves.)
I don't share that opinion. I remember when Carl Sagan produced the series "Cosmos" the first time. None of the commercial channels thought the American public enjoyed real information like that and would prefer sitcoms and other useless, mindless entertainment with no educational value whatsoever.
The only stations that broadcast it were PBS and all the commercial stations ratings took a big hit because the majority of television viewers were watching PBS that night because they wanted to learn everything the head of the Physics Department of Cornell University could teach us. 
EVERYONE - including the television producers, learned several intelligent thought provoking lessons.
If it actually hurts your brain to think and discover new ideas then turn all those posts off so you won't have to, and you can enjoy being part of the people who follow blindly and never decide a single thing about your own future. Evidently you don't care.
Martin Luther King Jr: "A Man Can’t Ride You Unless Your Back Is Bent"

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Arizona Right Wing Propaganda Press

I used to wonder why so many people voted for and claimed to be conservatives in Arizona. I also remember the tag line from the movie "Brave New World" which states that he who controls information controls the world. I want you to adjust your thinking here a minute.  Imagine what it would be like if you, like a jury in a court, after hearing something a lawyer or witness that was perjuring themselves said, and then being told by the judge that you are to disregard that last statement. What is I could prove to you that a monopoly bent on serving up fresh propaganda gives you your daily news? Would you listen? Could you actually listen to something said at this and ask yourself to disregard everything they say? 
Here is the truth about Arizona Newspapers. 

The Arizona Republic is a daily newspaper which became the largest in Arizona and is published in Phoenix, AZ. 

  1. It was established May 19, 1890,  and run by Dwight B. Heard, under the name The Arizona Republican. Heard continued running the paper, while being a Phoenix land and cattle baron, from 1912 until he died in 1929.
  2. The paper was then run by two of its top executives, Charles Stauffer and W. Wesley Knorpp. 
  3. Stauffer and Knorpp changed the newspaper's name to The Arizona Republic in 1930. 
  4. Stauffer and Knorpp also had bought the rival Phoenix Evening Gazette and Phoenix Weekly Gazette, later known as The Phoenix Gazette and the Arizona Business Gazette. 
  5. It was bought by Midwestern newspaper magnate Eugene C. Pulliam in 1946.
  6. This paper was ranked tenth in U.S. daily newspapers by circulation in 2007.
Like News Corps, the conglomerate news agency owned by Rupert Murdoch, Gannett controls a huge amount of the News Businesses. It overshadows News Corps in the amount of news it "oversees". It is the largest newspaper holding company in the United States. It's listing of holdings is listed at:  and I will warn you, you are going to be reading awhile. Does being the most widely circulated news make it more accurate. Not according to the tabloid news companies like News Corps.

[edit]< From Wikipedia at


Pulliam era

Pulliam, who bought the two Gazettes as well as the Republic, ran all three 
newspapers until his death in 1975 at the age of 86. A strong period of growth 
came under Pulliam, who imprinted the newspaper with his conservative brand 
of politics and his drive for civic leadership. Pulliam was considered one of the 
influential business leaders who created the modern Phoenix area as it is known
Pulliam's holding company, Central Newspapers, Inc., as led by Pulliam's widow 
and son, assumed operation of the Republic/Gazette family of papers upon the 
elder Pulliam's death. The Phoenix Gazette was closed in 1997 and its staff 
merged with that of the Republic. The Arizona Business Gazette is still published
to this day.
In 1998, a weekly section geared towards college students, "The Rep", went into
circulation. Specialized content is also available in the local sections produced for
many of the different cities and suburbs that make up the Phoenix metropolitan 

[edit]Gannett purchase

Central Newspapers was purchased by Gannett in 2000, bringing it into common 
ownership with USA Today and the local PhoenixNBC television affiliate, KPNX
The Republic and KPNX combine their forces to produce their common local news
website, It is the most-visited site in the state of Arizona 
and is among the most-trafficked newspaper websites in the U.S.  ..."
Now, let's suppose some cosmic judge told us to disregard everything we heard 
from a corporate monopolized news organisation and think for yourselves. ..."
Now, let's look at the word MONOPOLY and I don't mean the game from Parker 
Brothers. Let's look first at the criticisms of the game Monopoly. Again from 
Wikipedia:  "...Wired magazine believes Monopoly is a poorly designed game. 
Former Wall Streeter Derk Solko explains, "Monopoly has you grinding your oppo-
nents into dust. It's a very negative experience. It's all about cackling when your
opponent lands on your space and you get to take all their money." 
Most of the 3 to 4 hour average playing time is spent waiting for other players 
to play their turn. Board game enthusiasts disparagingly call this a "roll your dice,
move your mice" format. ..."
So, even the game monopoly is about learning to be greedy, selfish, and vindictive
which is why monopolies are supposed to  be ILLEGAL in the United States. 
The legal term is defined as:
"...1. exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Compare duopoly, oligopoly.
2. an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
3. the exclusive possession or control of something.
4. something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.
5. a company or group that has such control. ..."
So, you tell me, should we disregard everything they tell us or maybe the ques-
tion that is more pertinent should be, "CAN YOU disregard the statement?" con-
sidering it came from a biased source?
If you can, keep reading. If you can't then you need to read this: Blocks To 

Friday, April 15, 2016

An Epiphany Wrapped In Disappointment (SMH)

I am finally, like several people I know, disillusioned. I say that as I realize I have been fighting a good fight in my mind and expecting change when all I got was eight years of smoke and mirrors. I am not upset with Barack Obama because he is black. Those people STILL deserve to be living in a cave or under a rock.
I am upset because he implied that he really wanted things to change. He got all the incremental things that are just realistic, like the ACA implemented. He got some things done on evolution of thinking started that allowed for Gay Marriage. He has been really good at speaking about healthy intelligent educational opportunities for those who need it. He has helped the "judgement free" poor people harder for the banks and other financial predators to virtually destroy. Those things and his wife's health for children initiatives will go down as shining achievements.
He can't change congress and we are watching this year, how they have inserted themselves through corruption and malfeasance, election fraud, bold faced election tampering and voter machine hacking, into the biggest control position in history in the U.S., congress. That will be material for a whole different article.
Last year before this election sequence, I would have disagreed with anyone saying that Barack Obama was Republican Lite. I was expecting him to do some really "down with the people" things the way Bernie wants to do, and I realized it is NEVER going to happen. The Republicans in congress have taken on the role/persona of being the bad guys but they are all working together. This whole "screw the tax payers for/to our benefit" thing going on in D.C. is in every chamber, oval office to the Supreme Court, and it is powered by big money interests, and THAT is the great American problem.
Throwing us a bone that is purely superficial is NOT what the Democratic Party is supposed to be. When he came in asking for change, then has been changing shit that doesn't matter, isn't really what I expected, either. Pragmatic to these people (The catchword they keep using to describe slow change.) doesn't mean what they think it means.
What the mood is saying is, "We screwed you and put you between a rock and a hard place and then made YOU, the American Tax Payer, pay to fix the things we screwed up so we could get paid.
What Republicans run on are matters that are either already decided or insignificant to anything in reality. They might as well be saying, "We want to make it a law that all people bathe with lye soap! That is the only way people who are truly spiritual and conservative/Republicans should smell. We are presently in congress, wasting the time of the taxpayers, and have written and act like we we are trying to enact legislation to return us to the days of lye soap!" Meanwhile, a certain portion of the country that doesn't know anything but that their friends or relatives told them they were "conservatives, religious, and Republicans", as if those things were genetic and unavoidable, jumps up and down cheering, only pausing to drag their knuckles, metaphorically speaking, like a tie to an ancient past that never has existed and logically never will be - as long as anyone with brains can muster one last sensible argument.
Those people have developed a word to use that means it is OKAY FOR ME to act anyone I want because I have a) Jeebus, b) the 'gubment', or c) my community, on my side. That is the Republican excuse, as I am going to call it from now on.
I recently heard several people who have bought into the whole Republican Lite ideals expressed by the "Clintonistas". (I say this collectively since they have shown they think alike and have an idea how this "democracy" for the Oligarchy should work.) Bill Clinton very clandestinely put the repeal of Glass/Steagall which helped destroy our economy, the implementation of NAFTA, which helped destroy our factory base, and opened the door to Republicans, as well as Democrats, using money from special interests in place. Basically, behind our backs with no media scrutiny or public fanfare of any kind, turned the Democratic Party into Republican lite and Barack, after coming to Washington, fell in line.
I miss the vision I had of the young African American crusader who was going to change us but now that he has really just jumped right into bed with the Clintons, The DNC, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (No lite about her, she is PURE Republican while calling herself a Democrat just to get paid, because, well, evidently the opportunities in the GOP are limited for women.)
They have been throwing around this word I don't like, which is like saying "fecal matter" when 'shit' would have sufficed, and I am tired of it. The word is "PRAGMATIC".
They might as well be saying, "Change - which we will let occur, SOME DAY, after we think about this for A REALLY LONG TIME (indefinitely), LIKE YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WAITING SINCE 1964 FOR EQUALITY AND THE 1950s FOR THE CHANGE WE WERE PROMISED (After we had already tightened our belts BECAUSE OF being patriotic through WWI, WWII ,and the Korean War), and pick EVERYTHING to pieces over fears that (I don't know, maybe JEEBUS wouldn't like it, yeah, that sounds good!) when in reality, the problem is merely that, it might actually work (OMG!) and people might actually achieve ACTUAL equal opportunities."
There are several definitions, but "treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results", and "of or relating to the affairs of state or community." are what they seem to be trying to tell us it means.
But the archaic versions of the word is what they are doing: "busy; active.
officious; meddlesome; interfering" and "dogmatic; opinionated" as well as "an officious or meddlesome person" is what they are using it to do.
What they are saying, in other words, is using much thought to bring about change, only if historically significant, while what we want isn't radical, it is realistic, and if we ever want to stop being screwed over by the (I even have to use this word, since the rednecks always blame the wrong people in it saying, "GUBMINT") (all three branches of the fed and all branches of state) government.
I would almost contend that Fox News isn't a antecedent of the government and an instrument which is against the White House, as it is portrayed, but another tool, poised to play devils advocate in several non-important arguments, in order to placate and distract us, like most churches, and professional sports are put in place to do.